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Do you ever spend time cleaning up your Google Drive?
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Yes, as I put things into it.
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Yes, fairly regularly.
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Only when it becomes a disaster.
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No.
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Yes. But I have more in my gmail
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Monterey Bay Aquarium seems to have it's stuff down.
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This is my favorite thing in the aquarium.
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So, I bought the game Civilization Revolution, for the XBox.  It's pretty good; not as complicated as the desktop versions, but still fun to play.

The thing is... the way they've drawn the three female leaders in the game (Cleopatra, Elizabeth, Catherine) is pretty damn awful.  Or, badly sexist, since all three of them look like they had boob jobs turned to 11.  Why?  Which demographic are you trying to get with that at this point?

http://www.civfanatics.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=1480&original=1&s=cdbf4b77385900a5c698288761ad54eb

Seriously, WTF??
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See also "repair her armor" tumblr
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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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The "toilet seat" models had this problem because one of the hinges would chew through the video cable with extensive opening and closing..

I also had an iBook that needed frequent trips to the Apple Store for servicing; normal use (i.e. setting it down on the table) thumped directly on the video card and tended to unseat the cable leading to the monitor.
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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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So, like ten years ago, Marvel Comics started a set of books based in a parallel universe to their normal characters; the Ultimate imprint.  Most of the same characters exist, but the back stories all fit together much more cleanly, there's actual continuitiy, and the writers can do whatever they want (it's a limited-length run).

The Ultimate Thor storyline is so much better than the current movies, I often wish they would have used it instead of the scripts they went with.  

I think the Thor movies are pretty good when Thor is on Earth, and pretty boring when he's in Asgard.  Thor is hilarious in everyday situations, like taking the subway.  The romance in the movies lacks pretty much any chemistry whatsoever.  And you've got a stash of superhumans in Asgard that should be nigh invicible, but never are.

In the Ultimate Universe, superheroes are mostly made, not born.  As part of the European Super Soldier Program - kind of the EU's counterpart to building a Captain America - they find this guy.  They build their program around him; a funny looking vest that lets someone fly, genetic alterations to the guy to make him strong and nearly invicible, and a combination lightning generator/teleporter the size of a cinder block.

Bear with me.  The guy then goes and has a psychotic break, probably because of the genetic experiments they ran on him.  He thinks he's Thor, son of Odin, warrior of Asgard.

One storyline is that he's always thought this, and never admitted it; he's a God, made man, repowered to be a near-God.  

Another storyline is that he really is Thor, and always was Thor, but his brother Loki remade reality to invent the whole Super Soldier program; his brother made up a story where Thor goes nuts so that Thor gets stuck in a psych ward.

At some points, although not many, Thor's not sure if he's nuts, or if Loki's dicking with him.

It's a hell of a lot more psychological, and best of all, plots built around this are possibly a lot more interesting than a literal God of Thunder.  There's no need for Asgard outside of Thor's head, and he stays on Earth.  He almost never talks to a female lead; the horribly misbalanced female lead isn't in the story.  And as the audience, you don't know if the story is real, or just in the poor guy's head in the hospital, which works for me.
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Heck, Ultimate Fantastic Four is also a better storyline than they've used for the movies... by far.  They start with kids; maybe 12-14 years old, and progress to 25ish as the series went for ~10 years.  (Sort of.  The Human Torch stays 15-19ish by the end, for purposes of working him into other books.)

It lends to much better storylines, or at least, ones where the characters are easier to work with, as most of the movie-watching audience doesn't have an existing opinion of any of the characters, which is one thing that seems to let adult super heroes work in movies for people who don't read comics.
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Now that's a business model. 
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The sign on the front of the place is for "Chinese food", actually.  They apparently added it recently.  (Hah!)
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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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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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Super friendly, super knowledgeable staff who don't bother you unless you ask. Mom and pop instead of big box, the prices aren't as low, but the folks selling you things can actually answer whatever questions you've got, which feels like a huge win to me.
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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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I ordered flowers over the internet last year to have someone deliver to my mom; I moved across the country, and can't get them there myself. The internet place put an order in here. The flowers were way, way, way above my expectation; much better than other times I've ordered flowers online. My mom actually figured out where the flowers came from, and asked me to order directly from them if I was sending flowers again. Thanks much to this awesome flower shop. :-)
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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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Public - 2 years ago
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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.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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