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Hi, LazyPlus.

I like science fiction.  I've read most of Scalzi, some of Stross, actually all of Heinlein, but I'm so-so on the Culture novels and absolutely meh on most fantasy, including Game of Thrones.  Ready Player One was okay, but wrote itself, and Jim Dodge's book Stone Junction is great (but not sci-fi, so much?)  Asimov is a bit dry, Bradbury is fantastic, but I've run out, and the world is better off with William Gibson as a writer.

What should I be reading?  What did I miss, or what's new?  Amazon keeps recommending me direct-to-Kindle books, which are hit and miss with the emphasis on miss.
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Will add Earthsea in.  :)  
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Anyone know what just happened to this Mac?
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+Dean Jackson I'd be happy to fiddle.
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Okay, more comics to give away. These are original comics (not collections), some random, some in mostly complete runs.

Superman, Wolverine, X-factor, Spelljammer, Iron Man, Avengers, Punisher. 

Anyone interested? PM me your interest and an address. Will respond here when things are completely gone.
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Okay, that escalated quickly.  Gone.
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Pittsburgh Salad should involve air-quotes around the word "salad".
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Meat, fries, and iceberg lettuce.  Healthy.  Salad.
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Okay, props to Kickstarter.  They lost their encrypted passwords, and announced it.  I sent an email back "were the passwords salted?"

Twenty minutes later: 
1. The oldest passwords are sha1; if you haven't logged in in quite awhile, this is it.  (Didn't say if it was salted or not.)
2. The rest are bcrypt, which is salted.

Props for actually answering questions when asked from random users on the internet; well played.
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(To be fair, I paraphrased; they went with "multiple rounds of sha1")
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So, some news, and a whole lot of change coming up.

1. Kelly and I are having our first kid in July, if everything keeps going right. Win.
2. There's a hell of a job lined up for me... at the main office at work. Basically managing and improving process for the Search teams.
3. So in about a month, we're jumping in the Subaru, driving it to California, and parking it there. 

It's not a set of choices without some pretty huge tradeoffs. I don't want to move farther from my family, but it puts us closer to Kelly's family, so we still have babysitting help around. Doing it in a month is also a trick; we have a large house... that needs to fit into a 800 sq ft apartment, it seems like.

Here goes.
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Congrats Dean. 2014 is shaping to be a great year for you guys.

Good luck. 
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Google Music question.

I used to use Google Drive to backup my tunes, and had the music stored locally to listen to.

With Google Music, all my music is in there now; I don't keep a local copy.  I keep a backup stored in Google Drive, still.

Is there any reason to have that stored in Google Drive anymore?  I could use that space, and instead of upgrading my storage account farther, figured I'd think about that first.
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I have a Western Digital external disk (USB 3.0) for all kind of backups and it's really useful... even if I have those files on Google Drive / Google Music.
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I have some comic books (collected/trade paperbacks) to sell; anyone interested?
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I'll just come by your desk and read them all while you work.
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California's in a pretty epic drought.  More than 1/4 of Californians - 10 million of them - live in Los Angeles.  Somewhere between 2/3rds and 3/4s of the water used in Los Angeles is used to water decorative plants.  Like lawns and flowers.

It'd seem to make sense to have a tiered system for water there; if you use a little, it's normal-price, and if you use a lot, it's expensive, so that you don't screw the poor, but you don't incentivize watering lawns, too.

Which is what they have.  It's about $5.33 for the first tier (per 1000 gallons), and about $7.75 after that.  Sewage runs another $4.75 or so.  So, $10 and $12.50, at the most expensive time of year, for water in a desert in a 100-year-drought.  That's also for LA county - all developed land - not the price they charge for farmland, which is (hopefully!) cheaper.

Swinging back home, Pittsburgh, PA sits between three (count 'em, three!) fresh water rivers, and is west of a mountain range, where it rains more than enough most of the time.  Pittsburgh runs about $20 for the first 1000 gallons, and then $9.25 for each additional thousand, with no tiering.  

Which is to say, water in a desert in the worst drought in their history is priced the same as water in Pittsburgh, which has, you know, lots of water?

1. LA seems like they should raise the price, or they're going to heavily screw over the entire state's agricultural industry later this year, when there's just no water to put on crops.  (And grapes and trees don't grow like vegetables; if they die one year, they don't come back for another 20.)

2. WTH, Pittsburgh?  Is this the problem with a combined sewage system, again?  (Storm water and sewage all go to the sewage treatment plant, because we only built one set of sewage pipes in the early 1800s.)
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+Todd Underwood - because of guarding against freezing?
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While it's this cold outside, I'll fix it with fire. "Fix".
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So, the back half of my basement is my wood shop, and my laundry room.  My kitchen drain runs under the concrete floor... and died horribly on Sunday.  So everything has been moved out of my shop and laundry room into other parts of the house.

I had five years of scrap wood lying around; here's a 1"x1"x7" piece of pine that might be handy, there's a 4"x6"x3/4" piece of cherry, here's some cedar, and so on.  All tiny.  All nigh useless, except in a very niche case.

I ran out of space to put other stuff in the house, so I burned the scraps.  All of them.  And had a beer or two while working.  :-)

If anyone wants actual full-size lumber (cherry, mahogany, white oak, some walnut), or some cabinet-grade plywood (birch), I'm likely selling some to knock back the supply.  :-)
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Glen, Beth, and the rest of the crew here are awesome. They're crazy-interested in getting the right bike for the right person; I'm very, very tall, and Glen made sure not to sell me something that wasn't going to fit. I've had him redo my handlebars once, and he gave me a wide variety of new and used options, while steering me away from the more expensive stuff, as it didn't make sense on my bike (or for how I ride). They don't sell low-end; if you have a bike you picked up at Target or Walmart, there's not much they can do, and I'd probably try Kraynick's in Garfield. Big Bang is glad to chat with folks in the low/middle price range, probably $300 and up, both to sell and repair. They're very well prepared to chat about road bikes in the $1000+ range, and have a ton of racing and cyclocross bikes in stock at all times. Said another way; they offered to sell me a $20 seat for my bike, looked nice and cushy. They had nicer options (used) for not much more money. Looking around, they also had $200+ saddles from Italy and England, which weren't what I was looking for. They seem to be really interested in the right stuff to match how a person rides, and not so interested in hurrying anyone. One caveat; if there's someone there before you, they're not interested in hurrying them, either. :-)
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Good breakfast; would eat breakfast here again. Unlike most hotel restaurants, this was really outstanding food. Service was lightning fast, as well.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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It's a waaaaays into the suburbs for me, and the downside is the drive there. That said, the service is excellent and professional. The manager also saved me $1k+, by helping me look up the VIN on my bike to see if the previous service had or hadn't been done by another service center; the phrase "we don't want to charge you for work that you don't need" went a looong way with me. Aces. Wish they had somewhere to sit/something more to do while I'm stuck there waiting; it's a far enough drive out of the city that getting my wife and/or a cab to pick me up and drop me off is a tough sell.
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Went here for a dinner before my wedding about a month ago, and was impressed. While it's a hotel bar - which usually spells disaster - this was really astounding. Cocktails were excellent, with an enormous menu of drinks. The marrow bone was delicious and unique. Everyone enjoyed their dinner quite a bit, and dessert was also top notch. I'd head back here again.
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Service at a breakfast was bad, and worse still considering this isn't exactly an inexpensive meal.
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