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I was searching for stylus pens on the web, when - suddenly - I remembered basic physics & my McGruber brain connected the electro-magnetic dots all by itself:

cheapest #Android tablet stylus pen? Hold a AAA battery btw your fingers (just hold it like a pen. Any side will do. +/-)

You're welcome, Internet (of things).
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cracks in the floor...

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#TS2016 - less ugly with #ReShade
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Watching the new documentary from +Double Fine Productions about Psychonauts. The one (and only thing) I have in common with Tim Schafer is ... notebooks. Writing, doodling, sketches ... from an early age.

Being able to communicate ideas, to yourself and to others - (hand) drawing and (hand) writing are two skills every child should learn. It does marvelous things to your brain, I am certain.

https://picasaweb.google.com/115000366679585050958/SketchesNotesDrawingsQuotesAround20062007

https://picasaweb.google.com/115000366679585050958/NotebookDrawingsMoreDetails

#Psychonauts #Education #Neurology #Art
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Travis, the mythical creature...

...another bizarre moment, in yet another odd Pentagon Press Conference.

A soldier turned officer turned spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force: Operation Inherent Resolve - not Inherent Vice. I keep watching these Pentagon Press Conferences with U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Steven Warren, who - as media trained as he may be - still sounds like an Army man.

Like a soldier and most significantly not like a politician. Yet his task is to convince the American people that the fight against #Daesh aka #ISIL aka #ISIS is 'successful'.

He uses sports metaphors to explain 'progress'. He uses military, Army 'speak' which makes him sound like someone from a parallel universe, in which he - and all active soldiers - probably live in.

They see the war first hand which we don't see. Not even in the news, unless some drone footage is declassified and shows yet another 'surgical strike', showing no dead people at all. That's what they want to show us. A war without casualties.

The Obama invisible (non-red) line...

The real mess on the ground, in this theater is just reflecting the political mess. But unlike the latter, the former is far away from the Homeland. And the Pentagon Briefings are trying to keep it that way.

But every time some media outlet or some politician in Washington is saying "the strategy isn't working" or "why are we not winning?", officers like Lt. Col. Warren must cringe, knowing they will get immediate phone calls from some General, to prepare another news conference, come up with yet another Powerpoint presentation of "5 ways we win the war" etc, etc, and restate how the Coalition is 'winning' in their "fight against ISIS", despite what others see or report.

#JSOC #Syria #Iraq #Pentagon #WhiteHouse #Daesh
Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren briefs reporters at the Pentagon via satellite about targeted airstrikes on Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) militants in Iraq and Syria.
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btw, GoogleTechTalks dropped a datadump on YouTube yesterday. Seems all to be about "Testing Testing Testing!"

To quote Aperture Science, Inc: "Always be testing!"

#code #testing #automation #robots #gtac2015
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Soest, to be precise) in the 1970 concert captured on video above. This footage captures with unexpected clarity the avant-gardism of both Kraftwerk's performative sensibility and technological setup as well as the reaction of the crowd, on the whole more pleased than bewildered.
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The Pentagon's marketing based military wordsmithing praseology for killing people is Orwellian, indeed.

#Afghanistan #Pentagon #Semantics #linguistics
Spokesman Peter Cook briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of military-related topics, including an update on the death of one special operations serviceman in a…
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... the best song of the year at the very end of the year. Adam Butler (Arcade Fire) stops you from breathing.
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City on a Hill by Will Butler
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Using ReShade.me to throw some post-processing effects unto System Shock 2.

As usual, I always recommend to people to turn the in-game brightness all the way down. It enhances the visual effect dramatically - as it was meant to be.

https://goo.gl/photos/1JBGjM4DptxGyEqB8

#SystemShock2 #ReShade
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"Secretary Kerry was pleased about the consensus that was reached at the end of the Syrian talks" ... except, there was no consensus.

And major fighting forces didn't even go there, to Saudi Arabia -which btw burned around $100 billion into this Syrian civil war - supporting Jihadist groups against Assad, just like Turkey, never mind. Use your own imagination, when you hear ISIS...

There are Jihadist groups which were not "invited" or did not go to Riyadh, like Jabhat al-Nusra (at least 10.000 fighters). One that went - Ahrar ash-Sham - walked out and didn't agree.

What good is a 'consensus' if one third of the fighting force in the Iraqi/Syrian theater wasn't there? Not much.

If the perception of your reality is flawed your policy and politics are flawed. Poor State Department Spokesman John Kirby has to invent miracle language to justify the views nobody really has.

#Riyadh #Syria #SaudiArabia #Turkey #Daesh #ForeignPolicy #Diplomacy
Spokesman John Kirby briefs reporters and responds to their questions on a variety of international topics, including the future of fiance visas following the San Bernardino shooting.
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1 minute and 49 seconds of common sense during yesterday's White House Daily Press Briefing, while the silly season is still in full throttle.

I really want to believe that the 'silent majority' - those, not appearing in the media or at Trump rallies - are just to busy working, to pay attention to this utter nonsense, the way political junkies like me pay attention to.

#Democracy #Election2016
Spokesman Josh Earnest criticizes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. , saying, 'What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving…
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Retired. Increasing amount of comments on U.S. Politics, Diplomacy and Military. ... also completely random posts. I just point at things, I find interesting...
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