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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

From "For the Fallen" - Robert Laurence
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Quote of the Day: "There’s something about driving a pretty girl somewhere potentially dangerous in a stolen car that just makes you feel good."

Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey

Highly recommended (as is the entire Sandman Slim series). Takes the Urban Fantasy and turns the noir anti-hero dial up to 11.
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My kids attended Teens Drive Smart today. A 4 hour safe driving class taught by professional race drivers. Emphasis on dangers of distracted driving but included basic maintenance and skid control, emergency braking, and sudden lane change drills in a BMW 328.

The class and instructors were excellent and the kids had a great time.

Oh yes, it was sponsored by Bridgestone and was free. Thanks Bridgestone!
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Just started Neal Stephenson's latest book "Reamde". Good so far but I am only 88 pages in; 954 to go.
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Just listened to the latest episode of Econtalk, Russ Robert's podcast on economics (highly recommended in general). This week he was talking to a guy from Frito Lays about the chip business. A lot of interesting things in the show but two highlights:

1) To make low salt chips, FritoLays has a laser to cut the individual salt crystals in half so you get the salt flavor from less salt.

2) If things are working right, the bag of chips is handled by, at most, two FritoLay employees before you buy it. The guy who puts it in the case (maybe, this is mostly automated apparently) and the FritoLay employee who puts the bags on the shelf.

Link to podcast:
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Don't know. But I bet she was a big fan of the Liberty Institute which is the sole funder of econlib.org.
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For the photographer who has almost everything.
When everything is in focus, there are no throwaway shots with the Leica M-P. Everything you shoot looks like a frame from some Wim Wenders documentary about the human condition.
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1000 years from now people will still remember that humans first walked on another world on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong died at 82 today.
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I have a question for the Google/Google+ experts:

I have kids on sports teams and all the teams they are on have a fairly common set of needs:

1) A calendar everyone can see to find out the schedule for practices, games and other team events. A shared Google calendar could do this.

2) A web site for general team information.

3) An email list for general communication. I think a shared contact list could meet this need.

4) A place to put team pictures (I think Picasa could do this).

5) An ability to do quick communication about last minute schedule changes. Google Voice allows group text messaging but only to 5 numbers at a time.

Ideally, all the pieces should be easily accessible from one web page.

Google apps and Google+ seem to have most of the pieces but I don't see any easy or graceful way to put it together in a package accessible to the less nerdly and I don't know of a Google solution to the mass texting issue (this should work with non-smart phones).

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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In honor of Veteran's day, and my passion for Google+ and social experiments, for every share this post gets between now and midnight tonight, I will donate $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Limit $10,000.

My thanks to the veterans who have sacrificed so much.
Wounded Warrior Logo. My Story. "I won't let anything hold me down,. especially my disability." My Story. My Story. "When I woke up it felt. like my head just exploded." My Sto...
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