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So the U.S. Women's Gymnastics this evening isn't live; that's fine.  And yet when they came back from commercial they were in the middle of Kyla Ross's uneven parallel bars routine.  And then we waited for no reason for a while before seeing scores.

#nbcfail -- if you're going to edit, edit out some of the waiting between athletes and not part of their routine.
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I've started looking up the results online before NBC airs the evening show and then I'll decide if I want to stay up and watch the tape delay.
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Randall kinda just squared a circle, in three dimensions: http://what-if.xkcd.com/4/

"That’s a neat coincidence I’ve never noticed before—a cubic mile happens to be almost exactly 43π cubic kilometers, so a sphere with a radius of X kilometers has [about] the same volume as a cube that’s X miles on each side."

For those who don't remember geometry, squaring the circle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaring_the_circle) is a geometric problem of producing, using compass and straight-edge, a square with the same area as a given circle.
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I've noticed in GMail lately that it's removing the "Re: " from the start of an email subject line. I use this information to decide whether to read an email sometimes; in FreeBSD commit lists I don't read commits to project branches very often, but I always read the replies.

Is there any way to get GMail to stop changing subject lines in its attempt to put them all in a "conversation"? In general I like threaded email, but not when headers are being changed without my knowledge!
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In the spirit of xkcd.com, my new hobby is to deliberately butcher the English language to annoy language purists, while still communicating precisely my meaning, therefore preserving the original purpose of language.

Example: "Isilon makes EMC more better."

I want the usage of 'more better' to trend upwards until it impacts everyone.

Next hobby: dileberately misspel wordz so Mark Twain can stop rolling over in his grave.
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I always thought a homophone is one that can only call San Francisco... zing
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I'm going here tomorrow after work. Anyone else? And some beer after?
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If you're in Seattle and you like things that are awesome, come see me and Ernie Cline at Elliot Bay Books tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 11) at 7pm. We're doing a reading together of his book READY PLAYER ONE.

It's going to be cool and historic, because I performed the audio version of the book that Ernie wrote, and I believe it's the first time an author and the narrator of his book have done a live performance of the same.
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such a great book
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I wonder if I coud start a "dying is not the worst thing that could happen" movement.

I get tired of hearing about the TSA, or certain forms of cancer that will not likely kill one, or proposed safety measures for cars where no one knows how much it will cost compared to reduction of injury / accident.

It's not like I want to die or anything but I get tired of all the crap from all corners that imply it is the worst thing ever. And I firmly believe there are living circumstances which are worse than death. Taken to a logical conclusion, there are living circumstances I am forced into now that are worse than the probability of death (or accident / injury).

The mathematicians and statisticians understand expected value. If my chance of death is 1 in 100,000 I can value that as something like maybe $20M/100,000 (and that's an overestimate; my lifetime earnings are way less than $20M and I couldn't get equivalent loans to pay for anything like that amount of treatment). So that 1 in 100,000 chance is worth less than $200 to me (or almost anyone) to prevent.

The calculus is a little harder than that, but not much. We as humans are terrible at statistical analysis, preferring anecdotes. And there's mathematical wisdom in an ounce of prevention. But nevertheless, once I've overvalued my life like above that's already factored in, so all that's left is an accurate analysis of the odds of things happening and, for non-lethal ones, their cost or associated outcome.

Anyways, if you hear someone scream the next time someone proposes a change to car seat laws, or someone talking about breast cancer again, or prostate cancer, or the TSA, or cops, or due process, this is why.
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I signed a petition at whitehouse.gov to create a "Do Not Kill" list. I consider this a satirical effort to protest the Obama administration's willingness to assassinate U.S. citizens without due process. You should sign too. Every American should be deeply concerned about this loss of due process and violation of the constitution.

http://wh.gov/eJm
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Can we maybe get them to stop killing non-US citizens without due process first? After all, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?
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Google+. The place where a bunch of PR lamers can add you to their circles for no apparent reason. I don't even live in the same city as you creeps.
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Facebook has "subscribe" now too...
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Oops. This is one reason the automotive industry has such strict coding standards (e.g. no dynamic memory allocation). Unfortunately, standards will only fix certain classes of bug.

http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/applications/3312860/jaguar-recalls-18000-cars-over-cruise-control-software-fault/1
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I left home early this morning at 7:23 and I got to the office at 8:03 (I did drive to the P&R). This is much better than the normal hour commute when I leave home at 8:05, walk to the bus stop, and get to the office at 9:05.
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I'm passing this on because it worked for me today. A Dr. on TV said to have inner peace we should always finish things we start & we all could use more calm in our lives. I looked around my house to find things I'd started & hadn't finished, so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiuminun scriptins, an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how fablus I feel rite now. Sned this to all who need inner piss. An telum u luvum ♥
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That's what the bathroom is for.... ir is your work bathroom an angry birds only zone?
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Father, husband, runner, engineer, coder, geek, slacker, (dining) philosopher.  Matthew.

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