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Bernie Sanders Wins Every Demographic Group - The New York Times
Whoa. "Senator Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton among nearly every demographic group in the Democratic New Hampshire primary, according to exit polls. He carried majorities of both men and women. He won among those with and without college degrees. He won among gun owners and non-gun owners. He beat Mrs. Clinton among previous primary voters and those participating for the first time. And he ran ahead among both moderates and liberals. Even so, there were a few silver linings for Mrs. Clinton. While Mr. Sanders bested her among all age groups younger than 45, the two candidates polled evenly among voters aged 45 to 64. And Mrs. Clinton won the support of voters 65 and older. And, though Mrs. Clinton lost nearly every income group, she did carry voters in families earning over $200,000 per year."
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10 hours ago by andrewheiss
Lent 101 - OnFaith
Happy beginning-of-Lent week! Also, from Pope Francis: "It is my burning desire that, during this [Lenten season], the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead." (https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html)
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yesterday by andrewheiss
Football Dance - YouTube
SNEAK PREVIEW OF COLDPLAY'S HALFTIME SHOW.
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2 days ago by andrewheiss
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter: "In science, when human behavior enters the equation, things go nonlinear. That's why Physics is easy and Sociology is hard."
Truth. "In science, when human behavior enters the equation, things go nonlinear. That's why Physics is easy and Sociology is hard."
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3 days ago by andrewheiss
Three and a half degrees of separation | Blog | Research at Facebook | Facebook
Perks of having network data for 1.6 billion people: that whole 6-degrees-of-separation thing is outdated. "Each person in the world (at least among the 1.59 billion people active on Facebook) is connected to every other person by an average of three and a half other people." Click the article to see your own average level of separation (mine = 3.23)
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5 days ago by andrewheiss
Is imposter syndrome a sign of greatness? - Quartz
OH GOOD. Now I'm worried I'm not impostery enough.
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5 days ago by andrewheiss
media.giphy.com
(ಥ﹏ಥ) PLEASE CLAP (ಥ﹏ಥ)
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5 days ago by andrewheiss
Jeb Bush has now asked an audience to applaud for him. - YouTube
"Please clap" might be the best moment of this election so far.
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5 days ago by andrewheiss
xkcd: Backslashes
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ It gets really fun when you add forward slashes too: \\\\///\//\\\//\\//\\///
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6 days ago by andrewheiss
Guess the Correlation
Oof. This is really hard (and addictive!)
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11 days ago by andrewheiss
ISIS Has Lost Sight Of What Our Founding Fathers ... | ClickHole
"Regardless of what they believe they are doing, one thing is clear to me: ISIS is not honoring the spirit of our Founding Fathers. And every time they pack a crude roadside bomb with chlorine gas, they only further pervert the vision of freedom defined by the Constitution. What would the brave men gathered in Philadelphia all those years ago think about a group like ISIS? I, for one, think they would not approve. Not at all."
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12 days ago by andrewheiss
SecuriTay on Twitter: ""Oh no the supermarket is closed, that means I can't eat what's in my refrigerator." - developers when GitHub is down"
"Oh no the supermarket is closed, that means I can't eat what's in my refrigerator." - developers when GitHub is down
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13 days ago by andrewheiss
Bible Verses Where "Fear Not" Is Replaced With "Um. Yikes." - The Toast
I can't not share these bible verse replacement posts. "Luke 2:9-11 - And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Wow! Um, yikes. Well, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”"
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14 days ago by andrewheiss
Jan 25, 5 years on: The only words I can write are about losing my words | Mada Masr
Alaa Abdel Fattah on the 5th anniversary of the #jan25 revolution: "It’s been months since I wrote a letter and more than a year since I’ve written an article. I have nothing to say: no hopes, no dreams, no fears, no warnings, no insights, nothing, absolutely nothing. Like a child showing signs of autism, I am regressing and losing my words, my ability to imagine an audience and mentally model the impact of my words on them. I try to remember what I wrote for the Guardian five years ago on the last normal day of my life. I try to imagine who read that article and what impact it had on them, I try to remember what it was like when tomorrow seemed so full of possibility and my words seemed to have the power to influence (if only slightly) what that tomorrow would look like. I can’t really remember that. Now tomorrow will be exactly like today and yesterday and all the days preceding and all the days following. I have no influence over anything. But one thing I do remember, one thing I know, is that the sense of possibility was real. It may have been naive to believe our dream could come true, but it was not foolish to believe that another world was possible. It really was. Or at least that’s how I remember it."
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15 days ago by andrewheiss
Steven Moffat quits Doctor Who to be replaced by Chris Chibnall in 2018
No Doctor Who until Christmas this year + Moffat done after 2017 + Broadchurch creator starting in 2018. Oooh.
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18 days ago by andrewheiss
The Quran in Context – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Phew. Finally finished the new Study Quran. ★★★★★ This review is a good summary of how important it is: "The Quran, in other words, lends itself to proof texting even better than the Hebrew or Christian Bibles—and that’s saying something. The editors of the Study Quran patiently and painstakingly reconstruct, to the extent possible, the original context of each recitation in the entire book and make that reconstructed context available to any reader willing to devote the time attention required to understand it. The results are remarkable, and they have the wonderful added effect of limiting the ability of both adherents and detractors to manipulate the book’s meaning through uncritical prooftexting."
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18 days ago by andrewheiss
"Kara" | (2016) (An Unofficial Star Wars Film) on Vimeo
I really, really like the aesthetic in this. Future Star Wars movies should copy it.
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19 days ago by andrewheiss
The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing people buy - The Washington Post
"Q-tips are one of the most perplexing things for sale in America. Plenty of consumer products are widely used in ways other than their core function — books for leveling tables, newspapers for keeping fires aflame, seltzer for removing stains, coffee tables for resting legs — but these cotton swabs are distinct. Q-tips are one of the only, if not the only, major consumer products whose main purpose is precisely the one the manufacturer explicitly warns against." Also, "telling people to use the swabs on "the outer surfaces of the ear without entering the ear canal," as Q-tips packages do, was akin to asking smokers to dangle cigarettes from their lips without ever lighting them."
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19 days ago by andrewheiss
The Illegitimacy of Aragorn's Claim to the Throne - The Toast - The Toast
"Aragorn’s claim to Gondor’s throne rests entirely on his being descended — after 3,000 years — from Valandil and Isildur, who were kings of Arnor. The closest real-world parallel to this would be an Italian man claiming descent from Romulus showing up in Ankara and claiming to be King of Turkey, because Romulus was supposedly descended from Prince Aeneas of Troy. Imagine if you found out your ancestor, thirty-seven generations prior, was the brother of an Egyptian pharaoh. Do you know what that would make you, in terms of Egyptian political succession? NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING."
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21 days ago by andrewheiss
www.nytimes.com
"By focusing his rhetorical firepower largely on minority faiths that have grown in size and influence in the United States over the past 60 years — displacing the old Protestant monopoly — Mr. Trump is stoking a tribal hostility toward those who worship differently, one that hucksters have seized on throughout history to infect and co-opt America’s faith communities. It is the same visceral force that animated the witch trials in Salem and set fire to the crosses in front of black churches. Encouragingly, recent elections have suggested there’s room in the presidential arena to showcase America’s growing religious diversity. Yet even before he became a candidate, Mr. Trump seemed skeptical that a new era of ecumenical progress might be seeping into American politics. When I interviewed him in 2014, he argued vigorously — despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary — that Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election because many Christian voters were put off by his alien faith. Eventually, I had to to interrupt him. “I’m actually Mormon,” I said. He raised his eyebrows. “You are?” He promptly recalibrated, telling me about a Jewish friend (“great guy, rich guy”) who had moved to Utah and fallen in love with the local creedal breed. “You know,” he said, “people don’t understand the Mormon thing. I do. I get it. They are great people!” But alas, not everyone was so enlightened as Trump. “There was a religious undercurrent there,” he told me, then hastened to add, “unfortunately.”"
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22 days ago by andrewheiss
R Users Will Now Inevitably Become Bayesians | Thinkinator
Oooh. New rstanarm package makes Stan-based Bayesian stats really easy now.
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27 days ago by andrewheiss
Harry Potter vs. Huckleberry Finn: Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories Than Americans - The Atlantic
I buy this. "If British children gathered in the glow of the kitchen hearth to hear stories about magic swords and talking bears, American children sat at their mother’s knee listening to tales larded with moral messages about a world where life was hard, obedience emphasized, and Christian morality valued. Each style has its virtues, but the British approach undoubtedly yields the kinds of stories that appeal to the furthest reaches of children’s imagination."
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Here’s What You Need To Understand About Mormon History If You Want To Understand The Oregon Standoff - BuzzFeed News
"The Oregon standoff isn’t a “Mormon movement” but it does ultimately represent the mixing of Mormon themes, common western land use issues, and the rhetoric of far right patriot groups."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Two Monks Learn How To Draw Hands - The Toast
"oh no you’re fine people actually get smaller the more they’re in the middle of things so youre fine"
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
A wary start to Syrian refugees’ new life in Kentucky - The Washington Post
Incredible story about one refugee family's resettlement in Louisville (note the Trump-fueled undercurrent of fear too—gah)
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Children’s Holiday Letters to Satan - The New Yorker
Dear Satan, All I want for Christmas is world peace! Molly, Age 4 * Dear Molly, No. –S
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Ari Kohen's Blog — As more and more people have seen “The Force...
"Having an answer to every question and knowing the entire history of a fictional universe doesn’t make a series of movies better. In fact, as we saw with the Star Wars prequels, it can lead to one dimensional characters who are written as nothing more than information delivery vehicles about plot points that don’t much matter in the end."
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Emo Kylo Ren (@KyloR3n) | Twitter
One of the most fantastic Twitter accounts ever: @KyloR3n Bio: ren's rights activist
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
25 Unanswered Star Wars: The Force Awakens Questions
Mostly canonical and highly detailed answers to your most burning questions (great stuff here)
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Star Wars Minus Star Wars - Between the Lines - YouTube
This is delightful! A New Hope compiled with scenes and sounds from movies that influenced George Lucas and from movies that have been influenced by Star Wars.
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
xkcd: Episode VII
Would probably still watch the heck out of this.
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Heissatopia: Heiss Holiday Humbug 2015
It's our annual Christmas newsletter/poem! Merry Christmas, everyone! (Open the PDF for the best reading experience)
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
This Republican senator visited a mosque to repudiate Donald Trump - The Washington Post
"There is, as I mentioned, much that separates Mormons and Muslims, but we do collaborate on a number of things — in helping to bring relief after natural disasters. We cooperate, our two faiths, on the translation of ancient texts, and there is much in the history and the tradition and even some doctrine that is common between us. As Mormons and Muslims, we trace our lineage to father Abraham. While we may not agree on the divinity or the prophetic calling of Jesus and Mohamed, we all revere them as inspired teachers and leaders. Early persecution drove Mohamed from Mecca to Medina. Early Mormon persecution drove the Mormons from Illinois to Utah. I have ancestors buried along that trail. The principle of the fast is embraced and practiced by both of our religions. My two boys there — a couple of years ago, I took them to an island in the middle of the Pacific to test our survival skills. They got more of a fast than they wanted to. But we both practice the fast in different ways, as well as the responsibility and the obligation to care for the sick and the needy. That is something that is central to both of our faiths. Muslims make the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. The Mormon hajj is to our holy temple. Because like Muslims, Mormons do not drink alcohol, our trip to the temple is usually followed by a stop at Dairy Queen. Ice cream is about all we Mormons have; I’m not sure if there’s a corollary for Muslims."
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Wish Somebody “Happy Holidays” and Make a Terrorist Cry – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
"In states that officially operate under Islamic law, all kinds of bad things can and do happen: apostasy is punished by death, homosexuals are stoned, and women can be severely punished for appearing uncovered in a public place. Westerners are rightly horrified by such practices, but we often misattribute them to religious differences. The main difference between Saudi Arabia and the United States is not that one country is Muslim and the other is Christian. The difference is that one country allows a religion to control the coercive apparatuses of the state and one does not. The difference is secularism. … And this is why the silly and annoying debate between “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” actually matters. Those who become angry when some official organization fails to call “Christmas” by its right name are saying, in effect, that their form of religious observance should have official recognition. Those who get offended when friends, neighbors, soft-drink companies, and coffee shops for making their seasonal greetings more inclusive are saying that society should be organized around their beliefs. They are saying that society should be less secular. Those who hold “holiday trees” and plain red coffee cups responsible for the increasing secularization of society are absolutely correct. These inclusive gestures do make us more secular, which is a good thing for believers and unbelievers alike. The secular state is one of the signature achievements of the Enlightenment. It is the characteristic of the early republic that allowed Latter-day Saints and hundreds of other religious groups to flourish on American soil. And those of us who have benefited so much from a secular society, I believe, have a moral responsibility to ensure that it survives."
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
xkcd: Tradition
Reminder about Christmas songs today…
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
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