Jack of all ops, but master of none, I develop for Talking Bibles International.
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Chihuahuas take Phoenix suburb

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Stray chihuahuas have become a problem in the west Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale, Arizona. "They are out here chasing kids or going yard to yard," says one terrified local. "Anywhere in groups of eight to twelve just running around." [Thanks, Heather!]
    






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claysmith
2118 days ago
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This would literally be a dream come true for me.
Escondido, CA
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Lacrymosa
2118 days ago
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This sounds like Tokyo Jungle
Boston, MA

Automation

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'Automating' comes from the roots 'auto-' meaning 'self-', and 'mating', meaning 'screwing'.
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claysmith
2148 days ago
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This is my weakness. I'll gladly write a script or macro to accomplish a repetitive task even though doing the task by hand would take half the time. Coincidently, this is why I use Vim, because it reduces the distance between manual and macro editing. Of course, it took me weeks to set up and learn to use Vim. That's time I'll likely never recoup.
Escondido, CA
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Jadepearl
2138 days ago
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True, true, true.
USA! USA! USA!
Skotte
2143 days ago
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"Automation" is in my job title.
Rochester, Earth
jmoodie
2144 days ago
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I got to be pretty decent at spotting this curve while at UMB, and then avoiding it. But there is no doubt about its existence.
danatnr
2145 days ago
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Yes.
Ohio
yashimii
2147 days ago
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oh so true
linny
2147 days ago
it's really true.
devicenull
2149 days ago
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Too often true...
RTP, NC
lrwrp
2149 days ago
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So painfully true.
??, NC
Satri
2149 days ago
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Ah.. The things you own end up owning you...
Montreal, Canada
bsag
2149 days ago
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Horribly true. Been there, done that.
satadru
2149 days ago
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The multi-axial solution is to delegate your yak-shave. Alternately optimize using the "has somebody automated/done this in a good enough fashion" algorithm.
New York, NY
stefanetal
2149 days ago
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How the boss views most projects. And how I view his project proposals...
Northern Virginia
adamgurri
2149 days ago
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Yup
New York, NY
steingart
2149 days ago
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sigh, yes.
Princeton, NJ
JayM
2149 days ago
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Ha. :) For some folks this is definitely true!
Atlanta, GA
tomazed
2150 days ago
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Best definition of automating!
taglia
2150 days ago
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Best definition of automation I have ever seen...
Singapore
Jaryth000
2150 days ago
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Related comic: http://xkcd.com/1205/
Canada
amijangos
2149 days ago
My thought exactly, you have a threshold of how much time to invest
oliverzip
2150 days ago
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Explaining the productivity paradox.
Sydney, Balmain, Hornsby.
traggett
2150 days ago
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Title text: 'Automating' comes from the roots 'auto' meaning 'self-', and 'mating' meaning 'screwing'.
Hong Kong

What happens when you don't get vaccinated

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Amy Parker grew up with super health-conscious parents who provided her with a healthy diet and active lifestyle. But they also didn't vaccine her and she was sick all the time as a kid.

As healthy as my lifestyle seemed, I contracted measles, mumps, rubella, a type of viral meningitis, scarlatina, whooping cough, yearly tonsillitis, and chickenpox. In my 20s I got precancerous HPV and spent six months of my life wondering how I was going to tell my two children under the age of 7 that Mummy might have cancer before it was safely removed.

This is the part that really gets to me: Parker wasn't vaccinated but was given so many antibiotics for her childhood illnesses that she became immune to them! [Hair-tearing-out noise]

My two vaccinated children, on the other hand, have rarely been ill, have had antibiotics maybe twice in their lives, if that. Not like their mum. I got so many illnesses requiring treatment with antibiotics that I developed a resistance to them, which led me to be hospitalized with penicillin-resistant quinsy at age 21 -- you 21-you know, that old-fashioned disease that supposedly killed Queen Elizabeth I and that was almost wiped out through use of antibiotics.

Update: Slate has corrected the passage above, taking out the part about Parker's resistance to antibiotics. It now reads:

My two vaccinated children, on the other hand, have rarely been ill, have had antibiotics maybe twice in their lives, if that. Not like their mum. I got many illnesses requiring treatment with antibiotics. I developed penicillin-resistant quinsy at age 21 -- you know, that old-fashioned disease that supposedly killed Queen Elizabeth I and that was almost wiped out through use of antibiotics.

People do not develop antibiotic resistance, microorganisms do. I regret the idiotic error and tearing out my hair. (thx @chrismize)

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China to Ease One-Child Policy; Will Also Abolish Re-Education Through Labor

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2215 days ago
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It's a good start.
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∞ The PS4 is about to make one giant leap forward

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Watch this demo. Ignore the silliness and focus on the quality and content of this demo. To me, this is a huge step forward in bringing forward thinking technologies from the lab and niche apps into the mainstream. The interesting stuff comes in at about 1:20. The app is called Playroom and is built-in to the PS4. The down side is that it requires the PS4 camera (a $60 add-on).

The cynics among you will dismiss this as a ploy to sell the camera (the Xbox One equivalent is included in the box). Perhaps. But no matter the motive, this is still some mighty cool tech.

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claysmith
2215 days ago
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I want. Not just the system, but the giant screen as well. Sure, the novelty would wear off, but what enticing novelty!
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Don't Put All Your Eggs in Someone Else's Basket

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2309 days ago
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Moral of the story is, don't become a specialist of a particular company's product, because then you've tied your fortune to that company's market dominance. Become an expert in a field instead, and familiarize yourself with the best tools as they come and go.
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