👓 Unverified | Hack Education

Unverified by Audrey Watters (Hack Education)
I’ve tried half a dozen times now to get my Twitter account verified. Each time, I’ve been rejected. “We reviewed the account, and unfortunately it is not eligible to be verified at this time.”

I’m surprised that Twitter wouldn’t verify Audrey, particularly given her body of written work and the journalistic nature of some of it. Most of the verified people I know are writers and/or journalists. I’m half tempted to create several impersonating accounts so she can claim to need verification for that reason.

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👓 Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein | New York Times

Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey (New York Times )
An investigation by The New York Times found allegations stretching back to 1990 about Mr. Weinstein’s treatment of women in Hollywood.

Sadly I recognize some of the worst of the entertainment industry in this article. Too many impetuous people who wouldn’t otherwise get anything don’t have anyone around them to actually say no.

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👓 Former Obama Adviser Anita Dunn Helped Harvey Weinstein Strategize Before New York Times Story | Buzzfeed

Former Obama Adviser Anita Dunn Helped Harvey Weinstein Strategize Before New York Times Story by Steven Perlberg (BuzzFeed)
On Thursday, the New York Times published a major investigation about the Hollywood mogul, who had assembled a team of top legal and PR professionals.

None of this really surprises me except for the fact that so many people stayed quiet (or bought off) for so long.

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👓 Frantic switchboard calls, geometry of fire, led police to killer on Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor | Washington Post

Frantic switchboard calls, geometry of fire, led police to killer on Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor by Scott Wilson and Lynh Bui (Washington Post)
The gunshots came from the Las Vegas tower’s golden facade. But where was the shooter? And was there only one?
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👓 Origin by Dan Brown review – fun in its own galumphing way | The Guardian

Origin by Dan Brown review – fun in its own galumphing way by Sam Leith (The Guardian)
In his fifth blockbuster outing, professor of symbology Robert Langdon takes on the battle between science and religion

Interesting that this is the beginning of the first of things I’ve heard about this book in the press. Get ready for the onslaught…

And by the way, who doesn’t like the word galumphing?

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👓 Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. Were Close to Being Charged With Felony Fraud | ProPublica

Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. Were Close to Being Charged With Felony Fraud by Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz, WNYC (ProPublica)
New York prosecutors were preparing a case. Then the D.A. overruled his staff after a visit from a top donor: Trump attorney Marc Kasowitz. 

Why are we not surprised at this? What happened to the generally higher moral ground that used to be held by public officials? These days I’d take a soupçon of Aristotelian-ism…

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👓 Billionaire relents, kicks open his gate to popular Martins Beach | SF Gate

Billionaire relents, kicks open his gate to popular Martins Beach by Peter Fimrite (SFGate)
A billionaire landowner who had blocked access to a beach near Half Moon Bay opened the gate leading to the sandy shore Wednesday, two days after legal papers were filed demanding he comply with a court order. The decision by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to finally allow the public to use the only road leading to picturesque Martins Beach was touted as a victory for surfers and sunbathers, but lawyers say it probably isn't the end of a decade-long battle over the sandy cove.

Oh, the never-ending battle between public beaches and rich people along the California coast.

They didn’t do a very good job describing the subtleties of the situation and the law here though.

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👓 Anti-abortion Rep. Tim Murphy plans to retire amid sex scandal | USA Today

Anti-abortion Rep. Tim Murphy plans to retire amid sex scandal (USA TODAY)
The announcement comes a day after the pro-life lawmaker allegedly asked his mistress to get an abortion.

The inconsistency of most Republicans and the anti-abortion crowd really kills me. It’s fine for them when the situation presents itself, but isn’t appropriate for anyone else?

If only the people who protest so vociferously and who spend money to fight abortion would instead spend their time and money to support the adoption and care of all these unwanted children, the problem would be so drastically different. You have to care about the lives after they are born or you’re just being hypocritical, otherwise, just what are you really saving? Do they want to save and add to the suffering in the world? Should they be called pro-suffering activists instead of anti-abortion?

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👓 Vladimir Voevodsky, Fields Medalist, Dies at 51 | IAS

Vladimir Voevodsky, Fields Medalist, Dies at 51 (Institute for Advanced Study)
The Institute for Advanced Study is deeply saddened by the passing of Vladimir Voevodsky, Professor in the School of Mathematics. Voevodsky, a truly extraordinary and original mathematician, made many contributions to the field of mathematics, earning him numerous honors and awards, including the Fields Medal. Celebrated for tackling the most difficult problems in abstract algebraic geometry, Voevodsky focused on the homotopy theory of schemes, algebraic K-theory, and interrelations between algebraic geometry, and algebraic topology. He made one of the most outstanding advances in algebraic geometry in the past few decades by developing new cohomology theories for algebraic varieties. Among the consequences of his work are the solutions of the Milnor and Bloch-Kato Conjectures. More recently he became interested in type-theoretic formalizations of mathematics and automated proof verification. He was working on new foundations of mathematics based on homotopy-theoretic semantics of Martin-Löf type theories. His new "Univalence Axiom" has had a dramatic impact in both mathematics and computer science.

 

Sad to hear of Dr. Voevodsky’s passing just as I was starting into my studies of algebraic geometry…

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👓 A Micro.blog #FollowFriday, Part I Among the Stones

A Micro.blog #FollowFriday, Part I by Jimmy Baum (Among the Stones)
For those of us wanting to leave Twitter and other silos behind and focus more on microblogging on our own domains, discovering new people to follow can be a little tricky. Manton Reece has a Discover tab on Micro.blog to find people, but the service is still in its infancy. Colin Devroe suggested a #FollowFriday movement. I’ll start off with two bloggers I’m enjoying. Feel free to use webmentions for your own lists! Please correct me if anyone else has started this, I haven’t had great connectivity for the last few weeks.

Jimmy has added me to his list of recommendations. Perhaps I missed the webmention/notification for it while I was moving, but I saw it organically anyway–since I follow him myself. His list has several people that I also follow pretty closely, so I’m honored to be included.

It also reminds me that I ought to get to work on keeping a following list of my own or add a follow post type to my site eventually. Perhaps something to think about over WordCamp LA and IndieWebCamp NYC this weekend?

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📺 These 3D animations could help you finally understand molecular science | PBS NewsHour

These 3D animations could help you finally understand molecular science from PBS NewsHour
Art and science have in some ways always overlapped, with early scientists using illustrations to depict what they saw under the microscope. Janet Iwasa of the University of Utah is trying to re-establish this link to make thorny scientific data and models approachable to the common eye. Iwasa offers her brief but spectacular take on how 3D animation can make molecular science more accessible.

Visualizations can be tremendously valuable. This story reminds me of an Intersession course that Mary Spiro did at Johns Hopkins to help researchers communicate what their research is about as well as some of the work she did with the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology.

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📺 PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 28, 2017

PBS NewsHour full episode Sept. 28, 2017 from PBS
Thursday on the NewsHour, the wreckage of Hurricane Maria poses a logistical nightmare for those in need in Puerto Rico. Also: The technology Russia used in the 2016 election under scrutiny, Yemen's war-induced humanitarian crisis worsens, the influence of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, the woman who sparked debate about discrimination in Silicon Valley and a journalist's experience with miscarriage.

The Ellen Pao interview was quite interesting and germane to much of what has been a huge story over the past 6 or so months. It reminds me a lot of Valerie Alexander’s work, which I’ve highlighted before.

The miscarriage story was just heartbreaking. I really love this series of “brief but spectacular” stories they tag onto the end of episodes though. It really adds some interest and humanity to what can often otherwise be bleak stints of news coverage. Even when they’re not uplifting–like this one–they’re always unique and interesting.

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👓 Ikea has bought TaskRabbit | Recode

Ikea has bought TaskRabbit by Kara Swisher and Theodore Schleifer (Recode)
Swedish home goods giant Ikea Group has bought TaskRabbit, according to sources close to the situation. The price of the deal could not be determined, but the contract labor marketplace company has raised about $50 million since it was founded nine years ago. Sources added that TaskRabbit will become an independent subsidiary within Ikea and that CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot and its staff would remain.
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👓 How to Set a Default Fallback Image for WordPress Post Thumbnails | WP Beginner

How to Set a Default Fallback Image for WordPress Post Thumbnails (WP Beginner)
Do you want to set a default fallback image for WordPress post thumbnails? Featured images also known as post thumbnails are very useful in engaging users and making your articles more noticeable on social media. In this article, we will show you how to set a default fallback image for WordPress post thumbnails.

I probably ought to be doing something like this, particularly for some of the social stream posts which re-use the featured image in other places on the site.

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🎧 This Week in Google: #416 Mr. Nutter Butter Has a Message for You | TWiT.TV

This Week in Google: #416 Mr. Nutter Butter Has a Message for You by Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Matt Cutts, Kevin Marks from TWIT.tv
US Digital Service - making government better. Alphabet Q2 earnings up, stocks down. Chrome's ad blocker is available to devs. Not everybody likes Google's plan to track offline sales. Is privacy a fad? Facebook hits 2 billion users. Bitcoin splits, and miners revolt. ACLU supports John Oliver. Millennials confused by discovery of broadcast TV. Jeff's Number: $600/head SV restaurant with gold-flecked steaks Matt Cutt's Thing: Hack the Pentagon! Kevin Marks' Stuff: IndieWeb.org, Liberty Foundation, extra thumb prosthetic


Awesome to see/hear Matt Cutts return to the show.

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