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This is from a few months ago. A great example of how seemingly small decisions and assumptions by software developers can have unexpected consequences:

"For the last decade, Taylor and her renters have been visited by all kinds of mysterious trouble. They’ve been accused of being identity thieves, spammers, scammers and fraudsters. They’ve gotten visited by FBI agents, federal marshals, IRS collectors, ambulances searching for suicidal veterans, and police officers searching for runaway children. They’ve found people scrounging around in their barn. The renters have been doxxed, their names and addresses posted on the internet by vigilantes. Once, someone left a broken toilet in the driveway as a strange, indefinite threat."

"...for the last 14 years, every time MaxMind’s database has been queried about the location of an IP address in the United States it can’t identify, it has spit out the default location of a spot two hours away from the geographic center of the country. This happens a lot: 5,000 companies rely on MaxMind’s IP mapping information, and in all, there are now over 600 million IP addresses associated with that default coordinate. If any of those IP addresses are used by a scammer, or a computer thief, or a suicidal person contacting a help line, MaxMind’s database places them at the same spot: 38.0000,-97.0000.

Which happens to be in the front yard of Joyce Taylor’s house."

#technology #software #complexity
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At the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester NY there is a display of toys related to US Presidents and Presidential Candidates. Fascinating and a bit weird and creepy. 😳
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This is a panoramic from inside the grove of trees where 14-year-old Joseph Smith went to pray in the spring of 1820. He had read in the Bible that if anyone lacked wisdom they should ask God. He went here to ask God which church he should join.

When he started to pray, he was attacked by a dark power-- but he continued to try to pray. Just as he thought he was going to be overcome, a pillar of light appeared above him. The darkness was dispersed.

The pillar of light was so bright, Joseph was afraid that the trees might catch fire. In the light he saw two glorious beings. One of them called him by his name and said "This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"

Joseph asked which church he should join. He was told to join none of the churches, but that the fullness of the Gospel would be given to him at a later date. He was told many other things that he did not record.

After this vision, Joseph Smith went on to become a modern prophet, to translate the Book of Mormon, and to restore the Church of Jesus Christ.

The church now calls this place where Joseph prayed "The Sacred Grove." But to me it is important to remember that when Joseph went there is was just the woods at one end of his family property.

You don't have to travel to distant holy places to communicate with God. You can find a quiet place to be alone right where you are and pray to God. God likes to take apparently mundane things and sanctify them and make them holy. God answers prayers-- though it may require us to continue to try even when it looks like the darkness will overcome us.

Here is more information about Joseph Smith's multiple accounts of the vision he had:

#lds #mormon #josephsmith
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Not everyone agrees with the revisionist history that claims there is a right to "secession." There is no right to secession. There is a right to justified revolution against a long series of abuses (like the American Revolution). But that is revolution, not secession. There is no right to unilaterally break a contract and expect no reprisals. All parties involved can agree to peacefully release one from the contract, but you can't unilaterally decided to exit a contract.

"Brexit" was not secession. The articles of the European Union include an option for exit.

But the US Constitution does not include an option for disunion. It was always meant to be permanent. The only option for exit is by agreement of the several states or by revolution. A single state cannot justifiably decide to unilaterally end the union.

The southern states who tried to leave the union unilaterally did so in reaction to a legal election. Lincoln couldn't have done anything that would justify revolution because he hadn't even taken office yet. Their rebellion was not just, because, despite modern revisionist claims to the contrary it was meant to protect slavery. Lincoln was right to put down their rebellion.

I don't have any time or energy to argue about this at length, but with all the pro-secession mythology flying around social media, I felt it was important to let people know that there are those of us who have studied the issue and the history at length and do not agree with the way it is being construed.

#secession #civilwar #brexit #lincoln
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Out of curiosity if you know, doesn't Texas have the right to secession? I think they are the only state that does.
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"Fathers, if you wish your children to be taught in the principles of the gospel, … if you wish them to be obedient to and united with you, love them! and prove to them that you do love them by your every word or act to them. For your own sake, for the love that should exist between you and your boys--however wayward they might be, … when you speak or talk to them, do it not in anger; do it not harshly, in a condemning spirit. Speak to them kindly; get down and weep with them, if necessary, and get them to shed tears with you if possible. Soften their hearts; get them to feel tenderly towards you. Use no lash and no violence, but … approach them with reason, with persuasion and love unfeigned."

LDS Prophet Joseph F. Smith, October 1911

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+Jonathan Max Wilson Awesome, thanks. Yeah, it seems like D&C 121:41-46 was received relatively early in the totality of the current dispensation, and it's pretty clear about how to respond to dissent/"problems".
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An important question put to music.

With lyrics appropriate to the political season.

Also music to change diapers by...

#video #puppets #stinky #songs
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Saw this beautiful butterfly this evening while tending to our apple trees.
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I think it is important to try to read the words of other people in a charitable way that assumes the best meaning instead of the worst. It is something that I struggle with even though I believe it. I often fail. But I try.

I choose to read the phrase "Black Lives Matter" with an implied "Too."

"Black Lives Matter Too."
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One of my favorite Celtic Rock bands, The Young Dubliners, is performing a free concert tonight at 9:45pm at the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City.

Young Dubliners Thu, June 23, 2016 @ 9:45PMAmphitheater Stage The Phoenix Jazz & Swing Band w/ Jack Wood Thu, June 23, 2016 @ 10PMFestiv...
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That was SO fun! I hope they perform there again next year.
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Mt. Timpanogos Temple today at sunset.

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"In today’s political discourse, I don’t see many people concerned about the Constitution or government power anymore. I see a lot of people who just want the problems fixed; who are sick and tired of those who oppose them; who are fed up with gridlock; who want comprehensive, sweeping change, instead of incremental, piecemeal improvements; and who are no longer interested in trying to persuade and change the minds of those who disagree with them. They want the problems fixed and they want it done NOW!"

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"For the greater good," though! Who cares about principles and long-term consequences . . .
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I'm a dedicated Mormon family man with wide ranging interests in religion, politics, history, science, nature, technology, education, language, and art.

An experienced web application engineer by profession, I'm formally educated in English literature and literary criticism with additional studies in physics and electronics.

On the side, I perform puppet-comedy shows, dabble in mime as time permits, and am trying to be a part-time farmer.

I am a firm believer in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I run a web portal for LDS blogs.  I also often write about Mormon related subjects on my own blog, Sixteen Small Stones.

As a conservative republican curmudgeon, I believe strongly that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted through the natural rights philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and principles of limited government, liberty, responsibility, virtue, self-reliance, thrift, and self-control.

I was born and raised in the western United States. I have also lived in Santiago Chile and traveled in Puerto Rico, Italy, and Israel.
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Didn't learn to read until I was nearly 9 years old. Read The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion by the time I was 11 years old.
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