Have you ever found yourself wanting a metric ton of DAI music? Have you ever thought to yourself, aw man, DAI’s soundtrack was 15 hours shorter than I wanted it to be? If that sounds like you, then this is a link for you.
I’ve ripped all the music from this game - that is, all the ambient snippets of music that you hear while running around in the world, and all the music that happens in cutscenes - and it turns out there’s 16 hours (1.6 gigs) of it.
“Sitting Republican senators have received $115,000 from Betsy DeVos herself, and more than $950,000 from the full DeVos clan since 1980. In the past two election cycles alone, her family has donated $8.3 million to Republican Party super PACs.”
When I was growing up, my mother would sometimes threaten my brother and me with elocution lessons. It is no secret that how you talk matters a lot in a class-saturated society like the United Kingdom. Peterborough, our increasingly diverse hometown, was prosperous enough, but not upscale. Six in 10 of the city’s residents voted for Brexit — a useful inverse poshness indicator. (In Thursday’s general election, Peterborough returned a Labour MP for the first time since 2001.)
Our mother, from a rural working-class background herself, wanted us to be able to rise up the class ladder, unencumbered by the wrong accent. The elocution lessons never materialized, but we did have to attend ballroom dancing lessons on Saturday mornings. She didn’t want us to put a foot wrong there, either.
As it turned out, my brother and I did just fine, in no small part because of the stable, loving, middle-class home in which we were raised. Any lingering working-class traces in my own accent were wiped away by three disinfectant years at Oxford. My wife claims they resurface when I drink, but she doesn’t know what she’s talking about — she’s American.
I always found the class consciousness of Britain depressing. It is one of the reasons we brought our British-born sons to America. Here, class is quaint, something to observe in wonder through imported TV shows like “Downton Abbey” or “The Crown.”
So imagine my horror at discovering that the United States is more calcified by class than Britain, especially toward the top. The big difference is that most of the people on the highest rung in America are in denial about their privilege. The American myth of meritocracy allows them to attribute their position to their brilliance and diligence, rather than to luck or a rigged system. At least posh people in England have the decency to feel guilty.
In Britain, it is politically impossible to be prime minister and send your children to the equivalent of a private high school. Even Old Etonian David Cameron couldn’t do it. In the United States, the most liberal politician can pay for a lavish education in the private sector. Some of my most progressive friends send their children to $30,000-a-year high schools. The surprise is not that they do it. It is that they do it without so much as a murmur of moral disquiet.
Beneath a veneer of classlessness, the American class reproduction machine operates with ruthless efficiency. In particular, the upper middle class is solidifying. This favored fifth at the top of the income distribution, with an average annual household income of $200,000, has been separating from the 80 percent below. Collectively, this top fifth has seen a $4 trillion-plus increase in pretax income since 1979, compared to just over $3 trillion for everyone else. Some of those gains went to the top 1 percent. But most went to the 19 percent just beneath them.
The rhetoric of “We are the 99 percent” has in fact been dangerously self-serving, allowing people with healthy six-figure incomes to convince themselves that they are somehow in the same economic boat as ordinary Americans, and that it is just the so-called super rich who are to blame for inequality.
Politicians and policy wonks worry about the persistence of poverty across generations, but affluence is inherited more strongly. Most disturbing, we now know how firmly class positions are being transmitted across generations. Most of the children born into households in the top 20 percent will stay there or drop only as far as the next quintile. As Gary Solon, one of the leading scholars of social mobility, put it recently, “Rather than a poverty trap, there seems instead to be more stickiness at the other end: a ‘wealth trap,’ if you will.”
There’s a kind of class double-think going on here. On the one hand, upper-middle-class Americans believe they are operating in a meritocracy (a belief that allows them to feel entitled to their winnings); on the other hand, they constantly engage in antimeritocratic behavior in order to give their own children a leg up. To the extent that there is any ethical deliberation, it usually results in a justification along the lines of “Well, maybe it’s wrong, but everyone’s doing it.”
Friendly reminder: This is what Trump thinks of Autistic people
“I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.”
— Mike Savage, Trump’s appointment to head the NIH
10 People You Wish You Met from 100 Years of NASA’s Langley
Something happened 100 years ago that changed forever the way we fly. And then the way we explore space. And then how we study our home planet. That something was the establishment of what is now NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Founded just three months after America’s entry into World War I, Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory was established as the nation’s first civilian facility focused on aeronautical research. The goal was, simply, to “solve the fundamental problems of flight.”
From the beginning, Langley engineers devised technologies for safer, higher, farther and faster air travel. Top-tier talent was hired. State-of-the-art wind tunnels and supporting infrastructure was built. Unique solutions were found.
Langley researchers developed the wing shapes still used today in airplane design. Better propellers, engine cowlings, all-metal airplanes, new kinds of rotorcraft and helicopters, faster-than-sound flight - these were among Langley’s many groundbreaking aeronautical advances spanning its first decades.
By 1958, Langley’s governing organization, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA, would become NASA, and Langley’s accomplishments would soar from air into space.
Here are 10 people you wish you met from the storied history of Langley:
“Bob” Gilruth (1913–2000)
Considered the father of the U.S. manned space program.
He helped organize the Manned Spacecraft Center – now the Johnson Space Center – in Houston, Texas.
Gilruth managed 25 crewed spaceflights, including Alan Shepard’s first Mercury flight in May 1961, the first lunar landing by Apollo 11 in July 1969, the dramatic rescue of Apollo 13 in 1970, and the Apollo 15 mission in July 1971.
“Chris” Kraft, Jr. (1924-)
Created the concept and developed the
organization, operational procedures and culture of NASA’s Mission Control.
Played a vital role in the success of the final Apollo missions, the first
manned space station (Skylab), the first international space docking
(Apollo-Soyuz Test Project), and the first space shuttle flights.
Maxime “Max” A. Faget (1921–2004)
Devised many of the design
concepts incorporated into all U.S. manned spacecraft.
The author of papers
and books that laid the engineering foundations for methods, procedures and
approaches to spaceflight.
An expert in safe atmospheric reentry, he developed the capsule design and operational plan for Project Mercury, and made
major contributions to the Apollo Program’s basic command module configuration.
Caldwell Johnson (1919–2013)
Worked for decades with Max Faget helping to design the earliest experimental
spacecraft, addressing issues such as bodily restraint and mobility, personal
hygiene, weight limits, and food and water supply.
A key member of NASA’s
spacecraft design team, Johnson established the basic layout and physical contours
of America’s space capsules.
William H. “Hewitt”
Provided solutions to critical issues and problems
associated with control of aircraft and spacecraft.
Under his leadership, NASA Langley
developed piloted astronaut simulators, ensuring the success of the Gemini and
Apollo missions. Phillips personally conceived and successfully advocated for
the 240-foot-high Langley Lunar Landing Facility used for moon-landing
training, and later contributed to space shuttle development, Orion spacecraft
splashdown capabilities and commercial crew programs.
Was one of NASA Langley’s most notable “human computers,” calculating
the trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard’s May 1961 mission, Freedom 7,
America’s first human spaceflight.
She verified the orbital equations
controlling the capsule trajectory of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission from
blastoff to splashdown, calculations that would help to sync Project Apollo’s lunar
lander with the moon-orbiting command and service module.
Johnson also worked
on the space shuttle and the Earth Resources Satellite, and authored or
coauthored 26 research reports.
Was both a respected mathematician and NASA’s first
African-American manager, head of NASA Langley’s segregated West Area Computing
Unit from 1949 until 1958.
Once segregated facilities were abolished, she
joined a racially and gender-integrated group on the frontier of electronic
Vaughan became an expert FORTRAN programmer, and contributed to the
Scout Launch Vehicle Program.
William E. Stoney Jr.
Oversaw the development of early rockets, and was manager of a NASA Langley-based
project that created the Scout solid-propellant rocket.
One of the most
successful boosters in NASA history, Scout and its payloads led to critical
advancements in atmospheric and space science.
Stoney became chief of advanced
space vehicle concepts at NASA headquarters in Washington, headed the advanced
spacecraft technology division at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, and
was engineering director of the Apollo Program Office.
Was chief engineer for NASA’s Lunar Orbiter program. Five Lunar
Orbiters circled the moon, three taking photographs of potential Apollo landing
sites and two mapping 99 percent of the lunar surface.
Taback later became
deputy project manager for the Mars Viking project. Seven years to the day of
the first moon landing, on July 20, 1976, Viking 1 became NASA’s first Martian
lander, touching down without incident in western Chryse Planitia in the planet’s northern equatorial region.
John C Houbolt
Forcefully advocated for the lunar-orbit-rendezvous concept that
proved the vital link in the nation’s successful Apollo moon landing.
after the lunar-orbit-rendezvous technique was adopted, Houbolt left NASA for
the private sector as an aeronautics, astronautics and advanced-technology
He returned to Langley in 1976 to become its chief aeronautical
scientist. During a decades-long career, Houbolt was the author of more than
120 technical publications.
Oceans are vital to wildlife and our planet. Containing 99 percent of the living space on earth, oceans are vast habitats for an impressive array of life. To celebrate World Ocean Day, we’re sharing this remarkable picture of bioluminescent plankton near Haystack Rock at Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge. From moments like this to surfing, sailing, fishing and diving, oceans are essential to our lives, economy and natural understanding. Photo courtesy of Jeff Berkes.
“The American Dream… induces a form of hyper individualism […] the idea that anybody of little means, with hard work and determination, can lift themselves to the highest rungs of bourgeoisie society (the richest of the rich). By focusing on individual stories of capitalist success, the Bill Gates and Sam Waltons of the world, the vast poverty and suffering required for the emergence of massive fortunes is left out of the picture. One can point to Gates and believe their own ascendance is possible without understanding its possibility is predicated on the systematic exploitation of tens of thousands of workers in mines and factories across the globe. And more importantly, focus on the few success stories of the super-rich invisibilizes the structure which keeps wealth within their hands at the direct expense of the poor and makes it beyond examination or reproach.”
Our round table with Sue was like 6 of us, so we really could talk about whatever we wanted. And yes, I went there. I respectfully said “you know that some people are very upset that the series didn’t end …. gayer. With John and Sherlock together.” She replied that she never meant to make that show, they always knew the direction of the show: that the key line is in episode one when Mrs. Hudson asks if they’ll be needing two rooms, they answer that of course they’ll need two rooms (indicating they are straight). They make the show for the world, for the 99.something percent that watch that aren’t even aware of the controversy. If people need to vent and be angry, that’s fine, she’s okay with that, although she doesn’t read it as much as she used to. However, she doesn’t like when people DEMAND answers to questions, which is like bullying.
She was charming and smart, we also talked about being a woman in the industry, how she got her start, just general stuff. She’s extremely likable.
prompt: jake and amy scene -but 100 WORDS OR LESS -no cheating. GO!
Panting in the early-morning light, Jake Peralta leaps on the couch. Before he can begin to catch his breath after sprinting away from Amy’s probably-poisonous eggs, his girlfri–no, his fiancee, as of 7:09PM last night - is diving on top. Her hair’s a mess - a combination of bedhead and exercise have left flyaways framing her radiant face like a crown. Jake’s never seen anything prettier.
He sits up to kiss her. She leans in, and his last thought before their lips meet is the earth-shattering realization that he gets to do this every morning for the rest of his life.