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One of my favourite SF novels of all time, Expendable, is a Kindle deal this month for $1.99. It's set in a fascinating, well-thought-out future populated with diverse, complex characters. There are a bunch of novels set in this universe in a kind of loose series; this is the first.
Expendable (League of Peoples Book 1) - Kindle edition by James Alan Gardner. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Expendable (League of Peoples Book 1).
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Loving the books
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Beautiful chill music for you!
 
As part of my fall studio work, I'm releasing a new track for free every 2-3 weeks.  This week’s offering is “Sunrise Horizon,” part of a series of sketches I started this summer while on vacation in Cape Cod.

You can listen on Soundcloud, and if you like it, download it for free! http://bit.ly/1Mk3epS. Thank you, as always, for supporting my art.

One morning I woke up early and drove out to the beach to catch the 5am sunrise. I was the only person there, and wrapped in a blanket I watched the sun slowly set the sky aflame, heard the gentle roar of the ocean, felt the world come to life.

As soon as I returned from the beach, I wrote "Sunrise Horizon.” I took a recording of the ocean, which can be heard throughout.
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Do I know someone who could print me one of these?
https://www.myminifactory.com/object/5943
Or one of these?
https://www.myminifactory.com/object/pebble-pocket-watch-6832

Or my dream object: the spring end of #1 ending in a loop like #2? Very happy to exchange an appropriate amount of money for the time and materials.
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My team has an opening for a Technical Copy Editor and Production Manager. The main responsibilities would be shepherding our courseware from final draft to publication. There may also be some QA of the courses (e.g, running through exercises) and video or audio editing.

See the link below for more info. If you're interested, send me your resume and I'll get you in the system.
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+Michelle W Okay, it's working again (sort of). Go here: http://www.cloudera.com/content/www/en-us/about-cloudera/careers/current-openings.html
Scroll down to the bottom and click the link for the copy editor position. Then scroll back up to actually read the text. :-/
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Potentially of interest to my readers: Neil Gaiman has just published a revised version of Neverwhere.

"Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman’s darkly hypnotic first novel, Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of this major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now, this author’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these versions and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books."
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Inspired by the addition of "cisgender" to the online OED, this blog post examines the history and purposes of various feminist dictionaries.
Exactly ten years ago, in June 2005, I was contacted by a man from the British Potato Board. He wanted me, in my capacity as a professor of the English language at Oxford University, to endorse the...
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Thanks, Rowan.  A fascinating read, & lots of links to follow.  I'm reposting this.
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So in the new G+ layout, how do I tell when there are new posts...?
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I'm surprised to say I don't hate this update as much as I've hated previous updates. The "squish everything into a mobile-sized card, no matter how big your monitor is" thing is pretty annoying, to be sure. Typing this comment is amazingly obnoxious, at approximately six words per line. But I actually like the new nav bar at the top and the collapsible menu on the left. Hangouts is gone but I never used it on G+ (I use it on GMail). And the posting date seems to still be there, in Twitter-esque short format ("12h").

Overall I'm not super fond of the "make everything look like a mobile app" design movement, but this isn't as terrible as I thought it would be.
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As part of my fall studio work, I'm releasing a new track for free every 2-3 weeks. This week's offering is "Sock Chakra" which is a light, fluffy journey full of synths, pizzicato strings, and piano floating over timpani and a slightly agitated bass.

You can listen on Soundcloud, and if you like it, download it for free! http://bit.ly/1KFdmoM
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Any recommendations on external SSD drives? Brands, enclosures, etc? I need at least 2 TB of capacity for work.

Edit: Or maybe I just need a normal drive with Thunderbolt? The problem is that my laptop drive is too small to host my active working files (thanks, video) and the external USB non-SSD drive I'm using is eye-bleedingly slow -- like it takes five minutes to save a half-hour video.
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The current Macbooks use smaller form factor drives, not the standard 2.5" drives. It's not necessarily impossible to replace them, but they're hard to come by and expensive.

I think what you probably want is a DAS device of some sort with Thunderbolt, or mayyyybe a 1Gbps NAS device if that's not too much of a bottleneck.

A NAS option: http://www.amazon.com/Synology-America-DiskStation-Attached-DS414slim/dp/B00KXQD7WY/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1445486536&sr=1-2&keywords=synology

(you'd buy drives separately)

DAS, maybe? I haven't used one but Apple recommends: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/HG7J2ZM/B/lacie-6tb-2big-thunderbolt-2usb-30-hard-drive?fnode=5f
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Do I know any freelance audio editors?
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+Blue Gargantua That would be great!
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My manager's other team, Certification, currently has two openings: Certification Developer and Certification Dev Ops/System Administrator. You can be based anywhere in the US (or I dunno, maybe even further afield -- our greater department, Training, is global).

See link below for more details (scroll down to the bottom for the Training section). If you're interested, let me know and I'll refer you!
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A highly scientific and very important poll

If I ran into you on the street at a time when you were happy and calm and had not just been jogging, and I handed you a box with a button and said, "Press this button between heartbeats,", would you be able to do it?
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I could totally do that
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I'm pretty sure I could
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Maaaaaaybe?
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Outlook not so good
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No, I'm not a Shaolin monk or something
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Fascinating. I can trivially hone in on my heartbeat, a well as my pulse in various parts of my body. Now I wonder if I always could or if that's training from my various athletic and meditative pursuits.
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