Pop quiz, which of these men is still alive, Abner Louima or Amadou Diallo? Which country was not hit by an earthquake in 2011, Japan, Haiti or Turkey? No worries, while Trayvon Martin’s killing was a tragedy, as were the 16 civilians, 9 of them children, methodically killed by an Army sergeant, some events just make it easier to take a side, and call for justice; especially when participation is conveniently catered to one’s interests, popular among peers, and currently in constant rotation. I jump bandwagons as well, even shifted my allegiance from the New York Jets to the New York Giants just in time to win myself a Super Bowl; already skipped the hooded sweatshirt craze to look for a hijab in memorial of Shaima Alawadi. Pop quiz answers: Abner Louima, and every country listed, including Turkey, was significantly ravaged by an earthquake in 2011. Everyone accept my condolences. For extra credit, how many states have prominently upheld the stand-your-ground laws for decades?
While Lebron James is indignantly discussed despite having at least led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Finals, Steve Nash’s historical basketball legacy is unfairly judged in contrast due to what many perceive as loyalty; yet once we agree that earned championships are far more valuable than entertaining performances, it becomes easier to accept that Steve Nash may not have coerced his way out of Phoenix due to loyalty, his reason may have appropriately been guilt.
When Neil DeGrasse Tyson, influential astrophysicist, published, The Sky Is Not The Limit, coincidentally in response to Lil Wayne’s, The Sky is the Limit, and Michael Arrington, influential technologist, announced, “I don’t know a single black entrepreneur,” my personal and professional accounts had already confirmed these divergent statements. There is a shortage of African Americans, particularly women, working, or even seen, in the start-up scene. After extending an invitation, receiving a rejection, postponement, no response, acceptance, and eventual no show, where any arrival would have stood out, this is the prevailing environment of Silicon Alley. Please enjoy some photos from General Assembly’s Demo Night, March 7, 2012.
A minesweeper, in the real world, refers to a person or small naval warship that performs demining in war torn third world countries. The Minesweeper we know and disdain, for imitating a source of entertainment, is ancient, and predates Windows itself. For the uninitiated, the game presents the player with an empty field of squares, underneath each square is either a space, number, or mine. Revealing a number tells you how many mines are in the adjacent boxes, revealing a mine ends the game, the goal of the game is to uncover all the squares that do not contain mines. It’s a relatively simple, yet satisfying, game of deduction. At the current rate of childhood memory movie adaptations, headlined by Transformers and Battleship, the Minesweeper movie will surely grace us shortly.
After attempting to repair yet another bloatware infected PC, it’s only reasonable to request their owners be forced to beat Minesweeper for super user permissions, or be forced to switch to a Mac; especially if the rest of this post confused you in the first place.