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Attn +Larry Cafiero  You might want to have your 52 year old proof reader sit in on an urban slang class at the local junior college. The guys in distribution were pissing themselves when I passed their offices an hour ago.
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Ahem. Yep. But you'd be surprised how many discussions there are in newsrooms over alternatives to "beat" or "win" in sporting events (yours truly always chimed in, "What about 'beat'?"), so it's no surprise this happened.
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When you see important work to be done, and do not have the skills to do it...it's simple...

Pay someone to do it.
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Nope. Never did "blame Linux" for the sorry condition of TTS within Linux. If anything or any one is to blame, it's developers that figured their product was as close to done as they wanted it. This is how Linux gets its brand of "hobbyist". MaryTTS is the perfect example, but Jovie and other apps fall in line here too. The backbone is there and it is amazing code but the user side of the software is not there. There's no gui or even an executable for users to click and make the whole thing work. I see it as a beautiful bridge built with the last 50 yards incomplete.

So no, I don't and never did "blame" Linux. Those of us that fail to follow through and make our programs usable, that's a different story. Every email I've received from this article says basically the same thing. Who ever wrote it did not have the end user in mind.
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Fistfighting with Time Warner in getting a Modem to work. Works now with exception to needing a modem reboot every 4 hours or so. Sheesh.

Oh...yeah, what I wanted to say.

As patriotically sacrilegious as this may sound, since 1969, I have been sorely tempted to sing The National Anthem by the words that form in my head. So far I've resisted doing so...

"Oh say, can you seeeeee.
my eyes, if you can...then my hair's too short"

Yeah, I know. There's something broken deep inside of me. I try to keep it hidden in a jar by the door. Sometimes it gets out.
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Well... on the bright side. Autozone uses Suse Linux... Ok... not helping, am I? 
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In a typically blunt interview, Linus Torvalds has said for the first time that if he were to die, Linux could safely continue on its own. Bloomberg has the report, which includes a video with Torvalds at his home office. Torvalds insists that people like Greg Kroah-Hartman have taken over huge part...
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Someone will step up or be nominated as the curator, or it will move towards being handled by the committee. Linux has a very long life ahead of it, even if there end up being a bunch of forks in the road...
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We knew this was coming for a week. Tropical storm Bill would make landfall onto Texas shores and devastate the already saturated ground and cause record flooding and destruction. Oh, the humanity...
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Are you sure you have the budget for that rebuild project? It looks pretty extensive...
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OK, call out to all Grammer Hammers. +Larry Cafiero et al...

If you were to correct this sentence to the absolutely ridiculous rule of not ending a sentence with a preposition, how would it be properly structured?

"It depends on who's desktop you refer to"
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It depends on whose desktop to which you refer :)
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And this just in from The Desk of - Blinded By The Light.....

It was raining hard, the wind was pushing sheets of wind outside and I got up to check out the window from time to time. It seemed to be nothing but a fairly severe rain storm. With our drought still in effect, most of us are happy for any precipitation.

Most of us.

There was a fairly close lightning event that triggered a one second off thunderburst. I swung my chair around, facing the window and was beginning to stand when lightning struck 7 feet away from me, out in my front yard. I don't remember seeing a defined lightning bold, only the largest white sheet of light I have ever seen. I could smell the ozone.

When I regained consciousness, I had a nasty headache and I had hit my head on the printer stand on my little road trip to the carpet under my feet. I regained my senses as Diane was yelling from the living room, "are you all right? Are you all right?".  I really wasn't in any shape to tell her one way or another since me and my larynx had parted ways this past January.  I found my way to my feet and Diane was able to get beside me to figure out where the living room couch was. I couldn't tell if I was walking or being pushed. My equilibrium was way off.

It was right around the 30 minute mark that my sight was beginning to return...from the center out. In an hour, I had my full sight back and could see without any blur or loss of focus.

I have a penchant for violent weather and often go out to the front porch and watch the lightning storms around us. Diane informed me that those little jaunts are a thing of the past. I'll have to agree with her. It would be fool's play to let mother nature take another shot at me like that.

Oh, that "just almost hit by lightning" condition is known as sonic concussion. Most everyone close to a loud noise like that suffers from one degree or another. I'll go in to my eye test lady at Walmart and see what she has to say.
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Glad you're OK Ken. That was another close one to add to your vast collection.
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Firefox is exhibiting some serious broke-ness on my computer. First it started out that no "play" icon on any clip or movie would click when I used my mouse, now it's not even opening the dialog box on any of the choices under G+ posts, such as

Photos  Link  Video  Event  Poll

And I know, sometimes things break but for pete's sake...this is not good. I not only disabled all of my extensions and addons, I completely removed them. Not fixing it, I removed all of my Firefox themes.

Nada. This is just a waste of hard drive space. I've never had Firefox fail me to this degree. Ever.
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Thought it was just me.   I'm always playing, er, experimenting and sometimes things don't work, so I thought having the videos in CNN quit on me was that.   Now I'm seeing some also won't work in the plain vanilla Chromium I have to catch my slack.  Interesting.  
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This is money ball at work. I'm an old school fan as far back as the early 90's when I watched Mike Scott and Danny Darwin pitch. I was shot to the stars and then dropped without parachute on my head during the 2005 bid for the world series. For three out of the four games, we lost by 1 run. It's those guys I see when I close my eyes and think Astros. I'm looking right now at my Scott Servais home run ball and my Craig Biggio signed foul ball. So these are the guys I see when I think of the Houston Astros.

But could it be, that this magic mix of luck, fate and just plain good baseball sense has put together a team with such chemistry and ability that it defies all statistics? Ya know...? I think it could. Take snapshots of the past two years at this time and compare the record and stats for this one. It defies baseball statistics, but yet...here we are.

I live in Austin and I will most certainly take in a game series this year. And no, I'm still not comfortable with the whole American League thing, but hey. They're our Astros.

Go figure.
 
Carlos Correa’s 3 steals, home runs from Tucker and Santana lead #Astros over Rockies for 40th win.
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my thanks to +Josh Sabboth for putting this up. How amazing. The video is made even more inspiring by the music that accompanies it, headphones suggested if at work. Take a couple of minutes to watch this clip. I will be adding this to the files that are available on our Reglue computers. Hopefully, it can help inspire this generation of kids into our next generation of scientists and explorers.

Maybe all the way to Mars.
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+Shery Christopher Indeed
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Some important things to consider. Is the FOSS infrastructure sound? Is the network of support and structure ready to withstand the next Heartbleed? Not according to some. Take a look and tell me what you think.
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Too much focus on free beer, not enough focus on free speech. 
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OMG OMG OMG. Stop online piracy! It's taking food off the table of the people that help make movies. The camera guys, the caterers, the Grips. Even The Best Boy is receiving food stamps. You movie pirates are destroying lives you insensitive clods! Stop This Madness NOW!!!!!
 
Impressive.

+Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to shatter this though.
Chris Pratt is having another very good year. Pratt’s career took off last year with the dual [...]
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+Alessandro Ebersol thank you.Didn't have that one in my bookmarks. I do now. ;-))
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Executive Director of Reglue.org. We rebuild broken computers then give them to kids that cannot afford them.
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The last time I played with Python, it tried to eat the neighbor's dog and we had to move away. Oh, you mean the scripting language? Yeah, I do that too. I also write both technical and sociologically-important things about the Linuxsphere and the FOSS community
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  • Reglue
    Executive Director, 2005 - present
    I oversee the intake, inventory, refurbishing and placement of computers donated to Reglue. I coordinate the placement of those computers into the homes of financially-disadvantaged kids in Central Texas. I maintain the inventory of parts and other items needed for the operation of the organization. I also act as outreach contact for Reglue.
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Executive Director at Reglue.org
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I write smash scripts...no not bash scripts, smash scripts.  About the third time I get a General Parsing Error, I smash my monitor.
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I have the best job in the world. I give computers to financially disadvantaged kids. I've also dated Stevie Nicks. Well, not actually "dated"...we spent time together back stage after a concert, well not exactly time "together". Her body guard threw me 10 yards into the parking lot when I was trying to tell her....oh never mind. It gets ugly from there. Does anyone have her current address?
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Tong Du Chon Korea - Bamberg Germany - Various frozen radar sites, Labrador - Kuwait and various wadi - Phoenix AZ - luxemburg - Subic Bay Phillipines - Carmel CA - Gillette Wyoming - Villa Grove Illinois - Austin Texas - Visenza Italy - Colon Panama
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Leland Stevens isn't just a great CPA...He's a great guy. Our newly formed non profit had no idea of what we were doing as far as keeping track of our funding and budgeting. Leland is sitting down with us and setting up our books and doing some initial advising at no cost to us. Of course, we will retain him for our month to month needs. In a world where a financial consultant is more worried about billable hours than customer care, Mr. Stevens has been a blessing for us and our organization.
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I rescued a tired old Beagle from the Taylor facility a couple of months ago. it was obvious he was advanced in age and he was the only dog that did not happily meet people as they walked up and down the line of cages. He had been horribly abused by his previous owners, who tied him to a dog house in the middle of a dirt back yard and just moved away. No food, no water. He was just left to die. The next door neighbor saw him and called the animal control folks who took him to the pound. He was the one I adopted. He has several severe medical issues to include congestive heart failure. He has a horrible, hacking cough and he sneezes so violently that he slams his muzzle into the floor or ground and makes his nose bleed. I had taken him to the other vet in Taylor and while I believe him to be competent, I simply got the impression he was more interested in selling me high priced, specialty dog food than he was treating my little guy. The medications he gave him had not caused any improvement in a two month time so I decided to take my boy to Dr. Graef. No appointments, odd hours and first come first served... that's how it works there. A 15 minute wait and Dr. Graef showed up and introduced himself then examined my little guy. Bad news but we knew that. His heart is terribly weak and the cough and sneezing is not only a sign of that condition but it can hasten the end if allowed to go on too long. My other vet had not informed me of that. An examination, a gentle shot of allergy medication, two prescriptions and some good baseball conversation later, we were on our way. Grand total? 60.00. Less than half of what the other vet had charged and his medications did no good what so ever. My little boy has not sneezed or coughed once since the visit and I can finally get some sleep, as when he used to cough, I had to get up to rub his throat to make it stop. This is a great Vet folks. If you can work around his hours and unconventional routine, he's the guy to see if you live in this area.
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