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I was reading a particularly religious argument about a certain manufacturer of computer products and the idea for this collage came to mind.

With one image I can irritate at least two disjoint groups of adherents. I should be restricted from posting.
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The sins in question being using Apple products, right?
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Is this where the #ZombieApocolypse  begins?

While helping a friend or relation look for an apartment, we encountered this door. I declined to open it, but suggested that perhaps the rent was negotiable. 
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Heck, the edges aren't even taped.
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When commerce collides with nuclear fallout

I was reading about the zone of death left by the Chernobyl reactor disaster and wanted to get a mental map of its location. The ever helpful Google Maps wanted to help me find a place to eat, although surprisingly, there weren't many local purveyors.
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There's a restaurant and a hotel in there now for the tourists. The food is apparently pretty good. 
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Today's #WartellsEuprosody was The Pretenders' "Kid". 

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For the past few months I've been waking with a very distinct but seemingly random song in my head. These songs span genre and era and appear to have no connection to the prior day's events.

I'd like to fancy that they represent an attempt by Tralfamadorians or someone to convey an urgent message to the world and I am the unwitting vehicle. However, I think it far more likely that in time it will become known as a highly localized neural defect. Perhaps they'll name the condition after me #WartellsEuprosody

In case the former explanation turns out to be the true one, I suspect I owe it to the world to faithfully carry whatever message may be present. This morning's song has easily the best subtitle in modern pop.
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This morning's #WartellsEuprosody  was Philip Glass & Paul Simon's "Changing Opinion".

Maybe it's the mantra / of the walls and wiring.
 
For the past few months I've been waking with a very distinct but seemingly random song in my head. These songs span genre and era and appear to have no connection to the prior day's events.

I'd like to fancy that they represent an attempt by Tralfamadorians or someone to convey an urgent message to the world and I am the unwitting vehicle. However, I think it far more likely that in time it will become known as a highly localized neural defect. Perhaps they'll name the condition after me #WartellsEuprosody

In case the former explanation turns out to be the true one, I suspect I owe it to the world to faithfully carry whatever message may be present. This morning's song has easily the best subtitle in modern pop.
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I'm increasingly of the opinion that our fair Congress is staggeringly unaware of precisely who is charged with legislative powers in this republic.

C'mon folks, if you didn't want a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, perhaps you shouldn't have written, debated, amended, and passed The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 which specifically required the creation of the CFPB.
The Senate’s confirmation of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cemented the agency’s broad regulatory authority.
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I do love when the GOOG's interests in privacy align with mine.

By giving the US White House your e-mail address, you can help put limits on warrantless information requests.
 
U.S. government agencies claim they don't need a warrant to ask for private content—such as Gmail messages, documents, photos and YouTube videos. (Here at Google, we push back.) We urge reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require a warrant for online info, just like for offline. 

If you're in the U.S., sign this petition to the White House today—we need 100,000 signatures to guarantee a response: http://goo.gl/N2C7Uu
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Haven't tried, but think he may be on to something:

This was a man dressed as a plant, making pigeon noises at people walking by. I said hello, asked if it was okay to take his picture, and then asked why he was dressed as a plant. He said, "I'm just working through some stuff. Thank you for asking. No ones asked yet."
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that's pretty interesting...
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"Send me $8M within three months or the Lord will call me home" — Oral Roberts (1987)
"Send me $32M in a month or you will not get a phone a year from now" — Mark Shuttleworth (2013)

Oral got his money, but was  'called home' eventually. Canonical Ltd. hasn't yet reached their goal.

(I'm not harshing on the "Edge" or Canonical, both of which are pretty cool. I just saw one too many references to the Edge funding campaign and the parallel amused me)  
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Most important 1000 word essay I've read in a long while.

And since I'd not known the phrase linked in the last sentence, it refers to places like the California town circa 1930 that posted signs saying "Nigger, Don't Let The Sun Set On You In Hawthorne". Today we're less explicit but I'm not sure that's an improvement.
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Perhaps one of the most profound statements of the 20th century, I love repeating it as it explains so much with so little:

"Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both." — Eric Hoffer
 
I'm annoyed at how all the major news stories are so polarized that, as a consumer of digital information, I am forced to read countless versions of every article that gets released, as to remain as unbiased as possible. When are all you LEGAL EXPERTS OF THE INTERNET going to realize that every story is written to incite emotion to get you to act: Whether it's fear of the NSA, fear of white people, fear of black people or fear of robots and brain cancer. Not to say that every story is inherently false, but you have to consider the source. Do you expect HuffPo or Alex Jones to offer the full unadulterated story? Do you really think every traumatic event that occurs takes place between pure evil and pure innocence?

Also, if you're gonna riot or whatever you call it, could you not do it in a way that bothers the rest of us that are in the same boat as you? If you're gonna draw a line between people, draw it horizontally, not vertically - meaning, poor people at the bottom, rich people at the top, no matter what color they are. Skin color does not set us apart (in case you failed Evolutionary Biology); Class does. Don't set your neighborhood on fire and shut down the local freeway. Get creative, and don't be destructive. Start a charity that benefits a cause you really believe in. Matter in this world.
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Ol' Kurt had a slightly more abstract view of storytelling which can be used to demonstrate that our culture's creation myth is functionally equivalent to another well known legend. http://austinkleon.com/2005/12/17/graph-a-story-with-mr-vonnegut/
 
"I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
Thy knotted and combined locks to part
And each particular hair to stand on end,
Like quills upon the fretful porpentine." (William Shakespeare "Hamlet")

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I read stuff, think about it, talk about it, talk about other things. I try not to take anything too seriously. I often lie about how seriously I take things. I know more useless things about obscure topics than one ought; I makes up thing I wish I knew but don't and am rather convincing at it.

Will wax rhapsodic about the minute details that make a given tune great if given half a chance.
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Spend most of my time spread out in a probability wave with one terminus on Titan and the other on Tralfamadore.
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Surprisingly good vegan simulations of non-vegan food. Blackbird is an obligatory stop for my hypercritical vegan dining companion when she's in town. The seating is limited and a little cramped so dining ambience should not be your goal; tasty food for this devoted carnivore is the draw.
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