Pelican and Humbolt Penguin on Flickr.
Birds of several species seemed happy to live around each other on Isla de Chanaral, Chile.
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Valle de Elqui Where I stayed on Flickr.
A new test from Flickr. Today the Flickr share box is not behind the picture I’m trying to share. This is an improvement.
The picture itself is of the Valle de Elqui region where I spent most of my November Astronomy trip to Chile. I was in La Serena, Vicuna and Pisco Elqui. I recommend them all to you, but especially Pisco Elqui. This mural was in the Vicuna artists’ market and the yellow box shows the distances to other towns in the region.
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Leslie Morgan Steiner was in an abusive relationship, though at first she didn’t realize it. In a talk at TEDxRainier, she tells the disturbing story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence or an absuive relationship, you can find a list of resources here. The U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), and RAINN offers a secure online hotline.
Story worth sharing. Speak up.
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In the closing sequence of Marvel’s The Avengers, The World Security Council that evidently has the authority to order a nuclear strike on New York City, questions Nick Fury about the disposition of Loki. Calling Loki a war criminal, they ask Mr. Fury why he let Thor take Loki away when he should be answering for his crimes.
In this iteration of the Multiverse, evidently the bureaucracy of the United States has given way to the autocratic decisions of an infighting oligarchy that ignores due process and extradition laws. Well, at least Nick Fury does.
I think I would have rather seen a little more adherence to law and let Loki have his day in a U.S. Court. I say this, because as a criminal defense attorney, I believe there is a reasonable defense for Loki.
Law and the Multiverse examines various fandoms from the perspective of US Law. It’s an example of a spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down.
This post imagines what could have happened if Loki hadn’t been carted off to Asgard at the end of The Avengers.
Given Earth’s inability to keep Loki locked up, I think this post ignores that Loki would have vaporized his attorney in court in preference to having “ants” declare him insane. What do you think?
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Looking towards Vicuna Church (by AlaskanLibrarian)
A few weeks ago, I was in Chile with an astronomy tour group. One of our stops was Vicuna. My hotel room was on the second floor and gave me a nice view of the local church tower.
Funny thing about the Catholic Church in that town. It seemed to be active, but I couldn’t find a name plate or a Mass schedule. It seemed almost like if you lived there, you knew when Mass was and what the church was called. And if you didn’t, no need to stop by. Or I simply missed the actual entrance because I was ill that day.
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Merciful Love Labyrinth – Shrine of St. Therese. (by AlaskanLibrarian)
This photo was taken about a week ago before the snow and rain started. I love the Shrine of St. Therese in general and I’m particularly found of its labyrinth. I really should have gone out there more this summer, but what’s done is done.
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Wooden Sink (by AlaskanLibrarian)
Flickr is getting on my nerves. Their latest photo page revision covers over sharing options, including blogging to Tumblr.
So I plugged my photostream RSS feed into my Netvibes and am now trying to blog from here.
So, about the photo. The second day of my Chile tour we stayed at a hotel in Vicuna. I’ll have the hotel name in a future post, but for now I’ll say the place was family run and the folks were VERY GOOD people. A great place to trust in a foreign land. My bathroom featured a sink that was carved from a log. At least it felt like wood.
This is a warning against having too many blogs and internet widgets. I plugged the RSS feed of my Flickr photostream into Netvibes with the intention of sharing photos to my personal Tumblr. Instead, it wound up on my “Librarian” Tumblr. No big harm done in this case. So now I’m cross posting it here. Eventually a copy will show up on my WordPress blog. Complicated much?
Ironically, one of the reasons I went for a Tumblr in the first place was because it was a much better experience to share from Flickr to Tumblr than from Flickr to WordPress.
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A couple months back I helped brainstorm with NPR’s On The Media for their Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook, a basic guide on how to maintain a healthy skepticism when news orgs are covering a breaking news event. There’s been no shortage of major mistakes made by the media in recent years – Gabby Giffords, the Boston Bombing, Newtown, just to name a few – and there’s a lot we can do as news consumers to scrutinize what’s been reported.
This got me thinking about the tropes commonly used by journalists during breaking news and what they really mean. Last month I started documenting the terminology often used during a breaking news broadcast, and now I’ve made a matrix out of it. Each phrase is placed on the matrix based on how credible a report is, and how likely it is that a reporter feels secure if they actually say it on air. For example, if you say “Other networks are reporting,” it suggests you don’t necessarily know any facts yet, and that you’re deflecting blame from yourself to those other networks if it turns out to be wrong. Meanwhile, if you say “Multiple independent sources have confirmed…” it expresses more certitude, both in terms of the facts and your professional security if you go public with it – especially when you name those sources and explain how they came upon that information.
Anyway, this is my second draft of the matrix, and I’d love to get your thoughts on it. Thanks! – @acarvin
I think Andy Carvin’s news matrix looks like a useful guide. What do you think?
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