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Warming up to Emoji 🐵

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No long ago I wrote that I loathed Emoji. My main grumble was their usage abuse, and, especially, the overuse of “smilies.” Since Apple’s iOS 10, I have been warming up to them, but it wasn’t until I came across Mu-An that they really started to captivate me. She uses them, sparingly, but with such taste! A few of her repositories exclusively deal with Emoji as well. Thus, this post is to correct myself: I don’t loathe Emoji.

I was wrong

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Back in October 5th, 2015, I wrote a prediction, which I saved in a file for which I posted a hash. I predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the United States presidential elections. I was wrong. I really do not have much else to say. I am sorry.

What have you taught me?

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His father was only giving him a small advise, worried for him. Parents worry too much, sometimes. It was not taken well. “You suffocate me, don’t worry so much about me! Enough advise, what have you taught me, until now?” He asks. Perhaps no much, the father thinks in retrospect. Brushing the teeth, maybe? Lacing the shoes? How to clean the arse? How to respect others, and do good? To be happy, love, study hard, work hard?

Bernie Sanders keeps fighting

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Bernie Sanders has had a good run. Yet numbers are pilled against him, and he should know it. After all he said he was “pretty good in arithmetic.” Hillary has beaten him, and the right and honorable thing for him to do is to call it quits. “If, on November 8th of this year, Hillary Clinton is elected President, we will have only begun to fight,” Sanders told a packed rally in San Francisco.

Violin Lessons

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Just as they started, randomly, on a whim, as a child desire to learn violin, the lessons that Kent has been taking for almost two years came to an end two weeks ago. It was hard to tell Julie—his teacher—that he was not to continue, but it was what he wanted. Kent never intended to play violin professionally, it was no more than an artistic hobby. As such, he can hold the violin and extract out of it some lamenting notes.

A Dangerous Precedent

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The United States government demanded that Apple weakens the security on iOS. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, replied. Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority. The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by “brute force,” trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.

Home Alone

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Just like I did on July 18, 2014, this one is mostly for keeping a record of a first time activity or occasion. This time it was Kent’s first home alone day. He is almost 15 years old, and for the first time he spent eight hours home alone, while Kim and I were at work. Happy “graduation” step, Kent!