Why I Am Not a Maker

Every once in a while, I am asked what I “make.” A hack day might require it, or a conference might ask me to describe “what I make” so it can go on my name tag.

I’m always uncomfortable with it. I’m uncomfortable with any culture that encourages you take on an entire identity, rather than to express a facet of your own identity ("maker," rather than "someone who makes things"). But I have much deeper concerns.

An identity built around making things—of being “a ...
Submitted by FMonk at 2015-01-31 16:59pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Mo. Man Arrested After Telling Black Waitress He Wanted to Show Her Where He ‘Hung’ Her Grandpa

A 65-year-old white Missouri man was arrested and charged with a hate crime after he reportedly used racial slurs toward a black waitress whom he also allegedly told, "I have a place I would like to take you where I hung your grandpa."

[...]According to police reports, Gaa initially denied making the remarks but dropped a few racial slurs in trying to explain his innocence. The newspaper notes that Gaa was released from the Nodaway County Jail on $4,900 bond.
Submitted by MaulLove at 2015-01-31 13:43pm to the Crime forum.

Meet the Two New Yorkers Who Are Starting a Preschool for Adults

Anyone 18 or older can enroll in Lapidos's Preschool Mastermind, a month-long course where adults can relive their pre-K days with activities like finger-painting, show-and-tell, nap time, and even a class picture day that prompts you to "dress your 4-year-old best." Lapidos, who in 2013 started a skipping club in Brooklyn, says she's always looking for new ways to get people in touch with the freedom of childhood. She was encouraged by a friend to start a mastermind course, and later — while ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2015-01-31 12:08pm to the Horseshit! forum.

Robot Snowplow from Japan Eats Up Snow, Poops Out Bricks

The internal compressor addresses a very real problem - what to do with the snow? Instead of acting as a snowblower, which might create more snow clearance problems,
Yuki-taro takes in snow at the front, squeezes it into rectangular bricks, and excretes said bricks out the back. Try teaching your dog to do that! The bricks can be easily stacked and stored for summer cooling needs
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2015-01-31 8:40am to the The World forum.

Putin Ally to Get $3B Contract to Build Bridge to Crimea

Russia has handed a multi-billion dollar contract to build a bridge to the Crimea peninsula to an ally and former judo partner of Vladimir Putin who is under Western sanctions.

A government order published on Friday named Stroigazmontazh (SGM) as the contractor to build the bridge spanning the Kerch Strait to link Russia's mainland and Crimea, annexed from Ukraine last March in an act that triggered Western sanctions.
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2015-01-31 6:50am to the The World forum.

Here's The $7 Custom Poem I Just Bought In The Subway From A Poet Who Makes $700 A Week

On my way home from the gym the other night, I swiped into the Union Square subway in New York's Manhattan and came across a sign:

PICK A SUBJECT
AND PRICE
GET A POEM

Behind the sign was the poet, with an old-school typewriter.

My coworker and I managed to scrounge up $7 in cash, and I asked for a poem about "blue.
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2015-01-31 6:19am to the Arts forum.

WWE superstar Mick Foley ejected from wing-eating contest after using fanny pack to cheat

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley put his reputation as a super-nice guy (not unlike Santa Claus) at risk on Friday when he was ejected from a chicken wing-eating contest after being caught cheating. According to the Associated Press, the 49-year-old pro wrestler stuffed extra wings into a fanny pack at Philadelphia’s Wing Bowl on Friday to make it seem like he was consuming more than he actually did.
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2015-01-31 1:12am to the Crime forum.

Gorillaz Creator Jamie Hewllet Confirms Group's Return

No squealin', remember that it's all in your head.
Submitted by downbulb at 2015-01-30 22:56pm to the Music forum.

Never trust a corporation to do a library's job

As it turns out, organizing the world’s information isn’t always profitable. Projects that preserve the past for the public good aren’t really a big profit center. Old Google knew that, but didn’t seem to care.

The desire to preserve the past died along with 20% time, Google Labs, and the spirit of haphazard experimentation.

Google may have dropped the ball on the past, but fortunately, someone was there to pick it up.
Submitted by MaulLove at 2015-01-30 17:31pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Makayla Sault murdered by idiot parents, aided by Canadian government

Makayla Sault, the 11-year-old Ontario First Nation girl who refused chemotherapy to pursue traditional indigenous medicine and other alternative treatments, has died.

Submitted by phalsebob at 2015-01-30 17:12pm to the Horseshit! forum.

Idaho State Rep Learns To Love The Gays, Tearfully Votes To Deny Them Rights

"My heart has been touched by this hearing. I’ve gotten to know you, and I know from this point on — forever — I will be kinder and I will be more compassionate to those who bear a heavy burden.

Somewhere in scripture it says that if we are not kind to the needy, and to the lonely, and to the afflicted, and to those who bear a heavy burden, our prayers will not be answered. I will be kinder, and I will be more compassionate."

And then he went ahead and voted to prevent the bill from ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 15:44pm to the Politics forum.

S.F. public defender detained outside court; office outraged

A San Francisco deputy public defender was handcuffed and arrested at the Hall of Justice after she objected to city police officers questioning her client outside a courtroom, an incident that her office called outrageous and police officials defended as appropriate.

The Tuesday afternoon arrest of attorney Jami Tillotson as she denied police officers’ attempts to take photos of her client without explanation raised questions about police intimidation and harassment, Public Defender Jeff ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 15:43pm to the Crime forum.

This Winter's Fad for Dummies: The $1200 Canada Goose Jacket

Canada Goose Jackets are for pricks. The big bulky puffers are distinguishable from other parkas only by a patch. Don't buy one, because they're expensive, and winter sucks enough without being a consumer sucker on top of it all.
Submitted by nocash at 2015-01-30 14:43pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Ex-owner: I was ‘deceived’ in historic Boston house sale

The former owner of 21 Yale Terrace says that she was “deceived” by a buyer who claimed to be a family-minded local grandmother into selling the historic house to the neighboring Bicon Dental Implants. The 501 Arborway business controversially plans to demolish the 19th century house and replace it with a parking garage and townhouses.

Meanwhile, the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC) imposed a 90-day delay through Article 85 during its meeting Jan. 13. Article 85 of the zoning code ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 14:29pm to the The Economy forum.

Gay Man Falsely Arrested for “Sex Crime”: 1957.

In 1955, a horrific crime took place, with the “sex slaying” of three teenage boys in Chicago. Fourteen-year-old Robert Peterson and two of his friends, John Schuessler, 13, and John’s brother Anton, 11, had left the Peterson home on their bikes to see a move at a nearby theater one Sunday afternoon. They never returned home. Two days later, on October 18, 1955, police found their bodies on a horse bridal path in a forest preserve, nude and strangled. The Peterson-Schuessler murders ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 13:19pm to the Crime forum.

#MyOzObituary: Colleen McCullough fans mock obituary in the Australian

A churlish obituary for much-loved Australian author Colleen McCullough has attracted scorn on social media, spurring users to speculate on how their own life’s achievements might be backhandedly remembered.

In Friday’s edition of the Australian, the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds – which sold 30m copies worldwide – is remembered as “plain of feature, and certainly overweight, [but] nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth” in the first paragraph.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 13:11pm to the Books forum.

Bill Would Allow Texas Teachers To Kill Students

People who are concerned about the use of excessive force by law enforcement may have to deal with another fatal can of worms. If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms, in the near future.

The Lone Star State already permits teachers to have firearms in the classroom, but H.B. 868, also known as the Teacher’s Protection Act, would authorize instructors to use “force or deadly force on school ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 13:16pm to the Education forum.

Singing show tunes helps fight off dementia, Alzheimer's disease: study

The hills are alive with the sound of music, which could help people with Alzheimer's stave off the effects of the debilitating disease.

A study by U.S. scientists has shown that the brain function of those suffering from dementia can be improved if they belt out their favorite show tunes.

Researchers working with elderly residents at an East Coast care home found in a four-month long study found that people who sang their favorite songs showed a marked improvement compared to those who just ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 13:09pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16

After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.

"After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney told supporters on a conference call.

The exit of Romney, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, comes after several of his former major donors and a ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 13:07pm to the Politics forum.

Binge-Watching TV Linked to Depression, Loneliness

Put down that remote control, binge watchers, and get some fresh air.

A new study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin discovered that viewers who gorge on multiple TV episodes in one sitting may be doing so to cope with feelings of depression and loneliness.

“Even though some people argue that binge-watching is a harmless addiction, findings from our study suggest that binge-watching should no longer be viewed this way,” said Yoon Hi Sung, author of the study.

The study, which ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-01-30 13:04pm to the Health & Beauty forum.