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A few days ago, I was getting caught up on Ask Me Another, the silly game show from +NPR​. I usually listen every week, but I had fallen behind with the recent major events in my life.

In the episode from two weeks ago, with Uzo Aduba, I was surprised to hear an old friend from college! She won her round handily, but got eliminated from the final round by a question that I didn't know the answer to either.

That's what a liberal arts education gets you, I guess. I hope she at least got to meet Crazy Eyes.
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Today, basically.
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The question was: What would you want 2 of, but not 3? The Reddit hive-mind did the rest.
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I gotta admit, as much disdain as I have for the privileged hive minds of Reddit and 4chan, I love these spontaneous arrangements that pop up every now and again.
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I missed the first half, but Louis C. K. rocked it on Jeopardy tonight!
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My reaction when I find out that frinkiac.com now has a feature that can automatically make a gif of any scene from The Simpsons on demand...
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Job interview time. Let's rock and roll! 
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Right on! Congratulations +Jon Porobil!
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I just got off the phone with Netflix customer support. It was kind of awesome. 10/10, would break my app again. 
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The best customer support call is when the person on the other end of the line compliments you for being such a good customer at the end of the call. 
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Some thoughts on Bernie Sanders

The California Democratic primary is in a couple of weeks. It's the last nominating contest of the season, and Hillary Clinton goes into it with a huge head-start. In order to match Clinton's pledged delegate count, Sanders needs to not only win California (which might happen), but win it by over 20% (which, to put it bluntly, would be an upset of cataclysmic and unprecedented proportions). And even if he comes close to her total number of pledged delegates, even overtaking that number by a little bit, he still has those unpledged delegates to think about, who have no reason to change their loyalty unless the voting patterns indicate a clear mandate in his favor. They haven't so far, and one state will not change that.

From a policy standpoint, I support Sanders. I voted for him, and I donated money to his campaign. But I have to be realistic here and acknowledge that his chances at this point are practically nil.

Sanders' detractors often pointed out (rightly) that his agenda is highly impractical, and that he would have difficulty building a political coalition to accomplish his goals. His answer was that, if he wins the nomination, and then if he goes on to win the presidency, those victories will ipso facto represent a public mandate for his policies, and that the lawmakers will follow.

While I still find that argument compelling, we must face the reality of the situation: That coalition and mandate do not currently exist. So let's talk about what to do about it. I think the whole "Bernie or Bust" thing is problematic because the whole purpose of a primary is to demonstrate which candidate has electoral support and viability. Sanders outperformed most expectations, but he will not perform better as a general election write-in candidate than he did as a primary candidate. I'm sorry, but he just won't.

So let's talk about what options are available to Sanders supporters and other politically progressive citizens. Regardless of what happens, or who you vote for in November (for the record, I'm planning on voting for Clinton, but probably bringing a clothespin into my voting booth), let's talk about how to actually build that coalition so that the next time we have a true progressive candidate like Sanders, there will already be a support system of elected officials to endorse that candidate and advocate for that candidate's "unrealistic" platform.

Who are the heirs to Bernie's legacy? This is why the "Bernie or Bust" meme is so problematic for me. We cannot pin all our hopes on this one guy who's all but lost the primary already. If you really want to support progressive causes, who's next? And, to be blunt, I must impugn Sanders himself here, for not endorsing or campaigning with more down-ticket candidates. Look at John Fetterman, the mayor of Braddock, PA, who was one of the first elected officials to endorse Sanders. Sanders never returned the favor and did not make any public appearances with Fetterman, who as a result lost the race badly. Or Tim Canova, who is running on a very Bernie-esque platform to unseat DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Even though Sanders has been extremely critical of Schultz (and his supporters even more so), he has not formally endorsed Canova. The primary is on August 30, so Sanders still has time, but I find it puzzling that he hasn't done this yet.

Sanders has endorsed three down-ticket candidates this cycle: Zephyr Teachout in New York, Pramila Jayapal in Washington, and Lucy Flores in Nevada. I'm glad that he's done this, and helped fund-raise for them, and made himself somewhat available to their campaigns. I assume they're grateful to him for offering his coattails (insofar as he has coattails to ride upon). But as we begin to shift our focus into General Election mode, and bid the Sanders campaign a wistful adieu, we should be thinking of ways to advance his progressive agenda... without him. And the first step in that process is to remove the focus from Sanders himself, and turning some of that spotlight towards other candidates—younger candidates, possibly more electable candidates, candidates whose races have not yet been made mathematically unwinnable—who will fight for the same things that we admire Sanders for fighting for. Three House races is not enough.

The Sanders supporters in my stream have described his candidacy as a "movement." Here's how it truly becomes one: by moving beyond the man who started it.
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People will toss aside any criticism of themselves, or of people they support that they don't want to hear. But I have to admit that it seems strange to hear that the most bothersome part of the Democratic National Committee is that is has women in high places. Would you rather that they locked women out of positions of power?
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It must have been terribly tempting for the ERB guys to throw some other celebrity chefs into this battle, like Alton Brown, Anthony Bourdain, Paula Deen, and Guy Fieri. I'm so glad they resisted that temptation. This isn't quite as good as last week's premiere, but still very enjoyable.
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The Roosevelts are kind of a new band; they had a long EP back in 2013, but this one that just came out a few weeks ago is their first full-length LP. I'm enjoying it a lot so far. The genre is kind of a country/folk/rock, and some of the songs are pretty funky, too. If you like The Wind and the Wave (hey, Austin friends...), then you'll probably enjoy The Roosevelts. Anyway, consider this my recommendation. 
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Ten? I've only got one!
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Get 9 more! Lol...the kids need 5 each :-p
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Have you ever had a friend who seemed kind of impossibly perfect, who just seemed to have his or her life completely together, and who completely embodied confidence to you? And have you ever had a moment in which you realized that that friend is just as messed-up and complicated as the rest of us?

That's kind of how I feel about the new +Aesop Rock album. To me, Aes has always seemed kind of untouchably cool, like he's not even working in the same astral plane as me, nor any of his contemporaries. But on this album, he opens up to an unprecedented degree about his mental health, his grieving and recovery process, and his vulnerabilities. The attached song, "Shrunk," isn't my favorite on the album (though it might be in my top two), but it really strikes me because of his dramatization of a conversation with his therapist.

It's a solid album. Like most of his solo work, it takes a few listens to really get what he's pitching. I think it's worth the work.
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Computer nerd by day, music nerd by night
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Computer technician. Cruciverbalist. Minesweeper addict. Home recording artist. Keyboardist and solo artist.

When I consume, I try to do so thoughtfully. When I promote, I try to do so politely. When I disagree, I try to do so reasonably. I'm here for the discussions, for the sharing, and to see what's on everyone else's mind.

Twice I ran a Google+ based project between 2011 and 2013, called The iPod Experiment (#ipodexperiment). I formatted my mp3 player and filled it up with unfamiliar music, most of it suggested by other people right here on Google+. Other than that, I just try to start discussions by sharing things that I think are entertaining or important. I'll post about new music when I have it, too. Hope you enjoy.

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Si, soy un gringo. No puedo escribir bien en Espanol, pero puedo intender y leer. Y mas importante, me gusta apprender nuevas perspectivas. Lo siento no escribo nada en Espanol, y no espero tu Circlar me si no quierres. (Puedo decir Circlar para "to circle"? No se. Soy un gringo.)
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Gainfully employed despite having a B.A. in English.
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    English/Anthropology, 2004 - 2008
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Ran into some trouble checking in, and the room smelled like mildew, but the shower was one of the best I've ever used in a hotel, and that makes up for a lot.
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No king size beds. Other than that, fine.
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Great room for the price, but our shower didn't drain very well. Free breakfast was nice.
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Hands-down, the best wireless store I've ever shopped at, and the best service from a carrier I've ever gotten. They helped me figure out which plan would work best for me, then they helped me switch over from AT&T. Later on, they helped us switch the primary contact on our account. Later still, I needed some repair work on a phone I'd bought at this location. The rep there referred me to a local repair shop, and when that store refused to take the job, the T-Mobile rep rushed out a warranty replacement and comped the cost. That's customer-centric problem solving!
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We got a huge room with a king size bed for a really low price. Parking was a little expensive. Room service was great.
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The house we stayed in was nice and roomy, but there were bright lights outside that shone in through the windows at night. I would recommend bringing some kind of eye mask before staying here. Also, I tried to use the onsite laundry, but the coin-op washing machine in the basement was broken. The owner offered to let me use the machine in the house next door, but I had to walk six blocks to get more quarters. And that machine didn't drain its water properly, so I had to wring the clothes out by hand and run the dryer twice. On checkout, the owner remunerated me with a full roll of quarters, but I would still rather have not gone through the whole ordeal. My stay would have been wonderful if I'd brought a sleep mask and hadn't needed to do laundry.
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The agent at my T-Mobile store referred me to All Wireless Repair when I needed a repair that the warranty didn't cover. The guy behind the counter spent all of thirty seconds looking at my phone before he straight-up refused to service my device. The repair was not extensive (there was something stuck in the headphone jack; otherwise it was fine), and he told me that the low cost of the repair would not be worth the risk of damage to the phone. So I asked what the cost to repair would be if the headphone jack were permanently damaged anyway. He replied that they simply would not even attempt to fix my phone. "We're at the top of the food chain for Austin phone repair, and when you're at the top, you have to worry about your reputation," he told me. But I don't think you get to stay on top by refusing service for a job you don't like. Especially when your business has the word "All" in its name. By the way, I told the guy at my T-Mobile store what happened. His reaction? "Well, I guess we're not sending any business to them anymore."
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