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This is for those of you who miss a time when (a) Donald Trump was just an annoying, self-promoting business tycoon and (b) Jon Stewart manned the desk at The Daily Show. It's still one of the funniest things I ever saw on television, well worth sitting through the brief ad that will probably precede it…

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jhamill
2 days ago
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I miss Jon Stewart's The Daily Show.
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digdoug
4 days ago
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Louisville, KY
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awilchak
21 hours ago
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my god those were the days
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Hatch Says He ‘Doesn’t Care’ If Trump Committed Crimes

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Retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) defended President Trump on Monday, saying he doesn’t believe he committed any crimes, the Deseret News reports.

Said Hatch: “No because I don’t think he was involved in crimes but even then, you know, you can make anything a crime under the current laws; if you want to you can blow it way out of proportion you can do a lot of things.”

When told the federal prosecutors were making the allegations, Hatch said: “OK but I don’t care; all I can say is he’s doing a good job as president.”

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jhamill
5 days ago
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Power corrupts and people want to keep the power no matter what.
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Google is Still Shady, Even If You Try to Dodge It

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The DuckDuckGo blog:

Private browsing mode and being logged out of Google offered very little filter bubble protection. These tactics simply do not provide the anonymity most people expect. In fact, it’s simply not possible to use Google search and avoid its filter bubble.

Ultimately:

We often hear of confusion that private browsing mode enables anonymity on the web, but this finding demonstrates that Google tailors search results regardless of browsing mode. People should not be lulled into a false sense of security that so-called “incognito” mode makes them anonymous.

If the average person knew this, and accepted it, they’d shit a brick. The. Switch to DuckDuckGo which is far superior.

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jhamill
6 days ago
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The average person doesn't care how much they are tracked online.
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Takes Time

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“To see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
Georgia O’Keeffe

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jhamill
6 days ago
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Indeed
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Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash

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Aurora Shimmer, Meteor Flash Some night skies are serene and passive -- others shimmer and flash. The later, in the form of auroras and meteors, haunted skies over the island of Kvaløya, near Tromsø Norway on 2009 December 13. This 30 second long exposure records a shimmering auroral glow gently lighting the wintery coastal scene. A study in contrasts, the image also captures the sudden flash of a fireball meteor from the excellent Geminid meteor shower of 2009. Streaking past familiar stars in the handle of the Big Dipper, the trail points back toward the constellation Gemini, off the top of the view. Both auroras and meteors occur in Earth's upper atmosphere at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so, but aurora caused by energetic charged particles from the magnetosphere, while meteors are trails of cosmic dust. Nine years after this photograph was taken, toward the end of this week, the yearly 2018 Geminids meteor shower will peak again, although this time their flashes will compete with the din of a half-lit first-quarter moon during the first half of the night.
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jhamill
7 days ago
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I would love to be able to see the auroras someday.
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rocketo
7 days ago
they are really incredible. a must-see
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My Reading Journal, or How I Taught Myself To Enjoy Reading Again

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Ironically enough, by the time I finished with my MA in English Literature a few years ago I had “lost” the habit of reading. From someone who used to read at every available (and not so available) moment I had turned into a non-reader almost entirely. This bothered me so I set up to rectify it by “gamifying” reading until I had tricked myself back into the habit again.

Field Notes had just come out with their Arts and Sciences, the perfect format for my plans. The idea wasn’t only to create a journal where I would log my thoughts on each book as I read it, but create a little set of “achievements” that I could unlock for each book as I read it. For each quarter of the book I read, I got an achievement, a little logo that symbolized the book which I drew on a separate page. The accumulation of those silly little symbols was enough to push me forward as I learned to enjoy reading again. I kept that up for three Field Notes Arts books and then when I ran out of them, I simplified the format and moved to the Moleskine Two-Go, which had just come out. The Field Notes Arts notebook wasn’t fountain pen friendly so I used a Karas Kustoms Render K, a Blackwing pencil and the Caran d’Ache Bicolor 999 double sided coloured pencil.

On the first year that I tried using this system (from March 2016) I got from not reading any new books (just my old familiar favourites) to reading almost 20 new books. On the second year (2017) I got up to 42 books. This year to date I’m at 58 books, and I’ll probably read 60-61 books by the end of the year. I no longer need to spend time drawing little “achievement badges” as my reading habit is back here to stay. I do, however, still keep a book journal even though I’ve started using Goodreads since 2017. It’s a satisfying way to keep track of my reading and organize my thoughts on the books that I’ve read.

You can check out the format of the entries for fiction and non-fiction below. The unlined left side of the spread (verso) is where I do a little doodle that reminds me of something central in the book, and explain the star rating that I gave the book in each category. I really recommend that if you choose to create your own analog reading journal, you create your format yourself. Mine has changed over time, particularly for non-fiction, and it works with my reading goals for the year.

This is the index, which is useful for reference later on and is a good way to check my reading progress throughout the year.



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jhamill
8 days ago
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This is a good idea.
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