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PIC: Do you know how much digital data is in the world? A lot. Thank a librarian this week. #NLW14 http://ow.ly/i/5dqcG @IDC
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What is your favorite Paradox game?  Mine is either HOI 2 or Victoria I.  I also really like europa universalis II.  Some of these look really cool and I'd like to try out Supreme Ruler: Cold War.
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It's an awesome Middle Ages dynasty sim which starts, with the old gods expansion, pre 870, and vanilla at 1066.

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The doom bringer.
 
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yeah.  At least we know how to properly drop a bomb out of a plane and make it land just about where we want it and put 155mm shell onto a point target.  My momma always said "Smart weapons are like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you're gonna hit."

We always figured that it would take longer to deploy our weapons than it would to tear down the whole FDC, cut the hardwires of the land phone and skedaddle, so we never even practiced deploying them.  We simply put them into a fiberglass box and threw them into the back of a humvee.  They only left the box when we returned from the field and cleaned/maintained them before checking them back into the armory.  In the field, those boxes made a nice bed to sleep on at night.

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Some very cool robots being developed in the US right now.
 
Not all robots are slow. #roboweek http://ow.ly/vrOe3
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Damn straight there is.  www.seabotix.com

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調布市、野川の桜ライトアップに来ました。やはりすごいです。街灯のない川べりで手持ち撮影できる明るさ。
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The Gundam Train!  I like it has a reserve section for, "Frontal and his revolutionary compatriots"...LOL!
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A cool post in a blog I follow that looks at Medieval era maps
By Jenneka Janzen Generally, a map is a visual illustration of an area, a means to symbolically represent spatial relationships between objects, regions, and even ideas. I bet for many of us we mos...
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An interesting argument that makes the case that language in the USA today is more polite than language from 50 years ago, showing we are in some ways more civil to each other now more so than in the past.  An interesting read.
Casual American speech is becoming more polite and more subtle.
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I am a huge fan of McWhorter's linguistic work, but one thing this article ignores is the degree of snark and condescension which finds its way into our daily speech which wasn't present in speech even as recently as when I was growing up.  For example, the new hipster convention of starting sentences, as if we are picking up on a conversation that the question, which the respondent is now answering,  interrupted.  The use of "So..." as pronounced as somewhere half way between "sew" and "sue" is an extremely annoying utterance that 20-somethings and yuppie 30-somethings in major metro areas ubiquitously use these days to answer, by way of explanation, even the most banal of questions.  Apparently it is used to connote their own authority on a topic which is superior to yours, like "Sue... (as I was saying before you interrupted me with this question which I nonetheless now feel forced by your insistence to answer...)  blah blah blah..."

McWhorter is a huge proponent of the notion that what some people consider "debasement" of a language is actually the proof that the language is alive and growing and evolving.  Generally I find his argument compelling, and I really love his books on the topic (I own a couple, at least, of them).  But at some point, McWorter and the apologist of this sort should admit that those people who are actually evolving my language are still no less annoying and vapid than people of my generation thought them before he wrote this otherwise spot-on article.

They may be a lot more polite, but at the same time, they are also a lot more tentative.  Getting people under 25 to commit to anything these days is like trying to nail jello to a wall.  And unfortunately, there are a lot of savvy birds of prey out there waiting to take advantage of these people and make them slaves.  Perhaps it may be a good thing on some level, but if language is any sort of indication of the very real thought processes of our mind, then our society is in some real danger of being taken to the cleaners by demagogues who seek to play up popular passions to ensure that they become our masters. 

And so then, like, it will be totally too late, lol.

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“We cannot simply depend on the machines that only repeat the same task over and over again,” Kawai said. “To be the master of the machine, you have to have the knowledge and the skills to teach the machine.”

A good idea if you ask me.
Inside Toyota Motor Corp.’s oldest plant, there’s a corner where humans have taken over from robots in thwacking glowing lumps of metal into crankshafts. This is Mitsuru Kawai’s vision of the future.
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