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This is kind of intriguing. It'd probably be hell at a Major League park, but at a minor league park as described, I think it would be kind of fun.


People moved in the apartments this week; it is the first residential development in a professional ball park
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I think Disney has a rogue subversive or two in their merch department. This is a shirt I'd expect from Internet snarkers, not from the Mouse itself. Spotted at the kiosk just outside It's a Small World at #Disneyland.
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This is the skylight in my dining room as seen from below. My best guess for the pattern is that slightly wet squirrels from the rain the other day decided to throw a dance party on the dusty skylight.
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So I've installed my free upgrade to Windows 10.  I do not yet know how I feel about this.  I will say that it's probably the fastest Windows upgrade I've ever done (ignoring the download time).
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It's been pretty solid for me so far. The only trouble I've had is that my graphics driver resets itself from time to time. So far it hasn't been during anything terribly important.
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Flat tire on my way to work today. Also, I learned which tool is missing from my road kit. It's the one that would let me take the back wheel off so I could replace the tube.

#biketowork #fail
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Oh no!! 
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Rocco's rockin' and rollin' this morning.
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So this is one of the odder Straight Dope questions I've seen in some time. The "lots of people eat that stuff it's fine" part of me is intrigued, while the more more normal American diet judger is saying "nope!"
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There's a Corvette convertible parked at the electric car charging station outside my window at work.  I'm pretty sure somebody is unclear on the concept.
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So yesterday before the +Oakland Athletics game, I'm leaning on the wall by the BART ramp, and I hear music from below.  The group playing the Star-Spangled Banner were getting in one last rehearsal, and I snapped some pictures from directly overhead.  Here's the auto-awesome version.

(I missed who the performers were since a BART delay meant the person I was waiting for didn't arrive in time.  If somebody let's me know who they were, I'll credit them.)
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Last night, I had the novel experience of entering my house guarded by a squad of SWAT officers, complete with body armor, helmets, and rifles.  They went in first with their rifle-mounted flashlights, declared my dining room clear, and let me inside.  Our mission: to get the dog's leash from the kitchen so we could "secure" our beloved beast from the back yard so they could search back there for a fled suspect without having a confused canine get in the way.  I successfully got Rocco from the back yard and the two of us headed back across the street; Rocco only barking at the nearby police dog a couple times before going back to his normal happy self.  Interlopers in his neighborhood, you see. 

Apparently Sunnyvale Police shot and killed one suspect at a nearby motel, and another left the scene and was suspected of being somewhere in our neighborhood.  They brought in help to search the neighborhood from several of the surrounding cities.  I saw squad cars from Los Altos, Palo Alto, the Sheriff's department, and at least one other city for which I couldn't read the seal on the door for as it sped past.  The SWAT officers mentioned above were from San Jose.  A bunch of unmarked black SUVs showed up too.  No idea where they came from.  Some of them were wearing camouflage instead of the usual blue/black police uniform.  

Most of the evening was spent across the street chatting with the neighbors over the sound of the circling helicopter and watching dozens of cops do their thing.  For four or five hours, we just waited around and wishing they'd let us go back into our house.  It was quite surreal getting a close-up view of police militarization. The camouflage guys in particular seemed pretty weird.

Last I've heard, they didn't catch the guy they were looking for.
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No reason. They did that to everybody's house in the neighborhood. I have no doubt that the guy was long gone.
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Well, at least now we know what the dog was barking at.
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oh they are cheeky!
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OH GOD BEES EVERYWHERE
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