25 And Over
Posted by Mac in the "other" pile 10 years ago
If you have reached the age of 25, I have a bit of bad news for you, to wit: it is time, if you have not already done so, for you to emerge from your cocoon of post-adolescent dithering and self-absorption and join the rest of us in the world. Past the quarter-century mark, you see, certain actions, attitudes, and behaviors will simply no longer do, and while it might seem unpleasant to feign a maturity and solicitousness towards others that you may not genuinely feel, it is not only appreciated by others but necessary for your continued survival. Continuing to insist past that point that good manners, thoughtfulness, and grooming oppress you in some way is inappropriate and irritating.  
Grow up.  
And when I instruct you to grow up, I do not mean that you must read up on mortgage rates, put aside candy necklaces, or desist from substituting the word "poo" for crucial syllables of movie titles. Silliness is not only still permitted but actively encouraged. You must, however, stop viewing carelessness, tardiness, helplessness, or any other quality better suited to a child as either charming or somehow beyond your control. A certain grace period for the development of basic consideration and self-sufficiency is assumed, but once you have turned 25, the grace period is over, and starring in a film in your head in which you walk the earth alone is no longer considered a valid lifestyle choice, but rather grounds for exclusion from social occasions.  
And now, for those of you who might have misplaced them, marching orders for everyone born before 1980.
The financial crisis - or, as we like to call it here, 'the effects of the American and European financial crisis on Russia' - has taken a little while to get going, but it's going now. Yesterday my grandmother sat me down for a serious conversation: she wanted to know if she should take her rouble-denominated life savings out of the Sberbank and put them into dollars. Everyone's a financial adviser now. Or rather, I'm a financial adviser now. This is not good.  
What should we do? My grandmother's life savings are not very substantial. In fact she said as much: 'Should we take my pathetic life savings out of the bank?' My grandmother worked in Soviet publishing for fifty years, and then worked for another ten on her own as a translator. Towards the end of her translating career, when she turned 80, she had trouble sitting at the desk for too long at a time, so would lie on the couch, read a page of manuscript in the original, and then get up and translate the page from memory at her typewriter - in my opinion an excellent way of avoiding an excessively literal and lifeless reproduction. Anyway, as far as I can tell, she's already lost her savings a few times thanks to various devaluations - in 1990 and 1998 - and to one early 1990s pyramid scheme. So it's a miracle she has any money to lose at all, but she does, and now she's worried about it. The Sberbank is around the corner. The question is: do we start a run on it?
Scientific Studies Prove It.  
A new study out of Yale University confirms what argumentative liberals have long-known: Offering reality-based rebuttals to conservative lies only makes conservatives cling to those lies even harder. In essence, schooling conservatives makes them more stupid. From the Washington Post article on the study, which came out yesterday:  
Political scientists Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler provided two groups of volunteers with the Bush administration's prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. One group was given a refutation -- the comprehensive 2004 Duelfer report that concluded that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction before the United States invaded in 2003. Thirty-four percent of conservatives told only about the Bush administration's claims thought Iraq had hidden or destroyed its weapons before the U.S. invasion, but 64 percent of conservatives who heard both claim and refutation thought that Iraq really did have the weapons. The refutation, in other words, made the misinformation worse.
The Acadians were French settlers of eastern Canada who were exiled from their land in the 1750s. The Cajuns are their descendants who settled in Louisiana. Today, thousands of Acadian-Cajun descendants cherish their rich legacy of history, culture, & genealogy.
-- It's 2008 and sex seems to be everywhere. So who holds the line between permissiveness and obscenity? What is obscene these days? And how do those people entrusted to make these calls cope with the harrowing work?
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America's Imperial Crisis
Posted by siquemind in government 11 years ago
The guy who predicted the fall of the USSR, argues that the disintegration of American hegemony already is in full swing, and he predicts that the Bush American Administration and its neocon theorists "will go down in history as the gravediggers of the American empire."
How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.
A strike against the empire, if you have a spare pc you can now put all your MP3's on a single machine that you can control with a browser. It spots double tracks using audio fingerprinting, allows you to tag your music and when bands install one they can distribute their new tracks to their fans without the record company in-between, fully automatically.  
This is not something for everyone right now, only the people with large mp3 collections will appreciate this, especially if they have lots of friends that have lots of mp3's as well.  
You can rate your mp3's, search them, organize them and play them all from within your browser.  
There is a screenshot there to show you what it looks like when it is working, the iso is about 300 M...  
Puppy vs Kitty
Posted by pdxpogo in the "other" pile 12 years ago
Classic wrestling match too cute not to share. You tube video.
A machine, made from Lego, for moving marbles.  
Short(ish) video.  
Some warped genius here...
The Oil Age
Posted by metreiya in current events 13 years ago
"If a picture is worth one thousand words, then The Oil Age Poster is worth one million words because people can not only see the oil production Hubbert's peaks in many countries and regions, but also read the facts proving that global peak oil is both inevitable and quite probably imminent."  
- U.S. Congressman R. Bartlett - Maryland (Republican)
Adult party records were sold under the counter, out of back rooms and at burly-q theaters. Over the years of course, they have emerged into the mainstream.  
Here are some great MP3's of these wild songs.  
Published by South End Press, Bertram Gross' Friendly Fascism is a madcap tale of collusion between big-business and big-government. In an era where NASA's Budget is being slashed to pay for an unpopular war in Iraq, corrupt representatives sound the corporate welfare dinner-bell, and your elected representatives ensure your safety by renewing the so-called Patriot Act, ask yourself why your childrens' future is being mortgaged as a direct transfer to the nation's most wealthy individuals.  
Is the future "anarchy", anarchy, or republic?  
What will you decide?
Islamic star patterns arose in the centuries after the birth of Islam, and spread quickly as Islamic rule grew outward from the Middle East to encompass western Europe, northern Africa, and southern Asia. This form of ornamentation peaked in the first half of the second millennium. The practice then tapered off as the borders of the Muslim world began to shrink. Today, historical artifacts can be found in countries from Spain to Uzbekistan, with important concentrations in Spain, Turkey, Iran, and Morocco.  
There is no precise definition of an Islamic star pattern, but there are some general trends. They tend to be rigidly geometric in design, and feature star-shaped polygonal regions. They can be found carved in wood or stone, built from latticework, or assembled from baked terracotta tiles...  
Although we have a large body of historical examples to study, we don't know exactly how artisans working at the time designed their star patterns. Their methods were typically guarded as trade secrets. Thus we are left with the exciting historical puzzle of reverse-engineering lost techniques, or inventing new ones altogether... I am interested in understanding how star patterns may have been designed in the first place, and how we can enlarge the space of designs using what we know today. I am also interested in how to render star patterns and how to manufacture them automatically from computer descriptions.
Site by Craig S. Kaplan (School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo) includes images of computer-generated patterns, along with examples of manufactured works.  
Also links to online (and downloadable) applications for creating your own star patterns, including the author's own Taprats.  
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