Another black man shares his memory.

When I was 14, my grandfather sat me down for “the talk” – not the birds and the bees, but “the billy clubs and the bullets.”

I brushed him off. I thought that in my majority-black hometown of Newark, racism would not reach me. Little did I realize that a healthy fear of the police would become a survival skill for a young black man.

My wake-up call came at 16.

Follow the link for the rest of his story.

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Jon Stewart takes on the NFL Redskins team name.

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Businessman holding bag of money:  It's not cheap. First I have to dig a deep hole, then convince hime (picture of GOP elephant burying his head in the sand under sun labeled

Via Job’s Anger.

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Thanks to YouTube’s new practice of force-feeding advertisements, I have realized that I will never ever do business of any sort with “Mass Mutual,” nor wear “Android Wear.”

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BB4Win stands for “BlackBox for Windows.” BlackBox is a venerable window manager for *nix. One of my favorite Linux window managers, Fluxbox, is based on BlackBox. If I can’t run Enlightenment, I run Fluxbox.

I recently installed one of the BB4Win GUI varirants, xoblite, on my Windows 7 box. Unlike the Windows interface, it is highly configurable, in ways other than mucking about with eye candy.

This is what it looks like. In the picture, you can see the xoblite right-click “Start” menu and, behind the browser, the xoblite menu, which is a simple text file, is open for editing. The system monitor that you see in the bottom right of the screen and the weather gadget in the top left are from rainmeter, a Windows alternative to GKrellM or conky (I’ve used both, but I think I prefer GKrellM.

xbolite interface

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If you wish to investigate alternatives to Windows’s clunky interface, this is a good place to start.

I have not tested this on Windows 8. I have helped a friend with Windows 8. Windows 8 sucks is less than desirable.

Sadly, BB4Win development seems to have stalled. One hopes it will pick up again.

Afterthought:

xoblite almost, but not quite, makes using Windows fun again.

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Elon James White remembers “the talk” and what it says about blue on black crime. Here’s a snippet:

I received The Talk™ when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I remember it because of the context that I received it in. I’ve always been forgetful and for a long time I wore both my bus pass holder and home key around my neck underneath my clothing. I remember my Mom telling me that if I was stopped by a police officer and he asked for some sort of proof of identification, like my bus pass, that I should never reach for it myself. Tell the officer where the identification he requested was located on my person and keep my hands in clear view. This seemed silly to me but my mom was so serious that my normal 9 year old pushback was immediately silenced. Mommy seems scared and if she’s scared then I’m scared.

Now go read the whole thing.

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The hunt for politeness:

District Attorney Pat Dougherty said the infant’s father had been sitting on a couch holding the infant when the bullet tore through the window of the home.

Dougherty said the bullet is believed to have come from hunters on private property across the street. He said they had permission to be there.

The DA is calling it accidental because of course hunters are allowed to blaze away at anything without knowing what’s there.

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Dave Barry:

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.

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Old photo of strange-looking tree

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Via All Things Amazing, an image site (some images NSFW).

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Politeness is a family thing . . .

When emergency officials arrived, Marshall EMT found a woman in a bedroom with a gunshot wound through her stomach and side. Her husband, Larry Watkins, said he was placing a loaded 7.65 MM rifle in the gun case and it fired one time. The bullet allegedly struck his wife, who was standing in the closet.

. . . and another gun that fires itself.

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What you don’t know won’t hurt them.

San Jose officials who demanded an accounting of airport security breaches that have raised questions about passenger safety in the post 9/11 era were frustrated Thursday after the city’s aviation director said federal authorities wouldn’t let her discuss them.

Director of Aviation Kim Aguirre told council members on the city’s public safety committee that two highly publicized stowaway incidents at Mineta San Jose International Airport this year were the only “major” breaches in her 19 years at the airport. But she said the federal Transportation Security Administration prohibited her from releasing more information about those or any other incidents.

More “What you don’t know can’t hurt us” at the link.

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Gun nut when Bush was President:

Via Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog.

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Jon Stewart skewers the phony patriotism of Fox News and wingnuts.

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PoliticalProf posts as clear an explanation of what’s happening in the Middle East as you are likely to find.

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Peter Ustinov:

Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.

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Off to drink liberally.

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