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A couple of weekends ago I was using my trusty Leatherman knife to cut some roots on a plant I was trying to repot. I was almost done when damned if the saw blade didn't just snap right off meat the base. I was about to stick it in a draw and forget about it when I looked at their website and discovered Leatherman has a 25 replacement warranty. Well it has to be at least 10 years old, if not 15 but my math says that's less than 25.

So I bundled it up and sent it off and low and behold they sent me back a brand new and far superior Supertool. That's pretty sick customer service IMHO, consider this customer satisfied.

Thanks +Leatherman​
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This is worth a read - a good summary of the f**ked up state of the nation.  The problem with the premise is that if you formalized it no one would actually want to own it as a system for our country in writing, not even the Republicans or the Libertarians I would think.  It's just the way it is because We the People are either too complacent, too stupid or too lazy to demand they do something about it - and that is exactly how they want to keep it and continue to perpetuate the system for as long as possible.  Right up until there is a revolution...
 
Possibly a little alarmist, but an interesting read nonetheless.
Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name.
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Interesting. There is good rice and bad rice and day old oil boiled rice... With up to 50% less calories, no wonder curry tastes so much better the day after.
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The 'resistant starch is good' thing is all bollocks anyway. Who still thinks calories are a problem?
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Hallelujah!

42% of residents unaffiliated? Sounds like the answer you are looking, short of 100% of course.
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SF and Seattle were tied for 2 and 3.
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Oh yes I am!  Finally made it in to Google I/O after a whole run of years when I was out of the country, otherwise busy or just plain not able to get a ticket. So whatever Androids were smiling down on me this week, thank you!  

Of course that is nonsense, there is no Android up there looking out for me, it was the Flying Spaghetti Monster that made it all happen. Blessed be his noodley appendages!

#googleio2015
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Well done, sir! Please post early & often while you're there.
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Back to the 19th Century?  Yes, that's exactly where they want us to be - it was their favorite age, the gilded age of robber barons.  We're not going back to the future, we're going forward to the past.  WTF America?  
 
GOP's Cruel Budget Proposals Threaten to Take Us Back to the 19th Century

To make sense of the distorted dream world of American politics and its perplexing Lewis Carroll rhetoric, we sometimes have to look beyond familiar categories and recent history. This week, for instance, we get to look clear back to Victorian England, a longtime source of fascination for American conservatives and, at least in its stereotypical form, a cryptic role model for today’s Republican Party. The GOP’s House and Senate majorities have unveiled their budget proposals, a fantastical and mendacious set of documents worthy of Mr. Bumble, the comic villain and font of incoherent conventional wisdom in Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” Most people will ignore these proposals, for the sensible reason that they will not be enacted. But behind the patriotic-imperial posturing and foreign-policy bluster that have grabbed headlines lately, these imaginary budgets provide a glimpse of the rapacious utopia envisioned by the Koch brothers and their Tea Party-infused ideological mouthpieces, including Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker foremost among them.
Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz call for more prisons and less gruel in Big Capital's Dickensian war against the poor.
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They are making a huge hole in the ground for the new Muni tunnel outside the Apple store in SF.
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Incredible views, Simon! Thanks for sharing.
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Two things Meetup should do right now:

1. Tell you how long their waiting list is and use data science to predict if you will get in
2. Give organizers the option to have paid reservations refundable in full if you show

The first item will really help people who sit on one or more wait lists predict how to plan their days.  If I'm waiting on a meetup with 100 seats and there are 400 people waiting ahead of me I know there is no chance of getting in.  If there are only 10 people ahead of me then I might as well just show up because people always bail on the day or even worse no show. 

The second item is a corollary - I've been to so many meetups that had expected 200 or more people and only half that showed up.  You'll see people on the wait list getting frustrated they can get in, you'll see organizers desperate for bigger venues to accommodate the waiters and then the venue is half empty.  You'll see food for the entire number ordered and then 20 whole pizzas left over at the end.  In fact IMHO the rule of thumb is 50% of all RSVPs will no show.

So I say give organizers the ability to charge say $5 or maybe even $10 for a reservation - refundable in full if you show or if you cancel and someone takes your place and shows up, or if you are on the wait list and don't get it.  The organizer takes the lion's share of the fee, but say 20% goes to meetup.  

That way everyone wins.  Organizers get a better idea of turn out , compensation for flakers that cause wasted food and venue costs, and the probably better turn out over all.  Meetup gets an extra source of revenue and more satisfied users. Users (meeting attendees) get more predictable attendance and probably more chances of getting to the meetings they want to because there will be fewer flakes double and triple booking themselves.
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Wants the trappings of being a religiously persecuted scientist with actually being a scientist and while being a religious persecutor? Hmmmm, we a word for such behavior... Delusional. Palin was just dumb, gullible and I'll informed. This one is actually a danger to society.
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Lol ...Unbelievable!
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New research shows that bias, not pipeline issues or personal choices, pushes women out of science – and that bias plays out differently depending on a woman’s race or ethnicity.
A new study looks at race as well as gender.
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This is because those damn "socialist" countries are optimized for the good of the people and not of money. When you don't let money vote that's what happens "we the people" take over and create a system that preserves them over money.

Sure like any government they have inefficiencies, but at least the primary goal is not orthogonal to preservation of the people themselves.

Money doesn't care about global warming unless there is money in it... And guess what the optimizes money - ignoring global warming and letting it cause the maximum amount of damage. The most efficient way to deal with it long term is prevent it from ever happening, which is also the most efficient way in terms of preserving the lives of we the people.

But no, money looks at the most profitable way to deal with it - let it happen, let the people suffer and bleed and extract the most from them in the process because when people are bleeding they are needing and will give you their last penny to survive.

Thanks capitalism!
 
By some accounts, the single most important public health issue of the 21st century is climate change: http://ow.ly/KIRC3
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Here's a new co-working space in San Francisco started by three women entrepreneurs located just on the edge of Chinatown and North Beach - two cultures that love noodles.  In between eating to your heart's content you can rent space by the hour, day or month.  
Coworking: (noun) the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge. Front 2. Front 3. Front 4. San Francisco's New Cowork and Event Space. We are actively seeking members ...
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Most of my public posts are related to science, computer technology, and politics so these are mostly likely the kinds of circles you will add me to.

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