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I heart space 'sploration. And 'sides, it's pretty. :)
 
Plumes of water vapor erupting from Europa's subsurface ocean raise excitement over the possibility of investigating the moon's extraterrestrial sea. 
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Snicker. :)

h/t to +Shawn H Corey 
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I just finished watching Defying the Nazis: The Sharp's War. It's a documentary by Ken Burns, narrated by Tom Hanks. I highly recommend it.
Join an American couple’s courageous mission in 1939 to help refugees escape Nazi-occupied Europe. Over the course of two years, the pair will risk their lives so that hundreds can live in freedom. A new film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.
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Here's an article worth reading, from neuroscientist Dr. Sam Wang. Sam also runs the Princeton Election Consortium, essentially as a hobby.

Ignore the image. Google picked up an unrelated image from the page the article is on (unless you're following the election, in which case you might want to dig into the data behind that image).

In passing, he identifies one of my pet peeves with today's media: "The journalistic impulse to avoid 'taking sides' can kick in, even when the two sides are 'true' and 'false.' Perhaps because it increases ratings." As I've said repeatedly, for-profit journalism is doing our nation real harm.
As of September 20, 12:04PM EDT: Snapshot (135 state polls): Clinton 296, Trump 242 EV Meta-margin: Clinton +1.7% · RSS; Clinton Nov. win probability: random drift 71%, Bayesian 81%; Senate snapshot (48 polls): Dem+Ind: 50, GOP: 50, Meta-margin: D +0.6%, Nov. control probability: Dem. 65%.
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The journalists' impulse for not taking sides means their slave masters shareholders decide for them.
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This piece raises a good question: Can we have too much transparency? I think so. Having worked in a fishbowl, I can say that it lowers my productivity. That seems likely to impact the political process even more. So what is the right amount of transparency and how much do we need the old smoke-filled room?
Has our political system gone crazy? Jonathan Rauch thinks so. In a recent piece for the Atlantic, Rauch explores what he calls “chaos syndrome” in Washington: government stagnation, he argues, is resulting from politicians' inability to compromise, combined with constant calls for transparency. Judy Woodruff speaks with Rauch about the history of American politics and where they stand today.
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Here's Oscar hard at work campaigning. :)
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Not as Cat-astrophic as other candidates!
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I bet +Paul Baldowski and +MonkeyBlood Design (Glynn Seal) and others will like this one. :)

Update: To give credit where due, the source of it appears to be here: http://sashulka.deviantart.com/art/Rain-559474769
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Nice :). It reminds me of the MCG Invisible Suns Kickstarter animated key fall art. Similar thing in a silhouette. 
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+Scott Blume: You need these for your entryway. :)
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Trump, Jr.: 0. Wrigley: 1

As usual, the responses are the best part.

(Wrigley is a division of Mars, which has long been a good corporate citizen, by the way. I'm not surprised that they came up with a classy response.)

And I'm going to buy a bag o' Skittles today. :)

#Skittles  
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Ahoy, ye lubbers! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrrrrr. :)
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Arrrrrrrr....that it be ... ;)
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Future President Oscar, napping while I read on the couch. 😀
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Aw!  Purrfect. He gets MY vote!
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I hardly ever go into Fry's any more. The only reason to go is if I already know exactly what I want, and it's such a simple item that can't possibly make a mess of selling it. Today's trip is a fine example of why I don't go there. My headset broke, so I thought I'd get a new one at Fry's. First, I had to find them. The idiots put a sale sign over the sign on the end cap that would have told me which aisle had headsets. Fine. I find headsets, sans help from anyone at the store. Then I find one that might suit me, but I can't tell if it has a USB connection. So I find someone (admittedly, a nice, helpful person) and he runs off to find out if the thing does USB. The folks who supposedly know don't know, so they open it. We could have done that in the aisle and saved that ten minutes. In the meantime, I've found another one that has a USB connection and is $10 less. (I''m sensitive to the price of headsets, because previous experience tells me I'll have to return the first two before I get one that works worth a damn, and I may not be able to return it, given the wonderful return policy at Fry's.) So I get to the checkout counter, and the clerk tells me it's twice the price I expect. The sign on the shelf doesn't actually correspond to the product placed directly over the sign. Now I'll buy a headset online, which means that my friends will just have to put up with me not having a headset today. And that was my last trip to Fry's. Misleading pricing, a return policy designed purely to penalize customers, and a general air of "We just want to take your money, not actually help you" is the trifecta that will send me shopping anywhere else.
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At first, I had a very poor experience with a seemingly uncaring and bureaucratic agency. Then some good people who work at Austin Energy stepped up and took care of my issue. So there are good people there, and I'll adjust my rating accordingly.
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I ordered a pizza. The driver took it somewhere else and tried to give me someone else's pizza. Then he went and got my pizza (which had been in the hands of someone else, of course). I refused that, since who knows what may have been done to it. Then I called the store to reverse my credit card transaction. I waited on hold for 10 minutes and 53 seconds, only to have the phone system disconnect me. In the next call, I got someone who was clearly not too versed on the system. Who knows whether the transaction was actually reversed? So now I'll have to watch my credit card account for a couple days. Given that delivering the right pizza to the right address is more than they can do, I can find somewhere else to buy a pizza.
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I called at 10 AM. They said they'd be along between 5 and 7 PM. I called again at 6:30 PM. They said they'd be along between 7:30 and 8 PM. Now it's just about 9 PM, and I haven't seen or heard from them. And now I'm calling someone else. Get service anywhere else.
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