BWCA - Sept. ‘13
BWCA - Sept. ‘13
If you’re arrested for not wearing a seatbelt, cops can go through your cell phone without a warrant, read your text messages and look at your photos...Even if it’s locked.
Need to know for journalists
In October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong stood atop Beijing’s Tiananmen, China’s most important national monument, and proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The moment—still replayed on Chinese television—marked the culmination of China’s “century of humiliation,” a period of near-constant chaos, instability, and foreign meddling.
For the United States, the Communist takeover in China meant that suddenly, the world’s largest country by population was suddenly an ally of the U.S. enemy, the Soviet Union. This alliance proved especially costly to Washington during the Korean War, when Chairman Mao’s troops came to the aid of the North Koreans, repelling American-led forces back to the 38th parallel.
In a 1958 article in The Atlantic, the Sinologist George E. Taylor considered this Moscow-Beijing alliance in an article entitled “Why We Do Not Recognize Red China.” Aside from the era-appropriate use of the term “red”—scholars then distinguished between the Communist-led Chinese government on the mainland and the Nationalist-led one in Taiwan—Taylor’s essay argues that the United States shouldn’t recognize the Communist government ruling Beijing.
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The bicycle barometer takes data about the weather, the status of the tube lines I use to get to work, and whether my local station is open or shut.
It then reduces all that data down to a single value and displays it on a dial with a bike sign at one end and a tube sign at the other.
For example, if it is raining a bit the dial will move a bit towards the tube sign, but if the tube is suffering delays, it will move a bit back in the other direction.
Different data points get different weightings. E.g. snow is more important than a bit of drizzle; the tube station being shut trumps everything.
(I’ll make the code available once I’ve cleaned it up a bit, follow @richardjpope for updates.)
For a taste, here is Millman’s interview with the inimitable Roman Mars of 99% Invisible fame:
[To tell a good, authentic story], you basically have to take your sincerity and the things that you feel and deconstruct it and reorder it and circle all the way back to getting back to that original sincerity and the thing that felt in the beginning that compelled you to tell that story. And all of that process is very technical.
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Radio love story and a kind of inspiring talk about following what you are passionate about.
Looking toward St. Paul, standing on the tracks of the Chicago Great Western Railway.
There is a place in northern Minnesota, in the BWCA that has unspeakable beauty. It takes a 2 mile walk just to get to….and when you get there, you see clean, pristine water and sky. It is Slim Lake and I would go there every day if I could.
What a Babe.