Urban development in Cupertino and SB 35

The organization gained another significant victory last month when Chao won a City Council seat. A second candidate backed by Better Cupertino also appears to have secured a seat by a narrow margin, pending a recount. If the results hold, the two new members would turn the council into a 4-1 majority against the Sand Hill development.Better Cupertino wants the new council to do everything it can to stop the project from happening, including investigating claims of a former city attorney who alleges that he was dismissed from his job because he didn’t believe Sand Hill’s project qualified under state law.Meanwhile, Moulds says Sand Hill has withdrawn its support for the council-approved version of the project because of the referendum. He said Sand Hill is going ahead with the proposal allowed under state law, even though the council now has turned against it.

Source: New law could break the stalemate over housing on the site of a near-vacant Cupertino mall – Los Angeles Times

HT: Roshan!

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My wife is good with faces, but I am pretty darn good with melodies

Leslie can see a face on television and within seconds recall (even ten years later) another show the person was on. But today I was working and listening to classical mix, and Ludovico Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche comes on, and I had never heard it, and a subconscious part of my brain starts saying, “there are lyrics to this song,” and then I remember some lyrics, and took one minute to find Passenger’s Let Her Go. Seems like on the whole Internet only one other person thought this was worth mentioning. Oh well. As the person noted, probably someone owns the rights and is selectively churning it across genres. Also sounds awfully like Yiruma, (이루마) – River Flows in You.

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Fulani arrested in Ghana over Burkina Faso ties?

The National Security led a joint security operatives to raid the community Wednesday dawn and arrested the 20 herdsmen after conducting house to house search reportedly for weapons.They were all flown in a helicopter back to the national capital, Accra, and are still behind by the security.The incident has caused widespread panic and fear among the Fulani community residents and many men continue to move out, Starr News found.  Kasapa News spoke to the community leader, Afa Abukari who said those arrested were accused of committing serious crimes and already wanted suspects in neighbouring Burkina Faso, where armed militants linked to terrorist group, al- Qaeda, have been carrying sporadic attacks on public buildings and military installations.  He said soldiers and policemen came to the community with trucks, a helicopter and ordered them to stand outside and searched their rooms holding guns and weapon detectors.  The community leader confirmed that all the suspects, including the sheik, Siidi Dukere, arrived in the community two months ago and approached him to accommodate them. He explained that though he has no direct relationship with the Sheikh and had not met him, he accepted to accommodate his entourage because they his tribesmen.

Source: National Security picks up top sheikh over terrorism suspicions | General News 2018-12-02

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Recent reading: The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

I got this for daughter but ended up reading almost all of it before her… 1162 pages of sci-fi.  I was frankly surprised at how bad a lot (most of which I had not read) of the stories were: poor prose, hackneyed themes. I guess if you were 15 in the era before computers, everything seemed new and possible, and the stories were thrilling to me back in 1977. So anyway, my six favorites (excluding Ted Chiang and Robert Reed and Ursula Le Guin who were going to win anyway….) from among the writers I had not previously read):

Baby Doll by Johanna Sinisalo: I got the idea right away, but this is a brave depiction of a near future world gone completely awry with hyper-sexualization of young girls. Farfetched? Just watch youtube.

The Slynx, by Tatyana Tolstaya: I was itching for more. Reminded me of Le Guin. The style is mix of fairly tale and anthropology, where futures are in many ways like the past, for us humans, we might well end up less informed and less smart in the dystopia to come as we collectively forget science (natural and social).

The Universe of Things by Gwyneth Jones: Quiet story about a small encounter. What would we think when alien life mixes and becomes ordinary. Better than Craphound I thought, which deals with same theme.

Crying in the Rain, by Tanith Lee: Good dystopia.

Bloodchild, by Octavia Butler: This was awesome. Thrillingly careful prose in my humble opinion.

Blood Music, by Greg Bear: This one more for the idea than the prose.

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Production de livres du centre multimédia de Houndé au Burkina Faso

FAVL se veut l’un des acteurs majeurs dans la promotion de la lecture au Burkina. L’une des stratégies de l’association est de produire des livres et de les mettre à disposition des lecteurs des 34 bibliothèques de son réseau. Les récits sont recueillis auprès de talents locaux, illustrés et enfin édités par notre centre multimédia. Ces livres visent un public majoritairement composé d’enfants du primaire, suscitant ainsi chez eux le goût et la passion de la lecture.

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Séance de discussion autour d’une bande dessinée Kouka, au Burkina Faso

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Ce matin (27 novembre), le temps d’un délestage, le staff de FAVL a mené une petite discussion autour de la BD Kouka N°13 intitulée La malle du père de Bila. Cette bande dessinée est l’œuvre du RENLAC (Réseau national de lutte anti-corruption) qui met à nu les travers d’une société minée par ce fléau qui se comporte comme une gangrène. Kouka le personnage principal, modèle de vertu a fasciné les membres de la discussion. Mais une question se pose : combien sommes-nous aujourd’hui à pouvoir opposer un non catégorique ou encore à dénoncer toute tentative de corruption ?

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Great tour of the international space station from 2016

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