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Jim Ancona
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Attended Dartmouth College
Lives in Boylston, MA
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    Physics, 1974 - 1979
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Computer Science, 1989 - 1994
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    System Architect, 2005 - present
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It's the end of our second day in Florence. Time flies when your having fun! We're back in our room relatively early for once–it's only 9:15. Last night at this time we hadn't started dinner yet! And we're listening to the Red Sox broadcast, streaming on the Internet, since they're playing a day ...
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Some more on our trip planning: http://anconafamily.com/travel/trip-planning/
After quite a bit of research and discussion, we have at least the outline of a plan for the trip. Originally, my thought was to pick up the car in Munich, drive south through Austria to Venice, then on to Rome and Florence, making stops in the countryside (Umbria and Tuscany) along the way.
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We've had a family web site since 1999. I never published much there other than photos and over the last few years most of those have moved to Facebook. I'm hoping to change that by publishing more on that site while linking to it from social networks like G+. Here's the first installation:
http://anconafamily.com/travel/sabbatical-and-a-new-car/
I've been working at Constant Contact since March of 2005. One cool benefit we have is a paid one month sabbatical (in addition to regular vacation) after ten years of service. Around the holidays last December it occurred to me that mine was coming up and I ought to start thinking about how to ...
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When you go to see a performer 40 years after their first hit album, you worry about whether they'll still sound as good as they did back in the day. Turns out Maria Muldaur does.
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My mom had/has so many of her albums!
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+David Friedman identifies the app that would make make consider using Google Glass.
 
I can remember large amounts of poetry, but people's names, faces and the information associated with them are a different matter. For the most part, I successfully conceal my handicap by a policy of never using names if I can help it, but once in a while the tactic fails.
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A video illustration of the old New England adage, "if you don't like the weather, just wait a minute."
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Michael Crichton wrote a great essay about this issue:
http://web.archive.org/web/20061020012137/http://www.crichton-official.com/speeches/speeches_quote03.html

"Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.

"In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.

"That is the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. I’d point out it does not operate in other arenas of life. In ordinary life, if somebody consistently exaggerates or lies to you, you soon discount everything they say. In court, there is the legal doctrine of falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, which means untruthful in one part, untruthful in all. But when it comes to the media, we believe against evidence that it is probably worth our time to read other parts of the paper. When, in fact, it almost certainly isn’t. The only possible explanation for our behavior is amnesia."

My question: If we consistently stop trusting (and reading?) any media outlet that we catch in a falsehood, will there be anything left to read on the internet?
You may not have noticed, but recently the Huffington Post has been the poster child for lack of journalistic integrity. The actual details may appear to be small to many people, but not to me. Huf...
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Scenic overlook near Debsconeag Ice Caves.
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Don't do much C these days, but you can't be too careful!
 
These are genius: http://natashenka.ca/posters/
I've uploaded printable #truebugswait posters. You can download the full set 8 1/2 x 11 (A4) here (PDF here), and 11x17 (A3) here (PDF here). Everyone is free to print and use these. The posters ha...
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Having a good time listening to these--some I hadn't hear in years (Monkberry Moon Delight, Beware My Love) and some I'd never heard (Rinse the Raindrops, his demo for Mary Hopkins' "Goodbye"). 
http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/89694/21-best-paul-mccartney-solo-songs
It didn't occur to me until hours after seeing the first of Paul McCartney's three-hour, 38-song sets at Brooklyn's Barclays Center this summer, but h
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