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First Snow, 2017
Georgia snowstorms are usually short and sweet. This one started in the mountains Friday afternoon, and by Saturday morning we had about 3". The roads were already clear by Saturday afternoon, and most or all of the snow will be gone by Monday.
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Merry Christmas
It's the Hay Clauses, rural N.E. Georgia
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The Decipherment of Linear B
Although Michael Ventris is usually credited with solving the puzzle, in fact, Alice Kober's (a professor of classics at Brooklyn college) did most of the linguistic analysis, but she died in 1950, just before Ventris published his solution.

In 2013, Margalit Fox wrote a fascinating book about Kober's work, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code . You might think this would be dry as dust, but it reads like a detective novel, every bit as fascinating as breaking the Enigma code, but involving only a small group of people, rather than the massive Bletchley Park operation.. 
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Still the Crown Jewel of National Parks
Apart from a somewhat aborted visit in 2013, when the government shut down and all national parks were closed, we haven't been to Yosemite since the late 1970's. Yosemite remains a magical place, although blighted by overuse and funding constraints. Even on a Tuesday in October, the Valley was crowded — it's difficult to imagine what the place is like in August.
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This year, more than ever, Banned Books Week (September 25-October 1) resonates. Will we have book burnings if Drumpf is elected?

Most-challenged books of 2015:

1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
6. The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_commonly_challenged_books_in_the_United_States

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And that's the challenge. The I'm not familiar with the books in the original post so I couldn't say if there was an issue with them for me. Maybe I would find them too sexually explicit or their language too profane. If someone didn't raise a concern, I wouldn't know to look for it and judge for myself. Although today we can easily get reviews from multiple sources online so the public outcry is less necessary than it used to be for this purpose.

I am familiar enough with the list in your comment to make a fair assessment for my family. The objections given seem very flimsy but that doesn't mean all reasons are without merit.

I think what concerns me is the attitude that any objection to a book is a bad thing when clearly there are issues with some books not being appropriate children.
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Niantic, Ingress, and HMDB
My daughter provided some insight this evening about why old places have a higher proportion of Pokemon critters. Apparently POGO grew out of Niantic's Ingress game that had portals near many historic structures. Add to that a crowd-sourced database like the Historical Marker Database, plus geotagged photographs that can be pulled up by Google's search engine, and suddenly you have millions of locations near landmarks.

Maybe as a side effect, people will learn some history.
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Small Batch Distilleries

A few weeks ago, we dropped in on Stillhouse Creek Distillery, which is only about 2 miles from our place outside Dahlonega. They are so new that at this point they only have white bourbon, aka white lightning, but we got a great tour from the distiller, Jeff. Dahlonega gets better and better.

A couple of years ago, after a visit to Bardstown, Ky, Pam brought home a bottle of Willett family reserve rye whiskey. At 109 proof, it's packs a punch, but compares well with Balvenie Doublewood.

So much for New Year's Day.

Stillhouse Creek Craft Distillery blends state-of-the-art technology with the tradition of distilled spirits—handcrafted in the Appalachian Mountains.
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Stew
Midwinter is a great time for making beef stew. It's amazing how bad it tastes when all the ingredients are first put in the pot, and how good it smells and tastes after 8-9 hours at low cooking temperature.
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Bless Brewster Kahle
When I retired in 2008, Emory had a webdrive service, with each user allocated 100 Mb of space. A year or two after retirement, the quota for retirees was cut to 50 Mb, but that only meant that new additions couldn't be made; existing content remained available. Emory eventually got rid of webdrive entirely, and switched to Box, which I didn't care to use.

In 2006 I rode by motorcycle to Alaska and back, and I maintained a blog (without blogging software) during the entire trip, updating almost daily. Although I have locally stored copies of every page and photo from the trip, I never got around to re-creating the web site, which I assumed was gone forever. On a lark this morning, I found the entire site preserved in the Internet Archive.

What a lovely Christmas present!
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Since it's an archival snapshot, there are some typos and link rot (mostly to photos) that I can't fix. "If only Starbucks had free WiFi"???? Is it different in Florida? Everywhere I have been recently, Google is Starbucks ISP. At least in 2006, there were no Starbucks in all of Alaska.
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Arrival/The Story of Your Life
I just listened to a discussion of a new film, Arrival on NPR, and was so fascinated by the plot, and alien languages that I immediately ordered the book.

When I read about the novella, "The Story of Your Life" and the languages Heptapod A and Heptapod B, and linearity, I couldn't help thinking about the decipherment of the ancient Linear B writing system. (There is an even earlier script called Linear A, which has still not been deciphered.)

I wonder if author Ted Chiang was familiar with the ~50-year long effort to decript Linear A and Linear B. It just seems like too much of a coincidence that he names his alien languages Heptapod A and Heptapod B.

Amy Adams plays a professor tasked with talking to eight-tentacled aliens in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Arrival is a strange and tantalizing puzzle.
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Comedians and writers of satire can't make up stuff this good

"Trump also introduced a new conspiracy theory to the campaign on Wednesday night when he accused Google of somehow colluding with Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton,” the Republican told a cheering crowd of supporters in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Neither Google nor the Trump campaign responded to requests for comment on this accusation, which seems to stem from a report in Sputnik News, a Russian state propaganda outlet. The reference to Google did not appear to be ad libbed as it was in Trump’s prepared remarks."
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Sputnik..?
Same as Uranium One Propaganda platform that blows smoke for +Barrick Gold Corporation  that +Nevada Senator Harry Reid  is emboldened in scandal after scandal...Not to mention #BLM   Bureau of Land Management that hired mercs to murder over 5,000 #freerangehorses  ...

Yeah,you are a real American..,.
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Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s
We went to a fun house concert last night, featuring Mississippi fiddle music — a genre usually associated with the Appalachians — played (and explained) by fiddler Harry Bolick.

From an Amazon review:

In the summer of 1936, over one hundred fiddle tunes, many of them unique, along with thousands of songs, were collected and notated throughout a large part of Mississippi. Roughly 130 novice field workers captured beautiful tunes and tantalizing fragments. As a body of work, it is an unparalleled and fascinating snapshot of vernacular music as heard in Mississippi in the early part of the recorded era. However, this music was unpublished and forgotten.

In 1939, building on the contacts made three years earlier, Herbert Halpert led one of the last and best executed of the WPA folklore projects which recorded audio performances in Mississippi. Some, but not all, of those distinctive fiddle tune recordings have been published. Additionally through cassette tape copies passed hand to hand, some of these distinctive tunes have regained currency and popularity among contemporary fiddlers....

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Sometime motorcycle adventurer; fulltime enthusiast
Introduction
I retired at the end of 2008 after a 25-year career working for Emory University Libraries. Being a Top Contributor on the Google Chromebook Central product forum keeps me so busy that I don't have time to be bored.
Bragging rights
Chromebook Central TC, Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000 (>1000 miles in <24 hours on a motorcycle)
Education
  • Robert College (Istanbul)
  • University of Michigan
  • UCLA
Work
Occupation
Library Automation Consultant / Retired
Skills
Computers & Operating systems (OS X, Chrome OS, Linux), Answering questions
Employment
  • Biblio Solutions, LLC
    Library Automation Consultant / Retired, 2013
  • Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies
    Assistant Library for Public Services, 1971 - 1978
    Responsible for reference services, library instruction, inter-library loans, circulation, public relations, reference (and other as needed) acquisitions, and for training and supervision of student assistants. Helped plan an expansion to the existing library building.
  • University of Petroleum & Minerals
    Library Systems Analyst, 1978 - 1983
    Planned and coordinated changes in library organization, staff training, and retrospective conversion in the implementation of DOBIS/LIBIS, an integrated library information system marketed internationally by IBM. Responsible for liaison with data processing center staff, including defining specifications, modifications, and enhancements to the system, as required by UPM Library.
  • University of Michigan
    Library Systems Analyst, 1983 - 1985
    Provide general support for Systems Office activities, with special emphasis on microcomputers & communications. Responsible for staff training, evaluation and testing of microcomputer hardware & software. Work with a wide variety of micro hardware and software, including IBM-PC, Zenith Z-150, Osborne, Macintosh, and Altos 8000 microcomputers, using Enable, Condor, SuperCalc, WordStar, Smartcom, MacWrite, MacPaint, MacDraw, and a wide variety of Macintosh public domain software.
  • Emory University
    University Library Systems Administrator, 1985 - 2012
    Responsible for liaison with computing center staff, including defining specifications, modifications, and enhancements to library systems required by Emory University Libraries. Team lead for central library automation services, including operation of Unicorn-based integrated library system, Primo, MetaLib, SFX, and EZproxy, and LibX plugin. Project lead 2007-2008 for implementing Ex Libris Primo as a charter customer. Primary technical support for EndNote, including instruction, customer support, development of custom import filters, Z39.50 connections, and maintenance of the EndNote@Emory web site.
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New Castle, Delaware - Delaware - Turkey - California - Saudi Arabia - Michigan - Georgia
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The Death of Troy Davis
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Bugaboo is an exit ramp restaurant, suitable if you are on a cross-country trip and nothing better is available. Large portions of cheap food, overly salted. Three stars is generous.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
My wife and I ate at Southbound for the 5th time last night. The place just keeps getting better. The only drawback is that since it's in a converted factory building with bare brick walls, it can be noisy downstairs. The upstairs dining room is much quieter, but open only Thursday-Saturday. Among the small plates, the wood grilled octopus with potatoes, green tomatoes, and creme fraiche is especially worth noting. We weren't quite prepared for the entire tentacle that was served, but once we got over the visual shock, it was tender enough to cut with a fork, and the flavors of each component of the dish were extraordinary. Highly recommended, but be prepared for how it looks!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
*Update:* In the past 2 years, Sprig has slipped. Service and the vibe are still good, but each meal I have had this year has been less satisfying, to the point that I do not plan to return. Chicken in a red wine sauce tonight was so overcooked that it must have been prepared before noon, and kept on a hot plate for 7 hours. Expecting the crisp, bright green beans I had in the past, I was disappointed by mushy, overcooked "Southern style" beans. I am lucky enough to live only 2 miles from Sprig, and over the past 2 years it has become my favorite place to eat out. My wife and I have never experienced anything but outstanding service, and perfectly prepared food, made from locally sourced ingredients. The bar staff really cares how they make mixed drinks, and at one time I set a goal of (responsibly) working my way through Sprig's cocktail menu — but they keep changing it, so I gave up. Of the mixed drinks that I have tried, Sourwood Smash is my favorite. To take advantage of available ingredients, the menu changes seasonally, so there is always something new, although some things, such as the outstanding onion rings and the Sprig Burger are always on the menu.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I have traveled past Franklin, NC for years, and never stopped to eat, because it appears to have nothing but fast food and chain restaurants. A few years ago, a friend recommended Caffeé REL, which has become my favorite place to eat in this part of North Carolina. A Hot Spot gas station in downtown Franklin is an unlikely place to find a French bistro, but that is exactly what you step into when you walk through the front door. The food is varied, and the service is excellent. The staff are well trained, and there is very little turnover — usually a good sign of a well-run restaurant. As others have observed, Richard can be a little eccentric, but I have never had a problem with him — quite the opposite, as he is quite willing to strike up a conversation. My favorite entreé is the Shrimp Grits (better than I have had anywhere else in the south), and my favorite dessert is Richard's grandmother's towering Belgian chocolate cake. Ask for a piece on your birthday, and it's on the house, but be prepared to share, as a single slice will easily feed 2-3 people.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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After reading some of the negative reviews, I was pleasantly surprised by a Black Friday "European Recliner" (it's Chinese, of course) purchase experience. Salesperson was polite, not pushy, didn't try to upsell me or pad the price, and I was in an out of the store in 35 minutes, with the chair in a carton ("some assembly required") in the back of my car. The chair is comfortable, and more adjustable than I first realized; everything operates smoothly and seems well-engineered, with a robust steel frame. Fit and finish are very good — much better than I expected at the $286 price. It's "pleather" (polyurethane leather) of course, but has a decent feel. As far as I can determine, exactly the same chair is listed as "on sale" at Target for $520 (regular price $650).
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Dinner here far exceeded my expectations. Beer, service, and food were all excellent, especially the pork potstickers, which are offered as an appetizer, but are ample enough for an entreé.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago