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Kevin Fox
The chances of landing a reservation at French Laundry on your first try are gastronomical.
The No-Touching zone.
Holy. I had completely forgotten that's even there. I scrolled up just to see if it really still was. - Akiva
It's the little things. - Micah
Dang, I touched it. - Marie
Run Marie, Ruuuun! - Hamed
RT @jmckenty: "...the nerdiest thing I've ever seen in my life, which undoubtedly explains why I like it so much" /cc @mantia
RT @jmckenty: "...the nerdiest thing I've ever seen in my life, which undoubtedly explains why I like it so much" /cc @mantia
Victor Ganata
"Star Trek Into Darkness" is on right now. After watching TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, and almost all of Voyager, it seems a lot lamer than I first thought.
Cumberbatch is such a (literally and figuratively) pale shadow of Ricardo Montalban. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Transwarp in the 23rd Century now aggravates me. What, they found a Borg Cube or something? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
It now really bugs me that there's no Nurse Chappel and no Yeoman Rand. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
The Uhura-Spock thing *really* bugs me. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
They totally f-ed up the Kirk-Spock-Bones love triangle. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
the ST reboot is fugly. i wouldn't piss on it if it was on fire. - Big Joe Silence
I do like the fact that Section 31 still exists in this universe. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Section 31 is everywhen. - Big Joe Silence
That's because it's not about exploring social issues and moral ambiguity; it's about blowing stuff up and big crashes. - DJF from Android
and pissing off TOS/TNG fans. - Big Joe Silence
Jar Jar is a goddamned vandal. - Big Joe Silence
I love this thread so hard. - Hookuh Tinypants
It still cracks me up that Futurama directly addressed how stupid it would be to take a vessel built to withstand vacuum into the depths of the ocean. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Kevin Fox
The three news stories I've been following most closely all involve salvages at sea. #MH370, #Falcon9, #SouthKoreaFerryDisaster
Photo: If Miyazaki Films Were Other Type of Anime
Photo: If Miyazaki Films Were Other Type of Anime
As long as there isn't any Urotsukidōji-style tentacle porn…. - Victor Ganata
Washington Post
BBC's Orphan Black is "the TV equivalent of a Lorde album," writes @hankstuever.
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Pharrell’s "Happy" video without any music is sad and creepy 😯
Pharrell’s "Happy" video without any music is sad and creepy 😯
Victor Ganata
My sister's theory about why my brother and I have asthma, allergic rhinitis, and eczema and she doesn't is because before she was born, my brother and I lived near the oil refineries in Wilmington and Carson. My theory is that it's because she has an extra X-chromosome which prevents her from being saddled with all sorts of recessive traits.
I like my theory better because it definitely explains why my brother and I are both red-green color blind and she isn't, even though red-green color blindness isn't generally associated with asthma, allergic rhinitis, and eczema. - Victor Ganata
Ha, for a minute there I thought you were saying your sister was XXX. - Spidra Webster
Heh. As far as I know, she has a normal chromosome complement, although I don't think she's ever had a karyotype done…. - Victor Ganata
Her theory does have some merit, though, considering how much higher the incidence of asthma is in the shadow of the refineries. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
"To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem." — Douglas Adams
Steve and 4 other people
>$30 raised for #OpenSSL foundation. You can do better! Buy an awesome #heartbleed shirt!
Lord have mercy, I've become a pretty regular lurker, sometimes user on Reddit. I blame Rod.
Hah. I'm still mostly a lurker. It's pretty damn entertaining. - Rodfather
I have a whole bunch of multireddits set up now. - Rodfather
Here's one I copied and then added on to. I made it public for now. - Rodfather
Another for Nintendo related - Rodfather
I go there for a DC subreddit, one on Wii, another for 3DS, a couple on audio and vinyl, and a couple more on bands and music that I like and follow. - Derrick
I remember when I first tried to use it, everyone was so trollish. A lot of really techy folks talking about stuff way over my head and it was really hard to navigate to find stuff I was interested in. Some of the subreddits are still very high bro ratio, but things are pretty chill where I hang out. - Derrick
Any recs for sub-reddits? - YvonneM
/r/babyelephantgifs is my happy place - Glen Campbell
I follow really specific sub-reddits, so unless you like audio, records, stereo equipment or hi-fi's, probably not very compelling. I'm sure others will have more interesting ones. - Derrick
How's the DC one? My siblings and my cousins are sometimes on there, but I don't think I've looked at it beyond threads-in-the-"news" in years. - Katie
It's...DC. Little bit of everything in the area, different chatter about neighborhoods, the metro, the nats, etc. - Derrick
I recently found this. Amusing. - Rodfather from Android
Yvonne: /r/ScienceParents, /r/mildlyinteresting, /r/California, /r/AskCulinary, /r/explainlikeimfive, /r/tipofmytongue, /r/raisingkids, /r/todayilearned. - Rochelle
I'm subbed to /r/short but that's kinda depressing. /r/bayarea can be interesting at times. - Rodfather from Android
Thx 4 the recs! - YvonneM
Hi, Dr. Nick! - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
O HAI, MELLY! :-) - Steven Perez from Android
Impress 'em with your Spatula of Arts degree.
I've actually got a Botulism of Science. - SAM
I have a Colander of Medicine. - Akiva
I had a student turn in homework where he mis-copied Bachelor of Science as Bachelor of Violence. - LB: Ratchet Bear from Android
My onion router startup totally disrupted the knife and chopping board industry. Not to brag, though. - Micah
Todd Hoff
That SpaceX launch movie is horrible. The special effects suck. There's no romance. And it's not even a real dragon!
This Is Why Some People Should Not Be Allowed On Facebook
"I just learned africa isn't a country." "Crazy! So is it a developing country? Or jst a continent?" "I don't know, I'll find out later in the semester and let you know." - lris
SMH - Anne Bouey
"Canadians think the titanic was a real event and not just a movie, how dumb can you be." - lris
This cannot be real. - Eric - Watch Me Now
Gotta be a troll. I hope. - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
Calling out your racism or bigotry or anti-Semitism or generalized assholery is not silencing or a violation of free speech. It's also free speech. - Victor Ganata
[The only problem I have with the alt-text is that I feel like it trivializes the primacy of that right - unpopular doesn't mean unjustified, especially given the biases in our power structures.] - Jennifer Dittrich
Agreed that unpopular doesn't mean unjustified, but I still think that anything that isn't trivial or said simply for the shock value is going to have a lot stronger justification to it than "well, it's not illegal!" - Victor Ganata
Well, that's my point - it rarely IS the only thing being argued. It is often the point of last resort, when you've exhausted any other arguments you have. And whether that's because your opposition is wholly irrational, completely justified, or some mix of both, shouldn't be inferred by your rights being invoked. That said, as they detail in the comic (which I love,) we're talking about government enforced, not just someone disagreeing with you. - Jennifer Dittrich
I suppose when you get right down to it, the only place it makes sense to invoke the First Amendment is if you're in front of a judge. But the way I'm reading the alt text is that if the first justification for something said is "it's free speech" in response to withering criticism and opprobrium, then it's quite possible that whoever spoke hasn't really thought through the importance of what they said in the first place. - Victor Ganata
I mean, I guess if someone says "I'm calling the FBI" or "You can expect a call from my lawyer", then it's also a totally appropriate response. - Victor Ganata
I'm just always giving dismissal the side eye - if the position is truly foul and offensive, mentioning free speech won't make it more or less so. If the position is defensible, mentioning free speech shouldn't make it any more or less so. - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom * Newswire * The A.V. Club -
Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom * Newswire * The A.V. Club
"Confirming yet again that the halls of academia are no place for interpreting things, a New Jersey professor was suspended over a Game Of Thrones T-shirt whose tagline--the Daenerys Targaryen quote, "I Will Take What Is Mine With Fire & Blood"--was interpreted by his colleague as a threat. The incident came about after Francis Schmidt, who teaches art and animation at Bergen Community College, posted a photo of his daughter doing a yoga pose in the shirt to his Google+ account, where it was seen by the people who actually use Google+, such as easily riled deans. Said dean reportedly called for an emergency meeting, concerned that this small, unsettlingly agile girl in a T-shirt was Schmidt's way of announcing his intention to claim all the spoils a New Jersey community college has to offer, by force if necessary." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I mean, it would be maybe something if he wore it to work, but... - Heather, 30k Camper
Geez. - Stephen Mack
Reminds me of the Inigo Montoya t-shirt ona plane incident. - Joe - Systems Analyst
What the hell is going on with our schools that teachers and administrators feel threatened by a (1) finger gun (2) a GOT t-shirt on a little girl and (3) a science project with the word "gun" in it? - Spidra Webster
I mean, it's not as if he told the dean that he acquired his daughter's shirt by paying the iron price. - Stephen Mack
"where it was seen by the people who actually use Google+, such as easily riled deans." *snerk* - holly #ravingfangirl
I've never seen Game of Thrones, but I would hope that grown-assed adults would assume a child in a t-shirt on a personal site is not a veiled threat to work colleagues. And I'm sure the psychiatrist is going to be thrilled with having to waste their time with a stupid evaluation. - Anika - "But revenge appears to be a theme in both the show and Schmidt's life -- he believes the suspension was retaliation for a grievance he had filed earlier after he was denied a sabbatical without explanation about two months before the incident. "This was payback because I filed a grievance," he said."" - Andrew C (✔)
*sigh* Oh FFS. - ronin
IOW, any excuse for those with power to take offence is a good one. same as it ever was. - Big Joe Silence
"Schmidt was suspended without pay and forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before being reinstated with a list of other restrictions, he said, such as not wearing clothing with questionable statements and not making disparaging statements about the college. " It would be really hard not to say something about a college with administrators that bone stupid. - Spidra Webster
This is still better than the sheriff's deputy who pulled out his gun because a barking dog "made him fear for his life" (and he accidentally shot himself.) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
then he was kicked in the balls repeatedly and required to never mention it. - Big Joe Silence
" and not making disparaging statements about the college" - if it were me, I'd be making factual statements about the college's handling of this incident and the dean in particular from now until eternity. - Andrew C (✔)
Imagine this on a shirt: "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death." - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
As long as you add "Matthew 10:21" (or whatever book/chapter/verse) after it, you could probably get away with all sorts of subversive, vaguely threatening things. - Victor Ganata
Yep. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
woot!!! - Derrick
*dances and hugs everyone* - lris
Gratz! Trophy husband status achieved. :) - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Turn your head and cough? - Johnny from iPhone
Hey, I don't talk about our personal life in public, Johnny... oh wait, I saw what you did there... - Zamms
Does your wife know about this? - Steele Lawman
*rimshot* - Zamms
shut the front door! (tell her congrats) - Meg VMeg
I will! I will also shut the front door. - Zamms
GREAT NEWS!!!!... um, so i have this pain on my left side? - MoTO Moca Blend
Yeah, and I've got this rash... - Melly
Were these ailments caused by the social networking between Broadway producers, directors, and writers? - Zamms
By "social networking" you mean what exactly? - MoTO Moca Blend
In the sociological sense, not the interwebs sense. - Zamms
"Ooh babe, that's SO GOOD! Hey, while you're down there... does that look infected to you?" #ThingsNOTtoDoOnYourHoneymoon <Ducks & runs> - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Ducks and Runs are also #ThingsNOTtoDoOnYourHoneymoon - Zamms
Truth. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Is reading too much bad for kids? | Al Jazeera America -
Is reading too much bad for kids? | Al Jazeera America
"Opponents to deep, immersive reading come from all directions. Among American boys, there remains a generations-old sense that books are for sissies; I remember this from my own childhood. For neoliberals and technocrats, reading novels is not “what the market wants.” Concentrated reading doesn’t require ideological opposition to be endangered: The pace of contemporary life, even for children, means that there’s simply no time or energy left for it. Clinging to print these days may be a bit like taking the horse and buggy to work. But doesn’t reading make us more human? Isn’t it a universal sign of civilization? Not really, says Marc Prensky, the media and technology writer who originated the term “digital native.” “There are some things that are common to every human society,” he says. “Speaking is one of them. Reading and writing are not on that list.” In the classical world, we forced ourselves to do something neither natural nor inevitable, he explains, but that solved a problem:... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Cognitive scientist Art Markman, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, points out that the baby deer around Austin are able to function independently within days of birth. His own teenage sons, by contrast, still depend on him for support. Humans require far more “programming,” and unlike most other animals, learn primarily through language and storytelling. This allows... more... - Jessie
"So, should we be proud that we’re raising members of a small, monkish caste, or worry that they’re marginalizing themselves? On reflection, I realize it’s not my son, or Boog’s daughter, who needs to change: The culture they’re growing up into has lost its sense of what matters. But parenting is not just about preparing kids for careers; it’s about asserting values, and serious reading... more... - Jessie
.....I don't think I have EVER heard someone ask that question before. o.O - Soup in a TARDIS
Something tells me that the ones who ask if there is such a thing as "too much reading" are not going to be the ones who ask if there's too much computer gaming and internet. - Uli
When I was a kid, I was told that I read too much by several people. - Katy S from iPhone
I genuinely am bewildered by the people you interact with, Katy. They say, do, and apparently think things I have never seen/heard/be otherwise expressed. It's like you live in an entirely different reality o.O - Soup in a TARDIS
My parents eventually settled on "At least take the book outside and read in the fresh air for a while." - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
This is one time I have no fucks to give about what the "experts" are saying. - MoTO Moca Blend
Soup - I think that some were concerned about my preference of books over interacting with humans. There are a lot of extreme introverts in my family. - Katy S from iPhone
My elementary school used to host "read-ins" where kids brought books from home and read all day, but I doubt they still do that because it doesn't meet Common Core. - Jessie
My mother once grounded me from reading because grounding me from anything else didn't work - I'd just shrug and go read. She said she felt *awful* about it, but it was the only thing that made an impression... - WebGoddess
Steve and 4 other people
RT @DanGraur: Whooping cough: 265,269 cases in 1934, 1,010 in 1976, and 48,277 in 2012. Imbecile parents hurt children.
ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Our very first wedding anniversary gift, and it is beautiful! Thank you, Helen & Pete, for remembering! This is going in a place of honor (honour?) on our wall :)
All Helen's work :-) - Pete
Yay! I'm glad it got there, and hope it cheered you up following all your trials and tribulations these past few weeks. I did get the right date, didn't I? Didn't have time last year since you eloped ;-) - Heleninstitches
The date is correct! It's perfect! Thanks so much! :) - Jed
neat - Steve C
Those Smith's are really something. As are you two! xx - Melly
Friday Night Part 2 - TLC for my neglected skin.
Friday Night Part 2 - TLC for my neglected skin.
Can you teach me how to apply make-up? You look positively STUNNING. - Uli
Sure Uli! Step 1: Mash up a frog; Step 2. Smear it on your face. The end. - Melly
Simply Caroline
RT @dcseifert: Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft, finally creates Twitter account, tweets from an iPhone.
RT @dcseifert: Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft, finally creates Twitter account, tweets from an iPhone.
Louis Gray
Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down -
Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down
Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down
Automatic Takes On My Driving Data, Says Slow Down
"Every single time I drive my car, no matter where I'm going, the app (and the dongle which attaches by Bluetooth to keep things updated) are watching and alerting me to when I make any moves that aren't perfect." - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Interesting. - Stephen Mack
It's Fitbit for your car, essentially. - Louis Gray
There's an app called Dash that purports to do the same thing, but you have to buy your own bluetooth device, and it seemed like too much fiddling for me. I am interested in improving my driving habits, but not enough to drop $99 on something that requires me to plug in anywhere besides the outlet or audio jack. - Holly's favorite Anna
Paul Buchheit
Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D. -
Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D.
"These experiences changed the way I felt about the police. After the third incident I worried when police cars drove by; I was afraid I would be stopped and searched or that something worse would happen. I dress better if I go downtown. I don’t hang out with friends outside my neighborhood in Harlem as much as I used to. Essentially, I incorporated into my daily life the sense that I might find myself up against a wall or on the ground with an officer’s gun at my head. For a black man in his 20s like me, it’s just a fact of life in New York. Here are a few other facts: last year, the N.Y.P.D. recorded more than 600,000 stops; 84 percent of those stopped were blacks or Latinos. Police are far more likely to use force when stopping blacks or Latinos than whites. In half the stops police cite the vague “furtive movements” as the reason for the stop. Maybe black and brown people just look more furtive, whatever that means. These stops are part of a larger, more widespread problem — a... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Horribly sad. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's institutionalized racism. It's when you cross the street with your kids because you see a black or brown guy walking towards you, regardless of how he's dressed or what he's doing. When you lock your car doors because the color of the neighborhood changes, regardless of the economic stature of the area. You see 3 or more black or brown guys hanging out and call them "thugs" or... more... - Anika
:( - Amit Patel
the gun-at-head part can't be legal, can it? - Big Joe Silence
nice - Mariya Khan
Considering that only about 5% of stops (regardless of color) result in arrests, it's hard to imagine how they even justify this practice. - Gabe
ok ok ok - Ruslan Zakirov
Why people put so much emphasis on complexion, which is just a wrapper of a beautiful soul. If you abuse someone because of his color, you are abusing god, because god resides in every human heart.. - Ajay Agrawal
Bret Taylor
"Web 2.0 was created so that people could publish cute photos of their cats. But this same cat dissemination technology has proved extremely helpful for activists, who’ve turned these tools to their own purposes." - Ethan Zuckerman (
Nice. The Cute Cat Theory. From @EthanZ in 2007. Reading old blogs? Great find! - thinkQuick
I thought Web 2.0 was created to more efficiently deliver Porn - Sean Reiser
Bizarre. I was under the impression Web 2.0 was created for people to publish cute (and not so cute) photos of themselves. :) - Mona Nomura
Web 2.0 was created *for cats* to publish cute photos of themselves. - Amit Patel
Heck, a cat can program a robot, why not? - Paula W
: ) - "Twitter lets Robert Scoble tell me what he’s doing 200 freaking times a day… but it also lets me know whether Egyptian activists have been released from the police station when they go in for questioning." - Sarah Brinkerhoff
Cat dissemination technology. LOL. :) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Not a real big fan of web 2.0 , But I do find pieces that are well written and researched to be informative. - Jacob
cool - solncee
gattiny ruled the internet - 無家可歸82 from FFHound(roid)!
Neighbor's kid just bought a pack of bubble gum cigarettes off the ice cream truck. That's so inappropriate.
Yes, totally inappropriate. On the other hand, I DIDN'T KNOW THEY STILL MADE THOSE. I felt like such a badass when I had them as a kid. No wonder I was grounded a lot. - Marie
Hmm I think they did stop making those about 10 years ago. Oh well expired candy still better than cigarettes - Steve C
The cool one was gum and would 'smoke' when you blew into it. - Rodfather
I wouldn't be surprised if they were made outside the US & got here in some shady way. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
They make them and they're available at places that sell nostalgia candy. Teddy's Party Supply (or whatever it's called) on Piedmont Ave. carried those things last I knew. I agree it's probably not the best thing for kids. - Spidra Webster
blue bubblegum cigarillos! - Big Joe Silence
I still see them in a lot of places, but they're not called candy cigarettes anymore, the packages just say "candy sticks" instead. Still seems to be the same packaging, though. Are they better or wise than the bubble gum cigars they used to have? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from YouFeed
Whatever they may have been called, they were in a package that looked like cigarettes, and the boy ran up to Jayden after getting them yelling, "Jayden, you want a cigarette?" He's 7, was outside with his 8 year old cousin, no grownups around, had money in his pocket so he stopped the ice cream truck without his mom or grandma's permission to buy whatever he wanted, and he chose the fucking cigarettes. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Corinne L
Thursday night turned out even more fun than I expected. Worked the door for my friends' nonfiction reading series event, read a brand new essay during open mic (and didn't choke, and people laughed at the right parts), met some cool new people, went to the "afterparty" & drank delicious wine.
It's nights like this that make me glad to live in Sacramento. For all the times its small-town vibe makes me nuts, there's some true intimacy here, and I sometimes forget how much I need that. - Corinne L
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