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Watching Rocky II with Muhammad Ali | Interviews | Roger Ebert
"For the black man to come out superior," Ali said, "would be against America's teachings. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky."
film  boxing  sports  racism  usa 
6 hours ago
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Proving a negative is famously difficult. My (biased) take: if you tried and failed to find any records or info, it…
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2 days ago
Man realises he is gentrification
“I looked down at my pale, bourgeois hands, uncalloused by honest work, and in that moment I knew the truth. I am the enemy within, the bringer of blandness, the reason our cleaner has to live 50 miles away.”
london  class  funny 
2 days ago
Sensitive Northern student finds spiritual home in foppish South
“I can’t believe this pair of glasses hasn’t been stamped on for almost a week. This is where I was meant to be.”

Housemate Eleanor Shaw said: “Omigod I love Stephen, he’s so gritty and Northern.”
funny  uk  university 
2 days ago
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NEW RULE: all knife switches must henceforth come with signs reading "ZAP."
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2 days ago
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RT : When someone tries to hack one of my followers. Don't worry, I got you. Ur in the squad now. 😼
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2 days ago
There's a Hole in My Bucket - Wikipedia
TIL the song "There's a Hole in my Bucket" may descend from a German folk song first published in around 1700:
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2 days ago
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RT : TIL all about rate limiting with a leaky bucket (& GCRA) & drew another inspired-by- picture.
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2 days ago
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RT : I made the Trump/Romney photo black and white, and it looks like a Twilight Zone episode where a guy just made a fo…
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3 days ago
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RT : No matter how goth you think you are, you aren't Charlotte "I repaired my mourning shoes with the hair of my dead s…
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3 days ago
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RT : "The Backfire Effect"
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3 days ago
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RT : PhD students: An opportunity to participate in a brief online study on work-life balance and well-being:…
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3 days ago
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RT : Oh look! I found a ladder for empathic & virtuous communication on social media.
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3 days ago
Jegertroppen: Norway’s All-Female Special Forces Unit – NATO Association of Canada
"Afghanistan revealed the operational limitations of not having highly trained female soldiers on the front lines."
norway  specialforces  afghanistan  war  military  women 
4 days ago
7 Patterns to Refactor Fat ActiveRecord Models - Code Climate Blog
- Extract Value Objects (eg Date, PathName, URI)
- Extract Service Objects (eg UserAuthenticator - either logic that has multiple implementations, or which touches several model objects)
- Extract Form Objects (ActiveRecord subclasses which represent a form and whose persist! method updates the model(s) affected)
- Extract Query Objects (objects representing a complex or non-core SQL query)
- Introduce View Objects (Ask yourself, “If I was implementing an alternative interface to this application, like a voice-activated UI, would I need this?”)
- Extract Policy Objects (eg ActiveUserPolicy, Authorizer)
- Extract Decorators (eg FacebookCommentNotifier)
computers  programming  ruby  rails  softwarearchitecture 
4 days ago
Diana Crețu's answer to What are some famous English jokes? - Quora
Sir and his lady are bumping uglies. John is standing by the bed, holding a candle.
Sir: “Dear, are you enjoying yourself?”
Lady: “I’m afraid not.”
Ten minutes later:
Sir: “How about now, my love?”
Lady: “Can’t say I am.”
Sir: “John, let’s switch places.”
John: “As you wish, Sir.”
Ten more minutes later, Lady is visibly satisfied.
Sir: “And that, John, is how you hold the candle.”
jokes  sex  class 
5 days ago
Laeeth Isharc's answer to Why is Python so popular despite being so slow? - Quora
Interesting meditation on performance trends in hardware. In particular, the assumption that I/O is much slower than computation may soon no longer be true!
computers  python  programming 
5 days ago
How deadly is new Russian Uran-9 drone tank? - Quora
Very, because they'll actually use it in combat (unlike the Americans, who have killbots but don't use them).
robots  war  military  russia  lifeimitatessf 
5 days ago
Twitter
RT : Popularity of Baggy still strong. Sheldon insists his toy elephant shares Baggy
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6 days ago
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This is basically my life, for all possible weathers.
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6 days ago
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RT : This piece by is hilarious!
Well done!
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6 days ago
Postdoctoral Scientist : Cambridge, United Kingdom : Naturejobs
RT : postdoc position for computational modelling in brain science using machine learning techniques in cambridge, UK...
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6 days ago
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RT : Also this re Czech '68 "normalization" playbook via
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6 days ago
Bleeding Heartland
RT : Also this re Czech '68 "normalization" playbook via
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6 days ago
Did Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have instructions of what to do if they couldn't take off from the Moon?
In all likelihood, these men--experienced test pilots--would have continued working the problem right up until the moment they died. That's what test pilots do.
space  history  nasa  suicide  moon 
6 days ago
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RT : Charge more! (n.b. A lot of the population of 8 figure bugs are software that wasn't written not software that wasn…
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6 days ago
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I have T-shirts that are nearly twenty years old and still in rotation. Not many technologies would survive this te…
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6 days ago
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An Apple fan discovers the benefits of open standards.
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6 days ago
Strange Horizons - One Giant Leap
RT @Alteralias: Someone make a film of this. One Giant Leap via @strangehorizons
fiction  sf  venus  diving 
6 days ago
Google Cloud is 50% cheaper than AWS – The HFT Guy
RT : Revisiting AWS vs. Google Cloud price comparison after recent price updates.
cloudcomputing  google  amazon  from twitter
9 days ago
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RT : My biggest frustration with libertarianism is the assumption that we can all just party like its 1888.
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10 days ago
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RT : TFW you voted Brexit but then get upset the consequences ruin your game of Football Manager
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10 days ago
The President and the bomb | Restricted Data
The entire point of the US command-and-control structure is that the President, and only the President, gets to decide whether nukes will be launched.
trump  nuclearweapons  politics  military  usa 
10 days ago
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RT : For , and : if you only learn one sign in BSL...
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10 days ago
TripleO Repo Management Tool — tripleo-specs 0.0.1.dev137 documentation
This is the kind of thing that happens when you split your code over multiple repos:
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10 days ago
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RT : Snow, ice and sunshine while out running in the Lake District.



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hagl  beattheelements  running  snow  from twitter
10 days ago
Jessica Livingston
How @jesslivingston shaped Y Combinator and was critical to its success:
women  sexism  startups  ycombinator  techindustry 
10 days ago
Twitter
RT : And they managed to break it within the first hour. Now they are beyond devastated.
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10 days ago
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RT : Sorry about the image, but this is too important to rewrite to fit in 140 characters:
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10 days ago
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RT : Here they break the cardinal rule: You're not supposed to *tell* them they're in a simulation
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10 days ago
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RT : 9pm: M25
3am: sleeping bag
8am: sunrise on hills
7pm: off the hills and onto M6
5am: duvet
9am: my desk

Totally wo…
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10 days ago
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RT : My kingdom for a pair of skis! Beautiful but exhausting in fell running shoes. Descending from Skiddaw en route for…
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10 days ago
Can an “enfranchisement lottery” solve the problem of political ignorance? - The Washington Post
Why not, then, randomly choose, from the list of registered voters, a national jury that would meet for a week or two before the election? The jurors would be sequestered and listen to presentations from and debates among the candidates and their policy teams. The jury might also hear from and question experts on major policy issues. The result would be voters informed to a level most us can only hope to achieve. We would need a fairly large jury — perhaps several thousand — to properly represent the nation’s diverse views and interests. Televising the proceedings would help ensure transparency. Since the jury was randomly chosen, its vote would very likely represent the outcome of an election in which we were all well-informed voters.
politics  votingsystems 
10 days ago
Democracy vs. Epistocracy - The Washington Post
If we refuse to tolerate ignorant medical practice or ignorant plumbing, we should take an equally dim view of ignorant voting.
politics  votingsystems 
10 days ago
the asymptote of utopia - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy describes a society that put scientists in charge, and hence approaches utopia asymptotically.
books  sf  science  politics  mars 
10 days ago
Cake as Work – Dan Barrett – Medium
RT : “Cake as Work” by is a conference keynote in waiting
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11 days ago
Jacques Pépin: How to Chop Garlic - Video - NYTimes.com
Crush slightly, remove skin, then either slice finely or crush then rock the knife back and forth.
cooking  food  video 
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