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2014.04.22

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Man, it feels like Chrome's spelling check suggester used to be better. Not being able to suggest "anonimized" go to "anonymized" is kind of sad, and I'm tired of copy-pasting the misspelling into Google to get the right version. (PS I hate spelling. Being a phonetic thinker makes proper spelling so difficult sometimes... I think I will never get "seperate" right on the first try.)

2014.04.21

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Man, I have never seen so many people wrestling with the (admittedly, not intuitive) MBTA card/ticket system at one time as this morning at Alewife...
"I feel like every selfie is basically asking: 'Do I look sexy when I'm lonely?'"
--http://twitter.com/Zachanner
"So the first thing you wanna do is get out of your wheelchair and into your walker. Now if you don't have a walker, it probably means you can actually walk - so you're already ahead of the game!"
--Zach Anner, a comedian with cerebral palsy -- I liked his autotuned workout video

2014.04.20

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Admittedly I sent in the link myself, but it was nice to see "So, you're going to die" getting a nice write up http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/04/19/an-atheists-guide-to-mortality/

Now... how to catch Boingboing's eye...
"THE NEW 10 COMMANDMENTS 1 Laugh. 2 Read. 3 Say please. 4 Floss. 5 Doubt. 6 Exercise. 7 Learn. 8 Don't hate. 9 Cut the bullshit. 10 Chill."
--http://twitter.com/God

2014.04.19

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I tend to be an "angsty" programmer... I get up and walk around and think a lot, and absent-mindedly, or semi-compulsively, drink whatever beverage is at hand. For this reason it occurs to me that having cans of lite beer at said hand might not be such a great idea for continued programming.

2014.04.18

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"'Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release. Clearly this is the control panel for an army of the undead.'"
--http://twitter.com/squidlarkin

2014.04.17

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Ooh, Uhura!

2014.04.16

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Aerial view of Manhattan in 1944:

via
Haha, I remember having my dad (or actually, the janitor who worked for the church my parents were assigning) "helping" with my pinewood derby car (aka doing everything)... nice to hear there's some science behind it!

"I wanted to smile like an adult-- understated and careful, like I knew what was going on and had decided to smile anyway."
--Victoria Loustalot in "This is How You Say Goodbye", her memoir about her gay father who died of AIDS.

death and taxes -- help on one of those
2014.04.15
April 15 "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes" Today we are releasing an online comic to help you deal with one of those: http://SoYoureGoingToDie.com , "the Skeptical Nerd's Comic Guide to Coping with Your Own Mortality".

It's beautifully illustrated by UK artist James Harvey, and has 8 small chapters, each one presenting a different way of coping with the fact that some day, for each of us, This Ends. Everyone has to make their own peace with that, but over the years I've had people write to me that the ideas here, now newly illustrated, are legitimately comforting.

We're trying to generate attention for this work, both because we know seeing it in its current web format can be useful to people who don't feel certain of a hereafter and because we'd like to pursue some print publishing options, so please share and pass around the link as you see fit.

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I just found out the old Exidy arcade game "Car Polo" exists. This is exactly the game I would have wanted to have made in that era.
Car Polo:

"Canada is just, like, the B-side."
--J.M. (Who is thinking about moving back...)

2014.04.14

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"Mama, just for a moment we're happy. Let's really look at one another!...I can't. I can't go on.It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. I didn't realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed. Take me back -- up the hill -- to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-bye, Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover's Corners....Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking....and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths....and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth,you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every,every minute?"

"No... ...The saints and poets, maybe they do some."

"I'm ready to go back."

--Emily and Stage Manager, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town". There's a strong parallel with the ending of "American Beauty"

"More often than we think, it is better to be kind than to be right."
--Jonathan Kaufmann

2014.04.13

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Dropping off a friend in Montpellier, VT-- by kismet a production of "Our Town", a play I've been meaning to see, is being put on by the local Lost Nation Theater company, so I'll get home a little later but culturally richer.

2014.04.12

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Interesting article from Cracked, 4 Benefits of Your Job That Are More Important Than Money. I know some of the appeal is "I Want To Believe", but I think there might be more to it than that.

2014.04.11

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I admit I kind of want a phone that looks like this:

And a UI that moves like this:

indirectly via Mininally Minimal

wheeeeeeeeee
2014.04.10

2014.04.09

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march 1 second everyday (late, because of technical glitches)

GET OFFA MY LAWN YOU TRIPLES EQUALS USIN' JAVASCRIPT HIPSTERS!!! Ahem.