tiffanyb:

If you’re a Dropbox user, you probably got an email in the last few days about an update to their TOS that basically puts all disputes into arbitration rather than litigation. 

If you’re like me, you probably glossed over this update because gah, legalese. 

Allow me to summarize what it means when a company wants to handle all disputes in arbitration:

No matter what they do (delete your data, privacy breach, overcharging, whatever), you don’t get to sue. Instead, THEY get to choose the arbitrator according to whatever criteria they want, and thus any dispute is decided by someone they’re paying.

Also, you can’t join a class-action suit against them. Which sounds like no big deal, but when a company takes advantage of a bunch of people all in the same small way (incorrectly assessing a service charge, for example), class action is how companies are made to clean up their act en masse, instead of waiting for thousands of people to call them up and demand their $20 back or whatever.

I love Dropbox and use/recommend it enthusiastically. But this is a company that we entrust with some of our most important data- the kind of data we need to have access to wherever we are. Family photos, portfolios, projects representing years of work, etc. And as we’ve seen with Google buying Nest, even if we trust the management team in charge of our data right now, that’s not guaranteed in the future. Founders move on to other things. Companies with great products get acquired. Business decisions get made that change the direction of the company.

The agreement we make with Dropbox is too important to be enforced only by an arbitrator of their choosing. You have 30 days from the date of notification to opt out of the arbitration clause. Do it now.

[via Daring Fireball]

I love Dropbox, I’m an enthusiastic user and have gotten many friends and coworkers to integrate it into their computing life. I’m glad this came to my attention because the author of this post is right: arbitration clauses almost never benefit the consumer. 

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motherjones:

It takes 5.4 gallons of water to grow one head of broccoli.

These are important facts, but this infographic (and particularly the linked factoid called out in the post) is a bit deceptive. A head of broccoli costing 5.4 gallons of irrigation water sounds extravagant, until you realize that one head of broccoli is usually more than three cups’ worth of food. So that’s about 1.8 gallons of water to produce a cup of food. Meanwhile, 0.3 gallons for a single grape add up quickly. At about 16 grapes per cup, you’re looking at an expenditure of 4.8 gallons of water for the same amount of food.

motherjones:

It takes 5.4 gallons of water to grow one head of broccoli.

These are important facts, but this infographic (and particularly the linked factoid called out in the post) is a bit deceptive. A head of broccoli costing 5.4 gallons of irrigation water sounds extravagant, until you realize that one head of broccoli is usually more than three cups’ worth of food. So that’s about 1.8 gallons of water to produce a cup of food. Meanwhile, 0.3 gallons for a single grape add up quickly. At about 16 grapes per cup, you’re looking at an expenditure of 4.8 gallons of water for the same amount of food.

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yankees:

One. More. Week. #Spring Training

Wow. I feel, for the first time in a very long time, not ready for Spring Training. Not like I want more winter or don’t welcome baseball back, but more like exams are next week and I haven’t studied all semester. I’m not prepared.
I haven’t worked through my grief over Robby Cano, Seattle Mariner. The confusion of staking the season on a starting pitcher freshly imported from Japan (Kei Igawa PTSD dies hard). I’m still rattled by the economic game of Twister where the Yanks tried to get under the the luxury tax cap, failed, and lost Cano anyway. Heck, part of my brain is still having a hard time with the idea that Enter Sandman will only play in Old Timer’s Days from now on.
It’s a lot of processing to cram into a week :)

yankees:

One. More. Week. #Spring Training

Wow. I feel, for the first time in a very long time, not ready for Spring Training. Not like I want more winter or don’t welcome baseball back, but more like exams are next week and I haven’t studied all semester. I’m not prepared.

I haven’t worked through my grief over Robby Cano, Seattle Mariner. The confusion of staking the season on a starting pitcher freshly imported from Japan (Kei Igawa PTSD dies hard). I’m still rattled by the economic game of Twister where the Yanks tried to get under the the luxury tax cap, failed, and lost Cano anyway. Heck, part of my brain is still having a hard time with the idea that Enter Sandman will only play in Old Timer’s Days from now on.

It’s a lot of processing to cram into a week :)

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thedissolve:

The Sundance short “Cruising Electric,” a fake advertisement for a child’s playset based on William Friedkin’s controversial  gay-serial-killer-mystery Cruising, is the best 90 seconds you’ll spend today. Watch it.

This made me laugh so hard I cried.

thedissolve:

The Sundance short “Cruising Electric,” a fake advertisement for a child’s playset based on William Friedkin’s controversial  gay-serial-killer-mystery Cruising, is the best 90 seconds you’ll spend today. Watch it.

This made me laugh so hard I cried.

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toobadyouresobeautiful:

oldtimefamilybaseball:

I recently ended a 15-year relationship and like many breakups, it wasn’t mutual and I’m still pretty raw - I have my good moments and my bad moments - but it was the right thing to do for the both of us. The relationship had run its course and honestly, neither of us were getting anything out of…

Hey, that’s me! 

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baseballsdeep:

Unhittable
This is a color-enhanced GIF of an RA Dickey knuckleball in flight created by a Reddit user (click here for a larger version).
Hat tip to Baseball Nation (part of SB Nation).

My favorite part of this (and that’s saying a lot) is the Little League eyes-closed flinch the Mets’ catcher does just before snagging the ball. That there is why they wear the big mitt for knuckleballers.

baseballsdeep:

Unhittable

This is a color-enhanced GIF of an RA Dickey knuckleball in flight created by a Reddit user (click here for a larger version).

Hat tip to Baseball Nation (part of SB Nation).

My favorite part of this (and that’s saying a lot) is the Little League eyes-closed flinch the Mets’ catcher does just before snagging the ball. That there is why they wear the big mitt for knuckleballers.

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parislemon:

Brett Martin interviewed Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan for GQ’s Men of the Year edition:

Martin: I think everybody knew the ending would be a big deal, but it really turned into as big and feverish a phenomenon as I can remember. What happened? 

Gilligan: Have you ever been sitting at your desk and you crumple up a piece of paper and, without even looking, you just toss it over your shoulder and it goes straight into the wastebasket? You didn’t think about it. You didn’t stress about it. You just did it. And now that you’re thinking about it, you could never do it again in a million years, no matter how hard you tried. That’s what this was like. We worked our butts off, but everybody works their butts off in TV. We tried to make the best show it was humanly possible to make, but you know, the guys on According to Jim did the same thing. As to why this thing hit…I could make up some stream of nonsense, but honestly…I wish I could explain it, because then I might have a fighting chance on TV in the future. The truth is, I just have to be satisfied that it happened at all.

Humble.

As if my man crush on Vince Gilligan could get any bigger…

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biggcerealwars:

That awkward moment when Chewbacca takes all the milk. Request a Star Wars scene to be reenacted in a Cereal Wars video/GIF here: http://bit.ly/1bUj1KC.

I feel Darth Vader’s pain.

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fuckyeahmovieposters:

A Fistful of Dollars

Wow, strangest tagline ever, with the weird double equivocation at the top: “In his own way he is, perhaps.” Funny, because the movie itself doesn’t equivocate terribly much. I wonder if that’s a translation from Italian, given that the syntax sounds a bit Italian.

fuckyeahmovieposters:

A Fistful of Dollars

Wow, strangest tagline ever, with the weird double equivocation at the top: “In his own way he is, perhaps.” Funny, because the movie itself doesn’t equivocate terribly much. I wonder if that’s a translation from Italian, given that the syntax sounds a bit Italian.

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