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NEW YORK—Grasping for any way to halt the Democratic candidate’s momentum, a coalition of wealthy donors reportedly pumped millions of dollars into Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign this week in a last-ditch effort to destroy his credibility.
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Awww, parenting :-)

Plus, this comic routinely puts a new, and very refreshing spin on how to be a "manly man".

http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/its-really-quite-riveting
You know what I find funniest of all? A distracted parent idly promising a kid a pet stegosaurus is obviously giving them a false promise. But the Commander? He's got time travel. If Junebug wants a stegosaurus and she can care for it properly, then he can actually get her that stegosaurus!
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We all use silly logic to help us rationalize a confusing world. Take full moons, for example. For centuries people have been blaming full moons for inexplicable behaviors that coincided with them. But it’s an illusory correlation—we fool ourselves into believing something based on what stands out most in our memories.
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The future is meow: you can 3D print battle armor for your cat. Designed by Jwall: http://j.mp/23bwkjS
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15 years ago today was the initial launch of Wikipedia.

For everyone who has had the need to do quick research on the internet, or just been curious about a topic and followed the rabbit hole.

For those that had to do research projects and despite instructor statements knew they could use Wikipedia and from it it's references.

And most importantly, for anyone who's wanted information on a topic without having to pay for encyclopedias or subscriptions, or who simply couldn't afford to do so.

Everyone, say a word of thanks for their contribution to the great effort of the human race by creating a platform for collecting human knowledge.

And if you can, please donate a little bit to help them keep the lights on as they're an entirely charitable organization with no income other than donations.

https://donate.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:FundraiserLandingPage&country=US&uselang=en
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I suppose to some this is more proof that I'm doing this whole "social media thing" wrong.

A fair number of you have seen me get into arguments online, and I've had a few tell me that I should just "let it go" and "not pick fights".

This article sheds light on what I'm doing... I'm challenging viewpoints, not just yours, but mine as well.

It's easy to go online and just share things that match your views, ignore things and unfriend people that don't.

Quite a few people stay on my feed that I disagree severely with. If you're one of them, that's because you show me the other side of an argument.

The few people I unfriend over disagreements are people who are not sharing anything new and clearly have no interest in any sort of discussion or debate.

When I disagree with something you share, I confront it.

I know I often come off as condescending (and I know a large part of that is the fact that I always use formal speech and find it deeply painful to use casual speech)...

but...

I want you to reply when I do so. I'm not trying to bait and argument, I'm challenging you to defend your viewpoint.

Sometimes I've made those posts, and then I've learned how I was wrong.

The strongest quote from the whole article, and if you read nothing else of it: "As any debate club veteran knows, if you can’t make your opponent’s point for them, you don’t truly grasp the issue."

https://medium.com/@SeanBlanda/the-other-side-is-not-dumb-2670c1294063#.fvxnhg6o1
A friendly reminder about smugness and social media.
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For my geek friends... and those who read the alt-text and remember similar moments.

http://xkcd.com/1638/
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Just fyi, if you sort your email at all... learn subaddressing.

I love subaddressing so much.
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Playing hard to get. Everybody knows that 127.0.0.1 isn't accessible from the outside. ;-)
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Just a flashback to a previous recommendation:

For the many people I know near and far that are hard to gather in one place, there's a service for watching shows online with friends at the same time.

The basic idea is the service shares a remote web browser streaming to all the users in the room, with whomever having the "remote" having control of the browser.

You can easily just log into Netflix, Hulu, or any other site, login (if necessary) and stream whatever you want to watch with everyone in the room able to see it.

Let me know if any of you want to catch a show together! ;-)

https://rabb.it/
Video chat with up to 15 friends, with no download or installation. Watch movies together, listen to music, work on projects...and it's free!
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Please read and understand, when you share something blindly without fact checking, you can easily be contributing to destroying someone's life.

And always remember the echo chamber effect, just because something agrees with you doesn't mean it's true. Listen to those that disagree with you so that you can rule out your own bias.

I've said time and again, this is why I argue with so many of you and still keep you as "friends" on Facebook despite the arguments and disagreements. When you challenge my disagreements, you help me figure out what things I'm believing because of bias, and what I'm believing because objective review.
We have to create ways to distinguish between facts and falsehoods on social media.
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    Linux Administrator, 2014 - present
  • Rackspace
    Level 1 Systems Administrator, 2013 - 2014
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    Technical Support / Linux Admin, 2011 - 2013
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