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Anker is giving away an iPhone 7, for anyone that isn't totes butthurt about their 3.5mm. 
We’re giving away 3 iPhone Lucky Number Seven Bundles and offering Discounts on Accessories too! http://bit.ly/2bPpn6l
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Hooray for Memorial Day sales plus 18 months free financing!
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They look nice!
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Pretty cool video. Can you figure out how they did it? If not, take a look at this:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/11/10/164817715/finnish-underwater-ice-fishing-mystery-finally-solved
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I stumbled on the solution to my issue of "no more podcasts in iOS6 Music app": Tell Siri to play the smart playlist. Seriously. Go to the Music app to play the smart playlist and it is empty. Tell Siri "Play playlist 'Unplayed Podcasts'" and "she" complies. Also, my other music playlist with lots of "song of the day" podcast episodes now can play those missing tracks as well. Thanks, Siri!

#iOS6 #siri
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My new phone arrived nice and early today. HUGE upgrade from the 3GS with a flakey battery + a 3G with no useable apps. Quick run-down: significantly lighter than the 4S and noticeably thinner. Also, it looks like I've got LTE at home, which confuses me as AT&T's coverage map doesn't indicate that there is any LTE in the greater Seattle area. Turning off WiFi, though, the cellular data is pretty fast. There is some latency in establishing the connection, but then the page loads are "blazing" fast. Maybe that's just because I've gotten used to page loads on the 3G where I have to keep the display from timing out before the page actually loads.

But, like the "maps" issues, it's not all sunshine and lollipops. The first thing I noticed is the way podcasts have been ejected from the Music app. They now have their own Podcast app that collects them. Ok. That seems logic on one hand. But for me, this is a pain. For years I have used a smart playlist to collect my "unplayed podcasts" so I can put them into a play order that I want to hear, pop in my headphones, hit play, and go about my business for the next six hours or more with uninterrupted podcasts playing continuously in my ears. Not now. Now, I have to play each one individually or let the Podcast app play them in whatever order it feels like. This is a huge loss for me. I'm thinking I'll still be using my 1st gen iPod Nano so I can have this functionality. Yes, it was recalled. Yes, I put in to get the return authorization. No, I did not send it in. Now the MRA has been cancelled and I can't return it. Ok. I guess I'll be putting it to use.

One other, bigger issue I'm having is responsiveness. Sometimes it just hangs. Sometimes areas of the screen are unresponsive. Trying to unlock the phone when regions of the screen don't respond to touch is ... problematic. Trying to make selections in Settings can be frustrating. But really, being able to type in my pass code is perhaps the biggest barrier I'm facing. I'm going to be talking to Apple. I may be waiting for a while to get a replacement, but this is not an acceptable experience.
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I wish.  I actually live about that close to the warehouse.  That's the problem: they hit me at the very end of their day, on their way back.  I'm practically the last stop.
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Shiny!

This is a pretty amazing build.
 
This is Serenity.  The ship from Firefly, full Minifig scale, a LEGO MOC by Adrian Drake of Ohio. It is seven feet long, weighs 135lbs, is made of 70,000 bricks and took 21 months to build. Total build time 475 hours. It has all of the compartments of the original set except the engine room, which he said he could not make while maintaining structural integrity. The cargo bay and firefly drive both light up, the shuttle detaches and wings swing out, and both engines rotate fully.  It debuted today at Brickfair in Chantilly, Virginia, and was pretty much the talk of the show. Mr. Blake only had to buy $800 worth of bricks for this build because his collection was so extensive that it covered the rest. I

Adrian's Flickr Photostream, which will apparently include many much better photos than these, is below.  It also includes a great Serenity logo subtitled "Oh no you di'n't!  Oh yes I did.  See you at Brickfair."  Adrian is quite a tease...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brickfrenzy/
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What are animals thinking and feeling?

I first heard about +Carl Safina while listening to, I think, a +Scientific American podcast. Now he has shown up in my +TED podcast feed. This talk touches on some fascinating points about animals, their cultures, and how we humans interact with them. Spoiler: it's mostly bad for the animals. 
What's going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they're thinking and feeling? Carl Safina thinks we can. Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, he weaves together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do the other creatures – and minds – that share the Earth with us.
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Engaging! 💖💕
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There are not enough pluses in the world for this.
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Wow. While the criticism of people who say gays aren't welcome is valid, the revisionism here is bizarre. Guys who do the things he said are hurt in the draft, for example. All the time.
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This is fascinating. I don't think bonobos get enough press.
 
Did you know that bonobos can build a fire (and roast marshmallows), give a haircut, play video games? It amazed me how smart they are.
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My Hack Days project for the day: turn a pile of wood and some screws into an aquarium hood. 
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While this is (ostensibly) a technology story, it is really a story about social media and social engineering. Failure to think critically about information that you see on the internet (or forwarded to your Inbox) allows false information to propagate misinform thousands (millions) of people. When you divorce information from the source, you sever doubt and disinformation is seen as fact. So often, I see utter garbage repeated as fact when less than five minutes of fact checking reveals it to be the heap of lies that it is.
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Winter is Coming

Cannot wait...

http://youtu.be/X66PDW1Mjf8
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