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I'm not posting a cat picture.  I'm resharing one my wife posted.  This is what I tell myself in order to preserve some remnant shred of dignity.  Besides, people kept asking.

Zola doesn't quite match the extroverted 18/100 wrap-humans-around-her-little-finger charisma Sugar had; we still miss her. But he's every bit as people-friendly, gentle, and well-mannered as you'd expect from a Maine Coon - quite lovable on his own terms. May he live as exceptionally long as she did.
 
Our pet-sitter recently took a photograph of our cat, Zola, that aptly captures both his pulchritude and his character.  Here it is!
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+Ken Barber He's a tad on the short-haired side for a Coon, but otherwise breed-typical.

We didn't have a pedigree for Sugar, but we strongly suspected she had a lot of Coon genes. She looked like an ordinary American tabby, but had the size, personality, and vocalization range of a Coon.
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Tired of stupid-hot novelty sauces? Try this instead - a very tasty, tangy, well-balanced sauce with notes of lemon, lime, garlic. and habanero. It will be excellent on your breakfast eggs or any meat dish.

Other good points: no sugar, no additives, made in small batches by a fanatic  who grows his own peppers. This is his only product and it's clearly a labor of love as much as money.

If you like habanero-and citrus sauces like Melinda's or Rasta Fire (two of my favorites!) this will definitely ring your chimes.  I just ordered three bottles because my first one ran out.

#hotsauce  
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I do like Melinda's. And much respect to them for being the first major label to offer a ghost pepper sauce (as far as I'm aware, at least, based on what's on the shelves in my barrio).
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Good compilation of cases where a civilian with a CCW stopped or prevented a mass shooting.  There are more of these than I realized - the press has been very, very effective at blacking them out until recently.
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+Kevin Chambers That's one of the prices we pay for diversity. Seriously.
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I used to be optimistic about the inevitable, final exposure of the anthropogenic-global-warming fraud not causing a collapse in the public reputation of science in general.

I am becoming less so.  Why is it left to conservative political blogs to expose stuff like this?  Why are scientists not cleaning their own house?

Their inaction is making the future bright for Creationists and flat-Earthers.
We have written a number of times about how government agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here in the U.S., have systematically adjusted temperature history to ...
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+Kurt Bremser
Even in Viking times Greenland was never a particularly hospitable place. As far as to why I replied to you it was because I am not precognitive. I don't know what kind of dicks I'm dealing with ahead of time. Thanks for clearing that up for me now.
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The real news here isn't that a civilian carrying a concealed weapon prevented a crime, it's that Associated Press  no longer seems to be systematically blacking reports of such incidents out of the national news.  I wonder what changed?
OREM, Utah (AP) — A shopper with a concealed weapons permit shot and killed a man who was trying to carjack a woman Saturday outside a Utah grocery store, officers said.
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My personal guess is that the media hates police more than gun owners right now.
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Sword technique not bad, shield work rather primitive.

I'd have the strength and the technical chops for this, and the small size of the ring would make my mobility problems a non-issue.  I might be short on the aerobic endurance required, though.
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+Foo Quuxman What do people think of Matt Easton? I've been watching a lot of his videos lately, and historical European martial arts have been looking very appealing....
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New blog post: A common route to programming hell deserves a name.
There's a deeply annoying class of phenomena which, if you write code for any length of time, you will inevitably encounter. I have found it to be particularly prevalent in transformations to clean...
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This is why I like having a specification.  At some point the remaining "edge cases" are things that the specification rejects (or allows arbitrary handling of) that the existing implementation(s) handle.  At that point, I just don't support them (the same way) in the new tool, and inform the "other side" (users? generators? whatever) to follow the spec.

It's also why I don't like "living" specifications; I don't like shooting at moving targets.
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"Whoever created humanity left in a major design flaw. It was the tendency to bend at the knee."

Reason captures Terry's not-very-submerged libertarianism well.  I knew him over a period of more than twenty years, and can certify that their account is accurate.

Terry liked guns, too, as I found out when teaching him to shoot at Penguicon I in 2003.  I record this knowing it will discomfit the large number of his fans who thought of him as a twee little elf. Suck it up, kiddies: Terry was a man, and more tough-minded than you knew.
The fantasy humorist's beloved Discworld novels tackled liberty, authority, and self-ownership with a devastatingly light touch.
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+Greg Yantz
I worked in a machine shop for a while when I was younger. But I was not there for very long. It was a dying thing even back then. Occasionally I still do a bit of hobby metalwork for myself. But nothing I'm going to put a hole in my hand over.
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New blog post: Sacred Chao says "Mu!" and so should you!
Now that the Univeese Splitter is out, it might be that a lot more people are going to trip over the word "mu" and wonder about it. Or it might be the word only occurs in the G+ poll about Universe...
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+Joe Philipps
No.  However, it is pronounced the same as μ :-)
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New blog post: innovation in the past can become hard to see.
It's not news to long-time followers of this blog that I love listening to virtuoso guitarists. Once, long ago in the 1980s I went to see a guitarist named Michael Hedges who astonished the crap ou...
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That is a great ode to Hedges. Thanks for the read. It brings back fond memories of my friend at the time endeavoring to to master the style. I, on the other hand, was never so musically talented.
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Defeating the "social justice" bullies with the power of the free market.  First Chick-Fil-A, then Memories Pizza, now this. 

I love every detail of this story, including the semi-nudity.
Something subtle, yet powerful is happening in the ultra fast-moving, consumer-savvy world of internet-era marketing. In fact, it’s an idea so new, none of the marketing gurus I approached while writing this piece had even really thought about it. It’s
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+Mike Crews he'd never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump =) i'll have my chicken without the side of identity.
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There is a stretch of Interstate 76 between the last Pennsylvania tollbooth and the first Ohio road signs that is not clearly under the jurisdiction of either state, and therefore poorly maintained. You never see cops there, either.

My wife and I, passing over this today on the way to Penguicon, have determined that this wild and lawless stretch should be henceforth known as "the Debatable Lanes".
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Known in hacker circles as "ESR", on Twitter as "esrtweet", and among neopagans as "Sunspark".
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Hacker, philosopher, troublemaker, theorist of open source
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I wrote the basic theory of and propaganda for open source. I'm also, in no particular order, a science fiction fan, a libertarian, a musician, a martial artist and shooter, a neopagan, an occasionally bestselling author, and a strategy gamer.
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I wrote the book on open source - and it made the bestseller lists. My code is relied on by every browser, game console, and Android phone in the world. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I've been published in Analog. I've been a session musician on two records. I married the archetypal red-headed gamer chick.
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