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Julian Morrison
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Cool picture and looks fun! Thank you for sharing :)
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If you haven't seen this, be amused.
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Best rail safety message ever!
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Holy whoa http://mate-desktop.org/ is FAST. If you are on Ubuntu and cursing your choice of either Unity or Gnome 3, give this a try. So far it seems to Just Work, and it is snappy beyond your wildest dreams. None of this GPU decelerated tosh. This is a graphical desktop that is happily 2D and just does the job.
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There's something particularly horrific about watching the glows appear and fade on this video map.
Series of time lapse videos illustrating the frequency of road crashes in Great Britain and selected areas of the country.
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«[...] society needs victims to quickly transition out of victimhood into survivorship so that we can return to our previous positions in the heteronormative and capitalist social and economic arrangements. That, I believe, is the source of this immense pressure to become survivors rather than victims, a cultural attitude that even many feminist groups have internalized.»
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Signs you're a programmer: see someone collecting dirty coffee cups onto a tray inefficiently, devise an algorithm for coffee cup collection.

If you're curious:

1. Place the tray on the desk closest to the centroid of the primary open paths between desks.

2. Starting at the closest desk follow a maze-solving algorithm around a sub-arc of the total desks until you have as many cups as you can carry. Mark the place you stopped. (Optimization: prune desks from the search if they are known to be free of cups.)

3. Return to the tray with the cups.

4. Repeat 2-3 resuming from where you left off until you have collected all cups.

5. Take out the tray.
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Oh. My. God. I'm supposed to be a programmer...
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I have all the things. Phoebe the cat, Theo the nephew, and tea, photo taken by Sam
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I found a pic of me in school! Nostalgia to the max. I'm second row down from the top, sixth from the left, in the glasses.
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«I was astonished when I found out the value of derivative bonds, in 2008. These are bonds that have a value in themselves that were once connected to a real thing, there might have been a bond made for the sale of a herd of sheep, but that can be sold on and they gain in value. The notional value of the world’s derivative bonds was in the region of sixty trillion. Exactly ten times the economic output of the entire planet, which is around six trillion. That means that the gap between what economists and what the world’s economic forces and the banks thought they had to play with and what actually existed was fifty-four trillion. That would seem to me the depth of the hole we are in.»
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FBI: if at first you don't succeed, hire your own terrorists.
Critics say bureau is running a sting operation across America, targeting vulnerable people by luring them into fake terror plots
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Massachusetts is now the sixteenth state to give transgender people civil rights. But, in contrast to all of the other fifteen states, Massachusetts doesn't give me and other trans people the right to service in restaurants, bars, grocery stores, department stores, and other public accommodations. All other protected classes in Massachusetts are included in the public accommodations provisions, but not us.

According to today's Boston Globe: "Senate President Therese Murray, a Plymouth Democrat, explained that the public accommodation language was dropped because some legislators found it problematic, and the bill might not have passed." (My emphasis.)

All of the LGBT and civil liberties groups in Massachusetts were in on this deal, but none of them bothered to ask the trans community in Massachusetts how we felt about having our second class status highlighted by this exclusion.

The bill does provide protection from discrimination in employment, housing and credit -- and I agree that these are important provisions. But as all trans people know, it's really easy to not hire or to fire someone because they are trans, even in cities (like Boston) with "protection" from discrimination in employment. Part of hiring decisions have to do with how well a person "fits in". People of color well know how protection from discrimination in these areas isn't a panacea. Perhaps discrimination in housing and credit will be easier to document and prevent -- I'm not sure.

But public accommodations is where the metal hits the road, and it sickens me that -- for a couple of years at least -- I'll be part of a class that was specifically not given the right to receive service in public accommodations. Too bad the gay and cis leaders who agreed to this compromise weren't willing to let the legislature make them second class citizens as well, until the law is fixed!

I talked with a trans woman of color yesterday who told me of her experiences at being denied service in public accommodations in Massachusetts. She was even spat at by a food kiosk worker at a mall in Attleboro. I know that being white and middle class will likely protect me from such experiences. But I think it's shameful that the legislature, with the support of LGBT and civil liberties groups, have let her and other vulnerable members of our community down. According to a survey of Massachusetts trans people on masstpc.org, "58% were verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation or service, including hotels, restaurants, buses, airports and government agencies". Sadly, there will be a lot more abuse before this shameful omission is rectified.
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