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  • Cecily Appreciation

    Same! I'm not even watching the show but I'm listening to the AHS podcast because of Cecily. Her and A.Ron interacting is too funny to me. 

    When they were talking about how the show used the monster "sound" but no monster and said Ally must have caught a monster taking a dump and Cecily said "knock much?" I had to pause it and rewind I was laughing so hard.
  • Apple iPhone X

    @cdrive yes, it's happened two or three times in federal cases. So although not yet "common" it sets a precedent for cases in the future for judges to follow. 

    And here's a Slate piece on the implications of Face ID that refers back to Touch ID. I didn't even think of this scenario: 

    "But even if Apple thinks it can be sure it’s you, the phone doesn’t seem to have a way to tell if you’re unlocking it under duress—like, for example, if an abusive partner is forcing you to look at your phone."
  • Apple iPhone X

    I love shiny new electronics, especially from Apple. I want the X so bad, but I don't know if I can fade that price. Ugh. Also, have they said yet whether you can turn face ID off? Courts have already ruled in most cases that you can be compelled to unlock your phone without a warrant using your fingerprint (unless you turn that access off) because biometric data isn't protected. I'm assuming your face would fall under that too.
  • Your Mom's Food: 4-part podcast series by The Sporkful

    Has anyone listened to this? I listened to the first one today and almost teared up walking home from work. The Sporkful does interesting podcasts about food and people, but this 4-part series was specifically about race, culture, and food - and the complications that can come up passing on our cultures and traditions from one generation to the next.

    The first one was about how parents that adopt children from other cultures use food to connect their children to their birthplace. A group of moms in Long Island that have adopted kids from Ethiopia meet up every so often and (attempt to) make Ethiopian food together with their kids. I learned you can have food memories even from what your mother ate while you were in utero. The next one is about a "meat and potatoes" white girl from Idaho who marries an Indian vegetarian and decides to also become one, and how that affects her relationship with her mom. I'm excited to listen to it next!

    Food (cooking it, sharing it, and eating it together) is a big deal in Hawaiian culture and I often find myself trying to connect with home by attempting to recreate some of my favorites. That might be why it made me so emotional. What are your best food memories? Or what part does food play in shaping who you are?
  • To The Bald Movers Soon To Be Affected by Hurricane Harvey...

    I'm afraid that this disaster is really going to expose how rotted American infrastructure is. I just hope people get the help they need, especially the ones that already could barely afford to do for themselves and may be left with nothing.

    I think this happens almost every time we have a major natural disaster. We continue to see the same things happen over and over. People get so used to the "cry wolf" that when the "wolf" is actually there, it's too late for them to react. Bottom line is, if you are told to evacuate, evacuate. If you stay not only could you put your own life in danger, but those of the rescue crews that need to come get you. I do wish there was a better system in place, butnit seems no matter how much you prepare, when it happens that preparation is lacking in some major areas.

    My thoughts are with those affected by this event, I truly hope that they can get the quick help they will need.
    I would venture to say that the people that haven't evacuated by choice are probably a minority. Houston is the 4th most populous city in the nation. It would take weeks to evacuate that many people safely, let alone have a place for all of them. I've been following a few stories of people that are disabled, and with no clear plan in place by local or state officials until it was much too late they are on their own. There are also those that are less privileged - it takes money to be displaced, to have somewhere else to go, or even family that can help. There were people that still had to go in to work on Friday, and when you live paycheck to paycheck you really don't have a choice - especially if your employer thinks it's safe enough to come to work. 

    Vulnerable populations: immigrants, single mothers, the sick, disabled, or the elderly - all face risks by evacuating. It can be a hard call to stay or to go. It strips community support, takes resources not everybody has, and means leaving your home vulnerable without your protection - and for those in these situations insurance may not cover everything (if they have it). I think most people made the best choice they could with the information (and resources!) they had. 

    If government had been more prepared, as it should always be, it would have been the first line of defense and I'm not exactly sure how well it's doing right now. But yes, I agree, I hope everyone gets the help they need.