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Research shows that crocodilians are a surprisingly vocal group—particularly between mothers and young. 
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What jobs have your old CD/DVD/VHS racks been retrained for?
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Spare toilet paper roll stand
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Workshop storage for clamps & mallets
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Whiskey dispenser
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Multiple of the above
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Old CD racks holding old CDs. 🤓
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I'm riding in the 2016 Bike MS: Waves to Wine ride to raise funds to help end multiple sclerosis. All donations made towards my ride will be matched dollar for dollar! If you are able, donations appreciated. If not, no worries & please excuse my annual charity ride mini-beg-a-thon. :)

Ride safe. -Greg

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Will you forgive me for not giving because I'm doing the Philly MS ride next weekend?
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Our final training ride before Waves Wo Wine itself is upon us. This Saturday we go for distance. It's all about the base. No climbing!

When: 7:15am Saturday 2016-09-17
Where: Google Building QD3, Mountain View.
Why: Lakes? Gotta catch 'em all!

ROUTES

RSVP and routes: https://ridewithgps.com/events/24562-go-for-distance-count-the-lakes
Shared Google Photos Album: https://goo.gl/photos/VfWRZzPBZ46ejyy16

87 mi - Our main route is a nice loop from the Quad all the way down to Morgan Hill. With a mere 2,400ft of climbing in total. Piece of cake!^ So far the weather forecast is calling for a high in the mid 80s. Toasty! But the other ideas we had for this weekend would've been even hotter or climbier. Sunscreen is a must.

For those who rode to Morgan Hill in previous years: It’s a similar loop but our route has changed. Both at the start, through Morgan Hill and returning through San Jose (via the 11th St. protected bike lane this time).

Lunch

Trail Dust BBQ in downtown Morgan Hill. If meat isn't your thing, there are other options nearby.

Return trip snack stop: A different mall in San Jose than previous years. I see a boba tea place, ice cream and plenty of restaurants if you want a second lunch.

Bonus

96 mi - That whole no climbing thing can fly out the window if you are brave. The first bonus adds one extreme climb: Hicks Rd (https://www.strava.com/segments/115571) while the rest of us take the easy way around. If you “love” Redwood Gulch, you’ll “love” Hicks. For your effort you gain to two additional lakes. After that, there is a second bonus loop down South - just before lunch - that adds 10 miles and another lake: Uvas Reservoir.

Short

67 mi - You still visit two lakes but lop 20 miles off the southern part. By skipping Morgan Hill, this route has its own lunch stop at the shopping center where the rest of us will be stopping later in the day for a snack.

^ The cake is a lie.


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IMO, the best lunch stop of all training rides. Its worth the extra miles. 
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A trio of great choices this Saturday. All much less climby than our last two rides. We START in San Francisco. Be there at 0730. Carpooling recommended. Use the comment thread on this post to sort that out if you need a ride or are offering a ride.

RSVP and explore routes at: https://ridewithgps.com/events/24561-marin-fondo-trio
Shared Google Photos Album: https://goo.gl/photos/TAwnSwECmP8uVZNx9

This time we're going to start at Sports Basement near The Presidio and traverse a scenic route around Marin, and back. We are looking to stretch the legs a bit more on the distance. Our longest ride yet, 80 miles while laying off the climbing. The maximum elevation on this entire ride is 377 feet!

This route will take us through the Presidio in order to cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Next we will work our way down to Sausalito riding along the marinas. Take a look to the right and you will see Tiburon... that's where we are heading! Our route will take us along the perimeter of Tiburon on Paradise Dr...need I say more? Take in the views of Sausalito, SF and the San Pablo Bay. We will continue up north through San Rafael and around China Camp in order to begin our loop back to Sausalito, over Golden Gate, down the Great Highway, through Golden Gate Park and back to our cars at Sports Basement.

OVERVIEW (in miles)

0 - Start
20 - Rest stop 1: Tiburon
32 - Rest stop 2: Starbucks
51 - Lunch stop: Woodland's Market
65 - Rest stop 4: Lappert's Ice Cream
80 - End

LOGISTICS
Please be there by 0730, ready to ride by 0745!

WHAT TO DO
Invite friends. Pack two water bottles, electrolyte mix, plenty of whatever you like to eat while riding, a fully charged phone, credit card, tube-change necessities and sunscreen.

BONUS b ROUTE:
This adds 11 miles early on for Hawk hill for some extra fog (or a view if you're lucky), a beach, a road to nowhere, and realistic climbing. All easier than what we've done on our past few rides.

SHORT s ROUTE:
Everyone should save this one just in case. This route is still great but cuts off three of the outer loops of the ride and offers the easiest way back should you feel like cutting the ride short after lunch. 14 miles shorter by cutting out China Camp, skipping the Mill Valley climb and not looping South to go through Golden Gate Park at the end. Pick and choose which short-cuts you want to take as needed.
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We're rolling out now.
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Lots of work to be done for this to be practical but you've got to start somewhere.
For decades, scientists have tried to harness the unique properties of carbon nanotubes to create high-performance electronics that are faster or consume less power—resulting in longer battery life, faster wireless communication and faster processing speeds for devices like smartphones and laptops.
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Got a preferred penetrating oil or equivalent hack made from things on hand to free up a stuck threaded bottom bracket? (Old - likely original - square taper BB in a 90s Trek 8000 Aluminum frame in this case)

I've put rock n roll chain lube on it for the time being. I will try the wrench again tomorrow.
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Red diesel as used on farms.leave to soak submerged if possible or put on enthusiastically with a paint brush and leave to soak in .come back tomorrow..
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We had a very successful sprint to work on new features for Python 3.6 and beyond earlier this month.
From September 5th to the 9th a group of Python core developers gathered for a sprint hosted at Instagram and sponsored by Instagram , Micro...
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Seems to me that 3.6 is a very important release. 
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Citizen media for the win. Whether you like the message or not.
 
A short film by Ahrar al-Sham, a militia group, uses camera-equipped drones and GoPros, turning a recent battle into a stage, with fighters identified by name and turned into characters.
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Saturday demanded an 88mi loop to obtain BBQ & beer as training for double that distance next weekend. Yum! This was the last of the 12 week training ride series I've been leading this summer in preparation for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society annual two day Waves To Wine ride. If you are the charity ride donating type, or play one on TV, here's the obligatory link: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/gps. My employer will match all donations towards my ride.
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Leading 12 weekly training rides this summer sure took a lot of time, but it was great fun and time spent doing what I love. Helping new riders grow strong and explore new places is great fun. We had 15-20 people on most rides.

Thanks for your donation! :)
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"We find that, while [Deduplication Flip Feng Shui] is surprisingly practical and effective, existing cryptographic software is wholly unequipped to counter it, given that 'bit flipping is not part of their threat model'"
 
New fun with rowhammer.
Existing crypto software "wholly unequipped" to counter Rowhammer attacks.
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Ask the FBI why screen capture doesn't work when my keyboard is showing? I've been a grease spot on the highway since the 80s but I still don't like just stepping in shit +Gregory P. Smith​ ya know? And so?
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When Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds took gold medals for mountain biking at the Rio Olympics last month, they owed their rides in large part to Tom Ritchey, who’s been building bicycles since he was 15. Ritchey, one of the key figures in the growth of the Bay Area’s bicycling culture, was not your average sophomore back in 1971. [...] a phenomenon in road racing, the Palo Alto teenager had a burgeoning business as a custom bike frame builder...
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Cool read.

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