Git ‘er done

Technology
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It would be great if Github would be clearer about this, but be aware that if you are contributing to someone else’s project by way of forking their repository into your account, you’re going to want to keep your pull request’s clean. First of all, you more than likely want the master branch of your […]

Awareness is key

Human Behavior, Politics
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News outlets have been focusing more attention on the rampant sexual assault issues plaguing our armed forces. The worse accounts I’ve heard involve people who were supposedly in charge of preventing sexual assault engaging in such deplorable behavior themselves. One of the most talked about, and confusing, cases involves four men at Maryland’s Naval Academy […]

“We agree, Mr. President. Wait… what am I saying?”

Politics

From what I can tell by the response of Democratic and Republican Congesspeople, the legislature and the executive are go on attacking Syria. Several members of our legislature, on the left and right, have made clear that they prefer a timetable, but they still acknowledge that the actual consequences of such an action are uncertain […]

Open letter to Anita Sarkeesian

Gaming, Social Issues
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First Damsel in Distress Video Second Video | Third Video Thunderf00t’s response Part 2 | Another non-sexist anti-trolling rebuttal | A very thorough critique of Sarkeesian’s conclusions Oh man, you stirred up quite the hornet’s nest. Say, it’s no good that you’ve been harassed, but you should *absolutely* respond to thoughtful critiques of your work. […]

Please register to vote… or don’t…

Politics
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I’m having a hard time understanding the outrage behind these Voter ID laws I keep hearing about. In the State of Colorado, one is given a variety of methods to register to vote. When you obtain a license, and probably also when you obtain any other kind of Colorado state ID, there are sections of […]

In the blink of an update

Technology
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Firefox users may have noticed that as of Mozilla’s release of version 23 today, they will no longer be supporting the blink tag. Your first feeling may be disbelief. Shock, even. Followed by disappointment. Bargaining. And then finally, acceptance. An article on the MDN points out that all of the major browsers, except for Opera, […]

The Infallible

Religion, Social Issues

The Pope’s recent words about his view on homosexuality were, as always, confusing. He attempts to be inclusive by saying that he is not the one to judge anyone who identifies as gay. The message from the Catholic Church is to condemn the acts of homosexuality but not the person, very much like the “hate […]

A Required Romp

Politics, Social Issues
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Scalia’s opinions are always a good time. They are laugh-out-loud hilarious and a fun educational experience for the whole family. I mean that with all seriousness. His dissent in the United States v. Windsor case, which looked at the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, was a very abrasive and clear-cut rebuttal to the […]

Not quite worthy of her greatness

Literature

I was a little disappointed by Nathan Englander’s story What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. First, I thought that the characters’ decision to smoke pot was a little too contrived. Kind of like in Raymond Carver’s Cathedral. Carver was supposed to be this voice of the voiceless sort of figure, writing […]

The right now reviles wiretapping

Politics
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Do conservatives not remember how they were very unconcerned about the government potentially spying on citizens before Obama? Do they not remember how they were defending Bush’s government during the whole FISA controversy? This NYT article, which says the NSA‘s mission is “to spy on communications abroad”, caused quite a stir back in the day. […]