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Isabelle Allende. I always liked her books, and now I've got a bit of a crush on her public speaking persona too.
Author Isabel Allende is 71. Yes, she has a few wrinkles—but she has incredible perspective too. In this candid talk, meant for viewers of all ages, she talks about her fears as she gets older and shares how she plans to keep on living passionately.
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How lovely! I have a friend who reminds me of her. I hope to age gracefully and graciously. This was inspiring.
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"Demanding passwords that will withstand offline attack is a defense-in-depth approach necessary only when a site has failed both to protect the password file, and to detect the leak and respond suitably,"

Again, it's the infrastructure that's the problem. Two-factor, espcially PKI, are the way to go.  I can't explain the commercial resistance.
Choose simple password, reuse it, ignore password strength meter and pray
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A podcast I listen to (link in comments) recently discussed how stories cause people to view life through the eyes of others. That, in fact, narrative seems to be far more effective at creating compassion in the audience than a persuasive argument. In the shadow of high-profile suicide, there have been a lot of unsympathetic voices about suicide and depression.

This is a "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" game that simulates what it's like to be depressed. You participate in a story written by a person who is depressed, and if you've never been clinically depressed, it can provide an inkling of what it's like to be in depressed shoes.

http://www.depressionquest.com/dqfinal.html#
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In this episode we discuss the power narratives have to affect our beliefs and behaviors with Melanie C. Green, a psychologist who studies the persuasive power of fiction.

http://youarenotsosmart.com/2013/12/23/yanss-podcast-014-melanie-c-green-and-how-stories-can-change-beliefs-and-behaviors/#more-2850
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+English Atkins this is simple, great idea.
Chrome: Dayboard is a Chrome extension that turns every new tab page into a minimal to-do list that keeps you focused on the most important things on your agenda for the day. You choose the five most important things on your to-do list, and Dayboard makes sure they're front and center.
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Love this! Thanks. 
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We've got all these prisons; how are we going to fill them?

"Great news for law enforcement, jailers, drug cartels, and the prison industry - the War on Drugs has been very profitable. "
Great news for law enforcement, jailers, drug cartels, and the prison industry - the War on Drugs has been very profitable.
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I like most of these writers, and I love the whole *Bundle collective.
 
Neil Gaiman. Brandon Sanderson. Tracy Hickman. Peter David. These are just some of the authors that make The Truly Epic Fantasy Bundle our best bundle yet. Check it out!  http://storybundle.com/
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I talk a lot about using scientific thinking to make better decisions about risk management and now there's a book on the topic.
". . . explaining how to sensibly assess risks and trade-offs (for example, if you make air travel less convenient for "safety," you increase the number of miles driven and the number of road fatalities -- in the two years after 9/11, another WTC's worth of traffic fatalities were attributable to people who drove rather than flew)."

I think this applies in great measure to the threats to children playing publicly, the hew and cry about vaccines and gluten, and of course some of the more preposterous TSA and workplace "safety" rules.
"Health and Safety" is the all-purpose excuse for any stupid, bureaucratic, humiliating rubbish that officialdom wants to shove down our throats. In the Interests of Safety, from Tracey Brown and Michael Hanlon, is the antidote: an expert dismantling of bad risk-analysis and a call-to-arms to do something about it, fighting superstition and silliness with evidence.
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Richard Feynman was such an interesting and influential scientist both in and out of the academic setting.  Even though I probably won't be able to understand the math or the science in these lectures, I'm definitely putting them in my Chromecast queue.
http://www.openculture.com/2014/08/the-feynman-lectures-on-physics-the-most-popular-physics-book-ever-written-now-completely-online.html
Last fall, we let you know that Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website joined forces to create an online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. They started with Volume 1. And now they've followed up with Volume 2 and Volume 3, making the collection complete.
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I think people get this so wrong . . .
Observe, in this context, the intellectual precision of the Founding Fathers: they spoke of the right to the pursuit of happiness — not of the right to happiness. It means that a man has the right to take the actions he deems necessary to achieve his happiness; it does not mean that others must make him happy.
— Ayn Rand

Thanks to +English Atkins for the OP.
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Dan Geer has a brilliant mind. He is focused on freedom, security and privacy. He is also one of the instrumental figures of the internet and high-tech culture. This speech was presented at Black Hat, an international hacking convention. And it received a standing ovation from all the people trying to preserve privacy and security in the world and on the web.

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Cybersecurity as Realpolitik by Dan Geer presented at Black Hat USA 2014

Text from his site:
http://geer.tinho.net/geer.blackhat.6viii14.txt

This speech is a distressing and poignant analysis of the state of technology and policy.
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In nothing else is it more apt to say that our choices
are Freedom, Security, Convenience -- Choose Two.
. . .

This man is one of the visionaries of the internet, and a technologist at heart, and he states the following warning:
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There are no people sadder but wiser about the scale and
scope of the attack surface you get when you connect everything to
everything and give up your prior ability to do without. Until
such people are available, I will busy myself with reducing my
dependence on, and thus my risk exposure to, the digital world even
though that will be mistaken for curmudgeonly nostalgia. Call that
misrepresentation, if you like.
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When someone takes the product of your labor against your will, it's theft.
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I am a consultant. I make glue. The glue that binds different computers together.
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Mad, mad skillz. I'm an awesome troubleshooter. I can install linux on damn near anything. I understand what you mean when you say: "Awk!" sed ed. My favorite programming language is bash.
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  • Sirius Cybernetics Corporation
    Telephone Sanitizer, present
  • N-tuition Inc
    CEO, 1996 - 2005
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Dallas, TX - Vail, CO - Denver, CO - Golden, CO - Richmond, CA - Houston, TX - London, UK - Oxford, UK - Saint Louis, MO - Los Angeles, CA - Huntington Harbor, CA - Aledo, TX - Abilene, TX - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Sao Paulo, Brazil
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I'm just a hoopy frood from Dallas, living in Colorado and working in Colorado (after years of 80% travel).
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I'm a Dallas born-and-raised Texan. Even though I'm a Texan at heart, I reside near the Rocky Mountains outside of Denver, Colorado. I like to bicycle, snowboard and fly-fish. When asked why he lives in Colorado instead of Texas, I always answer, “I can only survive so many Texas Augusts, and I don’t want to use them all up!” 

Secretly, I think all Texans ultimately want to live in Colorado.

I am a young, active guy in my 40's. I try to see live music at least once a week. I cook at least two nice meals a week at home, and I try to cook for others at least once a week. My favorite beer is Guinness (the nectar of the gods).

My super power is fast reading.  I can easily knock back 2-3 novels in a day. Makes my Kindle habit very expensive.

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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-Benjamin Franklin
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At 330 pounds, I rode the AIDS Life Cycle (585 miles of bicycling). And just like Billy Madison I was an Acedemic Decathalete.
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  • JJ Pearce HS
    Majored in truancy, 1987 - 1989
  • Cooper HS
    Football, 1986 - 1987
  • Texas A&M University
    Computer Science, 1989 - 1990
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Not a real Starbucks. It's inside Target.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Delicious, speedy and accurate. This is my fifth time here in the past three months. It's becoming my go to sushi joint. It's not the most fancy and they don't have many specialty fish (no baby crab, Spanish mackerel, etc.), but the core fish (tuna, salmon, red snapper, yellow tail) are always outstanding and they have the best prices of all the sushi restaurants of this caliber in metro Denver. My normal order is green tea, miso soup, seaweed salad, 12 pieces of sashimi, the yellowtail jalapeno appetizer, salmon skin hand roll and their cucumber wrapped futomake for about $60. The service is always quick and attentive even in a full restaurant, or at rush times. The missing star is just the strip mall atmosphere and lack of specialty ingredients.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
The matzo ball soup is the best I've ever had. The bagel options are fantastic. The chicken and dumplings are pretty good. Zagat had it right. The ambience is spare, and the service has no flair, no chit-chat and no bother after the service. All exactly how it should be!
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I'm normally a pho tai gan (steak and tendon) guy, but this place may have turned me. The brisket (chin) here is not to be missed. I had only been there a couple of times before they remembered my order and preferences. They are very friendly and accommodating, and know when to leave me alone to read the paper or a book. If they had goi cuon thit nuong (grilled pork spring rolls) they'd get my 5th star. It should be said that they don't have bsnh mi (sandwiches) either.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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I broke my LG Nexus 5 screen a few hours before I was supposed to fly out. Every repair place in town said it was 3-5 business days to get the parts, and they couldn't expedite. IFixit said they'd track down the part and get it delivered in two hours. I showed up at the store before the part, and they started the teardown. After the part arrived, they had me out the door in 15 minutes. They didn't charge any extra for a same day repair, and ended up $40 less than the other quotes I got.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The food and service were both spot on for this type of restaurant. It is small, and it has lots of small tables close together, but I'm a large man and didn't feel crowded. Some reviewers complained of the noise level and while certainly not quiet, the noise level was such that you could have a private conversation at your table and the next table would have to strain to listen in. I had the gazpacho (excellent), the grilled asparagus salad (excellent) and the chicken gnocchi pesto sans alfredo sauce (good, the gnocchi had room for improvement). The service brought each course as I finished the prior, and didn't bother me except for refills until I rested my silverware. Thoroughly enjoyable. I think it would be a great place to take a date.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I had the spicy seafood salad, the lobster miso soup, the ankimo appetizer, sweet shrimp nigiri, and Spanish mackerel, red snapper, tuna, and salmon sashimi. The sashimi and sushi were perfectly prepared and presented. I have no complaints on the the main course. To pick nits, fresh ground wasabi would be nice. The spicy seafood salad was different (creamy base), but good. The lobster miso soup while good could have been better. I thought the broth could have been stronger, and the lobster claws were overcooked. The tail was perfect. The ankimo was ok, but smothered in the spicy seafood salad. As my second serving of it, I was tired of it. Anyway, I prefer my ankimo with aji, scallion and ponzu. The Green Tea was strong and delicious, just like I make at home. Much better than the usual watered down fare.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago