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Peter Edenist4,966Browncoats Unite!Shiny Circle with a h/t to +Cliff Loresco one of the founders of this idea :)Please add and reshare this Circle to Support Browncoats!!!!Super people in the circle include people who love Firefly, Serenity, Reavers and even Jaynestown !Thank you all for being part of this circle! #browncoats   #browncoatsforlife   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #fireflyfriday   #firefly   #serenity   #serenitynow   #serenityrules   #mal   #inara   #jaynestown   #reavers   #reshare   #reshared   #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleshare   #circle   #circleoftheday   #circles   #circlesharing   #sharingcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharingiscaring   #sharingcircle   #topcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles  2012-09-01 08:22:4226524820
Peter Edenist2,745Browncoats!!!!!(Monday Mania) - by popular demand :)One of the most popular circles in my SF circuit. I continue to curate this and an am ever thankful to the Shiny +Cliff Loresco for suggesting and supporting this initiative.Thanks to all the people who reshared and support this circle! If you want in, just comment 'want in'. Reshare to support this circleNotifying my top resharers in Browncoats and Circle sharers+Best Shared Circle +Circle Plus +Full Circle +Public Circles +Circle-Back +Sharing is Caring on G+ +Ladies Of Google Plus +The Best Circles on Google+ +Reshare +Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Pages Circles +Shared Circles (Обмен кругами) +Scifi Ebook Appreciation - A Public Database +Hard Science Fiction +Science Fiction Chat +Biology in Science Fiction  #browncoats2012-08-20 12:13:01262261641
Peter Edenist2,217*BROWNCOATS* Resharing the awesome Browncoats circle for the pre-weekend! Thanks to +Cliff Loresco +Feisal Kamil +Randy Culler +Susanne Ramharter +Jake Kern +Charles Strebor +Mike Clancy for resharing my other circles!!!The Serenity song is running in my head.... ask to be added in comments. Please reshare - it will be highly appreciated. This is a public circle and will be reshared publicly as well become part of the public database of circlesSharing is Caring !!! #browncoats   #serenitynow   #serenity   #serenitysunday   #browncoatsredemption   #browncoatsforlife   #browncoatsunite   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circles   #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #public   #publicsharedcircles   #sharingiscaring   #sharedcircleoftheday  2012-08-09 14:28:4624522913
Peter Edenist2,109Browncoats CircleThe amazing Shiny Browncoats circle for adding and resharing!. Please reshare to support this group. It's amazingly simple in get in, just Plus one (+1) this post and you're in. Thanks to all the people in this circle and a special Hat tip to +Cliff Loresco for suggesting and supporting this initiative.For all fans of Firefly and Serenity! Recommend people and pages for add as well! Thanks for the wonderful support!!+Full Circle +Public Circles +Circle Plus +Best Shared Circle +Circle-Back +Shared Circles (Обмен кругами) +Sharing is Caring on G+  #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #browncoatsforlife   #browncoat   #serenitynow   #serenity   #firefly   #fireflywin   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharingiscaring   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circles   #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #reaver   #mal   2012-08-01 17:01:13242352351
Peter Edenist1,760BROWNCOATS Circle!!!! (h/t to +Cliff Loresco )Fans of Firefly and Serenity - Browncoats Unite!One of my best circles. Since I am in spring cleaning mode, please bear with me - request at least a plus 1, reshare or a comment to continue in this circle, some rejigging is bound to happen, and I don't want to remove anyone who is still interested in continuing in this circle!I do not run uncircle inactives due to issues with a bug, but would love to hear back from you!Sorry for this request, it is purely to keep the circle relevant, not to promote myself. I curate this circle for everyone here!! #browncoats   #browncoat   #firefly   #serenity   #josswhedon   #reavers   #mal   #inara   #jaynestown   #jayne   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #shared   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #sharingiscaring   #circles   #topcircle   #topcircles   #peterscircles  2012-07-16 08:14:39234171322
Peter Edenist1,552BROWNCOATS Circle!!!Top of the pops!... Sharing is caring. H/T to +Cliff Loresco for this circle... going out preweekend. Caught up with some work to share this circle.Highly curated circle share. Browncoats Unite!Plus one (+1) for an add into the circle,To support this initiative: Add this circle and reshare! #browncoats   #browncoatsredemption   #browncoats   #browncoatsredemption   #browncoatsforlife   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflymarathon   #jaynestown   #mal   #serenity   #serenitynow   #serenityprayer   #canttakethatawayfromme   #cantstopthesignal   #cantstoptheserenity   #circle   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #shared   #sharingiscaring   #sharingcircle   #topcircles   2012-07-06 08:15:072234124
Cliff Loresco3,805This is my Firefly fans circle. Add and re-share. +1 if you'd like to be included. Thanks to +Peter Edenist and others that helped in building it. #Firefly | #Browncoats | #Serenity | #JossWhedonMighty Fine Circle2012-06-08 13:09:4528813219
Cliff Loresco3,226This is my #Firefly circle. If you're not on here and want to be added, comment or +1. And if you add this, mention in a post that you've added this circle, so that others will know where to place you. Cheers & thanks! #Browncoats Hallelujah (Fanvid)Big Damn Circle2012-05-09 22:20:4622037020
Peter Edenist1,052This is a circle which has taken on a life of it's own. I reshare so you good kind folk at G+ see the people who love #browncoats and live in #jaynestown !If you like #firefly or #serenity just comment and I'll add you.If you prefer not to be shared, let me know. In any case I am richer for the #browncoats crew. #Canttakemyserenity !2012-04-16 13:50:38129519
Peter Edenist1,016Sunday is for sharing! Here is the Firefly Browncoats Circle - upto 105 thanks to +Cliff Loresco. A big thank you to all who have joined... its you who make the circle awesome :). Please +1 for an add and reshare or recommend people! #browncoats #firefly #serenity #Mal #reaver #fireflybrigade #scififans #circlesharing2012-04-08 04:46:041051205
Peter Edenist998Thanks to additions, the circle has grown over yesterday! Thanks to all who have participated. If you want in, please +1 and share if you like this circle. Anyone who likes Firefly, Serenity or is a browncoat! #firefly #serenity #josswhedon #mal #reaver2012-04-07 12:58:38459210

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2014-08-07 00:22:46 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So, who's planning on playing Star Citizen once it's done?

Most reshares: 2

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2014-05-11 01:49:54 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The NSA has been arguing that it doesn't need warrants for the collection of metadata related to communications, and that said collection schemes aren't a violation of the 4th amendment (because of international communications blah blah blah not really).

Then the former director of the NSA, General Hayden, said - AND I QUOTE: "We kill people based on metadata." Now, I know this statement is directed at actions overseas, but it's now well established that the data of American citizens can and does end up in these sweeps.

"We kill people based on metadata."

So, it's important and reliable enough for them to assess and "address" (e.g. kill) threats. But they don't need a warrant for it, and you don't need to be concerned about your rights. Because reasons.

We're expected to just trust them, basically. At least... more »

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2014-07-17 21:09:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

We just got back from the oncologist, and the results were mostly positive for the biggest part. The working diagnosis is that Bob is a latent, benign enchondroma - basically a mass of cartilage inside the bone. For those keeping track, this was what I was expecting.

Now, this was based mainly on a visual inspection of the films, so there's still room for change there, but this is the most likely diagnosis. The doc's main concern was that the presentation of this enchondroma was not what he considered "classic." As such we're still being cautious.

I'll be getting a bone scan soon which should provide the last piece of information to determine if the tumor is definitely benign or active, or possibly cancerous. Even if the scan does reveal any active growth or other behavior, the surgery to remove it is much less intense that I originally thought. And even in... more »

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2014-10-16 16:10:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Finalizing slides for my talk at Crowdsource Summit tomorrow. Including a screenshot of the first site I ever build, 16 years ago. Best viewed at 800x600 with TRUE COLOR.

And strictly speaking, this is the second version of the site. There's one that was even older than this, but archive.org didn't go back that far for me.

Bonus, the site included "interactive JavaScript" for a "personalized experience" and "reasons." ‪#‎nerd4lyfe‬ 

Finalizing slides for my talk at Crowdsource Summit tomorrow. Including a screenshot of the first site I ever build, 16 years ago. Best viewed at 800x600 with TRUE COLOR.

And strictly speaking, this is the second version of the site. There's one that was even older than this, but archive.org didn't go back that far for me.

Bonus, the site included "interactive JavaScript" for a "personalized experience" and "reasons." ‪#‎nerd4lyfe‬ ___

2014-10-06 20:03:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-24 16:18:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I want to pick your brains about knee injuries. Four years ago, I tore my ACL (non-biking related). Had surgery, patched it back up, rehab, second surgery, more rehab. Long story short, I've never gotten back to 100%, and my left leg still isn't as strong as my right. But I'm trying. Dammit, I'm trying. And I'm having some success, as well. Slowly getting distance back, speed is picking up, general progress is being made.

The one thing I'm not sure about though, is the pain. Do any of you still have bad knee pain while riding after an ACL reconstruction? I'm not sure if I should have it looked at again, or if it's just my body telling me there's still muscle support there to regain.

Specifically, it's below (not under) the knee, at the top of the fibula, around the area where the bottom of the patellar graft came from. I have some scar tissue... more »

I want to pick your brains about knee injuries. Four years ago, I tore my ACL (non-biking related). Had surgery, patched it back up, rehab, second surgery, more rehab. Long story short, I've never gotten back to 100%, and my left leg still isn't as strong as my right. But I'm trying. Dammit, I'm trying. And I'm having some success, as well. Slowly getting distance back, speed is picking up, general progress is being made.

The one thing I'm not sure about though, is the pain. Do any of you still have bad knee pain while riding after an ACL reconstruction? I'm not sure if I should have it looked at again, or if it's just my body telling me there's still muscle support there to regain.

Specifically, it's below (not under) the knee, at the top of the fibula, around the area where the bottom of the patellar graft came from. I have some scar tissue there along the tendon. The pain itself isn't exactly limiting - I can pedal through it, but it's definitely unpleasant. But it mainly just happens under the load of pedaling. It stops almost immediately when I do. I'm hoping this is just one of those things I need to push through, and it will resolve itself, but I thought someone here might have some experience in that area.___

2014-09-19 20:24:44 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I think I've got about all the life I'm going to get out of my Speedplay X-1 pedals. Rather than sticking with Speedplay, I think I'd rather go with something that doesn't have a mechanical cleat (I always felt like Speedplay designed their system backwards, the cleat as the pedal, just to brag about it being lighter). Is SPD-SL pretty much the best alternative these days? Is Look still a popular option? I haven't evaluated pedals in YEARS.

I think I've got about all the life I'm going to get out of my Speedplay X-1 pedals. Rather than sticking with Speedplay, I think I'd rather go with something that doesn't have a mechanical cleat (I always felt like Speedplay designed their system backwards, the cleat as the pedal, just to brag about it being lighter). Is SPD-SL pretty much the best alternative these days? Is Look still a popular option? I haven't evaluated pedals in YEARS.___

2014-09-19 20:24:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Cyclist friends, I think I've got about all the life I'm going to get out of my Speedplay X-1 pedals. Rather than sticking with Speedplay, I think I'd rather go with something that doesn't have a mechanical cleat (I always felt like Speedplay designed their system backwards, the cleat as the pedal, just to brag about it being lighter). Is SPD-SL pretty much the best alternative these days? Is Look still a popular option? I haven't evaluated pedals in YEARS.

Cyclist friends, I think I've got about all the life I'm going to get out of my Speedplay X-1 pedals. Rather than sticking with Speedplay, I think I'd rather go with something that doesn't have a mechanical cleat (I always felt like Speedplay designed their system backwards, the cleat as the pedal, just to brag about it being lighter). Is SPD-SL pretty much the best alternative these days? Is Look still a popular option? I haven't evaluated pedals in YEARS.___

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2014-09-03 14:10:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

These people (the websites) do realize that copyright law doesn't work that way, right? They're entirely correct to point out that Jennifer Lawrence might not own the copyright, but SOMEONE NOT THEM still does. And an inability to contact or find that owner does not create an exception to the law.

So, regardless, they still shouldn't post the photos, knowing they don't have permission to do so. These aren't embarrassing photos they bought from a paparazzi, after all. At best, the most they could do is take a small crop from the photo for use in an article discussing or commenting on the issue - that could be arguably fair use at that point. But wholesale posting of the images without the owner's consent most definitely still violates copyright law.

The problem is, the issue with the law is two-way. Jennifer Lawrence can't block some pictures because she... more »

These people (the websites) do realize that copyright law doesn't work that way, right? They're entirely correct to point out that Jennifer Lawrence might not own the copyright, but SOMEONE NOT THEM still does. And an inability to contact or find that owner does not create an exception to the law.

So, regardless, they still shouldn't post the photos, knowing they don't have permission to do so. These aren't embarrassing photos they bought from a paparazzi, after all. At best, the most they could do is take a small crop from the photo for use in an article discussing or commenting on the issue - that could be arguably fair use at that point. But wholesale posting of the images without the owner's consent most definitely still violates copyright law.

The problem is, the issue with the law is two-way. Jennifer Lawrence can't block some pictures because she didn't take them. But the sites posting them also face no actual punishment if the creators don't step up to assert their claim. It's a passive system, and as such, fortune favors the brave (or in this case, those willing to take the chance that they won't get sued for posting the pictures).___

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2014-08-29 03:31:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-08-27 20:14:15 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Great Triumph Restoration of 2014 (and 2015) begins today. Dad bought this car, I think, somewhere around 1989. I know we still lived on Locust Street back in Independence, so I'm thinking in the area of 25 years ago. It's hung around ever since. Ran some new parts through it now and then, tinkered on it here and there, always grand plans, but she went to sit the past few years and was starting to show worse for it. It was my car through part of high school and college. Now, baby's gonna get a pretty new dress and get taken out to fancy parties. A year and a half from now, she's hitting the new streets with a new lease on life.

The Great Triumph Restoration of 2014 (and 2015) begins today. Dad bought this car, I think, somewhere around 1989. I know we still lived on Locust Street back in Independence, so I'm thinking in the area of 25 years ago. It's hung around ever since. Ran some new parts through it now and then, tinkered on it here and there, always grand plans, but she went to sit the past few years and was starting to show worse for it. It was my car through part of high school and college. Now, baby's gonna get a pretty new dress and get taken out to fancy parties. A year and a half from now, she's hitting the new streets with a new lease on life.___

2014-08-22 20:46:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The results are in. The oncologist was satisfied from my bone scan that Bob is likely benign and non-cancerous, and that for the time being, no surgery is justified to remove it. Basically everything is cool, and I'll have a followup in January for another round of X-rays and imagery to do a comparison and confirm that it is indeed not changing. Basically, I've finally been given the all clear to go be not-cancered.

Now, Via Christi, you and I need to have a talk about how he tried for three weeks to get that imagery, and only by virtue of the fact that I had a copy of the disk and mailed it to them myself were we able to wrap this little adventure up. I am... displeased.

The results are in. The oncologist was satisfied from my bone scan that Bob is likely benign and non-cancerous, and that for the time being, no surgery is justified to remove it. Basically everything is cool, and I'll have a followup in January for another round of X-rays and imagery to do a comparison and confirm that it is indeed not changing. Basically, I've finally been given the all clear to go be not-cancered.

Now, Via Christi, you and I need to have a talk about how he tried for three weeks to get that imagery, and only by virtue of the fact that I had a copy of the disk and mailed it to them myself were we able to wrap this little adventure up. I am... displeased.___

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2014-08-22 14:27:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This news about the "monkey selfie" being in the public domain is interesting. I do understand the reasoning given by the USCO - that protections of copyright in the US are a privilege of a human creator, therefore something created by an animal cannot be copyrighted. But they bring up interesting side effects.

This principle would also carry over to, for instance, the elephant that paints pictures. Any picture created by the elephant must be in the public domain. Which I also think makes sense. The elephant's doing all the work? Putting a paintbrush in its... trunk... doesn't constitute an artistic action by the person doing it in that case.

But, here's where I disagree. The ruling issued implies that the creation of a particular artistic work - in this case a photograph - is contingent and resolves upon the pushing of the trigger. That a photograph taken by a... more »

This news about the "monkey selfie" being in the public domain is interesting. I do understand the reasoning given by the USCO - that protections of copyright in the US are a privilege of a human creator, therefore something created by an animal cannot be copyrighted. But they bring up interesting side effects.

This principle would also carry over to, for instance, the elephant that paints pictures. Any picture created by the elephant must be in the public domain. Which I also think makes sense. The elephant's doing all the work? Putting a paintbrush in its... trunk... doesn't constitute an artistic action by the person doing it in that case.

But, here's where I disagree. The ruling issued implies that the creation of a particular artistic work - in this case a photograph - is contingent and resolves upon the pushing of the trigger. That a photograph taken by a monkey cannot be copyrighted by a person. As a photographer, I'm not sure I agree with that. The reason is that as the artist, why can that not be a planned component of a larger artistic concept or project, which would be attributed to me? If the whole idea is to create scenarios that empower animals to use equipment, but I have invested in that process and enabled it, doesn't that create a body of work that can and should be attributed to me? It's the difference between putting the paintbrush in the elephant's trunk and letting it do as it pleases versus directing that process to have it make what I want and/or intend.

To be clear, I'm not sure that holds up in this particular case, as from what I've read, this monkey straight up purse-snatched a camera from the guy and went off taking some pictures. That's an accident. He shouldn't be able to take credit for that just because he paid to fly to the jungle with some equipment and a happy thing happened. To me that's not the same. So while I agree with the judgement, I disagree with how they arrived at the conclusion, at least in part. I think that the statement "that a person cannot claim copyright on a 'photograph taken by a monkey'" makes sense in a very shallow interpretation of the concept, but ignores a deeper principle about what intentions might go into artistic creations which should be protected.___

2014-08-14 15:37:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The EU cookie laws are possibly one of the most frustrating things ever. And it's made worse because apparently the individual member nations can apply their own discretion to enforcement, and add additional requirements on top of it. Which means there is no "set it and forget it" solution. You have to tailor your solution to every country you operate in, and monitor the laws as they're apparently always changing.

The EU cookie laws are possibly one of the most frustrating things ever. And it's made worse because apparently the individual member nations can apply their own discretion to enforcement, and add additional requirements on top of it. Which means there is no "set it and forget it" solution. You have to tailor your solution to every country you operate in, and monitor the laws as they're apparently always changing.___

2014-08-12 13:40:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

In the coming days, there's going to be a lot said about Robin Williams. There already has been. And what I have to say won't amount to a whole lot. But I feel like it's important to me to say it. 

Robin Williams is unique in a way that few people ever get to be. He is trans-generational to a degree that people don't necessarily understand and process. As a culture, we need people like that - they tie us together and make us whole. Folks appreciate and mourn him whether they were born in the 50s, or born in the 90s. That's special. But it's also more than that. It's important. It's damn important.

A teacher, Lea Shepherd, is responsible for why I got into acting and theatre. Had she not intervened, I never would have likely set foot on a stage. We remember those kinds of influences in our lives. And while she got me into theatre, Robin Williams served... more »

In the coming days, there's going to be a lot said about Robin Williams. There already has been. And what I have to say won't amount to a whole lot. But I feel like it's important to me to say it. 

Robin Williams is unique in a way that few people ever get to be. He is trans-generational to a degree that people don't necessarily understand and process. As a culture, we need people like that - they tie us together and make us whole. Folks appreciate and mourn him whether they were born in the 50s, or born in the 90s. That's special. But it's also more than that. It's important. It's damn important.

A teacher, Lea Shepherd, is responsible for why I got into acting and theatre. Had she not intervened, I never would have likely set foot on a stage. We remember those kinds of influences in our lives. And while she got me into theatre, Robin Williams served as an idol to me in that space. He was something to aspire to. He was that model to me, and millions of others, no doubt, as we tried to identify what we wanted to strive towards. We all have those sorts of people in life, regardless of the paths we walk. It's important for kids, especially, to have that kind of idol worship in their lives. He was one of mine. We never like being reminded that our idols and heroes are indeed human.

Days, months, and years come and go. Dozens of celebrity deaths, as well, and usually without comment from me. But this one hurts in a way that's a little different. When Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed, it sucked. I respected him on a deep level - as an actor and performer. But it was also different. He was different. It's not an easy thing to explain. I guess, to me, Robin Williams was the sort of person that embodies the word "artist" in no truer sense. And more to the point, he was an artist in a way that maybe people aren't really meant to make it to. To be able to tap into the skills and abilities he has, requires a sort of "raw nerve," a connection to feelings and emotions normal people shouldn't be able to have. And I think over time it just adds up. You can't be exposed to that much feeling, that much emotion, for decade after decade, and still be "normal" in the end.

I said yesterday that people like Robin Williams bring so much joy to this world, that they don't deserve to have to fight the demons that they face. It is their blessing, and it is their curse. And it's fucking unfair. That's why it moves us the way it does. Because even though the whole time they are alive, we don't necessarily understand what it is that makes them so special. But when they are gone, the darkness it leaves is all too apparent. That power - to literally touch billions of people, to bring smiles, and laughter, and joy, and even pain - is so unique, so special, that those are people that give everything they have to us. They give all their happiness away until they have none left for themselves. And they never ask for anything in return. And we accepted it all. We accepted those smiles, and the laughter, and the joy - and sometimes the pain - and we never offered them anything in return. Now we can't.

That's why it hurts. Because once they're gone, then we understand. And at that point, it's too late.

And moreso, we understand that while some get to be famous for doing that - some don't. Too many don't. Some will step in front of a bus for you without you ever knowing their name. Some take a beating. Some will take a bullet. Some will take a rocket. They take the pain, and the suffering, and the all of the shitty badness of this world in to themselves to ensure that the rest of us can go on with our ordinary, day-to-day lives. When that time comes that they can't absorb any more, and they're gone, we get an ever-so-brief glimpse into the open wound that leaves, because the world is that much less bright for their loss. We remember for a moment that there are some nasty fucking demons in this world. We realize not just how important that person was, but how important all the people are that influence and shape our lives. We recognize those people that stand out as the shields in our lives - some too late.

In the end, the part that hurts is the part that recognizes that we can't repay these people. I couldn't have taken Robin Williams' suffering. His darkness. In the end , it was his to bear. And it's that way for too many people that don't get to be celebrated the way he will. We are surrounded by those that can bear it though, and I have to stand in awe of them, because I know that I'll never be able to repay that service in kind. Find those people in your life. Thank them. Hug them. Give a little piece of yourself, because in the end, that's the debt the rest of us owe.___

2014-08-07 00:22:46 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So, who's planning on playing Star Citizen once it's done?

So, who's planning on playing Star Citizen once it's done?___

2014-08-05 15:32:05 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Out of curiosity, has anyone thought about putting together a Minecraft server for Numenera players? Maybe even seeing about some mods that might make the world sort of "Numenera themed?"

Out of curiosity, has anyone thought about putting together a Minecraft server for Numenera players? Maybe even seeing about some mods that might make the world sort of "Numenera themed?"___

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2014-08-04 19:27:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-25 14:08:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-17 21:09:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

We just got back from the oncologist, and the results were mostly positive for the biggest part. The working diagnosis is that Bob is a latent, benign enchondroma - basically a mass of cartilage inside the bone. For those keeping track, this was what I was expecting.

Now, this was based mainly on a visual inspection of the films, so there's still room for change there, but this is the most likely diagnosis. The doc's main concern was that the presentation of this enchondroma was not what he considered "classic." As such we're still being cautious.

I'll be getting a bone scan soon which should provide the last piece of information to determine if the tumor is definitely benign or active, or possibly cancerous. Even if the scan does reveal any active growth or other behavior, the surgery to remove it is much less intense that I originally thought. And even in... more »

We just got back from the oncologist, and the results were mostly positive for the biggest part. The working diagnosis is that Bob is a latent, benign enchondroma - basically a mass of cartilage inside the bone. For those keeping track, this was what I was expecting.

Now, this was based mainly on a visual inspection of the films, so there's still room for change there, but this is the most likely diagnosis. The doc's main concern was that the presentation of this enchondroma was not what he considered "classic." As such we're still being cautious.

I'll be getting a bone scan soon which should provide the last piece of information to determine if the tumor is definitely benign or active, or possibly cancerous. Even if the scan does reveal any active growth or other behavior, the surgery to remove it is much less intense that I originally thought. And even in the event that it turns out to be a sarcoma, the surgery is nearly 100% effective at eliminating it, regardless. If the scan comes back negative for activity around the tumor, then it's just a matter of a 6 month followup to re-confirm no change, and we move on like it's nothing.

Long story short Bob is likely not anything to worry about, nor would it require any intervention. And even if it did turn out to be bone cancer, the degree of "bad" to which this goes isn't really all that bad. So there you have it. Mostly good news headed towards the weekend.___

2014-07-14 15:07:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-11 15:41:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-09 15:25:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-06 03:31:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Transcendence is one of those movies I want to like, and you can tell that deep down inside it there is a good movie there, but the execution just didn't come together. There are so many holes and bad concepts in play that it just can't overcome them.

Transcendence is one of those movies I want to like, and you can tell that deep down inside it there is a good movie there, but the execution just didn't come together. There are so many holes and bad concepts in play that it just can't overcome them.___

2014-07-04 18:10:50 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Not planning on shooting any fireworks tonight (photography-wise). But here's a bunch I've done in the past just because.

Not planning on shooting any fireworks tonight (photography-wise). But here's a bunch I've done in the past just because.___

2014-07-02 20:14:06 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Some of you already know this, many don't. I apologize if you're hearing this for the first time and wonder why I hadn't said anything yet. I was hoping to wait until I had a bit more info before saying anything too publicly, but I have a couple weeks before I'll know more and the typing is therapeutic.

If you've been following my posts lately, you know I've been in and out of the doctor for some shoulder issues lately. We were bouncing between the possibility of a rotator cuff or SLAP tear. Recently, I had an MRI which was negative for either, which was good. But, what the MRI did uncover was that I have a bone tumor of some kind growing in the top of my arm. This is, most likely, totally unrelated to the trouble I'd been having, and was simply found incidentally because of the MRI. Had I not hurt my shoulder, I may well have never even known anything was there.... more »

Some of you already know this, many don't. I apologize if you're hearing this for the first time and wonder why I hadn't said anything yet. I was hoping to wait until I had a bit more info before saying anything too publicly, but I have a couple weeks before I'll know more and the typing is therapeutic.

If you've been following my posts lately, you know I've been in and out of the doctor for some shoulder issues lately. We were bouncing between the possibility of a rotator cuff or SLAP tear. Recently, I had an MRI which was negative for either, which was good. But, what the MRI did uncover was that I have a bone tumor of some kind growing in the top of my arm. This is, most likely, totally unrelated to the trouble I'd been having, and was simply found incidentally because of the MRI. Had I not hurt my shoulder, I may well have never even known anything was there.

At this point, a tumor does not necessarily mean cancer. In fact, the likelihood that it's cancerous is pretty low. But the chances aren't zero, just really low. I've been doing a lot of research lately, and I'm pretty confident it's just a benign enchondroma that's been in there for a long time. They're fairly common, rarely dangerous, and don't usually even need any treatment. Nevertheless, we're taking all precautions, and I'll be meeting with a really good orthopaedic oncologist up in KC on the 17th to determine what the risks are with it, what tests we need to do, and figure out if it'd need to be removed just in case.

In the coming weeks, I'll share news as I get it. In the mean time, I just get to sort of sit on the knowledge that I have a tumor of some kind which may or may not be dangerous. And that's kinda sucky. But we'll play the odds on this and hope for the best.___

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2014-06-30 01:28:55 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Got in some Star Trek Catan today for mental therapy to keep my mind off other problems.

Got in some Star Trek Catan today for mental therapy to keep my mind off other problems.___

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2014-06-25 18:36:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Neat gaming project a friend is doing. Very worth getting into if you do any tabletop gaming, as it's a very system-agnostic type of tool. Or if nothing else, share it and help get the word out. The guy does quality work and has great plans for the project.

Neat gaming project a friend is doing. Very worth getting into if you do any tabletop gaming, as it's a very system-agnostic type of tool. Or if nothing else, share it and help get the word out. The guy does quality work and has great plans for the project.___

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2014-06-23 14:08:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For the theme and plugin developers among us, I just tagged v2.4 of the WordPress Content Framework. I added several filler posts to the file (to help with testing pagination), sticky posts, and corrected the ever-fun capital-P in WordPress.

If there's ever any requests for additional things that would be helpful to have added, feel free to submit an issue on it.

For the theme and plugin developers among us, I just tagged v2.4 of the WordPress Content Framework. I added several filler posts to the file (to help with testing pagination), sticky posts, and corrected the ever-fun capital-P in WordPress.

If there's ever any requests for additional things that would be helpful to have added, feel free to submit an issue on it.___

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2014-06-17 03:24:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2014-06-12 04:31:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Quick note from Ninth World Hub. I know a lot of folks were disappointed that chat wasn't working right after we flipped the switch. No longer! We have fixed the chat platform, and it's now properly detecting logged in users and displaying the names the way it's supposed to. You can access or create chat rooms on the left side of the bar, or talk one-on-one with folks on the right side.

Quick note from Ninth World Hub. I know a lot of folks were disappointed that chat wasn't working right after we flipped the switch. No longer! We have fixed the chat platform, and it's now properly detecting logged in users and displaying the names the way it's supposed to. You can access or create chat rooms on the left side of the bar, or talk one-on-one with folks on the right side.___

2014-06-06 02:35:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2014-06-02 15:33:28 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Newly posted on The Ninth World, an Numenera adaptation of a weird adventure from the game Lamentations of the Flame Princess.

Newly posted on The Ninth World, an Numenera adaptation of a weird adventure from the game Lamentations of the Flame Princess.___

2014-05-30 19:10:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Question for my Wordpress dev friends related to functions.php organization patterns. Do you group your add_[action/filter] statements together in one place in the file, or declare them right after the functions that provide whatever logic you're hooking in? e.g:
- function
- function 
- function
- add
- add
- add

or

- function
- add
- function
- add
- function
- add

Question for my Wordpress dev friends related to functions.php organization patterns. Do you group your add_[action/filter] statements together in one place in the file, or declare them right after the functions that provide whatever logic you're hooking in? e.g:
- function
- function 
- function
- add
- add
- add

or

- function
- add
- function
- add
- function
- add___

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2014-05-27 19:42:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Wordpress Content Framework has been updated to version 2.2. This release is a minor update to ensure Wordpress 3.9.1 compatibility, as well as clean up small issues with permalinks and removal of the default Hello World post (to prevent duplicates).

Wordpress Content Framework has been updated to version 2.2. This release is a minor update to ensure Wordpress 3.9.1 compatibility, as well as clean up small issues with permalinks and removal of the default Hello World post (to prevent duplicates).___

2014-05-23 14:16:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-05-22 13:39:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Be sure to check out this morning's post from +Christian Johnson. He expands on his popular focus of "One with the Hive" by providing background and encounters related to the group.

Be sure to check out this morning's post from +Christian Johnson. He expands on his popular focus of "One with the Hive" by providing background and encounters related to the group.___

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2014-05-19 02:24:10 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

So, I went to Burger King for lunch because I hate myself a little. I paid cash because reasons. As the kid at the register was making my change, he got this super funny look on his face, and called over an associate. Long story short, he wasn't sure this was real money and if he should give it to me as change if he did.

Turns out it's a 1953 US Note in remarkably good shape. Not really worth a lot, but it was worth it watching him trying to figure out what it was, and hey, how often do you end up with something like this as change?

So, I went to Burger King for lunch because I hate myself a little. I paid cash because reasons. As the kid at the register was making my change, he got this super funny look on his face, and called over an associate. Long story short, he wasn't sure this was real money and if he should give it to me as change if he did.

Turns out it's a 1953 US Note in remarkably good shape. Not really worth a lot, but it was worth it watching him trying to figure out what it was, and hey, how often do you end up with something like this as change?___

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2014-05-11 01:49:54 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The NSA has been arguing that it doesn't need warrants for the collection of metadata related to communications, and that said collection schemes aren't a violation of the 4th amendment (because of international communications blah blah blah not really).

Then the former director of the NSA, General Hayden, said - AND I QUOTE: "We kill people based on metadata." Now, I know this statement is directed at actions overseas, but it's now well established that the data of American citizens can and does end up in these sweeps.

"We kill people based on metadata."

So, it's important and reliable enough for them to assess and "address" (e.g. kill) threats. But they don't need a warrant for it, and you don't need to be concerned about your rights. Because reasons.

We're expected to just trust them, basically. At least... more »

The NSA has been arguing that it doesn't need warrants for the collection of metadata related to communications, and that said collection schemes aren't a violation of the 4th amendment (because of international communications blah blah blah not really).

Then the former director of the NSA, General Hayden, said - AND I QUOTE: "We kill people based on metadata." Now, I know this statement is directed at actions overseas, but it's now well established that the data of American citizens can and does end up in these sweeps.

"We kill people based on metadata."

So, it's important and reliable enough for them to assess and "address" (e.g. kill) threats. But they don't need a warrant for it, and you don't need to be concerned about your rights. Because reasons.

We're expected to just trust them, basically. At least until the first "whoopsie" happens. Then everyone will pretend to be outraged, no one will be held accountable, and the machine will move on.
Here's an idea. Put yourself in the line of fire. What happens when your name is the whoopsie?

"We kill people based on metadata."___

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2014-05-10 23:36:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For Mother's Day, my dad and I went to Independence to meet up with some family to take my grandmother out to the state lake. Some back story, a little over a year ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, so we try to spend as much time with her as possible, and get her out and about. Almost a year ago, my dad was in an accident and lost his right leg and has been working with several prosthetics. It means a lot to see them walking together still.

For Mother's Day, my dad and I went to Independence to meet up with some family to take my grandmother out to the state lake. Some back story, a little over a year ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, so we try to spend as much time with her as possible, and get her out and about. Almost a year ago, my dad was in an accident and lost his right leg and has been working with several prosthetics. It means a lot to see them walking together still.___

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2014-05-09 21:45:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

More. More of this. More hosts doing it, and aiming it at congressional IP blocks as well as the FCC. This is one of those moments that the free market could step up and really show its power by demonstrating how important open and equal access to the Internet's pipes is. It's not actually a free market when the playing field gets to be refereed by the companies with the most money. Imagine how quickly this would get fixed when senators couldn't watch Netflix in their offices in the afternoon. 

Google, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia. Imagine the impact they could have on this if they followed suit.

More. More of this. More hosts doing it, and aiming it at congressional IP blocks as well as the FCC. This is one of those moments that the free market could step up and really show its power by demonstrating how important open and equal access to the Internet's pipes is. It's not actually a free market when the playing field gets to be refereed by the companies with the most money. Imagine how quickly this would get fixed when senators couldn't watch Netflix in their offices in the afternoon. 

Google, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia. Imagine the impact they could have on this if they followed suit.___

2014-05-09 19:41:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

HTML5 semantics discussion. Technically, a <figure> doesn't HAVE to have a <figcaption>, but should it? Is a <figure> without a <figcaption> really a figure? I feel like semantically, if you can't or won't attach a <figcaption> inside the <figure>, then you're better off using another container element like an <aside>.

HTML5 semantics discussion. Technically, a <figure> doesn't HAVE to have a <figcaption>, but should it? Is a <figure> without a <figcaption> really a figure? I feel like semantically, if you can't or won't attach a <figcaption> inside the <figure>, then you're better off using another container element like an <aside>.___

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2014-05-01 23:45:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Seriously guys. This is the face of someone with the resolve, the will, and the know-how to actually change things for us. People always ask "what can I do?" Get behind this guy, for starters.

Seriously guys. This is the face of someone with the resolve, the will, and the know-how to actually change things for us. People always ask "what can I do?" Get behind this guy, for starters.___

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2014-05-01 23:41:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is important. Possibly one of the most politically important things happening for this country right now, because it could literally mean the difference in who congress represents and how. Will they represent us, or do we want to stay an oligarchy?

This is important. Possibly one of the most politically important things happening for this country right now, because it could literally mean the difference in who congress represents and how. Will they represent us, or do we want to stay an oligarchy?___

2014-04-29 15:26:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2014-04-25 13:35:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

HT to +James Walls 

HT to +James Walls ___

2014-04-18 21:02:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-04-16 14:02:03 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Step 1: Student is bullied.
Step 2: They go to school officials.
Step 3: Problem ignored.
Step 4: Accused student of a felony.
Step 5: Victimize the victimized.
Step 6: WE'RE HELPING!

Do you want to create the next school shooter? Because this is how you create a school shooter. This is how you create people that have a violent mistrust of authority. When a child stands up and says "help me," and this is the response they get, the message they process is "go help yourself." We know how that ends.

People need to understand, that if the way you apply the law is punishing victims for protecting themselves, then even if you aren't violating the letter of the law, you are most certainly violating its spirit, and you have an obligation to both apply it correctly and raise that concern with your legislators to get it fixed. I was asked on a... more »

Step 1: Student is bullied.
Step 2: They go to school officials.
Step 3: Problem ignored.
Step 4: Accused student of a felony.
Step 5: Victimize the victimized.
Step 6: WE'RE HELPING!

Do you want to create the next school shooter? Because this is how you create a school shooter. This is how you create people that have a violent mistrust of authority. When a child stands up and says "help me," and this is the response they get, the message they process is "go help yourself." We know how that ends.

People need to understand, that if the way you apply the law is punishing victims for protecting themselves, then even if you aren't violating the letter of the law, you are most certainly violating its spirit, and you have an obligation to both apply it correctly and raise that concern with your legislators to get it fixed. I was asked on a post the other day about how you get yourself involved in change. This. This right here. These people have a key opportunity to drive very important change. Instead, they choose to turn their back on the victim.

Don't be a dick just because it's the path of least resistance. That's not helping people. That's not making things better. That makes you part of the damned problem.___

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2014-04-14 14:38:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-04-02 20:10:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-04-02 14:42:15 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Of all the problems we need to solve in this country, this goes so far to the very root of them that it might possibly be one of the single biggest failures I know of by SCOTUS in recent memory.

"He said elections would be determined by an extremely wealthy fraction of Americans."

Not 'would be,' ARE. They ARE decided by an extremely wealthy fraction of Americans, and now their control of that institution just became a bit more absolute. And every time that happens, the rest of us, the people that have to actually live with the results, lose a little bit more of our country.

In 2012, 159 people gave 58.9% of all money to the Super PACs. .00005% of our population controls the majority share of money driving campaigns.

Money IS the problem. SCOTUS thinks the best way to rehabilitate a coke addict is to introduce them to Scarface.

Of all the problems we need to solve in this country, this goes so far to the very root of them that it might possibly be one of the single biggest failures I know of by SCOTUS in recent memory.

"He said elections would be determined by an extremely wealthy fraction of Americans."

Not 'would be,' ARE. They ARE decided by an extremely wealthy fraction of Americans, and now their control of that institution just became a bit more absolute. And every time that happens, the rest of us, the people that have to actually live with the results, lose a little bit more of our country.

In 2012, 159 people gave 58.9% of all money to the Super PACs. .00005% of our population controls the majority share of money driving campaigns.

Money IS the problem. SCOTUS thinks the best way to rehabilitate a coke addict is to introduce them to Scarface.___

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2014-03-30 22:46:53 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Grand Experiment - Day 1: Having mated the fauna with the prepared earthen material, I lament my spacial planning and fear some of the entities may be too near each other. Time will tell. The strong shall survive.

The Grand Experiment - Day 1: Having mated the fauna with the prepared earthen material, I lament my spacial planning and fear some of the entities may be too near each other. Time will tell. The strong shall survive.___

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2014-03-28 21:01:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Remote Trigger is currently the 2nd most wanted product on the AssemblyMade homepage right now! Sign up to show your interest, or to lend a hand in making it a reality if you're a web developer looking for a project to work on. The great thing about Assembly is that it's a good opportunity for budding web developers to cut their teeth on real projects that can help build experience and their portfolio on the road to a career.

Even if you're not a photographer or web developer, if you think it's a neat idea, please share the project with your friends to help us build momentum and support.

I'll be adding a lot of updates to the project tonight, to build on current discussions and start more tasks to get the ball rolling on it.

Remote Trigger is currently the 2nd most wanted product on the AssemblyMade homepage right now! Sign up to show your interest, or to lend a hand in making it a reality if you're a web developer looking for a project to work on. The great thing about Assembly is that it's a good opportunity for budding web developers to cut their teeth on real projects that can help build experience and their portfolio on the road to a career.

Even if you're not a photographer or web developer, if you think it's a neat idea, please share the project with your friends to help us build momentum and support.

I'll be adding a lot of updates to the project tonight, to build on current discussions and start more tasks to get the ball rolling on it.___

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