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Most comments: 18

2016-02-06 14:09:13 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 


Here's the new rule. 

It's 9, 10, 11, 12 PM!!! until it's 1AM. So yes, 12:59:59 is still PM. I know the whole meridian and blah blah blah.... Who cares about astronomy or whatever. Just do this, because it's the least crazy making.

Everyone just agree with me on this, it'll be easier.

http://www.npl.co.uk/reference/faqs/is-midnight-12-am-or-12-pm-faq-time

Most reshares: 2

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2016-01-13 13:15:08 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I'm not sure what you'd call this but it looks very comfortable.

Most plusones: 12

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2016-01-11 21:07:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

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2016-02-06 21:40:29 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Some parts of Japanese are not as romantic as I might like. In particular, calling the months "one month, two month, three month" bothered me. I don't know why they do that. They have these wonderful names available. 

February is 2月 in Japanese, but also called 如月 (kisaragi), and alternatively written 衣更着 (kisaragi) in old calenders. 衣 means clothes, 更 means moreover, and 着 means wear. February is the month to put on more clothes against the cold weather.___Some parts of Japanese are not as romantic as I might like. In particular, calling the months "one month, two month, three month" bothered me. I don't know why they do that. They have these wonderful names available. 

2016-02-06 16:39:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"The Chronicles of Lizzie Borden" - Dexter for the Parasol and Petticoat fans.

"The Chronicles of Lizzie Borden" - Dexter for the Parasol and Petticoat fans.___

2016-02-06 14:09:13 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 


Here's the new rule. 

It's 9, 10, 11, 12 PM!!! until it's 1AM. So yes, 12:59:59 is still PM. I know the whole meridian and blah blah blah.... Who cares about astronomy or whatever. Just do this, because it's the least crazy making.

Everyone just agree with me on this, it'll be easier.

http://www.npl.co.uk/reference/faqs/is-midnight-12-am-or-12-pm-faq-time


Here's the new rule. 

It's 9, 10, 11, 12 PM!!! until it's 1AM. So yes, 12:59:59 is still PM. I know the whole meridian and blah blah blah.... Who cares about astronomy or whatever. Just do this, because it's the least crazy making.

Everyone just agree with me on this, it'll be easier.

http://www.npl.co.uk/reference/faqs/is-midnight-12-am-or-12-pm-faq-time___

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2016-02-06 01:02:35 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Getting much closer to a true meshnet. If one out of ten people in my local area were to install this on their rooted phone (Yeah, I know), I could stop harping on this subject. Most of the people in my building don't even have a landline anymore. Many of the college kids never had one. But if something happens to the cell towers, we go back 100 years in an afternoon. No one except me is ready for that.

The app is free, some functions work on unrooted phones, and if you are dedicated you can buy a base station kind of thing to allow a much wider range for your phones

http://www.servalproject.org/.

Getting much closer to a true meshnet. If one out of ten people in my local area were to install this on their rooted phone (Yeah, I know), I could stop harping on this subject. Most of the people in my building don't even have a landline anymore. Many of the college kids never had one. But if something happens to the cell towers, we go back 100 years in an afternoon. No one except me is ready for that.

The app is free, some functions work on unrooted phones, and if you are dedicated you can buy a base station kind of thing to allow a much wider range for your phones

http://www.servalproject.org/.___

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2016-01-27 17:37:49 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

No disrespect for those who need it, it's just that "thickened" was a surprising adjective to see on water.

No disrespect for those who need it, it's just that "thickened" was a surprising adjective to see on water.___

2016-01-27 14:22:21 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Here's the problem with me and Trump, and I think it's a problem many Trump supporters might have. 

Border control is very high on my list. 

Border control and infrastructure are, in my opinion, the two primary valid reasons for government to exist. Everything else verges on an abuse of power, but failing to do those things are neglectful at best, treasonous at the worst. I don't care who you marry, please don't drive too fast in residential areas, but God in Heaven! PROTECT THE FREAKING BORDERS!

Trump is the only person who seems  to have this right. Assuming that he is honest about his intentions (a dubious assumption), the problem is that he is such a foul human being, so narcissistic and controlling, so ignorant yet crafty, that there is no way I can vote for him. I agree(ish) with him on this single issue, but I am smart enough not to vote for him onth... more »

Here's the problem with me and Trump, and I think it's a problem many Trump supporters might have. 

Border control is very high on my list. 

Border control and infrastructure are, in my opinion, the two primary valid reasons for government to exist. Everything else verges on an abuse of power, but failing to do those things are neglectful at best, treasonous at the worst. I don't care who you marry, please don't drive too fast in residential areas, but God in Heaven! PROTECT THE FREAKING BORDERS!

Trump is the only person who seems  to have this right. Assuming that he is honest about his intentions (a dubious assumption), the problem is that he is such a foul human being, so narcissistic and controlling, so ignorant yet crafty, that there is no way I can vote for him. I agree(ish) with him on this single issue, but I am smart enough not to vote for him on this single issue. 

I think many of his supporters find him distasteful on many levels, but this single issue makes them look away from the distasteful parts. I can't do that, but maybe they can.___

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2016-01-26 17:32:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Ah HA!

Here's the tax plan I lost. Increase revenue, disband the IRA, tax laundered money and overseas transfers, be fair to everyone.

http://thetransactiontax.org/

Ah HA!

Here's the tax plan I lost. Increase revenue, disband the IRA, tax laundered money and overseas transfers, be fair to everyone.

http://thetransactiontax.org/___

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2016-01-26 15:48:31 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

To me, a good morning starts with me thinking, upon awakening, "Well, that assumes a non-viscous liquid and a perfect frictionless bucket."

Err... one kind of a good morning. Moving on...

Anyway. I woke up thinking about standing waves. My world view sees all of our experiences as the interaction of standing waves. To understand what I mean by standing waves, in this sense, you need the perfect frictionless bucket. Fill it about 7/8ths of the way up with water, then carefully tap the center to create one wave. If you tap the center, once per wave period, you can gradually build up a wave that has the wavelength of the radius of the bucket. It is highest in the center while it is lowest at the ends, like a 3D representation of the middle example below (I actually got out a pot and tried to video my own demonstration, but it didn't show up well. I need to get back into 3D... more »

To me, a good morning starts with me thinking, upon awakening, "Well, that assumes a non-viscous liquid and a perfect frictionless bucket."

Err... one kind of a good morning. Moving on...

Anyway. I woke up thinking about standing waves. My world view sees all of our experiences as the interaction of standing waves. To understand what I mean by standing waves, in this sense, you need the perfect frictionless bucket. Fill it about 7/8ths of the way up with water, then carefully tap the center to create one wave. If you tap the center, once per wave period, you can gradually build up a wave that has the wavelength of the radius of the bucket. It is highest in the center while it is lowest at the ends, like a 3D representation of the middle example below (I actually got out a pot and tried to video my own demonstration, but it didn't show up well. I need to get back into 3D animation).

Our Universe is a bucket. An electron is a bucket. Waves are vibrating in their perfectly frictionless containment. The entire Universe would be nothing but one symmetrical wave if someone hadn't stuck their finger in the bucket.___

2016-01-24 01:51:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Sigh, I clearly remember understanding this at one point about 20 years ago. 

I was thinking about using flocking behavior to make my decision making process tend to run towards similar decisions in similar situations. Like if it chooses to be more formal and more careful about privacy, it won't quickly change to less formal and less privacy without testing the waters first.

So if my Assistant is fully formal and only speaks if I have my headphones on during an appointment, it doesn't suddenly go to speaking casually through the speaker as soon as the appointment time is over. It tries maybe a little less formal and checks my response before going any further.

This is kinda like swarm or flocking behavior, but I will have to study it for a while to get it back into my head. 

https://processing.org/examples/flocking.html

Sigh, I clearly remember understanding this at one point about 20 years ago. 

I was thinking about using flocking behavior to make my decision making process tend to run towards similar decisions in similar situations. Like if it chooses to be more formal and more careful about privacy, it won't quickly change to less formal and less privacy without testing the waters first.

So if my Assistant is fully formal and only speaks if I have my headphones on during an appointment, it doesn't suddenly go to speaking casually through the speaker as soon as the appointment time is over. It tries maybe a little less formal and checks my response before going any further.

This is kinda like swarm or flocking behavior, but I will have to study it for a while to get it back into my head. 

https://processing.org/examples/flocking.html___

2016-01-22 18:18:32 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

This year's political season sounds to me like "I can't stand those rattlesnakes, I'm going to vote for the cobras"...

This year's political season sounds to me like "I can't stand those rattlesnakes, I'm going to vote for the cobras"...___

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2016-01-22 18:14:27 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

For those unafraid of the facts.

___For those unafraid of the facts.

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2016-01-22 17:58:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I've told you that this guy, although full of rainbows and good intentions, is a nut. Here's a good example of what I mean. He just pre-disqualified any Supreme Court nominee he puts forward.

Any person he brings can be assumed to have already made a decision on a case before seeing the evidence and hearing the arguments, else Sanders would not have nominated him. Prejudging cases is a disqualifying trait.

Via +Mary M 

I've told you that this guy, although full of rainbows and good intentions, is a nut. Here's a good example of what I mean. He just pre-disqualified any Supreme Court nominee he puts forward.

Any person he brings can be assumed to have already made a decision on a case before seeing the evidence and hearing the arguments, else Sanders would not have nominated him. Prejudging cases is a disqualifying trait.

Via +Mary M ___

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2016-01-22 17:50:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Someone just asked me what I meant by "Tendentious" as one of the things I will block people for. 

It's a wide term meaning rudely opinionated, but you can tell if you are in that group by how often you might use words like Odumbo, Teabaggers, Demoncraps, Repugnicunts, Faux News or MSLSD, etc, especially in non-political threads. It's the political equivalent of calling someone a "retard" and then expecting civil conversation. I will block you because I cannot trust you to be polite to my friends, who you might call "Kikes" or "Jigaboos" or "Breeders". If you look to be starting a habit of such behavior, I won't even say goodbye. I can't have that spread to my other posts. You just can't interact with any more of my comments, ever again. Sorry.

I don't care if you agree with me or not, don't be... more »

Someone just asked me what I meant by "Tendentious" as one of the things I will block people for. 

It's a wide term meaning rudely opinionated, but you can tell if you are in that group by how often you might use words like Odumbo, Teabaggers, Demoncraps, Repugnicunts, Faux News or MSLSD, etc, especially in non-political threads. It's the political equivalent of calling someone a "retard" and then expecting civil conversation. I will block you because I cannot trust you to be polite to my friends, who you might call "Kikes" or "Jigaboos" or "Breeders". If you look to be starting a habit of such behavior, I won't even say goodbye. I can't have that spread to my other posts. You just can't interact with any more of my comments, ever again. Sorry.

I don't care if you agree with me or not, don't be tendentious.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tendentious___

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2016-01-22 11:48:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Hopefully, this will affect G+ load times. Almost all of my problems with Chrome is on ChromeOS loading Google products like Gmail and G+.

http://time.com/4187448/google-chrome-update-brotli/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook&utm_content=bufferd1d3a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Hopefully, this will affect G+ load times. Almost all of my problems with Chrome is on ChromeOS loading Google products like Gmail and G+.

http://time.com/4187448/google-chrome-update-brotli/?xid=time_socialflow_facebook&utm_content=bufferd1d3a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer___

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2016-01-21 03:40:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Well written, comprehensive defense of a human diet.

Read this response to Outside Magazine's Paleo-bashing article.
http://bit.ly/20fVmfq___Well written, comprehensive defense of a human diet.

2016-01-20 22:16:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Yay! After weeks of struggling, I can finally set up alarms on my google calendar and have them transmit to which ever device I was using last and ring my speaking alarm. This fixes a lot of things.

Yay! After weeks of struggling, I can finally set up alarms on my google calendar and have them transmit to which ever device I was using last and ring my speaking alarm. This fixes a lot of things.___

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2016-01-18 22:50:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

This is an absolute. If only those who took over the marches today knew this. #CharacterMatters  

Truth.   #charactermatters  ___This is an absolute. If only those who took over the marches today knew this. #CharacterMatters  

2016-01-16 20:36:01 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

To keep my brain from exploding, I need a better file structure for my tasks. I do know about Projects, but now I have too many projects, each with too many tasks (my profiles are comparatively quite small in number). 

My thoughts so far was to either rework all of them to basically pile them up with if/then statements to select the part I want, or to export many of them as apps which I can sort into drawers.

Is there a better way that I am missing? I really want about 50 projects with maybe 100 tasks each. But what would be better, for my ability to keep track of them, is five projects, with 10 subprojects, with 10 subsubprojects, with 10 tasks each.

To keep my brain from exploding, I need a better file structure for my tasks. I do know about Projects, but now I have too many projects, each with too many tasks (my profiles are comparatively quite small in number). 

My thoughts so far was to either rework all of them to basically pile them up with if/then statements to select the part I want, or to export many of them as apps which I can sort into drawers.

Is there a better way that I am missing? I really want about 50 projects with maybe 100 tasks each. But what would be better, for my ability to keep track of them, is five projects, with 10 subprojects, with 10 subsubprojects, with 10 tasks each.___

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2016-01-14 21:27:23 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I had actually given up on getting these cards. I must have ordered them 3 years ago.

I love new decks of cards, especially with such beautiful backs and faces.

I had actually given up on getting these cards. I must have ordered them 3 years ago.

I love new decks of cards, especially with such beautiful backs and faces.___

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2016-01-13 17:12:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I don't think his eligibility matters, but the facts do matter. He was "naturalized at birth", not a "naturally born citizen". I don't really believe that should be the bar, but if it's not, we should change the law, not ignore it.

Via +Eco Traveler 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ted-cruz-is-not-eligible-to-be-president/2016/01/12/1484a7d0-b7af-11e5-99f3-184bc379b12d_story.html?postshare=5181452647019426&tid=ss_fb

I don't think his eligibility matters, but the facts do matter. He was "naturalized at birth", not a "naturally born citizen". I don't really believe that should be the bar, but if it's not, we should change the law, not ignore it.

Via +Eco Traveler 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ted-cruz-is-not-eligible-to-be-president/2016/01/12/1484a7d0-b7af-11e5-99f3-184bc379b12d_story.html?postshare=5181452647019426&tid=ss_fb___

2016-01-13 16:00:53 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Don't give hits to sites that don't deserve them.

http://www.donotlink.com/dnl/faq

Don't give hits to sites that don't deserve them.

http://www.donotlink.com/dnl/faq___

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2016-01-13 14:46:02 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

I am once again, this morning, preoccupied with the concept of life as a huge collective consciousness. 

Most of the time when I mention this (as happened in another thread over night) someone will say that there is no evidence of any psychic phenomena. This totally mistakes my perception. 

There is no need for psychic powers to support a collective consciousness. We do quite well with speech, email, body language, various smells and marking behavior. "Well, how can that support a consciousness, Bill?", you may ask. 

It's a relatively slow consciousness. 

If you attempt to write a book, which is really just a well-fleshed-out thought, it might take you seven years. The average length of cell replacement in your body is generalized to "every seven years" (Yes, I know brain cells are not replaced) so in some ways a whole new generation ofcel... more »

I am once again, this morning, preoccupied with the concept of life as a huge collective consciousness. 

Most of the time when I mention this (as happened in another thread over night) someone will say that there is no evidence of any psychic phenomena. This totally mistakes my perception. 

There is no need for psychic powers to support a collective consciousness. We do quite well with speech, email, body language, various smells and marking behavior. "Well, how can that support a consciousness, Bill?", you may ask. 

It's a relatively slow consciousness. 

If you attempt to write a book, which is really just a well-fleshed-out thought, it might take you seven years. The average length of cell replacement in your body is generalized to "every seven years" (Yes, I know brain cells are not replaced) so in some ways a whole new generation of cells has grown up around you while simply fleshing-out one thought. Is it so hard to imagine that our super consciousness may only express one thought over the course of 20 or 30 years?

"Well, Bill", you might counter, "If we have such a consciousness, how come it hasn't contacted us?"

1) "We" don't really have such a consciousness. It has us. 
2) Have you contacted one of your brain cells and let it in on your plans for the day?

At the lowest levels our collective consciousness has had thoughts like "Speech" (which improved it's own thinking remarkably over the course of 50,000 years by assisting in the complexity of thought it would send from cell to cell) or, "Technology" (from agriculture to computers, once again increasing its own complexity of thought over 10,000 years), and "spaceflight" (its own version of speech and/or reproduction).

I don't know why I am writing this out again, since the person who misunderstood is not in my circles. I am probably feeling my age and declining health again, and want some self-assurance that the process will carry on without me. My own concept denies me the ability to ever really know, just as religions of various other origins do.

This establishes, for me, three levels of continuity. I have genetic offspring, I anticipate some continuity in the collective consciousness, via this post and all my other communications over the course of my life, and I hold out hope for a vague afterlife via the accumulated engrainment of my (our) personality on the energy pattern of the entire Universe.

Anyway... read some Olaf Stapleton if you want a broader fleshing out of this idea.
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/64177.Olaf_Stapledon___

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2016-01-13 13:15:08 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Remember this when you see these everywhere.
From http://lamzac.nl/

I'm not sure what you'd call this but it looks very comfortable.___Remember this when you see these everywhere.
From http://lamzac.nl/

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2016-01-12 20:15:18 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

President Obama makes a funny side comment about energy policy to the Chinese Ambassador as Michelle looks on with approval.

President Obama makes a funny side comment about energy policy to the Chinese Ambassador as Michelle looks on with approval.___

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2016-01-12 18:19:27 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Remix OS for PC is out, allows those tolerant of Alpha builds to use a multiwindowed Android for mouse and keyboard. If you have a spare computer with an x86  64 bit processor and a USB 3.0 drive handy. 

I think I will wait for one of two things, either a little bit more money in my hobby jar, or a build that allows direct download to my old style laptop. 

http://www.jide.com/en/remixos-for-pc#downloadNow

Remix OS for PC is out, allows those tolerant of Alpha builds to use a multiwindowed Android for mouse and keyboard. If you have a spare computer with an x86  64 bit processor and a USB 3.0 drive handy. 

I think I will wait for one of two things, either a little bit more money in my hobby jar, or a build that allows direct download to my old style laptop. 

http://www.jide.com/en/remixos-for-pc#downloadNow___

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2016-01-12 16:55:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Yay! We finally met EUropean economic standards! Socialism FTW!

___Yay! We finally met EUropean economic standards! Socialism FTW!

2016-01-12 14:57:36 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Dang... whiteout. I was complaining about not having enough snow earlier. Maybe 500ft visibility.

Dang... whiteout. I was complaining about not having enough snow earlier. Maybe 500ft visibility.___

2016-01-12 03:17:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Good night, ghosts and wraiths, we expect to be snowed in tomorrow. The city will be in a panic, because we may have 1 inch or a little more.

Good night, ghosts and wraiths, we expect to be snowed in tomorrow. The city will be in a panic, because we may have 1 inch or a little more.___

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2016-01-12 01:51:49 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Best David Bowie cover.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW0ACEOEq6w&spfreload=10

Best David Bowie cover.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW0ACEOEq6w&spfreload=10___

2016-01-11 23:57:32 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Netflix mobile app:

The "Stop Watching" button keeps getting smaller, and the "Start Next Episode" button is larger, the colors of a stop sign and easier to push.

Netflix mobile app:

The "Stop Watching" button keeps getting smaller, and the "Start Next Episode" button is larger, the colors of a stop sign and easier to push.___

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2016-01-11 21:07:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Yep... 

via +Fred Gandt 

___Yep... 

via +Fred Gandt 

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2016-01-11 16:02:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

In case you haven't seen it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=599&v=kszLwBaC4Sw

In case you haven't seen it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=599&v=kszLwBaC4Sw___

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2016-01-11 15:20:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Thank you, David, for helping me make it through. I don't know if I could have done it without you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXq5VvYAI1Q

Thank you, David, for helping me make it through. I don't know if I could have done it without you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXq5VvYAI1Q___

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2016-01-11 00:13:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Also, people who say they don't have a soul are correct.
The rest of us do, but they don't.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3982

Also, people who say they don't have a soul are correct.
The rest of us do, but they don't.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3982___

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2016-01-10 19:49:05 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Back when I was young and beautiful. 

I was trying to take this photo out of the glass and I found that the bottom edge had adhered to the glass. You can sort of see two mountain shaped areas under my neck and Keeter's left paw. I don't want to do anything until I know the best way, because this is literally the only photo of me between the ages of 14 and 40. I was thinking a little steam, or maybe put it in a box with a wet cloth. 

Any more educated options gratefully accepted.

Back when I was young and beautiful. 

I was trying to take this photo out of the glass and I found that the bottom edge had adhered to the glass. You can sort of see two mountain shaped areas under my neck and Keeter's left paw. I don't want to do anything until I know the best way, because this is literally the only photo of me between the ages of 14 and 40. I was thinking a little steam, or maybe put it in a box with a wet cloth. 

Any more educated options gratefully accepted.___

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2016-01-04 20:54:40 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

So, I see the news items going past but I won't justify them with a reading. But is this a joke, or a joke about a joke, or a meme about a thing that is just a really big joke?

___So, I see the news items going past but I won't justify them with a reading. But is this a joke, or a joke about a joke, or a meme about a thing that is just a really big joke?

2016-01-04 20:47:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

#openscience , it's coming.

http://astro.theoj.org/about

#openscience , it's coming.

http://astro.theoj.org/about___

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2016-01-04 15:31:56 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

It makes me twitch! Stop it!

+Bill DeWitt +John Henry - Good to see they have their fan base in mind. ___It makes me twitch! Stop it!

2016-01-04 14:29:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Why "Lydia"?

I used to call my AI "Jane" because of the Orson Scott Card Artificial Intelligence entity in the Ender Books. But there was a huge problem in that Google speech-to-text usually thought I was saying "chain". I actually wrote a separate thing that took every instance of "chain" and re-replaced it with "Jane".

So I just changed the name. I always name my electronics with classic female names, and I've pleasant memories of a Lydia in my life (but, importantly, I don't know any now) and the name passed even my worst pronunciations in speech-to-text.

As it stands, I just need to say "Lydia" to start a command sequence (desktop microphone in the house, headset outside). I plan to require it to hear, "Excuse me Lydia" or a few other polite phrases. That will keep it from firing off every time... more »

Why "Lydia"?

I used to call my AI "Jane" because of the Orson Scott Card Artificial Intelligence entity in the Ender Books. But there was a huge problem in that Google speech-to-text usually thought I was saying "chain". I actually wrote a separate thing that took every instance of "chain" and re-replaced it with "Jane".

So I just changed the name. I always name my electronics with classic female names, and I've pleasant memories of a Lydia in my life (but, importantly, I don't know any now) and the name passed even my worst pronunciations in speech-to-text.

As it stands, I just need to say "Lydia" to start a command sequence (desktop microphone in the house, headset outside). I plan to require it to hear, "Excuse me Lydia" or a few other polite phrases. That will keep it from firing off every time I talk about the Assistant with another human.___

2016-01-04 14:16:11 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Most people won't want to follow my Assistant building process, so I've collected them here.

I have a few abortive attempts, but I'm starting over, with a better path in mind, using full android via Tasker and Javascript. I have four goals, one of which is already done but which I will rebuild in the new format. Much ot this will be added to the DJ/Music/Time/Appointment Announcer system I already use while wearing the BT headset I usually wear while walking.

1) A smart announcer/notifier. I've built a habit of putting everything into Google Calendar, Lydia will be using this to inform me of anything that needs to be done, in time for me to do it. Unlike step #4, this requires me to input data and establish my own priorities.

2) A hands free command processor. This is actually fairly simple and I have a lot of it done, but I need to integrate each separate... more »

Most people won't want to follow my Assistant building process, so I've collected them here.

I have a few abortive attempts, but I'm starting over, with a better path in mind, using full android via Tasker and Javascript. I have four goals, one of which is already done but which I will rebuild in the new format. Much ot this will be added to the DJ/Music/Time/Appointment Announcer system I already use while wearing the BT headset I usually wear while walking.

1) A smart announcer/notifier. I've built a habit of putting everything into Google Calendar, Lydia will be using this to inform me of anything that needs to be done, in time for me to do it. Unlike step #4, this requires me to input data and establish my own priorities.

2) A hands free command processor. This is actually fairly simple and I have a lot of it done, but I need to integrate each separate script into the new script hierarchy and add in the functionality from #3.

3) Conversational chatbot. A cosmetic improvement but important in getting my attention and reducing boredom. I don't want random chat, but I do want conversational adaptations to the main parts of the program. I won't pay attention to the same notification over and over again. Instead of, "Your next appointment is <appointment name> at <appointment time>", I want it to ask me if I am ready for my next class, and depending on how I answer give me additional details. 

4) Prediction. The hardest and most important step. I can't believe I have to do this because I am the one least suited to do the databases and math. But the AI should at least know that I usually catch the 2:35 bus and if I am too far away from the bus stop, warn me in time. It should know that I am at the store and that I usually buy eggs every few days and so remind me that I might need eggs. What good is an assistant that only tells you what you tell it to tell you?___

2016-01-04 13:27:14 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Well, World, it's Jan 04, can we finally get over the holidays?
Bonus points for those of you who staggered in this morning.

Well, World, it's Jan 04, can we finally get over the holidays?
Bonus points for those of you who staggered in this morning.___

2016-01-03 22:43:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

I've been copying my music collection to a large thumb drive... the files have been transferring for two hours now. No sign of letting up. 

This is everything I got back in the "Napster" days, plus ripping about 300 CDs. I think it's only about 10 GB, but it seems like it should be done by now....

I've been copying my music collection to a large thumb drive... the files have been transferring for two hours now. No sign of letting up. 

This is everything I got back in the "Napster" days, plus ripping about 300 CDs. I think it's only about 10 GB, but it seems like it should be done by now....___

2016-01-02 17:09:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Considering low participation and recent changes in Community actions, I have decided to delete the communities I started. I apologize for any inconvenience

Considering low participation and recent changes in Community actions, I have decided to delete the communities I started. I apologize for any inconvenience___

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2015-12-27 21:04:51 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

This is what keeps you from defeating security at our airport. If the big sign doesn't stop you, there's another small one at the top of the stairs.

This is what keeps you from defeating security at our airport. If the big sign doesn't stop you, there's another small one at the top of the stairs.___

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2015-12-27 19:23:36 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Waiting at the airport when this came on.

Waiting at the airport when this came on.___

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2015-12-27 14:39:05 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I probably use block too much. It's been less since I stopped posting public so often.

Here is my criteria in one sentence, "Don't make me think you are going to be unpleasant to the people in my circles."

I know that's generic and subjective and ill-defined. So here are some words/phrases that I have thought about people I have blocked. I'll think, "That response is <insert word>, I don't want them being unpleasant to the people I circle" and block them.

Graphically obscene
Unnecessarily vulgar
Maliciously sacrilegious
Tendentious
Tedious
Dogmatic
Propagandistic
Sloganeering

And here is the word that makes all those other words a blocking violation. "Relentless". Don't make me think you are going to pursue your annoyance in my other posts.

About every other... more »

I probably use block too much. It's been less since I stopped posting public so often.

Here is my criteria in one sentence, "Don't make me think you are going to be unpleasant to the people in my circles."

I know that's generic and subjective and ill-defined. So here are some words/phrases that I have thought about people I have blocked. I'll think, "That response is <insert word>, I don't want them being unpleasant to the people I circle" and block them.

Graphically obscene
Unnecessarily vulgar
Maliciously sacrilegious
Tendentious
Tedious
Dogmatic
Propagandistic
Sloganeering

And here is the word that makes all those other words a blocking violation. "Relentless". Don't make me think you are going to pursue your annoyance in my other posts.

About every other week I have to go through my posts removing copy/pasted diatribes from somebody I disagreed with who thinks I will finally understand their point if they hammer away at other conversations. Don't be that guy. Don't make me think you might be that guy.___

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2015-12-27 13:53:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Watching Netflix late last night, about an 8 year old episode, the actress said, "So I Binged his name and I got these results".

I was thinking to myself, "Why do they make up these names for search engines, I bet Google would have paid them to use their name", when they cut to the screen of her clunky laptop and there was the real Microsoft Bing page that I had completely forgotten about.

There went some wasted product placement dollars.

Watching Netflix late last night, about an 8 year old episode, the actress said, "So I Binged his name and I got these results".

I was thinking to myself, "Why do they make up these names for search engines, I bet Google would have paid them to use their name", when they cut to the screen of her clunky laptop and there was the real Microsoft Bing page that I had completely forgotten about.

There went some wasted product placement dollars.___

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