July 18, 2014
thugkitchen:

Starting to feel like ninety one thousand damn degrees outside? We got you. Chill the fuck out with a big ass cup of this tropical treat. All you need are five fucking ingredients and a blender. You should be able to handle that shit even if it feels like the world is melting.
PIÑA COLADA ICE CREAM  
Makes about 1 ½ pints, enough for 2-3 sweaty motherfuckers
3 cups of frozen pineapple*
1 frozen banana, broken into chunks
1 ½ cups canned coconut milk
1 tablespoon liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup, whatever you got
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Throw everything in a blender and run that shit until it’s all smooth. Pour it into a loaf pan or similar shaped container and smooth it all around so it’s even. Don’t go freezing some uneven chunky bullshit and waste everybody’s time.
Cover and place in the motherfucking freezer until it is nice and solid, at least 5 hours depending on how shitty your freezer is. You know what the fuck you should do with ice cream after that. This is best eaten the first day or two after it’s made because it can get harder to scoop the longer it sits. But no doubt you or your roommates will get after it long before then. 

*about one 16 ounce bag

thugkitchen:

Starting to feel like ninety one thousand damn degrees outside? We got you. Chill the fuck out with a big ass cup of this tropical treat. All you need are five fucking ingredients and a blender. You should be able to handle that shit even if it feels like the world is melting.

PIÑA COLADA ICE CREAM  

Makes about 1 ½ pints, enough for 2-3 sweaty motherfuckers

3 cups of frozen pineapple*

1 frozen banana, broken into chunks

1 ½ cups canned coconut milk

1 tablespoon liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup, whatever you got

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Throw everything in a blender and run that shit until it’s all smooth. Pour it into a loaf pan or similar shaped container and smooth it all around so it’s even. Don’t go freezing some uneven chunky bullshit and waste everybody’s time.

Cover and place in the motherfucking freezer until it is nice and solid, at least 5 hours depending on how shitty your freezer is. You know what the fuck you should do with ice cream after that. This is best eaten the first day or two after it’s made because it can get harder to scoop the longer it sits. But no doubt you or your roommates will get after it long before then. 

*about one 16 ounce bag

July 7, 2014
Doooooom

June 17, 2014
maxistentialist:

Business Insider:

Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHL’s Stanley Cup. 
Riot police were called in to break up what the LA Times described as a “melee” outside the arena following the King’s victory over the New York Rangers.
In one clip posted online, a drone can be seen hovering over the crowd of hockey fans before it was knocked out of the sky by people throwing shoes and clothing.
[…]
Hockey fans can be heard chanting, “We got the drone! We got the drone!”

And that’s how you take out a drone.

maxistentialist:

Business Insider:

Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHL’s Stanley Cup. 

Riot police were called in to break up what the LA Times described as a “melee” outside the arena following the King’s victory over the New York Rangers.

In one clip posted online, a drone can be seen hovering over the crowd of hockey fans before it was knocked out of the sky by people throwing shoes and clothing.

[…]

Hockey fans can be heard chanting, “We got the drone! We got the drone!”

And that’s how you take out a drone.

(via reidab)

May 5, 2014
Jonathan Stray » What I learned at Build Peace, the first conference for technology and conflict resolution

warrenellis:

"I suspect that most peace building efforts don’t end up helping very much, and all the experienced peace workers I’ve spoken to agree. If this seems harsh, consider that there are good reasons to believe that much international aid is ineffective, and quite plausibly that a wide range of non-profit work in general is ineffective. Preventing or resolving violent conflict is probably even harder than those things.

"There seems to be very little solid evidence that conflict resolution work does any good at all — certainly not anything up to the standards of a controlled study, because you can’t really do a controlled study in conflict areas. You go in and try to stop the violence because not attempting to stop it would be unethical (assuming, of course, you Do No Harm.) Then the violence diminishes or it does not. But there is no counterfactual to compare against. That is, we don’t know what would have happened had we done nothing."

January 5, 2014
new-aesthetic:

How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

If you use Netflix, you’ve probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you. Some of them just seem so specific that it’s absurd. Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries? Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life? Foreign Satanic Stories from the 1980s?
If Netflix can show such tiny slices of cinema to any given user, and they have 40 million users, how vast did their set of “personalized genres” need to be to describe the entire Hollywood universe?
This idle wonder turned to rabid fascination when I realized that I could capture each and every microgenre that Netflix’s algorithm has ever created. 
Through a combination of elbow grease and spam-level repetition, we discovered that Netflix possesses not several hundred genres, or even several thousand, but 76,897 unique ways to describe types of movies.


Worth reading.

new-aesthetic:

How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic

If you use Netflix, you’ve probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you. Some of them just seem so specific that it’s absurd. Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries? Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life? Foreign Satanic Stories from the 1980s?

If Netflix can show such tiny slices of cinema to any given user, and they have 40 million users, how vast did their set of “personalized genres” need to be to describe the entire Hollywood universe?

This idle wonder turned to rabid fascination when I realized that I could capture each and every microgenre that Netflix’s algorithm has ever created. 

Through a combination of elbow grease and spam-level repetition, we discovered that Netflix possesses not several hundred genres, or even several thousand, but 76,897 unique ways to describe types of movies.

Worth reading.

January 5, 2014

thefirmamentblog said: What's the most distressing issue about our modern human condition that your Sci-fi extrapolation (in fiction or comics) can alleviate?

warrenellis:

That’s not what sf, or any fiction, is really for.  I had this conversation the other day with a friend.  I’m currently of the position that art isn’t effective when it seeks to provoke either hope or despair: that the most art can aspire to do is tell you that you’re not alone.

November 19, 2013
new-aesthetic:

Twelescreen (Phil Gyford’s website)

Back in the summer, the British government was going through a particularly and visibly authoritarian phase. Trucks displaying posters instructing illegal immigrants to “GO HOME OR FACE ARREST” were driven around parts of London. The Home Office Twitter account featured photos of people suspected of working illegally being bundled into the backs of vans. Scary Daily Mail-pandering talking points were pushed out through the government’s social media channels.

On the one hand, I can see that it’s a good idea to use Twitter et al like this. It’s what anyone with a clue about the internet would advise — go where your audience is and talk to them in a native format, hashtags and all.
On the other hand, it’s terrifying. These brief messages reduce complex issues to a handful of words, a succession of slogans, more minimal even than a carefully-phrased TV soundbite. Seeing the government and the security services relentlessly announcing their bold new initiatives in the same medium that people chat about X-Factor is unsettling. Seeing them link to photos of people bundled into vans in the same way your friends link to funny snaps of their cats seems very wrong.
Although social media are a conversational, discursive form (the clue’s in the name) they are, of course, often used as a place for announcements, very much a top-down, one-to-many form of address. Even if a Twitter account replies to individuals, as a follower of it you’ll generally only see the messages going out to everyone. And so these official Twitter accounts, announcing the Prime Minister launching robust schemes, or the military showing off new hardware, seem oddly relentless. A constant stream of digestible views from those in power to those they rule.

This reminded me, as is often inevitable, of George Orwell’s 1984 and its telescreens […]
I imagined that a 2013 version of a telescreen would constantly display Tweets from our masters and mistresses. Having thought of the terrible “twelescreen” pun, and found the domain was available, I had to make Twelescreen.com.

new-aesthetic:

Twelescreen (Phil Gyford’s website)

Back in the summer, the British government was going through a particularly and visibly authoritarian phase. Trucks displaying posters instructing illegal immigrants to “GO HOME OR FACE ARREST” were driven around parts of London. The Home Office Twitter account featured photos of people suspected of working illegally being bundled into the backs of vans. Scary Daily Mail-pandering talking points were pushed out through the government’s social media channels.

On the one hand, I can see that it’s a good idea to use Twitter et al like this. It’s what anyone with a clue about the internet would advise — go where your audience is and talk to them in a native format, hashtags and all.

On the other hand, it’s terrifying. These brief messages reduce complex issues to a handful of words, a succession of slogans, more minimal even than a carefully-phrased TV soundbite. Seeing the government and the security services relentlessly announcing their bold new initiatives in the same medium that people chat about X-Factor is unsettling. Seeing them link to photos of people bundled into vans in the same way your friends link to funny snaps of their cats seems very wrong.

Although social media are a conversational, discursive form (the clue’s in the name) they are, of course, often used as a place for announcements, very much a top-down, one-to-many form of address. Even if a Twitter account replies to individuals, as a follower of it you’ll generally only see the messages going out to everyone. And so these official Twitter accounts, announcing the Prime Minister launching robust schemes, or the military showing off new hardware, seem oddly relentless. A constant stream of digestible views from those in power to those they rule.

This reminded me, as is often inevitable, of George Orwell’s 1984 and its telescreens […]

I imagined that a 2013 version of a telescreen would constantly display Tweets from our masters and mistresses. Having thought of the terrible “twelescreen” pun, and found the domain was available, I had to make Twelescreen.com.

October 27, 2013
They may have the money, but we have the tools of technology.

October 21, 2013

Anonymous said: Re: the little girl case. Apparently the two accused Roma gave entirely conflicting reports. The lady also claimed to have birthed 6 children in 10 months. Obviously anti-roma racism played a part in the investigation taking place at all, but it seems odd for you to have just immediately assumed that it's all an anti roma conspiracy.

golden-zephyr-deactivated201401:

That is allegedly according to the news reports (the press release handed to each news outlet has been almost exactly the same). The little girl is being interviewed using SIGN LANGUAGE (they try to sign to ask her things and she tries to sign back), because they don’t have any one who can speak Romani language.

She’s stolen but fluent in Romani language? It doesn’t add up.

Nor does the fact that the Greek police are doing little to provide access to translators or other help. That was something the police said - the claim about 6 children in 10 months - whether it’s true or not is another thing entirely. Of course, there has been little to no support for either the adults or the child. Maybe they aren’t fluent in Greek but have not been offered translators and so they confused words with one another? Perhaps she spoke mistakenly, after all, the child was ripped from her by over 40 police and she was taken in handcuffs and interviewed under duress.

The Greek police have been regularly harassing Roma camps, the camp where the girl was found included. They used the girl’s fear and confusion as an indicator at the parents guilt. Though if I was pulled from where I was hiding by more than 40 armed police, I think I’d be afraid and confused too.

Basically, they said they pulled the kid because she was pale and blonde - therefore delegitimizing all pale and blonde Roma in the world. And there are many.

And making them fear for their safety and their families.

The mother said she was given the girl because her mother couldn’t take care of her - a common thing in Roma groups is to take in waif and stray children and raise them - either because they are on the street or because their parents can’t cope. But, all the news reports focus on the fact that she was not related by DNA and that the mother allegedly said she gave birth to 6 kids in 10 months.

It’s disgusting and inflammatory reporting aimed at making people scared of us. It’s rehashing the age old stereotype of Roma as child baby-stealers.

Everyone knows the prevalence of the Golden Dawn and the rise of neo-Fascist agendas in Greece, they cry out over and over about the abuse of (white) LGBTQ in Russia, but something like this? A gross abuse of the rights of Roma people?

Naw, they MUST be guilty right? They deserve the repeated and often violent raids of police. They deserve to have their children ripped away from them because they aren’t fluent in Greek or the kid “doesn’t resemble them”…

It isn’t odd for me to immediately assume it’s an anti-Roma conspiracy - IT IS AN ANTI-ROMA CONSPIRACY.

The news is becoming more and more targeted at “Roma Gypsy” communities. Alleged crime rings and human trafficking and drugs and baby-stealers.

Why?

Because there is a change in law coming up in Europe that will allow people more freedom of movement between Romania and Bulgaria and the rest of Europe. The news has been increasing the closer we get to final deadlines and decisions and changes. Roma thieves will swamp Europe. Gypsies from their “Native” Romania (which is just fucking stupid reporting) and Bulgaria will come and take all the benefits. We’ll arrive like a plague of locusts. I’ve read it and seen the news reports.

This is just the latest in a string of ridiculously racist reports. No one has the health of the girl in mind (I mean they haven’t even provided someone who speaks her language for christ’s sake).

Whether or not the girl has been legitimately taken in to the family, they have been declared guilty. The media and police have declared that there is no way a blonde girl can be Roma (despite the fact that she looks Roma and the fact that she speaks Romanes). The media have decided to spout the rhetoric and sensationalize the report - therefore building support for right wing neo-Fascist groups (such as the Golden Dawn) and xenophobic, racist, colonialist governments who say that this is what we Roma do, this is why we should be beaten and burned, and this is why we should be removed from their countries, by force.

Don’t believe everything you read just because some reporter spewed out some racist press release.

October 20, 2013
"OH: Should we be encouraging women to get into the pipeline when we know the pipeline leads to a sewage treatment plant?"

Twitter / ashedryden: OH: Should we be encouraging …

Recently I had the idea to go back and look at some emails from 2009, after the CouchDB talk incident at GoGaRuCo. It reminded me how focused we were on bringing more women into the Ruby community—at that point the gender ratios were so abysmal, it was an obvious starting point.

Guess what? It didn’t magically fix the underlying problems. Now we have a Ruby community with more women, but many community leaders still do not prioritize diversity or ending expressions of sexism and discrimination. In fact, the way this is dismissed in the face of continued abuses leads some advocates to wonder why they’re encouraging new participants at all.

I’m ready for a new strategy. I want to do what we need to in order to keep the women who are here now safe and able to continue working in this field. Weekend workshops and code schools are great, but no substitute for addressing the current hostile environment. We need allies to speak up and show their support for a Ruby community that is welcoming to all participants, not only the privileged majority.

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