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Hey, it's CAJ!

I'm just that guy whose full name is Curtis Alan Jackson. I like Star Wars over Star Trek but Doctor Who before either. Love my sci-fi hard and always interested in time travel related stories (not as much alternative history). Enjoy reading about quantum physics and cosmology even if I can't understand the math. :) #FARP2018

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Whelp. While I enjoy working remotely, it's about time for my...every four months trip back to HQ to...have meetings and proof of life? Tomorrow I head back to the NoVA area for a few days. The worst part is that I'll have to wear pants. At least, right now that's the worst part. :)
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PANTS ARE FOR SUCKERS. ‎· Sarah G. ‎· 7
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Quite fortunately, the hotel is very close to work out in Reston. :) ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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Because I knew but didn't know the difference.
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Also: The National Macaroon Day is celebrated on May 31st. ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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I like both. ‎· bentley
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NASA Astronaut Boot Plush Slippers "If you've got some Extravehicular Activity planned, such as hanging out on the couch, we'd highly recommend these slippers, inspired by the boots of NASA's astronauts. These reflect the heat of the sun and are easily visible against the black of space." https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/knli/
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I guess it could be nice if it were cold enough to wear these. :) ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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RT @LoriG: By age 35 you should have a huge box of cables but you can't throw them out because you're pretty sure you still need a couple of them but you're not sure which ones [From @StartWith0.]
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it me ‎· LibSkrat
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And chargers. ‎· Meg Vmeg ‎· 2
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Bonus if you can't remember what some of those cables are for. ‎· John B. ‎· 3
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First measurement of subatomic particle's mechanical property reveals distribution of pressure inside proton "Inside every proton in every atom in the universe is a pressure cooker environment that surpasses the atom-crushing heart of a neutron star. That's according to the first measurement of a mechanical property of subatomic particles, the pressure distribution inside the proton, which was carried out by scientists at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility." https://phys.org/news/2018-05-subatomic-particle-mechanical-p...
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And now my brain is broken. :) ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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"Nuclear physicists have found that the proton's building blocks, the quarks, are subjected to a pressure of 100 decillion Pascal (1035) near the center of a proton, which is about 10 times greater than the pressure in the heart of a neutron star." ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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Has anyone seen my motivation? I can't seem to locate it anywhere.
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One day I'll understand the power of blockchain and how it will change the world. Now if I knew how it could benefit me directly, I might think more about it. Cryptocurrency is not a good enough reason for me.
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Does the whole "wear the same thing everyday" clothing choice really free up your mind that much? I keep seeing how it's one less decision to make but I don't think I make all that many as it is. Of course, the uniformity of it all could be appealing due to my military days. Maybe I'm just trying to be lazy.
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I wear a dress and the same shoes every day. I don't really care which dress I choose, but it does help in the morning when I'm not at my best. ‎· Sarah G. ‎· 1
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like @hedgielib, I pretty much wear black pants + some kind of top + some kind of sweater. In the summer, it's actually a long skirt + t-shirt, but yeah, uniform. Dresses are also good because it's only one decision and you don't have to match anything. ‎· Courtney F ‎· 2
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I was able to work one of my favorite movie quotes into conversation this morning: "Dear Benson, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence." - Time Bandits (1981)
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The Recommendations page from Amazon is just evil. Okay, not really but...after the purchase of the boom arm for my microphone, they suggest this: https://www.amazon.com/Elgato-Green-Screen-auto-locking-wrink.... It's a self-contained, easily collapsable chroma key screen. I do not need it but now I kinda want it. And of course, it's out of stock.
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And now that it's back in stock, I've come up with half a dozen reasons I really don't need it. But....sooooo cool! ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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RT @evainfeld: As soon as you give people a metric they're judged by, they optimize for that metric rather than do quality work. This one sentence sums up much of toxicity in corporations, academia, even education. So simple. [From @StartWith0.]
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I am in my own brain too much lately. I don't know exactly when it happened (but recently) that I've really stopped thinking of others and sometimes not always myself. I am now realizing I'm mad at the world for not doing the things I want it to do without guiding it or making it happen in some way. I have become an old man shaking his fist at a cloud.
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I'm wondering if a self-inspection of "Can I do better?" would be a good way to measure? If I can say "Yes" then I should until I can say "No". Shouldn't we all do our best, regardless? If it becomes a habit long enough, it changes who you are. Right? ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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Side issue: "Later" really needs to stop being my plan for doing something. "Now" is great, if possible. Else I really need to set some deadlines for things. ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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I'm continually amazed that the world does not live up to my unrealistic expectations. Welcome to middle age. Thinking of others really is your best remedy. ‎· MoTO Babycakes ‎· 2
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I asked the clouds, WHY, why do you make my fist shake so? // And then a warm rain washed my thoughts away. ‎· Micah ‎· 3
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From BoxOfficeMojo.com: "Altogether, Infinity War's global debut reached $630 million, shattering the previous record of $541.9 million set by Fate of the Furious and doing so without China, where the film will open on May 11." I wonder what kind of overall bump those numbers will give it?
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I've got ticket for Tuesday afternoon. All I hear is that it's pretty darn good and that's all I need to know for now. :) ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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Wow. That was probably one of the best Marvel movies to date. I don't want say much yet but very much worth it and I understand those ticket number now. ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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RT @MelissaCon97: @NewYorker https://t.co/pH5bHW8yga [From @StartWith0.]
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My other sometimes officemate. She's so hard to get picture of with the bright window and her dark fur.
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"You realize, hoo-man, that you may have put the immortal souls of all who gaze upon me in peril." ‎· MoTO Babycakes ‎· 2
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RT @misoks: My idea for fixing Facebook: shut down Facebook and everyone goes back to the weird niche fan site forum they were on in 2001, where they then form a really deep friendship with a teen who lives in Poland [From @StartWith0.]
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This has basically been what I’ve done since torching my FB account last week. ‎· Spidra Webster
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Just another waypoint on my musical journey. "Say No Go" from De La Soul uses the hook/riff from "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" by The Detroit Emeralds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDnIQXERj6g
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"Say No Go" also samples the horns from "Crossword Puzzle" by Sly Stone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NyLl6VAJQ ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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RT @the_myleg_fish: So I work at Starbucks and I have already had 3 white women ask about the May 29 closing for racial bias training, saying how inconvenient it is. You know what is even more inconvenient to black people, Karen? Racial bias that gets them shot and killed for just existing. [From @StartWith0.]
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Fucking Karen. ‎· Sarah G. ‎· 4
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Man, reading some of the posts about this, people need to calm the F down. Nobody's saying you can't have coffee that day, FFS. Just not there. ‎· Jennifer D. ‎· 2
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It's not like Starbucks has a coffee monopoly. ‎· John B. ‎· 1
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Someone seems to be getting fancy with their videoconferencing. At least I got some desk space back.
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The advantage of conferencing from home? You can stash notes on your monitor almost like a teleprompter. :) ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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And yes, I was actually feeling a little grumpy. ‎· Hey, it's CAJ! ‎· 1
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RT @xuhulk: 6) Approach everything with as much intention as possible. Especially things that look easy. [From @StartWith0.]
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Whelp, as it is the week of my birthday and I have taken a week off work and the local theater is half price on Tuesdays, I have now purchased tickets for Pacific Rim: Uprising to be followed by a rewatch of Black Panther.
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That sounds like a fantastic idea :D ‎· Jennifer D.
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nice. ‎· orgmonkey
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So yesterday I was impressed with myself for being able to schedule these back to back. Today, I just cannot wait to get there. I've even set an alarm to remind to leave for the theater. It's all about me tonight! :D ‎· Hey, it's CAJ! ‎· 6
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OBTW, Black Panther still good the second time. ‎· Hey, it's CAJ! ‎· 1
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#NationalPetDay (Usual disclaimer: these lovely ladies are not actually mine.)
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that O.O in the first photo is almost Macduff-level. ‎· LibSkrat ‎· 4
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@LibSkrat A CHALLENGER APPROACHES! ‎· Soup ‎· 8
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But you are theirs @iphwin. ‎· Galadriel ‎· 1
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Technically, that last one has my wife in it, not me. :) (But...yes.) ‎· Hey, it's CAJ! ‎· 2
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Step One of Florida Reintegration complete. New FL license procured. Actually, since I previously had a FL license, it was technically a renewal since I have the same license # again. (Step Two is license plates for the car but prefer DMV visits in small doses.)
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uuuuuuuuugh I have to renew my license soon and I have SUCH a case of the DMV don't-wannas. ‎· LibSkrat
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Florida was my Domicile for my military career so it seems right to be back. Officially. ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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@libskrat: I used my Passport Card as a form of ID and realized it expires the end of this year. How far away ten years seemed when we first got them! ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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How to Get the Comics Backstory for Avengers: Infinity War for Less Than $20 "Need a cram session before the next Marvel movie? This one won't break the bank." https://www.wired.com/story/marvel-comics-sale-avengers-infin...
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I mean, yes, some of those could be good to read up on but how far does someone want to go? I mean, you could start back in 1991 with "The Infinity Gauntlet" or even 1990 with "The Thanos Quest". ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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@iphwin: maybe on Thanos... ‎· MoTO Babycakes
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When is a space not a space? When an application starts using ASCII code sequences like "226 128 130 226 128 130" when there are two spaces together instead of "32 32" which are two of the normal code for a space.

What happens when there are three spaces you ask?

Well, then the app add a "32" on the end. So for three spaces? "226 128 130 226 128 130 32" So logical, right?
When is a space not a space? When an application starts using ASCII code sequences like "226 128 130 226 128 130" when there are two spaces together instead of "32 32" which are two of the normal code for a space.

What happens when there are three spaces you ask?

Well, then the app add a "32" on the end. So for three spaces? "226 128 130 226 128 130 32" So logical, right?
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what the hell? what application is this and what were its designers thinking? ‎· LibSkrat
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It's our IM app, HipChat. Another app couldn't figure out what that longer sequence was all about so put in question marks (not better). Alas, that second so was email and went to client and CEO both. ‎· Hey, it's CAJ!
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