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It's time to come to grips with the truth people. The moon landing was not faked, 9/11 was not an inside job... and the dress is #$%@ing BLUE! Reality doesn't change just because you don't understand how lighting works. Look how bleached out the background of the image is. That's why the foreground is bleached out as well to create a gold color from the black. 
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Normally I'd add something... But Bill's got this.
 
I'm going to ramble a bit here.

I went through those famous phases of grief today quickly. But now, a few hours later. I am truly not sad. No, not because I suppress my human feelings in favor of logic, but for another reason.

Humans deal with grief by latching onto a lot of trite cliches. "We shouldn't mourn losing him, but celebrate his life." etc. We hear those all the time and - they're true to an extent - but those words don't take away the tremendous sense of loss we feel in our hearts. I've lost a few people who shaped me as a human being this year; Lou Scheimer, Robin Williams. When they left, I was left with a profound sense of emptiness.

But not today. Today those words make sense in a way they never had before, and  I know the reason. 

Leonard Nimoy's life was like a perfect book. There is a bittersweetness in reading the final page, but once it's done there is a wonderful sense of satisfaction in its completeness. There's no desire for "more". No need for a sequel. It left you wanting for nothing.

When we think about the people we lose, we are filled with thoughts that start with "If he only had the chance to.." "Too bad he never..." "I'm sad I never told..."

But he had. He did. I did.

Of course the media will talk about Spock today - and they should. That character had such a profound impact on the very souls of so many. But that portrayal also allowed Mr. Nimoy to live the life he wanted, not extravagantly wealthy, but able to  create his poetry, his photography, his directing, his singing. He was an artist. Period. Not bound by a medium or a canvas. He created art and expressed himself. He shared with the world (and it should be pointed out, his poetry is amazing, his photography is stunning).

He lived the life that all humans should lead, the life that Star Trek told us we could lead. A life filled with love and art.

And in the end, he even came back to the big cinema screens and shared Spock with us a final time.

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And I have no regrets of my own this day. We often wish we could tell our heroes what they meant to us. I got to. Oh sure, I blathered at him at conventions since the first time I met him in person (6/10/1989) but as an adult, and in "the industry" I had enough opportunities to share a moment with the great man and tell him to his face that my adolescence, my discoveries of how to grow from a child to a man, to live a moral life, to strive to always listen, to embrace infinite diversity in infinite combinations and celebrate that which is foreign and new to me was thank to him. He smiled politely. He'd heard it before, but I knew it was no less precious to him to hear the 1,000th time than the second.

And I hope he saw in me what he saw in many others who told him those things, if only for a fleeting moment; that as a boy, feeling alien, feeling isolated by intelligence and frustrated by an inability to understand the emotions I felt, that he represented something to be - the same way Michael Jordan or Gilda Radner or so many others did for other children.

I have said everything I know how to say to him. And it was forgotten by him in a moment, but it was important to say. And he said everything he knew how to say to the world.

And the world will not forget.

I am not sad. I am happy for the world which was made better for his presence.

I will of course leave you with a quote from Star Trek:
 "All is well. And yet I can't help wondering about the friend I leave behind. There are always... possibilities, Spock said. And if Genesis is, indeed, life from death, I must return to this place again."
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What a great read. That quote at the end is spot on... 
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I just can't stop watching this. There must be other videos worth watching out there... but nope, just keep coming back to this one. She just nails it so perfectly.
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Very useful infographic in keeping track of where everyone fits. Obviously you can update the Spiderman/Sony circle to fit inside the Marvel circle while still independent. It's definitely a step in the right direction. 
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How is this not the ONLY news being discussed today?
Peter Parker is returning to Marvel. (Or will it be Miles Morales?) In a reboot of the "Spider-Man" franchise, Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced a new partnership with Marvel Studios that b...
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They just need to do a soft reboot from here though. No more origin stories, no "YA targeted reimagining", just an established smart talking Spiderman who is ready to be more than just a friendly neighborhood hero. 
This also eliminates any doubt about Spider Woman, who I'm psyched to see. She's a great, unique character who shares little more than the name with Spiderman. 
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OK. I know we're not going to get commercial hoverboards on time, flying cars are still pure fantasy, and Nike's automatic laces are going to be too expensive... But there's nothing keeping the Gray's Sports Almanac from actually being published (with neat retro book cover from before dust resistant paper). Gotta actually have all the important sports scores for 1950 to 2000, for real, not just don't movie tie in. You got until October 21, get on it people!
Grays Sports Almanac: Complete Sports Statistics 1950-2000, also known as Grays Sports Almanac , was a compilation of sports statistics and scores that was sold at the Blast from the Past antique/memorabilia store in downtown Hill Valley in 2015. It covered many sports from 1950 to 2000, including football, baseball, hockey, horse racing, boxing, slamball, golf, tennis, track, polo, bowling, surfing, sailing, auto racing, rugby, soccer (a.k.a. fo...
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I think the information would have to be on a tablet of that size to be readable, actually.
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So after years of useless proprietary DRM content being attached to DVD purchases, someone finally figured out a way to do it that's profitable and safe for the company while being fantastic to use for the consumer. Super excited it was Disney that did it too.
What's great is as soon as you link up Google Play, Vudu, and iTunes, all of your previous purchases are right there for use right in the app. Then, the Guardians of the Galaxy Bluray I just got took 10 seconds to link to my account. So great and easy to use, but still allows Disney the copy protections and control they want. It's also on Roku and Chromecast, so awesome. This is how it should work all the time!
Considering I have a new baby girl now, a good app like this will be quite profitable for the mouse house. 
With Disney Movies Anywhere, you can enjoy your Disney, Pixar and Marvel mo...
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Also, VUDU was the Ultraviolet launch partner. At one time, it was the only place to watch Ultraviolet movies, but that only lasted a few months.
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I didn't see all of the Oscars, but I did catch a not so subtle motif against super hero movies... Which seems ironic when they made such a big deal about trying to receive the magic of cinema. Sure, the deeper indie movies might be objectively better pieces of art, but the feeling I get when I'm watching a really great Marvel movie is why I go to the theater. Stop wining about the dumbing down of audiences and consider just why audiences loved Avengers so much but not so much [insert study best picture winner I didn't see in the past 10 years).
If you were keeping track last night during the 87th Annual Academy Awards, host Neil Patrick Harris and the various presenters took their fair share of potshots at superhero cinema. Granted, these big-budget, seemingly ubiquitous films are…
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Especially that ending!

I missed this one too.
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Don't know why but my baby loves that lion!
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There's definitely something odd about her, she's way too smart for a 2 month old... not sure about remotely crashing apps though.
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I... Wait what? Not "The Neil Patrick Harris Show"... Just "Neil Patrick Harris" ? Variety show or what? I'm in though...
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So would I, David. A great Talent.
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  • ASAP
    Tech Support, 2011 - present
  • Pace
    Tech Support, 2010 - 2011
  • Phoenix Zoo
    Zoo Instructor, 2004 - 2011
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Phoenix, Az
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Tucson, Az - Mesa, Az
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Outdoor loving geek.
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I'm an enigma of sorts, but not really the mysterious sexy kind. I love nature, camping, wildlife, and outdoor sciences. It brings me great joy teaching kids about the outdoors. I'm big on the Transcendentalism (the Emerson kind, Thoreau was a narcissist) and believe that life is only worth living when you're living at least a fair share of it surrounded by the natural world. 

At the same time... I'm a big geek. Tech, tv, movies, and video games are my world. I'm an active Browncoat (fan of Joss Whedon's Firefly and Serenity), Google fanboy, CNET adict, and overpriced gadget collector. I love the connectivity that technology like Google+ bring to my life.

So how do I balance the nature nerd with the tech geek? Still working on that... but when the tech world starts to make me feel empty I can always make a run for the zoo. When the outdoors starts to give me a sunburn, there's always my Chromebook. It works.

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Geek (n, v, adj): Someone who focuses their attention on pop culture subjects. For instance, a geek is a person who takes more than a passing interest in television shows, movies, music, comic books, scifi/fantasy literature, costuming, internet memes, technology, etc. Geeks can, and frequently do to varying degrees, overlap with Nerds. Example: Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day are geek royalty thanks to their involvement in popular fiction and new media work.

Nerd (n, v, adj): Someone whose interests lie in scientific or academic endeavors. For instance, nerds are interested in research, math, fine arts, literature, programming, etc. There is a distinction to be made between traditional nerds and modern nerds. Traditional nerds can best be described today as "dweebs" as they were defined by their thick rimmed glasses, calculators, and pocket protectors. Modern nerds are more trendy and harder to spot, but strive toward intellectualism.

Fanboy (n, adj): Geeks with an excessive interest in a specific subject, spending a potentially unhealthy amount of time discussing the subject, and occasionally such that they feel their love of that subject supersedes the right of others to have interest in opposing subjects. Example: Apple Fanboys vs Windows or Android Fanboys , XBox Fanboys vs Nintendo and Sony Fanboys, Twilight Fangirls. 

Dork (n): Someone who believes him/herself to be a proper geek or nerd, frequently shares characteristics with fanboys, but ultimately does not possess the knowledge to accurately back their arguments. Example: "It was lame that Leia and Han got together at the end of Star Wars. Luke and Leia were a much better couple.", "I thought it was better back when it was Mystery Science Theater 2000." or "Sisko was easily the best captain of the Enterprise!" 
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I didn't write the Llama Song, but I made it famous (and just a little awesome). In my tiny little world, I'm a huge celebrity.
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  • Flowing Wells High School
    1993 - 1998
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Great, friendly atmosphere, great variety of food, and really good food. Not cheap, but worth it for a once a week treat.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
The first time you go is a bit overwhelming (making their sampling station genius) but once you find a combo that works for you, it's about the best food you could ever hope to have at such a seemingly unassuming little place. My combo is the Jade Red Chicken and a Diablo Chicken Quesadilla (killer hot, the cheese and tortilla helps a lot), refried beans and jerk fried rice.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
Okay, it's not the *best* BBQ you will ever have. However, if you can find a better BBQ joint in west Mesa with this friendly of a staff, reasonable prices, and quick enough to run to on a lunch break, I'll give you a nickel (and I'd be very excited to know where it is because it sounds awesome). Great (if a bit greasy... But the tasty kind) pulled pork, they're own very tasty hot and mild BBQ sauce, and some of the best fries I've ever had. Apparently they also cater so... Bonus.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I should start by warning that what drives me may not be what drives you to an establishment. My wife has Celiac Disease, a disorder that can most simply be described as an allergy to gluten (though there's a lot more to it). Except for a handful of exceptions (Gluten Free Creations, Picazzo's Pizzaria), we rarely get to eat out because of this. Vito's came well recommended on the Gluten Free Registry so we decided to check it out. It was a busy evening, but we were seated faster than your average Olive Garden, so certainly nothing to complain about there. The service was very friendly and responsive, and most importantly were readily prepared with answers to our questions about the Gluten Free menu. When they brought us salad, we never even had to ask that they leave off the croutons, which is surprisingly rare. When the food came, my wife thoroughly enjoyed her gluten free pasta dish, and I had an excellent salmon stuffed with crab and shrimp (the portion size seemed awfully wimpy but it turned out the perfect quantity). In the end the pricing was pretty reasonable, so I'd call it an all around win.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Picazzo's is back! It was under new ownership for a while (still the same great gluten free food) but it's back to the original name. The ONLY place to eat out for trustworthy gluten free pizza.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Very good food and conscious of gluten issues. Great burger joint all around.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Tried this place out for Lunch today. Heard good things and it was close to work, so it sounded like a winner. After a hassle finding it (Google has it in the mobile home park, it's actually by the Inn just to the east), the place was clean and inviting. It doesn't have the distinctive "New York" or "Chicago" stylings I look for in a pizza place, but it isn't fast food bland. The staff were pretty to-the-point. Not altogether friendly, but why force smiles and cheerfulness as long as he takes my order efficiently, accurately, and courteously. He told me 6 minutes for the pizza, which is great. It probably would have been 6 had conditions not been what they were. It was kind of a Murphy's Law night for the place, everything going wrong. They handled it well though, and once I got my pizza it was spectacular. It's not the best pizza in the world, but for $5, it beats circles around any other low priced pizza out there (with the possible exception of Costco... who knew?). I haven't tried the sandwiches etc, but I look forward too it.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago