A former Texas GOP official, David Barton is a “Christian historical revisionist” who contends that “the United States of America is a Christian nation” and the separation of church and state is a “liberal myth.” He is also one of the most radical Tenthers in the country who believes the federal highway system is unconstitutional. So radical was his view that even the Tenth Amendment Center disavowed his federal highway theory.
Though he “holds no advanced degrees and does not teach at any legitimate institution,” Barton is no small figure in conservative politics. He was invited by Fox News host Glenn Beck and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to teach as a “scholar” on American history. At the conference, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that “every time he hears Barton speak, he learns something new.” But Right Wing Watch’s Kyle Mantyla captured the most outrageous endorsement yet. Introduced by Barton, Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AK) insisted that children need to be “under his tutelage” and said that every American should be forced “at gun point” to “listen to every David Barton message”:
HUCKABEE: I don’t know anyone in America who is a more effective communicator [than David Barton.] I just wish that every single young person in America would be able to be under his tutelage and understand something about who we really are as a nation. I almost wish that there would be something like a simultaneous telecast and all Americans would be forced, forced — at gun point no less — to listen to every David Barton message. And I think our country would be better for it. I wish it’d happen.
Gingrich: “I have two grandchildren… [and] I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age, they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists…”
Jon Stewart: “I don’t want to nitpick here, but how can a secular atheist country be dominated by religious extremists? An atheist Islamist. Hmm. What, do they pray five times a day to a God they don’t believe exists?”
“So here’s the Android bait-and-switch laid bare. Android was “open” only until it became popular and handset makers dependent upon it. Now that Google has the handset makers by the balls, Android is no longer open and Google starts asserting control.”—
And thank god they have. Have you seen some of the crapware that verizon puts on their droid phones? Have you seen the terrible UX layers that providers have put on top of a (generally better and faster) base droid UI?
It’s still open, and I’m freaking tired of people saying it’s not. In a few months they’ll release the code, just like they always do. And if the carriers/handset manufacturers don’t want to be held to a few end-user-experience-improving stipulations to their use of Android, they can fork it and use the Amazon market and roll their own maps application. Seriously guise, this isn’t a big deal. Gruber’s typical shill post.
The U.S. has a long, complicated, and dark history of arming rebel groups around the world. Our support for the anti-communist militias in Argentina and Honduras led us to directly train some of the fighters that later evolved into outright death squads. Nixon-era CIA operations in Chile helped Augusto Pinochet’s takeover by military coup, which later ended with Pinochet’s arrest as a war criminal for the mass murder and torture. The Nicaraguan contras, whom we armed in the 1980s to terrorize the Marxist government, instead terrorized civilians, whom they tortured and killed in large numbers. The U.S.’s support for the rise of the Khmer Rouge, remembered for their genocide of nearly 2 million Cambodians, is more ambiguous and complicated. At the very least, they enjoyed tacit U.S. tolerance as long as they fought Communist Vietnam.
The cycle is a familiar one: rather than commit American lives to a murky and uncertain conflict, the White House asks the CIA to find or create local proxies that can do the fighting for us. We invariably find the most skilled fighters, the most ruthless killers, who can best challenge or outright topple whatever regime — often communist, usually despotic and deserving of ouster — has earned American ire. But the conflict often escalates and turns for the worse. Our killers turn out to be even more brutal than their killers, or maybe they’re not as unified as we thought and turn against one another, or they end up targeting civilians as well as enemy fighters.
Mara’s Homemade - a mediocre comfort food restaurant in the East Village - is BLAMING THE FIRST AND SECOND AVENUE BIKE LANES for the drop in business that’s forcing them to close at the end of April.
That’s right, they’re in the fucking East Village within a 5-minute walk of five subway lines selling mid-priced comfort food - not exactly destination dining - and they’re blaming bike lanes that “reduced parking” a block away for their closure.
Today we have a large shipment of crawfish, crabs, shrimp and oysters flying in for you to enjoy.
Let that shipment rot. Don’t patronize them between now and their closure at the end of April. We don’t need businesses in the East Village that project their own problems on something that’s been proven to make our streets safer and garnered full support of our community board. If they want people to drive to their restaurant, they can move it to Jersey.
Option one: VGA/DVI to laptop screen convertor Option two: LCD screen that accepts VGA/DVI and will fit into a laptop bezel
Anyone know what would work for either of these? I’ve spent a bit of time the past few days searching, and haven’t turned anything up.
My plan is to take a defunct laptop and dremel out the touch pad, creating a docking space for my Nexus One. My Nexus One can run Ubuntu under chroot, and act as a USB host. It can also drive a pointing device as a touchscreen. There are USB->VGA adapters out there, supported by Ubuntu.
The sticking point is the monitor, and creating a breadboard that will take the battery output and power the screen and a powered usb hub. Connecting the laptop keyboard to the USB hub might be problematic as well.
If anyone out there has suggestions on one or two of these sticking points… I’d love to hear them.
Push notifications on iPhone are a total mess. The signal-to-noise ratio when my phone buzzes is quite poor these days.
Apple is doing the classic bad design cop-out move: give the user explicit, fine-grained permissioning and then dust their hands of the problem. I have 27…
I have a little thing on my phone that glows when I get a push notification, miss a call, or receive a text. I have a little app thing on my phone that lets my specify which color to use for which kind of notification. My notifications don’t force me to deal with them before allowing me to use the phone; they’re accessible from a nice slide-down menu. My notifications hardly drain my battery (the apps that push them are sitting at 2% battery usage - screen is at 60%).
So yeah. I know exactly what kind of notification is waiting for me before I touch my phone. It’s actually one of my favorite N1 features.
And I strike up conversation with the guy next to me… because he’s rocking an awesome tin of American Spirits. (WTF? I don’t even smoke, but this tin is kind of awesome. Am I falling into a hipster trap?)
Anyway, as I’m about to turn and walk home and I say goodbye to the guy sitting next to me, and he says, “hey, are you on Tumblr?”
Why do restaurants do this? The short term gain will kill them in the long run. Idiots.
If you see merchants doing it, you can report them. I don’t know where to, yet. I assume Visa or Master Card. As a part of the Dodd-Frank act, merchants are allowed to set a minimum amount per transaction. The maximum they may set for this is $10, and they are not allowed to set one for debit cards. So technically, Cafe Select is in violation of federal law. From Visa:
"As an alternative [to contacting your card issuing financial institution], to report merchant practices that you feel are inappropriate, you may wish to contact the Visa Global Customer Care Services at 1-800-VISA-911 (1-800-847-2911) or go to our website at www.visa.com. When calling, please advise the representative that you were referred to file a complaint. The staff will be able to initiate a complaint form over the phone.”
I would love to deconstruct this entire article and show everything that’s wrong with it. But I don’t have time. There’s simply too much wrong with it. So let me just say this:
No persons are on a “targeting list” for the allies in Libya. This includes Qadaffi.
This is a police action, not a war. It has more in common with the engagement in Serbia than Iraq or Afghanistan.
Our “unique capabilities” include cruise missile strikes and Wild Weasels and AWACS air traffic control and coordination. Those add up to disabling Qadafi’s air defenses. That’s why we “took the lead” early on. Now that Qadafi’s air defenses are neutralized we can take a back seat and let the French, British, Canadians, Dutch and others run this thing.
It’s US policy that “Qadaffi must go” but that’s not the goal of the military action because it’s not what the UN authorized.
The UN resolution authorized more than a no-fly zone. It also authorized a “no drive zone.” No one’s flying Toyota pick-ups. They’re driving them. And if they’re armed combatants loyal to Qadaffi they’re not allowed to do that.
Perhaps it would help if we replace the word “authorized” in the phrase “UN resolution authorized” with “mandated.” That’s what the UN actually did. It mandated intervention. Do you want to delegitimize the UN by not following through on a UN mandate? I thought you like the United Nations?
The rebels are fighting for themselves. We’re not fighting with them. We’re helping to enforce a no-fly and no-drive zone.
I guess that’s probably a good start at tearing apart this ridiculous article. I’m sure some of you will disagree with the points above, but it’s hard — they’re facts, not opinions.
Also: who the hell edits The Awl? Anybody? Bueller?
So, the winter ‘11 AI challenge has to do with ants. On a torus. They get close to food and spawn a new ant. They get close to an enemy ant and they battle.
Just finished up writing the i/o parser, map tracker, entity table, and a simple bot that just moves its ants around randomly.
Next up is to actually keep track of individual ants each turn (currently it wipes the slate clean each turn and refreshes from the server. But the server only identifies each ant by the id of the player. So that’ll be fun.
Oh, yeah, and I’m writing it in Node.js, since it has stdio support. Win.
In other news, I suppose I didn’t work on Arabica tonight like I’d wanted to. Woops.
I wish I was cool enough to be Lydia Deetz. After I saw Beetlejuice sometime around the 6th grade, that was it. I had seen the light, and that light was Winona Ryder. (Her and Christina Ricci, I swear to God, I…
Lydia Deetz was my first crush. To be fair, I didn’t see the film until about 6 years after it came out.
Gear is a money pit. It’s a trap. It’s fool’s gold. You can sit and stare at catalogs all day and drool over a certain piece of gear, convincing yourself that if you only had this one piece of gear your sound would be amazing. Then, you save up and buy it. It sounds great. Then, a month later, you see something else in the catalog and convince yourself that if you only had this one more piece of gear…
Stop! Put your hands in the air and step away from the catalog. You’re chasing your tail and you’ll never catch it.
You are an artist. The artist paints the picture, not the brushes. Brushes are important, but a true artist knows that he could use his fingers to create art if he didn’t have brushes. The bottom line: don’t wait for that dream studio before you start your career. Press the red button and get started now!
Record, record, record! Edit, design, mix, rinse and repeat.
The same is for programming. You are not your IDE. Getting one more plugin to do autocomplete or auto-refactoring will not make you a better programmer. Buckle down and use vim or emacs, and really get to know your code. Don’t go gaga over tools that separate you from the metal.
Long battery life if I’m working outside my home or office.
ssh response time is kind of slow. I often have to wait for my (remote session) of emacs to catch up to my typing.
shell consoles are in a completely separate screen that you switch to with alt-tab. Each additional running console is a new entry in the alt-tab chain. This is one of my biggest gripes, actually: it would be awesome if all my consoles were collected in a single entry in the alt-tab ring, tabbed at the top with the pwd as the tab title. This would be boss.
No ssh key support, gotta use a password.
Can’t update the machine’s hosts file to add my dev servers ip addresses.