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Technology
In personal MAGA news... I told you about starting my new oil painting gifts business (original art & also prints, greeting cards, Christmas ornaments, books, journals, etc.). Well... an amazing thing happened. I don't have much $ to play with for startup, so I appreciate (next)
(2) spiritual nudges, direction for how to invest time/money. Husband wanted to get oil changed. We went to Wal-mart for that so we could hang out shopping instead of stuck in waiting area of an auto place - his last experience at auto was hilariously miserable, people were (next
(3) obnoxious. I quite enjoyed his many texts relaying what was happening. 🤣So, he went with the Wal-mart option this time, and contrary to what the FBI thinks, it wasn't stinky, other than the smell of tires in the auto dept. Anyway, while there, I saw a glorious sight - (next)
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Someone at work asked me today where do I find all those presentations about graphics techniques and made me realise that it might not be so common knowledge to people just starting gfx programming. Thread of links.
Siggraph's Advances in Realtime Rendering is a invaluable resource for cutting edge rendering techniques advances.realtimerendering.com
Same with Open Problems in real time rendering course, although unfortunately it did not run this year openproblems.realtimerendering.com
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There's a story Hollande will not tell you. It is the story of why the Rafael deal DIDN'T go through during the UPA regime. But that story needs to be told. And here it is.
Among the people who flew over the Indian tax & security dragnet, was a Sanjay Bhandari, owner of the Offset India Solutions (OIS) Group.

Bhandari was a small time dealer of imported cars in Delhi since the 90s. Come 2004, the man's luck changed.
From a small dealer, he became a big time car importer. You were a movie star, a hi-profile lawyer, mafia don, a high-flying businessman who needed high end Masaratis & Lamborghinis to set you apart from the BMW & Merc crowd, ...
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Science and Space
Let's talk about the #PbtA games. In particular: mechanical design that leans prescriptive or suggestive. Neither term is probably as precise as it should be but are useful for discussing the trends in this design space.
All of the games have mechanics and have moves that reflect both of these trends. Prescriptive moves are usually extremely precise and specific. Therefore, they are also less open to interpretation from the player.
Suggestive moves are more nebulous; often more flavorful, too. These moves are similar to Defy Danger and Act Under Fire, in that they are less precise and are used to cover a wider range of possible variables and goal post where the fiction should be headed.
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A word about consent violations.

There are two ways of thinking about the term and they are often confused.

The first is really the concept of one's perpetually existing inviolate body autonomy.

The second is the affirmative expression of that autonomy
So violating one's consent can be deliberate (ignoring or subverting one's stated protest) but it can also be ignorant or accidental (invading someone's personal space, patting someone on the back, giving an unsolicited hug)
Consent violations are not merely about sexual assault.

They're about any infringement on a person's bodily autonomy including a right to control both physical and informational access to one's body.
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More than just another "Ideas" opinion piece, this is a provocative description of certain realities at the very heart of our unfolding digital age:
wired.com/story/ideas-jo…
The heart of Western thought has been the categories of masters and slaves. The core wager being that beneath the yearning for mastery is the yearning for servitude. This defines the psychological ground on which the figure of Western politics dances.
But of course this is also the psychological ground of Christianity, where slavery to Christ is the great evangelion. But both Athens and Jerusalem sent people to the question of freedom from tyranny, or better, of rule that transgressed its real boundaries.
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Culture and Books
Someone at work asked me today where do I find all those presentations about graphics techniques and made me realise that it might not be so common knowledge to people just starting gfx programming. Thread of links.
Siggraph's Advances in Realtime Rendering is a invaluable resource for cutting edge rendering techniques advances.realtimerendering.com
Same with Open Problems in real time rendering course, although unfortunately it did not run this year openproblems.realtimerendering.com
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New WP out titled, "Public Goods, and Nested Subnational Units: Diversity, Segregation, or Hierarchy?” co-authored with @sumitm, Deepak and Naveen:
dyson.cornell.edu/faculty-resear… 1/n
Using census data from ~ 600,000 Indian villages and caste as the axis of stratification, we show that public goods are determined through mutually enforcing channels of diversity, segregation and hierarchy. 2/n
Existing work on diversity-public goods ignores spatial distribution of ethnic groups. We know of ethnic enclaves, ghettos, and ethnic favoritism, but often ignored in empirical political economy scholarship. 3/n
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There already is a wall, folks.

More effective than any physical barrier on the southern border. Keeps people out before they can even begin their journey.

You can't fly over it or tunnel underneath it. You can't sneak around it, either. And it's much, much harder to tear down.
It's the combined bureaucracy of several different agencies that keeps people out. Physical barriers are a small slice of the pie of exclusion.

But with due process, there is sometimes a way through. Perfectly legal, not unlike carving out a nice little door for yourself.
Today, a green card for our North African client was approved after a 4 year delay. He had been apart from his US citizen wife since 2013, and even though they followed the law to the T, repeatedly told they just needed "one more thing," the visa remained stuck.
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Politics
Truth Time Thread:
1) Vote
2) ALL
3) DEMOCRATS
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Thread: On the Ongoing Political Kabuki that Democrats Have Foisted on the Country

1. Senate Democrat sphincters are really starting to get tight based on public statements and claims made in public, as well as leaks in the legacy media over the past couple of days.
2. Let’s look at some of the disclosures. Christine Blasey’s letter was made available for public review by Sen. Grassley on Sunday. Professional typographers and others have noted that the first sentence in the second paragraph is in a different font! Is it fake/doctored?
3. The New Yorker is out with a new hit-piece on Kavanaugh. Fox News dissects it today:

“Thirty-five years after the alleged incident, Ramirez was unsure of what happened. But thirty-five years and six days later she somehow become more certain.”
foxnews.com/opinion/2018/0…
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"It was probably the DNC and the Clinton campaign that put forward these liars with their fabricated stories." — Trump
"There is now a frenzy to come up with something—anything—that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring." — Kavanaugh
"Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never." — Trump
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