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For my friends looking for late night activities on Saturday. Or my friends from Sherwood who don't want to stay in the cold.

This show is a lot of fun, with a potential for cast interaction. I'll be out there in costume hoping to participate myself.

http://epicdungeonmaster.webs.com/
An interactive fantasy adventure live on stage!
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It seems from what I read that Leonard Nimoy has passed away.

Below is the last post from his twitter account, which is a very nice quote to end on.

Anyone wishing to read details about his passing, here is the New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/arts/television/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-dies-at-83.html
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
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So... been using them for a few months, and fairly satisfied...

https://travelingmailbox.com/

Since they do all their processing in North Carolina and I use their Dallas address, there is a little bit of delay on mail (which is kinda funny considering that there's a delay regardless, because... mail).

The scans I get are of good quality, in color. I even had one letter forwarded physically to me (my insurance card) and that was handled conveniently. And for the things you no longer want to keep around, it's nice to be able to just tell them to shred it.

I would say I definitely recommend them if you're tired of dealing with a physical mailbox, or especially for my friends who do a whole lot of traveling. (hint hint to all the rennies who run the circuit)

If you don't care about the actual location of the address, use the Sanford, NC address as your mail will get processed just a little faster.

They're also really great if you have privacy concerns, because your address is not related at all to your physical address (much like a PO Box). And since they use physical addresses, the address is valid for all normal uses (I'm planning on updating my driver's license and vehicle registration to my address with them next time I go to the DMV).

Let me know if you have any questions or are otherwise curious!

And because I have no real concerns about it... if any of you want to send me some mail, just send it to:

Christopher Martin
3824 Cedar Springs Rd #801-6611
Dallas, TX 75219

;-)
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So... old non-programmable mercury thermometer and my power bill was horrible.

Apartment complex not only didn't have any problem with me changing out the thermostat, they were willing to do it for me.

So... with my interest in home automation, and the scope of potential savings... I went ahead and got the Ferrari of thermostats.

Introducing, the Nest thermostat (now owned by Google of all things, could they own more of my life?).

I think this will pay for itself, and Austin is helping by giving me an $85 credit for it.

Gotta give it a week before it auto-programs itself (yes, it programs itself!).

Already added functionality by setting up my phone to switch it to away (which saves power) automatically when I get far enough away from home.

... I'm a horrible horrible geek.
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For the combination of video games, parenthood... hopes and dreams... and the pain of loss.

Based on the comic: http://owlturd.com/post/91042216689/we-go-forward-image-twitter-facebook
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Feeling like I'm making my place more and more my home, rather than just a place I sleep and keep my stuff.

Now got a mannequin in the corner proudly displaying my sherwood garb, and just got a package with some smart light bulbs to install in the living room (and now that I know I like them, later into all the lights in the apartment).

There's a certain childish sense of joy playing with new and fancy LED light bulbs... playing around with changing the colors and brightness, and there's apparently even some fancy modes that will make it act like a disco (or supposedly simulate candle-light... will have to wait until night to see how that one feels).
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So... just sharing something I've been listening to lately and loving, recommended to me by Keith Boyle.

"Welcome to Night Vale"

It's a 20-ish minute long show, that will appeal to many of your weirder senses of humors.

It's in the style of a radio program in the fictional town of Night Vale, discussing the ongoing activities of the shadowy town council (cloaked figures that have ruled the town since it's founding), the sheriff's secret police, and the new dog park (it is forbidden to enter the dog park, no dogs are allowed in the dog park).

In short, it's darkly humorous and hilarious, and each episode does have a sort of story to it.

Publish Homepage: http://commonplacebooks.com/

SoundCloud (where you can listen to all the episodes): https://soundcloud.com/nightvaleradio
Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Welcome to Night Vale. (Produced by Commonplace Books. Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. On Twitter as NightValeRadio)
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Was reminded of a great Benjamin Franklin quote today:

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

There's a lot of context around it that doesn't necessarily apply today. And frankly, the modern context is likely nothing like that which was intended.

I still think the modern context is wonderfully poetic and valuable.
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I had started to write this post talking about law, and social order, and what needs to be done to stop these people. But I'm too angry to write coherently about this right now.

There is a very powerful lesson you learn growing up as a Jew: there is no such thing as a threat against "those people over there." If a mob is killing black people, or Muslims, or Salvadorans, or whatever one day, they will just as happily turn around and kill you and your family the next. What pulls mobs together is not hate for a particular group: it's the joy of hate itself, of being able to express violence with impunity. That includes everything from simple verbal violence -- being able to rant against groups, violently and vehemently, and receiving the approbation of your friends -- to mobs that burn, rape, and murder. It's the joy of having a family whose history is an endless sequence of fleeing, or failing to flee, ethnic violence.

Many people have talked about how there is no "us and them" in such violence; you have probably heard Niemöller's famous "first they came for the Socialists" quote. But when you live this -- when you have call trees for your family members that you go through every time violence happens near them, to see who's all right -- the terror becomes much more real, much more stomach-churning.

When I read this story, or the story of the murders of Yusor Abu-Salha, Deah Barakat, and Razan Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, I have a terror for my Muslim friends, and worry if the violence will trigger more of it and put them in danger. Likewise the lynching of James Anderson frightens me for my black friends; other murders for trans friends, for Jewish friends, for sex worker friends, for any number of groups of people that I know will be put in danger because violence tends to spread. 

But I know that after that, lying in bed at night, I'm going to have the second worry: that when the violence spreads, my own family might be in danger as well.

Hate is like arson: it is feared not just for what it does, but because it can spread. 

This fire is frightening not simply because it happened, but because it happened four days after the Chapel Hill murders. It's a blaze spreading from one rooftop to another, and it must be put out.

h/t +Saladin Ahmed for the link.
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Fun news. The vote went through in the FCC, and the legal definition of broadband is now 25 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up.

What does this actually do? Nothing really, but it puts a little bit of political pressure on ISPs to offer faster speeds because they can no longer call slower speeds 'broadband'.
Wheeler: If slow speeds are enough, why do you heavily promote faster service?
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This is genuinely funny to listen to... warning, audio is full of vulgarity.
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    Linux Administrator, 2014 - present
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    Level 1 Systems Administrator, 2013 - 2014
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