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What colour was the dress Leonard Nimoy wearing while he died watching 50 Shades of Grey?  You wont believe what millenials said!  Click here for the listicle.


83 is a pretty good run.

Whoops yeah I could have provided some context, it was meant in reply to the comment about identity politics being what's left that people still have control over. It presents itself as something inherently problematic in that the goals of identity politics are immediately desirable while at the same time being self-defeating in the long run. The bitter tea parable if I haven't misread it, I guess.

That's a great point about empowerment. Though on the downsides tip, I'd add that besides making oneself a target, ascribing your identity to a canned, off the shelf label ultimately makes discussions a battle of egos rather than ideas. It takes very little set off our tribal instincts and to shut down our forebrain.

My boss (Jim) quit today.  Well, retired without notice, but you know what I mean.

Lilly is at least temporarily in charge - which is a bad thing - but despite the fact that she is an intelligent woman, she is happy about this.  This facility is just beginning to shit the bed in a major way, and she thinks she just got promoted.  What's really happened is that a noose has dropped from on high, to land around her neck.

After all, with all these projects being fucked up - which Mike did, and Jim unable or unwilling to stop him - someone with the words "plant manager" on his/her forehead is going to have to pay.  And Jim just skipped out on the bar tab.



This is ominous.

Oh, yeah.  I'm toast, unless I want to work for the Science Gestapo full time, which I am not willing to do for family reasons (I'd be in Germany and both my and Jenn's parents are elderly and ailing). 

I do not expect to last until the next fiscal year (June), at least partially because Lilly thinks she knows enough to fill my shoes as well (HAR!).

I am strangely okay with this.

What are you going to do?

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Privacy Thread
« on: February 25, 2015, 11:06:54 am »

Here's a great primer comic hosted by Al Jazeera about privacy issues from a very moderate point of view. Probably not any new information for most of us, but could be excellent introductory material for people who are first grasping the implications of just giving out reams of personal information.

It also has a cool mobile function that is a little buggy but zooms in on each panel if you're wanting to read it on your phone or tablet. Here's a link to the comic viewer code:

Highly NSFW short film titled "Eat My Shit":

Samantha has taken a selfie of her face and posted it on Instagram, but it has been censored and deleted for alleged "sexual content". Samantha did not choose to be born this way. Samantha is sick and tired of people's laughs.

Edit: added title, synopsis, and link to filmmaker's website

Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:36:34 pm »
"What happens when renewable energy runs out?" - Victoria Ayling, Ukip's candidate for Great Grimsby


That's amazing.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:33:10 pm »

There are no fucking words. :tgrr:

"Emergency legislation" to block AP history because they teach bad things about Amurrica.

"Call 911! Patty has a copy of A People's History of the United States!"

The primary, DeCelles. I'm on a real computer now, so here's her website:

All of her research topics are pretty badass.


Thanks Paes.

I very much like the idea of a LovecraftIan horoscope generator. In a year or two I might even have the programming chops to help out with such a project.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: ORIGINS thread.
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:55:55 am »
:lulz: These are excellent.

Thanks guys.

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