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This man was patiently watching some huge heron preen. It had 3 new chicks he was hoping to photograph but didn't have any keepers yet. He had wonderful prints to show of other birds he photographed in this park.
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Hmm.  So even though California long ago passed a law limiting the assessed property value (for tax purposes) increase to 2% per year, my local gov managed to twiddle the numbers so my effective tax rate increased exactly 3% this year.  Seems like a dodge of intent to me.
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Na.. Just increasing the tax rates for local schools by 60%..
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So at this point I've spent considerable time on at least 3 different Minecraft worlds. My crew from work will occasionally seed up a new world whenever we see something collectively interesting in a new Minecraft release; then we'll play it for a while until we finish ruthlessly extracting every last drop of novelty, wringing the residue into our parched gaping throats; then we'll abandon it until the next interesting release requires a new world.

I am pretty confident we are not alone in this behavior. So this means it that there are probably tens or hundreds of thousands of worlds out there that existed, were loved, and are now abandoned. They represent untold hours of human intellectual and creative labor, but they'll either never be visited again, or -- worse -- the world files are entirely offline. This is sort of vaguely sad.

So I kind of want a Minecraft Tourism service.

Send them your old, your used up, your forgotten worlds, and they run them on a server. A mod to the Minecraft client would have a Magic Button that you can click to visit a random world. If you don't want to run the servers, you could probably just upload ZIPs of the worlds to Amazon S3, and just randomly select one from an index for the client to download.

I kind of love the idea of someone randomly logging in to my old abandoned world, like a blocky Indiana Jones or Samus Aran exploring old ruins, and stumble across weird and funny things like the Great Mushroomy Gift Portal of Doom we built, next to the patchwork nether star Beacon. Or my gratuitously large estate. Or the Infernal Shrine to Pumpkinhead on the Nether Road.

Visitors in this way still won't be able to recapture the actual experiences, like that totally hilarious time when you fell into lava but were prepared with a water bucket -- only to accidentally place it above you, sealing yourself into a lava pool with a layer of obsidian overhead.

But they'll be able to see the lonely echoes of it, and that seems pretty cool.
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Time for new boots.  I had noticed the traction was slipping, but then the welting just came apart ripping part of the sole out with it.  The hole below the Asolo label?  That's where a little "gore tex" medal was fastened..  I wonder which conflict with talus claimed that souvenir?
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That worn leather looks like the cover of a book about many many good hikes. RIP!
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The original ads were great, but this spoof takes the cake..
 
The Perks of Having Children 

Occasionally having kids allows you to discover things that you never would have known about otherwise. Like this surreal little parody. 

I came across this while watching videos with Gloria. I don't think she had any appreciation for it, but I thought it was just great.

#OldSpice   #SesameStreet   #Monster  
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Sometimes you just need to try the search.. In this case it was as for "assassin kitten". Who knew it was a thing?

Assassin's Kittens Unity: http://youtu.be/jnk15Wf6xM
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Wow - I guess you just get alot of practice at this as a young bat.

Perhaps in a horse version of youtube there are slow movies of people running on two legs..
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Nifty!  Of course, it helps that their feet aren't their center of mass; they just have to get close enough and then they can extend their legs to take up the difference.
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I'm getting tired of my cheap (but useful) headphone+mic conference call headphones for music listening.  Any recommendations for good headphones and misc gear?

+Christopher Tate What do you use for headphone audio at work/home?
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A-T are a terrific company; really excellent price-to-performance across their whole product line.  Their mics are awesome as well.
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Two sets of couples I know are either planning to not get married or even actively get divorced because of the marriage tax penalty (two incomes).

I wonder how much this is influencing marriage stats nationwide and why the heck fox and friends aren't complaining about this undermining of family values in our tax code?
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Nicely put.  Aim high, everyone.
 
The epic — yes, epic, there is no other word — speech you see above comes from Georgia Tech's annual welcome event for entering students. Our hero here is a Tech sophomore, mechanical engineering major and general boss named Nicholas Selby. Watch the two-minute video above as he starts off slow then brings things home with enough passion and intensity to make William Wallace proud.

LOVE Nerds! 
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Oh....I want to go to school there...
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