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High for the day was 22F at midnight.  Currently it's 0F and dropping. #toofreekingcold ever for here.
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To quote Ron Shock, it's ball. shrinkin'. cold.

It's the cold what shrinks a man's balls to the size of raisins and makes 'em suck up into his body.
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The relationship of various UNIXes described as branches of Christianity.  Apparently Android is Mormon.   
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Fascinating Article on Work, Automation, and Society

Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. But things can change...
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This resonates with me.  It seems like everyone is looking for the creativity secret sauce.  We intently examine the successes trying to fathom the thing that made them.  There are endless articles about creative work spaces, business methodologies, finding the elite with the spark, etc...  But the truth is for all the successes there is a bigger string of failures and that is really the creativity secret sauce.  Trying, failing, learning and trying again.   But that is not a quick and easy path, it takes time and risk.  Learning from your mistakes is only consequential when you don't fall so far that you can't try again.   

It's seemed to me lately that the Midwest has the potential for a renaissance.  But it won't come from following the latest business trend from the east or west coast.  It will come from promoting an environment that encourages trial and error, an environment where there is enough of a safety net that failure can be recovered from, and an environment that values education.       
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I can confirm that St Louis does not currently look like that thumbnail.
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Federal Court Guts Net Neutrality Rules | Threat Level | Wired.com
www.wired.com

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radar.oreilly.com

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www.wired.com

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Video: Fly Over Mars Without Leaving Home - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com
blogs.discovermagazine.com

The Mars Express orbiter, run by the European Space Agency, has released an amazing flyover animation of the Red Planet.

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www.scientificamerican.com

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OSM: Spatial Manipulation Toy
www.thinkgeek.com

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John le Carré: the spies who lost it - Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk

The writer John le Carré believes fantasy is endemic in the spying game, whether it's a paper-pusher with a persecution complex or the deran

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myscienceacademy.org

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The vanishing cost of guessing - O'Reilly Radar
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As college debt skyrockets to over $35,000 per student, the state of Oregon has proposed a novel investment-approach to loans: free tuition

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www.wired.co.uk

WikiHouse is the ultimate self-assembly kit: an open-source construction set that lets you build your own home from online templates

You Can’t Have It Both Ways | TechCrunch
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Gun control is control of all guns. This tautology, in a developed society, is non-negotiable. If guns can exist in our country, then gun pl

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