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Vicky Veritas has been at 15 events

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Google Lunar XPRIZE580,849This Hangout will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 ( #Apollo45 ) by looking forward---what are the Apollo sites like today? What could be in store for their future? What was it like to be involved with Apollo, and what does it mean for space going forwards? Robert Brand of @118275274570132603581, an Apollo insider, and Google Lunar XPRIZE Judge Derek Webber, a charismatic expert on Apollo legacy, will be discussing the past with host Dr. Pamela Gay as we shed light on adventures for the future.Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout 006: Exploring Apollo Now2014-07-23 03:00:0086  
Half the Sky Movement233,429Join  @107096716333816995401 columnist @102839963139173448834 and leaders in the fight against human trafficking from Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, @105701279657260032955, @104386691922846239107 and @100379471031450585233  in a conversation about modern solutions to a problem millions around the world are facing every day. *Panelists include:*  Rachel Lloyd, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)   Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission Dave Batstone, Not For Sale Susan Bissell, UNICEF What does 2014 hold for the fight against modern-day slavery?2014-01-10 19:00:00969  
Science on Google+822,478*Isaac Newton's Birthday is on Christmas* Join us in a Newton-inspired holiday physics hangout with rockstar physicist +Henry Reich of +MinutePhysics and +MinuteEarth  and brilliant ballerina biologist +Carin Bondar of +National Geographic, +Scientific American and host of Wild Sex, a science show about the strange reproductive habits of the animal kingdom. She knows how the world gets physical. +Veritasium  AKA +Derek Muller may pop in.  We hear there may even be more special guests so you should probably go ahead and RSVP yes to join the lively conversation. BYOB. Hosted by +Amy Robinson of +Science on Google+ .Happy Newtonmas Hangout2013-12-19 00:00:00143  
1 Billion Acts of Peace144,420In advance of Nelson Mandela’s funeral service on Sunday in Qunu, South Africa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Mpho Tutu, the first female Irish president, Mary Robinson, and Sir Richard Branson came together for a digital eulogy using Google+ Hangouts. The conversation was hosted by Peace Jam and The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, and moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Share your thoughts with #MandelaTribute, and watch the full hangout here to celebrate the life of an individual who changed the world.Remembering Nelson Mandela2013-12-13 13:30:0011344  
Science Bulletins at AMNH460,371The American Museum of Natural History’s Science Bulletins program is launching a new data visualization on changes in Arctic plant life and their forecasted impact on the climate system. Science Bulletins editorial producer Laura Allen will discuss the science with the ecologists whose work is featured in the visualization. The researchers will also answer your questions. Join Science Bulletins for this Hangout and meet: • Dr. Richard Pearson: Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History and Lecturer, University College London • Dr. Scott Goetz: Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center The data visualization is designed for informal education at museums and science centers. Its datasets are also available for live programming on NOAA’s Science on a Sphere (SOS)® spherical display system: http://www.sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/dataset.php?id=429 The Hangout panel will also address ways to interpret the visualization for museum and educational audiences. View the visualization at http://www.amnh.org/explore/science-bulletins/(watch)/bio/visualizations/greening-of-the-arctic This visualization and professional development training is supported by NOAA and NSF.How Green is the Arctic? A Science Bulletins at AMNH Hangout2013-11-13 21:30:0043  
Science on Google+822,478*Be curious. Question assumptions. Explore the world from atoms to astrophysics with Veritasium*. Join +Derek Muller of popular +YouTube Channel Veritasium on a journey to the beautiful, viral side of physics, hosted by Science on Google+ in honor of *YouTube Geek Week* (Aug 4-10). Our +Amy Robinson, +Jason Davison and +Nic Hammond will host, along with +Joe Hanson of +It's Okay To Be Smart and a few members of the community who ask Derek interesting questions on the event page.   The hangout happens on *Wednesday, August 7th at 5 pm US PT / 8 ET*. Derek will share why he creates Veritasium and how it has evolved into one of YouTube’s favorite sources of answers to epic science questions. He’ll also answer your questions so leave them here on the event page. You may be selected to join the hangout live and ask him in person.   Check out *Veritasium* on YouTube at http://veritasium.com   This is the third hangout in a new series that brings science to life through conversations with the world's leading minds. Join +Science on Google+: A Public Database for the latest events.Veritasium: A Science on Google+ Conversation2013-08-08 02:00:00242  
V-Day18,115On V-Day 2013 we will be live streaming Risings from around the world! Here is a list of pending and confirmed streaming events, listed by local and Pacific Time. Details will be added as they are known. Manila on Ustream.tv: https://www.ustream.tv/embed/13346941 (time tbc) 10:00 CAT / 00:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw5qLUQyHTU 17:00 IST / 3:30 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6UzapFmOGE 16:30 SAST / 6:30 PT: South Africa -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1287887/events/1879753 10:15 & 12:00 ET / 7:15 & 9:00 PT: Atlanta -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1022514/risingAtlanta 14:00 CT / 12:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9argIMd1dPg 19:00 ET / 16:00 PT: Miami -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2835490/events/1880583/videos/11568859 16:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghY76uYA964 20:00 ET / 17:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZvoFrqToWw 18:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNEfgHOXvoE 19:00 PT: Oakland, CA -- http://www.ustream.tv/channel/onebillionrisingoakland 18:00 HAST / 20:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFcogNYw1mAOne Billion Rising 2013 - OFFICIAL EVENT2013-02-13 13:00:00361  
Breast Cancer Answers®659,697On World Cancer Day, Feb 4th, join us here on Google+ to watch live interviews with the world's leading cancer experts and organizations.  Don't miss this 2-hour LIVE event at 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST. Here at BreastCancerAnswers, we believe that educating people can save lives. For the latest in breast cancer awareness, circle us at https://plus.google.com/113258379539644876834/.World Cancer Day Presented By BreastCancerAnswers2013-02-04 21:00:0081  
Slooh247,250*Astronomy Day Marathon: 11hrs of LIVE astronomy!* _Everyone is welcome to our FREE public shows at slooh.com._   Please spread the word! To celebrate *Astronomy Day* on Saturday October 20th, @108176209664415419112 will be bringing you a marathon *11-hours of full-color live astronomy*!  Slooh's @113293976957750950702 will be telling the story of our Universe illustrated with live images from Slooh's robotic telescopes.  There will also be the chance to win Slooh memberships to control Slooh's robotic telescopes!  Coxy will also be sponsoring three classroom memberships to enable kids and their teachers  to control the telescopes in real-time direct from their classrooms! *Live coverage begins on Saturday at 12:30PM PDT / 3:30PM EDT / 19:30UTC, and ends eleven hours later at 11:30PM PDT / 2:30AM EDT / 06:30UTC.*  International times here: http://goo.gl/LrBqS  The broadcast will be split into separate shows, each focusing on a particular topic and various celestial objects. From ancient swarms of stars as old as the Universe; to galaxies merging in huge cosmic collisions; vast clouds of interstellar gas and dust, where giant hot stars are bursting into life; through to the cataclysmic explosions of stars as they end their lives leaving beautiful nebulae filled with the building blocks for life; and of course our own solar system - with the gas giant Jupiter and attendant moons, ice giants Neptune and Uranus, and those intriguing  left-overs of solar system construction - comets and Near-Earth Asteroids.  We'll be viewing live images of these and many other objects direct from Slooh's Observatory at the world-class astronomical site in the Canary Islands. _You always know that the Slooh Space Camera images are live and in full color!_ *Did you know?* .... If you have a Pinterest account, you can pin any of the live images straight to your pinboard! *More Information:* *Event URL:* http://events.slooh.com *Slooh Space Camera on G+:* @108176209664415419112  *Slooh Space Camera on Facebook:* www.facebook.com/slooh *Slooh YouTube Channel:* www.youtube.com/user/SloohOnAirVideos  *Paul Cox on G+:* @113293976957750950702  *Email Paul Cox:* coxy@slooh.com  *Astronomy Day:* http://goo.gl/gAeXU  *Astronomy Day Tagline:* _Bringing Astronomy to the People._ #hangoutsonair   #hoa   #astronomy   #astronomyday   #scienceeveryday   #sciencesunday   #science  @112277529604539185872 @114146479114949843175 @112366735963271550830 @114601143134471609087 @107896084561441926092 @110701307803962595019  #astrophotography  Astronomy Day Marathon - 11hrs of LIVE astronomy!2012-10-20 21:30:00390  
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych411,060http://www.redbullstratos.com/ The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall. To follow the progress of this mission - launch date set for the week of 8th October 2012 - and to find out where and when to tune in to watch Red Bull Stratos rewrite history live please RSVP and join the Event. #science   #redbull   #stratos   #sciencesunday   #spacesunday   #skydiving  @109783903175191665261 @107778888097122544837 @101602715616829342034 @105379671042990608528Red Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00665  
Slooh247,250Dear Slooh Friends, Sorry for the late notice, but we will be tracking newly discovered Asteroid 2012 TC4, which is only 59,000 miles away from Earth - about .25 Lunar Distances! Discovered by Pan-STARRS observatory in Hawaii on October 4th, 2012,  Asteroid 2012 TC4 will make its close approach to Earth this week. Slooh Space Camera will cover its near-approach on Thursday, October 11th,  live on Slooh.com, free to the public, starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC - accompanied by real-time discussions with Slooh President, Patrick Paolucci, Slooh Outreach Coordinator, Paul Cox, and Astronomy Magazine columnist, Bob Berman. Viewers can watch live on their PC or IOS/Android mobile device.   Viewers will be in for a special surprise as Asteroid TC4 will be in the same field of view as the planet Neptune during Slooh’s live coverage.  Asteroid 2012 TC4 is estimated to be about 100 feet long (30 meters), which is as tall as a ten story building. At close approach, the asteroid will only be about 0.25  Lunar Distances from Earth (about 88,000 kilometers / 59,000 miles). #asteroid   #astronomy   #sloohNewly Discovered Asteroid 2012 TC4 - only 59,000 miles from Earth!2012-10-11 23:30:00261  
Fraser Cain980,355Join us once again as we connect several telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and stream the night sky into your computer. The Moon won't rise until after we wrap up, so it should be a wonderful dark night with great seeing. Most of the planets are down, but Jupiter might make an appearance right at the end of the evening if we're lucky. If you want to get notifications of these events, make sure you circle the @100902337165997768522 on Google+. #vsp-oct13Virtual Star Party - Oct. 7, 20122012-10-08 04:30:00539  
Fraser Cain980,355*If you want to get a reminder of the Virtual Star Party, you need to confirm that you're going.* *Are you going? Click "Yes"* Every week we connect up multiple telescopes into a @100902337165997768522, and showcase the night sky, right here on Google+. We'll point our telescopes at any planets, Moons or deep sky objects up at the time - even the Sun! We'll also have Ph.D. astronomers on hand to explain the science behind what we're looking at. We'll even take requests. _I'm attaching last week's episode so you can get a sense of what this is all about_ If you want to be notified about future broadcasts, make sure you add the @100902337165997768522 to your circles. #virtualstarparty-sep23Virtual Star Party - Sept. 23, 20122012-09-24 04:30:00425  
Fraser Cain980,355It's time again for another Virtual Star Party. Join us in a Google+ Hangout on Air and see a live view from multiple telescopes broadcasting their view of the night sky. You can even make requests.Virtual Star Party - August 12, 20122012-08-13 05:30:00108  
Fraser Cain980,355To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004850  

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2016-01-23 15:35:07 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

One of these days, +Vicky Veritas  !

Most reshares: 6

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2016-02-02 14:08:21 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

The true shape of the U.S. economy (county size = its share of U.S. GDP)

Source: http://metrocosm.com/map-us-economy/

Most plusones: 40

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2016-01-31 00:23:11 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Water color? Guess again. Matthew Cusick collages scraps of old maps to create gorgeous works of art.

More at:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JonathanCrowe/posts/ggE15iX8X6N

Image from: http://www.mattcusick.com/paintings-collage/map-works/1/1

Thank you, +Jonathan Crowe  

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2016-02-08 13:35:03 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

"It began with earthquakes."

~ Dana Hunter - Geologist, geoscience writer, author and Scientific American featured blogger brings us the beginning of her series on the catastrophic eruptions of Mount St. Helens. Stay tuned. It should be explosive.

Don't miss the Part One! http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/rosetta-stones/prelude-to-a-catastrophe-one-of-the-most-active-and-most-explosive-volcanoes-in-the-cascade-range/

Thank you, +Dana Hunter 

This is the trouble with beginnings: the beginning is often subtle, and unrecognizable at the time. It's only in retrospect that we can go back, look at sequences of events until we find a place to stab a finger down and say, "Here. Here is where it began. This is the time, the place, the event." Even then, it's usually only a beginning. There are many places to put the finger, many events to choose.

It began with earthquakes.___"It began with earthquakes."

~ Dana Hunter - Geologist, geoscience writer, author and Scientific American featured blogger brings us the beginning of her series on the catastrophic eruptions of Mount St. Helens. Stay tuned. It should be explosive.

Don't miss the Part One! http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/rosetta-stones/prelude-to-a-catastrophe-one-of-the-most-active-and-most-explosive-volcanoes-in-the-cascade-range/

Thank you, +Dana Hunter 

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2016-02-06 22:44:28 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Very sensitive cameras capable of detecting laser "echoes" are helping scientists see around corners and the applications for 3D imaging are limitless.

Thank you, +LiDAR News 

Very sensitive cameras capable of detecting laser "echoes" are helping scientists see around corners and the applications for 3D imaging are limitless.

Thank you, +LiDAR News ___

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2016-02-06 17:04:36 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Watson for President 2016  Your Saturday smile courtesy of +Victor Zverovich :-)

Awarding you the best find of the day,+Victor Zverovich. Thank you!

I, for one, welcome our new AI overlords.

(Couldn't be any worse than most of the current candidates.)___Watson for President 2016  Your Saturday smile courtesy of +Victor Zverovich :-)

Awarding you the best find of the day,+Victor Zverovich. Thank you!

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2016-02-06 16:55:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

+CADGIS shares this 4 minute video from +KQED QUEST  that explains the four types of earthquake waves and the effect on buildings on different substrates: water-saturated sands, loose sediment, and solid bedrock. 

Thank you, +CADGIS!

【動畫】為何地牛一翻身,有時上下震,有時左右搖?
http://nr.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=11&articleid=57417621&source=facebook___+CADGIS shares this 4 minute video from +KQED QUEST  that explains the four types of earthquake waves and the effect on buildings on different substrates: water-saturated sands, loose sediment, and solid bedrock. 

Thank you, +CADGIS!

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2016-02-06 16:47:59 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

An apt descriptor as an atmospheric river can contain as much water as the Amazon river.

Thank you, +Caitlin Dempsey Morais! 

In honor of this season's El Niño today's geography word of the day is actually a phrase: atmospheric rivers
http://www.geolounge.com/atmospheric-rivers/___An apt descriptor as an atmospheric river can contain as much water as the Amazon river.

Thank you, +Caitlin Dempsey Morais! 

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2016-02-06 16:10:58 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Living history in three dimensions with +nomad dimitri  A lovely evening stroll in the heart of Paris.

Thank you, +nomad dimitri 

Living history: an evening stroll at the Palace of the King

Strolling through buildings & gardens that are almost 400-years old can make you cry for all the things that were destroyed and that accessible to us to no more.

In the very heart of Paris, just across from the Louvre, the Royal Palace ("Palais Royal") has changed so much through the centuries but is still stunning.  It is a veritable history book in 3-dimensions.

Starting its life as the home of Cardinal Richelieu, the palace & gardens became the residence of french kings & queens, exiled british royalty and, as the social center of Paris, hosted some of the most important personalities of European history.

Its various residents did the same thing as normal people do today: they redecorated.  Again & again, they added new wings, transformed existing apartments for their needs, re-did the sumptuous gardens and re-conceived its public spaces.  For the Royal Palace, parts of it at least, was open to the public.

The Palace, at different times, had theatres, operas, a marionette theater, casinos, cafes, bookshops and, at times, teemed with local prostitutes.

Today, it is far more somber, housing, among others, the Ministry of Culture.  The gardens are still there, formal & beautifully maintained.  And it is still evolving, part of living history, with stunning pieces of modern outdoor sculpture in the courtyards.  So strolling here today, can also make you smile, in delight for all the things that are preserved & that accrue.

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#nomadimitritravel___Living history in three dimensions with +nomad dimitri  A lovely evening stroll in the heart of Paris.

Thank you, +nomad dimitri 

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2016-02-06 15:42:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Images of Old Hawai'i brings us a fascinating story of Captain William Matson, self made millionaire oil man, shipping magnate, and innovator having converted the first steamship to oil burning. Even though Matson passed in 1917, the company he founded is a major player in container and cargo shipping today, reaching all major ports including China. 

Expand the story here: http://www.matson.com/corporate/about_us/history.html

Thank you, +Peter T Young!

William Matson became well established in the Hawaiian trade. His small fleet of sailing vessels shuttled back and forth between Hilo and San Francisco. Matson recognized the potential of oil. He convinced Hawai‘i’s plantation and sugar mill owners to…___Images of Old Hawai'i brings us a fascinating story of Captain William Matson, self made millionaire oil man, shipping magnate, and innovator having converted the first steamship to oil burning. Even though Matson passed in 1917, the company he founded is a major player in container and cargo shipping today, reaching all major ports including China. 

Expand the story here: http://www.matson.com/corporate/about_us/history.html

Thank you, +Peter T Young!

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2016-02-06 02:31:45 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Einstein's Theory of Relativity predicted that the path of light should bend slightly when influenced by an object's gravitational field, but how to prove it? 

Sir Frank Watson Dyson, Britain's Astronomer Royal, conceived the perfect experiment to test the theory by using the upcoming total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919. The sun would cross the path of the bright Hyades star cluster and the light from the cluster would have to pass through the sun's gravitational field on its way to Earth. The eclipsing of the sun's normally blinding light by the moon would make it darker and easier to measure any slight shift in the faint light from the cluster.

Sir Arthur Eddington, British Astronomer, mathematician and physicist, led the experiment making precise measurements of the positions of the stars prior to the eclipse. During the eclipse astronomers took pictures from... more »

Einstein's Theory of Relativity predicted that the path of light should bend slightly when influenced by an object's gravitational field, but how to prove it? 

Sir Frank Watson Dyson, Britain's Astronomer Royal, conceived the perfect experiment to test the theory by using the upcoming total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919. The sun would cross the path of the bright Hyades star cluster and the light from the cluster would have to pass through the sun's gravitational field on its way to Earth. The eclipsing of the sun's normally blinding light by the moon would make it darker and easier to measure any slight shift in the faint light from the cluster.

Sir Arthur Eddington, British Astronomer, mathematician and physicist, led the experiment making precise measurements of the positions of the stars prior to the eclipse. During the eclipse astronomers took pictures from several locations on Earth during the six minutes of total eclipse and Eddington compiled these data. When Eddington announced the results confirming Einstein's predictions on November 6th, 1919, Einstein became a celebrity overnight.

The bending of light around massive objects is now known as "gravitational lensing" and is used in astronomy to try to understand dark matter and the expansion of the universe.

More at: http://www.wired.com/2009/05/dayintech_0529/

More on gravitational lensing here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_lens___

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2016-02-05 13:53:43 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

The Anatomy of an Earthquake

Professor Iain Stewart, geologist and Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth, explains the causes of an earthquake and how the motions translate to a city with buildings that do not meet modern seismic codes. He talks about the many high population centers around the world (yes, there's a map) and the factors that leave them vulnerable.

The (very short) film was made as an educational effort by the "Natural Environment Research Council's British Geological Survey and Earthquakes without Frontiers, a programme jointly funded by NERC and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to improve understanding of the physical and social factors that cause vulnerability to earthquakes on continental interiors."

More here: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/

The Anatomy of an Earthquake

Professor Iain Stewart, geologist and Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth, explains the causes of an earthquake and how the motions translate to a city with buildings that do not meet modern seismic codes. He talks about the many high population centers around the world (yes, there's a map) and the factors that leave them vulnerable.

The (very short) film was made as an educational effort by the "Natural Environment Research Council's British Geological Survey and Earthquakes without Frontiers, a programme jointly funded by NERC and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to improve understanding of the physical and social factors that cause vulnerability to earthquakes on continental interiors."

More here: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/___

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2016-02-04 13:55:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

When the Piggly Wiggly came to Hawai'i

Besides having a funny name, +Peter T Young's article highlights the point in time that the grocery business left the Mom-and-Pop, bulk-bin era and launched into the self-serve, one-stop shopping prevalent everywhere today.

Fascinating! Thank you, +Peter T Young 

On February 4, 1928, the Star Bulletin noted that three men arrived from the mainland to open Hawai‘i’s first chain grocery store; it was situated on Beretania Street at Keʻeaumoku, a “large crowd attends the Piggly Wiggly opening.” The entry of Piggly…___When the Piggly Wiggly came to Hawai'i

Besides having a funny name, +Peter T Young's article highlights the point in time that the grocery business left the Mom-and-Pop, bulk-bin era and launched into the self-serve, one-stop shopping prevalent everywhere today.

Fascinating! Thank you, +Peter T Young 

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2016-02-04 01:55:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Thank you, +Todd William 

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

~ Muhammad Ali___Thank you, +Todd William 

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2016-02-04 00:51:28 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Everybody wanted to know what kind of makeup I was taking up — they didn’t care about how well-prepared I was to operate the arm or deploy communication satellites… The worst question that I’ve gotten was whether I cried when we got malfunctions in the simulator.
~ Astronaut Sally Ride response to Gloria Steinem went asked [by the press] about the reaction to her being the first female astronaut.

Wolfgang's Links:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/02/02/sally-ride-blank-on-blank-gloria-steinem/

a. Sally Ride: Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. She remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32.

After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger,she left ... more »

"In 1978, while studying for her Ph.D. in physics, Sally Ride (May 26, 1951–July 23, 2012) answered a newspaper ad from NASA.

On June 18, 1983, she soared into the cosmos aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger and became the first American woman in space, the country’s youngest astronaut in orbit, and the world’s first lesbian astronaut to launch into the cosmos. “We’ve come a long way,” she declared. [...]"

Links below!___Everybody wanted to know what kind of makeup I was taking up — they didn’t care about how well-prepared I was to operate the arm or deploy communication satellites… The worst question that I’ve gotten was whether I cried when we got malfunctions in the simulator.
~ Astronaut Sally Ride response to Gloria Steinem went asked [by the press] about the reaction to her being the first female astronaut.

Wolfgang's Links:

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/02/02/sally-ride-blank-on-blank-gloria-steinem/

a. Sally Ride: Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. She remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32.

After flying twice on the Orbiter Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then at the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching nonlinear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Ride

b. Valentina Tereshkova: Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (Russian: Валенти́на Влади́мировна Терешко́ва; IPA: [vɐlʲɪnʲˈtʲinə vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvnə tʲɪrʲɪʂˈkovə] ( listen); born 6 March 1937) is a Russian former cosmonaut. She is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In order to join the Cosmonaut Corps, Tereshkova was honorarily inducted into the Soviet Air Force and thus she also became the first civilian to fly in space. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentina_Tereshkova

c. Gloria Steinem: Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Steinem

d. Women Astronauts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Women_astronauts

e. Animated Interview: Sally Ride Tells Gloria Steinem About the Challenge of Being the First American Women in Space (1983): http://www.openculture.com/2016/02/animated-interview-sally-ride-tells-gloria-steinem-about-the-challenge-of-being-the-first-american-women-in-space-1983.html

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2016-02-03 13:48:05 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Add these to the list of things you don't miss. Thank you, +Bronwyn White :-)

I'm sure some of my friends in here were also travelling before Internet Cafes like I was...come on out yourselves.
Fun nostalgic article.  How travel times have changed so quickly.  Everything in here now on our smartphone.  I guess backpacks are a lot lighter these days.___Add these to the list of things you don't miss. Thank you, +Bronwyn White :-)

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2016-02-02 14:08:21 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

This is a cartogram. It is a mapping technique in which land area is distorted. In this example, the areas with the larger GDP are blown up, and the areas with the least GDP are shrunken as is demonstrated in the animation. Love them or hate them, they are an interesting way to visualize data.

Thank you, +mgalka and +Data Visualization 

The true shape of the U.S. economy (county size = its share of U.S. GDP)

Source: http://metrocosm.com/map-us-economy/___This is a cartogram. It is a mapping technique in which land area is distorted. In this example, the areas with the larger GDP are blown up, and the areas with the least GDP are shrunken as is demonstrated in the animation. Love them or hate them, they are an interesting way to visualize data.

Thank you, +mgalka and +Data Visualization 

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2016-02-01 14:09:59 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Your morning marvel, courtesy of +Peter Gossner. Happy Monday, Plussers!

Thank you, +Peter Gossner!

6min52sec on Sprites, includes some quite nice imagery from various sources including the ISS.
#Atmosphere #RedSprites #ESA #NASA___Your morning marvel, courtesy of +Peter Gossner. Happy Monday, Plussers!

Thank you, +Peter Gossner!

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2016-02-01 12:19:54 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Resharing Frederick Douglass, Stop 187 from Rambles Through our Country in honor of Black History Month and today's Google Doodle.

Frederick Douglass, Baltimore, Maryland - Stop 187: The 19th Century's Most Photographed American

Man is the only picture-making animal in the world. He alone of all the inhabitants of the earth has the capacity and passion for pictures . . . Poets, prophets, and reformers are all picture-makers, and this ability is the secret of their power and achievements: they see what ought to be by the reflection of what is, and endeavor to remove the contradiction.
~ Frederick Douglass, For Douglass, the former slave and abolitionist orator, photography, as a mirror of reality, would serve as a new weapon in the fight for freedom and human dignity, and change negative opinions of African Americans drawn from racist caricatures present at the time. From: http://www.nathanielturner.com/douglassprogressphotography.htm

Men of all conditions and classes can now see themselves as others see them and as they will be seen by those [who] shall come after them. What was once the special and exclusive luxury of the rich and greats now the privilege of all. The humblest servant girl may now possess a picture of herself such as the wealth of kings could not purchase fifty years ago.
~ Frederick Douglass on the miracle of photography and its ability to elevate ex-slaves and servants to the same level as kings.

Many know Frederick Douglas, citizen of Baltimore, Maryland for his daring escape from slavery, his rise to leadership of the abolitionist movement, and his eventual rise to prominence in American government. But what is equally fascinating is that he made history in another way. He was the most photographed person of his time, and he used the power of the portrait to fight racism.

"Douglass would have been a savvy social media devotee, as he continually updated his public persona. By doing so, he was defying the static foundations of both slavery and racism, which are predicated on the idea that some people of a certain race are somehow immutably inferior to others. Douglass' fluid conception of the self united art and politics. He went so far as to say that "the moral and social influence of pictures" was more important in shaping national culture than "the making of its laws."

His portraits evolved over the years from revolutionary freedom fighter to elder statesman. The most noticeable visual marker of his continual evolution is his facial hair and hairstyles. While 19th-century men experimented with hirsute faces, few did so as frequently as Douglass. He tracked, and often led, the prevailing fashion.

Among the 160 distinct Douglass poses, two continuities stand out. First, he almost never showed a smile — refuting the racist caricatures of blacks as happy slaves and servants. Second, he presented himself, in dress, pose and expression, as a dignified and respectable citizen. Douglass' portrait gallery contributed to his persona as one of the nation's preeminent "self-made men," the title of one of his signature speeches.

Nowadays, his portraits serve as an important visual legacy. In the thousands of murals, sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings, postage stamps and magazine covers based on Douglass' photographs, his face and demeanor broadcast a protest against lynching and segregation. It has lobbied for civil rights and celebrated Black Power. It dignified the black body that white Americans, according to Ta-Nehisi Coates, have so often tried to destroy.

Douglass was astute in his awareness of the potential of photography to shape public opinion and change society, and so it's fitting that this great American's "likeness" has fought on for his worthy causes long after the man himself had passed on."

From The Baltimore Sun Op Ed piece written by John Stauffer, author of Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the 19th Century's Most Photographed American: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-douglass-photography-20151220-story.html

For more portraits of Frederick Douglass see: http://petapixel.com/2015/11/02/frederick-douglass-was-the-most-photographed-american-of-the-19th-century/

Image from :http://blog.longreads.com/2015/11/10/by-the-reflection-of-what-is/

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. At the time that the game was published, Douglass gave the following speech on the 24th anniversary of emancipation in Washington, DC: "The American people have this lesson to learn: That where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 4 on the makeshift  teetotum, and moved from The Smithsonian, Washington, DC - Stop 183: The Treasure of Our Nation to Frederick Douglass, Baltimore, Maryland - Stop 187: The 19th Century's Most Photographed American.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #frederickdouglass   #baltimore   #photography  ___Resharing Frederick Douglass, Stop 187 from Rambles Through our Country in honor of Black History Month and today's Google Doodle.

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2016-01-31 19:09:55 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Turkish visual effect, 3D, animation and video artist, Aydın Büyüktaş, created the series called "Flatland," in which he sets the foundation of dimensions to alter our perceptions.

More here: http://www.aydinbuyuktas.com/?page_id=501

Aydin Buyuktas, Flatland
#photography #architecture___Turkish visual effect, 3D, animation and video artist, Aydın Büyüktaş, created the series called "Flatland," in which he sets the foundation of dimensions to alter our perceptions.

More here: http://www.aydinbuyuktas.com/?page_id=501

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2016-01-31 00:23:11 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Water color? Guess again. Matthew Cusick collages scraps of old maps to create gorgeous works of art.

More at:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JonathanCrowe/posts/ggE15iX8X6N

Image from: http://www.mattcusick.com/paintings-collage/map-works/1/1

Thank you, +Jonathan Crowe  

Water color? Guess again. Matthew Cusick collages scraps of old maps to create gorgeous works of art.

More at:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JonathanCrowe/posts/ggE15iX8X6N

Image from: http://www.mattcusick.com/paintings-collage/map-works/1/1

Thank you, +Jonathan Crowe  ___

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2016-01-30 23:14:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Coal Fields, Pennsylvania - Stop 194: Knox Mine Disaster

On January 22, 1959, twelve men died in a tragic accident at the River Slope Mine near this site. The mine had been illegally excavated beneath the Susquehanna River at the directions of the Knox Coal Company. When the force of the ice-laden river broke the thin layer of rock, over ten billion gallons of water flowed through this and other mines. This disaster ended deep mining in much of the Wyoming Valley.
~ Sign at site of the Knox Mine Disaster erected by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission shown in the short 4 minute video below.

Dense swamp forests flourished in what would be North America over 300 million years ago. For hundreds of thousands of years, ancient horsetails, very early conifers, ferns and mosses grew to enormous size, and perished to be buried under the increasing mass of their... more »

Coal Fields, Pennsylvania - Stop 194: Knox Mine Disaster

On January 22, 1959, twelve men died in a tragic accident at the River Slope Mine near this site. The mine had been illegally excavated beneath the Susquehanna River at the directions of the Knox Coal Company. When the force of the ice-laden river broke the thin layer of rock, over ten billion gallons of water flowed through this and other mines. This disaster ended deep mining in much of the Wyoming Valley.
~ Sign at site of the Knox Mine Disaster erected by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission shown in the short 4 minute video below.

Dense swamp forests flourished in what would be North America over 300 million years ago. For hundreds of thousands of years, ancient horsetails, very early conifers, ferns and mosses grew to enormous size, and perished to be buried under the increasing mass of their predecessors. The oxygen depleted environments preserved the vast accumulations of carbon-rich material, and eventually heat and pressure transformed the material into the massive coal deposits found in Pennsylvania. 

Not just any coal, the Coal Fields of Pennsylvania contained 90% of the world's anthracite coal deposits. Anthracite is classified as "hard coal," the purest grade of coal on Earth. Anthracite coal burns longer and produces more heat, and is the rarest, most difficult, and most dangerous coal to mine

These coal deposits were certainly found early in the history of our country. There is a story of a hunter falling asleep and waking to a large fire his campfire had ignited in the coal. Whether the story is true or not, by the early 1800s, the demand for coal led to immigrants flocking to the coal fields in search of work. 

By the early 1900s, thousands of workers had died in mining accidents with more than 3,200 deaths in 1907 alone. Efforts to stem the fatalities resulted in strict rules and regulations governing mining. One of these regulations was to leave a minimum of 35 feet of hard rock between a mineshaft and a river - a rule that all deep mining coal companies were to adhere to.

The miners of the Knox Mine, under the direction of the Knox Coal Company however, tunneled to within 6 feet below the frigid Susquehanna River on January 22nd, 1959. With a mighty crack, the too-thin roof of the tunnel caved in and flooded the mines with millions of gallons of icy water, trapping 81 miners underground. The rushing waters formed a giant whirlpool 150 feet in diameter as the water continued rushing in. 50 train cars full of hay, gravel and rock were dumped into the whirlpool in an attempt to dam the flood. 

The country held its breath through the days and hours of the rescue. Ultimately 69 miners were rescued, however 12 men were lost, the buried shafts of the Knox Mine their graves. The investigation and scandal that followed the Knox Mine Disaster uncovered many safety and operations violations and corruption problems within the system, and indeed, the Knox Mine Disaster served as the final death knell for deep mining.

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. At the time that the game was published, coal was king in Pennsylvannia.

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 4 on the makeshift  teetotum, and moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Stop 190: Hell With the Lid Off! to Coal Fields, Pennsylvania - Stop 194: Knox Mine Disaster.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #knoxminedisaster   #deepcoalmining  
#anthracite   #pennsylvania  ___

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2016-01-30 18:32:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The parable of the rosy red apple...

Thank you, +Fred Robel​.

Once upon an un-moonlit evening
A rosy red apple of undetermined origin
Regarded themselves with distortion
Courtesy of the polished spoon before it

"Oh
But I wish I were rounder
And much redder
With a bit more stem up top

No green shading over there
And no half dimple right here
To be shed of this shelf life wax coating
A perfect little apple would I be"

But the apple sat just the same
Not changing for the wishing
Nor for the better
For anything else

Instead turning a bit more brown
With every passing day
Inside becoming a strange sort of mush
The rosy red outer skin all that held the general shape___The parable of the rosy red apple...

Thank you, +Fred Robel​.

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2016-01-30 15:55:39 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Named after the forest-eating god, ʻAilāʻau, the 60-year eruption on Hawai'i in the 15th century was so massive that it changed the landscape of Puna. Read the fascinating tale of ʻAilāʻau and circle +Peter T Young​ so you never miss another great "Image of Old Hawai'i."

Thank you, +Peter T Young​ 

The longest recorded eruption at Kilauea, arguably, was the ʻAilāʻau eruption and lava flow in the 15th century. It was the largest in Hawaiʻi in more than 1,000-years. The flow was named after ʻAilāʻau was known and feared by all the people. ‘Ai means…___Named after the forest-eating god, ʻAilāʻau, the 60-year eruption on Hawai'i in the 15th century was so massive that it changed the landscape of Puna. Read the fascinating tale of ʻAilāʻau and circle +Peter T Young​ so you never miss another great "Image of Old Hawai'i."

Thank you, +Peter T Young​ 

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2016-01-29 14:14:47 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Famous geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone Park in the United States, already existed 10,000 years ago. Hydrothermal activity within the supervolcano would almost never stopped since, according geochemists who were able to precisely date the siliceous deposits around the Old Faithful, a gigantic jet intermittent stream. Locked in this rock, pollen and micro-organisms have spoken ...

Your morning marvel courtesy of +Omar Loisel. Thank you! 

Depuis quand jaillissent les eaux chaudes de Yellowstone ? 10.000 ans...

Célèbres, les geysers et les sources chaudes du parc de Yellowstone, aux États-Unis, existaient déjà il y a 10.000 ans. L’activité hydrothermale au sein du supervolcan n'aurait depuis quasiment jamais cessé, d'après des géochimistes qui ont pu dater précisément les dépôts siliceux autour du Old Faithful, gigantesque jet d'eau intermittent. Enfermés dans cette roche, le pollen et les micro-organismes ont parlé...

Plus d'info : http://www.futura-sciences.com/magazines/terre/infos/actu/d/volcan-depuis-jaillissent-eaux-chaudes-yellowstone-10000-ans-61350/#xtor=RSS-8

Des images du parc de Yellowstone avec ses geysers et ses sources chaudes. © Amazing Places on our Planet, YouTube___Famous geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone Park in the United States, already existed 10,000 years ago. Hydrothermal activity within the supervolcano would almost never stopped since, according geochemists who were able to precisely date the siliceous deposits around the Old Faithful, a gigantic jet intermittent stream. Locked in this rock, pollen and micro-organisms have spoken ...

Your morning marvel courtesy of +Omar Loisel. Thank you! 

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2016-01-28 14:12:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 37 +1s)Open 

Good morning from planet Earth, Plussers. Here's hoping the day brings you something to marvel at.

Thank you, +Friends of NASA and +MoonEyez Stargazer 

4,864 orbits around Earth | International Space Station
Scott: "Day 304. That's 4,864 orbits a'round' our beautiful planet Earth. Goodnight from Space Station!"

Credit: NASA/JSC, U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly
Release Date: January 25, 2016

+Scott Kelly 
+NASA Johnson Space Center 

#NASA #Space #ISS #Earth #Orbits #Planet #Spacecraft #Technology #Engineering #Astronaut #ScottKelly #Photography #USA #UnitedStates #Expedition46 #YearInSpace
#OrbitalPerspective #OverviewEffect #STEM #Education___Good morning from planet Earth, Plussers. Here's hoping the day brings you something to marvel at.

Thank you, +Friends of NASA and +MoonEyez Stargazer 

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2016-01-28 13:48:02 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Solving large problems like stabilizing Mogadishu takes innovation and the ability to build something from nothing. Humanitarian, entrepreneur, big-thinker, and now Presidential Innovation Fellow, Mitchell Sipus explains how its done.

___Solving large problems like stabilizing Mogadishu takes innovation and the ability to build something from nothing. Humanitarian, entrepreneur, big-thinker, and now Presidential Innovation Fellow, Mitchell Sipus explains how its done.

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2016-01-27 14:01:26 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Given that a few years ago we demoted Pluto from its planet status, the claim of a “Planet 9” adds up to one fact: the planetary census of our solar system is clearly unfinished business.
~ Buzz Aldrin, Time http://time.com/4192728/buzz-aldrin-planet-9/

Have you heard about #Planet9? Here's my take on @TIME: http://www.whosay.com/l/CWjbs0A

http://www.whosay.com/l/iIUbs0D___Given that a few years ago we demoted Pluto from its planet status, the claim of a “Planet 9” adds up to one fact: the planetary census of our solar system is clearly unfinished business.
~ Buzz Aldrin, Time http://time.com/4192728/buzz-aldrin-planet-9/

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2016-01-27 02:27:16 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

The city of San Francisco. Birds eye view from the bay looking south-west. Sketched & drawn by C. R. Parsons. Copyright 1878, published by Currier & Ives, N.Y. 

A highly zoomable view at David Rumsey here: http://goo.gl/eEvz8q

Gorgeous! Thank you, +Murphy Ley !

Currier and Ives - The City of San Francisco (1878)___The city of San Francisco. Birds eye view from the bay looking south-west. Sketched & drawn by C. R. Parsons. Copyright 1878, published by Currier & Ives, N.Y. 

A highly zoomable view at David Rumsey here: http://goo.gl/eEvz8q

Gorgeous! Thank you, +Murphy Ley !

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2016-01-26 13:40:12 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

How the Australian macadamia nut came to be a staple of Hawai'i by +Peter T Young 

Circle Peter and never miss another great post about Old Hawai'i. 

Macadamia seeds were first imported into Hawaiʻi in 1882 by William Purvis; he planted them in Kapulena on the Hāmākua Coast. A second introduction into Hawai‘i was made in 1892 by Robert and Edward Jordan who planted the trees in Nuʻuanu Honolulu. It…___How the Australian macadamia nut came to be a staple of Hawai'i by +Peter T Young 

Circle Peter and never miss another great post about Old Hawai'i. 

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2016-01-25 14:18:23 (10 comments; 4 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

The Greyhound Map of This Amazing America

In 1941 there was no better way to discover the country then Greyhound bus. This wonderful map published by N. Wagner was designed to promote the Greyhound and is described by Rare Maps below.

"The caricatures of the various regions run from charming, to politically incorrect, providing a marvelous look at American's ethnic and regional perceptions of itself, along with other interesting regional caricatures."

See: http://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/41544/The_Greyhound_Map_of_This_Amazing_America/Wagner.html

Thank you, +Visual Loop!

The Greyhound Map of This Amazing America

In 1941 there was no better way to discover the country then Greyhound bus. This wonderful map published by N. Wagner was designed to promote the Greyhound and is described by Rare Maps below.

"The caricatures of the various regions run from charming, to politically incorrect, providing a marvelous look at American's ethnic and regional perceptions of itself, along with other interesting regional caricatures."

See: http://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/41544/The_Greyhound_Map_of_This_Amazing_America/Wagner.html

Thank you, +Visual Loop!___

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2016-01-25 14:09:45 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

The Geography of Make Believe

The Slate brings us "An Anciencte Mappe of Fairyland - newly discovered and set forth by Bernard Sleigh 1918." This lovely map with its detailed insets and marginalia is full of tiny delightful fairies, dragons, witches and all manner of fey creatures from forgotten realms. Delightful!

Explore this zoomable version here: http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/the_vault/2016/01/15/LgFairylandMap.jpg

Thank you, +Visual Loop!

The Geography of Make Believe

The Slate brings us "An Anciencte Mappe of Fairyland - newly discovered and set forth by Bernard Sleigh 1918." This lovely map with its detailed insets and marginalia is full of tiny delightful fairies, dragons, witches and all manner of fey creatures from forgotten realms. Delightful!

Explore this zoomable version here: http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/blogs/the_vault/2016/01/15/LgFairylandMap.jpg

Thank you, +Visual Loop!___

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2016-01-24 21:22:36 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

A very talented developer that I just happen to know, has developed a single-player puzzle game, The Robot's Body, for Steam. If you are a Steam user, or if you just love a brain-building challenge please try the game here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=600671014 If you love it, please give it a thumb's up. You could be helping to launch a brilliant career. Thank you in advance.

+Sarah G​ 

A very talented developer that I just happen to know, has developed a single-player puzzle game, The Robot's Body, for Steam. If you are a Steam user, or if you just love a brain-building challenge please try the game here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=600671014 If you love it, please give it a thumb's up. You could be helping to launch a brilliant career. Thank you in advance.

+Sarah G​ ___

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2016-01-24 17:43:32 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Thank you, +Clare Patrick 

But the heart has its own memory
and I have forgotten nothing
~ Albert Camus, The Fall

Photo by Aurel Mihailopol (1928-1982), 1960s
https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurel_Mihailopol
#forget #memory #livelife #clarepatrick #heart #forgive #mastersofphotography   ___Thank you, +Clare Patrick 

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2016-01-24 17:34:08 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

DARK

Powerful prose by G Plusses very own, +Lilium Candidum 

DARK
- Lily

You feared the light for
the shadows it cast.
Yet, you retreated
into the dark,
into an incorporeal guise
for the archaean
sorrow scrawled upon
your bones....

The complete poem can be read at the link below the image.

#poetry   #poetryiwrite   #poetryblogs   #anorexianervosa   #eatingdisorders  ___DARK

Powerful prose by G Plusses very own, +Lilium Candidum 

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2016-01-24 16:22:44 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Sigmund Freud nibbling on his favorite sponge cake at Vienna’s Café Landtmann. Einstein staring out the window of the Swiss patent office in Berne. Leonardo da Vinci wiping the sweat from his forehead at a hot and dusty Florentine workshop. Yes, these geniuses thought big, world-changing thoughts, but they did so in small spaces. Down here. All genius, like all politics, is local.
~ Eric Weiner, author of The Geographaphy of Genius, speaker, philosophical traveler and former correspondent for NPR on why genius clusters (hotspots/hotbeds) in the geography.

See also: http://www.ericweinerbooks.com/

Thank you, +Leslie Sox 

The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner via PBS NewsHour___Sigmund Freud nibbling on his favorite sponge cake at Vienna’s Café Landtmann. Einstein staring out the window of the Swiss patent office in Berne. Leonardo da Vinci wiping the sweat from his forehead at a hot and dusty Florentine workshop. Yes, these geniuses thought big, world-changing thoughts, but they did so in small spaces. Down here. All genius, like all politics, is local.
~ Eric Weiner, author of The Geographaphy of Genius, speaker, philosophical traveler and former correspondent for NPR on why genius clusters (hotspots/hotbeds) in the geography.

See also: http://www.ericweinerbooks.com/

Thank you, +Leslie Sox 

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2016-01-24 01:17:44 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

"In the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts is a three-story stained glass globe, flipped inside-out so the left-right orientation is correct. A 30-foot-long glass bridge runs straight through the globe. Standing in the center of those 608 stained glass panels, you can see the inside-out world in perfect scale."

Thank you, +Atlas Obscura​!

100 Wonders: The Mapparium___"In the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts is a three-story stained glass globe, flipped inside-out so the left-right orientation is correct. A 30-foot-long glass bridge runs straight through the globe. Standing in the center of those 608 stained glass panels, you can see the inside-out world in perfect scale."

Thank you, +Atlas Obscura​!

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2016-01-23 21:16:51 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

A home is not made meaningful nor complete by the things we own or possess.  What’s infinitely more important and the key to living well are the relationships we nurture, establish, and share. It’s also the life affirming ways of kindness, caring, loving, and authenticity that we bring to most everything we do and with all who pass our way.

Words of Wisdom. Thank you, +Frank Elliott  #caturday   #love  

Lilly: “Queen Of The Box” Will Amber Reign Again?  A Crown’s Value Scorned

I've learned how to get back into the rhythm of life that lets me live in a calm yet observant pace in the last two weeks.  It started with a conscious decision to cut way back on television news and the quick video clips of violence, conflict, and strife.  That and reading about it and thinking about it too much was so draining emotionally.  I lost my sense of being someone who is able to concentrate on empowering myself, helping others, and keeping my self-talk more positive.  Being riled up is not a cat's way of living; they are wise guides to living in the present and saying yes, this is good or no, this doesn't appeal to me.   There's a very special deep pleasure and calm that comes from interacting with them, playing together, and watching their approach to living.  

A couple of weeks ago on a late Sunday morning, I realized all of a sudden that our new Dish Network receiver, recorder, and control box had become important to all the cats.  Amber started using it every night and much of the late afternoon and early evening as a warmer, relaxing hot spot, and sleep spot too. It also stays warm all through the day and night whether we turn it off or not.  I started to touch it several times a day to see if it stayed warm all day.  It did.   Amber discovered it first during the middle to late fall and kept it a secret all through October, November and most of December. Lilly, being a very observant cat, learned all this well.  Amber was quiet and stealthy and didn’t give her secret away easily.  Still, Lilly checked it out.  What Amber repeats is usually good for others too. Big Lilly made a few quick forays up to the top.  Then used it more and more until her takeover was complete. She'd stay up there for hour after hour and some nights too, almost as much as Amber had.  About two weeks into her reign as "Queen of The Box" she started to realize that it just wasn't that comfortable.  Even though it was deliciously warm, it was just too small for her.   During the early part of January she gradually stopped using it.  

Amber became "Queen of The Box" again and moved off my plush green office chair in the kitchen back onto the much-desired Dish Box.   That went on for almost a week, but Henri picked up on all this up and down and up and down on the Dish Box.  One day, about a week or so ago, he decided to take over as "King of The Box".  It was comfortable and incredibly warm and soothing for him for three or four days.   Then, I started to notice that he'd be shifting and rolling from one side to another on the Box two or three times an hour.  No matter what he did, he couldn't get comfortable.  After tossing and turning like that for about three days, he realized that he would have to lay himself very flat on top of the box.  I saw him all stretched out with every part of his body very flat and parallel to the top of the Box.  It was funny because that lasted for just a day or two.  I think he got too darned hot on that box.  He stopped using it and returned to the round, plush kitty beds that are his favorites.   Lilly did the same.  After a three-week long coup, Lilly and Henri have given the crown back to Amber.  Just because a crown looks good, it doesn’t mean that it’s meant to last.  It fits Amber perfectly, but the others, Not!

As I write this afternoon, I see little Amber back up on top and “Queen Of The Box” again.   She's much happier too and more relaxed.  I've been covering her every day and night with a little brown, white or red hand towel.  She doesn't need that anymore.  She heads up to her own little private warming spot again.  It's the Dish Box on top of a three level stack of wood book shelves in a tower right next to our television.  May you have a long reign, Amber, you've been tested and found to be patient, worthy, and true.  A home is not made meaningful nor complete by the things we own or possess.  What’s infinitely more important and the key to living well are the relationships we nurture, establish, and share. It’s also the life affirming ways of kindness, caring, loving, and authenticity that we bring to most everything we do and with all who pass our way.

#caturday   #caturday2016  ___A home is not made meaningful nor complete by the things we own or possess.  What’s infinitely more important and the key to living well are the relationships we nurture, establish, and share. It’s also the life affirming ways of kindness, caring, loving, and authenticity that we bring to most everything we do and with all who pass our way.

Words of Wisdom. Thank you, +Frank Elliott  #caturday   #love  

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2016-01-23 17:25:28 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

"In 1935, the city imposed a green belt to combat urban sprawl, in hopes that this would encourage more people to move to rural areas. It didn’t work."

Thank you, +Jennifer Ouellette​

Fractal Analysis of London Streets Proves People Hate the Suburbs http://gizmodo.com/fractal-analysis-proves-people-hate-the-suburbs-1750165029 …___"In 1935, the city imposed a green belt to combat urban sprawl, in hopes that this would encourage more people to move to rural areas. It didn’t work."

Thank you, +Jennifer Ouellette​

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2016-01-23 15:35:07 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

The shoe is on the other foot :-) This made me smile this morning. Have a Happy Saturday, Plussers!

Pow! Straight to the moon, +Timothy Street!

One of these days, +Vicky Veritas  !___The shoe is on the other foot :-) This made me smile this morning. Have a Happy Saturday, Plussers!

Pow! Straight to the moon, +Timothy Street!

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2016-01-22 02:00:25 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I see the whole world in a tiny stone.
~ Hideo Marushima, The History of Suiseki in Japan

More amazing suiseki here: https://goo.gl/oG3fOU

Thank you, +Andrew Alden 

Experiencing suiseki can throw the geologist's brain into a soapsudded wrestling match with rocks, art and science. By me for KQED Science.___I see the whole world in a tiny stone.
~ Hideo Marushima, The History of Suiseki in Japan

More amazing suiseki here: https://goo.gl/oG3fOU

Thank you, +Andrew Alden 

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2016-01-22 01:49:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Look closer. "Water, and water only, etches and delineates the landscape in this stunning, woodcut-like visual." by architect, artist, and designer Joy Charbonneau.

Thank you, +CityLab 

Mapping the Interconnectedness of Canada's Water http://trib.al/p8SjPuQ___Look closer. "Water, and water only, etches and delineates the landscape in this stunning, woodcut-like visual." by architect, artist, and designer Joy Charbonneau.

Thank you, +CityLab 

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2016-01-22 01:00:32 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

The atevi have 14 words for "betrayal" and none for love...
From How to speak Ragi 

The Foreigner series is an epic undertaking that explores politics, diplomacy and the day-to-day culture shock between radically different species as they grow, explore, and evolve (as people, you know, like you do). Cherryh’s exploration of the different cultures is so detailed and in-depth that we’re thinking if this stuff actually happens some time in the future, it’ll unfold exactly as it’s plotted out in these 14 books.  Prepare to have your mind expanded.
~ Patrick Rothfuss from: http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/?s=cherryh&searchsubmit=Search

The atevi have no feeling of love, but rather man'chi—a loyalty-web to one's leader, one's leader's leader, and so on outward until the Aiji of Shejidan, leader of the aishidi'tat or union of all atevi.Political b... more »

The atevi have 14 words for "betrayal" and none for love...
From How to speak Ragi 

The Foreigner series is an epic undertaking that explores politics, diplomacy and the day-to-day culture shock between radically different species as they grow, explore, and evolve (as people, you know, like you do). Cherryh’s exploration of the different cultures is so detailed and in-depth that we’re thinking if this stuff actually happens some time in the future, it’ll unfold exactly as it’s plotted out in these 14 books.  Prepare to have your mind expanded.
~ Patrick Rothfuss from: http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/?s=cherryh&searchsubmit=Search

The atevi have no feeling of love, but rather man'chi—a loyalty-web to one's leader, one's leader's leader, and so on outward until the Aiji of Shejidan, leader of the aishidi'tat or union of all atevi. Political boundaries are not based on territory, but on association—where their man'chi lies. [...] assassination is a legal and accepted means of settling disputes, provided proper protocol is followed.
From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreigner_universe

Image is the cover from Deceiver by Todd Lockwood depicting paidhi-aiji Bren Cameron, and his atevi family and bodyguard:
“Nandi,” his senior bodyguard said, by way of parting as they reached the door. The four tall atevi who were as close to him as family—closer, in point of fact—were not given a place in the gathering of lords and ladies milling about beyond the foyer, not this evening. The only bodyguards allowed in the gathering to­night (and indeed a veritable wall of black Assassins’ Guild uni­forms guarded that door) were the aiji’s security. 
Protector, C. J. Cherryh

The Foreigner Series by C. J. Cherryh currently stands at 15 novels that immerse the reader in the world of Bren Cameron and the political intrigue of the Atevi. At the beginning of the series, Bren Cameron starts out as the translator struggling to understand a completely alien culture, but he gradually becomes one with the atevi; a Lawrence of Arabia tale filled with suspense, intrigue, and deadly politics. I highly recommend it.___

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2016-01-21 14:09:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

The stars of Orion's belt are Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka. The brightest object, the middle "star"  in Orion's sword, is M42, a stellar nursery known as the Orion Nebula.

See: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150326.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula

Thank you, +Fragile Oasis 

The suns of Orion setting #OrbitalPerspective___The stars of Orion's belt are Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka. The brightest object, the middle "star"  in Orion's sword, is M42, a stellar nursery known as the Orion Nebula.

See: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150326.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula

Thank you, +Fragile Oasis 

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2016-01-21 13:29:17 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Cadillac One, called "The Beast" by Obama's security team, is a four-and-a-half ton solid steel supertank made to withstand high power explosions and large-caliber projectiles. The car comes with an air isolation system, a GPS system, night vision cameras, long guns and grenade launchers. The infographic is in Porteguese, but you can translate the article here: http://ultimosegundo.ig.com.br/visitaobama/cadillac+one+a+fera+conheca+o+carro+superblindado+de+obama/n1238176260009.html

Thank you, +Visual Loop!

Inside the Cadillac One, an interactive by @IG http://ow.ly/X9a0n___Cadillac One, called "The Beast" by Obama's security team, is a four-and-a-half ton solid steel supertank made to withstand high power explosions and large-caliber projectiles. The car comes with an air isolation system, a GPS system, night vision cameras, long guns and grenade launchers. The infographic is in Porteguese, but you can translate the article here: http://ultimosegundo.ig.com.br/visitaobama/cadillac+one+a+fera+conheca+o+carro+superblindado+de+obama/n1238176260009.html

Thank you, +Visual Loop!

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2016-01-20 13:27:19 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Here there be monsters! State of the art submarine cable system information meets gorgeous vintage cartography in this 2015 Submarine Cable Map by TeleGeography: http://submarine-cable-map-2015.telegeography.com/

Beautiful! Thank you, +Maps Mania 

Submarine Cable Maps

Select your style of undersea cable map. You can choose from a vintage map style, a 3d globe or animated map showing the history of submarine cable construction. ___Here there be monsters! State of the art submarine cable system information meets gorgeous vintage cartography in this 2015 Submarine Cable Map by TeleGeography: http://submarine-cable-map-2015.telegeography.com/

Beautiful! Thank you, +Maps Mania 

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2016-01-18 02:26:31 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Let Freedom Ring

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we are revisiting Stop 155 of Rambles Through Our Country. Other stops here: https://goo.gl/jBNWA3

Montgomery, Alabama - Stop 155: The Birthplace of the American Civil Rights Movement

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. [...] No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. 
~ Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, in Rosa Parks: My Story, 1999

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here : Chaos or Community?,  1967

From its inception, it was a people's movement. The cumulative effect of individual acts of passive resistance brought about modern democracy's finest hour. Most of those who made the movement weren't the famous; they were the faceless. They weren't the noted; they were the nameless - the marchers with tired feet, the protestors beaten back by billy clubs and fire hoses, the unknown women and men who risked job and home and life. We honor all of them today. May the waters of this monument create ripples of hope - now and forevermore.
~ Julian Bond, Civil Rights Memorial dedication speech to a crowd of 6,000 on Nov. 5th,1989

Just around the corner from where a passionate young preacher use to stand at his pulpit, and the broad capitol steps where a long march ended - within the borders of an important town where a 42-year-old woman was arrested for not giving up her seat on the bus, and a bus full of brave riders was attacked by an angry mob - stands a plain black wall with these simple words ...until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. 

The place where the pulpit stood was Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and the passionate young preacher was Martin Luther King Jr. whose words are engraved upon the black wall and were spoken as part of his most famous speech, I Have a Dream. The broad capitol steps are the steps of the Alabama State Capitol where the Selma to Montgomery March ended and Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, "No tide of racism can stop us." The 42-year-old woman was Ms. Rosa Parks, civil rights activist whose single act of defiance helped to initiate the civil rights movement. The bus full of brave riders were the Freedom Riders whose courageous interstate ride from Washington, DC to Jackson, Mississippi was interrupted by the Ku Klux Klan's attack and fire bombing that they barely escaped with their lives. And the important town, the birthplace of the American Civil Rights Movement, is historic Montgomery, Alabama where the Civil Rights Memorial and the plain black wall with its immortal words can be found: https://www.splcenter.org/civil-rights-memorial

The Civil Rights Memorial also contains a fountain formed from the same black granite as the wall and engraved with the names of forty-one civil rights activists and leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.,  who gave their lives in the struggle. The memorial is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. In the words from their site, "the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Memorial

And that fight is far from over as the tragic killing of nine at worship in Charleston, South Carolina, one of sadly many events, proves that hate is still alive in the United States. We must continue the fight against hate until, as Martin Luther King Jr. said,  "[all] will be able to join hands and sing in the words of that old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!"

Image from: http://www.amdoc.org/projects/truelives/pressroom/mayalin/images/03_mayalin.jpg

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. At the time that the game was published, the war to end slavery was long over, but a new set of laws to mandate racial segregation in all public facilities in states of the former Confederate States of America known as "Jim Crow" laws were very firmly in place and violently enforced. The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church were Martin Luther King Jr. would one day preach was known as the Second Colored Baptist Church and was one of the earliest organizations to serve the African American community by hosting the first registration of students for Alabama State University.

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 2 on the makeshift  teetotum and moved from Vicksburg, Mississippi - Stop 152: The Civil War and the Caves of Vicksburg to Montgomery, Alabama - Stop 155: The Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #thecivilrightsmovement   #montgomeryalabama   #thecivilrightsmemorial   #rosaparks   #martinlutherkingjr   #thecivilrightsmemorial  ___Let Freedom Ring

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, we are revisiting Stop 155 of Rambles Through Our Country. Other stops here: https://goo.gl/jBNWA3

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2016-01-16 19:28:38 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

General location, nearby easy-to-find landmark, then exact location makes Waldo (and other things) easier to find. Thank you, +GIS Lounge​ and +Caitlin Dempsey Morais​!

Providing Good Directions Depends on the Order of the Words http://www.geolounge.com/providing-good-directions-depends-on-the-order-of-the-words/___General location, nearby easy-to-find landmark, then exact location makes Waldo (and other things) easier to find. Thank you, +GIS Lounge​ and +Caitlin Dempsey Morais​!

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2016-01-16 03:33:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Because you can never get enough Bear McCreary.

Thank you, +Murphy Ley 

"There must be some kind of way out of here"___Because you can never get enough Bear McCreary.

Thank you, +Murphy Ley 

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2016-01-16 03:12:39 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Thank you, +Dr Ego 

I look at the seconds pass...
What has my life held
As the minutes pass...
I see all that fell through the cracks
That part of me that I withheld
As the hours passed...
I oft wonder what have I learned
What have I taught
What treasures have I forgot
As the days passed...
I wish for a lot to be returned
I pain for any distraught
I hope you will forgive my lot
As years passed...
Here I stand alone
Just look how you have grown
You seen well all on your own
I stand proud how well you raise your own
As time passes...
I did well
Live own

EP___Thank you, +Dr Ego 

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2016-01-16 02:42:00 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

The gentle, beautiful, and wise Jane Goodall talks about her life, and her discovery that chimpanzees used  tools, which was the first discovery of animals using tools. 

Loved it! Thank you, +DigitalGlobe!

___The gentle, beautiful, and wise Jane Goodall talks about her life, and her discovery that chimpanzees used  tools, which was the first discovery of animals using tools. 

Loved it! Thank you, +DigitalGlobe!

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2016-01-15 12:39:08 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Sky Map

Wow! Thank you, +CityLab!

A City Map Spontaneously Appeared in the Sky Over Finland http://trib.al/Rlt5e1E___Sky Map

Wow! Thank you, +CityLab!

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