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November 11th, 2014
07:41 am

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The eleventh day of the eleventh month
I was an MP in the US Army from 1983-1986, serving at Ft Eustis, VA and Seoul, South Korea. The US didn’t go to war much in those days; the only campaign of my era was the invasion of Grenada. I was still in training at time.
Beyond a few MP-type scuffles, the closest I got to war was when a North Korean Pilot defected and flew his MIG over Seoul. I was sleeping off a night shift at the time, and awoke to the sound of air defense artillery firing in one of the largest and densest cities in the world (they missed him).
I recently learned that I qualify to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars because the Koreas have technically been at war since 1950. I have no intention of trying to join on a loophole. I’m not really an organization kind of guy and I would feel like a poseur.
My service was relatively painless, taught me a bit about the world, and paid for my college. I have no complaints, though I wouldn’t take that route today, nor have I suggested it to any youngsters in many years. There has been too much combat for no discernible gain. It is a very different Army than the one I served in.
Happy Veterans Day to all. To echo the sentiments of shaysdays via fragbert,
May all the currently serving soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines see as little combat as I did.

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November 4th, 2014
05:57 pm

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Election Day
Voting for one senate seat, one HoR seat, one amendment to the state constitution, and one bond issue. As usual, I am confident that no candidate or position I support will win.

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November 1st, 2014
02:12 pm

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Holy crap
I don't know where and how they pull their information, but Linkedin sure recommended a lot of people I knew when all I'd entered was my name, zip code, and email address.

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October 27th, 2014
10:29 pm

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The pendulum swings back
When I was at Embassy Moscow in 2000, we were under constant surveillance and our apartments would occasionally be entered when we weren't there*, but it seems worse now.

US Embassy in Moscow Faces Cold War-Era Harassment

*Someone may have entered my apartment while I was home in bed once, but the bedroom was at the far end of the apartment and I didn't leave it to confirm. Nothing was missing the next morning.

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October 24th, 2014
06:13 pm

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According to Penny, my Indian name is "Walks with Poop".
I cannot argue against its accuracy.

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October 4th, 2014
09:24 pm

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Anniversary of note
Seven years ago tonight, I wrecked a motorcycle and my leg and my shoulder and my jaw. All things considered, I've gotten through it pretty well.

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September 24th, 2014
10:52 pm

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Short version
We went on vacation to New Orleans and Navarre, Florida last week and had a great time. One of the things I did was this:
www.flytheboat.com

I have some photos from the air, and Penny has some of the takeoff and landing that will be posted eventually.

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September 20th, 2014
10:00 am

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TSA Pre-Check
‎I seem to get selected for secondary screening (SSSS) about half the times I fly, but this morning we were diverted into the Pre-Check line instead. It *almost* seems like a reasonable level of security. Left my watch, ring, and shoes on. We did have our hands swabbed for explosive residue before going through the metal detector, but it was still better than the standard security theater and *much* better than being taken off for secondary screening. 

Dan --It's brief because it's Blackberry

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September 16th, 2014
09:48 am

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I get around
‎I passed through six states yesterday:
Virginia 
Georgia 
Louisiana 
Mississippi 
Alabama 
Florida 

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September 6th, 2014
09:50 am

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Bing calls it "Streetside"
My wife saw a Bing car pass our house the same day I saw one on my commute. I pulled this from their FAQ page:
Q.
What technology will you use to collect street level pictures?
A.
The sensor system mounted on the car provide the ability to capture a 360 degree picture and support the collection of street level imagery and 3D information. It includes 3 main components:
  • Positioning sensors (an integrated GPS/IMU unit) which ensure all data collected is accurately georeferenced;
  • Panoramic cameras which provide the ability to capture street level imagery in a 360° field of view;
  • Rotating laser scanners which collects over a million data points every second to help create things like 3D representations of the environment.

Their webpage

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