Jay Oh Day

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veganmovement2012:

If You’ve Ever Eaten Pizza Before, This Will Blow Your Mind (Maybe Literally)
I love pizza! It’s one of my top favorite foods next to kale and cake. And I know I’m not the only one that loves it, either. Recently, the USDA conducted a study which revealed the enormous amount of pizza we consume in the United States. American consumption of cheese increased by nearly 30% in 10 years because the dairy industry is spending big bucks to promote pizza and partner with big chains like Dominos. Congress even voted to declare pizza a vegetable in the school lunch program. The government wants us to eat pizza – a lot of it. But there’s a lot going on behind closed doors that nobody wants us to know or talk about, and it all starts with the ingredients.
When I started researching pizza ingredients, one thing became abundantly clear. Pizza restaurants did not like the questions I was asking.
Continue… http://foodbabe.com/2014/03/23/if-youve-ever-eaten-pizza-before-this-will-blow-your-mind/

veganmovement2012:

If You’ve Ever Eaten Pizza Before, This Will Blow Your Mind (Maybe Literally)

I love pizza! It’s one of my top favorite foods next to kale and cake. And I know I’m not the only one that loves it, either. Recently, the USDA conducted a study which revealed the enormous amount of pizza we consume in the United States. American consumption of cheese increased by nearly 30% in 10 years because the dairy industry is spending big bucks to promote pizza and partner with big chains like Dominos. Congress even voted to declare pizza a vegetable in the school lunch program. The government wants us to eat pizza – a lot of it. But there’s a lot going on behind closed doors that nobody wants us to know or talk about, and it all starts with the ingredients.

When I started researching pizza ingredients, one thing became abundantly clear. Pizza restaurants did not like the questions I was asking.

Continue… http://foodbabe.com/2014/03/23/if-youve-ever-eaten-pizza-before-this-will-blow-your-mind/

brooklynmutt:

The computer Bill Clinton used to send the first-ever presidential email - @lauraolin
h/t @HeyVeronica

brooklynmutt:

The computer Bill Clinton used to send the first-ever presidential email - @lauraolin

h/t @HeyVeronica

fastcodesign:

fastcompany:

This Generic Brand Video Is The Greatest Thing About The Absolute Worst In Advertising

Stock footage brand Dissolve puts its product to good use to call out lazy marketers peddling empty ideas. 

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"See how this guy in a lab coat holds up a beaker? That means we do research."

Konami

jayohday:

me: WTF is Konami?

guy friend: this thing from Street Fighter; a cheat code maybe?

I even played that game, but I don’t remember that. Just another example of coding being a dude’s world. More on this later.

Update 3/27/14: here’s the “more on this later” -

It’s difficult to discuss this…

Had to re-blog so this got re-posted in its full glory.

Konami

me: WTF is Konami?

guy friend: this thing from Street Fighter; a cheat code maybe?

I even played that game, but I don’t remember that. Just another example of coding being a dude’s world. More on this later. 

Update 3/27/14: here’s the “more on this later” - 

It’s difficult to discuss this issue because what causes the “shut-out” of females in computer coding are subtle and sometimes non-noticeable issues, such as this Konami code example. 

Sure, I’m confident that there are ladies out there who know what the Konami code is and how to work it. But for the majority of us, video games were and still are a dude’s world. And I don’t say that because most of them are focused on “boy” subjects; lately, FPS (first-person shooter) games have been all the rage. I don’t think they’re gender-specific, necessarily, but most of the main characters in video games are dudes.

We studied this a lot in my race and gender technology class last semester. There are no scientific evidence or studies to prove it yet, but the dude culture of video games bled over into the world of programming and coding. After all, if ladies weren’t encouraged to “wonk” around on video games as children, why would we suddenly start wonking around on computers as adults?

(well, ‘cause sometimes we fall in love with data journalism, you see, but that’s another story…)

Anyway, I hope this dude culture and the world of “brogrammers” doesn’t last long. It won’t, anyway, not if I can help it.

Peace love and Python <3

The calm before the storm

Maybe it’s a strange cycle in tandem with mother nature; I feel relaxed and at ease just before entering a rather wild job market, and the end of winter (er, maybe) means the beginning of tornado season in Illinois. 

Although there’s a chance (and a pretty good one) that I’ll stay in the Midwest, I won’t be in Illinois anymore. Eventually I want to branch out in every direction and live in every part of this country; California, Florida, Washington, and of course New York. 

Perhaps the calm comes from my recognition of this exciting time in my life. I’m watching others around me take advantage of opportunities and I feel that the right one is coming soon. I feel good about everything, finally, and I feel like I know what I’m doing. 

20 hours of classwork; everyone says, “you’re crazy.” And when I talk about it, I’m sure I sound like I’m bragging about it. It is my life right now, though, and I’m okay with it. Nearly everything I’m doing in my classes will benefit me in the future and in my career.

I think college demands a lot of time and energy from students, especially considering the expectations of college graduates and the expectations college graduates have about themselves. I don’t think I’m the only college grad who feels like she must be successful because she went to college. 

I’m not sure if I’ll be as awesomely successful as I thought I would be immediately in the months after college, but I guess good things come to those who wait, right? It’s just that telling stories, practicing solid data journalism, making photos, designing graphics, investigating, and finding issues with catch-22 solutions for society that I can explain using all of the above…it all takes so much time, and so much time to learn how to do it all together, and it takes even more time to learn how to do it all together and better. And as a team.

Maybe it’s too much, people say. Maybe you ought to have lower expectations, someone once said. But you know, I just don’t think that’s living an excellent life.

I just don’t. So I guess there’s no option but to keep pressing on. Back to NodeXL…

Feb 6

The Daily Illini

What perfect timing. Check out today (2/6/14)’s front page photo as a follow-up to my blog post from last night (er, this morning).

Whoever took the time to make the “sorry Phyllis” shown in this photo, major props and mad respect to you, even if you were one of the hashtaggers. No matter who did it, though, I’m glad we are taking responsibility as a campus. This one photo made me feel a lot better about the whole incident.

#onecampus <3

Feb 6

That hashtag thing

(This blog was inspired by Jeffrey Katz, Joel Sucherman and Brian Boyer of NPR. Thanks for the encouragement to keep blogging, guys!)

I won’t re-hashtag, because I don’t want to participate, and I don’t want to disrespect Chancellor Wise. I also don’t personally feel comfortable using that kind of language, and I’m not trying to glorify what happened in any way.

But, after I expressed that I was shocked we had class today (Wednesday, 2/5, after a fairly heavy snowstorm the night previous) to a friend, he sent me the hashtag followed by a question mark. I laughed; he was being playful, and he knows that I wasn’t likely to be a participant in the clusterfuck of overreactions gunking up Twitter a couple of weeks ago. In my reply to my friend, I said: “God, yeah. How embarrassing. It’s okay to be upset; not racist.”

And I thought some more. You can be angry, and even express your anger in a not-so-eloquent way where BILLIONS of people can view it, and where it may be saved forever.

But race and sex aren’t at the core of why you’re upset. You’re upset because you have to go to school tomorrow. Nobody wants to go out and walk through mounds of snow or subzero temps. You’re justified there. But you attend a world-class research university with the second largest library system in the country, and you can’t express yourselves better than through racism and sexism? Come on. It’s not even entertaining; were you trying to be funny? It’s just incredibly embarrassing for me, as your peer. 

Why does anger transfer so quickly into hate, racism and sexism? “We feel less restricted behind the keyboard” and “We aren’t facing the person so it is easier to say mean things.” While these statements sound logical to me, I think the issue is deeper than that, and shows the full extent of racism embedded in our society. It also shows the extreme discomfort that people have with anger. 

It doesn’t matter how far away you are from a person of insult or how many screens separate the two of you. What matters are the thoughts in the insulter’s head. It isn’t just, “wow, that’s really mean of her to make us trek to school in negative degree weather! College sucks!” but racist and sexist comments. Those begin in the head before they hit the keyboard and eventually the Twitter feed. And that my peers’ thoughts transfer so quickly into vicious hate like racism and sexism makes me realize how embedded and deep racism and sexism are in our society. 

Instead of expressing anger properly, someone takes a cheap shot, and usually that cheap shot ends up aimed at his own foot. The other foot; the one not already stuck in his mouth. 

I’m disappointed but not surprised that some immature classmates of mine do not realize the power and beauty of the internet. We can’t misuse it like that. It hurts everyone, and the internet is one big happy family.

So, dear classmates, please keep your racism and sexism out of it. And try to get it out of your heads, too. 

(Source: theultradork)