Here go the balloons!

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Can we cram Elon Musk into the kid-sized submarine and send him into a cave?
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My hiking companion this afternoon

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I support every suggestion on this list. I like IPAs, but variety is good too, and I’m always happy to see bars with some lower-ABV beers on tap instead of a bunch of double-IPAs that are 7% and higher.
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I wish that video chat apps like Skype, FaceTime, Hangouts, etc. had a “I’m using this with my kids” option that disabled the little PIP window that shows the outgoing video so that the kids don’t spend the whole call obsessing about their own faces in it.
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A rather slap-dash attempt at an Excelsior-class ship (I have been commanded by the 5yo to “make spaceships” for his Lego town)

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From a New York Times review of Alissa Quartz’s new book Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America:

What is perhaps unusual about Quart’s book is her attention to how we feel about it — specifically our peculiar willingness to take personal responsibility for problems that are not our fault. Everyone Quart talks to is acutely stressed, which makes sense. But everyone also feels guilty. Why? People have been so successfully inculcated into neoliberal ideology that nobody thinks twice about feeling bad about not making enough money. Of course, what makes the ideology persuasive is that there’s a grain of truth to it; there are people who through a combination of dedication and luck manage to overcome their inherited lot. Yet the issue is overwhelmingly structural and social, not individual or moral. We haven’t failed; Capitalism has failed us. As Quart reminds her reader — and as every story in the book is meant to illustrate — the economic bind we find ourselves in cannot be solved by personal discipline or better financial decisions. The truly wise are those born into a family in the 1 percent.

Prepping for the Green River Festival this weekend.

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Doug Belshaw, “Problems with the present and future of work are of our own making”:

I feel like warnings such as ‘the robots are coming’ and ‘be careful not to choose an easily-automated occupation!’ are a smokescreen for decisions that people are making about the kind of society they want to live in. It seems like that’s one where most of us (the ‘have nots’) are expendable, while the 0.01% (the ‘haves’) live in historically-unparalleled luxury.