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After Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at Trump’s request
(Washington Post), Trump installed loyalist Matthew Whittaker as Acting Attorney General
(New York Times). Whitaker has a tangled history with the Mueller probe
(NBC)—and a reputation as a crackpot
(WaPo Opinion) and "a f*cking fool"
(Daily Beast) who worked for scam firm that threatened victims with Krav Maga-style beatdowns
(Vanity Fair), claimed judges should have a "biblical view of justice"
(Des Moines Register), said he'd indict Hilary Clinton
(USA Today), held a dark money–funded executive position at an anti-Clinton group
(Slate), called the courts "the inferior branch"
(NYT), and supported Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting
(CNN). Legal experts are calling the appointment unconstitutional
(Neal K. Katyal and George T. Conway III, NYT)… seriously, unconstitutional
(John Yoo, Axios)… honestly, "Is he legally qualified to be the acting attorney general? No."
(Andrew Napolitano, Fox News). Now Trump says “I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” despite several Oval Office visits
(NYT), and telling Fox & Friends "I know Matt Whitaker."
Mozart wrote three dozen of the things; Beethoven composed ten; Charles Swann was obsessed with M. Vinteuil’s. The violin sonata (and is cousins featuring the viola, or the cello, or, much less often, the double bass) is a commonplace of the classical repertoire: below the fold you’ll find links to more of them than you’ll have time to listen to. For those in a hurry, try investing 6½ of your minutes on the finale
of the Violin Sonata in A major by César Franck.
A new resource list curated by Bruce Schneier. As technology—especially computer, information, and Internet technology—permeates all aspects of our society, people who understand that technology need to be part of public-policy discussions. We need technologists who work in the public interest. We need public-interest technologists.
From NGOs and academic departments to programs and fellowships, what resources are there out there for those aiming to work on technology with an eye towards the public interest?
I have recently started therapy. And axe throwing.
My husband found me crying in the bathroom and asked how he could help.
Vote. Donate. Teach our son to dismantle the white cis hetero patriarchy.
“I would like to throw axes,” I said.
We got a babysitter.
‘Tampopo’: Celebration of Food, Friendship, Sex and Hope Still Satisfies [The Tyee]
“Juzo Itami’s film, first released in 1985, was one of the first major art house hits. Certain scenes became iconic almost instantly, like a gangster and his moll sliding an egg yolk back and forth between their open mouths like a bright yellow sex toy. Or the same gangster, in a different scene, cutting his lip on an oyster shell, and a bright red drop of blood falling into the still pulsing folds of the sea creature within. Equating sex and food is a logical connection (we are all creatures of appetite), but at the time it seemed a revelation. Upon watching the film again, different things revealed themselves, namely that food is the vehicle through which we tend to each other. We feed the ones we love — tenderness, care, and compassion — all carried in a bowl of warm broth. This idea, marinated in humour and shot through with slivers of bittersweet pain, feels new all over again. The other thing I’d forgotten about the film was the plain old notion of human goodness. It ain’t fancy; it’s basic, humble and unassuming, but also resplendent in unexpected ways. ” [YouTube][Trailer]
A Thing About Chords.
A very short video about how different chords under the same melody change the feel of the melody. From Louie Zong
, a cartoonist, musician, and storyboard artist on We Bare Bears. YouTube
Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Dunhuang Library, the 20th centuries greatest (re)discoveries. The first two are commonly known, and the third was opened in 1900 by Wang Yuanlu, an itinerant Taoist monk, appointed himself their caretaker of the Dunhuang or Mogao caves
. Once found, news of the Dunhuang Library set off a manuscript race among the European powers. In the century since the Dunhuang Library was discovered, a whole academic discipline has sprung up around the materials it contained, with much of it undergoing digitization by libraries around the world
. A Secret Library, Digitally Excavated
(Jacob Mikanowski, New Yorker, 2013)
Farming While Black
"She made it her goal to start a farm for her neighbors, and to provide fresh food to refugees, immigrants and people affected by mass incarceration. She calls the lack of access to fresh food "food apartheid" because it's a human-created system of segregation."
You've bought the "most powerful
" computer - but what now? For over half a century
(here's Star Trek
from 1972), people have gradually entered a BASIC program, and ... hoped. Ruth from Sinclair Research explains entering a program
on a ZX80 keyboard; a VHS guide
to a ZX Spectrum keyboard. "After an hour or two of typing in BASIC code
, my father would lean back from the computer, type RUN, and hit return." Greg reminisces about TRS-80 BASIC
, while Morten remembers the trauma
of a ZX81 ram pack. Listings for a 1K ZX80 game
, ZX Spectrum zombie game
, BBC Basic game
, some VIC-20 code
- and here's a budget planner
. Or slowly create the MAD logo on an Apple
. While on an Amstrad
, BASIC became complex
. For hardcore coders, some Z80
and some 6502 assembler