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The Goodbyes You Don't Get To Say
My friend Brian died today. He'd been sick for a little while. It'd been tough to see him struggling. Brian was kind, and generous, and fiercely self-reliant (to his detriment, it turns out). He was sharp and wise and while he didn't talk very often, freque...
My friend Brian died today. He'd been sick for a little while. It'd been tough to see him struggling. Brian was kind, and generous, and fiercely self-reliant (to his detriment, it turns out). He was sharp and wise and while h...
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I'm so sorry.

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Hey, +Larry Queen

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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Ty :)

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My long-term media crush the astute Doctor Maddow has an interview in Playboy (which has ALWAYS had good writing, mostly because they pay REALLY EXCELLENT rates per word). She has a bunch of brilliant stuff to say, but this one jumped out at me, about the problems with Police Violence:

MONEY QUOTE:

"But running a good police organization in this country is something for which we don’t have high expectations. We expect police departments to have trouble, and we don’t give them much help in terms of running themselves in a way that avoids that. It’s a management problem and a government-accountability problem that are long-standing. You should expect things to go wrong when you give people guns and the authority to physically control others."

You should, of course, read the whole thing. 
Upstairs in MSNBCs studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan Rachel Maddow is practically mainlining the news of the day. Her staff of 20 calls out headlines as Maddow...
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Had a fantastic night tonight. Wine, conversation, and a viewing of My Dinner With Andre. Thank you so much for the wonderful evening!
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All the pluses!! 

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So, I'm watching a new procedural on Netflix these days: Battle Creek, starring Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as the two main characters, an FBI agent assigned to a satellite office in a small town, and  a homicide detective in Battle Creek MI, constantly underfunded and outclassed. It's got a fantastic supporting cast, including Kal Penn as the homicide partner and Janet McTeer as the Lieutenant.

Most importantly, it's a procedural created and written by Vince Gilligan and David Shore (of Breaking Bad and House, M.D.), and it's brilliantly written, extremely well-acted, and really clever. 

So of course it's cancelled after 13. That said, you should watch it. It's funny, and a little sweet, and worth watching.
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I watched the pilot this afternoon and , i'm not gonna lie, loved it.

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WARNING: POLITICS AHEAD.

This is a post for me to talk about my political feelings. That's not an invitation for anything but polite discussion. I will delete comments I feel are unsuited, and I will block anyone I damn well please.

So, the always-wrong Bill Kristol has confidently pronounced that Donald Trump will NOT be the Republican nominee for President in 2016.

So it looks like it's gonna be Trump versus... someone I'm less enthused about than President Obama. Though, to be fair, it would be basically impossible for me to be as enthusiastic about anyone as I was about President (then-Senator) Obama. The race in 2008 and 2012 was epic and historical, and 2016 is shaping up to be not-so-epic. That's my fear, actually; that the fight between Sen. Sanders and Secretary Clinton will end up discouraging Democrats from voting (ESPECIALLY the PoC coalition that President Obama painstakingly built over two election cycles), given that white males OVERWHELMINGLY vote Republican. It could be catastrophic to end up with a Republican president with the current makeup of the other two branches of Government. And the excitement of having a woman as president is dampened by the knowledge that while Secretary Clinton would be a brilliant executive with a firm understanding of foreign policy and a good grasp of legislative negotiations, she's an incrementalist. And while I like Senator Sanders' positions on income inequality, I'm not entirely convinced he understands that the role of President is 90% Foreign Policy and 9% appointments, since his platform seems to be based on a bunch of stuff that the President can't actually do or control. Also, his astoundingly tin ear on gender politics and racial issues is incredibly disappointing from someone who has a history with the Civil Rights movement. And his inability or unwillingness to police his own followers is so offputting as to be an active strike against my voting for him.

It's easy for me: I live in Oregon, in the "Blue-Corridor" section where all the lefty liberal loonies live (as opposed to Eastern Oregon, where the Crazy White Pride Separatists live). They mail a ballot to my house. I'll vote "Democrat - Straight Ticket" weeks before Election Day and then spend the actual election day drinking heavily and watching news sites. I just wonder if people like me only ever get one President Obama. If so, I'm glad I got the chance to be a part of his legacy, in some small way. And here's hoping all those youngun's feel as het up about their candidate as I did about mine.
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Yeah. I went from supporting Bernie, to supporting Hilary, to being pretty pleased at either, to now being just... bummed out at either. 

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This is a fantastic read, even if it is pretty long. It's also sobering. 

I am a huge fan of the "automate all that is automate-able" school of IT design, with a recognition that the process of implementing that goal must be carefully navigated with an eye to the user, the customer, and the affected individual, when often those three beings are NOT the same person. 
When Pablo Garcia was admitted, he felt fine. Then the hospital made him very sick. Blame high-tech medicine.
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Oh man that's such a good distinction, those three! 
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It was so nice to have +Ryan Di Spaltro come to visit earlier this week. I was really happy to see him, and we ate so much delicious food! Hanging out and just relaxing was very fun. 
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I had a great time! Thank you for hosting me!

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My selfie from today. 

I think it's time to go see the barber again...
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+Charles Stacy II I liked the taste of it so far, but I'm not entirely sold on it; FPS squad stuff isn't my cuppa, but it's pretty cool for what I've seen.

+Curt Thompson That is a relatively new thing for me...

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Happy birthday, +Jac Comeau !
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Thanks dad

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FYI, you want your home to feel more home-y and your adulting to feel more adult-y? Find a couple of posters you like and take them to a frame shop. It is definitely more expensive than going and buying a frame at IKEA and doing it yourself, but the quality of a professionally framed piece of art instantly makes everything else feel better. Borrow a level, a stud-finder, and a hammer and hang it properly, and suddenly you're an adult with art on your walls.
I never understood this until +Jean Bees  talked me into doing it, and now I'm not sure I'd ever hang something that wasn't professionally framed; it's just that nice.

This was brought on by the latest round of wall adornment coming back from the frame shop and going up on the walls.
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I'm convinced my wife is having an affair with the framing guy at our local Michael's. 

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I broke my rule about not engaging "brand" accounts on Twitter today, and it only made me sadder than I previously was. 

Also, FUCK Senator Bernie Sanders' followers. Senator Sanders himself seems like a firebrand of a fellow, and if he gets the nomination I'll vote for him, but he's not in any way my ideal candidate, and his followers make me want to sign up to volunteer for, really, ANYONE ELSE.

I say this as someone who thought PUMA was annoying enough to drive me into President Obama's campaign...
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The Sanderistas really are Bernie's biggest liability.
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