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Glued Meat Down Under

tcr! · Sep 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

scene missing

Just ignore the 15 second intro commercial.

I don’t know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don’t you, Clark?

#foodies

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Little Screech Owl

tcr! · Sep 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm

While out on our Autumn Fair adventure today, we saw this little fellar:

gray screech owl

He’s a full-grown male screech owl, perfectly camouflaged when perched in a tree.

#photos #animalkingdom

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Now with Like / Dislike Buttons!

tcr! · Sep 24, 2011 at 10:28 am

All articles now have corresponding like and dislike buttons for your clicking pleasure! Use and abuse them. Counts coming soon.

#tcr

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Never Trust the Man, or Facebook

tcr! · Sep 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

Facebook - About the Money

I was once a Facebook fool

I never really talked about what happened to Audio; however, in seeing that so many businesses and people seem hell-bent on integrating ever-further with Facebook, I figured I’d provide a cautionary tale.

If you are entrusting your life data to Facebook, or if you are depending on Facebook and its platform for your livelihood, beware. In the real Facebook world, there is no trust, and there is no friendship — there is only money and power. Think really hard — really, think — before trusting Facebook or its employees with anything.

More from Numair Faraz:

Life is pretty awesome when you live it outside. Get off Facebook, get rid of your TV, and go be interesting. Don’t try to capture your interesting moments in a zillion contrived photos; don’t try to hold on to the people you meet through some ridiculous virtual stamp collection; don’t broadcast a message to your friends to brag about what just happened. Live your life as though it is the world’s best-kept secret, as though you are living in an amazing TV show with an audience of one. Don’t run a virtual background check on new people; appreciate them as mysterious new characters that add new twists to the story of your life. Take a chance on reality.

The above is geeky-nerd stuff but others will delight.

In other news: Autumn Fair, 11am - 3pm, Peck Farm Park. “Featuring pony rides, crafts, musical entertainment, hayrides, a birds of prey exhibit and Cow-Chip BINGO!


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#facebook #privacynews

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Method for Making a Sandwich - Patented!

tcr! · Sep 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

“Method for making a sandwich” Patent

A method for inserting one foodstuff, such as sandwich fixings, into a second foodstuff, such as a bread bun, which includes forming a cavity in the second foodstuff.

Looks like a Twinkie filler to me. However, I do like the use of the word “foodstuff” three times in that sentence.

#foodies

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The Nasa “Flying Over Earth” Video

tcr! · Sep 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

Found this video gem on Gizmodo this morning.

What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth - Fluid version

The little lightning flickers are way cool.

#cosmos

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angeline35 angeline35 · Sep 23, 2011 at 11:33 am

Way cool!

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Hells yeah!

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Yummy HTML

tcr! · Sep 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I stumbled across this yummy HTML today at work.

Yummy HTML

Note the scrollbar position - it’s all code from there on down, not a lick of content.
The horrors!

#devhell #worknews

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Dear Facebook, Machine Learning Will Always Fail

tcr! · Sep 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Facebook - ORDER BY rand() The recent updates to the Facebook news stream have me all disgruntled and in a bunch. The sorting and prioritizing filters they’ve applied make little sense to me and I’m spending more time trying to figure out what’s what than actually enjoying what people are posting.

At this very moment I have a “Recent Stories” section followed by a “Top Stories from the Last 15 Minutes” section and then another “Recent Stories” section. What makes it ad-nauseam worse is that these real-time-updates are constantly shifting right before my eyes. I can’t pay attention to what’s there because it keeps changing.

Whatever machine learning they’ve applied to determine what’s “Top News” and what nots just isn’t working. The “All Updates”, “Most Updates”, and “Only Important” got me wondering just how Facebook decides what’s important to me and what’s not. What’s the algorhythm? If I know them at least I have a chance to game them.

A computer trying to guess what’s important to me will always fail simply because what’s important to me changes daily, sometimes hourly. Sometimes I change my mind mid-thought.

Some days I’m big into games so The Force Unleashed is what I care about. Other days I’m watching every episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia that I can find. And my dear Facebook developers, you’ll never know which day I’m on or what my flavor of the month may be.1

At the end of the day, I just wanna see the most Recent Stories on top. If some body/thing/group annoys me, I either hide them completely or un-whatever them. I’m an all or nothing kinda person.

Re: the new floating side bar. This floating, scrolling crap is just getting on my nerves and in my way. So what if I miss a comment somebody made on a photo I uploaded. So what if I miss a comment on a post that I wasn’t involved with to damn start with. So what fucking what? I don’t need to know damn everything about damn everything that’s going on. Life moves too fast to absorb it all and Facebook is now trying to shove all this information down my throat.

Take a cue from your good friend Google and Gmail’s Priority Inbox - give me settings to display the data how I want it displayed. I like chronological data for sorting information that I may or may not care to see. It makes sense.

Twitter does it right. Keep it simple. People are dumb.

1 However, I bet your advertisers do.

#facebook #socialmedia

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keamoose keamoose · Sep 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

If this actually worked, M.’s views on marshmallows would have been at the top of the page; Facebook doesn’t have a clue what I want to read. I’ve always preferred the chronological order. I think I like the new “more of this person, less of that person” settings though.

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 21, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I'm not sure what exactly "more" would entail though. It makes me think they're hiding something that I might want to see. That's why I like to hide or not to hide settings.

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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Repealed

tcr! · Sep 20, 2011 at 6:10 am

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Repealed

The President Signs Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

With his signature today, the President put in motion the end of a policy that has hurt our military as a whole, that has forced thousands of those who serve to do so under a cloud of anxiety and isolation, and that has stood as a symbol of the barriers to unity and equality in our country.”

And during the firefight, a private named Lloyd Corwin tumbled 40 feet down the deep side of a ravine. And dazed and trapped, he was as good as dead. But one soldier, a friend, turned back. And with shells landing around him, amid smoke and chaos and the screams of wounded men, this soldier, this friend, scaled down the icy slope, risking his own life to bring Private Corwin to safer ground.

For the rest of his years, Lloyd credited this soldier, this friend, named Andy Lee, with saving his life, knowing he would never have made it out alone. It was a full four decades after the war, when the two friends reunited in their golden years, that Lloyd learned that the man who saved his life, his friend Andy, was gay. He had no idea. And he didn’t much care.

The repeal Obama signed last December takes hold today. I say good riddance.

I also applaud the Marine Corps Times for their September cover.


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#politics #LGBT

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Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Invites Google Over For Tea

tcr! · Sep 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Actually, Eric Schmidt is testifying before the subcomitte during the FTC’s anti-trust probe kick-off hearing. $10 says they’ll get hit with an anti-trust suit of some kind next year.

Elsewhere, to get the juices flowing, Scott Cleland’s collected a long list of of “evils” (sans Wikileaks’ criminality) committed by Google.

Google 21st Century Robber Baron

In August, Google admitted to knowingly and repeatedly violating Federal criminal laws against the “unsafe and unlawful importation of prescription drugs” for years, in a criminal non-prosecution agreement; Google also paid a near record $500m forfeiture penalty. The Rhode Island U.S. Attorney who led the Google criminal probe said the evidence was clear current Google CEO “Larry Page knew what was going on.

I don’t trust Google, we’re all sausages.


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#google

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