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  2. This whole phenomena is so stunning, and prior to the election, with my partaking minimally on FB and twitter I was completely unaware of it, its depth, size and scope. Subsequent to the election I tweeted a few comments, one of which went viral (viral for me...not big time viral) it saw 30-50 retweets and 10's of thousands of "impressions". It was interesting to follow. There were a slew of positive and negative comments, a few from twitter followers I recognized but most from a world wherein this thing went viral and whom I wouldn't know from Adam. Next from those I follow, who had primarily been chosen 4-7 years ago and represented people in the search engine optimizing and web marketing world....I found endless tweets and retweets about political topics with pizzagate dominating. Astonishing. I followed some of it. Trails to hundreds of retweeters. The creation of a story based on no substance but the continuing contribution of retweeters with no connection to the events but blasting out fantasy connections from thin air and then seeing them retweeted to the huge volume of followers. The story only got worse. Possibly others of you have witnessed this. I hadn't. To the extent this creation has now resulted in dangerous consequences its a terrible social creation. Lord knows where its going but its not healthy. Its now scary and dangerous.
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  4. Do you plan on stocking up on canned foods and the like, because there will no longer be any need to leave the house?
  5. Im thinking perhaps I should rename this thread, King Brat. Its rather obvious I am a fan. Tonight, I once again will be undulging in their offerings. This time, the backdrop, a live art showcase. Stay tune, kat
  6. No, not Chris. I was just reminded, hat tip to dcs, that it was Brett.
  7. Not Chris Cunningham?? I was hoping it was him, but is LinkedIn is accurate, he appears to be selling Lexus cars in Texas.
  8. Mobile Passport just deals with the immigration line on international flights returning to the US. Global Entry has its own separate immigration line but also gives you TSA PreCheck for a different security line on the front end for both international and domestic travel.
  9. SER in Ballston has an interesting three course brunch. I've also had a lovely Sunday brunch at BlackSalt in DC. Palisades is much more relaxed in terms of finding street parking and there's an actual tiny parking deck that patrons of that strip can use on the weekends (enter on V Street behind the storefronts). In fact, one of the bartenders from Willow (in an increasingly common moment of brainfreeze I've forgotten his name) now works the bar there many evenings.
  10. I am replying late here but I travel to Mobile from time to time for work and often eat downtown. I've had a really good meal at Dumbwaiter's on Dauphin Street. I believe there's a second location now, but I've only been to the downtown venue. I stopped by after a difficult work day, got a seat at the bar and had a great dinner of pan seared scallops and shrimp & grits. I've heard good things about Saisho (down the street) but have not been yet.
  11. If you visit Borough Market (which you should) definitely check out From Field and Flower, an artisan honey shop. We really enjoy the Castagno, a raw Italian honey made from chestnut flowers. It's honey but with a underlying bitterness, almost a smokey char flavor. So good.
  12. Just don't expect the food to look anything like the deliciousness shown in the commercials and you should leave reasonably satisfied. Oh, and blown up from all the sodium in the food.
  13. We had two enjoyable dining experiences over Thanksgiving weekend. One was at The Ordinary, where we sat at the bar and ordered six different types of raw oysters at the happy hour special price. The main menu offers several great options too, the highlight of which for me was the fried oysters on steak tartare -- not a combination that would seem to make sense but somehow it worked both in taste and especially texture. The oyster sliders are a bit pricey for what's in them but also well-conceived with balanced flavors. Also, the brisket at Swig & Swine -- two locations, we went to the one in Summerville -- was quite possibly the best I've ever had not from Aaron Franklin. So tender, with the right amount of fatty, smoky goodness mixed in.
  14. Is there a timeframe for this?
  15. For travel-related advice, this is why I tend to read multiple sources (the Boarding Area bloggers, TPG, FlyerTalk) even if they end up sounding mostly repetitive on certain topics. Because each one usually ends up with a slightly different take on a product, FF program announcement, fare sale, etc. and seeing those differences (or a broad consensus where they exist) is the best way IMO to reach informed decisions.
  16. Live Oak in Del Ray looks like a good option!
  17. He doesn't and is very obvious in his biases. It's the first thing in every article. My friend's good friend worked for him and left. Not because of personal reasons with TPG, but because of the heavy reliance on advertising and sponsorship. They seemed to have gone in a different direction. There are plenty of websites like this with far fewer sponsors. But, his is really good and useful, even when biased.
  18. If Mobile Passport (or another program) can compete with Global Entry without the quinquennial charge (oh *God* how I've always wanted to use that word), Global Entry will most likely lower their price in the future, if not eliminate it altogether. I think it's important to note and remember that ThePointsGuy accepts payments (or might accept payments) from entities, and comes right out and says so. It's honorable of him to say so, but it's also worth noting - nowhere does he say (at least not that I'm aware of) that these payments don't influence his articles, so I find it hard to trust him for anything other than absolute fact-based sentences. I wish he'd come out and say that he makes every effort to be fair and to write without prejudice.
  19. "The internet" will not change as much as you think; it's the *interfaces* to the internet that will change. AOL, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ... these are interfaces, front ends; they are not the internet. 3D hologram porn played out directly on your bed. That will be an interface that merely uses the internet; not the internet itself. The internet will become faster and more secure in the future, and there's absolutely no reason why it can't be regulated: It's just a way of connecting devices and transmitting information from one place to other places. People are going to have two-way conversations and group discussions - always have, always will - and they'll use the internet, or whatever people want to call "that mode of data transmission." Do I think people are going to sit at a keyboard typing in "" 100 years from now? Hell no.
  20. I know the Internet is older than that and I don't think it's going away, but it will be very different from what we now know. Mine was more a comment on how fast things change and our inability to predict that change. And also that regulating the unpredictable in any real way is probably impossible.
  21. I'm not feeling well, but some things are more important than how you feel. If anyone wishes to join me tonight, I'll be at Comet Ping Pong. (Tweeted with the owner's blessing.)
  22. Why Mobile Passport Can Be an Even Better Option Than Global Entry, by Emily McNutt, September 5, 2016, on
  23. Hey - does Mobile Passport add anything to Global Entry? Does anyone have it? It's a free service. Some sites say that the Global Entry program is getting more popular and the Mobile Passport line is basically empty.
  24. The internet as *you* know it started around 20 years ago, but you don't have an M.S. in Computer Science from 33 years ago - the internet is here to stay; all you see is the interface to it. People have been conversing since the beginning of mankind, and the internet has brought the world together to be able to do it, instantaneously and essentially for free. In the past 20 years, use has grown by two orders of magnitude, and for it to grow by a third order of magnitude, world population would first need to quadruple - this is not exactly a sign of impending doom; the internet is the most permanent form of communication that there is, and a repository of information that is millions of times safer than Fort Knox.
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