Squashed: The Proposition 8 Ruling (in simple language)
On August 4, 2010, Federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that California’s Proposition 8, which prohibits California from recognizing same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. The ruling was stayed pending appeal–which means that nothing will happen until a Federal Appeals court reviews it. As you might imagine, it will be appealed. The ruling itself is 138 pages long. I’ll summarize.
"To mark the publication of rock critic Rob Sheffield’s second book, an 'I Love the 80s'-style tribute to the music of his youth called Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, eMusic’s Michaelangelo Matos took a unique approach to the author interview: a jukebox jury in which music critics, rather than songs, were the focus of discussion."
"Ping Brigade is a service that lets you measure how quickly your website loads from around the world. The time it takes to load your web pages has a huge impact on how your visitors perceive you. For example for every 0.5 second delay you may lose 30% of the visitors waiting for your website to load. Additionally, Google has recently announced that it will be taking web server speed into account when determining you website's page rank."
A video by fiilmaker Andrea Dorfman and poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis.
"Society is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it."
"A stimulus too small to significantly reduce unemployment, a TARP that didn’t trickle down to Main Street, financial reform that doesn’t fundamentally restructure Wall Street, and health-care reforms that don’t promise to bring down health-care costs have all created an enthusiasm gap. They’ve fired up the right, demoralized the left, and generated unease among the general population."
SuperUser: Terminal Tips and Tricks: Quick Screenshot Sharing via Dropbox
Get your Dropbox variables right in the provided script, save it as a .sh file in your ~/Library/Scripts folder, assign it to a shortcut in FastScripts, and you're a keyboard shortcut and a few seconds away from taking a screenshot and having it automatically uploaded to a public folder. Awesome, and doesn't rely on imgur like csexton's captured (http://github.com/csexton/captured), which I was also investigating.
Pitchfork Reviews Reviews: altered zones, please, cease and desist
Why Altered Zones, Pitchfork's new MP3 blog collective, is a destructive force toward artists. However: This isn't all Pitchfork's fault. An artist doesn't get on the internet without their own considerable effort. They don't have to react to coverage. Young people are inexperienced and I don't blame us for going for fame as soon as the slightest hint thereof beckons, but there's more to this than the idea that Pitchfork is trying to co-opt all the young rebels.
The New Yorker: The Velluvial Matrix by Atul Gawande
"Atul Gawande gave the commencement speech at Stanford’s School of Medicine last week. Here is what he told the graduating class."
On the need for building interconnected systems of care in medicine, rather than a hodgepodge of specialists not communicating with each other.
An International Monetary Fund veteran explains how the US financial situation is like that of a less-powerful nation's developing economy. Oligarchy, corruption, and the financial sector's control of the government — it's not good.