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Dan Morrill
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People don't believe me when I tell them you can get lobstah rolls at McDonald's in Maine.

WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW
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+Josh Beach To bad the lobster stocks in Maine have been continually raped for years with seemingly no concern for sustainable fishing. 
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Ahh, my wild, misspent youth.

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I swear to god, adding things to the upload queue in Google Photos is O(N^2)
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i just wish google photo app would actually reupload existing photos to use the new limits... but nobody is listening to us users who send feedback :(
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Mmm, so awesome. I love wrapping myself up in a layer of encryption on a cold winter night, sipping a cup of hot cocoa by the firewall. Why shouldn't my SD cards have the same luxury??

Now all I need is a Nexus device with a card slot, and I am all over this. C'mon Google! Dan needs a new phone.
 
Adoptable Storage Devices!

The M Preview released earlier today has a powerful new feature that allows you to "adopt" an external storage device (like an SD card or USB drive), enabling users to move both app code (APKs) and private app data to that device.  When a storage device is adopted, the platform wraps it in a layer of encryption and formats it similar to internal storage.  (In contrast, the original Apps-on-SD feature launched back in Froyo could only move app code, not private app data.)

Also, to help users free up internal storage space, they can choose to migrate their "primary shared storage" (living at /sdcard) to any adopted device.

If you flash the preview build onto a phone/tablet, you can enable the adoption feature for testing with USB OTG devices by using the command described here:

http://developer.android.com/preview/behavior-changes.html#behavior-adoptable-storage

Normally only storage devices in long-term stable locations (like an internal SD card slot inside a phone/tablet, or a USB drive attached to a TV) are supported for adoption.

Along with all of this work, the platform now has much better support for USB OTG storage devices (think USB flash drives).  When a new device is inserted, a notification appears offering to "browse" that device along with simple options to manage/copy contents.

Please kick the tires and file bugs!  :)  #io15 #android
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+Brian Swetland It still seems like an edge case to me. Who relies on their SD card in their phone as their only backup of important data? That's a terrible idea. I doubt your only copy of your music is on your phone. And I disagree that one can allow transfer and prevent theft of data, I suggest you do some research on hardware encryption. The value in what you're proposing is minimal and the risk greater than the questionable reward. 
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Holy shit, +The Onion just went ALL IN
 
"At first, we wanted one of our flags in every home in America," Burman said. "Unfortunately, the practical applications of this product are far outnumbered by the risks it presents. Millions have died needlessly, and when you ask people why, they point to the flag."

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WASHINGTON—Representatives from the nation's leading flag producer claimed that as many as 143 million deaths in the past two centuries can be attributed directly to the faulty U.S. models, which have been utilized extensively since the 18th century in sectors as diverse as government, the military, and public education.
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Can't deny facts
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OMG

YOU GUYS

Why did I have to use a stupid regular trombone in high school? I COULD HAVE HAD A BUCCIN

#MyParentsClearlyHatedMe   #JustBandThings  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buccin
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My trombone teacher had a sacbut, which is awesome in other ways.
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This one goes out to all my [XG]oogler homepersons, circa 2006. All hail the glory of the OG MKs.

If you were there, you know what I'm talking about. And if you weren't, you can never understand.

(Sorry for the potato camera. It was 2006!)
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Was the all-chocolate MK still around in 2006, or was it already gone by then?
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I suppose there is something to be said in the power of just getting 
photos up online, anywhere at all, whatever the UI. I had forgotten this photo existed.

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Very beautiful.
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Fooling around with the relaunch of Google Photos. Figured this photo was as representative of the experience as any other.

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OMG +The Onion is just killing it today
 
I'm watching this on TV right now!
ZURICH—After the Justice Department indicted numerous executives from world soccer’s governing body on charges of corruption and bribery, frantic and visibly nervous officials from FIFA held an impromptu press conference Wednesday to announce that the United States has been selected to host this summer’s 2015 World Cup.
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Another cast iron post (but last for a while, promise!)

I also bought one of these, and it works amazeballs well.

My now-prior approach was dumping in some oil and salt, and scrubbing with paper towels, relying on the salt as abrasive. That technique is inferior in all ways to using this chainmail thingy.

I just took the pan to the sink, squirted on some water, and used this thing to scrub. Being way harder than salt, the stainless made short work of any little stuck-on bits.

It was pretty hilariously easy to clean this way.

And plus, besides all that: CHAINMAIL!

http://www.amazon.com/SySrion-Cleaner-Stainless-Chainmail-Scrubber/dp/B00NIC61S2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1432622060&sr=8-4&keywords=cast+iron+chainmail
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+Alan Viverette Agreed. I have a scrubber made with apricot seeds. Works perfectly.
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This one goes out to +Amanda Walker and +Christopher Tate 

So I decided it was time to level up in Cast Iron. To this end, I got my Prime on and ordered up your bog standard Lodge cast iron skillet. It arrived on Friday, so this weekend I prepped it.

As discussed in a previous entry, I've had excellent results by power-sanding my regular 12" pan. And, per +Amanda Walker's boundless experience, I started using peanut oil to season it and it works even better.

So with this skillet, I decided to try an Experiment -- FOR SCIENCE!

Specifically, I ordered some 400 grit pads for my orbital sander. My previous pan was only sanded up to 220 grit; the falsifiable hypothesis is that 400 grit would produce an even smoother surface, for zomg yet more nonstickiness.

So, having sanded it up to 400 and reseasoned it yesterday, tonight it was time to try it, by skilletting up (did you see what I verbed, there?) some burgers.

The burgers still stuck moderately well, insofar as I had to scrape them up a bit using a spatula; but I draw no conclusions from this, for two reasons. First, they stick about the same amount to my other pan, and anyway you don't want them entirely nonstick because then you get no char flavor, either. And second, this was after a measly single seasoning, so it's too soon to draw conclusions about long-term non-stickiness.

However! Check out the photo.

Those two spots are where the seasoning from last night straight up just flaked right off. And I mean, that was some solid seasoning, as you can see from the surrounding area!

What's more, you probably can't quite tell from this photo, but the seasoning is considerably more robust at the edge of the pan. In fact, last night I attempted a second seasoning pass, while the pan was hot. But when I put the oil on, it instantly fled (that's the only word I have for it -- it just ran right off) to the edges.

From this I tentatively conclude that 400 grit is a step too far. The edge of the pan is where it's slightly less well-sanded, as it's harder to get the sander in there. So I think the oil just tends to run off the super-sanded 400-grit central section and pool around the edges.

As well, even where it did manage to cure on, the bond isn't really that strong, since as we see in this photo some otherwise-decent seasoning just flaked right off after even milquetoast mechanical scrubbing.

All that said, the jury's still out. It's too soon to draw final conclusions from a single seasoning pass, so I'll report in again, after I use this skillet some more, and the seasoning has more time to do its thing. It's entirely possible that once the seasoning finds its legs that the smoother surface still wins.

But right now, early results point to 220 grit being about where you should stop, if you go the sanding route. At the very least, my other (older) pan is doing considerably better than the skillet is, currently.
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I've got my grandmother's cast iron pan which at this point is more seasoning than pan. ;)
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For a number of years now, work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such an instrument is the turbo-encabulator.
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