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or possibly several weeks old, and I just haven't gotten around to posting it.

Pictures of earthquake rubble are disturbing. But when I hear that a city moved 10 feet, I still think that's kind of cool.

A rather nicely done infographic on facebook privacy (others have apparently already commented that the heading should be "devolution" rather than "evolution").

A rather splendid little article related to the then-upcoming British election, by J.K Rowling, whom one cannot help but like enormously, despite feeling inadequate for not oneself having any ideas that are likely to lead to a bestselling series of novels, movies, action figures, et cetera et cetera.


Oct. 27th, 2009 09:48 pm
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I really don't know how I'm going to manage tomorrow with no bay bridge.

(Early AM phone conference that I'd been planning to take from home, then interviews for which I really need to be at the office. I guess maybe I am just going to get up really really early in order to get to San Bruno via San Mateo before 8AM. Bah bah bah...)
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interactive map showing effect of rising sea-levels

I don't have enough knowledge in this area to judge how trustworthy or plausible the data is, but it certainly makes you think.
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This looks quite cool: media cloud
(via boingboing)

And I remain proud to say we were there first (breaking story is sadly no longer running, one of these days I will edit and upload the storyboard just to have something better to link to...)


Dec. 9th, 2008 12:33 pm
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From now on, instead of saying "if I get hit by a bus", I'm going to say "if an F18 crashes on my home".

In other important news, I fully understand why The Scarlet Pimpernel was panned by critics when it first came out. It is a novel that was apparently better as a play, and destined to be a B movie! Somehow, "bad enough to be good" works better for film than print, I think. Must suggest to book club that we make our next meeting into movie night...

Last and least, this may or may not be fair, but it's funny.


Nov. 27th, 2008 09:38 am
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The situation in Mumbai is a sad counterpoint to how safe and thankful I feel here today. It seems wrong, yet very human, that this touches me more because I now know people who are living in India...
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I think it's great that Obama is going to shut down Gitmo. But now I've heard a rumor that he may abolish daylight savings time! Woo hoo!
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1. best evah electoral map

2. bacon vs fries
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I enjoyed this little new yorker essay about conservative vs progressive family values. Although of course, it seems kind of wildly oversimplified, relative to, um, the actual families of actual people I know? Still, it is interesting.

via a link in this sfgate blog entry, which was one of the first places I saw the understandably bitter comparison between the improving rights of chickens and the reduced rights of gays in our beautiful state of CA


Nov. 5th, 2008 08:19 am
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The election of Obama seems incredibly important -- not that I think he is perfect, or can fix anything overnight, but at least it gives me hope (whereas the opposite prospect filled me with despair).

On the other hand, various dear friends of mine are apparently about to have their civil rights written out of the CA constitution. It's very hard to face.

(Technically, as a bisexual person, the right to marry a person of the same gender could apply to me, but at this stage of my life, the idea of marriage seems abstract and unlikely when applied to myself, so I feel it more as it relates to my friends.)
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This visualization of discretionary spending by geography uses an interesting combination of a geographical map and something like a treemap.

However, it makes me yearn to drill in on a specific country to see its spending blocks side-by-side.

via boingboing


Sep. 4th, 2008 12:50 pm
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A few days ago, I didn't know that Sarah Palin existed, and already I loathe her. To the point of wanting to change the station when I hear her voice (as I do with W) or close the page when I see her picture.

A random case in point, as mayor she wanted to ban books.
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My gut reaction is that this was a really smart move for the Republicans. I heard commentary to the contrary on NPR, but it was all about logic and reason, and since when does that matter in American politics -- people are just going to *like* this pick. Don't even get me started about how the word "maverick" makes me want to spit...
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gas price "temperature" map

Note: For some reason, I expected it to zoom in on mouse click, but instead it zooms with mouse wheely button and pans with mouse down.

Courtesy of the "nonbiz" mailing list @IP.
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Aren't you glad your job doesn't involve standing on a hot freeway cleaning up spilled vodka?
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This story really leaves a bad taste in my mouth. 500 people want to adopt the cat they saw on the news, not ONE of them is willing to adopt another cat from the shelter. WTF?
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According to this article, I should switch sunscreen brands. *sigh*

(Finding a tolerable sunscreen is hard, I really don't want to have to switch.)

via sfgate


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