“Every programming language has some kind of way of doing numbers and math. Don’t worry, programmers lie frequently abotu being math geniuses when they really aren’t. If they were math geniuses, they would be doing math, not writing ads and social network games to steal people’s money.”—Introduction to Chapter 3 of Zed Shaw’s new project, Learn Python the Hard Way. (via hn)
“Hank Aaron, a baseball player, is sometimes also considered to have an Erdős–Bacon number of 3, as he and Erdős both autographed the same baseball (for which he is jokingly referred to as having Erdős number of 1), and he also appeared in Summer Catch with Susan Gardner, who was in In The Cut with Bacon.”—
“The passage of SB 1070 in Arizona is a catastrophe for community policing, with repercussions that will be felt by law enforcement officials across the country. The actions of the state legislature and Gov. Brewer are an unfunded mandate to Arizona police and are clearly rooted in concerns over politics, not public safety. No police officer should have to put arresting an undocumented immigrant over catching a violent criminal to avoid a lawsuit, and no victim or witness of a crime should be afraid to report it because he or she will be deported if he or she speaks to police.”—Arturo Venegas, Jr., former chief of the Sacramento Police Department (via ericmortensen)
I have a lot of feelings, and so many of them are about the show Glee! And I thank the incredible sex-wizards over at The Awl for honoring and sanctifying that. The funny part about the whole post is, I don’t even own a tv! I have to wander around Brooklyn begging friends to let me force them to watch my stories. It’s also funny because of all the jokes I put in it. So please read it!
Now, we can have a (very long and involved) talk about “Is there every a funny joke about rape?,” but the short answer, in my opinion is, yes, it is possible, and no, this was not an example of one at all. This plot point was unnecessary and slapdash and just gross, gross, gross: rape as the last vestige of the lazy comedy writer. The exact same end (setting up a blackmail scenario) could have been set up with consensual sex. Also, Earth to Fox: NO ONE WANTS TO SEE JANE LYNCH RAPE A PRINCIPAL! I won’t even get started on the whole, “If the sexes was reversed, there is no way they would have this sub-plot,” because DUH. No freaking way would this be on a VERY POPULAR, FAMILY FRIENDLY program on FOX if it was about a man drugging and raping a woman. HAHA, so funny I forgot to stop giving up on humanity. I’m assuming next week they are going to be like, “O Sue didn’t rape him; she just drugged him, undressed him and blackmailed him. So its okay! JAZZ HANDS!” Look: I, like the rest of America, creamed my jeans for the Vogue video, okay? We all did. But if they don’t correct this soon, count me BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARF.
MEMO TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO KEEP TELLING ME TO WATCH GLEE: I will watch it if you can convince Videogum to hire Halle Kiefer to write the recaps. Get to it! I’m a quality viewer and I think my loyalty is worth it. And I finally quit watching Gossip Girl three weeks ago, so there’s a hole the schedule!
In honor of Yuri’s Night, it’s time to revisit one of my favorite conspiracy theories: that Gagarin was merely the first man to survive a trip into space, and that the Russian government erased all evidence of several previous, failed attempts.
“I even say DHH enter the fray, which is absurd hypocrisy, given that the first time I ever saw this guy, he was putting a giant “Fuck You” slide on a screen and explaining how he wasn’t going to add features to Rails that he didn’t agree with, because it was his framework, and he didn’t believe that anybody who disagreed with him on that merited any other response but “fuck you”. What kind of response does he think he merits from Apple? It’s Apple’s platform, and they’re going to do what they want with it. By his own logic, I think we know what response we could expect, if DHH were at a level that even merited a response from Apple in the first place.”—
The whole iPhone/iPad development snafu is more complex than this (as giles admits), but this point is fundamental.
The App store was successful for reasons having to do with the economics of software development. If Apple has pushed the limits of control too far, then the platform will likely stagnate, for the same reasons.
The App Store is an incredibly clear example of what Lessig was talking about when he describe code as architecture — but only to a point. The iPhone is not necessarily eternal.
“With the Clone Wars cartoon in its second season, and the fan-favored Mandalorians making a debut, it’s important to understand that there are multiple levels of continuity - and its delineations are more codified than you might have thought. You might imagine of them as levels of reality, which become more pure as they ascend: C-canon refers to the Expanded Universe, where books and most games dwell. It occupies a more debased sphere than T-canon, to which the television iterations belong - which means that on points of contention, the C-canon version of events (which many people engage deeply with) winks out of existence.”—Penny Arcade kills it today.