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The Rainbow.

..one day I saw a rainbow in a tree.
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Unemployment Numbers for Low Info Obama Supporters.

‘Who’s on First?’ revisited.

COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.
ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It's 9%.
COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?
ABBOTT: No,that's 16%.
COSTELLO: You just said 9%.
ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.
COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.
ABBOTT: No,that's 16%.
COSTELLO: Okay,so it's 16% unemployed.
ABBOTT: No,that's 9%...
COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?
ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.
COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.
ABBOTT: No,you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.
COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!
ABBOTT: No,you miss my point.
COSTELLO: What point?
ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work,can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.
COSTELLO: To who?
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.
ABBOTT: No,the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work stopped looking. They gave up. And,if you give up,you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment rolls,that would count as less unemployment?
ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?
ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how you get to 9%. Otherwise it would be 16%. You don't want to read about 16% unemployment,do ya?
COSTELLO: That would be frightening.
ABBOTT: Absolutely.
COSTELLO: Wait,I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?
ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
ABBOTT: Correct.
COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
ABBOTT: Bingo.
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down,and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.
ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like an economist.
COSTELLO: I don't even know what the hell I just said!

And now you know why Obama's unemployment figures are improving!
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I use keyboard shortcuts (j and k) and the space bar to navigate through the articles in Feedly in Firefox. I just noticed that the search box seems to randomly steal focus while I am doing this, which is extremely annoying.  have actually switched out of the Beta channel in order to avoid it during most of my reading.
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Starting the New Year at Starbucks and my TARDIS thermal coffee mug. (I bought it for myself as a birthday present this year, then got a Van Gogh exploding mug for Christmas. I love it, but have no plans on bringing it to Starbucks anytime soon, worried about dropping it and seeing it shatter into lots of little pieces.)

Weird, right, but at least I am out of the house for a bit, which I really need to do. I also want to spend more time on social networks just bcause I want to know that I am not the only idiot with a stupid opinion. Not that I haven't bee reading posts here, occasionally, but I haven't posted regularly in a couple of years. I think it was before I got the second round of kidney stones that kept me in the hospital for a week.

Strange thing, I actually look back to that week now and wish I was still that healthy. This post isnt about my problems though, it is about my new attitude of getting out of my shell, and my rut. I do better when I interact, even if it is online. The best thing about Google+ is that the people here are from more than two camps. I have grown wery of the predictable bickering on the only forum I frequent, even if I do love to argue about politics.

Ayway, out of my shell for the day, and hope to post at least once a day. Happy New Year to all.
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Imagine a young woman in a convent who is worried about confessing a sin, then read this story and realize just how powerful a well written plot twist can be.
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Men are not women

This is going to be a bit of a rant about feminists.

Not all feminists, or even, to the best of my knowledg, most of them. It is a rant about the ones who want men to be more like women. The ones that think the world would be better off if men had more friends to share their feelings with.

To be clear, I really don't have an objection to sharing my feelings, but I want freinds that, if I call them at 3AM thier first instinct is to climb into their car and give me a ride, not talk about how wonderful it would be if I went to the mechanic the instant the check engine light came on. Men are wired to fix things because it annoys us when a problem keeps coming back, which is why we look for an answer. We don't want to hear about how your coworker keeps disappearing during the day only to show up and grab the credit when the boss stops in to see how things are going, we want to bury that scumbag so that you get the recognition you deserve. We know it makes you feel small and insignificant, which is why we want to help.

I could, literally, go on for hours about this. The world needs people that are willing to get dirty, because some things cannot be accomplished any other way. It needs people that are willing to do the back breaking labor. These are the people that the world needs to admire, not the lawyers and politicians. We should care more about the opinions of plumbers than we do professors who never changed a tire.

No, that does not mean that education is not important, it just means that other thins are just as important. 
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Yeah, I'm with you. Sort of. I've wrestled with this question for decades and personally for me it comes down to listen first, then act. It might be too easy to jump in and end up "fixing" the wrong problem. Also, I have to be careful about crossing the line wherein my desire to help is either a delegitimization of the complaint or worse, a vote of non-confidence in the ability of the person I'm talking to to take care of her or his own business.

Ultimately, the important thing is for both people to be in the same conversation, and that ends up being stupidly easy: just check in with your partner about whatever it is that you have the urge to fix and don't just jump in and do it. Asking, "is this something I can help with?" frames whatever comes next so that we are likely in agreement about whatever gets done next.

It's not about being sensitive and it should never be about suppressing your desire to help. It is about being perceptive and having the patience to find out where you are most likely to be helpful. 
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I can't believe anyone had to make a video like this.

Being a geek is hard enough without turning into a jock, get over yourself. 
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Oh..lol..okaaay...Im at a loss for words. I dont understand why anyone should tease others. We all have good points and bad points.
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If you are reading my profile because I circled you, or you are thinking about circling me, I am a small l libertarian, writer, amateur editor, Christian, science and tech geek, NaNoWriMo, a reader of science fiction, fantasy, and mysteries, have a habit of putting my foot in my mouth, love to argue and, occasionally, debate.

One of these days I will take the time to sit down and write a boilerplate introduction that I can post in places like this.

No I won't, I think I actually enjoy torturing myself when I actually try to figure what to say about myself to a bunch of strangers. I prefer to let people ask questions, and then give answer. What usually amazes people about this process is what I can discern about them by the questions they ask.

I love to read, and enjoy writing. Those two passions drive most of my life, and I tend to split my time between them based on no discernible method.

I enjoy science, and teaching people that anyone can use a computer, and most people can actually do basic maintenance and repairs. It is really true, and I have a string of successes to prove it.

What can a person say about themselves in a short blurb that can possibly justify their existence, or even the far simpler task of getting others to pay attention to what they say? I believe that actions speak louder than words, and that results matter more than intent, yet I am a man of words, and lack results to justify my intentions. I hope that makes me a realist, and not a hypocrite, but that is not for me to decide.

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