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No one ever said his deathbed, “I’d wish I spent more time interacting with gas pumps.” But in the attempt to make those pumps more interactive, more entertaining, and most of all, more profitable, it seems this is exactly what gas stations are trying to do—make every interaction I have with a gas pump longer, […]

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It’s no secret that even President Obama’s most ardent supporters have been disappointed in him—some to the extent that they won’t be voting for him at all. And on the other side of the aisle, conservatives have never truly felt like Mitt Romney was ever “their guy.” And it’s quite obvious that the public sentiment […]

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Autopen

by Mike on 5/1/2012

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[Note: this post first appeared as a June 8, 2004 entry at WOIFM.] Gizmodo tells the tale of the Autopen, a “retro gadget” that uses mechanical arms to reproduce a given signature onto a sheet of paper, using a regular pen (although Sharpies work best). The Autopen, as recently as 1996, was still in heavy […]

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Sadly, its necessary for me to leave these reminders here: If you get eval(base64 hacked on wordpress/dreamhost I have a shared host on Dreamhost that just got hacked to shit. A fairly standard hack, and nothing particularly inspired, but nevertheless some clients from years ago weren’t too happy. If this happens to anyone else, here’s […]

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A little bit of nerdery, inspired by the OpenID-friendly login system at SB Nation’s Baseball coverage: If you want to set up an OpenID authentication using your Google account—and hey, who doesn’t—on a domain that you control, it’s easy as pie. Gina Trapani shows us how. First, Google Profiles (and, it turns out, idproxy.net and […]

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Tampa Bay Rays, 2011 AL Wild Card, a photo by MikeWas on Flickr. From a 9-game September hole

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A hot North Carolina summer filled the room as my roommate and I looked out the window. It was open because our dorm, like all the others on campus, had no air conditioning. We looked out to see two girls standing under a tree beneath our window waving at us, inviting us to come down […]

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The Courthouse Security Kabuki Dance I’m no stranger to courthouses. About three times a week, more or less, I submit to the ritual security screening that protects our citizens while exercising their right of access to the courts. (In reality, only the judges are protected, because everyone else is vulnerable to threats of all kinds […]

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DEAD

by Mike on 5/2/2011

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St. Pete Times: DEAD., a photo by MikeWas on Flickr. St. Pete Times headline, 5/2/2011

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