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There Are Trolley Problems, and There Are Trolley Problems

The Classic Trolley Problem (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem): There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have two options: (1) Do nothing, and the trolley kills the five people on the main track. (2) Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person. Which is the correct choice?

I don't recall these variations in Philosophy Class in college: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/lesser-known-trolley-problem-variations

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The Hottest New Shows on TV

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From Gritty Policy Drama to Reality Show on an Island, this short parody skewers the genres, tropes, and tired formulas behind television's biggest hits. The sharp minds at Dissolve Footage cut together this withering critique entirely from stock footage—it's fundamentally an advertisement for their service—and, if you've watched TV in the past decade, you'll recognize their targets. Gritty Police Drama is spun-off as… Gritty Police Drama: Anothe...
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+Scott Randel He's on loan to Gritty Police Drama: Other City.
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Kitchen Project - Day 173: Countertops!

Whew!

The Good:  The quartz countertops (Cambria, Bristol Blue) are fabulous. They look just the way I wanted. They provide some darkness to offset the cabinets, and they provide a blue cast that complements the browns of everything.

I can't tell you how good they look in person. Now it's looking like a kitchen.

The guys who installed were friendly and professional and got the job done. Eventually ...

The Bad: They also arrived at 4 p.m., and took about 5 hours, all told, to bring in, line up, caulk down, seal together, clean off, etc. Yes, that means they left around 9 p.m. Which was a late night for them and us.

The Ugly: Everything was perfect ... except with the island, where the cut-out for the sink is about 2.5" further family-room-ward that it's supposed to be (in order to be centered under the center pendant).  So we'll be calling to have a replacement slab cut. Wish us luck.

Next steps: In terms of big steps ... finish plumbing (well, except for the island), flooring (to be scheduled), appliances (after flooring), backsplash (now that the countertops are up), and (not affecting the kitchen going "live") the side yard grading, patio, and retaining walls. Oh, and finish electrical ...

... which can't actually be done until the island countertop is determined ... 

... which is also dependent on our getting the pop-up electrical outlet we had planned for there ...

... which we discovered today that we were supposed to have ordered, not the contractor ...

... which turns out to be no longer manufactured, and, apparently, the only one left is on eBay for more than normal and with an oiled brass rather than satin nickel finish.

So ... we'll cope.

But, hiccups and potholes in the road aside, this was a major, major milestone. And I'm very, very happy.
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I could do lots with all that surface area!!
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The Evolution of Whiteness

This is really kind of fascinating, especially in terms of the time frame involved.
Ancient DNA from skeletons shows dramatic natural selection on skin color and height in many Europeans
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Social Logins

Given a preference, I create my own account. LastPass makes that trivial.

Failing that, I'll use Twitter, since if I need to delete the account it's no big deal.

I'll use Google sometimes, for something I figure I'll be using long term.

I would never, ever, use Facebook as my social login, and have eschewed sites that required it.

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Facebook Near 2/3 of Social Logins
Twitter Tops Yahoo

According to customer identity-management solution Gigya, Facebook is approaching the two-thirds mark when it comes to social logins, accounting for 64 percent of them in the first quarter of 2015.

Gigya also found that Twitter overtook Yahoo for the first time during the first quarter.  Google+ remained firmly in second place, well behind Facebook but well ahead of the rest of the pack (Yahoo, Twitter and LinkedIn). 

When given a choice, which network(s) do you favor for social login?

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Facebook is approaching the two-thirds mark when it comes to social logins, accounting for 64 percent of them in the first quarter of 2015, according to customer identity-management solution Gigya.
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I don't use Google either. I have built a few security systems in my time, and OATH works well in theory. Then you read the fine print and realize that many sites that use are really looking for access to your address book. 

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The Fantastic 80s

A lot of Sturgeon's Law here, but some amazing classics (across the breadth of what qualifies as "fantasy"). In addition to the ones Harold Chester mentions, Ladyhawke and Baron Munchhausen are at the top of my list.
 
Some great movies, including The Princess Bride, Time Bandits and Big Trouble in Little China.
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Violence and Violent Response to Violence

It's not a zero-sum game. One can understand rioting without favoring it. One can disagree with both beatings and looting and the oppressive environment that causes those reactions to bubble over when subjected to too much heat and pressure in one violent sparking event. (See also: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/04/nonviolence-as-compliance/391640/).

No easy answers, if by easy we mean "There must be one side to blame, while the other side remains pure and noble." That's true for the looters and rioters and for the police. The real victims here are the folk who will still have to live in these neighborhoods after the smoke clears, the cameras leave, the shops stay shuttered, and the police are back in control.
 
"The horror. The horror."
As riots rage in Baltimore, let's be abundantly clear about the following: The death of Freddie Gray was and is nothing short of an abomination. No one--no one--is supposed to die in police custody...
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Why can't we have a great passenger train system?

Because we've decided that trains should be for-profit, and then removed all the taxpayer resources that airlines and road transit get access to. And we've ensured trains will be unreliable in schedules by making them second-class citizens to freight rail -- then wonder why nobody wants to use them. 
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The "Ghost Town" That Would Not Die

It's pleasant to read an article that makes the non-kneejerk case that Google+ is not a ghost town, that there are a lot of folk active on it, and if it's not beating Facebook ... who cares?

(I will add anecdotally that I know several people who primarily, or even solely, post to private circles only -- data that none of the public metrics can measures, obviously.)

I see no particular reason to abandon G+ at this point, and haven't seen any exodus of people I follow that makes me think I will any time soon. The only significant lack is an API for posting material -- which is a conscious choice of Google's that limits some of the utility of the system even as it keeps it from being ... well, an (automated) echo chamber of Facebook and other social media. (Now, if they'd just let me do it ...)
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I'm okay with not being able to straight-up cross-post; even when I share the same content on Twitter and G+, I'm going to take advantage of the space G+ offers to expand on it.

But I don't think the ability to schedule posts would be too much to ask.  And it would be nice if, say, I could have them show up properly when embedded someplace like Storify.
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Floralia -- I think I like this holiday

At least the costuming. I mean, I'd be happy to wear a toga ...

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floralia)
 
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The crackpots are out in force

I know, I hate calling people crackpots. But it's hard to not see these folk as the equivalent of the guy wandering the streets in his bathrobe with a sign reading "THE END IS COMING!" Their arguments are zany, and either lacking evidence or ignoring the evidence to date (e.g., the idea that the Gubbiment will force ministers to marry gay people or else be sent to anti-Christian re-education camps, just like is already happening all over the place.) 

The level of rhetoric is so super-heated and froth, I half want to see SCOTUS rule against these dolts not so much for the justice involved but to see them run screaming to their Armageddon Bunkers, never to be heard from again.
In a press conference today in front of the Supreme Court, Faith 2 Action’s Janet Porter gathered a who’s who of radical anti-gay activists and “ex-gays” to deliver “rest
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+Scott Randel But, but, but ... if I can't discriminate, then I am being discriminated against! And I've always gotten to discriminate in the past, so I have discrimination dibs!
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Some drone victims are more equal than others

The politicians and pundits wringing their hands over the drone strike death of an Italian and an American hostage are intentionally ignoring the fact that we know drone strikes have killed innocent bystanders before, but the citizenry of the United States (at least) doesn't seem to much care when it's Them, only when it's Us.
America's leaders are morally incoherent on the subject of targeted killing.
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Many lovely items, esp. the cinerary urns. But it's all organized very poorly (and there's an excess of cinerary urns on display). The display cards are all in Italian, but of wildly varying styles. Worth a visit while in Volterra, but maybe not the key thing to see there.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Decent "diner" fare. Good shakes, passable chili fries. Could use with a bit more cleaning attention to the dining room.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Entrees were very good, but a simple off-menu drink was bungled and the caesar salad was too deconstructed for its own good. Service was nice but not as helpful as it should have been.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Food was excellent, as it has been on previous visits. It, and the extensive wine list, are pricey, but worth it. The service was good for the first 2/3 of the meal. We'd come in at 5:15 (we had 6p reservations but made it into town early). While the restaurant was mostly empty, the service was nicely attentive. As our meal was wrapping up, though, some larger parties came in and the restaurant filled up -- at which point it took about 25 minutes, from ordering, for our after-dinner coffees to appear, etc. So, definitely worth visiting, but try to avoid crowded times.
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Tasty (if overpriced) margaritas, and good (if not spectacular) carne asada and appetizer sampler. You could definitely do worse than to dine here, but I suspect you could probably do better, even if it truly is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
We were a large dinner group, most of us there for the first time. The waitstaff was very helpful and supportive. The food selection was broad, and everyone seemed to enjoy what they got. I'd go back again.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
The wine was good (if not fabulous); the service was friendly (if not knowledgable), the shareable food platters were excellent; the ambiance was terribly noisy (wish we'd eaten on the front porch). Like Randy, we found the wine flights (reds) were overchilled. They were much better once they'd warmed up.
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