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Monty has veto'd a brand of eggs on the basis of their shells being consistently more difficult to crack neatly.
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Huh, I never noticed any causality there... but probably because I wasn't paying close enough attention; I do know that sometimes they just seem more annoying than others.
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Dropbox gets two thumbs up for skipping the "customer service/customer appeasement" reply to my bug report, and having an engineer reply ~30 hours later with data.

I don't think I should be surprised (given that my bug report offered lsof output, and clearly telegraphed my debugging level), but I am. It had not occurred to me before that the "thank you for taking the time to report this, we've assigned it to so-and-so's queue" reply (that I myself give out sometimes) would have gotten a sigh and an eye-roll from me. Also, that the web form which tries to triage for urgency is a complete fail for a technical customer, and Dropbox's much more minimal "contact us", "other requests", "bug report" is pretty damn good (better if it was not only available from behind their login wall, but someday I'll forgive them for the time I tripped over that one).
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It really is a shame that these days I am shocked when I'm in the role of a customer and a company's support actually treats my technical assessment even a little credibility 
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Despite strongly suspecting that I'm among the people they got sick, I'll probably in fact be back.
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A somewhat belated installment. I'll be linking these from here only sporadically, since my RSS feed is working on biscuit.mit.edu.

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Sighted in the hallway outside one of the preschool classrooms at George's school.
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I had been unaware of the really awful drawbridge accident in Boston's history (1916). Denton and I took a tour with http://www.lbdma.org/ and picked up some fascinating things.

Unfortunately, Denton didn't have much time to process "falling off a drawbridge can kill" before being asked to walk on said bridge and look over the railing into the water. He got increasingly afraid and upset, so we bailed from the tour early.
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Is this visible evidence of photosynthesis at work, or something else?
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Maybe I will go back there with a cardboard box, and see if being in the dark for a few minutes makes it stop.
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I picked Denton up from YMCA day camp this afternoon (pickups by me are a Friday-only thing) and he exchanged friendly physical contact (hugs, fist bumps) with no fewer than three significantly older kids on his way out the door. In at least one case, the other kid initiated contact, so I don't think it was just Denton.

I find it surprising, in that I remember fairly little cross-age-group contact in my own childhood. I can imagine that it's either a cultural difference (time or location), an individual effect (I was less boisterous and less receptive at age six) or a retrospective effect (my memories of being six are overlaid with my memories of being older than six). Presumably some of each, but now I'm curious about it. (I also don't remember anyone in my age group having much contact with unrelated kids much younger than them, but again, I was probably oblivious.)

How does this fit with other people's experience? Did male kindergarteners hug others all the time in the 1980's? Do they in other places now?

Incidentally, while I recognized one kid as Denton's 'book buddy' from school, he was unable to furnish names and details about any of them. Then again, he was unable to furnish me with details about what they gave him for lunch or breakfast.
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My recollection is that in school I only associated with my own age group and out of school I generally associated with kids not in my age group.  School structured things to make it very difficult to associate with kids in other grades.  My summer camps were highly variable in that regard - I recall a few that had us strictly age-segregated and a few that did not.
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This is an open grassy campground, with very little tree shelter. The grass is thick and lush and pretty, there's floral borders and hanging baskets, and a wooden pavilion for events. Very nice bathrooms. Playground is as nice as they come - complete with an unusual spinny swing thing, and good seating for the adults. We camped at one of the primitive (no water/electric) sites slightly off-peak, and were the only one up in that area, and had ample space. I am somewhat skeptical of it being workable if they fill up all of the campsites up there, but I've got no reason to think that happens - or do people spread way out into the middle of the grass? (The water&electric sites are much more clearly marked, and much flatter.)
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I tent camped at Ammonoosuc the third weekend of June, and had a very nice time. My campsite was very level, had a wooden shelter over the picnic table, and freshly raked sand. We swam every day, and my kids appreciated the step entry to the pool. My kids really enjoyed the playground. The owners were available and on top of things.
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