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Ronson's argument is essentially a reactionary liberalism taking shelter in the privilege of the status quo: while the ideals of twitter shaming campaigns are well-founded, their application, in practice, is problematic. They go too far. Innocents have suffered. His rhetorical appeal, therefore, is like the many liberals who have written books and essays and memoirs about how they joined the communist party (or Occupy, or whatever) only to discover that it didn't instantly solve everything painlessly and precisely, who find fault with every activist who isn't literally the saintliest fantasy of MLK and Gandhi rolled into one. The theory is (still) good, they always say, but the practice leaves something to be desired. I'm all for anti-racism, but you know what, I can't get on board with disrupting people's commute. Aaron Bady: On Landings, Soft and Otherwise, and Aggressive Lacks of Proportion.

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As Shimiken's public profile grew, he began approaching his career with the commitment of an elite athlete: eating an all-protein diet, lifting weights, abstaining from alcohol, and staying up late at night to practice ejaculating on glamour shots of starlets to get the aim of his gansha (facial) just right. "It's rude to get it in a girl's eyes," he says. "I wanted to make it perfect."

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Climbing Mt. Ramen, vegan-style. For the past four years, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats has gone vegan for the month of February.This is hands-down the best bowl of ramen I've ever made. And it can all be yours—with a little bit of heavy-duty climbing, that is. It's a bear of a recipe with many moving parts and tons of individual elements that need to come together in one bowl at the end. Set aside at least half a day for this project because you won't be making it on a weeknight. That said, it's not very difficult, technique-wise, lots of simmering and straining and just a bit of roasting. Come with me. I can lead the way and put the anchors in for you, but you're going to have to pull yourself up to the top.

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Archaeologists in Honduras have discovered ruins deep in the rainforest that appear to be the fabled White City (known fancifully as "The City of the Monkey God"). Unfortunately there are deforestation threats to the site, including illegal cattle ranching.

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Can you recommend a cafe in London that has top-notch coffee, comfortable seating, a nice ambiance, and an atmosphere conducive to lingering with a book (assuming you re-up your coffee once in a while)? Bonus points for delicious baked goods. I have seen this question but unlike that poster am specifically looking for a cafe with great espresso/latte drinks. Thank you.

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Basically, we need to find whatever the nuclear option is for mosquitos. I live in a wet, rainforest-like area of Australia of around a half acre, and being outside after 4pm is pretty much impossible because of these feral mozzies which even seem to penetrate clothing, hence defeating the purpose of living in nice, rainforest-like area. I've studied up on the green on similar posts, and while CO2 traps were mentioned, I'm curious to know if anyone has any direct experience with them and whether they are actually effective.At this stage, I'm willing to simply throw money at the problem and perhaps see if I can import something from the states. There are units like this which seem to cost a lot, so I just assume they will work. Do they though? Can anyone recommend a specific model if so? Or perhaps there is another solution we should be looking at? Assume money is no object, and assume that the land in question will always be moist no matter what sort of maintenance we do, and we don't want to use personal sprays all the time and smell horrible and be all greasy and weird.

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Gibber is a creative coding environment for audiovisual performance and composition. It contains features for audio synthesis and musical sequencing, 2d drawing, 3d scene construction and manipulation, and live-coding shaders. It comes with a few demos (autoplaying audio) To stop the current audio or animation, press Control-.

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Phranc, the self-described "All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger" has been a little quiet lately, but she's back with a new website and a new instrumental song. And if that wasn't enough, her entire solo catalog is now available on Bandcamp. As a member of early L.A. punk bands Nervous Gender, Catholic Discipline, and the all-female Castration Squad she was a musical groundbreaker, but she is best known for her solo career as an acoustic folk singer-songwriter. Phranc is also a visual artist, working in cardboard. In addition to the newer works featured on the new site you can check out the archives of her 2006-2014 blog, The Cardboard Cobbler. Sadly, the 2001 documentary, Lifetime Guarantee: Phranc's Adventure in Plastic, about Phranc's time selling Tupperware, appears to be unavailable for viewing. There is lots more to checkout at the new site, and you can find old videos of the Phranc Talk video series on her YouTube page. And although it's unofficial, this video upload of her performing "M-A-R-T-I-N-A" is worth watching just for the look on her face at 1:52.

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Scaled in Miles is an interactive visualization that "... is a look at the history of Miles Davis' career and collaborations according to his recording sessions as documented by the Jazz Discography Project. Over four hundred recording sessions are shown in a timeline across the middle of the screen. The circles above it represent the nearly six hundred people who played those sessions; larger circles indicate more sessions with Miles. Scrub and click over the timeline to highlight the people who played with Miles on each date. You can also find specific artists and highlight their sessions by clicking on the circles, or by entering different names in the search box. And if your browser plays audio, you can listen to samples from iTunes in the upper left." Fathom created the interactive discography and also created a beautiful printed poster which is available for purchase. More from Fathom and Fast Company concerning the poster.

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With recent purchases at Walmart I've noticed something odd. Despite hitting the "credit" button on the keypad when swiping my Visa Debit Card, my receipts list "EFT Debit" instead of listing it as a Visa transaction. What has me concerned is that during these transactions, I don't get asked for my Debit PIN.It was my understanding that PIN entry was required for EFT Debit transactions to verify that the card holder has authorized the transaction, is this no longer the case? To me, it feels like Walmart is pulling a fast one here: wait until the customer base has gotten acclimated to certain types of credit card transactions that go through with just a card swipe and then slam them over onto a different payment method that's cheaper for Walmart, but doesn't offer consumers the same level of fraud protection. (Signature-less CC transactions still sometimes gives me pause, but if the credit card processors are ok with not needing a signature, that's between them and the merchant, as long as I'm still covered by Visa's fraud protection policy. Walmart ignoring the fact that I hit the credit button though, makes me worry that I'm not.) I will be consulting with my financial institution, but I was curious about the whole "EFT Debit" without PIN entry thing -- is it valid and just new, or is Walmart just saying "Screw the rules, we're so big, what are the processors going to do? Say no to us?"

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The knitware design process [large PDF] has three phases: 1) Fashion research, where information is gathered about how garments will look 2) Design, where the visual and tactile appearance of the garment is designed 3) Sampling, where a design idea is realized as a swatch or as the full finished garment But what about adapting patterns - a practice that is incredibly common [PDF] in knitting? Good adaptation can be done using careful planning, "knitting math," and by thinking beyond the pattern. Adapting designs - heck, becoming an expert knitter - is all about understanding context and appreciating design and structure. As Elizabeth Zimmerman (previously) once said, "patterns are only guidelines." In fact, why not just wing it and not use a pattern at all? If you want to try, there are a few tips over on the green.

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I'm in Jerusalem and someone has requested I bring back a Hebrew University tshirt for them. Can I only buy these at the university bookstore, or could I get one somewhere else?

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How can we ease this transition from mom at home to dad at home?I went to get a haircut today, and things started out fine. I said goodbye to everyone and Dad got him down for a nap and he slept for an hour or so. Apparently he then woke up screaming and cried hysterically until I got home (about an hour and a half); he then nursed for 10 minutes or so and fell asleep. Dad has always been very hands-on and he's always spent lots of time with dad. He LOVES dad. I've been pumping and he (the baby!) happily breastfeeds and takes breastmilk from his sippy cup (from anyone, even when I'm home and even from me). He loves people and is happy to be handed around to relatives and friends (as long as I'm around somewhere, I guess?). Dad tried everything to calm him down... cuddles, skin to skin, wrap, bath, etc. Nothing worked =( Kiddo never took the bottle, and we don't have help nearby, so he's never really been babysat. My only idea is to spend the next half week leaving for increasingly longer periods of time so that the idea that *mom comes back* gets drilled in. Or should I just leave for longer (say, 2 hr) periods over and over and over? They plan on meeting me for lunch near my office at first for visits and they can take walks and meet me at the train station too. What else can we do??? How long does it take a normally relaxed kid to get used to this? At some point I'll be able to work at home a couple days a week, but not right away. I work 40/wk (inc lunch) and have flex start/home times, but I do need to GO BACK - not job share.

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The state of the bees. "For the past seven years, as has been widely reported, honeybees have been dying at an alarming rate. Yet today there are slightly more hives in the country than before the die-offs began. That's because beekeeping families like the Brownings have moved beyond panic and begun quietly adjusting to a strenuous way of doing business, one that requires constant monitoring, treatment, supplemental feeding, rapid replacement of dead hives, and grudging participation in an agricultural system that grows increasingly inhospitable to the bees it needs to survive."

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Washington Post: Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure Web sites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov. The flaw resulted from a former U.S. government policy that forbade the export of strong encryption and required that weaker "export-grade" products be shipped to customers in other countries, say the researchers who discovered the problem. These restrictions were lifted in the late 1990s, but the weaker encryption got baked into widely used software that proliferated around the world and back into the United States, apparently unnoticed until this year. Arstechnica: The potential for abuse is high, since many website operators are reluctant to change the keys underpinning their HTTPS protection. As Green explained: "You see, it turns out that generating fresh RSA keys is a bit costly. So modern web servers don't do it for every single connection. In fact, Apache mod_ssl by default will generate a single export-grade RSA key when the server starts up, and will simply re-use that key for the lifetime of that server." What this means is that you can obtain that RSA key once, factor it, and break every session you can get your 'man in the middle' mitts on until the server goes down. And that's the ballgame. You can test your client on the website Freakattack.com. Sites can be tested at SSLLabs, and server admins should look to disable support for export cipher suites. More reading on the topic from Matthew Green, Ed Felten.

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With spring just around the corner (Mother Nature swears for real this time), North Americans are eagerly on the lookout for one of the earliest migratory harbingers of spring, the robin. Wait, what? Robins are a Christmas bird! Hey, that's not a robin at all! The European Robin, Erithacus rubecula, a flycatcher beloved of British folklore, brings good luck (and good insect control) to farmers and gardeners. They are 5 inches long, resident in the British Isles year-round, and often the only songbird still singing in the winter garden – easy to spot with their bright-red breasts. This combined with the bright-red uniforms of the British postman gave them a permanent connection to Christmas in England. The American Robin, Turdus migratorius, is twice the size of its European counterpart (9 to 11 inches), and has a bright orange chest and belly. It is a thrush, named by American settlers for the popular European bird of which it reminded them. They migrate south in the fall and are the first birds to return to the northern part of the continent, following an advancing line of 36*F average temperatures, a sure sign of the return of spring. (The Christmas bird in North America is typically the non-migratory, tuneful, bright-red male cardinal who frequents winter feeders.) Like European Robins, American Robins are well-adapted to living with humans, liking the scattered trees and broad lawns of urban parks and suburban housing developments, even following gardeners around to reap the bounty of worms that pop up as they turn over the soil. European Robins have a musical, liquid song, beginning an hour before sunrise and continuing until half an hour after sunset. American Robins make more discrete, raspier whistle with brief pauses in between phrases, and have the decency only to sing while the sun is up. However, European Robins are aggressively territorial and so sing solo, while American Robins will noisily roost together in large flocks. Robin's eggs in Europe are not blue – they're beige or cream. Only in North America are they the color popularized as Robin's Egg Blue.

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But we're gonna try something new today: the energy and vitality of Nutella! And as always, we're gonna use a condom, but this time it's gonna be mango-flavored.

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Let's say you want to request one song while doing karaoke. Once you get up there, you surprise and delight your friends by belting out a different tune, yet the chords behind it still match. Which songs work that way?

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In a nutshell my small family business has comcast as a isp and a 3d party voip provider. Comcast as a business grade isp is not good in my neck of the woods (Chicago). My research ( google) informed me that I could use a Sonicwall tz215 and a 2nd isp as a fallback in case (ie: when) comcast craps out. can I use the fully configured Cisco router (static ip's for the phones and computers and VoIP stuff ) in line from the Sonicwall. So what I'm thinking is isp/isp-->Sonicwall -->Cisco router -->dumb switch?? Can this be done --if so how?

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Lots of genre TV stars have written memoirs, but do any of them go into detail about life on the convention circuit?For some reason, I rarely read non-historical autobiographies or memoirs, so please forgive me if I'm overlooking an obvious choice here. I'm looking for memoirs, autobiographies, essays, blog posts, etc. from the perspective of sf convention guests, particularly industry and celebrity guests (e.g. Star Trek/Doctor Who/Star Wars/Buffy/Farscape/whatever actors, editors, writers, costume designers, stunt people, propmakers, whatever). Big-name celebrities not necessary, as long as there's reflection on and stories about being a convention guest. P. S. I'd strongly prefer written material over documentaries or videos, but maybe this kind of thing is hard to come by. In that case, if you have an interview clip or something to link, I'll take it! (Context: Research for a fiction project.)

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We're beginning to understand the genes behind how men lost their dick spines. In fact, smooth penises are a derived state in humans; many if not most mammals have some level of spikiness or roughness on the penile tissue. We've known that chimps have penile spines since 1944! However, no one's really quite sure exactly why humans lost their spines. In addition, penis spines are by no means unique to mammals. They are very common in insects, fish, and they even occasionally appear in birds--most of whom have no penises at all! While in some species these spines may serve primarily to remove other males' sperm from the vaginal tract, in many they seem to be used in sexual conflict to bypass female defenses. Of course the most pronounced example of this is traumatic insemination. (Previously.) However, while we understand a surprising amount about the evolution of penile morphology, we understand very little about vaginal and vulval evolution. (It's worth mentioning that the full structure of the human clitoris didn't get a thorough scientific description until 1998.) This is a shame, given how important the story of female evolution is to the story of the evolution of sexual conflict.

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So, I got my MSI from Michigan in 2005. (Bachelor's in English). I worked for 2 years, but then my daughter came along and I've been a full-time parent ever since. I've wanted to go back this past year, but re-entering the workforce has been really difficult! Should I be networking? Having informational interviews? What else? Is it too late to go back?I'm 35 now, and I'm not even sure where to start. I've had two phone interviews and one in-person for public library jobs, but none that have panned out (they're scarce). Any advice would be really great.

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So what is Stephen Colbert doing between TV gigs? Two things: One, growing awesome facial hair and Two, being an awesome Catholic (with Father James Martin).

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The LCD screen just went bad on my Late 2010 Macbook Air. Is it going to be cost prohibitive to replace it?My MBA is my primary computer, so I can't really afford to go without it for too long. Fortunately, it's not the video card because I'm not having a problem hooking it up to a display with my Thunderbolt connector. A quick Googling indicated some people were being charged $600 at the Genius Bar, and I don't feel comfortable throwing that much into a repair. Is that accurate or is there any hope that I could get the screen replaced at a more reasonable amount?

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The White Negro, Norman Mailer, 1957. It is on this bleak scene that a phenomenon has appeared: the American existentialist—the hipster, the man who knows that if our collective condition is to live with instant death by atomic war, relatively quick death by the State as l'univers concentrationnaire, or with a slow death by conformity with every creative and rebellious instinct stifled (at what damage to the mind and the heart and the liver and the nerves no research foundation for cancer will discover in a hurry) , if the fate of twentieth century man is to live with death from adolescence to premature senescence, why then the only life-giving answer is to accept the terms of death, to live with death as immediate danger, to divorce oneself from society, to exist without roots, to set out on that uncharted journey into the rebellious imperatives of the self. The White Negro and the Negro White, Gary T. Marx, 1967 James Baldwin has stated, "We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; ...black is the color of evil" and Negroes must live with this. This paper is concerned with a segment of those who must live with the stigma of being black. It is also concerned with the behavior of some whites who would perhaps say, "White is the color of evil; must middle-class Caucasians live with this?" A Very Complex Thing: The Battleground between James Baldwin and Norman Mailer Norman Mailer: The Autocrat of the Remainder Table Norman Mailer's Hipster Theory: Whatever Became Of The White Negro?, 2007 What Was The Hipster? The hipster was hip Let's Be Clear: Norman Mailer's Wife-Stabbing Was Not Art

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