April 19, 2014
dylzim:

shxtadtr:

shandrethlar:

This was probably the clearest photo I could get, along with a 2 lil satellites floatin’ by.

those are not satellites that is venus

It was overcast and frickin’ snowing here. :( So sad I missed it.

And it was an exam day tomorrow, too.
EVERY time there’s an awesome astronomical event, the weatehr craps all over it for me

dylzim:

shxtadtr:

shandrethlar:

This was probably the clearest photo I could get, along with a 2 lil satellites floatin’ by.

those are not satellites that is venus

It was overcast and frickin’ snowing here. :( So sad I missed it.

And it was an exam day tomorrow, too.

EVERY time there’s an awesome astronomical event, the weatehr craps all over it for me

April 19, 2014
"Remember, the best beer in the world is the one you brewed."

CHARLIE PAPAZIAN; The Complete Joy of Homebrewing (via theartofhomebrewing)

Charlie will be joining Steve Hindy (Brooklyn Brewery) and Kim Jordan (New Belgium) to talk about craft beers on April 25th!  Pick up your tickets here.

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April 19, 2014
"Things [Will Be] Like That, Back Then"

blue-author:

The thing that always gets me about the idea that the violence, racism, and misogyny in Game of Thrones is expected/excusable “because that’s how things were back then” isn’t just the fact that GoT isn’t a historical novel.

If progress was a steady, linear acceleration through…

April 19, 2014
When my boss asked about my social life…

librarymoments:

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April 18, 2014
theatlantic:

The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science-Fiction

When I’m introduced to someone as a writer, a now familiar pattern of events often follows.
“Oh, really! How interesting!” the someone—let’s call her Jane—says, sounding quite enthusiastic. “What do you write?”
“Science fiction,” I say.
Jane instantly glazes over. “I’m afraid I never read science fiction.”
In other instances, people who know me have read a book of mine out of curiosity and then told me, in some surprise, that they liked it—“even though I don’t normally like science fiction.” Indeed, when a short story collection of mine won a non-genre prize, it was apparently a surprise to the judges themselves: According to the chair of the judging panel, “none of [them] knew they were science-fiction fans beforehand.”
The assumption seems to be that a book that comes with a genre label like “science fiction” must necessarily be lightweight stuff—not really comparable with “non-genre” works.

theatlantic:

The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science-Fiction

When I’m introduced to someone as a writer, a now familiar pattern of events often follows.

“Oh, really! How interesting!” the someone—let’s call her Jane—says, sounding quite enthusiastic. “What do you write?”

“Science fiction,” I say.

Jane instantly glazes over. “I’m afraid I never read science fiction.”

In other instances, people who know me have read a book of mine out of curiosity and then told me, in some surprise, that they liked it—“even though I don’t normally like science fiction.” Indeed, when a short story collection of mine won a non-genre prize, it was apparently a surprise to the judges themselves: According to the chair of the judging panel, “none of [them] knew they were science-fiction fans beforehand.”

The assumption seems to be that a book that comes with a genre label like “science fiction” must necessarily be lightweight stuff—not really comparable with “non-genre” works.

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April 18, 2014
A Stunning New Study Shows Just How Deep the Scars of Childhood Bullying Go

At age 50, those who had been frequently bullied as a child were much more likely to have depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and poor physical health than those who were not. In addition, they were less likely to have higher education degrees, high-paying jobs, romantic partners or social support. Even when childhood intelligence levels were taken into account, these adults also scored lower on cognitive IQ tests. In general, they reported lower quality of life and satisfaction.

Read moreFollow policymic

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April 18, 2014
strangeasanjles:

2cutetopuke:

A woman hitting a neo-nazi with her handbag, Sweden, 1985. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor.

Good.

strangeasanjles:

2cutetopuke:

A woman hitting a neo-nazi with her handbag, Sweden, 1985. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor.

Good.

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April 18, 2014
stormingtheivory:

magicexpandedmultiverse:

SEASONS OF DUSK VOL. 1AN INNISTRAD ANTHOLOGY from the MAGIC EXPANDED MULTIVERSE
Featuring 13 works of fanfiction by 5 authors, Seasons of Dusk is a horror anthology set on the dark world of Innistrad. Created by the Magic: Expanded Multiverse project, this volume, available in both ebook and pdf formats, represents the Harvest Moon season on Innistrad—when the days grow shorter and the monsters come out to play.
Available in two formats:PDF      ebook (epub format)
Download for best quality.
Magic: Expanded Multiverse is a fanfiction collective dedicated to exploring the setting of Magic: The Gathering. Learn who we are here, and learn how to get involved here.
Watch for Vol. 2: Hunter’s Moon, coming this summer. And watch for more opportunities to participate in fan anthology projects like this! Three of the five authors in this volume, and eight of the fourteen authors in the project as a whole, come from outside the Magic: Expanded Multiverse project.
M:EM is not associated in any way with Wizards of the Coast. M:EM is a nonprofit transformative work and is protected in the United States under Fair Use principles.

Hey so this thing just came out!
I don’t have any stories in this book but I did the bulk of the design work and did all the typesetting and stuff. If you like horror fantasy I think it would be worth checking out even if you’re not a Magic player or familiar with this particular setting. I particularly recommend Sublunary, Nephalia Rains, and Bell, Book, and Candle, all of which are fun in different ways.
I’m also particularly proud of my “back off, we’re protected by Fair Use” clause :P Not that it’s any more protection than tissue paper but it at least will allow me to feel particularly self righteous when Hasbro starts sending us C&D letters :D 

Well, this is something.  I wonder how long the Fair Use defense can hold? I though Hasbro were jerks about their IP.

stormingtheivory:

magicexpandedmultiverse:

SEASONS OF DUSK VOL. 1
AN INNISTRAD ANTHOLOGY from the MAGIC EXPANDED MULTIVERSE

Featuring 13 works of fanfiction by 5 authors, Seasons of Dusk is a horror anthology set on the dark world of Innistrad. Created by the Magic: Expanded Multiverse project, this volume, available in both ebook and pdf formats, represents the Harvest Moon season on Innistrad—when the days grow shorter and the monsters come out to play.

Available in two formats:
PDF     
ebook (epub format)

Download for best quality.

Magic: Expanded Multiverse is a fanfiction collective dedicated to exploring the setting of Magic: The Gathering. Learn who we are here, and learn how to get involved here.

Watch for Vol. 2: Hunter’s Moon, coming this summer. And watch for more opportunities to participate in fan anthology projects like this! Three of the five authors in this volume, and eight of the fourteen authors in the project as a whole, come from outside the Magic: Expanded Multiverse project.

M:EM is not associated in any way with Wizards of the Coast. M:EM is a nonprofit transformative work and is protected in the United States under Fair Use principles.

Hey so this thing just came out!

I don’t have any stories in this book but I did the bulk of the design work and did all the typesetting and stuff. If you like horror fantasy I think it would be worth checking out even if you’re not a Magic player or familiar with this particular setting. I particularly recommend Sublunary, Nephalia Rains, and Bell, Book, and Candle, all of which are fun in different ways.

I’m also particularly proud of my “back off, we’re protected by Fair Use” clause :P Not that it’s any more protection than tissue paper but it at least will allow me to feel particularly self righteous when Hasbro starts sending us C&D letters :D 

Well, this is something.  

I wonder how long the Fair Use defense can hold? I though Hasbro were jerks about their IP.

April 18, 2014
futuristech-info:





Future wearable devices to be powered from your body heat using flexible glass fabrics

futuristech-info:

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April 18, 2014

goplaceswithbooks:

ourafrica:

Kinshasa the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo is no ordinary city and at first seems an unlikely place to have an orchestra of two hundred musicians playing to Beethoven Ninth –Freude schöner Götterfunken. “Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguisteisthe only symphony orchestra in the Congo has been in existence for 15 yrs. Riddled often with power strikes, even on performance nights, seems the least of the worries of this symphony. Kinshasa Symphony directed by Martin Baer, Claus Wischmann is a study of people in one of the world’s most chaotic cities doing their best to maintain one of the most complex systems of joint human endeavour: a symphony. The film is about the Congo, the people in Kinshasa and the power of music.

The film closely follows a few of the band members and gives a view of their personal lives, how they make a living and struggle to make it to almost daily practices. We get to see the symphony overcome odds as they prepare for an open concert with thousands attending.

The DRC does not stop with these classical musicians all self taught amateurs or trained by other musicians unfamiliar in classical training with instruments like the cello, cello bass or violin. Kinshasa continues to stand out with its remarkable musicians forming this indie breed of rudimentary collectives that play with scrap yard instruments yet seem to stand on stages from Brooklyn to Paris. Other bands I should make note of are : Konono Nº1 who collaborated with Bjork on the song earth intruders and more recently with Herbie Hancock and Baloji. Also take note of Kasai All Stars.

Kinshasa Symphony has made its rounds in the theatre circuit and is available on DVD. Its playing as part of the featured screenings  next week, in New York’s College music festival CMJ.

Here is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_vTk0XsgZV4

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