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I loved this book, and I even think it will translate well to a movie.

One problem: While I am actually a fan of Matt Damon as an actor, I have never been a fan of him playing a 'smart guy'. It always comes across as forced. At least the premise of Good Will Hunting is he was a blue collar secret genius -- he just doesn't seem right for the role. 
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It's easier in 1/3 G.
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TL;DR: SF throwbacks upset at alleged conspiracy of people who believe in social justice overwriting grand vision of golden age of rockets stuff ballot box to fix Hugo awards. 

Reality check: Robert Heinlein worked for Upton Sinclair's presidential campaign as an arch-progressive, championed free-love, and even on his worst and most reactionary day was writing about rocket ships and transgender characters in the same book. 

The golden age they wanted never was; and the conspiracy they imagined is only real because they did it themselves. 

I guess it's not #irony  they all know how to goosestep like the golden age of something else. 
The people who stuffed the ballot at this year’s Hugo Awards nominations have made a number of arguments in favor of their actions. We shared some of those with you a while back. But there’s one argument that the Hugo saboteurs keep making which seems especially strong—except they already disproved it.
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The poor conservatives are certain that they are correct and everyone is conspiring against them. So they lie, cheat and steal to get their way. But the opponent that keeps thwarting their efforts to control the future isn't SJWs. The barrier they keep bashing against is the truth. They hate the fact that science and honesty naturally swing liberal.
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It's hard not to enjoy the Trump circus, as it is one Republicans have created for themselves by years of playing to the most xenophobic, anti-woman, and outright racist elements of their party, then trying to pretend that this sort of thing doesn't matter when the actual election comes around. 

This should come as no surprise, since their most sainted leaders played to people's biases and intolerance. This one is worth a read about Reagan:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/10/innocent-mistakes/

Given who Trump is playing to, maybe it's not a surprise he's accusing the Mexican government of sending us rapists, or insinuating a conservative journalist isn't doing her job because she's on her period. 

Anyone else want to take a guess at what Trump will say next to play to the base? 

#reapingthewhirlwind  
Real estate magnate Donald Trump’s lead over the Republican field grew in the several days after his performance at the first GOP presidential debate, according to a new Morning Consult
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Even though I don't like Hillary, as she embodies the corrupt establishment political elite, the leading GOP candidates clearly represent the lunatic fringe.  
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Reading this article about the g+ project at Google, it's hard to read it as anything other that line about out-Facebooking Facebook and not think of this approach as one more typical of large corporations like Microsoft. 

http://mashable.com/2015/08/02/google-plus-history/

As far as I can tell, it might be best to think of g+ as the Bing of social networking, except it has failed more extensively. Maybe the Zune of social networking? 
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Sorry +Alejandro Garcia, but people loved the Newton too. 
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So after way too long, Google is kinda sort of admitting that tying g+ to all of its other services was a mistake -- basically attaching a marginal Facebook-esque parasite onto some of the most hugely successful services on the planet.

It turns out, whatever it is that makes a social network take off, the world's best webmail, video sharing, and a decent photo sharing service aren't it -- but doing that can result in behaviors that are likely to result in user pain and incredible feats of rationalization on the part of management to justify these decisions.

Now that it's done, it's time to think about how there is a need for social features in most of the tools I've mentioned above; but blindly shoehorning them the g+ user identity silo (which always felt like a slightly modern take on initiatives like Microsoft passport) clearly were not it. 

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But anyway, as long as our favorite corporate institutions is kinda sorta admitting it was wrong, can we have the old Google Maps feature set back? :) 
Google is officially divorcing Google+ profiles from its other, more popular services. Today the company published a blog post announcing that over the next few months, "a Google Account will be...
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I'm not on Facebook for a reason. It sucks. Twitter is just not that useful. Ingress started me on G+, but it's much more usable than the alternatives out there right now.
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The MPAA isn't just anti-consumer, it's pro-corruption. 

Heck of a job, guys!
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+Christopher C. When I said a few years ago, I mean around 2003. Yeah, nothing has truly changed. Half the cast has changed, but other than some new names, it's still the same old play.
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Reminds me of the great American challenge
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Good, bad, or ugly, Tarantino is somebody who loves movies with every atom of his being. Great interview. 
Midway through postproduction on his eighth movie, the Western <i>The Hateful Eight</i>, the director discusses writing scripts by hand, &lsquo;90s nostalgia, and becoming &mdash; relatively &mdash; mellow with time.
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+James Cariello its not a complaint so much as a comment back to QT from the interview where he is basically saying his influence on modern film making is undeniable. Great, as it should be but a tad hubris without saying ..."as others have influenced cinema...". Which he may have said and wasn't included (thanks editing!). I'll keep my running commentary in my head next time. It doesn't always translate on the internet
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You know, I surprised someone the other day by suggesting that one day the massive boondoggle of our border "control" with Mexico would one day be viewed like the way we view the Berlin Wall today.

Nice to see which side of history our politicians are on. 
The Republican maintains his rightward push on immigration at the Iowa state fair on Monday.
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Okay, that addresses 30% or so of the total. What are you going to do about the rest from Europe, Asia, Africa, and even some Canadians (beyond comprehension that). I'm for immigration, too much of the US economy will fall off a cliff, otherwise including all those federal programs collecting funds against fake SSN's. Soc Security knows exactly where every one of those people are but forbidden by Congress from sharing with ICE/CBP. Hypocrisy much. Get a solid worker program going,including workers already here, police all illegal immigration especially my fellow "Whites" then build a wall ALL the way around my US. MY ancestors came to North America as indentured servants. I get working one's way to citizenship. [They were all veterans as well, in case that matters.] 
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Hi all, agent d0gboy here. Interests include megafarms, megafields, and meglomania?
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More of a Soundwave fan, sorry. 
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I totally missed this story: 

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tahoe-man-suspected-of-bizarre-Vallejo-kidnapping-6381920.php

And now +Cory Altheide was helpful enough to point out this nutso set of details from the actual suspect: 

See pages 19-38:
www1.icsi.berkeley.edu/~nweaver/vallejo.pdf

As Cory mentioned in his OP, the whole thing reads like a present day Shadowrun, and bears an uncanny resemblance to a "Someone is Wrong on the Internet" post directed at investigators.

The guy clearly has some sort of disorder, but also is probably a good case for what disturbed bad-guy nerds can do. 

#shadowruns  
VALLEJO — Police called it a hoax, while the victims said it was a traumatic ordeal — and on Monday, federal agents said the bizarre springtime kidnapping-for-ransom of Denise Huskins was indeed for real. Harvard Law School graduate and embattled attorney Matthew Muller, 38, of Sacramento County is suspected of the home invasion, kidnapping and sexual attack on the 29-year-old Vallejo woman, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Mon...
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Perhaps he did have regrets, but his motivation in writing the letter may have to present false motivation in order to obtain lighter sentencing in case if he was later caught.  

The details of the "team" and their backgrounds might be misdirections, the emphasis on use of fake guns may not be true (I doubt it given the planning carried out and risk in doing so to himself), nor the attempt to present sexual assault as an act.  He seems to be suspected of earlier crimes committed 2 years before he made it to the bar, and his comparison with oceans 11 makes me think he is a fantasist rather than a desperate man who in normal circumstances wouldn't do this kind of thing.  

Through legal training he will have some idea what factors are taken into account for sentencing: is expression of remorse one of them?  If he really felt bad about it, I doubt he would have carried out the later attack in which he was caught.
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#adamawasright  

Also, it seems insane to stop the transmission on the road, but hard to tell if that was overhyping by Wired reporter or not. 
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