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Two cameras, 30 years apart. On the left is an OM-1 purchased in 1982. We've had many adventures. But film has its limitations, so I picked up the OM-D last week. I'm looking forward to the next 30 years!
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Thanks, +James Sanford -- I was shooting with the OM-1 yesterday, and when I was putting new film in it (Velvia 50) I noticed some corrosion in one corner of the film chamber (far away from the moving parts, fortunately).  I'll try to scrub that away the next time it is open.  The light meter has failed, and I tried to get it fixed once with a conversion to the new non-mercury batteries.  That didn't really work out, so I now use a light-meter app on my iPhone.  But this is the one camera I thoroughly understand -- I have no hope of mastering all of the modes on the OM-D.
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SUNNYVALE is a snobby city?  Atherton, Menlo Park, and Woodside beg to differ.  (Disclaimer, I lived in Sunnyvale for a few years.  While Bush was President.  George Herbert Walker Bush, that is ...)
Do you turn your nose up at anything unrefined? Then you might feel right at home in these supremely snooty cities.
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Being that I'm suspicious of surveys and statistics, I went to look at the criteria they used. After all, how do you determine that a locale is "snobby", anyway. It turns out that the people who did the study are escapees from a hospital for the terminally clueless. This list is now one of the entries on my 10 most false "factoids" on the Internet.
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After hearing the caxirola, I'm sometimes nostalgic for the vuvuzela.  Sometimes.
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"Researchers at Brazil's Federal University of Santa Maria determined .. that it would take 30,000 caxirolas to produce the same sound pressure level as a single vuvuzela."
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I'm still on my first game... I've started singing this is the game that never ends....
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Sierra Nevada "Hoptimum" has reappeared in our local grocery.  Get it while you can!
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Yup.  I can still hear the TV ads in my memory.
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Can anyone recommend a good medium-quality networked printer?  My 15-year-old HP OfficeJet is about to expire, after a long and useful life.

I need something that is moderate in cost both for original purchase and ongoing ink/toner supplies.  Color is necessary, but not photographic quality.  Standard paper.  Low-power consumption when not in use.  A scanner is highly desired.

I need to print from a bunch of iOS and MacOS devices.  Wireless is useful but not essential.  Any models to favor or avoid?
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I think I've done envelopes. I've done a good bit of wacky stuff through that Manual Feed Tray.
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I recently watched a NYTimes retrospective on the Challenger Shuttle explosion (link below).

I'm particularly impressed with the actions of Allan J. McDonald, the Morton Thiokol engineer who refused to sign the go-to-launch certification despite upper-management pressure.  How would you behave under such circumstances?  I'd like to think that I would act with the courage of my convictions.  Pressure, to conform, in large organizations when you're strongly urged by a customer (in this case NASA) can be overwhelming.
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+Travis Heppe that's the way of things, eh, fire the folks who speak out, then put someone in who doesn't speak up, but don't change your ways.
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The effect of the World Cup upon Internet traffic ...
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I've switched banks again.  First, some history.

When I moved to California, I picked Great Western Bank, mostly because they offered a no-fee IRA and their branch (in Dublin California) was on Starward Way.  How cool is "StarWard"?

I kept with GW until they merged with Washington Mutual ("WaMu").  I got annoyed at WaMu when they installed inch-thick plexiglas at their branches, separating the personnel from their customers.

So I switched to Wells Fargo.  Fast forward a few years, and WaMu implodes from the CDO crisis in 2008.  I'm still happy with Wells.

And then, the local Wells branch installed the same damn plexiglas at their branch.  When sliding the checks through the narrow slot, I felt like I was tendering some sort of coupon from my cell in prison.

I looked around and chose Mechanic's Bank.  No plexiglas.

So far, so good.  I'll let you know when they install the bulletproof shielding, and then I'm off to find a new bank.  Maybe a credit union next time.
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I've used them for many years.   Their branches aren't all equal.  I particularly like the Orinda branch.
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Whenever I'm bored in the bathroom, I hum at various pitches to find the resonant frequency of the space.  Oh, I usually check to see if I'm alone, because it's weird to do this in public places.  One day I hope that my proper use of resonant frequencies will cause the bathroom to collapse, just like the Tacoma-Narrows bridge fell apart.  Link below.
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And how would you guarantee the bathroom one???  Or do I want to know??
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I answer the phone, and the gentleman on the other side of the call announces that my Windows PC is infected with a virus and that my IP address is emitting spam email.  Ah, a scammer.  Let's play along ...

Pretending to be dumfounded, I ask for some particulars.  You see, I haven't had a Windows PC since 1998, when I bought a Compaq Presario with Win98 to see what all the hub-bub was about.  And that was mostly to play Doom.

The gentleman says that their network monitoring software has detected a large amount of spam coming from my IP address and that he is able to help me solve the problem.

"What's my IP address?",  I ask.  He states that the particular IP address that I use is dynamic and that my ISP shares IP addresses among many users.  I ask "Who is my ISP"?  He says Comcast.

I ask him how my Windows PC, which I sold in 2002 or so, could still be spamming the Internet.  He says that it has a virus and I could buy a program that would stop the spam.  I ask him if he could install the software on the PC himself.  He said "No, but I can send a technician to your house".  I said that I no longer own the PC, and that I sold it 12 years ago and hung up.

Wrong on many accounts.  I have a static IP,  my ISP is Sonic.net, and except for some virtualization experiments I haven't run Windows for a while.  I can't even remember my ICQ id.

Watch out for the scammers.
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I think there's a place you can report such a thing

I had a friend who's grandma had scammers calling her. He called, I think, the police and they set up a trace on her phone. The next time they called, he kept them on the phone for 3-5mins, hung up, then called the number they gave him. They are traced the call and shut them down. So the story he told me goes...
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Having made great progress in the game "2048" with +Leo Landa 's advice, I decided I wanted some of that old-school teletype computer gaming action.  So I wrote a version of 2014 that runs on the text terminal of yesteryear.  Screen shot attached.

No, I'm not hosting it on a "website".  This is a C program, and ya gotta have a compiler.
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Swiping combines adjacent tiles ( 2222 <- will give you 44--, not 8---) and gives you a new tile that is 90% 2 and 10% 4 in a random open square.
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