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You look much younger than your last roller coaster picture.
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A well-written and positive review of a book that I really liked; a lucky buy at a Borders going-out-of-business sale a while back.
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Inebriation (n) : The state of being wherein scenes in The West Wing literally bring you to tears. 
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What cost legal purchases?

I want to buy an eBook. I'd like to buy it legally. From the publisher directly is probably the fairest deal. But I'd buy it from a retailer, if I can get it in the format I want and without DRM. The format I want happens to be ePub; it's a common, open format; little more than HTML documents in a renamed ZIP file.

So I google <title of book> ePub. The first two hits are spam links, probably trying to entrap me into downloading malware. The next link is an eBook piracy site I'm very familiar with; I know I can click there, click another link (or two) and have the book, for free, in the format I want.

But, like I said, I want to buy it. I'm going to read it, I'm going to enjoy it; someone is trying to make a living doing this, and, after all, I'm willing to pay for it.

None of the links in the next several pages are legitimately offering to sell me this book.

I'd like to come up with an analogy to describe how stupid and absurd this is. It's really difficult, though. It's not stealing- I am depriving no person of their rightful property. It's true, however, that buy pirating it, the author ultimately doesn't receive the mere pittance they would get after all of the various middlemen involved take their cut; so perhaps that's what makes it wrong. To put it simply, there's nothing in the physical world that is analgous to copyright infringement; or I'm not clever enough to suss it out.

But, wait. I could check the book out from a library (at least in theory) and pay nothing. The author would receive nothing. I wouldn't get to keep the book permanently, but I'd get to read it. Still, I could always delete the "illegal" eBook afterwards.

Alternatively, I coudl buy the book used. Amazon is more than happy to sell the used paperback for a mere $2. Certainly none of that goes to the author. And then I'd permanently own a copy, and the publisher and author would be none the richer for it.

What, then, is one to do?
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Buy the Amazon/B&N copy, download the ePub, write the publisher an email bitching about the situation.
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The things I do to avoid doing work.

I have mpd running on a raspberry pi hooked up to my stereo. I just went to dig up a youtube link to a song I was listening to to share it.


Then through judicious use of pause/unpause buttons, I synced the playback between the stereo and youtube.
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It just sits plugged into my receiver, humming away running mpd. It's pretty nice, since I can control it from whatever device I happen to be at, since there are mpd clients for every platform. No GUI on the Pi itself; you can get xbmc for it, but it's a bit sluggish, and I'm not inspired to tolerate it since I do still have a full media PC hooked up.

I've been playing with pulseaudio's RTP stuff to get synchronized audio from multiple devices driven by the Pi, but no luck there so far.
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This is cool. Not $99 cool, and certainly not $150 cool. But definitely about $30 cool.
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I'm going back and enjoy your visit to our customers, but the most important things. I am a beautiful person. If I can do. We will have the best of all of you. You will need a little more.

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Well, worst case scenario, I am a beautiful person who tagged. You can keep the beer, and I am a beautiful person. The small, medium heat until I can do it for the best of luck, I have been in a while, but I haven't seen it in the morning. 
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I'm rarely especially proud of my employer, pretty much ever. However, today I am. Way to go, Intel. 
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Great food, but service is a bit slow. Big lunch time rush, but not busy around dinner.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Very good
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