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Brian G. Fay
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Man, I loved that book, but I really don't like the way e-readers function right now. I had a Kindle but recently gave it away. I try to read on my Nexus 5 but mostly choose to order books from my library. The paper book is far from dead and Neal Stephenson's illustrated primer is far from alive. As of yet. 
While codenames are far from uncommon in the technology industry, some of them are cleverer than others. Over at Medium, Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, writes about the...
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I agree. This is a bluff on the part of AT&T in the hopes that it will keep others from offering real Internet service as opposed to what Comcast/TimeWarner/Verizon and our other Internet overlords offer. 
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Was just talking with my father in law about his terrible experience mattress shopping and the terrible mattress that he ended up with. After trying it for a night or two, I can tell you that it's a terrible mattress. He will likely stick with it though because the process of buying a new one is so terrible. Then again, maybe he should go with this. 
 
In the market for a new mattress? Read this: 
"Buying a mattress is one of the worst consumer experiences in the world," says Philip Krim. Yet, few startups have really tried to improve it — perhaps because the mattress business isn’t...
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Remembering the old Cortland Alternative High School. It was a good school, kind of the way school is spozed to be. Sad to see places like that be erased. So it goes. 
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I may have peed myself.
 
Oh my god. Oh my god.
This is breathtaking.
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This one of the funniest things I've watched in ages! Thank you!
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I know that I'm talking about an antique, but after years away from the site, I've been reading Slashdot again lately and been happily pointed to some intriguing reading. I have a user ID there in the four digits which shows how old I am, but it was a great site that +Rob Malda and others created long ago. Nice to go back to it again. 
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I wonder where that logo came from. It wasn't one I ever approved ;)
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Austin Kleon's blackout poems aren't a gimmick to me. It's real poetry and I find that I'm drawn as much to the black space as to the words. 

I just wish that Medium had a share on Google+ button. 
The story behind my newspaper blackout poems
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I've had similar questions about older Chromebooks. This was a machine that was advertised as growing faster over time and that was my original impression of the Cr-48. Lately (within the last year) the opposite has been true. My wife's Samsung has slowed to a crawl as has the Cr-48. I wonder how much longer before my Pixel starts to bog. 
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My OG CR-48 finally died. The hinge of the laptop broke and it was too much of a pain to keep it proped up at the right angle 
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I so want to go here. +Chris Murray makes it look like a paradise. 
This was my final shot of the Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley, made on my last night in the park and my third foray into the dunes. The Mesquite Dunes can be very frustrating to photograph because of their immense popular...
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Fascinatingly stupid reaction by the school and the police. Intriguing discussion on Slashdot, a place I used to visit as often as I now visit Google+. 
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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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Amazon Kindle or a young lady's illustrated primer?
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While codenames are far from uncommon in the technology industry, some of them are cleverer than others. Over at Medium, Robin Sloan, author

Horseshoes in the Schools
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Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. That's what I've been told. In school, I try to stay away from explosives, but horseshoes

Mesquite Sand Dunes at Dusk
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This was my final shot of the Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley, made on my last night in the park and my third foray into the dunes. The

Cutting the Facebook Cord
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This week I made the momentous decision to discontinue my photography page on Facebook. I know, I know, I'm a wild man. But I say that not e

Dell Chromebook 11 review
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Chromebooks are the simplest computers you can buy today, but they’ve proven a tricky formula for manufacturers to get right. The perfect Ch

Streaming music payments: how much do artists really receive?
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Stats from Zoë Keating show how musician's 0.4 cents per Spotify stream compare to payments from iTunes Match, Amazon Cloud Drive and Xbox M

I'm With Bill Gates
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According to The Washington Post, Bill Gates is calling for teachers to help persuade parents that the Common Core Standards that he helped

Image Problems in the School
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Teachers have image problems. If I worked at Google, people would be impressed. If I was a contractor and showed someone the deck I built, t

Dinner at the Mall? Bad choice.
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Went out to dinner at the mall tonight. P.F. Chang's. A place I had heard was good. To me, it was alright. Just okay. The waiter was nice. T

The internet is fucked
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Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the wo

Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers
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Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purp

What Obama Should Have Said About Cory Remsburg
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The president praised the American spirit. He ought to have also highlighted the risks of long, costly wars.

The Thing You Missed About This Comic That Will Break Your Heart All Ove...
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You've probably seen it on Facebook already. And if you've clicked on a friend's link and read the short comic "Written in the Bones," by Ch

Google Stole Its Smart Contact Lens From Microsoft. And That's a Good Th...
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Google latest bombshell of a research project is a smart contact lens diabetics can use to read blood sugar levels through the tears in thei

I, Glasshole: My Year With Google Glass | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
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For much of 2013, I wore the future across my brow, a true Glasshole, peering uncertainly into the post-screen world. But I’m not out here a

Google Music to Add Upload Feature
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To upload audio files to Google Play Music, you need to use Music Manager. It's only available as a native app for Windows, Mac OS X and Lin

Watch Neko Case's New Video for 'Calling Cards'
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The song feels autobiographical; it gives you the sense that the artist is talking to someone in particular.

Final Post: What I Learned in 331 Words
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I live in great luxury. I have an antique single-family home in a deciduous forest and two cars. It is possible to live with much less. Our

The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I...
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Все, что вы покупаете в Google Play, мгновенно появляется на вашем Android-устройстве: никаких проводов, никакой синхронизации.

I got an Americano and it was made quickly. Taste was good rather than great. Nice staff.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months 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 - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months 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.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
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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 - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Tremendously likable people serving really good food. The crepes were good but the Gelato was even better. My kids loved it!
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months 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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reviewed 9 months ago