I would be more excited about this if it weren’t replacing a dead drive.
I started off thinking that if nothing else, this chart demonstrates just how unhappy people seem to be in the red countries. That is, I don’t think a country of women who choose to end more than half of all pregnancies can be said to be happy with the conditions under which they live.
But then I noticed that the color for 30.0-49.9% is the same as the color for 50.0-66.6%, so I started digging around for data. I found a list with some slightly more up-to-date data.
So Russia is at 39.9%, nearly twice the United States, but no country quite hits 50% any more.
The parallels between bitcoins and frequent flyer miles are staggering.
Except frequent flyer miles are more stable in value, because there’s a small group of central authorities: the airlines.
Keith Giles (via gospelofthekingdom)
A million times, this. People get so hung up on what their pet Jesus would do that they completely forget what the real Jesus actually did.
Jesus is not tame.
I don’t know if some of you have been to these live reads at LACMA, where a classic film is read live on stage by actors who just sit and read the script. We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles — they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments — the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast.
It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, “It’s boring to play the girl role!” And I said, “Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!
Olivia Wilde crushing it when she talks about women in Hollywood. (via wildroses-peonies) (via dduane)
This is dumb, and here’s why: when I type in my office address, I get “worry.scans.deck,” but zooming in on the map shows that’s just one of many grid blocks outside the building. I can move closer to the door and get “feared.calm.polite” or “minus.drama.accept,” or just inside the door and get “using.opens.oven,” but none of them have any relationship to each other. The address isn’t useful without the company’s web service or app.
If I remember only that the building is on Page Mill Road somewhere, I can drive along Page Mill Road until I recognize it. But if I remember that the address includes something-something-oven, or maybe something-oven-something, that information is useless. There is no resilience in the address at all.
They’ve gained precision, at the loss of anything actually useful. As an improvement over GPS coordinates, sure, maybe. Or maybe not. Words are easier to remember than numbers, I suppose, but If I’m out hiking and injure myself, ideally I need some sort of signal to accurately identify where I am, and I trust a GPS signal to reach me better than a stable internet connection. More to the point, if rescuers or a friend are heading in my direction, it’s easier for them to move in a direction and watch their current digits get closer to my target digits.
Quick: you’re at “worry.scans.deck.” In which direction is “minus.drama.accept”? Your friend’s life depends on it!
For that matter, if you’re going hiking, it’s easy to download and print GPS maps in case you don’t have a signal at all, and can only communicate via walkie-talkie. If my iPhone is working well enough to tell me what my three-word location is, I can just use “Find Friends” to connect even more easily than that.
Ultimately, this ridiculous idea seems like a scam to convince businesses to purchase one-word shortcuts. Count me out.
I’m not sure how to change this, given our Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of expression, but it seems to me having unions give hundreds of millions of dollars to one one party doesn’t make for anything like a reasonable political system.
Of course, the largest strong contributor (72%) to the other party comes in at #25 on the list, and has apparently provided roughly $20.7 million to the Republican (and $8.1 million to the Democrats). That’s Altria, formerly Philip Morris. The tobacco people.
But that doesn’t even begin to touch the top donors, almost exclusively unions, almost exclusively donating to Democrats.
I love unions in theory, but these beasts are clearly breaking the political process in America.
Last night for dinner I tossed a chicken breast in a skillet and, as it cooked, cut it up with kitchen scissors. Somewhere in here I dumped two “cups” of rice in the rice cooker. Then I poured into the skillet a jar of Trader Joe’s Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce and let it simmer until the rice cooker popped.
The result was fantastically delicious, plenty for my brother and me, and cost less than $5.
TJS GREEN CURRY SIMMER SAUCE 2.49
TJ'S BNLS SNLS CHICKEN BREASTS 6.16
I only used about a third of the chicken (one breast of three), and I already had the rice, but rice is cheap.