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Evening run along Evelyn, Sunnyvale/Mountain View area. I stop at a light, because, y'know, Law-Abiding Citizen. There's a couple on big, comfortable cruiser bicycles.

He says to her, "oh, see if you can catch that guy!"

I grin. My inner engine revs. There is absolutely nothing better than outrunning a cyclist.

I glance over. They're looking at their phones.

Oh.
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On the day after Philando Castile died, America's second largest cop site shared this.

American policing is deeply, deeply sick. 
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On the day after Philando Castile died, America's second largest cop site shared this.

American policing is deeply, deeply sick. 
Take someone not doing what a police officer tells them to do, resisting or worse yet, fighting and combine that with additional information like the suspect may have a gun, etc. and it is not a stretch to see that person shot or worse, dead. It is all too common.
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That is very much true!  I'd still rather be a lumberjack or a farmer or a fisherman than a cop.  Of course I'm not being rational here.  And a cop's job involves dealing with irrational and erratic humans like me. 

What I'm saying is, people everywhere have a right to expect higher standards of law enforcement.  That should not be a luxury.  This article is just downright sick.
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What happens when a group of passionate language speakers get together? In Hyderabad, Pakistan a group of IT professionals have made more than over a hundred thousand contributions to improve Sindhi in Google Translate!

Photo credited to Javaid Ahmed Solangi
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http://wondermark.com/c1219/

David Malki ! on semi-dead metaphors and references where the referent is lost...

Check out this Wondermark comic!
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"A narcissistic God with a failing memory and terrible impulse control pits his children against each other in a contest that will destroy huge swaths of the Earth, in exchange for tiny nuggets of paternal approval."

(ROYAL RAINBOW!)

Please explain some of your favorite video games.
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It turns out that a certain website that +Andreas Schou commented on and I reposted has quietly changed its title.

Luckily, I found a browser tab that had been opened before that, and made some screenshots.

The text has also been changed. The first bold headline used to be

“Follow the commands of a police officer or risk dying.”

There you go, you can commence to calling me all kind of horrible names and even call me a racist. I don’t care because that advice will save lives.

It's now:

“Follow the commands of a police officer or risk injury or possibly worse.”

There you go, you can commence to calling me all kind of horrible names and even call me a racist. I don’t care because that advice can save lives and prevent so much of what we have seen in recent years.

Later on,

Take someone not doing what a police officer tells them to do, resisting or worse yet, fighting and combine that with additional information like the suspect may have a gun, etc. and it is not a stretch to see that person shot or worse, dead. It is all too common.

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Take someone not doing what a police officer tells them to do, resisting or worse yet, fighting and combine that with additional information like the suspect may have a gun, etc. and it is not a stretch to see that person hurt, shot or even worse. It is all too common.

What does it tells us about American police culture that in popular outcry, explicit mentions of death get removed from an article that justifies police who shoot at people, but all the euphemisms and an explicit passive-aggressive invitation to submit to authority stay in place?

I humbly submit that this suggests a belief that there's nothing wrong with murderous police, as long as this murderousness is clad in "politically correct" verbiage. And that is a problem worthy of deeper analysis.
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. {{Agnotology}}

We need to get this straight: freedom of speech is good. Lies that destroy millions of lives have to have a price attached. A very large and painful price.

"Current agnotology campaigns seem to be having similarly desired effects. We see the results in a variety of public-policy issues where one side has manufactured enough doubt through false statements, inflammatory rhetoric and data from dubious sources that they can mislead public opinion in a significant way, at least for a time.

The backers of each of these public issues have used the technique of culturally constructed ignorance to affect public opinion, direct government policy and alter regulatory oversight. Here a just a few examples:

Iraq has weapons of mass destruction

Genetically modified crops are dangerous

Global warming is a scientific hoax

Vaccines cause autism

Tax cuts pay for themselves

Poor people caused the financial crisis

Each of these is, of course, wrong and lacking in any factual basis. Nevertheless, they have a following. Now, you can add Brexit to the list. Watching from across the Atlantic, it was a wonder to see the stream of claims that failed to stand up to even the slightest scrutiny."

http://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-06-27/culturally-constructed-ignorance-wins-the-day
Exaggeration is one thing. Living in an alternate universe is another.
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Scalzi writes words better than I do. These words are close to the words that I would write, if I were a better word-writer.

"My own politics lie ever so slightly more with Sanders than with Clinton, and had he prevailed over Clinton, I would have happily voted for him in the general over any of the candidates the GOP had in their field this year. [...] I get many of you are upset and even grieving about Sanders missing his chance. Sorry about that. Take a few days! It’s okay. But after those few days are over if you’re still trying to find some way for Sanders to win — or less charitably, trying to find some way to punish Hillary Clinton for the heinous crime of having won more states, more pledged delegates and more actual votes than Bernie Sanders — then you should really be asking yourself if you’re letting your own definition of perfect become the enemy of the entire world not becoming a rampaging goddamn trash fire, because that’s really the other option at this point."
So let's talk about last night. 1. First and most obviously, Clinton had the night she needed last night: Decisive victories in the two largest states, New Jersey and California, wins in New Mexico and South Dakota, and a close loss in Montana that netted Sanders a single delegate.
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Americans! We need to take this bit of culture immediately. Australian sausage sizzles in general, and Democracy Sausages in particular, are top-tier, and we gotta get on this. We can call them "Freedom Hot Dogs".
 
Why aren't we seeing this on the platforms of any of the US Presidential candidates?

+Bernie Sanders
+Hillary Clinton
+Donald Trump for President 2016


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http://googletranslate.blogspot.com/2016/05/translate-where-you-need-it-in-any-app.html

Wordlens for Chinese, the new tap-to-translate behavior (really useful for translating while chatting on mobile! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xtEp55MKRE ), offline translations for iOS, and much, much smaller offline packages!

Bunch of cool stuff released today :D
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Really enjoying this new Aesop Rock album, The Impossible Kid. It seems very personal, lots of apparently autobiographical bits, dealing with change, getting older, leaving the Bay Area...

Hey, speaking of leaving the Bay Area, +Monica Toth, have you been to the Peculiarium in Portland? Maybe this is your kind of place?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj3MgNBEWRc
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I've never heard of it! It sounds cool, though, I'll look it up once I'm there.
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Hi, I'm Alex! I live in the Bay Area these days, but I'm pretty much from the Internet.

I'm into computational linguistics, particularly translation. More generally, I get excited about human languages, programming languages, and automating things that people enjoy doing by hand.

Education
  • Indiana University
    2009 - present
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    2001 - 2007
  • Maclay School