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Bryan Lovely
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Goth. Geek. Gamer. Father. Husband. Son.
Goth. Geek. Gamer. Father. Husband. Son.

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Still contracting for RoosterPark, now working at Disney downtown.
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After owning the domain for 18 years, I've finally put something up on the homepage. :-)
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I think this is a pretty good explanation of the debt ceiling crisis and why the GOP is willing to go there. Also see parts II, III, and IV: http://solarbird.dreamwidth.org/98614.html, http://solarbird.dreamwidth.org/99032.html, and http://solarbird.dreamwidth.org/99091.html

I find myself vaguely remembering from Econ 101 about government spending counting towards GDP. I think that since government spending is either taxed away from the private sector or borrowed, it should calculated as a negative not a positive. At best just don't count it at all. This might make GDP "drop" if you started calculating it differently, but I strongly suspect that doing it retroactively would show that GDP growth has been minimal for decades and dropping like a stone lately.
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The company reports that it's suffering an enormous DDoS attack.

An article in the Moscow Times (yeah, I know, unreliable) opines "An attack of this scale costs about $15,000 to organize, Gazeta.ru said.
It is the third such attack on LiveJournal, which is the main platform for political dissent in Russia, since March." [Emphasis added] (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/hacker-attacks-paralyze-livejournal/441237.html)

If the Russian government as such wanted LJ to go away, it would just close them down and arrest everybody. If this really is a political attack, then it must be a lesser enemy at work.
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Just as even before the Fight Club parody, I thought that Ferris Bueller's Day Off was really about Cameron, I think Harry Potter is really about Ron Weasley. Harry himself gets way too many favors and, like the author says, is famous for something he didn't actually do.

Also see the follow-up article: http://globalcomment.com/2011/the-further-adventures-of-hermione-granger/

I also think that a major weakness of the series is that Rowling got trapped by some of the "cutesy" inventions for the first book -- wizards know nothing about how the Muggle world works (but yet must navigate a train station to get their kids to school), all mail is by owl, etc. -- and that hampered showing us the real maturation of her characters into full adults.
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This is so not what I expected Naveen Jain's next venture to be:
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