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I really like the concept of this book: Pay homage to the frontline

The book covers 16 masters of the visual FX industry.  Granted, looking at the list, they could have almost just named it "The Legacy of ILM" :-)

http://amzn.to/1UVujDx

James Cameron's Thoughts About VFX Will Change How You Look at Movies
http://bit.ly/1gYQ8TG

The List

☼ Dennis Muren (Star Wars: Episodes IV–VI; Terminator 2: Judgment Day; Jurassic Park; A.I. Artificial Intelligence; War of the Worlds)

☼ Bill Westenhofer (Babe: Pig in the City; Cats & Dogs; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Golden Compass; Life of Pi)

☼ Joe Letteri (The Lord of the Rings trilogy; King Kong; Avatar; Planet of the Apes; The Hobbit trilogy)

☼ Rob Legato (Apollo 13; Titanic; The Aviator; Hugo)

☼ Paul Franklin (Pitch Black; Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy; Inception; Interstellar)

☼ Richard Edlund (Star Wars: Episodes IV–VI; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Ghostbusters; Multiplicity);

☼ Edson Williams (X-Men: The Last Stand; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Social Network; Captain America films)

☼ Karen Goulekas (Godzilla; The Day After Tomorrow; 10,000 BC; Green Lantern);

☼ Chris Corbould (Golden Eye; Die Another Day; Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy; Inception);

☼ Ian Hunter (The X-Files; The Dark Knight; The Dark Knight Rises; Inception; Interstellar)

☼ John Rosengrant (Terminator films; Jurassic Park; Iron Man films; Real Steel)
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There is a rock gym opening in Omaha - Approach​ (@omaharockgym)

They are having a grand opening at the end of the month.
http://omaharockgym.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Approach-Grand-Opening-Schedule.pdf

They also have a sale on passes right now.
http://omaharockgym.com/join/membership-sale/

NOTE: You have to be given the green light that you know what you're doing before they'll let you climb.  They will have instruction available, but not during the grand opening.
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I'm pretty excited for #TheMartian movie (as I've said before).

If you haven't read/listened to the book, you should do that first and not watch this trailer.  Spoilers abound.

https://youtu.be/ej3ioOneTy8
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How this isn't already built into Google Maps is beyond me. 

http://road.li/
Find Points of Interest Along a Route 
e.g. Find a Gas Station between Omaha and Chicago

I thought this functionality used to be there.
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It doesn't do me much good in Now if I'm trying to plan a trip.  Not looking to wing it.
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I got the Neal Stephenson "Seveneves" audiobook from the library.  It came on CD.  25 of them!

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Lemme know if you like it, and if audiobook is a good format for it!
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"Calling a function is like giving it a hug with parentheses" -  #Clojure   #Koans  

Every language needs koans like these.
http://clojurekoans.com/
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"How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election"

From what I know of the top level executive there, they wouldn't knowingly let this happen.  Middle management, who knows.  In general though, I think Google has long term views and wouldn't jeopardize their position for something that they could probably influence in more transparent ways.

The most interesting quote was this one:

"of all the demographic groups we have looked at so far, no group has been more vulnerable to SEME—in other words, so blindly trusting of search rankings—than moderate Republicans. In a national experiment we conducted in the United States, we were able to shift a whopping 80 percent of moderate Republicans in any direction we chose just by varying search rankings."

I wish they would have indicated how susceptible they were compared to moderate Democrats - where they right behind them at 75%?
America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was accomplished. Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power...
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Best headline I've read in awhile.

Goonies house shut down after owner gets sick of people doing the Truffle Shuffle on the lawn.
http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwuM_iqiA
A house in Astoria, Oregon that was used in 1985 cult classic The Goonies has been closed to visitors after the woman who owned it tired of having literally thousands of people visit it every day.
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Check it out - Hear Nebraska​ + Omaha Public Library​ are bringing you free local (if you're from NE) music!

http://downloadnebraska.org/
This joint project between Hear Nebraska and Omaha Public Library features free music from local artists. Download music, find your new favorite band, and enjoy.
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Since I have seen no one post about this, I'm going to assume it's news to a lot of people. 
Yesterday, we learned that Disney is adding some absolutely massive Star Wars expansions to their Florida and California parks. Now here’s a video showing the highlights of Bob Iger’s keynote speech—along with more concept art that wasn’t officially released.
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I was just at Disneyland, they only had one construction project going at it was where the Iron Man exhibit was at tomorrowland ( right across from Star Tours ).
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Did you know you can shop for a used roller coaster online?

http://bit.ly/1OTpOGc

http://bit.ly/1OTpYgW

http://bit.ly/1OTpRSj
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Ditto. That's what got me looking. I found out the coaster at FunPlex has changed homes like 3 times. It made me wonder how much a used roller coaster cost.
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Some investors just don't get #Google.

"Google's far-flung forays into floating balloons, nanotechnology, and the aforementioned Glass and driverless cars are wearing a bit thin."
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/07/17/google-inc-earnings-firing-on-all-cylinders.aspx

It's projects like these that will turn Google from a $370B company into a trillion dollar company. They are exploring market opportunities that could open up entirely new revenues streams where they would have first mover advantage.

Combine that with the demoralizing nature of strong cost cutting and you might see a mass exodus or at a minimum, a gradual brain drain of their best people.  The people who help make the company profitable by being more than incrementally better than the competition.

If they're not careful, they may accelerate their decent into becoming Microsoft.

Now excuse me while I go watch some +Astro Teller videos.
http://bit.ly/1MaWQSG

P.S. For full disclosure, and a bit of irony... I sold about half of my Google stock today and bought some Microsoft stock.  I'll be re-purchasing my Google shares on the next dip when Google misses "estimates".  And Microsoft just seemed really oversold - it was strictly a technical purchase.
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When we have guests from out of town and they want steak, this is the restaurant I take them too. Locals don't usually order steak at restaurants because you can make something at home that's just as good. The Drover might be the exception because their Whiskey marinated ribeye has flavor that you just can't easily replicate.
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Very expensive, but well worth trying at least once. Always get the ribeye. The sides are all excellent, but the potatoes au gratin were my favorite of the things we tried.
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One of the best places in Omaha and probably the place I eat most often. It's great because it's menu appeals to everyone, including the critical foodie. Most of the menu is good, but the best rule to live by is "Always get the special".
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