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studioafrica:

Wax Sellers of Wentworth Street | ph: Jeremy Freedman 

Spitalfields.com - a website dedicated to documenting the sellers at the market - has produced a photo series accompanied by interviews with Nigerian businesswomen who trade in textiles. The images are immediately striking and interviews reveal the breadth of their endeavours which often span a number of nations and function as the family business. 

Click through to read interviews with these Nigerian businesswomen and to see the full gallery of images

I want to be these women when I grow up.

(via theafricatheynevershowyou)

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lickystickypickyshe:

For the past 20 years, Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has had to carry two identification cards.
“The county has never accommodated my name on my driver’s license,” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.
Instead, it drops the 36th letter of her last name and doesn’t print her first or middle name. So she also carries a state ID, which in the past, included her full name.
“The governor’s office went back into the computer department and they found a way to put our name on our state ID,” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.
But when her state ID expired in May, her new ID came back just like her driver’s license. She says it’s created a number of problems from not being able to travel to being questioned by police during a traffic stop.
“He looked at it and he goes, ‘Well, where is your first name?’” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said. “And I said, ‘Don’t blame me. This is your department, this is the county.’”
Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele says she’s been told by the county to take her maiden name or even shorten her last name. But that would mean taking away the one thing she still has from her husband, who passed away.
“And I went, ‘How disrespectful of the Hawaiian people,’” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.
She reached out to TV channel KHON2′s Action Line to find out if anything can be done. KHON2 pressed the Department of Transportation for answers.
“We have been made aware of that issue and I know right now they are working to extend that limit to, I believe, 40 characters so that issue can be resolved,” DOT spokesperson Caroline Sluyter said.
It comes as a relief to Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele.
“I really, really appreciate any attention to this issue because it’s not only for me, it’s also for those who come after me who also are going to be dealing with this in the future,” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.

lickystickypickyshe:

For the past 20 years, Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele has had to carry two identification cards.

“The county has never accommodated my name on my driver’s license,” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.

Instead, it drops the 36th letter of her last name and doesn’t print her first or middle name. So she also carries a state ID, which in the past, included her full name.

“The governor’s office went back into the computer department and they found a way to put our name on our state ID,” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.

But when her state ID expired in May, her new ID came back just like her driver’s license. She says it’s created a number of problems from not being able to travel to being questioned by police during a traffic stop.

“He looked at it and he goes, ‘Well, where is your first name?’” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said. “And I said, ‘Don’t blame me. This is your department, this is the county.’”

Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele says she’s been told by the county to take her maiden name or even shorten her last name. But that would mean taking away the one thing she still has from her husband, who passed away.

“And I went, ‘How disrespectful of the Hawaiian people,’” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.

She reached out to TV channel KHON2′s Action Line to find out if anything can be done. KHON2 pressed the Department of Transportation for answers.

“We have been made aware of that issue and I know right now they are working to extend that limit to, I believe, 40 characters so that issue can be resolved,” DOT spokesperson Caroline Sluyter said.

It comes as a relief to Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele.

“I really, really appreciate any attention to this issue because it’s not only for me, it’s also for those who come after me who also are going to be dealing with this in the future,” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said.

(Source: khon2.com)

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john-x-dave-allthehomo:

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drunklibrarian:

ionosphere-negate:

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smellslikegirlriot:

If you are reading this, thank this woman. Her name is Grace Hopper, and she is one of the most under appreciated computer scientists ever. You think Gates and Jobs were cool? THIS WOMAN WORKED ON COMPUTERS WHEN THEY TOOK UP ROOMS. She invented the first compiler, which is a program that translates a computer language like Java or C++ into machine code, called assembly, that can be read by a processor. Every single program you use, every OS and server, was made possible by her first compiler.

Spread the word! (Although I’ll bet there are still some dudebros out there who’ll claim she’s a “fake geek”…)

Favorite fact: She coined the term “debugging” when they had to remove an moth (an actual, living moth) that had gotten trapped in the Mark II computer at Harvard University in 1947. While referring to glitches as bugs existed before, she brought the term into popularity. 

She also got the trend of personal computers going with her suggestion to the DoD to use more smaller units rather than one big one.



She’s amazing.

she is epic

john-x-dave-allthehomo:

sunfell:

drunklibrarian:

ionosphere-negate:

le-claire-de-lune:

crowdog66:

smellslikegirlriot:

If you are reading this, thank this woman. Her name is Grace Hopper, and she is one of the most under appreciated computer scientists ever. You think Gates and Jobs were cool? THIS WOMAN WORKED ON COMPUTERS WHEN THEY TOOK UP ROOMS. She invented the first compiler, which is a program that translates a computer language like Java or C++ into machine code, called assembly, that can be read by a processor. Every single program you use, every OS and server, was made possible by her first compiler.

Spread the word! (Although I’ll bet there are still some dudebros out there who’ll claim she’s a “fake geek”…)

Favorite fact: She coined the term “debugging” when they had to remove an moth (an actual, living moth) that had gotten trapped in the Mark II computer at Harvard University in 1947. While referring to glitches as bugs existed before, she brought the term into popularity. 

She also got the trend of personal computers going with her suggestion to the DoD to use more smaller units rather than one big one.

She’s amazing.

she is epic

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I do not see how Obama can talk his way out of this one. Snowden is not Bradley Manning: he’s not a disturbed disco bunny but a highly articulate network security specialist who has left behind a $200,000 salary and girlfriend in Hawaii for a life on the run. He’s not a sleazy opportunist like Julian Assange, either. As he says: “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”

It will be very difficult for the Obama administration to portray Snowden as a traitor. For a start, I don’t think US public opinion will allow it. …

Suddenly the worse-than-Watergate rhetoric doesn’t seem overblown. And I do wonder: can a president who’s presided over, and possibly encouraged, Chinese-style surveillance of The Land of the Free honestly expect to serve out his full term?
The Telegraph - Edward Snowden has blown the whistle on this presidency. You have to wonder: Will Obama see out his full term? (via brooklynmutt)

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The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time

flipthenews:

I didn’t flip this article, but the author, David Thorpe, basically already wrote it flipped. Read it for such gems as:

“Not only did he break barriers in the realm of male rap, he also showed that you don’t have to be a rail-thin model to make it in the movies.”

and

“His debut album, Illmatic, is still regarded as one of the best rap albums ever recorded by a man.”

also this

“(Somehow, despite all the testosterone in the room, it didn’t even wind up sounding like the score to a dick-flick.)”