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Thank you so much for posting this.  One of the most important near-death experiences I've ever listened to.   Not the least bit surprised that Bob Jones passed away on Valentine's Day, 2014.   He truly was a prophet of love.
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I greatly appreciate this review.  I have an E-P5, VF-4 EVF, and five lenses, and was wondering if the Hadley Small would hold them all, and I think it might come close.  At worse, I might have to put one of my pancake lenses in a side pocket!  
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Well, well, well.... someone pooped in the punchbowl.....

http://boingboing.net/2014/05/29/mysterious-announcement-from-t.html
The abrupt announcement that the widely used, anonymously authored disk-encryption tool Truecrypt is insecure and will no longer be maintained shocked the crypto world--after all, this was the tool Edward Snowden himself lectured on at a Cryptoparty in Hawai'i. Cory Doctorow tries to make sense of it all.
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Climate scientists skeptical of claims that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are warming the planet gathered in Germany this month for a major, now sold-out climate conference, which the media has opted not to cover.

In early April, the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) hosted its seventh Climate Conference in Mannheim, Germany. The two-day conference featured prominent climate scientists including Dr. Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, physicist Nir Shaviv of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and physicist Henrik Svensmark of the Danish National Space Institute.

The large conference room where the event took place was big enough to hold 100 people, according to EIKE, but 130 climate experts from various fields packed the room full.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/24/media-ignores-sold-out-global-warming-skeptic-conference/#ixzz2zp4PvYjP
Climate scientists skeptical of claims that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are warming the planet gathered in Germany this month for a major, now sold-out climate conference, which the media has op
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Just another nice spring in the city of Chicago:  

"Five children, ranging in age from 11 to 15, were shot by someone who fired from a car shortly after 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the 6600 block of South Michigan Avenue in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

"The children had been playing at a park near an elementary school and were walking home when a car pulled up and someone asked if they were in a particular gang, family members and police said.

"One relative said they had said they were not in the gang; another said shots rang out before they could answer. The gunman hit four girls and a boy."
That follows 33 shootings the weekend before and 27 one week before that. As the weather is warming, the deadly incidents are on the rise again.
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"As a hot cup of coffee equilibrates with the surrounding air, coffee particles (white) and air particles (brown) interact and become entangled mixtures of brown and white states. After some time, most of the particles in the coffee are correlated with air particles; the coffee has reached thermal equilibrium.

In 2009, the Bristol group’s proof resonated with quantum information theorists, opening up new uses for their techniques. It showed that as objects interact with their surroundings — as the particles in a cup of coffee collide with the air, for example — information about their properties “leaks out and becomes smeared over the entire environment,” Popescu explained. This local information loss causes the state of the coffee to stagnate even as the pure state of the entire room continues to evolve. Except for rare, random fluctuations, he said, “its state stops changing in time.”

Consequently, a tepid cup of coffee does not spontaneously warm up. In principle, as the pure state of the room evolves, the coffee could suddenly become unmixed from the air and enter a pure state of its own. But there are so many more mixed states than pure states available to the coffee that this practically never happens — one would have to outlive the universe to witness it. This statistical unlikelihood gives time’s arrow the appearance of irreversibility. “Essentially entanglement opens a very large space for you,” Popescu said. “It’s like you are at the park and you start next to the gate, far from equilibrium. Then you enter and you have this enormous place and you get lost in it. And you never come back to the gate.” "
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Excellent review.  Looking for a new bag for my own micro 4/3 system, and this may be the best solution.  I've been a Tamrac bag user for a very long time, and have always been very happy with their products.   Nice to know the 100-300 fits in the bag with the hood on!  I plan on getting that lens one of these days.   
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Looking for a camera you can take anywhere?  Take a look at the EM10....
Though it doesn't deliver the best photo quality, the sum of the Olympus OM-D E-M10's design, performance and features add up to a nice upgrade from a point-and-shoot.
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"Over the past decade, face recognition has become a fast-growing commercial industry, moving from its governmental origins into everyday life. The technology is being pitched as an effective tool for securely confirming identities. To some, face recognition sounds benign, even convenient. Walk up to the international check - in at a German airport, gaze up at a camera and walk into the country without ever needing to pull out a passport – your image is on file, the camera knows who you are. Wander into a retail store and be greeted with personalised product suggestions – the store's network has a record of what you bought last time. Facebook already uses face recognition to recommend which friends to tag in your photos."
From 2008 to 2010, as Edward Snowden has revealed, the National Security Agency (NSA) collaborated with the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to intercept the webcam footage of 1.8 million Yahoo users.
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A photo of Yoda you should take     #macromonday  
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Lumix GH1 + Minolta MD 50mm f/3.5 macro (awesome old school lens!)
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The Obama administration has extended a key review period for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Fox News has learned, potentially pushing off a decision until after the midterm elections.
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Ordered a "Red Burrito" combo meal, and it was served hot and fast. And it was delicious! Will certainly come back here again.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Went on a Thursday night, it wasn't too busy so we were able to be seated right away, but I would recommend reservations if you are wanting to go to dinner on a weekend. This is not the typical family style Italian restaurant--it is located within the Grand Geneva Resort, and is located on the second floor, just above the reservation desk. I would describe it as a modern, urban style of fine dining, despite the fact that it's located far from any urban center. Entrees were from $20 to $40 each. Not a place to bring the kiddies. They had a very nice all-Italian wine list that was very comprehensive. The serving staff was THE BEST I've ever encountered in the midwest in recent years, not even a close second. Everyone was very professional and very friendly. We were given a complimentary plate of bread, and a saucer of vinegar and oil, which was a delicious way to start off the evening. For our main course, I had the veal shank--Osso Buco alla Milanese--which was one of the most delicious meals I've ever had. The veal was so tender I could literally cut it with my fork, and the saffron risotto was just superb. My wife had the shrimp scampi--Gambero--and ate everything on her plate, which is rare for her. She loved it! For desert, we were given a complementary chocolate mousse and raspberry cake that was quite yummy. It was complementary due to it being our anniversary. If you are a foodie, you need to visit this place. Again, not a place to bring the kids, best for couples and all-adult parties who can truly and enjoy fine dining. I give it my highest recommendation. The best dining experience I've ever had in the state of Wisconsin.
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