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Like Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. I will buy it.
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The funny thing is, this loaf was mostly done when the book arrived.

This book arrived today -- +Amira Elgan bought it for me, knowing my enthusiasm for the einkorn grain. It arrived while I was baking this bread. Yes, it's an einkorn loaf. 

I think they copied me. ; ) 

#bread   #carbs  
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Why does it take a week for Amazon to "send" insurance?

Upon the recommendation of +Leo Laporte on this week's MacBreak Weekly ( ), I bought a Shure MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for my iPhone on Amazon. 

I also bought the insurance they offered for it. 

Amazon informs me in the "Your Orders" section that the microphone will ship today and arrive tomorrow. But the insurance has already shipped and will arrive anywhere between Wednesday and the following Monday. 

It's insurance! Does it really need to be shipped? 

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+John Habbinga unless you want it epedited... the offer to expedite should have been present for sure.
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Airbus files a patent for stacking passengers.

Airbus filed a patent in the US for a method for stacking passengers in an airplane. They call it "mezzanine seating," although if they had a sense of humor they would call the upper row the "overhead compartment." 

If that sounds horrible, consider that it enables all passengers to recline fully, so that they become, in effect, bunk beds.
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or dehydrated and pressed into bricks.
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This guy Photoshops himself into stock photos.

Everyone needs a hobby. Brilliant.

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That's the best thing I've seen all day!
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Is $3,200 too much to pay for a Vladimir Putin iPhone?

It even comes with a free box:
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Elio is saying "Russia patriot"
Oh great, now we need a commemorative Obama phone to keep up with the Joneskis.
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The Coen Brothers new Hollywood sendup, "Hail Caesar" -- here comes the trailer!
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Heh, this movie actually looks pretty solid
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Why your next camera might have 16 lenses.

A radical new camera called the Light L16 has 16 lenses, with each lens focusing light into its own individual sensor. It's from a startup called Light. This is going to blow your mind. 

The +Wall Street Journal's +Wilson Rothman has the story:

#camera  #photography 
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Fingerprints x 16.
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Best desk ever has a bed inside.

A designer named Athanasia Leivaditou has created a desk that has a nap room inside of it.

It also has to be said that, like all things, Seinfeld thought of this first:
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super, it's wonderfull!
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Why I haven't posted a Mike Elgan Radio podcast since the iPhone 6s Plus.

My podcasts now have a rattling sound, which is super annoying. 

I'm using the Opinion app to record. And I suspect that somehow the problem is with the app because when I record using the built-in Voice Memos app, there's no rattling. 

The creators of Opinion tell me they're looking into the problem. But I thought I'd ask: Does anyone else using Opinion with an iPhone 6s Plus? And do you have this problem? 
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+Joseph Pahau I think you meant to say the long road.🚃🚓🚆🚍
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Want to know more about the Microsoft Surface Book laptop?

Then watch this:


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I'm an Apple guy through and through, just my preference I guess.  But its really great to see Microsoft doing some really cool hardware.  One could argue that they are copying what Apple has already done.  So what?  Apple & Google do it with each of their products. And they are not alone.  No patents were infringed on..  I would really like to see this running Ubuntu or some other variant of Linux.  Heck, I suspect people with try get OS X working on it!  
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Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

My Thoughts on Google+:

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 

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Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome. Simply awesome.
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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