→ ‘I got married at 23. What are the rest of you waiting for?‘ by Julie Shaw, for Slate
I’m a married millennial. I walked down the aisle at 23. My husband, David, was 25. We hadn’t arrived. I had a job; he, a job offer and a year left in law school. But we couldn’t buy a house or even replace the car when it died a few months into our marriage. We lived in a small basement apartment, furnished with secondhand Ikea. We did not have Internet (checking email required a trip to the local coffee shop) or reliable heat.
Marriage wasn’t something we did after we’d grown up—it was how we have grown up and grown together. We’ve endured the hardships of typical millennials: job searches, job losses, family deaths, family conflict, financial fears, and career concerns. The stability, companionship, and intimacy of marriage enabled us to overcome our challenges and develop as individuals and a couple. We learned how to be strong for one another, to comfort, to counsel, and to share our joys and not just our problems.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get that this is one of those “subjective” positions. To each his or her own, I guess. That said, I married my wife at 22—she turned 21 three days before we tied the knot—and my experience has been very similar to that of Mrs. Shaw. For the first year or so we barely scraped by as I made about $800 a month, and we fought over stupid things like whether or not to keep the Kuerig coffee maker we got as a wedding gift. But damn it’s been fun to make it up as we go. I wouldn’t trade my wife for anything, or anybody.
→ ‘Linguistics Identifies Anonymous Users,’ via disinformation
Up to 80 percent of certain anonymous underground forum users can be identified using linguistics, researchers say.The techniques compare user posts to track them across forums and could even unveil authors of thesis papers or blogs who had taken to underground networks. “If our dataset contains 100 users we can at least identify 80 of them,” researcher Sadia Afroz told an audience at the 29C3 Chaos Communication Congress in Germany.”Function words are very specific to the writer. Even if you are writing a thesis, you’ll probably use the same function words in chat messages.”Even if your text is not clean, your writing style can give you away.” The analysis techniques could also reveal botnet owners, malware tool authors and provide insight into the size and scope of underground markets, making the research appealing to law enforcement.
This is great news. I’m coming for you, ‘glitterkitty42′.
→ ‘City makes gun ownership mandatory,’ via WXIA-TV
The Nelson City Council voted 5-0 Monday night to require every household to have a gun and ammunition, unless the residents of the household opt out.
City council members in Nelson voted on the Family Protection Ordinance at their meeting Monday evening.
A gun ownership mandate? To quote conservative columnist David Frum on Twitter this morning, ‘”Good thing it’s not health insurance. That [would] be tyranny.”
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