Sometimes, writing games on my own seems too hard. I think about giving up and being somebody’s employee. I wonder whether I should go apply for a job at this great company people keep telling me I should work for.
I remember their hiring process. You have to hand them example code to look at,…
Two separate police officers stopped and said they’d had a report of someone stealing a stop sign, and were much amused when they realized what was actually going on. Neither tried to stop us.
The idea came from stopsignflower.com The stem is 88” long, knitted 14 stitches wide on 12mm needles for a width of about 9”. The leaves are this pattern on 12mm needles, but increased by 50% throughout for a 12 stitch cast on instead of 8 stitch. Thick floral wire was run through the edges of the leaves. The ends of the wire run through holes in the stop sign pole secured the leaves to the pole. Yarn ties helped support the leaves. Because they were blowing around in the wind, a broken wire clothes hanger run through the back edge helps keep them stationary. This project took about two hours to install, largely due to engineering challenges in keeping the leaves looking good.
I was inspired to put this up as part of Yard Art Day, but I’m thinking I’ll see how long it stays up before someone takes it down. Once the leaves went on and people realized nobody was stealing the sign, there were a lot of “thumbs up” flashed.
Tonight we present another tale of Thomas Blackhall, master frontiersman, and student of the occult. We open upon our hero, resting once again at the border of wilderness and civilization, moments before his evening suffers a series of complications.
The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.
It’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn’t collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.
I’ve been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They’ve blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.