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Gareth Pugh goes Full Cenobite



But the actual collection has a lot less viscera and face-melting:

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I will give that suggestion all due consideration.

So I leaned into the window of the Lyft dickcheese who had crossed two lanes to slam to a stop in the bike lane and said, "Hey! You cut me off! Asshole."

His considered retort? "Buy a car!"

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Finally got my Emacs setup just how I like it.

A collection of Soviet control rooms.



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A showman to the end, his gorilla suits launched a costume empire.

Philip Morris, the one-time circus ringmaster who made gorilla suits in his basement as he built the world's largest costume distributorship, died late Sunday at his Mooresville home.

His time on the road included working as a ringmaster and costumer for the three-ring Royal Hanneford Circus. A sideshow needed a costume for a girl-to-gorilla act, and a specialty was born. [...]

Once on a "ghost show" tour in Canada, Philip Morris somehow got arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police -- while wearing a gorilla suit. Charges were dropped, Scott Morris recalled, but "he wouldn't take the head off the costume until we got to the police agency because he didn't want anyone to know it was him."

In 1967, the company says, a customer named Roger Patterson bought a custom gorilla suit that was used to film the famously grainy footage of a hairy "Bigfoot" striding through the northern California woods. [...]

With Halloween approaching, it's the company's busiest time of year. The 250 employees are shipping costumes all over the world. "I don't know what he was thinking, leaving us at this time of year," Scott Morris joked. "He just passed away last night and at 8 o'clock this morning, I was at work. We have to do what we have to do, and he just loved what he was doing."


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Dr. Kingfish
OMG
Right? There had better be a statue to this great American.
Obviously he should be buried in a gorilla suit... and the pall bearers should be similarly attired.
Yesss
Ideally in a banana shaped coffin
Ook ook!
Also he made THE Bigfoot suit!!
Loved that
Hmm... Bigfoot, huh? Lemme just people-up this gorilla suit a little and I'll be right with ya...
"Custom".
Always go to a professional... it'll save you money in the end.
And he didn't snitch! You know he knew! He saw that Super-8 movie and he was like, "Yeah, that's mine."
Right?? That's gorilla suit integrity, that is.
But who would have believed him. He'd have been the guy saying he installed two-way mirrors in John Wayne's house.
True. Still... you gotta admire it. The world must hear his story.
Follow your dreams, kids. And keep the gorilla mask on until you get to the police station. Always.
And out of. And remember, it's like a tuxedo. Once you own one, you find occasions to wear it.
Wise words that I repeat often!
And let's face it, what are you gonna do, rent every time you need one?
Pfffff
That's just bad financial sense.
Don't monkey around.
Heyyo!
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"I think he deserved his punishment, don't you?"

A depiction of a premodern corporate-totalitarian dystopia:

"The show canonically takes place in a train post-apocalypse where the Island of Sodor is the only safe zone in a totalitarian dystopia in which steam trains are routinely killed and their body parts are sold or cannibalized for repair."

"What moral lesson are kids supposed to learn from this? Do as you're told or you will be entombed forever in the darkness to die?"

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Even the Tyrell Pyramid engaged with its neighborhood better

Geoff Boeing: "Funny how renderings of the Apple Park campus always showed it in a gorgeous forest, when it's actually just plunked down in suburban sprawl."

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Compressing JPEGs

Lazyweb, is Google PageSpeed just full of shit, or what?

One of the things it's telling about this image on the DNA Lounge front page is, "Compressing and resizing could save 170.4KiB (90% reduction)." Um, really? That's a 360px wide JPEG, compressed with quality 95, which admittedly could probably be lower -- but to get that image down to the 17k that Google says should be possible, I end up with this. Um, no.

This looks pretty good.
This is crap. Crap, sir!
Now maybe they're trying to say that it should be lower resolution too? But the default layout of the front page spends about 166px horizontally on that image, so that'd be 332 pixels on a Retina display anyway, which isn't far of from the 360px that it is now.

What the hell are they talking about?

And what is considered a reasonable compression setting for JPEGs in ImageMagick? 70 looks pretty fuzzy to me. Is "-interlace plane" believed to actually do any good?

(PageSpeed is also really adamant that I minimize my CSS, which could save a whopping 4KB. Prior to transport compression. Which like... fits in the first HTTP packet. Who gives a shit.)

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Epic Epoch Fail Redux

FFS, Apple.

diff --git a/hacks/sms-backup-iphone.pl b/hacks/sms-backup-iphone.pl
index 33c57c5c2..dabe9bbe6 100755
--- a/hacks/sms-backup-iphone.pl
+++ b/hacks/sms-backup-iphone.pl
@@ -241,16 +241,21 @@ sub sms_backup_1($$) {

     #
SMSes use normal Unix time_t, with epoch = Jan 1, 1970 GMT.
     #
iMessages use epoch = Jan 1, 2001 GMT.  WTF!
     #
     #
The "service" field is either 'iMessage' or 'SMS', but if it is set
     #
at all, then that means the date is of the other epoch.
     #
     $imsgp = 1 if defined ($h->{service});
+
+    #
Great news everybody! As of iOS 11, the date is now the number of
+    #
milli nano! nanoseconds since the Satanic Anti-Epoch of Jan 1 2001:
+    $date /= 1000000000 if ($date > 100000000000000000);
+
     $date += 978307200 if ($imsgp);

     my @lt = localtime($date);
     print STDERR "$progname: IMPROBABLE YEAR: " . localtime($date) . "\n"
       if ($lt[5] < (2005 - 1900) || $lt[5] > (localtime)[5]);

     if ($subj && $text) { $text = "$subj\n$text"; }
     elsif ($subj && !$text) { $text = $subj; }

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Supervisor Shocked to Hear Uber and Lyft Violate Bike and Transit Lanes

Water shockingly remains wet:

Some two-thirds of citations for driving in transit lanes and bike lanes, failing to yield to pedestrians, and other motor vehicle violations, are issued to Transportation Network Company (TNC) cars such as Uber and Lyft -- this according to a study from the police department of violations in downtown San Francisco. [...]

What makes the numbers so shocking, said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, is that they are so disproportionate. "You have one out of four cars being a TNC in the district I represent," he said. "You would think the number of violations would be the same, one out of four, but what you're seeing is the opposite -- almost three out of four are TNC drivers."

"It was really astonishing to see the number of TNCs that routinely use the bike lane as the drop off spot with no regard to the fact that cyclists are using it," said Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, who sits on the committee. He joined a protest for protected bike lanes on Valencia this month.

"These numbers confirm what our members experience on the streets of San Francisco everyday: Uber and Lyft drivers violating the law and threatening the safety of people who bike and walk. Now that SFPD data proves they are doing so in numbers far disproportionate to their share of traffic volume, this should be a wake-up call to the city and the industry," wrote Brian Wiedenmeier, the SF Bike Coalition's executive director, in an email to Streetsblog. [...]

Streetsblog would like to point out that while San Francisco currently has little power to regulate TNCs, aside from continuing to issue citations, it can, obviously, regulate street design. As the human-protected bike lane protests have shown, TNCs aren't an issue when they are physically prevented from stopping in a bike lane. Properly designed protected bike lanes and intersections can make much of this a moot point. And banning private cars from Market Street will make much of this a moot point too -- more so if the Supervisors and SFMTA have the fortitude to ban all cars, instead of just privately owned ones. Continuing to do studies and discuss parking needs, and tearing out unofficial safe-hit posts, instead of installing protected bike lanes as quickly as possible -- not so much.

See also @uberinabikelane, @sfmtra.

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