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June 22nd, 2017
01:06 pm

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Slightly outdated buttons
Before Balticon, I cleared out a lot of button slogans that I didn't think were selling well enough.*

So I've got about a thousand buttons that I have no obvious use for. They're generally in good condition and they're sorted by slogan.

I could just throw them out, but does anyone have any better ideas?

Would anyone like to pick up the buttons? I'm in South Philadelphia. Or I could mail them. I'm estimating the postage at $50 to $100, paid in advance. I'll come up with something more exact if anyone is interested.

*Removing "Free Hugs" was an error. I'll be putting it back in the trays.

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June 4th, 2017
11:05 am

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Finding an android phone if you have access to another device
Useful information from John Tangent:

https://www.google.com/android/find?u=0

If the link failed goto https://accounts.google.com and look for the Device Manager. You can make it ring no matter the setting, lock and even erase it.

And from Kirin Wagle:

iOS devices do include a standard feature that emits a beeping sound when you go to Find My iPhone and clap the "play a sound" button. They also report their last known position when the battery dies.

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June 2nd, 2017
04:02 pm

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15-year minimun sentence for teen sexting passes House!
http://reason.com/blog/2017/05/31/house-overwhelmingly-supports-bill-subje

This is monstrous-- 15 year *minimum* for teenagers involved in sexting. "Involved" includes encouraging another teen to sext. The picture doesn't even have to be sent.

Name of bill: "Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017"

Here's the roll call list in case you have a Representative you'd like to praise or punish.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll284.xml

Please call your Senators about this.

You are, of course, under no obligation to read comments at the link, but I'm an occasional comment reader at Reason, and this is the first time I've seen them turn against Republicans in general.

I have phoned my Senators. Both phone lines were open. If you need contact information for your Senators, here it is.

https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Reason is the nearest thing to a major news organization which has covered the story. Should you have a habit of hating on libertarians, please remember this-- there's so much going wrong that one point of view and one bunch of activists isn't enough to keep it covered.

The other two sites with stories about the anti-sexting bill were
Unicorn Booty (gay) and The Ring of Fire Network (progressive).

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May 10th, 2017
10:32 am

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Employees who spread misery by excessive rule enforcement
http://www.metafilter.com/166811/Vigilantes-at-work-examining-the-frequency-of-Dark-Knight-employees

They are the Dark Knights of the office: lone vigilantes who police the workplace, ever watchful for heinous crimes that cannot go unpunished. Woe to those who step out of line and return from break two minutes late, leave food in the office fridge too long and fail to refill the photocopier...Researchers [Katy DeCelles and Karl Aquino] in Canada asked 2,000 people in the US if they had come across workplace vigilantes, meaning those who took it upon themselves to dob in their colleagues for breaches of company policy, or what they deemed to be egregious moral violations. 58% had, and on average, respondents recalled four work colleagues over the course of their career who fitted the description. (From The Guardian, ). You can read the original paper here.


Here's what I noticed: That sort of enforcement is a very strong drive for the people who do it.

Office vigilantes *might* get fired, but management apparently doesn't use the problem to motivate looking at whether some of the rules don't make sense.

It's been a while since I've read
The No Asshole Rule (a book about why management should never tolerate workplace bullies) but if this sort of bullying wasn't included, it should have been.

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April 23rd, 2017
11:41 am

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Those old typos
If you see a typo in one of your years' old posts, do you feel compelled to correct it?

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April 11th, 2017
12:48 pm

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Galaxy Cluster Gas Creates Hole in Microwave Background
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170410.html



This seems like an unmanageable science fiction premise-- it's quite possible that aliens living in the hole in the microwave background wouldn't be able to learn as much about the early history of the universe. This should matter for something, but what?

Also, is there any way to automatically enlarge the images from apod_rss?

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April 6th, 2017
12:05 pm

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A place to post your dreamwidth name so contacts from livejournal can find you
https://2017revival.dreamwidth.org/2102.html

I was torn. "Friends" leads to emotional issues. "Readers" is the DW term. "So people from livejournal can find you" might be vaguely threatening. So "contacts".

Anyway, I think the link is to a very helpful project.

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07:37 am

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5K grants for personal projects-- application deadline is April 12
This is a private person who's willing to fund 3 projects that sound interesting to her-- 5K each.
If you have a 5Kish project that you can't get off your mind, you might want to take a look.

https://medium.com/@nayafia/5-000-no-strings-attached-9e7b95d33e50

I’d like to fund something that’s personally meaningful to you, whether that’s moving to the city of your dreams, building a better mousetrap, or bringing strangers together.

I’ll also prioritize projects where:
Funding isn’t readily available for this kind of project
You have a unique take on the project, or your backstory is interesting
Impact extends beyond the life of your project (ex. new program vs. one-time event)
Timeline is shorter (ex. 2 months) vs. longer (ex. one year)

Get creative! I’m open to suggestions. While your project should have a sense of beginning and end, I’ll gladly fund exploratory periods like sabbaticals or research.

I’m also happy to consider proposals like an extracurricular class or moving expenses, if they’re a major obstacle standing in between you and your dreams.

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April 4th, 2017
06:29 pm

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Augustinian evil in Lord of the Rings
https://mapsburgh.tumblr.com/post/151687211976/frodo-didnt-fail

This is really excellent-- it compares Manichaean evil (evil is a force) with Augustinian evil (evil is the absence of good) and demonstates that the plot of LOTR-- and especially the climax at the Cracks of Doom are solidly consistent with the idea that victory comes from doing the right thing, even when it seems completely impractical.

Link found here. Sherwood Smith is doing a reread of LOTR.

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01:45 pm

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If you know me on livejournal, what is your name at dreamwidth?
The subject line pretty much covers it.

If you haven't heard, livejournal has imposed a new and possibly sketchy terms of service on its users, and more people are leaving lj and heading to dw.

I'm not sure it makes sense to post my request at dw as well as lj, but I'm not sure it doesn't, so I'm cross-posting.

I'm very grateful that the original lj had open-source software so that it's possible to mirror a livejouranl (including the old posts) at dw.

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