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I'm impressed by how easy it was to take everything from my old MacBook and set up my new MacBook Air. I am having some problems though:

The Multi-Touch gestures in OS X Lion make everything you do on MacBook Air more intuitive, direct, and fun.

I'm not finding it intuitive at all, and getting frustrated with not being able to navigate is hardly my idea of fun. I'm hoping that it makes more sense to my fingers tomorrow.
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I should probably be glad that my work laptop doesn't recognize the most common gesture I make in its direction.
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Why do academic articles have to be so expensive?

You may access this article (from the computer you are currently using) for 1 day for US$25.00.

The authors are unknown to me and it's incredibly difficult to tell the quality of a paper from its abstract. I am interested in research on virtual teams and voluntary organisations, but not at that price.
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+brian d foy I wouldn't say that is true. A lot of people read some papers (especially important papers in their fields), and the publishers have had very high rates of profit even before the internet became ubiquitous. See Knuth's letter to the editorial board of the Journal of Algorithms http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/joalet.pdf
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I decided to make chili con carne and I sleepwalked my way through the cooking process. The clatter of dropped pans and the splashing of hot sauce did shatter my daze at various points, but today is not a day when I should have been left alone in a kitchen.
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Looks like you did a good job of it though.
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I made toffee apple cupcakes today. The cupcake itself isn't sweet as the apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove make it slightly spicy. The toffee sauce is sweet and creamy but with only a teaspoon in each cupcake there should be good balance of flavours. I ended up cutting them like fairy cakes as I didn't want sticky toffee to run all over the cases.
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Wow
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I made "Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes" from "Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache" on Friday. The book is full of recipes that uses vegetables instead of fat. These used carrots and were incredibly moist. I finished them with a ganache instead of an iced frosting as +Marty Pauley is not fond of frostings made with icing sugar.
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True, it tastes amazing and it looks great too.
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I buy fruit to eat everyday but I still get shocked at the prices in Tokyo. Yesterday I bought a peach that cost $3.50. Peaches are in season so I wasn't expecting to pay quite so much and it wasn't even the most expensive peach in the store. It may, however, be the most delicious peach I have ever tasted.
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I have never bought a whole watermelon in Japan so I had a look at the prices while I was shopping today. The watermelon was described as large and it cost $35. They are really popular and one of the things associated with Japanese summer.

I did buy 1/8 of a watermelon and that cost me $4.96. I really liked chilled watermelon and ginger. I did consider buying a lime but they are small and sometimes quite dry, so not worth $3.
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I'll not be eating a mango anytime soon. This one was 3,500 Yen - that's about 45 USD or 35 Euros! I'm assuming, because of the ridiculous price, that it's a very special mango, or that it's meant to be given as gift. Or maybe framed as a work of art...
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And that is a domestic mango. So it was probably grown in a lab, fed beer and given daily massages ...
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There was no hope of seeing the mountains tonight as the sun was getting ready to set. It's been a stormy day, but not as bad as the weather warnings suggested.
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Fantastic picture.
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Mt. Fuji has been visible at sunrise and sunset the past few days. Soon I will get over my jet lag and I'll get to sleep through sunrise. It's odd being a creature of the day.
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Nice view!
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It's hot today in Tokyo. I ventured out into the furnace to get groceries. The streets are full of people who look like they want to be anywhere else. There is no chatting on the train platforms, unless it's to talk about the weather. At least four strangers greeted me with, "It's hot isn't it?". (This is best said whilst frantically fanning yourself either with an actual fan or your hand.)

Business men may have removed their ties in a quest to cool down, but people are still wearing far too many clothes. There was an elderly lady in the grocery store who had covered up every part of her body apart from her mouth. She was wearing a hat, scarf, jacket, blouse, trousers, socks, shoes, and ... wooly gloves. I didn't mean to stare. At first I thought she was wearing the light summer gloves that are popular but when she fumbled with her purse I realised that they were better suited for snow than sun.

I saw a business women waiting for a train with sweat dripping down her face. She was wearing a black business suit with the jacket buttoned up. She had teamed this with black opaque tights. She looked as if she could pass out at any second.

It's the hottest day of summer. There have been warnings issued about extreme heat. Since the start of June the hot weather has been responsible for 26 deaths and 13,000 hospital visits. The government even has a campaign encouraging people to wear cooler clothes, but still the crazy persists.
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It is crazy. If I think I'm going to be in an overly air conditioned building for too long I take a blanket out with me. I know I'll take one with me to the cinema this weekend.

I was surprised to see men wearing ties and jackets today, but it is much better than last year. The ties and jacket wearers are in the minority and some men are even wearing polo shirts and t-shirts.
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The gym was bustling this morning. It's much too hot and humid to exercise outside, so I expect it will stay this way all summer. The cross-trainers are the least popular machine so I didn't have to wait. I did get to look like a complete weakling compared to the man using the machine beside me. He was probably 20 years older than me and at times he managed twice my speed. The fitness level of the retired people I see in the gym is inspiring - some day I hope to be as good.
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when you have all the time in the world with out other interests it is easy to be a health nut
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