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>> Like everything else, words have their whys and wherefores. Some call to us solemnly, arrogantly, giving themselves airs, as if they were destined for great things, and then it turns out that they were nothing more than a breeze too light even to set the sail of a windmill moving, whereas other ordinary, habitual words, the sort you use every day, end up having consequences no one would have dared predict, they weren't born for that and yet they shook the world.

José Saramago, Cain. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. 2011.
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My currently reading list occasionally stagnates for a bit, at which point I usually shake it up. I am still reading Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard, War and Peace, Devils by Dostoevsky, and 2666 by Roberto Bolaño (though it's paused for the moment). 

The shakeup was the sneaking in of The Handmaid's Tale, which was as fantastic as I suspected it would be. I gave it five stars. I also picked up José Saramago's final novel, Cain, which is quite short and looks like a good accompaniment to Kierkegaard. While I was at the library, I decided to pick up a couple of short story collections. The first is by Neil Gaiman, whose work I have previously been unable to really get into. The book is called Trigger Warning. In tone and scope, I see a kinship with The Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. The second is by an author whose work I have appreciated in the past, Garth Nix. The book (more properly a novella and some related short stories) is called To Hold the Bridge.

Undoubtedly there will be more. I need a good dose of science fiction, so I've put in library requests for a mix of old and new works. The new: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson and The Rhesus Chart by Charlie Stross. The old: Dune by Frank Herbert simply because I never actually read all of it, and Hyperion by Dan Simmons by virtue of its forthcoming TV screen adaptation by SyFy (though it will be a re-read after more than 20 years*).

*side note: Hyperion was certainly not appropriate reading for my 14 year old self. My parents put so much effort into keeping me away from Stephen King that this kind of thing slipped under the radar. I look forward to perhaps being mature enough to handle it this time. 
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This is a pretty cool build.
You have a ton of options for accessing your computer’s music library from your stereo, but most require a bit of technical know-how to actually use. You can build a jukebox with a Raspberry Pi, a tiny micro-computer, that anyone can use, even if they don’t know what a Raspberry Pi is.
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To read. Anyone else read these?
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I haven't, but have heard good things.
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I just thought I would mark today with a post I made four years ago, welcoming everyone on board just a few minutes after we flipped the switch and launched Google+. 

Over the course of the week that followed, I decided to try something a bit crazy and not really "traditional Google:" I spent lots of time running around the service, talking to everyone I encountered, and welcoming them aboard. What I found was that there were tremendous numbers of people out there who wanted to talk: not just about the service, but about all the things they cared about in their lives, from their pets to geopolitics. And the results changed my life.

It's been an amazing four years here: I've seen the project grow from a crazy idea to a giant, thriving community, spread around the world.  I've had so many conversations on so many subjects, and learned so much in the process, that I can't even count. I've learned to write much more effectively, and what it is to have a real conversation about incredibly sensitive subjects where people nonetheless treat each other with respect and seriousness. I've made an amazing group of friends here, people I love and trust and talk to every day. And I even met the love of my life, my brilliant and beloved wife, through the service.

So looking back on four years of what we've built here, I can say: this is going really well. I'm exceptionally glad to have met all of you, and to have had some part in building this community we share, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next four years take us!
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Giving men "a beauty line they can relate to."
Carlsberg is now selling male grooming products made from their beer
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lovingly rendered pictures of cocks. the wilds should try combing its hair.
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Jezebel:

One woman who’s testified in favor of the bill—who also asked not to be named, for fear of drawing more troll attention—said that photos of her, her husband and her baby have been tweeted by anti-vaxxers. The day after she spoke in favor of the bill at a public hearing, she saw groups on Facebook speculating that she was affiliated with Merck, the drug company.

“I went home and they’d started posting all my stuff to their Facebook group,” she says. “Things like, ‘She’s an investor paid by Merck. I’ve never met anybody from Merck in my entire life.’”

In an email sent to Jezebel in May, the same woman said the group also speculated about whether someone needed to call Child Protective Services on her.

“Today the anti-vaxxers were discussing calling CPS on me because they think I have ‘mental health problems,’’ she wrote. “They think if they file a case report someone will come to my house and discover that my son is in danger, and then I will leave them alone. They have no fucking boundaries.”

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In the end, Hagood says, “there are legitimately parents who have concerns” about vaccines. That’s one of the reasons she co-authored Your Baby’s Best Shot, “to address those concerns in a gentle way. But there are more irrational beliefs, she says, that just don’t seem to budge: “You have people who believe vaccines contain RFID chips, or people who believe jet contrails in the sky are chemtrails that are really aerosole vaccinations.”

That’s the type of delusional thinking that should get more attention, Hagood adds. “This is what most people are unaware of about the anti-vaccination movement. It’s those kind of dangerous and irrational beliefs that we try to bring to light, in a way that shows what’s under the public claims.”

At its heart, the anti-vaccination movement claims to be about freedom, safety, and health, especially the health of children. But in fight around SB 277, the reality has revealed itself to be much more about paranoia, aggression, and harassment. The cloud of terror that anti-vaccination activists live in is almost unimaginable, the suspicion they feel towards their neighbors, their towns, their government. But because that fear is self-created and self-sustaining, there’s simply no way to dispel it, and the endless echo chamber of the Internet to keep it fed and growing.

http://jezebel.com/meet-the-new-dangerous-fringe-of-the-anti-vaccination-1713438567
The 11-year-old girl’s mother saw the Facebook message first. It came from a profile that looked like it belonged to the girl’s beloved aunt, but the words didn’t sound like her.
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Forgot to share yesterday. A nice Bolaño poem.
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En aquel tiempo yo tenía veinte años y estaba loco. Había perdido un país pero había ganado un sueño. Y si tenía ese sueño lo demás no importaba. Ni trabajar ni rezar ni estudiar en la madrugada junto a los perros románticos...
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DRONES may one day transform the way parcels are delivered, crops monitored and suspects apprehended. Those who talk up these possibilities, though, often neglect to...
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Facilis descensus Averno; Noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis; Sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, hic labor est.
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I am a husband, father, technologist, humanist, skeptic, gamer, thinker, and dreamer. 

Hablo español.

Insert all applicable obligatory disclaimers here.

Circle me if you like any of the following, because I post about them regularly:
  • Odd and off the wall stuff
  • Technology
  • Philosophy
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Making and DIY
  • Literature and poetry
  • Roleplaying games
  • Random musings and thought experiments
  • Language learning stuff, especially English <--> Spanish
  • Photography
  • Cooking, especially vegetarian and vegan
  • New York City
  • Social Justice, especially feminism
This is not a comprehensive list.

If you expect me to circle you back:
  • Have some public posts
  • Preferably posts that interest me in some way
  • Hint: it helps if they aren't all links to the same page/blog/subject; I like well-roundedness
  • Interact with me in a meaningful way
  • It also probably helps if you have any idea what my tagline comes from.  Just sayin'.
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Aspiring autoanthropodermic bibliopegist and resident curmudgeon.
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Saying 'nay', shaking my fist, and telling people to vacate my lawn in multiple languages.
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Washington, DC - Amarilo, TX - Austin, TX - Enid, OK - Kaiserslautern, Germany - El Paso, TX
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A course on introduction on astronomy from Michigan tech.

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The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah has to do with Sodom who masturbated in the forest, therefore, wasting his semen and not being able to impregn

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Yamel Cakes
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Where to start? Signs all over the place prohibiting potential customers from touching any of the merchandise? Check. Overreaction to the presence of children in the store (who were well behaved at the time)? Check. More signs prohibiting customers from smelling any of the fragrant items? Check. Finally asked to leave because the children *might* touch something? Check. This is probably the rudest place I've ever seen, and it's a wonder the place manages to stay in business. In the response the owner will surely leave below, she will explain that the signs are intended to keep people from handling merchandise carelessly, and that somehow smelling fragrant items may make them unsellable. She may even concoct some story about my kids being unruly (which will be a lie). So while every story has two sides, you should keep in mind these statements before buying the owner's version. Consumers have choices, and while I could have been a customer, the owner's attitude as evidenced by the signs and the rude treatment mean I will never consider being a customer there in the future. In fact, if I ever set foot in the store again, it will be to take pictures of these ridiculous signs to share here or on Yelp. Verdict: Avoid this place. Your dollars are better spent somewhere else. The internet, perhaps.
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Public - 4 years ago
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