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Small Plates – Video

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 18:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


For the magazine’s fall Food issue, we treated six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn to dinner at Daniel, where the seven-course tasting menu goes for $220 a person.

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Unfortunately, he’s not talking about Catholic priests

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 10:44 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Vatican’s top judge: Keep kids away from ‘wrong, evil’ gays for their own protection

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  1. Clearly a follower of Jesus Christ…

No, you’re not

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 10:30 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. Way to sweep ebola under the rug.

  2. a variation on the same old crap we’ve heard about AIDS, the black death, etc.
    This never goes away. Just a Christian version of the Ghost shirt.

  3. Actually I think redemption technically happens after death, so you may not be so safe, Tile & Carpet World.

Lest we forget…

Posted on October 11th, 2014 at 3:39 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


“My dreams of marrying someone I loved suddenly got put by the wayside. Instead, I was back to being scared to walk down the street…”

Even if marriage is legal.

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Pregnant Austrian teens in ISIS: We’ve made a huge mistake

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 22:52 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The teenage girls who abandoned their families in Austria to become jihadis for ISIS feel they’ve made a terrible mistake by joining the barbaric lifestyle and they want to come home.

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, are believed to be married, pregnant and living in the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa in northern Syria, Central European News reports.


The change of heart is a much different tune than the note they left behind for their parents when they fled back in April, which read: “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah — and we will die for him.”

These western girls are living with ISIS, the people who just go around beheading random westerners.

The same people beheading children who practice a different brand of their same religion and mass murder Muslims who do not agree with their brand of islam.

The same people who stone women to death for minor offenses.

And these girls are somehow able to communicate publicly about their desire to leave and how they hate ISIS now.

Yeah, right.

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Microsoft CEO to women: Don’t ask for a raise

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 21:49 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


A lot of advice is thrown at women to be considered equals in the workplace — lean in, speak up, be confident, demand raises and promotions, don’t dress “slutty” — which in itself is problematic because it places the onus on women to correct the culturally entrenched male dominance in workplaces.

(Companies should be the ones working to demolish the “old boys club,” and putting practices into place including strict policies on sexual harassment, equal pay, mentorship and paid maternity and paternity leave, for starters.)

However, advice given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hit a new level of terrible: Don’t ask for raises, trust that your “super powers,” “the system” and “karma” will get you what you want. I’m not sure what mystical world Nadella is living in, but I imagine that there, raises gallop magically into a woman’s bank account via a unicorn.

Update: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued an apology, which an be read here.

Steve was too limited when he said it:

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”

Because, really. If you’re trying to rephrase something that came out inartfully the first time, don’t try to fit it into one tweet. Take up all the goddamn space you need so that it comes out better the second time. A petri dish has more culture than Microsoft..

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  1. A tweet is the modern way to make sure a lot of people see (and read) your statement. Sending out a link to 5,000 words isn’t going to somehow be more helpful.

    He was clear about the parts that mattered: he fucked up, and he now understands why and how. Seems pretty sane and healthy to me.

    (People have commented that there isn’t a culture at Msft of asking for raises (just promotions or review scores) and that Nadella was commenting from that narrow perspective. It’s not an excuse, but it’s perhaps an explanation for the tone-deaf response.)

  2. Also, you’re citing Steve Jobs in a discussion of how to treat employees? Really? Steve Jobs who was a notorious nasty asshole to his employees? Yeah, I’m sure him screaming at people how much they sucked created an environment where women thrived. Not.

  3. The difference, @Desiato, is that Steve treated men and women pretty much equally cruelly.

    The discussion here isn’t how to treat employees in general; it’s how women should be treated as equals to men.

  4. Exactly. Steve could be a huge asshole to individuals, and did scream at people. But this is the company he created.

  5. Awesome. This is the company that Gates and Ballmer created. So what’s with that culture now that you claim Msft doesn’t have?

    Whereas Apple has culture, you say? Culture that engages in backdating of executive stock options? Culture that makes it OK to conspire with competitors to not recruit each others employees, thus keeping salaries down? GREAT culture. Yeah, walking in the pride parade totally makes up for that stuff.

    Go ahead and keep cherry-picking, John…

  6. John, please watch what the woman who interviewed Nadella has to say about the incident. (She is the President of a prestiguous technical college and a role model to women entering engineering fields)


    (Interesting bits are in the first ~4 minutes I think.)

The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 17:48 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: Intellectual Property



To oversee national lightbulb markets and their respective development in global trade, Phoebus established a supervisory body, chaired by Meinhardt of Osram. The cartel’s other main activities were to facilitate the exchange of patents and technical know-how and to impose far-reaching and long-lived standards. To this day, we still use the screw-type socket—devised by Thomas Edison back in 1880 and designated E26/E27—thanks to the cartel. Most significantly for consumers, Phoebus expended considerable technical effort into engineering a shorter-lived lightbulb.

Did you buy compact fluorescent light bulbs, to save the planet and to save you money? Did they last long enough to break even? Will you change to LED bulbs?

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  1. is anyone actually surprised by this revelation?

  2. Well it was the 1920’s, notorious for all kinds of naughtiness and swindling…

Slachtoffer steekpartij vmbo-school Voorburg overleden

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 16:50 by John Sinteur in category: News


Op een school in Voorburg, het Corbulo College, is een jongen neergestoken. De 15-jarige leerling werd in de buurt van de school door hulpdiensten behandeld, maar is inmiddels overleden.

So sad… 15 year old kid stabbed to death on a school I know (son of a friend went to school there)… management has changed since I last went there, but I recognize some teachers names.

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Obviously he’s not well versed in taqiyya.

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 13:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Prominent member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, Wassim Doureihi, discusses the Prime Minister’s comments about extremist organisations.

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  1. Blimey! What a wonderful provocation. Just what the ratings need!

Malala and Satyrathi win Nobel Peace prize

Posted on October 10th, 2014 at 11:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyrathi have won the Nobel Peace prize.

Good choice.

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Bill Maher Isn’t the Only One Who Misunderstands Religion

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 20:56 by Desiato in category: Pastafarian News


No religion exists in a vacuum. On the contrary, every faith is rooted in the soil in which it is planted. It is a fallacy to believe that people of faith derive their values primarily from their Scriptures. The opposite is true. People of faith insert their values into their Scriptures, reading them through the lens of their own cultural, ethnic, nationalistic and even political perspectives.

After all, scripture is meaningless without interpretation. Scripture requires a person to confront and interpret it in order for it to have any meaning. And the very act of interpreting a scripture necessarily involves bringing to it one’s own perspectives and prejudices.

The abiding nature of scripture rests not so much in its truth claims as it does in its malleability, its ability to be molded and shaped into whatever form a worshiper requires. The same Bible that commands Jews to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18) also exhorts them to “kill every man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey,” who worship any other God (1 Sam. 15:3). The same Jesus Christ who told his disciples to “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39) also told them that he had “not come to bring peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34), and that “he who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one” (Luke 22:36). The same Quran that warns believers “if you kill one person it is as though you have killed all of humanity” (5:32) also commands them to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (9:5).

How a worshiper treats these conflicting commandments depends on the believer.

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  1. a very well written argument

  2. You have to shape the message for the audience. Hey, that politics!

  3. The real issue, then, is how susceptible we all can be to a charismatic smooth-talking con man. And far too many of their ilk are drawn to the clergy, likely because of what that profession promises. Pick a famous member of the clergy of any religion. Would we know their names absent their profession?

  4. @Mudak – Answer — no we would not. I add: The susceptibility stems from both lack of education, especially modern science and an innate fear of the unknown. Unfortunately (or fortunately) this has never happened: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead, Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all” TS Elliot: Prufrock. If it did, well then we would be sure there is an afterlife. And Chas is correct, as the manifestation of any organized religion is politics. Why else to kill in god’s name? Is it not the same as sacrificing an animal to the gods? Ignorance of the followers, manipulation of the ignorant by the politicians (senators,clerics, priests, whatever). I hate to be cynical, but I see no hope until the human population dispenses once and for all with their various mythologies.

  5. I would like to beg to differ with your interpretation of scripture. When Jesus told his disciples ” I come not to bring peace but the sword.” He didn’t mean the sword as a metal shaft used to destroy or kill. He meant that he was bring the word of God. this was his weapon, his (sword). And the meaning of “sell your cloak and buy one”. Was for his disciples to rid themselves of things that could not protect them and to follow the word as their sword.

  6. I would like to beg to differ with your interpretation of scripture. When Jesus told his disciples ” I come not to bring peace but the sword.” He didn’t mean the sword as a metal shaft used to destroy or kill. He meant that he was bringing the word of God. this was his weapon, his (sword). And the meaning of “sell your cloak and buy one”. Was for his disciples to rid themselves of things that could not protect them and to follow the word as their sword.

  7. “He didn’t mean…”

    Yeah. There are *so many* apologetic explanations for that verse it’s almost funny. Here’s another one you see a lot: “The sword is to separate the good from the wicked, an all men are under the wrath of God until they become saved. Yet the gospel is the gospel of peace because once you become saved, you are at peace with God.”

    Of course, it’s all bullshit. In the very next verse he says that, yes, discord and violence is his goal: “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.”

    Not much selling of cloaks in that one.

Our bullying corporations are the new enemy within

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 15:51 by John Sinteur in category: News


The more power you possess, the more insecure you feel. The paranoia of power drives people towards absolutism. But it doesn’t work. Far from curing them of the conviction that they are threatened and beleaguered, greater control breeds greater paranoia.

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  1. Perhaps the more thoughtful amongst the ruling classes do feel paranoia. After all, they must anticipate that disruptive change is probably the inevitable outcome if present trends continue.

    Most of the rest seem to feel a fervid sense of entitlement.

Interview with Peter Piot Discoverer of the Ebola Virus

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 13:31 by John Sinteur in category: News


Almost four decades ago, Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. In a SPIEGEL interview, he describes how the disease was isolated and explains why the current outbreak is different than any that have come before.

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Drone capture

Posted on October 9th, 2014 at 12:56 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!

You raise a village do they call you Ackmed the village destroyer?


You start a caliphate in Iraq do they call you Ackmed the nation builder?


You lead many men to victory in the Syrian battles do they call you Ackmed the great?


But you fuck one donkey…

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  1. We all knew these guys needed to bugger off, but not literally.

  2. It’s getting so no self respecting goatherd can show his affection for his livestock without someone snooping. What ever happened to privacy! I blame Obama.

    Seriously though, wasn’t this sort of thing going on long before IS moved in?

  3. I vote for an air-drop of Fleshlights by the Humane Society.

  4. Sue, I second that.. maybe a fleshlight drone strike?

  5. Maybe he just couldn’t hold out any longer for those 72 virgins. I man has needs, Y’know.

  6. @Sue – According to the Fleshlight website, it is molded from “you favorite porn stars”. I searched and I could not find anything molded from “your favorite donkey” or “your favorite sheep”. Perhaps this is a business opportunity? Actually for these pricks, I would like air drop Fleshlights like devices that also do auto castrations once they are “done”.

  7. @Mykolas: Be careful what you ask for…some of the most violent and feared warrior groups in history were eunuchs!

  8. Oh. My technical advisor says there’s a difference between cutting off the pointy bit and the round bits. Sorry.

Wanted Woman Arrested After Demanding Police Remove Unflattering Facebook Photo

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 22:35 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Ohio Police say a woman was so upset by the unflattering photo detectives posted to Facebook that she called them and demanded that it be removed, leading to her arrest.

“This is a first for us,” Denise Alex-Bouzounis, public information officer with the Columbus Police Department, told The Huffington Post. “She really didn’t want her face out there for everyone to see.”

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Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 16:05 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could “harm public order”.

The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.

Yeah, all those atheists joining IS, it’s really a… wait, what?

If Saudi Arabia thought atheists were actually terrorists, they would donate millions to secular political groups.

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  1. Surely, we can give the Saudis credit for one thing they have more of than anyone else … transparency.

  2. @Rob: When the House of Saud falls it won’t be a laughing matter, but I did chortle a bit there :-)

  3. And we got rid of Saddam for this?

  4. Not convinced “when” is the appropriate term, Sue. Think I’d go with “if ever”.

  5. This makes sense. If the population did not believe, they could not be manipulated. And if that happened, no more House of Saud. I hope the decree backfires. And: I think it will fall someday, after the middle east emerges from the new dark ages to which it seems intent on rushing towards.

  6. Referring to enemies as atheists is just a reflex, like certain people using the terms “communist” or “socialist”.

    @Rob: I wouldn’t bet much on their ultimate survival. They may have funded (and certainly their citizens have funded) both Al Q. and IS.

    @Mykolas: We might end up in the dark too…

1 billion people fired!

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 11:45 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Well, that’s if you believe this headline.


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  1. Nothing like destroying your credibility than with a headline like that. How could you believe anything else that is comes after it?

Once you’ve dehumanized drug offenders, it’s easy to steal their identities

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 11:15 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane


Consider what the federal government is arguing here. It’s arguing that if you’re arrested for a drug crime, including a crime unserious enough to merit a sentence of probation, the government retains the power to (a) steal your identity, (b) use that identity for drug policing, thus making your name and face known to potentially dangerous criminals, (c) interact with those criminals while posing as you, which could subject you to reprisals from those criminals, (d) expose photos of your family, including children, to those criminals, and (e) do all of this without your consent, and with no regard for your safety or public reputation.

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xkcd: Marriage

Posted on October 8th, 2014 at 10:49 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon



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Jerry Seinfeld’s Clio Acceptance Speech

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 20:15 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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  1. Wow! For the first time in his career, Jerry Seinfeld has actually said something that I thought was well-stated and worth listening to.

Banning club drugs hasn’t made users safer: A grieving mom hopes her plan will

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 19:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


In her quest for answers, Goldsmith came to a startling realization: Molly didn’t kill her daughter. Federal policies that promote drug abolition and discourage education about safe drug use killed her daughter.

“The way we deal with it has got to change because people are dying,” said Goldsmith. “My heart says: if you’re gonna try Molly, you better make sure you know what you’re taking.”

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No, you don’t.

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 15:44 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Fuck off Tim!

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 14:59 by John Sinteur in category: Funny!


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  1. Shooting fish in a barrel isn’t trolling, Tim.

Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries

Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 14:04 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy


Adobe is gathering data on the ebooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order. All of this data, including the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book is being sent to Adobe’s server in clear text.

I am not joking; Adobe is not only logging what users are doing, they’re also sending those logs to their servers in such a way that anyone running one of the servers in between can listen in and know everything,

But wait, there’s more.

Adobe isn’t just tracking what users are doing in DE4; this app was also scanning my computer, gathering the metadata from all of the ebooks sitting on my hard disk, and uploading that data to Adobe’s servers.

In. Plain. Text.

And just to be clear, this includes not just ebooks I opened in DE4, but also ebooks I store in calibre and every Epub ebook I happen to have sitting on my hard disk.

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  1. Adobe stupid? I’ve said that before (their products drove me from the field in tears).

    I can’t really understand why they’d bother unless it is some kind of feature:
    “Here’s a list of all those ebooks you forgot you had…”

  2. I was at first not at all excited about app sandboxing on OS X, but I’m starting to warm up to the idea.


Posted on October 7th, 2014 at 9:57 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

“Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.”

– Edward Robert Harrison

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Posted on October 5th, 2014 at 20:03 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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3 Years ago today

Posted on October 5th, 2014 at 10:06 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

Remembering Steve

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Cubic Bezier Curves – Under the Hood

Posted on October 4th, 2014 at 19:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. I know that this clip was in english and I appreciate your apparent assumption that I am smart enough to understand and benefit from it. Sometimes, though, I think maybe posting an alternate viewing choice would be helpful – like maybe a video of playful otters – ?

  2. Now THAT one I understood!

  3. i. love. it. finally! this makes so much sense!

  4. I found this to be a wonderfully clear visual and intuitive explanation of Bezier curves. More like this please!

  5. I am more into brazier curves.

  6. That is a beautiful visualization! It makes data make sense!

  7. Yeah, but what’s under the bonnet?

Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

Posted on October 4th, 2014 at 13:27 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Posted on October 4th, 2014 at 10:51 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon




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