Boing Boing http://www.9488038.com Brain candy for Happy Mutants Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:44:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://i0.wp.com/www.9488038.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/apple-touch-icon-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Boing Boing http://www.9488038.com 32 32 87954168 House votes to table (kill) impeachment resolution http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/impeachment-killed.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/impeachment-killed.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:35:15 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726722 Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump this week. Today, the House voted against them.

The vote was to table, or kill, impeachment.

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Texas Rep. Al Green introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump this week. Today, the House voted against them.

The vote was to table, or kill, impeachment.

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Feds say Jeffrey Epstein's weird passport was used multiple times http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/epstein-passport.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/epstein-passport.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:24:04 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726723 Government prosecutors just revealed new details about that super suspicious passport —- his photo, different name -- Jeffrey Epstein kept hidden in a safe..

Epstein's lawyers previously said the government did not offer evidence that Epstein had used the passport.

Not so fast, say federal prosecutors.

“In fact, the passport contains numerous ingress and egress stamps, that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia in the 1990s.”

Epstein's lawyers said in a previous filing he had the doctored passport in case he encountered hijackers or terrorists.

Mr. Epstein and his attorneys have some splaining to do.

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Government prosecutors just revealed new details about that super suspicious passport —- his photo, different name -- Jeffrey Epstein kept hidden in a safe..

Epstein's lawyers previously said the government did not offer evidence that Epstein had used the passport.

Not so fast, say federal prosecutors.

“In fact, the passport contains numerous ingress and egress stamps, that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia in the 1990s.”

Epstein's lawyers said in a previous filing he had the doctored passport in case he encountered hijackers or terrorists.

Mr. Epstein and his attorneys have some splaining to do.

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Google kills 'Project Dragonfly' China search engine project http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/google-kills-project-dragonf.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/google-kills-project-dragonf.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 20:00:54 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726704 Google's VP of public policy, Karan Bhatia, today told the US Senate the company has “terminated” Project Dragonfly, its localized search engine project for China.

“We have terminated Project Dragonfly,” Bhatia said of the search app for people in China that Google was reported to be working on in 2018.

Bhatia was responding to Republican senator Josh Hawley's questions about Google’s business with China.

Davey Alba at BuzzFeed News writes the company didn't rule out the possibilities of doing other projects for China, now or in the future.

Google's press office, however, is still using to softer language with reporters “Repeating the line that there's 'no work being undertaken on such a project,' ” said The Intercept's Ryan Gallagher.

More from Buzzfeed News:

Bhatia’s statement is the first public mention that Project Dragonfly has been “terminated,” although Google said in response to questions from BuzzFeed News that Karan’s comments did not reflect a new development. A company spokesperson pointed to its statement in a March 2019 story published in the Verge: “As we’ve said for many months, we have no plans to launch Search in China and there is no work being undertaken on such a project. Team members have moved to new projects.”

When asked whether “terminated” meant Google would not launch a censored search app in China in the future, the spokesperson said, “We have no plans to launch Search in China and there is no work being undertaken on such a project.”

Most Google employees only learned of the secretive program when the Intercept published a report about the code-named project in August. Leaked information about the project prompted a backlash from the company’s rank and file — and it wasn’t the first instance of discord within Google over a government contract.

[via techmeme, photo at top modified from Wikimedia Commons]

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Scan of a 1921 book about insects http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/scan-of-a-1921-book-about-inse.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/scan-of-a-1921-book-about-inse.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:59:52 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726707 Public Domain Review calls our attention to the gorgeously illustrated 1921 Fabre’s Book of Insects.

Like Jacques Cousteau in the twentieth century, Fabre’s greatest accomplishment was perhaps to have brought out the beauty and drama in the lives of creatures that had hitherto been regarded with horror, if regarded at all. He turned his attention not just to bees, whose praises have of course been sung since the classical era, but to wasps, weevils, ants, glow-worms, caterpillars, and cicadas. He also sometimes wrote about wild flora and fauna, and in one rare chapter about his cats — all in prose characterized, a little like Cousteau’s, by a well-informed wonder at the natural world, appealing to both children and adults:

Few insects enjoy more fame than the Glow-worm, the curious little animal who celebrates the joy of life by lighting a lantern at its tail-end. We all know it, at least by name, even if we have not seen it roaming through the grass, like a spark fallen from the full moon. The Greeks of old called it the Bright-tailed, and modern science gives it the name Lampyris.

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Public Domain Review calls our attention to the gorgeously illustrated 1921 Fabre’s Book of Insects.

Like Jacques Cousteau in the twentieth century, Fabre’s greatest accomplishment was perhaps to have brought out the beauty and drama in the lives of creatures that had hitherto been regarded with horror, if regarded at all. He turned his attention not just to bees, whose praises have of course been sung since the classical era, but to wasps, weevils, ants, glow-worms, caterpillars, and cicadas. He also sometimes wrote about wild flora and fauna, and in one rare chapter about his cats — all in prose characterized, a little like Cousteau’s, by a well-informed wonder at the natural world, appealing to both children and adults:

Few insects enjoy more fame than the Glow-worm, the curious little animal who celebrates the joy of life by lighting a lantern at its tail-end. We all know it, at least by name, even if we have not seen it roaming through the grass, like a spark fallen from the full moon. The Greeks of old called it the Bright-tailed, and modern science gives it the name Lampyris.

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If you are planning on buying a Nintendo Switch, wait until next month for the new model http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/if-you-are-planning-on-buying.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/if-you-are-planning-on-buying.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:53:20 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726703 Here's a tip: if you're thinking of getting a Nintendo Switch -- skip the current model (HAC-001) and wait for the HAC-001(-01), which offers significantly improved battery life.

From Ars Technica:

Switch model HAC-001-01 will last approximately 4.5 to 9 hours on a single charge, depending on the game being played, according to Nintendo. That's a 38 to 80 percent increase from the 2.5 to 6.5 hours of the original model HAC-001. For The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo promises an increase from approximately three hours of single-charge play on the old model to approximately 5.5 hours on the new model. For comparison, the Switch Lite will get three to seven hours on a single charge, and it can last four hours on Breath of the Wild, according to Nintendo.

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Here's a tip: if you're thinking of getting a Nintendo Switch -- skip the current model (HAC-001) and wait for the HAC-001(-01), which offers significantly improved battery life.

From Ars Technica:

Switch model HAC-001-01 will last approximately 4.5 to 9 hours on a single charge, depending on the game being played, according to Nintendo. That's a 38 to 80 percent increase from the 2.5 to 6.5 hours of the original model HAC-001. For The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo promises an increase from approximately three hours of single-charge play on the old model to approximately 5.5 hours on the new model. For comparison, the Switch Lite will get three to seven hours on a single charge, and it can last four hours on Breath of the Wild, according to Nintendo.

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Instant Pot at a very low price http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/instant-pot-at-a-very-low-pric.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/instant-pot-at-a-very-low-pric.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:46:06 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726698 Hardly a day goes by that I don't use my Instant Pot to make chili, curry, soup, or yogurt. I paid about $100, but right now this 6-quart model is just , which is the lowest price I've seen for it. Read the rest

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Hardly a day goes by that I don't use my Instant Pot to make chili, curry, soup, or yogurt. I paid about $100, but right now this 6-quart model is just Out of stock, which is the lowest price I've seen for it.

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"Unpickable" padlock picked in 15 seconds http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/unpickable-padlock-picked.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/unpickable-padlock-picked.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:36:53 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726679

The Europa Disc Padlock Picked (Model P-370) is advertised as "UNPICKABLE" by the manufacturer. It took the Lockpicking Lawyer 15 seconds to open it using basic lockpicking tools.

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The Europa Disc Padlock Picked (Model P-370) is advertised as "UNPICKABLE" by the manufacturer. It took the Lockpicking Lawyer 15 seconds to open it using basic lockpicking tools.

Image: YouTube

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This AI turns your headshot into a portrait painted by a master http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/this-ai-turns-your-headshot-in.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/this-ai-turns-your-headshot-in.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 18:12:02 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726682 AI Portraits does an amazing job of creating original portraits based on photos of faces. The generative network was trained with 45,000 portrait images.

"Not only colors, but shapes, the lines of the face are completely redesigned by the model. In the above example, the model decides upon a Renaissance style, highlighting the elegance of the aquiline nose, the smoothness of the forehead."

Notice how the AI didn't show Isabella Rossellini's teeth. I tried it with a photo where I'm smiling and got the same result:

According to the folks who made AI Portraits, "Portrait masters rarely paint smiling people because smiles and laughter were commonly associated with a more comic aspect of genre painting, and because the display of such an overt expression as smiling can seem to distort the face of the sitter. This inability of artificial intelligence to reproduce our smiles is teaching us something about the history of art." Read the rest

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AI Portraits does an amazing job of creating original portraits based on photos of faces. The generative network was trained with 45,000 portrait images.

"Not only colors, but shapes, the lines of the face are completely redesigned by the model. In the above example, the model decides upon a Renaissance style, highlighting the elegance of the aquiline nose, the smoothness of the forehead."

Notice how the AI didn't show Isabella Rossellini's teeth. I tried it with a photo where I'm smiling and got the same result:

According to the folks who made AI Portraits, "Portrait masters rarely paint smiling people because smiles and laughter were commonly associated with a more comic aspect of genre painting, and because the display of such an overt expression as smiling can seem to distort the face of the sitter. This inability of artificial intelligence to reproduce our smiles is teaching us something about the history of art."

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Here's a smart person deconstructing Steven Mnuchin's dumb speech about cryptocurrencies http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/heres-a-smart-person-deconst.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/heres-a-smart-person-deconst.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:49:25 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726676

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin made a fortune during the real estate boom when he “rushed delinquent homeowners out of their homes by violating notice and waiting period statutes, illegally backdated key documents, and effectively gamed foreclosure auctions.

This unctuous gentleman would like you to believe that Bitcoin is the place where financial crime is happening now, most likely as a way to distract people from the fact that the crimes perpetrated by the major financial institutions owned by his friends dwarf the fraudulent activities around Bitcoin.

Mnuchin really wanted to go after financial fraud, he'd do something about Deutsche Bank. But he won't because he likes his job too much. Read the rest

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Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin made a fortune during the real estate boom when he “rushed delinquent homeowners out of their homes by violating notice and waiting period statutes, illegally backdated key documents, and effectively gamed foreclosure auctions.

This unctuous gentleman would like you to believe that Bitcoin is the place where financial crime is happening now, most likely as a way to distract people from the fact that the crimes perpetrated by the major financial institutions owned by his friends dwarf the fraudulent activities around Bitcoin.

Mnuchin really wanted to go after financial fraud, he'd do something about Deutsche Bank. But he won't because he likes his job too much.

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Trump and Epstein discuss women http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/trump-and-epstein-discuss-wome.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/trump-and-epstein-discuss-wome.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:05:13 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726668

NBC shared this video.

Back in 1992 Trump and Epstein sure seemed to know one another. Since 1992 both men have independently been accused, multiple times, with criminal behavior towards women, many of them minors. Read the rest

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NBC shared this video.

Back in 1992 Trump and Epstein sure seemed to know one another. Since 1992 both men have independently been accused, multiple times, with criminal behavior towards women, many of them minors.

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Thunderdome for Democrats: Harris now leads Biden in California http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/thunderdome-for-democrats-har.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/thunderdome-for-democrats-har.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:39:10 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726663 Twenty democrats entered, one will lead.

The latest Quinnipiac run poll shows a US Senator from the Republic of California, Kamala Harris, leading the pack in the countries largest and probably most progressive state.

Sentator Elizabeth Warren also gains ground. Old white men still hang on, however.

Politico:

The latest Quinnipiac California poll shows Harris leading among 2020 presidential hopefuls, with 23 percent of California Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters now behind her — surging six points since the last Quinnipiac survey in April. Biden, at 21 percent, has lost five points in that same period.

Closely following are Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has remained static at 18 percent, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, now at 16 percent, more than doubling her 7 percent standing in April.

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Twenty democrats entered, one will lead.

The latest Quinnipiac run poll shows a US Senator from the Republic of California, Kamala Harris, leading the pack in the countries largest and probably most progressive state.

Sentator Elizabeth Warren also gains ground. Old white men still hang on, however.

Politico:

The latest Quinnipiac California poll shows Harris leading among 2020 presidential hopefuls, with 23 percent of California Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters now behind her — surging six points since the last Quinnipiac survey in April. Biden, at 21 percent, has lost five points in that same period.

Closely following are Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has remained static at 18 percent, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, now at 16 percent, more than doubling her 7 percent standing in April.

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Canada-shaped coin issued by Royal Canadian Mint http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/canada-shaped-coin-issued-by-r.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/canada-shaped-coin-issued-by-r.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:28:23 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726468 Illustrator Alisha Giroux was drawing the map of Canada "for fun," when she noticed that its shape aligned with the shape with animals.

CBC News:

She turned Quebec into a snowy owl taking flight, and Ontario into a loon with its wings folded. British Columbia, meanwhile, became a spirit bear.

Giroux decided to design a two-colour version of her map for Canada's 150th anniversary and posted it online. About a year ago, she received a call from the mint, with an offer to have her design featured on a coin...

The coin also includes Giroux's initials just below a chickadee representing New Brunswick, something she said "hasn't quite sunk in."

The Royal Canadian Mint is now offering this 3 oz. pure silver Canada-shaped coin for $340. It's guaranteed to never fit in a vending machine.

That's Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the reverse side of the coin.

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Illustrator Alisha Giroux was drawing the map of Canada "for fun," when she noticed that its shape aligned with the shape with animals.

CBC News:

She turned Quebec into a snowy owl taking flight, and Ontario into a loon with its wings folded. British Columbia, meanwhile, became a spirit bear.

Giroux decided to design a two-colour version of her map for Canada's 150th anniversary and posted it online. About a year ago, she received a call from the mint, with an offer to have her design featured on a coin...

The coin also includes Giroux's initials just below a chickadee representing New Brunswick, something she said "hasn't quite sunk in."

The Royal Canadian Mint is now offering this 3 oz. pure silver Canada-shaped coin for $340. It's guaranteed to never fit in a vending machine.


That's Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the reverse side of the coin.

(Nag on the Lake)

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The Corridor Crew give The Scorpion King a facelift http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/the-corridor-crew-give-the-sco.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/the-corridor-crew-give-the-sco.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:22:07 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726404 I loved The Mummy back in the day... although it hasn't held up very well.

If I were home and dying of the flu in bed, I wouldn't use the last of my strength to get up and change the channel if The Mummy Returns came on, right up to the point where the Scorpion King appears. That's some fugly VFX work. The folks from Corridor Crew agree. On one of their days off, they decided to do something about it.

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I loved The Mummy back in the day... although it hasn't held up very well.

If I were home and dying of the flu in bed, I wouldn't use the last of my strength to get up and change the channel if The Mummy Returns came on, right up to the point where the Scorpion King appears. That's some fugly VFX work. The folks from Corridor Crew agree. On one of their days off, they decided to do something about it.

Image via YouTube

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When the lights went out in NYC, Broadway performed impromptu sidewalk shows http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/when-the-lights-went-out-in-ny.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/when-the-lights-went-out-in-ny.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:18:19 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726294 On Saturday night, a blackout darkened Manhattan's West Side for several hours. But that didn't stop cast members from several Broadway shows, and Carnegie Hall, from performing. Not in their scheduled stage performances but impromptu ones outside on the sidewalks.

The New York Times:

The electricity failed about an hour before curtain for most shows, meaning the casts and crew were already in place and audiences were on their way.

Some lucky patrons were treated to brief sidewalk songs while producers tried to figure out whether the lights might return in time to salvage Saturday night — generally the most lucrative night of the week for Broadway.

The shows got canceled, but "the show must go on," as they say:

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On Saturday night, a blackout darkened Manhattan's West Side for several hours. But that didn't stop cast members from several Broadway shows, and Carnegie Hall, from performing. Not in their scheduled stage performances but impromptu ones outside on the sidewalks.

The New York Times:

The electricity failed about an hour before curtain for most shows, meaning the casts and crew were already in place and audiences were on their way.

Some lucky patrons were treated to brief sidewalk songs while producers tried to figure out whether the lights might return in time to salvage Saturday night — generally the most lucrative night of the week for Broadway.

The shows got canceled, but "the show must go on," as they say:

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Germany says nein danke to Microsoft http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/germany-says-nein-danke-to-mic.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/germany-says-nein-danke-to-mic.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:16:52 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726401 Microsoft has a history of attempting to give Microsoft das boot (yes, I know boots in German is stiefel, but work with me here...)

Around 14 years ago, the municipal government in Munich decided that they'd had enough with Microsoft Office and Windows, opting to switch over to Linux and OpenOffice, instead. The switch had a whole lotta kinks in it, but they worked it out. Earlier this year, Germany's federal association of municipal IT service providers (Vitako), raised concerns that the use of Office 365 by municipal council employees could lead to the private information of German citizens being leaked to Gott knows who. The latest blow—Microsoft's products are no longer welcomed in classrooms across Germany.

From Ars Technica:

This time around, the Hessian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal. In August 2017, the HBDI ruled that Office 365 could legally be used by schools so long as the back end for the school accounts was stored in Microsoft's German-located cloud. A year later, Microsoft closed its German cloud datacenter, and schools migrated their accounts to the European cloud. Now, the HBDI states that the European cloud may offer access to US authorities; with no way for the German government to monitor such access; this makes use of that cloud illegal without specific consent being granted by its individual users.

In addition to the physical geography of the cloud, the HBDI is unhappy about telemetry in both Office 365 and Windows 10 itself.

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Microsoft has a history of attempting to give Microsoft das boot (yes, I know boots in German is stiefel, but work with me here...)

Around 14 years ago, the municipal government in Munich decided that they'd had enough with Microsoft Office and Windows, opting to switch over to Linux and OpenOffice, instead. The switch had a whole lotta kinks in it, but they worked it out. Earlier this year, Germany's federal association of municipal IT service providers (Vitako), raised concerns that the use of Office 365 by municipal council employees could lead to the private information of German citizens being leaked to Gott knows who. The latest blow—Microsoft's products are no longer welcomed in classrooms across Germany.

From Ars Technica:

This time around, the Hessian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) isn't just saying that schools would prefer not to use Microsoft, he's stating that their use of Office 365 is outright illegal. In August 2017, the HBDI ruled that Office 365 could legally be used by schools so long as the back end for the school accounts was stored in Microsoft's German-located cloud. A year later, Microsoft closed its German cloud datacenter, and schools migrated their accounts to the European cloud. Now, the HBDI states that the European cloud may offer access to US authorities; with no way for the German government to monitor such access; this makes use of that cloud illegal without specific consent being granted by its individual users.

In addition to the physical geography of the cloud, the HBDI is unhappy about telemetry in both Office 365 and Windows 10 itself. Neither can be disabled by end-users or organizations, and the content of both remains undisclosed by Microsoft despite repeated inquiries. According to the HBDI, the only legal way around the murky provenance of the telemetry—and possible US state access to users' data—is by asking consent of the individual users. This means that the schools themselves cannot consent on behalf of students, and neither can their parents, according to the HBDI. (Article 8 of the European Union GDPR makes provision for obtaining parental consent for information services to children less than 16 years of age, but its paragraph three specifically states that this doesn't invalidate contract law of its member states.)

That said, ze Germans are giving Microsoft a little wiggle room to sort their shit out. If the company can bring its products into line with German law, complying with what the HBDI says is cool for Deutschland schools, they'd be willing to revisit the matter.

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Colbert to Trump: "Racism is your brand" http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/colbert-to-trump-racism-is.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/colbert-to-trump-racism-is.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:10:51 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726654

TONIGHT: "The Squad" claps back at President Trump! #LSSC pic.twitter.com/AUzgmVdKbE

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) July 17, 2019

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TONIGHT: "The Squad" claps back at President Trump! #LSSC pic.twitter.com/AUzgmVdKbE

— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) July 17, 2019

Comedy shows have been our source of truth for too long.

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The children's fantasy series currently dominating my family is... http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/the-childrens-fantasy-series.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/the-childrens-fantasy-series.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:02:38 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726649 Pretty much everyone of reading age, from grandparents to 11-year-olds, are reading Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

I think a 13-year-old niece discovered these books and suggested them to my sister. My sister knew I needed a book to co-read with my kid this summer because if I do not discuss books with her chapter-by-chapter she forgets everything she just read. When I told my mother about it she already had it on hold at the library. I am certain my 15-year-old niece read the entire series in about 1 day (eight books) just so she may tell us all the problems with the plot, characters and covers.

IT IS JUST HARRY POTTER WITH ELVES, UNCLE JASON!

Another branch of the family is likely to start on this once my awesome 8-year-old nephew finishes reading the most recent Star Wars: Thrawn books.

Shannon Messenger's universe is absorbing. My daughter and I were immediately drawn into this reality where elves, goblins, and all sorts of fantasy creature are real. Evidently, ages ago, humans acted like real turds and all the magical folks decided to retreat to their own 'impossible' to find cities. Either waiting for a day when humans could be trusted or just sitting around waiting because humans never will be trustworthy, elves seem to spend all their time convincing themselves their dystopian society is a utopia. Unwilling to engage outside their slowly rotting culture, packed with class issues and bitterness, the elves fail to notice BIG TROUBLE is brewing with the humans. Read the rest

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Pretty much everyone of reading age, from grandparents to 11-year-olds, are reading Shannon Messenger's Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

I think a 13-year-old niece discovered these books and suggested them to my sister. My sister knew I needed a book to co-read with my kid this summer because if I do not discuss books with her chapter-by-chapter she forgets everything she just read. When I told my mother about it she already had it on hold at the library. I am certain my 15-year-old niece read the entire series in about 1 day (eight books) just so she may tell us all the problems with the plot, characters and covers.

IT IS JUST HARRY POTTER WITH ELVES, UNCLE JASON!

Another branch of the family is likely to start on this once my awesome 8-year-old nephew finishes reading the most recent Star Wars: Thrawn books.

Shannon Messenger's universe is absorbing. My daughter and I were immediately drawn into this reality where elves, goblins, and all sorts of fantasy creature are real. Evidently, ages ago, humans acted like real turds and all the magical folks decided to retreat to their own 'impossible' to find cities. Either waiting for a day when humans could be trusted or just sitting around waiting because humans never will be trustworthy, elves seem to spend all their time convincing themselves their dystopian society is a utopia. Unwilling to engage outside their slowly rotting culture, packed with class issues and bitterness, the elves fail to notice BIG TROUBLE is brewing with the humans. Until an impossible young girl shows up and turns their world on its head.

Sophie was raised by humans, but is most assuredly an elf. In a gut-wrenching turn of event young Sophie is forced to abandon her family, and as one of the bravest young characters thrust into a magical world that I've ever read about, makes some very hard and very mature decisions. Even when Sophie can't control her emotions, because she is a teenager, she is an excellent example of applying rational thought to her problems, or asking trsuted adults for help. Her friends, Biana, Fitz, Keefe, and Dex are all real-ish kid characters as well, and they way they interact and solve their problems struck me as excellent for a kid to be reading... and some adults.

I've read the first book in the series, which is available via Kindle Unlimited. Libby had a huge wait on the first few books in this series (6+ weeks) and so I am waiting for the second. I am pretty sure I'll finish the series this summer.

My daughter was assigned a Wrinkle in Time for school, so she's paused until that classic is finished.

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger via Amazon

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This top-rated password manager helps keeps your logins secure http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/this-top-rated-password-manage.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/17/this-top-rated-password-manage.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:00:41 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=725975 When it comes to passwords, there's no such thing as paranoia. You want them secure and complex, and you definitely don't want to repeat them on all your accounts. The trouble is, the internet seems to keep growing. And so do those accounts.

Just one lockout from an important email or banking site is enough to make anybody want to throw up their hands and just go back to using their kid's name and birthday for everything. And that's exactly what hackers are hoping. While we're equally leery of a lot of password management software, the Keeper Password Manager is emerging as a super-secure service that also happens to be easy to use.

They're also passing the smell test with sites like PC Mag (who gave them a five-star rating), not to mention the hundreds of thousands of users on the App Store and Google Play who gave them high marks. Doubtless, part of the reason has to do with the way it streamlines the process of your logins. Keeper can randomly generate rock-solid passwords for any site, then auto-fill them on any form. It can do the same with your credit card and address info, making online checkouts a breeze.

And if all that sounds like a lot of personal info to put in one place, we should mention the real strength of this service: Security. All that data gets digitally encrypted and locked down, accessible with two-factor authentication in your choice of methods: TOTP, Face ID, fingerprint, or U2F security key, just to name a few. Read the rest

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When it comes to passwords, there's no such thing as paranoia. You want them secure and complex, and you definitely don't want to repeat them on all your accounts. The trouble is, the internet seems to keep growing. And so do those accounts.

Just one lockout from an important email or banking site is enough to make anybody want to throw up their hands and just go back to using their kid's name and birthday for everything. And that's exactly what hackers are hoping. While we're equally leery of a lot of password management software, the Keeper Password Manager is emerging as a super-secure service that also happens to be easy to use.

They're also passing the smell test with sites like PC Mag (who gave them a five-star rating), not to mention the hundreds of thousands of users on the App Store and Google Play who gave them high marks. Doubtless, part of the reason has to do with the way it streamlines the process of your logins. Keeper can randomly generate rock-solid passwords for any site, then auto-fill them on any form. It can do the same with your credit card and address info, making online checkouts a breeze.

And if all that sounds like a lot of personal info to put in one place, we should mention the real strength of this service: Security. All that data gets digitally encrypted and locked down, accessible with two-factor authentication in your choice of methods: TOTP, Face ID, fingerprint, or U2F security key, just to name a few. Still not enough? You can designate five emergency contacts to share the info with in the case of an emergency.

You can even store videos, photos or other crucial files behind this digital vault, and access it across a range of mobile devices and computers.

There are a few plans on sale for the service: A one-year subscription to Keeper Password Manager is available for $19.99 (33% off the retail price), or you can get a bundle that includes that subscription plus the BreachWatch add-on that monitors the dark web for any unauthorized logins with your info. That Keeper bundle is $29.99 for one year, nearly half off the list price.

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Drug smuggler busted with half a kilo of cocaine under his bad toupée http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/drug-smuggler-busted-with-half.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/drug-smuggler-busted-with-half.html#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2019 03:27:56 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726615 At Barcelona's international airport, police arrested a Colombian gentleman who arrived from Bogota with half a kilogram of cocaine under his toupée. According to a Reuters report, "The man attracted police attention as he looked nervous and had a disproportionately large hairpiece under his hat. They found a package stuck to his head with about €30,000 (£27,000) of cocaine."

No word whether the unnamed man is a drug bigwig.

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At Barcelona's international airport, police arrested a Colombian gentleman who arrived from Bogota with half a kilogram of cocaine under his toupée. According to a Reuters report, "The man attracted police attention as he looked nervous and had a disproportionately large hairpiece under his hat. They found a package stuck to his head with about €30,000 (£27,000) of cocaine."

No word whether the unnamed man is a drug bigwig.

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Tens of thousands of Google employees participated in the uprising, including 20,000 who walked off the job in February. The activist Google employees moved from victory to victory, including the ouster of a a transphobic, racist, xenophobic ideologue who had been appointed to Google's "AI Ethics" board.

Two key organizers, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, publicly accused the company of targeting them for retaliation in April (to enormous internal uproar).

Now, Whittaker has resigned (on the thirteenth anniversary of her employement with Google), along with Celie O’Neil-Hart, who had been global head of trust and transparency marketing at YouTube Ads, and Google News Labs' Erica Anderson.

In Whittaker's farewell note to her colleagues, she calls on them to "unionize — in a way that works," "protect conscientious objectors and whistleblowers," "demand to know what you’re working on, and how it’s used" and "build solidarity with those beyond the company." She says that Google's entry into "new markets" like "healthcare, fossil fuels, city development and governance, transportation, and beyond...is gaining significant and largely unchecked power to impact our world (including in profoundly dangerous ways, such as accelerating the extraction of fossil fuels and the deployment of surveillance technology)."

Whittaker will devote her work to AI Now, the group she co-founded to build and promulgate critical, ethical frameworks for AI research. Read the rest

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Tens of thousands of Google employees participated in the uprising, including 20,000 who walked off the job in February. The activist Google employees moved from victory to victory, including the ouster of a a transphobic, racist, xenophobic ideologue who had been appointed to Google's "AI Ethics" board.

Two key organizers, Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton, publicly accused the company of targeting them for retaliation in April (to enormous internal uproar).

Now, Whittaker has resigned (on the thirteenth anniversary of her employement with Google), along with Celie O’Neil-Hart, who had been global head of trust and transparency marketing at YouTube Ads, and Google News Labs' Erica Anderson.

In Whittaker's farewell note to her colleagues, she calls on them to "unionize — in a way that works," "protect conscientious objectors and whistleblowers," "demand to know what you’re working on, and how it’s used" and "build solidarity with those beyond the company." She says that Google's entry into "new markets" like "healthcare, fossil fuels, city development and governance, transportation, and beyond...is gaining significant and largely unchecked power to impact our world (including in profoundly dangerous ways, such as accelerating the extraction of fossil fuels and the deployment of surveillance technology)."

Whittaker will devote her work to AI Now, the group she co-founded to build and promulgate critical, ethical frameworks for AI research. I wish her the best.

Whittaker is a friend and colleague of mine, and I volunteer on the advisory board for Simply Secure, a nonprofit she founded.

Leaving Google is deeply emotional for me, and I don’t know all of the ways I’ll miss it. I’m lucky because I get to continue my work at AI Now. And I’d be much sadder if I didn’t see many hundreds of Googlers establishing themselves as leaders, contributing their brilliance to organizing, and refusing to stand silent in the face of leadership’s dangerous complicity. Please, keep going!

The stakes are extremely high. The use of AI for social control and oppression is already emerging, even in the face of developers’ best of intentions. We have a short window in which to act, to build in real guardrails for these systems, before AI is built into our infrastructure and it’s too late.

I offer my unwavering support and love to those of you who continue to do amazing work here, and who have taken risks to support others. In solidarity with all of you who will continue this essential work within Google, I’ll close by offering an incomplete map of where I see future tech organizing moving.

Onward! Another #GoogleWalkout Goodbye [Meredith Whittaker/Google Walkout For Real Change]

Most of the Google Walkout Organizers Have Left the Company [Nitasha Tiku/Wired] ]]> http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/good-luck-meredith.html/feed 14 726600 Watch CBS News coverage of the Apollo 11 moon launch from 50 years ago today http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/watch-cbs-news-coverage-of-the.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/watch-cbs-news-coverage-of-the.html#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 23:31:43 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726597 Fifty years ago today, a Saturn V rocket launched with Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins on board. On July 19, Armstrong became the first human to step onto the moon. Above is almost five hours of CBS News's coverage of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon. And that's the way it was.

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Fifty years ago today, a Saturn V rocket launched with Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins on board. On July 19, Armstrong became the first human to step onto the moon. Above is almost five hours of CBS News's coverage of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon. And that's the way it was.

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Prescribed agricultural burns Ground clearing Snow and ice removal Incinerating weeds and pesky insect hives Pyrotechnic events and movie props Firefighting and training Grassland management

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Throwflame, the Ohio-based supplier of flamethrowers, announced the TF-19 WASP Flamethrower Drone Attachment designed for the DJI S1000 drone. The WASP contains a one gallon fuel tank for 100 seconds of flame with a 25-foot range. Why would you need a flamethrower, much less one that flies? According to Throwflame, here are some worthy applications:

Prescribed agricultural burns
Ground clearing
Snow and ice removal
Incinerating weeds and pesky insect hives
Pyrotechnic events and movie props
Firefighting and training
Grassland management

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“My wife stands out here with a broom when I’m trying to back the car out to keep them from running into the garage because once they get in there there’s a million places they can hide and you only find them once they die,” Bill Paterson told WPBF. Read the rest

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Endless casts of land crabs have invaded a neighborhood in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Apparently heavy rains have driven the crustaceans to seek shelter in people's homes. Groceries have reported a run on butter. (OK, that last part isn't true.)

“My wife stands out here with a broom when I’m trying to back the car out to keep them from running into the garage because once they get in there there’s a million places they can hide and you only find them once they die,” Bill Paterson told WPBF. ]]> http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/florida-homes-invaded-by-scurr.html/feed 63 726585 Did the US try to weaponize ticks? http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/did-the-us-try-to-weaponize-ti.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/did-the-us-try-to-weaponize-ti.html#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 21:15:21 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726582 The US House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that orders the Inspector General of the Department of Defense to "conduct a review of whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975." The amendment was spearheaded by New Jersey Republican Rep. Chris Smith. From CBS News:

The theory, which sounds like something straight out of a science fiction novel, contends that bioweapon specialists packed ticks with pathogens that could cause severe disabilities, disease and death among potential enemies to the homeland. Smith said he was inspired to add the amendment to the annual defense bill by "a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at U.S. government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland and Plum Island, New York to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons."

Those books, however, have been questioned by some experts who dismiss long-held conspiracy theories that the federal government aided the spread of tick-borne diseases, and federal agencies, including the CDC, may have participated in a cover-up of sorts to conceal findings about the spread of Lyme disease.

Here's the amendment.

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The theory, which sounds like something straight out of a science fiction novel, contends that bioweapon specialists packed ticks with pathogens that could cause severe disabilities, disease and death among potential enemies to the homeland. Smith said he was inspired to add the amendment to the annual defense bill by "a number of books and articles suggesting that significant research had been done at U.S. government facilities including Fort Detrick, Maryland and Plum Island, New York to turn ticks and other insects into bioweapons."

Those books, however, have been questioned by some experts who dismiss long-held conspiracy theories that the federal government aided the spread of tick-borne diseases, and federal agencies, including the CDC, may have participated in a cover-up of sorts to conceal findings about the spread of Lyme disease.

Here's the amendment.

image: "Chelicera of the sheep tick" by Richard Bartz (CC) ]]> http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/did-the-us-try-to-weaponize-ti.html/feed 43 726582 VIDEO: Activists vow to 'shut down' ICE headquarters in Washington, DC http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/activists-shutting-down-ic.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/activists-shutting-down-ic.html#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:33:30 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726568 Human rights activists in Washington DC who oppose the Trump administration's racist policies against mostly Mexican and Central American refugees at the southern border protested at ICE headquarters in the nation's capital today.

Activists with NeverAgainAction say the are “shutting down ICE,” and they're livestreaming here on Facebook.

From the video data:

A group of Jewish allies and immigrants have been shutting down every entrance point to ICE headquarters for over 2 hours, and arrests just happened both outside and inside the building.

Facebook video embed follows.

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Activists with NeverAgainAction say the are “shutting down ICE,” and they're livestreaming here on Facebook.

From the video data:

A group of Jewish allies and immigrants have been shutting down every entrance point to ICE headquarters for over 2 hours, and arrests just happened both outside and inside the building.

Facebook video embed follows.

[via @W7VOA]

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Onion becomes reality: '82-Year-Old New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell Quietly Asks Ilhan Omar If He Can Be Part Of The Squad' http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/onion-becomes-reality-82-ye.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/onion-becomes-reality-82-ye.html#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:21:01 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726562 1) Earlier on Tuesday, humor website The Onion ran a spoof story titled '82-Year-Old New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell Quietly Asks Ilhan Omar If He Can Be Part Of The Squad.'

2) Then, Congressman Bill Pascrell Quietly Asked Ilhan Omar If He Can Be Part Of The Squad.

3) AOC said “you're in!”

4) Speaker Nancy Pelosi, this is how it's done.

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Did Donald Trump's racist tweets violate federal laws against workplace discrimination? http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/trump-tweets-and-eeoc.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/trump-tweets-and-eeoc.html#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:15:59 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726559 When President Trump said on Sunday that "'Progressive' Democratic Congresswomen" should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” was he violating federal workplace discrimination law?

We aren't lawyers and we don't know, but here's something relevant from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website, “Immigrants' Employment Rights Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws” —

Ethnic slurs and other verbal or physical conduct because of nationality are illegal if they are severe or pervasive and create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, interfere with work performance, or negatively affect job opportunities. Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person's foreign accent or comments like, "Go back to where you came from, " whether made by supervisors or by co-workers.

HT: @nick_ramsey

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When President Trump said on Sunday that "'Progressive' Democratic Congresswomen" should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” was he violating federal workplace discrimination law?

We aren't lawyers and we don't know, but here's something relevant from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website, “Immigrants' Employment Rights Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws” —

Ethnic slurs and other verbal or physical conduct because of nationality are illegal if they are severe or pervasive and create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, interfere with work performance, or negatively affect job opportunities. Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person's foreign accent or comments like, "Go back to where you came from, " whether made by supervisors or by co-workers.

HT: @nick_ramsey

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Kickstarting "The Decline of Mall Civilization," a sequel to the long-out-of-print "Malls Across America" book http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/starcourt.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/starcourt.html#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:20:49 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726551 Michael Galinsky's 2011 photo-book "Malls Across America" went out of print quickly and now sells for upwards of $1000/copy; Galinsky is now kickstarting a sequel, The Decline of Mall Civilization, featuring 112 pages of images of American malls from 1989.

The book is a $44 hardcover, with delivery planned before Christmas 2019. It's $70 for two, and there are signed art prints of some of the interior art available at higher pledge levels. The project already has a design, a printer and a shipper, which bodes well for getting what you paid for.

Our first stop was Columbus Ohio. We stayed with my aunt but we didn't find a mall. We then hightailed it to Detroit where we hit the jackpot with the Woodfield Mall. It's a beauty and there are probably a dozen in the book from that one. Next stop was Chicago- then South Dakota, and on and on. All in all, we hit about 15 malls. We got some great images but it wasn't really their time. By 1989, the "Pictures Generation" - with its focus on more constructed and deconstructed images - had pushed street photography out of the galleries. They were doubling down on big ideas and conceptual work. I went on to take a couple other photo classes, but turned my attention to making music and making films. I shot a lot of images, but my main outlets for them were fanzines and album covers. I moved on to making films. In 2010, I re-discovered these slides and the rest is history.

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Michael Galinsky's 2011 photo-book "Malls Across America" went out of print quickly and now sells for upwards of $1000/copy; Galinsky is now kickstarting a sequel, The Decline of Mall Civilization, featuring 112 pages of images of American malls from 1989.

The book is a $44 hardcover, with delivery planned before Christmas 2019. It's $70 for two, and there are signed art prints of some of the interior art available at higher pledge levels. The project already has a design, a printer and a shipper, which bodes well for getting what you paid for.

Our first stop was Columbus Ohio. We stayed with my aunt but we didn't find a mall. We then hightailed it to Detroit where we hit the jackpot with the Woodfield Mall. It's a beauty and there are probably a dozen in the book from that one. Next stop was Chicago- then South Dakota, and on and on. All in all, we hit about 15 malls. We got some great images but it wasn't really their time. By 1989, the "Pictures Generation" - with its focus on more constructed and deconstructed images - had pushed street photography out of the galleries. They were doubling down on big ideas and conceptual work. I went on to take a couple other photo classes, but turned my attention to making music and making films. I shot a lot of images, but my main outlets for them were fanzines and album covers. I moved on to making films. In 2010, I re-discovered these slides and the rest is history.

The Decline of Mall Civilization [Michael Galinsky/Kickstarter]

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Great deal on a 6.5-inch Lodge cast iron skillet http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/great-deal-on-a-6-5-inch-lodge.html http://www.9488038.com/2019/07/16/great-deal-on-a-6-5-inch-lodge.html#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2019 19:00:59 +0000 http://www.9488038.com/?p=726540 This 6.5-inch Lodge cast iron skillet is on sale at a bargain price on Amazon today for Read the rest

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This 6.5-inch Lodge cast iron skillet is on sale at a bargain price on Amazon today for $7.90

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