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Happy New 2018 to all my friends on DU!

22 hours and 36 minutes to go here

My advice:

1- Do NOT go out. It will be insanely crowded wherever you go, full of drunks, very young people and very rude people.

2- If you MUST go out, yea, take a taxi or Uber or Lyft to get home. Would a taxi be a better bet tonight ? I don't know.

3- If you are going to drive no matter what (soberly I hope), for god's sake, don't drive between 11 PM and 4 AM. I've seen some really serious insanely crazily drunk driving then. I'm lucky to be alive.

4- Stay home by the fire (if in GA or further north hehe), have yourself a nice drink or two or three or a nice um chemical!

Let's hope 2018 is much BETTER than 2017 and yes TRUMP-FREE, Gawd/Allah/Buddha/Abraham/the Universe willing!

"Can't win a piss fight with a skunk", ever hear that from your parents ?

When I became politically aware in 1972, Watergate was beginning to rage away. I lived in the middle-sized town of Orlando, then newly famous for WDW and long a citrus industry town/center. Accordingly, the Orlando Slantinel (officially called the Sentinel but you get my drift) was VERY right-wing and very supportive of Nixon.

I would read the Slantinel and get apopleptic with rage over their selective coverage and their editorials and columnists (mostly conservative but not all). So, like any good teenager on a mission, I would write my LTE. Several of them.

I complained vigorously to my dad, who in exasperation one day said, "Son, you can't win a piss fight with a skunk." I knew immediately what he meant LOL, and quietly resolved to stop wasting my time.

My dad rarely said things like that. He was pretty religious in the old-school Episcopalian (easter and sunday boys ya'll) way, so it was a surprise hearing that come from him!

Anyone who needs/wants wifi info, a good site


Granted, a lot of this stuff only applies to DD-WRT for consumer-level routers (Asus, Linksys, etc). However, the rest applies to wifi.

I like tinkering with my wifi router, so the DD-WRT site appeals to me.

If you notice anything 100% incorrect on that page above I linked, please mention it here and I can tell them, or you can.

Of course, I'm not claiming this is the very best wifi page, but one I stumbled upon recently. HTH.

Satya and Anu Nadella Open Up About Their Family Life


Before I post an excerpt, a few caveats: 1- Yea yea, I know it's GH. Cut me a bit of slack please
2- Yes yes, I know this can be dismissed as cleverly disguised Microsoft propaganda if you really want to get cynical, and yet another way to flog his book.
3- He does have a special needs son, and arguably he's very different from Gates and Balmer as a human being, despite being the CEO of the largest software company on the planet.

Anyway...I thought a few might enjoy this. If you don't like this kind of thing...you are welcome to hide thread, hide me, etc. Thank you in advance for your politeness.

After all, he's a father of three who is not only leading one of the most significant technology companies in the world, but navigating device rules and screen time with his kids on the home front too, and I figured he would know better than anyone how to make that work in my own house (and yours) with a minimum of friction.

After an introductory Skype chat with his wife, Anu, we scheduled an interview in their home near Seattle — simple enough, or so it seemed until I got to the airport. After four delays, one cancelled flight and an in-air detour, I finally landed around 2 a.m. — minus my luggage, which apparently had never left New York. Perfect.

At 7 a.m., I raced to Target, grabbed clean clothes and made it to their house late for our interview and worried I wasn't exactly making the best impression. But when the front door opened, all my anxiety dissolved. Anu and Satya welcomed me with a warm, neighborly embrace, offering me coffee and looking for all the world like any other friendly family down the street. And that's really who they are.

"We have extreme controlled chaos in our house," Anu, 45, told me, referring to the constant motion of children, a dog and a parade of people going in and out of their hilltop home overlooking a large lake. As the wife of the CEO of Microsoft, Anu is skilled at juggling demands, raising their three kids — including a son with special needs — as typically as possible while her husband is steering the rest of us straight into the next industrial revolution, frequently described as a time in which machine intelligence will rival that of people.

Rage against the Machine "Killing in the Name"

"Killing in The Name" is a song by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine, featured on their self-titled debut album, and was released as the lead single from the album in November 1992. In 1993, the song peaked at number 25 in the United Kingdom, but in 2009 became the Christmas number one. Written about revolution against institutional racism and police brutality, "Killing in The Name" is widely recognized as the band's signature song, and has been noted for its distinctive guitar riffs and heavy use of profanity.


I'm only 25+ years late to this party, wow, now I feel really old

I found this courtesy of this parody song.

Good morning all! :) Any thoughts on this Kialo.com place ?



Leeroy Jenkins creator releases never seen before cut to raise awareness about net neutrality


Leeroy Jenkins has returned once more to ruin World of Warcraft raids, but this time for a good cause. The creators of the infamous meme released a never-before-seen dry run of the botched attack, this time with the hopes of raising awareness about net neutrality.

The original video was published on May 10, 2005, but has enjoyed enduring popularity and places in pop culture, from Jeopardy to The Daily Show. YouTube channel Anf Pal published a video dubbed “Leeroy Jenkins First Take/Dry Run,” in which the group runs through their plan just before Leeroy (aka Ben Schulz) starts his infamous charge. “I've been holding onto this for over a decade waiting for the ‘right’ moment to make it public,” the description on YouTube reads, “and then last week Ajit Pai created his awful/condescending video and it riled me up so much that I decided it was finally time to unleash this gem of Internet history on the world to do my part to help out.”

As it stands, net neutrality is dead. FCC chairman Ajit Pai led the vote to repeal the Open Internet Order on December 14. But the battle isn’t over just yet; some lawmakers are vocally supporting resolutions to undue the repeal, while pro-neutrality groups are preparing for a legal fight. The YouTuber adds that he will make a “sizeable donation” to the EFF and related organizations if the video generates ad revenue. “Hopefully some of you will find this interesting and/or amusing, and will take some time to research net neutrality and make a fuss about it,” he wrote.

For anyone who still believed the video was real, however, this cut confirms the run was staged (or at the very least, a dramatic reenactment). Sorry about the death of your favorite “real” meme, but net neutrality is at least a worthy cause.

Michelle Obama Writes Exceptional Thank-You Note to Local Greek Restaurant


A three-location fast-casual gyro chain in San Francisco, called Souvla, has a high-profile fan: Michelle Obama. In fact, she loves this place so much that she ordered it for a recent plane ride back to D.C., then afterwards wrote Souvla’s staff a very nice letter saying how much the food improved her five-hour flight.

Now, granted, Obama is a dining connoisseur with few equals. (On past Bay Area trips, she’s eaten private meals with Barack prepared by Alice Waters and Quince’s Michael Tusk.) But Souvla’s Greek fries and lamb leg must’ve really called her name the day of that flight, because staff tell Eater San Francisco that her crew came in and ordered “pretty much everything on the menu,” which includes the spit-fired meat sandwiches, salads and sides, and frozen yogurt.

Here’s the thank-you letter she sent last week, shared yesterday by Souvla, calling the in-flight meal “phenomenal,” and adding it “made our long flight home so much more enjoyable”:


another Instagram to the owner: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc-Hns5Hl9G/

Sean Brock And Anthony Bourdain Eat At The Waffle House



Norad tracks Santa site


Now headed for Madagascar!
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