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healthcare.gov opens at midnight on the day of the government shutdown and lambert finds a bug

[And if you have your own experiences to share, and especially screen dumps, please add them in comments or contact me. Either Federal Exchanges, or state exchanges. I'm especially interested in Covered California! Thank you! --lambert]

Nice timing.

john.smith@gmail.com from Maine had a registration #FAIL at step 3. Here's the screen dump:

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What Avedon said

If every word of this weren't true, I'd call this a rant: Read below the fold...

Cannonfire is right

Cannonfire looked into Yandex, the Russian mail service. I'm testing some new keen Drupal software, and I needed to create a number of accounts, so I thought I'd test it out. It's pretty slick! And as Cannonfire says: Read below the fold...

In the garden: The race against mildew

As you can see, I've got some nice orange something-or-others coming in, at lower left, under the leaves, and as usual, at upper right, a great teaming mass of tomatoes are all going to ripen at once. So, success! Read below the fold...

In the garden: Spot the cat!

In case you can't.... Read below the fold...

In the garden: The Cardinal Climbers flower!

The very first one!

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Tweet of the day (2)

Tweet of the day

In the garden: Special effects at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

This is my favorite kind of water feature: A thin sheet of water barely flowing over an edge:

Of course, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens works on the grand scale (with the grand budget). But I could still steal the basic idea! Read below the fold...

Brilliant algorithm on the shape of epidemics

I was reading this fine article by Kevin Drum on lead and crime, when this paragraph jumped out:

Experts often suggest that crime resembles an epidemic. But what kind? Karl Smith, a professor of public economics and government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has a good rule of thumb for categorizing epidemics: If it spreads along lines of communication, he says, the cause is information. Think Bieber Fever. If it travels along major transportation routes, the cause is microbial. Think influenza. If it spreads out like a fan, the cause is an insect. Think malaria. But if it's everywhere, all at once—as both the rise of crime in the '60s and '70s and the fall of crime in the '90s seemed to be—the cause is a molecule.

The way to fight ebola is said to be contact tracing, but I can't a graph mapping the shape of the contacts; my guess is that its spread follows transportation routes, or maybe it leaps via transport nodes, and then ans out from each node. I'm not sure why there's no shape listed for "viral," as opposed to microbia.)

But I wasn't thinking of ebola. Read below the fold...

Tweet of the day

"The British goverment has learned..."

For anybody who came in late, here's why the headline is a joke: Read below the fold...

Occupy Congress

Could bring up happy memories, although I didn't see anyone I knew. Read below the fold...

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