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Whoa.   I started watching the show "Ascension" via Netflix.  It started out pretty good and in this latest episode it just got really good.
 http://www.syfy.com/ascension
In 1963, the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world.
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No clue how accurate it is, and no idea how Netflix broke everything up, but it was only a 3 night event originally on SyFy.
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Somebody made this work. Crazy.
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My dad holding my big brother. And apparently my folks used Instagram filters back in the early 70s.
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I'd live somewhere like this just for the humor:  
        "I'm living on the edge."
Modscape's Cliff House concept utilises modular design and prefab technologies to deliver a series of stacked modules that are anchored to the cliff.
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erosion can be a major pain in the butt one day :)
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"US Air Force likes this post"
 
Pro tip: When you are at war, posting selfies from a secret military base is probably not the wisest course of action. It doesn't help when you brag about all of the fantastic command and control capabilities of this new base. And it really doesn't help when you include location tags, so that your post comes complete with latitude and longitude.

Also, the head of the USAF's Air Combat Command is apparently named "Hawk." 
Much has been made about the ability of ISIS to master social media to recruit and broadcast their victories. But the U.S. Air Force is turning the militant
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I'll bet the credit-monitoring companies just love all the new business that gets thrown their way with each of these breaches.
China is believed to be behind the enormous intrusion, according to multiple reports.
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The paranoid in me says:  "I wonder how much $$ filters out of the monitoring companies, back into the guys doing breaches?"

Or, to rephrase:

"Nice credit score you got here.  It'd be a pity if anything bad happened to it..."
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An emoji-based programming language. 
Just what I needed.
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Photos from late Friday night. I didn't hear about this until 10:00 and went over to see it in person. I left there around midnight and there was a still a huge crowd, with people still arriving.
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Beautiful pictures.
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At Nationals Park... with just a little rain
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Viking statue in Alexandria, MN.  I remember this from my childhood. I'm sure I saw it every year.
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"Anything to declare?"
"Moon rocks"
Apparently moon visitors are subject to the same procedures as others who leave the country.
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That's amazing!
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Remember, folks: software can cause death.
A good, scary, sad, and fascinating article about the software behind the unintended acceleration issues that had happened about 10 years ago. (Remember it was blamed on floor mats?) The article is from 2 years ago but it's definitely worth a read, especially for software engineers. 
Last month, Toyota hastily settled an Unintended Acceleration lawsuit – hours after an Oklahoma jury determined that the automaker acted with “reckless disregard,” and delivered a $3 million verdict to the plaintiffs – but before the jury could determine punitive damages.
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    Software Engineer, 2012 - present
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    Software Engineer, 2006 - 2011
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Fabulous exhibits. Check what time they are doing a demonstration of the Difference Engine. It's fascinating! Also, i really enjoyed the IBM 1401 room. This is a super place!
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Everybody loves doughnuts and Krispy Kreme is the best at making them. This Krispy Kreme is always clean and bright. I love hanging out there with friends, sitting on the sofa and chatting while enjoying an original glazed. The employees are typically pleasant. The only downside I've noticed is the espresso machine seems to break down too often.
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Braddock station is well kept. Note that there is very little official parking there but it's usually not hard to find parking in the surrounding neighborhood for a few hours in the evening. On hot summer days just take the first available train (whether yellow or blue) a couple stops closer to DC so you can wait underground where it's cooler while you wait for your desired line.
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This is a great little spot if you like a little variety in your pizza. The Calzone Ring is a circular calzone with a ramekin of red sauce in the center. Delicious and perfectly cooked. They prepare everything fresh so if you're in a hurry don't expect to drop by and get it to go; it's better to call ahead or have them deliver.
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Teaism is one of those friendly, hidden gems that combines a peaceful atmosphere and great food. There is a huge selection of tea flavors. My typical fare is the yakatori chicken and a chai shake (ask for it to be made with chocolate!). Stop in if you need a break after a busy afternoon on the National Mall. There is a lower level with more tables so the place is larger than it first looks.
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The "new" and expanded Ray's location has not lost any of the flavor. The burgers are cooked to perfection and have a good selection of toppings even if you don't want to spice it up (but of course it's better if you do!). If you have a chocolate shake with your lunch be prepared to slip into a delightfully satisfying food coma later in the afternoon.
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