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So, our new Tuft & Needle mattress came in; 10 inches compressed into two. It expanded with great eagerness once exposed to the air, and I'm surprised to say that it doesn't smell at all!
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It was time to get a new mattress and having shopped for two others I hate the experience. It's impossible to comparison shop or get reliable reviews (here's why http://kottke.org/14/03/busting-the-mattress-racket) This seemed simple, honest and fair. Now I'm considering the Tuft & Needle Five for the guest room. 
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So, I'm thinking of buying a drone and doing a few projects with it, and building up my expertise so that whenever the US starts spraying fields with drones like Japan is (much more efficient, and thorough application, for far less money) I can put 'Expert Drone Pilot' on my resume. My original plan was to make some of the cost back with aerial photography, but the laws are somewhat up in the air right now: the FAA has fined someone for commercial use of a drone, but that was thrown out in court as they were enforcing regulations that don't, actually, exist. For the moment, there is no regulation on drone usage, besides the old rules that pertain to model airplanes (no flying near airports or military bases, primarily).

Should I do this? It would be a big investment ($1400 for the one I want), but I tend to think that it is unlikely that the US will buck the rest of the world and make commercial usage of drones illegal. And becoming a drone expert is still much cheaper than going back to school for an associates in Greenhouse Management or something (most of that would be review, but hell, I need something to get a job after 4 years of no steady work). 

What do you guys think? I have a huge list of 'firsts' I can film from a drone, and I think that it would be a fun and doable project. The drone I am looking at takes lovely 14mp raw images and stunning 1080p video, on a three axis gimbal. I want your opinion in particular +Bill Pusztai , as we have discussed the possibility of going crazy as an artist until the economy pulls out of the latrine hole it's in.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/commercial-drones-are-completely-legal-a-federal-judge-ruled
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+Ian Fletcher That is kind of awful. That was a mighty nice camera to loose to a gust of wind, too. The 2+ has a much faster top speed, and the GPS hover stabilization system, so hopefully mine won't be taking any dives into the drink. 
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Cho's Winter Adventure
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Cute cat!! (Hehehe... kidding!)
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This meal was a very generous bonus from Zingerman's Mail Order. Thanks, it's delicious! 
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Looks amazing +Aaron Fown
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I'm ready for this 'winter' thing. 
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Super warm :)
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This perfectly summarizes my feelings about getting ~5 inches of snow on the ides of April. 
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Oh cool! Wow! Is that real snow? Where do you get it? :-)
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I've been saying this to anyone who will listen for years now. It is orders of magnitude easier to oppress a population with death robots than it could ever be by conventional means. Oppression by robot over hundreds of millions of people could be maintained by as few as a couple of dozen people, and those controllers would never have to worry about keeping morale up, defections, or people just saying no to whatever barbarous notion that comes into their despotic minds. Robots don't say no. They would murder 2 year olds with the same efficiency as they kill men of fighting age. And robots can build more robots far more quickly than men and women can build more people.

If you want a vision of the future, it's a robot stomping on the face of humanity. Forever. 
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Truly frightening possibilities... Now might be a good time to dust off Asimov's Three Laws and use them to perhaps avert a terrible future.
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Here are some shots from the very successful Marriage Equality Cabaret we threw yesterday here in Ann Arbor. I was running projector (I had also done the video work, so I was familiar with the material) and that put me in an excellent spot to take some photographs. I'm rather pleased with how these turned out. 
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This place feels like a brief respite to the topics. 
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Winter!
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Yay!!
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