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A quick disclaimer about social media and live events November 29, 2016 10:11 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Daily Life, Of Interest
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A quick disclaimer about social media and live events.

I recognize that the chance for some of the information I’m distributing could be inaccurate. For example, Arrowmont having burned…we now have pictures that most of the structures are still standing.

I hope most people know that social media brings awareness at the sacrifice of accuracy. Our sharing of information is second or third hand and anecdotal. I am 45 minutes to an hour and a half away from the fires. I am not witnessing any of this first hand.
The choice between posting these things is one of awareness versus accuracy. I’d rather put it out there and have people know what’s going on and what is at stake and make corrections later. I am not always good about including words like “second hand” and “unconfirmed” I think that’s all implied right now.

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Grind for Life is skating to raise money to help people with cancer get to their treatments September 9, 2016 3:38 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Of Interest
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Mike Rogers of Grind for Life is in Knoxville skating to help people with cancer get needed treatments.
Come skate this Saturday and visit http://grindforlife.org/ for more info.
#boardrboys

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Today is a cool day…for non-Americans June 16, 2016 10:04 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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For the non-Americans out there, today is 16-6-16 which I think is a cool looking number.

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How can I tell if I am living over a cave? November 28, 2015 8:32 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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I live in East Tennessee. By definition, I am probably living over a cave.

Old timers who used to live in the neighborhood tell of a legendary cave that “we used to throw garbage into,” “dad pushed a car into it,” and “we dropped a fishing line with a weight on it and never found the bottom” yet I have never found this entrance.

The creek behind my house on rainy days flows normally. On most days the creek has a trickle that goes underground about halfway behind the neighbor’s house. This is the strongest evidence to support a cave system.

Question: 1) How do I confirm there is a cave? and 2) if I wanted to dig an entrance to the cave, how do I know how/where to dig such that I don’t just dig right beside the cave thus never finding it?

Bonus question: If I verify my house is above a cave system, do I destroy the resale value of my home?

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Spoiler free Doctor Who commentary September 27, 2015 7:29 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Doctor Who, Of Interest, TV / Movies
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Thank you Internet! August 18, 2015 8:37 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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This one is obviously staged but very good:

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One minute time machine July 8, 2015 7:41 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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PSA: Bras make your breasts sag July 1, 2015 8:28 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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Jean-Denis Rouillon has been studying breasts for 18 years (I’ve been studying them my whole life! *wink wink*). His technique? I slide ruler, a caliper, and 330 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 35. Holy Hell I’ve lived my life wrong! Why didn’t someone tell me this field of research existed?! I would have gotten my PhDD!

"Medically, physiologically, anatomically — breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity," Rouillon said, as quoted on TheLocal.fr. "On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra."

[Source, Livescience.com, Bras Make Breasts Sag, Study Suggests, 2013]

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RIP LiveNinja June 11, 2015 1:52 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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I love getting emails from sites I apparently signed up for but never used. https://www.liveninja.com/ is shutting down.

When we started LiveNinja in 2012, we set out on a mission to use real-time technology to allow people to make a living doing the things they love to do. In essence, we believed (and still believe) that real-time technology can play a major role in the way the worldwide economy operates and does business online.

Two and a half years later, it’s clear that it has…just not in the way we expected it to.

When we first launched LiveNinja, the initial response was incredible. Within months, we had thousands of sessions occur on the platform, and featured over 3,000 experts across a variety of fields — music, art, therapy, venture capital, fitness, and more — all sharing their knowledge on the site.

On June 18th, we’ll be closing down the LiveNinja marketplace and moving our Katana service to LiveNinja.com to concentrate these efforts and bring you the best experience possible.

[Source, LiveNinja Blog, The Evolution of LiveNinja]

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Thank you Internet! June 9, 2015 11:02 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Confessions of a programmer, Of Interest
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Worth watching all the way through.

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Last chance to earn discounts toward a Narrative Clip v2 March 28, 2015 11:11 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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The Narrative Clip is drawing to a close. Click here to learn more. Enter your email address and both you and I can earn discounts toward the purchase of a Narrative Clip v2. What is Narrative Clip? Basically it is a camera that you wear which takes a pictures every 30 seconds. What it means is that you preserve those special moments in your life (particularly good for parents) without being distracted by holding a camera or camera phone between you and the event. It’s great for life journaling. By using my Narrative, I became acutely aware that I was spending too much time in grocery stores and changed my habits to regain time in my life. I highly recommend the Narrative Clip!

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Popurls.com is down! January 24, 2015 3:32 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest
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My favorite site, http://popurls.com, has been down for two days! Popurls is an aggregator of news feeds. It’s geek crack. If the site every comes back, and you aren’t careful, you can lose a day of your life just clicking links. With the site down, it’s like going to your drug dealer and being told he’s out. Anyone know why Popurls is missing?

Update: Just down for maintenance.

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Boozin’ Bozo is your m-f’ing friend December 13, 2014 10:46 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Humor, Of Interest
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I have too many friends who will enjoy this brilliance by Billie Ballantine? to not post. That said, if you are 18 or under, don’t watch this video. If you have sensitive ears, don’t watch this video (language warning). If you are afraid of clowns, don’t watch…hell, watch this video, Boozin’ Bozo? is your M-F friend!

WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE/SCARY CLOWNS

"Totally insane is an Original Composition Written, Produced and Performed by Billie Ballantine
Back Beat by Jordon Reese"

See also https://www.tsu.co/BoozinBozo

If you aren’t on tsu yet, join via https://www.tsu.co/djuggler

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Take my money now! December 11, 2014 6:29 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Of Interest, Technology
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Dear Santa, I want this:

See more here.

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I’ll see your free two years and raise you a degree October 10, 2014 8:28 am

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Haslam now has Tennessee paying for the first two years at any community college. Sounds great right? Well Germany just raised the bar!

All German universities are now free to Americans and all other international students. The last German state to charge tuition at its universities struck down the fees this week.

[Source, CBD Moneywatch, Where to get a free college degree]

Best of all, my son already has his passport!

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