“Looking back, the most charitable interpretation I can put on the whole experience is that maybe when large bureaucracies start moving in one direction, they reach a point when they can no longer resist their own momentum. Someone at the school made a bad judgment about our son, the system clanked into motion and from then on there was no stopping it. It certainly felt like we were caught in a machine that had no guilt about telling lies, no inhibitions about destroying children and families. And as far as we could see, there was no reason for any of it other than carelessness and arrogance and, in the end, self-protection. It served no function except, perhaps, to save the district some money on movement therapy. When the judge asked what could possibly justify the open-ended suspension of a first-grader from school, the district declared that our son presented ‘a danger to others’ – including a danger to the adults at the school. By this stage, our son was six years and eight months old.”—
“Yeah, it just took your breath away because it was so different looking. The shapes are very different depending on what perspective you have walking around the aircraft. But nowhere did it look like anything flying to this day.”—
A while back, I asked for good sci-fi to be reading, and I got a set of recommendations for books that I’ve absolutely loved. I won’t go into the spoilery details, but these are booked that I heartily recommend and would love to talk about.
Red Rising, Pierce Brown - It’s a first novel, but don’t hold that against it. Sci-Fi, a little dystopian, and a very fascinating universe of strata.
Silo Saga - Wool, Shift and Dust, Hugh Howey - It’s been a while since I was this engrossed and this haunted by a set of books. This one made me really uncomfortable in places, haunted my dreams, kept me up nights because I just had to go a little farther. Howey really nailed it.
“The top Army prosecutor for sexual assault cases has been suspended after a lawyer who worked for him recently reported he’d groped her and tried to kiss her at a sexual-assault legal conference more than two years ago.”—
I can’t wait for him to come to Philly and find out that a lot of fans don’t believe he lifted weights to look that way. Ah well.
It’s clearly the cookies. And by cookies I mean weights.
I don’t think of Harper as the kind of kid that’s going to go out and do a buncha drugs. He had some surgery in the offseason to fix his knee, and I’m pretty sure his Dad would beat him silly with rebar if he took any chances with that rehab by cutting corners.
Maybe I’m wrong.
Maybe I’m not.
But the good news is: Philly fans believe the worst about everyone. ;)
Ribollita is a Tuscan vegetable stew. It’s typically vegan or vegetarian, depending on whether you throw parmesan rind into the broth, though if you wanted to use a little bacon to flavor it I wouldn’t judge.
“With such an acute need for enhanced computer power, you would think the U.S. government would have initiated the acquisition of new weather supercomputers immediately and just as quickly begin testing the improved weather forecasting models that would move to the new system. If you thought that, you would be wrong. Today, a year after the funds became available a new NWS supercomputer has not been ordered. The reason given? IBM’s sale of its server division to Lenovo.”—Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Where is the National Weather Service’s New Supercomputer?
“This past week, DC’s Office of Tax and Revenue sent out the FY 2015 (which begins in October 2014) appraisals for property taxes in the city. That means: if you own a house or a condo or a plot of land, the city assesses the value of that land and property so it can tax it appropriately. Property taxes represent about a third of the annual budgetary pie for the District, and the largest single revenue line item on the city’s budget. This year, I got the assessment from the city and had to go find a place to sit down.”—
Hi Tom,I saw your post after realizing I had clicked on that link and started the download, but I don't know if I officially finished it or not. The installer opened another thing that wanted me to download a jdinstaller and that's where I stopped. I'm using a mac, and I'm wondering if you know if I could be effected by the same maleware issue as the client mentioned.
This also explains why Lucas’ attempt to get Frank’s texts back via a hacker on the dark net (BWAHAHAHAHAH, sorry I couldn’t type that with a straight face) wouldn’t be successful even if he got the raw data. He’d have needed either Zoe’s or Frank’s phones.
And all of this is a spoiler for House of Cards Season 2.
“To veto this isn’t to strip rights from believers, who are still protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as the First Amendment and established custom. If you’re a conservative Christian in Arizona, you can still reject same-sex weddings at your church, keep gays out of your organizations, and fire them for their sexuality. But, if you’re working in the open market, you can’t deny them service on the basis of their identity. To most Americans, this is fair. To conservative pundits, it’s a step away from feeding Christians to lions.”—The Victim Complex of Bigots - The Daily Beast
why do documents in adobe acrobat open at 147%? why that number? it’s so arbitrary and it bothers the fuck out of me. 100% is optimal for viewing and editing and i don’t appreciate the program opening my shit at 147%.
Windows’ native pixel density is 96 pixels per inch.
A standard letter sized document is 8.5 inches wide.
96ppi × 8.5in = 816 pixels wide.
But your screen is 1200 pixels wide (probably). So it zooms it in full-screen style.
“However, most of us will probably eventually see at least a brief period of winter weather. How much and how big an impact the storm might have across the area is the giant question mark. Once the storm exits the region, another jolt of cold air will arrive.”—
“We’re losing much of a generation. They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.”—