September 17, 2014

whitehouse:

Happy Constitution Day! Learn more about the U.S. Constitution from the National Archives:

todaysdocument:

Happy 227th #ConstitutionDay!

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through programs, and resources from the National Archives:

Have you ever been to the usnatarchives to see the Constitution in person?  

Bonus question - have you ever slept over in the same room as the Constitution?

(Source: research.archives.gov)

September 16, 2014
inspirationfeed:

Montecello, designed by Thomas Jefferson, Virginia http://ift.tt/1sbsNN1

Sigh, Montecello….

inspirationfeed:

Montecello, designed by Thomas Jefferson, Virginia http://ift.tt/1sbsNN1

Sigh, Montecello….

September 16, 2014
wired:

Christopher Columbus likely used this map as he planned his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492 — and a team of researchers is using multispectral imaging to uncover the hidden text. 
MORE. 

God, no wonder he had no idea where he was when he landed.

wired:

Christopher Columbus likely used this map as he planned his first voyage across the Atlantic in 1492 — and a team of researchers is using multispectral imaging to uncover the hidden text. 

MORE

God, no wonder he had no idea where he was when he landed.

(Source: Wired)

September 15, 2014

The arrival of autumnal weather means Fleet Foxes begin regular rotation on my playlists.

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Filed under: music autumn Fleet Foxes 
September 12, 2014
Secession

Having just read the SCC Quebec Secession Reference really puts what is happening in Scotland and Catalonia right now into perspective.

Also, is it weird that I have this really strange, masochistic love of Contracts class?

September 12, 2014
http://kateoplis.tumblr.com/post/97306591549/colorado-recreational-pot-shops-sold-29-7

kateoplis:

"Colorado recreational pot shops sold $29.7 million dollars of product in July. That’s just one little orange hair more than the med-dudes across town, who puffed in at $28.9 million. That’s—we’re just gonna put the whole number there—$58,600,000.00. Or, roughly the amount of money the White…

September 9, 2014
"Apple, Google and the other big tech companies should acknowledge that millions of their customers regularly use their products to engage in sensitive, intimate activities. These companies can and should offer a “private photo” option for sensitive photos that prevents them from being uploaded to the cloud."

Lessons From the Celebrity iCloud Photo Breach

(via kateoplis)

September 9, 2014
engadget:

Unboxing Sony’s white hot PlayStation 4 ‘Destiny’ bundle

Sexy.

engadget:

Unboxing Sony’s white hot PlayStation 4 ‘Destiny’ bundle

Sexy.

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Filed under: video games ps4 destiny 
September 8, 2014
Sarasota Came Up With the Worst Possible Solution for Homelessness

shortformblog:

This is the new “if a tree falls in a forest” question: If people become homeless and are then shipped out of town, does the town have a homelessness problem at all?

This isn’t a solution. | Follow micdotcom

NIMBYism at its worst.

Ah, Sarasota. Taking lessons from Toronto, I see.

(Source: micdotcom)

September 7, 2014
"In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street."

Neil deGrasse Tyson (via kateoplis)

Neil deGrass Tyson being too bad-ass for the legal system to handle.

(Source: thartist72, via kateoplis)

September 7, 2014
The Time of Tumult

Two weeks ago I packed up my life and relocated back home to New England to begin law school at Boston College. Leaving the love of my life and the city I’d called home for the last 10 years was an emotionally harrowing process, but with the support of my family and loved ones I was able to do it and feel positive about the decision. Of course, it involved some immense sacrifices and was going to present some serious challenges along the way, but there was also a sense of excitement as an entirely new world of possibilities began to stretch out before me. I went through the whirlwind of orientation, had my first day of class and, while feeling overwhelmed by the experience, was already making new and wonderful friends. As I was walking out of the law library after that first day of socratic legal education, however, I received a phone call from Osgoode Hall. After spending five purgatorial months on a wait list, I had been accepted. I resisted the urge to vomit all over the impressive statue of Saint Thomas More that dominates the courtyard outside of the Boston College law library. Chaos ensued.

For the second time in as many weeks I packed up all my belongings, stuffed them into the trunk of a hastily rented Chevy Malibu and drove 10 hours through the night to get back in time for the first day of orientation at Osgoode Hall. One thing that I’ve learned from this ordeal is that you can, in fact, withdraw from law school, return your books, cancel your student loans, pack up all your belongings, secure new student loans in a different country, register at a new school, and drive through 2 states and part of a province all in a 24 hour period if you’re insane enough to try.

The drive itself was an allegorical - almost Homeric - epic the likes of which I wouldn’t believe were it recounted to me by a stranger. The gridlock of mid-afternoon Boston traffic trying to keep me locked in; the apocalyptic storm that hit me in western Massachusetts, slowing me down to a crawling 20 mph as a literal wall of water eradicated any and all visibility. Flashes of lightning illuminated the foreboding black sky and peels of thunder caused the frame of my rental car to shudder violently. On either side of me cars were pulled over flashing their hazard lights as if to say, “turn back.” Yet I crept past them in my obstinate refusal to stop. And then, finally, the storm broke to reveal a beatific purple and orange sunset glow washing the western sky in a surreal water-colour canvas as if to say that I had made it. I had persevered through my Herculean labour. My resolve had been tested by nature’s wrath and I had endured. I felt in no small way a sort of Grecian hero as I sped across the country-side, leaving the devastation in my wake. Back in Boston an entirely new timeline for my whole life was being written and through a small amount of luck and sheer force of will, I aborted that fateful thread of possibility and completely rewrote my destiny. This may sound hyperbolic and I’m certain that the heightened emotional state in which I experienced all of this has coloured my perception, but I can’t shake the feeling that this has all been a rather momentous opportunity to look at my life anew. I had made the concrete decision to set down a path which could have carried my life in a completely new and different direction. And like a car veering violently across several lanes of traffic to cut suddenly onto a new exit, I completely altered that course with the snap of a finger. It feels to me like something out of Philip K. Dick’s “Adjustment Team”. Suffice to say, it’s been a rather existential experience. 

Now, attempting to take part in a chaotic, 12 hour, spirit-filled orientation day on two hours of sleep after an exhausting cross-country drive is an exercise in watching yourself slowly unhinge. After a certain point your brain no longer even processes language. All you can do is smile and nod as people mumble incoherently at you and then place one foot in front of the other because, frankly, your only other option at that point is to crumple into a corner of the beautiful 19th century building which houses the oldest court of appeals in Canada and weep like a deranged lunatic.

And so, for the second time now, I’ve begun law school. It has been one of the most stressful, emotionally exhausting experiences of my life, but I have come out of the first week of class filled with the certainty that, at every step of the way, I have made the best decision possible based on the cards I had in my hand at the time. The exhaustion has begun to recede - though I know I’ll discover new depths of exhaustion as I wade into the endless morass of tort law and contracts - and I feel happy, excited and optimistic. I couldn’t have done this without the absolutely bullet-proof support of my family, my partner’s family, and the woman that I love more than anything. She lived through every moment of this with me and her patience, generosity, and support know absolutely no bounds. God only knows how she has put up with me through all of this, but I am, without question, the luckiest man alive.

So, I’m back, and It’s time to get to work. In the words of Jed Bartlet: “What’s next?”

September 1, 2014
engadget:

Physics’ best-known lectures are now available to everyone on the web

Amazing!

engadget:

Physics’ best-known lectures are now available to everyone on the web

Amazing!

August 29, 2014
Aphex Twin is playing Toronto? Woah.

Aphex Twin is playing Toronto? Woah.

(Source: pitchfork)

August 24, 2014
Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014

Oh man, this just made me really sad.

(Source: cbcnews)

August 23, 2014

(Source: donnajosh, via thefinestmuffinsandbagels)