Washington was built on a swamp. In the summer, temperatures can reach over 100 degrees — as they did over the last few days when I made the rounds of Washington Democrats, repeatedly asking why no bold jobs plan is emerging.
Here’s a sample of their responses:
“Dead in the water. We’ll be…
A typical programming interview question is “reverse a string, in place”. if you understand pointers, the solution is simple. even if you don’t, it can be accomplished using array indices. i usually ask candidates this question first, so they get the algorithm in their head. then i play dirty by asking them to reverse the string word by word, in place. for example if our string is “the house is blue”, the return value would be “blue is house the”. the words are reversed, but the letters are still in order (within the word).
Good morning Emily… I can’t believe this is your last day on the site… I’m sure we will find a way to get you back on here, but for now, just a few more shots…
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Marco Arment has this exactly right. We may have beaten these variations of SOPA and PIPA, but the sad fact of that matter is that they — or something like them — will eventually pass.
Obviously, all things being equal, such bills should never pass. But all things aren’t equal. As with most things, this is actually all about money. The MPAA and the other content lobbies are going to continue to pump money into this until they get what they want.
And again, they will. Consider this: SOPA and PIPA came this close to passing with MPAA head Chris Assclown Dodd banned from direct lobbying. Why is he banned? Because there’s a law that requires politicians to be two years out of office before they can lobby.
Dodd vacated his U.S. Senate seat on January 3, 2011. In a year, he’ll be able lobby all he wants. He’ll be able to directly buy the support of all his former colleagues. He spent 36 years in Washington as both a Senator and Congressman. You think that doesn’t matter? He’s going to be the best lobbyist ever. Which is exactly why the MPAA picked him.
Arment’s hope that people stop supporting the MPAA by stopping watching films clearly isn’t going to happen. But the idea of supporting campaign finance reform to eliminate bullshit lobbying is a good one.
Tomorrow: A conversation about Bobby Fischer with his childhood friend Anthony Saidy and filmmaker Liz Garbus. Her new documentary biopic about Fischer is called Bobby Fischer Against the World.
SAG highlight. Oh, Tina.
In next week’s issue of TIME, our Catherine Mayer profiles actress Tilda Swinton, visiting her in Scotland to talk about Swinton’s new film, We Need To Talk About Kevin. In it, Swinton plays Eva Khatchadourian, the conflicted mother of a teenager whose monstrous killing spree may partly reflect Eva’s own failings. Says Mayer about her trip:
“At Inverness airport — she insists on delivering me to my homeward plane — Swinton spots a toy crossbow for sale, complete with arrows tipped with suckers. Soon an arrow is planted in the middle of her forehead and she holds up the crossbow for a photograph. “I would say that’s a definite cover option, if not an alternative poster for [Kevin’s] worldwide release,” she emails later.”