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The Problem with the College Football Playoff

I really don't know, offhand, if I've been pro- or anti-playoff for NCAA football. I liked that the BCS gave us the possibility of seeing a champion determined by playing a game, but i recognize that there are lots of arguments about who should be playing in that game. So far this year, though, I've [...]

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Review: Pink Floyd’s “Endless River”

TL;DR Go get Pink Floyd's Endless River. I did, and it's great - as long as you enjoy Pink Floyd. I bought the Floyd's latest release - "The Endless River," as mentioned - because it's Pink Freaking Floyd, and it's a new release. It's awesome - but wants immersion. If you're looking for something that [...]

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DuOS-M: Android on Windows 8.1

One of my sons recently got me invested in Ice Cold Muffin's ICE, a game in which you try to take over bases in a simple directed graph. It's a lot of fun, despite the extreme simplicity - maybe other game makers could benefit from noticing how simple games can be fun. Anyway, while it's [...]

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A few thoughts for a Monday…

Life has changed a lot lately. First, I changed employers; I've left Red Hat (for various reasons) and am now working for a company that will give me a little more direct purpose, along with an imperative for using Scala. (Did you see what I did there? Scala's typically a functional language, not an imperative [...]

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Adding arguments to CentOS boot

I'm running CentOS in a VirtualBox image (so I can play with Docker while using Windows, because ... um... because). I don't want X running; I am happiest with the command line for this application. So the screen resolution is really important to me; I don't want an 80-by-25 console, I want something better. It's [...]

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FSU played the NCSU Wolfpack this last Saturday, and managed to win; that's good for FSU, and honestly, it was good for NCSU, too, because they punished FSU and easily could have won. But two things really, really bother me about the game. The first was when one of the FSU players went down with [...]

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The Day After the Edge of Tomorrow

I watched the Edge of Tomorrow last week, and it finally hit me: what happened after the end of the movie? Did the protagonist retain his time-reset attribute? What if the female lead shot him after they'd completed what the story was about, or if he died in some other mundane way? Now I want [...]

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Jameis Winston: Please, please, please just stop

FSU announced today that Heisman winner Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of the football game between the Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers, a game that many expect to define the seasons of both teams. If FSU loses this one, the team loses the momentum for inclusion in the playoffs. Win and [...]

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Use of a/an with parentheticals?

This morning I was confronted with a grammar question for which I just don't know the answer. Consider the phrase "an essential truth;" now put "essential" in parentheses. Is the indefinite article supposed to be "an" or "a" in that phrase? I'm stumped; my advice was to remove the parentheses entirely, so the phrase remains [...]

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Smart Grids series reposted

I just republished an article I'd worked on for Red Hat, called "Smart Grids." It's got twelve parts already, with two more not actually finalized; I'd been pulled off of the smart grids article and never quite got back around to it. I'd still like to, though. It's a good walkthrough of an "Internet of [...]

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