Posts tagged riff track
Posts tagged riff track
If you’ve heard of the Burning Man art/alternative lifestyle festival, what you might not know is that the organizers have been feuding with the county it’s hosted in, Pershing County in Nevada, for about a year. The county has been trying to get more money from the festival for security and so forth, and Burning Man pushed back against the additional fees and sued them.
Burning Man and Pershing County reached an agreement and tried to get the federal judge overseeing the case, Robert C. Jones, to dismiss the lawsuit. However, Jones objected to the settlement on the grounds of… well, no one is exactly sure what his reasons are. But he’s mad about something. Whether he’ll clarify what he’s mad about is an open question.
I cracked up reading Scott Sonner’s article for the AP on this because of how he had to write around the vagueness of Jones’s objections. A few choice quotes:
"It’s absurd and it’s illegal,” said Jones, though it wasn’t clear what would be illegal about the agreement.
With the county and Burning Man organizers saying they considered their dispute resolved, it wasn’t clear what impact his ruling would have on the agreement.
Colin: HE’S MAD ABOUT WE’RE NOT SURE WHAT. EFFECTS OF THIS UNKNOWN.
This collage includes about 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission’s “Wave at Saturn” campaign. On July 19, 2013, Cassini maneuvered into a special location to take a picture of the Saturn system backlit by the sun. Blocking out the sun’s rays also enabled Cassini to take a picture of Earth, which would normally require looking almost directly at the sun and risking damage to the cameras’ sensitive detectors. The “Wave at Saturn” event was the first to tell earthlings in advance that their picture was being taken from interplanetary distances.
Colin: WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED TO WAVE AT SATURN
Colin: OH MY GOOOOOOD
This GIF is an edited version of a Japanese commercial for the telecom company SoftBank (translation on reddit). It’s part of the wildly popular “Shirato Family” series of commercials.
Edan Corkill wrote a long piece on the commercials for The Japan Times back in 2012. It’s a surprisingly good read, check it out.
Of course, I strongly prefer the GIF to the commercial. 8)
Here’s a segment from the July 30 episode of All In with Chris Hayes, featuring West Coast editor of Gawker Cord Jefferson:
A very special “All In” investigation looks at the dangerous elements in White Culture, as seen on display during the Huntington Beach surfing riots this week. Chris Hayes talks to Cord Jefferson of Gawker to find out what can be done about this menace to society.
Colin: Chris Hayes: one of the best humans
'Ili: Props to that other guy I've never heard of before for mostly keeping in character too.
'Ili: “She used to ride horses and do that whole thing” I lost it there
Colin: Hahahaha yep
Federal officials preparing to sell the New Hampshire compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons can’t guarantee that explosives and other booby traps aren’t hidden on the 103-acre spread.
In fact, they will openly warn bidders that land mines might be planted throughout Ed and Elaine Brown’s bucolic property in the small town of Plainfield. And they say prospective buyers won’t be allowed on the grounds until they submit a winning bid that frees the government of liability for dismemberment or death.
'Ili: You want in on this auction?
'Ili: Let's do this.
Colin: Was thinking about it but I don’t really want to live in NH.
When News Corporation completes the separation of its news and entertainment divisions in a few months time, the latter will be known as 21st Century Fox. That much we knew back in April, but now we’re getting a look at the soon-to-be-independent company’s logo.
'Ili: Logo is fine, but lmao @ at the audio
'Ili: 21ST CENTURY
'Ili: ::1960s computer bleeps::
Colin: The logo is quite nice actualy.
Colin: I like the type. Reserved but unique.
Colin: God yeah the audio is GARBAGE
Colin: Rest of it is great though.
Colin: Love the spotlight sweeps.
Colin: I am so tempted to replace this with modem dialing sounds.
Colin: SO TEMPTED
And some bonus commentary from Colin on a comment left on the logo’s Vimeo page:
NO. This is NO WAY of honoring a great movie studio’s legacy. This is an upraised middle finger in the face of almost 100 years of history.
Colin: Let’s break this down
Colin: “Honoring a movie studio’s legacy” specifically
Colin: Reminder that a movie studio is essentially a bank.
Colin: So the appropriate way to “honor” its “legacy” would be either with the text of a movie contract scrolling by very quickly or just dollar bills blowing every which way, money booth style.
It’s been ten months since the last time one of us posted a Kickstarter campaign. How the time flies!
Today’s money pit is a new joint by Paul Vo, the man who developed the Moog Guitar. He’s working on the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer, a box you stick in your guitar that uses signal processors and magnetism to change the harmonics of the strings. This results in the unbelievable sounds you hear in the above video, all of which are coming directly from the guitar without an amp/speaker.
Colin plays the guitar, so I’ll let him have the last word on this one.
Colin: Anyway I watched that vid. WAT
Colin: That was dope.
Colin: I want one. Kind of.
The chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, wrote a book that was just released on Monday. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is about the disproportionately low number of women in leadership roles in companies and advice to overcome the inequality. The title of the book comes from her belief that societal expectations and conditioning are a big factor, as she explained on 60 Minutes:
JUDY WOODRUFF (PBS NewsHour anchor): One of the biggest names in the Silicon Valley tech world, Sandberg addresses issues on pay, gender stereotypes, and the work-family juggle that working mothers and fathers face. She argues women are too often prone to undercutting their own career potential.
SHERYL SANDBERG (60 Minutes excerpt): They start leaning back. They say, oh, I’m busy. I want to have a child one day. I couldn’t possibly, you know, take on any more, or I’m still learning on my current job. I have never had a man say that stuff to me.
So the idea is that, instead of leaning back, women should do the opposite: lean in.
Yesterday’s episode of PBS NewsHour had one of the best segments I’ve ever seen from them, a discussion with three women on their thoughts, good and bad, about Sandberg’s advice. After getting their brief reviews out of the way first, the women then begin to engage in almost a crash course on feminism with regards to the workplace: covert sexism in hiring, social conditioning, gender expectations, and more. Writer Katha Pollitt even sneaks in a bit about how gender expectations harm men as well:
I mean, don’t fathers want to spend more time with their children? I think they do. Aren’t fathers very important parts of their children’s development and upbringing? Yes, they are.
So let’s have a world where men can do that. I mean, it should be as normal for a man to stay home with children as a woman to stay home with children.
But my absolute favorite part came from Jody Greenstone Miller, CEO of a consulting firm, at the beginning:
I think if we listen to [Sandberg], however, we will not solve the problem that she herself so eloquently states, which is how do we get to a world where half of our leaders are women? And I believe if that’s our goal, which I think it should be, the problem is women aren’t leaning in not because they don’t know how to, but because they don’t like the world they’re being asked to lean into.
I’m part of an industry that has recently been publicly examining how it treats women; blogs like PROGRAMMERS BEING DICKS catalog horribly sexist (and other -ist) events involving techies and tech companies. Miller, in an eloquent way herself, captured the problem and effect of hostile workplaces in just one sentence.
If we had a Nullary Sources badge for must-reads, this would get three.
Colin: This is CRAZY good
Colin: I’m blown away
Colin: If I had been watching this on TV I would have been cheering
Short news story by Gregory Blachier for Reuters (couldn’t really find anything more substantial to link):
Female riders will earn as much as their male counterparts at cycling World Championships from next year, the governing body of the sport said on Friday.
Apparently this didn’t happen before, so hooray for progress!
I also enjoyed the final sentence:
Money has been an issue in some sports including tennis, with some men complaining about women having equal prize money at grand slam events despite playing shorter matches.
'Ili: OH YOU THINK A PAY DISCREPANCY IS UNFAIR HUH
'Ili: PLEASE TELL ME MORE
Anna Edgerton for The Miami Herald:
Eddie Archbold ate so many live roaches he had to cover his mouth with his hand to keep them from crawling out. He swallowed the three-inch insects faster than he could chew, trying to down as many as possible in four minutes to win a pet python in a most unusual eating contest.
Over the course of the night, Archbold ate more than 60 grams of meal worms, 35 three-inch-long “super worms” and part of a bucket full of discoid roaches. He started vomiting after the last contest and collapsed outside the store.
Dr. Bill Kern, a professor of entomology at the University of Florida, said it could have been an allergic reaction to so much foreign protein that killed Archbold.
Colin: I KNOW WHY HE DIED HE ATE A BUNCH OF GODDAMN BUGS