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"Charles Dickens wrote while blindfolded. Virginia Woolf took three baths a day, and always with ice-cold water. Stephen King eats a blood orange at every meal whenever he is working on a book. Joyce Carol Oates writes only in Comic Sans."
For all the interest in the habits of highly creative people, there's not much to learn from Don DeLillo's manual typewriter or Maya Angelou's showers.
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"On Monday, a resident on Mt. Bolus Road in Chapel Hill reported a burglary. The thief caused $100 damage to a window and took a Tupperware bowl and $100 worth of loose change."

via the dailydurham: http://durham.io/2014/03/27/durham-news-odds-and-ends-welcome-to-spring-edition/
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First time I've taken a picture of my food and posted it on the web. Bug burger at Bull City Burger for Exotic Meat Month: scorpion and meal worms. Courtesy of +Zach Hill. Thanks!
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This kind of snuck on me, but proving the inflation theory may "go down as one of the greatest discoveries in the history of science".
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Most of us tend to think that digital storage of data is superior to older technologies like paper.  But "bit rot" (data degradation) and other problems make it less clearly superior.

This piece is only partly on the technical difficulties of digital archives, however.  It also focuses on ethical concerns.
Would Susan Sontag have wanted her life and computer files analyzed like this? Would anyone?
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+david daniel, I think our concept of privacy is different, but I think there's also a difference between our concept and how our technologies are shaping privacy. Think how people think about their "private" posts to Facebook or Google+, for example. Both of the technologies chip away at the concept of privacy that most (or at least lots of) people have -- and they do so invisibly.

When Erasmus wrote to More, he no doubt realized his audience was much larger than the More household -- and that played a role in the way he framed his argument and his message. But we think we're communicating privately, when we should take the technologies into account and be suspicious of that concept of privacy. (Think SEO for "personal" correspondence! Google fashions ad pitches to you based on your email.)

The email that Susan Sonntag wrote is interesting to me because it makes me wonder about the dissemination of ideas with emails.  It's so easy to forward an email, and I can think of emails and communications that have exploded in influence because they've been easy to share. All good biographers will consider a communication as an interaction -- and for letters it's been an easy task. My view is that for emails it's a much more difficult task to weigh and consider.

(Pace, Walter Benjamin: The Work of a Letter in an Age of Internet Reproducibility)
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"It's quite clear the fat cats in Washington with their stove top hats and contemporary jazz music don't want us playing as bears, it's about time to fight back against the tyranny.

The title gives you all you need to know as it's pretty much a bear simulator. You play in FPB (First Person Bear) and do bear things which include exploring, eating fish and plants, striking down anything that dare stand before your might, increasing your stats, sleeping and discovering mysteries of your forest home. Watch the alpha trailer above or right here on youtube to give you an idea.
TL;DR - It's like a mini Skyrim but you're a bear"
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The worse kind of clowns: fat cat clowns.
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First time I've taken a picture of my food and posted it on the web. Bug burger at Bull City Burger for Exotic Meat Month: scorpion and meal worms. Courtesy of +Zach Hill. Thanks!
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Crunchy!
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"Risk is in everything we do. Short of never doing anything, there is no way to avoid all risk or ever to be 100% safe."

“Risk does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of our minds and culture, waiting to be measured. Human beings have invented the concept of ‘risk’ to help them understand and cope with the dangers and the uncertainties of life. Although these dangers are real, there is no such thing as a ‘real risk’ or ‘objective risk.’”*
I'm a firm believer in restating values, goals, and perspectives at the beginning of every group debriefing (e.g. "postmortem meetings") in order to bring new folks up to speed on how we view the process and what the purpose of the debriefing is. When I came upon a similar baselining dialogue from another domain, I…
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