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Just wanted to share this.  Thought it turned out really well, I bought chicken thighs not realizing they still had the bone in.  So with that, the last of the asparagus so it wouldn't go off, and some Kikkoman Marinade made for a tasty dish.  The wine was sweeter than expected but I guess that is what Moscato is like.
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Whenever I think of you and food at the same time, the SOGUS ladder incident comes to mind.
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I have a question about the state of in-home DC power. We are looking at potentially remodeling our house in the coming year and beyond running cat6 everywhere I am looking at incorporating home automation and possibly (waiting list willing) a Tesla Powerwall. And I am noticing a lot of converting from AC to DC to AC to DC going on.

I have heard from my server admin friends that there has been a move away from individual power supplies in servers in favor of two big ac to dc adaptors feeding a rack of servers instead of each server having 2 power supplies each. And I was wondering if there has been any developments along those lines in the home. Even with moving all the cell chargers to belkin power stations I still count a dozen wall warts and half dozen computer power supplies in the house. If I start getting home automation equipment I can only assume the amount of ac to dc adaptors will skyrocket.

And with the powerwall and solar in the mix I am looking at multiple conversions before I hit a device. Sure ac to dc and back are fairly efficient these days, but those efficiency losses multiply as they move down the chain, and even 5% loss per conversion amplifies after 3 or 4 times.

Are there any good solutions out there? Just for the household network I have 4 wall warts (modem, nas, wifi router, smart hub) with more coming (itus shield, rasberry pi, etc). Are there power busses that put out multiple 5v feeds I can use to replace multiple wall warts? Is there a wiring and outlet standard that I could just bypass the dc to ac transformer of the solar and battery rig and just feed dc to my devices?

Or am I overthinking this and trying to eke out slight efficiencies for efficiency's sake?

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One more thing... DC is great in a Data Center because you can have short runs in a highly-controlled environment. Those things make DC efficient, safe and reliable.

In a house, you're going to get wiring schemes that you never though of while building, and a DC system as exists in a Data Center would be INCREDIBLY dangerous because though you would be keeping voltage down to 12-48 volts, the current would be MUCH higher than similar-rated AC applications. 

I don't want to scare you off, but an uncontrolled environment like an entire house is probably not the best place to deploy high-current DC. -- Now a workbench or a workshop, ABSOLUTELY! :)
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When a #tumblr audio post is shown in the #iPad  app the audio container expands every few seconds, beyond the edge of the screen and if you let it go too long, or tap the close icon the app crashes.  
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Wait, what?
State lawmakers are considering throwing out marriage in Oklahoma.
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This is just like Multnomah County all over again.  That said, Oklahoma doesn't have anywhere near the legal foundation to make such a thing happen as Oregon does (what with every county issuing marriage licenses in Oregon defying the state constitution, which prohibits discrimination on sexual orientation or gender, while Oregon's Edwardian era marriage law does), so I doubt this will happen.  In fact, I hazard to bet Oregon's marriage law will have to be re-drafted.
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Whelp, I've seen #StarTrek Into Darkness and final verdict was, pretty good.  As always I think the Enterprise Crew have the relationships down pat, and honestly was the best part of the movie.  Honestly I wish they could have focused more on that then the plot, or Benedict Cumberbatch's character.

As for the plot it was solid, and was tied around a similar premise as ST:Insurrection and  TNG:The Pegasus, where someone in the Admiralty decided that doing it the Federation way will hurt the Federation.  I liked the callback to Section 31, and for the longtime fans it added the background that made Admiral Robocop's actions fit.  For non trek fans, the Admiral was taking a stance seen in many modern films where the ideals of an organization is undermined by the leadership.

The nods to the Original Trek movies and show were sufficiently peppered to enhance but not overwhelm.  Kirk and Spock in the engine room was pulled off marvelously, echoing their Prime timeline counterparts.  Again that scene was all about the friendship and respect between them, and it played beautifully.  But I don't think Spock prime needed to be in this film.  It added nothing, and undermined the tension of we are near Earth but unable to tell anyone of Admiral Robocop's malfeasance.  And him killing everyone on the Enterprise to keep it a secret kinda falls apart.

But there is the elephant in the room, and here come the spoilers, it is Benedict Cumberbatch. A lot has been said about the whitewashing of his character  and I'm not going there.  Not to say there aren't good points on both sides of the issue, but not what I am focusing on.  I feel he did a passable, but lackluster job as Kahn, and it made his character the least engaging on the screen.  He got the deviousness down, I could totally believe that he was smarter that everyone in the room, it kinda is Benedict's schtick since Sherlock.  But that's it. 

He had none of the easy charm of someone assured in their own power.  Nor did he seem to exude power, sure he could take Kirks hits without blinking an eye and slaughter a Klingon security patrol without breaking a sweat.  But in those quiet moments in the brig, or when he takes command of the dreadnaught he doesn't fill the room with his presence.  He comes of as Hannibal Lecter, when he needed to be Hannibal Barca.  Sisco or Picard could summon more presence than this Kahn, heck Sulu out presenced him when he took "The Chair".  Mira Furlan bleeding on the floor or even just sitting calmly could be more powerfully menacing. In his most powerful moments Benedict comes off more as a hissing serpent than a roaring lion.

Anyway, those are my thoughts.  Not a great trek movie, but a fun one.  I place it somewhere between Undiscovered Country and Insurrection.
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Cthulhu pie; now you can eye HIS soul! His tasty tasty soul... (via +Jeremy Haun)
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Don't know if anyone saw this,  it looks like a pair of heavy lifting quadcopters, but I cannot tell from the vid.
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+Russ Hall But you know, the Wright Brothers didn't get very far either...
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Tapping Unread under the ... menu does not mark an article as unread.  The popup "Kept Unread" comes up, but when I go back to the list of articles it is still marked as read.  I am using Version 24.0.8 of the Ipad app on a 3rd gen ipad (MC705LL/A) running IOs 7.1.1 and when I am moving through articles in Title Only view.  Sometimes when I go back to the article list the article will show as unread for a second but then it dims and is marked as read.  It is making the Ipad app pretty unusable since I scan the articles on the ipad, marking those I want to look at on the computer as unread, so they are right there when I can read in depth.
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We hope to submit 24.1 to Apple for review on Sunday. Apple usually takes 7-10 days to approve updates so it should be out in 2 weeks.
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Such a great re-dub, it changes the tone of the scene but doesn't lose the central thread of the scene intact. And it's true, Tom Hardy was trying to be Darth Vader
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tl;dr: Kindle Worlds has lots of potential, and the initial details look promising seeming to balance IP and fanfic author's rights, but until we actually see it in action as well as the governing legalese I am cautiously hopeful.

Amazon announces a bold new program and I am hopeful, but concerned. On the surface Kindle Worlds will legitimize fanfiction in an era of increasingly uncertain IP law and fans steeped in internet remix culture. This would allow budding authors who want to develop their storytelling without having to create characters and setting wholecloth. But as with many things, the reality is more complex.

On the surface it looks enticing, fan fiction written within the "Worlds" that Amazon has negotiated for will be sold on the Kindle platform.  Net profits from the sale will be split between the author (35%), IP holder(35%), and Kindle(30%).  The IP holder get's another income stream, and the author can get a small income from their work.  And rights holders are free to incorporate aspects of the fanfiction without fear of being accused of stealing from fanfic author and being forced to pay royalties to the "fan". Historically authors have explicitly not read fanfic to avoid potential legal action from fanfic writers, and some have gone after fanfic authors to head this off.  But, there are some aspects that could prove problematic.  

One, price. Amazon sets the price of the story $0.99 through $3.99 without input of the author.  There doesn't seem to be any guidance on what determines price other than length, and that only applies to works between 5,000 to 10,000 words.

Two, ownership.  The author retains the copyright of "original, copyrightable elements (such as characters, scenes, and events)" and the IP holder retains their copyrights on their "original, copyrightable elements" and everyone grants everyone else a license to their content.  Except for Amazon, who get's an exclusive license to the fanfic author's elements.  This locks creations for your fanfic into the IP's "World" and to Amazon.  It is unclear how this interacts with the IP holder's license.

Three, no crossovers and potentially no AU's.  No crossovers is understandable since it would entail splitting the royalties further.  As for the question of AU's (Alternate Universes), until we get a deeper definition of "World" AU's may violate the "story and all the new elements must stay within the applicable World" requirement.

Finally, the distribution rights.  Looking at the details for authors page "Amazon Publishing will acquire all rights to your new stories, including global publication rights, for the term of copyright."  It doesn't seem to be exclusive, so you can take your content elsewhere, but it implies you can never withdraw or revoke this license.   Also, with the "granting Amazon Publishing an exclusive license to the story and all the original elements you include in that story" means that the story may only be sold/distributed through Amazon.

On the whole this looks like a positive development and could open doors, there are concerns around ownership and licensing  that could cause problems down the line.  Amazon's exclusive license to copyrightable elements of the fanfic concerns me.  Also, the vagaries of what is considered within the bounds of a "World" raise eyebrows.  Proceed with caution and be aware that you may lose control of your work in ways you may not expect.
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Now that I have slept on it and thought more I have some (hopefully) clearer thoughts on +OUYA.  It's not there yet. I'm not saying it won't get there as a contender for the living room gaming machine.  It is still early days for the store, and I don't expect everything out of the gate.  But at the moment the games really don't take advantage of the high res, large screen.  The store, or "Discover", interface could use some work as the game images are slow to load and the description has a tendency to disappear off the right side of the screen.  

What there is game wise is pretty good, I am probably going to be dropping some coin to unlock more Dub Wars levels and iMech Online.  But overall the games seem to be at what I would expect for 2010 Flash or Unity browser games.  This will probably improve as more developers get their hands on them and learn to program to the limitations of the hardware.

As for the media, or "Apps", options, it is still pretty limited.  With just TuneIn Radio and twich.tv I really don't see this a being a contender for my home media box.  Eventually this may change if they can attract Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Amazon.  Until then it won't be worth giving up an hdmi port in the living room.

If you have a monitor with a spare hdmi port and want something to pass some time with, the +OUYA may be a good fit.  With it's low price point and inexpensive but engaging games it is a solid value for some light fun going into summer if you have the spare $100.  But not a must have at the moment.  

Once fall rolls around and the content fills out a bit more I'll take another look.

tl;dr - Solid fun if you have the cash and a spare hdmi port, but I would wait until the catalog fills out a bit more if you don't.
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