Tumblr iPhone App 2.0 Makes Managing Blogs Easier... →
Tumblr! Tumblr is out with version 2.0 of its iPhone app, and it has completely overhauled the interface, making it much easier to post from multiple blogs. Tumblr announced the update via its blog, stating that the app “has been recoded, rewired, and rethought from the ground up to offer you the very best of the Tumblr experience.” Changes include a new UI for checking out blogs you follow,...
Blue Mass Group | Scott Brown Votes to Kill Jobs... →
Scott Brown has so clearly been drinking Koch from a firehose that he needs to be relocated outside the beltway. Bring that poor man back home! Scott Brown along with all of his Republican buddies voted to play politics rather than fighting for jobs and voted to filibuster a re-authorization of long standing jobs bill, one that was created in 1965. A jobs bill that has benefited Republican and...
Jun. 30, 2011: The Writer's Almanac →
Thursday’s Poem: “On the 747” by Malena Morling, from Ocean Avenue. Thursday’s Literary Notes: On this day in 1860, a debate on the merits of the theory of evolution took place at Oxford University….
Mercury, Castor, Pollux line up after sunset June... →
Somewhere around 45 to 75 minutes after sunset, see if you can catch the planet Mercury lining up with the stars Castor and Pollux. They’ll be low in the sky, not much above the horizon, so…
...: STRIKE LOOMS AT VILLAGE VOICE →
Wow. These folks are on Tumblr! realvillagevoice: June 28, 2011: For immediate release The current three-year contract between Village Voice Media and UAW Local 2110, representing the workers of The Village Voice, expires midnight June 30. The membership has unanimously passed a strike authorization vote. Over the past three years, the
Refreshed MacBook Air line could land July 19th... →
Excelsior! Apple will refresh its MacBook Air line of computers on July 19th, iClarified reported on Wednesday. We began to suspect the update was imminent when early reports suggested that global supplies for the computer were in short supply in late May. Those reports were solidified earlier this week when stock of the MacBook Air at Best Buy and Amazon was depleted. The device is expected...
Bachmann clinic got $137,000 in Medicaid funds -... →
Mendacity, hypocrisy and gaffes. NBC News revealed Tuesday night that although GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has repeatedly denied benefiting from federal funding to her family’s farm or her husband’s clinic, the Bachmanns received $137,000 in Medicaid funds over the last five years to Marcus Bachmann’s “Christian family clinic,” along with $24,000...
The President Shames Republicans For Resisting... →
Thank you, Mr. President, that was more like it. President Obama ramped up the pressure on congressional Republicans to accept the principle of shared sacrifice and stop shielding “millionaires and billionaires” from paying their fair share of the cost of deficit reduction. While the President did not embrace the 1-to-1 ratio of spending cuts to tax increases on the wealthy,...
Rational Irrationality: Bachmann’s Bounce: The... →
The so bad it’s good theory. Many of us remember how laughable was Shrub’s candidacy in 2000 (and we were warned). We shouldn’t so facilely laugh off Bachmann. One of my college professors said that when we finally have a woman president, she won’t be one of us but one of them, them being, you know, like Maggie Thatcher, who held sway in the UK at the time. So crazy it just...
Just favorited “Solid Start Puts Bachmann In Front-Runner Territory” by NPR on Mixcloud.com
How to find the Zodiac in the night sky →
To find the constellations of the Zodiac in the night sky, you must more or less follow the path the sun takes during the day. That’s what today’s chart is doing. It shows which zodiacal…
Google+ Claims to Better Reflect Offline Social... →
There is a telling quote from Nathan Jurgenson at Cyborgology, over at the Society Pages. What is this brave new world of augmented reality? When Eric Schmidt was CEO of Google, I critiqued his statement that having multiple identities online shows “a lack of integrity.” Schmidt stepped down in April of this year and less than two months later Google announces Google+ (which is an umbrella...
Happy 4th Anniversary, iPhone [INFOGRAPHIC] →
On the one hand, it seems longer, on the other, not long at all. In four years, the iPhone has utterly transformed the mobile industry. One can debate how much Apple innovated versus refined when it comes to certain features (touchscreens and app stores existed before the iPhone), but when we look at the mobile industry, there is a very clear line between what happened before June 29, 2007,...
Tim Pawlenty Says Climate Change Not Man-Made |... →
Another Koch-addled GOP flip-flopper. Tim Pawlenty went full climate denier on Tuesday, embracing fringe claims that the vast international consensus on the issue is “bad science.” “So there is climate change, but the reality is the science of it indicates that most of it, if not all of it, is caused by natural causes,” Pawlenty told FOX News. “And as to the...
Mr. President, please listen to the overwhelming majority of the American people...– Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) Senate Floor speech, quoted in “A Debt-Ceiling Deal: $1 In Tax Hikes For Wealthy For Every $1 In Cuts” | OurFuture.org Every Democrat in the Congress should join Sanders in this common sense proposition. And every concerned citizen should respond to...
SNS Tattoos and the Augmented (Cyborg) Body →
Don’t get any ideas. This means you. You know who I mean. As one of @GreatDismal’s characters would say in the novel Spook Country (2007), “cyberspace is everting.” icancstructures: Click here to view the embedded video. There is a video floating around the internet of a woman getting 152 of her closest Facebook friends tattooed on her arm, creating a full sleeve…
Staying Human: Preparing to Sail to Gaza | Common... →
I heard Kathy Kelly speak a few years ago about being in Iraq as a nonviolent witness when it was invaded. She and a number of Americans who were staying with families in Baghdad went out to greet the bewildered peachfuzz Americans that poked their helmeted heads out of their tanks like little turtles, offering them water and dates. She is one of those people who is Gandhi in the world today. ...
Augmented Reality Tattoos and the New Cyborg Body →
I can’t believe I hadn’t reblogged this piece from Cyborgology, about someone who had his arm tattooed to interact with his Nintendo 3DS. (Do not try this at home. The tattoo will last longer than the technology.) icancstructures: Click here to view the embedded video. Greetings cyborgs, I came across this interesting video last week on BME Modblog. If you are unaware, the...
Nebraska Water Scientists Warn of Oil Pipeline's... →
“Imagine mixing a bucket of roofing tar into a child’s sandbox. Then boil some water, pour it into the sandbox, and try to wash the tar out of the sand.” Now imagine this gets into an aquifer. Can we afford the risk without further study? other-stuff: By Elizabeth McGowan at SolveClimate A single study by the U.S. Geological Survey in Minnesota is the sole source for what scientists...
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Reportedly, Paul Ryan (R-WI) is working on a new book, tentatively entitled The Austerity of Hope, to be published by the Koch Addict Press. Learn about the People’s Budget!
Jun. 28, 2011: The Writer's Almanac →
Tuesday’s Poem: “Bach and My Father” by Paul Zimmer, from Crossing to Sunlight Revisited. Tuesday’s Literary Notes: It’s the birthday of England’s Henry VIII, born in Greenwich in 1491. Of course,…
At mid-northern latitudes, latest sunsets of the... →
Photo from per.olesen’s photostream For people living around 40 degrees north latitude, the latest sunsets of the year happen around now. And in the southern hemisphere, at 40 degrees…
FAIR has the skinny on CBS’s web-only fact-checking of Bachmann’s misinformation. Remember, 67% of all statistics are made up on the spot.CBS Skips Bachmann FactcheckEmail to a friend | Printer friendly | BACHMANN: The Congressional Budget Office estimated Obamacare will cost economy 800,000 jobs, probably the—SCHIEFFER: Again, that is data that other people would...
The Happiness Project: “When You Are Content To Be... →
When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu via The Happiness Project: “When You Are Content To Be Simply Yourself…Everybody Will…
Earth passes between sun and Pluto on night of... →
This is the best time of year to glimpse the planet Pluto through a telescope. Pluto – the former planet – will come to opposition tomorrow – June 28 at 6:00 Universal Time (1:00 a.m….
Last word on Lion and application compatibility |... →
Here is the skinny as Mac OS X Lion prepares to drop. (I ran the Snow Leopard update this morning.) I love the fractured aphorism in the lede. by Christopher Breen, Macworld.com Jun 27, 2011 1:55 pm At the risk of beating a dead chestnut, I’ve received several inquiries regarding applications and their likely (or assured) compatibility with Lion. Rather than chew up precious email...
Arctic-crossing algae, whale show threat to... →
What now, climate deniers? By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO | Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:10am EDT (Reuters) - Tiny algae and a whale native to the Pacific have crossed a thawing Arctic Ocean in what may portend a marine invasion threatening Atlantic fish stocks, scientists said on Sunday. The Pacific algae, absent from the North Atlantic for 800,000 years according to fossil...
Sources: Argument between Prosser, Bradley becomes... →
Well I guess since there are no twitpics, this issue will go away. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument in her chambers earlier this month, according to three knowledgeable sources. But a different account of the incident emerged Saturday, and Prosser said the allegation “will be proven...
Flood berm bursts at Nebraska nuclear plant -... →
Remember, “we all live downstream.” By the CNN Wire StaffJune 26, 2011 10:36 p.m. EDT (CNN) — A water-filled berm protecting a nuclear power plant in Nebraska from rising floodwaters collapsed Sunday, according to a spokesman, who said the plant remains secure. Some sort of machinery came in contact with the berm, puncturing it and causing the berm to deflate, said Mike...
Jun. 26, 2011: The Writer's Almanac →
Sunday’s Poem: “The Immutable Laws” by Maxine Kumin, from Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-210. Sunday’s Literary Notes: It’s the birthday of Pearl S. Buck, born Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker…
Moon between Mars and Jupiter before dawn June 27 →
As seen from North America, the waning crescent moon will shine about midway between the planets Mars and Jupiter before dawn tomorrow (Monday, June 27). In Europe, Africa and Asia, the…
listening to "Chicago - Introduction" →
Chicago Transit Authority introduces itself to the world. “Please don’t wander off.”
listening to "The B-52 →
I prefer the “original unreleased mix.” It’s more 80s. I’m playing it to make the sun come out. ;-)