I put my brother’s blood all over me and acted like I was dead.– Syrian boy, 11, played dead to survive massacre of his family (via brooklynmutt)
neato pettito: A few things about a few things... →
halley: So, a dear friend of mine, Jon Prins reblogged this piece from over here via here. And I have to say, it hit a nerve with me on a couple levels. It also turns out that he’s a fabulous catalyst for some of my thoughts on this particular article for the following reasons: 1> we met in real…
We grew up with the Internet and on the Internet. This is what makes us...– Piotr Czerski (via azspot)
Kids play T-ball, then baseball; they play games and have practice every week...– Meira Levinson talking about her new book No Citizen Left Behind. (via bostonreview) Wow. Just, wow. Quote of the week. (via motherjones)
Huge Ancient Civilization’s Collapse Explained →
The mysterious fall of the largest of the world’s earliest urban civilizations nearly 4,000 years ago in what is now India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh now appears to have a key culprit — ancient climate change, researchers say.
USA.gov: Post Office Temporarily Bans Overseas... →
usagov: Starting May 16, 2012, the U.S. Post Office will stop international shipping of lithium batteries and devices containing lithium batteries because they are a fire hazard. Many electronic devices, such as cell phones and cameras, use these types of batteries. The ban includes international… What is this idiocy, holy crap.
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
politicalprof: From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State, And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze. Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life, I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose. Randall Jarrell (1945)
Now Coveted - A Walkable, Convenient Place →
WALKING isn’t just good for you. It has become an indicator of your socioeconomic status. Until the 1990s, exclusive suburban homes that were accessible only by car cost more, per square foot, than other kinds of American housing. Now, however, these suburbs have become overbuilt, and housing values have fallen. Today, the most valuable real estate lies in walkable urban locations. Many of...
FCC Chairman Says It’s Okay to Be Charged for the... →
wilwheaton: Mr. Genachowski said tiered pricing, will “increase consumer choice and competition” and yield in “lower prices for people who consume less broadband.” Although, as Electronista notes, “he did not clarify what mechanism would drive prices down.” Public interest groups have decried the potential impact broadband data caps will have on the market and innovation, not to mention the...
But today you don’t need to read SF to get a sense of wonder high: you can...– Charlie Stross, “SF, big ideas, ideology: what is to be done?”
NATO approves $1.7 billion for new drones →
violent-buddhist: peace-love-justice: thepeoplesrecord: Yet, somehow we don’t have enough money for schools, healthcare or food to feed the hungry. ^^^^^^ Insanity.
The importance of learning to code isn’t so that everyone will write code, and...– A federal judge learned to code - O’Reilly Radar (via everythingisdisrupted)
How To Be Poor (culture of poverty) →
The American impulse is to target the culture—teach abstinence, discipline kids, lecture parents, preach punctuality, provide moral training—so that the chronically poor will be ready when opportunity knocks. The alternative, more European, is to target the opportunity structure—provide jobs and practical training, guarantee health benefits and housing—so that tomorrow is more predictable and...
We heard the testimony of Mr. Bloch. I couldn’t have told you the first...– Judge Aslup, on the alleged copyright infringement by Google of the rangeCheck function in Java. This is a 9 line function that checks to see if two indices are indeed within the length of a given array. It’s first semester comp sci 101 stuff (except, of course, it’s implemented with...
I’m (expletive deleted) starving.– Celebrity chef Mario Batali • Discussing the diet he’s currently on — he’s eating like he’s on food stamps (an average of $1.48 per meal, or $31 per week) in protest of potential cuts to the federal food stamps program. His family was nice enough to join him in what he calls a conversation starter...
I’m not sure I know what AirPlay is. Today we want to be on every screen. Today...– Time Warner’s CEO It’s not so much that he hasn’t heard of AirPlay. It’s that he specifically states that Apple doesn’t offer the exact feature set that is AirPlay. Airplay launched in 2010. It’s an extension of AirTunes, which launched in 2004. (via ericmortensen) He might as well have said,...