Diary of a Narcissistic Misanthrope

I like to think I’m an acquired taste, like old whiskey or arsenic in your tea

My name is Clarence (Hello), born in 1988, i got my undergrad degree in Sociology (with a concentration in Women's Studies) and I'm utterly terrified. I'm scared of everything, people, my own feelings and sometimes even being but really there's nothing much to be done about that despite what I say. And I will say a lot about how my life has no meaning and i want to die (which is the majority of the time) but sometimes it seems like life is worth living for and everything in it is a spectacular explosion of awe inspiring wonder (which is usually a three week span some time in March). If it seems odd to read think what it might be like living it. So to get off the topic of terror I prefer stories es. I like to read them, I love to live in them and there is nothing better to me than a story so I guess this blog is a story mostly about me. Don't bother trying to find themes, connection or messages in what I post cause there really aren't any (unless they are completely accidental).

This blog is a story about what I find, what I feel and what I think so to that end I collect things to post or reblog. Its not meant to be anything truly meaningful or interconnected, just fun (mostly fun for me if you don't like it you can fuck right off) This is collection of all the the weird and interesting links from around the net that I find, comics, technology, comedy, current events, sociology, general geek/nerd interest, and more weird stuff. I think it makes for the closest representation to who I am that I've ever done and it just keeps growing bigger which is most of the fun. Please feel free to talk to me and don't mind the depressive tone i will probably be using. I like to think I'm somewhat fun if also a complete idiot.
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New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers, thanks to a collaboration between scientists in the University of Chicago’s chemistry department, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, and Argonne National Laboratory.

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Organizations looking for and concerned about optimal security protection are the targets of a new service announced by San Francisco-based CloudFlare. The offering is called Keyless SSL. CloudFlare explained that “An SSL key is the data that allows an organization to establish a secure connection with the customers that connect to it. It is also the data that lets an organization establish its identity.” Here is the heartache. If you have an organization private SSL key, you can authenticate as if you were it. You can spoof identity and intercept traffic. “If, say, a media organization loses an SSL key, it’s a very bad day,” blogged CEO Matthew Prince. “If a financial institution loses one, it’s a nightmare.” Serdar Yegulalp, a senior writer at InfoWorld, said that, “With a conventional SSL system, the private key used to sign all sessions is normally held on the same public-facing server used to fulfill Web traffic. The potential dangers of this system were dramatized by the Heartbleed bug, where private key information could be leaked out.”

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An anonymous reader writes On Wednesday at a hearing in front of the US House Committee on Small Business, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler stated that for ISPs to be eligible for government broadband subsidies, they would have to deliver speeds of at least 10 Mbps. Said Wheeler: “What we are saying is we can’t make the mistake of spending the people’s money, which is what Universal Service is, to continue to subsidize something that’s subpar.” He further indicated that he would remedy the situation by the end of 2014. The broadband subsidies are collected through bill surcharges paid for by phone customers.
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(Phys.org) —An international team of physicists, led by a research group at the University of Arkansas, has discovered that heating can be used to control the curvature of ripples in freestanding graphene.

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The Internet has changed the way we shop for birthdays, holidays and just about every one of life’s big events. Given enough time, nearly any product from any corner of the world can be shipped to your doorstep, but when you have to depend on retailers and delivery services, sometimes things don’t go as planned. So if you’re one of the unfortunate souls who have had to make a disgruntled phone call on December 23rd, the latest FTC rules should warrant a sigh of relief. The FTC is implementing a new “Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Trade Regulation Rule” this year which will require sellers to deliver goods to customers on time or within 30 days if a specific shipping date isn’t

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L.A. Unified School District police received a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) like this one through a federal program. (LA Times)

L.A. Unified School District police received a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) like this one through a federal program. (LA Times)

Los Angeles school police have acquired a number of military weapons through a Department of Defense program that provides local law enforcement with surplus war gear, free of charge (other than shipping costs). Read the rest

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It helps your statistical chances for a “successful” career if you’re a white actress who hasn’t hit 30 yet and doesn’t mind playing a non-speaking character with an easily “identifiable marital status,” and no—that’s not me being cynical. Those are the boob tube facts.

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