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#TodayILearned  that eating uncooked kidney beans will likely make you violently-but-probably-not-life-threateningly ill. (And cooking them in a slow-cooker without cooking them properly first makes it 5x worse.)

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This is why I used canned beans in my "screw-you-I-know-its-a-travesty-to-include-these-but-I-like-them-anyway" chili.
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"Rather than trying to make your overbuilt projects look simple, ask yourself if they can't just be simple."

This article covers so much of what I am feeling it wrong in the tech ecosystem these days.
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Spending a couple weeks roaming in Canada at 256kbps was pretty telling. Websites are slooooooow.
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The NTSB report on the Bedford G-IV crash has been released, and “pilot error” doesn’t even begin to describe it. How do respected, well-trained, experienced pilots screw up so b…
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Ever read "Darker Shades of Blue"?
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This was a work event, right? ;) Good to see you had fun! :)
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The DaSH PA human powered aircraft flew for the first time this morning!  Congrats to +Alec Proudfoot for doing an amazing job of leading, constructing, and flying this beautiful plane.
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Awesome!
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An extremely useful catalog of dozens of ways of slotting together flat stock using CNC panel joinery.
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CNC Ikea!
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Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do.
Artist Andrew Kolb created this wonderfully illustrated children's book based on David Bowie's ode to the space-bound Major Tom. Grab the entire book in PDF form here or here (mirror)
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The story of Star Wars is a familiar one from an unfamiliar angle. It follows the life of a young jihadi, from his socially isolated teenage years on a hardscrabble farm, through his encounters with local radical elements, through the death of his parents as "collateral damage" in a military operation, through his move to a remote location where he studies under a hard-line mullah, to his involvement in a series of terrorist acts, leaving thousands of soldiers dead in his wake. What's unfamiliar about this story (from a Western perspective) is that we see this story not from the point of view of civil society, the police, or the victims of radical Jedi terror, but from the point of view of the terrorists themselves. That is, this is a chance to see the logic of violent terrorism from the perspective of those participating in it.

This unconventional angle may make the film politically highly sensitive in these security-conscious times, but with a new installment coming shortly (about the consequences of living in the aftermath of the destabilization of the government by terror and insurrection), I think it may be worth the risk of being placed on watchlists to watch this film and seriously consider its lessons for our day. After all, nobody is a villain in their own eyes.

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You may find yourself surprised by how much the original Star Wars trilogy's characters and themes echo the current War On Terror.
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On this second night of Hanukkah, in a year when the dark clouds of fascism have become a fixture of the horizon, in a year when our cousins and our countrymen have found themselves in danger from the mob and hearing the calls for their blood openly chanted in the streets, we light the candles to remind ourselves that we must never stand idly by. We will not be frightened off, we will not be defeated, and we will not let our neighbors be the victims of our own inaction.
With the Menorah glowing brightly in her window, Rabbi’s wife snapped a photo of the Menorah and captured the Nazi building and flag in the background.
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When +Primitive Technology says "building from scratch", he really means it. He starts off by making an axe and cord and fire before he can even start building the hut out of saplings, leaves, mud, and bark. It's mesmerizing to watch, set only to the soundtrack of forest sounds and handiwork.
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I'll have to add that to my "surviving the zombie apocalypse" playlist. :)
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I just want to note that +The New York Times is running this as a headline. About a terrorist. 

I've got a more serious article brewing in my head about the entire situation – not merely the attack in Colorado Springs, but the attack in Minneapolis a week before, and the fact that there's a rising tide of terrorism within the US which both the media and the government seem determined to ignore – but that's not for tonight.

Right now, I just want to point out that when members of the radicalized far right in the US commit terrorist acts, they get human-interest pieces about their lives. Compare this, for a moment, to the stories we get when Muslims commit terrorist acts abroad (since they almost never do in the US): "should we expel all refugees?" Or the stories when an unarmed black man is gunned down, analyzing what he did that made someone shoot him.

And note that the radicalized far right has been the source of nearly all the terrorist attacks in the US for the past century and a half: the exceptions can be counted. (Anarchist and communist terrorism in the early 20th century; a few incidents from the radicalized far left in the 1960's; and 9/11) Yet this is how we choose to set our priorities.

Nor is the NYT alone in this; we have the Washington Post with the headline "Alleged Colorado gunman was adrift and alienated," showing off the editor's tic of saying "alleged" as an apotropaic talisman against libel suits; mercifully, that article is about how it was quite clear that he was a frightening and dangerous person for some time. But the article immediately next to it explains that "not until much more is known about alleged gunman Robert Lewis Dear Jr. and his motivations will the political implications of his actions become clear." (Have you ever seen this applied to a terrorist act elsewhere? Whence this benefit of the doubt?)

I won't even describe what's going on in the right-wing press, or on Twitter; look in to that particular pit of despair at your own risk. Let's just say that it's clear that there's a substantial fraction of the population which favors terrorism as well, and the news media is apparently split between "beholden to them" and "pusillanimous."

If I had not already been disappointed nearly beyond repair at the common sense of the editorial teams of many of our major newspapers, this would have done me in. 
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