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John Vance
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I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait.
I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait.

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It's that time again already. Bruce Sterling's yearly SXSW keynote never fails to satisfy.
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Holy shit, mate.
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Just implemented one of the craziest fixes ever on a buddy's laptop. To wit:

5. After its turned off, QUICKLY remove your mac from bag/case and turn it on. DO NOT leave it cool down. It MUST bu turned on when its still hot.
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Wow, really no one here?

Ended my new year's resolution to not read the news because holy shit. They've got this fucking noose around the country and are ready to drop the floor out, and conservatives are all like, "Calm down, let's just see how this plays out." Pretty fucking clear how it's going to play out, you smug assholes.

I've made some pretty big changes (about four acres big) in my own life recently, both for personal and political reasons. I'll talk more about it later. As Warren Ellis said in his most recent newsletter, "Hold hands. Hold on. Hold fast. Here we go."
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Question for the community:

When I was a kid, I used to play with this weird little vintage ('70s or '80s) desktop computer-type thing. My grandfather was in real estate and his firm had used it at some point. I recall it being about the size and shape of an Amiga 500. It had no external display, but maybe like a multi-line VFD built into it. Most distinctly, it used these magnetic strips for data storage instead of floppies. They were probably about 10 in. by 2 in., and you'd feed one into the the reader, and it would draw it all the way through, then spit it back out at you. I don't remember ever actually being able to make the computer do something interesting, but it was interesting. Anyone in my family who would know what it was is dead at this point. Anyone have any ideas? My brief Google searches haven't turned up anything. Thanks!
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