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April 03, 2015

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R. Sherman

Some art for you.

The Lurker on the Threshold

3D-printed car isn’t fast or pretty.

They really shouldn't have used easy-cheese when they printed it.

dw

This.

I don't know if it's art but I know I like it.
Also like the fluids in a fish tank video. Should I drop my acid now?

David

Should I drop my acid now?

It is Friday.

svh

Free sausage roll.

Every cloud...

sackcloth and ashes

Re: the San Francisco 1971 photos. I half expected to see one of Inspector Callahan.

David

I half expected to see one of Inspector Callahan.

I’ve been reliably informed that some of the less, er, savoury establishments are still there.

Joan

One for David.

https://twitter.com/gm_stone/status/583933008371183616

David

One for David.

The Guardian is closing its Shoreditch coffee shop? The supposedly high-tech “data-driven” coffee-shop that didn’t have Wi-Fi, and which would have had to sell around 30,000 coffees a day, every day, for at least five years to have any hope of offsetting the Guardian’s annual losses?

Who could have foreseen such a calamity?

wtp

Something I learned today from the in-laws that seems to fit the FE criteria. Though perhaps the resident doctor(s) are familiar...

Throckmorton sign, is a term that refers to the position of a penis as it relates to pathology on an x-ray of a pelvis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Thomas_sign

Connor

11-hour video of sleeping puppies.

http://boingboing.net/2015/04/03/watch-five-puppies-sleep-for-e.html

Rob

I suspect these people may be nerds.

So watching other people watching film trailers is what we're doing now. Okay.

David

So watching other people watching film trailers is what we’re doing now. Okay.

Oh, it’s definitely a thing. I quite like it, in that it highlights the skill that goes into editing a good trailer, the peaks, teases and timing of money shots. And the viewers’ enthusiasm can be quite infectious. Though I’ve never felt a need to clutch my cheeks in shock or wear a plastic Thor helmet.

dicentra

I'm always up for some DIY trepanation.

EVERYONE should be able to hear the voices in my head.

dicentra

It's been a great day for Twitter:

Larry Correia pwns Entertainment Weekly.

Sally Kohn remains unclear on the relationship between law and government. Very unclear. Either that or 4chan hacked her account to make her look incredibly foolish.

CBS fails chemistry.

Sci-fi writer John Scalzi twigs to currency not having inherent value.

And finally, Hitler opines on the same-sex wedding cake debate.

David

Sally Kohn remains unclear on the relationship between law and government.

After a day of good weather and nearby countryside, I’m having to play catch-up. I gather Ms Kohn is “one of the leading progressive voices in America” and “a thorn in the side of the status quo.”

Also logicians.

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What’s fascinating is that, having made an absurd and baffling claim in front of tens of thousands of people, and having had this error pointed out to her dozens of times in dozens of ways, using her own pet causes, Ms Kohn has decided not to concede her mistake and rethink her premises. Instead, she’s doubling down on her own stupidity, as if logic will simply go away if she can talk long enough.

WTP

Kohn is being perfectly rational. After decades of this sort of reasoning being taught in higher education, this is the way a significant majority thinks. Especially the part of that majority that has access to the thinking reproduction/reinforcing mechanisms of TV, movies, and education. She may get some pushback for stating this, but she can remain quite confident in her stupidity because that is how anyone she knows who matters thinks. Sure, there may be other people who appear on Fox News who say otherwise but they're just subversive beings (reaching for the Scientology phrase, perhaps that's not it but that's the idea). She is by no means alone nor an outlier.

David

She may get some pushback for stating this, but she can remain quite confident in her stupidity because that is how anyone she knows who matters thinks.

Another leftwing journalist, the New Republic’s Elizabeth Bruenig, seems to have issues with facts and logic. Say, whether a crime actually happened or not, or whether a person was innocent or not. Indeed, says Ms Bruenig, a reliance on such things – that’s facts and logic - is a “rightwing tactic.” You see, we mustn’t let “complications or mitigating factors” – again, facts and logic - get in the way of a hysterical narrative.

wtp

Ah...you refer to this Elizabeth Bruening:

https://twitter.com/SonnyBunch/status/585224710197219328/photo/1

But again, we're talking even further down the tail of the dog. In this case a young fool who shouldn't have been handed a metaphorical loaded gun. The problem is with who trained her. The problem is who her editor is (tweets aside). These people of greater responsibility need to be called out. To be clear, I'm not excusing her but just saying that the more worthy/effective targets are further upstream. Is/are the school/instructors where she learned her "journalism" being questioned in any way? Do they support this sort of product or do we simply allow them to remain silent, protected in their ivory towers?

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