To protect his child's innocence

Oct. 30th, 2014 06:26 am
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Parent threatens "shit storm" if his child's World History class mentions *sl*m

ETA: "My kids may not be as stupid as I am, but by God they're going to be every bit as ignorant if I have anything to say about it."

The Hunting Lodge*

Oct. 29th, 2014 06:37 am
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Design is an autoantonym, with two opposite meanings, like oversight and sanction. As Edward Tufte says, good design is clear thinking made visible, but the good design that wins awards is elegant and "clean" and totally unresponsive to the wants and needs of the people using it, like a cabinet where you can't tell which protrusions open drawers and which do nothing without actually pulling on them. My current unfavorite is the tiny box in the upper right-hand corner of the screen on my desktop computer that closes the window, immediately adjacent to the tiny box that changes the window size, even though there is plenty of room for reasonable-sized ones. Oh, well, at least it doesn't kill children.

*Thank you, Randall Garrett

Voting

Oct. 28th, 2014 09:14 am
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Libertarians and Teabaggers: Don't let the Republicans trick you into thinking they're on your side. If there's no third party candidate, stay home.

Liberals: see you at the polls.

Semi

Oct. 26th, 2014 11:29 am
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Donald E. Westlake defends the semicolon. This is from his nonfiction collection The Getaway Car, which everyone should read.
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Denver police expect people to waste their marijuana candy on trick-or-treaters,

Public menace

Oct. 24th, 2014 09:58 am
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Texas hospital throws woman out of waiting room for breastfeeding.

Cross-cultural

Oct. 24th, 2014 07:03 am
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Professor Borges, an excellent book made of Jorge Luis Borges's lectures on English Literature, has the words Avalon and Fabian on facing pages.

(Note for younger readers: [Frankie] Avalon and Fabian were the 50s forerunners of the boy bands: cute guys who could almost sing.)

Epic Fail

Oct. 24th, 2014 05:42 am
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How our free-enterprise medical system makes it harder to notice if a patient has Ebola.

Thanx to Jon Carroll

Don't you feel secure?

Oct. 23rd, 2014 06:07 am
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Homeland Security: protecting us from panties with team logos they didn't pay royalties on

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