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2 Kinds of People
This is a delightful tumblr web log internet site
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13 hours ago by andrewheiss
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Taylor Swift: A Socratic Dialogue.
“SOCRATES: It seems we’ve reached an impasse — you say players will always play, play, play, but its possible for them to appear to stay, stay, stay and yet this makes them a faker who will fake, fake, fake. But if they fake, fake, fake then they do not always play, play, play for there must be at least some stay, stay, stay for otherwise, they only play, play, play and hence, are a player and not a faker. SWIFT: The human creature is a ponderous thing, full of complexities and contradictions. But what can one do? If only there was some sort of movement that would throw off the psychic troubles that follow from simply being. SOCRATES: Maybe like a dog that has gone for a swim, you can shake, shake, shake. SWIFT: Shake it off? SOCRATES: Shake it off.”
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2 days ago by andrewheiss
Migrant or refugee? That shouldn’t be a life or death question. - The Washington Post
"Many Syrians fleeing to Europe would not qualify as refugees under international law, and therefore can be deported home. Flight from generalized violence and war is not enough to claim refugee status. Yet as a moral and political issue, their claims for international assistance are far stronger than those of economic migrants. For this reason, the EU has directed its member states to grant temporary protection to people who do not qualify for refugee status if they have a substantial reason to fear death, torture, or serious harm if sent home. But many member states have not followed the EU directive. Many have little incentive to do so, with widespread public backlash against migration, right-wing governments elected partially on anti-immigration platforms, and economic troubles of their own. To be sure, taking migrants in temporarily or permanently would constitute an economic and political burden. The vast majority of migrants smuggled to Europe, the U.S., or elsewhere have no legal protection from being sent home. Mass deportation of millions would be inhumane—but could be perfectly legal."
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2 days ago by andrewheiss
5 practical ways you can help refugees trying to find safety in Europe - Europe - World - The Independent
In the words of Duke's Omid Safi, "If your heart is breaking at images of dead refugees, do not stop with sorrow." Support Oxfam, Oxfam America, or do something here.
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2 days ago by andrewheiss
The xkcd survey
Everyone take this survey for xkcd. Now.
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2 days ago by andrewheiss
Is Nuance Overrated? - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Kieran Healy on his “F** Nuance” paper: “What counts as simple, nuanced, or interesting depends partly on who is talking and whom they are talking to. An elementary or even boring point for area experts might be illuminating (or weird) for people out in the world. There’s no contradiction there. Where you don’t want to end up — either with a lay audience or an expert one — is to find yourself saying nothing more than "It’s more complicated than that" and then giving a list of ways that it is. Like I said, the world’s a messy place — it’s always "more complicated than that." It is not the job of theory to verbally reproduce the complexity of the world.”
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3 days ago by andrewheiss
I Used Physics to Calculate How Much Yoda Weighs | WIRED
Important calculations. "Using the x-position values from the video along with the mass values from my estimations, I get a Yoda-mass of -43.7 kg. Yes, that is a negative mass."
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4 days ago by andrewheiss
Watch charlie murphy's Vine "duck army"
So far the world has collectively spent more than 9 years watching this. And it's worth every year.
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4 days ago by andrewheiss
NaTakallam | A Different Kind of Arabic Learning
This is awesome. Sign up for Arabic language lessons via Skype with Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
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4 days ago by andrewheiss
The Language of Faith – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
“My religion is the language of my faith. It provides the vocabulary that I need to frame my deepest questions, and it gives me the metaphors that I need to make infinite and ineffable things hold still long enough to examine. I do not claim that the language of my faith is the best language in the world, or that it provides a perfect translation of God’s mind and intentions. I only claim that it is my language—the one that I acquired in my childhood and have used ever since to make my way through the world.”
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5 days ago by andrewheiss
These Icelandic lullabies are absolutely terrifying - Quartz
"Sleep, you black-eyed pig. Fall into a deep pit of ghosts." Or even better, "My little friend I lull to rest But outside, a face looms at the window."
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7 days ago by andrewheiss
Quantum Political Scientists Hypothesize Country Headed In Both Right And Wrong Directions Simultaneously - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Groundbreaking new political science subfield. Next up: quantum public policy. “Rather than inhabiting a single reality where the nation’s future looks bright or an opposite one where Americans are struggling like never before, our research suggests that these two conditions actually exist concurrently in a state of superposition”
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8 days ago by andrewheiss
Instagram
Instagram now allows portrait and landscape photos and videos. This gets released at the same time. Coincidence?!?!111?
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8 days ago by andrewheiss
Journalists Killed in USA - Committee to Protect Journalists
Only 6 journalists had been killed in the US (for both confirmed and unconfirmed reasons) since 1992. +2 today. Ugh.
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10 days ago by andrewheiss
Pummelling the little platoons | The Economist
The Economist is scooping my dissertation: "The idea that foreign-funded NGOs are a fifth column is one that autocrats find wonderfully convenient."
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10 days ago by andrewheiss
Dirtbag Karl Marx
“more like crapitalism”
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16 days ago by andrewheiss
KTLA 5 News | Facebook
This is the greatest roller coaster of emotions ever captured.
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16 days ago by andrewheiss
Graduate Students Discuss Next Steps After Losing Health Insurance | KBIA
This is horrible: “Graduate students received this news little more than 14 hours before graduate student health insurance coverage lapsed.”
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17 days ago by andrewheiss
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Televangelists (HBO) - YouTube
John Oliver on televangelists, the prosperity gospel, and tax codes (paging Sam Brunson)
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18 days ago by andrewheiss
Sacrifice, Seerstones, and Scripture: On the Irreducible Weirdness of Other People – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
This whole thing is so good. “Believing in a god who interacts directly with human beings is a non-rational faith proposition. One believes it or one does not. However, if one does choose to believe such a thing, it necessarily follows that the records of those interactions will reflect temporal, geographical, and cultural assumptions that we do not share. Knowing how to use scripture in our own spiritual life means understanding how to separate divine messages from the situational understanding of the people who received them–be they Ancient Israelites, Roman Jews, superstitious farmers, or Western Americans who came of age during the Eisenhower administration. And this dynamic will continue. Some day, everything that we believe today will be irreducibly, and even incomprehensibly weird to everybody in the world. If there are Latter-day Saints alive in 3015, they will almost certainly look back on our sacred narratives–conference talks, lesson manuals, proclamations, and the like–with utter amazement that anybody could think the way we do. And then they, too, will have to go through the long and laborious project of trying to figure out what God was really trying to say.”
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22 days ago by andrewheiss
New Law Requires Welfare Recipients To Submit Sweat To Prove How Hard They’re Looking For Job - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
“According to reports, Congress is also considering a law that would require those receiving food stamps to send in recordings of their family’s stomachs growling.”
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22 days ago by andrewheiss
Ender's Game
Truth here -------- Peter: now that Ender has gone to space to become a general, we must do our part to change humanity Valentine: absolutely what should we do Peter: let’s leave comments about political theory on the internet until the government offers us job … Secretary of State: Sir? The President: someone is talking about John Locke online give them my job at once Secretary of State: Yes, sir
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22 days ago by andrewheiss
xkcd: Synonym Movies
“Fans eagerly await 2015's 'Space Fights: Power Gets Up', although most think 1999's 'Space Fights: The Scary Ghost' didn't live up to the hype.”
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23 days ago by andrewheiss
Animated GIF
Wrote long detailed e-mail to PhD advisor. Accidentally sent it to Ken Rogerson. Wrote note to disregard it. Sent that to advisor. In the words of Russell, "[E-mail is] hard."
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27 days ago by andrewheiss
@AcademicsSay: The Story Behind a Social-Media Experiment - Faculty - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Awesome. The story behind @AcademicsSay by the author himself. "So there you go. What was started as a private social experiment borne out of confusion and frustration quickly turned into something more: a one-of-a-kind experience of connecting with a previously unknown academic community through humor, an unexpected education in social media and higher-education issues, and an obligation to expand my research to address a very real need for longitudinal, large-scale studies on self-regulation and well-being in academia."
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27 days ago by andrewheiss
How To Get Rid Of Clutter And Live Abundantly
Useful decluttering tips: How many of the spices lining your pantry have you ever actually used? "Most of them?" Get rid of them. Every one. If you're not using a spice right now, it's not important. Your lymph nodes should be covered in turmeric 100% of the time, but you don't even know where the lids to your Tupperware containers are, do you? Look at the moon. That's all of the spice you need. Thank every item in your refrigerator deeply -- kiss each one of them softly and slowly with your mouth -- then prepare for each item a small Viking funeral. Set them adrift on a blazing ship into the waters of a very cold lake. In the future, when you are hungry, eat your memories. The only thing that belongs in your refrigerator is mindfulness. Throw away everything in your dirty laundry hamper. If a piece of clothing really mattered to you, you wouldn't let it get dirty. There is no need for a bed in the truly de-cluttered life. You should hover gently several inches above the floor in perfect harmony with your surroundings during your yearly nap, like a seahorse.
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
‘The Dam Has Broken': Joseph Smith Papers publishes the Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
““The dam has broken,” he said. We are in a new era of collaboration and shared community. Mackay has a vision for Mormon historical sites that go beyond the competing fiefdoms of billboards and visitors’ centers; imagine a visit to Nauvoo or Kirtland where you are able to simply see the restoration in historical accuracy, without filter and without agenda. We are getting closer to making that vision a reality. Mackay expressed gratitude for CoC and LDS historians of the past who were able to cross enormous barriers of mistrust in order to increase access to original sources, and the hope that the trust and mutual respect felt between the historians can translate to increased cooperation between leadership, and eventually between members. “These family feuds — and we are family — are dying away, and it’s in large part thanks to historians,” said Mackay.”
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Wandering Realities: Mormonish Short Fiction, Steven L. Peck - Amazon.com
Wonderful collection of short stories—everyone should read this.
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
xkcd: Ozymandias
"And on the pedestal these words appear: "And on the pedestal these words appear: "And on the pedestal these words appear: "And ..."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Required Reading Essay Questions Written By a First-Year Adjunct Who Does Not Have the Time or Wherewithal to Do the Required Reading.
Oh man. "19. In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the best way to kill a mockingbird? How big is a mockingbird anyway? Are they edible? Please provide textual evidence and recipes."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Key & Peele - TeachingCenter - YouTube
This whole thing is incredibly well done and on point.
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Hadley Wickham, the Man Who Revolutionized R
Cool interview with Hadley Wickham, demigod of R. “There are definitely some academic statisticians who just don’t understand why what I do is statistics, but basically I think they are all wrong . What I do is fundamentally statistics. The fact that data science exists as a field is a colossal failure of statistics. To me, that is what statistics is all about. It is gaining insight from data using modelling and visualization. Data munging and manipulation is hard and statistics has just said that’s not our domain.”
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
The Portrayal of Academics in Kids Books - a chat with Melissa Terras - Academia Obscura
This is a fantastic little research project—cataloging the portrayal of academics in children’s literature. “Academics tend to be either crazy evil egotists (like Dr Frankensteiner, the “maddest mad scientist on mercury!”), whilst the Professors tend to be kindly, but baffled, obsessive egg-heads who don’t quite function normally. “
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
www.nytimes.com
"A publisher that cared about Harper Lee’s legacy would have taken those words to heart, and declined to publish “Go Set a Watchman,” the good idea that Lee eventually transformed into a gem. That HarperCollins decided instead to manufacture a phony literary event isn’t surprising. It’s just sad."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
ELI5: Why is it so controversial when someone says "All Lives Matter" instead of "Black Lives Matter"? : explainlikeimfive
Fantastic, super clear explanation. "Imagine that you're sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don't get any. So you say "I should get my fair share." And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, "everyone should get their fair share." Now, that's a wonderful sentiment -- indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the first place: that you should be a part of everyone, and you should get your fair share also. However, dad's smart-ass comment just dismissed you and didn't solve the problem that you still haven't gotten any! The problem is that the statement "I should get my fair share" had an implicit "too" at the end: "I should get my fair share, too, just like everyone else." But your dad's response treated your statement as though you meant "only I should get my fair share", which clearly was not your intention. As a result, his statement that "everyone should get their fair share," while true, only served to ignore the problem you were trying to point out."
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Debbie Downer jail statistic of the day | News | Indy Week
90% of people held at Durham County Jail haven't been convicted of a crime, they just can't afford bail
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
www.sciencedaily.com
Fun new study: men go into STEM because they think they're better at math than they actually are. "Gender gaps in the science, technology, engineering and maths fields are not necessarily the result of women's underestimating their abilities, but rather may be due to men's overestimating their abilities"
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Space Weird Thing - YouTube
"Home space ball is blue / and there's nothing I can do." Space Oddity gets Randall Munroe’s Up-Goer Five treatment
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Texans threaten to cover land with pigs’ blood to block Muslim cemetery - Telegraph
People threatening to “[t]ake and dump pig’s blood and put pig’s heads on a post so they won’t buy the land”.
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
NBC Nightly News on Twitter: "JUST IN: Secretary of State Kerry will travel to Havana on August 14 to raise the American flag at U.S. embassy, State Dept. official says"
Super cool: "Secretary of State Kerry will travel to Havana on August 14 to raise the American flag at U.S. embassy, State Dept. official says"
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
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