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Jul. 25th, 2017 08:41 pm
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For some people, loyalty only flows one way.

байки с интервью

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:33 pm
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Интервьюировали одного, principal engineer, with Indian Can't Code Disease.

int Random (1 to List.size)
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void main(Arg[] args) {
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Сегодня с ним по NPR разговаривали.

https://thesternfacts.com/opinion-without-ed-lozansky-trump-russia-could-not-have-happened-c1bf1c4a45ca

https://thesternfacts.com/american-university-in-moscow-linked-to-russian-state-but-fake-like-trumpu-14d157fa234f



"It is quite possibly the only university more fake than Trump University.
American University in Moscow has no listed courses, and no faculty.
It’s a university only in name, supposedly to hand out diplomas equivalent to an MBA in the US to Russian students.
All you have to do today to get one of these “diplomas” — the Russian flavor of the frequently maligned “participation trophy” — is to keep up on your assignments (propaganda reading) and submit a really good 600-word essay to Professor Ed.
Their official website uses a stock photo of Moscow State University, from Wikipedia."

Etc

Tuesday Yardening

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:31 pm
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Today is sunny and mild.  I went out and picked a few blackberries.  My partner Doug mowed grass, and I walked around to see where it was done. 
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На этот раз она даже имеет некоторое (очень отдаленное) отношение к содержанию сборника!!!

Девочка-девочка, тающий старинный пароход-призрак и кровавая рука уже поднимаются по твоей улице!

 

В общем, бывало и хуже, конечно...

С отрывками можно ознакомиться здесь: http://oryx-and-crake.dreamwidth.org/tag/mattress

Cycling Diary: Day 138

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Time in: 48 mins (34 cycling). Time back: 48:30 mins (36 cycling). 722 calories.

Still not up to full stamina yet, but I was pleased that a week of drinking beer in Bavaria hadn't set me back.

The junction heading north into Hyde Park from Exhibition Road continues to be a mystery. It is completely unclear to me how it is meant to work for cyclists. Are we meant to cut across traffic to reach the cycle lane, or gum up the pedestrian crossing, awaiting the crossing to go green so we can cross halted traffic and reach the cycle lane?

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Jul. 25th, 2017 01:15 pm
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Yesterday, instead of lounging about the house in my jammies, I had to get dressed to take the sister creature to the ER .. she has a viral chest infection.

I got home right before ten, so I got to watch Midnight TX on tv.

Today, New Book Tuesday, and I am already tired. But, things to do...

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Jul. 25th, 2017 04:05 pm
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Pitcher plants blooming. Also at least three kinds of bog orchids, and little tiny sundews.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 1

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:47 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "rites / rights." I'll be soliciting ideas for adolescents, parents, heroes, villains, fools, clergy and other officiants, explorers, travelers, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, questioning, debating labels, traveling, accepting the call, refusing the call, getting lost, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, finding your power, speaking truth to power, telling your own story, discovering new places, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, the wilderness, cliffs, trails, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, the hero's journey, birth control, reproductive freedom, alien transitions, self-sacrifice, disruptions, adventures, legal rights, famous geographic passageways, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Rewriting the Narrative" (9 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

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 за прошедшие сутки  боевики 27 раз открывали огонь по позициям ВСУ в зоне проведения антитеррористической операции, в результате чего ранения получили трое украинских военнослужащих.  Ночью террористы открыли огонь из стрелкового оружия и гранатометов по опорным пунктам ВСУ в районе Катериновки. Завязался бой, продлившийся около часа. Днем боевики открывали не прицельный огонь по позициям сил АТО . Попытка разведать позиции сил АТО обернулась для оккупантов позорным бегством с поля боя.   морги и больницы «новороссии» переполнены

На Донбассе больше российских танков, чем у всех стран Западной Европы вместе - спецпредставитель Госдепа

В федеральном парламенте Канады продолжается сбор подписей под петицией расширить санкции против России.

Идентифицированы солдаты ВС РФ, которые потеряли БПЛА «Тахион» на Донбассе

Интересно, что в Кремль мать ефрейтора за помощью не суётся. На обожаемое ею Кисель-TV тоже. Видимо, хорошо знает, чего ждать от Отечества. Вместо Кремля и Останкино она приехала в Киев. К тем самым людоедам.  С простой домотканой мыслью, тщательно вышитой киселёвыми по лазурному полю её безмозглости: ефрейтор «защищал мирных жителей от ВСУ». И заявляет она это всё президенту Украины.

Потеря контроля над частью территории Луганщины: ЕСПЧ вынес первое решение по жалобе против Украины. ЕСПЧ решил, что Украина не нарушила конвенцию.

 фейк: российские СМИ затрубили о "конце украинского авиапрома". Кабинет министров ликвидировал авиастроительный концерн "Антонов" .РоссСМИ отреагировали на новость материалами о якобы "уничтожении украинского авиапрома ". Однако ликвидация концерна "Антонов" проходит в рамках реорганизации предприятий, входивших в его состав. Речь идет о госпредприятия ГП "Антонов", "Завод 410 гражданской авиации", "Харьковское государственное авиационное производственное предприятие". Их еще в 2015 году правительство все передало в управление  госконцерна "Укроборонпром". С тех пор ГП "Антонов" увеличил прибыль в 4 раза. "ГП" Антонов "продолжает работать в штатном режиме

Сотрудники Службы безопасности Украины в последнее время задокументировали несколько фактов организации российскими кураторами псевдопротестних акций, направленных на искусственное разжигание межэтнических конфликтов в различных регионах нашей страны. Основная цель РФ дестабилизировать общественно-политическую ситуацию в Украине. Все фейковые акции организуются по схожему сценарию, координируются специально предназначенными кураторами, которые находятся на территории России. 

Сотрудники СБУ пресекли попытки устроить псевдомитинги этнических болгар в Одесской и Запорожской областях. Антиукраинськи меры заказал бывший руководитель организации "Молодые регионы" Сергей Хижняк. Сейчас скрывается в России

В Одессе сотрудники Службы безопасности Украины разоблачили антиукраинскую пропагандистскую группу, которую координировали с территории России. Члены преступной группы пропагандировали антиукраинскую идеологию.   Сначала они придерживались проукраинской идеологии, но потом начинали поддерживать "русский мир".

 беглый Фучеджи, разыскиваемый по подозрению в организации массовых беспорядков в Одессе 2 мая 2014, стал гражданином России

Запрет георгиевской ленты в действии: рассказали о первых нарушителях

 цікавенна переписка із одним із "українських" ЗМІ

Деньги не пахнут: товары из Беларуси массово отправляются в Донецк и Луганск, а на белорусских заводах производят алкоголь под торговыми марками фирм, финансирующих боевиков. Мониторинг ассортимента торговых сетей на подконтрольных пророссийским сепаратистам территориях Украины показывает, что там представлена продукция как минимум пяти из восьми предприятий "Минск Кристал Групп". Два завода, Гродненский и Мозырский, даже не скрывают факт прямых поставок на подконтрольные сепаратистам территории.

На оккупированном Крыме площади виноградников сократились втрое

Киркоров отказался извиняться перед жителями Ялты за "свинство" на набережной

Смешная история. русские устали от русских

Poetry Fishbowl Themes for Late 2017

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:13 pm
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The poll has concluded. These are the upcoming themes:

August 1
Rites / rights of passage

September 5
Families of Choice

October 3
Otherkin and Other-nesses

November 7
Outlandish Occupations

December 5
Hearth and Home

January 2, 2018
Do you believe in magic?

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a funny comic kind of picture that has a cat wrapped in a purrito - cover for a funny step by step guide to giving your cat its medicine.

Ever have to give you cat medicine? A pill or even liquid? Oh and remember all the hassle? The scratching, the meowing the moving and in the end no medicine is given, but its all over the floor... well, don't worry! We have an easy step by step guide on how to do this without all the hassle! 

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Politically isolated

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:25 pm
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I feel completely out of step with most of my friends politically. UK politics, very gloomy )

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Jul. 25th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Polyamory and autism

...in conclusion, I am polya?

(I have not been so identifying because reasons. But this article points out a couple things I hadn't thought about.)

Yay Mango Languages app

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:05 pm
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...so how do I type (what I presume are) hiragana with an American keyboard?

...wait

victory may be mine

こんにちは

\o/

Tuesday roadkill report

Jul. 25th, 2017 11:32 am
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Probable raccoon corpse across from the golf course. Only probable, being in the weeds on the far side of a US highway.

Nothing particular in the floral department. If you want to gather lupine seeds, the heads are dry now.

Got out on the bike, usual weekday route. No sign of the cemetery heron.

15.26 miles, 1:13:12

Falling down a...

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:37 pm
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...no, not falling down a rabbit hole. Or even falling to the floor, which I've now not done in, oh, more than a year, I guess. 

At least I've never found myself falling down a rubbish chute. Yeah, not yet, anyhow!

The strangest places where someone can read about the oddest happenings are, well, spots in which I tend to spend too much time. That said, I'll leave you with this story, without spending overmuch time to make it sound like a Twilight Zone episode:

So, lessee... About 3 a.m., a man goes to throw away stuff down a rubbish chute, becomes confused as to whether his phone was in the bag he just tossed away, so he leans in a bit too far and plummets down the chute to find his phone had been in his pocket all along. Still and all, he's now found himself at the bottom of the chute, which I'm envisioning like the ick in 'Star Wars,' as his rescuers pumped air down to him as they worked to get him out, which happened after about an hour after he first fell in. O.O

DC man fell into a trash chute because of his phone


Lucie Bilodeau

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:24 pm
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Posted by TSE

Alastair Meeks on the similarities with 1914

The biggest avoidable catastrophe of the twentieth century was the outbreak of the First World War.  A single act of terrorism emanating from a small pre-modern state was allowed by mishandling by several different nations to escalate into a war that devastated a continent.  Historians continue to argue to this day about the causes.  It is often observed that the Russian mobilisation plans entailed rigid planning.  The steps that the Russians took that were necessary to undertake war became steps that made war almost inevitable.  The process became the plan.

An avoidable catastrophe of the twenty-first century is looming.  From Britain’s unexpected vote to leave the EU last year, mishandling by both Britain and the EU is escalating a tricky but potentially soluble problem into a potentially devastating fiasco.  Once again, the rigid advance planning is the problem.

You could hardly accuse the British of rigid advance planning.  The Cabinet itself is riven over the approach that should be adopted.  As a result, its institutional planning is paralysed.

No, the problem lies with the EU.  It has defined its process as follows:

“The main purpose of the negotiations will be to ensure the United Kingdom’s orderly withdrawal so as to reduce uncertainty and, to the extent possible, minimise disruption caused by this abrupt change.

To that effect, the first phase of negotiations will aim to:

provide as much clarity and legal certainty as possible to citizens, businesses, stakeholders and international partners on the immediate effects of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union;

settle the disentanglement of the United Kingdom from the Union and from all the rights and obligations the United Kingdom derives from commitments undertaken as Member State.

The European Council will monitor progress closely and determine when sufficient progress has been achieved to allow negotiations to proceed to the next phase…

… an overall understanding on the framework for the future relationship should be identified during a second phase of the negotiations under Article 50 TEU….

… To the extent necessary and legally possible, the negotiations may also seek to determine transitional arrangements which are in the interest of the Union and, as appropriate, to provide for bridges towards the foreseeable framework for the future relationship in the light of the progress made…

The two year timeframe set out in Article 50 TEU ends on 29 March 2019.”

This is very prescriptive.  But almost all of this process has nothing to do with Article 50’s requirements and instead it has been conjured up by bureaucrats.  In fact, it is doubtful whether this phased approach is aligned with Article 50, since Article 50 requires the EU to act “taking account of the framework for [the departing state’s] future relationship with the Union”, an obligation which is only referenced in the second phase and not at all in the main purpose of the negotiations.  If the second phase is not reached (which has to be a distinct possibility), the EU will have failed to meet its obligations.

Worse, the process is designed to eat up time.  The EU’s Article 50 train lines look rigid and cumbersome.  The items in phase 1 are hardly free from controversy and progress might be slow.  But the matters to be dealt with in phase 2 are also highly important to both sides, and the time to consider them may be very compressed indeed.  Perhaps the idea was that the EU can impose its take on a Britain that by then might be desperate to get a bad deal rather than no deal.  If so, that always looked like a risky gamble but with a hung Parliament it now looks reckless.  If the EU sticks to its agreed plan, the risk of a disorderly departure must be very substantial.  As with the Russian mobilisation arrangements, the process is becoming the plan.

Another similarity with July 1914 also presents itself.  No nation actively wanted a continent-wide war.  But no one wanted peace enough to take the steps necessary to avoid a full conflagration.  Both the EU and Britain want a deal.  But neither at present looks willing to compromise enough to make a deal achievable.  So right now it looks more likely than not that no deal will be achieved.  Brace yourselves.

Alastair Meeks


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Jul. 25th, 2017 03:43 pm
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Знаете, что меня вчера озадачило? У одной хорошей девушки в жж прочитала фразу одну. Если хочется что-нибудь испечь, а дома толком ничего нет, то пеките манник.
У меня такое удивление было) У меня манка была только в ребенковском младенчестве. С тех пор покупали только, когда дедуля заболел и хотел манной каши.
При этом я ее люблю. Иногда даже покупаю в магазине готовую кашу в маленьких стаканчиках, как йогурты продают, чисто полакомиться. Но дома вообще нет.

Мне вот просто интересно, а у вас манка есть?)

T minus two weeks

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:53 am
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I had a pretty good weekend - went to see Valerian with the usual suspects on Saturday and Dunkirk with my mom on Sunday. I don't usually seek out war movies, but Dunkirk was more a story of survival, and the braided narrative structure helped to make an overwhelmingly large-scale event feel character-driven. I would see it again. On the other hand, Valerian was surprisingly disappointing. The visuals were amazing, but the humor and ensemble feel of Fifth Element were missing, and the human characters had no depth. It reminded me more of Jupiter Ascending, except JA was more fun.

I've made some progress on reorganizing the kids' bedrooms. I had originally considered moving both bookshelves into Connor's room, but now I'm thinking a better use of space would be to leave Will's shelves intact and figure out some new clothing storage. Right now, most of Connor's clothes are stored in Will's room in their old changing table, and Will's shirts and jeans are in stacks on the floor. Some lightweight, relatively narrow storage shelves might be a good solution in both rooms.

I was inspired to start yet another knitting project following a conversation with my mother-in-law last week. I had read about Moebius strip scarves but hadn't tried making one until now. They're surprisingly fun!

I've also successfully cleaned out the worst of my email inbox and cleared some space on the DVR. Breathing room is good.

Today we're going to go see what's new at the McWane Center, since we haven't been all summer.

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Jul. 25th, 2017 08:21 am
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Can we talk hobbies?

I recently gave up on the idea that I would ever make jewelry again and gave away nearly all of my beads. I donated the box and found a smaller box for the repair tools. The beads I kept are intended for adding to knitting projects.

Oh, knitting.

That large collection of yarn, patterns, supplies.

I decided to do something. I've long been on a "yarn diet" in which I do not buy new yarn. I do not go into the yarn store. I do not look at yarn online. I have accepted yarn from a friend when she moved--she has good stuff. But mostly, I am using up what I have.

I gave away some yarn I'll just never use. I went through patterns and got rid of the ones I'll never make. I gave away the stitch markers I don't like. I gave away knitting baubles I didn't want in the first place. And I am using up scraps in projects. My knitting things are more under control. I did buy some yarn that I've used immediately in some scrap projects. Now I am creating a stash of knitted things for gifts, or for charity auctions, or local charities, or whatever strikes me. I am making those projects I've had prepped for quite some time and I am taking apart projects I stopped working on to regain control of the needles, beads, and yarn. I will have to start over using some yarn. And that's okay. I keep it in check now.

Universal nasty

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:03 am
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How South Park helped raise a generation of trolls

The Big Idea: Tal M. Klein

Jul. 25th, 2017 11:56 am
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Posted by John Scalzi

Teleportation: A great idea, but with some practical… problems. It’s a physics thing. In this Big Idea for The Punch Escrow, author Tal M. Klein wonders, what if you could solve those problems, not with physics, but with another branch of human intellectual endeavor entirely?

TAL M. KLEIN:

F#*%ing transporters, how do they work?

It was the Ides of March of 2012. I had just started a new job and was chatting with a co-worker about lens flare. Specifically, I was ranting about J.J. Abrams’ penchant for gratuitous lens flare, using the Star Trek reboot as an example, when all of a sudden the conversation was interrupted by our CEO.

“It’s bullshit!” he shouted.

(He wasn’t talking about the lens flare.)

Our CEO wielded a PhD in Computer Science and was using it to fight with Star Trek, or more specifically its transporters. He went on to monologue about Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, explaining that the position and the velocity of an object couldn’t both be measured exactly, at the same time, even in theory, and in the highly improbable likelihood that somehow someone did manage to circumvent the uncertainty principle, they’d still have to contend with the no-cloning theorem, which stated that it was impossible to create an identical copy of any unknown quantum state.

Here is what I heard: “Teleportation is impossible because physics.”

Now let’s be clear, I’m not a scientist. What I am is a product man. I build and market technology products for a living. Having bet my career on startups, my brain senses opportunity where others see impossibility. In fact, whenever anyone tells me I can’t do something, my mind automatically appends a “yet” to the end of their statement.

My favorite author growing up was Larry Niven. This fact is germane here because the first thing that came to mind during the CEO’s aforementioned monologue was a Niven essay entitled Exercise in Speculation: The Theory and Practice of Teleportation, part of a collection called All The Myriad Ways. Niven’s spiel on teleportation explored the pros and cons of the myriad ways (see what I did there) we might achieve commercialized human teleportation. The science was interesting, but what I remembered latching on to as a kid was his take on the anthropological impact of teleportation.

Niven’s itch was akin to what angered my CEO: If we discount for Star Trek’s technobabble and defer to actual physics, then every time Scotty teleported Captain Kirk he was actually killing him in one place and “printing him out” somewhere else.

This destructive teleportation variant of the twin maker trope has been explored almost ad nauseum. Though there are several good stories and movies that address the existential problems teleportation could introduce should it ever become a viable transportation mechanism, none have adequately presented a marketable solution to that problem — at least none that might pass muster with an anthropologist.

How come nobody ever discussed how society might come to adopt teleportation in the first place, I wondered. Science fiction seemed to lack a scientifically plausible teleportation mechanism that could be deemed safe enough to commercialize in the near future.

So, I decided to solve the teleportation problem — with marketing!

In my day job as a chief marketing officer, when I’m asked to play out this kind of go-to-market strategy problem, I use a game theory methodology known as Wardley mapping; an augmentation of value chain mapping. The “product” came in the form of the Punch Escrow. It’s the MacGuffin that makes teleportation safe and thus both scientifically and anthropologically plausible. The value of mapping in predicting the future is based in pragmatism. If we can assess what components of tech will become commoditized in society, we can envision innovations that build on those commodities in alignment with basic needs, making their commercialization more plausible.

Consulting with a real life quantum physicist, I used the Wardley mapping approach to understand the teleportation problem and then solve for it: When someone teleports, the Punch Escrow is a chamber in which the they are held — in escrow — until they safely arrive at their final destination. That way if anything goes wrong during teleportation, the “conductor” could just cancel the trip and the traveler would safely walk out at the point of origin as if nothing happened.

But how does one market this scenario given the very obvious twin maker issue?

A capitalist society will always want to get from point A to point B faster and on-demand. I don’t think anyone would argue that safe teleportation is a highly desirable mode of transport. The Punch Escrow makes it possible, and International Transport (the company behind commercial teleportation in the 22nd century) effectively brands it as “safe.” To wit, critics of early steam locomotives avowed that the human body was not meant to move faster than fifty miles an hour. Intelligent people with impeccable credentials worried that female passengers’ uteruses might be ejected from their bodies as trains accelerated! Others suspected that a human body might simply melt at such speeds. You know what? It didn’t matter. People wanted to get from point A to point B faster, train tycoons marketed to that desire with implied underpinnings of safety, and trains took off.

Just as locomotives didn’t transform our world into a dystopia, it stands to reason teleportation won’t either. Yes, people die in train accidents (not because their organs fly out of their orifices, I should add), but the benefit is anthropologically perceived as greater than the risk. Same goes with commercial flight. Of course you’ve heard the axiom, “If God had meant man to fly…” — that didn’t seem to stop droves of us from squeezing into small flying metal tubes in the sky. Today, we face similar fears with autonomous vehicles, but I’m certain that the marketers will calm our nerves. I believe within a generation the notion of manual driving will seem as esoteric a means of getting around as a horse and carriage. Maybe the same will be said of teleportation a century from now?

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The Punch Escrow: Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Indiebound|Powell’s

Read an excerpt. Visit the author’s site. Follow him on Twitter.


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Posted by Tove K. Danovich

After World War II, Americans were ready to fill their lives — and kitchens — with cheerful colors and kitsch.

It wouldn't be surprising. The cheerful, vintage pieces are durable and able to help with almost any culinary task. And passionate collectors have devoted blogs, fan groups and social media to it.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Morgan Mancha)

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Jul. 25th, 2017 07:29 am
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Overcast, air temperature 57 F, wind NNE about 10 mph. Roads still damp. Balancing act between bike ride and visitors.

The new astrology

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:07 am
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Of course it’s science! Look at all those equations!

Thanx to [personal profile] andrewducker
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Внимательный зритель заметит, что подпись на картине гласит Robert Girrard - это у Кинкейда псевдоним для серии картин в таком вот стиле.

The M word

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:53 am
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Elitism has come to mean “rule by rich people who went to Ivy League schools.” Now, meritocracy is coming to mean “rule by rich people who went to Ivy League schools.” Wouldn’t it be nice to have a word for “having things done by people who are good at them”?

Thanx to Slate Star Codex

QotD

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:24 am
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"[I]n late 2015, I came across a set of pictures with no identifying text. They appeared to show a gigantic apartment in what looked, from the windows, very much like New York. But I know Manhattan and its sophisticated style pretty well, and at first glance, you would think the place didn't belong to an American but to a Russian oligarch, or possibly a Saudi prince with a second home in the United States. There were overscaled rooms, and obviously incorrect-looking historical detailing and proportions. The home had lots of gilded French furniture and the strange impersonal look of a hotel lobby, with chairs and sofas placed uncomfortably far from one another. There were masses of gold; there were the usual huge chandeliers, branded relics of famous sportsmen like Muhammad Ali, and mushroom-colored marble floors. There was relatively little in the way of paintings, but otherwise, the place reeked of dictator chic. As it turned out, this familiar yet unfamiliar apartment -- a familiar style to me by then, but in an unlikely location -- belonged to Donald Trump, who by then was running for president. This was the penthouse of the potential leader of the free world." -- Peter York, "Trump's Dictator Chic," Politico [thanks to [info] b>realinterrobang for quoting this earlier]

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