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One of the reviews mentions guacamole with crickets. I'd be way too curious not to order this, but it's likely something I had to overcome myself a bit to eat.
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What are phone jammers trying to tell us?

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/nMJWWf )

Cellphone jammers are illegal. So why do people keep using them? (Hint: because tech moves too slowly.)

Cellphone jammers prevent phones from working. They're being used in cars, public places and exam halls.

Jammers aren't new -- they've been around for years -- and they're illegal in many countries, including in the U.S., but use of jammers is growing fast.

I think cellphone jammers are being used as a Band-Aid, as the wrong solution to solve three societal problems that should be solved by much better technology.

Here are the three biggest problems cellphone jammers are trying, and failing, to solve, and what I think are the better solutions.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3076098/mobile-wireless/what-are-phone-jammers-trying-to-tell-us.html

#jammers #technology #selfdrivingcars
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+Sam Stapleton The "basic knowledge" thing is very interesting. That's a complaint that's been made forever. For example, most machinists today are certainly not blacksmiths. Many mechanics wouldn't be able to actually fabricate a part to save their life.

As technology marches forward, the ability to do the "basic" things manually becomes less and less relevant. We don't lose the knowledge how, as a group, because of the very tools that allow us to ignore it. The information is readily available if needed, but it's very, very rarely needed.

Tools are what allow us to progress. We make tools to accomplish basic tasks, so we can focus our attention at ever more complicated tasks while abstracting away the simple. What gets called a "basic task" keeps advancing, tools advance, and thus we keep being freed to focus on ever more complex tasks.
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Just a PSA to remind everyone that Tulum is still inhabited

These guys seem very happy scampering about the ruins.

#mexico #tulum
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The park staff were feeding them when we were there in 2013. Right at the entrance there was a five-foot monster getting buckets of fruit shoveled in front of him. He completely ignored all the people who came up for pictures and petting.
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I took this shot from deep water in an unauthorized part of the beach

It was very risky -- to my iPhone. : )

That's one of the coolest structures of the ancient Mayan ruin of Tulum. There are grander Mayan sites, but none with such a fabulous location.

#mexico #tulum
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Should have bought a proper phone. Sony xperias have been waterproof for years, long before Samsung adopted it.
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Bodysurfing in the shadow of ruins

We had the beach at Tulum all to ourselves, and I even caught a few waves.

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It looks like a biblical scenery.
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What are they trying to say here?

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Funny and true Lool
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This hotel-restaurant looks hilarious!

(I believe lol-ha is Mayan for flower-water.)

(Spotted this sign this morning.)

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My office today: the beach at Tulum

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Life guards are not always on duty, no boggy. Besides the ruins are right there to go play in case one does return. Looks really open with neat views.
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When spectacular Mexican beaches and breathtaking Mayan ruins collide...

This is what the back of the main structure (el Castillo) at Tulum looks like when you out in the water and looking back at the shore.

Put swimming at Tulum on your bucket list, people. It was truly surreal and wonderful

#Mexico #Tulum
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tulum is sweet...i thought the mayans had the right idea....build right next to the beach!
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Smallest library I've ever seen

Somewhere in Playa del Carmen.
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Nice one there, am also a designer.
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My office today: El Castillo at Tulum in Mexico

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I'll be there next week! 
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Amira and her hair taking a dip

At Cozumel. 
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+David Andrews beautiful thank you for this information. Wonder where this place is n history,, yes thanks
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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 (https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-today). 

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. 

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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. 

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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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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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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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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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Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
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