We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there. — Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics - The Huffington Post
But what about all those awesome indie games you’ve downloaded through Xbox Live Marketplace or the full 360 titles you bought digitally? Those will carry over, right? Nope. It turns out that only music, movies, and TV shows purchased through Xbox Live will follow you to the One. — Xbox One: The Most Restrictive Game Console Ever Made – ReadWrite
How much of the hardware we buy do we really own, and how far can and should a manufacturer go in telling us how to use our console? — Xbox One: The Most Restrictive Game Console Ever Made – ReadWrite
It is unmistakable that our culture greatly needs well-equipped warriors for Christ. Even though the attack on the school was meant to be harmful, God has used it to provide affirmation regarding the importance of our work. We are hopeful that the recent unexpected interest in our school and in Christian Education will provide support for a future for BRCA. —
Diana Baker, Administrator at BRCA - Christian school: ‘atheist controversy’ over creationist quiz may keep academy open -
Lash, backlash, counter-backlash.
Products like Glass are sparking a discussion about what is possible with technologies such as facial recognition, and whether governments need to intercede. While several members of Congress pressed Google on Thursday for answers about how its technology works, some business owners like bars or casinos are already banning it. —
Google Glass Is Watching—Now What? - WSJ.com
Sad that this potentially democratizing technology will be suppressed because people are embarrassed to be seen by their friends, while in the meantime being surveilled by the government and private corporations.
Arise then, women of this day!
Arise all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
‘We will not have questions decided by irrelevant agencies.
‘Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage for caresses and applause.
‘Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy, and patience.
‘We women of one country will be too tender to those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
‘From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own, it says “Disarm! Disarm!”
‘The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.
‘Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.’
As men have forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his time the sacred impress not of Caesar, but of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace. — Original Mothers Day Proclamation,
Wolves do not have an innate sense of rank; they are not born leaders or born followers. The “alphas” are simply what we would call in any other social group “parents. — Why everything you know about wolf packs is wrong
Emptyage: Generation X Doesn't Want to Hear It -
Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going…
(Source: New York Magazine)
maybe everything isn’t hopeless bullshit -
Depression Part Two
Emotions for which English has no(*) words -
(*) …for which English has no *single* words. Obviously the author uses English words to describe them. And since English is nearly larcenous in its capacity to borrow (schadenfreude! ennui!) any of these fun foreign roots and agglutinates are potential undocumented immigrants just waiting for their green card.
Also the Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax is not a misnomer. It’s a fallacy. Is it a rule that in any article on language you must make at least one linguistics error?
HTML and CSS—those are not programming languages. Those are data-entry formats. So if you as a designer have ever looked at HTML and CSS and said, “you know what, I would rather drink bleach than learn how to do that,” then I think you’ve got the makings of a great programmer. Because nobody wants to work with that stuff. Programmers hate tedious work of any kind. I hate HTML and CSS. That’s why I like programming. Because the point of programming is to represent ideas at a higher level. Which I think is very much something that we like to do, as designers. Represent ideas. We can do that in the programming language. Then we can let the computer handle the boring nonsense. — Matthew Butterick: The Bomb in the Garden
The problem, of course, is that information wasn’t actually free. It’s just that no one wanted to pay for it. But somebody had to. So we’ve ended up with what?
We’ve ended up with a web dominated by advertising. — Matthew Butterick: The Bomb in the Garden