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  1. Please continue to keep @elizabite, @thedza, and baby T in your thoughts / prayers / whathaveyous

    @elizabite to me, in reply to me bitching about a cold:

    Oh no. I am sorry things are bad right now. {{hugs}} to you all.

    What @elizabite has been dealing with:

    Sweet baby T is in the hospital. While she is incredibly resilient, T is still very sick with enterovirus meningitis/ encephalitis.

    Oh, and @thedza has also been in the hospital with meningitis.

    But she was still sympathetic to my measly little cold.

    sigh

    I really am a giant ball of selfish asshole.

    Allow me to belatedly say: I’m sorry things are bad for you (plural!) right now. Hugs to you all! (Well… once you’re no longer wearing the gowns, etc.)

  2. lindstifa:

BFF

p.s. - nobody tell Lindsay I actually haven’t had any cold meds

    lindstifa:

    BFF

    p.s. - nobody tell Lindsay I actually haven’t had any cold meds

  3. ☛ When a Man Grabs You on the Subway and Tries to Drag You Down a Flight of Stairs

    Just now a man grabbed me from behind by the strap of my totebag because, apparently, I exited the subway car before him.

    — Nozlee S-H (@nzle) August 27, 2014

    As I said the other day on Twitter, I feel like I have only just recently learned of the Every Dayness of what women are forced to live with. As in, I was aware of rape, abuse, harassment, but I was not aware of how much crap women face in the course of just a normal day.

    I still don’t know what I can do about it most of the time, but at the very least I can make sure that others know about it as well.

    The story at the link above isn’t very long, and it gives more of the story surrounding that quote above.

    Guys: when we see stuff like this happening, it’s our responsibility to say that “Hey, what you are doing is not OK.”

  4. Please Let Me Have This One

    So, because I was sick, The Boy went to school with his teacher.

    (Did I mention that his teacher is our next door neighbor? Yup.)

    The Boy, making small talk, mentioned that our Internet had been down. She said that they had just switched this spring to a different company and were paying a lot less, and were much happier with it.

    “Plus there’s no quota.”

    In case you’ve somehow missed me complaining about it at least once a week in the past forever, we pay about $130+tax for 20 GB per month. That’s not a typo.

    In case you don’t have any idea how much bandwidth you use per month, let me just go out on a limb and say that you probably use more than 20 GB even in just casual Internet usage. It works out to about 666 MB/day. An update for an iPad or iPhone/iPod touch can easily exceed that. I have our computers locked down tightly and we still managed to burn through about 2 GB in about 30 minutes the other day.

    It’s a constant, daily frustration. Even without watching video, or even streaming audio, we are always running into the quota.

    So I checked the company’s website to see what they were offering… I was half-expecting it to be some “Hey, look, we’ve brought back dialup-internet access!”

    But it wasn’t.

    It’s pretty much what we have now.

    Except $40/month.

    But no quota.

    And no contract. (Remember the fiber people wanted a FIVE YEAR contract?)

    They are supposed to send someone out to verify that they can get service to us. Now, since our next-door neighbor has it, chances are good, but our house is a little lower “line of sight”-wise, so there’s a chance that maybe it won’t work. But if it can, they could have it installed NEXT WEEK.

    Look, I don’t ask for much… ok, that’s probably not true… but still, I really, really hope this works out. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of time and energy I spend trying to make this stupid quota thing work every month.

  5. lindstifa:

BOOM.

They go by the nickname… ASS COPs™

Not Really.

probably

    lindstifa:

    BOOM.

    They go by the nickname… ASS COPs™

    Not Really.

    probably

  6. toolatelurker wrote...

    Ow. No break on the mobile app, and when I try to scroll past the list, the app crashes. (Could be due to old iPad Mini, but... ow. Just ow.)

    OH COME ON. The mobile app STILL doesn’t support ‘Read Later’?

    Sorry. I thought that had been fixed ages ago.

    I’ve taken the post down so it won’t kill anyone else’s Dashboard.

    FFS, Tumblr.

  7. Today Only Amazon Books on Sale

    Today, September 2, 2014, save up to 85% on more than 1,000 Kindle eBooks for Students.

    Who has time to look up 1,000+ books on Amazon?

    No one.

    So I wrote a shell script.

    A complete list of all of the titles, linked to their Amazon pages, is after the break.

    The deal is only until probably 3:00 a.m. (US/Eastern) so hurry.

    Update: Sorry if this broke anyone’s Dashboard earlier. I’ve moved the list to here:

    http://files.luo.ma/temp/amazon-2014-09-02.html

  8. lindstifa:

    tj:

    I was going to post this on Monday for lindstifa before her Big Cheese Exam, but didn’t want to risk it rattling her nerves before the exam. I feel safe posting it today because I know she has other things on her mind now.

    I hate you.

  9. Did You Notice…

If you are scrolling through your dashboard and tap at the top (which scrolls you to the top) the “Home” icon changes to an arrow pointing down?

Tapping the arrow will bring you back to where you were before you scrolled to the top.

I still prefer XKit (except for its lack of Markdown support) but this is a nice feature.

    Did You Notice…

    If you are scrolling through your dashboard and tap at the top (which scrolls you to the top) the “Home” icon changes to an arrow pointing down?

    Tapping the arrow will bring you back to where you were before you scrolled to the top.

    I still prefer XKit (except for its lack of Markdown support) but this is a nice feature.

  10. lnthefade:

I don’t know who this J. Matthew guy is, but I do know from two days spent reading twitter replies, tumblr posts, comments and reddit screenshots that this is too prevalent an attitude. There are too many men out there who feel they are owed something from women, who think they have a proprietary ownership over the bodies of females. This stretches from seeing them naked, to denying their rights to abortions and birth control, to not listening when they say no.
I don’t know how these men were raised at home, but it’s my feeling that they were partially raised by a society which implicitly allows these attitudes, encourages them even, by having a large portion of the population shrug at these circumstances with a “boys will be boys” attitude. It doesn’t just come from what goes on inside homes, but from the entertainment industry, advertising, and the judicial system that lets a rapist go free and continue on with his high school football career while his victim continues to suffer. 
It’s all tied together. And it sucks.
This arrogant little screed by Johnny encapsulates all of that. 
So what do we do about the Johnnys of the world? How do we fight back against that? And how do we keep every new generation of males from becoming Johnnys? 
And “don’t take nude selfies” is not part of that answer. That’s part of the problem.

"It’s not fair that you get to choose who sees you naked." What the actual fuck is wrong with people?

    lnthefade:

    I don’t know who this J. Matthew guy is, but I do know from two days spent reading twitter replies, tumblr posts, comments and reddit screenshots that this is too prevalent an attitude. There are too many men out there who feel they are owed something from women, who think they have a proprietary ownership over the bodies of females. This stretches from seeing them naked, to denying their rights to abortions and birth control, to not listening when they say no.

    I don’t know how these men were raised at home, but it’s my feeling that they were partially raised by a society which implicitly allows these attitudes, encourages them even, by having a large portion of the population shrug at these circumstances with a “boys will be boys” attitude. It doesn’t just come from what goes on inside homes, but from the entertainment industry, advertising, and the judicial system that lets a rapist go free and continue on with his high school football career while his victim continues to suffer. 

    It’s all tied together. And it sucks.

    This arrogant little screed by Johnny encapsulates all of that. 

    So what do we do about the Johnnys of the world? How do we fight back against that? And how do we keep every new generation of males from becoming Johnnys? 

    And “don’t take nude selfies” is not part of that answer. That’s part of the problem.

    "It’s not fair that you get to choose who sees you naked."

    What the actual fuck is wrong with people?

  11. kool-aid-jammers:

iroh:

truly inspiring

Legendary.

Oh, I see, kidnapping is funny to you now?

Ok, not kidnapping, pigeonnapping, but still…

    kool-aid-jammers:

    iroh:

    truly inspiring

    Legendary.

    Oh, I see, kidnapping is funny to you now?

    Ok, not kidnapping, pigeonnapping, but still…

    (via psychoticrambling)

  12. Just another one of those pathetic Social Justice Warriors…

    Just another one of those pathetic Social Justice Warriors…

    (via psychoticrambling)

  13. jessehimself:

cyclivist:
Deputy who killed former Napster COO after drifting into the bike lane while distracted by his laptop will not face charges because he was answering a work-related email.

No consequences and no changes to prevent this from happening again.

The motto “To Protect and Serve” has been replaced with

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    jessehimself:

    cyclivist:

    Deputy who killed former Napster COO after drifting into the bike lane while distracted by his laptop will not face charges because he was answering a work-related email.

    No consequences and no changes to prevent this from happening again.

    The motto “To Protect and Serve” has been replaced with

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  14. 24 Days and Counting…

    A little over a week ago, the New York Times printed an article about Mike Brown which included this piece of guilt-by-association, rumor, and innuendo (dog whistles):

    He lived in a community that had rough patches, and he dabbled in drugs and alcohol. He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar.

    Like most people I know, my response to that was a hearty chorus of “So The Fuck What?”

    Let me produce my Goody-Two-Shoes credentials: I’ve never taken drugs, never drank until I was of legal age, and I think rap is awful (I feel the same way about country music and opera, by the way).

    Having said that, let me reiterate: my response to hearing those things about Mike Brown was, and is, “So what?” His community “had rough patches”? Oh really? From what we’ve heard, 13% of the police in Mike Brown’s community have faced excessive force or other lawsuit charges, which, by the way, is much higher than the national average. So, will the NYTimes be doing any investigation of them?

    Next they said “[h]e ‘dabbled’ in drugs and alcohol” which is pretty much the most weasel-word way of saying that there are allegations that he might have used drugs and alcohol on more than zero occasions. They used the plural for “drugs” but I haven’t heard anything stronger than marijuana alleged, which is legal in some parts of the country. So let’s say that he did smoke pot and drink. Anyone care to guess the percentage of 18 year-olds who have done so? Our last several presidents have all admitted to smoking pot, and at least one of them had been an alcoholic.

    [George W. Bush was] arrested for drunk driving in 1976 near his family home in Kennebunkport, Maine. He paid a fine and his license was suspended. Ten years earlier, at age 20, he was arrested for disorderly conduct but the charges were later dropped. Source: ABC News

    He did far more than “dabble” with drugs and alcohol, and he went on to become president.

    Then there’s the second sentence:

    He had taken to rapping in recent months, producing lyrics that were by turns contemplative and vulgar.

    First of all, as someone who spent 5 years doing youth ministry with teenagers (and worked with them many more years than that), let me tell you that most teenagers are both contemplative and vulgar. (So are many adults, for that matter.) If you let their “vulgarity” shock you (which is probably what they are expecting or even hoping for), then you’ll miss the chance to get to know their contemplative side.

    Is that true for all teens? No, I’m sure it isn’t, and I’d be willing to bet it’s true for more boys than girls, although the girls would probably surprise you, because they often learn early on that they have to hide themselves more than the boys, who are given more “freedom” under the “boys will be boys” excuse.

    But now read this excerpt from the Washington Post’s article Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson, the friend who witnessed his shooting (emphasis mine):

    Teachers at Normandy High School said he [Mike Brown] was well liked, a kid who often had a group of people surrounding him as he practiced rap lyrics.

    “A lot of my students claim to be rappers. Mike actually wrote songs,” said Douglas Carr, who was Brown’s English teacher during the 2013 summer-school session. “He had a plan. It was his music, and then it was technical school. A lot of kids who think they’re rappers don’t have a Plan B, but Mike really seemed to.”

    In July, Asia Jackson, 18 and another aspiring musician, walked into the Ferguson McDonald’s and spotted a friend. Next to him sat Brown.

    After introducing himself and realizing they both rapped, Jackson challenged Brown to freestyle, to come up with lyrics on the spot. Brown obliged.

    “He really thought through his words while he rhymed,” Jackson said, adding that the two agreed they would have to get together soon for a recording session in Brown’s basement studio.

    Brown built that makeshift studio himself at his grandmother’s, and it was there, Johnson said, that Brown would spend hours working on lyrics.

    “Ain’t got a care for tomorrow ’cause we too high in the game,” Brown raps in one song he recorded.

    In later tracks, God and Christianity are prominent. His uncle said Brown, at the urging of his stepmother, had been recently baptized. In one song, he calls his stepmother, Calvina Brown, his best friend. The last track he posted online was another local rapper’s song that featured a Brown verse: “Devil get up off my back. I knock you off your feet,” Brown said. “Another man down in my city. Why people so petty?”

    Why indeed?

    Why hasn’t the (white/mainstream) media described him as a Christian? Has anyone seen a “Christian boy shot in front of house” headline? I haven’t.

    Think you would have heard this sooner if Mike Brown had been white?

    Me too.

    Now, before someone asks “What difference does it make if he was a Christian?” Well, it doesn’t. Nor does it matter that he had “taken to rapping” or that he might have smoked pot or “dabbled” with alcohol.

    None of that matters when we remember that we’re talking about an 18 year-old unarmed kid who was shot at least 6 times while 35 feet away from a police officer who started the confrontation by yelling at Brown and Johnson because they weren’t walking on the street. If Mike Brown had been a Muslim who never touched a drop or a drug it wouldn’t make any difference. Darren Wilson didn’t see a boy who dabbled with drugs and alcohol and who had taken to rapping. Darren Wilson saw a black kid who he could harass with impunity. Whatever happened after that initial conversation happened because of Darren Wilson‘s actions. Mike Brown was walking down the street. Darren Wilson saw him, Darren Wilson confronted him, Darren Wilson shot and killed him. If there was a “scuffle” it happened because Darren Wilson saw Mike Brown and decided to stop what he was supposed to be doing (responding to an emergency call) to demand the Mike Brown and Dorian Johnson respect his authority.

    Three minutes later, Darren Wilson had shot Mike Brown at least 6 times, and the Ferguson Police department left his body in the street for hours before dumping him into an SUV.

    A boy who called his stepmother his best friend. A boy who had a “Plan B” just in case his dream didn’t work out. A boy who never thought he’d be shot and left dead in the street and his killer be given almost half-a-million dollars by strangers.

    It’s awful. It’s heart-wrenchingly, soul-crushingly awful. But it’s not going to stop unless we stand up and say no more and never again.

    Stay woke.

    p.s. - Has Darren Wilson Been Arrested Yet? is counting the hours since Mike Brown’s death.

  15. Amazon has a huge deal today on Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 85% off on eBooks for Students.

Included in the sale is James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son on sale for $2.49.

I’ve been re-reading this in light of Ferguson, and it’s sad how much of it is still relevant.

Even if this doesn’t interest you, there are ton of others.

    Amazon has a huge deal today on Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 85% off on eBooks for Students.

    Included in the sale is James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son on sale for $2.49.

    I’ve been re-reading this in light of Ferguson, and it’s sad how much of it is still relevant.

    Even if this doesn’t interest you, there are ton of others.