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Spiritual journey leads 3-term U.S. senator to LDS Church | Deseret News
Whoa. Harry Reid baptizes former Sen. Pressler (R-SD) into the LDS church, with HBS' Clayton Christensen giving a talk.
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yesterday by andrewheiss
Colin's Letter from LucasFilm - YouTube
This is delightful. Boy writes to Lucasfilm to ask if he, as a Jedi, can get married without becoming a Sith.
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2 days ago by andrewheiss
Christian Discipleship in the Age of the Superfan – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Michael Austin being brilliant again. "This is where fandom and discipleship differ the most, and this is why the two approaches to the Gospel are ultimately incompatible. Being a fan does not require us to be be more loving or less judgmental, and it never asks us to work hard at anything other than self-promotion. It revels in the basest and most spiritually destructive aspects of human nature, asking only that our tribal instincts and violent behavior be placed in the service of the club. Like all tribal units, fan clubs exist to create and enforce boundaries. Terms like “worthiness,” “member in good standing,” and “apostasy,” all derive from the vocabulary of fandom, which has a strong interest in determining whose expressions of love are sufficiently pure. In the end, of course, the cost of fandom is much greater than the cost of discipleship. We cannot have both, and when we give up the hard tasks of Christian discipleship and settle instead for the work of Team Jesus (or Team Mormon, or Team Prophet, or whatever) we make the critical mistake of giving up the Kingdom of God for something that it is not."
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8 days ago by andrewheiss
Bible Verses Where "Curse" Is Replaced With "Bad Vibes"
“The Lord puts bad vibes on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.” —Proverbs 3:33
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8 days ago by andrewheiss
Hillary Clinton - Getting Started | Facebook
3 things: 1. She does the Bill thumbs-up-fist-pound thing at the end 2. She hired the FedEx graphic design department 3. Strengthening the Family™! Also, cool beans. She's officially running now.
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8 days ago by andrewheiss
Dalek Relaxation Tape - YouTube
Unwind this afternoon with some deep relaxation.
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11 days ago by andrewheiss
What Makes The Breakfast? | Mike Phirman
This is the greatest song about breakfast food I have ever heard.
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11 days ago by andrewheiss
St Matthew Passion - All of Bach
Glorious music for this morning (via Morgan Davis). The website is incredibly well made too.
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11 days ago by andrewheiss
Star Wars - I am Your Father - (Multi-Langage) 20 Langues - YouTube
Some of these are far more intimidating than others. Germans are scary.
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11 days ago by andrewheiss
www.andrewheiss.com
Super cool draft syllabus for future unscheduled class called "Telling Stories with Data." Too bad I can't teach it yet.
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12 days ago by andrewheiss
Tom Chivers on Twitter: "*marks email as unread to deal with later* [10 seconds pass] "Ooh, email!" *clicks* Repeat forever"
*marks email as unread to deal with later* [10 seconds pass] "Ooh, email!" *clicks* Repeat forever
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12 days ago by andrewheiss
Religious Freedom and Religious Comfort #ldsconf – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Most excellent essay. “Nowhere on the list, however, is the right to avoid discomfort–even when this discomfort arises from a religious belief. Being uncomfortable with stuff is part of living in a society that protects other people’s beliefs and practices to the same degree that it protects our own. We all have to learn how accommodate each other a little bit, even if it makes us uncomfortable to do so, if we are going to have a country that protects everybody equally. It is possible for a society based on these principles to overstep and, in the name of tolerance and diversity, burden somebody else’s religious practice unjustly. I believe that we must prevent this. It is a hill that I and many others are willing to die on. But we must make sure to die on the grand hill of religious freedom and not the tiny little mound of religious discomfort.”
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13 days ago by andrewheiss
President Obama unleashes the bees as children scream in terror - The Washington Post
“Oh no, it’s a bee,” President Obama says. “That’s okay, guys.” “Bees are good, they won’t land on you. They won’t sting you, they’ll be okay.”
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14 days ago by andrewheiss
WALK THE MOON - Shut Up and Dance (Movie dance compilation) - YouTube
Freezing to death in this bus, enjoying this delightful compilation drowning out bus passengers who don't know what headphones are #megabus
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18 days ago by andrewheiss
Bill would require all UNC professors to teach heavy course load | The Progressive Pulse
Um. Legislation to make all UNC professors teach 4 courses a semester. That’ll work out well.
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21 days ago by andrewheiss
Making time for kids? Study says quality trumps quantity. - The Washington Post
“Though American parents are with their children more than any parents in the world, many feel guilty because they don’t believe it’s enough. That’s because there’s a widespread cultural assumption that the time parents, particularly mothers, spend with children is key to ensuring a bright future. Now groundbreaking new research upends that conventional wisdom and finds that that isn’t the case. At all.”
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22 days ago by andrewheiss
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science | Stony Brook University
This is my new favorite thing: The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Antebellum Data Journalism: Or, How Big Data Busted Abe Lincoln - ProPublica
How data journalism in the mid 1800s caught Abraham Lincoln’s excessive travel reimbursements
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
The Biggest Threat to America’s Future Is ... America - The New Yorker
“Today, however, it is hard to make the argument that the U.S. political system is serving the country well. With heightened competition and new global challenges, such as the rise of China, the United States badly needs to acknowledge the new realities and improve its game. Despite the country’s enduring economic strength, its conception of its role in the world is outmoded, its infrastructure is crumbling, and its test scores are lagging in math and other areas, despite its impressive performance in cutting-edge research. At the very least, it needs to preserve some of its old techniques of maintaining power, including fostering institutions through which it can exercise “soft power” and serving as a magnet for talented and hard-working immigrants, who provide it with invaluable skills and entrepreneurship. Rather than accomplishing any of these things, Washington seems to be trapped in a never-ending back and forth, in which sloganeering substitutes for analysis and political point-scoring is elevated above policymaking. It’s a dismal spectacle, and if it goes on indefinitely it will exact an increasingly high price. Not the sudden collapse of Pax Americana, perhaps, but the gradual undermining of it.”
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Mada Masr مدى مصر on Twitter: "Egypt Tourist Authority in NYC confirms to Mada Masr that individual U.S. citizens will not be able to get visas on arrival starting May 15."
Hrm. “Egypt Tourist Authority in NYC confirms to Mada Masr that individual U.S. citizens will not be able to get visas on arrival starting May 15.”
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
War with Iran is probably our best option - The Washington Post
Um. You know. Just the WaPo advocating for war. "Does this mean that our only option is war? Yes."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
MIPodcast #21—The Bhagavad Gita, with Richard H. Davis | Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
Listen for Blair Hodges's mad interviewing skillz. He needs to interview ALL THE PEOPLE.
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Iran Offers to Mediate Talks Between Republicans and Obama - The New Yorker
“Tensions between these two historic enemies have been high in recent years, but we believe they are now at a boiling point,” Khamenei said. “As a result, Iran feels it must offer itself as a peacemaker.” He said that his nation was the “logical choice” to jumpstart negotiations between Obama and the Republicans because “it has become clear that both sides currently talk more to Iran than to each other.” He invited Obama and the Republicans to meet in Tehran to hash out their differences and called on world powers to force the two bitter foes to the bargaining table, adding, “It is time to stop the madness.”
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Who Farts? And Who Cares? » Sociological Images
IMPORTANT RESEARCH “Sociologists Martin Weinberg and Colin Williams … interviewed 172 college students about their habits and concerns about farting and pooping. They published their results in an article called Fecal Matters. They discovered that everybody farts and everybody cares, but not everyone cares all the time or equally.” They separated their results by gender and sexual orientation. When they asked people if they were worried that the hearer would “feel disgust,” heterosexual women were most likely to agree and heterosexual men the least, with non-heterosexual men and women in the middle, but flipped such that men were more worried than women.”
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
rachel.heissatopia.com
Rachel's first hand-coded website. CSS lessons to come so it won't be so ugly :)
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Coding Like a Girl — Medium
"A couple years ago she attended a technical conference and on the first day, she wore a dress. When she walked around the conference, no one came up to talk to her. When she asked people very technical questions about their stack, questions she assumed would indicate that she was a programmer, she was brushed aside and told, “You wouldn’t understand.” She went back home that night really frustrated and flustered. She almost didn’t feel like going to the conference the next day. But she did and wore a nerdy tshirt and jeans instead, and she had a better experience that day. People assumed she was technical and didn’t dilute their explanations to her. What can we do better as a community in these cases?"
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Bryan on Twitter: "programming is awesome if you like feeling dumb and then eventually feeling less dumb but then feeling dumb about something else pretty soon"
Truth. "programming is awesome if you like feeling dumb and then eventually feeling less dumb but then feeling dumb about something else pretty soon"
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
“If you live to see your grandchildren it’s because you did not work hard enough.”
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
The Tragedy of Canada's Terrible Census Data - CityLab
“n 2006, 93.5 percent of Canadians responded to the then-mandatory long-form census. In 2011, 68.6 percent returned the NHS. This is despite the fact that census officials distributed more surveys to compensate for the predicted drop in response rates—to one in three Canadians in 2011 instead of the one in five in 2006. Still, Statistics Canada withheld 2011 NHS data for 1,128 of 4,567 Canadian census subdivisions. “[A]pproximately 25 percent of geographic areas do not have reliable National Household Survey data available for their use,” Canada’s auditor general wrote in a 2014 report. Here’s the kicker, though: This new survey, the one that provides less data than the one before it and has left academics, government officials, demographers, social planners and businesspeople wondering how to calculate exactly how many people live in Canada, and where, also cost more money. Maclean’s, the Canadian weekly, reports that Statistics Canada needed an extra $22 million to cover the “costs associated with increased questionnaire production and mail-out.” “Voluntary surveys are simply a waste of money,” Munir Sheikh, the Chief Statistician who resigned over the switch to the voluntary census, tells CityLab in a phone interview. “[They] cannot provide you the kind of accurate information that you need to make your policy decisions. So in my view, this is the worst of both worlds.””
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
The Chapel Hill Massacre Blues - The New Yorker
This is most excellent. "What’s hard to get one’s mind around is that everyone who’s singing this tune—the police, the wife, the prosecutor—seems to think that it’s reassuring. Getting blown away by a neighbor just because he’s pissed off at you for some ridiculous reason has become the equivalent of a natural disaster in our country, with our gun culture. It’s got nothing to do with the killer’s ideology, or with the victim’s identity. That’s the thinking. And, with this “parking” alibi, we’re being asked to imagine that these killings are a private tragedy, not some big public deal—not terrorism, not even like terrorism. We’re being told to believe that the vigilante killing of three young Americans is socially and politically meaningless. It seems we are also supposed to be relieved by the fact that Hicks, who carried a gun to earlier confrontations with his neighbors, was not a religious fanatic. Are we then supposed to ignore the fact that he was an anti-religious fanatic, who was said to have taunted the women he later killed for dressing according to their traditions and beliefs? We are told that he was in favor of gay marriage, as if that negated his militant intolerance of others. He spent most of his time on Facebook heaping contempt on Christians, who are more numerous by far in Hicks’s neck of the woods than Muslims. And yet with law-enforcement sounding like Hicks-family spin doctors, we are being urged to consider this murderer as a figure of all-embracing American assimilation—a man who did not care who they were but hated them as he would hate anyone and everyone, equally and without fear or favor, for the way they parked. Far more Americans are killed each year by the shooters in our midst like Craig Stephen Hicks than have ever been killed by all the jihadist terrorist outfits that have ever stalked this earth. That’s the price, or so the rhetoric goes, of our wild freedom. But maybe to understand the Chapel Hill murders better we need to imagine how it would be playing out if it were the other way around—if some gun-toting Muslim, with a habit of posting hate messages about secular humanists, took it upon himself to execute a defenseless family of them in their home."
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9 weeks ago by andrewheiss
CHAPEL HILL: Victims' father says Chapel Hill triple homicide was 'hate crime' | Orange County | NewsObserver.com
“It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” Abu-Salha said Wednesday morning. “This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime. This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt. And they were uncomfortable with him, but they did not know he would go this far.” Abu-Salha said his daughter who lived next door to Hicks wore a Muslim head scarf and told her family a week ago that she had “a hateful neighbor.” “Honest to God, she said, ‘He hates us for what we are and how we look,’” he said.
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9 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Local & North Carolina state news from Raleigh, NC | NewsObserver.com
"Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Barakat was a doctoral student in UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry. The sisters were N.C. State University students."
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9 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Three killed in Chapel Hill shooting :: WRAL.com
All three are reportedly Muslims, too. Husband + wife + wife's sister.
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9 weeks ago by andrewheiss
The One Ring Explained. (Lord of the Rings Mythology Part 2) - YouTube
This is fantastic. Learn about LOTR rings without wading through the Silmarillion.
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10 weeks ago by andrewheiss
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