Tuesday May 26th, 2015

Without the "tornado shelter" text

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Without the "tornado shelter" text, this icon by the bathroom would mean something completely different

Dude, the popped collar? Meh. On a suit jacket? Uhhhh...

Please avoid exuberant athleticism

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Please avoid exuberant athleticism.

Waiting for the shuttle for the train

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Waiting for the shuttle for the train to the airport. Apologies to @lisarokusek that we didn't meet up, but it was a full, fun convention.

Monday May 25th, 2015

In order to thrive

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In order to thrive, a culture needs to be more like a garden than a shrine.

If you do nothing else this Memorial

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If you do nothing else this Memorial Day relevant to it, take a moment to re-read and ponder In Flanders Fields http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poem...hn-mccrae-in-flanders-fields.htm

Weird: both Charlene and I lost all the pictures from the "Camera" folder on our phones yesterday. Possible Android bug?

Planning for 4th of July weekend two

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Planning for 4th of July weekend two years hence... (take two)

Planning for 4th of July weekend two

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Planning for 4th of July weekend two years hence...

Sunday May 24th, 2015

Dressed for dinner

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Dressed for dinner

Being silly in the Plus room

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Being silly in the Plus room

Saturday May 23rd, 2015

Cough.

Naked women with fish

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Naked women with fish. And Charlene.

Naked men on fish

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Naked men on fish

Union Station

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Union Station

in defense of doing wrong

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Friday May 22nd, 2015

I think I figured it out

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I think I figured it out, but sometimes "no" means...

Retrying the providing something to

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Re-trying the "providing something to run away and join" from earlier

Yes, the humans just crossed the road to get a better view... (take 2)

Yes, the humans just crossed the road to get a better view...

Hanging our amongst the art at The Vino

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Hanging our amongst the art at The Vino Gallery

Reason to end Prop 13 649k With 3310

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Reason to end Prop 13? $649k With $3310 property taxes. Back in CA we pay $4600+ on a circa $460k assessment.

Seriously St Louis drivers I will

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Seriously St Louis drivers? I will break no more s*** about "California stops". (Asterisks inserted by Google voice recognition)

Stately old manses on Pershing Place

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Stately old manses on Pershing Place. We could sell our cottage and buy one, but the upkeep...

Central West End has big 5 story brick

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Central West End has big 5 story brick apartment buildings, and these lush gated big house areas

Ate lunch sitting on the wall by this

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Ate lunch sitting on the wall by this stop sign. The only people who even slowed came from the non-stop direction

Detail in some of the least expected

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Detail in some of the least expected places, on western Pershing Ave

Czech 1927 design

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Czech 1927 design

Paging Larry Burton

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Paging Larry Burton...

faux turbine intake makes this

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The faux turbine intake makes this

Stumbled across the Moto Museum

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Stumbled across the Moto Museum, through the back of the Triumph Bar.

Lots of cool sculpture around town

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Lots of cool sculpture around town

Grand buildings in this neighborhood

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Grand buildings in this neighborhood

Presumably offering something to run

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Presumably offering something to run away and join...

Cannot see this as a toast topping

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Cannot see this as a toast topping... uh, wait, that sounds like a bondage scene too...

"privacy isn’t fundamentally about secrecy. It’s about things like autonomy—we’ve heard dignity, liberty, power, control, and maybe we’ll talk about that later."

A good article from: http://thepointmag.com/2015/politics/in-defense-of-doing-wrong

Another pull:

"Now, imagine if the anti-sodomy laws, which were on the books in many, many states until recently, and the drug laws that are still on the books of many states, imagine if they had been perfectly enforced by surveillance—which was not possible [at the time]. We would never have reached the point where majorities of citizens believe that these behaviors are not actually wrong at all.

So we need to worry. The perfect enforcement of the law, which surveillance technology has now made possible, will chill this very important kind of democratic change. And even if we’re not personally involved in socially valuable transgressive conduct, we need to worry about surveillance practices that will deter other people from engaging in them."

Thursday May 21st, 2015

Geez, I leave town for a day and a half, and y'all have an earthquake. Really, you need me to hold it together back there?

Very tasty apple carmellita and banana

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Very tasty apple carmellita and banana creme torte for dessert at http://1111-m.com/

Ceiling in the foyer of the St Louis

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Ceiling in the foyer of the St Louis Union Station Hotel

In the Union Station model railroad

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In the Union Station model railroad exhibit

Stopped by kids learning to circus

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Stopped by kids learning to circus

doors in the old courthouse are all

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The doors in the old courthouse are all faux finish

Looking up in the old courthouse

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Looking up in the old courthouse

big difference between here and

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A big difference between here and California: the spectacle here is man made

Lots of flood debris

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Lots of flood debris

St Louis from the Arch

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St Louis from the Arch

In front of the old courthouses

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In front of the old courthouses

Honoring city leaders?

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Honoring city leaders?

Citygarden. Love this blobby guy with his robot and mallet

Wednesday May 20th, 2015

I understand how this came to be this

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I understand how this came to be this way, but...

People wonder at California's real

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People wonder at California's real estate prices, Californians are shocked at other people's produce prices.

Missouri drivers are so nice

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Missouri drivers are so nice, they tap their horns to let you know they won't so much as swerve to avoid you in a crosswalk.

First view of the arch

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First view of the arch

sign is prominent and two sided

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This sign is prominent and two sided. The actual bus stop sign is more obscure.

Metrolink train interchange at the St

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Metrolink train interchange at the St Louis airport: "we built this infrastructure for cars first"

If you had $10k to $20k of "mad money" to invest in a project, side-business or primary business, what would it be? Looking for alternative creative fun ideas.

Off for a week to the IAGSDC square

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Off for a week to the IAGSDC square dancing convention in St. Louis MO. Not taking a computer. See y'all either there, or after.

Tuesday May 19th, 2015

Organizational Debt

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Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse. He talks about on-boarding and retension, but I'd also toss in ERP/inventory and asset management and other similar internal processes into the mix.

Why don't we charge reckless endangerment without alcohol?

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Officials Send Strong Message to Motorists: 'Don't be Drunk When You Drive Like a Drunk':

San Francisco makes certain their reckless drivers are sober. Evidence supported that Muzaffar was completely sober when he was checking his phone and making a fast right turn in his SUV, failing to yield to 3 people, killing 1 and seriously injuring the others. Investigators found there was no cause for charging Muzaffar with gross negligence as a felony, because he wasn't intoxicated. So the lesson is clear, don't be drunk when you behave drunk or you'll pay dearly.

Robots behaving badly

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Hey, if you're using https://github.com/typhoeus/typhoeus to hammer Flutterby from one of 33 AWS instances with gobs of HEAD requests, could you tell me a little more about what you're trying to accomplish?

I'd really rather not have to hack the code to issue a bunch of 420 Enhance Your Calm responses (or just ufw deny ... all those requests), but.... dude!

Or: freakin' Ruby programmers.

morning's commute podcast

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This morning's commute podcast: Amy H. Sturgis on Frankenstein, including similarities to Paradise Lost. Hadn't thought of it that way.

Monday May 18th, 2015

last half hour at work today were

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The last half hour at work today were basically trying to figure out why the date parser was choking on converting 2105-05-08 to Unix time.

Timber frame

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Woodworking porn: Handcutting a timber frame.

Wait, if sex and gender are fluid, that suggests they're not compressible. I prefer to think of them as a gas.

RT Eλf Sternberg ‏@elfsternberg:

None of the above. Fail:

[]

All of the answers to #1 there are clearly wrong. I log into at least one machine with over 40k Un*x users on it that has 30 directories in /home (/^[a-z]$/ and 4 special purpose ones, web server, ftp server, etc).

You could kind of make arguments for A, B and D of #2, but only if you were that student attempting to weasel out of a red mark on a test with "well, technically", because the actual answer is ntpstat (or ntpq with some additional magic).

The kicker? This is from Eleventh Hour Linux+: Exam XK0-003 Study Guide, apparently a study guide for the "Linux+ certification" exam.

Which means that you should not let anyone who lists that cert on their resume anywhere near your computers!

If you follow the chain of reasoning

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If you follow the chain of reasoning, it sure looks like Lindsey Graham is saying that U.S. troops should have been subject to Sharia law.

Homebrew opiates?

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Nature: Drugs: Regulate 'home-brew' opiates:

You's hypothetical scenario is becoming a reality. One week after the iGEM competition, two developers of opiate-producing yeast strains approached us, specialists in biotechnology policy. They had results in advance of publication, and requested advice on how they might maximize the benefits of their research while mitigating the risks. Now, published papers by these researchers — John Dueber at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues1, and Vincent Martin of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and his colleagues2 — describe all but one step of an engineered yeast pathway that converts glucose to morphine (see 'Brewing bad'). Meanwhile, researchers at the University of Calgary have put in place the final piece3.

Via MeFi.

Blue jay burying a peanuts in our back

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Blue jay burying a peanuts in our back yard. Can't be saving it for later, are they farming slugs & bugs?

Sunday May 17th, 2015

So I'm guessing that Mad Men ended by

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So I'm guessing that Mad Men ended by going to a commercial break? #spoiler

Tweet favorited by realBearforce1

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Tweet favorited by @realBearforce1 ! Achievement unlocked! And a reminder that I should check their catalog for square danceable tunes.

Chattanooga folk

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Chattanooga folk: if you don't have a mefi account, tell me & I'll pass it on http://ask.metafilter.com/2802...hat-to-do-and-eat-in-Chattanooga

Burning Bubba

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[BurningBubba] Dan invited me to Burning Man in 2002.. which reverted me to a former self buried deep inside. Been several times since, each time is very different. Since 2002, I've been trying to tweak the local status quo even more. We just had a great event, on East Main Street, just down from the old "Virtual Building", an Art Car Fire Ball, with Art Cars from all over, and a metal file scultpture made by Conrad, Andrew and some help from me. If you look closely, that's me at the controls, making fire dance to the music (techno/trance/electro-swing and funk) creating and soaking up an awesome vibe with kewl people. At some point, I teared up a little, remembering the black hole that part of my life had been and was thankful of friends like Dan, Clem, Dave and many others that tweaked my status quo, lighting my fire again.

Thanks Dan. I'm trying to pass it on....

(note: photo by Alan Miller, one of the Art Car crowd and interesting guy)

Wait, you can buy women's muffs at Big 5?

I have seen old man shorts

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I have seen old man shorts, but I've never seen the distinction called out so clearly

I have seen old man shorts

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I have seen old man shorts, but I've never seen the distinction called out so clearly

Laying out the carving

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Laying out the carving. Much of that light sap wood will be removed.

Time to polish that front edge

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Time to polish that front edge

Glad Charlene talked me into an inset

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Glad Charlene talked me into an inset sink, or I'd be cleaning that inside edge for the next month

Cutting the top

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Cutting the top

If the inflight entertainment net is

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If the in-flight entertainment net is electrically connected to flight control, way bigger issue than software hacks http://www.aljazeera.com/news/...blic-safety-150517084024404.html

RT Will Duffy @willmanduffy :

opening a 24/7 dive bar called <div>

it'll have no class and never close

Comment from 21yo as we were hanging

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Comment from 21yo as we were hanging out at Cruisin' the Boulevard: "Did the past really smell like this?" Fuel injection is a great thing.

I need a theme for a square dance I'm

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I need a theme for a square dance I'm planning on calling. Was thinking "Gender Swapped", but not sure anyone dancing "A" cares. Help? A&+