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Google suggests that I 'might like': Barack Obama, Top Gear, Fox News. Hmm. I'm thinking they're just guessing. Though I would like to meet someone who likes both Barack Obama and Fox News.

In a similar vein, a 2011 poll indicated that 12% of those who had a positive opinion of the Tea Party movement also had a positive view of socialism. I want to meet those people too.
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Today Google thinks "Travel and Auto" - by which they mean Hotels.com and Fiat, "Entertainment" (Telemundo and VICE.com), and "Technology" (two dudes I've never met) would be "Fun and Interesting". Uh huh. Now I know they're just guessing.

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Romney's campaign spent quite a lot of effort on ORCA, their online vote-tracking webapp. It crashed and burned on election day. One could make an argument that this failure of technology might have tipped the election Obama's way. Or at least made the gap a lot smaller.

PROTIP for #RepublicanParty: Beta tests are a good idea.

Ref:
http://www.readability.com/read?url=http%3A//ace.mu.nu/archives/334783.php
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/08/Orca-How-the-Romney-Campaign-Suppressed-Its-Own-Vote
http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/11/romneys-fail-whale-orca-the-votetracker-149098.html
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I rarely do a #MusicMonday, but this Gotye-made remix of Gotye cribbed from Youtube videos is pretty impressive.
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Considering we already drink yeast pee, I'm not sure that using beardy-type yeast is that much more wrong. :)

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Time to flip physics the bird and get injured at (Tr)action Park, New Jersey. The comments are worth it. It's hard to believe a place like this exists.

- A narrative walkthrough of the travesty: http://www.domainofdeath3.com/actionpark/
- The article that started all the reminiscence: http://www.weirdnj.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=28
- Obit for Action Park: http://www.freezerbox.com/archive/article.php?id=235
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Friday, w00t!

- io9 on life as a Roman gladiator. It's kinda like college, only you might die. http://io9.com/5919195/the-ivy-league-of-ancient-roman-gladiator-schools

- On the Ron Paul Revolution within the Republican party: http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/for-the-ron-paul-wing-now-what/

- And a snarky El Reg post on the newly-announced Microsoft Surface: http://www.reghardware.com/2012/06/22/something_for_the_weekend_microsoft_surface_tablet/
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George Will gets it wrong sometimes, and sometimes he gets it right. This one's the latter.
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let them make rectangular boxes (and beer)

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#solareclipse2012 today. In Australia. 2:30 PM EST. Watch here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/26738794
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Raspbery Pi is on its way, w00t! (Well, if by 'I ordered it and it's still massively back-ordered' is on its way.)

Time to learn me some ARM assembler. :)
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They estimate 10-12 weeks - demand must be swamping them! I know the first batch that made it out the door took at least eight weeks, probably longer. Parts are probably in short supply still.

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Why do I get the feeling you tried this right after reading the article, Mr. Varner?

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Got a case of the Mondays.

- The Sidelskys at The Chronicle write in praise of leisure. For one who has been reading a lot of ancient Greek and Roman authors, it feels much like a revisit from modern eyes. http://chronicle.com/article/In-Praise-of-Leisure/132251/

- Stuxnet as the vanguard of a new arms race, from the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/25/opinion/stuxnet-will-come-back-to-haunt-us.html?_r=1

- Deadmau5 in a profanity-laced discussion on how DJing is not the art you think it is. http://gizmodo.com/5921053/all-djs-are-glorified-button-pushers
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Thanks for the suggestion, Kyle. I think I may have to add another book to my reading list.
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