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No More Reposts to Google+ for Me

The handful of you who follow me on Google+ may have noticed that for a little over a month, I haven’t been reposting my stuff over there. This is because the method I used to use to do so stopped working, and it was already extra clicks for me, so I didn’t really spend time looking for other, probably more time consuming, ways to do the sharing. I hoped it would start working again, but it has been long enough, it is time to say that I am no longer routinely sharing things I post on to Google+.

Sorry Google+ people.

If you want to continue keeping track of what I post, you can of course follow me directly on, via’s RSS on the RSS reader of your choice (I use Feedly), via Twitter, or via Facebook for all posts other than the daily Tweet summaries.

(I will manually share this one post to Google+ just to wrap things up. Bye Google+!)

@abulsme tweets from 2013-08-30 (UTC)

  • RT @iyad_elbaghdadi: Types of non-intervention:
    (1) There's no need
    (2) There's a need but we'll make things worse
    (3) There's a need but l… 00:24:19
  • RT @mattyglesias: This British thing where the parliament needs to vote before you bomb a country is fascinating. We should try it. 00:25:09
  • My fitbit #Fitstats for 8/29/2013: 5,225 steps and 3.9 km traveled. 01:02:01
  • Reading – Two Minds on Syria (George Packer) 01:24:40
  • Reading – The Threat Of Debt Ceiling Crises Is Over (Josh Barro) 01:42:38
  • RT @mattfrost: Without copyright restrictions on the "I Have a Dream" speech, there'd be no incentive for other orators to lead huge, inspi… 03:27:42
  • Reading – Pot and the complexity of giving the president a hard time (Jonathan Bernstein) 16:28:24
  • Listening to Kerry. Still not hearing anything that convinces me. Not hearing anything at all that convinces strikes will help anything. 17:17:12
  • Also continue to be bothered with idea that killing people with chem weapons worse than killing people with other weapons. Dead is dead. 17:19:13
  • & the idea that we should do something to preserve credibility… Yes creed matters. Fix that by not making stupid commitments in first place. 17:21:45
  • "We bomb because we care." – Obama (sorta) 18:48:58
  • RT @hhassan140: Obama is basically saying the US action will be a slap on the wrist. Translation: a big boost to Assad when he survives it. 18:59:42
  • Reading – NSA Spying Abroad isn't OK Either (Charles Kurzman) 20:43:40
  • Reading – Secret NSA Documents Show How the US Spies on Europe and the UN (Laura Poitras) 23:00:44
  • Reading – U.S. allows states to legalize recreational marijuana within limits (David Ingram) 23:09:27
  • Reading – Ginsburg to officiate same-sex wedding (Robert Barnes) 23:13:26
  • RT @BYUfan: @abulsme Alex sounds so cute. Looking forward to him guest hosting…the train episode. 23:32:58
  • .@BYUfan Thanks! I'm sure he will be ready to co-host any week now! :-) in reply to BYUfan 23:33:19

@abulsme tweets from 2013-08-29 (UTC)

Curmudgeon’s Corner: But Talk Quietly!

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • AT&T Reliability
  • Ballmer / Microsoft
  • NSA
  • Syria

Recorded on 27 Aug 2013

Length this week – 1:16:41

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@abulsme tweets from 2013-08-28 (UTC)

Some 2010/2011 Alex Movies



Yeah yeah, I’m still posting things I’ve had on my list to post since February of 2011.

In this case, I normally don’t post notes about Alex movies, because I typically never just sat down and watched them from one end to the other straight through. Instead, I would catch bits and pieces here and there while he was watching and I was paying attention to other things. But he was between 1 and 2, and watching his favorite movies A LOT. :-)

But in late 2010 into early 2011, these four movies were so pervasive, and were being watched so much and so often, that I know I saw every minute, and became very familiar with them, to the point of being able to recite lines. Now, Alex knew them even better than I did, but still.

Of these four, Cars was by far Alex’s favorite. It was the go to movie. He got the toys. Before he got into trains, he had his “NiNi McQueen” and his “Mater”. And I liked it too. Alex later got into the largely forgettable Cars 2 sequel too, but for me Cars was the real thing as it were. A nice little sentimental story. Yeah, it had a couple races, but the soul of the story was McQueen coming to appreciate the benefits of the slower lifestyle of Radiator Springs and the bygone days of Route 66. The sequel completely lost that thread. Shame.

Alex’s least favorite of these four was probably the Incredibles. He just never really got into it too much, although it still got a lot of play in that time period. I thought it was OK and a bit amusing, but while I would sit down and happily watch Cars again, I don’t really feel a strong desire to watch the Incredibles again.

In between are the Dragon movie and the Big Bird movie. I’m thinking Alex probably liked them about equally. For me Dragon was much preferable. It was a fun little story. I liked it. Would not mind watching it again. By contrast, Follow that Bird was the type that was squarely aimed at young kids rather than being a “family” movie, so as an adult watching it, it gets tedious fast, although there are a few nice moments.

Anyway, that was the first batch of four movies I noted. There were more later of course. But I’ll only be noting the ones here where *I* ended up feeling like I had really and truly “watched” the whole movie, even if I didn’t necessarily see it in the correct order all at once. :-)

Late addition: As I was finishing up this post, Alex came up to my office to tell me it was time for dinner, and I showed him this post and asked him about the four movies. He said he remembered three of them… but didn’t remember The Incredibles at all. Which matches my memory that he was not too impressed by it. He liked the other three. :-)

@abulsme tweets from 2013-08-27 (UTC)

All Hands 19


@abulsme tweets from 2013-08-26 (UTC)

  • My fitbit #Fitstats for 8/25/2013: 3,462 steps and 2.6 km traveled. 01:01:33
  • Reading – Think the 2016 presidential race hasn’t started yet? Look out below. (Chris Cillizza) 15:45:10
  • Reading – Report: Snowden stayed at Russian consulate while in Hong Kong (Will Englund) 15:51:10
  • Reading – War on Leaks Is Pitting Journalist vs. Journalist (David Carr) 16:01:22
  • Reading – Another War Is Brewing (Patrick Appel) 16:10:31
  • Reading – Protecting Against Leakers (Bruce Schneier) 18:45:31
  • So, do I understand correctly, several hundred people killed by chemical weapons matter more than the ~100,000 killed in other ways earlier? 19:07:56
  • The methods used to kill or injure people shouldn't really matter. Outrage should be the same regardless of chem/nuke/bullet/knife/bomb. 19:10:19
  • Not to mention outrage should be the same no matter who the victim is (or who is doing the killing). 19:11:21
  • And deciding on actions to take next should NEVER be based on "we have to do something", but only on "can we actually make it better". 19:12:06
  • Not sure action in Syria passes the test. People don't like inaction but very possible US action will result in more deaths than no action. 19:17:06
  • Of course, it is impossible to tell, which is part of the problem. But the case needs to be made that anything US does actually helps. 19:18:27
  • If that case can be made, it certainly hadn't been made so far. "This can't be allowed, we must do something" isn't good enough. 19:21:04
  • Reading – Kerry Beats The War Drums (Patrick Appel) 21:41:56
  • Reading – Are We Sure Of Syria’s Guilt? (Rod Dreher) 21:45:29
  • Reading – Before we Bomb Syria, Shouldn't we Seek Proof of Guilt? (Peter Hitchens) 21:50:13
  • Reading – saxophones started blowing me down (Wil Wheaton) 22:01:51
  • Reading – Seeing 'New Jim Crow' Placards Seized by Police & More From the March on Washington (Dave Zirin) 22:43:55

@abulsme tweets from 2013-08-25 (UTC)