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I've read John Christopher's Tripod books. I may not be able to look at windmills the same way again.

The conclusion, though, is just brilliant.
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"A low-cost, connected velociraptor for the world's children's survival"


(One can only imagine what xkcd's author is going to make of this.)

(Edit: added OVPC as a tag, per [livejournal.com profile] zandperl's note. Left OLVC in there because I think it's funny.)
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(It's also for a number of other people, including me--I've never actually jumped through a window in that circumstance, but it probably would have been less awkward than what I actually did in some cases.

But definitely for you. ;) )
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"Google Australia has introduced a new feature, enabling you to search
content on the internet before it is created."

https://mail.google.com/mail/help/customtime/index.html [linked to
from mail.google.com]
"Introducing Gmail Custom Time"

http://www.google.com/virgle/index.html [linked to from www.google.com]
"Earth has issues, and it's time humanity got started on a Plan B. So,
starting in 2014, Virgin founder Richard Branson and Google
co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be leading hundreds of
users on one of the grandest adventures in human history: Project
Virgle, the first permanent human colony on Mars."

(1) We had a general announcement from one of the VPs letting us know that they needed us to donate any Pentium II's that we had lying around so that they could cut down on power consumption in our data centers. (It would have been more believable if they hadn't quoted the MHz rating on the PIIs wrong; it was never as low as 90. :) )
(2) A Kirkland email let us know that the caterers had all quit and that they'd be getting us hot dogs from Costco until further notice. (Someone responded by saying that sounded good to him.)
(3) The intranet employee directory pictures have all been auto-altered to include either a really impressive mustache or an equally impressive pair of granny glasses.
(4) There is now an internal page detailing conventions to be used when coding in INTERCAL.

And from XKCD, a convincing pickup line (at least to devotees of social networks and graph theory): http://xkcd.com/403/
(Note the Erdos reference in the mouseover FTW.)

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I kind of doubt that we're ever going to try this, for a variety of reasons...but I gotta say that, especially now that I've got three kids (but even without that) this would have to be one of the coolest options for "furniture" that I've seen. :) (Of course, most furniture you don't have to reassemble after your kids have been using it for 10 minutes. It does have its downsides.)
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"Her daughter is named 'Help I'm trapped in a driver's license factory'."

Truly, a thing of beauty.
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Brilliant. Were it not for the fact that the next time I go to an amusement park that I'll almost certainly be carting around 3 kids, I'd totally do this. This would be one of the few reasons that I'd ever pay for one of those photos...
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Pretty widely available, too--and once you run out, you don't need more anyway.


heh heh heh...


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