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Wrote something new today and was so surprised to be back in the rhythm of it that I wrote what had happened through the process. Here's how it works for me. 
It began in a dream that I mostly remember. Lying in bed, trying to postpone Monday by wishing, I pieced together some of it: A rented house, someone with me. We’ve re-painted a room and are about to tear down a ceiling. Wait...
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I cannot express how foolish I think this article is. So Pebble went back to Kickstarter and it's like a store. So what? Good for Pebble. Good for Kickstarter. Good for backers. Who loses? This person wants us to believe that it's unfair to Sony, Samsung, and other mega corporations. If it works for Pebble and Kickstarter, I'm all for it and who gives a damn? Sheesh. 
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How anyone outside of Comcast's board room is against Net Neutrality baffles me.

NYTimes: As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected to Enforce Net Neutrality
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The Republican resistance in Congress surrendered to President Obama’s call to protect an open Internet, with rules likely to be approved by regulators on Thursday.
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If the Republicans were not so reliably bought and paid for by corporations I would give their claims some credence.  But their history makes me immediately distrust anything they say.  I wish it weren't that way.
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Prior to beginning, I set things right. Then I go forward. Routine. Simple things. This is how I carry on. 
Prior to typing these first words I typed my name, a space, a hyphen, another space, and the date. I added the title though I had only a vague idea what this piece might be. I clicked Insert, Page number, Bottom of page, then...
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I love this stuff. I am not an audiophile though I would like to become one. Instead, I'm a father and a person who can't afford the equipment he dreamed of as a younger man. I respect those who invest in this stuff because they also invest in the time to sit and listen carefully to things that, all too often, I let pass by while I do something else. 

Oh, and when the hell is +Slate going to add a Share to G+ button? Sheesh. 
Thirty years ago, I visited a newly opened “high-end audio” store called Excalibur, on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., with the idea of writing a scathing exposé. Back then I read Stereo Review, which insisted that pretty much all audio components sounded alike. (If they measured the same on a...
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I want to do what I can to help +Phillip Morris International get the word out about their new mascot Jeff the diseased lung. Those cigarette companies need all the help we can give them. 
 
Just Doing My Part To Help With The Tobacco Industry

I watched John Oliver's show on Big Tobacco on Last Week Tonight and am posting this nice photo of Jeff the Diseased Lung in a Cowboy Hat to help out. For those of you interested in watching, here's the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UsHHOCH4q8

Enjoy!

#jeffwecan  #Marlboro
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Color me not at all surprised.

I'll be curious what is left of +Google+ after I/O. My bet is that it will continue, but that it will not be promoted heavily. Or, on the sunnier side, +Google will reinvent it and come up with something dynamic that they see fit to invest in. From the sounds of the team being reduced by half, I think it's the first case. Nothing much has happened with G+ since +Vic Gundotra left and I think it's clear why he went on his way now. 
TechCrunch: ...confirmed with Google, that David Besbris [above] has left his role as the head of the company’s social and identity product. He has been replaced by Bradley Horowitz, a longtime VP ...
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Dawn Revisited
by Rita Dove

Imagine you wake up
with a second chance: The blue jay
hawks his pretty wares
and the oak still stands, spreading
glorious shade. If you don’t look back,

the future never happens.
How good to rise in sunlight,
in the prodigal smell of biscuits -
eggs and sausage on the grill.
The whole sky is yours

to write on, blown open
to a blank page. Come on,
shake a leg! You’ll never know
who’s down there, frying those eggs,
if you don’t get up and see.
A poem each day, plus literary and historical notes from this day in history
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I've heard tell of people struck by lightning who transform their lives. Or maybe I'm making that up. Either way, it sounds good to me. 
I’m not sure if I’m the right man for the job and, for the first time in a while, I’m no longer sure that I’m in the wrong job for the man I am. I have been unhappy at work for years and found little to change that feeling. I...
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I'm not sure if I want one, but I just watched this Kickstarter earn $200,000 in five minutes. That is amazing. I haven't loved the Android Wear watches and don't use an iPhone so the Apple watch is out. I like the idea of supporting the little guy. Hell, I was one of those who bought Beta instead of VHS. At this price it might be worth it to try again. 
Pebble Technology is raising funds for Pebble Time - Awesome Smartwatch, No Compromises on Kickstarter! Color e-paper smartwatch with up to 7 days of battery and a new timeline interface that highlights what's important in your day.
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Not quite three weeks after my father's death I suppose I'm ready as I'll ever be to get back in the world. 
I have been out of the world for seventeen days. On February 5 a call from my brother led me to bolt out of work, speed across town, and arrive at my parents’ house after my father was already dead. They took him to the hospi...
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Glad you're back in the fray, Brian.
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Is there really no convenient way to print pictures from +Google+? I've searched a bit and found nothing. Maybe if I shared the pictures to +Google Drive, but how intuitive is that? 
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I agree. A P.I.T.A. as it is now. If you do discover a better way, please share!
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Writing, changing, running, becoming, teaching and wondering.
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I'm trying to figure out what my writing, running, technology, teaching, and reading have in common. I'll let you know soon as I figure it out. 
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Why Elon Musk Doesn't Mind That His Rocket Crashed Into His Robot Boat |...
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All things considered, for the first try, the Falcon could’ve done worse. Technically, Falcon did hit its target—just at the wrong angle, an

The Difficult Route
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My youngest recently asked my wife where dreams come from and my wife told her that dreams are all the thoughts and feelings that we push do

Fixers
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My oldest daughter likes electronic toys. She may have been the first kid in her class with a smartphone, in part because her father likes e

Grand Avenue by Ron Koertge | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
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'Grand Avenue' by Ron Koertge, and the literary and historical notes for Sunday, October 19, 2014.

For Jessica, My Daughter by Mark Strand | The Writer's Almanac with Garr...
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'For Jessica, My Daughter' by Mark Strand, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

APPR Side Effects
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Included in the APPR rating system for teachers in New York is the requirement that we upload artifacts demonstrating the teaching standards

Superintendents Speak Up
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On the first day of school, my wife's superintendent got choked up. He was delivering the usual kick-off speech, and she said he started to

A Great Labor Day Story
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If you live in New England, or were paying attention to supermarket labor news this summer, you already know this story. Almost a hundred ye

The School Year Begins Tomorrow
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The goal of my teaching year is to be open and curious. I have not been in love with my public school teaching job for some time. The last t

The Truth About Hello Kitty - The New Yorker
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Mickey Mouse is not a mouse. If you look very closely at him, you can see that he wears gloves.

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'First Song' by Joseph Stroud, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Comcast Confessions: when every call is a sales call
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When AOL executive and Comcast customer Ryan Block recently tried to cancel his internet service, he ended up in a near-yelling match with a

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'Some People Think' by James Laughlin, and the literary and historical notes for Monday, July 21, 2014.

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Thinking again about ways to be healthy. I've just finished week one of the Seven Valleys Writing Project Summer Institute. We meet 8:30 to

Truth and Occurrences
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Just picked up a book from the library, Mark Sundeen's The Man Who Quit Money. The cover says, "In 2000, Daniel Suelo gave away his life sav

Disjointed But Okay
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I spent the afternoon telling people to relax about an assignment. Just do it, I said. I've done this particular assignment twenty times. La

Jazz and the Prose Poem
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The prose poem is a bastard child that appeals to me. Billy Collins says, "poetry is bird, prose is a potato." The prose poem is a potato po

Suggestion Box
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I haven't been good with suggestions. I've let them box me in. Yesterday I wrote about struggling with food. Several friends offered advice,

Huge Conveniences
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This morning I am feeling huge. Last night, after dinner, I ate at least another meal's worth of snacks. I wasn't hungry but the snacks were

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'How the Trees on Summer Nights Turn into a Dark River' by Barbara Crooker, and the literary and historical notes for Thursday, July 3, 2014

I got an Americano and it was made quickly. Taste was good rather than great. Nice staff.
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Good location, nice staff, loud hallways. It's about what you would expect from a chain hotel. That said, the staff has been above par, very good really and the location is very convenient. Deep pool, but the whirlpool was closed during our stay. Bistro is nice for breakfast and serves Starbucks.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Lovely. We ordered tea for four and received sandwiches, pastries, scones, and tea that was enough to leave us happily stuffed. Not a lot of seating, but had a funky good feel.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We've been going to the Monday half-price night. My family and I like the conveyor belt and sit at the bar. When we first went, there seemed to be an endless selection coming round, but lately we have been struggling to find things to eat. Monotony. The service is alright, but it's difficult to get the check sometimes. It's a good place, but it could easily slip into being less. I hope they will strive for more.
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Good food, nice staff. Nothing to write home about. We wanted soup, coffee, and light fare. That's exactly what we got. They made a good, rich Americano.
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reviewed a year ago
Tremendously likable people serving really good food. The crepes were good but the Gelato was even better. My kids loved it!
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While I am impressed with the technology they bring to bear, it was like being in a used car shop with a salesperson who just has to make the quota. I went in for simple cleaning and care, was diagnosed with TMJ so severe that I would need a treatment plan that began at $2000 and went from there. Foolishly, I went along with the first installment and they took molds of my mouth for several hundred dollars. I kept saying that I can't afford thousands of dollars and my insurance doesn't cover any of it, but they kept pushing and pushing and pushing. My fillings needed replacement, I needed braces, I would have to purchase and wear an appliance in my mouth for years. No matter what I said, I couldn't get them to simply keep my teeth clean and baby them along. I'm nearly forty-five and won't ever wear braces. No other dentist has worried about the TMJ. And I've never paid so much money so fast to a dentist aside when I had my wisdom teeth out (and that wasn't a dentist so much as an oral surgeon). My main complaint is that they wouldn't listen to me when I said that I couldn't afford what they were selling. It was like going to the dealership for a Corolla and having the salesperson constantly pitching the Lexus while refusing to sell me the Corolla. Not Berry good at all.
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