DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein we get to check another permit off the list.

Grave robbers!

Metal thieves desecrate hundreds of Colma graves

Metal thieves have stolen more than 525 bronze vases from graves in a Colma cemetery over the past month.

The sold-bronze vases, roughly 11 inches tall and weighing about 8 pounds apiece, are attached to bronze plaques on flat-stone graves. They're designed to be removed or attached by family members with little difficulty, Varner said, but that also makes them easy pickings for grave robbers.

All told, the vases were worth more than $85,000, Read said. Melted down - the vases' likely fate, if they were stolen for their metal - the bronze would garner about $4,000, he said.

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Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

Bruce Levine:

In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not.

Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their authority. And when anti-authoritarians assess an authority to be illegitimate, they challenge and resist that authority -- sometimes aggressively and sometimes passive-aggressively, sometimes wisely and sometimes not.

Some activists lament how few anti-authoritarians there appear to be in the United States. One reason could be that many natural anti-authoritarians are now psychopathologized and medicated before they achieve political consciousness of society's most oppressive authorities. [...]

I have found that most psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals are not only extraordinarily compliant with authorities but also unaware of the magnitude of their obedience. And it also has become clear to me that the anti-authoritarianism of their patients creates enormous anxiety for these professionals, and their anxiety fuels diagnoses and treatments.

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Look, I'm gonna just refer you to my time_t tag, ok?
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Fucking colorspaces. How do they work?

Dear Lazyweb,

On one machine (Mac), "convert foo.png ... -colorspace RGB foo.jpg" works, but on another machine (Linux) that gives me an all-black image. Conversely, on the Mac, -colorspace sRGB gives me an all-black image, and on the Linux machine that works.

As far as I can tell, both versions of ImageMagick were built the same way. Both machines are 64 bit. Both have lcms2.


All I want is a portable incantation for my "convert" command-lines that says "don't ever give me CMYK JPEGs, because most browsers display those wrong." If there are other subtleties between "RGB" and "sRGB", I'm sure I don't care about them.

What's the right chicken to wave at this shit?

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Michael Westen's Morning Affirmations

Is there a desk calendar? There should be a desk calendar.

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Hayley Wade

Hayley Wade is running for Vice President Student Life. This is her men's room campaign poster.

At the University of Calgary. It is real, not Photoshopped, apparently. That is dirty politics. Her opponent doesn't stand a chance.

I initially read that as "Student Vice President For Life", which I also thought was bold.

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Disabled Protesters vs. Riot Police

I guess this is what you call a "PR Opportunity".

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Kinect Star Wars takes a stand for Civil Rights in the Empire

Jabba Pleasure Cruises presents...
Dancing Slave Girls!
The Last Daughter of Alderaan!
And The Execution of The Prisoners!

The deep wrongness begins at 3:41, and ups the ante at 4:41.

Previously, previously, previously, previously.

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jwz mixtape 112

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 112.

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Current Music: as noted

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