Windows Blue Is Halfway Here

parislemon:

So Windows Blue is actually Windows 6.3. Windows 7 was Windows 6.1. Windows Phone 8 is version 8.0. This is all just so perfectly Microsoft. As if the consumer branding wasn’t bad enough, the internal numerical scheme is a clusterfuck as well. 

whatever MG, Windows Blue runs on NT kernel 6.3; OS X 10.8 runs on Darwin 12; neither of these numbering schemes is a “clusterfuck”, it’s just the way software layers work.

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"A network of local convenience stores and fast-food restaurants kept the food coming nonstop — burgers, french fries, fish and chips, even about $22 worth of chocolate bars a day. “They didn’t deliver bags of crisps,” he said of potato chips. “They delivered cartons.”"

Paul Mason Is One-Third the Man He Used to Be - NYTimes.com

At a bar, if you’ve drunk too much, the cut you off. Controversial statement of the day: if you weigh 900 pounds and hardly leave your bed, restaurants and convenience stores should be barred from enabling you by delivering food by the carton.

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"Spending 56% of the time with one’s spouse, 19% of the time alone, and 25% of the time copulating with strangers would not qualify as monogamous by ordinary human standards."

Voles, Vasopressin, and the Ethics of Framing

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mistermort:

Amzingness. love how she painted dots on her bicycle. love the lace stockings when you cant tell if shes young or an old lady.. love how she added the sole to chucks (?). Her hair is rad too. and she’s carrying a bolt of fabric!

I need to move to NYC to meet this girl

mistermort:

Amzingness. love how she painted dots on her bicycle. love the lace stockings when you cant tell if shes young or an old lady.. love how she added the sole to chucks (?). Her hair is rad too. and she’s carrying a bolt of fabric!

I need to move to NYC to meet this girl

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Free Kindles!
No Joke.
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You get 40% off a kindle when using an amazon visa card.

You get a $50 gift certificate when you sign up for an amazon visa card.

So:

  1. Sign up for the Amazon Visa card
  2. Add the $79 Kindle to your cart.
  3. enter code KINDLE40
  4. Free Kindle (and $2.60 left on your gift card)

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Tammy & Kacy {engaged}

belovelyphotography:

Tammy & Kacy are a sweet couple that takes every opportunity to laugh their butts off (a win in my book). I love it when a couple realizes that even though an engagement session feels awkward, if you laugh enough and try and enjoy it, the images will look great! Congrats you two, can’t wait for your wedding!

coolest couple in the world

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patbaer:

owenparsons:

collegehumor:

French Track Star Attacks Mascot After Race
Well, yeah, did you see the way the mascot looked at him. Totally had it coming.

Fun fact: That’s French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad pushing down a teenage girl in a mascot costume after she tried to offer him an adorable souvenir after he won a race.
Additional fun fact: This is the second time this exact thing has happened. 
Just, you know, in case you needed a spiteful reason to care about who wins or loses at the olympics this year.

That dude WON?!?! For real!?!?!

don’t forget the fight he got into in 2010 with another runner from France http://youtube.com/watch?v=gIMV6AS68Ss
Truly no class

patbaer:

owenparsons:

collegehumor:

French Track Star Attacks Mascot After Race

Well, yeah, did you see the way the mascot looked at him. Totally had it coming.

Fun fact: That’s French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad pushing down a teenage girl in a mascot costume after she tried to offer him an adorable souvenir after he won a race.

Additional fun fact: This is the second time this exact thing has happened. 

Just, you know, in case you needed a spiteful reason to care about who wins or loses at the olympics this year.

That dude WON?!?! For real!?!?!

don’t forget the fight he got into in 2010 with another runner from France http://youtube.com/watch?v=gIMV6AS68Ss

Truly no class

(Source: College Humor)

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"The name “Yo La Tengo” came from a baseball anecdote. During the 1962 season, New York Mets center fielder Richie Ashburn and Venezuelan shortstop Elio Chacón found themselves colliding in the outfield. When Ashburn went for a catch, he would scream, “I got it! I got it!” only to run into Chacón, who spoke only Spanish. Ashburn learned to yell, “¡Yo la tengo! ¡Yo la tengo!” instead. In a later game, Ashburn happily saw Chacón backing off. He relaxed, positioned himself to catch the ball, and was instead run over by left fielder Frank Thomas, who understood no Spanish and had missed a team meeting that proposed using the words “¡Yo la tengo!” as a way to avoid outfield collisions.[2] After getting up, Thomas asked Ashburn, “What the heck is a Yellow Tango?”.[3]"

Yo La Tengo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I designed this at Converse.com

boom

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Kenyan Olympic Marathon Team

Kenya has gotten itself into a bad situation choosing their men’s marathon team this year. Kenya has a major problem in the marathon; they have a ton of very good athletes with no real guarantees that any single one of them can win on any given day. Kenya has 340 athletes who have run the “A” standard for the marathon, but a country is only allowed to send 3 athletes who have achieved the “A” standard.

Kenya’s boundless supply of elite marathoners has allowed it to dominate marathons over the last 20 years. Looking at the World Marathon Majors, Kenya has won:

I claim that it is Kenya’s depth that allows it these wins, not the consistency of a single runner. Compare to Haile Gebrselassie, who, as I noted, won Berlin for four years in a row, showing a consistent dominance of his competition. During this same time, he won the Dubai Marathon 3 times in a row.

To further emphasize their depth, let’s look at the latest running of each of the Marathon Majors for Kenya’s placement:

And the winners of these races (all Kenyan):

  • 2012 Boston Marathon: Wesley Korir
  • 2012 London Marathon: Wilson Kipsang (4 seconds off Course Record)
  • 2011 Berlin Marathon: Patrick Makau (World Record)
  • 2011 Chicago Marathon: Moses Mosop (Course Record)
  • 2011 NYC Marathon: Geoffrey Mutai (Course Record)

Five different winners in five different marathons full of elite athletes from all over the world, setting course records on three of them, one a world record.

Despite this dominance, Kenya has only won an Olympic Gold in the marathon once. I’ll argue this is because Kenya is only able to send 3 runners, so it can’t take advantage of its depth.

Back in January, Kenya announced the three it would choose would come from a list of six athletes. Let’s review these six and their recent performances:

  1. Patrick Makau: Set the world record in the 2011 Berlin Marathon, but dropped out of the 2012 London Marathon today, lost a half marathon in February
  2. Geoffrey Mutai: Ran the fastest marathon ever in the 2011 Boston Marathon (Boston does not qualify for world records), set the course record in the 2011 NYC Marathon, but dropped out of the 2012 Boston Marathon last week
  3. Moses Mosop: Ran the second fastest marathon ever in the 2011 Boston Marathon, set the course record in the 2011 Chicago Marathon, but came in third behind two Ethiopians in Rotterdam last weekend
  4. Emmanuel Mutai: Set the course record in the 2011 London Marathon, but came in seventh at the 2012 London Marathon today behind three other Kenyans, an Ethiopian, and two Moroccans.
  5. Wilson Kipsang: Won the 2011 Frankfurt Marathon only 4 seconds off the World Record time set by Makau a month earlier, won the 2012 London Marathon
  6. Abdel Kirui: has won the Marathon World Championships in 2009 and 2011, but no one real races those and he came in sixth at the 2012 London Marathon today.

Among these are the three fastest marathoners ever, but two of them have dropped out of marathons in the last week and the other one lost a marathon last weekend. Luckily, Keny has the fourth fastest marathoner ever in Wilson Kipsang, who did win a marathon today. And the other two placed behind Ethiopians and Moroccans at the London Marathon today.

So, Kenya has the fastest marathoners of all time, but they have no consistency; all but one has underperformed in 2012. No matter who Kenya chooses, they will be criticized, and Kenya has no guarantees the athletes will show up able to win, particular if there is any adversity in the weather on the day of the marathon. Without entering ten runners, Kenya’s ability to win becomes a craps shoot.

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99percentinvisible:

Episode 51- The Arsenal of Exclusion

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(Above: The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion, illustration by Lesser Gonzales. Click image to go to another site with a larger image.)

“Cities exist to bring people together, but cities can also keep people apart”
- Daniel D’Oca, Urban Planner, Interboro Partners.

Cities are great. They have movement, activity and diversity. But go to any city and it’s pretty clear, a place can be diverse without really being integrated. This segregation isn’t accidental. There are design elements in the urban landscape, that Daniel D’Oca calls “weapons,” that are used by “architects, planners, policy-makers, developers, real estate brokers, community activists, neighborhood associations, and individuals to wage the ongoing war between integration and segregation.”

Daniel D’Oca is an urban planner with Interboro Partners, an architecture and design firm based in New York City. Over the past few years, D’Oca, along with colleagues Tobias Armborst and Georgeen Theodore have been cataloging all the stuff inside of a city that planners use to increase or restrict people’s access to space. They’re publishing their findings in a book called The Arsenal of Inclusion and Exclusion: 101 Things That Open And Close the City (Fall 2012).

D’Oca took our own Sam Greenspan and Scott Goldberg on a tour of Baltimore to demonstrate the subtle ways different neighborhoods are kept apart.

Interboro Partners described more weapons in the Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion in a great Esquire article.

(Above: Daniel D’Oca shows Sam Greenspan the iron fence at the site of the former Hollander Ridge housing project on the Baltimore County line. Credit: Scott Goldberg)

(Above: The residential parking permit zones on either side of Greenmount Ave. Permit only parking keeps non-residents, including students from nearby Johns Hopkins, from leaving their cars in the neighborhood.)

Wonderful episode of 99% Invisible

reminded me of this in my neighborhood, see the flickr page for labeling:

(Source: 99percentinvisible / Roman Mars)

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Clearview

UniversalHub pointed out another Citizens Connect complaint about the new Clearview street signs.  This one made me think though, because the person said:

The capital A is out of proportion to the lower case letters, and it is visually jarring.

They go on to say the all-caps signs are more pleasant, etc. Most commenters, and perhaps the author, seem to believe the complaint is about lowercase letters. Some of the commenters claim that new MUTCD rules require the capital letter followed by lowercase letters, so this sign is what research has shown to be the most legible.

What none of the commenters point out is that the complaint is accurate, the letters are out of proportion.  I extract this image from wikipedia:

As you can see, at a consistent font size, the lowercase l should be taller than most capital letters.  In the street sign at the top, it is smaller.  This is why these signs look so messed up.  I went back to a past complaint and found the same thing:

It seems the inconsistent font size is the problem, not the lowercase letters.  If we look at a Clearview sign with consistent font sizes and lower case letters, we see a major difference (again, from wikipedia):

That looks much better.  The lowercase letters are properly proportional to the capital letters in line with the design of the typeface, no weird changes in font size midway through words.  I think these complaints would disappear if Boston would just use a single font size for the street name.

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cocochic:

Hello! I have a huge favour to ask you all! I’m entered into the Company magazine casting call competition to become a face of one of their upcoming issues. All I’m asking is for some of you to click here and ‘like’ the image shown above (me in the white skirt), and that’s it! The person with the most votes will automatically win a place in the magazine, and I wouldn’t normally do this but obviously it’s a huge dream of mine to be a part of a huge magazine like Company. If you help me out, make sure you message me so I can enter you into my next fashion giveaway! Thanks so much if you do it!

cocochic:

Hello! I have a huge favour to ask you all! I’m entered into the Company magazine casting call competition to become a face of one of their upcoming issues. All I’m asking is for some of you to click here and ‘like’ the image shown above (me in the white skirt), and that’s it! The person with the most votes will automatically win a place in the magazine, and I wouldn’t normally do this but obviously it’s a huge dream of mine to be a part of a huge magazine like Company. If you help me out, make sure you message me so I can enter you into my next fashion giveaway! Thanks so much if you do it!

(Source: cocochic)

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"Applied DNA Sciences, based in Stony Brook, N.Y., has a new technology that embeds botanical DNA into fibers that can then be sewn into a garment. The DNA is detectable under a specific light and can be assigned to a specific brand. It can’t be copied. The company’s clients include two European luxury brands, which it declined to name."

Fashion Fakes Get More Sophisticated - WSJ.com

Isn’t the point of DNA that it is easily copied?  PCR anyone?

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Tulips are always magical.  They always look like they been added by special effects (via Romantisme à l’Eastern Kentucky University (1963-1964). « greensleeves to a ground)

Tulips are always magical.  They always look like they been added by special effects (via Romantisme à l’Eastern Kentucky University (1963-1964). « greensleeves to a ground)

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