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This is a lovely letter.

I think it touches, quite well, on how messy and complicated humans are, regardless of age.
It was a frigid New England February day, much like this one when we were first introduced. Of course, I imagined that I…
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John Scalzi’s LOCK IN is up for a Goodreads Choice Award! For today’s #TBT, check out his newsletter article from July:
Written by John Scalzi I write novels. And with just about every novel I write, I try to do something new or different that I haven’t done before, in order
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I think that this is a good call for help on Emma Watson's part, and I'm glad to see that her take on gender equality is that both men and women need to participate. It affects us all.
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Is there a county breakdown of the map showing rates of vaccine noncompliance?

What a bet to be taking, to not get your kid vaccinated, that their children will come out ahead of serious and deadly diseases. Not to mention the social irresponsibility for those who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons, or who have been vaccinated, but that the vaccine didn't "take".

TL;DR: So much for herd immunity in Oregon. :(
In some places, dodging your children's immunizations is as easy as checking a box.
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Saw this in the window of Emerson School in Portland.

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I own too many keyboards...
Background After developing pain in my wrists in part from from using a Microsoft Natural 4000, I started on this crazy path to purchasing mechanical keyboards. I started with one. Then I had to have one for work, too. Then I...
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This is a fascinating map and chart, to see who is providing money for and against Oregon's GMO labeling measure, and where that money is coming from.
Who’s giving campaign cash, and how much, to the campaigns for and against Ballot Measure 92, which would require labeling of genetically engineered products in Oregon. Check back often for running totals, and use the interactive map to track contributions by ZIP Code. Scroll down to find full lists of contributors to each campaign.
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Another take on STEM careers. For all of the hullabaloo over a lack of trained scientists in the United States, here's some insight on how Ph.D candidates can expect to do in the current market. 
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 Over-reaching consumer safety?

When is thinking of the children going too far?
Principal Quality Spheres for Art and Education. Intelligence Required. Perfection Unmatched. The only ± 0.01mm Magnet Spheres on the market.
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Y'know, folks might not read the instructions on household cleaners, so we should ban those.

And car seats. We put kids into those, but someone might not read the instructions for those.

Seems like a group that isn't particularly logical...

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Can we end belief exemptions for vaccinations? This is getting out of hand.

What angers me most is that one arse went out of his way to try to show a link between MMR and Autism and later have his assertion debunked (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1960277,00.html), but now so many folks believe they are experts on vaccines (Jenny McCarthy? Really? Since when did she become a medical expert?) that the health benefits that vaccines provided are being eroded over irrational fears.

Great job, folks! Polio has a chance of a comeback in the US!
New submitter haroldmandel writes in with a story about the increase of certain diseases in school-age children due to parents not having their kids vaccinated. "Parents nervous about the safety of va...
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Could an employer  bring civil suits against employees who knowingly come to work with influenza and infect a bunch of other employees?

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I first came across the term NEETs (not in employment, education, or training) from watching Eden of the East. I think this article well explains the problems folks of my generation and younger face as the glut of the older generation continues to hold power in any way possible.
Published in the April 2012 issue. Twenty-five years ago young Americans had a chance. In 1984, American breadwinners who were sixty-five and over made ten times as much as those under thirty-five. Th...
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Robinson writes: “If they came to work that drunk, we’d fire them — we’d rightly see them as a manifest risk to our enterprise, our data, our capital equipment, us and themselves. But we don’t think twice about making an equivalent level of sleep deprivation a condition of continued employment.”
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I think a lot of American companies don't understand diminishing marginal returns with respect to labor
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Technology didn't kill middle class jobs, public policy did
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The tactile action puzzle game which is simple enough to play with a single finger, yet involving enough to challenge all your gaming skills

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LastPass is a free password manager and form filler. LastPass is also available for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

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The speed and simplicity of Chrome, now on your Android phone and tablet.Search and browse fast with Chrome on your Android phone and tablet

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When you turn your ringer off for a movie, this app turns it back on afterwards.It's activated when you silence your ringer using the volume

Toddler Lock
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The perfect app to keep your child entertained. Child lock with colorful graphics and soothing sounds to keep your kids entertained without

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An original puzzle game in which you try to grow a great city! "I had to force myself to quit playing Triple Town in order to write this rev

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LavenderSheep's Fiber Garden Blog: Photo Friday: Toys
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LavenderSheep's Fiber Garden Blog: Photo Friday: Fuzzy Foot
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Smart tones for your smartphone. Install 50 professional grade, short and sleek tones for text messages, email, and other alerts. RCP Notifi

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Ringtones inspired by the sounds from retro video games and vintage computers. Install 30 ringtones inspired by the blips, bleeps, and effec

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Ok. Served frozen mixed vegetables that hadn't been completely cooked through, the mushroom gravy that came with wrapped sausages tasted as if came from a packet and mushrooms added for presentation. The mashed potatoes were also served cold. The wrapped sausages were delicious. The Irish breakfast was good, as was the Irish soda bread.
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reviewed a month ago
Pluses: They have quite a lot of books (although if you are at all familiar with Powell's Books in Portland, it feels more like a mess of books). Cons: They don't have an inventory system; if the cover of the book you are selling looks different than the picture of the book on Amazon, even if it is the same edition, good luck convincing them to buy it; the place feels like a death-trap; finally, the customer service tends toward the abysmal. If you want used books, this is the most well-known place in town. As a student, I went there quite often. Since graduating nearly 10 years ago, I avoid Smith Family as much as possible.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Lovely view, but not for those afraid of heights.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The sandwiches are very generous in size, with respect to the meats they put on them. Very satisfying, lovely crunch. We found that one sandwich easily fed two people. This was definitely a treat.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Great view, but the gusty wind and the height aren't my cup of tea.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great food, would eat here again.
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reviewed a year ago
Not the best, flavorful pizza I've had, and not the worst. I'd say better than a chain by far, but it didn't meet my expectations for a small pizza shop.
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reviewed a year ago