Previous models set first occupation significantly later. Much earlier and the first humans on the path to Australia would have left footprints in the still-cooling ashes of the Toba eruption.
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 20th, 2017 02:33 pm)
J. Beauregard Sessions sez, “Don’t let them immanentize the eschaton.”

ETA: And Clarence Thomas understands civil forfeiture better than he does.
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([personal profile] garyomaha Jul. 20th, 2017 07:49 am)
1. M has been out of town for a few days on a business trip. I am fully in charge of the dogs, which the dogs do not particularly like for many reasons, chief among them that M much more freely gives them treats.

2. The dogs seem to have a middle of the night playtime that I was not previously familiar with. I thought that generally M also sleeps at night -- or at least that has been my observation -- so either he sneaks out under cover of darkness and plays with the dogs or, more likely, they see me all alone and are feeling pity on me and are trying to help.

3. I got a haircut yesterday. My hair "stylist" (way too serious a term for what he has to do with what remains on my head) has his salon in his home. He also has a couple of dogs, normally sequestered in another section of the house, but released when friends and/or dog lovers come for an appointment. I enjoy seeing them and presumably the feeling is mutual. Yesterday they did a lot of rubbing and jumping. As I feared, when I got home, there was a lot of sniffing and accusatory looks. I feel like I cheated on my dogs or something.

4. It has been rather hot in Omaha recently. The dogs like it when I'm home, because the air conditioner is turned to a cooler setting. Conversely, it's set higher when I'm away. I'm wondering if they are REALLY TRULY happy to see me when I get home, or if they know I'm going to cool the house more.
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([personal profile] james_davis_nicoll Jul. 19th, 2017 10:12 pm)
Reliable sources report the death of Jordin Kare.
It turns out you can connect Calibre directly to Project Gutenberg.

Having downloaded a bunch of public domain books, I then went looking for the proper cover art. Interestingly, although I am convinced I owned mid-1970s editions of both Blackman's Burden and Border, Breed nor Birth, I can find no evidence those editions actually existed.

Another interesting thing. This is the list of science fiction books on PG and this is the list of science fiction works by women on PG.
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 19th, 2017 08:12 am)
Reading about the subprime scandal, I learned that Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide Financial, is a dark-skinned Italian who was once refused service at a Southern restaurant because of his pigmentation. When he told them he was Italian, the reply was, “That’s what they all say.”

The confusion remains:

* Mike Tirico

* Vivian Liberto (Johnny Cash’s first wife): Maybe Yes / Maybe No
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([personal profile] garyomaha Jul. 19th, 2017 06:49 am)
The neighbors across the street decided to try flipping a nearby house. They purchased the somewhat distressed house at a good price with a goal of fixing it up and selling it at a profit. It's a good deal for everyone -- the neighbors earn their profit and the neighborhood gets an improved home.

We -- and they -- are on the very edge of a fairly nice neighborhood. The other side of the neighborhood is quite nice with some borderline fabulous homes. Considered to be the same neighborhood, our side ranges from average to some who are aspiring to beat average and even have a touch or two of the "class" of the other end.

This is the fourth or fifth home in the area that's been flipped, along with many owners doing improvements on their own property, and it shows. Our side of the 'hood -- and we'd like to think that includes our own home -- has steadily improved in appearance and quality since we arrived over a dozen years ago. Oh, we have a long way to go to reach the heights of the other side of the community, but we're moving in the right direction.

All this helps improve present or potential future home values, and for most of us, that's by far our largest investment. (Unfortunately, it also means increasing property taxes.)

The neighbors' flipped house sold at asking price in just two days. Good news indeed!
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 19th, 2017 07:33 am)
Sexual aggression as a warning sign of other forms of malfeasance
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