Watch: President Obama Learns to Code

As Angry Birds plays in the background

YouTube

On December 8, 2014, President Obama met with students participating in an “Hour of Code” event at the White House, which is really cool and all that, but somebody in the room is playing Angry Birds and the sound effects are louder than the people’s voices, and I have to admit I cracked up every time the birds won a round.

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248 comments

1 Kragar  Dec 8, 2014 3:49:58pm

How long before TCOT sees this and destroys their computers in protest?

2 gwangung  Dec 8, 2014 3:51:04pm

re: #1 Kragar

How long before TCOT sees this and destroys their computers in protest?

Please proceed.

3 b_sharp  Dec 8, 2014 3:51:17pm

re: #1 Kragar

How long before TCOT sees this and destroys their computers in protest?

One can hope it will be soon.

4 dog philosopher  Dec 8, 2014 3:51:36pm

do the angry brides throw away their wedding rings or something?

5 b_sharp  Dec 8, 2014 3:54:27pm

re: #4 dog philosopher

do the angry brides throw away their wedding rings or something?

Lots of squawking ensues.

6 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 3:57:37pm

Hahahaha, I can’t even do these tutorials. {sigh}

code.org

7 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 3:59:53pm

Here are some of the sound effects you can hear from the game:

Youtube Video

8 The Vicious Babushka  Dec 8, 2014 4:01:19pm

I feel so old. My first program was written in FORTRAN.

On punch cards!

9 b_sharp  Dec 8, 2014 4:01:56pm

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

I feel so old. My first program was written in FORTRAN.

On punch cards!

‘Uphill both ways!’

10 allegro  Dec 8, 2014 4:03:42pm

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

I feel so old. My first program was written in FORTRAN.

On punch cards!

FORTRAN and punch cards are how I learned that coding was not my calling. Did. Not. Like.

11 Kragar  Dec 8, 2014 4:04:18pm

re: #2 gwangung

Please proceed.

“Obama likes computers? Hell no!”

*SMASHES PC*

“Now I’ll post to Facebook and tell all my friends to do the same… FUCK! DAMN YOU OBAMA!”

12 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 4:06:03pm

I believe that’s my first use of the “Wacky Obama Fun” meta tag.

13 b_sharp  Dec 8, 2014 4:06:46pm

I started coding back in the late ’80s and quit late ’90s or so*. I just started seriously playing with HTML/CSS/PHP/Jscript. I had forgotten how much fun coding is.

*My last project was written in Access Visual Basic so I’m not sure it really qualifies as coding.

14 allegro  Dec 8, 2014 4:07:32pm

re: #12 Charles Johnson

I believe that’s my first use of the “Wacky Obama Fun” meta tag.

When you start applying it to the SOTU I’ll know we’re reaching the end.

15 dog philosopher  Dec 8, 2014 4:08:45pm

i just let my million monkeys type and then i select the version that works

16 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 4:09:26pm

Here’s that video cued up to the sound you can hear over and over in the clip above:

Youtube Video

17 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:09:49pm

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

I feel so old. My first program was written in FORTRAN.

On punch cards!

Argghhh! I remember punch cards from that clunky “word processor” we used in the late 70s. Didn’t understand a thing about them, but I could type 100 wpm.

And I once had to use a Wang system. Anyone remember Wang?

Different skills for different folks, eh?

18 b_sharp  Dec 8, 2014 4:10:28pm

re: #15 dog philosopher

i just let my million monkeys type and then i select the version that works

If you use progressive selection it doesn’t take as long. Cuts your banana bill down substantially.

19 b_sharp  Dec 8, 2014 4:11:40pm

re: #17 Justanotherhuman

Argghhh! I remember punch cards from that clunky “word processor” we used in the late 70s. Didn’t understand a thing about them, but I could type 100 wpm.

And I once had to use a Wang system. Anyone remember Wang?

Different skills for different folks, eh?

Ha ha, you said Wang…

(The Wangs were just the terminals)

20 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:12:47pm

Portland, Ore., sues Uber, saying ride-share app operates illegal, unregulated transportation service - @PBOTinfo
read more on portlandoregon.gov

Rio de Janeiro transportation official reports Uber to police, claiming taxi service is illegal - @BloombergNews
read more on bloomberg.com

Expect more of these.

21 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 4:13:31pm

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

I feel so old. My first program was written in FORTRAN.

On punch cards!

BASIC

On a teletype to a Vaxen.

Followed by BASIC

On a TRS-80. aka TRASH-80.

With no storage media so we had to type the program everytime till we figured out how to hook up his tape recorder to it.

Thank god I soon learned about LISP… ;)

22 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:13:31pm

re: #19 b_sharp

Ha ha, you said Wang…

(The Wangs were just the terminals)

Yeah, I was a “terminal” user. : )

23 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 4:15:12pm

re: #17 Justanotherhuman

Argghhh! I remember punch cards from that clunky “word processor” we used in the late 70s. Didn’t understand a thing about them, but I could type 100 wpm.

And I once had to use a Wang system. Anyone remember Wang?

Different skills for different folks, eh?

Better a Wang than some of the godawful CPM “solutions” that existed with things that were far more obscure than even Wordstar is today.

24 b_sharp  Dec 8, 2014 4:15:44pm

re: #21 William Barnett-Lewis

BASIC

On a teletype to a Vaxen.

Followed by BASIC

On a TRS-80. aka TRASH-80.

With no storage media so we had to type the program everytime till we figured out how to hook up his tape recorder to it.

Thank god I soon learned about LISP… ;)

I don’t caaaar.

25 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 4:16:56pm

It’s like I’m among the Ancient Ones. “Iä! Iä! Cobol Fhtagn!”

26 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:17:33pm

I remember taking a course at work at Barclays in the ’80s for desk top publishing.

Kids today are lucky. They have the easiest skills to learn about computers.

You couldn’t get me to understand Basic or any computer “language” even if you force-fed me.

27 Amory Blaine  Dec 8, 2014 4:19:55pm

Whistleblower: Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen received illegally manufactured guns.

Department of Justice supervisor acknowledged making, selling guns without a license

A former state Division of Criminal Investigation supervisor acknowledged last year that he made and sold guns without a license, confirming allegations by a whistleblower who has since been fired.

Records released by the state Department of Justice show that former DCI Special Agent in Charge Jay Smith acknowledged in an email to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that he had made and sold guns for others but said, “I have never made a profit on selling any of my firearms.”

…..

Dan Bethards, a 14-year undercover drug agent who brought allegations against Smith to state and federal authorities, was fired in October 2013 for violating several Department of Justice rules. He now works as a narcotics agent for the Lac Courte Oreilles tribal police department.

A tape recording Bethards said he made of his conversation with Nygren during the investigation last year also revealed that two of the weapons Smith made went to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

28 klystron  Dec 8, 2014 4:19:58pm

The most important thing to remember when coding: the computer does exactly what you tell it to.

I guarantee that is the problem 99.999999% of the time.

(That rare out case is when it does what someone else told it to do that you didn’t take into account.)

This is why coding is both hugely satisfying and immensely frustrating, the proportions of which …well… some days I like working on code and some days I don’t.

29 allegro  Dec 8, 2014 4:23:36pm

re: #28 klystron

The most important thing to remember when coding: the computer does exactly what you tell it to.

I guarantee that is the problem 99.999999% of the time.

(That rare out case is when it does what someone else told it to do that you didn’t take into account.)

This is why coding is both hugely satisfying and immensely frustrating, the proportions of which …well… some days I like working on code and some days I don’t.

Then to me, computers are cats.

30 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:24:47pm

re: #28 klystron

The most important thing to remember when coding: the computer does exactly what you tell it to.

I guarantee that is the problem 99.999999% of the time.

(That rare out case is when it does what someone else told it to do that you didn’t take into account.)

This is why coding is both hugely satisfying and immensely frustrating, the proportions of which …well… some days I like working on code and some days I don’t.

Garbage in; garbage out.

31 dog philosopher  Dec 8, 2014 4:26:47pm

re: #30 Justanotherhuman

Garbage in; garbage out.

why do i have to be the garbageman, though?

32 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:27:37pm

re: #23 William Barnett-Lewis

Better a Wang than some of the godawful CPM “solutions” that existed with things that were far more obscure than even Wordstar is today.

Gawd, I hated DOS.

33 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 4:27:41pm

The year was 1969.
I had my stack of coded punch cards ready as my Senior Science Seminar class (invitation only and I was the first feminazi ever invited) headed to Wyoming High School (the only high school in Greater Cincinnati to have a “real computer”…it had its own building).

I put my carefully coded and stacked punch cards into the feeder tray and all hell broke loose.
Lights flashing, cards spraying everywhere.

One of the best of my high school memories, ever!

DO NOT FOLD, SPINDLE OR MUTILATE

34 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 4:27:49pm

re: #28 klystron

The most important thing to remember when coding: the computer does exactly what you tell it to.

I guarantee that is the problem 99.999999% of the time.

(That rare out case is when it does what someone else told it to do that you didn’t take into account.)

This is why coding is both hugely satisfying and immensely frustrating, the proportions of which …well… some days I like working on code and some days I don’t.

Those guys in Wishmaster weren’t programmers, that’s for sure.

35 darthstar  Dec 8, 2014 4:29:25pm
36 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 4:29:37pm

re: #27 Amory Blaine

Whistleblower: Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen received illegally manufactured guns.

Department of Justice supervisor acknowledged making, selling guns without a license

Nice to know LCO got a good investigator at least. (I live in Hayward, right outside the LCO rez. Good people there. )

37 dog philosopher  Dec 8, 2014 4:31:24pm

angry bribes

a game where corrupt but disgruntled philadelphia policemen refuse to look the other way until you stuff enough money in their pockets

38 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:35:05pm

Just give me something decent to type on without any other requirements, please.

From a manual typewriter (bang, bang, bang!) and learning the querty pattern of typing to a home computer (and a lousy, flat keyboard—thanks, Grandson!) that requires not a lot of brain-work is my frustrating history of the last 60 yrs. Now, it appears that I’ll have to “make do” with a lousy keyboard on a laptop as soon as I can find one that will make me half-happy. : /

39 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:39:23pm
40 ObserverArt  Dec 8, 2014 4:40:06pm

Hey all. Just wanted to say hey. Suffering Monday blues when factoring my life and current events together.

I read through the previous two threads. Now I am more bummed than when I started. Also read all the Washington Post coverage of the Ferguson shooting of Mike Brown. I keep coming away with questions. Lots of questions.

How the hell do people buy the prosecutors directing of the evidence to be Brown charged the cop like a bull…bullshit? The ‘fight’ in the car, seemed to be more a tussle with the cop getting pissed and pulling his gun to escalate the whole damn thing than the cop fearing for his life.

And then there is the ongoing Rolling Stone gang rape article. I know some are pissed at Rolling Stone. I admittedly haven’t read one in a long long time, and I don’t use their web site. However, I still give them credit for trying to get the story out. Yeah, they fucked it up, but at the heart of it…is THE story. If we are lucky they will gain back their footing, or maybe it will all lead to others really getting into it and reporting it better.

I blame some of the Rolling Stone problems on the the way journalism is being torn apart and how it is unclear to the world at large what is good what is not and how the internet feeds a lot of the problems, along with FOX type ‘news’. I think everyone is very leery about how and what they publish. You get attacked any way you tell it. No excuse, just saying it is all a muddled mess.

And then there is gadfly Chuck C. Johnson.

Okay…enough. See you all later. I’m hoping tomorrow is a way better day. It has to be. It is only up from here!

41 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 4:42:53pm
“Bang, bang, bang” went the ‘writer
“Ding, ding, ding” went the bell
“Wang, Wang, Wang” went my heartstrings
For the moment I saw it I fell

“Chug, chug, chug” went the floppy motor
“Bump, bump, bump” went the drive head
“Thump, thump, thump” went my heartstrings
When it ☺ , I could feel the carriage return shake

….

42 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 4:43:46pm

My apologies to Martin and Blane.

43 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Dec 8, 2014 4:43:51pm

re: #17 Justanotherhuman

Argghhh! I remember punch cards from that clunky “word processor” we used in the late 70s. Didn’t understand a thing about them, but I could type 100 wpm.

And I once had to use a Wang system. Anyone remember Wang?

Different skills for different folks, eh?

I remember a joke that was current in the early PC days:

Jokester: Did you know that there were Personal Computers in the Garden of Eden?
Straight Man: No. Were there really?
Jokester: Sure. Eve had an Apple and Adam had a Wang.

44 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 4:44:21pm

Why are my special characters now showing up differently between the posting box and the actual post?

45 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 4:44:58pm

46 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 4:45:50pm
47 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 4:45:58pm

re: #45 freetoken

Working right here.

48 retired cynic  Dec 8, 2014 4:47:07pm

re: #8 The Vicious Babushka

I feel so old. My first program was written in FORTRAN.

On punch cards!

Ah, yes, the old stack of cards. Me, too! We played a trick on our manager by slipping a do-loop into a program of his that told the printer to go to the top of the next page. Wheeeee! A fountain of paper!

Didn’t everyone do that?

49 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 4:47:22pm

re: #47 William Barnett-Lewis

it’s sort strange. sometimes when I follow up a special character with other than a space something goes wrong.

50 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:48:21pm

re: #48 retired cynic

Ah, yes, the old stack of cards. Me, too! We played a trick on our manager by slipping a do-loop into a program of his that told the printer to go to the top of the next page. Wheeeee! A fountain of paper!

Didn’t everyone do that?

Yeah, and we paper pushers used to laugh when they told us computers would eventually eliminate all that paper work. : )

It’s taking a hell of a long time…

51 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 4:48:51pm

re: #46 Backwoods_Sleuth

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The Return of the Terrorist Bump!

52 allegro  Dec 8, 2014 4:49:02pm

re: #48 retired cynic

Ah, yes, the old stack of cards. Me, too! We played a trick on our manager by slipping a do-loop into a program of his that told the printer to go to the top of the next page. Wheeeee! A fountain of paper!

Didn’t everyone do that?

Yes. Oh wait… you mean on purpose? No.

53 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 4:49:14pm

He’s delusional…now he’s some sort of mystical something or other…

54 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 4:49:53pm

re: #44 freetoken

Why are my special characters now showing up differently between the posting box and the actual post?

Try reloading the page.

55 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:49:59pm

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

He’s delusional…now he’s some sort of mystical something or other…

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I just wish he’d go to the edge of the universe and drop off. : )

56 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 4:50:03pm

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

maybe he should just kick it with his cloven hoof…

57 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 4:50:14pm

re: #46 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Aloof has always meant uppity.

(Which I know you know)

58 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 4:50:32pm

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

He’s delusional…now he’s some sort of mystical something or other…

[Embedded content]

He’s clearly an armed thug on drugs. Where’s the police?

59 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 4:50:45pm

re: #57 #FergusonFireside

Aloof has always meant uppity.

(Which I know you know)

:D !!!

60 goddamnedfrank  Dec 8, 2014 4:50:57pm

re: #27 Amory Blaine

Whistleblower: Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen bought illegally manufactured guns.

Department of Justice supervisor acknowledged making, selling guns without a license

There’s some legal ambiguity here:

Under federal law, firearms manufacturers must be licensed. A manufacturer is defined as “a person who devotes time, attention, and labor to manufacturing firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the sale or distribution of the firearms manufactured.”

An ATF investigation into Smith, handled by the agency’s St. Paul, Minnesota office, did not result in charges against Smith. Messages left with Robert Schmidt, the ATF spokesman, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Kayser, who made the decision not to charge Smith, were not returned.

First of all you don’t need a federal license to “make” a firearm. Making is legally distinct from manufacturing. To make a gun for personal use all you need to do is fill out ATF Form 1, wait for the approved form to come back, and comply with existing length, caliber, and other restrictions. This way it’s legal to go down to the plumbing supply store, buy some pipes, caps and a nail, and make a 12 gauge slam fire shotgun. You have to inscribe your information as a maker, name, address, and come up with a serial number for the gun. It’s totes fucking retarded, but it’s legal.

However you can’t sell a firearm you’ve “made” on a Form 1. They’re supposed to be for personal use only. This is how making and manufacturing are different from one another.

Which brings me to my second point, I don’t think the term “make” is being used correctly in the article. I’m fairly sure the guy was purchasing already manufactured receivers, which legally is the gun part that is the firearm. It’s the part that has the serial number, the part that has legal restrictions. He was then probably kitting it out with select parts. It’s legal to do this, and then sell it afterwards, as long as the person can argue with a straight face that they had the intent to keep the gun for personal use at the time that they bought it. So I’d call this assembling a gun, not making one.

If he was actually “making” guns that required a Form 1, and then selling them it’s really difficult to see how he wasn’t charged, so I’m almost certain he was buying receivers and assembling complete guns that way. It’s still pretty borderline behavior following Abramski v. United States, but as long as the pattern wasn’t too egregious and the guy held onto the receivers for some reasonable span of time before transferring them legally to close friends then it’d be pretty difficult to prosecute him for lying on a federal document, which is how they got Abramski.

Also, as a footnote the reason Abramski was investigated at all is that he was suspected of murder. The only thing they could get him for however was the straw purchase, which was totally unrelated but better than nothing in eyes of the US Attorney’s office.

61 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 4:51:28pm

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

He’s delusional…now he’s some sort of mystical something or other…

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Who are the idjits that favorite this shit?

Gah

62 Jenner7  Dec 8, 2014 4:52:07pm
63 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 4:53:45pm

re: #62 Jenner7

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I’m kinda relishing my twitter follower #’s going down as I continuously tweet this injustice.

Fuck you pansy Gator fans!!!

64 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 4:55:27pm

re: #62 Jenner7

This also confirms Dorian Johnson’s description of MB’s body jerking before he turned, as if a bullet grazed him.

65 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 4:57:05pm

Good on you, LeBron.

66 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 4:57:32pm

re: #35 darthstar

“Worsening morale crisis” in US armed forces demands immediate attention of Pres Obama, DOD & Congress

Yes, damn it! We need to put every resource we can into discovering the cause of worsening morale because it couldn’t possibly be the result of endless deployments to pointless wars that cannot be won because what constitutes winning keeps changing. It can’t be that because Senator McCain has been a cheerleader for both of those fucking wars when he hasn’t been busy lobbying for a new one.

67 Feline Fearless Leader  Dec 8, 2014 4:57:45pm

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

He’s delusional…now he’s some sort of mystical something or other…

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The universe wins, but it isn’t happening quick enough!

Apologies to Daffy.

68 nearly-headless smith25  Dec 8, 2014 5:00:14pm

re: #63 #FergusonFireside

I’m kinda relishing my twitter follower #’s going down as I continuously tweet this injustice.

Fuck you pansy Gator fans!!!

I know the feel…

Don’t need to be connected to every UK fan either.

69 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:00:43pm

re: #65 Justanotherhuman

Good on you, LeBron.

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That is actually a big deal. I’m glad he did it. Hope the Windsor’s were there to see it.

Russell Simmons was on CNN, some of you follow @michaelskolnik

They have been working with the Ferguson protesters & the NY protesters & are coming out with some formal program on Wednesday.

70 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 5:01:21pm

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

He’s delusional…now he’s some sort of mystical something or other…

[Embedded content]

A man said to the universe:
“Sir I exist!”
“However,” replied the universe,
“The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.”
- Stephen Crane

71 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 5:02:33pm

re: #66 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Yes, damn it! We need to put every resource we can into discovering the cause of worsening morale because it couldn’t possibly be the result of endless deployments to pointless wars that cannot be won because what constitutes winning keeps changing. It can’t be that because Senator McCain has been a cheerleader for both of those fucking wars when he hasn’t been busy lobbying for a new one.

And if Warmongering Johnny can’t get his 15 min in the spotlight every single day, he throws another tantrum, just like that one.

72 BeachDem  Dec 8, 2014 5:04:05pm

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

He’s delusional…now he’s some sort of mystical something or other…

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Not to mention, the most melodramatic person on the planet today.

73 ObserverArt  Dec 8, 2014 5:05:11pm

re: #65 Justanotherhuman

Good on you, LeBron.

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Just saw that. I am watching some of the game.

74 gwangung  Dec 8, 2014 5:06:05pm

re: #62 Jenner7

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Doesn’t matter. The wing nuts are convinced that Brown tried to kill Wilson and bull charged him. Don’t confuse them with facts.

75 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 5:06:37pm

Protestors blocking traffic at Atlantic Avenue and Fort Greene Place. #EricGarner

vine.co

76 ObserverArt  Dec 8, 2014 5:06:46pm

re: #66 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Yes, damn it! We need to put every resource we can into discovering the cause of worsening morale because it couldn’t possibly be the result of endless deployments to pointless wars that cannot be won because what constitutes winning keeps changing. It can’t be that because Senator McCain has been a cheerleader for both of those fucking wars when he hasn’t been busy lobbying for a new one.

And let’s not forget that great VA Hospital system and how well it was run right there in McCain’s own state…and his continued calls for lots of funding for it all!

///

77 BeachDem  Dec 8, 2014 5:07:15pm

I think I’m going to go and pretend I’m Meg Ryan in Sleepless and watch An Affair to Remember on TCM.

Maybe Cary Grant will help me stop thinking about awful things for a few hours…

78 Varek Raith  Dec 8, 2014 5:07:44pm

Hello.

79 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:10:00pm

heh

80 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 5:10:51pm

re: #78 Varek Raith

Hello.

We’re talking code here. It’s

Hello World

81 klystron  Dec 8, 2014 5:10:59pm

re: #78 Varek Raith

Hello.

Hola.

82 Jenner7  Dec 8, 2014 5:11:11pm

ustream.tv

Ferguson commission live now…

83 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:11:11pm

Mr. Carter should have had one on too ffs.

84 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:11:25pm

re: #78 Varek Raith

Hello.

hiiiiiii

85 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:11:31pm

re: #65 Justanotherhuman

Not fond of him in many ways but he just covered a shit load of sins…

86 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 5:11:36pm

re: #53 Backwoods_Sleuth

He’s delusional…now he’s some sort of mystical something or other…

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A trip to the total perspective vortex would fix him right up.

87 The Vicious Babushka  Dec 8, 2014 5:11:39pm

Uh, it’s not “playing the race card” WHEN YOU ARE AN ACTUAL FUCKING RACIST==>

88 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 5:11:58pm

re: #76 ObserverArt

And let’s not forget that great VA Hospital system and how well it was run right there in McCain’s own state…and his continued calls for lots of funding for it all!

///

And it does make one wonder just how close he was to the recently fired Director of that facility.

azcentral.com

This woman collected $90K in the seven months she was suspended, on “administrative leave”.

89 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:12:04pm

re: #79 #FergusonFireside

Umm. Smiles don’t go well with the dying man’s words.

90 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:12:49pm

re: #82 Jenner7

ustream.tv

Ferguson commission live now…

I watched Dotson’s pitiful q & a, had to bail. He was laughing at the people he’s supposed to serve. Blatant contempt.

This country is really fucked up.

91 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:14:08pm

re: #89 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak

Umm. Smiles don’t go well with the dying man’s words.

With any sport, or celeb type of person you have to take what you can get.

Ya.

92 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:15:20pm

I love when I come home from work, all deprived, and start up my LGF comment spree.

Then I get tired.

93 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 5:16:33pm

re: #87 The Vicious Babushka

logical argument: rant
factual data: gospel pulled straight from Rush Limbaugh’s ass

94 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 5:17:14pm

And that’s why I almost have to laugh at conservatives who look down their noses at the Ginger Avenger. He’s yours, conservatives. You built him out of discarded bad ideas and a brain that isn’t wired straight, and a whole lotta hate.

The conservative movement is Chuck C. Johnson’s Dr. Frankenstein.

95 Jenner7  Dec 8, 2014 5:17:18pm

re: #90 #FergusonFireside

I’m glad I missed it. I’m skeptical of this commission, because if Governor Nixon REALLY wanted to change things, he’d had fired Dotson, Jackson, and appointed a special prosecutor.

And it might help if you don’t gas buildings where a couple of the commission members were in.

96 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:20:46pm

re: #89 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak

Umm. Smiles don’t go well with the dying man’s words.

When you have a celebrity (and 90% of athletes) and you point a camera you get a smile no matter what the topic is. It is what is. But if some young idiot thinks a little more about what “I can’t breath” really means after seeing it on LeBron James? Then I could care less about their ignorant smiles.

97 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 5:21:26pm

Protesters block Highway 36 in Boulder, Colo., causing heavy backup - @DenverChannel
read more on thedenverchannel.com

98 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:21:49pm

re: #94 Charles Johnson

end result

You think they’ve reached the rock bottom, but mark my word - someone will knock from below pretty soon.

99 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 5:22:38pm

re: #95 Jenner7

Only some kind of people get justice in our society.

100 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 5:22:40pm

re: #98 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak

You think they’ve reached the rock bottom, but mark my word - someone will knock from below pretty soon.

Ya, it’s pretty much a bottomless pit at this point.

101 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 5:24:23pm

And others don’t.

102 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:27:30pm

OT, I think I’ve pimped @OneLegSandpiper here before, but he is awesome to follow. Found him during hurricane Sandy - he lives on the Jersey Shore.

Wood worker (I guess, he probably has a different description) posts his really cool creations, is a PLU (people like us) and has this cat, Petty who he calls the #dunegoon totally follows him to the beach on his every day morning walk. He’s like my 2nd feed check of the morning.

103 The Vicious Babushka  Dec 8, 2014 5:27:58pm

*ALL THE FACE PALMS*

104 RealityBasedSteve  Dec 8, 2014 5:28:00pm

One of my co-workers (She’s over on the dark side, sales), her little boy is learning programming from the MIT Scratch program. It’s a lot like their “App Inventor” product, you don’t write code, you take blocks, they hook together, and it generates the code.

He’s learning about loops, variables, decision trees, all the programming essentials, but learning just the concepts and seeing how they work making actual apps.

After that, think how easy it would be to actually learn code, once you know what a loop is, why it works, what you use it for. I think this is such an exciting idea.

And yes, I know that there have been tools like this for years, but the focus of this is so perfect.

And in related news, I officially gave my company my 2 week notice. Don’t have a lily pad to land on, but I’ve got more than enough resources to see me for far more than the immediate future, a safety net for after that, and several people who have openly said they would like to see me work for them. (We’ll see where that pans out now that it’s for real :) ) I suspect that they won’t pull me out of this weeks class, but I bet they will find somebody to cover next weeks. They don’t like people with ‘nothing to lose’ teaching. (and that’s part of their problem)

I think I’m going to take a bit of a sabbatical first, let myself unwind. Going to Florida in 2 weeks to spend Christmas with my Dad, and then see what I want to do next. Maybe some coding job, maybe implementation / installation, maybe become a male stripper. Last one probably isn’t the best plan.

RBS

105 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 5:30:19pm

Full tilt Alabama discriminatory, no-care attitude. Or, we let you put your hate on your license plate, cont.

‘No Homo’ Personalized License Plate Issued By Alabama

thinkprogress.org

Or is that just scaredy-cat self-hate?

106 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:31:49pm

re: #99 freetoken

Only some kind of people get justice in our society.

And not all of them do. That is why even if the cop racism problem was fixed, shootings would continue until the whole cop culture was fixed.

108 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:32:34pm

re: #105 Justanotherhuman

Full tilt Alabama discriminatory, no-care attitude. Or, we let you put your hate on your license plate, cont.

‘No Homo’ Personalized License Plate Issued By Alabama

thinkprogress.org

Or is that just scaredy-cat self-hate?

Where’s Decatur Deb btw?

109 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:35:30pm

“The answer to any problem is to shoot.” That mentality needs fixing.

110 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 5:36:01pm

re: #104 RealityBasedSteve

One of my co-workers (She’s over on the dark side, sales), her little boy is learning programming from the MIT Scratch program. It’s a lot like their “App Inventor” product, you don’t write code, you take blocks, they hook together, and it generates the code.

He’s learning about loops, variables, decision trees, all the programming essentials, but learning just the concepts and seeing how they work making actual apps.

The Lego Mindstorm is a drag and drop programming environment. After seeing that for the first time, it made me think about how limiting some of our programming is by being so linear. Though for what I am thinking of doing in a programming language, the monitors are too small.

111 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:38:36pm

re: #103 The Vicious Babushka

*ALL THE FACE PALMS*

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That one really deserves this triple face palm…

112 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:38:38pm

re: #109 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak

“The answer to any problem is to shoot.” That mentality needs fixing.

They are trying to deflect blame on the cop that shot Tamir Rice on the basis that his partner drove too close to the “situation” to handle it better.

113 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 5:39:12pm

re: #105 Justanotherhuman

I saw an article the other day where Texas is trying to fight against license plates with Confederate flags. In part, I say good for them, and in part, I say this is what happens when you outsourse your duty - it’s a private company printing the plates that the state authorized, and the purchasers are challenging on 1st amendment grounds.

I need to find a bumper sticker that has the saying about the only good confederate flag being the surrender flag.

114 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 5:39:37pm

Deflect, deflect, deflect. No consequence.

115 Jenner7  Dec 8, 2014 5:41:09pm
116 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:42:34pm

re: #110 Belafon

What you’re thinking? Look up Alan Kay, Dynabook, Ted Nelson, and so on. We’re still trying to get the tech to do the ideas from two generations ago.

117 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 5:42:56pm

This guy.

118 The Vicious Babushka  Dec 8, 2014 5:43:03pm

re: #111 William Barnett-Lewis

That one really deserves this triple face palm…

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Schotzi’s bio suggests she is a liberal and I was trying to have an intelligent conversation & she just got more & more & more wingnutty until I was like fuck this, meet my little Block button.

119 nearly-headless smith25  Dec 8, 2014 5:43:18pm

re: #115 Jenner7

Speaking of @Blackstarjus (or Justin):

120 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:44:28pm

re: #117 Charles Johnson

This guy.

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This guy needs his mommy to pull him over her knees and introduce him to Mr Ruler. And then send him to bed without dinner.

But that level of discipline is probably too advanced for him to understand…

121 Kragar  Dec 8, 2014 5:45:35pm
122 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:46:06pm

re: #117 Charles Johnson

It’s creepy. I hope he gets help before he shoots anyone.

123 The Vicious Babushka  Dec 8, 2014 5:46:18pm

re: #120 William Barnett-Lewis

This guy needs his mommy to pull him over her knees and introduce him to Mr Ruler. And then send him to bed without dinner.

But that level of discipline is probably too advanced for him to understand…

That’s child abuse.

An extended, nay PERMANENT timeout is what’s called for. Not that Twitter is paying attention.

124 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:46:38pm

re: #120 William Barnett-Lewis

This guy needs his mommy to pull him over her knees and introduce him to Mr Ruler. And then send him to bed without dinner.

But that level of discipline is probably too advanced for him to understand…

Wasn’t he raised by hippies?

125 makeitstop  Dec 8, 2014 5:46:54pm

re: #117 Charles Johnson

This guy.

The gloves are off now. I have tried to be merciful. It’s on now.

Hopefully, he’s about to go after someone with deep pockets and a stout legal team.

126 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:47:37pm

re: #121 Kragar

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Feh.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

I suggest we start calling upchuck Ozymandias. He won’t get it but anyone with an education will.

127 Kragar  Dec 8, 2014 5:47:47pm

I see no possible end to the CCJ saga which doesn’t end with him sitting alone at a table with a bottle of scotch and a revolver.

128 teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2014 5:47:55pm

Aww, now I have to be logged out to view UpChuck’s tweets.

Was it something I said? This is the last tweet I sent him.

129 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:48:17pm

re: #123 The Vicious Babushka

Point taken, you have my apology.

130 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:48:58pm

re: #126 William Barnett-Lewis

Feh.

I suggest we start calling upchuck Ozymandias. He won’t get it but anyone with an education will.

Mandy.

131 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:49:41pm

re: #127 Kragar

I see no possibly end to the CCJ saga which doesn’t end with him sitting alone at a table with a bottle of scotch and a revolver.

An empty bottle and an empty revolver.

132 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 5:50:16pm

re: #116 William Barnett-Lewis

I’ll have to look into some of those. I skimmed Kay’s wikipedia page. I would love to work with people like that.

I tell everyone that computing today is still in the pre-Maxwell stage with electromagnetism. We’re just kind of poking around right now, and something is going to come along and change the way everyone looks at computing, but we’re not there yet.

133 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 5:50:39pm
134 Eventual Carrion  Dec 8, 2014 5:51:01pm

re: #113 Belafon

I saw an article the other day where Texas is trying to fight against license plates with Confederate flags. In part, I say good for them, and in part, I say this is what happens when you outsourse your duty - it’s a private company printing the plates that the state authorized, and the purchasers are challenging on 1st amendment grounds.

I need to find a bumper sticker that has the saying about the only good confederate flag being the surrender flag.

Good, I want an upside-down American flag on fire license plate. Think the 1st amendment crowd will have anything to say about that?

135 The Vicious Babushka  Dec 8, 2014 5:52:37pm

re: #134 Eventual Carrion

Good, I want an upside-down American flag on fire license plate. Think the 1st amendment crowd will have anything to say about that?

The 2nd Amendment crowd might not like it.

136 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 5:54:37pm

Both Euro and Brent crude are at 66 (roubles and $ respectively).

137 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 5:54:39pm
138 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:54:56pm

re: #132 Belafon

I’ll have to look into some of those. I skimmed Kay’s wikipedia page. I would love to work with people like that.

I tell everyone that computing today is still in the pre-Maxwell stage with electromagnetism. We’re just kind of poking around right now, and something is going to come along and change the way everyone looks at computing, but we’re not there yet.

I would say you have a good thought there.

Look into some of the stuff that was done with images in the old days - Interlisp, Smalltalk, Alto, and so on - everything was in a single saved file that could be modified on the fly and still had all the tools you needed built into it.

I know… YOU need Squeak. I won’t say more, just look it up and download the version for your computer. You really really want to. Please, just trust me on this.

139 RealityBasedSteve  Dec 8, 2014 5:55:59pm

re: #126 William Barnett-Lewis

Feh.

I suggest we start calling upchuck Ozymandias. He won’t get it but anyone with an education will.

Ben Kingsley reading Ozymandias.

Youtube Video

RBS

140 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:55:59pm

re: #135 The Vicious Babushka

The 2nd Amendment crowd might not like it.

I’ll have one of those plates while having a rifle stored in my van. Think they’ll catch a hint?

141 Eventual Carrion  Dec 8, 2014 5:57:03pm

re: #135 The Vicious Babushka

The 2nd Amendment crowd might not like it.

Then they better be good shots, because I am far from a peace-nic and my aim is pretty good.

142 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 5:57:09pm

Might not have been a good idea to let my g-grandson take his Jedi Knight laserlight to bed? Birfday present from me and they’re inseparable. : )

143 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 5:58:03pm

re: #137 Charles Johnson

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No. No he’s not. He may think that for all he’s worth but he and his heretic priest have nothing to do with the Earth Maker, the Pain Bearer, the Life Giver…

144 RealityBasedSteve  Dec 8, 2014 5:58:08pm

re: #137 Charles Johnson

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I think that the young fool confuses “Praying For” with “Preying On”. A subtle distinction that could easily slip by unnoticed.

RBS

145 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 5:58:09pm

re: #137 Charles Johnson

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Oh hell, Chuckles curses the darkness. Of his vile soul.

146 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 6:00:01pm

What you’re really seeing in that tweet is a grifter who realizes his core audience responds to faux piety.

147 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 6:00:04pm

re: #139 RealityBasedSteve

Exquisite. Thank you.

148 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 6:00:23pm

re: #141 Eventual Carrion

Amen.

149 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 6:03:32pm

More: Newly released Ferguson grand jury documents include transcripts of 8 federal interviews of possible witnesses to Michael Brown’s death - @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org

150 teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2014 6:03:38pm
151 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 6:08:02pm
152 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 6:08:09pm

re: #124 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak

Wasn’t he raised by hippies?

He claims that, but, but BUT!!11!! his grandfather was a Navy Cross winner something something WWII war hero something something…so SHUT UP!!11!! #StolenValorCoatTails

153 makeitstop  Dec 8, 2014 6:09:23pm

re: #149 Justanotherhuman

More: Newly released Ferguson grand jury documents include transcripts of 8 federal interviews of possible witnesses to Michael Brown’s death - @AP
read more on bigstory.ap.org

What’s the purpose of releasing this material now?

The only thing I can think of is, McCulloch totally screwed the GJ process, now he wants to somehow fuck with the Federal investigation.

154 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 6:09:42pm

re: #127 Kragar

No, not a revolver. He’ll think he’s as good a Papa Hemingway so he’ll have to use a shotgun. Given his ego, he’d probably track down a Boss to do it with as well.

155 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 6:10:45pm

Here’s a really cool jQuery extended function that inserts a string of text into a textarea, for example, this editing box I’m typing in right now. I’m now using this code for our ‘reply’ and ‘quote’ functions, and for inserting image tags when you upload an image or use the Image Library.

The text is inserted at the current ‘caret’ or insertion point, which is wherever you typing last.

$.fn.extend({
	insertAtCaret: function(theText){
		return this.each(function(i) {
			if (document.selection) {
				var sel = document.selection.createRange();
				sel.text = theText;
				this.focus();
			} else if (this.selectionStart || this.selectionStart == '0') {
				var startPos = this.selectionStart,
					endPos = this.selectionEnd,
					scrollTop = this.scrollTop;
				this.value = this.value.substring(0, startPos) + theText + this.value.substring(endPos,this.value.length);
				this.focus();
				this.selectionStart = startPos + theText.length;
				this.selectionEnd = startPos + theText.length;
				this.scrollTop = scrollTop;
			} else {
				this.value += theText;
				this.focus();
			}
		});
	}
});
156 bratwurst  Dec 8, 2014 6:11:35pm
157 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 6:12:02pm

re: #150 teleskiguy

In TweetDeck you can set up a column that searches for specific people’s tweets, which seems to be getting around that new block behavior, at least for now.

158 Amory Blaine  Dec 8, 2014 6:12:10pm
159 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 6:12:53pm

re: #153 makeitstop

What’s the purpose of releasing this material now?

The only thing I can think of is, McCulloch totally screwed the GJ process, now he wants to somehow fuck with the Federal investigation.

This story makes it sound as though he’s trying to cover up something.

bigstory.ap.org

“St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch made the additional information public Monday evening, without explanation. The new material includes transcripts of eight federal interviews of possible witnesses to Michael Brown’s shooting death in early August.

“Those transcripts and the other new material weren’t among the more than 5,700 pages of documents released by McCulloch on November 24.

“The first batch of documents didn’t include a transcript or a recording of a two-hour FBI and county police interview with Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was shot.”

160 Varek Raith  Dec 8, 2014 6:12:55pm

re: #158 Amory Blaine

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Never goes out of style.

161 Amory Blaine  Dec 8, 2014 6:14:43pm

When I hear merciless and universe together that is all my feeble mind can conjure.

162 teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2014 6:16:40pm

re: #157 Charles Johnson

In TweetDeck you can set up a column that searches for specific people’s tweets, which seems to be getting around that new block behavior, at least for now.

I’m using Chrome as my primary browser. I also have Firefox installed, and I can see UpChuck’s tweets in Firefox when I’m not logged in.

What sucks is I can’t reply to any of his tweets anymore. :(

163 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 6:17:36pm

I’ll be talking to a reporter for Politico about Chuck tomorrow. He’s managed to excrete enough waste to get himself noticed by the media this time.

I’ll do my best to expose this clown but you never know. Because Politico.

164 Kragar  Dec 8, 2014 6:19:24pm

re: #163 Charles Johnson

I’ll be talking to a reporter for Politico about Chuck tomorrow. He’s managed to excrete enough waste to get himself noticed by the media this time.

I’ll do my best to expose this clown but you never know. Because Politico.

165 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 6:19:37pm
166 Kragar  Dec 8, 2014 6:20:00pm

re: #163 Charles Johnson

I’ll be talking to a reporter for Politico about Chuck tomorrow. He’s managed to excrete enough waste to get himself noticed by the media this time.

I’ll do my best to expose this clown but you never know. Because Politico.

Are you sure Politico knows which Charles Johnson they’re talking to?
///

167 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 6:20:02pm

In addition to the three on the plane, there was a Mom, a three-year-old and an infant inside the house where the plane crashed.

dammit dammit dammit

168 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 6:20:35pm

re: #166 Kragar

Are you sure Politico knows which Charles Johnson they’re talking to?
///

Oh yeah, he knows.

169 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 6:21:42pm

re: #167 Backwoods_Sleuth

170 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 6:21:51pm

Ok, this is for all the people here who know a little about photography and, especially, about it’s history. I saw this at another website a few moments ago and this is so true it’s painful. And yet this truth is why we’ve seen the biggest uptick in pictures taken since the turn of the 20th century. What you say? This:

We have some of the most insanely great cameras ever imagined available to us. Yet what are most pictures taken with? Phones.

A few generations ago when the first photo explosion happen it was with a Brownie. Just as limited and just as ubiquitous.

Our generations will not be remembered for all the careful pictures we photographers make but for the snaps of countless phones in the magic of the instant.

171 Amory Blaine  Dec 8, 2014 6:22:12pm

Give ‘em hell Charles.

172 RealityBasedSteve  Dec 8, 2014 6:23:18pm

re: #171 Amory Blaine

Give ‘em hell Charles.

He’s going to tell them the truth, ‘MandyJohnson will think he’s giving them hell.

Apologies to Harry S Truman

RBS

173 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 6:24:05pm

re: #163 Charles Johnson

I’ll be talking to a reporter for Politico about Chuck tomorrow. He’s managed to excrete enough waste to get himself noticed by the media this time.

I’ll do my best to expose this clown but you never know. Because Politico.

Are we supposed to hallucinate that they give a flying fuck at the rolling donut of truth?

174 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 6:26:30pm

re: #170 William Barnett-Lewis

Ok, this is for all the people here who know a little about photography and, especially, about it’s history. I saw this at another website a few moments ago and this is so true it’s painful. And yet this truth is why we’ve seen the biggest uptick in pictures taken since the turn of the 20th century. What you say? This:

Embedded ImageWe have some of the most insanely great cameras ever imagined available to us. Yet what are most pictures taken with? Phones.

A few generations ago when the first photo explosion happen it was with a Brownie. Just as limited and just as ubiquitous.

Our generations will not be remembered for all the careful pictures we photographers make but for the snaps of countless phones in the magic of the instant.

Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away…

Youtube Video

175 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 6:27:26pm

re: #165 Charles Johnson

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Don’t forget the grifter aspect.

And the watermarks on other’s work.

176 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 6:27:41pm
177 Floral Giraffe  Dec 8, 2014 6:29:53pm

re: #137 Charles Johnson

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Just because!
Youtube Video

178 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 6:30:14pm

wasn’t he threatening to do this last night?

179 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Dec 8, 2014 6:32:44pm

Egad, I am so sick of that little fuckstain UpChuck. Oh, for the “normal” derp of a Jonah Goldberg!

180 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 6:32:52pm

re: #174 Justanotherhuman

Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away…

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Already long gone, alas…

Youtube Video

181 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 6:33:13pm

re: #170 William Barnett-Lewis

IMO the Brownie took better pictures than most phones and it also wasn’t used for millions of idiotic selfies.

182 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 6:33:31pm

Of course you know all this Charles.

There’s so many points to the idiots story.

Jumping from headline to headline with an inappropriate tweet.
Grift
Next headline, next inappropriate tweet.
Grift
Self congratulations
Grift

psychosis mixed in with other tweets.

oh my gah

183 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 6:33:33pm

re: #170 William Barnett-Lewis

There has been much written about how “democratic” photography is, that no longer is creating an image the province of the select artist but now anyone can make a picture.

I suppose that is true, but joe blow with an iPhone is still not Karsh.

184 Justanotherhuman  Dec 8, 2014 6:34:29pm

Keep calm and carry on, Lizards!

Later. : )

185 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 6:36:05pm

re: #183 freetoken

There has been much written about how “democratic” photography is, that no longer is creating an image the province of the select artist but now anyone can make a picture.

I suppose that is true, but joe blow with an iPhone is still not Karsh.

Just about anyone can make a baby as well. I offer CCJ as an example of how well that can work out.

186 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 6:36:24pm

Dishes done. Curry egg salad in the belly. I’m on the downward spiral now.

187 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 6:36:41pm

re: #185 Higgs Boson’s Mate

Just about anyone can make a baby as well. I offer CCJ as an example of how well that can work out.

For all we know, he might have been a perfectly cromulent baby.

188 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 6:37:55pm

re: #185 Higgs Boson’s Mate

All art is derivative.

CCJ is a wannabe OKeefe, who is a wannabe Breitbart.

That makes CCJ a derivative of a derivative of an asshole.

189 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 6:37:57pm

re: #187 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak

For all we know, he might have been a perfectly cromulent baby.

And now he’s a perfectly corpulent one.

190 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 6:40:47pm
191 makeitstop  Dec 8, 2014 6:40:49pm

re: #178 Backwoods_Sleuth

wasn’t he threatening to do this last night?

The end of #JackieCoakley’s bogus story is coming in fifteen minutes… 9:18 PM

Okay, 9:39 here. Has anyone looked to see if he followed through this time?

192 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 6:40:58pm

re: #188 freetoken

All art is derivative.

CCJ is a wannabe OKeefe, who is a wannabe Breitbart.

Who was a wannabe Drudge.

193 stpaulbear  Dec 8, 2014 6:41:36pm

re: #170 William Barnett-Lewis

Ok, this is for all the people here who know a little about photography and, especially, about it’s history. I saw this at another website a few moments ago and this is so true it’s painful. And yet this truth is why we’ve seen the biggest uptick in pictures taken since the turn of the 20th century. What you say? This:

Embedded ImageWe have some of the most insanely great cameras ever imagined available to us. Yet what are most pictures taken with? Phones.

A few generations ago when the first photo explosion happen it was with a Brownie. Just as limited and just as ubiquitous.

Our generations will not be remembered for all the careful pictures we photographers make but for the snaps of countless phones in the magic of the instant.

I have that exact Brownie Camera on a bookshelf not six feet from where I’m sitting. It was the first camera I ever took pictures with. I was in grade school then and I’m 60 now. I remember how cool it was when instamatic cameras with film cartridges were introduced. My parents bought each of us kids our own camera and the documentation of family stuff went into overdrive.

I have another brownie-style camera that’s even older. It’s basically a wood box with five holes in it and one switch that you flipped one way to take a picture and then flipped it back to take the next.

194 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 6:43:38pm

re: #193 stpaulbear

I have a couple like that as well. I’ve even taken decent pictures with one - I”m not sure who was more surprised, me or the guy who ran that roll of color film through the machine :D

195 Kragar  Dec 8, 2014 6:43:47pm

re: #190 Charles Johnson

196 lawhawk  Dec 8, 2014 6:48:08pm

re: #190 Charles Johnson

197 Charles Johnson  Dec 8, 2014 6:48:10pm

“My rapist doesn’t know he’s a rapist” is a common saying in the women’s rights movement. And Chuck probably knows that.

198 psddluva4evah  Dec 8, 2014 6:48:22pm

Hey guys, just wanted to give a DVR Reminder…President Obama will be the guest on The Colbert Report tonight.

It’s the beginning of Colbert’s final week of show. The last official show is this Friday, Dec 17th. He’s being replaced by the “Minority Report” hosted by former Daily Show correspodent Larry Wilmore.

I’ve come to prefer Colbert over Stewart the past several years (although Stewart does have some hit or miss good moments, like his Eric Garner coverage), so I’m definitely gonna give Wilmore’s new show a looking.

‘Colbert Report’ will be replaced by ‘Minority Report’ today.com via @todayshow

Anyway, set your DVRs

199 Jenner7  Dec 8, 2014 6:48:33pm

re: #167 Backwoods_Sleuth

Damn.

200 Backwoods_Sleuth  Dec 8, 2014 6:49:23pm

So much bad news and madness today…I’m off to sleep with the furbabies.
Momma kisses to everyone:

201 teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2014 6:49:58pm

What the fuck is this supposed to mean?!?

202 Jenner7  Dec 8, 2014 6:50:28pm
203 freetoken  Dec 8, 2014 6:51:07pm

Meanwhile, in the ugly right playground known as the Daily Caller, their education nitwit pronounces:

Professors of anthropology, the most pathetic college major that doesn’t end in the words “studies,” have voted overwhelmingly against a resolution voicing opposition to a possible boycott of Israel.

[…]

Besides just being a stupid statement and the DC yet again trolling the hot-button topic of “Israel”, check out the pic he chose to use as an example of “pathetic” major.

I think he took the picture from this:

pinterest.com

Of the zillion ways to illustrate “anthropology”, and even the phrase “most pathetic”, I wonder why the author picked that one?

204 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 6:51:37pm

re: #190 Charles Johnson

He did say that “The gloves are off now.” Only to reveal that he has fists of putty.

205 b.d.  Dec 8, 2014 6:52:27pm

C’mon Twitter Company folks, we’re watching you here.

206 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 6:53:57pm

re: #181 Higgs Boson’s Mate

IMO the Brownie took better pictures than most phones and it also wasn’t used for millions of idiotic selfies.

That’s only because you couldn’t take a lot of pictures cheaply. Remember timers on cameras? Selfies have been around for a long time.

207 lawhawk  Dec 8, 2014 6:54:16pm

re: #205 b.d.

C’mon Twitter Company folks, we’re watching you here.

And they’re watching the page views and the generated tweets slamming Chuckles for it. And laughing all the way to the bank.

208 Higgs Boson's Mate  Dec 8, 2014 6:55:21pm

re: #207 lawhawk

And they’re watching the page views and the generated tweets slamming Chuckles for it. And laughing all the way to the bank.

I’ve done my part: I boycotted Twitter from the first day.

209 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 6:55:41pm

re: #202 Jenner7

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Fucking bullshit.

210 Jenner7  Dec 8, 2014 6:57:25pm

salon.com

This is a story on DeRay Mckesson.

Ferguson didn’t show us that there’s racial injustice in America. We knew that,” he says. “What Ferguson showed us was the power of people coming together to demand change. Ferguson made protests comfortable, gave people permission to protest. It allowed people to access their voice in a different way.

211 RealityBasedSteve  Dec 8, 2014 6:59:27pm

re: #204 Higgs Boson’s Mate

He did say that “The gloves are off now.” Only to reveal that he has fists of putty.

ah yes,,,, I remember that movie, “Pudgy Fists of Incompetence”. Much better than it’s sequel “Well Bitten Nails of Inadequacy”

RBS

212 Eventual Carrion  Dec 8, 2014 6:59:53pm

re: #201 teleskiguy

What the fuck is this supposed to mean?!?

[Embedded content]

Yes Upchuck, and you are the poster child for birth control.

Edit: Forgot whole word.

213 teleskiguy  Dec 8, 2014 7:03:43pm

United States skier Ted Ligety won the Giant Slalom World Cup race in Beaver Creek yesterday. He’s one of the best giant slalom skiers in the world. Here’s why.

Video

214 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 7:04:03pm

re: #212 Eventual Carrion

Yes Upchuck, and you are the poster for birth control.

Heh. I am reminded of my college girlfriend (we spent seven years together, god bless her - now and always - and screw the so’therner’s stealing that phrase.) who used to say that the worlds best birth control was other people’s children… ;)

215 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Dec 8, 2014 7:04:40pm

In douchebro news NOT related to UpChuck, Glenn Greenwald’s First Look has launched a new project: reported.ly.

Here’s an introductory post from editor Andy Carvin.

I’m not sure exactly WTF they’re going to be doing:

On behalf of our entire team, I’d like to welcome you to reported.ly, brought to you by First Look Media. We want to bring global news directly to you through social media —𠂪nd hope you’ll become a part of our online community. Come along for the ride. :-)

That’s where reported.ly comes in. We’re an international team of journalists with literally dozens of years’ worth of combined experience as online community organizers, storytellers and curators. We don’t try to send people away from their favorite online communities just to rack up pageviews. We take pride in being active, engaged members of Twitter, Facebook, reddit — no better than anyone else there. We want to tell stories from around the world, serving these online communities as our primary platforms for reporting — not secondary to some website or app. Forget native advertising — we want to produce native journalism for social media communities, in conjunction with members of those communities.

I used to respect Andy Carvin as a journalist adept at social media. My respect for him has been lowered significantly.

I guess we’ll see how this bright idea works out.

216 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 7:05:20pm

re: #210 Jenner7

salon.com

This is a story on DeRay Mckesson.

That was great. Bummed they didn’t mention Ferguson Fireside. But ah.

217 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 7:08:05pm

It’s quite simple

218 Sionainn  Dec 8, 2014 7:08:14pm

My fourth grader came home today and told me something about them doing an “hour of code.” They apparently had two choices, one being Frozen and one being Angry Birds. Somehow, that was tied into the code thing. Don’t ask me how. I didn’t understand a thing she said.

219 The Vicious Babushka  Dec 8, 2014 7:08:26pm

Wingnuts keep spamming this meme, not because they give a shit about poor, hungry children but because they want to attack immigrants. The same as their HURR HURR SUPPORT ARE VETS!!!!!! BUT DON’T PAY THEM A LIVING WAGE

220 retired cynic  Dec 8, 2014 7:08:52pm

re: #212 Eventual Carrion

Yes Upchuck, and you are the poster for birth control.

Retroactive.

221 #FergusonFireside  Dec 8, 2014 7:09:31pm

OK, I’m fini.

Have a great night lizards.

Kick ass tomorrow Charles.

222 lawhawk  Dec 8, 2014 7:09:32pm

re: #215 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing

Curated twitter. Or a curated blog posting. Value? Slight. Revenue generating? Minimal.

The value is in added value, and I’m not seeing it. Not with FLM’s track record. It sounds like a reach since everything else they’re doing is flailing about.

223 Islamo-Masonic Vourdalak  Dec 8, 2014 7:10:48pm

re: #217 #FergusonFireside

It’s quite simple

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Or better yet: if you don’t want the blowback from releasing the report, release it and prosecute all the responsible, thus setting an example for the world.

224 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 7:10:55pm

re: #218 Sionainn

This link was posted above: code.org. If you go to it, you will see frozen and angry birds.

225 Sionainn  Dec 8, 2014 7:12:10pm

re: #224 Belafon

This link was posted above: code.org. If you go to it, you will see frozen and angry birds.

Ah, thanks!

226 The Vicious Babushka  Dec 8, 2014 7:15:53pm

re: #224 Belafon

This link was posted above: code.org. If you go to it, you will see frozen and angry birds.

I remember my first CAD class. We got to draw fancy shapes, by programming each point using a mathematical formula!

227 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Dec 8, 2014 7:18:09pm

re: #222 lawhawk

Curated twitter. Or a curated blog posting. Value? Slight. Revenue generating? Minimal.

The value is in added value, and I’m not seeing it. Not with FLM’s track record. It sounds like a reach since everything else they’re doing is flailing about.

Yeah, they don’t even have their own web presence, best I can tell. A Facebook page, twitter account, and that blog post was on Medium. IDK what FLM is thinking with this.

228 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 7:20:04pm

re: #226 The Vicious Babushka

Do you remember turtle, the program with the small triangle that you moved around? Python has a module that implements turtle that you can mix the instructions with Python code. I made it draw fractals: It spirals out from the center and, if the point is supposed to be in the fractal, it draws a small square.

229 Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 8, 2014 7:20:13pm

Man, is Chuck C the master of horrible Twitter avs or what?

230 William Barnett-Lewis  Dec 8, 2014 7:20:18pm

re: #219 The Vicious Babushka

Wingnuts keep spamming this meme, not because they give a shit about poor, hungry children but because they want to attack immigrants. The same as their HURR HURR SUPPORT ARE VETS!!!!!! BUT DON’T PAY THEM A LIVING WAGE

[Embedded content]

That is just so evil I have no words…

231 Eclectic Cyborg  Dec 8, 2014 7:23:57pm
232 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 7:25:57pm
233 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 7:26:31pm
234 TedStriker  Dec 8, 2014 7:27:02pm

re: #128 teleskiguy

Aww, now I have to be logged out to view UpChuck’s tweets.

Embedded ImageWas it something I said? This is the last tweet I sent him.

[Embedded content]

Yup, the Ginger-vitis blocked me too, and I’ve never tweeted or replied to him. I guess he went down Charles’ followers list and blocked en masse.

Thin-skinned little prick.

235 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 7:27:17pm
236 De Kolta Chair  Dec 8, 2014 7:31:20pm
237 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 7:33:21pm

re: #236 De Kolta Chair

My fractals scared everyone off.

238 BeachDem  Dec 8, 2014 7:34:37pm

re: #117 Charles Johnson

This guy.

[Embedded content]

Youtube Video

239 Rev_Arthur_Icantbreatheing  Dec 8, 2014 7:36:41pm

re: #237 Belafon

My fractals scared everyone off.

Not really much to say about them, I guess. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

240 retired cynic  Dec 8, 2014 7:37:22pm

re: #237 Belafon

No, they’re good!

241 Lancelot Link  Dec 8, 2014 7:37:28pm

re: #206 Belafon

That’s only because you couldn’t take a lot of pictures cheaply. Remember timers on cameras? Selfies have been around for a long time.

Old-school selfie

242 Decatur Deb  Dec 8, 2014 7:39:16pm

re: #241 Lancelot Link

Old-school selfie

[Embedded content]

Viva Weegee.

243 Belafon  Dec 8, 2014 7:39:38pm

re: #240 retired cynic

Thanks. I was just replying to how it got really quiet right at the moment I posted them.

And while there’s a whole lot of “serious” programming I want to do, it was fun writing that code.

244 Kragar  Dec 8, 2014 7:42:17pm

re: #232 Belafon

[Embedded content]

Youtube Video

245 Archangelus  Dec 8, 2014 7:44:29pm

...

246 BeachDem  Dec 8, 2014 7:46:09pm

re: #163 Charles Johnson

I’ll be talking to a reporter for Politico about Chuck tomorrow. He’s managed to excrete enough waste to get himself noticed by the media this time.

I’ll do my best to expose this clown but you never know. Because Politico.

You could also refer them to TBogg, Josh Marshall, and/or Gary Legum for corroboration.

247 De Kolta Chair  Dec 8, 2014 7:47:58pm

re: #241 Lancelot Link

Old-school selfie

Embedded Image

Stanley Kubrick and his friend Weegee (Arthur Fellig) on the set of “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb,” for which Weegee was the unit still photographer
Kubrick selfie
248 BeachDem  Dec 8, 2014 7:53:50pm

re: #214 William Barnett-Lewis

Heh. I am reminded of my college girlfriend (we spent seven years together, god bless her - now and always - and screw the so’therner’s stealing that phrase.) who used to say that the worlds best birth control was other people’s children… ;)

You can rest easy, child—the expression around these suthron parts is “bless her heart,” so you’re in the clear.


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