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Larry Cadloff
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Update: here's the completed Ingress in-game memorial to Leonard Nimoy.
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Just got a call on my cellphone from someone claiming to represent "the government", who informed me that I can claim a grant of $8500 for merely paying my bills on time and being a good citizen. There was no caller ID and the caller had a thick Indian accent. Was I too hasty in telling him that I wasn't interested in his scam, then hanging up?
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LOL  Not even trying.
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San Francisco last night from Pier 14.
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Wow.  Very cool.
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Woke up this morning to find that our sea of green had been wiped out overnight, including portals that we'd held and nurtured for weeks. Bastards.
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+Chester Beltowski:, yeah, I was able to scroll back the alerts to verify that... a crew of five. Not to worry, we managed to undo most of it (and push me to the next level) before we left for out Labor Day trip to Portland.
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You could order one and then reshoot the picture... and then you could recycle the outfit as a Halloween costume.
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Ingress players in San Francisco are in the midst of creating a memorial to Leonard Nimoy within the game. It's not finished yet, but the core is done. Nicely executed.
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If you're not an Ingress player, feel free to ignore this. If you are... there's a humungous blue field covering a good chunk of the United States, extending from Hawaii to northern Michigan to southern Texas. Someone has done a lot of very careful planning and recruiting. No linking for me (or anyone else around here) until it dies.
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the existing links yes. this is amazing to connect so distant portals with no links on the way ;) .... just wish it was a green field :p
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Damn, this was fun.
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Bizarre.

On my way home today I noticed that the transponder that opens the apartment garage door had fallen off the inside of the windshield; it's been very hot in the south bay, and the adhesive on the Velcro strips holding it had melted.

No problem, I thought; this had happened before. No doubt the device (about the size of a deck of playing cards, but half the thickness) was on the floor somewhere. I waited until I got off the freeway, and parked temporarily so that I could reach over and pick the thing up.

Except that it wasn't there. It wasn't anywhere. It had disappeared entirely. I poked around in the car for a half hour until I gave up. I left the car on the street, went up to the apartment and sent an email to the garage manager asking him for help replacing the thing. I didn't expect to hear from him until the weekend was over, but he called me well after 9PM and asked me to come down to the building office.

I picked up my jeans, which I had removed due to the heat, intending to put them on and head down to the office... and that's when I found the damned transponder.

Glued to my butt.

It had apparently fallen on the driver's seat, sticky side up, and it firmly clung to my derriere for hours. I didn't feel it, and it had been concealed by my shirt tail, so no one else saw it, either.

I feel like a complete dolt. But at least I can get into the garage.
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And here I thought opening butts was MY job.
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I'm very happy to announce that I am no longer between jobs. Starting Monday I'll be working at Barracuda Networks, in a role that promises to be both fun and rewarding.
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ooooooooooooooh Barracuda!
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BART displayed their new car design at Civic Center today... they trotted out a mockup of half a BART car with a fully finished interior. I think they did a good job overall, with a few minor hiccups.
 
The interior looks a lot more like a subway car than a commuter train. Loading and unloading should be faster thanks to one more set of doors -- six doors per car (three on each side) instead of the current four. Unfortunately, the new cars lose about 10% of the seats due to the new center doors and added crush space at the ends of the car required by newer federal safety standards. That's somewhat offset by a 10% increase in standing space, so each car can hold more people, provided they're OK with being on their feet (and optionally glaring at seated riders). BART says that the new fleet will allow them to run more 10-car trains at rush hour, which might further offset the seating shortage.

The overall look is more austere than current cars. Floors are uncarpeted and seats are covered in vinyl rather than fabric, which given the cleanliness habits of some riders is probably an improvement. Seats are cantilevered from the walls and "float" above the floor, which makes cleaning easier and results in lots of room for luggage stowage underneath. Lighting is provided by more rugged and reliable LEDs rather than flourescent tubes, and paper system maps are gone in favor of big LCD screens showing live maps and route information. There are lots of handgrips and straps to hold onto. Each car has a set of rather clever rubber bicycle holders that shouldn't get in the way when they're not needed.

Not everyone is going to like the changes. Wheelchair access is somewhat hampered by the grip poles, which obstruct handicapped passengers at the middle doors; the end doors are better, but a wheelchair-bound customer next to me wasn't happy. Some have complained about the seating colors... the blue and yellow vinyl reminds them of the Seattle Seahawks official emblems, which apparently is a very important issue for sports fans. Go figure.

The new cars go into production at the end of 2014. There will be a long period of acceptance testing and production ramp-up before they go into full service, so they probably won't be on the tracks until 2017.
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+CM Harrington: I don't know if you can make direct comparisons between BART and Metro North. They serve different proposes and have different design goals. Metro North is a traditional commuter railway; it has long routes, widely spaced stations, and exists primarily to move people from the suburbs to the city. BART is a different beast; the stations are generally closer together, and destinations are more distributed throughout the system. It's more of a hybrid between light rail and commuter service. Right from the start it was designed to accommodate more people per car over shorter distances, with the majority standing if necessary.
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One of the best hotel experiences I've ever had. It looks and feels somewhere in between a hotel and a B&B... small but comfortable rooms with character, perfectly maintained, great location. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Our rate included a hot breakfast and unlimited access to the minibar and Nespresso machine in the room and was still very reasonably priced. I'll definitely be staying there again.
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Fairly good, but overrated. While there's an amazing variety of odd donuts, in the end they just don't taste very impressive... certainly not worth the two hour wait on some days.
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