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Hey folks, I have a hashtag urban living question. Trying to frame it so it's not obvious which person I was....

The scene: a busy laundromat. Person 1 arrives, sets machine to do their laundry, observes how long it's supposed to run, leaves to run a few errands.

Machine finishes its cycle while Person 1 is still gone. No other machines are free.

Person 2 removes Person 1's laundry, sets the machine to do Person 2's laundry. Person 1 returns to find their clothes in one of the handy baskets next to the machine.

So...is Person 1 more inconsiderate, by hogging the machine space while other people are waiting? Or is Person 2 more inconsiderate, by messing with someone else's stuff instead of being more patient?

Short & long answers both welcome. Maybe mention where you're from, in case the standards turn out to vary by country/region.
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Signed the lease for one more year in Boston.

My current job has zero paths for advancement, but at least it's going steady, and I'm making more money than I spend. So I decided to stick with that for now. Save money toward the "move to a swing state" plan, instead of leaping into it earlier than necessary.

(First thing I checked: If you move to Madison or Cleveland in May/June 2018, there's plenty of time to register to vote for November.)
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In reverse chronological order!

Books are Weapons in the War on Ideas: the librarians who worked with the army in WWI and WWII.

"...contractors removing old chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a startling discovery: Underneath them rested another set of chalkboards, untouched since 1917." Historical penmanship and out-of-date multiplication methods ahoy!

"It may seem like a Halloween hoax fit for the eerie October holiday. But officials from the MBTA say the discovery of two tattered rags affixed to strange masks at Government Center Station is all too real."

"How a sexed-up viral hit from the summer of ’09—1909—changed American pop music forever." (Excerpts: "It was used in advertisements for everything from Broadway musicals to pretzels. It was translated by newspapers into Esperanto (“Ho! Vi kaprido!”). It was bellowed by a lovelorn Philadelphian as he leaped from a bridge into the Schuylkill River, attempting suicide. It brought scandal to a church in Geneva, Ill., when a prankster altered the hymnal, adding the line “but, oh, you kid!” to the lyrics of the devotional “I Love My God.”")

Millennial in China taking an excited photo with a bowl of rice. And by "millennial" I mean "circa 1900-1904." Next time you hear someone complaining about Kids These Days sharing photos of their lunches on Instagram, you can bring up this hard evidence that the generation from a hundred years ago would have done the exact same thing.

The first close-up shot in recorded film was from 1903's "The Sick Kitten". In other words, humans have been making cat videos literally for as long as it as been possible to do so.

Check out these 19th-century warnings about that most morally-degrading of modern habits. It leads to crime, mental anguish, weakening intelligence, and corruption among the children! Clearly, respectable people should have nothing to do with...novel-reading.

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1) Got enough groceries in one trip to use a "$5 off, as long as you spend more than $50" coupon. (It required a last-minute grab of some of whatever was in the displays by the checkout. My cupboards now have unexpected trail mix. But it was free trail mix!)

2) Herded a confused pigeon out of a subway car it had accidentally walked into. Poor pigeon.

3) Sent $10 to the xkit guy. I don't have anywhere near the resources to throw money at everyone on the Internet who deserves it, but Tumblr's latest code push broke some of xkit's features and highlighted just how much time and effort those features have saved me, so it felt like a moral duty to support his efforts in fixing them.

4) Reread the Narbonic archives. I originally got into it back when it was running, and it's one of those series that's really rewarding to read all in one shot. What a good comic.

5) Finished the week's BICP pages nearly on time, and got an early head start on next week's. Changing up the style for this interlude -- we've had other flashback pages in sketchy pencil with soft greyscale shading, but this one is also being done in Photoshop rather than Paint Shop Pro, so the shading is several orders of magnitude fancier. It's a storyline I really want to look classy.
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Was at the Black Lives Matter: Boston protest march last night. @BLM_Boston has lots of photos & video. (Donation info.)

This long compilation video has a good cross-section of what was happening, up through police blockade #1. (From around around 2:43 to 2:59 you can see a big white banner with an upside-down American flag taped to it -- I was a little to the right of them.)

Here's a rough outline of the route:

protest

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All the protestors were peaceful in Boston. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case everywhere, as you can see by these photos of fires being started and cars getting flipped over oh wait those are photos of white people rioting after sporting events.

(I'm not going to sit here and say all white people are intrinsically violent. I'm just saying, there is a history of meaningless violence in white culture, and it's troubling. Doesn't help that 83% of the murders of white people in the US are committed by white people, and there don't seem to be any leaders in the community willing to speak out about this epidemic of white-on-white violence.)

Donation links for Ferguson itself:


Smartphone app from the ACLU of NJ will upload video from your device to the ACLU server, to keep police from confiscating it and deleting evidence.

Masterpost of "how to counter various racist arguments" posts, articles, and video.

Gonna finish this off with the quote everyone is sharing (or should be) in response to the "what would MLK say?" argument.

"But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity."
--Martin Luther King Jr., "The Other America", March 14, 1968

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