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Sandblasting

50kph winds?

Biking to work today was a breeze, literally. Nice tail wind.

Going home will not be as easy or swift. 
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Half Marathon?

Driving around town today, they have the notice boards up about special traffic restrictions on the day.

Me: We should plan ahead on that day.
Bit Bit: If that's a half marathon, when is the other half?

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Here is the latest comic from our Joy of Tech friends at Geek Culture, Nitrozac & Snaggy.
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Refugees

From +Kimberly Chapman:

Someone said to me just yesterday that she's all for helping actual refugees, but she's concerned that too many people are trying to get into the UK for "economic relief".  She asked, "Why are there so many young, single men trying to come in?  If they're really fleeing something, where are the women and girls?  Where are their families?"

I said, "Aren't the young single men precisely the sorts who those making conflict are trying conscript to turn into soldiers?  What if these young men don't want to be killers?"

She said, "Okay okay if they're actually fleeing violence, fine, but then where are their families?"

I said, "Dead?  Unable to travel and follow?  Maybe it's like the US-Mexican border where a lot of young, healthy men go first to try to establish a path or get the funding to then send for more vulnerable members of their family?"

Then she said, "Oh but you hear these stories of the men who go do that and then they just stay for 20 years making money and forget about their families back home."

And I said, "Is that like the thing I kept hearing how Mexicans are simultaneously supposed to be 'lazy' and 'taking all the jobs' and 'willing to work for no pay'?  Because those don't make sense together.  They're based on mostly false stereotypes that people think they know about other people."

I was really hoping to wear down her arguments to prove them as unfair as they are, but this was during playgroup and we were both chasing toddlers so that's pretty much where it ended.

But yeah.  These sorts of questions are the questions of privilege.  I get to be in the UK by accident of birth.  How am I more worthy to be here than someone trying to get in from a refugee camp?  Why am I welcome and they are not?  Racism and ethnocentrism.  That's why.  Maybe some classism too, and some religious intolerance on the side, sort of a general mixed soup of xenophobia.  I'm welcome because I'm white, affluent, and English-speaking from a well-behaved colony.

Any time you find yourself wondering about the "real" motives of an immigrant or refugee, think about what your own motives are for why you live where you do.  Guess what?  Their motives are exactly the same as yours, because they want to live and thrive somewhere decent.  They want a good, stable job, they want their kids to go to school in safety, and they want to get along in peace and health.

When your area benefits from the enslavement of another area (hint: if you're reading this, you almost certainly benefit from unfair manufacturing at the very least), it's only reasonable to expect people to want to get out of the enslaved area and get to the nicer place instead.

Stop looking for xenophobic reasons to keep people out, and start working towards a global equity that lets people live all over the place without poverty and fear.  We as individuals can't always fix the big problems like global trade being reliant on poverty-level wages, but at the very least we can respect that people who want to escape impoverished areas have every right to seek "economic relief".  No wait...the very very least would be to recognize that people fleeing war and bloodshed should be welcomed quickly with open arms.
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The Cotton Candy Method
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I also like the version with the vacuum cleaner and the hair tie :)
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Client Supervision Costs Extra
 
An epic visual guide into how software development agencies work, and what kind of problems they face daily.
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Let The Push Polling Begin?
 
ALERT: The Clinton campaign is using one the most vile and deceptive campaign tactics: Push Polling
This is horrific, and demonstrates the sheer panic that the Clinton campaign is experiencing, and shows just how low they are willing to go to win the Nevada primary against Bernie Sanders.  

I hope this report is spread far and wide across all social networks. The citizens of the USA deserve to know that we are being cynically manipulated.

Read all the details below, or click here:
http://www.nolandalla.com/i-just-got-push-polled-by-hillary-clintons-nevada-campaign/

h/t +North East 

#HillaryClinton   #PushPoll   #deception   #manipulation #BernieSanders   #mydailybernie  
Nolan Dalla gets "push polled" by the Hillary Clinton campaign in Nevada, but they have no idea who they're fucking with....
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Plop Plop Fizz Fizz
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Is this too long for a tattoo?
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The desire to ban abortion has nothing to do with protecting human life; the hypocrisy of Republican 'Pro-lifers' in particular is sickeningly obvious when their concern ends as soon as the child is born. It's ALL about controlling women and getting them back 'in their place'.
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Gym or khaki?
 
This is just too dumb not to post

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JAMS!
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My Next Password

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Quantum Mechanics: The Dreams Stuff is Made Of
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I like science, technology, programming, computers, logic, puzzles, conundrums, and oxymorons, science fiction, quantum mechanics, Richard Feynman, and Paul Erdos.

And puns and squirrelly sayings:

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

   
Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

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