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ChrisCast Episode 4: 24601; Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

ChrisCast Episode 4: 24601; Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

I tried a bunch of editing stuff and splitting stuff. I don't even know if the storytelling is linear or if it's even listenable with all the clips and so forth in between and I am pretty sure the files got shuffled and are out of order so maybe the end of the story is at the beginning. So, I put in a warning. Otherwise, enjoy!

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ChrisCast Episode 3: Je ne sais rien

ChrisCast Episode 3: Je ne sais rien

Sort of a ramble, sort of a rant. Trying out background music and more of the editing tools that the Anchor.fm Android app tools and so forth. What do you think? My voice is very hot, very loud, but at least I'm highly audit and very easy to comprehend. Pretty much just a My Dinner With André sort of thing, the sort engaged in by the madman who lives under the bridge. Enjoy and let me know what's up with you and what you think!

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ChrisCast Episode 2: 24601 Part 1: Hanabata Days

ChrisCast Episode 2: 24601 Part 1: Hanabata Days

The origin story of Chris Abraham from zero through to most of 6th grade, from Weehawken, New Jersey, to Murray Hill, NYC, to Salt Lake, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, to downtown Punchbowl... have fun!

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ChrisCast Episode 1: Sportif

ChrisCast Episode 1: Sportif

This is the episode where I almost cop to an eating disorder and then complain a lot about how heavy I am.

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The southern border of the United States is not a finish line

The southern border of the United States is not a finish line

For me, the immigration debate comes down to commercial airlines’ safety instructions: "put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others." Until every rural American—the welcome wagon at most borders and border towns—feels heard, loved, fed, supported, educated, included, and respected—prosperous (prosperity breeds generosity)—then they will never feel like they can ever affix an oxygen mask on a stranger.

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Characteristics of a Reliable KYC Tool

Knowing Your Client or KYC is really a time-consuming, resource-intensive process. However, it is a necessary step to ensure that you’re doing business with outstanding, trustworthy clients. All these efforts just to check and verify your potential customer’s information and activities will help save you from millions of dollars in losses, fines, and fees, and a ton of headache.

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Gather Ye Rosebuds by Robert Herrick

Gather Ye Rosebuds by Robert Herrick

If you've ever taken an early American literature course in college, this is indeed a class favorite. "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" is a poem written by English Cavalier poet Robert Herrick in the 17th century. First published in 1648 as number 208 in a volume of verse entitled Hesperides, it is perhaps one of the most famous poems to extol the notion of carpe diem, a philosophy that recognizes the brevity of life and, therefore, the need to live for and in the moment.

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The Pure Contralto Sings In The Organ Loft by Walt Whitman

The Pure Contralto Sings In The Organ Loft by Walt Whitman

I don't know why I remember it, but the line, "the pure contralto sings in the organ loft," seared itself into my brain—maybe because "contralto" was a new word to me.

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Song Of Myself, XXIV by Walt Whitman

Song Of Myself, XXIV by Walt Whitman

This poem contains one of my favorite stanzas, "Unscrew the locks from the doors! / Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs! / Whoever degrades another degrades me, / And whatever is done or said returns at last to me."

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Song Of Myself, XVI by Walt Whitman

Song Of Myself, XVI by Walt Whitman

This poem is an essential read as American is broken apart by people who believe themselves to be better—superior even—than their fellow citizens, "I resist any thing better than my own diversity, / Breathe the air but leave plenty after me, / And am not stuck up, and am in my place."

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Song of Myself, XI by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself, XI by Walt Whitman

One of Walt Whitman's most innocently sensual poems indeed.

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DC’s budget will end chronic homelessness for 615 individuals and 180 families

DC’s budget will end chronic homelessness for 615 individuals and 180 families

I just received this email from Miriam's Kitchen, the homeless kitchen I volunteered at for over a decade, as well as the home of The Way Home and they, have amazing new that I would love to share with you on their behalf.

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Song of Myself, V by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself, V by Walt Whitman

"Loafe with me on the grass, loose the stop from your throat," is one of my favorite lines of poetry.

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“He’s blaming the Democrats” cartoon by David Sipress

Sometimes a daily cartoon from The New Yorker is so salient and timely and apropos that I need to share it.

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Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville

Bartleby, the Scrivener, by Herman Melville

While this short story is over 166-years-old, I find myself referencing this Melville classic almost every single day. It's even a current t-shirt meme. Here's the full text. If you love me, you should read this. If only to be in on the joke. "Ah Bartleby! Ah humanity!"

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I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

In memoriam on Memorial Day and in memory of the death of Walk Whitman 200 years ago, America's poet.

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O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

On the 200th year of his death, Walt Whitman's most popularly famous poem.

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Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

To me, this is the most important poem ever written and shared with the world, more important to what it is to be an American than the Constitution, Bill of Rights, The Gettysburg Address, or even the Declaration of Independence. The I Have a Dream speech is this poem's brother.

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I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman

I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman

On the celebration of the 200th anniversary of America's bard, here's to Walt Whitman, America's poet.

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Website Speed In a Nutshell

How important is web page speed? Studies all over the internet argue that page speed is the most essential part of building a successful website.

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When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by Walt Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by Walt Whitman

My top-4 poets are Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Galway Kinnell, and Sharon Olds; now, we're celebrating Walt Whitman's 200th anniversary as America's poet. This is really one of Whitman's most Washington, DC, pome.

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Three People Who Won the Biggest Powerball Jackpot

People love to dream of better and brighter days, that good luck will someday rain in buckets. With some stroke of luck, a few people wake up to a miracle.

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How Big is Facebook?

When it comes to social media networking sites, nothing comes even close to Facebook. It seems incredible to imagine that this online platform was only discovered less than 15 years ago. Launched in 2004 by Harvard students, Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Chris Hughes, and Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook has gone on to become a daily fixture to billions of people all over the world.

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SEO to Take You To 2019 and Beyond

SEO can seem at times like tip-toeing through a minefield. If you make one wrong move, things might just blow up in your face. Unfortunately, there are no easy hacks in this area. Search engines are getting better at analyzing and assessing web content every day.

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Sanctions not socialism killing Venezuela

Sanctions not socialism killing Venezuela

Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela, a report by Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs for The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) looks at some of the most important impacts of the economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the US government since August of 2017. It finds that most of the impact of these sanctions has not been on the government but on the civilian population.

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Idido Coffee and Social House is my new local coffee shop off Columbia Pike in South Arlington

Idido Coffee and Social House is my new local coffee shop off Columbia Pike in South Arlington

I never cottoned to Rappahannock Coffee and one never wants to make a Starbucks your local. Idido's Coffee is perfect. Lots of room, great Wi-Fi, friendly people, delicious coffee as well as lots of other beverages. There's also breakfast croissants and pastries, both sweet and savory, and I think they serve lunch and salads and whatnot. All within 4 min (0.8 mi) of my front door.

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My review of the TB12 Plant-Based Protein chocolate powder supplement

My review of the TB12 Plant-Based Protein chocolate powder supplement

The plant-based protein powder that I am using after I come home from spin class every night is from TB12 (10% off with discount code PBP10). I like it.

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Posse mailing list blast from the past

I had my own Listserv based on Mailman, the GNU Mailing List Manager. I called it the Posse mailing list and I don't know how active everyone else was with regards to using it, but I loved it. I love Mailman. I wrote my entire travel journal when I flew around the world and visited Asia and Europe, etc, and I emailed my missives to [email protected] Maybe now that I know the archives were at http://lists.urban.net/mailman/listinfo/posse maybe I can follow the Wayback Machine and find it. Maybe.

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Catch and Kill by J.D. Lasica Review

Catch and Kill by J.D. Lasica Review

Catch and Kill: A Shadow Operatives Thriller by J.D. Lasica is an exciting portal into the tech and threats in the near future; it's both wild adventure fantasy novel but also too plausible as a near future we will need to address that will surely make the nuclear or climate threat seem quaint by comparison. It's a fun ride with heroines and villains and existential crises and the amazing technology of the very near future.

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