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Is there a way we can set this up to put priority on posts that actually have to do with Sherlock and not to do with Cumberbatch fandom?  I'd like to know about the show.  The cartoons "kawaii" and "swoony" pictures really are of no interest to me.
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I like her as she gets older.
 
Statement from Queen Elizabeth, II following Scotland's referendum

After many months of discussion, debate, and careful thought, we now know the outcome of the Referendum, and it is a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect.

For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions – among family, friends and neighbours. That, of course, is the nature of the robust democratic tradition we enjoy in this country. But I have no doubt that these emotions will be tempered by an understanding of the feelings of others.

Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is one of the things that helps to unite us all. Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly-held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country.

My family and I will do all we can to help and support you in this important task.

ELIZABETH R.
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Yes.
 
Unsolicited advice to a young person

Lot's of people will tell you to follow your bliss: "Seek your passions, and money will follow." This is true, but impractical. When you are starting out almost no one knows what their passions are, and you become paralyzed because you can't give your all until you find your passion. A better strategy is to forget your bliss and to find your passion by mastering something, almost anything. As you master some skill, giving your 100% to it, you will inevitably move toward your passion, step by step, all the while earning a living. Most likely it will take all your life to find your bliss. So don't wait for your passion. Just master something.
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Australian comic Tim Minchin discussed the same theme, based on his own experiences.  I think this is the link below (at the library with the kiddos at the moment).  An excellent commencement address by a genius grade comic, IMHO.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCwQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DyoEezZD71sc&ei=gOhLVOjnAtTlaqLJgeAE&usg=AFQjCNF0GJN7FxO501jntQdiFgqwyFJO9A&sig2=9z0r1jIh7mEhP2qjidsXVA&bvm=bv.77880786,d.d2s
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Pay attention.

Be concerned.

Read and be informed. This is serious.

"But don't freak out"? Well, don't. But read up on it a bit and know what to do. There are best and worst things to do.

"You should change password after the service provider has patched their site. Otherwise you just contribute to the data that can be stolen." <-- stay in touch with your financial institutions (BY PHONE) and get an idea of when the issue will be resolved. DO NOT LOGIN. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD. Wait until they say they have fixed the issue on their systems and THEN change your credentials.

Oh, technology, you are still cool, but this is one of the perils.
No matter how hard you try to stay safe, some aspects of securing your online data are completely out of your hands. That fact was made painfully obvious on Monday, when the Internet got caught with its collective pants down thanks to a critical vulnerability affecting a fundamental tool for secure online communications. Called Heartbleed, the bug has been in the wild for more than two years now. It allows attackers to exploit a critical progra...
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Makes me glad to started using 2 step verification on my gmail (aka the key to my life) a while ago.
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So true...
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Maybe a bridge just needs some rebar...
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Maybe I don't get to the water often enough...
Nature’s balm soothes my troubled spirit. With each tide’s ebb and flow, I am stilled. No more than a pebble on the beach, I know I am insignificant In the grand scheme of this tired world. That thought do...
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I know another doorstep I can haunt now. ;)
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It's about time.
 
Netflix has offered to work with Ubuntu to bring native playback to all, no workarounds required.

A Netflix developer has reached out to Ubuntu devs to update a single package and bring native streaming to the penguin without any user-agent spoofing needed.
We saw last month just how close native Netflix support for Linux is to arriving. Now Netflix wants to go one step further...
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Noooooooooooooope
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What says it better than a former lobbyist FOR cable companies has now been appointed the head of the FCC.

Cable companies are a monopoly.
Where are our anti-trust laws?
Where are our competition laws?

At least I can post this "ironically" via my cable company's access to the Internet.
 
I imagine that most of you reading this are already aware of how much the cable monopolies are threatening #netneutrality , but for anyone who isn't, this clip from John Oliver lays out perfectly what's at stake, and why we're even talking about this right now.
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And now that I watched the video. ROTFL waaaaaaaaahhaaaaaaa!!!!!
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I am a big fan of Town Meeting.  I figure those who don't show, don't care.  The apathetic are only victims of themselves, not the "minority" that shows up and cares about participating in one of the few functioning forms of Democracy to exist since Ancient Greece.
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As long as governments are run by flawed humans, there will be no perfect form. At least, town meetings  are more grassroot.
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WHAT?!?!  :-(
 
RIP Harold Ramis aka Egon Spengler of the Ghostbusters. Everyone go home and organize your collection of spores, molds, & fungus tonight. (Image via http://j.mp/1k4Y024)
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I have a lot of thoughts about this.  I think this picture is a good summary.
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