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Dan Rather's post on Facebook:

Ladies and gentlemen, whatever civility once existed in our politics is tonight officially dead. Never in the history of televised debates have we witnessed such a show. And that’s what the Donald wanted. A show. He got it, but will he be seen as the hero or the villain?

If you are a fan of Hillary Clinton, I suspect you are thrilled with her poised and confident performance. Perhaps her crowning line was “I prepared for this debate and I'm prepared to be President”. If you are a fan of Donald Trump, his quarrelsome, no-holds-barred approach, often facts be damned, will likely in turn have thrilled you. The question is what does everybody else watching think and how many impressionable voters remain?

Taking a snapshot of the debate stage this evening, two candidates behind podiums, each representing one of the major political parties, it would seem to be the latest chapter in our quadrennial dance with democracy. But experiencing the event, in sound and motion, it was of course anything but.

From the very beginning, the body language tonight was striking. HIllary Clinton, the first woman ever to be on this stage was calm and substantive. Donald Trump interrupted often and slouched and sneered as he turned to address her. This is what Trump’s fans like about him, playing the alpha male at all costs. Clinton seemed completely unflustered, which is what her fans love about her. How this all plays to the majority of viewers and voters at home will be in the eyes of the beholder.

But I was surprised by how much this man who has made so much of the means of television spent not looking into the camera, but preoccupied with his adversary. Trump came across as amped, a pacing tiger ready to pounce on every answer. His Interruptions suggests little regard to the rules. He’s itching for a fight...Wants to swing wildly.

At one point early in the debate Clinton, after multiple factually questionable assertions by Trump said, "I have a feeling by the end of this debate I'll be blamed for everything that ever happened," Clinton said. Trump replied, “Why not?” That about summed it up.

Clinton clearly wanted to get under Trump’s skin. She attacked him for getting a hefty amount of money from his dad, challenging the narrative that he was a self-made man. And then attacking his business practices. The headline she was aiming for is Donald the Deadbeat. And then on the issue of Trump’s unreleased tax returns, when Clinton says that was because he may not have paid any taxes, Trump responded, “that makes me smart.” Expect to hear more about this.

Clinton was clearly the policy expert, nimbly jumping from topic to topic, policy to policy. But she was also much more able to paint a big picture than I have seen in times past. I thought she was particularly effective on the issue of race and especially the birther lie against President Obama. She had the facts on her side, but also it was an effective appeal to fire up her base.

In the end, more than all of the specifics, I was struck by how unprecedented was the overall tenor - matching that of the campaign. We once held certain truths to be "self-evident" - that "all men are created equal" and "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." These were the lofty ideals that served as a rallying cry for the founders of these United States to choose liberty over tyranny. The man who wrote these words, Thomas Jefferson, and his compatriots were imperfect and in some cases deeply flawed men. Yet their idealism fixed a North Star in our democratic firmament that has guided our ship of state ever since, with some very noted moral detours. Now I fear that the tide of progress is rapidly receding with the fierce undertow of a looming tsunami.

Our Founders believed in reason and the power of intellect. Donald Trump made clear tonight by his wilful ignorance of important issues that he does not. Our founders feared the accumulation of power, they loathed vanity, and tried to build in protections against the demagogues who would appeal to mankind's basest instincts. Donald Trump relishes in all of these impulses. For him they are instinctual and a prescription for success.

To call Trump a con man, as many have, is a disservice to the art of the con. By its definition a con requires deceit. But Trump has not tried to hide his lies or the sheer unrealistic audacity of his cartoonish policy positions. He has asked the American people to bet on him. The fact checkers will certainly weigh in. The pundits will have their say. But the voters have all the information they need. The judgement is in their - or more accurately our - hands.
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And if you are a fan of neither, it was like watching professional wrestling. 
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Hey, they're calling the spaceship 'Orion'...that's got to be worth something.
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It's morning. Air is brisk. Great to be alive. #blessed
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Hell or High Water is an entertaining film. Interesting ending. Not in a fabulous, blow your socks off "OMG, this is one awesome movie" way.

Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 99 rating (based on reviews). While Hell or High Water is very good, as in A- good, it's not A+ great. I especially appreciated the ending, but please understand I hate (!) how most films end.

See it. But Netflix would be OK.
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I wonder if TiddkyWiki can be used on Android if there's no internet connectivity.
 
TiddlyWiki is an open-source single page application wiki that has been around a while. It is very useful for RPG game masters to organize data.
I had forgotten but I had made an Atomic Rocket equation TiddlyWiki about ten years ago. I should update it.
http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/AtomicRocketWiki.html
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As someone who works on modelling professionally, and with an amateur interest in climate science and meteorology, I've always been interested in the phenomenon of why GCMs (global climate models) are so hard to use or even understand. They're all written in FORTRAN, and while they're designed for running on supercomputers, it's highly nontrivial to get them to even run on a personal computer or cluster. So I was very interested in this talk, which describes an "ethnographic study" of how the climate scientists and weather forecasters at the Hadley center (UK MET) do software development. TL;DR -- they have an unusual approach, but it seems to work pretty well for them, and some of the constraints that make modern, modular approaches to software design difficult to apply in this context may be insurmountable for physical reasons. I'm personally a bit skeptical of that last conclusion; my intuition is that institutional constraints associated with government-run research programs are more important than the speaker recognizes. Still, I recommend the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIiW6ugLHL4
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what might a MacIntosh SE be worth? 1 MB RAM 800K drive 20SC Hard Drive (what was "SC"?) Missing power cord...
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Does it boot? Power cord is standard IEC320C13 that you must have in your stash of old cables.
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It's snowing at Dunraven Pass in Yellowstone

Dunraven Pass was closed for a time because of snow in Yellowstone. It was a welcome sight, and will help to put out the remaining fires.

Let me tell you a little about the pass. Dunraven Pass, elevation 8,859 feet, is a mountain pass on the Grand Loop Road between Tower and Canyon in Yellowstone National Park. So that's kind of a strange name for the pass, no? Well let me tell you about that too!

In 1874, just two years after Yellowstone's creation, the Earl of Dunraven, a titled Irish Peer made a visit to the park in conjunction with a hunting expedition to the Northern Rockies. He was so impressed with the park, that he devoted over 150 pages to Yellowstone in his book, The Great Divide, published in London by Chatto & Windus in 1876. The Great Divide was one of the earliest works to praise and publicize the park.

Then in 1878, geographer Henry Gannett named a peak two miles southwest of Mount Washburn in honor of the Earl of Dunraven and the service his book had done for the park. In 1879, Philetus Norris, the park superintendent at the time, gave the pass on the Grand Loop Road between Tower and Canyon the name Dunraven because of its proximity to Dunraven Peak.

So that's how Dunraven Pass got it's name. There is a short video at the link. It's of the snowfall and the wind in the trees. You might like it. See you on the slopes. =]:)

#wyoming   #yellowstone   #yellowstonenationalpark   #snow  
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May a thousand cores bloom.
 
UC Davis has developed the KiloCore, a CPU that has 1000 cores suited for parallel tasks like encryption, crunching scientific data, and encoding videos.
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Looking for review of FIDO U2F security keys e.g. Ubikey et. al. There are many options even with one brand.

I'd like something that can work with my Android phone using NFC, in addition to via USB on a computer.
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"Even if everything goes well, you'll be hunted by dragons."
Sorry, no model numbers were given, so it's not clear which ones are considered stolen dragon treasure. Possibly this risk applies to all of them.
http://blog.liw.fi/posts/u2f-pam/
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