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My dad and Charles Barkley

When Charles Barkley's mother, Charcey Glenn, passed away in June 2015, Barkley's hometown of Leeds, Alabama, came to the funeral to pay respects. But there was also an unexpected guest. Barkley’s friends couldn’t quite place him. He wasn’t a basketball player, he wasn’t a sports figure and he wasn’t from Barkley’s hometown. Here’s what I can tell you about him: he wore striped, red polo shirts tucked into khaki shorts and got really excited about two-for-one deals. He was a commuter. He worked as a cat litter scientist in Muscatine, Iowa. In short, he was everyone’s suburban dad. More specifically, he was my dad. "You know, it was obviously a very difficult time," Barkley told me recently. "And the next thing I know, he shows up. Everybody’s, like, 'Who’s the Asian dude over there?' I just started laughing. I said, 'That’s my boy, Lin.' They’re, like, 'How do you know him?' I said, 'It’s a long story.'"
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The Mother of All Demos turns 50

On December 9, 1968, Douglas Engelbart gave a demo of NLS, the "oN-Line System", to the Fall Joint Computer Conference of the ACM and IEEE. Later dubbed The Mother of All Demos, it demonstrated many concepts that would later become fundamental elements of personal computing, including the mouse, windows, hypertext, graphics, video conferencing, and word processing.
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Dimensions.Guide

Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive and beautiful database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of all kinds of objects and spaces.
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Intersectional sustainable crop science, and GIFs


Rejoice Greatly indeed

Trinidadian soprano Jeanine DeBique performs 'Rejoice greatly' from Messiah (SLYT) People are gagging over her ability to accurately and gorgeously render the challenging coloratura of this piece at near breakneck speed, with such warmth and expression. Her slow sections are equally beautiful. At the 2:25 mark, her use of straight tone is devastating. DeBique is in a class by herself.
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"I'm confused, I'm not sure where to go, but I know my door is blue"

"We had a traffic jam of wheelchairs and walkers because everyone was so excited to come and see how the doors were going to turn out." Trying to find their own room among identical beige doors can be confusing and stressful for care home residents with dementia. Some memory care facilities are trying a new approach: large decals that transform each featureless beige door into the distinctive front door of a real house. The decals are based on the final art school thesis of Marieke van Diepen, who worked with a social development organization to figure out how to use the door decals to help people with dementia. The Amsterdam-based company even offers custom decals based on the actual front door of a person's former home.
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Unexpected item in the bagging area

This was the day Parliament was supposed to have its "meaningful vote" on the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the UK government and the EU - a supposedly "soft Brexit" that is anything but. But Theresa "Contempt of Parliament" May has postponed the vote, supposedly to renegotiate the backstop designed to prevent a reemergence of a hard border on the island of Ireland, possibly to "focus minds" by running down the clock (108 days and ticking), and possibly because she seriously believes that cherry-picking is still possible. The EU's response is that the Withdrawal Agreement and its backstop are as good as they will get.
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Why Are So Many People Suddenly Allergic to Meat?

More and more people are becoming allergic to mammal meat, and worryingly, mammal products such as cheese, wool, and even the gelatin in pill capsules “This increasingly common sensitivity seems to result from a certain type of tick bite. The fact that we’ve figured that out is the result of some amazing coincidences in scientific research.” It’s called an Alpha-Gal allergy, and due to climate change, it’s becoming a problem worldwide.
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“a violence that continues to dehumanize and perpetuate racist ideas...”

Red Dead Redemption 2's Redface Proves How Far Games Haven't Come [Paste Magazine] “It’s nearly the end of 2018, and I have to write an article about blackface and redface in Red Dead Redemption 2. That sucks. It sucks, because it means no one bothered to interrogate the casting. It sucks, because I know the pushback I’ll get for being the one to call out readily apparent racism in a game that opened to $725 million in sales. It sucks, because we’re still having to have conversations about why the perpetuation of racist stereotypes and the dehumanization of people of color is bad. It sucks, because didn’t we just do this with Uncharted: The Lost Legacy? And it sucks, because I hoped maybe we could do better than Charles, and as a Native woman who got her start pleading with games journalists and developers to do better, I wouldn’t need to keep writing these articles.”
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PROJECT DRAWDOWN


Population Mountains

What stands out is each city’s form, a unique mountain that might be like the steep peaks of lower Manhattan or the sprawling hills of suburban Atlanta. When I first saw a city in 3D, I had a feel for its population size that I had never experienced before. 1000 words from Matt Daniels at The Pudding with lots of images.
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We Don't Wants It

Andy Serkis joins the debate on Brexit by expressing Theresa May's inner Gollum. (slyt)
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Amazon Warehouse Workers in Staten Island Go Public With Unionizing Push

Employees at a newly-opened Amazon warehouse in Staten Island went public with a campaign to unionize last night. In the face of the company’s hyper-aggressive, global anti-union campaign, the new push is a pretty huge development for workers in other parts of the country—and other Amazon-owned companies like Whole Foods. The Staten Island employees’ complaints are familiar—mainly, that Amazon treats them like shit for not enough money.
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To Protect Migrants From Police, a Dutch Church Service Never Ends

Under an obscure Dutch law, police may not disrupt a church service to make an arrest. And so for the past six weeks, immigration officials have been unable to enter Bethel Church to seize the five members of the Tamrazyan family, Armenian refugees who fled to the sanctuary to escape a deportation order. The service, which began in late October as a little-noticed, last-gasp measure by a small group of local ministers, is now a national movement, attracting clergy members and congregants from villages and cities across the Netherlands. More than 550 pastors from about 20 denominations have rotated through Bethel Church, a nonstop service all in the name of protecting one vulnerable family. (SLNYT)
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He's…a pretty good boy. Lots of spirit.

In addition to offering training services for pets, Double H Canine Training Academy produces service dogs. Some dogs, however, just aren't cut out for the service life.
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People are emailing trees

Melbourne City Council gave 70,000 trees an email address so that people could report on the health of the trees. But they have now received over 4,000 emails to the trees, including 'love letters, existential queries and sometimes just bad puns'.
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Warning Signs

Michelle was 31 and 5'6, the perfect age and the perfect height. She had thick, straight hair, which wasn't a must-have, necessarily, but it was certainly nice. She smiled in every picture, a wide, inviting smile. She had a fine sounding job as a Project Manager and went to a college he had heard of. He messaged "Hey." This wasn’t his best work but it was usually good enough.
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Confederate monuments and their legacy


The uncertain new world of labour

New world of work leaves 'precariat' living on edge [Reuters] - "In 1997, Pierre Bourdieu[1] argued that the 'precariousness' of modern work was a big problem. The French intellectual claimed that the decline of secure jobs and clear career paths led to 'the destruction of existence … to the degradation of every relationship with the world, time, and space'. Everyone, he said, was affected, because no one could escape the fear of being rendered precarious." (previously)
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après nous, l'enfer

The 2018 fire season in California has been the deadliest and most destructive in the state's history, and made visible smoke across the USA. The Carr Fire, in and around Redding, killed eight as it burned 359 square miles over a month and a week, whose deadliest day came from a fire tornado, a long 150 Minutes of Hell
The tornado signified with horrifying clarity the reality California faces. As wildfire season intensifies, conflagrations will increasingly defy efforts to control them, becoming more powerful and erratic as they race into communities, striking in ways that once seemed unfathomable. “As much as I hate to say it, this is what the future of wildfires looks like[ed],” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “Except the acceleration hasn't ended yet.”

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permatemps are such a bullshit practice. I worked at Microsoft when they rolled out the compulsory limit on temp positions (something like 12 months in a position, then three months away from MS before taking any new position?) and people everywhere instantly went into action because "oh my god my team would be screwed if this permatemp left,... [more]
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Yes! Opossums! God’s greatest gift! They act as a firebreak for rabies and they eat ticks for breakfast! And all they ask is for our trash. Opossums: the answer to all of life’s problems. [view]
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"I'm gonna... I'm gonna need some context for this friend. Because it is baffling." So cherry pits hold heat really well -- way better than rice or buckwheat -- and basically you get some all-cotton flannel and make some 16" x 6" "pillows" and fill them with cherry pits, and then nuke them for 2-3 minutes... [more]
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“Despite having the world’s 21st-largest GDP and a larger population than that of Australia, our flourishing multicultural society is internationally silenced and played as a pawn of superpower politics.” Living in Taiwan, I find this quote from the article extremely accurate. There is an insidiously persistent and successful effort from China... [more]
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did a possum write that [view]
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This is a really worrying public health change. I have a friend with a similar condition, and it makes her life really difficult--especially since while vegan options can make her life easier in some ways, they don't necessarily watch out for the same things, and manufacturers often don't treat veganism as a potential allergen in the same way... [more]
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You could make up a story about how we are being modified so as to be less dangerous to the biosphere. [view]
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Hundreds of her known stalkers. Hundreds? I could imagine one. Or maybe even two. But hundreds? I mean, this is very much a known phenomenon. Young, female stars have stalkers. Sometimes they get killed by their stalkers. I would not be surprised at all if Taylor Swift had hundreds of stalkers. I would be a little surprised if she didn't. [view]
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As a UK resident, I watch current French politics and think at least their political apocalypse has a bigger special effects budget [view]
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Ok as a librarian I have to nitpick: There IS a term for this concept in PubMed. It's this entry here. They only create PubMed headings for an allergy and a disease together when there are significant number of published articles on that concept. The heading "shellfish hypersensitivity" (the term for shellfish allergy) wasn't... [more]
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I think destroying these memorials is a remarkably bad idea. The should be moved to museums dedicated to the remembrance of america's original sin, the American Holocaust, to remember the treasonous men and women who fought to keep others as property. The SPLC has identified more than seven hundred statues and memorials to Confederate... [more]
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Hugo Rifkind on Twitter: The thing is, the best way to understand Theresa May’s predicament is to imagine that 52 percent of Britain had voted that the government should build a submarine out of cheese. [view]
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Years ago, one of my coworkers got call from someone looking to have our company build their law firm's website. They had a conversation for a few minutes about what's involved, talked about potential cost, and then it took a hard turn for the weird: "I'm sorry, does Leviathant work there? DO YOU KNOW HE USES TWITTER DURING THE DAY? I'm taking... [more]
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It is an interesting glimpse of how you might start doing random things differently, but secretly, when you are thinking of leaving your spouse. Eating something they are allergic to when they aren't around. Listening to music they dislike. Going to places they would never go. But most critically, never telling them about any of it. You... [more]
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During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, my dad got a pass to sit in his company's luxury suite. When he got there, there was only one other person. It was Jim Belushi. My dad, minding his own business, sat on the other end of the room. After a little while, Belushi called out "Hey, uh, I've got a bunch of beer and snacks over here. Why don't we... [more]
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no it's "possumbly" come on [view]
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So one time the teacher brought the police in to talk to the kids about safety and Officer Friendly and stuff like that. Afterward, the teacher had the kids write a little paragraph about the police. But the teacher was shocked to find that quite a lot of the students just wrote "All cops are bastards!" The police chief was very... [more]
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I'm obviously not an Uber investor since I'm not a failson scion of any midcentury Superfund-site fortunes, but I think the value proposition is mainly that they think they can monopolize the rideshare market and jack prices up (and wages down) afterward. The possibility of self-driving cars reducing the cost of providing the service is just icing... [more]
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Yes, it's too bad that someone (like myself, for instance) who has worked on the team for five years, with many notable contributions, can't be recognized, but that's the way contracting is. In the EU, this practice is illegal, and the company would be seen as the de facto employer. It doesn't have to be this way, and it is... [more]
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I'm a programmer, and every time I've asked another programmer younger than 30 if they've heard of Doug Engelbart, the answer has always been 'no'. I find it both amusing and depressing how much more widely known Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are than the dude who basically invented all the technologies they later profited off of. He's a sobering... [more]
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