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Excitement is over- no more visible flames. Looks like I may have to worry about water damage more than smoke damage.
 
Definitely not a happy awakening--that window on the far left was us.
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Well you could come to arkansas?
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Today the internet's namespace expanded.

I'm not sure if I'm upset that it was in languages I can't read or not;  I don't ever expect to visit these parts of the internet, but I can see the value of them to other people.
Los Angeles, California… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( ICANN ) today announced that the first new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) from its New gTLD Program were delegated. This means they were introduced into the Internet's Root Zone, the central authoritative ...
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Well, sadly Congress couldn't see their way to authorizing any further debt, so the entire operation had to be closed up. Welcome to the United Somalia of America! On the plus side, it means we can stop all our foreign military adventurism, and the covert NSA takeover of the internet. Nonetheless, the inevitable riots, small-scale warfare, and social chaos will be lethal, and even I would have preferred a more orderly transition to a post-government society.

Wait, the shutdown is limited to NASA, new Social Security applications, and the national parks? You mean this isn't a nightmare scenario of total anarchy and chaos, but just some massive-scale political grandstanding?  Shit, here I thought something interesting had finally happened in Washington!
More than a third of federal workers were told to stay home for the government shut down -- but even if you're not one of those facing a furlough, your daily life could be affected in ways you might not expect.
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"Behind the Myths Tour": a wonderful evening revue by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, presenting what they've learned and enjoyed about doing their popular Discovery channel show. The evening was marred by just one flaw... BTW, does anybody know how to turn precognition OFF?
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Sedition is defined as "any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting discontent or rebellion against a government."

But is it still legally defined as sedition when the promoter of these views is themselves a highly placed government official? Such as, say, the mayor?
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So, does this mean that we end up getting more Gungans and Ewoks, or less?
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As soon as I saw this, I immediately checked to see if April Fool's Day had snuck up on me unawares.  Then I read this:

"The announcement notes that Star Wars Episode 7 is scheduled for release in 2015, with more films expected to follow."

And I realized it wasn't a joke...just an early Halloween nightmare.  Literal sellout.
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Definitely not a happy awakening--that window on the far left was us.
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In the abstract, I find this theory of the poor performance of the Affordable Care Act exchanges (a.k.a. "Obamacare") fascinating.

Government systems have always been expensive. Remember jokes about the Army's $500 hammers, or boggling as /yet another/ traffic project went over budget? Well, this time the sticker shock isn't locked behind the opacity of taxes, so having to hide it somehow does make some sense.

However this is a conspiracy theory, and about as plausible as any other. After all, we are talking about the same government that has had such problems with leakers lately. If this theory held any water, I think we would have heard about it from some insider by now.
A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible fo...
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I'm sure all of my friends are already geeky enough to know this -- even if they don't have the same holidays penciled in on their calendars. 

But September has only one really well known geeky day! That's right, today once again is the day when geeks around the world try to talk about 3 1/7th times as fast as usual.

Talk like a pi-rate day.
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And go to Krispy Kreme for a free donut (for talking like a pirate)
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Good news: In order to restore public trust in our politicians, President Obama has created an independent review commission over domestic surveillance techniques.

Bad news: The commission will report to James Clapper, head of the NSA.

Man, I'm clearly in the wrong line of work. I need to find a job where I'm able to perform my own job performance reviews!
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Gee...that's kind of like the bureaucrat in charge of politically targeting the administration's enemies via the IRS getting a promotion to oversee IRS implementation of Obamacare after the scandal went public.  Oh wait; that happened too.  Damn I hate our government.
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Students in Texas have successfully fired a 3D printed gun (well, at least the part that makes it legally a gun was printed). Depending on your stance regarding gun control, this is either the coolest or scariest line in the entire article:

"There are no restrictions on an individual manufacturing a firearm for personal use," a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) spokesperson told Ars. "However, if the individual is engaged in business as a firearms manufacturer, that person must obtain a manufacturing license."

As of right now, the idea of "gun control" -- preventing certain members of society from possessing weapons -- has been (pardon the pun) shot dead.
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OMG. Watching this makes me so furious, I can't think straight. Yes, I am fully this could have been manufactured, but the source videos would require extensive [read:  professional level] efforts to do so. 

THIS is the reason I have always voted third party in elections. For once, here is evidence to show the US really only has one, "Republocrat", party with Team Red and Team Blue wings.Abortion and ending the drug war are artificial controversies to keep us from noticing that on domestic and fiscal policy, both groups have passed identical laws, and both groups are willing to subvert the public good and political process.

At this point, I have NO faith in reforming either party from within. The only way to vote against this sort of activity now is to vote third party.
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Old stuff but with each passing day we should remember this. I watched both conventions and this is exactly as it went down.

The average citizen has no voice in either party and we are being played as fools.
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