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Were those Cutco scissors I spied, Mr. Brown?
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Huh. That wasn't supposed to be bold.  It was supposed to be bookended in asterisks.  In any case, good response.  Reasonable, didn't require you to bash him (too badly).  I approve.  (Not that you need my approval.)
Well here's a social media milestone for me: I have my first Internet troll.  Aww, isn't that sweet?!  I feel like a real blogger now. Some of my friends and loved ones are concerned about my mental health and well being and ...
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I don't need your approval, but it sure feels nice to have it.  It's a lonely life, arguing with Internet trolls.  Thanks so much!
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Thanks, Matt. Things are going extremely well so far. I've got another weigh-in tomorrow.
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I know I'm one of the people who pushed Google+ hard among my own circle of friends last summer. I invited, quite literally, hundreds of people I know. And yet here I am, months later, and I hardly touch thing thing. Why is that?

Mostly it's because a good chunk of my social networking is done on the iPad, and Google has been refraining from releasing an iPad version of their Google+ app for a while. Don't get me wrong, the iPhone version works, but its functionality is marred by the fact that you have to use the iPad ability "blow up" the iPhone app size to 2X in order to take up more than just a small portion of the center of the screen, and things run in 2X just look funky.

Facebook, for all its faults, has an amazing app for the iPhone and the iPad, one that takes advantage of the abilities of a tablet.

So... here's hoping Google gets things together. I know they're waiting for the Android tablet Google+ app to gain some popularity, but maybe it's time they realized what kind of market they're missing out on by taking a page from Microsoft's book of predatory practices.

Come to your senses, Google. Don't be evil.
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Well here's a social media milestone for me: I have my first Internet troll.  Aww, isn't that sweet?!  I feel like a real blogger now. Some of my friends and loved ones are concerned about my mental health and well being and ...
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Thank you!
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Hey, Simon, I've been wondering.  How do you keep track of your food?  Do you use a food log like caloriecount?  I'm on caloriecount, and I like their calorie camp which allows you to post your food online and get support/feedback from other calorie counters.

Also, my wife is interested in how you got started with the juicing.  I know the answer is probably on your blog, so I will look there.  If you want to answer here, though, that's fine.
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I have never...

... watched E.T.
... had a broken bone.
... owned a copy of Angry Birds.
... read a romance novel in its entirety.
... been drunk.
... owned a Matchbox car (though I've owned many Hot Wheels).
... played organized Laser Tag.
... seen any of the Twilight movies.
... smoked marijuana (or abused any other drugs, for that matter).
... watched the ball drop on New Year's Eve.

This isn't a bucket list, of course. There are plenty of things here I'll never do. I'll never be drunk, nor will I do drugs. I'll never read a romance novel, nor do I have any desire to watch Twilight. I can't guarantee I'll never break a bone, but here's hoping! Matchbox cars just seem cheap compared to Hot Wheels. Someone my size is just way too much of a target for Laser Tag. I couldn't care less about the ball on New Year's Eve. I played Angry Birds once, but found it boring.

But most of all, I will never, not in a thousand lifetimes, watch E.T.
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Here's hoping that's sarcasm!
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Microsoft: It's time for a change. Windows 8 looks and feels great, and the same with Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately, the Windows name has your whole product line dragged down in bad memories, like Millennium Edition and Vista. Even the company name, Microsoft, invokes remembrances of antitrust suits.

Here's an idea: Change it all up. That's right... drop the words "Microsoft" and "Windows", then use another one of your IPs to rebrand the whole thing.

LIVE.

Live OS. Live Mobile. Heck, you already have Xbox Live. It's simple, it's elegant, and it announces that everything is getting switched up. And with the paradigm shift your desktop / laptop / mobile OS is experiencing this fall, there's no better time than right now.

Well... not like you're reading my G+ page or anything. chuckles
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I'm a fat man with a jelly roll, a veteran roleplayer, and hunky star of stage and screen all rolled into one. Or, to paraphrase Jack Nicholson, "I've got two outta three, and that ain't bad!" I've got a beautiful wife, three rapscallions, and billions of bacteria - together we make one big, happy family! A Photoshop Junkie, MMO gamer, and tennis ball-wielding super-spy, I spend my days on a balcony overlooking the Danube, playing Death Metal's Greatest Hits on my clarinet. I don't pretend to know the meaning of life, but I know the meaning of "sesquipidalian", and that makes me feel all special inside, because if you can't beat them with brilliance, baffle them with a hyperstream of post-linguistic constructs sententially arranged so as to metaphorically and allegorically mimic the gastrointestinal effluvia of a bovine quadraped.
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