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Art in Your Eye 2011

tcr! · Aug 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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Art in Your Eye 2011 Always a good time.. Plenty of oils, water colors and a little bit of food outside at the fine art show. If I’d have picked up some cards, I would post artist links. D’oh. Plus live music in the background and a “juried exhibit featuring the work of local artists in a variety of media” inside City Hall.

We were there a little less than two hours and the temperature was perfect. M. got hands on in the “Instrument Petting Zoo” by Music Matters and our favorite Water Street Studios were on hand making ceramics on the pottery wheel. Not a bad way to spend Sunday afternoon.

Learn more about the annual festival - Art in Your Eye on Batavia’s beautiful Riverwalk.

#arts

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Ban the Chimp Tests

tcr! · Aug 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

Stop Using Chimps as Guinea Pigs

Nim Chimpsky At the time, I believed such research was worth the pain inflicted on the animals. But in the years since, our understanding of its effect on primates, as well as alternatives to it, have made great strides, to the point where I no longer believe such experiments make sense — scientifically, financially or ethically. That’s why I have introduced bipartisan legislation to phase out invasive research on great apes in the United States.

Today is the start of a two-day public hearing convened by the Institute of Medicine, which is examining whether there is still a need for invasive chimpanzee research. Meanwhile, nine countries, as well as the European Union, already forbid or restrict invasive research on great apes. Americans have to decide if the benefits to humans of research using chimpanzees outweigh the ethical, financial and scientific costs.

Coincidence that Rise of the Planet of the Apes is playing at your local theater?

#justice

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Christianity, as Practiced by Many, is a Disease

tcr! · Aug 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

it’s paticularly amazing to me how few people appreciate the show business aspect of the modern gospel.

—jimi the saint

“Christianity, as practiced by many, is a disease, characterized by an inability to mind one’s own business, and an all consuming fear that somewhere, someone, is having a good time.

In advanced stages, the only solace available to the stricken is the thin hope that if this suspicious activity truly exists, then it can be interfered with now, or punished later.”

—The Saint James Version

#religion

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Poking Fun at HP’s TouchPad

tcr! · Aug 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I often wonder why people write articles like Marco Arment’s Sales of obscure game consoles vs. non-iPad tablets.

HP hasn’t released any sales figures for the TouchPad yet. I wonder if it will outsell the Virtual Boy this year.

I didn’t include the iPad’s approximately 30 million units on here because it distorted the graph’s scale too much.

The pretty bar chart, which obviously took some effort, is then followed by three sources. It almost screams “Hey, I’m a legitimate article, I have sources!

Honestly, I see zero reason for this piece other than to let tablet makers know they shouldn’t even bother. Generally I respect what Marco has to say but this is typical Apple Fanboi garbage.

Kinda makes me wonder if Hewlett-Packard hurt his feelings somewhere down the line, rejected his Instapaper webOS app or something.

I probably would’ve rolled my eyes and carried on but Daring Fireball linked to it.

#apple

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tcr! tcr! · Aug 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I think it's because I have a fondness for webOS, it's a good platform and the Apple pundits tend to hit it with just as hard as they do Android.

And I don't think this hitting is justified. Android, its malware and goofy "open source" model have plenty of lashings coming. I'm not sure that this is true for webOS and the TouchPad.

Often times the people in love with the iOS devices seem to go out of their way to knock down anything that might threaten Apple's dominance in the market.

Plenty of people are bashed here on tcrbang.com of course, but I think these are all legitimate bashing.

Maybe HP had it coming from Marco. I don't know. Marco seems like a fair person in his writings and the tone of his write-up just struck me as abrasive.

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Unicorns and Rainbows On-Demand - Cornify

tcr! · Aug 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Robot Unicorn Attack

Cornify is the #1 unicorn and rainbow service worldwide, spreading sparkly happiness around the world

I don’t know how I’ve missed this in my Internet travels. The web is just too big.

It’s who I strive to be each and every day. I have it as my phone’s screen saver.

Don’t be shrug this off as irrelevant. Visit the site. There’s more. A lot more.


Elsewhere:

#unicorns

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keamoose keamoose · Aug 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I have to say, the Cornify button is the finest addition I've ever made to my browser.

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tcr! tcr! · Aug 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I truly need a Cornify button for my email client. That would make my work orders all the more merrier.

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keamoose keamoose · Aug 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm

That would definitely improve the emails that come from our corporate office. As it is, I have to go and cornify our company website instead. The President's Message was greatly improved when it became the Lovely President's Message.

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tcr! tcr! · Aug 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm

BEHOLD THE POWER OF CORNIFY.

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LinkedIn Should Pay Us Commissions

tcr! · Aug 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm

A Box You Want to Uncheck on LinkedIn

Apparently, LinkedIn has recently done us the “favor” of having a default setting whereby our names and photos can be used for third-party advertising.

I wonder why this wasn’t posted on the LinkedIn blog. Good thing Forbes has more of the scoop.


Update Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:30am: LinkedIn replies →

I guess they did have the social advertising announcement on their blog. I couldn’t find it when I searched.

However, nothing in their June blog post says “We’ll be using your names and photos in ads.”

They went with:

“privacy policy changes lets us share your public actions, like recommendations, following companies, etc.

Etc. is so darn handy.

#privacynews #linkedin

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Colossal Squids

tcr! · Aug 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

The Octopus News Magazine Online

We’re committed to being the best resource available for all things cephalopod, in terms of both community and content.

Only a bio like that can be followed up with a gallery of Colossal Squid.

More at .. Netflix: Colossal Squid / Squid Invasion

#videos #tentacles

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Differentiate the Difference

tcr! · Jul 31, 2011 at 5:45 am

sgc writes:

I just had an epiphany of sorts–whatever from here on out that happens in this existence to me is good and for the betterment of others and myself. In Course in Miracles it says that “the second coming of Christ is nothing more or less than ALL of the sleeping children of god coming back to their Right minds.”

I believe that and all that really is, is present moment awareness with an extreme willingness not too judge.

#advancedsoul #sgc

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My Last Check-out

tcr! · Jul 31, 2011 at 4:26 am

Justin Libra writes:

Since, despite our letters and pleas and our questions at board meetings, the Williamsburg Regional Library is revoking the privileges of out-of-area residents, and since they aren’t even allowing us the option of paying a fee for service, today was the final day for me to use the library I’ve used for parts of the past 13 years.

So today I wrote a thank-you note to the circulation librarians (who’ve always been nice) and walked into the library to check out my final allotment of items.

I also bought a couple of books at their used-book table. The librarian reminded me that, though my borrowing privileges are ending, “you’ll still be able to come in and buy books.”

#literature

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Shut Up the Fuck Up

tcr! · Jul 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Earlier today I wrote on my social webs, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, sit down and shut up the fuck up.

Let me expand on this…

Duct Tape

If I surround myself with competent people, it is of the utmost importance for me to stand down and let them do their thing. Butting in with my 2 cents when they’re adeptly doing their job is plain wrong.

If I interfere for whatever reason, be it a longing for inclusion or suspicion of inferiority, I not only reduce their contributions but also their successes. Possibly I will make them look incompetent to their peers and their value to the group will be diminished.

People often cling to the past, times-gone-by, but if I truly want to succeed, I need to move on and let others fill the roles I once had. Not only will I (and my team) flourish, I’ll also gain a handful of respect to boot.

#axetogrind

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