Swingman at a new position

Martell Webster’s ten-year NBA career has been interrupted several times by injuries; he missed almost half of last season with a herniated disk in his lower back. The Washington Wizards, his third team, are sticking by him, though, and once this roundball stuff wears out, well, he’s already got a respectable fallback position:

Says Webster:

You know, being an athlete doesn’t last forever. It’s a small period of your lifetime. Going through injury allowed me to view and get a different perspective on who I am as a human being. It’s molded me into the person I am today. I actually thank those injuries because they’ve helped mold me and change my way of thinking.

We of course wish him well, with the possible exception of two games against the Thunder.

6 Ways Your Dates Could’ve Gone Way, Way Worse

CGHill:

If I actually had dates, I could understand this.

Originally posted on Toons, They're Just Like Us!:

1) Hehehehe, god forbid these pictures of two large 5-year-olds end up on Facebook.

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2) If that b*tch be infringing on yo territory

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3) If the moment feels oh sooooo right, but the timing is OH SOOOOOO WRONG.

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4) Big Pointer #1: Younger siblings (if applicable) are totally a legit must-have for romance.

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5) Um, bae…shouldn’t we talk about that first?

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6) And then if you luck gets really shitty…

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But no matter how awry it gets, you’re always each other’s badass hero and dynamite gal.

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A Cynical Southerners View on the Confederate Battle Flag.

CGHill:

“When the South produces a bigoted idiot, it’s because of the culture. When everywhere else does, their place of origin is irrelevant.” And everywhere else does, you may be absolutely certain.

Originally posted on Nihilism is Pointless.:

So let me tell you a story…

In the spring of 1999, I was at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. for Army training.  Being in the military surrounds you with people from not only all over the country, but the world.  During this period of my life, when I’m struggling to find my own identity, I was quite sadly a raverish type.  Basically, I dressed like this…

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I believe in being honest about ones failures.

Yes, that’s what I wore everyday,  I listened to stuff like Crystal Method and DJ Scribble, I wore children’s necklaces and said, “Yo, Dawg” and “PLUR” all the time.  Yeah.  I know.  I was a tool.  Well, one day, I got into a fight with this guy from like Arizona or something, and he got all up in my face.  I made fun of his yellow and brown teeth and love of Lynrd Skynrd, and he…

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Is Lousy Sex Better Than No Sex?

CGHill:

Finally, something I know something about.

Originally posted on Sexual Intelligence:

It depends on what you want from sex.

If you mostly want an orgasm, lousy sex might do the trick. If you mostly want to have someone agreeing to have sex with you whether they really want to or not, lousy sex may be your best bet. If you mostly just want to see someone naked, or briefly feel a tit or some balls in your hand, lousy sex may be good enough.

But most men and women want other stuff from sex. Maybe you do, too.

For example, you may want to see your partner smile with pleasure. You may want to feel close to someone, or a sense of acceptance, or specialness, or the experience of collaboration. You may want to feel the gentleness in your partner’s touch, or in your own. You may want to feel relaxed and carefree, and know that your partner feels that way…

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Which Unicode character should represent the English apostrophe? (And why the Unicode committee is very wrong.)

CGHill:

A trivial matter that proves to be not so trivial as it sounds.

Originally posted on Ted's Blog:

The Unicode committee is very clear that U+2019 (RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK) should represent the English apostrophe.

Section 6.2 of the Unicode Standard 7.0.0 states:

U+2019 […] is preferred where the character is to represent a punctuation mark, as for contractions: “We’ve been here before.”

This is very, very wrong. The character you should use to represent the English apostrophe is U+02BC (MODIFIER LETTER APOSTROPHE). I’m here to tell you why why.

Using U+2019 is inconsistent with the rest of the standard

Earlier in section 6.2, the standard explains the difference between punctuation marks and modifier letters:

Punctuation marks generally break words; modifier letters generally are considered part of a word.

Consider any English word with an apostrophe, e.g. “don’t”. The word “don’t” is a single word. It is not the word “don” juxtaposed against the word “t”. The apostrophe is part of the word, which, in…

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Éirinn go Brách, and All That

CGHill:

Inevitably, someone had to be first.

Originally posted on Pejman Yousefzadeh:

As one who believes that same-sex couples deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and that marriage equality only serves to strengthen the institution of marriage, I am pleased and delighted to see that Ireland has decided to enshrine marriage equality as a constitutional right. This is a remarkable and extraordinary achievement, given the power that the Catholic Church continues to wield in the country. The church, of course, wanted the rest of the country to vote “no” on the issue of marriage equality, but the Irish people wisely concluded that when we talk about God “abounding in steadfast love,” we ought to acknowledge that God’s love is–and ought to be–for all people.

I imagine that eventually, the Catholic Church will find a way to reconcile itself to this message. It had better, lest it be left behind by a world whose people increasingly realize that when two individuals commit…

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