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Holy crap, what an amazing photo! Please reshare; let's find these people!
I happened upon this marriage proposal on Thanksgiving 2014. I have no idea who these folks are, but would like them to have this photograph. If you know someone who got engaged on Munra Point in the Columbia River Gorge, the afternoon of 11/27/2014, please direct them to this picture. Thanks!
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As of 3 hours ago, they have apparently been found.

Behold the power of the internets, folks, it's pretty neat.
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Oh, my God. I am in love with the food here!

And my wife, sure. Of course...but the food!
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Happy Birthday to the sudsmaster, +Alistair Young!
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I know there are some +Mary Robinette Kowal fans out there who would love this, and Con-or-Bust is one of my favorite charities, so: get ye over there and bid! There's only a couple of bids in, right now, so you've got a good chance at this one.
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...whoa! So this is a thing!
 
+Ta-Nehisi Coates has been having a rather fascinating discussion on Twitter, and this one tweet was full of enough important, but often misunderstood, points that I think it's worth sharing with you.

The first one is what it begins with, which I think ought to be an aphorism in its own right: race doesn't create racism; it's the other way around. If you live in a place where race is a fundamental facet of existence, this may be a bit hard to understand at first, because isn't racism all about the relationship between the races? 

The important thing is that how "race" is defined varies from place to place, and it's only defined when there's a boundary between the two communities that one community, in particular, finds it important to police. To take a rather obvious example, why is Obama considered to be "black?" His father is Kenyan, and would be black by nearly any standard that defined it, and his mother is a Kansan of mostly English ancestry, white by nearly any standard. It would seem that there is just as much basis to call him white as to call him black. 

But the reason that he is called black -- and the reason that people have seen him as such, and that his experience of life in the US has been the black experience, and not the white experience -- is that America has conceived race with ideas such as the "one-drop rule" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-drop_rule), the idea that even one drop of black blood makes you black. It certainly doesn't have much to do with skin color; I suspect that if you put my (Ashkenazic) father's arm next to the President's, my father's would actually be darker. (His side of the family runs towards a more Mediterranean skin tone)

If you ever go somewhere farther from your home, you'll find that the borders become even more arbitrary. In the Middle East, for example, the defining properties have to do with tribe and religion. (Which is seen as an inherited trait, unlike the meaning of the word "religion" in the West; it has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your family and its historical alliances) As a result, in Israel a Jew from St. Petersburg and a Jew from Yemen are considered entirely the "same" race, while that Yemeni Jew and a Yemeni Muslim are considered entirely of different races. Anyone local could tell the difference immediately; it would be a rare non-local who could tell.

The point is that the lines which we consider to define the boundary of "race" are not merely physically arbitrary, but they are artifacts of a cultural decision to define two groups as different from one another, and that difference as a salient point which we imbibe from early childhood. That salience -- the notion that the races are different, and that what benefits one is not what benefits the other, rather than being part of the same polity, is the origin of our concept of racism.


There's a second great thing in this tweet, but for that you need to know about this rather fascinating lawsuit. (http://goo.gl/e2Ltu2) Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon, a lesbian couple from Uniontown, Ohio, conceived a child via IVF from a sperm donor. After Cramblett was already pregnant, they discovered that the sperm bank had given her the wrong sperm by mistake, giving her the sperm from (black) donor #330 instead of (white) donor #380. 

This would be a fairly straightforward, if slightly uncommon, medical malpractice case, except that the family is suing on the grounds that they and their daughter (now 2) are suffering from all sorts of consequences because of their daughter's race. According to her attorney, for example, Cramplett "did not encounter any African-American people until she entered college," and "not all her friends and family members are racially sensitive," substantiating her claim for the extra damages; apparently, this has required therapy for parents and children, and is requiring various complex accommodations, especially as some of the therapists have suggested that they move to a more racially diverse community.

What's rather fascinating here is that Cramplett has essentially just walked into a court and claimed that requiring her daughter to live the experience of a black American, rather than a white American, is a sufficient injury to constitute a legal tort, and that they are therefore entitled to reparation for it. 

I am fairly sure that this is not the argument they were intending to make, but it's quite an interesting proposition. 

Per this logic, if you take a white, middle-class child, and leave all the circumstances of this child's life invariant except that you change their skin color, this will cause them hardship in life worth at least $50,000. (The minimum damages they have asked for) One may presume that if you were to change further circumstances of the child's life -- say, causing them to live in a predominantly black neighborhood rather than a predominantly white one -- that the further emotional and economic harms that this would cause would similarly be tortious, and we could estimate their value by considering the compensation which would be appropriate if someone were to inflict this on someone else's child.

I strongly suspect that the argument of a tort by "negrification" is going to hold little to no water in court, because even if the matter isn't made quite this explicit, it would be awfully troubling for a court to state that race is sufficiently important in this country that it justifies damages. But this means that the decision in this case is going to be quite an interesting one, and it may be fuel for a number of even more interesting conversations, going forward.

/me grabs popcorn
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So far, I like how October is looking...
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I'm thinking I may hang clear plastic along the sides of the mid-tier scaffold and just sit up there above the mud dry and laughing.
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I am in three kinds of drag for my new video, for START OVER from the new album Question Bedtime. Directed by Alicia J. Rose in Portland, OR. It's out! You can watch it! Tell everyone who ever lived.

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We went and got our #boorito on at +Chipotle Mexican Grill​ and had a great time checking out all the costumes! Happy Halloween, everybody!
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Thanks for having some #Boorito fun with us! -Myra
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Let me begin with a simple statement: journalism about misogyny in video games is both journalism about video games and the most journalistic thing "gaming journalists" have probably ever had to talk about. Posting this choose-your-own-caption meme "comic" is a clear editorial comment against that statement, and one I cannot abide.

I've shared dozens, maybe hundreds, of links to +Geeks are Sexy over the years. This will, most likely, be the last, I am sad to say. I recommend you unfollow them on social media and RSS, I am as soon as this posts. And please reshare this post: it's public for a reason.

I don't encourage you to click through, unless you want to see me get lambasted as having "wandered in from Tumblr" amongst other bizarre accusations.
Yep, that pretty much sums it up. [Via Memebase]
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Implying that gaming journalist aren't supported in writing about games ≠ gaming journalists shouldn't talk about social issues involving games.

You have overinterpreted the meaning of this piece in the worst way possible.
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This is adorable.
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Anyone belong to a fire department or know someone who does?

(Got this from a FB friend)
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We went on a Groupon tasting deal and had just a wonderful time, and couldn't resist buying some bottles after all was said and done. Everything we tried was amazing, and we will definitely be coming back (and bringing friends)!
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I consider myself something of a foodie, and I do not lightly say that this is easily one of the most amazing dining experiences of my life. We have twice had their "we cook for you" deal and each time has been a transformative delight. I have eaten things in this restaurant I have never enjoyed anywhere else and had my mind blown by how delicious it all is. If you haven't made it up to the NE to eat here, you are missing out!
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Best Thai food I've had since moving to Oregon, hands down. Both dishes we tried were exemplars of their types, flavorful and perfectly cooked. The service was excellent, as well, but it was a slow time, so I can't speak to what it might be like during a rush. We will definitely be coming back!
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We just moved to the area, so I wanted to try one of the local Thai joints and found this one was highly reviewed. I ordered Pad See Iew and Pad Thai, both medium spicy. Long story short, this was the worst Thai food I've ever had. The Pad Thai lacked any nut flavor at all and was very hot, while the Pad See Iew was incredibly bland, with no sauce or flavor at all. The vegetables were fresh , but that was the only good thing I can say about it. I will never be going back, certainly, and I guess local Thai is something I'll just have to keep looking for.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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