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Remembering The Women Codebreakers Who Helped End World World 2
Today, June 6th, is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a victorious Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France that marked the near end of The Second World War. This part of history is a permanent aspect of the average American high school education; usually, this portion of the lesson plan entails a serious discussion about the evils of Nazi Germany and American valor. 
However, what we do not learn about, are the thousands of young British women who contributed to the war's end by breaking the encoded German signals being sent between Nazi generals. The operation took place at a decoding enclave in the English countryside called Bletchley Park. Young, female code-breakers were recruited from all over England to help out with the Allies' decryption effort. Using what would later be revealed as the world's first electronic computer, "Colossus," these women have just recently been recognized as having made more of a contribution than we realize; their decoding efforts not only had a hand in shortening the war, but also in lessening the amount of Allied casualties. 
bletchley  encryption  gov2.0  math  military  privacy  security  spying  uk  women  WWII 
8 hours ago
0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: BADLANDS - Voodoo Highway [Rock Candy Remastered] Out Of Print
And here's the other BADLANDS album - their second titled "Voodoo Highway"- remastered by Rock Candy Records, now with a complete 16 full color booklet including rare photos and a 4000+ full essay about the making of the record.
As happened with Badlands self-titled debut, these Rock Candy reissues were on sale only few months due to Ray Gillen's estate / family claim. So this "Badlands Voodoo Highway Rock Candy Remaster" was retired from the market and it's now a collectors item.
90s  badlands  download  gillen  hard_rock  music  remaster 
8 hours ago
0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: BADLANDS - Badlands +1 [Rock Candy Remastered] Out Of Print
This great album was requested again: BADLANDS first, self-titled album "Badlands" remastered by Rock Candy Records with a bonus track, now with a complete 16 full color booklet including rare photos and a 4000+ full essay about the making of the record.
The Rock Candy reissue appeared some years ago alongside Badlands' second record, and it was about time for these killer albums to receive a remaster and become available again as the original CD pressings were long time out of print being sold on eBay for a jillion dollars...
But guess what... both Badlands Rock Candy remasters were on sale only few months due to Ray Gillen's estate / family claim.
So this "Badlands Rock Candy Remaster" reissue was retired from the market and it's Out Of Print again.
90s  badlands  download  gillen  hard_rock  music  remaster 
8 hours ago
Laker Film Room: How LeBron James scored 51 points as Lakers beat Heat - Silver Screen and Roll
LeBron James was unstoppable in his first 50-point game for the Lakers, and he also now has his first win over the Heat in Miami since leaving the team.
So are you still worried that he’s lost a step? LeBron James had the 12th 50-point game of his storied NBA career — and first such game with the Lakers — in a scorching 51-point performance in the team’s 113-97 win over the Miami Heat. His jumper was immaculate, allowing him to exert relatively little energy considering his incendiary production.
Let’s take a closer look at a dominant night in his former South Beach stomping grounds.
basketball  lakers  lebron  video 
11 hours ago
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LeBron James scored 51-points last night, and broke down how he did it.
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15 hours ago
Women In WW2-The WRENS | HubPages
WRNS - Or As They Prefer To Be Called, The Wrens
The WRNS (Womens Royal Naval Service) was first formed in 1917 during World War One and after the war, was disbanded in spite of having over 5,500 members and a number of officers.
However, when war was declared in 1939, the WRNS reformed in much the same way as that other Women's Service, the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.
Women were not conscripted until 1941, when the government made conscription legal so a recruitment campaign began with some rather amusing posters where a young Wren gives a light to a sailor.
The tagline for the poster was 'Join the Wrens and Free A Man For The Fleet' - it seems that most of the call to duty relied on the idea that women would temporarily take over from a man who could then do his bit at the front, fighting for king and country.
Many women took the call to duty seriously but the poster is certainly a flirtatious one - maybe men like a woman in uniform too?
navy  wrens  military  uniform  40s  WWII  video 
yesterday
Mac Power Users #457: 2018 Geek Gift Guide - Relay FM
It's time for our annual Holiday Geek Gift Guide. David and Katie run down their favorite gift picks for the year as well as what's on their own holiday wish lists.
LINKS AND SHOW NOTES
Apologies for the missing chapter markers on this episode - they'll return next week!
Kwikset Premis Touchscreen Smart Lock, Works with Apple HomeKit
HomePod - Apple
PowerPic | Twelve South
Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Instant Pot Recipe Collection: Simple and Delicious Pressure Cooker Family Favorites for Beginners and Experienced Cooks
‎Instant Pot on the App Store
Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable
Amazon.com: Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD with 30W Power Delivery Charger
Sutter Tech Sling
Star Trek: Discovery - Season One [Blu-ray]
Star Trek: Discovery, Season 1 on iTunes
Rachio 3 WiFi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller
Magnetized Apple TV Remote
TOPGREENER Occupancy Sensor Switch
Topgreener USB Outlet with USB Type A and Type C Charging Ports
RelaxedLeather iPhone Case | Twelve South
LaMetric Time Wi-Fi Clock
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam
TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp
Amazon.com: Anker PowerCore 5000, Ultra-Compact
Amazon.com: AUKEY USB Wall Charger, ULTRA COMPACT
Skiva Short Lightning Duo 2-in-1 Cable
Dell Ultra HD 4K Monitor
The Kindle Paperwhite
Philips Smoke-less Indoor BBQ Grill
Viozon ipad Pro Stand
The Best Digital Photo Frame: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Binboll Survival Whistle
Bamboo Travel Utensils
Stephen Hackett - St. Jude Heroes | St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
App Camp For Girls
American Red Cross | Help Those Affected by Disasters
christmas  guide  MPU  podcast  geek  gift 
yesterday
Lakers vs. Heat Final Score: LeBron James is too hot for the Heat in his return to Miami - Silver Screen and Roll
LeBron James had a throwback performance for the Lakers in one of his former haunts, putting up one of his best games of the year against the Heat.
LeBron James gave the Miami Heat a taste of what they’ve been missing since he departed as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 113-97 win at the American Airlines arena on Sunday.
Despite having the coolest jerseys on the court (and arguably in the entire league), the Heat had no answer for James, who poured in 51 points on an efficient 61.3 percent shooting from the field. 28 of those points came in the first half.
The Lakers are 2-0 when James scores at least 40 points and makes at least five 3-pointers. He’s done that twice in the last three games.
James also added 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block to round out his box score.
basketball  lakers  lebron 
yesterday
Lakers vs. Heat - Game Recap - November 18, 2018 - ESPN
MIAMI -- There was a time when LeBron James getting pestered by Lance Stephenson would have worked out wonderfully for the Miami Heat.
Sunday was not one of those times.
The scenario: It was late in the game, the outcome was decided, and Stephenson -- James' former rival, now his teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers -- challenged him to finish the game off with a 3-pointer.
"I bet you won't go for the 3," Stephenson said.
The Heat probably wish that conversation never took place. James' capped his 51-point night with a 32-foot 3-pointer in the final seconds, pointed at Stephenson to let him know he was wrong, and the Lakers rolled past the Heat 113-97 for their seventh win in their last nine games.
James reached 50 for the 13th time in his career, including Game 1 of last season's NBA Finals.
basketball  lakers  lebron 
yesterday
How Democrats Won Big in Michigan in the Midterms - The Atlantic
A Democratic tsunami in the midterms engulfed the state Trump won most narrowly in 2016—and could keep the state blue in 2020.
Detroit—gretchen whitmer had her red water bottle with the Wonder Woman logo. Debbie Stabenow was touching up her makeup. Dana Nessel was up front, sitting with her wife, right behind the stack of boxed salads that was the food for the day.
The top of the Democratic ticket in Michigan—candidates for governor, Senate, and attorney general—were rolling along to the 77th and final stop of a statewide bus tour, hours before polls closed on Election Day. When the dust settled on 2016, no one would have been counting on any of them to be in contention, let alone win.
politics  gov2.0  state  Dems  congress 
yesterday
Top Tips and Tricks Every Mazda Owner Should Know! - YouTube
Liked on YouTube: Top Tips and Tricks Every Mazda Owner Should Know! https://youtu.be/rR1egLZ1Imk
IFTTT  youtube  like 
yesterday
C.Z. Guest Fashion Looks - Fashion Icon C.Z. Guests
C.Z. Guest: Slim Aarons muse, member of Truman Capote's glittery swan set, all-American fashion icon, and T&C cover star in 1957. 10 timeless style rules to add a little C.Z. into your everyday fashion and beauty routine.
The grand dame and epitome of WASP style, C.Z. Guest was a true tastemaker whose style transcended eras.
Guest's look and lifestyle defined the term "good taste".
Here's how to bring some of C.Z.'s style into your everyday life.
style  fashion  clothing  women 
yesterday
Up-to-Date: Hot Wheels Aston Martin DBS – theLamleyGroup
I’m a nerd. Want to know how nerdy of a nerd I am? I really like doing these Up-to-Date videos. I put them on the Lamley Extras Channel (you should subscribe), and they serve as a quick way to review what I have in my collection, or revisit some models that haven’t gotten a ton of attention of late.
The Hot Wheels Aston Martin DBS is one of those models. It doesn’t create seismic shifts when it is released like some models, but I think it is generally appreciated by a lot of collectors. It truly is a beauty, especially among other basic Hot Wheels models.
I am a committed collector of that model, adding anything released, and the latest was released in the Exotics 5-pack last year. Most are easy to find, with the exception being some wheel variations and the black Mystery baggie model, which was only released internationally.
But I am Up-to-Date.
cars  hot_wheels  aston  collecting  video 
yesterday
Julian's Hot Wheels Blog: 1970 Plymouth Road Runner (2018 HW 50th Race Team)
Beautiful casting in the Hot Wheels Racing blue paint! The rims are sweet too!
cars  hot_wheels  anniversary  70s  dodge 
yesterday
Wow check out the new Matchbox Blue Highways 5-pack – theLamleyGroup
The first Matchbox 5-pack for 2019 is out, and boy is it nice. Called Blue Highways, and found by collector @Diecast58, who posted it on Instagram...
Dang that’s nice. I am particularly fond of the SLR McLaren with black 5-spokes, as well as that yellow Camaro. Heck they are all great.
cars  matchbox  mclaren  instagram  camaro 
yesterday
APOD: 2018 November 17 - The Tarantula Nebula
Explanation: The Tarantula Nebula, also known as 30 Doradus, is more than a thousand light-years in diameter, a giant star forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. About 180 thousand light-years away, it's the largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies. The cosmic arachnid sprawls across this spectacular view, composed with narrowband filter data centered on emission from ionized hydrogen atoms. Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136, energize the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments. Around the Tarantula are other star forming regions with young star clusters, filaments, and blown-out bubble-shaped clouds. In fact, the frame includes the site of the closest supernova in modern times, SN 1987A, left of center. The rich field of view spans about 1 degree or 2 full moons, in the southern constellation Dorado. But were the Tarantula Nebula closer, say 1,500 light-years distant like the local star forming Orion Nebula, it would take up half the sky.
astronomy  photography  APOD 
yesterday
It’s Easier Than Ever To Get The Recommended Amount Of Exercise | FiveThirtyEight
If you’re sitting right now, stand up. Walk a few steps or wave your arms in the air. Maybe do a quick dance move. OK, finished? You just did something really good for your health and well-being.
That’s according to the latest Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The new guidelines update ones published in 2008, and although the amount of exercise recommended isn’t different, the new guidelines incorporate some recent, tantalizing findings about the ways people can get in their exercise, promising to make the standards easier to meet. Whether these changes can overcome the human inclination to lie on the couch remains to be seen.
health  exercise  538  gov2.0 
yesterday
Every Stan Lee Cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe | Editorial | Consequence of Sound
The man, the myth, the legend has always been watching over the immortal blockbusters
Stan Lee knew how to make an appearance.
According to IMDb, the man, the myth, and the legend accumulated 121 acting credits in his lifetime, ranging from voice work on Big Hero 6 The Series and The Reflection to playing himself in everything from Mallrats to Entourage, The Simpsons to Muppet Babies.
However, his most vital cameos have always been those within the ensuing Marvel Cinematic Universe, a rather tongue-in-cheek role that has long been speculated to be Uatu the Watcher — or, at the very least, one of the ancient extraterrestrial observers known as the Watchers.
In celebration of his eternal presence over these immortal blockbusters, we gathered every cameo we could find of the late mastermind, and listed them in chronological order for your perusal. Catch ’em all below.
Excelsior!
movies  superheroes  avengers  spiderman  RIP 
2 days ago
0DAYROX ► Melodic Rock, AOR, Hard Rock, Prog, Classic Rock news: KAREN LAWRENCE and Blue By Nature - Best Of Live [remastered] (2018)
After the two excellent 1994 band remastered albums featured here, some of you asked for more material of vocalist KAREN LAWRENCE. She just released a new album recorded with his band KAREN LAWRENCE and Blue By Nature, titled "Best Of Live [remastered]".
A stage performer continually since the age of 9, she fronted her first band, a blues outfit, at the age of 13. As front woman for the A&M Records band 1994 (produced by Jack Douglas) Lawrence’s distinctive and emotive vocal stylings frequently put her on international critics’ "Best Female Singer" lists. Wrote Kerrang! ; "it was 1994's Karen Lawrence who gave the others the choice of being second best or giving up".
music  blues_rock  concert  remaster  90s  download 
2 days ago
Are the Harry Potter Films Better Than The Books?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows One book, two movies, and everything to live up to. No matter how great of a setup you have, if your finale falls short,…
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2 days ago
Are the Harry Potter Films Better Than The Books? | Consequence of Sound
We pit all seven books against their cinematic counterparts to discover which is more magical
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art is subjective. Music and movies aren’t about competition; they’re about artistic expression. Well, for those of you who know better than to believe those lies, welcome to another installment of Vs. This time, we figure out if the Harry Potter books or films are more magical.
In 2001, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books kicked off their parallel journey as the kind of sustainable, decade-long film franchise that modern movie studios have come to covet above most other things. The depth of Rowling’s world was tailor-made for film adaptations, the novels so rich in detail that any filmmaker with even a little bit of vision could make incredible things out of them.
Yet at times, it’s difficult to truly compare the two. The film series, by the nature of film and the necessities of making movies that could equally appeal to both die-hard fans and newcomers, had to cut so many of the smaller stories and side journeys that made the books so rich. Likewise, the films had the advantage of paring the stories down to their most essential elements, in hopes of translating the novels’ deep emotional and social resonance in far less time. Each offers its own pleasures, and preference is often as simple a matter as which one you grew up with. If you grew up reading the books, that relationship will always be different. If you’re among the people for whom ad nauseam replays of the movies on ABC Family (or sorry, Freeform) were a childhood touchstone, you might be of a different opinion as well.
We won’t pretend that we can settle the debate any more definitively than anybody else who’s tried, but that’s hardly deterred us from taking a crack at it all the same. We’ve put each of the novels and films head-to-head and hope to help continue the discussion of which work stands at the forefront of accomplishment. If you’ve had trouble shedding light on your own feelings about this, let us offer a helpful lumos. In the head-to-head debate, who’ll emerge as Head Boy of the respective series?
harry_potter  rowling  books  movies  comparo 
2 days ago
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LeBron’s first 15 games with the Heat: 8-7 (Advanced to the NBA Finals.)

LeBron’s first 15 games back with the Cav…
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2 days ago
Underage vaping prompts FDA to restrict flavored e-cigarette products - The Verge
The FDA is also taking aim at flavored cigars and menthol-flavored cigarettes
Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially announced plans to limit the sale of sweet-flavored e-cigarette products in places where people under the age of 18 can freely shop. The agency will also take aim at flavored cigars and menthol-flavored cigarettes in an effort to keep kids from getting hooked on any products that contain nicotine.
This isn’t a complete ban on flavored e-cigarette products, and it’s weaker than the proposal that was teased last week before the FDA officially announced it. All e-liquids — in pods, bottles, and cigalikes — in traditional tobacco flavors, as well as mint and menthol, can stay on the shelves of convenience stores and gas stations. Stores can sell products in more kid-friendly flavors only if they don’t let in underage consumers, or if the products are placed in an age-restricted section where kids can’t see them, much less buy the merchandise. E-cigarette manufacturers can continue to sell their fruity- and dessert-flavored cartridges online, provided they have adequate age verification measures in place.
smoking  gov2.0  teenager 
2 days ago
Tech is coming for the weed industry at MJBizCon - The Verge
Now that cannabis is big business, entrepreneurs are eager to bring tech to the weed industry, which means that cannabis is on the blockchain and machine learning has come for marijuana cultivation.
Both technologies were on display at this year’s Marijuana Business Daily Conference, or MJBizCon, in Las Vegas. Six years ago, MJBizCon started with 17 exhibitors and 400 attendees in Denver. Since then, more states have legalized marijuana, which means more demand for cannabis and more opportunities to make money. For example, analysts expect that the cannabis market in Michigan, which recently became the first Midwestern state to approve recreational marijuana, will reach nearly $2 billion annually in a few years. Globally, the cannabis market is expected to expand from $13 billion this year to $32 billion in five years, experts say. That growth is why this year’s MJBizCon has over 1,000 companies exhibiting and 25,000 attendants from 63 countries.
marijuana  business  technology  blockchain  AI/ML 
2 days ago
Google Cloud Search - First-Hand Review and Analysis | Search Technologies
In 2002, Google entered the enterprise search space with the introduction of the Google Search Appliance (GSA) - a rack-mounted device that provided document indexing and search functionality. Over time, the GSA gained popularity thanks to a number of powerful features:
Simple setup of a web crawler to index content from an enterprise’s internal websites 
Out-of-the box user interface (UI) to quickly give users access to search 
Connectors to index richer metadata structures and ACLs (Access Control Lists) from a variety of content management systems
Integration with an organization’s authentication systems and leverage of the indexed ACLs to display only the search results that users are allowed to view
As newer technology trends and features were introduced to the market, competitors of the GSA’s search solution started to attract more users. Here are some trends we have spotted over the past few years:
As the migration to the cloud took a strong hold in the enterprise IT, the GSA’s deployment inside an enterprise data center and its lack of auto-scaling capabilities made it less flexible compared to other search solutions.
Other proprietary and open source search solutions continued to evolve their indexing and query APIs at a pace that made the GSA feel rigid.
Although the GSA’s search relevancy models were some of the best, the inability to feed substantially more data to help improve these models put a cap on what the GSA could provide in terms of search relevancy.
google  cloud  search 
2 days ago
HW Fast & Furious is coming. Here is the S15 Silvia. – theLamleyGroup
Here is my promise: I am going to show the cars. Hopefully preview a few like I am today.
Here is what I can’t promise: That I will get all the Fast & Furious references right.
This car is called the Mona Lisa. I know because I saw it in the comments on Instagram. I can’t even remember what movie it is from. I have seen the movies, and I really enjoyed them, but probably for reasons different than many. A good campy movie that consists of overbulged muscles, bad dialogue, and 60-mile airport runways is a great way to spend an evening. The cars are the bonus.
So I remember a lot of the cars from the later movies, but not from the earlier movies. But I do know that Mattel is VERY serious about this set, and there is some awesome stuff coming. If you have wished it, there is a very good chance you will see it in this line. And I plan on covering it if Mattel continues to let me.
They did let me take pics of the S15 Silvia. And it was pretty cool. Sadly I didn’t have the Forza Silvia at the time to take comparison pics, but that isn’t a huge deal. I am sure we will all be able to do that soon.
For now, enjoy.
cars  hot_wheels  f&f  collecting  nissan 
2 days ago
30 vintage advertisements that will make you squirm - History 101
We live in a world swarmed by advertisements. We see it on our Facebook pages, magazines, t-shirts, and even in the sky. No matter where we’re going, there’s always something trying to grab our attention, begging us to absorb, covet, buy, desire. Cultural shifts and popular opinion can render the once seemingly acceptable, completely unacceptable. These advertisements probably were considered benign when they were released, (we doubt any advertising exec wants to be blamed for bad publicity) but today, would cause a backlash of Kendall Jenner-Pepsi-collaboration magnitude. What will the future say of what we currently consider “acceptable”? Time will tell. Until then, let’s take a stroll through some ads that have been rendered a “guilty of cultural insensitivity” verdict.
advertising  sexism  racism 
2 days ago
Los Angeles Rams are best team in NFL at pressuring QBs
The Los Angeles Rams made several changes on defense this year, from revamping the secondary to parting ways with veterans like Connor Barwin, Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree. The returns have been mixed with Los Angeles ranking 10th in sacks and last in yards per carry allowed, but one thing remains the same: The Rams can pressure the quarterback.
Largely thanks to Aaron Donald, no team in the NFL pressures passers at a higher rate than Los Angeles. Chris Trapasso of the Buffalo News tracks pressure rate based on Pro Football Focus’ numbers and the Rams are No. 1 in the league at 41.6 percent – slightly ahead of the Eagles (41.1 percent) and Packers (38.1 percent).
football  rams  AD99 
2 days ago
Commanding the trolls
Thanks to a series of journalistic investigations, many of which have been carried out by Russian reporters, it is already well known that employees at the so-called “troll factory” in St. Petersburg receive instructions about which messages they should push in social media and online debates.
Examples of such instructions have now been published in written form in the new indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice, which charges a named employee at the “troll factory” with attempted meddling in the upcoming U.S. midterms elections.
The new documentation confirms and fleshes out the instruction system and the fact that the “troll factory” is still active. The evidence also showcases the “troll factory’s” activities as a strategic communications campaign with emphasis on target group awareness.
gov2.0  politics  russia  troll  election  social_media 
2 days ago
How The Wall Street Journal is preparing its journalists to detect deepfakes
“We have seen this rapid rise in deep learning technology and the question is: Is that going to keep going, or is it plateauing? What’s going to happen next?”
Artificial intelligence is fueling the next phase of misinformation. The new type of synthetic media known as deepfakes poses major challenges for newsrooms when it comes to verification. This content is indeed difficult to track: Can you tell which of the images below is a fake?
(Check the bottom of this story for the answer.)
We at The Wall Street Journal are taking this threat seriously and have launched an internal deepfakes task force led by the Ethics & Standards and the Research & Development teams. This group, the WSJ Media Forensics Committee, is comprised of video, photo, visuals, research, platform, and news editors who have been trained in deepfake detection. Beyond this core effort, we’re hosting training seminars with reporters, developing newsroom guides, and collaborating with academic institutions such as Cornell Tech to identify ways technology can be used to combat this problem.
“Raising awareness in the newsroom about the latest technology is critical,” said Christine Glancey, a deputy editor on the Ethics & Standards team who spearheaded the forensics committee. “We don’t know where future deepfakes might surface so we want all eyes watching out for disinformation.”
Here’s an overview for journalists of the insights we’ve gained and the practices we’re using around deepfakes.
news  factcheck  AI/ML  fake 
2 days ago
Terraforming 1Password | 1Password
A tweet i posted a few days a go generated quite a bit of interest from people running or managing their services, and I thought I would share some of the cool things we are working on.
This post will go into technical details and I apologize in advance if I explain things too quickly. I tried to make up for this by including some pretty pictures but most of them ended up being code snippets. 😊
1password  security  privacy  server  infrastructure 
2 days ago
The 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest - The Atlantic
National Geographic magazine’s annual photo contest is still open for entries for just a couple more days, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 15. The grand-prize winner this year will receive $5,000—all winners will be announced in December. The folks at National Geographic were once again kind enough to let me choose among the contest entries so far and share them here with you. Captions are written by the individual photographers and lightly edited for content.
nat_geo  nature  photography  contest 
2 days ago
Report: Charges against Assange relate to Russian hacking | Ars Technica
A government cut-and-paste error revealed Assange has apparently been charged.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has asked a federal court to unseal documents related to the federal government's pending prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The existence of that prosecution appears to have been accidentally revealed due to a cut-and-paste error in an unrelated sex crimes case. Now that its existence has been revealed, the Reporters Committee argues, there's no good reason to continue to withhold other details of the charges against Assange.
"Both the press and the public have a particularly powerful interest in access to sealed court records related to the government's prosecution of Assange," the rights group said in its filing.
Thursday's accidental revelation set off a flurry of subsequent reporting on the Assange prosecution. On Friday evening, The New York Times reported that the prosecution focuses on Assange's relationship with Russia.
wikileaks  gov2.0  politics  election  legal  russia 
2 days ago
Cut-and-paste error apparently reveals federal charges against Assange | Ars Technica
Filing in unrelated case mentions criminal charges against Wikileaks founder.
Federal prosecutors have accidentally revealed that criminal charges have been filed against "Assange"—an apparent reference to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The feds filed the revealing document back in August, but the slip-up wasn't noticed until it was flagged in a Thursday evening tweet.
The filing was in an unrelated sex crimes case in the Eastern District of Virginia. Federal prosecutors asked the court to seal its criminal complaint and arrest warrant against a man named  Seitu Sulayman Kokayi—for "coercion and enticement of a juvenile to engage in unlawful sexual activity"—to avoid tipping the suspect off. But in two places, the document refers to "Assange" instead of the actual defendant in the case.
wikileaks  gov2.0  politics  election  legal  russia 
2 days ago
Secret Charges Against Julian Assange Revealed Due to "Cut-Paste" Error
Has Wikileaks founder Julian Assange officially been charged with any unspecified criminal offense in the United States? — YES
United States prosecutors have accidentally revealed the existence of criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a recently unsealed court filing in an unrelated ongoing sex crime case in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Assistant US Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, who made this disclosure on August 22, urged the judge to keep the indictment [pdf] prepared against Assange sealed (secret) "due to the sophistication of the defendant, and the publicity surrounding the case."
Dwyer is assigned to the WikiLeaks case.
wikileaks  gov2.0  politics  election  legal  russia 
2 days ago
How I Use and Manage Apple Photos – The Sweet Setup
Problem: You have a camera phone in your pocket and, over time, you’ve accumulated a LOT of pictures. Like, a whole lot.
What now…?
A little while ago I asked folks on Twitter about how many photos they have in their iPhone Camera Roll. The answers shocked me! (Seriously! I was absolutely not expecting the answers I got.)
What would you guess was the average answer for how many photos people have in their iPhone camera roll?
Believe it or not, on average, people said they have 30,285 photos in their iPhone Camera Roll. What normal person with any sort of life has the time or energy to sort and organize 30,000 photos on their phone? Ain’t nobody got time for that.
That’s why I’ve gone all in with Apple Photos. And I’m going to tell you why…
iphone  photography  photos_app  howto  icloud  photo  library 
2 days ago
Stream Chris Cornell – Chris Cornell Box Set | New Music | Consequence of Sound
The encompassing box set was put together by Cornell's widow, Vicky, and his former band members and friends
Today marks the release of an eponymous career-spanning box set comprised of Chris Cornell’s unreleased recordings. Subscribers of Apple Music and Spotify can stream it below.
The set was curated by Cornell’s wife, Vicky, in collaboration with his former bandmates and friends. It packs 64 tracks that encompass his work with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, as well as his own solo work. To demonstrate the vastness of his catalog, the liner notes were written by a diverse array of Cornell’s collaborators, including Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron, Audioslave’s Tom Morello, Temple of the Dog’s Mike McCready, and producer Brendan O’Brien.
music  RIP  box_set  grunge  voice  SG 
2 days ago
Artful Sentences | Cool Tools
Samples of great writing, examined
Artful Sentences has increased my understanding as to how syntax creates and conveys meaning. Virginia Tufte guides the reader through more than a thousand sentences she’s culled from some of the best writing of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her commentaries highlight the (easily overlooked) contribution of syntax to the expressive success of a well-crafted sentence.
This book is unlike any other on writing I’ve seen. It is not about basic rules. It is not a standardized style guide to be used as a reference manual. Artful Sentences is divided up into 14 chapters; each chapter covers a different concept related to syntax. Tufte provides her analysis first and then follows with an example. Sometimes she quotes an entire paragraph to demonstrate the impact the chosen sentence has within its original context.
Don’t let dry chapter titles such as “Short Sentences,” “Noun Phrases,” “Prepositions,” etc., deter you; the content is highly academic and at times dense, but it’s a pleasurable read in proper doses. I prefer to explore Artful Sentences in short spurts. The sample sentences often catch my attention first and then I dig in to see what Tufte says about them. (You can also use the index to choose a favorite author and then search out his/her quotes.) I process what I’ve read and return to the book at a later time — opening it up to any one of its 14 chapters and starting again. Reading Tufte’s book gives me the immediate pleasure of saying, “Damn, that’s a good sentence!” often followed by, “Now how do I create one of my own?” The experience is similar to learning about visual art or playing music.
-- Scott Singer
11/16/18
books  language  grammar  writing  coo 
2 days ago
The Rhythm of Writing: Virginia Tufte's Artful Sentences
Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences really came together for me in the last chapter. I imagine the book has a little something for everyone—the basics of syntax at the start and some really cool advanced tips toward the end. The final chapter in particular had some amazing thoughts on rhythm, cohesion, syntactic symbolism, and stop consonants. I did my best to capture the best bits below.
Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte
The following are excerpts taken from Virginia Tufte’s Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style. Bold and italics and notes are mine. The rest is Virginia’s.
books  language  grammar  writing 
2 days ago
The Hot Wheels RLC Lamborghini Countach is ______________ – theLamleyGroup
You can insert the word, emoji, gif, whatever. But make it good, because this thing is stellar. The HW Design posted this yesterday...
It can’t be any better. Truly.
In case you missed it, Brendon Vetuskey, who designed this model for the RLC, talked about it in the preview he did with me at the Convention...
I don’t think it is a stretch to say this may be the RLC’s strongest year yet.
cars  hot_wheels  design  lamborghini  zamac  instagram  video 
2 days ago
Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks Game #18 Recap: Running Diary - Jewels From The Crown
THE SIXTY-FOUR WORD GAME RECAP
In his first NHL start, Cal Petersen stopped 34 shots, including two from Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the shootout, as the Los Angeles Kings snapped a three-game losing skid in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. After the overtime peried, Ilya Kovalchuk and Anze Kopitar scored on the Kings’ first two attempts against Corey Crawford and the victory was sealed.
QUOTES:
CAL PETERSEN: “Best feeling in the world. Obviously, the boys really battled hard for me. Just for it to end like that is really special. Probably the most fun hockey game of my life.”
hockey  kings  quotes 
2 days ago
Reliquary: Led Zeppelin [1969.03.19] Maida Vale Studio 4 [FM] FLAC + MP3
Led Zeppelin
Maida Vale Studio 4
London, England
Wednesday March 19th, 1969
FM Broadcast Recording
Encoded: FLAC + 320 Kbps MP3
http://www.rambleonzep.com/dates/1969-03-19.htm
http://www.ledzeppelin.com/show/march-19-1969
http://www.ledzepconcerts.com/concertdates/cd.php?id=lz19690319
http://www.ledzeppelin-reference.com/geekbaseweb/Setpage.aspx?Showid=78
Track List:
01. Alexis Korner Intro
02. What Is And What Should Never Be
03. I Can't Quit You
04. You Shook Me [cut]
05. Sunshine Woman
Radio broadcast taken, I believe from the acetate since the masters
had been destroyed. 'Anybody Got A Les Paul' contained more tracks
than this, but this is only the 'Maida Vale Studio' tracks from it. -Original
ledzep  music  bootlegs  bbc  60s  radio  download 
2 days ago
Dave Grohl Reveals Grunge Classic He'd Listen To 'When I Was Lonely' - AlternativeNation.net
The Ringer have up a new article on the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s Unplugged performance. In the piece, Dave Grohl praises a solo album by then Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan.
One of the musicians he respected most, the man he called his favorite performer, was Lead Belly. Cobain’s take on the early 20th-century folk singer’s version of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”—itself an adaptation of “In the Pines”—was the night’s last song. Cobain had played guitar and added background vocals on friend Mark Lanegan’s cover of the track, which appeared on the Screaming Trees frontman’s 1990 solo album The Winding Sheet.
music  lanegan  grunge  90s  blues 
2 days ago
Austin Blythe, Rob Havenstein lead NFL with 0 penalties in 672 snaps
The Los Angeles Rams haven’t missed a beat on offense this season after leading the league in points last year, and a big reason for that is the play of the offensive line. Andrew Whitworth has been a stud, Rodger Saffold is a road-grader at left guard and John Sullivan is instrumental in making calls at the line.
The right side of the line probably doesn’t get enough credit, though, with Austin Blythe and Rob Havenstein playing like Pro Bowlers. Blythe, in particular, gets somewhat overlooked at right guard after replacing former starter Jamon Brown during his suspension.
Both he and Havenstein have performed admirably this season and haven’t had as much as a false start all year. Nope, not a single penalty in 672 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. They lead the NFL in snaps played by a lineman without a penalty.
football  rams  statistics 
2 days ago
Players React to LeBron James Passing Wilt on All-Time Scoring List - Lakers Outsiders
LeBron James has had many accomplishments over the course of his 16-year career. On Wednesday, he added one more to the list, vaulting past Wilt Chamberlain to ascend into the top five of the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
In what was James’ best game as a Laker, the forward recorded 44 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks, surpassing Chamberlain on a fourth-quarter free throw as his team rolled past the Portland Trail Blazers en route to their fourth straight win.
James’ most recent accomplishment had social media buzzing with teammates (all of LeBron’s “lil bros”) and foes alike congratulating one of the all-time greats on yet another milestone:
basketball  lakers  lebron  record  twitter 
2 days ago
Stefania – NEWfaces
Who:
Stefania Ferrario, 173cm / 5’8″, Australian, born June 14th.
Why:
Cute and confident Australian lassie Stefania is kind of unique, with those cropped white blonde locks, hazel eyes, fluent French, and flirty appeal. A former competitive swimmer who got tired of spending 16 hours a week in the pool, clever Stefania began to develop a strong social media following at the age of 16, got signed by a local agency, and is now based in London with Models 1 – worlds away from her hometown of Canberra. And while her height and shape may challenge conventional model boundaries, fashion is certainly ready to take on this curvy conundrum. With Dita von Teese already a fan, Stefania’s body beautiful and incredible face give her a cross market appeal that should enable her to open doors to all kinds of different fashion opportunities. Could this curvilicious cutie be a game changer?
Where:
Models 1 (London); Bella Models (Australia – mother agent)
model  fashion  hair  australia 
2 days ago
7 stats that show Chiefs-Rams is a historically great matchup
Even with the debacle at Estadio Azteca and resulting relocation, anticipation for Chiefs-Rams has never been higher. The game will take place in Los Angeles on Monday night with all eyes on these two Super Bowl contenders.
This is a game many fans have been waiting for, even those outside the L.A. and K.C. markets. For good reason, too. There’s plenty of star power on both sides, playoff implications and an ongoing race for NFL MVP.
What’s not to get excited about?
This is a historic matchup for more reasons than one, and we’re here to prove that. Here are seven stats that show just how great this game will be, making history in multiple ways.
football  rams  comparo  statistics 
2 days ago
Comparing and contrasting Rams and Kansas City Chiefs high-powered offenses – Daily News
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Cover up the names on a side-by-side list of statistics, and it’s almost impossible to differentiate between the Rams’ offense and the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense.
The Chiefs have scored a few more points, while the Rams have totaled a few more yards. The Rams carry the ball into the end zone with great ease, while the Chiefs like to throw it. The Rams have run a few more plays, but the teams have averaged exactly the same yards per play (6.9) through nine games this season.
Las Vegas has set 63.5 points as the over/under spread for Monday’s game at the Coliseum, and the poor folks who carry the yardage markers on the sidelines better have some electrolytes ready.
This is a game between, by all objective standards, two of the three best offenses in the NFL – the New Orleans Saints certainly would like a word – and it’s being viewed by some as a possible Super Bowl preview.
Both teams enter the game with 9-1 records and with offenses that, even though they have different architects and philosophies, have produced shockingly similar results. Here’s a look at how the Rams and Chiefs resemble each other on offense, and some important differences...
football  rams  comparo 
2 days ago
Голод 33 року. Моторошний фільм про трагедію українсь... - YouTube
Liked on YouTube: Голод 33 року. Моторошний фільм про трагедію українсь... https://youtu.be/Gb3ep0jYdT4
IFTTT  youtube  like 
2 days ago
Голод 33 року. Моторошний фільм про трагедію українсь... - YouTube
24 Канал
Published on Nov 26, 2016
1933 року центральною та східною Україною прокотилася хвиля голоду, яку штучно спровокувала радянська влада.
Читати на сайті: http://24tv.ua/n753435
ukraine  history  30s  russia  holodomor  y  youtube 
2 days ago
Do White Women Vote for Republicans or Democrats? - The Atlantic
Some progressives are blaming a single demographic group for a string of losses in the midterm elections—but that distorts the actual results.
After Democrats gained a House majority, causing most of them to celebrate the biggest check on Donald Trump’s power since he was elected, a tiny faction in the progressive coalition reacted in anger and frustration, fixating on races that would have made the Democrats’ “wave” even bigger: Beto O’Rourke in Texas, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Stacey Abrams in Georgia.
In all of these Democratic defeats, there was an easily identifiable group that voted overwhelmingly against the progressive candidate: Republicans. But members of this progressive faction did not lash out at Republicans. They instead directed their ire at another group, defined by race and sex. They lashed out at white women.
women  election  voting  politics  gov2.0  Dems 
3 days ago
Everything Jenny Seagrove: Jenny Seagrove in A Woman of Substance (part 2)
The second section of the three part TV miniseries A Woman of Substance is fantastic fun. Jenny Seagrove again portrays the driven Emma Harte and shows how the formerly poor girl built a business empire from the ground up. Of course, lovely as she is, she has many male suitors ready to marry her on a moment's notice. This section also begins to display some of the more disturbing aspects about the character of Emma Harte, such as her blinding greed and her willful emotional neglect of her children. Jenny Seagrove handles her role here perfectly, looking absolutely lovely and giving her character the needed emotional depth.
tv  uk  80s  women 
3 days ago
Everything Jenny Seagrove: Jenny Seagrove in A Woman of Substance (part 1)
A Woman of Substance is one of the best television miniseries of all time and this is due in no small part to the principal actress, Jenny Seagrove. She had only been acting on screen for two years but in 1984, Jenny Seagrove was more than ready to carry this project. She not only looked stunningly beautiful, she was able to convey a range of emotions. Jenny Seagrove's charm, lovely demeanor, unique voice and acting skills all came together into an excellent whole. Couple this with an excellent support cast and fine cinematography and you have great miniseries.
tv  uk  80s  women 
3 days ago
RAF 100: Carol Vorderman, 57, steals limelight in full uniform as she marks centenary | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV | Express.co.uk
RAF turns 100 today and to mark the Royal Air Force’s centenary, Carol Vorderman was on hand to celebrate with the likes of Prime Minister Theresa May, Princes William and Harry as well as Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
The Countdown legend donned her full uniform to mark 100 years since the Royal Air Force started, which was being marked with a day of events in London.
The 57-year-old Air Cadet ambassador was pictured as she arrived at a service at Westminster Abbey alongside prominent members of the royal family.
Wearing her blonde tresses tied up, Carol Vorderman beamed as she chatted to a companion ahead of the service.
Sporting a navy hat, the presenter stood out from the crowd in a shirt, tie and matching jacket and skirt.
military  uk  uniform  celebrity  anniversary  royal  actress 
3 days ago
Instagram Post by oldroyalnavalcollege - Deskgram
1961- a group of WRNS Officer Cadets is shown around the Painted Hall in Greenwich at what is now the Old Royal Naval College.
This year is the centenary of the foundation of the Women's Royal Naval service or "Wrens". In 1918 the first pioneering group of women joined the Royal Naval College as cooks, motor drivers and telephonists, releasing men for sea service. Entering a predominantly male environment, they won the respect of their colleagues despite initial scepticism. As the roles open to women expanded over the years, many of the Wrens who trained at Greenwich went on to play a vital part in the Second World War and beyond.
WRNS Untold Stories: The Women's Royal Naval Service at Greenwich is our new exhibition, exploring the lives and experiences of the women who served and trained at Greenwich.
60s  wrens  navy  uniform  instagram  uk 
3 days ago
WRNS [Women's Royal Naval Service] - YouTube
AWM Collection
Published on Jun 7, 2017
The story of a woman of the Women's Royal Naval Service who after completing two months at the Royal Naval College Greenwich is posted to a Naval Air station. She describes her duties as a teleprinter operator and the living quarters and facillities at the Naval Air Station. Included in her narrative is a brief survey of the variety of duties women undertake in the WRNS. Shown are women parachute packers, despatch riders, telephonists and wireless operators. The film ends with her receiving the message on the teleprinter of the sighting of an enemy battleship, conduct of the battle in the operations room and the enemy ships sinking.
navy  wrens  uk  women  uniform  youtube 
3 days ago
Rams QB Jared Goff gives behind-the-scenes look at usual practice day
Most of what fans see from NFL players happens on Sundays. Sure, there are some behind-the-scenes looks on social media, but game days are when players are at the forefront. What fans don’t see is the grind they go through during the week preparing for each game.
The Los Angeles Rams shared a video this week giving everyone a look at a typical day in the life of Jared Goff. It shows him heading to the team facility before the crack of dawn, heading home with the sun already down and going through a practice.
football  rams  goff  twitter 
3 days ago
LA Rams’ offense shines in Week 10 thanks to Halle Berry - Turf Show Times
Yup.
Yes, the Los Angeles Rams used an audible call of “Halle Berry” on Sunday which quickly caught the attention of the star of B*A*P*S...
Rams QB Jared Goff responded in kind...
football  rams  goff  actress  celebrity  twitter 
3 days ago
Jared Goff ecstatic Halle Berry heard him use her name as audible call
Jared Goff is quickly learning the perks that come with playing in Los Angeles.
As one of the new stars of L.A., Goff has been getting a lot of attention. He and Sean McVay have embraced it with some of the best audible calls in the league, which came to the forefront last season with “Ric Flair” and “Obama.” On Sunday against the Seahawks, Goff yelled out another celebrity’s name.
“Halle Berry. Halle Berry. Halle Berry. Turbo, set!”
The actress caught wind of Goff’s audible call and responded on Twitter.
football  rams  goff  actress  celebrity  twitter 
3 days ago
LeBron James Explains Lakers' Wearing "Enough." Shirts: "It's Kind of Scary" - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers eked past the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday to reach a winning record for the first time since 2016. But the biggest story of the night was both teams coming together to voice their concerns over gun control.
Following the Clippers and Bucks before them, the Lakers and Hawks took the court for pre-game warmups wearing T-Shirts with the word “Enough.” on the front and the names of the 12 victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting on the back. A moment of silence was taken prior to tip-off.
basketball  lakers  protest  racism  guns 
3 days ago
NBA commissioner Adam Silver supports players wearing 'Enough' T-shirts, speaking out
LOS ANGELES -- With NBA commissioner Adam Silver in the stands and supporting the cause, the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks honored the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting by wearing black T-shirts with the message "Enough" on the front.
The Lakers and Hawks followed what the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks did on Saturday when players from both teams first wore the T-shirts.
"As I've always said, our players aren't just ballplayers, they're citizens," Silver told ESPN after watching the Lakers beat the Hawks 107-106 on Sunday. "They have strong feelings about what's happening in society and they react to them. I think this was something that was a groundswell within the league. It came from the players and it spread by word of mouth from one team to another.
basketball  lakers  protest  racism  guns 
3 days ago
Luke Walton, LeBron James explain importance of wearing ‘Enough’ t-shirts in honor of Thousand Oaks shooting victims - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers used their platform to remember the victims of the tragic Thousand Oaks shooting, and to raise awareness on the gun problem they see in the United States.
In honor of the 12 people that lost their lives in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers wore shirts with the words “ENOUGH” across their chest on Sunday at Staples Center. The back of the shirts had the names of the 12 victims.
Following the game on Sunday, head coach Luke Walton explained why he felt it was important for his team, and the opposing Atlanta Hawks, to wear the shirts in response to the senseless shooting that took place over the weekend.
basketball  lakers  protest  racism  guns 
3 days ago
Lakers Wear 'Enough.' Shirts in Response to Thousand Oaks Shooting - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers are the latest team to acknowledge the mass shooting that took place in Thousand Oaks on November 7th. Prior to their matchup with the Atlanta Hawks, both teams sported shirts that said “Enough.” on the front while listing the name of the victims on the back.
The two teams join the Clippers and Bucks who started the trend for the league when they first wore the warm-up shirts before their contest on Saturday. However, the Los Angeles Kings were the first team to do something in response to the shooting. Prior to their game against the Minnesota Wild, the Kings held a moment of silence for the victims while holding up signs on the bench that relayed the message of “Enough.”
When news of the tragedy broke, the organization, as well as its players, went to Twitter to offer their condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
basketball  lakers  protest  racism  guns 
3 days ago
First Ever Ranked-Choice Vote Flips Seat to Dems - WhoWhatWhy
Democrats netted their 36th House gain on Thursday as Democratic challenger Jared Golden unseated Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District.
Golden pulled ahead thanks to Maine’s ranked-choice system of voting. Under the system, voters rank their preferred candidates under their top choice. If neither major party candidate secures the necessary 50 percent threshold for a victory, ballots cast for third-party candidates are reallocated to their second choice.
On election night, Poliquin (R) led Golden (D) by a 46.4–45.5 percent margin. Under Maine law, since Poliquin failed to reach 50 percent, ballots for independent candidates Tiffany Bond and William Hoar were reallocated to one of the two major party candidates selected by those voters as their second choice.
Dems  congress  voting  election  gov2.0  politics 
3 days ago
The Next Track: Episode #131 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks
Musician and journalist Jeff Slate wrote the liner notes for the latest Bob Dylan Bootleg Series release, More Blood, More Tracks, covering the Blood on the Tracks sessions.
Guest:
Jeff Slate
Jeff Slate's articles about music
Show notes:
More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 Deluxe Edition
When Bob Dylan Saw God (Esquire)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Deluxe Edition
A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan’s First Day with “Tangled Up in Blue” (New Yorker)
Mondo Scripto
Blind Willie McTell (Apple Music)
Our next tracks:
More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 Deluxe Edition
Billy F. Gibbons: The Big Bad Blues
music  dylan  next_track  podcast  interview 
3 days ago
The Next Track: Episode #130 - Desert Island Discs, Part 1
Doug and Kirk have made lists of their ten desert island discs, and, in part one of a two-part series, we hear Kirk's picks.
Show notes:
Kirk's ten desert island discs:
Hume: Musicall Humours, Jordi Savall
Bach: Goldberg Variations, Andras Schiff
Schubert: Piano Sonata no. 21, D960, Maria Joao Pires
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
Grateful Dead: American Beauty
Budd/Eno: Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror
Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (1978 ECM recording)
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
Durutti Column: LC
Feldman: Piano and String Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Aki Takahashi
music  podcast  next_track  top_ten 
3 days ago
Jared Goff is 4th Rams QB ever with consecutive 3,000-yard seasons
Jared Goff’s NFL career got off to a shaky start, and that’s putting it lightly. He went 0-7, was sacked 26 times and had just five touchdowns to seven interceptions. People were (wrongly) labeling him a bust after only seven games, but he’s proved every doubter wrong the past two seasons.
He was a Pro Bowler in 2017 and is well on his way to earning another selection this season with 22 touchdown passes and six interceptions, averaging 9.4 yards per attempt. He also has the second-most yards in the league (3,134), his second straight season with at least 3,000 yards passing.
With that, he became only the fourth Rams quarterback ever to reach 3,000 yards in at least two consecutive seasons. The others? Jim Everett from 1988-92, Kurt Warner from 1999-2001 and Marc Bulger in 2003-04. That’s it.
Reaching 3,000 yards passing nowadays is far different than it was 20 years ago, but let’s not sell Goff short. He’s had back-to-back fantastic seasons for a total of 50 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a passer rating of 105.6. Not many quarterbacks can match those numbers.
It’s obviously still early, but Goff has been nothing short of fantastic in L.A.
football  rams  goff  statistics  kurt_warner 
3 days ago
Oxford’s Word of the Year: Toxic
It’s official: 2018 is toxic.
Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “toxic” as its international word of the year.
Oxford University Press monitors changes in the English language and each year selects a word that catches the annual mood.
Oxford’s lexicographers said it’s “the sheer scope of its applications that has made it the standout choice.”
Traditionally defined as “poisonous,” Oxford said people are also using the word to describe relationships, workplaces, politics and habits.
“Toxic” beat out “gas-lighting,” defined as ”manipulating someone by psychological means into accepting a false depiction of reality or doubting their own sanity,” and “orbiting,” which means ”the action of abruptly withdrawing from direct communication with someone while still monitoring, and sometimes responding to, their activity on social media.”
Last year’s top choice was “youthquake,” recognizing the power of the millennial generation. In 2016, it was “post-truth,” defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotional and personal belief.”
language  dictionary  2010s 
3 days ago
“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth | Ars Technica
Passing comets and eclipses may have stoked fears of pending apocalypse.
In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a cataclysmic series of events leading to the death of Odin and his fellow Asgardian gods and, ultimately, to the end of the world. Some iconographic details of this mythical apocalypse that emerged around 1000 AD may have been influenced by astronomical events—notably comets and total eclipses.
This is not to say that the myth of Ragnarök originated with such events; rather, they reinforced mythologies that already existed in the popular imagination. That's the central thesis of Johnni Langer, a historian specializing in Old Norse mythology and literature at the Federal University of Paraíba in Brazil. He has outlined his argument in detail in a recent paper (translated from the original Portuguese) in the journal Archeoastronomy and Ancient Technologies.
Langer's analysis is based on the relatively young field of archeoastronomy: the cultural study of myths, oral narratives, iconographic sources, and other forms of ancient beliefs, with the aim of identifying possible connections with historical observations in astronomy. Both total eclipses and the passage of large comets were theoretically visible in medieval Scandinavia, and there are corresponding direct records of such events in Anglo-Saxon and German chronicles from around the same time period. These could have had a cultural influence on evolving Norse mythology, including the concept of Ragnarök.
It's admittedly a bit speculative. But Langer has identified several comets and eclipses in the eighth and ninth centuries that he believes may have fanned the flames of apocalyptic fears in the populace, culminating in an explosion of literary and visual references to Ragnarök in the 10th century.
astronomy  history  myth  europe  superheroes  avengers 
3 days ago
Rookie class was stellar, but Ronald Acuna Jr. may shine brightest in long run
5. Walker Buehler
We saw in the postseason that this kid has as good stuff as any starter in the majors, with an upper-90s fastball and six-pitch repertoire. How are you supposed to hit him? Well, batters really didn't hit him all that much. Among pitchers with at least 100 innings, he had the fourth-lowest OPS allowed, behind only Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale and Blake Snell. The Dodgers re-signed Clayton Kershaw, but if Buehler can remain healthy, he's the new staff ace.
baseball  dodgers  buehler  award 
3 days ago
Walker Buehler finishes third in NL Rookie of the Year voting - True Blue LA
The Dodgers bid to have three straight National League Rookie of the Year award winners fell short Monday, as it was announced Walker Buehler finished third in the vote. The award, voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, went to Braves’ outfielder Ronald Acuña.
Buehler received one first-place vote, one second and 20 third to finish behind Acuña and Nationals’ outfielder Juan Soto. 27 of the 30 votes for first place went to Acuña, while Soto received 26 of the 30 for second.
In 23 starts for the Dodgers this year, Buehler was 8-4 with a 2.31 ERA. The right-hander struck out 151 in 137 1⁄3 innings and had the second lowest WHIP (0.961) ever by a rookie starter, behind Dick Hughes (0.954) in 1967.
baseball  dodgers  buehler  award 
3 days ago
My WRNS story | An unknown journey
Major, life-changing decisions can be made following seemingly minor incidences in our lives, (click on any photo to enlarge it, back arrow to return to this page)
It started with another newspaper photo….
In February 1967 I was again off sick from my work as telephonist at a big hotel in Bristol, with tonsillitis. This time my GP told me to stay off work, resting my throat for two weeks. So a week later, feeling fine, not a bad day weather-wise, my friend Sue (Townsend?) asked if I would go into Bristol with her. Photo above. Sue has the checked collar.
She was back home, in her smart new Wrens uniform, on her first short leave from the HMS Dauntless, the Women’s Royal Naval Service’s training base. We went shopping in the city, but first Sue had some papers to drop off at the recruiting office in the centre of town. While we were there talking to the recruiting wren officer, a male commander came in, “Great shot, recruiting officer, new recruit in uniform and her friend asking about joining too!” he exclaimed.
I assured him I had no intention of joining anything requiring a uniform – thank-you very much!
But he came back with his camera and told me it would just be for a photo in the ‘Navy News’. So I agreed. He asked my name and we left for our shopping trip.
Imagine my horror to see the photo, and my caption, “Miss Cathy Higgins, interested in joining the wrens too”, on the front page of the Bristol Evening Post a couple of days later! Must have been a slow week.
military  uniform  uk  wrens  60s  navy 
4 days ago
Rams vs. Seahawks: Studs and duds from L.A.’s Week 10 win
Studs
Aaron Donald
The Rams came into this game 14-0 in the past two seasons when Donald has a sack. That streak continued on Sunday with 2.5 more sacks and another win as the Seahawks had no answer for the All-Pro defensive tackle. He had three tackles for loss and five quarterback hits, constantly finding himself around Russell Wilson.
Donald now has 12.5 sacks on the year, which leads the NFL. He also set a single-season record by a Rams defensive tackle and posted a new career-high. He’s the front-runner for Defensive Player of the Year.
Jared Goff
Goff was excellent on Sunday against the Seahawks. He was 28-for-39 with 318 yards and two touchdowns, committing zero turnovers on the day. He made a couple of especially great throws to Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks, which the receivers made great plays on. He also scrambled when necessary and escaped a couple of potential sacks by leaving the pocket. Overall, it was a phenomenal game from the 2017 Pro Bowler, who seems to be well on his way to another selection.
Todd Gurley
Gurley was gashing the Seahawks defense left and right on the ground, ripping off big run after big run. His longest was just 17 yards, but he racked up 120 yards on only 16 carries, which goes to show how consistently he gained 5-plus yards. He also scored his 17th touchdown of the season and extended his scoring streak to 13 games, mixing in 40 yards on three receptions. He was a big reason for the Rams’ win on Sunday, hardly ever coming off the field, if at all.
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