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  • 10:06 pm on January 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    I recently noticed and was bewildered that the coloring and notation of Western Avenue in LA changed to that of a highway, with the yellow color and the numbering “258” – looked it up and it turns out to be something known as an “unconstructed state highway” – “their routings have been defined by state law, but no route has been adopted by the California Department of Transportation” – whatever that means.

     
  • 3:31 am on January 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Electoral College   

    If we gotta rig the vote, lets rig it by sunshine, not race 

    Since someone was bringing up Iowa in the thread:

    1. There are more poor people in California than in Iowa.
    2. I haven’t looked it up, but I would wager that California has more, and if not at least comparable, numbers of farmers as Iowa farmers.
    3. Iowa also has its share of major cities and a (three?) metropolis, where people live in relative comfort and in this so-called “coastal elite life” – although granted, such cities are fewer in number, and comparatively smaller, than in California.
    4. The electoral college equally screws up a bunch of these “small” states as it does other “large” states, while giving an edge to relatively large purple states (large, relatively speaking, when considering the totality of purple states) like Iowa or Pennsylvania.
    5. There is one sure thing Iowa has more of than California: the percentage of white people. This, despite the increasing influx of people of color and immigrants into the state.

    Of course, I must confess that I have maliciously concealed one crucial factor in this comparison – California gets way more sunlight than Iowa. Now THIS is a vote manipulation I can get behind, if we insist on this whole “helping out those in need by making their votes count more or less” thing. Make votes count proportionally inverse to the median temperature, at the county level. The colder the region, the more your vote counts. This way, everyone wins – even San Francisco would have the satisfaction of having beat their rival Los Angeles. Los Angeles can sacrifice for the greater good.

    Image: File:ElectoralCollege2016.svg, CC BY-SA

    Image: File:ElectoralCollege2008.svg, CC BY-SA

    Full Disclaimer: This post was typed while staying in Chicago in a 0 Degrees Fahrenheit January. My fingers are freezing and I can’t breathe. (0 F is -17 Degrees Celsius for you normies)

     
  • 10:39 pm on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    this is the first time i hear of Prager U but it seems they make among the most easily rebutted right wing arguments on the internet -- after youtube comments. not sure if they are a menace for giving the right wing something to link, or a blessing for giving too many people the worst argumentative tools.

    How PragerU Lies to You

     
    • Yongho Kim 김용호 11:46 pm on December 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      every video in this channel is bonkers. i’m signing up on patreon for this guy. this is the first time i use patreon.

  • 4:14 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Post-friday ca39 schedule is all over the place:
    -OC: every day but today is at 5pm
    -LA: Tuesday but seems it could be any time between 4pm and 7pm?
    -SB: Wednesday 4pm

     
  • 11:00 am on November 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Someone saying they never saw or expected the email from me on Wednesday (I usually have been sending it over KakaoTalk, but felt that this time it didn’t merit the level of “urgency” in an instant message), gave me a glimpse of what is going on with all these people communicating over Instagram or Facebook messages.

    The email economy has collapsed for a sector of the population.

    There is the failure of most email systems (hopefully excluding gmail) to control spam, that was the first wave of push away from email. Then, there was the gradual takeover of legal, semi-legal and even opt-in email communications overriding legitimate person-to-person emails. Instead of clearing up the mess (which is a lot of work and used to be highly technical in the early days), people simply moved to another platform that was newer, and therefore had fewer irrelevant messages. No business sends promotional content over Instagram or Facebook messaging.. yet. They already have their own venue – timeline posts, in which they are focusing all their attention. Which explains why get out the vote text message communications is so effective.

    It may also explain why instead of revamping the gmail interface, Inbox was created in a way to allows you to only focus your attention to emails that matter, where there’s the “personal stream” akin to social media messaging, and “email stream” which is the classic email. In a sense, Inbox made email too social media-like, which would have turned off traditional email users.

    That means, that just like how people moved away from email, as social media advertising becomes increasingly crowded, businesses will eye non-timeline advertising. “Can we put an ad on the side of where users look at their individual messages?” “How about an ad in between individual messages?” Social media platforms probably know that that would be the beginning of the end of their relevancy as a platform, and try to keep the businesses busy with timeline advertising. How long will that last..

     
  • 12:57 am on November 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    For people awaiting final #CA39 results it’s going to be an interesting next few days. I don’t know if they’ve been doing this every year, but this year the OC Registrar will be posting updates on late ballots every day. Los Angeles and San Bernardino haven’t posted an update since Tuesday eve. Are they going on a weekly schedule? If that were the case, it would mean that every day we would get an OC update with increasing Republican numbers while the Democratic leaning LA and half-and-half SB stay static.. until a longer-paced, bigger update.

    PD: Ah I see, San Bernardino’s next update will be on Friday 4pm. I can’t find LA’s reporting schedule.

     
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