Starbucks has more customer money on cards than many banks have in deposits#

Airbus made a completely 3D-printed plane that actually flies#

today's background image to celebrate the opening of the first roller coaster in America in 1884 (and to symbolize the status of my life right now)#

Ending Hack-A-Shaq#

today's background image in honor of another of my favorite films, released today in 2002#

today's background image in honor of the great Secretariat who won the Triple Crown 43 years ago today#

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today's background image in honor of the first Porsche completed on this day in 1948#

The Veggie Burger Principle#

The rich meaning in The Lord of the Rings orchestral score#

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today's background images because BASEBALL IS BACK!!#

I am definitely going to try this#

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I share a lot of his art online, but I'm not sure when I last asked friends to support his work. #

To believe that personal sins lead to international catastrophes is primitive and magical thinking. David Hayward, graffiti artist on the walls of religion
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I just set up my wishlist in case anyone wants to support his work. :blush:#

today's background image by Mark Turnauckas#

today's background image is a reminder - use your brain, people#

If reports are true, what Liberty University did is indefensible. #

It's just more evidence they care more about their politics than their statement of faith.#

I've written a few times about my frustrations with Liberty - here, here, and here#

I wonder what LU's College Democrats club thinks. Oh wait... #

I don't think ministries should be tax exempt anyway, but certainly this one shouldn't be if they do things like this.#

today's background image in honor of national puppy day#

Among cases in which a suspect was bitten by an attack dog and the suspect’s race was recorded, what percentage were black?
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Take a guess.#

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I don't need it often, but when I do The Verge
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I usually want to find it fast. #

today's background image in honor of National Chocolate Caramel Day#

Wallpapers to help break your phone addiction #

The Ides of March#

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today's background image from President Obama's 2009 picks for March Madness#

Well if you ask me... Are you ready for the truth?#

The Pluto Wars Revisited#

I'm not sure this makes sense, but I never really did get why we still do daylight savings time. And I certainly don't understand why the rules had to change recently. I don't think it will ever make sense to me.#

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today's background image features the business cards of super heroes and villains#

In Finland, speeding fines are calculated based on the speeder’s daily income
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I'm not sure what to make of this. On the one hand, it seems an interesting way to make the punishment "hurt" everyone the same way. On the other, I can imagine it might lead to profiling of people with higher incomes. #

How Close Was The Simpsons To Figuring Out the Mass of the Higgs Boson? #

YES!#

source: Mom Comic#

blanket productivity advice is useless#

today's background image in honor of World Day of Prayer#

Well if you ask me... Fifty Years of Wedded Bliss#

today's backgroud image is in honor of my parent's fiftieth wedding anniversary. I miss them very much!#

Well if you ask me... My LinkedIn Ranking#

today's background image is of snow accumulation from a previous "storm." We did get real snow today.#

Well if you ask me... Oscars Menu 2015#

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Flavors#

today's background images is of one of the foods we will feature at our Oscars party this year#

Well if you ask me... Heroes#

Watching the Oscars is a big event at our house. Every year we plan the menu so it includes food inspired by the best picture nominees. This year is a hard one for me.#

I'm open to suggestions.#

Your Job Is Not to Write Code#

How to save money running your startup#

today's background image is another one of my favorite trouble makers in honor of Darwin Day#

Well if you ask me... Get your own blog#

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While working on a few upcoming blog posts, I found it necessary to drop a name or two.#

I don't like it any more than you do, but I have a hard time telling some stories without doing it, and frankly, I'm tired of holding back because I'm worried what people will think. #

On a related subject, I've held back from talking about or with people I consider friends simply because they have gained a certain level of notoriety, and I don't like to be accused of a** kissing. But I'm sick of worrying about that too. #

If you think you need to call me out for either, please do, but I'd prefer you give me constructive feedback on how to improve my writing so I don't have to do it again.#

How to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors#

today's background image of rock, paper, and scissors by Mark Turnauckas#

I know things that you do not know#

today's background image is a complete and working replica of a bombe at the National Codes Centre at Bletchley Park#

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What the Original “Pinocchio” Really Says About Lying#

I certainly don't consider myself naive, but I gotta admit I didn't know this wasn't already banned at universities.#

Some schools have a tiny minority of professors who use their popularity and prestige to empower themselves, and students respond to it ... This is a very, very serious problem for higher education.
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While often romanticized in fiction, relationships between faculty and students can be abusive
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- Billie Wright Dziech, a University of Cincinnati professor who studies the topic#

Well if you ask me... Listening to the kids music#

Federico Viticci makes an interesting case for using his iPad as his main computer. As a fellow fan of Editorial and Drafts, I've read his thoughts on this before. I'm sorry to see him suffer through terrible disease, but I'm glad he found a way to use technology to work around the limitations.#

I've found myself using my iPad, iPhone and Anroid phone more and more lately. I still write a lot of code, so I don't think I'm ready to give up my computer - but I've thought about it.#

After the holiday break, we drove Billy back home and he took the opportunity to buy some heavy groceries while he had a car. Today's background image is part of his haul.#

When not to be disappointed#

today's image is of Phil Collins, brilliant percussionist, singer, songwriter, and performer - in celebration of his 63rd birthday#

It is a serious matter when a pope confuses political and ideological symbols for religious ones.
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Pope Francis Is A Leftist And Must Be Called Out#

It must be so frustrating when your religious leaders mix politics you don't agree with into your religion.#

I can't imagine. :blush:#

What if: Stairs to space#

Dear Founders, How to Eat an Elephant#

today's background image is from winter storm Juno #

48 Down#

Today's background is "Happy New Ear!!" - used with permission #

Well, if you ask me... Too dangerous for a girl#

Brilliant! On Kindness#

best advice I ever heard on this subject was "if you are Googling 'am I having a hard attack?' stop and call 911' - read this now so you don't have to wonder then - Hacker News: Just had a heart attack #

today's background image is a baseball glove by Steven Depolo#

"The intersection of food and fashion is silly, just as the intersection of fashion and anything else is silly." Shut Up and Eat!#

Code for America Now!#

"summoning the demon" -Elon Musk#

Wired: The Grim Future if Ebola Goes Viral#

today's background image taken by the great Andy Ihnatko used with permission#

I really love the what if? feature - No-Rules NASCAR#

À La Carte TV - Let's make this happen! HBO and CBS are on board#

Oh, that's comforting! "I don’t believe we need to worry about those things for another couple of decades." - @balainiceland on Skynet #

People are buying it, but should you be selling it?#

I love when the discussion heads toward when things we read in science fiction will arrive IRL. Very much enjoyed reading the comment on Why Do We Still Have Airplanes#

Today's background is the moon from October 8, 2014#

Oped - There is no third way#

I've owned every iPhone until the 6 and I planned to skip this one.#

There are three blogs I read every day. #

I'm pretty sure Seth Godin is no Apple fanboy and I am certain the other two bloggers are not, but Dave Winer had this to say when he got his iPhone, and this morning Fred Wilson wrote that he is getting one.#

It's like the bizzaro world.#

Today's background image is the adapter I bough for the iPhone 5 and the giant box they shipped it in. ( I had ordered this to make sure I was all set to order the 5 at midnight - which ended up being 3a.m, so my son stayed up and ordered it for me anyway. )#

I'm always disappointed by stories like this - If We Can't Trust Neil deGrasse Tyson, Who Can We Trust?#

Today's background image is one of my favorite baseball players of all time - Gary Carter#

Venture Beat - How teaching can make you a better programmer#

Edudemic - How To Teach Math With LEGOs#

Smash Bros. footage leaked#

Today's background image is from a NYC set of the last Matt Smith Dr. Who episode.#

I need to design a tool that helps me schedule my college football watching. I like to put games on all day in the background, even on days like today when I plan to work all day. And I like to know which games are worth stopping to watch.#

I know it's mostly because of my obsessive personality, but it always seems to take a lot of effort to put my list together.#

"and throwing away principles is tempting indeed" -Seth Godin, Seth's Blog: Law and Order#

Today's background image is of a keyboard ( posted the day after when I saw Seth Godin's post )#

Where were you?#

A Tourist in NYC on 9/11/01#

Arnold Waldstein: September 11th...stopping to remember#

Fred Wilson: September 11th#

Scripting News on September 11th#

If you know me, you'll know I'm not the mystical or hysterical type, but what you might not know is that I do have an emotional side. People who have known me for years are surprised when they discover that.#

I was driving when the first plane hit. I wasn't listening to the radio and didn't have a car phone :blush: so I had no idea something had happened, but I was listening to some music and and a wave of emotion struck me with an intensity I've experienced very few times in my life.#

I'll never forget it.#

I was in the company of others and in front of a television in time to see the second plane hit and the towers fall.#

I'll never forget that either. #

I don't remember events as well as I remember numbers and names, but this one I will never forget.#

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Last update: Sun, Jun 19, 2016 at 8:06 AM.
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