This is the best impression of an English speaking human I’ve ever seen.
a video editor friend of mine just IM’d me “I feel like i get paid to have losing arguments”
“Look, the city is extremely vulnerable to damaging storm surges just for its geography, and climate change is increasing that risk,” said Ben Strauss, director of the sea level rise program at the research group Climate Central in Princeton, N.J. “Three of the top 10 highest floods at the Battery since 1900 happened in the last two and a half years. If that’s not a wake-up call to take this seriously, I don’t know what is.”
With an almost eerie foreshadowing, the dangers laid out by scientists as they tried to press public officials for change in recent years describes what happened this week: Subway tunnels filled with water, just as they warned. Tens of thousands of people in Manhattan lost power. The city shut down.”
The motto for our generation should be “Nobody Could Have Ever Predicted”. Over and over again, we get hit with easily predictable disasters and we refuse to admit we had any advance warning.
Here’s a voter guide for California. Prop 34 repeals the death penalty. Prop 30 funds schools and services so California doesn’t fall apart into an apocalyptic wasteland. Fun stuff!
Text VOTECA to 30644 to get this guide on your phone.
[insane pictures via Neil]
“More than 2,000 prisoners have died in or en route to Russian prisons in just the last six months, according to Russia’s prosecutor general. And the young women’s lawyers, who do not expect an Oct. 1 appeal of their August sentence for hooliganism to be successful, have received threatening messages from prison employees.”
My favorite kickstarter project of all time, Jess Nevin’s Encyclopedia of Golden Age Superheroes, is starting to take form. Nevins just posted a list of pulp characters and I think it’s ridiculously enteraining. Here’s a sample entry:
Ace of the Newsreels. Ace Williams, “crack cameraman,” and his sexy female reporter sidekick Foggy (a.k.a. Jessica Frances Gibbons), the “Queen of Hearts,” cover the Hopeville-Circleville-Capital City beat. They also fight crime: Yellow Perils (Ling Ti), foreign spies who steal atomic secrets, thieves who use technologically-advanced armored cars, and a hidden city in the Grand Canyon.
First Appearance: Crown Comics #4 (McCombs), Winter 1945. 6 appearances, 1945-1947. Created by Matt Baker and ?
via Corey Robin:
“Though the final contract has not yet been hammered out, here are just some of the things the Chicago Teachers Union have won with their seven-day strike pdf:
• Almost 600 new art, music, and gym teachers
• Guaranteed textbooks in the first day of class
• $1.5 million for new special education teachers
• $.5 million for reductions in class size
• More than twice as much money for classroom supplies
• No question: they’re hurting the kids.”
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky [Dir: Lam Nai-choi]
“One in five Americans (22 percent) admit that they’ve pretended to know what the cloud is or how it works. Some of the false claims take place during work hours, with one third of these respondents faking an understanding of the cloud in the office and another 14 percent doing so during a job interview. Interestingly, an additional 17 percent have pretended to know what the cloud was during a first date.”
I love this article. I love how it doesn’t actually explain what cloud computing is. I hope it becomes the top search result for “what is the cloud?” [via kevcops]
WORST PHONE CALL EVER PODCAST
Hosted by Jason Whetzell
With Special Guest James Atkinson
I am afraid to listen to this.