Rolling Stone profile of Randall “XKCD” Munroe

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Occasioned by the publication of What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (see review), an outstanding profile of geek hero Randall Munroe in Rolling Stone.

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Twelve triple three: Secret history of Reagan’s exec order that spawned mass surveillance

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Ronald Reagan issued Executive Order 12333 in 1981, reversing the Carter and Ford reforms of government surveillance (sparked by the Church Commission, convened in the wake of Nixon’s wiretapping scandal); GWB expanded it twice more, once during each term.

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Three new GOTHAM ACADEMY promo pieces revealed! GET TO KNOW THESE GUYS!  (Issue 1 out October 1st from DC Comics; order code AUG140201.)

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Three new GOTHAM ACADEMY promo pieces revealed! GET TO KNOW THESE GUYS!  (Issue 1 out October 1st from DC Comics; order code AUG140201.)

I’ll be picking up this one. Yep. beckycloonan:

Three new GOTHAM ACADEMY promo pieces revealed! GET TO KNOW THESE GUYS!  (Issue 1 out October 1st from DC Comics; order code AUG140201.)

I’ll be picking up this one. Yep.

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Three new GOTHAM ACADEMY promo pieces revealed! GET TO KNOW THESE GUYS!  (Issue 1 out October 1st from DC Comics; order code AUG140201.)

I’ll be picking up this one. Yep.

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my dad died from ALS when i was 3 years old. he was 36. my mom was 33. that was 30 years ago. now i’m the same age my mom was when my dad died. and there is still no cure for ALS.

this is what happens when you have ALS: your muscles slowly stop working, one part at a time. for my dad, first he…

These are American citizens standing on a quiet suburban street with fucking incendiary devices rolling down on them. Smoke filling, just surrounding their oak trees, wafting passed their bedroom windows where their children are sleeping in cribs. Would you put up with that? Would you tolerate that? What if it happened right here, right now would we tolerate this? We label these little cities and go, “oh, here’s an event. This is an event that’s gonna begin and it’s gonna end, and there’s an incident going on.”

We keep calling them “incidents” but the police aren’t calling them “incidents” because the POLICE DON’T RENT TANKS for the moment. THEY ACQUIRE THEM gradually, and they’re equipped for this. And more and more and more every single police force is getting more and more military equipment as we go. They’re prepared for this stuff. And it’s NOT going to stop. The noose never loosens, it keeps tightening.

So when you’re looking at live footage of a city in your country where people are being ASSAULTED by the police - side with the people.

— Dan Harmon -
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Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? - a review (please reblog!)

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Brian Fies's 2012 graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? expresses a beautiful, melancholic and hopeful longing for (and suspicion of) the futuristic optimism of America’s 20th century, starting with the 1939 World’s Fair. Cory Doctorow finally got caught up with the future and read it.

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1. Join a peaceful protest.

They’re happening all around the country tonight, including at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, around 7 p.m. Eastern. 

2. Recognize that Michael Brown’s death was not an isolated incident.

In 2012, more than 300 black people were executed by police, security guards, or vigilantes. In the last month, three other unarmed African-American men—Eric Garner in New York, John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles—have been killed by police. Those are the ones we know about.

3. Stop saying “This can’t be happening in America.”

I understand the impulse, I really do. But that impulse only comes to those who are insulated and isolated from how America treats poor people and people of color every day. Langston Hughes wrote “America never was America to me” in 1935. If you didn’t quite understand that poem in your junior high or high-school lit classes, read it again, while you think about what’s happening in Ferguson. Let it sink in.

4. STFU about looting.

And call out your friends and family members who won’t. It’s been five days since Michael Brown was murdered. On one of those days, some furious, grieving citizens caused some property damage. Nine have been arrested. Every other day since then, police with more gear than American soldiers going into battle have been occupying the neighborhood where Brown died, attacking peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets. They’ve tear-gassed a state senator and Al-Jazeera reporters, and arrested an alderman. They’ve demanded that reporters leave the area and arrested two who didn’t move fast enough. “Disproportionate” doesn’t begin to describe it. If you look at all that and still think it’s important to talk about looting for “balance,” you should know that you sound like a racist asshole.

5. Look Around You.

If you live in an urban environment, you’re in a position to bear witness and document inappropriate and abusive police behavior. If you see an African-American neighbor being detained by police, wait to see what happens. Get your phone out. Download the ACLU’s “Police Tape” app, and if you see something that looks off, take a video that will upload directly to their servers, in case your phone is confiscated. Whatever police may tell you, this is your legal right.

6. Make a donation to a civil rights organization like the Southern Poverty Law Center or the ACLU.

7. Educate yourself about the systematic inequality that leads to civil unrest.

The St. Louis American ran a powerful editorial today that fleshes out the history of Ferguson. When you finish reading that, go somewhere quiet for a bit and settle down with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations.” Don’t stop there.

8. Put pressure on your elected representatives.

Institutional abuse of African-American citizens is happening all over the country, and it demands a federal response. Talk to your senators and congresspeople about enacting policies to protect citizens from their protectors. While you’re at it, maybe suggest they work to limit the amount of military weaponry police can inherit from the armed forces.

9. Listen to your African-American friends when they try to tell you why this hurts.

If you don’t have any African-American friends, you might want to think about why that is.

10. Okay, go ahead and tweet.

And Facebook. Tumblr. Instagram. Vine. Amplify the voices of people on the ground, and help counteract the damaging narratives being propagated by some mainstream media organizations. It’s the very least we can do.

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Edward Snowden: The Untold Story | Threat Level | WIRED

Edward Snowden: The Untold Story | Threat Level | WIRED

His 31st birthday is a few days away. Snowden still holds out hope that he will someday be allowed to return to the US. “I told the government I’d volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose,” he says. “I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can’t allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no…

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Casual fridays arent allowed in the office after last weeks ‘incident’
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Casual fridays arent allowed in the office after last weeks ‘incident’
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Casual fridays arent allowed in the office after last weeks ‘incident’
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Casual fridays arent allowed in the office after last weeks ‘incident’
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Casual fridays arent allowed in the office after last weeks ‘incident’
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Casual fridays arent allowed in the office after last weeks ‘incident’

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Casual fridays arent allowed in the office after last weeks ‘incident’

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Nicely done.



I love this tally-art:

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We go forward.
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Pretty crazy to see how a generation that grew up on side scrollers can find new metaphors for life within the weird rules of old school games. 

Nicely done.



I love this tally-art:

chrisroberson:

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We go forward.
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Pretty crazy to see how a generation that grew up on side scrollers can find new metaphors for life within the weird rules of old school games. 

Nicely done.



I love this tally-art:

chrisroberson:

pizza-party:

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.
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Pretty crazy to see how a generation that grew up on side scrollers can find new metaphors for life within the weird rules of old school games. 

Nicely done.



I love this tally-art:

chrisroberson:

pizza-party:

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.
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Pretty crazy to see how a generation that grew up on side scrollers can find new metaphors for life within the weird rules of old school games. 

Nicely done.



I love this tally-art:

chrisroberson:

pizza-party:

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.
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Pretty crazy to see how a generation that grew up on side scrollers can find new metaphors for life within the weird rules of old school games. 

Nicely done.



I love this tally-art:

chrisroberson:

pizza-party:

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.
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Pretty crazy to see how a generation that grew up on side scrollers can find new metaphors for life within the weird rules of old school games. 

Nicely done.



I love this tally-art:

chrisroberson:

pizza-party:

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.
image
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Pretty crazy to see how a generation that grew up on side scrollers can find new metaphors for life within the weird rules of old school games. 

Nicely done.



I love this tally-art:

chrisroberson:

pizza-party:

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.
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Pretty crazy to see how a generation that grew up on side scrollers can find new metaphors for life within the weird rules of old school games. 

Nicely done.



I love this

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If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist? - Issue 14: Mutation - Nautilus

If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist? – Issue 14: Mutation – Nautilus

This is another fascinating science article I had to share. If you could rewind the tape of time, would the creatures of Earth evolve in the exact same way?

If you could replay the “tape of life” would evolution repeat itself? In the salamanders, it appears it has: In other organisms, it may not have.

via If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist? – Issue 14: Mutation – Nautilus.

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The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why

The Fermi Paradox – Wait But Why

A very interesting article about just how small we really are, us Earthlings.

Moving back to just our galaxy, and doing the same math on the lowest estimate for stars in the Milky Way 100 billion, we’d estimate that there are 1 billion Earth-like planets and 100,000 intelligent civilizations in our galaxy.[1]SETI Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is an organization dedicated to listening…

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