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photo The 84-mpg Elio. The modern American answer to the Reliant Robin. For insight as to how the original performed, see this Top Gear segment.

The 84-mpg Elio. The modern American answer to the Reliant Robin. For insight as to how the original performed, see this Top Gear segment.

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April 15, 2014
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photo Yes. That is a pizza vending machine. We live in the future.

Yes. That is a pizza vending machine. We live in the future.

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April 12, 2014
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Mentally ill people aren’t killers. Angry people are.

Slate has a great article on violence, and who really commits it.

Some choice quotes:

  • Violence is not a product of mental illness; violence is a product of anger. When we cannot modulate anger, it will control our behavior.
  • Violent crimes are committed by people who lack the skills to modulate anger, express it constructively, and move beyond it.
  • Violence is a product of compromised anger management skills.
  • Violent crimes committed by people with severe mental illnesses get a lot of attention, but such attacks are relatively rare. … “Violence by those with mental illness is so small that even if you could somehow cure it all, 95 percent of violent crime would still exist.”
  • With no clear explanation of the causes of violent crime from the mental health field, and with significant encouragement from the gun lobby, the public has begun to seize on the wrong explanation for tragic, violent events. …ignoring the fact that what the perpetrators have in common in every single one of these cases is a loss of control of their anger.

"It’s all about anger" is a bit over-simplified, given there are many patterns of violence that aren’t primarily driven by the perpetrators’ anger. But the argument still rings largely true, especially in the domestic and social situations most of us are likely to encounter violence.

Anger, frustration, and the non-linear amplification of anger, anxiety, and other emotional responses that accompany acute stress events is often the fuel that escalates from harsh words to physical violence, assaults, fatal violence, and even multiple fatalities.

This understanding also leads to ways to reduce violence. Certainly not “lethal weapons for everyone!” But helping to reduce the anger, anxiety, and chaos in people’s lives. Diffusing and de-escalating anger, helping people to recognize it, channel it, reduce it, control it. Maybe “meditation for everyone” rather than 9mm pistols all around.

1 week ago

April 9, 2014
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photo Oh, Google Street View! Stay classy!

You know what? Belay that! Stay just as you are.

Source: 9eyes.com, via fastcodesign.com

Oh, Google Street View! Stay classy!

You know what? Belay that! Stay just as you are.

Source: 9eyes.com, via fastcodesign.com

(Source: 9eyes)

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April 3, 2014
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photo The InterTubes: a schematic map showing a simplification of the world’s network of submarine fibre-optic cables.

Ted Stevens would be so proud!

The InterTubes: a schematic map showing a simplification of the world’s network of submarine fibre-optic cables.

Ted Stevens would be so proud!

(Source: geography.oii.ox.ac.uk)

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April 3, 2014
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photo Nothing much. Just hanging out with my new Dennis Rodman figurine. You? (at Thrifty’s Second Hand Stuff)

Nothing much. Just hanging out with my new Dennis Rodman figurine. You? (at Thrifty’s Second Hand Stuff)

2 weeks ago

March 29, 2014
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photo The amazing Johnny Blazes. Each and every performance worth seeing.

The amazing Johnny Blazes. Each and every performance worth seeing.

2 months ago

February 4, 2014
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photo BEST ADVERTISING TAGLINE EVER

BEST ADVERTISING TAGLINE EVER

3 months ago

January 17, 2014
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photo Today, I’m an onion. I have layers.

Today, I’m an onion. I have layers.

3 months ago

January 7, 2014
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Choose A Number?

So everyone’s apparently choosing quasi-random identifying numbers and other people are commenting on them pseudo-anonymously? This is yet another one of those “I’m bored” Tumblr games, isn’t it?

I don’t really know the rules, but if we have to choose a number, I pick sqrt(-2).

Yes, it’s a complex, irrational number. You expected something different?

3 months ago

January 2, 2014
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photo This Slate science video 1) uses Carrot Top as an example of life on other planets and 2) makes a cum-swapping/snowballing joke. Lithopanspermia, folks. It’s edgier than you thought.

This Slate science video 1) uses Carrot Top as an example of life on other planets and 2) makes a cum-swapping/snowballing joke. Lithopanspermia, folks. It’s edgier than you thought.

3 months ago

December 20, 2013
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photo Heading home. A homeless panhandler in the way to the subway admired my fleece. If I get tired if it, he calls dibs. So I got that going for me.  (at Chicago Blue Line)

Heading home. A homeless panhandler in the way to the subway admired my fleece. If I get tired if it, he calls dibs. So I got that going for me. (at Chicago Blue Line)

5 months ago

November 14, 2013
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photo The Red Cross did give me cookies. But I made some more. You know. Just to be safe.

The Red Cross did give me cookies. But I made some more. You know. Just to be safe.

5 months ago

November 11, 2013
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photo Okay, Red Cross. Where’s my cookie? (at St James Church)

Okay, Red Cross. Where’s my cookie? (at St James Church)

5 months ago

November 11, 2013
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photo I *so* want to add one word to this sign.

I *so* want to add one word to this sign.

6 months ago

September 29, 2013
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