“Reading their work, it seems to me that if you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a poor family, you’re likely to go to prison. If you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a rich family, you’re likely to go to business school.”
Megan Fox in Transformers is NOT a strong female character.
A Day with New York City’s Pothole Repair Crew
Each morning, at a small depot tucked away under the Williamsburg Bridge, the New York City workers who call themselves the “pothole gang” pore over a giant spreadsheet known as “The Daily Pothole.” On it are thousands of potholes all over the city: giant gorges caused by rain and sleet, small interconnected divots that can flatten tires, and pretty much every other roadway wound you can imagine. The sun is barely up, and yet for these men — members of a street maintenance team tasked by the Department of Transportation with roadway repair — the race has already begun.
Over the next eight hours, they will hit the streets, filling giant yellow trucks with smoldering hot asphalt, navigating endless traffic, and smoothing as many potholes as they can before the sun goes down (only to do it all again the next day). Does it get tiring? Sure. But in a city that’s always moving, roadway repair is crucial. On a good day, the team might fill 4,000 potholes. In an average week, they could resurface 100,000 square yards of road. After Hurricane Sandy, their crews removed 2,500 tons of debris. And every day, on a Tumblr called The Daily Pothole — named after that early morning spreadsheet — New Yorkers can take a peek inside the workings of a city system few have likely thought about. We spent a day with six men who help make up New York City’s pothole repair team.
[text: “it doesn’t work, but it’s fast”, photograph of an in-progress Nascar accident]
Actual response from IT dept when Windows 7 plus microfilm scanners does not work.
[text: “but it worked on my machine”, photograph of Dolphin failing to run in an environment it hasn’t been compiled for]
IT department vs microfilm scanners vs Windows 7
Hahahahaha hahaha hahahah aaaaaaaaahhhh yeah :(
Just be sure to buy them from sidewalk vendors and only pay in cash.
Used bookstores that only take cash are my favorite places in the world. Ones with no inventory other than a running list in the head of the (generally curmudgeonly) proprietor. Of course, these places don’t put any money back in the hands of publishers, who do keep close track of what’s selling and where and to whom.
This used to be what a Wired cover looked like.
Wired used to have amazing reporting; wonderful long form journalism. Now, it has infographics - on. every. page.
One of this Tumblr’s namesakes…
Ken placed great value on writing well. His students are a diverse group — and certainly none of them are clones of Waltz himself — but all of them are very clear writers, regardless of which methods or approaches they use. Ken used to tell us to read Fowler’s Modern English Usage and Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, and he’d give little mini-lectures on his linguistic pet peeves in the middle of a seminar. In Waltz’s view, a scholar’s first duty is to make it easy for the reader to figure out what you were saying. If the reader is confused, that’s probably your fault.
my uncle left this comment on his friend’s Facebook status, a white British man who was bragging about how easy it is to be a native English speaker when trekking to different nations. (via maarnayeri)
Grammar-police take notice