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Nifty video ...but much of the difference seems to come down to the quality of makeup when they were made to look old.
 
A fun video that takes a look at actors who were aged via makeup back whey they were younger versus what they actually look like now. [filminick | Via Sploid]
A fun video that takes a look at actors who were aged via makeup back whey they were younger versus what they actually look like now. [filminick | Via Sp
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A remake? Damn... I wasted a lot of hours on the original. What made it great was that it came out right around the time that DSL was starting to become widely-available in the DC suburbs. My housemate and I would play against each over the LAN while playing against some of our neighbors (co-workers of mine who lived in some of the condos on the same cul-de-sac).

Now they need to bring back Shogo.
This is an early version of the Unreal Tournament experience, featuring new content and returning classics. There's still a lot of work to be done, but you're able to participate, today, and earn in-game rewards available only to Pre-Alpha participants. Come check out the progress we've made, ...
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SHOGO! singular missile infantry against Mechs/tanks. One reason to run windows 98
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Most Saturdays from late spring through the early autumn, we get flowers from the one flower-seller at the farmers market. They usually have really nice flowers that last really well - I get flowers that are at mixed bloom-maturity. Today, it seemed like every flower they brought was already at peak-bloom. So, we got no flowers, this week (no point spending $20+ for flowers that might make it to Monday before they start dropping petals).
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But this would make it no longer the herpes of the crafting world??
 
This is a smashing idea. Also glitter.
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Perhaps they should have chosen a different open license to cite as being endangered. The people that came up with GPL frequently contended that software shouldn't be copyrightable in the first place and that the GPL (particularly later version) helped prevent people taking something that started open and then making it not open.
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Good news ...until the next legislative season (this kind of idiocy has a tendency to be tried multiple times until some version slips under the radar).
The anti-security proposal promoted by Senators Burr and Feinstein is “dead,” according to a Reuters report. The news agency spoke to sources within congressional offices, the administration, and the tech sector, who confirmed that the bill “likely will not be introduced this year and, even if it were, would stand no chance of advancing.”
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Unless they're planning to use some kind of quantum encryption across these links, I'd have to assume that's more for "net neutrality" reasons than "safe from government surveilance": it's not exactly like the government lacks methods for tapping sea-lines.
 
Microsoft and Facebook are to build a 4,000 mile transatlantic cable to give themselves a leg-up on data transfers. It follows a similar move by Google. The cable will run from Bilbao on the northern coast of Spain to Virginia. Most such cables run via…
Microsoft and Facebook are to build a 4,000 mile transatlantic cable to give themselves a leg-up on data transfers. It follows a similar move by Google.
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Where's the one for bad poetry?
 
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Anyone that is issued a taser for professional reasons should have to be on the receiving end of it a couple times a year to remind themselves of what they're inflicting (same for other "non-lethal" control devices).
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I hate the way people park around here. It's one thing to do this in an empty area of a ginormous lot, but to chew up two of the spots in an undersized lot? Fuck. You.
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Exactly.

The wizened old woman whose car it was was comical. She was dressed head to toe in white - white walking shoes, white pants, white top, white cap - except for her ginormous, black, old-lady sunglasses. She looked kinda like a female George Burns. As she drove off, it looked like she kinda had to look under the top of her steering-wheel to see. She was kinda of charicature of an elderly driver ...she kinda drove like she parked. Glad I wasn't going the same direction she was (and glad that Donna was still inside for several minutes more before we departed).
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Is it still "shooting" if you use something that remotely-compromises the unit's flight-control systems to down the drone (either gracefully or catastrophically)?
 
America.
Reminder: shooting at drones, or any aircraft, is totes illegal.
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Yet another reason why I only (sorta) clean my grill on a very infrequent bases. Plus, when I do clean, I typically do so simply by using a heavy-steel spatula to scrape things off (best done when grill is still hot).
While many people view Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of the summer grilling season, they may not be aware of the dangers of eating food cooked on grills cleaned with wire-bristle brushes. A new study identified more than 1,600 injuries from wire-bristle grill brushes reported in emergency rooms since 2002.
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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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Introduction
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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 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