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    It’s freakishly, unreasonably hot out. As in, even at 9 in the morning it feels like stepping into an oven. What choice do I have but to stay in the air-conditioned house all day and listen to music?
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

    "Art is an attempt to transport into a limited quantity of matter, modeled by man, an image of the infinite beauty of the entire universe." - Simone Weil

    "Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret." - Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    It’s freakishly, unreasonably hot out. As in, even at 9 in the morning it feels like stepping into an oven. What choice do I have but to stay in the air-conditioned house all day and listen to music?
    Agree. Thankfully we have that option. Enjoy.
    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
    --Malcolm X

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    A friend posted a meme in celebration of Memorial Day.

    The meme said,

    "Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have.

    "Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have."


    I commented: "Technically that is the description of VETERANS DAY.
    MEMORIAL DAY is when we give thanks to those WHO HAVE DIED fighting for the things we have."


    His answer?

    "Hey! It's what I grabbed off a Google search. Besides, it's the thought that counts!"

    Many people just DON'T CARE if what they post is accurate or not.

    Grrr.

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    Fought, died I dont see much of a diffderence...
    Today I cleaned the spider webs that have occupied the house...They put up tough resistance but I scored a victory for now...
    'Listen, Mister god!
    Isn't it boring
    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    I just updated my window 10, as it was a routine security batch, when it installed an annoying widget called "News and Interests". Upon clicking the widget, I was bombarded by news article about celebrates and other trivial items. After googling, I was able to hide it by right clicking the taskbar, moving the mouse to News and Interests section, and clicking on Hide. I wish that tech and any other companies don't push unwanted features on consumers in an attempt to create a "maze garden" to trap users and gather their data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad2 View Post
    I just updated my window 10, as it was a routine security batch, when it installed an annoying widget called "News and Interests". Upon clicking the widget, I was bombarded by news article about celebrates and other trivial items. After googling, I was able to hide it by right clicking the taskbar, moving the mouse to News and Interests section, and clicking on Hide. I wish that tech and any other companies don't push unwanted features on consumers in an attempt to create a "maze garden" to trap users and gather their data.
    I'm getting really tired of links (on Facebook) to news on questionable pages, that splits an article up into a slide show of 10 or 20 pages. I KNOW it's clickbait, but the REALLY irritating part is when the page just continues to load stuff, and keeps shifting up, then down, then up. You try to click on the 'next' link, but it shifts and -presto- you've opened a new tab for a toothpaste or expensive car, or practically anything OTHER than what you wanted.

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    Im tired of ppl in general being what they are not, developing a whole another (fake) personae, behind which hides an ''awful'' truth...That really grinds my gears...
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    'Listen, Mister god!
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    Get syncromesh then your gears won't grind.
    "Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car, oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car.

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    Wow...Witty gritty.
    'Listen, Mister god!
    Isn't it boring
    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    Just looked something up on the internet and wish I hadn't. I hate it when that happens. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.

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    Yeah...TMI sometimes...Our ancestors lived such happier lives not knowing what went down in any god forsaken part of the earth...
    'Listen, Mister god!
    Isn't it boring
    to dip your puffy eyes,
    every day, into a jelly of clouds?'

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    I called for a windshield estimate and the guy asked if it has the rain sensor. I said, "no, i have eyeballs to tell me if it is raining, what would I need that for?"

    If I can't see it is raining, then I ought not be driving eh?

    Rain sensor. Lazy lazy people. OR they are too busy with a soda in one hand, and a vape in the other, while reading the newspaper and shaving in the morning commute.
    “The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent look guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the mind of the masses.”
    --Malcolm X

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    A family friend's son, who is young, was solicited about enrolling in Rice University UX/UI Boot Camp. Rice University is a prestigious university and the marketing of limited space tempted him, but he wisely "sleep on it". I did some research and red flags immediately appeared. It turns out that the boot camp is not done by Rice University directly, but via a third party, Trilogy Education, who lease Rice University space and the name. I reach out to some people that I knew and who are in that field, as computer science is not my specialty. It turns out that the experience and certificate is not good, as they tried to tackle complex topics at a fast pace, leaving you with only shallow knowledge. The program is also very expensive, the equivalent of an US instate university tuition for a whole year. They recommended that he should take free courses from MIT, Stanford, and others on platform such as Edx to gain knowledge and then have presentable projects that he can put on his resume.

    I hate how these sketchy companies hide behind prestigious names and jump on buzzwords to entice people to sign up for courses, where they could learned more at an affordable prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrad2 View Post
    A family friend's son, who is young, was solicited about enrolling in Rice University UX/UI Boot Camp. Rice University is a prestigious university and the marketing of limited space tempted him, but he wisely "sleep on it". I did some research and red flags immediately appeared. It turns out that the boot camp is not done by Rice University directly, but via a third party, Trilogy Education, who lease Rice University space and the name. I reach out to some people that I knew and who are in that field, as computer science is not my specialty. It turns out that the experience and certificate is not good, as they tried to tackle complex topics at a fast pace, leaving you with only shallow knowledge. The program is also very expensive, the equivalent of an US instate university tuition for a whole year. They recommended that he should take free courses from MIT, Stanford, and others on platform such as Edx to gain knowledge and then have presentable projects that he can put on his resume.

    I hate how these sketchy companies hide behind prestigious names and jump on buzzwords to entice people to sign up for courses, where they could learned more at an affordable prices.
    Absolutely "Let the buyer beware".

    There is no shortage of "experts" that offer to teach you at a price, whether it's computer science, or how to get rich in real estate using other people's money.

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    Got hammered by two powerful rain storms between 10 pm and 5 am. There were tornado sirens during the earlier one, though not sure any tornadoes were sighted.

    Power went out at 1030 pm last night. Dog freaking out from the thunder. Can't find the calming tablets. Had to drive 4 miles to son's house to get some from him. Forgot my glasses, so drove in rain at night without glasses (fortunately my implants give me reasonable distance vision in lit areas that I am familiar with). Get home from that and start generator on motorhome. Routing two extension cords to house, removing window screen to basement window and installing a board that clamps in with a passage for the wires, including stuffing the better parts of a 100-foot and a 60-foot extension cord through the window (about 8x18 inches opening). By this time my back is soaking wet thorough a nylon windbreaker. Then route the wires through the house to power up two refrigerators, my computer and a lamp in the living room.

    Now what to do with the dog today. She loves to chew stuff and generally stays in the part of the house that now has wires all over the floor, and I can't latch the basement door, and she loves to whip down there to explore. Ah well, could be worse, at least i have my food protected, a computer and a lamp.

    They are saying our power is expected to be back on by 1130 tonight. There are currently 77,992 customers out of power in the Metro Detroit Area and down to the Ohio border. Power company has 519 crews in the field.
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    --Malcolm X

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