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A gentle reminder to check how your content renders when published. (found here: http://www.techinsider.io/google-play-music-is-better-than-spotify-2016-4)
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Huh.  Maybe I should pick one up...
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It's a small thing, in the grand scheme of things, and it's long overdue. But it still feels good to see change enacted thanks to the will and voices of regular folks.
Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the 20, while other prominent women appear on the backs of 5s and 10s.
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It doesn't seem that small, that everyone will be looking at her every time we go to an atm, when we used to look at Jackson. Puts me in a really good mood this morning.
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Yet again, Vi Hart manages to merge math, philosophy, and mundane topics to make something cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xujIDia0oug
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Everything Vi does is great.
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We've got to do better at treating folks as folks.
 
We are not going away.  We will not be beaten.

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Hey, so I know that the battle for social justice is only warming up. But coming out of a year with Jessica Jones and Rey and Transparent and Ms. Marvel and more, I feel a little hopeful.

I would never suggest that we take our eyes off representation for all the folks who've been crapped on and ignored for so long--we gotta keep doing better.

But, hey, Geekdom, can we spare a little time in 2016 to start thinking about violence?

Take a minute to look at the many Geeky movies that are coming out this year, and try to recognize, over the anesthetic our culture has brewed, that they are all marinating in blood. Blithely brutal, graphic, horrific violence all in worship of your cash. I know Geek culture has a pretty long history with violence, and hell, I like the thrill of external violent conflict enough to have studied about personal combat for years. But I can't help but feel that, as Geek culture becomes mainstream culture, it's the worst parts that get all the flash. We needn't lose what we love in order to focus less on violence. We can make room for stillness and subtlety and still have sweet special effects. Not everything has to be about brutalizing the Other.

Just something to think about. Something to talk about.
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I should have clarified - i think Samurai Jack will be violent - but i think it might push to ask more meaningful questions about violence?  Present it not as the only thing to do?  The original series run has some episodes that really did that, it seemed.

You know.  Amid endless slashing montages where he murdered countless mindless evil robots.

Maybe my comment was dumber than i thought.
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In the category of awesome women doing awesome things.
If you're excited about the Game of Thrones season six premiere, check out these badass female knights who're doing it for real. There might be no dragons, but these ladies could put Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen or Brienne of Tarth to shame. Full contact medieval fighting is a new adrenaline sport that attracts hundreds of combatants who travel the globe and compete at int...
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I don't recommend a lot of things publicly. But I do love dice!

I was in on the first Bone Origins dice Kickstarter, and it went very well. Great, unique dice, delivered on time with plenty of communication.

Now they're being offered in some polyhedral options and new colors!

Check it out if you like nerd dice!


Beautiful dice with a versatile language of bone shaped markings. Three dice (d6, d8, d10) equivalent to a full 7-dice standard set.
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You're thinking of bonER dice
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I know everybody's all gaga about Rogue One right now, with a fresh trailer and all, but I'm not convinced. The trailer seems to be selling a grim, edgy Star Wars to me. Grim, edgy, "modern" cinema is pretty much the last thing I want from a Star Wars movie. The magic of Star Wars (by which I mean my nostalgic view of the original trilogy) is a fun adventure that hides echoes of legend, myth, and universal human journeys within it. Throw grimdark in there and I don't know what it is.

Maybe it'll be awesome. But I'm worried that it's going to go the route of self-indulgent "grittiness" that washes so much modern cinema the same muddy grey. 
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Far, far better that they explore this tone within an anthology film than within the main trilogy proper. It's almost like a venting tactic.

The only outcome I can imagine that could prove negative would require 1) the movie truly be "grim dark" and 2) that it be a huge rival to the success of Force Awakens. If both those things happen, then subsequent films could be dragged down into the mire.

But this is Disney. Love them or hate them, one must admit that they know what they're doing. They aren't going to chase the dragon like FOX and Warner seem to. They ARE the dragon. They'll set the tone.

TL;DR: I for one look forward to Star Wars: Wo(men) on a Mission.


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Toward the conclusion of J.R.R. Tolkien's essay, "On Fairy-Stories", selected today especially for my good friend +Gray Pawn , but for anyone who needs it:

"The consolation of fairy-stories, the joy of the happy ending: or more correctly of the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous 'turn' (for there is not true end to any fairy-tale): this joy, which is one of the things which fairy-stories can produce supremely well, is not essentially 'escapist', nor 'fugitive'. In its fairy-tale -- or otherworld -- setting, it is a sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur. It does not deny the existence of dyscatastrophe, of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief."
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Love that essay.
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I am a pretty big fan of Lindybeige on YouTube. Here he combines his solid history chops with his not inconsiderable snark to good effect.
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I remember watching and enjoying a bunch of these and then remember watching one or two about women. Is he as problematic as I recall?
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When I was growing up, the narrative I was fed was that, in America, I could grow up to be whatever I wanted to be. That, in essence, I lived in a land of opportunity. I have come to understand that narrative to be equivalent to wild bears telling their kids that if they work hard and apply themselves they can grow up to have all the food they can eat just given to them by humans. In both cases, the part about dancing in the circus is elided from the conversation.
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It's not a lie: it just doesn't take all the variables into account (as you touched on with the dancing bears analogy). The same is true with all narratives: the devil is in all the many details you left out.
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Daiquiried Prunes

1 lb. dried prunes (I prefer them with their pits still intact, but they're kind of hard to find anymore)
1 lime, thinly sliced (pro tip: use a mandolin slicer to get easy slices)
4 oz. rum

Put the prunes in a saucepan and cover with the lime slices.

Pour in the rum, and add water until everything is well covered.

Heat on high until the liquid just starts to boil, then lower the heat to get a good simmer.

Continue to simmer for a half hour or so. If the water level lowers and exposes the fruit, add more (it's handy to have a tea kettle on simmer for this purpose).

Remove from the heat when the prunes look plump and delicious. Let them cool in the pan for while on a trivet or something.

Transfer to a storage container and refrigerate. Make sure the liquid covers all the prunes. You may eat one or two prunes to make room, but trust me, they'll be even better the next day.

If you say you don't like stewed prunes, I suspect you've never really tried them, or that you hate everything that's good.
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Hmmmm. Color me intrigued. I'll have to give this a try sometime. 
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  • HBO Code Labs
    Technical Writer, 2014 - present
  • University of Washington Bothell
    Writing Tutor, 2012 - 2013
  • Microsoft
    Lead Programming Writer, 2000 - 2010
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    IT technician, 1998 - 2000
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    Admin Asst., Desktop Publisher, 1995 - 1998
  • US Air Force
    Programmer/Analyst, 1992 - 1995
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