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Don Litzenberg
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I could see you guys digging this phone.
 
Bored by #OnePlus #InsanityWeek ? Six phones in three days is a bit of a snoozefest. Now that it’s Day 4 let’s double that and give away 12 phones in 24 hours.

1. Share this post to public and tag at least 2 friends in your own post.
2. Fill out the following form: http://bit.ly/OPInsanityWkD4 (it only takes 1 minute!).
3. Go insane!

Interested in the 2014 flagship killer? A new winner will be chosen and announced every two hours so the sooner you enter, the better your chances are. Things are going to get crazy up in here. The contest for Day 4 starts today at 1.00 pm GMT (7.00 am CST) and will close on Friday, October 17 at 1.00 pm (7.00 am CST).

More info about this contest: http://bit.ly/InsanityWkD4
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Is the letter grade your receive more important than the education you received?
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Was told today that a shoe fetish suggests abuse of some kind at the 1-2 year range.  Does the fact that I know who Manolo Blahnik is and prefer Ferragamo to Prada say something weird about my childhood?  Never worn a pair of peep toes, but I used to be the dye king of satin shoes at Kinney Shoes in North County Fair when they existed.  Thinking maybe the research is flawed.
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So... procrasination is when you are supposed to be writing a 5-6 page paper and you are playing on google+.  The subject is so easy, the paper should be writing itself, and yet, here I sit on the goog...
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Somebody posted a vid from ebaum's world today.  Can't remember the last time I spent any real time on that site, but it was more than a decade ago.  Weird to think about the web in terms of decades.
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This looks amazing. I haven't wanted a new computer in a long time. I want a new computer. #newimac #apple
 
The new 27-inch iMac comes with a 5K display -- and there are big changes in the graphics department.
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Awesome local shot.
 
Just saw this fantastic shot of the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, CA by photographer John H. Moore.  The sun only aligns twice a year for a shot such as this.  Some viewers have referred to it as "Scrippshenge". :-)

Source: http://johnhmoore.com/featured/Scripps-Pier-Sunset-Alignment.html

#scrippshenge #scrippspier #landscapephotography #hdrphotography #sunsetphotography  
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I originally posted this as a story idea in 2005.  9 years later...  Does it have merit and is it worth pursuing or meh?

Sephora walked casually down the middle of main street suburbia. Didn't matter which burb, they were all the same. She walked with a purpose in the early morning before dawn. Newspapers. With news getting personal, Sephora had found her niche, technofencing. She stole and fenced technology goods with the best of them. Of course the best technocrats hadn't figured out the easy way to make a mark. After all, suburbia didn't exactly scream which white stucco look alike was the one that housed a technocrat. Of course for the hard core, there were the wireless cameras, the sound activated gates, etc. But they were also the hardest to break into. Sephora had learned long ago that to make it big, you went for the easiest to sell, the easiest to find and the largest quantities. Which is where the news came into play.

Since Reuters had quite selling news to companies and started buying up presses in the late 0's and early teens, they had revolutionized the news industry. Now everyone who was anyone got their news from the Reuters Reader. It had singlehandedly taken over as the only newspaper to have delivered to your doorstep. And the beauty of it was that it was truly your newspaper. Each topic was picked out specifically based on your profile and because of this, the ads were also directly suited to you. What a wonderful blend of marketing, technology and news. Reuters had quickly knocked down the biggies. Gannet, Knight-Ridder, theTimes co. didn't stand a chance when Reuters was able to tailor content to you, get it to your door before 6:00am and still give you access to all the news you wanted on your tv, your desktop, your PDA, your phone. Hell, the paper was just an already printed archive of the day for you.

So Sephora spent a weekend a month picking out a middle class burb to stalk and track. She stole a paper a street for a couple of weeks until she found enough targets that had good technocratic tendencies in their ads and news. Then on the final week of her patrol, she would hit the houses and take all the little goodies and have them on Ru-bay before the owners realized they had been robbed. She had a steady stream of clientele that knew her to be reliable on the Russian auction site and usually had her stuff sold and shipped before most homeowners were fighting rush hour demons.

The thrill wasn't really in the acquisition, it was in the selling. Sephora knew that the Russian language barrier was enough to thwart most of the local piddies (PDs) and that they wouldn't think to look for fenced items in Russia. Sephora was more worried about constantly having to change shipping carriers and "send from" addresses than any real piddy finding out what she was up to. Some clerk somewhere might take notice of the amount of stuff leaving, alert a customs tool and it would all be over and she would be dealing with much smarter, much more resourceful g-men.

As Sephora's account drew closer and closer to her imposed two million mark, she pondered where to make the most of her retirement. Things could be quite good in Thailand. Cheap and luxurious. If her "supply chains" turned out to be profitable for the next two or three months, she would hit her mark and be on her way. The problem was finding a "retirement home" that was backwater enough to be cheap, but progressive enough to allow a woman to live well without having to wear nine yards of cloth to be seen in public. Perhaps Russia. A destabilized economy that would love to see someone who can spend. Still there was that horrid cold. Why couldn't Russia be located on the equator. All of Africa was out, if they weren't muslim extremists, they were trying to annihilate each other. No way was she headed for most of Europe. The dollar was too weak, and she needed to stretch hers for a couple of decades. Asia didn't jive with a liberated woman, so no go there. Maybe Australia. Not Sydney of course, too much money already there, but perhaps a jaunt over to rural New Zealand might be the trick. Liberated women, not too much technology, but not too little. That was it, she was bound for a land down under.

Sephora had her twenty or so marks figured out by 8:00am. The key was to hit them before lunch, but after the morning rush. That way you missed nosy school moms walking or driving back from dropping the kids off and were gone before the suitboys took their mistresses home for "lunch".

Any papers with feminine ads, diaper ads, toys, etc. were immediately trashed. Too many trophy wives and mothers at home to take the chance on those. The ones to hit were rife with the latest gadget sales with dating advice columns. These were the geeks that made her rich. Great at making money as a software engineer, but inept socially, so they spend all their money on gadgets and their time at work.

Sephora put on her housewife costume and headed out. The great thing about house wives is that they all had this habit of carrying bags that would make Mary Poppins envious. Perfect for hiding small gadgets, motherboards, processors, etc. She put the floppy hat on her head that hid her face and was supposed to "save" her skin, pulled on the white baggy shorts that came down past the knees, and the Keds tennies and topped it off with the polo shirt. Not exactly the attire of a burglar, but that was the point wasn't it? She jumped into her rented late model cookie cutter and headed for burbia. Of course no one took notice of the champagne Hondyota Accamry or whatever it was. She hopped out at the end a street, looked like she was lost for a second, stared at addresses, then walked right up to her first mark. She rang the bell, waited, then jammed her tumbler into the lock and waited for a click.

Sephora walked right in, took stock of the living room and smiled. The black leather sofa had no coffee table in front of it, rather a game console with controllers snaking their tails all over the stained carpet. Two Mountain Dew bottles lay on the end tables where they were probably knocked over in a moment of geeky triumph by mighty pixel warriors. The beauty of technogeeks is that they were all the same. She scanned the walls and smiled at the posters of Anime women that all technogeeks worshipped. Requisite was some form of body armor, out of proportion racks, and of course, pig tails. These goddesses were almost universally worshipped in her target's homes. The DVDs were piled around the DVD player. Sephora was sure that if she looked behind the mainstream Anime, she would find Manga that served as geekporn.

She went upstairs and checked the spare room for the requisite computer room. Right where it should have been was a norwegian designed particle board desk, leather chair and top of the line superchip II machine. The walls were decked with the slightly more risque posters. The battle armor was in the background and the women were as scantily clad as possible. Of course there was the requisite school girl outfit that seemed ingrained in Japanese culture. In forty seconds, she had the board and chip, gpus and SSD with memory in her burb bag. Next went the digital camera, the video camera, the mini media player and the laptop. She was soon locking the door with her tumbler and headed back to the car. This was a particularly effective house. The only bummer about hitting in the day is that iPods, phones and PDAs were usually at work with the techies. Next house.

The next house was two streets over and other than layout, it was almost identical to the first. She was able to get in and out with the processor, board, memory, and a mini Raid setup. This guy was obviously a musician as well, so she had scored a sound studio worthy sound card. Normally the sound cards weren't worth much, but musicians dropped a fortune on theirs and they sold easily on Ru-bay. The next two were disappointments, as they were techies in their dreams. Sephora always hated hitting these, as their machines were usually outdated and they had none of the equipment but still appeared to want to stay up on the times. Usually they didn't work in the field, but were like children with their noses pressed to a toy store window. As the time approached 11:00am, Sephora decided it was time to head out of the burbs and back to the real world. Too many people would be heading home for lunch and as Ann Onymous as she looked right now, better safe than sorry.
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Lego awesome
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