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Blackstone Manor Clock Repair
This was my first visit to this little shop on Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN. As we entered, we were immediately greeted by an older gentleman with a delightful accent, asking how he could help us. Jonathon was wearing a leather apron with various tools emerging from the pockets, and had a pair of magnifying goggles on top of his head.

The shop is divided into two large rooms, likely once separate businesses; the workshop area is to the left as you enter, with a few pieces for sale, while the right half is full of clocks for sale, as well as a few pieces ready to be returned to their owners. Some of the clocks being repaired are a couple hundred years old.

Looking around, the shop was lined with hundreds of clocks, simply organized, in line for repair, repair tickets dangling, like a low-tech, yet effective, task management system. The whirring and ticking of a hundred clocks played cadence in the background, every now and again punctuated by a cuckoo clock that was being repaired by Adam, a younger associate.

We walked around, peeking inside the clocks, asking questions about their bits, and how they functioned. I asked Jonathon how you come to learn clock repair, to which he replied, "if you can change a tire, you can fix a clock." I'm not sure that's true, but he went on to describe that each piece can only go in one place, and has a very specific function. He said it's usually pretty evident when a piece isn't "acting as it's supposed to", and that the more you work on, the more you just recognize which bits go where.

Towards the back of the shop was a fabulous wooden clock, a project Adam built in high school, to which he has made a few improvements recently. As we listened, he modestly told us all about how it came to be, as if all it took was.... well, time.

This shop is a gem, a little place where young and old associates practice an age old trade. They're delightful to talk to, and we spent longer than I could have imagined looking around. I highly recommend a visit.

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we made sure to stick with the same ideas that made our previous architecture work so well: using simple components that we understand and avoiding prematurely solving problems that aren't yet problems.

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GitHub Pages, our static site hosting service, has always had a very simple architecture. From launch up until around the beginning of 2015, the entire service ran on a single pair of machines (in active/standby configuration) with all user data stored across 8 DRBD backed partitions.
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Too many of us, this is amazing science fiction, the future now. Too the recipients of this tech, I imagine it is a dream come true.
 
The future is now, people.  
The robotic arm looks like it came from the future, a sleek cyborg limb. But for Les Baugh, it’s a way to feel “back to human.”
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One of the amazing things about this movie is that these vehicles actually functioned, and they took care to maintain the appropriate amount of damage to the war rig throughout the movie.
The credits for the movie "Mad Max: Fury Road" roll on seemingly forever. It makes you realize how many people it takes to make a movie as visually stunning as this one. All those cars, ...
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About to see Mad Max reincarnated. Hell yeah! 
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Not, "insane"?
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation pulled its support for the bill earlier this week, stating that in the wake of a 2nd Circuit ruling that the collection was illegal anyways, politicians should hold out for a better bill. The director of the ACLU's Washington office said the Senate needs to "substantially improve this bill" in line with the 2nd Circuit ruling, or else do nothing and let Section 215 expire. Other groups, like the Center for Democracy and Technology, still supports the billas a good step forward.
Some opponents say reforms in the bill are too weak to be worthwhile.
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I find this pretty interesting. Godaddy has steep hill to climb to change its image, but when they have more women in tech positions than companies like Facebook and Google, it seems like they are paying the issue more than lip service.

“As companies realize they can be doing things better, we need to allow them to make those changes,” she says. “It’s fair to be skeptical, but if companies are genuinely making cultural changes—and more public changes—we need to be willing to forgive mistakes.”
As the world's biggest tech companies say they're trying to advance the role of women in the industry, GoDaddy---yes, that GoDaddy---is an example of real progress.
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This is ingenious and scary all at the same time. Using a technique called DNA phenotyping, it’s now possible to digitally sketch a person’s face based on DNA fragments left behind on litter.
Thanks to an alarming and futuristic ad campaign, the litterbugs that make the world their personal dumpster can no longer hide in the shadows. If you
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I like cooking... sometimes. For everyday though... This still wouldn't eliminate the chores of meal planning and grocery shopping though.

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Robot Master Chef Cooks 2,000 Recipes, Cleans Up, Does the Dishes

Would you buy it?

More at: http://www.industrytap.com/robot-master-chef-cooks-2000-recipes-cleans-dishes/28765
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Aging beer in whiskey and wine barrels. Can't wait to try them June 6th.
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"Many mobile operators are frustrated that digital media companies profit from their high-speed networks without having to invest in the infrastructure behind them."

They talk like companies that make money online get a free ride to profits.

Analogy: I'm frustrated that trucking companies profit from the roads I pay taxes to maintain.

This is flabbergasting.
 
Just when you thought that carriers could not be more assholes.

"One European wireless carrier told the Financial Times that it has installed blocking software in its data centres and planned to turn it on before the end of 2015."
Several mobile operators plan to block advertising on their networks, setting the stage for a battle with digital media companies such as Google, AOL and Yahoo. One European wireless carrier told the Financial Times that it has installed blocking
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Bleepin' finally!

Bittorrent chat (Bleep). Fantastic. Finally an end to end encryption chat app that actually does voice calls, because let's face it, just attaching voice recordings to messages is pretty lame (looking at you Threema and Wickr). Choosing Self-destruct or not self destructing messages instead of all or nothing? Fantastic. The only thing you're missing is the trust level rating system Threema and Wickr have for multiple verifications of contacts. Oh, that and no native Linux ciient from the makers of Bittorrent? What the hell is that about?!?

Wickr, I like your functionality, but let's face it, your app is hideous, and I really like the option to choose whether or not my messages self destruct (like Bleep gives me)

Threema, you were my first love, but you've failed to penetrate any meaningful marketshare, and it's hard to get people to try you out, even though I think you're well worth the price. Also, where's voice calling? I've been waiting for so long.

Going to try Bleep out, Find me there.
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I love disruptive technology, not just what's hot, but that which is truly revolutionary.  That is left intentionally broad-brushed.  Technology should make our jobs easier, our efforts more effective, and give us more time to enjoy life.  So I post publicly about technology, privacy, and the occasional red herring.

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