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This is a very interesting exploration of heavy metal lyrics. It might be fun to note how many of the bands are Finnish and if there's a cluster of topics and words particular to nationality, too. :)

http://www.degeneratestate.org/posts/2016/Apr/20/heavy-metal-and-natural-language-processing-part-1/
Published: 20/04/2016. By Iain. Note 1. In this post I refer to lyrics of certain bands as being "Metal". I know some people have strong feelings about how genres are defined, and would probably disagree with me about some of the bands I call metal in this post. I call these band "Metal" here ...
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Interesting piece about a random bookshop find and the history behind it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35118740
The chance discovery of a little-known book by the daughter of an American missionary in the remote wilds of 1920s Tibet led researcher Tricia Kehoe to uncover an extraordinary life story.
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+mathew You found the Volume Eight? You bastard, you probably were the one who outbid me on EBay!
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As the time of holidaymaking has officially begun…

The modern incarnation of Santa and his reindeer is a sanitized and jovial creation, built upon an older and darker pagan legend. In Finnish, Joulupukki literally translates as ‘Yule Goat’, and then there’s the scary Nuuttipukki, ala Krampus, who travels from house to house in a scary costume demanding food and beer on the 13th of January. It’s all about the goats, the goats, the goats.

( Trivia-the illustrator who created the modern vision of the Claus for Coca-Cola, was the son of Finnish immigrants - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haddon_Sundblom )

So, keeping the darker origins of Santa in mind, you might enjoy “Rare Exports”, a Finnish short on how a genuine Finnish Father Christmas is made since Finland is home to Santa’s Workshop.

Pre-viewing disclaimer: NSFW; Not safe for young children; Not safe, as it is a european flick, for anyone who may be traumatised by the exposed skin of a wrinkly old white guy; Not safe for anyone without a sense of humor. :)

Rare Exports -

https://vimeo.com/16878465
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I like Krampus' style, although walking around demanding beer from strangers might have less than ideal consequences here in the states.
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The "Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words" is mahvelous! Try your hand at explaining anything in the same limited set of words @ http://splasho.com/upgoer5/

The Constitution explained should be required reading for everyone. :) 
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Do you have a link to "The US's Laws of the Land"?
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I hate the holidays. I really do. Not on any religious or other objections, but for the manufactured obligation that one must be social and giving in a very short timeframe which was, at least for the pagans, a dark and ominous time of year. The Finnish word for November, Marraskuu, literally means 'death month' and is, generally, the darkest and most awful time of the year. Of course, Finland also lays claim to the home of Santa so...needs must, but I hate the season where everyone wants to cram a year's worth of cheer and generosity into a 45-day time period, particularly when I'm least willing to be social or cheerful. Fuck that, to be frank. I prefer to give gifts when I'm inspired all year long. And I do. I despise the commercial tyranny of the holiday season. Why can't we be giving all year long?

I also dislike the awkward feeling of being invited to parties, wanting to go, but having that dissonance of wanting to go vs. enjoying a book and a glass of wine instead, and wondering if I'm a dysfunctional stooge for choosing the latter instead of the former due to my age, where I feel less ebullient about socializing than I did when I was younger. It's an annual conundrum.

Soon, I will have a cane to wave at everyone who bothers me about the holidays....:)
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Too gloomy a fall: so many deaths.  As remedy I want to see everyone this month, although I will have to settle for the living and mostly the living-nearby.
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I've been a huge fan of "The Bridge" for many reasons, but especially because I love the female lead character, Saga Noren. There have been many articles discussing her atypical behavior as being 'on the spectrum' or as 'aspberger-esque' and, though that might be true, it annoys the hell out of me that if a woman doesn't fit into an easily defined stereotypical box, they must have some sort of disorder.

Season III of the Bridge is delving far more deeply into Saga's character, and we meet her deeply disturbed and manipulative mother which, in conjunction with her new partner asking why she doesn't share details of her life in pleasant small talk, to which she replies that she never lets anyone get close to her as they either hurt her or leave her, should be enough to suggest that she is so much more than a tidy 'autistic' diagnosis.

I see many of her characteristics in myself and many other strong, intelligent women over the years I've had the pleasure to know, and we're always fighting off this notion that we're 'crazy'. I vividly remember one whisky-infused conversation at a conference where one rather well-known gentleman in the industry told me I'd never get myself a man since all the smart women were 'batshit crazy', which I took to mean not servile. Just because we're not June Cleaver, enjoy being alone, are driven by our need for order, have extreme sensory perceptions in various ways, don't enjoy BS, etc., etc., doesn't have to mean that we're crazy or have some other 'disorder'. We're just different.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-34995327
Saga Noren from The Bridge has become an unlikely hero for women on the autistic spectrum.
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+Elaine Ashton I think the Bridge popped up as a recommendation because I liked The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo series (original 'natch).
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Stripping novels of their words and doing pattern analysis on the punctuation is surprisingly fascinating. Even more fun, is that the author has made the code open source @ https://github.com/adamjcalhoun/punctuation/ so you can do it yourself with your own favorite authors. 

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3057101/infographic-of-the-day/the-surprising-punctuation-habits-of-famous-authors-visualized/4
punctuation - Take a set of text and output a picture of the text
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If you are a punctuation fan, I would highly recommend "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen" by Mary Norris of the New Yorker.
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I hate burning hours of time looking for a simple app to do a simple thing only to find that nothing is simple, everything is featured-up to the hilt and mostly deeply underwhelming.

Mission: Something to capture a browser window in OS X at regular intervals, saved with a time-date stamp. I'm lazy and didn't want to spend time writing something that should obviously have been done 10k times over. And I get sucked into the web gawping at all the truly unbelievable crap out there.

What I ended up with: A CLI one-liner that uses a built-in utility with an undocumented feature and using GetWindowID ( https://github.com/smokris/GetWindowID )

while true ; do ; vardate=$(date +%d\%m\%Y\_%H.%M.%S ) ; screencapture -l$(GetWindowID "Firefox" "$windowname" ) -t jpg -x /path-to-folder/$vardate.jpg ; sleep 300 ; done

So, there, if all you want is something simple to grab a browser window over a span of time and stow it somewhere, there it is. Hopefully, I've saved someone a few wasted hours of their life.
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Now /this/ is the kind of cool stuff the intarwebs was made for. Beautifully done. Can't wait to see more as they come online. I heart mapped data.

http://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/
American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.
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Sweet...I love Jeff Goldblum - "It's definitely bigger than the last one..." :)
 
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For contemporaries with similarly aged children... Ms K discovered Kiss today and has embraced her Finnish genepool preference for hard and metal rock...I'm going to give you this as, well, I can't make it go away and I need to share my pain. :)

I was made for lovin' you baby...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_plih5b9To
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+Kee Hinckley Mine, too, which might be the source of the dismay. :) The Babymetal' Gimmie Chocolate is awesome, but not as classic as KISS...I feel old as my increasingly thinning hair and silvering mock me daily. :)
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Oh, go pee before reading this one as this is truly hilarious for the more in need of pedestrian humor...like me. :D Now I'm going to be thinking about what might fit into the same sort of poetic humor. c/o JHI

http://distractify.com/humor/2015/11/21/margot-clicky-clicky
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+Meg Muckenhoupt Oh dear god...I laughed so hard I nearly spilt my wine..out my nose. :D That was JUST what I needed after a SC evening....I HEART you Meg! :) I'm never eating froyo again!
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