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I find it extremely amusing that an article in "The newspaper of record", which laments long and loudly that a presidential candidate doesn't recall the details of a specific city in a war-torn country, is followed immediately by these:

Correction: September 8, 2016
An earlier version of this article misidentified the de facto capital of the Islamic State. It is Raqqa, in northern Syria, not Aleppo.

Correction: September 8, 2016
An earlier version of the above correction misidentified the Syrian capital as Aleppo. It is Damascus.
On “Morning Joe,” Mr. Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate, indicated that he really was not aware of the Syrian city engulfed in civil war.
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Gary Johnson was governor of Arizona. Well, okay, Utah. Uh ... well ... a western state. And he's the nominee of the Liberal Party. Well, okay, the Classical Liberal Party. Who is Gary Johnson, anyway? </sarc off>
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I can't take credit for this but I really love the idea. I think I will try to make this my new mantra and call to action.

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My most important post ever...

A month ago I was having a conversation about my sister (who passed 4 months ago today) with my good friend Haley Viccaro. The genesis of the conversation was the idea that people- no matter who they are, are fond of saying, "I'll do that later when..."

And the when is personal. When: I feel better. I retire. I have money. I'm sure. I have time. I want to. Those have been my when's.

This is certainly not a new topic, but it hit home regardless. I suggested at that point that, as the conversation flowed to being present in life in 2016, what if we used technology to make ourselves more present. Seems a bit (oxy)moronic.

How would one do such a thing?

I suggested, what if we used the cameras on our phones to hold ourselves accountable to living life now... #laterisnow

And so the mission was simple. Once a day, snap a pic. Prove you're living life the way it's meant to be lived. Again, different things to different people.

I look back this morning and smiled. It was, without question, the busiest month of my life. I drove more than 4,500 miles. 6 states, two countries. I saw 5 concerts. Surprised my parents on vacation. I worked my ass off. I fished. Had a few drinks with really engaging people, and some days life was so tiring all I could do was read a book. Or watch a fire hydrant get painted. Other times I was motivated by my project and drove to Boston for the weekend.

But for me, the best part was the accountability piece. There were, by my count this morning, 4 instances where I hadn't fulfilled my pledge to live as though later is now. And I walked outside and did it. Something. Sometimes after dark. Sometimes alone.

There's lessons for me in here. Work must be done. Saturday's are great hikes. I love music. And I really, despite the craziness of the world, love people. All but 4 of these pictures involve people I consider friends.

My plan is to post this once a month, always on the 30th in memory of Laurie Bereza, and encourage you to do the same. It's enthralling to live in the moment, but not always easy... It's okay to force yourself into it.


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A picture a day :) Sounds like a very, very good idea. Google Photos shows me pictures that were taken a year from dates.. I'd love to have an app that reminds me of the progress I've made.

The fact that I have to take a picture to claim that I'm living a good life.. fantastic idea!
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Milwaukee County Director of Parks John Dargle should go choke on a bag of dicks
In a letter dated August 16, county officials wrote that players are disrupting parks while headed to those pokestops.
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A permit forrrrrr?? creating an app that gets people out and about and checking out places they've never been. Wow that sounds horrible. How dare people walk around. 
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Some more Enchanted City pics

The Newtons Third Law vehicle was powered by Pulsed jet engines. The fuel was moonshine.

https://imgur.com/gallery/nLrJ5
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KIDS CAN PROGRAM!

Here are some easy ways your kids can explore programming. Do you know of others?

(1) Blockly is a web­-based graphical programming environment. The new extension, Blockly Games, aims to engage and introduce programming to kids and those new to programming. Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.
https://blockly-games.appspot.com

(2) Program robots with a tablet.https://www.play-i.com. Pre-built robots with sensors kids can program to do many things.

(3) And from +Robert Hirsch​:

http://littlebits.cc/about
Snap together hardware bits that can be made into a variety of things and programmed.

http://myatoms.com/your-atoms/sets/
Similar, perhaps less flexible, with fewer parts, but has iphone/android interface possible.

http://www.tynker.com/
Plain old coding for kids; no hardware.

http://scratch.mit.edu/the foundation for Tynker; it contains the software for programming but not the courses as much.

https://code.google.com/p/blockly/
Another Scratch derivative.

http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/products/ev3/31313-mindstorms-ev3/ its lego, it can be programmed from a computer with a graphical language.

Graphical languages are good for getting kids to think procedurally. Once they have that, then they can try out something like:

Arduino (hardware supported by a community of developers)
Kahn academy (to learn a variety of webcentric languages)

Or the bazillion programming courses at Udemy
Games for tomorrow's programmers.
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I may have found a new show.
 
Don't think the #SJW-Taliban 'reporter' realizes that the target market isn't the millennials, but Stephen Fry's generation and younger, but older than the millennials.

Even more high-larious: those 'reporter' fuckers didn't realize that they ARE supposed to be the target of ridicule, so as to introduce their lunacy, to those who may not be familiar with it, in a comedy format... because no sane person should take the #SJW-Taliban feeeeeelz cuntardary of the millennials, seriously, other than with serious disdain.

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A millennial member of a focus group has angrily objected to the contents of a television programme because it portrayed millennials as coddled, easily offended and thin-skinned. The feedback for CBS’ new comedy series The Great Indoors was recounted by its executive producer Mike Gibbons at a Television Critics Association panel this week and, in further vindication, outraged a millennial member of the press.
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+Dave Miller most likely
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Serious question:

How do you recognize that you are in a police state? What exactly must be true, and what must not be true?

I'm not asking whether or not we are currently in a police state.
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All states are police states. The amount of coercive violence that they have to use just depends on how docile the public is. To call a state a police state is just to say that the people are insufficiently submissive.
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Yes, the "too" is correct but wouldn't a ", too" be even more correct? ;)
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Dear mall owners, big box stores, and strip mall residents:

I would go out of my way to shop at your place vs the competition if you cover your parking lots. Extra points for covering them with solar panels.

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+Steve Brown, you could probably work with +Google Maps API to make that happen.
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Great stuff yesterday at the Enchanted City. The added Maker Faire really added a great element with power tool racing, robots, and other activities.

Here are some pics. (Shame on Troy Record for not editing the collection)



http://media.troyrecord.com/2016/08/27/pics-the-2016-enchanted-city-festival-in-troy/?cache=22#1

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In its third year, the steampunk festival was still going strong on Aug. 27, 2016. LAUREN HALLIGAN -- LHALLIGAN@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM <!--more-->
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+Robert Hirsch is right. It's a nice place, especially for New York. :D
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Heh,

I'm an anarchist.

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We will scour the planets, and build them again in our image. An image of perfect malice and avarice. 
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Look at that ugly mug in the picture. Now for some of you, you may have to imagine some hair on  that head. For others of you, you may have to imagine the tongue on the inside of the mouth. And for some others still, you may be more used to t-shirt, shorts and sandals instead of a tux.
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I recently played Dr. Katastroff in Queen Mabs Enchanted City in Troy New York. I spent a bazzilion years at RPI getting a PhD. I spent two years making creatures for movies in the 90's, woking on movies such as Hook, Radio Flyer, and Operation Dumbo Drop.
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    1982 - 1986
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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