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The NYT did a piece on vaccination rates in California. There's an interesting map visualization to go along with.

The CDC claims herd immunity needs a 92-94% immunization rate to be sustainable.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/02/06/us/california-measles-vaccines-map.html
More than a quarter of schools in California have measles-immunization rates for kindergarteners that are below the standard the C.D.C. says is needed to maintain so-called herd immunity.
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This is an awesome read. Puts a lot of perspective on technology and science IMO.

"Magic is often just the over-application of understood systems to areas of reality where they do not apply."

http://www.reddit.com/r/history/comments/2wcukp/magic_was_widely_acknowledged_in_the_old_world_is/copqdbr
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In case I haven't said it for a while... I hate javascript. There goes half a day looking for a name collision.
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This one is mine :-)
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I'm not sure yet. I'll let you know when I open it :-D
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Wow! Very powerful!!!
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Here's some interesting data about the rate of measles cases before and after the introduction of the vaccine per state over time.

It would be interesting to have a similar visualization of rate of autism cases. I bet there's no correlation between the uptick in autism diagnosis and the introduction of the vaccine.

http://flowingdata.com/2015/02/19/impact-of-vaccines-throughout-history/
Not that anyone who does not vaccinate their kids cares, but Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman for the Wall Street Journal show the change in number of cases for various diseases after a vaccination is...
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Embd is a golang toolkit for raspberry pi and now supports the second gen. This should be fun.
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One of my big fixations has been namespaces. Issues seem to creep up around them all the time as systems scale. I've thought for years that the SSN system is fragile and should really be rethought - in a world where many bit uniq identifiers are possible and don't require human readability. So why do we still have SSNs? 

I just noticed I wrote "unique" as "uniq". As a unix/linux nerd, I'm keeping it. 
 
correlation may not be causation, but it might be identity.
by Bob Sullivan, ThirdCertainty The next time a company tells you that it wants your information, but “Don’t worry, it’s anonymized,” don’t believe it. A group of researchers from MIT proved this week that it can identify almost anyone using just four pieces of information in a supposedly anonymized database of credit card transactions — …
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I've always pronounced "uniq" as the singular of UNIX.
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I feel like I finally know Go well enough to write beautiful code. (now to refactor all the ugly code I've written to get here.)
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Butler's the real MVP
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Yep. Brady showed some real class with that one.
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I wrote this up for a friend, but thought it might be more generally interesting. 

Some of my favorites (in preferential order)

#1 ) Good luck hunting for pappy's, but if you're lucky enough, the 20 year is the best bourbon I've ever had (yes, better than the 23, but if you can get that too, do).
#2) Orphan Barrel Redemption - It's a close runner up to Pappy's, really delicious. Only moderately cheaper.
#3) George T. Stagg - barrel proof. It's like someone loaded pappy's into a double barrel shotgun and shot it down your throat, then poured petrol down the hole, and lit it on fire. 147 proof. Mix with water (I don't recommend that often).

Bourbons for Bar Fights
- Stagg for a very classy bar fight or military commanders... wear your monocle.
- Bookers (barrel strength, 127 proof on average) great smokey taste.
- Wild Turkey Select, but it seems a bit obvious.

Bourbons for tasting
- Rowens Creek
- Widow Jane / Widow Jane's Rye
- Noah's Mill
- Jeffersons - the older the better.
- Buffalo Trace
- Eagle Creek

Bourbons for Cocktails
- Bulleit - Bulleit Rye
- Four Roses
- Basil Haydens
- Angels Envy
- 1792, also good for tasting if you're already drunk.

People like it, but I don't... might be worth trying if you're one of "those" people.
- Knob Creek
- Woodford Reserve.
- Makers Anything

Haven't Tried it, but seems interesting:
- Col. E.H. Taylor - anything
- Whistlepig Rye
- Breaking and Entering
- Michters
- Redemption Rye

BOLO - (be on the lookout - pick this up regardless of not having tried it)
- Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet
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