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Just installed Windows 10 without a hiccup. Took a look, liked it pretty well (much, much better than Windows 8), then turned it off and got back on my Chromebook where I belong. Wonder how long before that Windows machine gets powered on again. 
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I know I'm probably the last person on Earth still using +Blogger, but wouldn't it be great if instead of choosing images from Picasa Web Albums it said that we were choosing from +Google Photos? I'm waiting for the day when Google Photos is the first choice under all +Google properties. 
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I think it is the exact same interface as it was in 2008. My guess is that +Google will retire +Blogger before updating it, but a nice Material Design refresh would be wondrous. 
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I'm baffled. 

Amazon is selling buttons such as the one pictured so that people can then push the button to order things from Amazon without having to think about it. I get how this is great for Amazon and companies such as Tide, but for people who don't make money by owning Amazon or its stock, I can't figure it out. Help me out here. 

Seems to me that this is designed solely to make purchasing a less thoughtful experience. Oooo, I'm doing the laundry and running low on Tide. Let me push this button. Three days later, more Tide arrives at my door. This is great for Amazon who makes a sale and the same is true for Tide, but what about the person pushing the button?

Sure, that person has saved the trouble of remembering to add it to the shopping list and picking it up off a shelf, but beyond that? It's not as though I can do all my grocery shopping on Amazon. I still like to pick out fish and produce. 

A button such as this locks the purchaser into the brand and Amazon. Is this a good thing for a person? What if there is cheaper detergent than Tide? What if the store at which I'm buying my fish and produce has Tide cheaper than Amazon? 

But here's the best part: once I own the button and begin using it, the likelihood that I will ever again examine the price of Tide is almost nil. Amazon could jack it up to $39.99 a quart and most people wouldn't notice until about the sixteenth time they ordered it. This is what Amazon and Tide are counting on. When purchases become automatic, when we are unaware of what we are doing and what is being done for us/to us, the people taking our money win. 

I'm not buying any of these things and I'm baffled as to why anyone buy one for themselves. Help me out, will you? 
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I thought the idea is cool, order supplies when you are too busy to go out and shop, but I thought you could also customize what items would be purchased when the button is pressed. Example need more trash bags , I would want the generic bags order over the pricier brand name ones. 
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I bought an old amp. My wife has breast cancer. Richard Manuel sings "Whispering Pines." The sounds are full. 
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I wish you and your family peace, healing, strength, and joy. Love to you all.
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"I have had so many conversations or email exchanges with students in the last few years wherein I anger them by indicating that simply saying, "This is my opinion" does not preclude a connected statement from being dead wrong. It still baffles me that some feel those four words somehow give them carte blanche to spout batshit oratory or prose. And it really scares me that some of those students think education that challenges their ideas is equivalent to an attack on their beliefs."
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You may think that something is "just your opinion", but often you're just wrong.
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Happiness is a New/Old Amplifier

Just picked this up at a local shop and hooked it up in the kitchen. Some people are into the whole vinyl thing and I get that, but I prefer plugging my Nexus 5 into a piece of hardware that was manufactured in the mid to late seventies. 

This thing is a beast, weighing over twenty pounds. The meters are a blast from the past and, soon as I'm home alone, I'll crank something and watch them dance. 

As a kid I dreamed of having a stereo room, a cave of sorts in which to hide and listen intently to music. Having married and had children, I'm more distracted than I expected to ever be and find now that I just want to have good music everywhere I go while I'm doing anything else. Thus, the new/old amp in the kitchen. 

Steely Dan's Aja is on now after having played The National's Trouble Will Find Me. Everything sounds good through this thing and it's a blast to spin a big volume knob. Sadly, it does not go up to eleven. So it goes. 

Anyone else out here got the yearning of an audiophile? What gear are you rocking? 
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This thing is powerful. Feels like it could drive fifty speakers and create seismic waves. 

I'd love to get my hands on a pair of 1970's speakers such as your dad has. That would be too much fun. As it is, I don't think I'm going to leave the kitchen for the rest of the day so long as I have this thing running. Sweet, sweet new/old toy. 
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This is a good story. Makes me think of Wired more than The Verge, but that's great. I would have liked a better ending to the piece, but still, it's a good read that I'll share. 
 
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I use this feature every single day. Love the keyboard shortcuts in Google Docs except that Ctrl-L which left justifies text on PCs logs me out of my Chromebook. Oh well. 
 
Count the words and characters in your document with just three keys. #TuesdayTip 
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Worth a read. Scott Jurek is a classy guy and responds to controversy the way I with I would. He is non-confrontational but doesn't surrender. Fight or flight are not the only two possibilities. 
photo: © Luis Escobar It has always been a dream of mine to test myself on the Appalachian Trail, the great national treasure that has inspired and challenged so many hikers and runners before me....
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I just can't give a damn about the Gawker editors' anger over the pulling of their outing piece. The two who quit, saying that the business end of things had taken over the journalism, have a different understanding about news than I do. Journalism? I don't think that what Gawker does is related much to journalism. 
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The Deal With the Hyperloop | Wait But Why
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The path to a Hyperloop future just launched.

Why Elon Musk Doesn't Mind That His Rocket Crashed Into His Robot Boat |...
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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.

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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

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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

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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

I got an Americano and it was made quickly. Taste was good rather than great. Nice staff.
Public - a year ago
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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.
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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.
Public - a year ago
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!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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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