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Sometimes the "nearby" view gives fun little blurbs:
 
Last year the NYPL received an overdue book with an original due date of August 17th, 1959. The book was Ideal Marriage, by Th.H. Van de Velde, M.D.-in it, the gynecologist focused "on the cultivation of the technique of eroticism as an art in marriage." The book was returned via mail, sent all the way from Arizona some 54 years later. No blushing involved, but an apology http://on.nypl.org/1k7LaVh
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New rack in, AV ready to be wired. Just waiting on a UPS or two, a few HDMI cables and I have to find the rack mount kit for my switch to finish the infrastructure work.

Next on the list, new DVR/home automation server to replace the old 1850, and prepping remote locks and notifications.
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Looks like an excellent cat perch :)
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Cleaning my inbox, I've found a trend that I like - funny unsubscribe/rejection pages. Here's a personal favorite that I just found last night.
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That is too funny
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Wilson testified that he felt his life was in danger when Brown was coming toward him and that the use of deadly force was justified: "I know if he reaches me, he'll kill me."

This is delusion. There is no logical reason to believe this is true, nor is there any evidence to support it. We are now saying that a delusional, paranoid megalomaniac cop has a legal right to kill anyone based on that officer's whims and feelings about that person. That is what just happened in this country. We just handed every single police officer in our nation a license to kill whoever the fuck they want based on nothing other than their delusions.

So, lets think on this, shall we? Wilson felt his "life was in danger" from an unarmed teenager. This apparently justifies Wilson murdering that unarmed teenager according to a Grand Jury.

What about citizens? Personally, I find most police pretty damn threatening. There are more people killed by police every day than there are police killed by people, so would I not be justified in thinking my life was in danger? If I "feel" like a cop is putting my life in danger, am I legally justified in killing them? I have a hard time imagining that I would be let off without charges, even if I made the claim that "I felt like he was bigger than me!" Apparently that defense only works for police.

This is a textbook double-standard. I could not kill an armed police officer if I felt my life was in danger, but an armed police officer could shoot an unarmed civilian teen dead and walk away without a charge. How is this acceptable? Why is it that unarmed civilians are being held to a higher standard than our own police when it comes to the issue of murdering people?

If it is wrong for me to do something, it should be  wrong for a police officer to do the same thing. 
Having a badge does not make them right.
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Is it wrong that when I saw this, it took me a moment to realize he was talking about ISIS and not the proposed Comcast / TWC merger?
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This is something to ponder. I'm sharing it now while I let my thoughts roam over it. It is, at the least, interesting.
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I can't find one word on this that is incorrect, and I've read all the same sources and some. If anything, I'd argue that this isn't harsh enough on how the southern landowners responded to reconstruction policies.

Once again, Gen. WT Sherman was right. Funny how that works.
 
If you are at all interested in American history or in understanding its modern politics, you should read this article. Despite what you might think from the title, it's not primarily about the modern Tea Party, but about the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction, both the versions which many of us were taught in school and the versions which rather deliberately weren't taught. 

The article itself is brief, but is richly sourced and links to many other important articles on the subject. One text which it doesn't link, but which I also highly recommend, is Amar's America's Constitution: A Biography, an extraordinary work about the history of how the Constitution has developed from its earliest history to the present day. In particular, Amar's book discusses the rather complex history of the Second Amendment, and how its interpretation changed after the Civil War, from being focused on "regulated militias" to independent gun ownership as a way for people to protect themselves from things that the government refused to protect them from -- that is, political changes which they could not accept.

Via +Colm Buckley and +Valdis Kletnieks.
Tea Partiers say you don't understand them because you don't understand American history. That's probably true, but not in the way they want you to think. Late in 2012, I came out of the Lincoln mo...
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H/T +The Verge, this article in The Atlantic is a great piece of pure journalism, and I hope spawns many followups of the paths the author didn't choose to go down.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/13/07/not-even-silicon-valley-escapes-history/277824/
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This is the best one yet.
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Who else saw #macromonday  in trending and thought "I guess it's better than #ScriptSaturday ?" #geek  

Create a quick button - highlighting overlay for images in Word 2007:
Sub CreateHighlight()
    ActiveDocument.Shapes.AddShape(msoShapeRectangle, 192#, 130.5, 141.75, 123#).Select
    Selection.ShapeRange.Fill.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(255, 255, 0)
    Selection.ShapeRange.Fill.Visible = msoTrue
    Selection.ShapeRange.Fill.Transparency = 0.75
    Selection.ShapeRange.Fill.Solid
    Selection.ShapeRange.Line.Visible = msoFalse
End Sub

Add to QAT:
1) Customize, More Commands…
2) Choose Commands From: Macros
3) Add CreateHighlights
4) Make Pretty:
a. Modify…
b. Choose a symbol.
c. Change Display Name to "Create Highlight"
It's now in the top bar - click on it to get a highlighted box to drag around/resize.
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