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Marcel Gagne
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I can't help but think that it would be funnier if the sign said 5 days.
 
Today in Geek History: Happy Velociraptor Awareness Day! Make sure your workplace is aware of the dangers of Velociraptor attacks.
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I got excited 'cos I thought you meant the drive,but...nooo...just boring ole dinosaur attacks.
;-)
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Free speech works like this.
 
Free speech.

...doesn't mean freedom from consequences.

From http://m.xkcd.com/1357/
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I agree that the First Amendment supports rather than forbids our rights of free association.

That said, I don't think the anti-communist blacklisting that happened in the 50s was a good thing.
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Want to feel my all natural dryer balls?
What?! Read the package. Lower left.
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Haha!

You know, though...wool dryer balls? Generate just a wee bit of electricity, there, why don't you? 
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This "church" submits autistic children to a 'miracle cure' where they are given bleach enemas every two hours, for seventy-two hours, every 'possible' weekend. 
There are almost no words for the inhumanity of this. Someone is not only promoting a treatment of bleach enemas to treat autistic children — every two hours, for 72 hours, every possible weekend — but they've started a religious organization to promote this, with "bishops" and other church officials touting the effectiveness of the Miracle Mineral Solution. Over at Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, Emily Willingham writes:
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Can i have him !!!! Ziggys fun house could do a lot with him !
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Interesting comparison regarding the new Windows Phone. You have to wonder what comparing it to BlackBerry really says.   #BlackBerry  
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It's an iPhone and android game right now. Could change, a little. 
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Yes. Yes, it does sound familiar.
 
Seems familiar.

I can't be the only person to have had a similar conversation.

From +David Malki, http://wondermark.com/1k20/
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I just love the retro awesomeness here.
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Andrew, you sir win The Internet for the day.
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Since 2001, 26 atomic-bomb-scale explosions have occurred in remote locations around the world, far from populated areas. This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, This, according to a new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network

I wrote about this in EARTH (1980).  Defense folks have long worried about such things triggering a war.
 http://www.universetoday.com/111278/astronauts-to-reveal-sobering-data-on-asteroid-impacts/#ixzz2z6FqEBt5
This Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, three former NASA astronauts will present new evidence that our planet has experienced many more large-scale asteroid impacts over the past decade than previously thought… three to ten times more, in fact. A new visualization of data from a nuclear weapons warning network, to be unveiled by B612 Foundation CEO…
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'Nuff said!
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hmmm... "libertarian" vs "socialist" "societies" as per  screengrabs of (pretty damn awesome) movie moments... if we're going to bring in pop-culture, I offer, "If it's not Love, then its the Bomb" (Smiths).
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Your Bible history lesson for today. God had lots of sons and they had sex with human women because, well . . . human women are hot, and the women had children. And then there were the giants. Shortly after that, God drowned everyone. 
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And some just love how the story sounds like an All Father God whose godly sons go down to earth to impregnate women, and those offspring become the heroes and demigods. Doesn't that sound an awful lot like Greek mythology and Roman mythology and Norse mythology? Then those sons and heroes and demigods go on exciting and heroic adventures (men of renown) . I mean, really. Giants? 
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Marcel Gagné is just this guy . . . you know? He's ruggedly handsome, an award-winning author, and the guy responsible for the "Moving to Linux" series of books and the famous (or perhaps infamous) "Cooking With Linux" which ran for ten years in the Linux Journal. 

I've been a regular columnist for LinuxPro Magazine, Ubuntu User, Linux Journal, SysAdmin, and others. I am a public speaker, radio and television personality, and a well known voice in the Linux and open source universe.

I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge with a completely unrealistic desire to know everything. Science and technology are my passions; as such you'll find me unreasonably dedicated to the pursuit of reason (in case you have to ask what 'Free Thinker at Large' means). Oh, and I'm terribly opinionated. Other passions include music, art, food, wine, and the occasional single malt scotch.

I take great pleasure in making fun of your belief system; I sincerely hope you enjoy making fun of mine as well.

I'm also a published science fiction author and editor, a onetime Editor in Chief, a pilot, a Top 40 disc jockey, and I fold a mean origami T-Rex. Coolest of all, I'm a seriously lucky husband to my wife, Sally, and a seriously lucky Dad to my boys, Sebastian and Tristan.
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I'm the author of 6 books, hundreds of articles, a few short stories, and lots more. Two kids keep me hopping and my amazing wife keeps me honest . . . and humble.
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Adams claimed that the feminist movement had delivered “angry women and feminine men.” He said women attacked men because they falsely belie

Percentage of Republicans who believe in evolution is shrinking
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A Pew study finds that the percentage of Republicans who believe that Darwin's theory of evolution is correct has dropped 11 percent in abou

Changing Your Password Won't Change Anything - You Will Still be Hacked
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A day after two million passwords were hacked from several social network sites--Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google--it's clear reporters w

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system
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Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers'

I’d hate to be a former Zimmerman juror today
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A chilling 911 call shows George Zimmerman trying to frame his girlfriend -- just like he did Trayvon Martin

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Your Gland-Prevention Plan
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6 steps you can take now to reduce your risk of prostate cancer

Police: We Have Mayor's Alleged Crack Video
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TORONTO -- TORONTO (AP) — Toronto's police chief said Thursday they have recovered a video deleted from a computer that appears to show Mayo

the result of Spock
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My Result: Spock. Which Star Trek Character Are You?

Mickey Mouse must die, says Saudi Arabian cleric
www.telegraph.co.uk

Mickey Mouse is a corrupting influence and must die, a Muslim cleric has declared.

NASA Discovers Han Solo Preserved In Carbonite On Mercury
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Han Solo has been discovered in frozen carbonite state on the planet Mercury. NASA officials recently announced their unique and highly impr

Jesus and Mo
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Religious satire from holy roomies Jesus & Mohammed in a weekly comic strip.

Is Health Canada bringing measles back by approving ineffective homeopat...
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Approval of ineffective homeopathic vaccines endangers public health.

House GOPer: Biblical flood proves climate change isn’t man-made
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"One would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change," said Rep. Joe Barton

Can Canadian parents really raise a child for $3,000 a year?
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A new report from the Fraser Institute bases low-ball child-raising estimate on proviso that parents stick to a child’s ‘essential needs.’ O