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As I said a couple years ago, I found it impossible to hate Despicable Me ... probably starting by being primed by Daffy Duck to love the word "despicable."
But today I was in a department store, and they had a whole big display of Minions stuff.  My gripe is they don't DO anything!  The people licensing the characters are missing a big opportunity to introduce smart tech of various sorts -- like maybe vacuuming 2.0 or something --  without having to worry about getting it perfect.
"Oh, look! The dusting Minion got tangled in the drapes!  How cute!"
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So, to all those Radio Shack employees over the past four decades who I either refused to give any name to, or read the names off their badges back to them, HERE'S WHY :

#radioshack  
If you bought insurance on your TV in 1998, the company remembers – and as it faces creditors, attorneys are looking into how much data it can legally sell
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I gotta admit, there's something to be said for the bumper sticker:
LET'S ELECT AL GORE PRESIDENT AGAIN!!!

#algore   #gore   #ezraklein  

Also, in this article, I love the photo caption: "A Vox investigation reveals Al Gore was also a member of the Clinton administration."
If Gore is really so concerned with the future of the planet, then running in 2016 is his best chance to change it.
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"The mission already is creeping." -- Charles Pierce

#isis   #isil   #war  
The country seems to be sliding down some very familiar tracks into a military engagement in the Middle East.
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Who can resist an XKCD flowchart?  I know I can't.

(I have a discontinued sweatshirt with one of those Dobbshead circle things that looks like a part of a circuit diagram.)
#xkcd   #flowchart   #dobbshead  
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). BTC 1FhCLQK2ZXtCUQDtG98p6fVH7S6mxAsEey ...
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Graverobbers -- the Game!
This article reminded me of the degree to which medical research in the past depended on getting corpses through less-than-approved means.  For instance, Doc Cochran in Deadwood had been arrested for it.
But I just realized it would make a dandy role-playing campaign.
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Once upon a time ...

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(fanfic) Dear Mr. Howard,

Hi!  We've noticed that you're working on dealing with the consequences of your civilization's weakening of its boundaries to other "dimensions."  To you and your various fellows on your world, have hope.  This is your lucky day!

We have a large, respected operation across many continua, and we have developed off-the-shelf turnkey solutions for the challenges you're beginning to face.  Not to get into your classified designations in a message as unsecured as this, but hey howdy, your NIGHTMAREs are soon to be a thing of the past! (najjnajj, wink wink)

There are a few phases to the operation.  The first is to immediately strengthen the barriers to other realms with a temporary construct.  It can be put in place faster than you can say "all your canned cheeseburger are belong to us."

Then we work to decrease the activity that weakens the barriers and attracts the beasties.  Capping the capacities of most of your population's cognitive functions is easier than it sounds, and our customers often report unexpected side benefits.  And we can put filters on all your non-biological computers to prevent unapproved algorithms from executing, all without interfering with currently-installed software!

Our tech support are all cheerful and eager to help with any questions you might be able to come up with.  So look into it, Bob!

For more details, plus methods to contact us, see the attached WordPerfect document.

Sincerely,
The Good Guys

#fanfic #laundry #charlesstross #bobhoward  
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This is good news, indeed! Otherwise, things could go from bad to worse.
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Terry Pratchett quotes, plus a few Pratchett-related posts, all in my tumblr thingie.

#terrypratchett   #pratchett  
Home: http://just-john.com . . Some of my music: Soundclick (dozens of tracks, so try here first)...
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I was gonna post How long until somebody starts using these in a way that pisses somebody else off? until I realized, too late, it's undoubtedly already happened.
(Me, I don't use emoticons, let alone emoji.)
#apple   #emoji  
Apple releases beta updates to OS X operating system, including a redesigned emoji keyboard with long-awaited skin tone modifiers
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The play's the thing!
Here's the long-lost* play based upon the first couple books of Zelazny's Amber series, by an ardent ADRPG player.

#amber   #zelazny   #adrpg  

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The Tragical History of Eric, King of Amber. Well. This is what one could call a fragment of a play, penned by some Shadow playwright, chronicling the tragic death of a hero. Or perhaps, a piece of work patched together by an ardent Amber enthusiast, at first as a prop for someone else's ...
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Ancient phone phreaks will remember FLASH OVERRIDE.  Well, here's one for the present day.

#raspberrypi2   #flashoverride  
Flash photography and laser pointers cause new model to crash instantly.
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