I got quite a treat yesterday afternoon when my email and Twitter filled up with people letting me know that I was mentioned in a Jeopardy! clue! (more…)
The Force of the Sun Ladies is an all-woman brigade of fighters who were formerly enslaved by ISIS during the occupation of Mosul. (more…)
Science fiction titan Nalo Hopkinson appears in this week's Geek Guide to the Galaxy podcast, talking about race, diversity, and sf. (more…)
This is found net.stuff, but my cursory research suggests it might come from Manama, Bahrain. That dude is s-m-o-o-t-h. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Writer/editor Scott Edelman is legendary in science fiction circles for organizing outings from conventions to spectacular, out-of-the-way restaurants where the food is cheap and mind-blowing (I've eaten some very memorable dim sum with him in Philly, for example). (more…)
A New York State Supreme Court judge has confirmed that Staten Island Borough President James Oddo can name three streets in a new property development with words that imply greediness and deceitfulness on the part of the developers. (more…)
Light used to just be one of two things: on or off. Simple as that. Either a flood of yellow or total darkness. Then the dimmer switch happened and you could adjust the brightness to meet your seductive needs and suddenly everyone looked a little better in the gentler light. And now your luminary universe has evolved for the third time into something completely new and awesome: Blue Pine Studio's 3D-Illusion Lighting Sculpture. For 36% off you can nab one of the sweetest light developments since the invention of candles and have the apartment that everyone will be talking about.
What looks like a flat black box is actually a platform for the three dimensional light display that looks simply mesmerizing. Once it’s turned on, the light contorts into incredible shapes like pure artwork that can be set in sixteen different colors and four different modes. Like its predecessor in light history, the dimmer, this too can dull down to set the mood for reading, dancing, drinking or snuggling. You can make all these color and light adjustments using a simple remote control so you never have to leave your couch again, which should be the goal of any awesome product. The LED light has a super long lifespan of over thirty thousand hours of use.
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A man who decided to shoot a bunch of puppies was himself shot by one of his intended victims. NBC News reports that Jerry Allen Bradford, 37, of Pensacola, Florida, sustained a gunshot to the wrist when "one of the dogs put its paw on the revolver’s trigger."
On Monday, Bradford was holding two puppies — one in his arms and another in his left hand — when the dog in his hand wiggled and put its paw on the trigger of the .38-caliber revolver. The gun then discharged, the sheriff’s report said. Deputies found three of the puppies in a shallow grave outside Bradford’s home, said sheriff’s Sgt. Ted Roy.
The other four appeared to be in good health and were taken by Escambia County Animal Control, which planned to make them available for adoption.
Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "Third year Harvard Law School student Kendra Albert did a very nice job on her powerful opinion piece in the Harvard Law Record, the student-run newspaper." (more…)
Projects will always need management. And now with the tech gold rush it feels like there are more projects than ever with fewer managers than there’s demand for. But it takes too much time and money to go back to school full time so luckily the Project Management Professional certification training course is now 96% off and will get you trained up in no time, on your own time. Take your career up to a whole new level with this feather in your cap and new bullet on your resume. These valuable skills will more than pay for themselves.
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When a prick on Twitter attacked Gamergate arch-nemesis Brianna Wu's game dev credentials, sneering that her latest game looked "like something that would've been shitcanned on the ps1," Wu proceeded to shred the fool with a masterclass in the technical capabilities of the PS1 and their relationship to Revolution 60, Wu's new game.
Looking for something to do this Valentine's Sunday? Nothing says I love you like silence. Cinefamily is screening Charlie Chaplin's City Lights, matched with a live performance of Lindsay Benner's amazing Book of Love!
If you haven't seen a film in the Cinefamily Silent Theater, Charlie Chaplin's City Lights is a pretty fantastic choice! Lindsay Benner's Book of Love is an exceptional, hilarious interpretation of your favorite 1950s instructional videos. Lindsay keeps the audience laughing, and charms their socks off, all without saying a word! Her daredevil juggling is also phenomenal.
Give the gift of silence this Valentine's Day!
3:30 pm, February 14th
611 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles
I can’t tell you how many times over the past five decades I needed a bookmark when none were around. Bookmarks are designed to reside most comfortably between the pages of a book, which makes them awkward to keep in your pocket, wallet, or purse, which is really where you want them when you suddenly need one.
This results in lots of corners being torn off magazines and newspapers to use in a pinch. But the bookmark you get from tearing off a corner is small and often slides either out of the book or down between the pages. And don’t mention folding the corner of the page over – don’t go there. Book publishers (that’s me) don’t like to hear that.
Of course, origami will solve your problem. Before you give up and think, “I can never get those damn paper folds right,” let me soothe your anxiety by explaining that making one of these cute and clever origami bookmarks is easy as pie and takes about a minute.
The Origami Resource Center online teaches oodles of methods for simple square origami bookmarks, or more decorative versions including pandas, penguins, peacocks, and Santas. From that website is a simple square fold that you can make even if you’ve never folded a piece of paper before. I’ve simplified it a bit more, making it (hopefully) even easier.
First, you need a piece of paper, exactly square – anywhere from 4 to 8 inches will do. And I’ll use a piece of origami paper in the photos so it’s easier for you to keep track of which side is which (commonly found origami paper is colored on one side and white on the other). Once you understand how to do the folding, be creative and use some other kind of pretty paper—even an interesting page from a magazine, when folded, can have great character.
Watch this video first, then read the steps below and try to follow them, pausing your second pass-through of the video step by step. You should get it after a few tries because it’s pretty simple. https://youtu.be/ovirYnkRGFI
Step 1: Put the square paper on the table in front of you with the white side upward. Note that it’s in, let’s say, the diamond orientation. Remember to crease each fold as you make it!
Step 2: Grasp the innermost corner and fold it over and onto the outermost corner to create a triangle, red side outward. Crease the bottom fold (okay, won’t say that after each fold).
Step 3: Grip the very tip of the upper layer of the outermost corner and fold it inward (so the white side shows), over and onto the bottom portion of the triangle. You’ll find that it’s pretty easy to make the tip perfectly even with the horizontal inner side of the red triangle. Step 4: Grasp the extreme right corner of the triangle and fold it diagonally to the left and upward until its tip meets the tip at the top. Crease.
Step 5: This is the one tricky little fold, the pebble on which you might stub your toe, so follow closely. A moment ago you folded the right corner over and onto the center portion. Now grasp the extreme tip (at the top) between your right thumb and first finger.
Step 6: Use your left thumb and first finger to grasp the horizontal crease on the white side just to the left of the center fold.
Step 7: Your right thumb and first finger begin to fold the tip they hold away from you. The main body of the paper is steadied by your left thumb and first finger, which also pull open the horizontal fold they’re holding.
Step 8: Continue to use your right first finger to push the tip downward into the pocket. Step 9: Note that your right thumb has moved onto the lower portion of the piece that your first finger is folding, and is now beside your left thumb.
Step 10: Once your right first finger has pushed the corner all the way downward and into the pocket, its tip should nestle perfectly against the tip of the inner end of the folded paper. Press it flat.
Step 11: Repeat exactly the same steps (4 to 10) with the corner that’s sticking out to the left. Fold it over and onto the base piece.
Step 12: Then use your left first finger to fold the tip down inside the pocket. Tuck it in all the way and press the whole thing flat. You’ve created a nice pocket.
To use it as a bookmark, you can keep either side upward, but it’s easier if the pocket side remains in view as you slide the outer corner of a group of pages neatly into it. And there you are.
The highly-rated Tronsmart Titan 10A/90W 5-Port USB Charger Charging Station with Quick Charge 2.0 Technology sells on Amazon for $38, but if you use code USBTITAN you can get it for $24.
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I saw the sour plums on the cover of Preserving the Japanese Way calling out to me from the highest bookshelf at teeny-tiny Moon Palace Bookstore, Minneapolis. As the Master Food Preserver for my county, I’m a sucker for beautiful books on food preservation. Angela, the owner, clapped and oohed as I plunked it down. “I love this book. I can’t cook, but this book makes me want to eat!”
I’m authorized by the State of Wisconsin to teach the safest scientifically proven methods of food preservation. In my teaching, I’ve heard lovely stories of immigrant grandmothers and their favorite recipes and the joy keeping these traditions alive brings to people. This connectivity to our shared and adopted cultures is one of the most compelling aspects to Preserving the Japanese Way. Nancy Singleton Hachisu is a wonderfully opinionated ex-pat who embraced rural Japanese culture with her marriage to a Hokkaido farmer nearly thirty years ago. Her notes and recommendations are informed by her American “keep trying” attitude, coupled with the Japanese concept of perfecting a singular thing.
Hachisu follows her insatiable curiosity in discovering the old ways. Her vignettes of meetings with artisanal makers are entertaining and informative. Her explanations and definitions of very specific Japanese ingredients are profoundly useful; for the first time ever I understood the nuances of soy sauces. She also acknowledges that artisanally made food is expensive. She recognizes that not everyone has the monetary luxury of purchasing small-batch regional soy sauces and offers accessible and easily available substitutes.
I’ve taught classes in making Tsukemono (Japanese-style quick pickles) and am familiar with both the techniques and concepts on why preservation food-science works. Hachisu doesn’t dwell on the science of Why, which might be off-putting to both food scientists and beginners. Beginning food preservers will want to take a basics class or contact their local Master Food Preserver to give you the rules for fermentation. That being said, if you have interest in Japanese cuisine and culture, not to mention food preservation, Preserving the Japanese Way is book that you will return to many times. – Christina Ward
Perserving the Japanese Way: Traditions of Salting, Fermenting and Pickling for the Modern Kitchen
Preserving the Japanese Way: Traditions of Salting, Fermenting, and Pickling for the Modern Kitchen
by Nancy Singlton Hachisu
Andrews McMeel Publishing
2015, 400 pages, 8.2 x 9.9 x 1.5 inches
$27 Buy a copy on Amazon
Has-been rock musician Ted Nugent made shockingly anti-semitic and idiotic posts to Facebook this week, spurring many pro-gun advocates to call for his removal from the board of the National Rifle Association.
Nugent, an outspoken Second Amendment advocate, posted a photo on Facebook earlier this week calling Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), “Jew York City Mayor Mikey Bloomberg,” former senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, among many others, “punks” who would “deny us the basic human right to self defense and to keep and bear arms while many of them have paid hired armed security.”
The Israeli flag appears over or next to each of the 12 faces in the photo, which is the same one that has been shared many times in white supremacist circles, according to the Anti-Defamation League....
Nugent later posted a photo of Nazis rounding up Jews during the Holocaust and described gun-control advocates as “soulless sheep to slaughter.”
And there's more.
"Ted Nugent digs in amid anti-Semitic accusations — and calls for his NRA ouster" (Washington Post)