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Yes, +Tina Davis touched a farm animal ;)
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Heard the rumor that strawberry syrups contain flavoring from a beaver's tush? The potion was once a common food flavoring. But settle down! The time of beaver-spiked ice pops and pastries has ended.
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+Kristen Schroder it's s shame your kids are too young for this to work. Brilliant.
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Pro Infirmis «Because who is perfect?»: http://youtu.be/E8umFV69fNg
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Beautiful.
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I recently received the following message when logging in to G+:
"You've recently been violating the Google+ User Content and Conduct policies."

But no details as to how and with no way way to dispute the claim if it's baseless.  Apparently, whatever triggered the message wasn't severe enough to trigger any actual sanctions on G+'s part; but if I did something that violates a policy, I'd like to know what it is so I can avoid the action in the future.  If I did not violate a policy, I'd like to initiate an investigation and remove whatever mark was put on my account.

How should I proceed?
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Mika Brzezinski is my new hero and Joe Scarborough is apparently a patronizing, misogynist, hipster douchebag: http://youtu.be/zjqxFitncb4
#MikaBrzezinski #MorningJoeDouchebag
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+Linus Torvalds drops the knowledge, then the microphone.
 
One of my pet peeves (and yes, I've got a lot of them) is how my grocery store that carries high-quality groceries also is all crazy about homeopathy. Apparently there s a sad overlap between "I like my foods not overly processed" and "I am a big moron when it comes to medicine".

Guys, Homeopathy is a scam. And when even the manufacturers know that and try to make their products actually do something by adding real medicine into it, you have to ask yourself just how stupid you have to be to believe these jokers/scammers.
They actually contain ingredients for a change, and that could be harmful.
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including the Lombardi gift!!!
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Cozy, tasty and welcoming! Make an appointment for weekend brunch - there trends to be a wait.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
For the "TL:DR" crowd, here's the short and sweet: The location is awesome, the facilities/amenities are mediocre to average (think an average dorm room with a great lobby), the price is unbeatable, and the staff reasonably helpful. Details: I have observed 4 kinds of people who write online reviews: 1. *The incensed* : something angered them and they want the world to know 2. *The incentivized* : whatever reward they're getting is worth a few words on a website. 3. *The eccentric* : they have their own, often unpredictable motivations for reviewing. These are relatively rare. 4. *The ecstatic* : someone did them a solid and they have to let you know about it. I am more of the third than any other. Hopefully that will make my take aways useful, as their not colored by extreme affection or hatred for my experience. *The Facitilites* _Shared Faciltites_ Most complaints I've seen in the existing reviews for *40Berkley Hostel* center on the facilities. This is an old, institutional building. My initial guess was that it was some kind of dormitory, and it appears I wasn't far off - some brief google snooping reveals it to be a former *YWCA residence hall* . Unsurprisingly, it was built in 1888 and "reconstructed" in 1950. This shows, particularly in the hall ways and washrooms. The washroom walls are all tile. The dividers between showers are floor-to-nearly-ceiling marble slabs, with the fixtures bolted directly to the marble. Those washrooms that were useable were quite nice, in a institutional way. The washroom on my floor flooded early in the weekend and was largely unusable the rest of the weekend; but there were functional facilities on the remaining floors. The central hallways were large and a bit echoey, with a thin layer of industrial carpet covering the cement floors. The elevators are old and slow. Most of the conduits in the main hall areas are exposed. As others have mentioned, the main lobby is very well decorated - it has a bit of a retro-60's mod look going. There's a laundry center that provides 6 or 7 coin operated washers and driers. There's a dining area that I didn't visit (although breakfast is apparently covered in your room fee). The Wi-Fi was nearly useless; but that's been covered in plenty of reviews - bring a phone you can tether from! _Room Facilities_ The rooms themselves have the potential to be somewhat cramped. I was mistakenly put in a room that was intended for three people. It was comfortable for one or two; but may have been tight for three. It had one desk and one closet (about 3 feet wide). The beds themselves were metal framed with a trampoline-like web of springs for a foundation. They reminded me of the sorts of beds that were once common in military hospitals. The floor of the room was industrial linoleum tile. One window faced outside, with cranks to open it quite wide. There were no toilet facilities in the room - each floor has a shared toilet/shower facility (as alluded above). The room wasn’t what I’d call cozy or inviting; but it was functional and relatively quiet. I visited during the fall, so I’m not sure how the A/C holds up in summer, but the temperature in the room was quite comfortable during my stay. *Location* The location is prime. There are all manner of picturesque eateries; bars; and shops in easy walking distance - ranging from quite high end ($50 a head or so) to affordable on a student budget (< $10 a head) (South End is popular for upscale eateries; but Boston College has a campus here, hence the options for the more price conscious). The nearest T stop’s only a 10 minute walk away (a little shy of half a mile). Extend that walk out to closer to a mile and you’re at the Boston Commons or Copley Square.
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Quality: GoodFacilities: GoodService: Good
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
The food here is simply amazing. Reasonable portions - you'll never feel like you have to be rolled out in a barrow; but you won't leave hungry. Try the "marshmellow" soup - it's a tomato bisque with little "marshmellows" (mini suoffle's) floating in it, truly divine on a cold day. Coffee service here is excellent (french press at the table with whole cream). I've never had a bad experience (unless you count occasionally having to wait a while for a table). Very nice patio, too. The menu's not large - rarely more than a dozen items. They concentrate on the souffle's, with a couple of soups, a couple of salads, some cheese plates, and a dessert option or two that aren't souffles (in addition to several rotating dessert souffles) Pros: Truly delicious, healthy, and (somewhat) reasonably priced food. The Decor is warm, inviting and personable - imo, nearly peerless. Cons: Busy and small. You may have to wait and you may have to wait outside. Also, large people may find maneuvering through the restaurant a tad on the tight side.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
A note on my "Decor" rating. This place has excellent decor for a nearly standing room only, completely take out only whole in the wall. Rated by any other measure, its decor is horrible - all depends on what you expect! This place is simply amazing. The burger patties are ridiculously huge, but the meat is so good it's worth savoring every bite. I'm no glutton and I don't have a hate on for food that grew out of the ground; but I don't recommend anything other than bacon on the burger (the bacon's impressively tasty, too) - anything more is just too much to handle. Also, while it is a strictly take out place, there's a park near by.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Poor to fairService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Spare menu, but everything is perfectly presented. Great salads, burger, sandwiches, steak, etc. One of the nicest patios in the metroplex. Peerless service. I can't stress this enough - over the years I've gone through periods where I eat here weekly and periods where I don't visit in many months, yet I've never had a more consistently positive service experience in any eatery. Anywhere. These are true professionals and they take food service *seriously* . Cons? The wait. It's a small, cozy location and very popular among neighborhood residents, so you'll have to wait during the rush times - and there's almost no room to wait inside.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This place isn't about subtlety - it's about good, fresh, hearty tastes. Comfort food, really. I can only speak to one item, because I can never bring myself to order anything else - *El Taco Macho*. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but it is heaven on earth. It's not exactly a taco and I really don't have words that do it justice. Just ... so much tasty avocado!
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Very solid Mediterranean food - nice range of both cold and hot options, decent little patio, very good service. A notch above the usual neighborhood middle eastern food, but not stuffy or overpriced. Also, tasty and reasonably healthy dessert options.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago