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Most comments: 22

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2013-01-15 19:33:22 (22 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Yet Another Cult

Most reshares: 17

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2013-01-13 18:00:33 (4 comments, 17 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

We don't need the govt going after young people who download research articles illegally from a non-profit who doesn't mind sharing the articles anyway

This is absurd! Why is our govt trying to prosecute someone for wanting access to research articles from JSTOR? Taxes pay for most research anyway, and there is no harm done in making this research available. This is not only wrong, it's crazy and stupid. These people don't belong in office if they can't use their judgement as to who to prosecute.

Most plusones: 40

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2013-01-09 01:46:55 (2 comments, 12 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
~Aldous Huxley

#enthusiasm   #passionforlife   #aldoushuxley #psychoanalysis #creativity  

Latest 50 posts

2015-06-12 02:01:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Need to find a Diesel gas station? Don't count on +Google Maps totally useless for that. 

Need to find a Diesel gas station? Don't count on +Google Maps totally useless for that. ___

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2015-06-03 17:27:22 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Good bye Android, I am done with crappy Google phones

My MotoX Next Gen finally died after 9 months of use. What a piece of garbage. I hate this phone for the simple reason that it costs $300 to replace a screen. But here is a real list of reasons I just purchased an iPhone. 

1) Every time I get into my car, when my phone connects to the car bluetooth, it fucking plays my main ring tone. It just decides to play the default Android player. I am sick and tired of this crap, three releases, and this is still not fixed. 

2) iPhone ALWAYS shows the song title for whatever is playing, no matter which app is playing. Not a single one of my Android phones can do that, even though Android is now 5 versions old. 

3) Address book synch doesn't work, period. Screw you Google for never fixing this, you lost me as a customer. You're obviously too busy tryingto... more »

Good bye Android, I am done with crappy Google phones

My MotoX Next Gen finally died after 9 months of use. What a piece of garbage. I hate this phone for the simple reason that it costs $300 to replace a screen. But here is a real list of reasons I just purchased an iPhone. 

1) Every time I get into my car, when my phone connects to the car bluetooth, it fucking plays my main ring tone. It just decides to play the default Android player. I am sick and tired of this crap, three releases, and this is still not fixed. 

2) iPhone ALWAYS shows the song title for whatever is playing, no matter which app is playing. Not a single one of my Android phones can do that, even though Android is now 5 versions old. 

3) Address book synch doesn't work, period. Screw you Google for never fixing this, you lost me as a customer. You're obviously too busy trying to make money to care to make good products. So all my contacts always end up left on the phone and I can't recuperate them. That by itself is a good enough reason to go back to Apple. 

4) Lollipop upgrade got rid of the group feature in contacts. Screw you, Google for removing this, I used this all the time. 

5) Stop putting my 30K Google plus followers in my address book. And while I am at it, why the heck do you force all your users to use Google Plus? What a joke. 

6) For a search company, your contact search is pathetic, what a joke. I type in "Mike" and I get contacts that don't even have the word "Mike" in them anywhere. 

7) Who's idea was it to change the synch option on GMail? Wow, horrible. 

8) I am sick and tired of "Contacts" crashing all the time. 

9) Lollipop destroyed the battery usage on my phone. 

10) Yes, lollipop sucks. ___

2015-05-26 02:40:08 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

OK, this is a major rant, and I am writing this in the hopes that Google sees this, if you love Google products, don't flame me for saying this, I used to love Google products too, but gradually, more and more of them are just getting worse and worse. The new Google mail inbox is terrible. I upgraded to lollipop on my Android, and I hate it, it's also terrible. My wife saw my phone and swore never to upgrade. I was happy with the previous release, but I am not alone in hating lollipop, one star on many reviews. Now Chrome is just getting worse and worse, so I've switched to Firefox, except for when i use Google web pages, which really only work well on Chrome and seem to be incompatible with other browsers. Now to top it off the search engine has changed and the new results are so much worse in relevance, so I am switching to BING, which is amazingly better than Google. Why is this happening?... more »

OK, this is a major rant, and I am writing this in the hopes that Google sees this, if you love Google products, don't flame me for saying this, I used to love Google products too, but gradually, more and more of them are just getting worse and worse. The new Google mail inbox is terrible. I upgraded to lollipop on my Android, and I hate it, it's also terrible. My wife saw my phone and swore never to upgrade. I was happy with the previous release, but I am not alone in hating lollipop, one star on many reviews. Now Chrome is just getting worse and worse, so I've switched to Firefox, except for when i use Google web pages, which really only work well on Chrome and seem to be incompatible with other browsers. Now to top it off the search engine has changed and the new results are so much worse in relevance, so I am switching to BING, which is amazingly better than Google. Why is this happening? Who runs Google product management? Are you people really that unwilling to listen to customers? It's so sad to see such a great company go down the toilet. Even Google plus was better before they put so many bells and whistles on it, complete with two columns that it makes it unusable to me. So I am here just to post this rant in hopes someone at Google sees this. But they probably won't care since they are convinced they are smarter than everyone else. And as I write this, the text is getting garbled so I can't even read what I wrote. Yikes, terrible quality, such buggy software. What a bummer.___

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2015-02-06 19:36:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

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2015-01-28 17:23:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here's a suggestion for +Google Drive , when I save a document from GMail into Google drive, it just disappears never to be found again, getting lost in my files. Please make it appear in the "Recent" list. The fact that it doesn't show up in my "recents" list is a bug. 

Here's a suggestion for +Google Drive , when I save a document from GMail into Google drive, it just disappears never to be found again, getting lost in my files. Please make it appear in the "Recent" list. The fact that it doesn't show up in my "recents" list is a bug. ___

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2014-11-04 18:51:07 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Firefox Developer Browser

The Firefox Developer Browser___

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2014-10-09 03:10:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-09 01:55:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-10-23 22:47:56 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Is Android really truly open source?

Is Android really truly open source?___

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2013-09-27 23:16:01 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Don't leave Spotify Quite yet

Well, using some nifty node.JS and Socket.IO based migration tool, I managed to move my Spotify Playlists to Google Play All Access. Unfortunately there are still some gaps. It's pretty good and getting better, but for now I am sticking with Spotify.

Don't leave Spotify Quite yet

Well, using some nifty node.JS and Socket.IO based migration tool, I managed to move my Spotify Playlists to Google Play All Access. Unfortunately there are still some gaps. It's pretty good and getting better, but for now I am sticking with Spotify.___

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2013-08-27 20:26:11 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Web Development at Warp Speed

Web Development at Warp Speed___

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2013-07-23 19:10:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Restore Public Access to the Montara Coastline

Sign the petition, only 4 more signatures needed.

http://www.change.org/petitions/san-mateo-county-supervisors-restore-protect-public-coastal-access-via-montara-streets-4

Restore Public Access to the Montara Coastline

Sign the petition, only 4 more signatures needed.

http://www.change.org/petitions/san-mateo-county-supervisors-restore-protect-public-coastal-access-via-montara-streets-4___

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2013-04-25 21:45:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Now that's rocket Science

Now that's rocket Science___

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2013-02-18 19:45:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2013-01-29 20:56:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Buy Someone a Goat and make them happy

Buy Someone a Goat and make them happy___

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2013-01-24 00:57:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Yes, you can actually build your own robot

This would be a great project for a kid. You can now build an entire robot from open source 3D printing plans and open source software.

Here's an open source printable humanoid robot. It sports voice commands and speech. More information is about it here: http://inmoov.blogspot.com/

#robotics   #opensource  ___Yes, you can actually build your own robot

This would be a great project for a kid. You can now build an entire robot from open source 3D printing plans and open source software.

2013-01-21 23:31:15 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Social Art via mobile devices connected in real time

http://www.html5report.com/topics/html5/articles/323581-kaazing-ekito-create-mobile-social-art-application.htm

Social Art via mobile devices connected in real time

http://www.html5report.com/topics/html5/articles/323581-kaazing-ekito-create-mobile-social-art-application.htm___

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2013-01-18 21:02:30 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2013-01-18 18:37:57 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Welcome to Comcast Customer Support Hell

All our services went down yesterday, no internet, no phone, no 911, and we are in a rural area outside of the Bay Area. After speaking to +Comcast customer support for three hours, still no resolution.  Meanwhile I burned up a chunk of my wireless plan minutes. They farmed out their customer support to some foreign country, either the Philippines or Mexico, and the tech support people have no clue.

Then, they said we would get a tech person to come out this Morning between 7-8AM, but no one showed up. When we called back in, they said the tech visit was scheduled for Saturday. Lovely. After an escalation, they promised to come out this afternoon, we are crossing our fingers. But based on Yelp reviews, chances are slim they will actually show up.

We agree with all the Yelp reviews. 549 reviews with a 1 1/2 star justdon... more »

Welcome to Comcast Customer Support Hell

All our services went down yesterday, no internet, no phone, no 911, and we are in a rural area outside of the Bay Area. After speaking to +Comcast customer support for three hours, still no resolution.  Meanwhile I burned up a chunk of my wireless plan minutes. They farmed out their customer support to some foreign country, either the Philippines or Mexico, and the tech support people have no clue.

Then, they said we would get a tech person to come out this Morning between 7-8AM, but no one showed up. When we called back in, they said the tech visit was scheduled for Saturday. Lovely. After an escalation, they promised to come out this afternoon, we are crossing our fingers. But based on Yelp reviews, chances are slim they will actually show up.

We agree with all the Yelp reviews. 549 reviews with a 1 1/2 star just don't lie. Comcast customer support is broken in a bad way. #FAIL  Comcast products are good and priced competitively, but if +AT&T  Fiber bundles were available in our area with their UVerse, we would already have jumped ship. Comcast stands to loose a lot of business as its competition gears up to offer higher bandwidth levels. 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/comcast-san-francisco___

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2013-01-16 17:04:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Temps at the heart of the freeze last Sunday Morning

Temps at the heart of the freeze last Sunday Morning___

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2013-01-16 16:54:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Last Morning of the 2013 great California freeze

The upper atmosphere has already warmed, so despite calm winds and low dew points, the lapse rates have inverted, and higher elevations are running several degrees higher than the bottom of the valleys this Morning.

Last Morning of the 2013 great California freeze

The upper atmosphere has already warmed, so despite calm winds and low dew points, the lapse rates have inverted, and higher elevations are running several degrees higher than the bottom of the valleys this Morning.___

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2013-01-15 20:13:29 (0 comments, 15 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Brain Plasticity: Use it or loose it

Great article from +Andrea Kuszewski  Your brain is like a muscle, gotta exercise it to keep it healthy.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/03/07/you-can-increase-your-intelligence-5-ways-to-maximize-your-cognitive-potential/

Brain Plasticity: Use it or loose it

Great article from +Andrea Kuszewski  Your brain is like a muscle, gotta exercise it to keep it healthy.

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/03/07/you-can-increase-your-intelligence-5-ways-to-maximize-your-cognitive-potential/___

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2013-01-15 19:33:22 (22 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Yet Another Cult

Yet Another Cult___

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2013-01-14 03:16:12 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

California on the verge of a deep freeze

It's 7PM, and many locations are already near or at the freezing mark. There isn't s single cloud in the sky, dew points are running in the low 20's. The low humidity combined with crystal clear skies are making for super clear visibility. The downside of that is that these conditions also maximize radiative cooling processes. It's going to be a long, long and cold night. There will most likely be damage to the citrus crop by tomorrow Morning. Even Southern California locations sheltered from northerly winds are heading into sub-freezing ranges. 

We can all thank the greenhouse effect and the associated stratospheric warming over the North pole that is pushing cold air down to lower latitudes. Ironically, warmer air at the poles is causing the massive arctic air outpour around the world. The cold air has made it all the... more »

California on the verge of a deep freeze

It's 7PM, and many locations are already near or at the freezing mark. There isn't s single cloud in the sky, dew points are running in the low 20's. The low humidity combined with crystal clear skies are making for super clear visibility. The downside of that is that these conditions also maximize radiative cooling processes. It's going to be a long, long and cold night. There will most likely be damage to the citrus crop by tomorrow Morning. Even Southern California locations sheltered from northerly winds are heading into sub-freezing ranges. 

We can all thank the greenhouse effect and the associated stratospheric warming over the North pole that is pushing cold air down to lower latitudes. Ironically, warmer air at the poles is causing the massive arctic air outpour around the world. The cold air has made it all the way into the middle East for record snow fall in Israel, and extreme cold all over China.

Of course, the record low temperatures in California will be followed by above average temperatures with widespread 70's and low 80's by next weekend. 

Welcome to the weather of the 21st Century.___

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2013-01-13 18:00:33 (4 comments, 17 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

We don't need the govt going after young people who download research articles illegally from a non-profit who doesn't mind sharing the articles anyway

This is absurd! Why is our govt trying to prosecute someone for wanting access to research articles from JSTOR? Taxes pay for most research anyway, and there is no harm done in making this research available. This is not only wrong, it's crazy and stupid. These people don't belong in office if they can't use their judgement as to who to prosecute.

We don't need the govt going after young people who download research articles illegally from a non-profit who doesn't mind sharing the articles anyway

This is absurd! Why is our govt trying to prosecute someone for wanting access to research articles from JSTOR? Taxes pay for most research anyway, and there is no harm done in making this research available. This is not only wrong, it's crazy and stupid. These people don't belong in office if they can't use their judgement as to who to prosecute.___

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2013-01-13 07:28:34 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Why Upgrading to OSX Mountain Lion was a mistake

Instead of Microsoft's blue screen of death, I get Apple's gray screen of death, and it happens relatively frequently. This is one messed up OS, I never had any problems until I upgraded to Mountain Lion. And don't believe the 2459555 sec since last panic report, it happens more often than that. I get crashes that don't even give me a panic report.

Why Upgrading to OSX Mountain Lion was a mistake

Instead of Microsoft's blue screen of death, I get Apple's gray screen of death, and it happens relatively frequently. This is one messed up OS, I never had any problems until I upgraded to Mountain Lion. And don't believe the 2459555 sec since last panic report, it happens more often than that. I get crashes that don't even give me a panic report.___

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2013-01-11 21:51:06 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The next best Android Device, the water-proof, shatter-proof Sony Xperia

Dang, I should have waited for this one. 

http://youtu.be/gWysHOjl95E

The next best Android Device, the water-proof, shatter-proof Sony Xperia

Dang, I should have waited for this one. 

http://youtu.be/gWysHOjl95E___

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2013-01-11 21:33:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

1) It's Snowing in Israel and 2) Israel is moving way over to the right

http://www.theworld.org/2013/01/a-new-right-in-israel/

1) It's Snowing in Israel and 2) Israel is moving way over to the right

http://www.theworld.org/2013/01/a-new-right-in-israel/___

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2013-01-11 21:14:07 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Australian Businesses Are Switching to Solar Power

Because not only does it curb carbon emissions, but it's good business sense.

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/10/18/australian-businesses-switching-to-solar-power-because/

Australian Businesses Are Switching to Solar Power

Because not only does it curb carbon emissions, but it's good business sense.

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/10/18/australian-businesses-switching-to-solar-power-because/___

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2013-01-11 17:44:37 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This Morning is a Real "weenie shrinker" in Los Angeles

And if anyone has watched "LA Story", you know how Southlanders cope with the cold:

Gail, News Anchor: And what a surprise this weekend when the weather turned unseasonably low. Here's Harris Telemacher, our "wacky weatherman" with a report.
Harris: And when the weather dropped down to 58 degrees this weekend, how did you cope? 
Man: I went to make sure all the windows were shut.
Harris: And, what about your pets? Were they outside? What happened? 
Man: Well, the cats were out till around ten. But it got a little too cold for them and they came in. 
Harris: The cats were out till around ten. But it got a little too cold for them and they came in! Well, that's how L.A. coped with that surprise low of 58 degrees thattu... more »

This Morning is a Real "weenie shrinker" in Los Angeles

And if anyone has watched "LA Story", you know how Southlanders cope with the cold:

Gail, News Anchor: And what a surprise this weekend when the weather turned unseasonably low. Here's Harris Telemacher, our "wacky weatherman" with a report.
Harris: And when the weather dropped down to 58 degrees this weekend, how did you cope? 
Man: I went to make sure all the windows were shut.
Harris: And, what about your pets? Were they outside? What happened? 
Man: Well, the cats were out till around ten. But it got a little too cold for them and they came in. 
Harris: The cats were out till around ten. But it got a little too cold for them and they came in! Well, that's how L.A. coped with that surprise low of 58 degrees that turned the weekend into a real weenie shrinker!___

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2013-01-11 17:08:16 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Burrrr!!! Freezing Weather on the West Coast this Morning, it's heading East, so be ready

Burrrr!!! Freezing Weather on the West Coast this Morning, it's heading East, so be ready___

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2013-01-10 23:46:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Dance, Monkeys Dance! Looks like Matt finally settled down with a girl, see the end of the video


Where the Hell is Matt? 2012

Dance, Monkeys Dance! Looks like Matt finally settled down with a girl, see the end of the video


Where the Hell is Matt? 2012___

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2013-01-10 21:03:21 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Bringing Android into my Living Room

Having +Android in our living room is great, but there are some major, major limitations. Here is second review of the Imito MX1 HDMI stick now that I've had a chance to use it. In order to get the best experience, I finally bought an ethernet USB dongle. Along with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, our Android TV is fully up and running and it runs amazingly well. However, there are some major, major downsides, none of which come from the Imito MX1 itself, but all come from the Android ecosystem. 1080p video is generally not available because all of the Android apps are designed for max tablet resolution experience, and even Youtube actually doesn't provide full screen viewing experience on the device. It's great for internet access and music, but forget it for video, it won't provide you with any 1080p HD television.

Audio... more »

Bringing Android into my Living Room

Having +Android in our living room is great, but there are some major, major limitations. Here is second review of the Imito MX1 HDMI stick now that I've had a chance to use it. In order to get the best experience, I finally bought an ethernet USB dongle. Along with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, our Android TV is fully up and running and it runs amazingly well. However, there are some major, major downsides, none of which come from the Imito MX1 itself, but all come from the Android ecosystem. 1080p video is generally not available because all of the Android apps are designed for max tablet resolution experience, and even Youtube actually doesn't provide full screen viewing experience on the device. It's great for internet access and music, but forget it for video, it won't provide you with any 1080p HD television.

Audio Apps

we often use our TV to listen to music, the TV itself is hooked up to our stereo, so having Android music apps at our disposal is wonderful. Listening to Google Music, Spotify and Amazon Cloud music is a synch. All of the apps work very well on the Imito MX1. It takes some time to get used to using a mouse instead of your finger, and often, I need to remember to click on the screen to unhide the buttons that normally show up when putting a finger on the screen. The only music app so far that doesn't work properly is +Pandora. For some reason, when clicking on any text input, the keyboard appears but then immediately disappears  making it impossible for example to start a new radio station. 

Video Apps

The video lineup is very much less impressive, because many apps are optimized for tablet resolution and will not provide 1080p resolution. For example +Netflix resolution is dismal on the big screen, so we continue to watch Netflix using the native Netflix App on our Visio TV. +Amazon.com video is of course unavailable, too bad for them, as I would like to be able to rent movies on my tablet or Android TV. Looks like lost revenue for Amazon. 

Now to the ultimate #FAIL  on the Imito MX1: +YouTube  full screen is not available. Yes, you heard right: the actual main Google TV piece on the Imito MX1 doesn't work properly. You cannot watch Youtube video full screen 1080p because someone at Google had the not-so-brilliant idea to rely on screen rotation to get full screen, and decided to remove the full screen button.

A few of the TV apps I watch use the native video player when playing video, so this is the one bonus of having a stick. They work properly and provide a decent full screen video experience. However, virtually all of the TV apps are optimized for tablet and therefore none of them provide HD quality 1080p resolution.

So on the video front. the Imito MX1 is a complete failure. #FAIL  . Oh well. We watch most of our videos from the native Visio Internet TV Apps, so it's not a loss for us. The music and the internet browsing is a great addition to fill in for the missing apps on the Visio TV.

Bottom line: I love Android, but no one today writes apps for Android for big TVs, so you can kiss the whole 1080p HD experience goodbye for now. It's an early adopter market, and it's got a long, long way to go. Unfortunately, when it comes to media and entertainment, Apple and Yahoo are way ahead of Google. Android still is playing catch up. But they will eventually catch up, and when they do, Android will definitely be the platform of choice for HD TV.___

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2013-01-10 19:25:25 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Vodka Anyone?

Make sure to watch the entire video as it also includes a full blown lightning strike striking a car. 

Happy new year! Be safe and please don't drive like the Russians.

Russian Road Rage and Car Crashes 2012 by TNL___Vodka Anyone?

Make sure to watch the entire video as it also includes a full blown lightning strike striking a car. 

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2013-01-10 00:53:12 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Flu Epidemic, get your flu shot before it hits you

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-flu-cases-on-the-rise/3596060

Flu Epidemic, get your flu shot before it hits you

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-flu-cases-on-the-rise/3596060___

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2013-01-10 00:32:34 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The 100th Gorilla...

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2013-01-09 20:08:01 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Potty Train with a Tablet PC?

I think my son would be too distracted with the tablet to even bother to shit. It takes focus to learn to poop on a potty.

I still potty train with mine.___Potty Train with a Tablet PC?

I think my son would be too distracted with the tablet to even bother to shit. It takes focus to learn to poop on a potty.

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2013-01-09 19:59:09 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Today's Moment of Zen...

"Did you know that the human vagina, besides being able to repel rape sperm, also can be used as a wifi hotspot?" http://on.cc.com/WVgOJv___Today's Moment of Zen...

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2013-01-09 19:50:50 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Get ready for Winter, here it comes!

A phenomenon known as sudden stratospheric warming occurred in the arctic region during the first week of January. The stratosphere is located between 6 miles and 30 miles above the ground. Often when this occurs, it forces cold air to build in the lowest layer of the atmosphere then to drive southward.

Get ready for Winter, here it comes!

A phenomenon known as sudden stratospheric warming occurred in the arctic region during the first week of January. The stratosphere is located between 6 miles and 30 miles above the ground. Often when this occurs, it forces cold air to build in the lowest layer of the atmosphere then to drive southward.___

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2013-01-09 04:35:55 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

What a bunch of douchebags!

Some people are clearly deranged and have to be absolutely ignorant and desperate to commit such an atrocity.

This is appalling...___What a bunch of douchebags!

Some people are clearly deranged and have to be absolutely ignorant and desperate to commit such an atrocity.

2013-01-09 01:50:49 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The next frontier

JOB SEEKERS: 

+SpaceX is hiring!  

There's probably close to a hundred open positions listed at the link below.  
Most positions are in Hawthorne, CA, but some are in Texas and Florida. 

h/t to +Joanne Manaster for the link!___The next frontier

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2013-01-09 01:46:55 (2 comments, 12 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
~Aldous Huxley

#enthusiasm   #passionforlife   #aldoushuxley #psychoanalysis #creativity  

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
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Fascinating

Fifty years ago, Thomas Kuhn, then a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, released a thin volume entitled The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn challenged the traditional view of science as an accumulation of objective facts toward an ever more truthful understanding of nature. Instead, he argued, what scientists discover depends to a large extent on the sorts of questions they ask, which in turn depend in part on scientists’ philosophical commitments.

Sometimes, the dominant scientific way of looking at the world becomes obviously riddled with problems; this can provoke radical and irreversible scientific revolutions that Kuhn dubbed “paradigm shifts” — introducing a term that has been much used and abused. Paradigm shifts interrupt the linear progression of knowledge by changing how scientists view the world, the questions they ask of it, and the tools they use to understand it. Since scientists’ worldview after a paradigm shift is so radically different from the one that came before, the two cannot be compared according to a mutual conception of reality. Kuhn concluded that the path of science through these revolutions is not necessarily toward truth but merely away from previous error.___Fascinating

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Stephen Hawking and God

This is a copy of the entire transcript from 1999. There is another more recent interview in 2010, see http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1009/10/lkl.01.html

CNN Interview Transcript

Larry King Live Weekend

Stephen Hawking Discusses Quantum Physics and ALS

Aired December 25, 1999 - 9:00 p.m. ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, an incredible man, an amazing intellect. It's been said that he can sell physics better than Madonna can sell sex. We're honored to have Professor Stephen Hawking with us for the full hour. It's all next on LARRY KING LIVE.

Welcome.

The words brilliant and genius probably get used way too much. But my guest tonight deserves both of them and more. Professor Stephen... more »

Stephen Hawking and God

This is a copy of the entire transcript from 1999. There is another more recent interview in 2010, see http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1009/10/lkl.01.html

CNN Interview Transcript

Larry King Live Weekend

Stephen Hawking Discusses Quantum Physics and ALS

Aired December 25, 1999 - 9:00 p.m. ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, an incredible man, an amazing intellect. It's been said that he can sell physics better than Madonna can sell sex. We're honored to have Professor Stephen Hawking with us for the full hour. It's all next on LARRY KING LIVE.

Welcome.

The words brilliant and genius probably get used way too much. But my guest tonight deserves both of them and more. Professor Stephen William Hawking is an intellectual icon, best selling author, the greatest mind in physics since Albert Einstein. A couple of notes about what you're going to see and hear. We traveled to Cambridge University in England to talk to Professor Hawking. The first interview was so fascinating we wanted more and our guest was gracious enough to agree.

As you probably know, Stephen Hawking suffers from a disease known as ALS. While he thinks in a lot more dimensions than most of us, he's wheelchair bound and uses a voice synthesizer to talk.

Operating that synthesizer isn't an instant kind of thing. So we gave Professor Hawking our questions in advance. There were some long pauses in the interview and we have cut them out.

But we've kept every word from Stephen Hawking because the man who says he aims to understand the universe, why it is the way it is, why it exists at all is someone you don't want to edit.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

As a scientist, what would you say, professor, has been your biggest accomplishment?

PROFESSOR STEPHEN HAWKING, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY: I am glad to have advanced our understanding of the big bang and black holes, the beginning and end of time. I almost said to have shed light on black holes but maybe that is the wrong metaphor.

KING: Did you have this gift of knowledge as a child or did you develop it? Were you a very brilliant kid?

HAWKING: All children ask questions. How do things work? Why are they the way they are? But as they grow up they get told these questions are stupid or that they don't have answers. I am just a child that has never grown up. I still keep asking these how and why questions. Occasionally I find an answer.

KING: How, professor, do you regard yourself, teacher, researcher, scientist, all the above?

HAWKING: I would describe myself as a research scientist. I don't teach or lecture to undergraduates, but I have advised about 30 graduates for their Ph.D.s and in some cases almost written the thesis for them.

KING: Did you have a mentor?

HAWKING: I have had a number of good teachers and a few not so good but none that I would call my mentor. The nearest would be Roger Penrose (ph), whose work introduced me to the big bang and black holes. But he was more a colleague and collaborator than a mentor.

KING: Why, professor, did you choose the field you chose? Why physics? Why this area of study?

HAWKING: My father was a research scientist in tropical medicine so I grew up thinking that a research scientist was a natural thing to be. But I felt biology was too vague and descriptive so I went into physics, the study of the laws that govern the universe, because it was the most fundamental of the sciences. My father was disappointed I didn't go into medicine, but was consoled when my sister did so.

KING: You have been called, Professor Hawking, the most intelligent person on earth. What's it like to hear something like that? I imagine -- do you agree with it?

HAWKING: That is media hype. Newspapers have these ridiculous lists of the hundred most something people. Recently I was listed as the second most intelligent person in Britain but the first was Richard Branson.

KING: Mr. Branson, of course, owns an airline.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

RICHARD BRANSON, CHAIRMAN, THE VIRGIN GROUP: I certainly don't consider myself more intelligent than Professor Hawkings. He is the sort of person who also doesn't take no for an answer, thinks outside the box and the difference is that he knows what's outside the box and he knows what's the other side of the universe. He can out brain anybody in Britain. He certainly can out brain myself. I left school at 15. What the hell's he talking about?

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Stephen Hawking says he never was very coordinated. He had lousy handwriting when he was a kid, didn't care much for sports but he started having real physical problems, stumbling, clumsiness, while he was a graduate student at Cambridge. In 1963, he was diagnosed with ALS and he was just 21 years old. Doctors told him he probably had about two years to live and they were wrong.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KING: ALS is the wasting disease that killed Lou Gehrig, baseball's legendary iron horse, and there's no cure for it. Not very long ago, Professor Hawking told an audience in Chicago that his greatest achievement is being alive.

HAWKING: I have ALS, a motor neuron disease. This is a condition in which the nerves controlling muscles die off but the sensory nerves continue as before. It is not supposed to affect intelligence but maybe I'm too far gone to notice. One form of ALS is linked to a defective gene, but most ALS seems to occur at random and its cause is not known.

KING: How has the disease affected your work?

HAWKING: Had I chosen almost any other career, my ALS would have ended it. But theoretical physics is all in the mind, so I was able to carry on. Obviously there are practical difficulties like handling books and papers, but I have found ways to deal with them. It is a lot easier now that everything is on computers. I can download physics papers on the Internet and don't need physical paper.

KING: Has the disease -- this is strange -- in any way been an aid to your work?

HAWKING: I can't say that my disability has helped my work but it has allowed me to concentrate on research without having to lecture or sit on boring committees.

KING: Professor, the normal life expectancy for someone with ALS is two to three years max. You've had it for 21 years. How do you explain that?

HAWKING: ALS seems to be a condition that can result from different causes. The variety I have must be different from the most common form, which kills in two or three years. Maybe my ALS is caused by bad absorption of vitamins. My wife says I'm an alien in the morning before I have my vitamins.

KING: What, professor, is your daily life like?

HAWKING: I lead a reasonably normal life but I need help with most things and the routines like getting up or eating take me longer. I am very fortunate in the help I receive from my wife and lucky that I can afford nurses to assist me.

KING: How do you deal with the inevitability that one day you will lose your ability to communicate?

HAWKING: We all face the inevitability of death one day. While I am alive, I will make sure I communicate one way or another.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

KING: When Stephen Hawking says he will communicate, you've got to believe him. A pneumonia nearly suffocated him in 1985. Doctors did a procedure that let him breathe through an opening in his throat and a tube put into his trachea. His life was saved but his voice was lost. Still, as you've heard, the man speaks.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HAWKING: For a time, I could communicate only by raising my eyebrows when someone pointed to letters on an alphabet card. This is pretty slow and limiting. I couldn't hold a conversation and I certainly couldn't write a scientific paper. Fortunately, I have enough movement in my hands that I can press and release a single switch in my hand quite rapidly. This is used to control a computer program in which a cursor moves down the screen and then across. In this way, I can select words from lists on the screen. The words I have chosen are printed on the lower half of the screen. When I have built up what I want to say, I can send it to a speech synthesizer.

The synthesizer I use is 13 years old but I stick to it partly because I now identify with it and partly because it doesn't speak in a monotone but varies the intonation in an almost human way. It is very important that those who have to use artificial speech should have a voice they can identify with and feel happy with. No one wants to sound like a machine or Mickey Mouse.

With the computer program I use, I can manage 10 to 15 words a minute. By contrast, normal speech is 120 to 180 words a minute. This means that for speeches and lectures I have to write them in advance, save them on disk and then send them to the speech synthesizer sentence by sentence. It is possible that a different computer program might be slightly faster, but there is a basic limit to the rate that information can be transmitted by pressing a single switch.

In computer terms, I have a baud rate of about three that responds to the information in about 20 words a minute. By contrast, a political speech has a word rate of about 150 and an information content of zero.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: It may take Hawking as much as 40 hours to prepare a 45 minute lecture. By the way, some people think the synthesizer sounds Scandinavian. Hawking sometimes jokes about his computer's American accent. We'll be back with more.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Welcome back.

Stephen Hawking was born January 8th, 1942, 300 years to the day of the death of the astronomer Galileo. Even when he was a little boy, he wanted to figure out how the world worked. He says that he loved taking stuff apart. Unfortunately, he wasn't very good at getting it back together.

In 1962, Hawking earned an undergraduate degree with first class honors from Oxford and then headed to Cambridge to study cosmology. He stayed on there after receiving his Ph.D. Hawking has wracked up all kinds of honors, including a dozen honorary degrees. He's also received the most prestigious prize in theoretical physics. It's named after the man Hawking calls the best scientific mind of the century.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HAWKING: Undoubtedly the greatest scientific figure of the century is Albert Einstein. He revolutionized our ideas of space and time with his general theory of relativity. It is said that space and time are not just a fixed background in which events take place but that they are curved and warped by the matter and energy in the universe. We are still working out the implications of general relativity.

After Einstein, I would rank people Werner Heisenberg, Irwin Schroedinger and Paul Dirac, who developed quantum theory, the other major advance this century. It changed our picture of the universe and of reality itself. When we have found out how to combine these theories we will understand how the universe began, is evolving, and will end.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: Since 1979, Hawking has been the Lukesian (ph) professor of mathematics at Cambridge. Sir Isaac Newton, the man who discovered gravity, held that same post three centuries ago.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KING: Did you ever want to be anything besides a research scientist? Did your incredible intelligence in any way make you feel like you had to go into science for the betterment of man regardless of your own personal dreams?

HAWKING: Before I got ALS I considered a number of other careers including being a political leader. Because I wasn't born in the U.S., I couldn't be president but I might have been British prime minister. However, I'm glad I left that job to Tony Blair. I think I get more job satisfaction than he does and I expect my work will last longer.

KING: Did you ever consider changing direction when you got ALS and focus on taking that mind of yours and finding a cure for it?

HAWKING: I don't think I would be much good at research on ALS and I wouldn't want to engage in it even if I could. I am happy to follow research from a distance but I want to get on with a fairly normal life and forget about ALS.

KING: What did you think of the movie "Good Will Hunting?" Could you associate with the lead character, a kind of genius? HAWKING: I was very encouraged to see a film about real intellectual struggle but I wasn't convinced by the central character. She seemed to regard the discoveries she made as just mathematical tricks and didn't get pleasure from them. In my experience, when you discover something that no one knew before that is the most wonderful feeling in the world. It is like sex but it lasts longer.

KING: One could only imagine what that's like. You said before there was a 50-50 percent chance that your string theory would be proven out by the end of this century. How's that coming and for definition, what is the string theory?

HAWKING: In 1980, I said I thought there was a 50-50 chance we would find a complete unified theory within the next 20 years. String theory would be one aspect of that unified theory. Although we have made a lot of progress since then, we don't yet have a complete unified theory of the universe. Nevertheless, I still think there's a 50-50 chance we will find a complete unified theory in the next 20 years. But that 20 years starts now.

KING: Helping in the quest for a unified theory, a super computer called Cosmos. It lives at Cambridge University. Its task? Nothing less than tracing the origins of the universe. Talk about looking way back. Scientists figure the universe is about 15 billion years old.

HAWKING: I think everyone wants to know where we came from and how the universe began. Cosmos can help us find answers to those questions. Hopefully, when we understand how the universe began it will give us a clue as to why it began the way it did or even why it began at all.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KING: Is there anywhere, professor, in the world that you have not been that you would like to go and why?

HAWKING: Where I would really like to go is not anywhere on earth but out in space. If I were someone like Bill Gates I would hire the space shuttle. It would only cost a few hundred million dollars.

KING: What advice would you give an intelligent, open-minded young man or woman contemplating a future career? Would you recommend science and research? If you had to start all over again in the year 2000, would you choose what you've chosen?

HAWKING: I think science and research are more satisfying than just making money. But if I were starting now, I might choose molecular biology rather than cosmology. We may find the basic laws that govern the universe but we will never exhaust the complexity of possible biological systems. KING: What, Professor Hawking, do you consider the most important discovery of this millennium?

HAWKING: I think the invention of printing was a breakthrough for the human race. It meant that information and discoveries could be disseminated widely and not just on a one to one basis by word of mouth or handwritten manuscript. It led to an ever increasing rate of scientific and technological development. This has now made printing almost obsolete and replaced it by the Internet.

KING: What do you expect will be the biggest change in the way we'll live in the future?

HAWKING: I think genetic engineering with humans is going to occur whether we like it or not. It will change our standard of what is human but it will be a gradual change because there's so much we don't know and because humans take time to grow up. We won't change much in the next 100 years but we might after that.

KING: Professor, where will you be, what will you be doing on, at midnight on December 31st?

HAWKING: We are having a Simpsons fancy dress party. People are coming as Springfield characters. The great thing is I can go as myself.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "THE SIMPSONS")

HAWKING: I don't know which is the bigger disappointment, my failure to formulate a unified field theory or you.

DAN CASTELLANETA, ACTOR: I don't like your tone.

HAWKING: If you are looking for trouble, you've found it.

CASTELLANETA: Yeah, just try me you -- oh. The guns are openers. Come on, you idiots. We're taking back this town.

HAWKING: Time for this hawk to fly. Wrong button.

CASTELLANETA: Did you have fun with your robot, buddy?

YEARDLY SMITH, ACRTRESS: Dad! Oh, Dr. Hawking, we had such a beautiful dream. What went wrong?

HAWKING: Don't feel bad, Lisa. Sometimes the smartest of us can be the most childish.

SMITH: Even you?

HAWKING: No, not me. Never.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Stephen Hawking has written extensively in the field of theoretical physics, most of his work is highly technical. Intellectual heavy lifting to say the least. But in 1988 he wrote the book "A Brief History of Time".

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

HAWKING: My original aim was to write a book that would sell on airport book stalls. But for that, maybe the publisher should have put a naked woman rather than me on the cover.

MARK BARTY-KING, PUBLISHER: Stephen always saw this book as being a great mass market book. And I think publishers found that quite difficult to assess at beginning, because it was, you know, a very difficult book, and very much a science book. And it was probably one of the first science books that ever broke out into the mass market, in the way that Stephen had predicted.

HAWKING: All over the world, people come up to me and say how much they have enjoyed my book. They may not have understood it all. If they did, they would be ready to start a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. But they have got a feeling of being in touch with the big questions: Where did we come from, and how did it all begin?

BARTY-KING: I certainly couldn't understand the book, and, however, I did read it with some enjoyment, always expecting to be able to understand it. And it was so lucidly written it was actually a pleasure -- a pleasure to read. But we didn't -- we didn't know that this book was going to break out in the way that it did. We started with a very small printing of, I think, 5,000 copies.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: "A Brief History" practically took up residence on the best-seller list when it came out. It's been translated into some 30 languages and sold about 10 million copies worldwide.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BARTY-KING: Whether Stephen is contemplating a sequel if any kind at this point, I don't know, but it would be nice if he was.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: A sequel to "Brief History?" Who knows. But the book did inspire a movie, and we'll show you highlights from it later. All this has made Hawking something of a media darling and a commercial hit.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "SPACEAVERS OPTICANA COMMERCIAL")

HAWKING: I had always spoke to see this in my lifetime. I have been wondering about the mysteries of the universe since I was a child. Yet, looking at the beauty of these things still fills me with wonder. For me, physics is about seeing further, better, and deeper. And from here, I can see forever.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: What, Professor, is cosmology?

HAWKING: Cosmology is the study of the whole universe, its origin, evolution, and eventual fate. It is a background to all our lives.

KING: What, in your area of study, Stephen, do we know the least about?

HAWKING: We feel we are tantalizingly close to a complete Unified Theory, but we might be miles away or barking up the wrong tree. If I had a wish, it would be to know whether we are on the right track.

KING: What is a black hole?

HAWKING: A black hole is a region that is so warped by gravity that light cannot get out. Or at least people thought that light could not get out of a black hole, until I showed that the Uncertainty Principle of quantum mechanics allows light to leak out slowly. Some people call this Hawking Radiation.

KING: When, Professor, did the universe begin, and do you know when it'll end?

HAWKING: We have good evidence the universe began in a big bang, about 15 billion years ago. We are less certain how it will end, but recent observations suggest a universe will expand forever at an ever- increasing rate.

KING: Do you believe in life in other places, other planets?

HAWKING: Life appeared on earth fairly soon after the earth was formed, 4.5 billion years ago. That suggests that primitive life will appear spontaneously on any suitable planet. On the other hand, intelligent life seems very rare. It has yet to be detected on earth.

KING: Do you believe in a sixth sense, a spirit world, another level of existence?

HAWKING: I do not believe in a sixth sense, if you mean extrasensory perception. That would not be consistent with my belief that a universe is governed by a mathematical laws. Spiritual values belong to a different category to the physical universe.

KING: Do you believe in God?

HAWKING: Yes, I do, if by God you mean the embodiment of the laws that govern the universe.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME") HAWKING: If you were watching an astronaut foolhardy enough to jump into a black hole, at some time on his watch, say 12:00, he would cross the event horizon and enter the black hole. But no matter how long you waited, you would never see the astronaut's watch reach 12:00. Instead, each second on the watch would appear to take longer and longer, until the last second before midnight would take forever. The astronaut wouldn't notice anything special when his watch reached midnight, and he crossed the event horizon into the black hole, until, of course, he approached the singularity and was crushed into spaghetti.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME")

HAWKING: Einstein never accepted quantum mechanics because of its element of chance and uncertainty. He said, "God does not play dice." It seems that Einstein was doubly wrong. The quantum affects of black holes suggest that not only does God play dice, He sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: What, Professor, puzzles you the most? What do you think about the most?

HAWKING: Women.

KING: Welcome aboard. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

HAWKING: I see great danger for the future. But I'm an optimist. I expect we will find a way forward.

KING: What do you think is the biggest challenge that we have to overcome?

HAWKING: I think the biggest challenge we face is from our aggressive instincts. In caveman -- or caveperson days, these gave definite survival advantages and were imprinted in our genetic code by Darwinian natural selection. But with nuclear weapons, they threaten our destruction. We don't have time for Darwinian evolution to remove our aggression. We will have to use genetic engineering.

KING: What's your biggest worry for society?

HAWKING: My biggest worry is population growth. If it continues at the current rate, we will be standing shoulder to shoulder by 2600. Something has to happen, and I don't want it to be a disaster.

KING: Do you think we'll ever cure disease?

HAWKING: We are already able to cure most diseases of the past. But unless we become immortal, we are bound to die of something. We can extend our lives, but it is probably more important to improve the quality while we are alive.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

KING: As you heard a minute ago, Professor Hawking is deeply concerned the world is getting overcrowded. What about the possibility that it's getting overheated, too? His thoughts, now, on global warming.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

HAWKING: The temperature of the earth has gone up and down in history, so one might argue that a recent warming was just a natural fluctuation. But there is no question that the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now far higher than it has ever been in the past.

Carbon dioxide is produced when we burn coal, oil, or gas. It is what is called a greenhouse gas. That is, it let's in heat from the sun, but makes it difficult for the heat to escape again. So the large amount of carbon dioxide now in the atmosphere will inevitably cause global warming. How much the warming will be, we don't know.

If it were only a few degrees, that would be serious, but we could adapt to it. But the danger is the warming process might be unstable and run away. We could end up like Venus, covered in clouds and with the surface temperature of 400 degrees.

It could be too late if we wait until the bad effects of warming become obvious. We need action now to reduce emission of carbon dioxide. And that action must include the U.S., since you have by far, the highest emission per head.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION")

HAWKING: ... but then I said "In that frame of reference, the perihelion of Mercury would have recessed in the opposite direction."

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: That is a great story.

BRENT SPINER, ACTOR: Quite amusing, Dr. Hawking.

You see, Sir Isaac, the joke depends on an understanding of the relativistic curvature of space-time. If two non-inertial reference frames are in relative motion... UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Do not patronize me, sir. I invented physics. The day that apple fell on my head was the most momentous day in the history of science.

HAWKING: Not the apple story again.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: It's your bet.

HAWKING: I raise $50.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: All the quantum fluctuations in the universe will not change the cards in your hand. I call.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: You are bluffing.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: And you will lose.

HAWKING: Wrong again, Albert.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: Well...

JONATHAN FRAKES, ACTOR: Red alert. All personnel report to duty stations.

SPINER: We will have to continue this another time. End program.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

KING: Well, we all watched "Star Trek," and you have worked with time and travel and the like. Do you think we'll ever travel from Britain to Japan in an hour?

HAWKING: Britain to Japan in an hour is quite possible. But to do it in half an hour would require more than orbital velocity, and would be very difficult. You would need a rocket to hold you down to earth.

KING: Do you like science fiction, Professor? Can it be harmful, or helpful, or neither?

HAWKING: I think science fiction is useful, both for stimulating the imagination and for defusing fear of the future. But science fact can be even more amazing. Science fiction never suggested anything as strange as black holes.

KING: Professor, do you believe in the concept of time travel?

HAWKING: Time travel seems to be allowed by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity in certain situations, but if you combine General Relativity with Quantum Theory, it looks like you would be wiped out by a bolt of radiation before you could travel into the past. We certainly haven't seen any tourists from the future.

KING: Where do you believe that our research dollars -- and we have plenty of them -- would be best spent? HAWKING: There isn't a single answer to that question. There are a whole range of projects in different fields. In my own field of physics, I would say more satellites to observe the universe about the atmosphere. And something to replace the SSC Particle Accelerator that was being built in Texas, but which was canceled in 1994 when the U.S. went through a fit of feeling poor.

KING: Professor, what do you think of the Y2K bug? Are you worried what's going to happen on January 1st?

HAWKING: I think the Y2K bug has been exaggerated. I expect January the 1st, 2000, to be a great anticlimax. A few things will go wrong, but it won't be the end of the world if ATM machines don't work.

KING: Do you surf the net? What do you think of this Internet thing?

HAWKING: I use the Internet each day to get physics papers and to get the news from the BBC or CNN. But I regard surfing the net as as mindless as channel hopping on television.

KING: What is the most intelligent person in the world do for fun?

HAWKING: I have told you it's ridiculous to call me the most intelligent person. And what I do for fun is private.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

KING: We respect the professor's privacy, of course. Still we managed to have him tell us what kind of music he likes.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

HAWKING: It was in 1963 that I first developed an interest in Wagner, or Wagner, as my speech synthesizer pronounces him. I had just been diagnosed as having ALS, or Motor Neuro Disease. and given a distinct impression I didn't have long to live. I regarded Wagner as music that was dark enough for my mood. My mother bought me tickets to go to the Wagner festival at Bayreuth in Germany, and I went with my sister, Philippa. It was magic. His personal use and conduct were pretty objectionable. But his music, though sometimes pompous and long-winded, reaches a level no one else does.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

KING: Welcome back.

We've shown you many sides of Professor Stephen Hawking. One you haven't seen yet is Stephen Hawking the sports fan. Well, fan of one sport, anyway.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) HAWKING: My younger son, Tim, is very keen in Formula One racing, and it's an interest I can share with him. We know Frank Williams, who runs the Williams Team, and who is in a wheelchair like me. We have watched several races from the Williams pits. It is exciting to see behind the scenes, but the noise is terrific.

KING: You have three children, Professor. Did they have the best science fair projects in school? What are the kids doing now?

HAWKING: Only my eldest son, Robert, was interested in science. He's now a software engineer with Microsoft in Seattle. My daughter, Lucy, studied French and Russian, and is now a journalist. My younger son, Tim, is at university doing French and Spanish. And I have a grandson, William, who is learning to talk and is fascinated by computers.

KING: You mentioned earlier we'll all die of something. Do you think you can live another 30, 40 years with this disease? Do you think this disease might be cured?

HAWKING: I don't look too far ahead, but I'm now thinking of my 60th birthday in 2002. I don't expect to be cured of ALS. It will be enough if it just doesn't get worse.

KING: What keeps you going? We all can see and are aware of your condition and how well you deal with it. What is that inner thing that keeps you going?

HAWKING: Curiosity. I want to know the answers. I enjoy life. I will keep going as long as I can. What else can anyone do?

KING: And finally, happiness is relative, of course. Are you a happy man?

HAWKING: Yes.

KING: Thank you, Professor.

What an hour.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME")

HAWKING: If we do discover a complete theory of the universe, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all -- philosophers, scientists and just ordinary people -- be able to take part in the discussion of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason. For then, we would know the mind of God.

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2013-01-08 03:35:50 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Don't Watch TV, Watch Android!

I finally got my Imito MX Android Stick going on our TV, instantly transforming our large screen TV into an Android Tablet for $60. The merging of the television experience and the internet experience is now complete in our home. I no longer have any excuses, the hours I spend surfing the internet are really just the same as watching TV. I think I will buy a second stick!

I am totally hooked on +Android it's truly an amazing operating system, and thanks to Google's Cloud services, I can get my environment up and running painlessly anytime and anywhere. This makes me so happy to have left Apple's iOS. Now I just need an Android laptop.

How many hours a day do you spend in front of the TV...hem... I mean the internet?

Don't Watch TV, Watch Android!

I finally got my Imito MX Android Stick going on our TV, instantly transforming our large screen TV into an Android Tablet for $60. The merging of the television experience and the internet experience is now complete in our home. I no longer have any excuses, the hours I spend surfing the internet are really just the same as watching TV. I think I will buy a second stick!

I am totally hooked on +Android it's truly an amazing operating system, and thanks to Google's Cloud services, I can get my environment up and running painlessly anytime and anywhere. This makes me so happy to have left Apple's iOS. Now I just need an Android laptop.

How many hours a day do you spend in front of the TV...hem... I mean the internet?___

2013-01-05 19:03:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Zen, Buddhism, Science, Pantheism

If you are wondering what happened to my "deeper" and more interesting posts on science, philosophy and religion, I am now putting them in the Science and Pantheism community. That way, if this is what you are interested in, then you can join that community and you can avoid all the political and social dribble I might post to my stream.

You need to ask to join the community, because it's the only way to keep the spam away.

I bet you would like this community___Zen, Buddhism, Science, Pantheism

If you are wondering what happened to my "deeper" and more interesting posts on science, philosophy and religion, I am now putting them in the Science and Pantheism community. That way, if this is what you are interested in, then you can join that community and you can avoid all the political and social dribble I might post to my stream.

You need to ask to join the community, because it's the only way to keep the spam away.

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2013-01-05 16:39:11 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2013-01-04 21:42:21 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Where was she when I was picking up my luggage?

Dance Like Nobody's Watching: Airport
via +SPIEGEL ONLINE ~ thnx, made my day! :)

#awesome   #funny   #outstanding  ___Where was she when I was picking up my luggage?

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2013-01-04 18:51:21 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Negative Temperature Systems can help us model dark energy

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/01/scientists-create-negative-temperature-system/

Via +Gary Walker 

Negative Temperature Systems can help us model dark energy

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/01/scientists-create-negative-temperature-system/

Via +Gary Walker ___

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2013-01-03 18:16:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Strange Society, this is very different behavior than what would happen in the US

Strange Society, this is very different behavior than what would happen in the US___

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