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First, and this surprised me, many of these counties consisted largely of a sizable college town. Just about every time I saw a county that I had not heard of near the top of the list, like Washtenaw, Mich., I found out that it was dominated by a classic college town, in this case Ann Arbor, Mich. The counties graced by Madison, Wis.; Athens, Ga.; Columbia, Mo.; Berkeley, Calif.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Gainesville, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; and Ithaca, N.Y., are all in the top 3 percent.

Gainesville, woot! Where’s my Wikipedia entry?

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Unfortunately, our almighty simulators may instead have programmed us into a universe-size reality show — and are capable of manipulating the rules of the game, purely for their entertainment. In that case, maybe our best strategy is to lead lives that amuse our audience, in the hope that our simulator-gods will resurrect us in the afterlife of next-generation simulations. 

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In fairness, Sigourney Weaver’s portrayal of Lt. Ellen Ripley in Alien (and the film’s numerous sequels, at least until they got terrible) is one of the greats in horror-movie history. But c’mon, Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actors in movie history, period. You’re telling us you wouldn’t want to see her square off with the xenomorph? Or suit up in the power loader from Aliens and scream “Get away from her, you bitch!” at the alien queen?

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"I recently cancelled a contract with a different provider after some gizmo broke. The company first told me the whole thing was my problem, then at the last moment offered me hundreds of pounds to stay. When your phone company starts using the playbook of an emotionally abusive spouse, this is not a market in good working order."

Tim Harford — Article — Casinos’ worrying knack for consumer manipulation

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I’ve always been wary of extensions, since they often times don’t seem particularly discriminant in what permissions they request. For example, it’s mindblowing that the only way jsonview appears to be able work is to be able to “access all data on your websites”.

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Gas powered switch warmers. Yule log anyone?
Snow and Ice Prep: February 5, 2014 (by MTAPhotos)

Gas powered switch warmers. Yule log anyone?

Snow and Ice Prep: February 5, 2014 (by MTAPhotos)

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"When you debug systems code, there are no high level debates about font choices and the best kind of turquoise, because this is the Old Testament, an angry and monochromatic world, and it doesn’t matter whether your Arial is Bold or Condensed when people are covered in boils and pestilence and Egyptian pharaoh oppression. HCI people discover bugs by receiving a concerned email from their therapist. Systems people discover bugs by waking up and discovering that their first-born children are missing and “ETIMEDOUT ” has been written in blood on the wall."

research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/mickens/thenightwatch.pdf

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"To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost."

— Gustave Flaubert

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