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We the pawns

tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 9:48 pm

waffle - Community Services

The reason I don’t like social media is that it takes two things that are polar opposites and duct tapes them together. Your own utility – to save links, to write text, to move files or materials, to keep notes, to communicate with yourself in the future, to communicate with some other specific people – and the social media outlet’s desire to fulfil its own objectives first.

Everything I put on the social webs is duplicated here for the simple reason that I’m not going to loose my works if they go belly up. And there are many a good thing that don’t need to go “social” but in the same sentence, I still want / need to express them. Creationism is in my DNA.

It also probably goes without saying that I like to tinker with the code. :-D

#socialmedia

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Bike riding by Langum Park

tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 7:19 pm

bike riding by langum park

#photos #bikes

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Sep 1st, 2014 at 4:51:20 pm

tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I’ll be responsible tomorrow.

Dick Hallorann in the shining

#theshining

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

dick hallorann makes it to the sequel. not dead, as you see in the movie.

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm

The Shining 2 - Psychotic Boogaloo?

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Dr. Sleep is the sequel to The Shining. It’s ok. I say Ok because this is more than 30 years later and I am a different person. Kind of hard for me to get scared of haunted hotels and whatnot.
although the whatnot is still pretty real and pretty scary.

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

Wow, I didn’t know that Dr. King wrote a sequel to this!

http://stephenking.com/library/novel/doctor_sleep.html

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I hadn’t ever taken the time to think it through

tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

The Church of GTFO

I was raised as a fundamentalist Christian by my mother from a young age. As I grew up I became really involved in the Church. Eventually I became a youth leader, organising events for hundreds of young people, giving regular sermons from the platform, I became everything expected of a young man in that organisation. Then came the day they asked me to take on the role of ‘Area Leader’. That day made me stop, and examine everything I believed in. I know it sounds funny in hindsight, but I hadn’t ever taken the time to think it through before that. What I believed was true, because it was true. Everything I heard in the Church was true, because everyone else affirmed it to be true. Well it was, until I spent time critically examining everything I believed in. Like a house made of cards, it all collapsed, unceremoniously and silently to the floor. This, as far as I was concerned, left me with only one thing I could do. I explained to everyone that I no longer believed, and wished them well with their endeavours. Being a fundamentalist church 99% of them immediately stopped talking to me, but that is a story for another day.

Take time to stop and smell the roses and then pull ‘em if they’re stinky.

#religion

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

is this true? about tlc?
ok, i read the GTFO stuff.

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Had nothing to do with tlc but everything’s true to my knowledge.

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R2-D2 at the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 9:10 am

R2-D2 at the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire

Web developer to show off life-size R2D2 at Science Center

Jason Cross’s hobby comes from a galaxy far, far away.

The 36-year-old Indianola resident spends his days as a web developer. But in whatever spare time he can find from his job, wife and two young children, Cross has been building a working, life-size model of R2D2, the ornery robot droid of the “Star Wars” science fiction movies.

Cross’s interest comes less from the movies — he considers himself a casual fan — and more from his background as a builder, primarily of websites.

“I have built things for virtually my entire adult life. I had not really built anything tangible. But it’s been interesting to have something tangible and learning how to do it,” said the Simpson College alum. “I really like the feeling of, ‘I did that.’ “

Cross will show off his R2D2 unit during the first-ever Mini Maker Faire in Des Moines at the Science Center of Iowa on Monday. The event will recognize a maker culture that has grown in popularity across the country. Most states have at least one city that hosts a maker fair every year.

I snapped the article photo above while reading the paper with my dad on Saturday.

If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire and are close to the Des Moines area, now would be your chance. We went to the 2011 show in Detroit and have nothing but good memories.

Please note: R2-D2 is spelled with a hyphen.

#starwars #makerfaire

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 1, 2014 at 8:43 pm

very cool.

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Tacoma police’s Stingray

tcr! · Aug 31, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data

Tacoma police using surveillance device to sweep up cellphone data

The Tacoma Police Department apparently has bought — and quietly used for six years — controversial surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of every cellphone call, text message and data transfer up to a half a mile away.

You don’t have to be a criminal to be caught in this law enforcement snare. You just have to be near one and use a cellphone.

Known as Stingray, the device — small enough to be carried in a car — tricks cellphones into thinking it’s a cell tower and draws in their information.

News that the city was using the surveillance equipment surprised City Council members, who approved an update for a device last year, and prosecutors, defense attorneys and even judges, who in court deal with evidence gathered using the surveillance equipment.

“If they use it wisely and within limits, that’s one thing,” said Ronald Culpepper, the presiding judge of Pierce County Superior Court, when informed of the device Tuesday. “I would certainly personally have some concerns about just sweeping up information from non-involved and innocent parties — and to do it with a whole neighborhood? That’s concerning.”

#thepolice always have the public’s best interest in mind.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 1, 2014 at 12:20 am

Well, this might need to be its own article, but what got me ‘searching was the above article.
Suffice to say: QUESTION AUTHORITY!

Comparisons with George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the worlds of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death. He writes:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In 1984, Postman added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that our desire will ruin us.

Journalist Christopher Hitchens, who himself published several articles on Huxley and a book on Orwell, noted the difference between the two texts in the introduction to his 1999 article “Why Americans Are Not Taught History”:

We dwell in a present-tense culture that somehow, significantly, decided to employ the telling expression “You’re history” as a choice reprobation or insult, and thus elected to speak forgotten volumes about itself. By that standard, the forbidding dystopia of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four already belongs, both as a text and as a date, with Ur and Mycenae, while the hedonist nihilism of Huxley still beckons toward a painless, amusement-sodden, and stress-free consensus. Orwell’s was a house of horrors. He seemed to strain credulity because he posited a regime that would go to any lengths to own and possess history, to rewrite and construct it, and to inculcate it by means of coercion. Whereas Huxley … rightly foresaw that any such regime could break but could not bend. In 1988, four years after 1984, the Soviet Union scrapped its official history curriculum and announced that a newly authorized version was somewhere in the works. This was the precise moment when the regime conceded its own extinction. For true blissed-out and vacant servitude, though, you need an otherwise sophisticated society where no serious history is taught.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 9:22 am

9/11 was just what the American government needed to fulfill Orwell’s vision.

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Comments now with YouTubes, etc.

tcr! · Aug 31, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I updated the Comments code to show the actual YouTube videos instead of just the link.

Crossing my fingers all goes according to plan. ;-)

In other news: Lemarchand’s box.

#tcr

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Aug 31st, 2014 at 7:57:40 pm

tcr! · Aug 31, 2014 at 7:57 pm

On Maggie and I’s trip home from Iowa we were listening to StarTalk radio.

From the backset she says off-handedly, “Do you know what I love about Uranus? It moves like a Ferris wheel.”

#maggie #startalk

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I <3 this place…

tcr! · Aug 30, 2014 at 6:13 pm

des moines river

#photos #vacations

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

is that the des moines river?

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

Sure is!

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A well spent $100

tcr! · Aug 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

A bird on the wall … | Dadhacker

A spark of evil flared in my head. “You guys go on, I’m going in here.” I got a couple of strange looks, but nobody followed me in. I spent about a hundred dollars.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Aug 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

that’s gotta be sgc

jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Aug 29, 2014 at 9:56 am

…i read the story after i accused sgc of channeling on this site…i was at that meeting

tcr! tcr! · Aug 31, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I’m sure it’s been sgc on more than one occasion. He was (and very well may still be) the master of inducing head-scratches from fellow travelers while he made slight detours on the voyage.

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