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NSA is Listening

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I don’t have anything to hide, you can listen to my boring conversations NSA. But that’s not the point…

The hilarious image comes from Julian Sanchez.

Filed under: images, politics

Basque is Not Spoken in 70% of Retail Stores in the Basque Country

I look at Spain with a lot of interest, especially regarding the other languages spoken there besides Spanish. I really hope Basque survives. An article in El Pais gives the pretty depressing statistic above. If you can read Spanish (apparently this is the case with most of the Basque Country) here’s the important part:

En el 70% de los establecimientos comerciales y de hostelería del País Vasco no se habla euskera “nunca o casi nunca”, mientras que en la administración pública el uso de esta lengua es del 48%, según un minucioso estudio realizado en los 251 municipios vascos y en 182 empresas de servicios.

Filed under: curios

The Sartorialist

God knows I don’t know how to dress. Thankfully, there is a blog I check to get ideas and inspiration, I love The Sartorialist.

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Filed under: wants

Sleeping Patterns

For the last few months I’ve slept really well. My sleep is easily disturbed, if I’m excited I’m usually unable to sleep, if there are lights in the room I am unable to sleep. I actually wear ear plugs to bed because I’m sensitive to noises too. Lifehacker has a link to a sleep mask that seems like it would be perfect. They look pretty weird, they’re supposed to let you keep your eyes open. I suppose keeping your eyes open in perfect darkness and having ear plugs on would be cool for sensory deprivation or meditation.lights-out.png

Filed under: wants

Colon Graph?

Andrew Sullivan is right to be impressed by a NYT web graphic called: The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 – 2007. The technology behind it is awesome, we can literally visually go through the revenues all all these movies scrolling to the past and present. When I first looked at it though, it looked like something out of an anatomy book. Did they have to use those colors? gross.png

Filed under: curios, images

Illegal Immigrants and Incarceration

reason magazine has this interesting post citing statistics that illegal immigrants are less likely to end up in prison. Some astute commenters asked whether deportation might lower the numbers cited. It appears the study took that factor into consideration. reason cites the following, and i cite reason:

• Foreign-born men make up about 35 percent of the state’s adult male population, but they are roughly 17 percent of the state’s overall prison inmates.

• U.S.-born men are jailed in state prisons at a rate more than three times higher than foreign-born men and are 10 times more likely to land behind bars.

• Male Mexican nationals ages 18 to 40 – those more likely to have entered the country illegally – are more than eight times less likely than their U.S.-born counterparts to be imprisoned.

• Those who entered the country when they were 1 year old or younger make up about 0.8 percent of those institutionalized.

Filed under: Uncategorized

New MacBooks and MacBook Pros

I promised myself that my next laptop would be a MacBook Pro. However, I’m had my MacBook for about a year and half. It just doesn’t make sense to buy one any time soon, I have no complaints about my cu.rrent laptop. With the update to the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines it’s getting harder and harder to resist a nice MacBook Pro. I’ve already let my rational mind talk me out of buying a iPhone, after all the calculations it just didn’t make sense. Every time I pass by someone with an iPhone I keep thinking: “Oh why didn’t I buy one? It’s so sexy.” I spend so much time on the computer and if I’m to buy Adobe CS3, a nice super powerful laptop would be necessary. MacBook Pro you will soon be mine!

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Filed under: wants

Targeting Columbia Heights

I hang out in cafes on most weekends, I love Sticky Fingers and Mayorga Lounge. I always pass by the construction that will soon turn into a Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ross, Marshall’s, etc. The Target is supposed to open March 9th, 2008. I’m wondering how the neighborhood will be affected. It’s already pretty hard to find a seat at the cafes. I imagine the influx of people to the Target and Best Buy will make it sort of impossible. I’m keeping my mind open. While Dos Gringos Cafe is a mere block and a half from my place but it has no free wireless connection and the food leaves a lot to be desired.

“Dos Gringos?! Un chingo!”

Filed under: neighborhood

Dress Devendra Banhart

Pitchfork linked to Devendra Banhart’s website where you can dress the magical flower child.  I’ve always wanted to dress him, I feel like he’d be game for anything.dev.pngIt’s kind of amazing.

Filed under: curios

Dear Prudence

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A guy writes in to Dear Prudence over at Slate complaining about women chasing him because he’s well-endowed. He’s such a freaking whiner, he should be sharing his gift any chance he gets!

Filed under: advice columns

Apollyon

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
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