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I made a shitty claw machine
Originally Published February 22nd, 2017, 01:43 PM
I made a shitty claw machine

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Originally Published February 21st, 2017, 02:35 PM

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If You Think You Need Some Lovin - Pomplamoose - Live
Originally Published February 21st, 2017, 12:30 PM

Three Panel Soul - Head Buddies
Originally Published February 19th, 2017, 11:01 PM
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/u/thisisnotariot explains how Jurassic Park treats its cast and audience so much better than Jurassic World does
Originally Published February 16th, 2017, 11:17 PM

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My Son’s 10th Birthday Was A Drag
Originally Published February 12th, 2017, 06:45 PM

In some ways, C.J.’s recent birthday party was like your average 10-year-old’s birthday party. The birthday boy sat at the head of a long table eating something made mostly of sugar. Presents were stuffed around him. The crowded room was … Continue reading

RIP Onyx, you were the sweetest kitty I've ever known. You will be intensely missed. Thank you @VCAPetHealth for being so kind.
Originally Published February 6th, 2017, 12:28 PM

RIP Onyx, you were the sweetest kitty I've ever known. You will be intensely missed. Thank you @VCAPetHealth for being so kind.

idioma Explains a "Reverse Cargo Cult" and how it compares to the current U.S administration
Originally Published February 3rd, 2017, 07:44 AM

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Originally Published February 2nd, 2017, 06:00 PM
Billy Joel briefly detained

Originally Published February 2nd, 2017, 06:00 PM
Billy Joel briefly detained

Originally Published January 30th, 2017, 08:45 PM

An Open Letter to the Reddit Community
Originally Published January 30th, 2017, 04:34 PM

After two weeks abroad, I was looking forward to returning to the U.S. this weekend, but as I got off the plane at LAX on Sunday, I wasn't sure what country I was coming back to.

President Trump’s recent executive order is not only potentially unconstitutional, but deeply un-American. We are a nation of immigrants, after all. In the tech world, we often talk about a startup’s “unfair advantage” that allows it to beat competitors. Welcoming immigrants and refugees has been our country's unfair advantage, and coming from an immigrant family has been mine as an entrepreneur.

As many of you know, I am the son of an undocumented immigrant from Germany and the great grandson of refugees who fled the Armenian Genocide.

A little over a century ago, a Turkish soldier decided my great grandfather was too young to kill after cutting down his parents in front of him; instead of turning the sword on the boy, the soldier sent him to an orphanage. Many Armenians, including my great grandmother, found sanctuary in Aleppo, Syria—before the two reconnected and found their way to Ellis Island. Thankfully they weren't retained, rather they found this message:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

My great grandfather didn’t speak much English, but he worked hard, and was able to get a job at Endicott-Johnson Shoe Company in Binghamton, NY. That was his family's golden door. And though he and my great grandmother had four children, all born in the U.S., immigration continued to reshape their family, generation after generation. The one son they had—my grandfather (here’s his AMA)—volunteered to serve in the Second World War and married a French-Armenian immigrant. And my mother, a native of Hamburg, Germany, decided to leave her friends, family, and education behind after falling in love with my father, who was born in San Francisco.

She got a student visa, came to the U.S. and then worked as an au pair, uprooting her entire life for love in a foreign land. She overstayed her visa. She should have left, but she didn't. After she and my father married, she received a green card, which she kept for over a decade until she became a citizen. I grew up speaking German, but she insisted I focus on my English in order to be successful. She eventually got her citizenship and I’ll never forget her swearing in ceremony.

If you’ve never seen people taking the pledge of allegiance for the first time as U.S. Citizens, it will move you: a room full of people who can really appreciate what I was lucky enough to grow up with, simply by being born in Brooklyn. It thrills me to write reference letters for enterprising founders who are looking to get visas to start their companies here, to create value and jobs for these United States.

My forebears were brave refugees who found a home in this country. I’ve always been proud to live in a country that said yes to these shell-shocked immigrants from a strange land, that created a path for a woman who wanted only to work hard and start a family here.

Without them, there’s no me, and there’s no Reddit. We are Americans. Let’s not forget that we’ve thrived as a nation because we’ve been a beacon for the courageous—the tired, the poor, the tempest-tossed.

Right now, Lady Liberty’s lamp is dimming, which is why it's more important than ever that we speak out and show up to support all those for whom it shines—past, present, and future. I ask you to do this however you see fit, whether it's calling your representative (this works, it's how we defeated SOPA + PIPA), marching in protest, donating to the ACLU, or voting, of course, and not just for Presidential elections.

Our platform, like our country, thrives the more people and communities we have within it. Reddit, Inc. will continue to welcome all citizens of the world to our digital community and our office.


And for all of you American redditors who are immigrants, children of immigrants, or children’s children of immigrants, we invite you to share your family’s story in the comments.

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/u/deggit gives a thorough explanation as to why the "Edit-The-Hobbit efforts are doomed to failure"
Originally Published January 22nd, 2017, 06:36 AM

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On Punching Nazis
Originally Published January 21st, 2017, 12:20 PM

1. Nazis are scum.

2. Principles are in a constant struggle with viscera. I want punching Nazis to be acceptable, and find the spectacle of Nazis getting punched to be viscerally satisfying. Jesus Christ and John Donne aside, Nazi suffering does not move me. But I know that sucker-punching someone because their views are evil is wrong.

3. We have social and legal norms, including "don't punch people because their speech is evil, and don't punish them legally." Applying those norms is not a judgment that the speech in question is valuable, or decent, or morally acceptable. We apply the norms out of a recognition of human frailty — because the humanity that will be deciding whom to punch and whom to prosecute is the same humanity that produced the Nazis in the first place, and has a well-established record of making really terrible decisions. You — the bien-pensant reader, confident that sensible punchers and prosecutors can sort out Nazis from the not-Nazis — will likely not be doing the punching or prosecuting. The punching and prosecuting will be done by a rogue's gallery of vicious idiots, including people who think that Black Lives Matter should be indicted under RICO and that it's funny to send women death threats if they write a column you don't like.

4. In embracing a norm that sucker-punching Nazis is acceptable, remember that you live in a nation of imbeciles that loves calling people Nazis. Also bear in mind that certain aspects of our culture — modern academic culture, for instance — encourages people to think that you're a Nazi if you eat veal or disagree with them about the minimum wage.

5. By the way, right now there are tons of people right now who would welcome an emerging social norm that it's acceptable to punch, say, Black Lives Matter protesters. I know Nazis aren't remotely comparable. You do too. They disagree. And you've handed them the rhetorical tools to defend themselves, and handed the broader populace an excuse to look away. Well done.

6. In embracing a norm that punching Nazis is acceptable, also consider that the new administration's White House web page has a law enforcement section that characterizes protests as dangerous and violent and promises robust police action in response, and that Trump and his supporters have decreed that the Department of Justice will no longer persecute poor hapless police departments. Protest-related violence delivers grossly disproportionate increases in police violence and in public acceptance for police violence. The people who will face that violence the most are not the ones laughing on their Yale alumni Facebook page about a Nazi getting punched. They are mostly poor and mostly non-white. If you're okay with emboldening increased violence against poor people because you enjoy looped gifs of Nazis getting punched, you're a douche.

7. Applying social and legal norms about punching or prosecuting people based on speech shouldn't be confused for treating all speech as equivalent. All speech isn't equivalent. Nazis are scum. They don't support the social or legal norms in question and in fact support killing people based on skin color, religion, or disagreement. Saying they are scum, and that their speech is qualitatively different than other speech, and that they ought to be shunned and reviled, is not the same as punching or prosecuting them. It is a good thing to identify Nazis as scum and treat them – socially and rhetorically — accordingly.

8. Challenging a Nazi to a fight is brave. Maybe. Given that many modern American Nazis are greasy, Boo Radley pale, pock-marked mamma's boys, bravery will vary with individual circumstances. Same with charging into a crowd of Nazis. Informing a Nazi through traditional means that you are about to fight him, so he has time to assume a defensive stance, may be brave. Arguably it's even brave to surprise-attack a Nazi and then stand around to get your ass kicked or get arrested and face the legal consequences of your actions, like a real protester. However, if you sucker-punch a Nazi with a nerve-stapled haircut and a cashmere coat while he gives an interview about the froggy pin on his lapel and then run away, you're just a pussy.

9. America has a certain number of people who are "not Nazis" but enjoy pretending to be Nazis, particularly online, for entertainment or attention. I do not concede that someone who helps normalize Nazism by pretending to be a Nazi for laughs is morally distinguishable from someone who sincerely promotes Nazism. That said, even if you think these people are to be punched, it would probably be better to leave it to their older brothers, linesmen on their high school's football team, or the first girl they try to roofie. Also, bear in mind that you cannot deliver any beating as cruel as the one life is scheduled to administer them as a result of their social inadequacies and assorted personal failures.

10. A Nazi getting punched is not by any stretch of the imagination the worst or most important thing that happened yesterday. Talking about it does not imply otherwise. If you're here to express outrage that I'm not writing about the much more important imminent extinction of the Orlando Purple-Crested Taintsnorter or something, kindly go be you someplace else.

Copyright 2016 by the named Popehat author.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Losing My Faith
Originally Published January 13th, 2017, 09:43 AM

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Later, God becomes a Wiccan.

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I No Longer Live Life Ahead Of My Son; I Live Life With My Son
Originally Published January 6th, 2017, 05:00 AM

Six years. It’s been six years since I launched this blog. My gender nonconforming son was three at the time. He was newly potty trained, loved the Disney Princesses and had a limited vocabulary. Now, he’s a nine-year-old fourth grader … Continue reading

Sometimes it's okay to judge a book by its cover
Originally Published December 31st, 2016, 05:30 AM
Sometimes it's okay to judge a book by its cover

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Theodore Roosevelt vs Winston Churchill. Epic Rap Battles of History
Originally Published December 26th, 2016, 04:33 PM

Overpopulation – The Human Explosion Explained
Originally Published December 22nd, 2016, 07:38 AM

How to MINE OPAL gems in the OUTBACK - Smarter Every Day 164
Originally Published December 20th, 2016, 12:14 PM

Free Will | Fun Science
Originally Published December 17th, 2016, 10:00 AM

Donald Trump: Magician-In-Chief
Originally Published November 30th, 2016, 02:24 PM

A Mathematician's Perspective on the Divide
Originally Published November 23rd, 2016, 03:47 AM

Defender of the Crown - kingmaker run
Originally Published November 21st, 2016, 09:00 AM

Via tumblr user becausegoodbye:

When I was a kid, I was in love with the Amiga game Defender of the Crown. I knew the game well enough to beat it every time, so I made it more interesting by giving myself a new challenge: I would pick an opposing Saxon lord at the beginning of the game, and make *him* win. In my head, my character had the combined humility and cunning to understand that even though he could take the throne, Cedric of Rotherwood - whose leadership rating is ‘strong’ - was the king England really needed. Rather than being the king, my character would be the kingmaker.

This proved to be quite a bit trickier than winning the usual way. The Saxon lords (as opposed to the tougher Normans down south) are wet blankets militarily, and an enormous amount of handholding is required for them to build up their forces. Generally, I’d conquer all the territory around my beloved Cedric (basically forming a protective wall around him), and let him slowly expand into my territory as I fought off all of the other lords. I’d regularly challenge him to jousts, bet whole territories on the outcome, and flail around so ineptly that the assembled lords and ladies would certainly have muttered about match-fixing.

The really tricky part came in the endgame. To pull it off, I needed to (a) stop Cedric from taking my home castle too soon, (b) defeat all the Norman lords, and © in the process, have them destroy *nearly* my entire army, leaving me vulnerable to Cedric’s slow bumbling advances. Because you gain troops automatically based on which territories you control at the start of each turn, the second half of the game becomes about maintaining a delicate reciprocal balance between taking territories down south and losing them up north. After I’d taken care of all of the future-king’s enemies for him, mortally wounded my own forces in the process, and essentially handed him England on a silver platter, that ungrateful little shit Cedric would finally attack my home castle, seize the throne, and erase all historical traces of what I had done.

“For England,” I’d whisper, as my home castle burned to the ground in the distance.

Best Fire Tornado - DIY - no moving parts!
Originally Published November 20th, 2016, 04:33 PM

If 2016 were an
Originally Published November 18th, 2016, 06:11 PM

If 2016 were an umbrella...

Paranatural - Chapter 5 Page 161
Originally Published November 17th, 2016, 11:47 PM

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if you turn the other cheek fast enough you can really get some force behind it and use it for offensive striking purposes

Just used @shipt for the first time, and it was awesome. So groceries. Much lazy. Very yes. …
Originally Published November 17th, 2016, 02:30 PM

Just used @shipt for the first time, and it was awesome. So groceries. Much lazy. Very yes. …

Alkanes, Alkenes & Alkynes - Snatoms
Originally Published November 14th, 2016, 02:43 PM

Introduction to Elements and Bonding - Snatoms
Originally Published November 14th, 2016, 01:45 PM

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