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Yonatan Zunger
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Writer and Engineer. I helped build this network, long ago...
Writer and Engineer. I helped build this network, long ago...

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Would you like to hear a sea shanty about the discovery of insulin? Of course you would! And +acapellascience provides.
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TL;DR: The NYPD union claims that bodycam footage is a “record used to evaluate [a police officer’s] performance toward continued employment or promotion," and like anything else which may affect that, releasing it without a court order violates police officers' civil rights.

h/t +Andres Soolo
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Having guessed +Theresa Mecklenborg's toddler, it's time for me to serve up a dish for our joint consumption. Breakfast is served!

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The Curta was one of the most elegant mechanical devices ever built: it is a mechanical calculator, functioning entirely on gears, which could easily be carried around in one's pocket. Its inside workings are truly a masterwork of clockwork.

And because the Internet is amazing, sometimes you find something like this: A complete video of the assembly of a Curta Type I from its parts, including a detailed voice-over (in German, alas, which I don't speak) explaining each step. You can even download the engineering drawings for the parts (!!) from http://www.museummura.li/content.aspx?nid=5051&groupnr=5051, and combining these two, in theory you might be able to build your own calculator!
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Well, that's worrisomely accurate. #GoogleArtsandCulture

(On the plus side, this is Ilya Repin's 1881 portrait of M. P. Musorgsky, composer of "Pictures at an Exhibition." On the minus side, we both sort of look like we just came back from hiding out in the mountains.)
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If you want a really good, long read for your weekend: Anat Deracine has captured the experience of being a woman in tech really, really, vividly. She writes from experience — we used to be colleagues! — and also with a remarkable ability to bring things to life. I stopped to "just check what it was" and was 10,000 words in before I remembered that I was supposed to be running errands.

(She also apparently has a YA novel coming soon — one which sounds quite promising in its own right. https://www.amazon.com/Driving-Starlight-Anat-Deracine/dp/1250133424)
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For those who are wondering how newspapers around the world translated "shithole," the Strong Language blog comes to the rescue. Most seemed to split between focusing on the shit ("shit countries") and focusing on the holes ("latrines" or the like), but the real winner is the Croatian Express, which very idiomatically translated it (in the headline!) as "vukojebina:" "the place where wolves fuck," or perhaps "wolffuckington."
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Having solved +Stephen Hamilton's breakfast, it's time for me to pose one again — hopefully a slightly more cheerful one than the last two. Breakfast is served!

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Some of the context for why this kind of violence is never far from my mind. This pogrom — in which 42 people were killed, including children — happened not long after World War II.

NB: "after."

Via +blanche nonken.
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Having guessed +Theresa Mecklenborg's cold, it's time for me to serve my first dish in a while. And I've got a slightly tricky one in mind... so, breakfast is served!
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