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April 10, 2014

This is a really fantastic interview with Colbert.

Big news: CBS just announced Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on The Late Show next year. Thoughts?

You can hear the 2012 Fresh Air interview here

(Source: nprfreshair)

 
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February 17, 2014

Three things I saw in Bay Area today

1. A baby was crying in the 12th Street Oakland BART stop, and its parents were desperately trying to calm it. Eventually the mother covered herself in a blanket and tucked the baby inside to breastfeed.  The woman next to them—a tall, black woman with bright blue eyeshadow and waist-length dreads—stood up and loudly proclaimed “breast-feeding is best. It’s the best. My babies breastfed and they never ever got sick. and now my son, he’s a basketball player. He’s 6 foot 2!” She reached into her bubble gum-pink tote and produced a framed 8x10 portrait of her son in his high school basketball uniform and slowly turned to show it off like the illustrations in a picture book.

2. A streetcar rushed by on Market street, speeding through the intersection right before the light turned red. A 20-something man with shoulder length hair and a tan sweatshirt ran into the middle of the street, picked something up out of the tracks, and skipped back to the sidewalk.

"Hey," I shouted from down the block, "Did you just lay some pennies in the train tracks?"

"Yeah!" He grinned and held out his open palm in my direction. I got closer and examined his two pennies and single dime, which were shiny, flat and oblong.

3. This:

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January 9, 2014
yunik:

amandacharchian:
Holding a 10,000 year old piece of ice from the melting glaciers!
Iceland.

yunik:

amandacharchian:

Holding a 10,000 year old piece of ice from the melting glaciers!

Iceland.

 
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January 8, 2014
Christmas in Minneapolis was so cold that a raven froze to death, tumbling face-first into the snow from a tree in the Walker Sculpture Garden. 

Christmas in Minneapolis was so cold that a raven froze to death, tumbling face-first into the snow from a tree in the Walker Sculpture Garden. 

 
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December 3, 2013
OHIOPROUD
theatlantic:

Congratulations, Ohio! You Are the Sweariest State in the Union

There’s a relatively long tradition, in the field of data visualization, of tracking the way we swear. This makes sense. Not only is it fun to track, but cursing is also conveniently specific as a data set; you’ve got your f-bombs and your double hockey sticks and your bodily functions, and, factoring in their permutations, you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need much sophisticated sentiment analysis to ensure that your data are accurate: An f-bomb is pretty much an f-bomb, regardless of the contextual subtleties. As a result of all this, we, the public, get treated to sweary heat maps. And more sweary heat maps. And sweary interactive maps. There’s just something about big data and sailor-cursing that complement each other—like peanut butter and mothereffing jelly. 
Traditionally, those maps are based on text—on swears that are typed into Facebook or, even more publicly, Twitter. Making a map of the sweariest states requires simply gathering geocoded posts, isolating the swears, and going from there.
Read more. [Image: Marchex]

OHIOPROUD

theatlantic:

Congratulations, Ohio! You Are the Sweariest State in the Union

There’s a relatively long tradition, in the field of data visualization, of tracking the way we swear. This makes sense. Not only is it fun to track, but cursing is also conveniently specific as a data set; you’ve got your f-bombs and your double hockey sticks and your bodily functions, and, factoring in their permutations, you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need much sophisticated sentiment analysis to ensure that your data are accurate: An f-bomb is pretty much an f-bomb, regardless of the contextual subtleties. As a result of all this, we, the public, get treated to sweary heat maps. And more sweary heat maps. And sweary interactive maps. There’s just something about big data and sailor-cursing that complement each other—like peanut butter and mothereffing jelly

Traditionally, those maps are based on text—on swears that are typed into Facebook or, even more publicly, Twitter. Making a map of the sweariest states requires simply gathering geocoded posts, isolating the swears, and going from there.

Read more. [Image: Marchex]

 
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October 22, 2013

agreed

samflow:

The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing.

Read more here

 
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October 22, 2013

trixibelle:

koipondering:

Hijab Tutorial for Eid by Nabiilabee

This is so beautiful.

Really beautiful

(Source: beautyofhijabs)

 
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October 17, 2013

I am going to be a playboy bunny for halloween… originally I want to be nun [with bikini under the robes?], but this is not new. Last year there was pregnant nun. There was also another bunny, but she was overweight…

People will either love it, or they will choke

— My mother, on Halloween costumes  
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September 30, 2013

HB and I have been playing this song at parties before an adorable dad + toddler combo made it cool.

 
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