What Bullets Do to Bodies – NYT

Early in my medical training, I learned that it is not the bullet that kills you, but the damage from the bullet. A handgun bullet enters the body in a straight line. Like a knife, it damages the organs and tissues directly in its path, and then it either exits the body or is stopped by bone, tissue or skin.
This is in contrast to bullets from an assault rifle. They are three times the speed of handgun bullets. Once they enter the body, they fragment and explode, pulverizing bones, tearing blood vessels and liquefying organs.
This is what was happening to my patient, whose heart quickly stopped beating. We performed an emergency thoracotomy — splitting open his chest in an attempt to clamp off bleeding and restart his heart. Blood poured out of his chest cavity. The bullet had disintegrated his spleen and torn his aorta. Four ribs had essentially turned to dust. The damage was far too extensive. He died in our E.R. He was 15.

Source: What Bullets Do to Bodies – The New York Times

How ‘Snowflake’ Became America’s Inescapable Tough-Guy Taunt

Political Discourse, 2017 finds its roots in Fight Club.

Today’s tough-guy posturing seems rooted, paradoxically, in threat and fear: fear of defeat, fear of lost status and fear that society is growing increasingly ill suited to tough-guy posturing in the first place. The narrator of “Fight Club,” source of that “snowflake” mantra, was a delusional man coping with modernity by inventing a hypermasculine alter-ego, imagining himself as the man-cult leader Tyler Durden. But making an entire alternate masculine identity is a lot of work. It’s always much easier to just call other people wimps and snowflakes — and hope they’ll be intimidated enough to melt away.

Via – How ‘Snowflake’ Became America’s Inescapable Tough-Guy Taunt – The New York Times

T.J. Miller’s Tiny Movies

From 33 minutes, 54 seconds in:

Even in the advertising space, you know what, I will absolutely collaborate with Mucinex and Slim Jim and anybody because in a capitalistic society, you’re seeing those advertisements either way. So why not make them funny?
A great insurance commercial should make you cry a little bit. Life is so sad that when Allstate does it right, you should tear up a little bit.
It’s a tiny movie about how sad and hard life is. It’s a 30 second expose on how we’re going to die and we should leave the most we can to those who survive on.

Pocket Casts Timestamped Link: The Nerdist – T.J. Miller #3, 33m, 54s

Here’s how much you would need to afford rent in your state

The most expensive state for housing is Hawaii, where workers would need to make $35.20 an hour to afford a two-bedroom apartment. They would need to make $33.58 in the District of Columbia, $30.92 in California, $28.27 in Maryland, and $28.08 in New York.

Did I mention we’re trying to buy a home in Maryland? My wife and I make good money but we are still DC Poor. My wife and I make well above minimum wage, but many people in our fields do not.

In the District, where the hourly minimum wage is $12.50, a household — say a single parent — must earn $69,840 a year to be able to afford the fair market rent of $1,746 a month for a two-bedroom apartment.

Do you know people who work multiple jobs to pay for the roof over their heads?

Someone making the federal minimum wage would need to work 117 hours a week — or nearly three full-time jobs — to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment.

There are plenty of people in this area who are working hours like this. Going from job to job to job to afford to live in a house they never see. To support their children and their families and allow them to have a home. Affordable housing is vital to everything else. What would you do without a place to keep what you value safe? Without that peace of mind and basic level of security, you have nothing.

Source: Here’s how much you would need to afford rent in your state – The Washington Post

Boring Technology

Boring, stable technology is king. If you’re running a huge site, you need things to work and work reliably. In this interview, my brother who also happens to run ReadTheDocs talks about sustainable funding for open source projects, getting people to work to support them without it, and boring technology.

Starting around: 1:06:30 Eric talks about stability and proven solutions in tech.

As you stay in an industry longer and see things come and go you realize new things don’t actually matter. Especially if I use something in production. I want to have been around for five years minimum. Because I value my time so much more now than I used to.

If I go and try to use this thing that just got released I know I’m going to be beating my head against it for the next five weeks or whatever. And when I use it in production I will be hating it. This is why ReadTheDocs uses boring technology.