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Mr Ball

Noen tullebukker med alt for mye fritid har gjenskapt slaget ved Helm’s Deep. Jeg tror ikke de er de første, og sikkert ikke de siste heller, men bildene er ganske imponerende.

Ikke noe galt med verken Lego eller Tolkien, men disse bildene er jo mye mer interessante. Fra grensen mellom USA og Mexico.

The border between the United States and Mexico stretches 3,169 kilometers (1,969 miles), crossing deserts, rivers, towns, and cities from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico. Every year, an estimated 350 million people legally cross the border, with another 500,000 entering into the United States illegally. No single barrier stretches across the entire border, instead, it is lined with a patchwork of steel and concrete fences, infrared cameras, sensors, drones, and nearly 20,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents. As immigrants from Mexico and other Central and South American countries continue to try to find their way into the U.S., Congress is now considering an immigration reform bill called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The bill proposes solutions to current border enforcement problems and paths to citizenship for the estimated 11 million existing illegal immigrants in the U.S. Gathered here are images of the US-Mexico border from the past few years.

Pearl Cantrell fylte nylig 105 år. Hemmeligheten til et langt liv er visstnok bacon.

“I love bacon, I eat it everyday”, says Pearl, “I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say”, she explains.

Kan du skyte en zombie i knollen, og ikke bli tiltalt for mord? I selvforsvar er svaret ja uansett så klart, men om du ligger på taket med en rifle og plaffer ned for fote? Da kommer det an på om vi kan definere zombiene som mennesker. Men om de er mennesker, kan vi stille dem for retten, gi dem Lippestad som forsvarer, og putte dem i fengsel for resten av livet? Dette, og mange andre spørsmål har man fått advokater til å fundere på. Kan julenissen spionere på deg for å avgjøre om du er snill eller slem? Kan Tony Stark ta på seg drakta og redde verden om han har tatt seg en drink eller to?

Even if someone was anxious about the spying and home invasion, though, Santa has every right to do so, but only if they consent to those behaviors. The fact that people leave out milk and cookies for Old Saint Nick serves as an implied contract that Santa is, in fact, welcome to enter their homes and judge them for being naughty or nice. Appropriately, those who stop believing, or who do not believe in the first place, do not leave out cookies and milk, and are also not visited on Christmas Eve or spied on. Essentially, those who wish for presents from Santa agree to give up their right to privacy and to allow him to enter their property in return, and their offering of cookies signifies an agreement to these terms.

Det har gått for seg i Cleveland ja, og folk har visst det, eller i det minste hatt mistanke om det, i lang tid. Men politiet gadd ikke sjekke det ut. Enda godt Charles Ramsey tok ansvar da.

“Oh, those girls? The ones trapped in that house for a decade? Yeah, we called the cops the first time we saw them being walked naked on a leash. Fuckers never came.”

Jeg kjente en gang en fyr som kjente en fyr som begynte med slektsforskning. Han fant ut at han var i slekt med Baneheia-Viggo, og da sluttet han igjen. Men det viser seg nå at går vi 1000 år tilbake er alle europeere i slekt. Akk ja…

A genetic survey concludes that all Europeans living today are related to the same set of ancestors who lived 1,000 years ago.

Hmmm…dette var faktisk ganske interessant, og så fikk jeg endelig lese hele det der “information wants to be free”-sitatet, som visstnok betyr noe helt annet enn det jeg trodde det betydde.

Someone’s already tweeting—“Butterick is an idiot. He doesn’t know that information wants to be free.” You know, I have heard that. But I also know that 99.99% of people who mention this line forget to talk about the first and last parts of it.
“What? There’s a first and last part?” Yeah, yeah. The whole line goes like this:

“Information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable … On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower … So you have these two fighting against each other.”

This was said by a guy named Stewart Brand, way back in 1984.
So what’s the message here? Information wants to be free? No, that’s not the message. The message is that there are two forces in tension. And the challenge is how to balance the forces.
The web, however, has never balanced these forces. The web has always been great for making information free, and terrible at charging for it. And that’s a technological flaw that’s existed since the beginning of the web. So from early on, folks took this lemon and tried to make web lemonade by latching onto the belief that exposure mattered more than money.
Does this sound familiar, designers? “This project’s going to be great exposure.” It’s never true. It’s never been true. It’s never been true on the web. But it became one of the web’s core religious beliefs.
The problem, of course, is that information wasn’t actually free. It’s just that no one wanted to pay for it.

Og til slutt i dag: Er du mann? Pass på å sjekke testiklene dine jevnlig. Ellers kommer Mr.Balls og tar deg!

Meet Mr. Balls, the anti-testicular cancer mascot dreamed up by the Brazilian nonprofit Associação de Assistência às Pessoas com Câncer. In case you’re blind and can’t see the picture, he looks exactly like the kind of angry giant nuts that chase you around in nightmares.

 

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