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A Primer on the Manly Tradition of Tea | The Art of Manliness
“There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea.” –Gary Snyder
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Ursula K. Le Guin on writing as falling in love: Carl Sagan on moving beyond “us vs. them,” bridging conviction with compassion, and meeting ignorance with kindness:
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Massive scientific report on marijuana confirms medical benefits | Ars Technica
In a new 400-page analysis that blows through the current state of scientific knowledge on the health risks and benefits of marijuana, one of the strongest conclusions is that it can effectively treat chronic pain in some patients.
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Book Review: The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book – Drinkhacker
A few years back, Frank Caiafa was hired for a daunting job: Run the lobby bar at the New York Waldorf Astoria, an icon of cocktailing with over a century of history in its walls and bartops.
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In a world as unmannerly as this one, how is it best to speak? There’s no need to be rude, I say to the man in the packed hall at passport control. There are people everywhere, and his job is to send them into the right queues. I have been watching him shout at them.
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JONATHAN SWIFT The Reluctant Rebel By John Stubbs Illustrated. 739 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $39.95. Satire plays an important role in a healthy democracy and a vital role in an endangered one.
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Structured Procrastination Cloud rearrangement for fun and profit - Structured Procrastination
In a populated compute cloud, there are several scenarios in which it’s beneficial to be able to rearrange VM guest instances into a different placement across the hypervisor hosts via migration (live or otherwise). These use cases typically fall into three categories:
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How the French Mathematician Sophie Germain Paved the Way for Women in Science and Almost Saved Gauss’s Life – Brain Pickings
A century after the trailblazing French mathematician Émilie du Châtelet popularized Newton and paved the path for women in science, and a few decades before the word “scientist” was coined for the Scottish mathematician Mary Somerville, Sophie Germain (April 1, 1776–June 27, 1831) gave
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Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data | Ars Technica
Cloudflare, a service that helps optimize the security and performance of more than 5.5 million websites, warned customers today that a recently fixed software bug exposed a range of sensitive information that could have included passwords and cookies and tokens used to authenticate users.
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Tourism Industry Hit By Trumpism Bigly
An article in the travel publication Frommer's describes a dramatic drop off in travel from abroad since Donald Trump became President. This is not surprising on a variety of levels.
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Investors pour $2 million more into booze marketplace Drizly | TechCrunch
Boston-based Drizly used to be known as the on-demand delivery app for alcohol. More recently, the company evolved into a marketplace that helps brick-and-mortar liquor stores to connect with and sell to customers nearby through web and mobile commerce.
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Everything You Think You Know About Vermouth Is Wrong | VinePair
So: vermouth. Maybe you’ve heard of this stuff in passing, as part of a laundry list of ingredients for some old-timey cocktail. Maybe you have a bottle at home…somewhere…behind the crème de menthe, next to the Chambord? How long has it been there? No one remembers.
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The Big Idea: Nick Cutter – Whatever
Author Nick Cutter has an obsession, and it’s in his latest novel, Little Heaven. It’s an obsession with an aspect of human nature that involves spirituality, and possibly, gullibility. It’s an obsession he’s here to explain to you now.
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William James on Attention, Multitasking, and the Habit of Mind That Sets Geniuses Apart – Brain Pickings
Simone Weil wrote. Decades later, cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz observed in her marvelous inquiry into our everyday blinders: “Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.”
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The long wait to send a probe to Pluto, and what we’ve found | Ars Technica
BOSTON—Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, started his talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting by showing off the Hubble Space Telescope's best image of Pluto.
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Apache Kafka: A Primer - The New Stack
Apache Kafka is fast becoming the preferred messaging infrastructure for dealing with contemporary, data-centric workloads such as Internet of Things, gaming, and online advertising.
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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Thirteen | Tor.com
This week we’re going to kill someone we barely know in hand-to-hand combat! Yeesh. So… just an average week on the Dune Reread?
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Outside coastal cities an ‘other America’ has different values and challenges | Society | The Guardian
Beyond the bubbles of the big cities and elite college campuses is an America that values community over careers, and has faced a downward trajectory for decades 07.00 EST Last modified on Tuesday 21 February 2017 13.
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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Twelve | Tor.com
This week we’re going to have an encounter with drum sand, take a peek at a pre-spice mass (up close), and make friends with the Fremen. Sort of.
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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Eleven | Tor.com
This week we’re going to take a harrowing trek through the desert, nearly drown in some sand, and sing a man to his death. Just your typically perilous Tuesday.
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Liz Alderman, who wrote “My Paris: Seduced by History,” offers an insider’s guide on places to eat, drink and visit in the Marais district of Paris.
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The streets of the Marais are narrow enough in some places that sunlight pierces the shadowy canyons between its soaring Renaissance-era buildings for just a few hours a day.
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From Barrel To Bottle: How Wood Aging Impacts Whiskey – Drinkhacker
When you contemplate any barrel-aged spirit there are many flavors and aromas that will confuse and astound your palate. Look at any review of these products and you will get my point.
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Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Ten | Tor.com
This week we’re going to pilot our way through a sandstorm after winning the loyalty of an Imperial Planetologist. We’re also going to combine our tribes’ water together.
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How to Write a Presentation Abstract for a Tech Conference - by Kendra Little
I Hate Writing Abstracts. I love writing presentations. I like outlining them, I like writing the demos, putting the slides together. I even like reconsidering everything, backing up, scrapping it, and starting from a new approach! But I hate writing abstracts.
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Share a Nightcap at the Cabaret with Excerpts from Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough | Tor.com
Everyday life is political. Art is political. The relevancy of these two statements will hit home to a lot of people. At the same time, I love stories for their capability of producing compelling characters and asking nuanced questions that don’t fit neatly into any political category.
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Amberlough: Chapters 1 and 2 | Tor.com
Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job as a smuggler under wraps.
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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Off Your Rocker” 2016-05 and “Noe Hard Times” 2016-06 – Drinkhacker
In December of 2016, Beam Suntory informed the public that enjoying a bottle of Booker’s batches in 2017 will come affixed with a price increase of an additional $40 over suggested retail, resulting in a $99 price tag.
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Cocktail Week in Paris is Back! - Frenchly
Monday night in a posh hotel bar, an Old Fashioned in hand. Tuesday in a dark cocktail lounge, a Dry Martini on your lips. Wednesday night in a modern restaurant, a Sazerac glowing in the candlelight. The seven-day week has never been so celebrated as during Cocktail Week in Paris.
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San Francisco Magazine | Modern Luxury | The man who loves books too much
opening day of the San Francisco antiquarian book fair, Ken Sanders warily paced his booth. He was surrounded by some of his treasures, including The Strategy of Peace inscribed by John F. Kennedy and a first edition of the Book of Mormon.
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How the New York Times Is Using Strategies Inspired by Netflix, Spotify, and HBO to Make Itself Indispensible | WIRED
Arthur Gregg Sulzberger doesn’t remember the first time he visited the family business.
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How is The New York Times Really Doing? – Om Malik
Wired magazine recently published, Keeping Up with the Times, a story about the New York Times and its slow & painful transition to a digital first publication.
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Readers who picked up The New York Times on March 13, 1852, might have seen a small advertisement on Page 3 for a serial tale set to begin the next day in a rival newspaper.
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The Iron Rectangle of Meritocracies | Opensource.com
Meritocracy is a common element of open organizations: They prosper by fostering a less-hierarchical culture where "the best ideas win.
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How little we know about "meritocracy" | Opensource.com
"Meritocracy," writes Christopher Hayes in his 2012 book Twilight of the Elites, "represents a rare point of consensus in our increasingly polarized politics. It undergirds our debates, but is never itself the subject of them, because belief in it is so widely shared.
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Forget the Dry Cleaner. Here's How to Wash (Almost) All Your Clothes at Home.
Is there a cheat sheet to knowing which dry clean only clothes would *probably* be fine if you just wash them like your other clothes? — Sammy Nickalls, Nights and Weekend Editor There is not, Dear Sammy! But there's going to be, because I'm going to make you one.
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Best Beard Oils Reviewed - AskMen
Let’s face it: Your beard is a natural trap for all kinds of dirt and bacteria, so if you’re going to grow one, you owe it to yourself (and anyone you hope to get close to) to keep it well groomed. That's where beard oils come in.
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What The Heck Is Beard Oil, And How Does It Work? | The Huffington Post
Bearded men were turning heads long before The New York Times declared facial hair fashionable. There's just something about a well-groomed guy that makes you stop and stare. You'll also notice when there's a hair askew, or the way the not-so-sexy scruff feels against your face.
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Best Beard Oils of 2016 - Ultimate Beard Oils Guide
You shouldn't grow a beard if you can't give it the attention it deserves. Yes, you can equate beard growing to adopting a puppy, and for good reason: A beard needs to be properly groomed and tamed, as well as hydrated and nourished.
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PUNCH | The History and Design of the Cobbler Shaker
“The influence of cocktails on modern life cannot be exaggerated,” recalled the English author E.M. Delafield, following a visit to America in the 1920s.
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The Unlikely Philosophy of Joe Versus the Volcano | Tor.com
At the dawn of the ’90s, a film was released that was so quirky, so weird, and so darkly philosophical that people who turned up expecting a typical romantic comedy were left confused and dismayed. That film was Joe Versus the Volcano, and it is a near-masterpiece of cinema.
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Learning Eye-Popping Details About Mr Sater
As I noted in my previous post, I've been keenly interested in Donald Trump's association with Felix Sater going back to last Spring. I also knew he had been an FBI informant and leveraged that status to dramatically reduce his sentence in a major financial crime.
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AT&T says its merger with Time Warner is exactly what customers want | Ars Technica
With AT&T planning to avoid a Federal Communications Commission review of its merger with Time Warner, Senate Democrats led by Al Franken (D-Minn.) recently asked the company to prove that the acquisition will benefit Americans.
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Mark Sanford, Tim Scott on the defensive and grilled in South Carolina town hall | Palmetto Politics | postandcourier.com
The Republican lawmakers from South Carolina could not get a word in from the start. Almost every answer U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford and Sen.
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Art Notes: 'Advanced and Irascible' Showcases Abstract Expressionists | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants
It’s not uncommon for artists to be unconcerned about, or even resistant towards, adhering to the styles or ideologies of a specific artistic movement, with many labels being retrospectively given by historians or the general public.
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Hosted Mac Private Cloud Solutions powered by VMware | MacStadium
Bandwidth: Connectivity includes a very fast 1Gbps to the internet and 10Gbps on the internal network. Unlimited internet assures you can use as much as you need without affecting your monthly flat rate billing.
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Revealing The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy | Tor.com
We’re excited to share the cover for The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy! Author Andy Heidel has put together a variety of boozey recipes perfect for your next Star Wars-themed luau or a quiet night in with Game of Thrones.
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How to Use Infused Ice to Upgrade Your Cocktails – Drinkhacker
Infused ice is a fun way to add flavor to your drinks and add an eye-pleasing touch. To make infused ice, start by using distilled water to mitigate cloudiness. Add any fruit or spice (such as whole star anise, cardamom pods, or cinnamon stick pieces) to water in a pan and boil for a few minutes.
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Making a Case for Slowing Service Down | Tales of the Cocktail
At fast-paced, high-volume bars, things move at dizzying speeds. Guests arrive, order, receive their drink, pay and move along; there’s often not a ton of time to chat and catch up with whoever is behind the bar.
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"The Myth of Precision" — What Bartenders Should Know About Measurements | Tales of the Cocktail
Do your measures measure up? In one of our highest-rated seminars, Joe McCanta of Grey Goose, Greg Boehm of Cocktail Kingdom and international bartender Adrian Biggs take us through the quirks and nuances of "precise" measurement: when to trust your jigger, how to adapt measurement standards fro
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New Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Is The Oldest One Yet - Whisky Advocate
Hold onto your hats: There’s a new Pappy about to hit stores, and it’s the oldest one ever released. Old Rip Van Winkle 25 year old is 50% ABV (100 proof). Available in April, the bourbon’s recommended retail price is $1,800.
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Clarks Veg Tan Leather Pack - Where to Buy Clarks Vegetable Tanned Leather Desert Boots and Wallabees
For its spring 2017 collection, Clarks will be giving five of the storied footwear brand's most popular silhouettes a seriously luxe upgrade courtesy of some vegetable-tanned leather.
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Judge: No, feds can’t nab all Apple devices and try everyone’s fingerprints | Ars Technica
A federal magistrate judge in Chicago recently denied the government’s attempt to force people in a particular building to depress their fingerprints in an attempt to open any seized Apple devices as part of a child pornography investigation.
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The 5 Most Important Epiphanies Every Stylish Man Has
While this sage wisdom may have been imparted to the enlightened minds of ancient Greece more than 1,500 years ago, it would appear that we, the men of Great Britain and beyond, are slow learners; still prone to scrabbling about in the dank marshes of poor taste and ill-fitting fashion, even now.
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5 Ways to Make Your Life More Stylish Right Now
From deadstock denim to a Milanese hotel makeover, here's what has us talking. The artwork from Dior's summer show is by Toru Kamei, a Japanese artist who riffs on the "vanitas" style.
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At death’s door for years, widely used SHA1 function is now dead | Ars Technica
For more than six years, the SHA1 cryptographic hash function underpinning Internet security has been at death's door. Now it's officially dead, thanks to the submission of the first known instance of a fatal exploit known as a "collision."
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What to Do When You Arrive Too Early to Check Into Your Hotel
Let’s say you’re planning a fun trip to New York City and you found an incredible deal on a flight. The only problem? It arrives at 5:00 a.m. and that’s too early to check into most hotels. No need to nap at the gate, though—you have options.
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PUNCH | Lessons from the Historic Harry's Bar in Venice
Harry’s Bar in Venice is not big. There is seating for maybe 30 people in the bar room and only six stools at the bar itself. Upstairs, I later learned, was a restaurant with a two-pronged reputation: criminally expensive and not very good. I didn’t care. I wouldn’t be dining.
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Waiting in Line for a Bar Is Bad
An exciting new bar opened up near my place in Cambridge earlier this month. It's a combination video game arcade, food truck-style grilled-cheese counter, and craft cocktail bar where everything costs under $1. You're given a sumptuous bathrobe to wear as soon as you walk in.
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Lawyers: ICE detainee with brain tumor removed from hospital | TheHill
Zuniga said Sara, 26, was cut off from communication with her family and lawyers, even after the hospital and ICE had cleared Sara's mother for unrestricted phone access.
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2016 Cvent's Top 50 Meetings Destinations in the United States
Cvent is proud to present the fifth annual list of the year's top destinations for meeting planners. Cvent evaluated over 5,000 cities, ranking them based on meeting and event booking activity in the Cvent Supplier Network, as well as the number of meeting and event venues in the area.
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‘American Gods’ Premiere Date Set for April on Starz | Variety
Starz’s “American Gods,” the long-gestating TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, finally has a premiere date: April 30. Bryan Fuller is at the helm of “American Gods,” with Ricky Wittle starring as protagonist Shadow Moon.
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Meet the Math Professor Who’s Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry - The Chronicle of Higher Education
A Tufts University professor has a proposal to combat gerrymandering: give more geometry experts a day in court. Moon Duchin is an associate professor of math and director of the Science, Technology and Society program at Tufts.
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OpenStack isn't dead. It's boring. That's a good thing. - major.io
NOTE: The opinions shared in this post are mine alone and are not related to my employer in any way. The first OpenStack Project Teams Gathering (PTG) event was held this week in Atlanta.
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Where to Have Afternoon Tea in London - Eater
We can thank Queen Victoria’s friend Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, for the thoroughly English institution of afternoon tea, more an occasion than just a hot drink.
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Exploring the darker side of culture hacking | Opensource.com
I've previously written about the fact the Apache Software Foundation offers an exemplar of large-scale open source governance. Even with those supreme qualities, things can still go wrong.
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The Heinz History Center and the F. Julius LeMoyne House document Pittsburgh’s role in the Underground Railroad, but some sites, sadly, are gone. By PHOEBE ROBINSONFEB. 24, 2017
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Find Your Oasis With a Pair of $38 Noise Cancelling Earbuds
I know we typically only post Bluetooth earbuds around these parts, but I’ll make an exception for sub-$40 noise cancellation.
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