A Grave Climate Warning, Buried on Black Friday
In a massive new report, federal scientists contradict President Trump and assert that climate change is an intensifying danger to the United States. Too bad it came out on a holiday.
Working at the mall on Black Friday doesn’t have to be a nightmare
There’s a way to make the day humane for employees — most businesses just don’t do it.
“On Black Friday, our shifts were short because the work was tiring. Except Chetan’s, which was 12 hours long. The week after, we got holiday bonuses in cash. It’s almost as if there’s really no need to treat workers like dirt on Black Friday or ever, and bosses who say they have no choice are lying.”Posted on 2018-11-22T19:38:28+0000
A 2018 study suggests that black renters pay higher prices than white renters for identical housing across all areas, both …
“Simply put, financial planners (at least those quoted by CNBC) fail at having even the most basic understanding of the reality of working-class millennials like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the voters who put her in office.”Posted on 2018-11-21T08:47:07+0000
My Parents Give Me $28,000 a Year
Not long ago, my wife, a composer, asked me if I would ever advise a student from a low-income family to pursue a career in the arts. “What do you mean? Of course.” “Really?” “If that’s what they w…
"As artists, our concerts highlighting marginalized voices, our targeted awards, our identity-based approaches are only going to go so far if we keep working within the current system. We need to be advocating for more far-reaching solutions. Primarily, we need to fight for free tuition for all higher education and single-payer healthcare. These are solutions that free not only artists but all people from the major financial burdens that derail those living paycheck to paycheck and prevent them from moving forward toward their goals."Posted on 2018-11-18T17:57:20+0000
Wave Function Collapse by marian42
Walk through an infinite, procedurally generated city
I always think about doing something in the procedural generation space but then I see stuff like this and feel so outclassed it’s not even funny.
Really cool work - the algorithm is something I’ve looked up in the past and - while it has a super fancy name - is super coolPosted on 2018-11-14T05:12:40+0000
How Bill Gates Aims to Save $233 Billion by Reinventing the Toilet
Bill Gates thinks toilets are a serious business, and he’s betting big that a reinvention of this most essential of conveniences can save a half million lives and deliver $200 billion-plus in savings.
Sci-Fi Writer Greg Egan and Anonymous Math Whiz Advance Permutation Problem | Quanta Magazine
A new proof from the Australian science fiction writer Greg Egan and a 2011 proof anonymously posted online are now being hailed as significant advances on a
“Now, Houston and Pantone, joined by Vince Vatter of the University of Florida in Gainesville, have written up the formal argument. In their paper, they list the first author as “Anonymous 4chan Poster.”
“It’s a weird situation that this very elegant proof of something that wasn’t previously known was posted in such an unlikely place,” Houston said.”Posted on 2018-11-06T16:11:20+0000
A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million? | Martin Kettle
The 1918 Spanish flu outbreak killed more people than both world wars. Don’t imagine such a thing could never happen again, says the Guardian columnist Martin Kettle
“By the time the pandemic finally ended, it had killed around 25 times more people than any other flu outbreak in history. It killed possibly more people than the first and second world wars put together. As Laura Spinney puts it in her new book, Pale Rider – the best modern account of the Spanish flu crisis – “the flu resculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death”. Think about that. Not the western front, not Hitler’s invasion of Russia, not Hiroshima. But the flu.
In the face of such figures, it seems unbelievable that we forget or look away. Yet we do. Perhaps that is because, unlike equality for women, a disease has no ultimate prize to win and celebrate. Perhaps it is because, while wars have victors, pandemics leave only the vanquished, as Spinney puts it. Perhaps too, as the critic Walter Benjamin once argued, silences about public horrors can permit human societies to cope with collective recovery and to progress. Or perhaps, as Spinney also reflects, the Spanish flu has been consigned to the footnotes because its onslaught did not occur in public but in private, behind closed doors in millions of homes.”Posted on 2018-11-04T20:25:38+0000
Thread by @Foone: "It is 2018 and this error message is a mistake from 1974. This limitation, which is still found in the very latest Windows 10, dates back to […]"
Thread by @Foone: "It is 2018 and this error message is a mistake from 1974. This limitation, which is still found in the very latest Windowss back to BEFORE STAR WARS. This bug is as old as Watergate. When this was developed, nothing had UPC codes y […]"
Three Sales Mistakes Software Engineers Make
PipelineDB is an open-source relational database that runs SQL queries continuously on streams, incrementally storing results in tables.
Why Are Antiques So Cheap? Because Everyone Lives in the Kitchen
Changes in the way we live in our homes have created a serious problem for the art and collectible industry.
“Arguably, it is not so much “taste” that determines the value of collectibles, but more the way that human beings actually live their lives. Economists have noted how the wealth of the middle class in developed countries has declined over the last 30 years. This has inevitably had an impact on the value of lower-range collectibles. So, too, has the way that members of the middle class use their homes.”Posted on 2018-11-04T02:29:15+0000
A 5-Year-Old’s 15-Page Résumé Captivates China
A leaked school application has prompted debate about whether children in China’s test-crazed education system are being raised as soulless strivers.
“BEIJING — The young applicant is described as confident and courageous. His résumé, at 15 pages, is glittering, complete with performance reviews (“full of energy”), a map of his travels (trips to Tokyo and Bali) and a list of books he has read this year (408 in total).
But the applicant is not a seasoned job seeker. He is a 5-year-old boy from southern China applying for a spot in first grade at a Shanghai private school.”Posted on 2018-11-03T18:37:06+0000
What Is The Morning Writing Effect? - Gwern.net
Many writers anecdotally report they write best first thing early in the morning, apparently even if they are not morning people. Do they, and why?
Opinion | Blasphemy, Pakistan’s New Religion
The Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of a woman accused of insulting the Prophet. The people are not happy.
"Pakistani liberals are asking the government and the army to go and crush the mullahs and take the country back. It might be more useful to go after these blasphemy laws that seem to be turning all of us into blasphemers."
Brave callout at the end, especially given this earlier in the article, for those who aren't aware:
"The governor of Punjab Province, Salman Taseer, visited her in prison and promised to lobby for a presidential pardon. He was assassinated by one of his police bodyguards who believed the governor had committed blasphemy by questioning the country’s blasphemy laws. The Pakistani media was understanding. Of the bodyguard’s feelings."Posted on 2018-11-02T18:20:28+0000