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Richard Gaskin
software designer, hiker, cyclist
software designer, hiker, cyclist

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Could the legal framework that compels cable companies to provide funding for Public Access channels be applied to ISPs for funding community Web sites?

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The reporter's offense? He asked about the GOP health care plan.


At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"

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Wonder why tuition increases outpace inflation by such a wide margin? Excerpt:

"Such legislative control was recommended in a recent state audit, which found that central administrators in the office failed to disclose a $175 million surplus, did not adequately justify spending on presidential initiatives and paid unusually generous salaries. UC disputed some findings but has agreed to the audit’s 33 recommended reforms."

Some on Twitter are posting fake "Help me find my missing child!" tweets to boost their retweet count. Disgusting beyond words.

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Raymond Burr was born on this day in 1917. Most remember him as the sturdy lead in the series Perry Mason and later Ironside.

But there's a lot more to this man than I'd ever known before I read the "Personal Life" section of his Wikipedia page.

It's not just having been taunted from childhood for being big, or having to hide that we was gay during a time when that would have cost his career.

For me, the most interesting aspects of Burr were reflective of his broad interests, like his orchid farms whose hybrids added more than 1,500 new orchids to the worldwide catalog.

Or the time he was the Bacchus King of the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

Or his financing of a foundation that, among other things, undertook efforts to develop a dictionary of the Fijian language.

Or the great many non-profits and charities he supported by giving away much of the salaries he earned from his TV roles.

So easy to watch an actor from another time with narry a thought about his offscreen life.

But for Raymond Burr, his offscreen life was often more interesting than the crimes his character solved on our TVs.

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The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis suggests that our working vocabulary defines our thoughts, and by extension our range of options. Marshall McLuhan's famous line, "the medium is the message", takes a similar view.

This article explores how #BoardGames contribute to strategic thinking, differing by generation. Back when chess defined gaming, CEOs created rigid org charts. The newest crop of startups plays Minecraft, with very different organizational values.

This leaves me wondering: how might the generation raised cooperative games like Pandemic structure their organizations?

"Wouldn't you just love it if I covered up everything I wrote with a banner asking for your email address?"
- Web designers who don't understand that literally everything else is just a click away

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The world's next Steve Jobs may not be a white middle-class boy from California. In our global economy it's just as likely that genius will be from some other place, and from a very different background. And the odds are roughly 50% that such a genius may be a girl.

What can be done to foster opportunities for highly-intelligent kids around the world?

One of them right now may be the person who will figure out how to power a home from the sun for 10 cents a year, or provide drinking water for everyone on Earth, or discover the cure for cancer.

It would be a tragedy for all of us if we lost such a mind, just as it is for this family to lose this one:

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