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Out of the Blue

We had a little outage in the wee hours, apologies for that. And hats off to Frans for getting things straightened out immediately, in spite of the odd hour. The issue last night illustrates how well he has things running since our last hardware and programming fixes, as while we had a software crash, the server uptime is currently at 481 days and counting.

This is the Memorial Day weekend here in the U.S., a somber celebration, as contradictory as that sounds. Here's hoping those of you with plans stay safe and dry, and that all of us can find the time to reflect on the significance of the occasion.

R.I.P.: After 70 years of waiting, WWII B-17 gunner, 94, revisits Britain. And dies quietly there. Thanks nin.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: PewPewEmUp.
Science: No, this isn’t the start of the antibiotic apocalypse, just bad reporting.
Media: Calvin & Hobbes - Art before Commerce.
Lions Licking Water From A Tent Screen Inches Away.
What Happens If You Drop 30 lb of Dry Ice in a Pool.
The Funnies: Cyanide & Happiness. Thanks reddit.

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22. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2016, 15:16 Kxmode
 
Thanks Frans for smashing those server bugs! Smash  
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21. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2016, 10:38 RedEye9
 
Frans wrote on May 28, 2016, 03:40:
RedEye9 wrote on May 27, 2016, 15:30:
Fran's is a Saint.
My sister isn't named Fran, but she's one of my favorite persons indeed.
Quboid wrote on May 27, 2016, 16:21:
Fran's what, favourite fictional thief?
Dangit, I blame autocorrect, tablet typing and my horrible English.
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2016, 03:40  Frans 
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 27, 2016, 15:30:
Thirdeded!

Fran's is a Saint.
My sister isn't named Fran, but she's one of my favorite persons indeed.

For the technically-inclined, Apache was brought down by this issue, but figuring that out took longer than the fix (an Apache restart).
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2016, 03:23 VaranDragon
 
People living in fantasy lands, need to have rich and fantastic imaginations. Thumbsup  
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18. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 22:28 BobBob
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 27, 2016, 22:11:
BobBob wrote on May 27, 2016, 18:11:
I voted Hillary for President
Seeing as she has yet to run for President, that seems unlikely. I assume you mean you voted for her in a primary.

Oops! Yes. Thumbsup
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 22:11 Mr. Tact
 
BobBob wrote on May 27, 2016, 18:11:
I voted Hillary for President
Seeing as she has yet to run for President, that seems unlikely. I assume you mean you voted for her in a primary.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 18:25 ASeven
 
Creston wrote on May 27, 2016, 17:29:
That WWII gunner story is pretty heartwrenching.


Sadly, their generation is soon to pass, there's not many WWII veterans left alive nowadays. 5 years ago the last combat veteran of WWI died and soon there will be no WWII veterans either.

100 years ago the battle of Verdun was coming to an end and the battle of Somme was about to begin. It's a shame not many people know about WWI since that event, more than any other event in modern history, helped shape the world into what it is today, for all the bad and the good.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 18:11 BobBob
 
Cutter wrote on May 27, 2016, 17:31:
BobBob wrote on May 27, 2016, 13:21:
Cutter wrote on May 27, 2016, 13:07:
BobBob wrote on May 27, 2016, 12:01:
Enjoy your freedom to speak as much as possible. Act civilized but rejoice in the opportunity to be the person you wish to be. That's what their sacrifice was about. To keep us free to be ourselves.

That's my view point.

Seriously? Lol! Are you running for office, Bob?


I've traveled quite a bit. I'm sincere. I truly love my country and have an unconditional respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and way of life. I honor them by engaging in critical dialogue, voting, and respecting our laws and exercising my rights. It's what defines and distinguishes me as a citizen of the USA. Thumbsup

Huh, I didn't think you'd go in for that sort of jingoistic jive. I do agree that the Vets of WWII deserve our respect and thanks, but everything since has just been about hegemony and exploitation. That isn't something to honour.

That perspective can be seen throughout human history pertaining to all forms of battle, war, and conquest.

I am not claiming the USA is superior. I am loyal to my country and I love it. I believe in the US Constitution and the intentions of the Founding Fathers. It's not only about the recent US philosophers, however it spans time and geographies - to name a few: Rousseau, Camus, Sartre, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, MLK, Plato, Weber, Durkheim, Smith, and Voltaire. The actual list of social and political philosophers I've read is quite long.

My political views tend to be moderate:

  • I'm very pro LGBT rights.

  • I believe in harsh sentences for violent criminals.

  • I believe sex offenders who use force against others of all ages should get mandatory life sentences.

  • I'm against all forms of animal testing, but I believe people have a right to hunt for food.

  • I have no opinion about gun control because I believe the underlying problem is a failed mental health system (lack of early intervention) and the early release of violent criminals.

  • I'd rather see tax money spent toward livable spaces for homeless people (without passing judgement) than to see them on the streets and committing crimes. A homeless vet, mentally ill person, handicap person, or child should be considered an embarrassment to society and perhaps some form of criminal negligence by a city.

  • I think we should get away from any dependency on foreign energy by promoting natural and renewable resources - ones that don't pollute.

  • I believe in affordable and competing health care systems but not something entirely universal and ran 100% by the government.

  • I think a person caught driving under the influence should be charged the same as a person running around firing a weapon on the street, but I don't care if people want to drink or smoke weed in private.

  • I'm a registered Independent. I voted Hillary for President but I also voted for a Republican California Assemblyman.


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    14. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 17:31 Cutter
     
    BobBob wrote on May 27, 2016, 13:21:
    Cutter wrote on May 27, 2016, 13:07:
    BobBob wrote on May 27, 2016, 12:01:
    Enjoy your freedom to speak as much as possible. Act civilized but rejoice in the opportunity to be the person you wish to be. That's what their sacrifice was about. To keep us free to be ourselves.

    That's my view point.

    Seriously? Lol! Are you running for office, Bob?


    I've traveled quite a bit. I'm sincere. I truly love my country and have an unconditional respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and way of life. I honor them by engaging in critical dialogue, voting, and respecting our laws and exercising my rights. It's what defines and distinguishes me as a citizen of the USA. Thumbsup

    Huh, I didn't think you'd go in for that sort of jingoistic jive. I do agree that the Vets of WWII deserve our respect and thanks, but everything since has just been about hegemony and exploitation. That isn't something to honour.
     
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    13. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 17:29 Creston
     
    That WWII gunner story is pretty heartwrenching.

     
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    12. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 16:21 Quboid
     
    RedEye9 wrote on May 27, 2016, 15:30:
    Fran's is a Saint.

    Fran's what, favourite fictional thief?
     
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    11. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 15:30 RedEye9
     
    sauron wrote on May 27, 2016, 13:39:
    nin wrote on May 27, 2016, 10:18:

    Thanks Frans!


    Seconded!

    Thirdeded!

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    10. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 14:17 Kxmode
     
    Blue wrote on May 27, 2016, 11:35:
    Cutter wrote on May 27, 2016, 11:34:
    So are you guys off today or Monday? Our long weekend was last week.

    Memorial Day is Monday, though many companies also let people out early today as part of the long weekend.

    Yup! My manager is off today. My coworkers are off today (one in Santa Cruz, another heading to San Francisco for his sons college graduation). I'm out of here at noon. Good opportunity to see Captain America and buy a new law mower.
     
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    9. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 13:39 sauron
     
    nin wrote on May 27, 2016, 10:18:

    Thanks Frans!


    Seconded!
     
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    8. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 13:21 BobBob
     
    Cutter wrote on May 27, 2016, 13:07:
    BobBob wrote on May 27, 2016, 12:01:
    Enjoy your freedom to speak as much as possible. Act civilized but rejoice in the opportunity to be the person you wish to be. That's what their sacrifice was about. To keep us free to be ourselves.

    That's my view point.

    Seriously? Lol! Are you running for office, Bob?


    I've traveled quite a bit. I'm sincere. I truly love my country and have an unconditional respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and way of life. I honor them by engaging in critical dialogue, voting, and respecting our laws and exercising my rights. It's what defines and distinguishes me as a citizen of the USA. Thumbsup

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    7. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 13:10 Mr. Tact
     
    Cutter wrote on May 27, 2016, 11:34:
    So are you guys off today or Monday? Our long weekend was last week.
    Off? Oh yeah, I remember that has something to do with having to work, right? Poor bastards.
     
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    6. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 13:07 Cutter
     
    BobBob wrote on May 27, 2016, 12:01:
    Enjoy your freedom to speak as much as possible. Act civilized but rejoice in the opportunity to be the person you wish to be. That's what their sacrifice was about. To keep us free to be ourselves.

    That's my view point.

    Seriously? Lol! Are you running for office, Bob?

     
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    5. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 12:01 BobBob
     
    Enjoy your freedom to speak as much as possible. Act civilized but rejoice in the opportunity to be the person you wish to be. That's what their sacrifice was about. To keep us free to be ourselves.

    That's my view point.
     
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    4. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 11:35  Blue 
     
    Cutter wrote on May 27, 2016, 11:34:
    So are you guys off today or Monday? Our long weekend was last week.

    Memorial Day is Monday, though many companies also let people out early today as part of the long weekend.
     
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    3. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2016, 11:34 Cutter
     
    So are you guys off today or Monday? Our long weekend was last week.

     
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