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It's really difficult not to laugh

Largely because we've all been there (well, not there, but analogously), letting our concern about a little thing override our caution about a big thing.

It's much more hilarious when it's someone else.
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Kitchen Project - Day 170: Incremental Progress

While I was gone, various small bits and bobs were done around the kitchen -- most of the lighting was installed (there are some things that need doing with the pendants before they can be hung), and progress was made on the tile for the floor (but not the rest of the floor, which is an issue in and of itself).

Monday: countertops! Which will be a huge step forward, but a terrible disappointment for the kittehs, who enjoy jumping up into the little boxes.
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Sleeping well by doing good

For any of my Denver-area correspondents, +Kay Hill's band is doing a fundraiser by selling mattresses. Which conjures up a truly amusing image of the kids carrying mattresses door to door, but is actually something they do up i the school gym with demo units that you can see, lie on, bounce up and down on (well, probably not), etc., and then buy at a substantial discount from retail and a percentage goes to the marching band.

Sunday, 26 April, 10am - 5pm, at Arapahoe High School.

Brands included (on the poster) include Beautyrest, Therapedic, Simmons, and Restonic. 

So, if you're in the area, and if you've been pondering a mattress purchase -- check it out! 
The Arapahoe HS Band Program is going to be hosting its first ever Mattress Fundraiser Sale @ Arapahoe High. If you could use a new mattress for your home - come help the kids and save 30% - 60% OFF RETAIL STORE PRICES! Brand new factory direct mattresses can be ordered on sale day and delivered ...
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+Kate Testerman I'm sure that can be arranged.
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Movie Review: "The Prince of Egypt" (1998)

The more I think about it, the more the first half of the movie seems to have a lot of parallels to the first Thor film, with Moses as Loki. Hmmmm ...
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More SF/Fantasy/Supernatural TV ... yay?

But ... but ... I was counting on the summer for stuff I've fallen behind on the other three seasons. That looks unlikely shows like Sense8, The Expanse, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Face Off, Killjoys, Dark Matter, and everything else not on hiatus continuing to suck up my life with entertaining goodness, dammit ...
Avoid the hot, hot burning sun of the summer by staying indoors with all this great new supernatural and science fiction TV — including The Whispers which had better be the best new thing ever or we’re flipping tables, plus spaceship shows!
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+Greg Stockton I could live with having ten versions of JSAMN. Just for comparison, you know.
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"The Shakespearecrumb Tinies"

Delightful poetry by Robin Johnson (@rdouglasjohnson) at https://twitter.com/rdouglasjohnson/status/591194630126960640 (h/t +George Wiman), with apologies to Edward Gorey (and Shakespeare).
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That's amazing!
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Comcast drops its Time Warner Cable merger plans

I'm a day or two behind here, but this is good news. Not that Comcast or TWC are good companies on their own, but merging them together would have simply magnified the problems of quasi-monopolies over cable service in the US.
Comcast regrets not being able to "bring our great products to new cities."
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Giving your system the boot

Why is it called "booting up" or "rebooting"?  I actually knew this. Hell, I'm old experienced enough to remember IBM mainframe systems and their peripherals systems doing (the analogous)  IPL (Initial Program Load) (and not to be confused with the even more low-level IML, or Initial Microcode Load).
You hear the phrase all the time when you’re working with computers, especially on customer service calls: “Please reboot your computer.” Why do we use the word reboot to mean “turn it off and on again”? It all goes back to tech history -- and to one of the most revolutionary aspects of these computing machines.
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I was surprised you linked to this. It's old hat for you and me, but I guess it's no longer common knowledge.

It was kind of freaky how some of those old programs loaded. Felt like hoodoo back than.
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Another Frank Miller "Dark Knight" series? Again? Really?


What, DC Comics thought they had to prove they could still out-gritty the Miller-influenced Batman v. Superman movie coming out?  

And ... "The Master Race"?

Given the downward trajectory between the first and the second (and Miller's work in general), I shudder to think (even with Brian Azzarello to co-write/moderate/medicate him) what this will turn out like.
Because everyone was demanding a sequel to The Dark Knight Strikes Again!
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+Marty Shaw Yes. That was the dawn of the Grim-Gritty Era, along with Watchmen, etc.
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Elections of the Living Dead Ideas

Paul Krugman on the resurrection of the standard package of Republican economic reform -- raising the Social Security eligibility age, treating the ACA as though all their predictions of DOOOOM came true,, and, best of all, Trickle-down Economics:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/opinion/paul-krugman-zombies-of-2016.html

Yeah, that's going to make for a long campaign. And a worse presidency, if any of them get in with a GOP Congress to back them.
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Don't drink the water and don't read the comments

Bottom line: if you are going to have a comments section, whether it is a personal blog or a major media site, you have a responsibility to moderate the comments and decide what you are going to let them be. If you want to espouse a freedom of speech to the level of Mad Max, that's your prerogative, but make the decision consciously (and live with the consequences).

An unattended, unmoderated comments section is simply an attractive nuisance.

(h/t +George Wiman)
It's so common a refrain at this point the whole Internet should just get it tattooed on its forehead backward so it can read the message in the mirror every time it brushes its teeth: DON'T READ T...
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I think the more you have a community of regular commenters the more it will start to police irself and the less you'll have to intervene. But the state of blogging today it's hard to get that size of audience.
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Check, mate

People are writing fewer and fewer checks ... and subsequently forgetting how to do so. In many ways, checks are going the way of the savings passbook, a bit of quaint manual financial record-keeping more in line with Bob Cratchett than the modern American consumer.

I still write checks -- when forced to. Certain come-to-the-home vendors require it (cleaning people, lawn people, contractors), and a lot of Kay's school expenses need it as well. Aside from that, I tend to live on plastic-based transactions, or electronic account transfers (in bill-paying), and am quite happy to do so. 
We're forgetting how to do it, Google data show.
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+Les Jenkins All the ones I know do (albeit sometimes at a cost).  We use a third party, Paytrust.com (owned by Intuit) that provides even more flexibility in terms of auto-payments (and isn't tied to any one bank, making changing your bank a lot easier).
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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.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Decent "diner" fare. Good shakes, passable chili fries. Could use with a bit more cleaning attention to the dining room.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
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
Public - 2 years ago
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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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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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
Public - 2 years ago
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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