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Jason Cordes
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This is why I love Elite: Dangerous.
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Just a reminder: there are human beings working on the outside of the ISS in the cold vacuum of space AND YOU CAN WATCH IT LIVE from the comfort of your web-enabled device.
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(Reposting this with a link to a better article.)
Iain Banks is one of my favorite authors. His Culture series books changed  how I viewed the world, and opened my mind in ways that made me a better person. I am deeply saddened that the world is losing his talent and insight. I am sad to know that a person I respect so highly and appreciated so greatly will be gone so soon. Everybody dies, but it will take me from now until past Mr. Bank's death to be used to his absence.
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From the wonderful Dave Winer:

"...Now, the thing to know about evil is there's good evil and bad evil.
Unlike cholesterol, both are bad for you, but good evil is hard to pin on the purveyor. He makes it seem like someone else is the problem. Bad evil is the kind that comes with a bull's eye on your back that says 'Hit me -- please.' Google does the latter kind..."
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#Digg is developing a Google #Reader successor and plans to have it live by July 1st. As passe as Digg has become since the Mass Exodus of V4™, I think the current team might have the understanding and skill to make this work fantastically well. 
...until Google Reader shuts down. Digg is building a reader and we need your help. Read more on our blog. Want updates on our progress? Interested in helping us build and test the new reader? Please ...
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The banks of Lake Superior in Duluth yesterday were strewn with swimsuited beachgoers even though there was still ice in the water — tons of it, actually. An especially harsh winter froze enough of the lake that 3% of it is still covered, with some...
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Man, I really don't miss the midwest.
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Very cool.
(Hat tip: +Mark McKibben)
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#IainBanks  
We knew this day was coming, but we hoped that it wouldn't be so soon. Iain M. Banks, author of the Culture series, The Algebraist, and a host of other novels, both genre and non-genre, has passed away.
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Driving to work today I found myself wondering if any coordinated effort to collect public domain recordings of H.P. Lovecraft's stories has been made. While not focused specifically on Lovecraft, the LibriVox project contains many, if not all, of his works:
http://librivox.org/

Unfortunately, the recordings I've tried so far are not particularly easy to listen to. While I appreciate the efforts made by the readers of those stories, I doubt they'd disagree with my opinion that they lack at least one of the three key qualities of a good reading: pace, rhythm, and tone (I just made those up now; if you disagree, please enlighten me).

I searched for professional Lovecraft readings on Audible and found a number  of them by Wayne June. I listened to some free samples, and I have to admit he does a wonderful job.
http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B004B7PYW2

It's unfortunate that June's recordings aren't particularly affordable (let alone free). I'd probably recommend his readings for someone new to Lovecraft and not interested in reading the text. But for me, a long-time fan, the LibriVox recordings should serve adequately.
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At dusk, the new Cedar Rapids main library almost looks like it's open instead of under construction. This view from the third avenue doorway of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art shows just how much cozier Green Square Park will be with the library here.
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Yeah, it was super close. Water was better on the south side of Green Square park. I think True North was open again less than 10 days after they were kicked out for safety reasons.
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A sci-fi bookworm, casual PC and tabletop gamer, and technophile.
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    Developer, 2012 - present
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    Hardware/Systems Analyst, 2010 - 2012
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