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That is one bitchin' cove.
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Bolata Cove in Northern Bulgaria
It is right by Cape Kaliakra. Legend has it that 40 maidens chose to jump to their death from the Cape, rather than be captured by the Ottoman Turks.

Also,  in the area of Bolata, a Maltese cross was found, proving there were trade relations between the Second Bulgarian Empire and the Republic of Venice and Genoa.
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Bar 1919

This place is the best. It's a classic speakeasy. Down a stairway from street level, with no signage at all. And the doors are blacked out.

Once you finally realize that yes, this really is the place you are greeted by a dizzying array of bottles (the picture below only shows half--their dark liquors. And yes, those are absinthe fountains). They have a liquor book like some restaurant's wine lists. Very solid variety in most styles.

Over the last couple nights I have had several excellent and/or interesting drinks here:

- Genevieve Genever
- St. George Rye Gin
- Tenneyson Absinthe Royale (louched)
- Left Hand Milk Stout (nitro)
- Bols Barrel Aged Genever
- Tenneyson Absinthe Royale (neat, with a dash of Peychauds bitters)
- A few fantastic, well executed and interestingly conceived cocktails

The Genevieve, out of San Francisco of all places, is unbelievable. Cheaper than the Bols and way more flavor. It tastes like brandied raisins. Big, round and warm.

The Left Hand Milk Stout is also amazing. I'm now pissed I didn't just set that keg up at work on St. Patrick's Day like I intended, instead of putting in Guinness for the traditionalists. It would have been worth the wrath of my boss. It's that good.

Lastly, the Tenneyson. Wow. Louched, it's... interesting. More complex than I'd expected. Interesting mint notes. But I'm not really a fan of traditional louched absinthe. Had it neat and... it blew my mind. Powerful, rich. Hints of leather, almost. Not so sweet. I could drink this all day, especially when you add a touch of Peychauds in.

+Alex Scrivener​​, if you're ever in the area, do look it up. Most of the bartenders are bearded, vest wearing types, and all mix incredibly good cocktails, as well.
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Well, I thought I'd get a nice leisurely shave after my flight on Sunday, but after a ridiculous number of delays, I finally got in around 2:15 AM Monday morning. Didn't shave that night. Early this morning, before work, I got up, showered, shaved, etc. Managed not to nick myself, and only ended up with one rather rough patch on my chin. All in all a win, I'd say!
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She is seriously awesome.
 
#girlpower  via +Greg Gbur 
Community Martial Arts article on Naziyah Mahmood and her Korean sword fighting style of Haidong Gumdo
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The shocking part is not the complete lack of security - that's par for this type of machine. The shocking part is that Virginia decided to do an assessment of voting device security instead of sticking their heads in the sand as most governments have been doing for so long. Kudos Virginia!

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"It used the easy-to-crack passwords of "admin," "abcde," and "shoup" to lock down its Windows administrator account, Wi-Fi network, and voting results database respectively, according to a scathing security review published Tuesday by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency. ... The weak passwords—which are hard-coded and can't be changed—were only one item on a long list of critical defects uncovered by the review. The Wi-Fi network the machines use is encrypted with wired equivalent privacy, an algorithm so weak that it takes as little as 10 minutes for attackers to break a network's encryption key. The shortcomings of WEP have been so well-known that it was banished in 2004 by the IEEE, the world's largest association of technical professionals. What's more, the WINVote runs a version of Windows XP Embedded that hasn't received a security patch since 2004, making it vulnerable to scores of known exploits that completely hijack the underlying machine. Making matters worse, the machine uses no firewall and exposes several important Internet ports."
Virginia decertifies device that used weak passwords and wasn't updated in 10 years.
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Mhmm. Red & yellow beet salad with goat cheese and orange, and duck confit with chestnuts and Brussels sprouts. Can't complain at all. 
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I hate beets :)
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I've always heard that you never know how little sun there is out East until you move out West and have to go back to visit.

I call bullshit. I can't wait to get back East, where I can guarantee that at sometime in the next two weeks I will wake up to blinding sunlight. Which is not a thing that has happened for the past two weeks.
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Sunny blue skies in Massachusetts today!
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Well, +Kathleen Flippen​, you've been wanting a fixer upper. This has some gorgeous bones and it's right at the north end of where the Southtown gentrification is taking root.

You know you can't stand to see it in this condition... ;)
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Oooooo! I'm in! :D
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Heh. Let's see if I'm spending an unscheduled night in Houston, or if +United Airlines​ gets their act together. 2.5 hour delay and counting? What a mess.

I mean, I love Houston and all, but I have to be at work in the morning. 
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Find a vuln while you wait, and get bumped up to first. Uh, or arrested.
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This may be the most ridiculous thing you'll see all week.
 
OMG... Do you read to your kid(s) before bed? Better check their privilege. You're giving them an unfair advantage.

Privchecking has become a parody of itself.
THE ABC has questioned whether parents should read to their children before bedtime, claiming it could give your kids an “unfair advantage” over less fortunate children.
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Reverse psychology to make folks start reading to their kids because it confers an unfair advantage?
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Via +Angyl
 
I had a lot of fun with this piece.
There are many impressive things about hippos ... and their poop is one of them. A new study confirms just how much smaller animals like fish rely on the faecal feast hippos deposit in Africa's rivers each year.
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exulansis

n. the tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it—whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness—which allows it to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land.
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each...
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