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A snapped front derailleur cable halfway through the morning commute tends to slow things down a bit (except for one's legs, trying to maintain any sort of speed while stuck on the smallest chain ring).
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It's not really uncommon, though probably more common when you don't change them frequently enough. :-) I've never had a rear derailleur cable break, but that's usually because I change the rear one when the front one breaks. Based on the mechanics, I'd guess that there's more pressure on the front cable than the second. That having been said, this is the first time it's snapped at the derailleur itself versus the shifter.
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Corporations are people and money is speech. What could possibly go wrong?
Washington (CNN) -- In another blow to federal election laws, the Supreme Court on Wednesday eliminated limits on the total amount people can donate to various political campaigns in a single election season.
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In fact, anyone who signed up for Triton Alerts would have gotten these status updates. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this includes everyone in the building, nor that even those in the building who opted into the emergency notification system would have gotten the message (e.g., a number of places in the building have poor or no cellular coverage, so voice calls and text messages would not have been received). The main issue is the lack of a process (or lack of following a process) in notifying building occupants. In addition to the normal emergency alarm system (fires, hazardous materials, etc.), there is a building-wide public address system that should have been used, probably in conjunction with the regular alarm.
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"... from a scientifically realistic perspective, political realism is somewhere between cowardly and suicidal." Huh, you don't say?
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One of many orphaned, heart-shaped cakes exiled to the surplus racks at the back of Ralphs, perhaps to catch the eye of someone looking to share a post mortem Valentine's Day sentiment at a slight discount.
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I'd imagine that the color scheme would be considered quite fashionable by the average shopper at Ralph's. Gotta know one's demographic, after all.
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I guess I could be cynical and say that this all about marketing, but one cannot help but be at least a little bit impressed at a corporation taking such a forceful and unambiguous stand against bigotry.
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Initially, I thought it was cool in a geeky way to see my +Nest thermostat telling me that it was updating itself when I got home today. After the display remained stuck like this for over an hour, the coolness factor wore off a little bit. Fortunately, there was some degree of geek redemption in that a forced reboot got it back up and running. How awesome is it to be able to reboot one's thermostat? :-)
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Pretty much, wish it would help in security and tell me if people are home or not. I love tech too much.
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Nope, doesn't sound at all like it was written by a former top lobbyist for the wireless and cable industries.
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Favorite quote: "The age of the dinosaurs was dramatically warmer than this is right now and it didn’t cook the planet ... In fact, life was fine."

You can't help but believe him, based on a first-hand account from his youth...
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Well yea... That was only 6000 years ago and not much changes over 6000 years.
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A pipe dream, I know...
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Director, Engineering Computing, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego
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  • University of California, San Diego
    Director, Engineering Computing, 2004 - present
  • University of California, San Diego
    Associate Director, Engineering Computing, 2001 - 2004
  • University of California, San Diego
    Project Scientist, 1999 - 2001
  • IBM
    Research Staff Member, 1996 - 1999
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Pleasantville, NY - New York City, NY - La Jolla, CA - Gainesville, FL - New Orleans, LA - Colorado Springs, CO - Myakka City, FL
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Saying something is not the same as doing something, and doing something is not the same as accomplishing something.
Introduction
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tells me that I am a strongly identified INTJ. Routine self-diagnostics have borne out the accuracy of this classification in practice. While not defined by the type, I'd say that its characteristics are a fairly good introduction to my operational behavior.

Two of my favorite movies are Patton and The Lion in Winter. The stories are compelling, the actors awesome, and the scores (Jerry Goldsmith and John Barry, respectively) perfect complements to the tales being told.

My personal philosophy is complex and always subject to revision based upon new observations and evidence, but a core belief can be summed up in the following quote from Harold "Doc" Edgerton, who was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT: "Work like hell, tell everyone everything you know, close a deal with a handshake, and have fun."

Oh yeah, and I'm gay. It would be wonderful to live in a world in which this were unremarkable (beyond the only plausible scenario in which it actually matters). In the meantime, personal visibility is important because every little example helps create a sense of community for those in need, whether you're growing up in the rural South (as I did), you work in an archaically conservative discipline like Engineering (as I do), or any number of life situations where diversity and complexity are feared rather than embraced. Plus, there is an undeniable coolness in sharing at least this one property with Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science (how's that for a family value?). 

That's all for now. If you want to know more, feel free to ask.
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I bike commute 28 miles a day, 5 days a week. The San Diego iCommute site tells me that's approximately 239 dollars, 19 gallons of gasoline, and 422 pounds of CO2 saved per month.
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  • University of California, San Diego
    Ph.D., Computer Science
  • University of Florida
    M.S., Computer Science
  • Loyola University New Orleans
    B.S., Computer Science and Philosophy
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