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August 1st, 2015
09:09 pm

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A better title
Why do they call the program "Outrageous ‎acts of Science", when "Hold my Beer and Watch This" would be so much more accurate? 

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July 4th, 2015
10:26 am

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You might be a libertarian if
You get mad about medical Certificates of Need, taxi medallions, and state run liquor stores, in a dream.

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June 24th, 2015
09:09 pm

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Árstíðir concert in Falls Church July 1st
One of my favorite bands is touring North America for the first time and playing in Falls Church, VA on July 1st.
You can hear some of their music on their YouTube channel, here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQL1FmOdJBCnkdQWpC-cFuQ

The acapella song that first got my attention is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4dT8FJ2GE0

Concert information here:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1157841

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June 22nd, 2015
12:25 pm

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Periodic Reinvestigation
‎I have held a security clearance of some type for more than half of my life. I've lived and traveled a bit overseas and and been friends with foreigners here and abroad. As of last Tuesday I am on my fourth company for the same job I've held for ten years,  (hired, company bought, contract lost and position transferred to the winner, company bought) though I changed employers intentionally a lot more in my youth. 
Reinvestigation interviews are getting longer and harder to keep everything straight through. 
Someday I won't have to do this anymore.

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June 13th, 2015
12:17 pm

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My iPad is mocking me
I typed in "motorcycle" and it immediately offered "accident".

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June 7th, 2015
10:43 pm

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Out geeking Adam Savage
I was just watching the episode of Mythbusters where they addressed Apollo moon landing myths. In one setup, Adam showed a scale model of an Apollo moon suit and claimed you could tell it was Neil Armstrong because of the red commander stripes on the helmet, sleeves, and legs. The purpose of the stripes was to make it easier to identify the astronauts in mission photos.
Neither Armstrong on Apollo 11, nor Pete Conrad on Apollo 12 had commander stripes on their suits. No one had realized they were necessary until the images from Apollo 11 were reviewed.Jim Lovell of Apollo 13 would have been the first to wear them on the moon if they had made a successful landing. Alan Shepard of Apollo 14 was the first to wear them on the moon.

Note that I confirmed my recollection before posting this, but my memory was correct.

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June 4th, 2015
08:29 pm

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Survey from my congresscritter
My representative got my email address from the various VCDL and GOA emails I send him, so he frequently uses it to send me emails. He's a fairly progressive democrat, so the provided answers to his survey of what I think he should focus on are:
Growing the Economy >> Protecting Women’s Rights >> Standing up for Medicare >> Fighting for the Environment >>

I used the Other field to suggest:
Reduce the size and scope of government at all levels, end civil asset forfeiture and the War on Drugs, support 2nd amendment rights.

Sadly, I don't think he will take my wishes to heart.

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May 27th, 2015
07:18 pm

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More teeth stuff
The dentist's office called late yesterday to tell me something went wrong with the impression(s) taken to make my permanent crowns. I called back this morning to make an appointment, and ended up going in this afternoon for a new impression.
This involved removing the temporary crowns, pushing my gums around for a while, taking the impression, and putting the temporary crowns back on. About 50 minutes all told and there was anesthetic involved.
Because this wasn't as involved a process, I was only numbed for the duration of the event. Now, I'm in more discomfort than I was after the last session.
I have taken one vicodin and I'm trying to stay awake so I can sleep normally tonight. We'll see how that all goes.

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May 23rd, 2015
07:47 pm

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Unexpected benefits
Today Penny and I had lunch with her son and daughter-in-law at a restaurant in Tysons. We parked in a garage next door, and during the meal I realized I had left my phone visible in the center console. Then I remembered I have a Black Berry and put it out of my mind.

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May 18th, 2015
06:57 pm

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The wonders of modern medicine
I had two crowns removed today so I could get replacements. Anesthetics are so good I barely felt the shot and didn't feel any discomfort after that. Now I'm at home and about an hour into a Vicodin. I think my day is about done.

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