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If nothing else, the man was a broad cultural icon, with deep roots in our collective consciousness. He had a long and fascinating journey, and he will be missed.
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I blame the Microsoft Band for convincing me I might be willing to wear a watch again. This thing has fitness tracking, 7-day battery life, and is water resistant. It checks all the boxes.
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So, ever since I heard about Google Opinion Rewards from +Tyler Paul​, I've been saving my credit for XCOM (Originally Enemy Unknown, now Enemy Within). Today I discover it's on sale for half price. Now I have almost six bucks worth of credit to splurge with. Woo! I'm rich!
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Also jumped on the Play holiday sales as well, really a great value to what is already considered free. Now if only to find the time and battery to take advantage of it.
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This is awesome. +Ting​ is an amazing service for people with low to moderate usage patterns. The fact that they operate on the Sprint network, with poor coverage in some areas and limited device availability can be a real pain point though. By providing GSM support, both issues can be addressed spectacularly.
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Warning to folks in Kirkland, particularly the Juanita area. Apparently there is someone out there taking advantage of the holiday weekend to rummage through unlocked cars in residential areas for unattended wallets and electronics. I live in an isolated cul-de-sac that most people have trouble just finding, and my neighbors were hit last night. My wife's car was ransacked, but fortunately there was nothing of value in it. Mine was locked and untouched.
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Steal AP not wallets.
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Aw, hell. I've seen that plate around. I never would have guessed that was actually him behind the wheel.
Life gets pretty chill after creating 'Tetris' and escaping the KGB.
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OMFG I saw him last week and never realized!
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Free music, one day only, go get it!
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Or you can spend 8.99 for it in iTunes. 
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I appear to be the only person on the planet that looked at the original picture of #TheDress, and saw blue and gold.
Not since Monica Lewinsky was a White House intern has one blue dress been the source of so much consternation. (And yes, it’s blue.) The fact that a single image could polarize the entire Internet into two aggressive camps is, let’s face it, just another Thursday. But for the past half-day, people across social media…
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+Dave Miller Cool, perhaps we're tetrachromats! I've always felt I had a deeper sense of colors than most...
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The day has come.

The first computer I ever programed was an in-store TRS-80 Model 2, after learning BASIC from a library book. I don't know how many ???-in-1 electronics kits I owned, and for so many years they were my go-to store for random switches, resistors, and project cases. And, of course, free batteries. I last set foot in a Radio Shack years ago, days before Christmas, hoping against hope that they might have a Samsung charging cable I needed. They didn't.

Good-bye, Radio Shack. I'm sorry we grew apart, but I guess that's how these things go.
And there it is; the death knell we all knew would ring out eventually. RadioShack has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Once a home base to the..
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This is exactly what goes through my head every time I see someone in the media pontificating about how some private party or another isn't doing enough to exact justice upon some miscreant.
 
There's a common thread between Ray Rice and the University of Virginia.  It's not a thread about either rape or race.  It's about paranoia and folly.

Most of you know that a few years ago I had a close family member be diagnosed with paranoia.  What was the most harrowing thing about that was watching this brilliant, razor-sharp mind still be brilliant and razor-sharp, but just in the most unproductive directions possible.  The perceptive facilities were completely shot: the reasoning facilities were mercilessly intact.  The craziest and most destructive things I saw this person do were all gimlet-eyed, cagey, canny, completely rational responses to stimuli that were completely imaginary.

That experience lingers with me.  Today, we've not just lost faith in the institutions of government: we are paranoid about our government.  And as a result, we are making choices that can only be called rational when seen through the lens of our paranoia.

Consider Ray Rice.  A New Jersey prosecutor low-balled his domestic violence charge and enrolled him in a program that would allow him to avoid all criminal charges for beating a woman unconscious in an elevator, dragging her out by her hair, and abandoning her in a hallway.  And despite this, who are we mad at?  We're outraged at the NFL and we want the NFL Commissioner's head on a platter, for not doing enough to combat domestic violence.  We've given the New Jersey prosecutor a free pass on not bringing this hoodlum up on charges, and we're excoriating the NFL Commissioner for something that was never his job in the first place.  This is irrational, unreasonable, and frankly flat-out crazy.  It's rational only if we agree that we never expected the machinery of justice to work anyway, meaning we saw our only hope for justice to be in the hands of Commissioner Goodell.

Consider the University of Virginia.  A lot of the current tumult is over whether the University of Virginia does enough to fight rape on campus.  But where in the University of Virginia's charter is there an expectation that UVa will maintain courts and police and public safety servants?  We're not talking plagiarism or exam cheating, both of which are offenses well within the University's wheelhouse and at which they have a great deal of experience.  We're talking about a major felony on par with kidnapping or attempted murder.  The idea that the University of Virginia should somehow be principally responsible for providing justice to its students in case of kidnapping, attempted murder, or rape is just flat-out crazy.  UVa isn't equipped for it, they lack the manpower or the resources or the experience.  Asking UVa to provide any kind of justice through its student hearing process is flat crazy.

And yet we buy into it anyway.

We shouldn't be screaming at Commissioner Goodell to suspend Ray Rice for a year.  We should be screaming at the New Jersey Attorney General to suspend Ray Rice for three-to-five with possible time off for good behavior.  We should be screaming for Acting Attorney General JJ Hoffman to hold a press conference in which he commits ritual seppuku as a way to atone for the total failure of his office.

Why aren't we?

We shouldn't be screaming at UVa that it's not putting enough rapists through student hearings.  We should instead be burning up Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo's phone lines asking him hard questions about why the Charlottesville police aren't doing a better job protecting UVa students, aren't doing a better job of outreach to victims, aren't doing a better job of collecting evidence, aren't recommending more cases to the district attorney for prosecution.

Why aren't we?

My God.  Yes, the system is broken and rarely works well, but do you really think that giving up on it and asking a freaking NFL bureaucrat or a freaking student government body to deliver justice is actually going to work?

That's just crazy.
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So, I was mistaken. I looked out at my truck, and since I "knew" that it had been locked, and it was unmolested from the outside, I assumed it hadn't been broken in to. I was wrong. Apparently a teenaged daughter had failed to lock it the last time I gave her a ride. Fortunately, there wasn't much worth stealing. Some change, a few USB cables (including my EL glowy cables. Darn it.), a charger, a cheap hotspot, and a four-year-old backup cell phone with no SIM. Now, it hadn't occurred to me that the phone might have stayed in the neighborhood, but I just pulled up "my" location data from 5AM to noon on the 28th, and interestingly, it would seem my phone was able to access my home wifi until almost 9AM, from what appears to be a shed behind a house a couple blocks away...
The location history from my stolen phone, while it was connected to my WiFi, 11/28/2014.
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Man, I could not limit myself to that little data. I used more than that on an image gallery viewer in the past two weeks alone.
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I'm not sure how to feel about the fact that I only know about Lorde because of South Park.
 
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    Build Engineer 2, 2007 - present
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    Computer Science, 1983 - 1989
  • Gonzaga University
    Computer Science, 1982 - 1983
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