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I can't take credit for this photoshop, but it is awesome!
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Even though I have three manual typewriters, I still want one of these. Maybe someday. 
Freewrite is a luxury word processor for writers, with a great mechanical keyboard, cloud-syncing capabilities, and freedom from web-based distractions.
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This started as 1,500 words and then I went to work on it. I didn't think it would shrink to less than 500. That's what happens when I cut the whining and complaining and try to get to the heart of something.


A quote from Facebook bugged the hell out of me. Days later, I’m just coming to grips with it, considering what it says to me.
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Once you start focusing on writing, everything looks bad. Same with design. Bad design is hard to look at, and you see it everywhere. You're not rambling. :)
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Looks beautiful. I like simple stuff such as this. Elegance.
 
In my pursuit of living a meaningful life with less clutter, I noticed that the new tab page in Google Chrome was covered with a lot of useless junk I didn't need (frequently used pages I never clicked on, logos I didn't need, and for some reason a second search bar in addition to the one on top). I created this Chrome extension for those with the same problem. It's clean, minimal, and helps you focus. I hope some of you can find value in it. Enjoy!
Hyperminimalistic black & white New Tab Page.
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Remember when +Google was going to come out with a new messaging app (Allo) and a video calling app (Duo)? Yeah, neither do I. Must have been a dream. 
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Simultaneously amused and embarrassed.
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This will make you smile. Read it and think about real fireworks. Interplanetary fireworks. 
The space agency insists that the timing of Juno's insertion into Jupiter's orbit is just a matter of solar conjunctions and conflicting launch schedules.
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When intelligence agents tell you they're "just looking at the metadata" of your conversations – who you called and when, but not what you said – they're engaging in a rather spectacular bit of bullshit. "We know you spoke with an HIV testing service, and then your doctor, and then your insurance company. But we don't know what you discussed."

There's an entire technique in intelligence based on this, called traffic analysis. It was born during World War II, when Gordon Welchman realized he could use a combination of times, triangulated locations, durations, and the (necessarily unencrypted) call signs of senders and receivers to build an amazingly comprehensive map of Nazi troop movements. The same traffic analysis technique made it possible to guess that certain messages were routine and would have known words like "weather report" in them – which became key to cracking Nazi codes.

And where did all this happen? At Bletchley Park, about an hour north of London, where Welchman designed the pipeline which handled intercepted communications. He and Alan Turing were essentially the fathers of modern signals intelligence. (GCHQ is directly descended from the Bletchley Park operation)

So I'm looking forward to May's further explanations of how the metadata isn't really that important. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing the Home Office's response to the Freedom of Information request for her own metadata, and their explanations for why there's absolutely no reason to release such a thing – even though, by her own declaration, it's perfectly safe.
During the presentation of the new Draft Investigatory Powers Bill to parliament this week, Home Secretary Theresa May attempted to soothe concerns about surveillance elements of the bill.
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Everyone should be reading this poem. So good.

Full text is here: https://wordsfortheyear.com/2014/07/11/what-they-did-yesterday-afternoon-by-warsan-shire/
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Elegantly said.
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Thanks for sharing, Brian. It could be a good "mentor text" in the Letters to the Next President initiative focused on "create your own comic."
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This may be brilliant.
 
End Needless Interactions With Police Officers During Traffic Stops http://trib.al/x7UZLla
A broken taillight does not require armed agents of the state to approach a motorist’s window.
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A Beach Club in Queens Where Every Summer Is the Same http://nyti.ms/29ovFcv
The Silver Gull Beach Club is part of a disappearing world of private waterfront clubs in New York City.
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Just four years ago, before the Nest Learning Thermostat came along, nobody even thought about that beige box on the wall.

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The path to a Hyperloop future just launched.

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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.

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'For Jessica, My Daughter' by Mark Strand, and the literary and historical notes for Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

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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.

First Song by Joseph Stroud | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
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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

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Too loud and too run down. Couldn't get out of there fast enough.
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We did not take the tour but walked the grounds which were a lovely break from hectic life. Like stepping back in time.
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An okay used shop. I didn't find anything great there and the guy working the counter wasn't much of a seller.
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Yeah, that's real barbecue. If your kids are picky have them get the BBQ nachos. We had the pork shoulder sandwich. Comes with coleslaw and is unbelievable. Make sure you take time to talk with these folks. They are great!
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It was pretty good but took a while to get served. Food was good, solid, but nothing spectacular. A safe bet.
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This is the bookstore you are looking for. The owner is phenomenal. Knows books, knows his shop, knows Wendell Berry. Phenomenal. I could have stayed all day.
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