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Here's a throwback tune for you!
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M-m-m-mandatory Metal!
Sevendust - Black

Timeless, crunchy, and guaranteed to get my blood pumping.  Need a pick-me-in-the-morning?  Crank this on the ride into the office!  Need to get an extra set in at the gym?  Blow your ear drums up!
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Apple vs The FBI is really Us vs. The FBI.

After listening to various media outlets discuss this, there's a very important detail that's missing - The FBI asked Apple to make ANOTHER VERSION OF IOS THAT ALLOWS THEM ACCESS TO THE DATA  

This isn't a "hey, let me into this phone."  It's "Hey, create a new version of iOS we can distribute to any phone we want."  The media is either missing or neglecting to share this detail.  There's a reason why the tech giants are rallying around Apple.  They've been fighting this battle for years now, keeping the FBI, CIA, NSA, DHS, & everyone else's grubby hands out of our lives as much as possible.  It's why they deployed built in encryption in the last several generations of phones and tablets.

It's important to remember that your life is completely cataloged on your phone.  Where you go, who are your friends, your voice, your face, your family's voices & faces, your email, credit cards - just about everything.

Also remember - there's no telling who'll be in power tomorrow and what laws will be passed tomorrow & there's no way to know if you're in violation of a law today.

You do not want a precedent where the Government can easily have Apple, Google, or Microsoft push an update to your phone that gives them free access to your life.

http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/
A Message to Our Customers
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Who is Rey?
Star Wars - only mild spoilers

After having seen The Force Awakens twice now, I'm mildly consumed with the question of "Who is Rey?"  Many people are left liking, even loving her character:  A strong female, well able to take care of herself, but also torn by a desire to wait for her family rather than face a destiny with the force.

While there are indicators pointing towards her being related to Luke or Leia, I am most intrigued by the idea that she's a Kenobi.

But!  Kenobi was a Jedi with no wife!  No, no wife, but recall Obi-wan telling the story about his affair in the Prequels.  He goes so far as to say that he would've left the Jedi Order if she had but asked.

More importantly, Star Wars is an opera, each movie a stanza.  Themes reappear and weave across the movies.  Obi-Wan was a powerful figure through out the story which would indicate that a Kenobi is likely to play a large role in this next trilogy.   And that leads to a piece of amazing symmetry - Kylo Ren is the grandson of Darth Vader, & Rey is the grand daughter or Obi-Wan.

In the Prequels we see Annakin fall to the Darkside while training under Obi-Wan.  We'll now see Kylo Ren turn to the Light through the actions of Rey - in a way redeeming the failure of Obi-Wan's training of Annakin and calling back to the redemption of Darth Vader.

& remember.... in Rey's flashbacks, it is Obi-Wan's voice you hear, not Luke or Annakin's......

...these are your first steps...
I think at this point it's safe to say that Star Wars Episode 7 is a success. Of all the characters introduced in the film, Rey stood out as being something of an amalgam of past ideas. Having aspects taken from Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and some originality thrown in for good measure, Rey has [.
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+Kaptain Khalil You were being condescending to me.  Lesson learned.  If you don't want to be spoken to like that, then practice what you preach. 

Luke and Han are not related.  Leia and Luke are related.  Leia is the mother of Ben, so Luke would be the uncle.

Spoiler alert:

Kylo Ren is not dead.  He will be in Episode 8.  Snoke told Hux to get Ren and bring him to me...so Ren made it off the planet.
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It's the only way to travel

I so need one of these robo-dog-bots.
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When the lowest bidder builds your voter database....

There are 318M people in the United States.  Not all of which are over 18 or registered voters.  Chances are, if you've registered to vote, you're data is here.
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An amazing Star Wars short fan film! (7 min)
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Five Finger Death Punch - Wash It All Away

I'm definitely late to the Five Finger Death Punch party.  But having recently discovered them, I've been finding myself replaying this particular song.  _Wash It All Away_ is dynamic, switching from deep crunch rhythm guitars, anthemic choruses, a melodic break, and heavy vocal lyrics - I'm wishing Amazon auto-increased the volume for certain songs.  Loud is the only way to listen to this!
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Add a few pulleys, some drag radials, new exhaust.... maybe a tune
And then you're running 900+ HP & 9.71 quarter miles at the track

Without the use of any NOS.  Video in the link.

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This time, they added an upper and lower pulley set to lift the boost pressure to 18psi, a free flowing exhaust system without catalytic converters, and an engine tune to pump out 902 horsepower and 866 lb-ft of torque.

To put the power to the ground, they used a tough Driveshaft Shop driveshaft, 3.09 rear gears, and lightweight rear wheels  in drag radials.

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2015/12/hellcat-charger-runs-9-second-quarter-30685
Follow these topics: MotorsportsMentioned in this article... 2015 Charger Hellcat, R/T, Pursuit on the track 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track 2015 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack, 392, and Hellcat 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat: 707 hp, 204 mph HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines
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My God, this is the most entertaining digest of Star Wars Episodes 4 - 6 I've ever seen!

MURDER BEARS.  CAPES.  SPACE VOLDEMORT
 
Someone who has never seen Star Wars before watches the three originals and live-tweets them. The results are pretty goddamned hilarious. For one thing, I now appreciate Ewoks far more than before: "Lots of space teddy bears with weapons wearing bones and the skins of their victims."

Episodes 5 and 6 are at https://storify.com/gaileyfrey/capes-vs-cloaks and https://storify.com/gaileyfrey/space-voldemort-vs-whiny-space-criminals-6-luke-is , respectively.

Via +Bridget Spitznagel.
In which I watch Star Wars Episode 4 for the very first time
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Wanna-be sci-fi novelist, cyclist, cook, and reader by night. Web software builder by day.
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The imagination is one of our most precious human abilities.  It's taken us around the world, to the depths of the ocean, and to the moon.  It will tug and pull at you at the most inopportune times.  It will drive you to try something new or meet new people.  Imagination can reach into your comfort zone and pull you along.  Why?  Because you imagine what it might be like over the next hill, across the pond, in the dark forest, or cruising among the stars.

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We've had a series of issues with Economic Mowing recently. While my wife was pregnant, they left our gates open, letting the dogs loose a couple times. They've never responded to some emails, one an attempt to sign them up to aerate & seed the yard. The latest is that they've sent an email to all their customers with usernames and passwords in the clear asking them to re-enter credit card information. This is exactly what you don't do with your user information. EDIT: Upgrading to 4 stars from 2 stars. After an email conversation with the owner, we've stayed with Economic Mowing. They've even brought a treat for the dogs as well as apologized for previous events. Since then (a few months now), everything has been good. Will continue upgrading this review as time passes.
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I purchased my 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T when the Dodge dealership was separate from the Chrysler dealership. At that time, the level of quality was great, especially in service. Since the combination of the two, service quality has gradually decreased. Now Hall will never see my car again. Here's why: They have repeatedly forgotten to do service items requested. This ranges from state inspection (they did their "world class inspection instead") to not installing all of the after-market parts requested. Which, by the way, had 400$ in labor attached to. Of course they'd want me to bring it back in to do the other 1/2 of the work! They put a quarter-sized dent in my passenger door that goes down to the sheet metal. Talk about infuriating. When I called them & told them, "hey, I just brought the car home from your service department & it has a dent" - they just said "bring it back in sometime next week & we'll look at it." I haven't been back since & will not return. It just so happened on this particular service appointment the mechanic took my car out for a drive to try & diagnose what I had already told them was a loose exhaust bracket. Find another Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership. Their mechanics are rushed, miss stuff, & take poor care of your car.
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Quality: Poor - FairAppeal: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
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