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The amazing evils of restaurants knowing about you

Perhaps it is my own personal perspective, but I have no problem with (a) the convenience of booking through OpenTable plus (b) restaurants knowing if I am a potential regular customer. For me, at least, it's all about convenience. (And if there are restaurants who value just "regulars" over customers off the street -- well, that seems a very limited business strategy.)
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I was talking philosophically with a friend about this. Its a balance right? You want companies to know things about you so they can make smarter decisions, you can get what you want faster and cheaper, and so you also get less crap that you dont care about. I dont always turn off ads because sometimes I want to know what is going on in the world of my hobbies and what is for sale and whats coming out.

Then again, I dont want a giant corporation selling my data down the river to anyone willing to pay that will use it for who knows what. To me this is the crux. Companies should not be able to sell your data or at the very least you should be able to get products and services without them doing so. So you have a choice.
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The latest Ted Cruz scandal

Tch. How do you expect to win the GOP nomination with that sort of thing in your background?
by Andy Borowitz · buy valium online. WASHINGTON – In a scandal that could spell the end of his Presidential bid and possibly his political career, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has admitted taking several science classes while an undergraduate at Princeton University. tramadol online pharmacy ...
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I'm pretty sure he cheated.
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Denver Comic Con 2015

Had a great time at the Con today. The floor space was expanded from the previous year (understandable, given they were expecting 100K attendeeds, up from 86K last year.)  

I only took a small fraction of the cosplayers I saw. There weren't any drop-dead moments, but a lot of good costuming work going on. Common characters included Black Widow, Deadpool, Silent Bob, and Jack Frost.

Not only were Margie and Kay along, but my mom, too, having planned her visit out here over Memorial Day. We bought her a day pass and she appears to have had a great time. We spent most of the day long with Mary and Stan. 

We didn't do anything in the autograph lines, and we didn't do any panels again this year, but we did cover the vendor areas, as well as Artist's Mesa. 

Crowds still got pretty thick as the day wore on, even with the added space. I'll be curious to see what the final attendance numbers are.

Only one negative to the day. After dealing with a line that snaked around the convention center, when the doors opened they allowed folk in from all sides, removing much incentive to actually arrive and queue up early in the future.

But that was a minor bit. Overall, it was a lot of fun, and a big success. We still don't draw the Big Two publishers (though some of their smaller competitors were there), and there's no Big Media presence yet. Though we're supposedly the third largest comic con in the nation, I don't expect we'll ever have the prominence of San Diego -- nor do I really think we want it. It's just fun times all around, and I'm glad we made it another year.

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Congrats to Kay

On wrapping up her freshman year in high school, and doing so well at it (and for getting all the classes she wants/needs for next semester)
 
School is SUUUPER-over! Time to relax and watch One Piece until my eyes bleed! 
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I keep forgetting how early they end in your district.
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Submitted for your evening creepiness

Yeah, that's going to show up in my dreams. (Glances at the nearby cat.)
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RIP, Anne Meara

I always enjoyed her work. Thank you, ma'am.
 
Actress #AnneMeara, Mother Of #BenStiller & Wife Of #JerryStiller, Has Died

Actress and comedienne Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller (who she had been in a comedy team with for decades) and mother to Ben and Amy Stiller, has died. She was 85. The news was broken by Ben and Jerry Stiller, who gave no information on Meara's cause…
Actress and comedienne Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller (who had been a comedy team), and mother to Ben and Amy Stiller, has died at the age of 85.
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Stiller and Meara made an OK comedy duo. I liked them, but was never a huge fan. I am sad, though, that she is now "Anne Meara, Mother Of Ben Stiller." 
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My congratulations to the people of Ireland

I believe you have chosen wisely, and compassionately.

Our own constitutional system here in the US very intentionally prevents any sort of national plebiscite on constitutional amendments. That's quite probably a good thing, net-net, but it does mean we have to fumble around a lot and for a long time before such changes can happen here.
 
Ireland votes overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage.
Though the total isn't in, tallies from key constituencies suggest that Ireland's referendum on approving same-sex marriage is a win for "Yes." The BBC reports that the result became apparent not l...
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I think that our system of government has its flaws, and our Constitution in particular does contain numerous maddening things which really would be better handled in legislation. But on the other hand, when it creates opportunities for beauty like this week's referendum; well, we seize it with both hands.

The "home to vote" phenomenon we saw on Friday was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. 
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Off to the Denver Comic Con

Third largest comic book convention in its fourth year? Awesome. Crowded, but awesome.  Headed off now ...
In its fourth year, the Denver Comic Con is expecting 100,000 fans at the Colorado Convention Center May 23-25
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I hear the drizzle of the rain

The weather here in Denver has been ... very odd, this past month or so. Overcast, cool, and rain/drizzle for far more days than usual. 

One personal result is that our contractor can't do much about re-grading and retaining-walling and re-sprinklering our construction zoned side yard. 

On the other hand, we haven't really needed to run the sprinklers.
Colorado vacation promoters like to boast that the state has an average 300 days of sunshine a year, but that may be in jeopardy.
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Clearly I need to tell my company IT security folk about this

Do you realize how much money my company spends on anti-virus, malware protection, spam filters, end-point security, secure desktop, VPN, and other security measures?

When all we really need to do is just get a hunk of malachite for each of our computers. And get the primary computer user to "ask" the malachite daily to soak up negativity, bad joss, and the efforts of evil foreign governments and/or unscrupulous competitors.  _Problem solved!_

And, as bonus, no maintenance fees or performance hits from Symantic of McAfee clients!

(h/t +Yonatan Zunger)
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Duh! I've been using actinolite!  No wonder my computer's so slow.
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"And iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium"

I live Lehrer's "The Elements". Plus, he sings a bonus earlier version after the concluding round of applause ...

(h/t +Asbjørn Grandt)
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I hadn't heard the earlier version before.

Thanks!
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Husband, father, writer, gamer, diplomat, theist, civil libertarian, tech fakir, pointy-haired manager, traditionalist, Coloradoan, wordsmith, reader, blogger, magpie, nice guy.

I write about politics, religion, my particular geeky pop culture kinks (SF, Fantasy, Comic Books), and whatever other shiny objects attract my attention from moment to moment.
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The Secret Message in Abraham Lincoln's Pocket Watch
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President Lincoln never knew the hidden message he carried with him every day.

Man practicing open carry law robbed of gun
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A man carrying a concealed weapon said "I like your gun, give it to me."

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Many lovely items, esp. the cinerary urns. But it's all organized very poorly (and there's an excess of cinerary urns on display). The display cards are all in Italian, but of wildly varying styles. Worth a visit while in Volterra, but maybe not the key thing to see there.
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Decent "diner" fare. Good shakes, passable chili fries. Could use with a bit more cleaning attention to the dining room.
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reviewed 2 years ago
Entrees were very good, but a simple off-menu drink was bungled and the caesar salad was too deconstructed for its own good. Service was nice but not as helpful as it should have been.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
Food was excellent, as it has been on previous visits. It, and the extensive wine list, are pricey, but worth it. The service was good for the first 2/3 of the meal. We'd come in at 5:15 (we had 6p reservations but made it into town early). While the restaurant was mostly empty, the service was nicely attentive. As our meal was wrapping up, though, some larger parties came in and the restaurant filled up -- at which point it took about 25 minutes, from ordering, for our after-dinner coffees to appear, etc. So, definitely worth visiting, but try to avoid crowded times.
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Tasty (if overpriced) margaritas, and good (if not spectacular) carne asada and appetizer sampler. You could definitely do worse than to dine here, but I suspect you could probably do better, even if it truly is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
We were a large dinner group, most of us there for the first time. The waitstaff was very helpful and supportive. The food selection was broad, and everyone seemed to enjoy what they got. I'd go back again.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
The wine was good (if not fabulous); the service was friendly (if not knowledgable), the shareable food platters were excellent; the ambiance was terribly noisy (wish we'd eaten on the front porch). Like Randy, we found the wine flights (reds) were overchilled. They were much better once they'd warmed up.
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