Monthly Archives: August 2014

Less Than Three Years to Prepare

For once, I live in just about the best spot to observe a total solar eclipse. The center line for the eclipse coming in August 2017 is just a few miles north of where I live.  That being said, the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Guns of August by Tuchman (4 Stars)

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman Read by John Lee Winner of the Pulitzer Price for General Nonfiction 1963 4 out of 5 stars Thanks to Barbara, I now know more about the first month of World War … Continue reading

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Why the federal court record system PACER is so broken, and how to fix it — Tech News and Analysis

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/27/why-the-federal-court-record-system-pacer-is-so-broken-and-how-to-fix-it/ So what happened? Why has the federal courts’ IT system stagnated despite more money? The answer, unsurprisingly, is that the money has gone elsewhere. Bureaucracies and budgets … if there is money unspent in one at the end of … Continue reading

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Article: Internet down for 12m Americans as Time Warner Cable suffers outage

Internet down for 12m Americans as Time Warner Cable suffers outage http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/27/internet-down-time-warner-cable-outage Per my earlier Tweet, we (the Mosses) are victims of this outage. What do you want to bet that my bill will not reflect a credit for the … Continue reading

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Modesitt on Ferguson

http://www.lemodesittjr.com/2014/08/26/ferguson/ ‘… but a “them” versus “us” confrontation isn’t going to do much to improve things in Ferguson… or anywhere else.’ Can I get an ‘Amen!’ or ‘Hallelujah! ‘? Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse … Continue reading

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Update from the Eastern Front

My grandmother, Doris, often wished she could reconnect with her mother’s relatives in Europe in her latter years.  But the ravages of two World Wars followed by the dropping of the Iron Curtain across most of eastern Europe made genealogical … Continue reading

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Article: Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/23/just-another-white-dude-writing-about-diversity/ Maybe, just maybe, a perception of the tech industry as a toxic environment for women has had something to do with that decline. Maybe the pipeline problem is not independent … Continue reading

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Worldcon! – Ann Leckie

Worldcon! blog post by Ann Leckie I did have one or two people tell me they were WoT fans but had put AJ in first place, and I would like to say how much that means to me. Because like … Continue reading

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Did You Know There Are Tests For Sarcasm Detection?

io9: “Did You Know There Are Tests of Sarcasm Detection?” “… the way of most sarcasm tests. They’re meant to not just discover an inability to detect sarcasm, but sound out exactly what is wrong with someone’s understanding of the … Continue reading

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Hugo Awards Voting Adventure Wrap-Up

My weekend got away from me and I didn’t make my final post of how I voted for the remainder of the 2014 Hugo Award categories I hadn’t previously discussed.  I did carve out two hours on Sunday afternoon to … Continue reading

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