“Representative Ezekiel Candler of Mississippi angrily insisted that “the rising of the sun and the going down thereof fixes the time.” “God’s time is true,” Candler rang out; “man made time is false.” “Let us repeal this law and have the clocks proclaim God’s time and tell the truth,” he thundered to his colleagues’ applause. “Truth is always best. It is mighty and should always prevail.””—Mike O’Malley in Hating Daylight Saving (via iamdanw)
I just found out that I was mistaken in my belief that Britain had double summer time between 1968 and 1971; instead, it turns out there were no daylight savings changes between those dates, but they were reinstated after a 366 - 81 Parliamentary vote.
“Nearly a dozen new parts, including the game’s biggest fuel tanks, will help players tackle what is the most ambitious NASA mission to date. Another new part is the robotic grappling device, which players will use to snare the rock and redirect it into orbit around the Mun, Kerbin or other planets.”—
I had a great chance to meet Chris Marker, once. I got to go outside of Paris, he was in a little editing room in it, I think? And this guy Anatole Dauman was a big producer, and he said ‘I pay for Chris to have this little editing room, would you like to go visit him, he would love it.’ And I said, ‘Yeah!’. And I went there, not with this guy, and Chris Marker was in a room about the size of this booth, and he was editing, and he was starting to work in video, early video.
So he took a camera and he filmed me for a while, and he had all these trims in a bin, and he said ‘This is a film project I’m working on, but I don’t touch it, because look inside.’ And inside the bin was a mother cat with her little newborn babies, and he said ‘I leave them alone, they are a priority. So now I work on the video until she takes them out and then I can go back to the film project.’ He was strange and particular and so nice. It was fantastic.
“Obviously, I don’t consider business a male bailiwick and the home the kingdom of woman, but a whole lot of people do, and a goodly number of them have a massive influence on the allocation of R & D funds and the political narrative than I do. Right this very second, here in the US, we are having an actual, serious, if incredibly stupid, conversation about whether or not women should have easy access to birth control. We are having this conversation because significant humans in our government believe women should not have access to it at all. I’m super excited about that, because it means it’s 1965 and we’re gonna go to the moon soon.”—Cat Valente in Charlie’s Diary: Life With and Without Animated Ducks: The Future Is Gender Distributed, from February 2012, and a classic piece of writing on gender and technology (via iamdanw)
“Most people are ambivalent" about the surveillance, said Jean Thompson, 51, whose Glenview neighborhood installed surveillance cameras a month ago. "But we’re so creeped out by what is going on (in terms of crime) that we feel we don’t have a choice.”—Oakland neighbors increasingly use surveillance for security on SFGate.com.
The German system moreover is deliberately structured to encourage renting rather than owning. Tenants enjoy strong rights and, provided they pay their rent, are virtually immune from eviction and even from significant rent increases.
Meanwhile demand for owner occupation is curbed by German regulation. German banks, for instance, are rarely permitted to lend more than 80 percent of the value of a property, thus a would-be home buyer first needs to accumulate a deposit of at least 20 percent. To cap it all, ownership of a home is subject to a serious consumption tax, while landlords are encouraged by favorable tax treatment to maximize the availability of rental properties.
“in 1984 Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, with the ultimate result of raising the legal drinking age to 21 in all 50 states. This change moved college partying away from bars and college-sponsored events and toward private houses—an ideal situation for fraternities.”—
As someone who went to a British university, where drinking is either done at or before going to either a student union event, pub, or nightclub, the idea that the people making sure you shouldn’t get drunk are your peers rather than people who have jobs and drink licences on the line always seemed like a recipe for disaster.
“Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.”—
“the Air Force will also retire the 50-year-old U-2 in favor of the unmanned Global Hawk system. This decision was a close call, as DoD had previously recommended retaining the U-2 over the Global Hawk because of cost issues. But over the last several years, DoD has been able to reduce the Global Hawk’s operating costs. With its greater range and endurance, the Global Hawk makes a better high-altitude reconnaissance platform for the future.”—Chuck Hagel, United States Secretary of Defense, quoted in Ars Technica.
“In that arrangement, unique to the American republic, power, conceived by the American people to be the common enemy, was broken up, dispersed, coop’d and cabined in by bills of rights, and fettered by divided and competing powers between branches of government, as well as by a triumphant national faith in laissez-faire.”—
Intellectually, I understood this before I moved to the United States, but it’s taken years for the true sense of the deep difference between this and the strongly centralised British (or, for that matter, French) government to really sink in.
Burke:What’s your current favourite piece of design?
Antonelli:Well, there’s a new variation of the handicapped sign, the wheelchair sign, that I love that we just acquired into the collection. The old one had the static person in the wheelchair waiting to be pushed. The new one, it’s almost like the Paralympics, they are jolted forward, they don’t need anybody, it’s going. I like that. It made me excited.
“The idea that everybody wants to be president of the United States or have a million dollars is simply not the case. Most people want to go down to the corner and have a glass of beer. They’re very happy.”—
It seems that everyone in Silicon Valley and San Francisco wants to leave a dent in the world. Well, I can think of lots of people who’ve left terrible, horrible dents, even tears, in the world; just as many, more even, than you can name who’ve improved it.
If leaving a dent means making yourself miserable earning a million dollars, I’ll leave it, and be happily over here sipping a glass of wine.
“The image that drove it home was a poster for some student shin-dig, an “iPod disco”—a night out where everyone goes to da club with their own music player, and dances to their own beat as heard on their headphones. How utterly neoliberal is that? You couldn’t make a better metaphor for individualist consumerism if you tried.”—Paul Graham Raven, in Music Matters for Demon Pigeon. QFT.