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www.nytimes.com
This is an awesome way of visualizing Olympic running speeds
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5 days ago by andrewheiss
The Worst of All Possible Worlds? Religious Pessimism and the Gospel of Hope – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Yep to all of this. "... any generation can be bad, but only one can be the worst. And if every generation is the worst one ever, we have to keep inventing new reasons that life sucks even worse in order to justify our eschatological narratives. We have tricked ourselves into believing that hope in Christ for tomorrow requires us to believe that we live in the worst of all possible worlds today. We have quite a bit of evidence to suggest, however, that we are closer to the world of Dr. Pangloss than to that of Voltaire. Steven Pinker’s recent book The Better Angels of Our Nature .... for example, presents a vast amount of data to support his point that we are now living in the least cruel and least violent era in the world’s history. We have a hard time recognizing this, of course, because of our unprecedented ability to monitor the world’s events...."
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7 days ago by andrewheiss
Donald Trump's Campaign Might Actually Implode
please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh ple
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21 days ago by andrewheiss
US constitution is Amazon bestseller after speech criticising Trump | Law | The Guardian
Muslims propelling US constitution to the bestseller list. CREEPING SHARIA. :)
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22 days ago by andrewheiss
The Democrats’ America on display: Flawed but not fatalistic - The Globe and Mail
"Mr. Sanders, Ms. Obama, and others presented an America flawed, but not fatalistic. Their America is not bound to illusions of the past or fears of the future, but to honest confrontation of its troubled state – and a refusal to let its redemption be stolen by a demagogue lying in wait."
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29 days ago by andrewheiss
www.nytimes.com
👏👏👏 PSA 👏👏👏 Ignore national polls until a while after *both* conventions
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
www.asc.upenn.edu
#nevervoldemort #nevergrindelwald "[R]eading Harry Potter books leads Americans to take a lower opinion of Donald Trump. In fact, the more books the participants read, the greater the effect. Even when controlling for party identification, gender, education level, age, evangelical self-identification, and social dominance orientation — all factors known to predict Americans’ attitudes toward Donald Trump — the Harry Potter effect remained."
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
What Were the “Anti-Nephi-Lehies” Against and Why Does It Matter Today? #BOM2016 – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Ooh. I'm sold on this theory. Transcription issues and absence of spelling standardization changed "ante" to "anti". #BOM2016
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Hazal Koptagel on Twitter: "Ankara'daki jetler https://t.co/iCTd5ARKVw"
Watch Turkey now. Main bridges in Istanbul shut down. Fighter jets flying *super* low.
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Mattering is not a zero-sum game. – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
"So when we as Mormons hear #blacklivesmatter, we should not engage in comparative thinking, hearing that black lives matter more, or that only black lives matter. That’s not what #blacklivesmatter means. Friend, #blacklivesmatter does thee no wrong. Does thy life matter less, because #blacklivesmatter? Of course not. So please don’t say #alllivesmatter. Not now. Not as a slogan or a hashtag to shout down #blacklivesmatter. Because black lives do matter, and mattering is not a zero-sum game.?"
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
P Stew's Cowboy Classics - YouTube
Amazing. The best album I've ever seen.
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
www.nytimes.com
Delightful profile of the 7-almond-eating introvert-in-chief
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
First Lady FTW: Thousands Of Children Who Partici... | ClickHole
\(•◡•)/ #thanksobama "“It’s amazing how the program has transformed them,” said Let’s Move instructor Kerry Owen. “When kids first began entering into the program back in 2010, they couldn’t climb a flight of stairs without getting winded. Now we can’t even contain them any more, no matter how hard we try. They’re so fast it’s impossible to catch them, and they’re able to toss grown men around like rag dolls.” Wow. What an inspiration this is for all kids to make positive changes in their lives! The program has been shown to reduce kids’ heart rates, lower their body fat, and allow them to rip handcuffs clean in half, even while wearing them. Thanks to Michelle’s efforts, kids who once spent all day on the couch playing video games could now easily bust through a well-fortified police barricade with ease."
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda's Vine "Sometimes writing looks like this."
Turns out that Lin-Manuel and I both have the same writing process.
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
A note on The Toast - The Toast - The Toast
Hillary Clinton guest posts on The Toast's final day. Awesome.
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
www.nytimes.com
"Being Muslim American already carries a decent amount of baggage. In our culture, when people think “Muslim,” the picture in their heads is not usually of the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or the kid who left the boy band One Direction. It’s of a scary terrorist character from “Homeland” or some monster from the news. Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense."
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Obama’s most unusual legacy? Being a good dad. - The Washington Post
"Soon after being inaugurated, Obama... vowed to have dinner with his family five nights a week. That left just two nights a week for out-of-town fundraisers or dinners with fellow politicians. At 6:30, Obama and his wife sit down with the girls for a family dinner without any outsiders. The evening meal, observed Obama’s former body-man Reggie Love, was treated 'like a meeting in the Situation Room. There’s a hard stop before that dinner.' While aides sometimes call him back to work at 8:30 or 9, they rarely dare to go upstairs to bother him during the sacred dinner hour."
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9 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Crabs on Vimeo
A 4-minute documentary on hermit crabs that you didn't know you needed to watch today.
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9 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Titus Hamilton Audition - Netflix [HD] - YouTube
🎶 Rap rap rappity rap this is me rapping. Rappity rappity rappity rap, this is me rapping. 🎶
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10 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Embrace Your Fallibility: Thoughts on Code Integrity | The Political Methodologist
Absolutely essential reading for anyone doing statistics and social science
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11 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Have You Seen This? Utah teen makes hilarious 'Les Mis' video during family road trip | KSL.com
Yes this is a click-baity local-news-article-about-an-internet-video article, but the video is actually super impressive.
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11 weeks ago by andrewheiss
A HA - TAKE ON ME - SHITTYFLUTED - YouTube
What's better than listening to music with all the vocals lowered half a step? This. This is better.
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11 weeks ago by andrewheiss
TRUMPLR
This is amazing. Submit your drawing of Trump!
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12 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Can We Talk About Whiteness? — Code Switch — Overcast
Fantastic new podcast from NPR, with an episode on whiteness
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12 weeks ago by andrewheiss
'It's beyond pain': how Mormons are left vulnerable in Utah's opiate crisis | US news | The Guardian
1/3! 😱 "In 2014, the year Hairup died at age 38, one-third of adults in Utah had a prescription for opioid painkillers, most notably a powerful opiate at the heart of the crisis, OxyContin. Many of them were among the 65% of state residents who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons."
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
Star Wars Episode IV in one picture
AHHH. Check out this infographic that *contains the full plot* of Star Wars Episode IV
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
Yes, There Is a Doctor on Board - The New Yorker
My future life. "For the record, I didn’t have to raise my hand. I didn’t have to abandon my game of Bejeweled and walk all the way up to the front of the plane to where this elderly passenger collapsed while waiting to use the restroom. So I really don’t appreciate the look you gave me when, in response to your question about my area of specialization, I said, “The domestic industries of Brabant during the Middle Ages.” That’s funny to you? You think my life’s passion is a joke? I bet you don’t even know where Brabant is or how very innovative the people of Brabant were during the Middle Ages, when it came to domestic industries. Terrific dyeing techniques. No, d–y–e. Nothing to do with what’s happening to Mr. 14A. Yes, in my professional opinion, I would say that he’s gasping for air."
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
www.nytimes.com
"The developer stands before her source code editor in the same way the author confronts the blank page. There’s an idea for what is to be created, and the (daunting) knowledge that there are a billion possible ways to go about it. To proceed, each relies on one part training to three parts creative intuition. They may also share a healthy impatience for the ways things “have always been done” and a generative desire to break conventions. When the module is finished or the pages complete, their quality is judged against many of the same standards: elegance, concision, cohesion; the discovery of symmetries where none were seen to exist. Yes, even beauty."
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
Know Your Medieval Terminology - The Toast
Helpful glossary here. Most helpful: “Summa Theologiæ” = some theology Also, - “Le droit du seigneur” = the droit of the seigneur - “Primae noctis” = the most noctis - “Dies Irae” = the day of Ira
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
Dying GOP Senator Apologizes to Muslims for Donald Trump - The Daily Beast
"Between the hectic helter-skelter of nurses, doctors and well wishes from a long-cultivated community of friends and former aides, Bennett faced a quiet moment with his son Jim and his wife Joyce. It was not a moment for self-pity. Instead, with a slight slurring in his words, Bennett drew them close to express a dying wish: “Are there any Muslims in the hospital?” he asked. “I’d love to go up to every single one of them to thank them for being in this country, and apologize to them on behalf of the Republican Party for Donald Trump,” Bennett told his wife and son, both of whom relayed this story to The Daily Beast."
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
psmag.com
This whole thing is true. So true. "As a social phenomenon, playdates are something like private schools. Wealthier parents remove their kids from public and sequester them somewhere with a guest list and a cover charge. … When wealthier people don’t use a public resource, it tends to degrade. Not because the rich hold things together, but because the government cares less about people who aren’t rich. This goes for the literal paving on streets, but also the symbolic space for unstructured childhood play. … “We are reproducing inequality today through the enclosure of a playdate,” she says. “Through the privatization of play, we are reproducing inequality in our children.”"
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
‘Hamilton’ and the end of irony - The Washington Post
This (older) essay on Hamilton is fantastic. "The reason “Hamilton” is making such a big splash is not just because it is terrific (it is) — diverse, lyrically brilliant, dense, emotional, erudite, cool. It’s because it’s earnest. Watching it and, now, listening to it, I am struck by its almost complete lack of irony. … It is unabashedly dorky. It’s not a “nerd” in quotes. In fact, it never wears air-quotes at all. It is a musical with a capital M, packed densely and lovingly with references — not because making a musical of a historical biography would be silly and ironic, but because that is the perfect format for telling this story. This is new. If the success of “Hamilton” signals anything, it is that irony is dead. We have exhausted its creative potential. Making things with quotation marks around them is exhausting. Standing at one remove is over. Put your air-quotes away. You won’t need them anymore."
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
Those Wild, Ferocious, and Bloodthirsty Lamanites #BOM2016 – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Your Sunday read: both Mormon's Nephite-centered historiography and Joseph Smith's Jacksonian culture shape the BoM narrative in complex ways. Great stuff. "The Nephites, in other words, are good, civilized, religious, and enlightened—while the Lamanites are uncivilized savages who drink human blood from the skulls of their vanquished enemies. Americans in the Age of Andrew Jackson knew this story well; they used it to justify genocide. And this characterization is extremely important to the BOM narrative, as it is the first thing that readers learn about the Lamanites after they have been off the stage for nearly 400 years. It is a damning first impression. But it is not an accurate one—not even by the terms of the narrative in which it appears. This is not to say that these are not bloody chapters of the Book of Mormon. They are. But nearly all of the bloodthirsting in them comes from the Nephites, not the Lamanites."
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
The Most Successful Female Everest Climber of All Time Is a Housekeeper in Hartford, Connecticut | Outside Online
This is an incredible story. The most successful female Everest climber is a housekeeper in Connecticut.
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
Cattle Auctioneer, The New Rap God - YouTube
AHHHH. Auctioneer with a backing track. BUT TURN ON THE CAPTIONS. He's rapping/auctioneer in a secret code.
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
How Typography Can Save Your Life - ProPublica
On the need for human-centered design in public policy.
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
media.giphy.com
Meeting scheduled for 1 hour done in 6 minutes. Boom.
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
Why I Can Never Order from Chipotle Again
"I am going to be the best burrito bowl order-er he’s ever experienced." I'm not the only one!
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
78% of Reddit Threads With 1,000+ Comments Mention Nazis
Godwin was right. 78% of Reddit threads over 1,000 comments long mention Hitler or Nazis.
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
LCE098 Yub Nub (Ewok Celebration Song) - YouTube
Last Star Wars-related post for the day: Yub Nub Unplugged
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may 2016 by andrewheiss
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