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2015-07-28 18:56:58 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#dogs   #vaccines   #crazypeople  
A new and special twist on anti-vaxxer insanity:  don't vaccinate your dogs because the guvmint will use dog vaccinations to find and keep "FILES" on dog owners.  Because the government doesn't have anything better to do.  I wish I was kidding.  Look just below the "What does it cost to adopt a dog" section for insanity and fun.

Most reshares: 5

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2015-06-26 17:14:06 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#surelywecandobetterthanhillary   #nomoreclintons   #nomorebusheseither  

Most plusones: 16

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2015-06-27 11:48:08 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

#gaypocalypse  
Here in the bleak wastelands of post-gaypocalypse America, we are forced to survive on only the most fabulous of rations like this fresh strawberry and brie omelet.

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2015-07-30 22:38:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Looking through old photos for Becky and I found this auto-awesome. Go Zoey go!

Looking through old photos for Becky and I found this auto-awesome. Go Zoey go!___

2015-07-30 19:14:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#gaming   #linux  
So...Shadow of Mordor is out today for Linux and 50% off on Steam.  Gowngettit.

#gaming   #linux  
So...Shadow of Mordor is out today for Linux and 50% off on Steam.  Gowngettit.___

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2015-07-30 04:14:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#alphabear http://getalphabear.spryfox.com

#alphabear http://getalphabear.spryfox.com___

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2015-07-28 18:56:58 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#dogs   #vaccines   #crazypeople  
A new and special twist on anti-vaxxer insanity:  don't vaccinate your dogs because the guvmint will use dog vaccinations to find and keep "FILES" on dog owners.  Because the government doesn't have anything better to do.  I wish I was kidding.  Look just below the "What does it cost to adopt a dog" section for insanity and fun.

#dogs   #vaccines   #crazypeople  
A new and special twist on anti-vaxxer insanity:  don't vaccinate your dogs because the guvmint will use dog vaccinations to find and keep "FILES" on dog owners.  Because the government doesn't have anything better to do.  I wish I was kidding.  Look just below the "What does it cost to adopt a dog" section for insanity and fun.___

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2015-07-28 00:32:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#science   #evolution  
No desire to walk anyone down the rabbit hole of how I wound up searching this up, but the findings are interesting indeed--a 6% increase in brain size of small animals in less than 100 years. It's a given that natural selection works--it's been demonstrated in and out of the laboratory over and over, but it's rarely assumed that it works this quickly.  Now, admittedly this is in small animals with small brains and very, very fast generations, but still, quite impressively quick. Smarter mice...just add environmental pressure. Just one last point of interest--if you increased brain size at a similar rate in a homonin (which, let's be clear, you can't--too big, too slow to reproduce and mature, not fecund enough, etc.), you could go from australopithecus to modern humans in around 5000 years. 

#science   #evolution  
No desire to walk anyone down the rabbit hole of how I wound up searching this up, but the findings are interesting indeed--a 6% increase in brain size of small animals in less than 100 years. It's a given that natural selection works--it's been demonstrated in and out of the laboratory over and over, but it's rarely assumed that it works this quickly.  Now, admittedly this is in small animals with small brains and very, very fast generations, but still, quite impressively quick. Smarter mice...just add environmental pressure. Just one last point of interest--if you increased brain size at a similar rate in a homonin (which, let's be clear, you can't--too big, too slow to reproduce and mature, not fecund enough, etc.), you could go from australopithecus to modern humans in around 5000 years. ___

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2015-07-25 14:27:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#madeinchina  

I expect to see this kind of garbage in a foreign country, but not in the USA. I mean, I'm sure it was made overseas, but this just makes me sad.

For those not in the know - There are 5 boroughs, not 4: Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Harlem is a neighborhood in Manhattan.

Forever 21, please don't sell people stupid things. ___ #madeinchina  

2015-07-25 02:06:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#games  
So, a game I've been playing quite a bit lately came out of early access today, Victor Vran.  VV is an action RPG with a lot going on. The obvious tendancy would be to compare it to VanHelsing, but I'd suggest that it is both cleaner in its looks and has better gameplay.  It's developed by a small house, Haemimont Games (I believe they're from Bulgaria) probably best known for developing the last several games in the Tropico series.  VV is their pet project they've been developing for a long time now, and the polish they've brought to it really shows.  Loads of fun.

#games  
So, a game I've been playing quite a bit lately came out of early access today, Victor Vran.  VV is an action RPG with a lot going on. The obvious tendancy would be to compare it to VanHelsing, but I'd suggest that it is both cleaner in its looks and has better gameplay.  It's developed by a small house, Haemimont Games (I believe they're from Bulgaria) probably best known for developing the last several games in the Tropico series.  VV is their pet project they've been developing for a long time now, and the polish they've brought to it really shows.  Loads of fun.___

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2015-07-22 16:40:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#photos  
Here's a picture I shot this morning of my concrete contractor, Mrs. Pat Middleton.

#photos  
Here's a picture I shot this morning of my concrete contractor, Mrs. Pat Middleton.___

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2015-07-22 15:15:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

#science   #medicine   #cyborgs   #implants  
When I see things like this, I like to think of the state of digital cameras.  When I was a toddler, it was conventional wisdom that digital imaging was interesting (first digital camera, 1975) but would never compete with, much less replace film. Today, a 3-generations old mirrorless captures 33% more image info than professional grade 35mm film (oh, and is smaller and lighter than said 35mm camera).
Today, this implant allows this man to see outlines of objects and it's difficult to see how it could possibly ever compete with, much less replace the equipment with which biology has provided us. The digital camera experience tells us that in the future, an implant descended from this one will allow someone to see with an acuity that exceeds that of human anatomy,  in spectra that the human eye cannot detect, record or broadcast whatthe e... more »

And he can see with his eyes closed :)___ #science   #medicine   #cyborgs   #implants  
When I see things like this, I like to think of the state of digital cameras.  When I was a toddler, it was conventional wisdom that digital imaging was interesting (first digital camera, 1975) but would never compete with, much less replace film. Today, a 3-generations old mirrorless captures 33% more image info than professional grade 35mm film (oh, and is smaller and lighter than said 35mm camera).
Today, this implant allows this man to see outlines of objects and it's difficult to see how it could possibly ever compete with, much less replace the equipment with which biology has provided us. The digital camera experience tells us that in the future, an implant descended from this one will allow someone to see with an acuity that exceeds that of human anatomy,  in spectra that the human eye cannot detect, record or broadcast what the eye sees, overlay information directly onto the field of vision, etc.  Count on it, friends.

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2015-07-22 14:12:27 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

h/t +Chad Haney Lulz.

___h/t +Chad Haney Lulz.

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2015-07-22 00:36:53 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#cars   #hacking   #lawsuitsofthefuture  
So this happened.  One more reason I'm pleased not to be a MoPar guy.

#cars   #hacking   #lawsuitsofthefuture  
So this happened.  One more reason I'm pleased not to be a MoPar guy.___

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2015-07-21 22:43:02 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Somebody needs a music scholarship.

Somebody needs a music scholarship.___

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2015-07-21 21:22:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

#photos   #bullshit  
MOAR beard?  MOAR BEARD. Also dog.

#photos   #bullshit  
MOAR beard?  MOAR BEARD. Also dog.___

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2015-07-21 18:05:35 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

A new selfie/profile pic, processed with two different film sims in Raw Therapee, a Fuji Neopan 1600 B&W and a Fuji Velvia 100 color.  Can you tell I like Fuji films?

A new selfie/profile pic, processed with two different film sims in Raw Therapee, a Fuji Neopan 1600 B&W and a Fuji Velvia 100 color.  Can you tell I like Fuji films?___

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2015-07-16 16:18:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#intertubes   #stuff  
Fascinating article about the dark satanic mills which churn out crap filler text articles clogging up search results.  Thanks #SEO  

#intertubes   #stuff  
Fascinating article about the dark satanic mills which churn out crap filler text articles clogging up search results.  Thanks #SEO  ___

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2015-07-14 16:30:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#games
Recently, the humble bundle included Captain Forever: Remix, and if you picked it up then, you know that this is one of the better games to come down the Early Access pipe in a while.  If you're just hearing about it, allow me to summarize: tween female protagonist, kid-friendly, building sandbox and space shooter that has a retro 8-bit ethic but not the (IMO kinda tired at this point) 8-bit retro look..  If that whets your appetite for Legos, mayhem, and exploding spacecraft, it's on sale from Steam today.  Well worth the price of admission, friends. +Self-Rescuing Princess Society +Kimberly Chapman  worth a look.

#games
Recently, the humble bundle included Captain Forever: Remix, and if you picked it up then, you know that this is one of the better games to come down the Early Access pipe in a while.  If you're just hearing about it, allow me to summarize: tween female protagonist, kid-friendly, building sandbox and space shooter that has a retro 8-bit ethic but not the (IMO kinda tired at this point) 8-bit retro look..  If that whets your appetite for Legos, mayhem, and exploding spacecraft, it's on sale from Steam today.  Well worth the price of admission, friends. +Self-Rescuing Princess Society +Kimberly Chapman  worth a look.___

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2015-07-14 13:41:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#comics  
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is the best thing in comics this year...and this year is FULL of good comics, people.  Go NUTS!

Huh.

Well, I still intend to read the original too.___ #comics  
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is the best thing in comics this year...and this year is FULL of good comics, people.  Go NUTS!

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2015-07-13 18:38:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Here.  Get your mechanical engineering on.

Planetary Gears, Principles of Operation (1953) - US Army Training Film (with the most dramatic musical score you'll probably ever hear on a film about gears).___Here.  Get your mechanical engineering on.

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2015-07-13 15:15:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This young woman just keeps on being excellent.

She just continues to be inspirational and awesome.___This young woman just keeps on being excellent.

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2015-07-13 15:13:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

An interesting article, but totally worth it if it wasn't for a picture of a red-hot lump of radioactive metal that isn't like, fresh out of the forge or something...it's just red hot because that is how plutonium rolls.

___An interesting article, but totally worth it if it wasn't for a picture of a red-hot lump of radioactive metal that isn't like, fresh out of the forge or something...it's just red hot because that is how plutonium rolls.

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2015-07-09 15:00:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#googleplay   #music   #radio  
Soundtrack for my morning. Nice mix of folky/acoustic hardcore/found electronic sounds.

#googleplay   #music   #radio  
Soundtrack for my morning. Nice mix of folky/acoustic hardcore/found electronic sounds.___

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2015-07-09 12:21:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Nash equilibria, navigation problems, and the connectome. Interesting article.

Structure of Human Brain has an Almost Ideal Network of Connections

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/neural-networks-evolution-brain-2203/.

A new study by Northeastern physicist Dmitri Krioukov and his colleagues suggests an answer: to expedite the transfer of information from one brain region to another, enabling us to operate at peak capacity.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

Research: "Navigable networks as Nash equilibria of navigation games" by András Gulyás, József J. Bíró, Attila Kőrösi, Gábor Rétvári and Dmitri Krioukov in Nature Communications doi:10.1038/ncomms8651

Image: Krioukov and his colleagues discovered that the structure of the human brain has an almost ideal network of connections (magenta), enabling optimal transmission of information from one part of the brain to another. Image credit: Krioukov.

#neuroscience   #evolution   #neuralnetworks  ___Nash equilibria, navigation problems, and the connectome. Interesting article.

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2015-07-07 15:21:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Just gonna leave this here.

Just gonna leave this here.___

2015-07-06 02:23:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Congrats to the US women's world cup team!

Congrats to the US women's world cup team!___

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2015-07-06 02:05:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Go figure.  I mean, sure it has the advantage of being rational, essentially foolproof, and taking advantage of teh science, but it doesn't reek faintly of bullshit, require prayer, or involve shame.

Since 2009, Colorado has had the single most effective anti-abortion program in the country. In its first four years (for which we now have full data), it reduced abortions by 42%, and teen pregnancies by 40%. And there is nothing particularly startling about the success, because it was done by the most obvious means possible: give contraception to women who want it but can't get access to it, namely teenagers and people who can't afford it. 

"Startlingly," this turns out to work quite well, quite inexpensively, and make basically everyone happy. ("Startlingly" is in quotes because I suspect that if I asked someone who knew nothing about American politics, "what would you do to decrease the rate of unwanted pregnancies?," they would probably guess pretty much exactly what Colorado did, and be not at all startled that it worked) 

(This is not actually a horribly new story, there are just some more numbers out. We've known that this has been working well for quite some time.)___Go figure.  I mean, sure it has the advantage of being rational, essentially foolproof, and taking advantage of teh science, but it doesn't reek faintly of bullshit, require prayer, or involve shame.

2015-07-04 16:21:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#ivegotalittlelist  
Tom DeLay, convicted money launderer and former majority leader in the US House (and good buddy of recently indicted incompetent blackmail payer, Denny Hastert), is claiming to have "a secret DoJ memo" which details 12 "new perversions" that the government is preparing to make legal now that all hell has broken loose what with the gays and the marrying and the love and happiness. Can I say that I really hope all 12 new perversions involve feces entering Tom DeLay's mouth?

#ivegotalittlelist  
Tom DeLay, convicted money launderer and former majority leader in the US House (and good buddy of recently indicted incompetent blackmail payer, Denny Hastert), is claiming to have "a secret DoJ memo" which details 12 "new perversions" that the government is preparing to make legal now that all hell has broken loose what with the gays and the marrying and the love and happiness. Can I say that I really hope all 12 new perversions involve feces entering Tom DeLay's mouth?___

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2015-07-04 16:01:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

#caturday   #sleepysleepycaturday  

#caturday   #sleepysleepycaturday  ___

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2015-07-04 03:24:29 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-03 03:16:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A fantastic invention: Jie Bao (of Tsinghua University) and Moungi Bawendi (of MIT) have invented an optical spectrometer small and cheap enough to attach to a cell phone, which can nonetheless perform comparably well to serious professional equipment.

Spectrometers are amazingly useful devices: they simply break light up through a prism, and report on how bright the light is in each frequency. That lets you recognize chemicals (each molecule has a distinctive color "fingerprint"), measure temperature (when you heat an object, it glows with a spectrum that's a simple function of temperature), and even measure the speed of objects. (If you know something's color when it's still, its colors in motion are shifted by the Doppler effect, just like an approaching siren's pitch goes up and a receding one goes down. The fingerprints of chemical colors give you an excellent... more »

A fantastic invention: Jie Bao (of Tsinghua University) and Moungi Bawendi (of MIT) have invented an optical spectrometer small and cheap enough to attach to a cell phone, which can nonetheless perform comparably well to serious professional equipment.

Spectrometers are amazingly useful devices: they simply break light up through a prism, and report on how bright the light is in each frequency. That lets you recognize chemicals (each molecule has a distinctive color "fingerprint"), measure temperature (when you heat an object, it glows with a spectrum that's a simple function of temperature), and even measure the speed of objects. (If you know something's color when it's still, its colors in motion are shifted by the Doppler effect, just like an approaching siren's pitch goes up and a receding one goes down. The fingerprints of chemical colors give you an excellent reference point for that)

Bao and Bawendi's device is completely different from traditional spectrometers: Rather than using a prism and precision optics, they use an array of 195 carefully chosen inks and a CCD light sensor. The result is rugged and cheap – a few dollars, instead of a few hundred or thousand.

This is a tool that could revolutionize all sorts of devices; the authors give an example of a tool that could identify skin cancer just by pointing at it. (Cancers contain specific chemicals which produce specific optical fingerprints, after all!)

And more to the point, it's neat.

Dear Drs. Bao and Bawendi: TAKE MY MONEY!

Via +California Academy of Sciences.___

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2015-07-01 18:27:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I am a cat in a wicker house with a stuffed toy.  Your opinion is irrelevant.

I am a cat in a wicker house with a stuffed toy.  Your opinion is irrelevant.___

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2015-07-01 15:24:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#music  
An oldie but a goodie.  Dan the Automator taking a break from Handsome Boy Modeling School to produce a funky loungey record with various friends.

#music  
An oldie but a goodie.  Dan the Automator taking a break from Handsome Boy Modeling School to produce a funky loungey record with various friends.___

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2015-06-30 19:10:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My buddy +Larry Donnell turned me on to these guys today.  Kind of a scuzzier, more beer-fueled version of early Mastodon. I like.

My buddy +Larry Donnell turned me on to these guys today.  Kind of a scuzzier, more beer-fueled version of early Mastodon. I like.___

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2015-06-30 14:48:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Same pic as previous, developed from raw, with color changes this time and cropped to emphasize the contrast between cat and bedspread.

Same pic as previous, developed from raw, with color changes this time and cropped to emphasize the contrast between cat and bedspread.___

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2015-06-30 14:31:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

#cats   #boogerycats   #boogeryburrowingcats  

#cats   #boogerycats   #boogeryburrowingcats  ___

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2015-06-29 01:13:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

You can tell them apart because the piñata has a better haircut.

Posted without further comment.___You can tell them apart because the piñata has a better haircut.

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2015-06-28 23:24:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

You gotta have a great sensayuma to live in America:

You gotta have a great sensayuma to live in America:___

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2015-06-27 11:48:08 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

#gaypocalypse  
Here in the bleak wastelands of post-gaypocalypse America, we are forced to survive on only the most fabulous of rations like this fresh strawberry and brie omelet.

#gaypocalypse  
Here in the bleak wastelands of post-gaypocalypse America, we are forced to survive on only the most fabulous of rations like this fresh strawberry and brie omelet.___

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2015-06-26 23:46:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#science   #medicine   #cancer  
Also, because +Buddhini Samarasinghe is awesome people and you should totally pay attention to what she has to say because she's completely brilliant.

Personalised Medicine for Cancer Treatment

I'm really excited about this weekend because I am in gorgeously sunny California for Science Foo Camp! What is Science Foo Camp you ask? Here's a quick primer - http://www.digital-science.com/events/scifoo-camp-2015/. I've never been to the Googleplex before so I'm really looking forward to it, along with meeting all the amazing people who will be at this event. I'm also looking forward to catching up with G+ friends in California as well while I'm here.

I'll be doing a 'lightning talk' on personalised medicine for cancer research. Here is a quick video explaining the basics. I really think this is the future of cancer treatment, because we know that cancer is not a single disease, and we need to think of cancer in terms of the specific mutations they carry, rather than tumour location like 'breast' or 'lung'. The individual patient is the best model for his or her disease, and the future looks bright now that healthcare and translational research are starting to catch up. 

#ScienceEveryday   #SciFoo15  ___ #science   #medicine   #cancer  
Also, because +Buddhini Samarasinghe is awesome people and you should totally pay attention to what she has to say because she's completely brilliant.

2015-06-26 23:08:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#huzzah  
Hey!  Let's all send bic lighters to Rick Scarborough.

#huzzah  
Hey!  Let's all send bic lighters to Rick Scarborough.___

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2015-06-26 23:06:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

One last "ohai, new camera!" pic.  My wonderfulseksiy rocker librarian wife.

One last "ohai, new camera!" pic.  My wonderfulseksiy rocker librarian wife.___

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2015-06-26 20:50:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

More from new camera.

More from new camera.___

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2015-06-26 19:24:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

New Camera sample #2.  Half a dog.

New Camera sample #2.  Half a dog.___

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2015-06-26 19:12:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

New camera sample number 1. 

New camera sample number 1. ___

2015-06-26 17:21:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

More #huzzah  

Today is a historic day in the US (where elementary LLC. is based). 🌈 #LoveWins___More #huzzah  

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2015-06-26 17:14:06 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#surelywecandobetterthanhillary   #nomoreclintons   #nomorebusheseither  

#surelywecandobetterthanhillary   #nomoreclintons   #nomorebusheseither  ___

2015-06-26 15:52:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

#scotus   #gaymarriage

There have been good and bad test cases for matters of civil rights before the Supreme Court in the past.  Even the most ardent supporter of abortion rights has to admit that Jane Roe is a pretty crap petitioner.  The same cannot be said of the petitioners in the cases before the court in today's decision.  This exception from Justice Kennedy's opinion is worth reading:

"The petitioners acknowledge this history [of marriage as a mixed-gender institution] but contend that these cases cannot end there. Were their intent to demean the revered idea and reality of marriage, the petitioners’ claims would be of a different order. But that is neither their purpose nor their submission. To the contrary, it is the enduring importance of marriage that underlies the petitioners’ contentions. This, they say, is their whole point. Far from seeking todevalue... more »

#scotus   #gaymarriage

There have been good and bad test cases for matters of civil rights before the Supreme Court in the past.  Even the most ardent supporter of abortion rights has to admit that Jane Roe is a pretty crap petitioner.  The same cannot be said of the petitioners in the cases before the court in today's decision.  This exception from Justice Kennedy's opinion is worth reading:

"The petitioners acknowledge this history [of marriage as a mixed-gender institution] but contend that these cases cannot end there. Were their intent to demean the revered idea and reality of marriage, the petitioners’ claims would be of a different order. But that is neither their purpose nor their submission. To the contrary, it is the enduring importance of marriage that underlies the petitioners’ contentions. This, they say, is their whole point. Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect—and need—for its privileges and responsibilities. And their immutable nature dictates that same-sex marriage is their only real path to this profound commitment.

Recounting the circumstances of three of these cases illustrates the urgency of the petitioners’ cause from their perspective. Petitioner James Obergefell, a plaintiff in the Ohio case, met John Arthur over two decades ago. They fell in love and started a life together, establishing a lasting, committed relation. In 2011, however, Arthur was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. This debilitating disease is progressive, with no known cure. Two years ago, Obergefell and Arthur decided to commit to one another, resolving to marry before Arthur died. To fulfill their mutual promise, they traveled from Ohio to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal. It was difficult for Arthur to move, and so the couple were wed inside a medical transport plane as it remained on the tarmac in Baltimore. Three months later, Arthur died. Ohio law does not permit Obergefell to be listed as the surviving spouse on Arthur’s death certificate. By statute, they must remain strangers even in death, a stateimposed separation Obergefell deems “hurtful for the rest of time.” App. in No. 14–556 etc., p. 38. He brought suit to be shown as the surviving spouse on Arthur’s death certificate.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are co-plaintiffs in the case from Michigan. They celebrated a commitment ceremony to honor their permanent relation in 2007. They both work as nurses, DeBoer in a neonatal unit and Rowse in an emergency unit. In 2009, DeBoer and Rowse fostered and then adopted a baby boy. Later that same year, they welcomed another son into their family. The new baby, born prematurely and abandoned by his biological mother, required around-the-clock care. The next year, a baby girl with special needs joined their family. Michigan, however, permits only opposite-sex married couples or single individuals to adopt, so each child can have only one woman as his or her legal parent. If an emergency were to arise, schools and hospitals may treat the three children as if they had only one parent. And, were tragedy to befall either DeBoer or Rowse, the other would have no legal rights over the children she had not been permitted to adopt. This couple seeks relief from the continuing uncertainty their unmarried status creates in their lives.

Army Reserve Sergeant First Class Ijpe DeKoe and his partner Thomas Kostura, co-plaintiffs in the Tennessee case, fell in love. In 2011, DeKoe received orders to deploy to Afghanistan. Before leaving, he and Kostura married in New York. A week later, DeKoe began his deployment, which lasted for almost a year. When he returned, the two settled in Tennessee, where DeKoe works full-time for the Army Reserve. Their lawful marriage is stripped from them whenever they reside in Tennessee, returning and disappearing as they travel across state lines. DeKoe, who served this Nation to preserve the freedom the Constitution protects, must endure a substantial burden.

The cases now before the Court involve other petitioners as well, each with their own experiences. Their stories reveal that they seek not to denigrate marriage but rather to live their lives, or honor their spouses’ memory, joined by its bond."___

2015-06-26 14:35:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

#huzzah
Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. Pp. 3–28.

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Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. Pp. 3–28.

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2015-06-25 13:03:37 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Weaponized funny.

This made me gigglesnort when I saw it on the book of face, so now you get to see it, too.___Weaponized funny.

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2015-06-25 12:56:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

No! We will not let you go!

No! We will not let you go!___

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