Frugality

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"When people come and go in the industry, they have all these contacts and better access than other people have and more opportunity for their voices to be heard and their influence to be deployed," he said. "I think that only enhances the power of the special interest at the expense of the public interest."

The revolving door “isn’t peculiar to the Federal Communications Commission. It’s kind of everywhere you look. Probably it’s one reason why a lot of people have diminished trust or diminished faith in government.”

Washington’s revolving door: Cellular lobby and FCC have traded leaders | Ars Technica

Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, speaking about the shockingly pro-industry decision by the FCC regarding Net Neutrality, and why allowing industry members to regulate themselves by the backdoor is problematic.

The current FCC Head was previously the president of the National Cable and Telecom Association, and obviously has close ties to companies like Comcast, which was welcomed the rules change which will allow them to charge individually negotiated ransoms to provide “better service” to sites on the internet.

(via programmaticconquest)

I guess I’m just going to post this song by Wu-Tang every day for the rest of my depressing life:

unpossiblelabs:


A new scenario has arrived for Eclipse Phase. It’s called The Devotees, and it’s got all kinds of tasty ingredients:
Pit your Firewall team against Nine Lives, the most ruthless syndicate of soul thieves in the System.
Investigate a horrifying new psychosurgery technique that creates worshipful slaves.
Includes new information on the organization and key figures in the Nine Lives crime syndicate.
Includes details about Legba, Nine Lives’ asteroid stronghold in the Main Belt.
Includes hooks for future adventures against Nine Lives.
$5 for the PDF at DriveThru RPG.

unpossiblelabs:

A new scenario has arrived for Eclipse Phase. It’s called The Devotees, and it’s got all kinds of tasty ingredients:

  • Pit your Firewall team against Nine Lives, the most ruthless syndicate of soul thieves in the System.
  • Investigate a horrifying new psychosurgery technique that creates worshipful slaves.
  • Includes new information on the organization and key figures in the Nine Lives crime syndicate.
  • Includes details about Legba, Nine Lives’ asteroid stronghold in the Main Belt.
  • Includes hooks for future adventures against Nine Lives.

$5 for the PDF at DriveThru RPG.

srsfunny:

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srsfunny:

The Best Named Owl Of All Time
http://srsfunny.tumblr.com/

titancity:

YOUR WEAPONS CANNOT HARM ME

titancity:

YOUR WEAPONS CANNOT HARM ME

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grimogretricks:

quoms:

cupiscent:

petermorwood:

ancientpanoply:

A video made for the Museum of Cluny, and its “The Sword: Uses, Myths and Symbols” exhibit. It tries to dispel some of the beliefs that are still prevalent today about the weight and mobility of fighters in plate armor and show some of the techniques used in combat against armored opponents

I’m always pleased to see videos like this. It’s as if people won’t believe unless they’re shown (and there are always some who go “ah, yes, well, in aluminium stage armour it’s easy.”)

Well, the Museum Cluny video, like the Royal Armoury demo team, uses real steel armour: those two pictures at the start show the originals; the video uses reproductions because no curator will let someone take two exhibits from his museum and roll them around on flagstones. Mike Loades in the UK has been doing similar armour demonstrations for years, as has Tobias Capwell of the Wallace Collection. Eventually the old “clunky, immobile, in with a wrench, out with a can-opener” image of plate armour will go away – but I won’t hold my breath. (That shade of purple isn’t a good complexion anyway…)

Even the faster demonstrations of these combat techniques are still dialled back to about half speed. Try to visualise how much quicker and more brutal this would be if the two fighters meant business, when the first rule was Do It To Him As Quickly As Possible Before He Does It To You.

Writer and swordsman Guy Windsor writes about doing motion-capture work for a computer game; his completely authentic techniques couldn’t be used because they were so small, fast and economical. The game needed big swashing movements because the real thing looked unrealistic, too insignificant to be effective…

You won’t see a “killing fight” (full speed, full power, full intent) recreated very often, either on documentaries or in museum exhibitions, because it’s very, very dangerous for (when you think about it) obvious reasons. These techniques from 600-year-old fight manuals were how men in armour maimed and killed other men in armour - and since they’re the original material, not a re-interpretation after 600 years of being diluted down to sport-safe levels, the techniques will still maim and kill men in armour. Even a blunt “safe” sword is pointed enough (first demo on the video, 1:54-59) to go into a helmet’s eye-slot and through the skull inside…

But if you’re lucky enough to see a full-speed demo between fighters in real armour using wasters (wooden practice swords), be prepared to pick your jaw up from the floor. It is awesome. And also as scary as hell.

Comments on comments:

"Pretty much proof positive that the people who claim that skimpy female fantasy armor is for increased maneuverability don’t know what they’re talking about."

They know exactly what they’re talking about. They want to see T&A on fantasy game and book covers, and since they don’t have the balls to be honest about it, this is their excuse.

It amazes me that the old saws about Western armour and techniques are still going about, because surely two minutes’ thought would let you know that of course knights had to be able to get up off the ground…  Europeans were wearing armour for centuries, why wouldn’t they develop techniques of fighting in it?

It’s easier to laugh (do the same people laugh about samurai?) and repeat what “everyone knows about armour" than it is to waste that two minutes thought. Thinking might reveal something to mess with set opinions, and that would be annoying…

Biggest pet peeve: People commenting on the weight and shape of armour restricting mobility…

As before - “everybody knows" that European armour is massive and clunky because that’s what "everybody knows.” God forbid they should ever apply the “if it was so useless then why was it used" logic to anything. Because then they might realise that what "everybody knows" is wrong.

I’m going off to (not) hold my breath for a while… :-P

I saw this video in the fascinating special exhibit at Cluny last time we were in Paris. So pleased to be able to have it on tap, because it was most excellent.

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This is excellent!

  • Ezra Klein: Who is doing sustainable procurement well?
  • Michael Pollan: Chipotle is a happy example. They’ve wanted to change their sourcing and they’ve had some success, particularly in pork. But it was a long complicated journey. When Chipotle first went to Bill Niman and said we want to use your sustainable pork, he said how much do you need, and they said 15 train loads a week. He laughed and said there’s not that much sustainable pork in the country. But Chipotle began buying, the market began producing more, and so they now get all their pork sustainably.
“Sometimes there’s a really boring way to achieve the same thing. But we tend to love solutions that have intellectual property attached to them that someone could profit from.”

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mariuspontmerciless:

jessiphia:

vaderblues:

Always in motion is the future.

whoa who is this attractive man and where can I get one

That’s Yoda

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Pygmy Falcon (Polihierax semitorquatus)

Also known as the African Pygmy Falcon, P. semitorquatus is a small species of falcon, that occurs in eastern and southern Africa. The population in eastern Africa (P. s. castanotus) occurs from Sudan to Somalia south to Uganda and Tanzania. The population in southern Africa (P. s. semitorquatus) occurs from Angola to South Africa.

True to its common name P. semitorquatus is very small at only 19-20 cm long, making it the smallest raptor in Africa. Pygmy falcons typically inhabit dry bush habitats and will feed on insects, small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Pygmy falcons will usually in the nests of weavers, and even though they feed on bird will rarely go after their weaver neighbors.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Falconiformes-Falconidae-Polihierax-P. semitorquatus

Images: Steve Garvie and Bob

“I saw my earlier selves as different people, acquaintances I had outgrown. I wondered how I could ever have been some of them.”
Corwin, Prince of Amber (via voicethestars)
“In trying to pin down a definition of anarchism, some make the mistake of examining it exclusively in terms of its theory or practice in the 1870s or 1930s but, like any other historical phenomenon, it has changed over time. Apart from debatable personal and collective acts, anarchism’s holistic perspective on oppression has been constrained by the conditions in which it has existed. This has been evident in issues pertaining to race, sexuality, and gender, for example, but one can also discern the proximity between anarchist thought and mainstream bourgeois thought during the 19th century in an explicit commitment to positivism, aesthetic realism, a Euro-centric conception of the progress of civilization, technological modernization, and biological evolutionary development. Fortunately, anarchism has shed most of that baggage but we can never entirely transcend our historical context. That is why our understanding of anarchism must not be so loose as to be meaningless, but not so rigid as to ignore areas of contradiction and historical transformation.”

Mark Bray

very well put

(via class-struggle-anarchism)

uispeccoll:

Some close ups of Master St. Elmo, the handsome dog with the leisurely life featured in his own autobiography from 1904.

We pulled this book from the stacks by chasing down dog call numbers at the Iowa City Public Library and in Special Collections in our most recent double Staxpedition.  Watch the episode here: http://youtu.be/msKDWt1ovy0