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Sunday, 20 January 2019

How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend

quote [ It was the very late 1990s when Hershfield stepped off the bus, dressed like a doctor who lived in Beverly Hills. At 43rd and Leimert, he found a crowd of teenagers surrounding a community arts center called the “kaos Network.” This had to be it: Spontaneous rap battles were breaking out, and dancers writhed on the sidewalk, seizure-like. At the entrance, a young man sized him up.

“Would you like to hear something?” Hershfield asked politely.

“Sure, what’s your name?” the man asked.

Hershfield looked at him.

“My name is Dr. Rapp.” ]

F. Scott Fitzgerald said that there were no second acts in American life - Dr. Rapp begs to differ.
[SFW] [music] [+8 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@7:44pmGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 24 September 2018

Linux developers threaten to pull "kill switch"

quote [ Most of the internet could be affected as some Linux devs threaten to rescind code in response to CoC controversy. ]

Seems to be related to the earlier post about Linus Torvalds. As someone who knows very little about Linux and its culture, I was hoping you folks could help me make sense of all this.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4]
[by Space_1889@2:13amGMT] [14 comments]

Friday, 14 September 2018

How Will Police Solve Murders on Mars?

quote [ If humans ever go to Mars, the worst of our impulses will accompany us there. The Red Planet will not rid us of murder, violence, and blackmail. There will be kidnapping, extortion, and burglary. Given time, we will even see bank heists.... Mars P.D. will have to deal with new blood-spatter patterns, different body decay rates, and space-suit sabotage—and they won’t be able to fire guns indoors. ]

C.S.I Mars - the series writes itself. Or maybe we can just remake the film Outland
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+2 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@3:13pmGMT] [10 comments]

Thursday, 13 September 2018

America’s Courts Can’t Ignore the World

quote [ The laws of other countries have a bearing on America’s own, writes Stephen Breyer—and the highest court in the land needs to take heed. ]

A very sensible discussion of why the United States needs to take into account the legal decisions in other countries. I wish folks were more rational when it comes to this issue.
[SFW] [politics] [+3 Underrated]
[by Space_1889@4:40amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster Is Still Unfolding

quote [ On December 3, 1984, 40 tons of a toxic gas spewed from the factory and scorched the throats, eyes, and lives of thousands of people outside these walls. It was—still is—the world’s deadliest industrial disaster.

In the decades since, many other sites of industrial waste—in New Jersey, Missouri, Ohio—have been cleaned up. But this 70-acre site in Bhopal has, apart from the riotous jungle basil, remained mostly unchanged. ... (though) people continue to think of Bhopal’s tragedy as one horrific night in 1984, the site still hosts hundreds of tons of contaminated waste. The Bhopal disaster is, in fact, still unfolding. ]

Despite the fact that I have taught about the history of this disaster, i did not know how bad things continue to be for the people of Bohpal today.
[SFW] [health] [+4 Informative]
[by Space_1889@11:40pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

"This Place Is Crazy" - Prisons and Mental Health

quote [ Our mental-health-care system is broken. Ten of every eleven psychiatric patients housed by the government are incarcerated. Here’s what this crisis looks like from the inside—a series of lost lives and a few rare victories—as reported by a prisoner-journalist. ]

I was familiar with the relationship between mental illness and prison, but this article gave me a fresh perspective since it was written by a convicted murderer still in prison. Well worth reading, I think.
[SFW] [health] [+3 Underrated]
[by Space_1889@11:45pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

quote [ The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the first one, and then leave the room. Whether she’s patient enough to double her payout is supposedly indicative of a willpower that will pay dividends down the line, at school and eventually at work. Passing the test is, to many, a promising signal of future success.

But a new study, published last week, has cast the whole concept into doubt. ]

Economics wins out over character again. Darn.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+6]
[by Space_1889@11:50pmGMT] [13 comments]

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Curse of an Open Floor Plan

quote [ For some American families, one kitchen is apparently not enough. What is wrong with having just one kitchen? Well, people cook in kitchens, and when they cook in kitchens, they make messes...

That is why one company, Schumacher Homes of Akron, Ohio, has a fresh new design on offer: a house with an open floor plan, with its kitchen, dining area, and living room all flowing into one another. But then, behind the first kitchen, lies another. A “messy” kitchen. There, the preparation for or remainders from a meal or party can be deposited for later cleanup, out-of-sight, out-of-mind. ]

I've always liked Mid-Century Modern houses, but this article made me reconsider my preferences.
[SFW] [people] [+5 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@6:39amGMT] [2 comments]

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

World’s First Total Penis and Scrotum Transplant Allows Patient to ‘Feel Whole Again’

quote [ A surgical team from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore performed a total penis and scrotum transplant, the first operation of its kind anywhere in the world. ]

One can only hope that this will lead to a sensible erection.
[SFW] [health] [+4 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@5:39amGMT] [16 comments]

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Christmas Bullet Was The Worst Plane Ever Made

quote [ It was the worst military aircraft of all time. Developed by a man described as “the greatest charlatan ever to see his name associated with an airplane,” the Christmas Bullet was the rare kind of fighter which had a perfect kill ratio: it killed everyone who ever tried to fly it.

The Christmas Bullet is a product of a bygone age when a lone madman could get rich convincing a New York senator, an established aerospace firm, and the U.S. military all at once that he could develop the greatest aircraft the world had ever seen. ]

Fascinating to see just how far back the military-industrial complex goes.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+4 WTF]
[by Space_1889@9:41pmGMT] [0 comments]

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