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This year at camp: I was taking some pictures of the beautiful view from Kokadjo. (Did you know: the lake at Kokadjo is Big Roach Pond, not Lake Kokadjo? I didn’t. Now we both do!) I’d taken a few before I noticed that there was a heron stalking through the rushes just forty feet away from me. Actually, he appeared in the landscape photos I’d been taking. (He’s there in the first picture. Look close.)

We also watched a deer swim across the lake back at camp. Deer are actually quite good swimmers; and there she went, paddling her way across Ragged Lake. It was morning, and I’d put on my pants and shirt but not my shoes and socks, so I just waded right into the lake with my camera in hand to get at a better perspective. Fortunately, the day wasn’t as cool as I’d thought it would be, because my only pair of pants was soaked at the ankles, but it was warm and shorts worked just fine, and I was able to get a decent picture.

More photos here.

Imaginative Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag

If you want to create detailed and imaginative flying machine sculptures that look like they’re about to take flight, cardboard is hardly the material to use. Unless of course you’re artist Daniel Agdag (more of his work here), who has been toiling away creating a series of new works each more detailed and fascinating than the next. The Principles of Aerodynamics” is Agdag’s first solo exhibition where his series of cardboard contraptions that portray his “ongoing pursuit of escape through the metaphor of flight” will be on display through Aug 31, 2014.

As he’s done in the past, Agdag forfeits all blueprints, drawings and plans choosing, instead, to work only from mind and scalpel. His industrial beasts–get close and you can almost smell the oil and smoke; hear the clanking and buzzing–come together only from sliced cardboard hinged with glue.

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You want to know the difference between blacks and whites in America?

When black people riot and vandalize and act like hooligans, it was probably set off when yet another black person was brutalized or unjustly slain by law enforcement.

When white people do it, it’s probably because their favorite sports team either lost or won a big game.

(In response to this: Vigils and Vandalism In St. Louis Suburb After Police Fatally Shoot a Black Teen and all the racists talking shit about blacks because it.)

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So, I got a new laptop this weekend. 

It’s pretty much the same as my old laptop, except that it’s brand new instead of 7 years old, and it’s not almost out of available memory and the battery isn’t so depleted that it only holds a five-minute charge and the body isn’t falling apart so badly that you need to attach clamps to the screen every time you open it so that it doesn’t fall apart.

Collaborating with a 4-year Old



This is so good

Oh my goodness that’s fantastic! Lookit’em!

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In the broadest legal decision on the New York Police Department’s stop and frisk program yet, a federal judge ruled on Monday that the program is unconstitutional and violates the Fourth Amendment and 14th Amendment. According to the ruling, the city adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling.

The controversial program has led to 5 million stops of mostly black and Latino men since 2004. People stopped by police were found innocent 90 percent of the time, a statistic that led Judge Shira Scheindlin to note “the policy encourages the targeting of young black and Hispanic men based on their prevalence in local crime complaints. This is a form of racial profiling.”

In her ruling, Scheindlin ordered an independent monitor to ensure NYPD reforms its practices.

The program’s racial bias is staggering: Based on suspicion alone, police have stopped more young black men than the population of young black men in New York. Even so, Mayor Bloomberg has defended the program for disproportionately targeting whites and stopping minorities “too little.”


Bloomberg has already announced he will appeal the ruling.

And Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the federal government would cut back on harsh mandatory minimum sentences for “low-level, nonviolent drug offenders.”

Today’s been a damn good day for American civil rights. (Now let’s just hope both these things actually come to pass.)

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When a man murders an unarmed, innocent teenager, that’s tragic.

When a jury fails to convict a murderer for his crime, that’s unfortunate.

But what’s horrific is when white Americans shower the murderer with support and attack and slander his victim, all because the killer was a white man and the murdered boy was black. (And yes, in the context of this case, Zimmerman is white; mainstream racist white people certainly embraced him as one of their own.)

The amount of evil ordinary (white) people are spewing against Trayvon - an innocent child, remember, murdered by a reckless thug outside his own house for the crime of being a black person in the United States of America - is just atrocious.