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Wade Lahoda
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Paranormal Activity 4: Not as bad as you thought it'd be, actually manages to be considerably worse.
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For anyone looking to get ahold of me online - I will not have regular internet access at home until November 5th.
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A sobering quote from Carl Sagan

+Dewayne Hendricks runs a very interesting mailing list that includes emails forwarded from various interesting people. The other day, he forwarded a piece from one of his readers, Steve Crandall. Crandall wrote:

"In searching for some kit for the storm yesterday in the basement I came across Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World from 1987.  I never got around to reading it, so I just started it this morning to see if it works 25 years later."

An interesting, but very dystopic, paragraph:

"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time--when the Unites States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness."

(p.25)
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Best "pro-Romney" political ad you'll ever see. ;)
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I'm sure this has already been going around the +es for awhile now, but I just saw it so I'm sharing. Probably won't convince anyone who isn't already convinced, of course, but...worth watching.
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Way too cute. Who doesn't love big dogs and little kittens? :)
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“These findings suggest that if I'm fooled into thinking that I endorse a view, I'll do the work myself to come up with my own reasons [for endorsing it],”

I'll just put this in the stack marked "People hold onto beliefs because they are their beliefs", which is a pretty high stack already. Sort of off topic from this article in specific, but I think humans don't tend to come up with reasons to believe something because they want to ensure their beliefs are correct, but so they can defend those beliefs against outsiders.

For the most part, most important moral debates really come down to "Shirts vs Skins" on a psychological level.

Except my beliefs, which I hold because I've thought about them long and hard and I care about the truth. ;)
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"Newby programmers think regular expressions are intimidating and avoid using them if there is an alternative.

Amateur programmers think regular expressions are awesome and use them everywhere.

Experienced programmers think regular expressions are intimidating and avoid using them if there is an alternative."

Saw someone else (again, can't remember who!) share this earlier, and was amused, but didn't decide to re-share it until that quote above. ;)
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I think the best quote in the article is actually this one +Alida Brandenburg also pointed out:

"The Internet is not to blame for your unfinished novel: you are. People write novels in prison, for chrissakes."
Loved the quote so much, I had to make a macro.

The full article about writers' relationships with social media is just as witty, and a delightful read. Check it out here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and-blogs/soapbox/article/46938-better-than-renting-out-a-windowless-room-the-blessed-distraction-of-technology.html

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