We arrived a little early for the tour, and the director looked at her watch and said, “Oh, I’m so glad you’re early. Let’s sit down and talk.” Great! We could get our questions answered about the school before the other parents arrived.
We sat in tiny chairs at a tiny table. She crossed her hands and gave us a serious look. “So. M. is ‘trans,’ right? Is that the right word? ‘Trans?'”
Huh? I thought we were going to talk about their art program.
“Yes,” I said. “M. is transgender.”
When I called to schedule the tour, I hadn’t thought about the fact that the director’s step-son used to live two doors down from us, beyond the fact that…
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The other day, I was talking to my colleague Dr Scott Roy. We were working on the second midterm exam for our genetics class at SF State, but got distracted. We started talking about the DOJ report on Ferguson and especially the numbers in the report about racial bias. These are some of the numbers we talked about:
- 67% of the population in Ferguson is black.
- Blacks account for 85% of vehicle stops.
- Blacks account for 90% of citations.
- Blacks account for 93% of arrests.
- Blacks account for 95% of “Manner of Walking in Roadway” charges.
- Blacks account for 94% of all “Failure to Comply” charges.
- Nearly 90% of documented force used by FPD officers was used against African Americans.
- Blacks account for 100% of dog bites.
- Blacks account for 96% of cases where someone was arrested by FPD only because of an outstanding municipal warrant.
So, from reading…
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CLOSING IN ON PLUTO
After more than nine years of traveling through space the New Horizons spacecraft is now in the home stretch of its journey, with less than 120 days and 143 million kilometers to go before it makes its historic flyby of the Pluto system on July 14. It will be the first time we get a good close-up look at the distant world which had for over seven decades held reign over the frozen edges of our Solar System as the outermost planet, much like its namesake governed the cold darkness of the mythological Greek underworld.
Discovered on February 18, 1930, the ninth planet Pluto lost its “full” planetary status in August 2006 as the result of a highly-contested decision by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to create a new class of “dwarf planets,” of which Pluto, Ceres, and the then-recently-discovered Eris became charter members. Seven months…
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Microsoft Launches Outlook App For iOS And Android
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In The Android’s Dream, which I wrote over a decade ago now, I reached into the thinky crevasses of my brain to conceive of a thing that no human had dared to dream of: white chocolate M&M’s. Yes! I was the first! They came from my very thinkmeat! And people said to me then, well, hold up there, Scalzi. Spaceships and aliens are all very well, but white chocolate M&M’s? That’s too radical an idea! And then they laughed, nervously.
WELL WHO IS LAUGHING NOW, PEOPLE:
Yes. Arthur C. Clarke had communication satellites, Robert Heinlein had waterbeds, and now I have white chocolate M&M’s. I predicted this magnificent confection of the future! I did! Me! Alone!
YOUR WORLD IS WHAT I HAVE MADE IT, PUNY HUMANS. PARTAKE OF THE PEARLESCENT PRODUCT OF MY PRODIGIOUSLY UNPARALLELED PROGNOSTICATION.
I’ll take my Grand Master award now, if you please.
The exploits of He-Man and his allies have been given somewhat of a Renaissance since the relaunching of the character by DC Comics. Long considered a character associated with children’s toys, the new series melds the previous stories of the character with a new mix of science fiction and fantasy. Part of the problem with the previous incarnations of the character is that he was tied to the children’s cartoon from the 1980s, and as such faced a similar problem that the comics of the golden age faced. Each episode was serialized and thus was self contained and thus it made it more difficult to build back stories for the character that would carry over from one episode to another.
If there was ever an attempt at world building by He-Man then this series is it. It throws off the remnants of its supposedly childish past and gives the characters…
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A first look at actor Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor has been released to Entertainment Weekly. The character will appear in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice which will hit theaters March 25.
Director Zack Snyder said of the character:
He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure. Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course….Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.
So what do you think of the look?