Hong Kong: Tear gas and clashes at democracy protest China is pissed.

The Dish: Staggering Graph Reveals The Cooptation Of Economic Recoveries By The Rich
“Not only is the rising tide not lifting everyone equally, it’s actually submerging nine out of ten people.”
Click through for supporting links, information and nitcpicks. Via Lisa Wade.


The Dish: Staggering Graph Reveals The Cooptation Of Economic Recoveries By The Rich

“Not only is the rising tide not lifting everyone equally, it’s actually submerging nine out of ten people.”
Click through for supporting links, information and nitcpicks. Via Lisa Wade.

Why Don’t Religious People Know More About Religion?:

But another reason that these groups scored higher may be their position as religious minorities. Jews and Mormons have to explain to the flock how their ideas are different from those of the majority. Atheists and agnostics too, in their questioning and even rejecting, have probably devoted more thought to religion, or more accurately, religions. On the questions about Shiva and Nirvana, they leave even the Jews and Mormons far behind.
For Protestants and Catholics, by contrast, learning detailed information about their religion is not as crucial. Just as White people in the US rarely ask what it means to be White, Christians need not worry about their differences from the mainstream. They are the mainstream. So going to church or praying can be much more about feelings – solidarity, transcendence, peace, etc. That variety of religious experience need not include learning the history or even the tenets of the religion itself. As Durkheim said, the central element in religion is ritual – especially the feelings a ritual generates in the group. Knowing the actual beliefs might be a nice addition, but it’s not crucial.

Why Don’t Religious People Know More About Religion?:

But another reason that these groups scored higher may be their position as religious minorities. Jews and Mormons have to explain to the flock how their ideas are different from those of the majority. Atheists and agnostics too, in their questioning and even rejecting, have probably devoted more thought to religion, or more accurately, religions. On the questions about Shiva and Nirvana, they leave even the Jews and Mormons far behind.

For Protestants and Catholics, by contrast, learning detailed information about their religion is not as crucial. Just as White people in the US rarely ask what it means to be White, Christians need not worry about their differences from the mainstream. They are the mainstream. So going to church or praying can be much more about feelings – solidarity, transcendence, peace, etc. That variety of religious experience need not include learning the history or even the tenets of the religion itself. As Durkheim said, the central element in religion is ritual – especially the feelings a ritual generates in the group. Knowing the actual beliefs might be a nice addition, but it’s not crucial.

Your new password must contain a mix of:

  • uppercase letters
  • lowercase letters
  • numbers
  • symbols
  • symbols that are also numbers
  • illuminati symbols
  • hobo signs
  • occult symbols (not illuminati)
  • old girlfriend’s phone numbers
  • hieroglyphs
  • fragrances
  • H.P. Lovecraft references
  • exotic spices
  • descriptions of that favorite sweater you lost in a breakup that one time
  • secret regrets
  • controversial onomatopoeia
  • limericks about a thermostat
  • vaguely sexual innuendos
  • anagrams of a word you can’t spell
  • favorite emoji
  • least favorite emoji
  • turnips
  • shrugs
  • ennui
  • cursory pats on the back
  • long stares into the middle distance
  • moments of quiet yearning for lost love (unrelated to sweater or secret regret)
  • cups of OK coffee
  • sense of resigned inevitability (minimum three)
  • irish setters
  • tweed hats

No repeat characters.

(—-Mike Hoye)

Optimal 3D MDS projection of all 4095 chords in the western equal-temperament 12-tone scale, based on an inner product derived from octave-wrapped frequency-band occupation of harmonics of chords made of idealised sawtooth waves.

That is quite a mouthful; Let’s just say I made a 3 map of all the chords on yr midi keyboard. Will write this up if I have time, but first, let’s see if I can turn this into a tool to navigate chords using a Wiimote.

Sourcecode.

The British former boss of GlaxoSmithKline in China will be deported back to the UK after pleading guilty to bribery-related charges and being handed a three-year suspended prison sentence…. GSK was alleged to have used a network of more than 700 middlemen and travel agencies to bribe doctors and lawyers with cash and even sexual favours. “There is always a big boss in criminal organisations, and in this case GSK is the big boss. In order to win the favour of GSK, some travel agencies don’t just offer money to their executives but also sexual bribes,” Gao said.

GlaxoSmithKline ex-boss to be deported back to UK from China | Business | The Guardian

As Phillip Ball says: “I can’t help feeling that GlaxoSmithKline are wanting to see how close they can get to the boundaries of downright evil before we begin to really care.”

Comparisons of mass-scale corporate evil with the transgressions of the dude selling weed on street corner are invited.

Me, playing this Saturday. It will be apocalypse-themed wiimote wrangling. Last hurrah before winter of discontent. See you there.


And if, on the other hand, you live in a share house such as the one we recently moved out of and your oven appears to have been there for as long as there have been ovens that don’t actually function by you building a fire inside them – and therefore any seal it ever had melted away decades ago – maybe just try turning the knob up as high as it goes. It’s not like you can read the numbers anymore anyway, they could be in Fahrenheit for all you know. —- The only scones | The Katechen

Kate is the best, and Fahrenheit is the monopoly money of temperature measurement.

And if, on the other hand, you live in a share house such as the one we recently moved out of and your oven appears to have been there for as long as there have been ovens that don’t actually function by you building a fire inside them – and therefore any seal it ever had melted away decades ago – maybe just try turning the knob up as high as it goes. It’s not like you can read the numbers anymore anyway, they could be in Fahrenheit for all you know. —- The only scones | The Katechen

Kate is the best, and Fahrenheit is the monopoly money of temperature measurement.

Have just used the phrase “mercilessly latin the shit out of them” in conversation. Bucket list shortens.

in post soviet bulgaria, you crush army

in post soviet bulgaria, you crush army

boss bulgarian fire truck

boss bulgarian fire truck

thank fuck, finally a vinyl-free flight. To enforce this rule though, Air Bulgaria had to eject 3 hipsters during the journey; they wouldn’t jump until we found them hand-stitched parachutes made of organic silk from collectivised silkworms.

thank fuck, finally a vinyl-free flight. To enforce this rule though, Air Bulgaria had to eject 3 hipsters during the journey; they wouldn’t jump until we found them hand-stitched parachutes made of organic silk from collectivised silkworms.

fondue saison

fondue saison