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Michael Stump
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Mr. Cole, Please
David Bowie died while I was stuck in traffic in Baltimore, which is probably an OK place to be when someone who's work you've, on occasion, admired, dies. You can bet on the local listener-supported public radio station to quickly assemble a memorial playl...

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How to Read Documentation at Work
Reading. It's awesome. You're doing it now, and good for you. Also, thank you. What you may have forgotten is that reading is more than just pointing your eyes at some text and recognizing that text as language. Reading incorporates comprehension of what yo...

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Charles Town
We’ll follow a sparrow, an owl, and a hawk, You’ll scrawl all your visions on vacants in chalk, Then I’ll carve a totem I cannot explain, and we’ll never go back to our old house again.

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Wheel Bug Nymphs, Again
You've likely got a few hundred of these in your back yard. They're nearly too tiny to see for the first few weeks; you'd have to know where the eggs were laid to find them. But in a few months, these Wheel bugs will be big enough to command your attention.

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Periodic Cicada
Maybe you've read a few articles in The Washington Post lately about a perceived early arrival of the infamous 17-year periodic cicadas . Or maybe you've read some from Vox re: the same phenomenon . Or maybe you've heard Mike Raupp talking about the same . ...

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Killing the Witnesses
while i paced in long ovals, flicking ashes into the hedges, the trees, too old to bend to capricious gusts of wind, waited and pretended not to listen to phone calls with realtors and repairmen. like witnesses, with canopies stretched out over my head, lik...

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Maryland VMUG Gets Real
A few years ago, I complained that VMUG meetings were too heavy on pres-sales and product- pitches to suffer through in order to get any useful technical information, and that the technical information on current VMware offerings was increasingly irrelevant...

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Sunset
Ranks of perpendicular lines cascade ever downward from the upper left corner of the monitor. Anemic arrows droop from the end of one line to the start of a new line below. Some lines are parallel; others serial. Angry words like analysis and requirements a...

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When The Cloud is Down
Monday through Thursday, I leave the house well before dawn to make the 60 mile drive to my office. It's a quick and quiet drive, as long as I'm in the car by 5:45am. If you live outside of the Baltimore / Washington, D.C. region, you're probably thinking, ...
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