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This guinea pig is ... honestly I got nothing :-)
 
Not sure what's going on with this guinea pig, but we like it.
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This is a great view of Mars.
 
This 360 degree panorama of Mars is beautiful and awe-inspiring: http://bit.ly/TliEOE
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Hopefully this gets linked in with the G+ VHDL stream. This resource is pretty amazing for providing a toolset for improving VHDL's already excellent verification capabilities. Open Source VHDL Verification Methodology: http://www.osvvm.org (currently resides on an Aldec page, but efforts are underway to separate it as a domain.)
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Never realized my reasons were so rare!
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All of you people, if you even have a passing love for mathematics, please check out this woman's website. She is pretty amazing and has a great way of finding the fun parts of math that can lead a kid (or yourself) to the wilder and stranger bits of the subject. Of particular interest, Infinity Elephants, Music Box Compositions, Triangles, Snakes, and more.
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If you're using Progressive as insurance, should definitely consider not giving them your business.  This is atrocious behavior (primarily the initial event).
 
This morning, I reblogged and Twittered a post I saw on Tumblr from a man whose family had been put through the wringer by +Progressive Insurance.

It's a truly appalling story of corporate greed and moral bankruptcy, and it was widely reblogged and RT'd on Twitter. Progressive's efforts at damage control are almost as bad as the company's conduct in the first place.

I got this message from the Progressive Twitter account:

"This is a tragic case, and our sympathies go out to Mr. Fisher and his family for the pain they’ve had to endure. We fully investigated this claim and relevant background, and feel we properly handled the claim within our contractual obligations. Again, this is a tragic situation, and we’re sorry for everything Mr. Fisher and his family have gone through."

As you can see from the attached image, I wasn't the only one who got the identical message. Excuse me while I'm overwhelmed by the company's compassionate sincerity.

Unsurprisingly, Progressive has deleted the callous robotweets from their Twitter account. I'm sure that's going to work out really well for the company. I mean, when you delete something from the Internet, it just goes away forever, right?

When I saw this series of tone deaf tweets, I put together a recording in Audacity that captures just exactly how the PRBot sounded. I uploaded it to my Tumblr, in case you want to listen to it: http://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/post/29382479767/dear-progressive-insurance-pr-bot-this-is-what

There are two stories here that angried up my blood:

1. Assuming that the story as told by Matt is entirely true (and Progressive hasn't rebutted it, though the company has been given ample opportunity to do so), it's yet another example of a callous company putting profits over people. That disgusts me. When you need to file a claim with your insurance company, they should be compassionate and helpful. Progressive was neither. This family lost a sister and a daughter who did nothing wrong, and Progressive put them through a shitstorm to save some money. Fuck everything about that.

2. This is a textbook example, alongside Jose Martinez from Brand Link Communications (http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2011/10/please-stand-by-for-a-demonstration-of-relevancy.html) and Paul Christoforo at Ocean Marketting (https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111227/12593617206/latest-entrant-how-not-to-do-marketing-online-world-ocean-marketing-fail.shtml) of how not to do PR or Social Media. It just blows my mind that people like this get paid money to do a job, because they are profoundly bad at it.

If you're a Progressive customer, I hope you'll consider canceling your policy, and telling them why. If you're in the market for insurance, I hope you will choose a different provider than Progressive.
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re the initial event, for those like me who were looking for it: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/progressive-insurance-defense-court-case-17022186#.UC2pNt1lQX8
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Okay I don't usually do this, but I'm a sucker for new interesting hardware :-). So resharing this to enter the giveaway.
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NVIDIA and Android Police are giving away three Motorola Photon 4Gs for doing almost nothing!
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Ahh, so much win here :-)
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Well as most of you know, unless you're stoned or living in sickeningly temperate Oregon (or possibly both, knowing Oregonians) a large weather structure colloquially named the "heat dome" has been parked over Kansas and Oklahoma. However if the news is correct, the heat dome is growing and shifting eastwards.

So, fellow east-of-Kansans, welcome to the heat dome! I'm sure you will love living under the dome as much as we do. You certainly have a lot of company.

Now, being new to the dome, you may not be aware that there are some dome guidelines for getting along with your fellow dome companions. We're all in this together.

1) Deodorant. Seriously people, let's make sure to keep that stuff rolling. Living under the dome is hot enough without it getting obnoxiously stinky as well. And as you'll soon find out, breezes are at a premium under the dome, so the nose you save may very well be your own!

2) Music. If you are not inside the air conditioning, you may feel like this is an excellent time to announce to your fellow dome companions your music of choice through wide open windows. While this sounds like an excellent way to get to know domies around you, consider how many other people may have the SAME IDEA. So take a tip, just keep it to regular decibel levels. With the humidity in the air, you can be assured that your sound waves have PLENTY of material to conduct through and announce your genre of choice to the neighborhood.

3) Parking. As the area under the dome increases, dome management anticipates adequate parking for all dome resident vehicles. However, parking with shade may be at a premium. Be courteous to your fellow domies. Tempers are going to flare with the heat, so if someone claims your favorite partially shaded asphalt rectangle, just move along and find a new one.

4) Animals. Humans aren't the only domies! This is what folks like to call a "big tent" group, we saturate EVERY LIVING CREATURE with enough thermal energy to make you wish that spontaneous combustion were real (and we're working on it, stay tuned!) In fact, the furrier domies may be even more miserable than the homo sapien sort. So, keep an eye out for your fuzzy little dome companion, check their noses and paws for dryness and make sure they have plenty of H2O.

5) Maintenance Fees. I'm pleased to report that there are no maintenance fees associated with living under the dome. This is absolutely free, no two-drink-minimum, no subscription fee, it's all free, free, free!

I think that takes care of the basics. If you have any questions, feel free to complain bitterly to management, if you can find them. Thanks so much, fellow dome dwellers, and welcome to the heat dome!
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Goofy music for the day
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I think I've had that dream! ;D
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  • University of Missouri, Rolla
    Electrical Engineering, 1989 - 1993
  • Macon R-1 High School
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Electrical engineer specializing in developing firmware designs for FPGAs with VHDL.
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  • Aeroflex Test Solutions
    Senior Design Engineer, 2010 - present
  • Rockwell Collins (contractor)
    2007 - 2008
  • Concept Development, Inc
    2005 - 2007
  • Northrop Grumman (formerly TRW Space Systems)
    2001 - 2005
  • Lockheed Martin
    2000 - 2001
  • Raytheon (formerly Hughes Electronics)
    1994 - 2000
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