Oct. 25th, 2016 01:40 am
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Today’s artist trading card was a zentangle, because several people recommended them. I glanced at a book, _One Zentangle a Day_, and was honestly a little off-put by how didactic it was about the format. There’s an official paper, and an official pen, an official way you’re supposed to initial your art, etc. and so on. That said, I did my initial drawing with the pencil I had on hand, instead of the pen they suggested, and I did get a little frustrated by the lack of precision, so I suppose they have a reason for their rules. Hm. 


In any case, it was interesting, and I might do some more. I like the basketweave section of this best, though the mushroomy-thingies are kind of cute too. I don’t think I really got the borders between sections right; they’re more defined than I think they ought to be. Will try again, I think. But I think the wacky animals may be more my style.

"Can I get a smile" guy on the N/Q

Oct. 25th, 2016 12:41 am
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Posted by /u/Yucca202

Am I the only person that doesn't believe him and that he is a scam artist? His new spiel on the train is to claim that looking at your phone is a disease and that if you don't look up at him or pay attention to him, there is something wrong with you. Ummm, no it's not, I'm just trying to avoid you. And even if he isn't a scam, trying to make people feel bad for not paying attention to you and being all passive aggressive is not going to get you money from me. I don't ever post anything but this guy really pissed me off today.

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Moments of Thought

Oct. 24th, 2016 09:44 am
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Today was a normal Monday.

I had the entire day to do whatever, but there were a few things I wanted to get done before the day ended.

First I had make a few calls. Schedule a few appointments. And grab bagels.

When I was walking to the corner store to grab some bagels, I realized how cold it was today. Before I left the house, I felt a bit uncomfortable and realized then outside how cold it was. Once I got into the shop, I walked to the bagel aisle, grabbed a bag, and went to the cashier. I recognized her. She was in a few of my philosophy classes. Somehow she seemed taller now. I wondered how that was possible. Perhaps this wasn't the same person.

"How have you been?" She asked in the way you'd ask someone you've already met. This cued me that we did meet before.

"I'm well," I pause. "Did you play the soviet anthem on the radio?"

"Oh that's right!"

The answer was no. But we agreed it would be a bad idea to play it now with the political environment as it is.

Walking back, I wondered if I should turn the heat on in the house. Returning to the house, I realized that it wasn't much warmer in there than it was outside. After a few moments, I decided that it wasn't worth making the house warmer. And I considered leaving for the day. Unable to configure my computer the way I needed to work on open source projects, I decided to stay home, wore three layers, and just worked on open source projects despite the cold environment. It became so cold at a certain point that I wore gloves.

I worked largely on open source documentation. There were plenty of technical errors in the syntax that I didn't have to put much work into any tutorial writing. I made my four PRs to meet the requirements of #hacktoberfest. This should allow me to "win" the competition this month. I'll get a free t-shirt! :)

NaNo starts soon. I received an email that informs me about weekly meet-ups. I plan to participate as much as possible this month. Part of me is kinda freaked out by the whole thing.

As a person who is introverted I often am put on a spot and must ask for time to think. Because I take slowly to think things through, to avoid saying something stupid, my gut reaction is to say, "One moment." This is done similarly in all situations, especially interviews. When the remark is too short, I say, "I need a moment think." The thought process is rapid, but there's a lot of stimuli and information to compute. Perhaps the defining attribution of being an introvert is computing something thoroughly and looking over a large amount of information. I contrast things quite plainly to myself to see if I've gotten all the ducks in a row.

Once the information has been passed through a variety of conversations, I can then make a reply; however, this is the ideal. Often I do not have the ideal, and when I ask for a moment, my eyes notice a involuntary muscle spasm or expression in the person face. I take the moment to analyze this instead of the task I intended to think through. The result varies. Often I just say whatever my gut wants, and the response can seem bad or ill-willed when in reality, I'm just upset that I couldn't have been more thoughtful.

But what happens when intuition is at work?

I run on intuition at the highest level. Whenever I'm solving a problem, I'm mostly driven by intuition, which is what Aristotle said was better than rational thought. Intuition is like what Plato thought of being inspired by the heavenly muses -- a sort of insanity. Though the two thinkers seem to differ which is better to be present within, I believe both respect the aspect of intuition being able to answer questions effectively and accurately. I also think this is why some thinkers believe the unconscious brain is smarter than the conscious mind.

Free storage bench (damaged)

Oct. 24th, 2016 09:18 pm
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Posted by /u/up_andup

Hi Astoria - I ordered this storage bench in the Stone color from Wayfair and it was delivered damaged (pictures of said damage)

They told me to get rid of it so if you want it, you can come pick up this weekend! It really just needs a few new screws in the bottom.

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Meet the Perennials

Oct. 24th, 2016 08:46 pm
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Posted by Jason Kottke

Gina Pell on the Perennials, the growing group of people who aren’t bound by age in the way most people in society used to be.

We are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who live in the present time, know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology, and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded, risk takers who continue to push up against our growing edge and know how to hustle. We comprise an inclusive, enduring mindset, not a divisive demographic.

This is an idea that’s been gathering steam for some time. In 2006, Adam Sternbergh wrote Up With Grups for New York Magazine.

Let’s start with a question. A few questions, actually: When did it become normal for your average 35-year-old New Yorker to (a) walk around with an iPod plugged into his ears at all times, listening to the latest from Bloc Party; (b) regularly buy his clothes at Urban Outfitters; (c) take her toddler to a Mommy’s Happy Hour at a Brooklyn bar; (d) stay out till 4 A.M. because he just can’t miss the latest New Pornographers show, because who knows when Neko Case will decide to stop touring with them, and everyone knows she’s the heart of the band; (e) spend $250 on a pair of jeans that are artfully shredded to look like they just fell through a wheat thresher and are designed, eventually, to artfully fall totally apart; (f) decide that Sufjan Stevens is the perfect music to play for her 2-year-old, because, let’s face it, 2-year-olds have lousy taste in music, and we will not listen to the Wiggles in this house; (g) wear sneakers as a fashion statement; (h) wear the same vintage New Balance sneakers that he wore on his first day of school in the seventh grade as a fashion statement; (i) wear said sneakers to the office; (j) quit the office job because-you know what?-screw the office and screw jockeying for that promotion to VP, because isn’t promotion just another word for “slavery”?; (k) and besides, now that she’s a freelancer, working on her own projects, on her own terms, it’s that much easier to kick off in the middle of the week for a quick snowboarding trip to Sugarbush, because she’s got to have some balance, right? And she can write it off, too, because who knows? She might bump into Spike Jonze on the slopes; (l) wear a Misfits T-shirt; (m) make his 2-year-old wear a Misfits T-shirt; (n) never shave; (o) take pride in never shaving; (p) take pride in never shaving while spending $200 on a bedhead haircut and $600 on a messenger bag, because, seriously, only his grandfather or some frat-boy Wall Street flunky still carries a briefcase; or (q) all of the above?

As part of a package of 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now, Catherine Mayer wrote about Amortality for Time Magazine.

Amortals live among us. In their teens and 20s, they may seem preternaturally experienced. In later life, they often look young and dress younger. They have kids early or late — sometimes very late — or not at all. Their emotional lives are as chaotic as their financial planning. The defining characteristic of amortality is to live in the same way, at the same pitch, doing and consuming much the same things, from late teens right up until death.

Cowell is one of their poster boys; so too is France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, as mercurial as a hormonal teenager. Madonna is relentlessly amortal. It’s easier to diagnose the condition in the middle-aged, but there are baby amortals — think Mark Zuckerberg, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, who looks set to comport himself like a student geek to the end of his days. The eldest amortals, born long before the first boomer wave, are still making mischief around the world.

As centers of culture, big cities have always been places where people could go to not act their age. The internet has become another of those places — no one knows you’re a dog or 43 years old or 14 years old — and the sort of reinvention that’s commonplace online has leaked out into the real world.

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October 24, By Hannah Wulkan

Veteran housing is coming to Astoria in the next few years, as part of a complete overhaul of the Marine Terrace affordable apartments complex.

Related Companies, the developer behind high profile projects such as Hudson Yards and Hunters Point South, bought Marine Terrace at the end of June for $121 million, and is renovating the complex, as well as adding two new buildings that will house veterans.

Marine Terrace is a Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment property that provides affordable housing to families and seniors, typically paying about a third of their adjusted household income as rent.

Construction on the two new buildings will begin in the summer of 2017, and are planned to open in the fall of 2018. The new facilities will have 53 units reserved specifically for veterans, as well as community lounges, a laundry facility, a fitness center, a nurse’s office and a management office.

Related also began rehabbing the existing 444 apartments in August, updating the kitchens and bathrooms, as well as renovating 33 units to be accessible and meet ADA standards.

The project will cost about $49 million, according to Related, including the updates and the new buildings.

Rumors surrounding the new veteran housing have run rampant since the project was announced, with several sites reporting that some of the new units would be designated specifically for homeless veterans.

At the Community Board 1 monthly meeting last Thursday, the head of Related’s affordable housing division Matthew Finkle guaranteed the board that it would not be a facility for the homeless.

“These are rent restricted, income restricted apartments for veterans, primarily veterans that are in transition, not homeless, not living on the streets, not living in shelters, but veterans who are transitioning in to independent living,” Finkle said.

However when pressed on the issue, Related Associate Jamar Adams did not specify exactly where they were transitioning from, only saying that they come from a “variety of backgrounds.”

Adams added that the rent for the veteran apartments would likely run around $850 per month for a studio and $960 per month for a one-bedroom including utilities, though final costs have not been set.

The company has partnered with the Jericho Project to help screen applicants for the 53 units, which is a “nonprofit ending homelessness at its roots by enabling formerly homeless or at-risk individuals and families to lead independent lives,” according to its website.

Jericho Project has a specific Veterans Initiative, which helps find housing for veterans throughout the city.

As part of the update to the complex, Related has offered a monetary incentive to move out of Marine Terrace to some of the highest earning residents.

One member of the Community Board mentioned that she has had more than 10 of the letters brought to her attention, most offering $5,000 to the resident to move out.

A spokeswoman for Related said that the company offered these incentives to residents who have incomes that exceed the affordability threshold set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. At the meeting Adams also mentioned that the amount offered to move out is negotiable.

She explained that the program is voluntary, and is intended to open up the affordable housing to the neediest individuals. She added that there is a multiyear waiting list for apartments at Marine Terrace.

Several politicians will be holding a press conference tomorrow at 11:30 at the complex to express their thoughts on the Marine Terrace project, including Congressman Joe Crowley, Senator Jose Peralta, and Councilman Costa Constantinides.


Oct. 24th, 2016 08:42 pm
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Posted by Mary

A wakes up and immediately kisses me with a loud smack:

A: I kiss you!

Me: You did kiss me! You woke right up and kissed me! That’s revolting!

A: [crinkly smile]

Me: Are you going to kiss Daddy?

A: [Joyfully] No!

Me: You are the least fair person I know!

Then she tickled us.

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Posted by Jason Kottke

In their solution to the trolley problem, Mercedes self-driving cars will be programmed to save the people riding in the cars at the potential expense of pedestrians, cyclists, or passengers in other cars.

“If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car,” von Hugo told Car and Driver in an interview. “If all you know for sure is that one death can be prevented, then that’s your first priority.”

In other words, their driverless cars will act very much like the stereotypical entitled European luxury car driver. (via @essl)

Tags: cars   driverless cars   Mercedes   robots
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October 24, By Hannah Wulkan

A popular hot dog joint has been shut down for owing over $150,000 in taxes, according to the Department of Taxation and Finance.

The New York Dog House at 37-06 30th Avenue was seized on October 17, and currently owes $154,712.40 in back taxes, according to a spokesman for the Tax Department.

The spokesman added that the business has nine outstanding warrants against it, seven for sales tax and two for withholding tax.

Owner Vlad Stern said that he is working directly with the state to get his business back, and hopes to reopen by this weekend.

“We’re working on it but it’s just an unfortunate situation,” Stern said. “It seems unjustifiable to me, the state took such extreme measures.”

However a Tax Department spokesperson said that seizing a business is usually a last resort measure, and that they are “in constant communication with the owners long before they seize a business.”

seizedStern also posted a sign in the window of the restaurant, claiming that “it is with great sadness, extreme frustration, and due to unethical behavior of the Department of State we have to seize operations for now.”

He went on to write “As many of you know this place is run by honest, hard working, passionate, and dedicated individuals who have nothing but love for the New York Dog House.”

The New York Dog House opened in 2013, and focuses on serving specialty hot dogs with unique toppings, including chili paste, peanuts, baked beans, pineapple, avocado and many more.

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Clever origami-like measuring spoon

Oct. 24th, 2016 05:49 pm
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Posted by Jason Kottke

This folding measuring spoon on Kickstarter is clever as hell. Polygons lays flat in a drawer and, depending on how you pick it up, folds into four different volumes.

Premarked areas on both spoon sizes (tablespoon and teaspoon) let you know where to pick up from to measure the volume required for your recipe. Practicality and simplicity at its finest.

The spoons come in two sizes (the smaller measures teaspoons and the larger one tablespoons), they’re marked with US and metric measurements, you can flatten it to easily scrape every last bit of stuff into the bowl, and it doubles as a knife when flat as well. (via colossal)

Update: Hmm, it looks like Polygons needs a little more work to be a fully functional product. (thx, mac)

Tags: cooking   design   food   origami


Oct. 24th, 2016 05:22 pm
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Lunch break — pleased that at gym, my trainer has graduated me from TRX strap / body weight exercises to lifting with weights. Squats with the bar, woo! Will be sore tomorrow. Paused on the way home to take photos of the autumn crocuses — for whatever reason, the bunnies and squirrels tend to devour my spring crocuses, but the autumn ones make it through, mostly, anyway. Maybe there’s just more other food around for them now? Charming, whatever the reason. Okay, back to work now! Facebook off!

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buy this print!

Here we are, back at Wuthering Heights after an extended leave. Heathcliff has come home and everyone is reasonable and I don't really see trouble brewing at all.

Thank you all who picked up King Baby!! I went on a book tour to schools and stores, and I loved all the little ones so much. I drew some comics about it: one

We have new plushes (see I made a new button with my computer skills), and new kids shirts coming in to Topatoco soon as well! I haven't really mentioned this before, but stores in the real world can also pick up my things to put on the shelves, through our wholesale department. And I'd love to see more of that, I get asked about it a lot! Well it's no problem, just go HERE and thanks as always for stopping by!

More Wuthering to come!
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Posted by /u/dunderball

Thought I'd pick your brains on what most of you do. I'm not in a rent stabilized building so I'm wondering what you all do when you're a month or two away from renewal. Are you proactive about reaching out to your landlord and renegotiating rent increases? Or do you kind of sit on your hands? Just looking for any helpful tips. I plan on renting for another year and maybe look to buying a home in that time. I'm not looking to move at the moment unless I face some kind or ridiculous double digit increase.

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Posted by Jason Kottke

Kurzgesagt shares a speculative bit of physics called vacuum decay that could very efficiently erase the entire Universe.

To understand vacuum decay, you need to consider the Higgs field that permeates our Universe. Like an electric field, the Higgs field varies in strength, based on its potential. Think of the potential as a track on which a ball is rolling. The higher it is on the track, the more energy the ball has.

The Higgs potential determines whether the Universe is in one of two states: a true vacuum, or a false vacuum. A true vacuum is the stable, lowest-energy state, like sitting still on a valley floor. A false vacuum is like being nestled in a divot in the valley wall — a little push could easily send you tumbling. A universe in a false vacuum state is called “metastable”, because it’s not actively decaying (rolling), but it’s not exactly stable either.

There are two problems with living in a metastable universe. One is that if you create a high enough energy event, you can, in theory, push a tiny region of the universe from the false vacuum into the true vacuum, creating a bubble of true vacuum that will then expand in all directions at the speed of light. Such a bubble would be lethal.

Such a process could already be underway, but don’t worry:

But even if one or multiple spheres of death have already started expanding, the Universe is so big they might not reach us for billions of years.

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A short history of Beyonce

Oct. 24th, 2016 02:26 pm
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From Genius, a short review of Beyonce Knowles’ life and career, from an appearance on Star Search — I wonder what Skeleton Crew is up to these days? — to Lemonade, one of 2016’s few genuine bright spots. The greatest entertainer of the century so far? A friend recently went to see Beyonce and Kanye concerts about two weeks apart. I asked her who was better and she just rolled her eyes.

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Posted by Jason Kottke

Here’s a playlist of snippets of five Kanye West songs that contain samples played at the original tempo of those samples. (A couple of the songs are his and some he was featured on or produced.) (thx, brant)

Tags: Kanye West   music   remix
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Oct. 24th, 2016 07:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[livejournal.com profile] editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.

Buy Stuff, Help out:

[tumblr.com profile] deesarrachi linked to Please Give Me Your Money So I Can Buy A Vagina, an autobiographical one-woman show by Julia Lynn Marsh, which began as a fundraiser for her SRS and is now showing off-Broadway in NYC as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival. If you're in the area and want to see the show, you can read more and buy tickets here.

Help For Free:

Represent is a startup nonprofit working to get more underrepresented groups (people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBT+) into public media such as iflm, television, and theater. They're competing for a $100K grant and need votes to win; voting ends tomorrow so you can vote here today!

Ciaccona linked to SNELovesPets, a social media campaign to raise money for New England animal welfare organizations. Post photos of your pet to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter using the hashtag #snelovespets for the rest of October and for every image uploaded, Subaru New England will donate $5 (up to $60K) to New England animal shelters. You can read more about the campaign here.


[personal profile] in_the_bottle and her flatmate are looking for someone to share a 3br in Fulham, London (SW6); rent is L737/mo plus utilities and council tax; they're looking for someone to start late October or early/mid-November. You can read more and get in touch here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.


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