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Woke up with Aqua's Barbie Girl stuck in my head. On the plus side, it's finally vacated. On the minus side, it vacated because the snack shop in my building was blasting Poker Face while I was waiting in line to check out.

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Odd... I'm finding that I'm more and more frequently creating CPIO archives for file transfers than I ever did "back in the day".

Maybe it's a passive-aggressive way of archiving files?
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Except that tools like ttcp and nc are generally not allowed to be installed, any more. Hell, we're not even allowed to have the telnet or finger clients on our systems, any more (I mean, I can understand not having the server components, but I think the clients are casualties of "no telnet" and "no finger" edicts that were meant to address server issues).
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Dunno which I dislike more about the Cialis commercials:
* what the hell is the two bathtubs thing supposed to be
* what the hell is "delayed back-ache"
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If you overdue the sex you may end up with back ache the next day 
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I have problems with articles like this. How long did humanity take to evolve once primitive life evolved? How many times, since humanity came about, have major societies collapsed away from their technological peaks - without the species dying out? In the current societal-epoch, how long have we been thinking to look for intelligent life and how long have we had the meaningful capability to look for signs of intelligent life. Let's be generous and say that we've had the capabilities to detect ETs for fifty or sixty years.

So, we now have a planet that's 400-500 light-years away from us. Even if the planet isn't barren, in order for us to detect intelligent life, it would have had to start leaking tech-signs 450-550 years or so ago  or have sustained that leakage up through that same window for it to be reaching us today

I dunno, but it seems like the math of the situation doesn't really say there has to be a big filter. Seems more reasonable to suppose that having overlapping, emanating/receiving civilizations is rarer than the incidence of "filters".
Intelligent life hasn't contacted us yet, possibly because it self-destructs.
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Local news story about "students having sex in the hallway ...during school hours".  Because, if it wasn't during school hours, it wouldn't have been a problem?
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Sorta waiting for the day where corporate-personhood is deemed to allow a corporation to run for political office (I mean, why go through the farce of buying a politician when you could simply directly elect a corporation as an office-holder).
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Rotary pastry cutters kinda look like miniature pizza cutters. However, if you're married to a baker, using them as such may earn you a stern admonishment.
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Is not pizza crust pastry of a sort?
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I don't really believe in karma, but I can enjoy the schadenfruede of karma-like results.

This winter was pretty righteous from the pothol-creation perspective. Near my office, there's a pothole that looks like an axle-buster.

On the way from my office to the beltway to commute home, some toolbag jacking her jaws on her cellphone decided she needed to merge into my lane right-the-fuck-now. I was rather pleased to see that, in her distracted zeal to cut me off, she put her right front wheel straight into the deepest part of the monstrous pothole. From the sound and the suddenness of the dip of her car, I'm sure I'd have seen sparks had it been dark.

After hitting it, she quickly pulled off at the next entrance to the service road. Things were not looking quite right about her car.
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Wine gone flat doesn't have the same ring to it :-* 
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Needed to set it to Emperor's March...
The folks a B-Classic have created The Classical Comeback project to revive classical music with modern day music videos. Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and twerking.
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But it's not been dry - in fact, we had downpours, today?
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So, it says, "put a little about yourself here so people know they've found the correct Thomas." Well, if you've found this page, and you know who I am, you know I'm not right - so I can't be the "correct Thomas" And, if you know me, even if you didn't know this was my page, the tone of this intro would probably tell you if I'm the "correct Thomas."

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As to circling-back: I'm not what you'd (ever) refer to as a "friend collector". I don't put a lot of people in my circles. In general, the people I have in my circles are either people I already knew from other contexts or people who commented frequently enough on my posts that it made me curious "who is this and what types of things do they post to their streams". So, if you're looking for me to circle you back, the best avenue to that is frequent-ish commentary and interesting public posts. 

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I write a *lot*. Much of what I write, I also write elsewhere. If you're curious, I post heavily at Tumbler, Blogger, Twitter and a few others. I can be found on most services as either ferricoxide or thjones2. The former is primarily personal writings and the latter is primarily work-related (read: technical) writings. If you're looking to "follow", "friend" or whatever a given site calls it, if they do searches by email address, you won't find me. My registered email address will typically be SITENAME@xanthia.com.


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Alexandria, VA - Falls Church, VA - Fairfax, VA - Arlington, VA - State College, PA - Carlisle, PA - Munich, Germany
On Sundays, my wife occasionally gets the wild hare to try out the various local eating establishment's brunch offerings. Thus far, each experience has been less than adequate (I've yet to find a local brunch offering that matches what was considered "minimal acceptable offering" at the various hotels I've stayed at in Europe). Indigo Landing's offering proved no different. Its primary differentiator from the other Alexandria-based disappointments was its pricing. At $35/person, it is *extremely* overpriced for what you get. I am, by far, not someone who's generally put off by pricing. However, if you're going to charge premium prices I expect to be given a premium experience. It's not the money spent but the value I receive for that money spent that can cause me issues. * For $35/person, even for a buffet, I don't expect that my drink glass will be left to go empty and for the "server" to only show up at the end to give me my check. If you're not going to include juice, coffee or even water in your buffet tables, make damned sure that your wait staff is on-point for keeping drinks topped up * For $35/person, I don't expect to be sat at a table whose stability rivals that of a meth-addict who's well overdue for her next fix. * For $35/person, I expect there to be things like smoked salmon and a nice selection of fresh fruit available. * For $35/person, I expect that if you have seasonal berries available, that those berries actually have something resembling innate flavor. In mid-May, strawberries are very much in season and quite flavorful. If your strawberries struggle to attain the flavor and texture characteristics of styrofoam, you're doing something very, very wrong in your food-sourcing. * For $35/person, your buffet really needs to have more than nine core items to choose from. While I like french toast, it's really better when it's made from something other than Wonder Bread. And, if you've offered french toast and you have a belgian waffle setup, there's really no excuse not to have pancakes available, as well. * For $35/person, if you're going to make steamed shrimp available, you really need to ensure that the shrimp are steamed correctly: the shells should come off easily and not cause the meat to rip to pulp just in liberating the meat from the shell. * If you're going to host your brunch in an echo chamber, *PLEASE* don't have someone caterwauling over loud-speakers. I enjoy conversing at a civil level with my table-mates - not having to should just to be heard by the person next to me. I can only assume that this place is designed to draw in the folks that are on their way to national airport or are otherwise have a low-likelihood of being repeat customers. I know that, for something that manages to make Shoney's look like a high-calibre offering, I sure as heck won't be going back.
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Food: Poor to fairDecor: Poor to fairService: Poor to fair
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
This store has a chronic inability to keep critical medications in stock, provide adequate notification of the status of orders and keep track of whether you have refills available for use. There was even an incident, several years ago, where the script I refilled had the wrong pills in it when I got home. To say that this place suffers from gross mismanagement - to the point of endangering the well-being of their customers, is to make an understatement. Google really needs a review category below "poor-fair". "Awful" might begin to touch the quality of this store.
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Quality: Poor to fairAppeal: Poor to fairService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
These guys are like good used car salesmen. Their schmoozing skills are good enough to make you think you've had a better experience than you have, except that, you eventually figure out that the experience you've had wasn't all that good. When I'd gotten my current car, it was as a replacement for one that had been stolen from in front of my house. Hurley's was the only place in the area that was listed as selling a GPS-enabled anti-theft and tracking system that I was interested in. Because they were the sole provider, I went to them for service. The alarm unit they installed was problematic - very temperature sensitive. I'd had the unit installed in early winter and didn't encounter the temperature problem until the late spring. Basically, any time the temperature hovered around 72 degrees, the alarm would start to go off for no reason. I brought it in several times for them to address the issue. Ultimately, they replaced the entire system to address the problem. Happy that they'd been solicitous about fixing the issues with the faulty alarm system and, frankly, being snowed by their schmoozing skills, I went back and had an aux-port module added to my stock stereo. A few months later, the unit faulted (seemed like it had loosened from the jarring driving conditions in the DC metro area). I brought it back and they re-seated the module. Things were fine for a few more months, but eventually it unseated again. I brought it back, one more time, and again they re-secured it. However, several months later, the unit had, again, unseated itself. I was tired of the problem and getting no resolution, so I stopped coming back (and resolved never to come back). Recently, I went to Sonic Sound in VA for audio work on both of my current vehicles. It was a much better experience (so far). Overall, three stars is probably an overly generous rating for my experience with Hurleys, but, sadly, as crap as my experience was with Hurley's, it was still a lot better than what several people I've talked to have gotten from other shops in the DC area. So, because it wasn't nightmarish - just very annoying - I'm giving them three stars. If I could give two and a half, I would.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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It's your typical 7Eleven. We go here because it's one of two that are within walking distance of the house *and* this one carrys Mountain Dew throwback. Store is decently clean and staff is friendly - if a little slow. We usually stop in to pick up snacks on the way to other places (work, a night of clubbing, etc.).
Quality: Very goodAppeal: Very goodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago