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David North
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Stuff seems to change randomly in googleplus but inexorably more like myspace as implemented in athena widgets. 
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Nearly gave the Mrs a cluster nightmare with the fantasy/horror pillowtalk conjecture: What if the Gnome cabal took over linux kernel development? 
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Just got OS X 10.3 "Appstore Lion." Going for the record, Apple still hasn't fixed the finder list view after breaking it the better part of two years ago. My chromebook looks better all the time.
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Winding down from watching the eclipse in Red Bluff with Akkana. We got full annularity nearly centered. Spectacular views, conditions were perfect if a little hot. Some sunspots for spice (fun watching them get munched) and great refraction effects from a tree nearby. I'm sure Ak will put up some of her photos -- I was just a prop and equipment guy. Used my little 4.5-inch newt; my first real scope and a sentimental favorite.
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The good: a new version of chromeos just pushed to the stable channel.

The bad: it still can't run a realtek usb ethernet adapter that every other known linux variant can handle (not to mention windows, osx and probably beos).

Who's a networking company again?
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Linux For Miners? Took this picture under mysterious circumstances at Rhyolite Nevada. No explanations are offered (okay it's actually the Goldwell Open Air Museum but I found that out later). The place is much weirder than this picture implies. It won't explain anything to know it's in the Bullfrog Hills.
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I'm going to have to figure out a way to get HPA to fish around in the chromebook boot mess and see if there's a way to convince it to behave rationally. Or, for even more excitement, boot with an initrd. Though I'd settle for a sane default, reasonable escape key, and short timeout from the Scary Developer Screen. I'm tempted to say it's Broken By Design, but I suspect it's Broken By Committee.
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Been trying out some distros lately. Here's the oneline reviews:
Crunchbang is light and clean with high likeability factor.
Linuxmint Debian Mate is a very good beginner choice.
Linuxmint Main Cinnamon blew up repeatedly and was boggy.
Manjaro is too raw for prime time but shows strong promise.
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Spoke too soon. Two days later a refresh of Manjaro popped out. Solved the significant issues I saw, so I'd upgrade the review to "Interesting. Check it out."
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Got cow? I'd really like to see what kind of creatures inhabit this "fresh" dairy. Maybe those Texas Longhorns are weirder than they look.

I'm also comforted that the plant number is designated. Don't worry about the Silicon Dioxide; that's common in powdered food. Yum!
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Genetically modified space alien cows... They're a gift from the Pleiadesian ETs in an attempt to serve man.
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One of the far too many pictures from our run down Titus Canyon leading into Death Valley from Beatty Nevada. People say terrific things about this road, but it's nevertheless underrated. Our Rav 4 for scale.
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Just a basic motel in an average road location but here's the nice part: everything works just as it should, the grounds and rooms are clean and neat, and the staff is friendly, courteous and helpful. Let's put it this way: it is exactly what all travel motels should be and almost never are. If you're looking for a great deal on a good room, Yogi & crew will take care of you. Head on in.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Harry's is Harry's. It's plain old food at a reasonable price in a cafeteria setting. Since it doesn't pretend to be anything else, you simply have to admit it is excellent. It's an institution.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The staff (given the kind of place) is excellent. Decor is early school cafeteria with booths, which you should expect. There are minor menu changes from time to time, most often the soups. Salad selection is pretty good but ironically they often don't have tomatoes (other than those teeny cherry-sized toughskin thangs). Weirdest chicken soup around, and I don't mean that in a good way. Chili is okay but has kidney beans which should be illegal. Albondigas is great when available; some of the best anywhere. Very good selection of soda/coffee. You'll probably be entertained by the Screaming Babies, a common San Jose floor show. If they're not appearing, you can usually count on the Whiner Kids to fill in. Should both be missing you'll be treated to yet another inexplicable corporate music selection.
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Food: GoodDecor: Poor to fairService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Obviously this is not an expensive hotel. Even so, it manages to rate three stars in all categories. The rooms are large for this price range, and very well designed. In-room coffee, microwave, TV and refrigerator do not even begin to crowd the space. The building is newish and well maintained in and out. Multiple wireless points give excellent coverage. A/C was effective even on a 100+F degree day. Complimentary breakfast even includes make-your-own waffles! In many ways this Econolodge offers far better value than establishments twice the price.
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Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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In an old building on Race Street, which is terrific if you've got the real spirit of San Jose. And if you like Ropa Vieja this is the place to go, period. Nice folks, casual setup with a curious touch of elegance.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Bought a car from them in 2012 (a Corolla) and traded in a Honda. They were very straightforward and fair in the deal. The price was completely reasonable, as was the trad-in value. When inspecting the Toyota we found a few small defects, which they fixed promptly. It looks like they're honestly trying to do their best to build a reputation as a reliable shop and dealer -- in it for the long haul.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The motel itself is a bit older -- but well kept -- and the rooms smallish. Neither of those things matters much, since Mammoth is not the sort of place you go to sit around in a motel room. The folks who run it are great and go way beyond the normal call of duty for their guests. That's what puts this place over the top and into a new level of lodging goodness. For the price it's clearly the best deal in Mammoth Lakes. Go for it!
Quality: ExcellentFacilities: Very goodService: Excellent
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