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Is this commercial playing in your area? It's fucking creepy as hell. It's like, "why are robots trying to get to put bee-barf on myself??"

It's worse than the weird voicing on the Bacon Bowl commercials.
Tio Nacho Younger Looking Shampoo has royal jelly and may improve the health and look of hair with regular usage.
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Electrician's due Friday. New oven is currently listed as Feb 22nd. So, stove-top and take-out/delivery meals till the 22nd.
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It's kind of funny to see how daytime TV has changed over the years.

When I was a kid, you had the morning news/entertainment shows followed by game shows followed by soaps followed by cartoons. Seemed like a schedule designed to appeal to the "traditional" white family: early news while dad's getting ready for work; gameshows and soaps for the homemaker mom; cartoons for kids coming home from school

In my 20s (and was home sick from work) it seemed to have shifted a bit. You still had the morning news shows to start the day - but they'd become less "hard" news-oriented and more "start your day on the right foot"/entertainment oriented. There were less gameshows. Trailer-park TV was starting to creep into the lineup - chewing away mostly from gameshow-programming and slightly from the soaps and cartoons.

Now, in my 40s (where 20-50% of my time is work from home), it seems to have shifted further. I don't know how much of the shift is where I live vice my pre-20s and how much is just a reflection of a larger trend. At any rate, the morning "news" is pretty much all entertainment with a few minutes of traffic, weather and headlines each hour - "hard" news has moved to specialty channels. Gameshows are almost gone. Soaps are mostly gone - you've got mostly syndication of evening dramas taking their place ...at least on cable-only networks. While there's still talk shows, there seem to be less that are pure "white trash TV" and more cohort-oriented programming. Cartoons seem to be mostly gone, too - having moved to other channels.
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National pizza day and national bagel day.

So... Pizza bagels for lunch?
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Ok... So Fox5DC's morning show is not on a tape-delay.

"You're a grown-assed woman. Oops."
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It was and did, but those days each region got a lot more slack in their programming from On High. ABC in Baltimore (13?) had it, but with the market overlap the ABC in DC didn't. I guess like the old blackouts on local sports games, they did something similar for holiday specials for a while there. The unaffiliated 5 at that point got their hands on a delayed feed or something.

I was 7 at the time, I might have my details backward somewhere.
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That is a big bunneh
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They'd have needed a couple holy handgrenades.
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1) There's a bit of irony here
2) Coulda swore that SCOTUS effectively overturned all of the statutes like this that were already on the books? What's the point (other than legislative wanking grandstanding) for passing a bill like this.

Are the legislators looking to have more laws on the books that they can ignore?
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The businesses that cater to those types of people tend to "inherit" some of the influence of those patrons. "Wait: some nitwit wants to make it so I have to pull strings to keep my name out of the paper and remove a venue for me to do my thing? Yeah: let me make some calls" is how it often works out. Granted, the business owner has to cultivate that kind of relationship, but you're not going to last long in that niche, any way, if you don't.
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If you're going to mark an AMI public, it's not exactly difficult to do so while including useful information about the AMI. One of my biggest gripes with AWS is that, when you try to find a useful AMI from the "public" images, you're usually stuck guessing about what your getting.

Does this AMI contain the packages I want?
Is this AMI's storage organized the way I'd like?
Is this AMI secured in a way that's useful to me?
What's the fucking initial login credentials for this AMI?

Who. Fucking. Knows. No one bothers to add useful information to their AMIs' descriptions.
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I imagine the other reason the DNC is pro-Clinton and trying to bury Sanders is that a significant portion of Sanders supporters are independents rather than Democrats: Sanders' coat-tails would likely be very small.
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His record seems to indicate that he sorta does his own thing - but that that "own thing" includes making deals where doing so furthers his long-game. So, not sure how that would play in were he to end up the DNC's nominee or POTUS.
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The only "getting back to" we have is "when it comes back into season".
 
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Perhaps more useful than the "here's 2GB for doing an account audit" is the addition of the ability to specify an emergency/idle account contact.

Hopefully, as the reality of dealing with the death of connected individuals becomes a more frequent happenstance, more companies start offering this. On the plus side, if you use LastPass, they've recently added an emergency contact feature, too.
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When I was in highschool, there was still an old Woolworth's - complete with lunch counter and soda fountain - next to the place I worked at after school (and summers). Would ride my bike to work after school was over for the day, drop by the Woolworths to pick up a fountain cherry Coke and a bag of skittles, and then go to work WIRED on caffeine and sugar.
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I remember it. There was one near my ophthalmologist's office when I was a kid, and Mom would take me there for a milkshake while we waiting out an hour for the dilation drops to work.
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Linux, storage, clustering, disaster recovery, data protection, virtualization, automation
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  • Plus-3 IT
    Sr. Principal Consultant, 2015 - present
  • WINS Networks
    Storage Architect, 2009 - 2015
  • Wells Landers
    Sr. Principal Consultant, 2004 - 2009
  • Digex
    Sr. Operations Engineer, 1999 - 2004
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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. 

Paraphrased from my FaceBook "About Me" section:
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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
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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 - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years 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 - FairAppeal: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years 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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago