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Amazon’s confusing new Echo lineup: There’s a method to the madness

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Amazon's overstuffed Echo event yesterday made one thing clear: it's not afraid of doubling down on smart speakers and its virtual assistant Alexa. The company announced a smaller $100 Echo (just as we reported in July); a $150 Echo Plus with smart h...
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ddillinger
22 days ago
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“Developer reads customer requested change.” Caravaggio Oil on...

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“Developer reads customer requested change.”

Caravaggio

Oil on canvas

1594

( collaboration from Matt Large)

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ddillinger
27 days ago
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“Recruiting the 10x developer” Auguste Toulmouche,...

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“Recruiting the 10x developer”

Auguste Toulmouche, 1866

(collaboration form Gary Dusbabek)

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ddillinger
30 days ago
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Guy's Twitter Story About Girlfriend Getting Pregnant Is The Definition Of An Emotional Rollercoaster

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Guy tells ridiculous story on Twtter of his girlfriend getting knocked up.

All (very necessary jokes) about the infuriatingly incomprehensible nature of this idiot's "writing/style" aside; this is some definite internet gold. A true rollercoaster, as it were. I mean, this one's straight up worse than that atrocious live-tweet breakup post (see here) we ran a while back ago. Not a good thing. Just when you think our protagonist is ready to buckle his bootstraps and overcome what's truly a miraculous conception, he gets hit with a life-altering curveball. Let's just say, this is why you don't skip out on sex-ed. 

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Tagged: sex , twitter , cringe , Awkward , pregnant , funny
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ddillinger
36 days ago
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i am ded
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Tesla's demon-haunted cars in Irma's path get a temporary battery-life boost

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Tesla sells both 60kWh and 75kWh versions of its Model S and Model X cars; but these cars have identical batteries -- the 60kWh version runs software that simply misreports the capacity of the battery to the charging apparatus and the car's owner. (more…)

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ddillinger
38 days ago
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Cures me of any desire to buy a Tesla.
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Gasolina motorcycle boots

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I am mighty pleased with Gasolina's beautifully made leather motorcycle boots. I've had mine for 3 years.

A lot of beautiful leatherwork comes from Leon, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. I was looking for a new pair of motorcycle boots, most of my gear is quite old, and Gasolina caught my eye. Their beautiful styles are built to be rugged and withstand the terrors of a fall.

Picking a style was rough, but Gasolina's cafe racer inspired "Ton Up" model seemed perfect for me. Cafe style for a guy stuck on 70s bikes seemed a perfect choice. I also like the deep rubberized tread and Goodyear welt. I had the soles on my last set of boots replaced several times.

Measuring is a bit of work. Gasolina makes shoes the old way and they'd like lots of info in picking the right patterns, forms and "lasts" to get you a great fit.

After three years and around 12k miles of riding the left boot is showing some wear, where the shifter on my airhead rubs it. The toe protector pad is not placed in the right spot for my posture and riding geometry, but only I notice. There is no other wear evident. I certainly feel great about the $269 price tag.

When it comes to rating this for motorcycle wear I'd say they meet my risk model for street and highway riding. The sole does bend or twist when I try. The toe cup is strong but not steel. These are fashionable street-able boots, not for track use.

I treat these boots with Bickmore Bick 5 every 6 months or so.

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ddillinger
38 days ago
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Buckles! :)
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