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Posted on April 16 at 9:47 a.m.

That's a great goat tale. Had no idea they weigh that much.

Tent looks a bit like a Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight.

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Posted on April 16 at 9:38 a.m.

Aussie shepards are incredibly smart but can also be stubborn. Have Jim give Rocket a juicy piece of steak.

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Posted on April 15 at 9:43 a.m.

I dislike using the phrase/adjective "politically correct". It's much more honest to say I don't agree with a standard that others hold.

As for Dinklage, his witty character in Game of Thrones is in hot water now that Joffrey Baratheon is dead.

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Posted on April 15 at 9:24 a.m.

"Ruhge's been ranting this tired old line for twenty years"

It might be a little longer than that :)

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Posted on April 14 at 9:58 a.m.

Watch it while listening to "Dark Side of the Moon" :)

On Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Posted on April 14 at 9:57 a.m.

This will be fun to watch. The SB Astronomical Unit (the folks you sometimes see out at the Camino Real Marketplace) will also have their portable telescopes out @Westmont.

http://www.sbau.org/calendar.htm

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Posted on April 14 at 9:54 a.m.

They had a post @Meetup:

http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Barbara-T...

Looks like local map maker Bryan Conant was there too.

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Posted on April 8 at 11:07 p.m.

Many who have posted about Deltopia will probably be disappointed to learn that not all UCSB students have "rich" parents. System-wide, the largest percentage of students come from rather modest income backgrounds (under $50K per year):

http://accountability.universityofcal...

Still, UC parents' income distribution is not the same as the distribution for the entire state. There are lots of reasons for that, one of which is that families of the pool of UC-eligible students don't have the same income distribution as the general population. Google on "UC family income" for details.

On Los Angeles Teen Accused of Sparking Deltopia Riot Charged as Adult

Posted on April 7 at 10:06 a.m.

Looking back on the years I lived in IV, especially as a 3rd year on DP, I remember a lot of Halloweens. After I graduated, moved a little inland to the 6500 block of Picasso Rd and there I stayed until I could afford a mortgage.

The big parties have always drawn large numbers from out-of-town. Some students, some not. It used to be Playboy's list would get the word out. Now it's Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Not being a sociologist, I would wager the "Las Vegas" syndrome (what happens in Vegas ...) was a big factor in this year's Deltopia. That's something many of us can probably relate to or at least understand.

I'm not trying to apportion blame to specific groups. And I doubt anyone here has the cred to do so. But I do appreciate Robert Bernstein's attempt to figure who was at Deltopia this year:

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?...

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Posted on April 5 at 10:10 a.m.

Before the ACA aka "Obamacare" came to be, there definitely were crap health insurance plans out there marketed as "affordable" (affordable only if you didn't need to make any claims):

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/20...

To the extent that many of those plans can't be foisted on consumers today is a win. There still are some however:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/ma...

The argument that males should have access to plans that don't cover certain things (e.g. pregnancy) is shaky in my opinion. What about colonoscopies? Breast cancer? Yeast infections? Should I demand a cheaper policy that doesn't cover BRCA cancer because I'm not Jewish? Sickle cell anemia because I'm not African American? Mental health coverage because my family doesn't have a history of problems?

Individualized insurance polices tailored for one's own risk profile is probably appealing to libertarians, but goes against the concept of a shared risk pool.

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