SF School District Robo Dials Parents To Address 'Clown Rumors'

Leveraging the power of The Clown.

An automated call to parents and guardians from the San Francisco Unified School District implies that the concern is real, if misplaced, and heightened by schoolyard stories and social media posts among impressionable students.

"What we know is that no actual assaults have been reported in the Bay Area," says a school social worker on the below voicemail recording. "We encourage you to speak with your child about what they are really feeling." [...]

As evidenced by the SFUSD robocall, the unflappable adult world is leading its progeny by example. You know, by somewhat prematurely banning clown costumes this upcoming Halloween in a South Bay school district according to ABC7, for instance. TV news is busy launching investigations into clown costume sales (up 300 percent) and asking the tough questions: What effect is this having on everyday working clown performers and businesses, hmmm?)

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A good round-up of the ongoing Yahoo tire-fire

(This illustration is epic.)
"Over 500 million pwned, you'll never know Y!"

Just when things were looking really bad for Yahoo... it got worse. On Tuesday, Reuters dropped a bombshell from yet another unnamed source with an axe to grind against the purple menace. According to "three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events," Yahoo "last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials." [...]

At this point, it was clear that every reporter sucking the teat of a source had forgotten to ask what Stamos and his team were doing, exactly, during the biggest hack in history. And why no one said a damn thing while millions (possibly billions) of innocent people had their sensitive info sold and re-sold on various black markets for years.

BTW, if you were foolish enough to store photos in the Clown on Flickr that you don't have local copies of and are now scrambling to download them all, you might find my galdown script helpful.

And this is your perennial reminder to install 1Password.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein there's a new happy hour, and some photos.

Have you received the memo about ROT13, our new happy hour over at Codeword? It happens every Monday through Friday from 4pm to 9pm or so. It's being run by Jared, who you might remember as the bartender under the stairs who specializes in the fancier and more interesting cocktails. There are also some pretty tasty appetizers that aren't on the usual DNA Pizza menu. Come check it out.

You can also look at the pretty @rot13sf pictures on the Facebooks, Instagrams and Twits.

"Hey, how's that parklet going?" you didn't ask. Well I'll tell you. Since we were required to remove the parklet in mid June because the construction in front of our door was definitely happening by the end of June, what have they accomplished? Well, they dug up the corner of the sidewalk on the Southeast corner of Folsom and Harrison -- across the street from us, by Costco -- and replaced it with a new corner that is identical the old one in every way except that it has those yellow dots on it now.

This is apparently a two week process, because they pour like five different kinds of concrete to accomplish this, and let them dry between each layer.

So now they're doing that again... on the Southwest corner. Even farther away from us.

It's amazing that anything ever gets built at all.

I'm told they also spent a while digging up the middle of the street on the other side of Harrison from us, because after they began construction they "discovered" that this neighborhood is built on sand and it needed to be reinforced. What an amazing discovery! Who knew! Except everybody.

This is why you had nowhere to sit outside for just about the entire summer. Thanks again, SFMTA and SFDPW. You're doing a bang-up job on this whole "scheduling" thing.

Have plans for this evening?

Might I recommend that you come out to Turbo Drive tonight, in the main room, with Beautiful Machines, Night Club and Vicereine. It will be a good show.

Hey, photos:

Bootie: 13th Anniversary
Pinkish Black
3 Teeth
Assemblage 23
Hubba Hubba: 10th Anniversary

Delorean Overdrive
Bootie: Pizza Party
Art Of Dying
And it's been a while since I posted here, so you have two! two! two! fine mixtapes to enjoy.


HDMI audio prevents screen saver, still

MacOS 10.12 still has the ridiculous bug that if your system audio output is set to HDMI, and iTunes is playing, then the screen saver will never activate and your screen will never lock.

In 10.8 through 10.10, the fix for this was to hack the coreaudiod binary.

In 10.11, the system wouldn't run the new coreaudiod unless it was signed. Solution: sign it with your own key, because they accepted any signature.

Well, in 10.12, that doesn't work any more. Copy the executable and it works; re-sign it and it doesn't. Presumably they are checking for an Apple signature now.

Any ideas of another workaround?

I happen to like having my machine be secure even if it happens to be playing music. How weird.

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Judge Morty: State of Georgia Vs. Rick Allen

You've read the transcript. You've seen the animatic. Now watch the fan video.

Wow, they are vehement about taking this one down. People re-upload it all the time and it doesn't last a week.


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Steel Wool Macro Burn

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