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July 12, 2011

Conservatism means saying what you really think in private while lying in public

MUST READ. pandagon.net - it's the eye of the panda, it's the thrill of the bite
One of the markers of conservatism in our modern democracy is a routine willingness to say one thing privately and another publicly. The reason for this is that our national consensus has turned towards justice, which causes defenders of the old order into a bad situation where they either say what they mean and sound like monsters, or they try to reframe their authoritarian views in liberal terms to confuse the issue. Historically, this has mostly been a stalling tactic, if in results if not in intention. . . . . . . I believe that racism is what developed the strategy, but now it's endemic. Abortion is privately about sluts who can't keep their legs shut, publicly about "life". Economic policies that that are designed to grow the gap between the haves and have-nots are publicly supported because they supposed grow the economy and do the opposite. (This facade was falling apart on a lot of Twitter accounts yesterday when I put up a link explaining how the wealthiest 400 families in America could pay off everyone else's credit card debt or student loan debt, and instead of trotting out "trickle down" like good propagandists, the wingnut tweeps started screaming "jealous!" at me. I honestly think some of them believe their check is coming in the mail any day now.) Anti-gay bigotry is blatant in private spaces, but about "traditional marriage" in public spaces. And, as I've noted before, being a white person who routinely is injected into conservative-heavy all-white spaces, I can assure you that the private willingness to just be blatantly racist hasn't gone away at all. However, because of my career, it is becoming more hidden to me. . . .

July 10, 2011

Turns out the first typewriter was also the steampunkiest

Oh, is this damn, infernal thing lovely! The Writing Ball...

Creepy and Wonderful!

Photobooth animations -- HOW TO BE A RETRONAUT...

How To: Build a vacuum cleaner bazooka

Make a Vacuum-cleaner Bazooka

July 06, 2011

New app lets you watch the Academy of Science penguins all day, every day

Stalk The California Academy of Sciences Penguins Online, Via Smartphone: News: SFAppeal
The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco wants to put penguins in your pocket. "Pocket Penguins," a new smartphone app released Tuesday, offers live views of the colony of 17 African Penguins at the academy, located in Golden Gate Park. The app, which is free and available to both Apple iPhone and Google Android users, allows people to toggle between three different cameras in the exhibit to watch the birds 24 hours a day.

A Cheatsheet For Manual Photography

Manual Photography Cheat Sheet

July 04, 2011

Google+ Translated

Google Plus, Translated
Circle = List Share = Post Share = Repost Reshare = Repost Sharing = Following Plus One = Appreciate Plus One’s = Things you have appreciated Friends = Acquaintances Acquaintances = People you met once and don’t remember who you are Privacy = How public your posts are Sparks = Sponsored links Field Trial = Public beta Hangouts = Video conference

July 02, 2011

How To: Turn Google+ Into Facebook

Hilarious. With a simple extension you can re-skin and re-order Google+ to look just like Facebook. Turn Google Into Facebook

June 29, 2011

Google's SWIFFY converts Flash to HLTML5

Flash files do not work on some devices (read: iPhones, iPads) but HTML5 works just fine on them. This is an awesome free thing from Google. Google Swiffy

World of Warcraft goes (sort of) Free-to-Play

World of Warcraft goes free-to-play until characters hit level 20 | Joystiq

This iPhone App Scans Skin For Melanoma

HOLY MOLEY: This iPhone App Scans Skin For Melanoma
Skin Scan is a $4.99 iPhone app that could replace annual dermatologist check-ups. It scans skin lesions, takes pictures of them, measures the diameter, and uses an algorithm to determine the likelihood of melanoma. The app was created by CEO Victor Anastasiu and his team of 12 which includes two dermatologists and two mathematicians.