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Zig Zichterman
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Oatmeal? Are you crazy?
Oatmeal? Are you crazy?

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Step 1: Search for your two Senators and one Representative on Google.
https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Step 2: Copy and paste their name and phone number into your contacts list.

Step 3: Call them.
It usually takes me less than 5 minutes to call all three. Just tap their name in the contacts list, talk to their nice staff people for less than 1 minute "I am a constituent of __ and calling to voice my support for __."

Step 4: Repeat step 3 every week.
Weekly seems to be enough of a balance between "engaged" and "pest".

It feels strange to use my fancy Android phone as an actual telephone, and doing so does require a few minutes more than just liking or retweeting some social media post. But at least a phone call lets you know that your encouragement is logged somewhere that your actual Senator and Representative will see.



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Another year, another attempt by Kansen Chu, D-San Jose to end this madness we call Daylight Saving Time.

I think I'll call up my state Assembly representative, Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, and voice my support for AB-807.

--Z



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My progressive and awesome US Senator Kamala Harris #resist -ed 6 cabinet posts: Thank you!

My less progressive and less awesome US Senator Diane Feinstein approved 5, including Homeland Security. That's not #resist -ing.

--Z

PS: NYTimes link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/31/us/politics/trump-cabinet-confirmation-votes.html

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While pondering the recent GitLab panic and recovery, someone on Fark pointed to this lovely set of wisdom.

Sure, it's a 1990s-era commercial for a long-defunct backup software company, but the lessons remain.

I sometimes wonder if I should write some checksum-and-catalog script to assist my monthly rsync. Would make it a heckuva lot easier to verify the full backup than my current spot-check of a few files. Wait, isn't that what Retrospect did? I wonder what they're up to these days...



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I guess we have to repeat this lesson every 160 years or so. I guess history forgot what Buchanan-class presidents can do to a nation.
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Roses are red
Violets are blue
When I listen to dubstep
My neighbors do too


(I wish I could find the YouTube video where I saw this as a comment...)



Why is my G+ feed nothing but "trending on G+" and "recommended for you"?

I came here to read posts by those whom I follow, not those whom others follow.

Guess that's the end of G+ for me for a while.


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This show is 19 years old, and I still cackle with glee at this line.

Because every show is better with Gokigenyou.

--Z

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If you were already planning on seeing the Doctor Strange movie:
see it in 3D.

I'm not a fan of 3D. Seems like studios retrofit 3D and IMAX onto mediocre movies just so they can make more income per viewer. No thanks.

But Doctor Strange? Wow. The magic was made for 3D. I'm so glad I had a chance to see it in 3D before it forever flattens into a 2D experience on my home TV.

Also, big kudos to the visual designers. I really wondered how they were going to pull off the trippy Ditko look. But when they went roaming through other dimensions, they did. The Dark Dimension was particularly well done, with callbacks to some designs I still remember.

--Z
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