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David Brin has been shared in 252 public circles

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AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Joe Ford8,291My circle of Geeks. Sharing for +Mark Reid - a noob to these parts. But also as part of #followfriday  of course.2014-08-15 13:48:29265212CC G+
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112CC G+
Becky Collins13,341Active Writers and Authors Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-18 06:16:19462106CC G+
Becky Collins13,270Space Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-17 07:18:063893010CC G+
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990617CC G+
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812CC G+
khairul efendi0 Keep this simple!1. ADD the circle2 Share the post3. Plus the post.4. Comment to be added. BAM that is all easy right!? #circleshare  #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #snowballcircle #hyberballcircle #publicsharedcircles      #ownsocialmedia   #socialmediamarketing   #circlesharingpages   #sharingcircles   #whatshot   #followers   #googleplustips #CircleSharing #CircleShare #CircleOfTheDay #Circle #SharedCircles #Google #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #AddCircle #ADD #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircle #Circles #Shared #Friends #Blogging #SharingCircles #CircleofFriends #Blogger #Engagers2014-06-20 07:31:49501215CC G+
DEVILZART2,249 This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post +DevilzArt More you share more you get!#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #publicsharedcircles   #wordpress   #seo   #affiliatemarketing    #googleplus   #googleplusupdate   #blogger   #bloggers   #blogging     #internet   #socialmedia   #socialmediatips   #socialnetworking   #internetmarketing   #seo   #seotips   #bloggingtips   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingtipsandtricks   #googleplustips   2014-06-15 02:13:005014415CC G+
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001CC G+
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211CC G+
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219CC G+
Irina Sadokhina21,822Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle. This #circle is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle. Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle, May the 12, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles   #hyperball   #circleoftheweek  2014-05-05 14:19:144595838106CC G+
Andrea Orselli5,603Hi! Here is my circle. Please click "ADD PEOPLE" button to add the whole circle and help increase each others connection. +1 and share will be greatly appreciated.#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles    #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle    #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle    #topsharedcircl2014-04-30 20:05:53443426CC G+
Shashi S6,305SOME GREAT PHILOSOPHER'S AT GOOGLE PLUS____________________________________________________This is some of the most interesting Philosopher's I found at Google Plus, selected over the years, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and share Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...With this team, you will be able to find fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plusThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   2014-04-21 08:26:26310114CC G+
Shashi S5,879Circle of Authors & Poets_____________________________________This is one of the most interesting group of Authors and Poets, selected from my years on Google Plus, following them will be one of the best thing you will do to make your timeline, interesting, informative and worthwhile. Join in and enjoy...If you are interested to join in, please leave a comment, and after reviewing your profile, I WILL INCLUDE YOU IN NEXT SHARE.... ONLY IF YOU ARE AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR A POET :-) Those of you who are notified are already in the circle...This circle also includes many of upcoming writers who are Top Google + Users, who share unique and original content. They are kind of the early trend setters..With this team, you will be able to grow in your own community, with fresh content and original thoughts as well as increase your own visibility in the Google Plus. And the first step towards engaging is to join and share this circle... That way you will have some connect with the group here.To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle 3 - add +1 to the post4 - Start something new and share within the world of google plus5 - YOU HAVE TO BE, AT LEAST, AN ASPIRING AUTHOR OR POETThe more you add and share, the more visibility you will have and more and more people will share your own circles and content...PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE YOUR SELF BEFORE YOU HIT THE SHARE BUTTON.__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     2014-04-16 06:47:374134213CC G+
Irina Sadokhina19,423Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle   . This #circle    is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle  . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle   . Apr. 21st, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #circleshare   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles   #circleoftheweek  2014-04-14 16:53:094558154121CC G+
Adam Black6,732Transhumans CircleBy popular Demand,  I am sharing some of my Circles. This is +Mark Bruce  Transhumans Circle  Plus Others Ive been adding.If you are tagged,  you are in it.Web Link for Mobile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/6iQmLpEj1Zm #sharedcircles   #GeekCulture   #ScienceSunday #Transhumans #Transhumanism #HumanPlus  2014-04-13 06:25:0424522733CC G+
Irina Sadokhina18,499Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle  . This #circle is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle  . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle   . Apr. 14th, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circleshare   #circlescirclescircles   #circlecircle   #circlecirclecircle   #circles   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #crazycircles  2014-04-08 12:47:424927148105CC G+
DEVILZART1,310#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers   #followback #paulaawesomecircle   #awesomecircles #paulateshima #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle 2014-04-04 17:15:22500151025CC G+
Irina Sadokhina17,311Hello my dear friends!!!This is my weekly #mondaycircle  . This #circle   is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last #mondaycircle  . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle  on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next #mondaycircle . Apr. 7th, just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circlecirclecircle   #circles   #circlescirclescircles   #circleshared   #crazycircles   #hyperball   #plusmastermind   #circleoftheweek  2014-03-31 18:07:204536757107CC G+
Irina Sadokhina16,720Hello my dear friends!!! This is my weekly #mondaycircle  . This #circle   is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last mondaycircle . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome circle    on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next  #mondaycircle   , March 31st. just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circlecirclecircle   #circlecirclecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #hyperball   #crazycircles   #plusmastermind   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheweek   #circleoftheday  2014-03-24 18:59:534707753122CC G+
STEM on Google+ Community14,148Here are the "Movers & Shakers" in the STEM Community!February--March, 2014!Here's the latest updated edition of people & pages whose posts and comments appeared in the STEM on Google+ Community.  There are both science content creators and science readers here, and they are all active and interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math.  Add this circle to your stream!Click here to enter the community >>https://plus.google.com/b/112166434848553337850/communities/110555615319066448343  Get involved in science discussions in the STEM community and you'll be in the next circle!If you received notification for this post, you are included in the circle!  If you do not wish to be notified, or shared in this (or other) circles, please let me know.~+Malthus John #sciencecircle   #stemcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #scienceeveryday   #sciencessunday   #stem   #gpluscommunities   #science   #technology   #engineering   #mathematics   #engagement  2014-03-24 17:43:08235202463CC G+
Matthew J Price8,236It's been some time since I shared my favorite circle: Accelerated Thinkers.  These 91 people are the ones I trust with bringing me the good news every day, and leading the conversation about the future of humanity.  Thank you so much!2014-03-22 04:25:4591103CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203CC G+
Irina Sadokhina15,346Hello my dear friends!!!HELLO! This is my weekly  #mondaycircle . This  #circle   is very important for me because there are people who were with me last time, commented my funny pics, and just made me happy. Also, there are people who RE-shared my last  #mondaycircle . Thank you so much for this!!! And I would like to ask you Re-share this awesome  #circle   on your stream, please. If you wanna be included in my next  #mondaycircle   , March 17th just:1) plus2)re-share!!!Thank you. You all have a wonderful week.Make sure you share the original version! #circle   #circles   #circlecircle   #circlescirclescircles   #hyperball   #rustyball   #crazycircles   #plusmastermind  2014-03-11 16:53:09467695296CC G+
Ryan Johnson45#CircleSharing#SharedCircles#Circle#CircleOfTheDay#SharedPublicCircles#Google+#buy_GooglePlus_followers#Google#GooglePlusTips#Engagers#EngagersCircle#Circles#SocialMedia#SharedCircleOfTheDay#PublicCircle#PublicSharedCircles#TeamElite#SnowballEffect#Marketing#SocialMediaMarketing2014-03-11 11:15:07501101213CC G+
shinigami kurai109This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post +shinigami kurai2014-03-09 02:04:4450110313CC G+
DEVILZART386This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post +DevilzArt More you share more you get! #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #publicsharedcircles   #wordpress   #seo   #affiliatemarketing    #googleplus   #googleplusupdate   #blogger   #bloggers   #blogging     #internet   #socialmedia   #socialmediatips   #socialnetworking   #internetmarketing   #seo   #seotips   #bloggingtips   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingtipsandtricks 2014-03-08 15:58:55501191428CC G+
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519CC G+
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216CC G+
DEVILZART103This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circulo   #kreise   #kreis   #круг   #круги   #круглим   #кругляши  #blogger   #blogging   #bloggers#サークル   #界   #cercle   #دائرة   #kring   #kringen   #nederland  +Circles +Circle Circle Circle +Circles by DzjieDzjee +Selected Circles 2014 +Awesome Circles +Socialize circles +Circles & Circles & Circles +Google+ Categorized Circles +Circles Circles Circles +Curating Content on Google+ +Team Circle Share +Shared Circles +Circle Shares Notifications +Urkel's Shared Circles +Shared Circles Magic G+ +Shared Circles on G+ +SharedCircles #googleplus #circle #sahrecircle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday 2014-02-25 06:41:2550014721CC G+
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212CC G+
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724CC G+
Jimmy James6,807Futurists#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #hyperballmaster #hyperballcircle2014-01-08 18:02:321560214CC G+
Sam Sager3,743Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers CircleIt's been a very long time since I've shared this circle. It is long over due. This is a great group of writers to follow. They range from the very well known to the aspiring, but all are worth following. I learn something new and am very entertained by these people everyday.If you or someone you know is a science-fiction or fantasy writer and would like to be a part of this circle please let me know.2013-12-22 01:05:22308413CC G+
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910047117CC G+
Kyle Pearce116A great Google+ Circle of Educators!  2013-11-24 15:10:12501606CC G+
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317CC G+
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2014-08-25 22:11:06 (130 comments, 164 reshares, 414 +1s)

This is what we had all feared.  The possible tipping point.  Methane plumes are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, Mississippi State University reported.  A potential disaster that I warned about in EARTH (1989), accelerating ocean acidification and turning the greenhouse into a runaway.
http://www.hngn.com/articles/40189/20140825/methane-leaking-from-sea-floor-could-change-ocean-acidity-oxygen-content.htm

"Warming of ocean temperatures on seasonal, decadal or much longer time scales can cause gas hydrate to release its methane, which may then be emitted at seep sites," said Carolyn Ruppel, study co-author and chief of the USGS Gas Hydrates Project.  "Such continental slope seeps have previously been recognized in the Arctic, but not at mid-latitudes.  So this is a first."

To be clear,meth... more »

Most reshares: 164

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2014-08-25 22:11:06 (130 comments, 164 reshares, 414 +1s)

This is what we had all feared.  The possible tipping point.  Methane plumes are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, Mississippi State University reported.  A potential disaster that I warned about in EARTH (1989), accelerating ocean acidification and turning the greenhouse into a runaway.
http://www.hngn.com/articles/40189/20140825/methane-leaking-from-sea-floor-could-change-ocean-acidity-oxygen-content.htm

"Warming of ocean temperatures on seasonal, decadal or much longer time scales can cause gas hydrate to release its methane, which may then be emitted at seep sites," said Carolyn Ruppel, study co-author and chief of the USGS Gas Hydrates Project.  "Such continental slope seeps have previously been recognized in the Arctic, but not at mid-latitudes.  So this is a first."

To be clear,meth... more »

Most plusones: 414

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2014-08-25 22:11:06 (130 comments, 164 reshares, 414 +1s)

This is what we had all feared.  The possible tipping point.  Methane plumes are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, Mississippi State University reported.  A potential disaster that I warned about in EARTH (1989), accelerating ocean acidification and turning the greenhouse into a runaway.
http://www.hngn.com/articles/40189/20140825/methane-leaking-from-sea-floor-could-change-ocean-acidity-oxygen-content.htm

"Warming of ocean temperatures on seasonal, decadal or much longer time scales can cause gas hydrate to release its methane, which may then be emitted at seep sites," said Carolyn Ruppel, study co-author and chief of the USGS Gas Hydrates Project.  "Such continental slope seeps have previously been recognized in the Arctic, but not at mid-latitudes.  So this is a first."

To be clear,meth... more »

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2014-09-02 20:50:01 (34 comments, 21 reshares, 40 +1s)

Boycott and BuyPartisan are downloadable apps that let you scan product barcodes and find out if the company… or its officers… have actively supported some cause that you like… or loathe.  One would hope that people use these things in moderation… except when it comes to Koch companies.  At which point stringent ferocity is called for, lest the Confederacy win this round of the ongoing American Civil War.

http://www.utne.com/food/app-etite-for-transparency.aspx#axzz3Bug8SI7z

Boycott and BuyPartisan are downloadable apps that let you scan product barcodes and find out if the company… or its officers… have actively supported some cause that you like… or loathe.  One would hope that people use these things in moderation… except when it comes to Koch companies.  At which point stringent ferocity is called for, lest the Confederacy win this round of the ongoing American Civil War.

http://www.utne.com/food/app-etite-for-transparency.aspx#axzz3Bug8SI7z___

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2014-09-01 18:56:15 (43 comments, 13 reshares, 46 +1s)

A lot of the stuff on Daily Kos is — well — left-wing tendentious.  But this story - if true - is worrisome: “Teacher Incarcerated For Writing Science Fiction.”
Okay, his self-published novel was about a school shooting, 900 years from now.  And the Kos story tells us nothing about the details: e.g. whether the scenes might be perverted enough to indicate an unbalanced mind.  Still, on the face of it, this sure sounds like something truly silly is going on.  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/30/1326004/-Incarcerated-For-Writing-Science-Fiction#

A lot of the stuff on Daily Kos is — well — left-wing tendentious.  But this story - if true - is worrisome: “Teacher Incarcerated For Writing Science Fiction.”
Okay, his self-published novel was about a school shooting, 900 years from now.  And the Kos story tells us nothing about the details: e.g. whether the scenes might be perverted enough to indicate an unbalanced mind.  Still, on the face of it, this sure sounds like something truly silly is going on.  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/08/30/1326004/-Incarcerated-For-Writing-Science-Fiction#___

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2014-08-31 23:16:28 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 23 +1s)

My Sunday posting follows the serious, transparency-focused vein of the last two.  That pair focused on the citizen's relationship with police power... whether camers carried by us -- or by the cops -- might help to propel the trend toward true professionalism and mutual respect.  THIS TIME we expand a bit to general transparency. Everything leaks, sooner or later! But this last week the press seemed filled with whiners, both bemoaning this fact and offering zero useful suggestions. Come on by and have a look!  Serious stuff.  For citizens.  Like you.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/privacy-vs-omniveillance.html

My Sunday posting follows the serious, transparency-focused vein of the last two.  That pair focused on the citizen's relationship with police power... whether camers carried by us -- or by the cops -- might help to propel the trend toward true professionalism and mutual respect.  THIS TIME we expand a bit to general transparency. Everything leaks, sooner or later! But this last week the press seemed filled with whiners, both bemoaning this fact and offering zero useful suggestions. Come on by and have a look!  Serious stuff.  For citizens.  Like you.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/privacy-vs-omniveillance.html___

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2014-08-31 20:46:36 (24 comments, 7 reshares, 29 +1s)

At risk of offending a group that is probably far more rabid and dangerous than the Taliban, I have to say that  I have always found Rocky Horror to be execrably boring.  

Oh no!  He's wearing panties and a garter belt!  Argh!  How daring and.... yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzz

There's only one first rate song in this "musical" and it belongs (naturally) to Meat Loaf.

In some parallel reality, de Palma's PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is the show that gets midnight screenings and chanting fans.  It's far better in every conceivable way, especially Paul Williams's terrific music.  Such a pity that we're too dumb to appreciate it.

Phantom Of The Paradise Trailer

At risk of offending a group that is probably far more rabid and dangerous than the Taliban, I have to say that  I have always found Rocky Horror to be execrably boring.  

Oh no!  He's wearing panties and a garter belt!  Argh!  How daring and.... yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzz

There's only one first rate song in this "musical" and it belongs (naturally) to Meat Loaf.

In some parallel reality, de Palma's PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is the show that gets midnight screenings and chanting fans.  It's far better in every conceivable way, especially Paul Williams's terrific music.  Such a pity that we're too dumb to appreciate it.

Phantom Of The Paradise Trailer___

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2014-08-31 19:59:26 (11 comments, 18 reshares, 38 +1s)

Along similar lines... I just had lunch with Dr. Terry Sejnowski who helped develop an online course on "how to learn" that had half a million folks sign up for it, last round.

You don't have to finish it since it is free... and 3/4 of the folks didn't finish either... but most did stay at least halfway to get the meat of useful ideas.  Online courses are about to have a golden age.

Here is the Coursera page for "Learning How to Learn"
https://www.coursera.org/course/learning

The second session will begin October 3 and ends Nov 3.

Along similar lines... I just had lunch with Dr. Terry Sejnowski who helped develop an online course on "how to learn" that had half a million folks sign up for it, last round.

You don't have to finish it since it is free... and 3/4 of the folks didn't finish either... but most did stay at least halfway to get the meat of useful ideas.  Online courses are about to have a golden age.

Here is the Coursera page for "Learning How to Learn"
https://www.coursera.org/course/learning

The second session will begin October 3 and ends Nov 3.___

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2014-08-31 19:48:06 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)

Every autumn I pull out my ten minute video of “Advice for College Students” and offer it to you all to pass along to that bright young person you know.  There are several tricks for making the most of his or her time at university, but the best and coolest one I save for last.  Any student who does this one trick is guaranteed — yes, guaranteed — to have a far more positive and enriched four+ years.

Graduating? Things every High School Senior Should Know

Every autumn I pull out my ten minute video of “Advice for College Students” and offer it to you all to pass along to that bright young person you know.  There are several tricks for making the most of his or her time at university, but the best and coolest one I save for last.  Any student who does this one trick is guaranteed — yes, guaranteed — to have a far more positive and enriched four+ years.

Graduating? Things every High School Senior Should Know___

2014-08-30 03:12:47 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 63 +1s)

Holding a children's picture book up to his computer screen, a researcher for the Auckland Bioengineering Institute Laboratory for Animate Technologies in New Zealand coos and croons into the microphone and webcam. On the other side of the screen, a blonde toddler mimics his facial expressions, reads simple words aloud, and even plays basic video games with the scientist. Known only as Baby X, this 3D-simulated human child is getting smarter every day.

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/baby-x-the-intelligent-toddler-simulation-is-getting-smarter-every-day

An experiment in machine learning, Baby X is a program that imitates the biological processes of learning, including association, conditioning and reinforcement learning. By algorithmically simulating the chemical reactions of the human brain— think dopamine release or increased oxytocin levels— and connecting them withsen... more »

Holding a children's picture book up to his computer screen, a researcher for the Auckland Bioengineering Institute Laboratory for Animate Technologies in New Zealand coos and croons into the microphone and webcam. On the other side of the screen, a blonde toddler mimics his facial expressions, reads simple words aloud, and even plays basic video games with the scientist. Known only as Baby X, this 3D-simulated human child is getting smarter every day.

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/baby-x-the-intelligent-toddler-simulation-is-getting-smarter-every-day

An experiment in machine learning, Baby X is a program that imitates the biological processes of learning, including association, conditioning and reinforcement learning. By algorithmically simulating the chemical reactions of the human brain— think dopamine release or increased oxytocin levels— and connecting them with sensory digital input, when Baby X learns to imitate a facial expression, for instance, software developers write protocols for the variable time intervals between action and response. Effectively "teaching" the child through code, while engineering such a program is no cakewalk, the result is an adorably giggling digital baby with an uncanny ability to learn through interaction.

This is precisely the sixth approach to developing AI that is least discussed by “experts” in the field… and that I have long believed to be essential, in several ways.  Above all, by raising them as our children – even fostering them to homes in small robot bodies – we will gain many crucial advantages – that I lay out (somewhat) in EXISTENCE.___

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2014-08-29 20:43:36 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)

My Friday posting continues my series on using cameras for accountability.  This time... the trend to get the cops to wear cameras and whether that will be a "cure-all."

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/citizen-power-part-ii-those-cop-cameras.html

My Friday posting continues my series on using cameras for accountability.  This time... the trend to get the cops to wear cameras and whether that will be a "cure-all."

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/citizen-power-part-ii-those-cop-cameras.html___

2014-08-29 20:38:20 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)

In an impromptu interview at  a Portland restaurant, I gave a  six minute run down of why I think the American political process has so broken down that we are effectively in phase eight of the US Civil War. Not one of the factors that I mention has a scintilla to do with so-called “left-versus-right” or any of the matters that you are being told to hate-over.  

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/106481037/08%2027%2014%20David%20Brin%20on%20self-righteous%20indignation.mp3

In an impromptu interview at  a Portland restaurant, I gave a  six minute run down of why I think the American political process has so broken down that we are effectively in phase eight of the US Civil War. Not one of the factors that I mention has a scintilla to do with so-called “left-versus-right” or any of the matters that you are being told to hate-over.  

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/106481037/08%2027%2014%20David%20Brin%20on%20self-righteous%20indignation.mp3___

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2014-08-25 22:11:06 (130 comments, 164 reshares, 414 +1s)

This is what we had all feared.  The possible tipping point.  Methane plumes are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, Mississippi State University reported.  A potential disaster that I warned about in EARTH (1989), accelerating ocean acidification and turning the greenhouse into a runaway.
http://www.hngn.com/articles/40189/20140825/methane-leaking-from-sea-floor-could-change-ocean-acidity-oxygen-content.htm

"Warming of ocean temperatures on seasonal, decadal or much longer time scales can cause gas hydrate to release its methane, which may then be emitted at seep sites," said Carolyn Ruppel, study co-author and chief of the USGS Gas Hydrates Project.  "Such continental slope seeps have previously been recognized in the Arctic, but not at mid-latitudes.  So this is a first."

To be clear,meth... more »

This is what we had all feared.  The possible tipping point.  Methane plumes are emanating from at least 570 seafloor cold seeps on the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, Mississippi State University reported.  A potential disaster that I warned about in EARTH (1989), accelerating ocean acidification and turning the greenhouse into a runaway.
http://www.hngn.com/articles/40189/20140825/methane-leaking-from-sea-floor-could-change-ocean-acidity-oxygen-content.htm

"Warming of ocean temperatures on seasonal, decadal or much longer time scales can cause gas hydrate to release its methane, which may then be emitted at seep sites," said Carolyn Ruppel, study co-author and chief of the USGS Gas Hydrates Project.  "Such continental slope seeps have previously been recognized in the Arctic, but not at mid-latitudes.  So this is a first."

To be clear, methane is a far worse greenhouse gas than CO2… and rising ocean temps will cause icy methane hydrates to fizz, all over the globe, possibly causing a runaway effect.

Which leaves me with this to say to you wretched, monstrous, science-hating fools, with your “hypnotize-me!” Fox-Nuremberg rallies and neo-confederate rant-fests against all big-city-university “smartypants” types.  

No evidence will change your opposition to negotiating even moderate, sensible, precautionary interim measures to increase energy efficiency or do basic R&D. You sabotage TWODA (Things We Ought to be Doing Anyway.)  You helped to sabotage the satellites and instruments and research vessels that could have nailed it all down.  

You help to denigrate and geld the smartest, most knowledgeable, competitive and wisest human beings whom our species has ever produced, and thereby you declare yourselves to be brave authority questioners and skeptics!  While kneejerk-robotically obeying  the hypnotize-me channels owned by coal and oil barons... and never once sniffing the suspicious irony.

Millions of science loving moderates (like me) have been willing to negotiate the best measures that would (win-win) simultaneously take reasonable efficiency precautions and boost economic activity instead of squelching it.  We do not want to “shiver in the dark”… but you SOBs have never shown the slightest willingness to sit and make a deal with moderates on the other side. It has become a reflex. You... never... negotiate.

Instead you empower and enable a New Civil War which has reduced the world’s greatest and most scientific and future-oriented nation to utter dysfunction, unable to perform politics and negotiation at even the most basic level.

You refuse to look at actual outcomes, by which measure your “side” has proved insanely incompetent.  You refuse to follow the money or look at who are the winners from your movement’s loony wars or from the Tobacco-style denialist-delay campaign on climate change.  EVERYTHING to you is “right versus left” — a loony metaphor that allows you to ignore one blatant fact -- that Adam Smith … today… would be a Democrat. As would any moderate-libertarian-capitalist scientist, like me.

You are jibbering crazies, who don't give a damn about your grand-children or your nation or planet.  And when the seas rise, the climate refugees will legitimately claim your homes.___

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2014-08-25 18:59:07 (31 comments, 7 reshares, 46 +1s)

Something I wasn’t sure I’d ever see… according to Movieseum, Kevin Costner’s film adaptation of my novel, The Postman, is right up there with Blade Runner, as one of the Top Ten Great Movies that Failed at the Box Office (at first).
http://movieseum.com/top-10-great-movies-that-failed/

Hey, it’s good to see The Postman movie get some positive recognition for a change. I have always deemed the first half of the film to be exquisit -- and I never really minded the directors' choices to simplify my plot. The character's core ethos is identical to mine. Indeed, the whole thing displays a great big, thumping lot of heart! Oh, and visually and musically? The Postman is probably one of the most beautiful motion pictures of all time.  You can read my more detailed reaction here.
http://www.davidbrin.com/media.html

But ranking it up next to Blade Runner?  Evenputting asi... more »

Something I wasn’t sure I’d ever see… according to Movieseum, Kevin Costner’s film adaptation of my novel, The Postman, is right up there with Blade Runner, as one of the Top Ten Great Movies that Failed at the Box Office (at first).
http://movieseum.com/top-10-great-movies-that-failed/

Hey, it’s good to see The Postman movie get some positive recognition for a change. I have always deemed the first half of the film to be exquisit -- and I never really minded the directors' choices to simplify my plot. The character's core ethos is identical to mine. Indeed, the whole thing displays a great big, thumping lot of heart! Oh, and visually and musically? The Postman is probably one of the most beautiful motion pictures of all time.  You can read my more detailed reaction here.
http://www.davidbrin.com/media.html

But ranking it up next to Blade Runner?  Even putting aside my personal feelings about Mr. Costner (who treated the original author with unearned and bewildering contempt), I have to say that the last third of the flick was something of an incoherent mish-mash that could have done with sincere story workshopping. This version of the ending left audiences with the kind of let-down that is death to any “classic” ranking. Alas.

The real disqualifier for the Movieseum list, however, is Costner’s other work that’s present.  Waterworld.  Really?  Sure, there were some creative visuals. But… really?  Please.

I am left bemused, falling back upon a standard piece of advice for all of you.  Read the original book!  I offer guarantees.___

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2014-08-25 06:29:45 (15 comments, 10 reshares, 50 +1s)

A fascinating… if flawed… rumination about what several thoughtful science fiction films illustrate about the balance of powers among citizens and their protectors, the military and police.
 
  http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/battlestar-galactica-and-the-militarization-of-police

A fascinating… if flawed… rumination about what several thoughtful science fiction films illustrate about the balance of powers among citizens and their protectors, the military and police.
 
  http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/battlestar-galactica-and-the-militarization-of-police___

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2014-08-24 22:43:29 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 46 +1s)

My Sunday posting launches a several part series about how technology might enhance... or else betray ... "citizen power." The kind of resilience that worked on 9/11 and failed at Katrina and Fukushima.  Moreover, in the wake of Ferguson etc, we need to ponder carefully how to make our public servants accountable... while still empowering them to do their (adult) jobs.

Part One is about our pocket cameras... some good news... and some potentially really bad.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/citizen-power-part-i-using-our-cell.html

My Sunday posting launches a several part series about how technology might enhance... or else betray ... "citizen power." The kind of resilience that worked on 9/11 and failed at Katrina and Fukushima.  Moreover, in the wake of Ferguson etc, we need to ponder carefully how to make our public servants accountable... while still empowering them to do their (adult) jobs.

Part One is about our pocket cameras... some good news... and some potentially really bad.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/citizen-power-part-i-using-our-cell.html___

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2014-08-23 05:44:33 (3 comments, 12 reshares, 55 +1s)

Again... have a look at the Axanar project! 34 hrs remaining to contribute in this round.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/194429923/star-trek-axanar

Again... have a look at the Axanar project! 34 hrs remaining to contribute in this round.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/194429923/star-trek-axanar___

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2014-08-22 23:08:33 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)

My Friday posting will conclude my recent spate of science and technology roundups, I'll do one a final sweep of S&T news... covering a range of fascinating topics from new types of infrastructure to hacking matter to hacking Homo sapiens!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/next-technologies.html

My Friday posting will conclude my recent spate of science and technology roundups, I'll do one a final sweep of S&T news... covering a range of fascinating topics from new types of infrastructure to hacking matter to hacking Homo sapiens!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/next-technologies.html___

2014-08-22 19:29:10 (11 comments, 6 reshares, 41 +1s)

 
Looks plausible… if amazing! A transparent luminescent solar concentrator developed in Michigan can be used to cover anything that has a flat, clear surface. Visible light passes through. But organic molecules absorb invisible wavelengths of sunlight such as ultraviolet and near infrared, guiding those packets to the edge of the solar panel, where thin strips of photovoltaic solar cells pick it up and convert it into energy.  Fascinating… another potential game changer. 

Anyone know more about this?

http://69.175.86.51/news/20142108-26048.html

 
Looks plausible… if amazing! A transparent luminescent solar concentrator developed in Michigan can be used to cover anything that has a flat, clear surface. Visible light passes through. But organic molecules absorb invisible wavelengths of sunlight such as ultraviolet and near infrared, guiding those packets to the edge of the solar panel, where thin strips of photovoltaic solar cells pick it up and convert it into energy.  Fascinating… another potential game changer. 

Anyone know more about this?

http://69.175.86.51/news/20142108-26048.html___

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2014-08-21 18:13:22 (23 comments, 26 reshares, 101 +1s)


Ten Sci Fi Novels that will make you more passionate about science!  Glad to be included.

http://io9.com/10-great-novels-that-will-make-you-more-passionate-abou-1617655776


Ten Sci Fi Novels that will make you more passionate about science!  Glad to be included.

http://io9.com/10-great-novels-that-will-make-you-more-passionate-abou-1617655776___

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2014-08-20 18:12:11 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)

My mid-week posting is about ... space!  First a roundup of recent astronomical news... then some truly fascinating links. And finally, more about that wondrous, fabled, "final frontier."

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/asteroids-super-space-drives-and-io_20.html

My mid-week posting is about ... space!  First a roundup of recent astronomical news... then some truly fascinating links. And finally, more about that wondrous, fabled, "final frontier."

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/asteroids-super-space-drives-and-io_20.html___

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2014-08-20 04:30:20 (9 comments, 17 reshares, 77 +1s)

Very interesting. Eric H. Cline, in his recent book 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, portrays a time when bronze age empires of the eastern Mediterranean were riding high… then went into a simultaneous tailspin due to drought and their own inability to adapt.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/08/19/341573332/lessons-from-the-last-time-civilization-collapsed

Very interesting. Eric H. Cline, in his recent book 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, portrays a time when bronze age empires of the eastern Mediterranean were riding high… then went into a simultaneous tailspin due to drought and their own inability to adapt.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/08/19/341573332/lessons-from-the-last-time-civilization-collapsed___

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2014-08-19 22:55:27 (39 comments, 38 reshares, 122 +1s)

You like cool? You like well done sci fi and drama and neat effects... in a terrific Kickstarter-level production?  Have a look at the 20 minute "Prelude to Axanar" at:

http://startrekaxanar.com

This is Star Trek at its best.  The danger and  tension and action... mixed with joy and optimism that you get nowhere else, these days.  This is worth your support.

You like cool? You like well done sci fi and drama and neat effects... in a terrific Kickstarter-level production?  Have a look at the 20 minute "Prelude to Axanar" at:

http://startrekaxanar.com

This is Star Trek at its best.  The danger and  tension and action... mixed with joy and optimism that you get nowhere else, these days.  This is worth your support.___

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2014-08-19 20:38:42 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 30 +1s)

Here’s a fascinating interview about the underpinnings of science fiction as a literary form. During George Slusser‘s 25-year curatorship, the Eaton Collection  at the University of California, Riverside, became the greatest archive of science fiction and fantasy in the world. It contains more than 100,000 volumes, ranging from the 1517 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia to the most recently published titles in all languages. The collection also includes journals, comic books, and 300,000 fanzines.

This interview elucidates many ways that SF remains a “rebel” genre in the halls of academia. Indeed, even in those places where SF is studied and appraised by scholars, it seems that just a few authors - maybe a dozen - are deemed acceptable.

(Aside: at one point George suggests that “…writers like David Brin, Gregory Benford, Robert A. Heinlein are rejected on “politicallycorrect” grounds... more »

Here’s a fascinating interview about the underpinnings of science fiction as a literary form. During George Slusser‘s 25-year curatorship, the Eaton Collection  at the University of California, Riverside, became the greatest archive of science fiction and fantasy in the world. It contains more than 100,000 volumes, ranging from the 1517 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia to the most recently published titles in all languages. The collection also includes journals, comic books, and 300,000 fanzines.

This interview elucidates many ways that SF remains a “rebel” genre in the halls of academia. Indeed, even in those places where SF is studied and appraised by scholars, it seems that just a few authors - maybe a dozen - are deemed acceptable.

(Aside: at one point George suggests that “…writers like David Brin, Gregory Benford, Robert A. Heinlein are rejected on “politically correct” grounds.”  Which I find amusing, since I have probably canceled Greg’s vote in sixteen out of the last twenty elections!  (For the last few, Greg has seen the light and now rails against the party of Fox-n-Bush.)  Indeed, my politics and overall zeitgeist coincide roughly with those of Kim Stanley Robinson!  Though yes, I admit I throw in a Heinleinian libertarian zig and an anti-PC zag or two.  As a contrarian, I don’t like polemical prescribers of any ilk. So yeah. That probably accounts for it.)

If literary SF matters do interest you, and you feel centers of excellence like the Eaton Collection are important, then you might read with dismay what SF-author and legend Nalo Hopkinson says about recent attempts to undermine the Eaton and possibly eliminate it.

 http://nalohopkinson.com/2014/10/08/concerned_about_the_eaton_sff_archive_at_ucr.html___

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2014-08-19 19:00:38 (11 comments, 10 reshares, 37 +1s)

Scan through the photographs: all the stuff soldiers carried in battle from the 11th century to today
http://www.wired.com/2014/08/all-the-stuff-soldiers-have-carried-in-battle-from-the-11th-century-to-today/#slide-id-1390571

What was that? A guide to the military gear adopted by police depts since 9/11 and used in Ferguson
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/18/6003377/ferguson-military-gear

Scan through the photographs: all the stuff soldiers carried in battle from the 11th century to today
http://www.wired.com/2014/08/all-the-stuff-soldiers-have-carried-in-battle-from-the-11th-century-to-today/#slide-id-1390571

What was that? A guide to the military gear adopted by police depts since 9/11 and used in Ferguson
http://www.vox.com/2014/8/18/6003377/ferguson-military-gear___

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2014-08-19 17:38:08 (14 comments, 8 reshares, 25 +1s)

Forty-seven U.S. federal Inspectors General signed a letter this month highlighting problems with access to federal records — problems they say slow their investigations and threaten their independence. In fact, the current use of IGs is scandalous — with many of them forced into conflict-of-interest, owing their appointments to the very officials they are charged to scrutinize.   

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/13/340127340/government-watchdogs-complain-of-closed-doors-set-up-by-white-house

I have long proposed sets of reforms that might improve the effectiveness of civil servants while simultaneously reassuring citizens that bureaucrats ARE “servants,” accountable and obeying the law.  Foremost among these proposals has been IGUS — creating the office of Inspector General of the United States.   http://www.davidbrin.com/inspectorgeneral.html

The notion of aseparate “insp... more »

Forty-seven U.S. federal Inspectors General signed a letter this month highlighting problems with access to federal records — problems they say slow their investigations and threaten their independence. In fact, the current use of IGs is scandalous — with many of them forced into conflict-of-interest, owing their appointments to the very officials they are charged to scrutinize.   

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/13/340127340/government-watchdogs-complain-of-closed-doors-set-up-by-white-house

I have long proposed sets of reforms that might improve the effectiveness of civil servants while simultaneously reassuring citizens that bureaucrats ARE “servants,” accountable and obeying the law.  Foremost among these proposals has been IGUS — creating the office of Inspector General of the United States.   http://www.davidbrin.com/inspectorgeneral.html

The notion of a separate “inspectorate” dates back to Sun Yat Sen, founder of the Chinese Republic, in 1911. If all departmental and agency IGs reported to a truly independent IGUS, the shift could be so simple that the bill might fit on one page. Yet citizen confidence and trust could be multiplied several-fold.___

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2014-08-18 23:07:05 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)

I've been called out to the ALS ice challenge by a great sci fi reader names Brady Mertens (see below). Well… okay. Sounds refreshing and bracing for summer - so I’ll do it shirtless.  But let’s do this correctly.  I will donate $25 to the ALS site, ASAP.  Then, when TEN of you have announced that YOU have likewise donated, I will go ahead. I’ll do this thing and post video online. Sound fair?

http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

Here is Brady’s challenge.  (I have the best looking readers!)
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10153078906252586&l=1538902974956210945

I've been called out to the ALS ice challenge by a great sci fi reader names Brady Mertens (see below). Well… okay. Sounds refreshing and bracing for summer - so I’ll do it shirtless.  But let’s do this correctly.  I will donate $25 to the ALS site, ASAP.  Then, when TEN of you have announced that YOU have likewise donated, I will go ahead. I’ll do this thing and post video online. Sound fair?

http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

Here is Brady’s challenge.  (I have the best looking readers!)
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10153078906252586&l=1538902974956210945___

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2014-08-18 22:50:33 (3 comments, 13 reshares, 32 +1s)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a guide to using cell phones if you are going to a protest of other zone of potentially tense interaction with police.  

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/08/cell-phone-guide-protesters-updated-2014-edition

Good, practical advice. I have long urge folks to join EFF as one of their dozen or so "proxy power associations.  I do NOT always agree with them!  That does not matter as much as ensuring they -- and the ACLU etc -- remain out there and untrammeled.

For more on your right and duty to join orgs that give your voice Proxy Power...

http://www.davidbrin.com/proxyactivism.html

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a guide to using cell phones if you are going to a protest of other zone of potentially tense interaction with police.  

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/08/cell-phone-guide-protesters-updated-2014-edition

Good, practical advice. I have long urge folks to join EFF as one of their dozen or so "proxy power associations.  I do NOT always agree with them!  That does not matter as much as ensuring they -- and the ACLU etc -- remain out there and untrammeled.

For more on your right and duty to join orgs that give your voice Proxy Power...

http://www.davidbrin.com/proxyactivism.html___

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2014-08-18 21:19:55 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 54 +1s)

A new video demonstrates how close SpaceX is to having a truly reusable rocket. The video shows the Falcon 9 rocket splashing down in the ocean after it delivered six satellites in space.  SpaceX CEO Elon Musk estimates that by reusing rockets, the cost of a launch could be reduced by up to a factor of 100. Elon is getting closer, every time.  A game changer.  http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/08/spacex-releases-video-reusable-rockets-soft-splashdown/

A new video demonstrates how close SpaceX is to having a truly reusable rocket. The video shows the Falcon 9 rocket splashing down in the ocean after it delivered six satellites in space.  SpaceX CEO Elon Musk estimates that by reusing rockets, the cost of a launch could be reduced by up to a factor of 100. Elon is getting closer, every time.  A game changer.  http://www.valuewalk.com/2014/08/spacex-releases-video-reusable-rockets-soft-splashdown/___

2014-08-18 17:38:02 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)

Forty-seven U.S. federal Inspectors General signed a letter this month highlighting problems with access to federal records — problems they say slow their investigations and threaten their independence. In fact, the current use of IGs is scandalous — with many of them forced into conflict-of-interest, owing their appointments to the very officials they are charged to scrutinize.   

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/13/340127340/government-watchdogs-complain-of-closed-doors-set-up-by-white-house

I have long proposed sets of reforms that might improve the effectiveness of civil servants while simultaneously reassuring citizens that bureaucrats ARE “servants,” accountable and obeying the law.  Foremost among these proposals has been IGUS — creating the office of Inspector General of the United States.   http://www.davidbrin.com/inspectorgeneral.html

The notion of aseparate “insp... more »

Forty-seven U.S. federal Inspectors General signed a letter this month highlighting problems with access to federal records — problems they say slow their investigations and threaten their independence. In fact, the current use of IGs is scandalous — with many of them forced into conflict-of-interest, owing their appointments to the very officials they are charged to scrutinize.   

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/13/340127340/government-watchdogs-complain-of-closed-doors-set-up-by-white-house

I have long proposed sets of reforms that might improve the effectiveness of civil servants while simultaneously reassuring citizens that bureaucrats ARE “servants,” accountable and obeying the law.  Foremost among these proposals has been IGUS — creating the office of Inspector General of the United States.   http://www.davidbrin.com/inspectorgeneral.html

The notion of a separate “inspectorate” dates back to Sun Yat Sen, founder of the Chinese Republic, in 1911. If all departmental and agency IGs reported to a truly independent IGUS, the shift could be so simple that the bill might fit on one page. Yet citizen confidence and trust could be multiplied several-fold.___

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2014-08-18 17:32:04 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 27 +1s)

Cute.

http://io9.com/the-queen-of-the-greek-gods-seeks-therapy-with-uma-thu-1612719985

Cute.

http://io9.com/the-queen-of-the-greek-gods-seeks-therapy-with-uma-thu-1612719985___

2014-08-18 05:01:26 (19 comments, 20 reshares, 110 +1s)

Re the Ferguson mess: Mike Gannis offers the following - which boils down to Transparency!  “The most basic problem is that we will never know for certain what happened. Why? Because the Ferguson cruiser did not have a camera recording the incident. That's simply not credible. "Law" "enforcement" in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns ... but not a dashcam. That's ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It's about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is.

“And, if we have to have federal subsidy programs for municipal police departments, we should scrap the one that gives them the second-hand military hardware from Tikrit and Kandahar and replace it with one that ensures every patrol car has a camera.”

Re the Ferguson mess: Mike Gannis offers the following - which boils down to Transparency!  “The most basic problem is that we will never know for certain what happened. Why? Because the Ferguson cruiser did not have a camera recording the incident. That's simply not credible. "Law" "enforcement" in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns ... but not a dashcam. That's ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It's about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is.

“And, if we have to have federal subsidy programs for municipal police departments, we should scrap the one that gives them the second-hand military hardware from Tikrit and Kandahar and replace it with one that ensures every patrol car has a camera.”___

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2014-08-18 01:15:17 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 45 +1s)

Look, I favor what President Obama is doing right now in Iraq.  He managed to finesse the departure of that piece-of-work Maliki and the most help is going to the proved-moderates in the region, the Kurds.  The doctrines and tactics being used are precisely those preferred by Democratic Presidents, who love special forces and surgical air power, as opposed to the Patton-pretender spasms of GOP prexies, post-Eisenhower

See:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iraqi-ground-forces-us-jets-launch-offensive-to-retake-dam-from-militants/2014/08/17/d904756d-10ab-47b9-889c-d3b00343470f_story.html

See how perfect and absolute this systematic difference has been! Seriously. Competence at war should be a criterion, especially for you conservatives.  And by that standard alone, you should never vote for a Republican, ever again.
h... more »

Look, I favor what President Obama is doing right now in Iraq.  He managed to finesse the departure of that piece-of-work Maliki and the most help is going to the proved-moderates in the region, the Kurds.  The doctrines and tactics being used are precisely those preferred by Democratic Presidents, who love special forces and surgical air power, as opposed to the Patton-pretender spasms of GOP prexies, post-Eisenhower

See:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iraqi-ground-forces-us-jets-launch-offensive-to-retake-dam-from-militants/2014/08/17/d904756d-10ab-47b9-889c-d3b00343470f_story.html

See how perfect and absolute this systematic difference has been! Seriously. Competence at war should be a criterion, especially for you conservatives.  And by that standard alone, you should never vote for a Republican, ever again.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-democrats-and-republicans-wage-war.html

Having said that, I watched footage of some of the recent air-strikes.  And yes, they have helped the Kurds regather their spirits and retake the Mosul Dam, so it could not be sabotaged, hurting millions.  Still, look at the footage.  Using a $500,000 Hellfire missile to take out a ... $12,000 pickup truck?  Sure, you get far more than a million dollars in psychological effects, but yet...

... one good old warthog A-10 or an AC-130 would accomplish, in one sortie, more than the Hellfire-bearing a/F-18s will in a month, at this rate.  And for those of you offended by arm-chair-general war talk?  Sorry. But we are not yet in the world we want.  Nor will we ever get there, if troglodytism like ISIL prevails.  Being progressive does not mean you have to be a sap.___

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2014-08-17 21:42:06 (37 comments, 8 reshares, 63 +1s)

Humans need not apply. A video about the coming  automation of many jobs.
Humans Need Not Apply

Dang, will they be making suicide bot?  But they never mention lots of things.  E.g. that human-computer TEAMS can beat any computer at chess.  Nor do they even discuss transcendental notions like uploading.

Humans need not apply. A video about the coming  automation of many jobs.
Humans Need Not Apply

Dang, will they be making suicide bot?  But they never mention lots of things.  E.g. that human-computer TEAMS can beat any computer at chess.  Nor do they even discuss transcendental notions like uploading.___

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2014-08-17 21:05:41 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 62 +1s)

Do you subscribe to Forbes?  Have you noticed a string of stories lately that are… well… very friendly to China?  Making excuses for  the mercantilist model and a (shall we say) “casual” view of intellectual property?  Hm, well, this didn’t take long… after the magazine was purchased by a Hong Kong consortium with strong Beijing ties.  Perhaps you might try getting business news from… what? Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal?  Keep searching.

Do you subscribe to Forbes?  Have you noticed a string of stories lately that are… well… very friendly to China?  Making excuses for  the mercantilist model and a (shall we say) “casual” view of intellectual property?  Hm, well, this didn’t take long… after the magazine was purchased by a Hong Kong consortium with strong Beijing ties.  Perhaps you might try getting business news from… what? Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal?  Keep searching.___

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2014-08-17 20:17:13 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Speaking of colleges, there’s news about my alma maters. Okay I lucked out.  My bachelor’s degree is from the 12th best university in the world (10th in the US) — according to the CWUR system.  My doctorate is from the planet’s 20th best campus (15th U.S.)  Oh, they’re #5 and #6 in the world, in the category of “influence.”  

Gotta work on that.  Caltech would rank even higher if it weren’t too small to have a heap of majors.  http://cwur.org/2014/

UCSD is still quite young (established in the 1960s) and we just set up the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, which ought to boost the campus a few more slots!  www.imagination.ucsd.edu

Bragging? Well, in fact, I kind of stumbled into attending both places.  And stumbled a bit, while there!.  But came away having squeeeeeeezed them both, using the methods I recommend in advice that any collegestudent can use, to doub... more »

Speaking of colleges, there’s news about my alma maters. Okay I lucked out.  My bachelor’s degree is from the 12th best university in the world (10th in the US) — according to the CWUR system.  My doctorate is from the planet’s 20th best campus (15th U.S.)  Oh, they’re #5 and #6 in the world, in the category of “influence.”  

Gotta work on that.  Caltech would rank even higher if it weren’t too small to have a heap of majors.  http://cwur.org/2014/

UCSD is still quite young (established in the 1960s) and we just set up the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, which ought to boost the campus a few more slots!  www.imagination.ucsd.edu

Bragging? Well, in fact, I kind of stumbled into attending both places.  And stumbled a bit, while there!.  But came away having squeeeeeeezed them both, using the methods I recommend in advice that any college student can use, to double what they get out of their years at university.

Again, my advice to college students.
Graduating? Things every High School Senior Should Know___

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2014-08-17 04:18:23 (17 comments, 14 reshares, 52 +1s)

While we're on the (AI) subject... Ever hear of “neuromorphic architecture?”  SIlicon chip design that uses transistors — (5 billion of them in the latest IBM chip) - to create analogues of the nonlinear response patterns of biological neurons.  The latest version, from IBM, is called “True North” and it is simply spectacular.  Its prodigious pattern recognition capabilities are only matched by its stunning (by four orders of magnitude(!)) power efficiency.  This is where Moore’s Law, augmented by new neuronal and parallelism software, may truly start delivering.

Now… to keep what we produce sane?  And where on the chip - pray tell - do the Three Laws reside?

http://www.research.ibm.com/articles/brain-chip.shtml

While we're on the (AI) subject... Ever hear of “neuromorphic architecture?”  SIlicon chip design that uses transistors — (5 billion of them in the latest IBM chip) - to create analogues of the nonlinear response patterns of biological neurons.  The latest version, from IBM, is called “True North” and it is simply spectacular.  Its prodigious pattern recognition capabilities are only matched by its stunning (by four orders of magnitude(!)) power efficiency.  This is where Moore’s Law, augmented by new neuronal and parallelism software, may truly start delivering.

Now… to keep what we produce sane?  And where on the chip - pray tell - do the Three Laws reside?

http://www.research.ibm.com/articles/brain-chip.shtml___

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2014-08-17 01:04:04 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)

U.S. manufacturing output rose broadly in July and automobile production recorded its largest increase in five years, boosting the economy at the start of the third quarter. So far, this has been the consistent trend, ever since Obama entered office and especially since the 2 year democratic Congress (2009-2011) passed the new CAFE fuel efficiency standards that have made all US vehicles more efficient and cheaper for drivers to own.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/15/us-usa-economy-prices-idUSKBN0GF11G20140815

Again, do outcomes matter to you?  At all?

U.S. manufacturing output rose broadly in July and automobile production recorded its largest increase in five years, boosting the economy at the start of the third quarter. So far, this has been the consistent trend, ever since Obama entered office and especially since the 2 year democratic Congress (2009-2011) passed the new CAFE fuel efficiency standards that have made all US vehicles more efficient and cheaper for drivers to own.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/15/us-usa-economy-prices-idUSKBN0GF11G20140815

Again, do outcomes matter to you?  At all?___

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2014-08-16 00:45:51 (42 comments, 30 reshares, 106 +1s)

An essay in WIRED  ponders the pandemic plague of cheap dystopias and apocalypses and feudal fantasties that have metastacized and infected science fiction.  Michael Solana muses that a certain amount of dire warnings can be a tonic, but it becomes poisonous in the kind of excess that we are now seeing, in which the fundamental rule seems to be “never show any possibility of a better world.”

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/stop-writing-dystopian-sci-fiits-making-us-all-fear-technology/

“Fiction is capable of charting our human potential—with science fiction the most natural and forward form of this—so anything less than a push toward good through the medium is not only overdone at this point, but an incredible opportunity squandered. Every fiction is an illusion, of course. The very real danger here is man’s tendency to look to his illusion for inspiration, which is thefoundation on... more »

An essay in WIRED  ponders the pandemic plague of cheap dystopias and apocalypses and feudal fantasties that have metastacized and infected science fiction.  Michael Solana muses that a certain amount of dire warnings can be a tonic, but it becomes poisonous in the kind of excess that we are now seeing, in which the fundamental rule seems to be “never show any possibility of a better world.”

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/stop-writing-dystopian-sci-fiits-making-us-all-fear-technology/

“Fiction is capable of charting our human potential—with science fiction the most natural and forward form of this—so anything less than a push toward good through the medium is not only overdone at this point, but an incredible opportunity squandered. Every fiction is an illusion, of course. The very real danger here is man’s tendency to look to his illusion for inspiration, which is the foundation on which we build society. “

I make essentially the same point in a dozen places, across the last 20 years, but especially here, where I describe _why modern film directors an authors are inflicting a tsunami of despairing tales upon us… not because any but a few of them actually believe it, but out of storytelling laziness, pure and simple. The “idiot plot” syndrome, in which it is just a lot easier to put your characters in dramatic jeopardy if you start with the assumption the civilization is useless and all our neighbors are foolish sheep.  http://www.davidbrin.com/idiotplot.html

Solana approaches the whole problem from more of an artistic plaint. But he is on-target when he concludes: “Our dystopian obsession has grown up in our nightmares as a true monster, which can only be countered by something truly beautiful. Simply, we need a hero. Our fears are demons in our fiction placing our utopia at risk, but we must not run from them. We must stand up and defeat them.”___

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2014-08-15 21:55:38 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)

The 4th INTERNATIONAL WAVE AT SURVEILLANCE DAY is coming!
 Saturday!   A tacky and silly riff… but a great idea.  It is not sousveillance or transveillance or equiveillance… those will come, down the road, and save us all.

But waving at surveillance is a way of saying”we know you are watching, and we are not afraid of you.  And get used to the idea of us looking-back!  Because that will happen. Because we are that kind of a people.”

4th INTERNATIONAL WAVE AT SURVEILLANCE DAY is coming!

For better depth:
http://www.scoop.it/t/the-transparent-society

The 4th INTERNATIONAL WAVE AT SURVEILLANCE DAY is coming!
 Saturday!   A tacky and silly riff… but a great idea.  It is not sousveillance or transveillance or equiveillance… those will come, down the road, and save us all.

But waving at surveillance is a way of saying”we know you are watching, and we are not afraid of you.  And get used to the idea of us looking-back!  Because that will happen. Because we are that kind of a people.”

4th INTERNATIONAL WAVE AT SURVEILLANCE DAY is coming!

For better depth:
http://www.scoop.it/t/the-transparent-society___

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2014-08-15 21:05:30 (33 comments, 15 reshares, 67 +1s)

America's transportation infrastructure, once an engine of mobility and productivity, has fallen into such disrepair that it's become an economic albatross. Consumers shell out billions of dollars for extra car repairs every year. Insufficient and poorly maintained roads mean costly bottlenecks for businesses, which discourage expansion and hobble American companies competing in the global economy.  We all have heard of 60,000 bridges in desperate need of maintenance.  Why is almost nothing being done?

At a time of steeply declining budget deficits (always true during democratic administrations and never true during GOP ones) it might seem simple to put middle class blokes back to work, stimulating the economy with high velocity cash while fixing the damage and getting tons of benefits.  One obstacle though.  The do-nothing US House of Representatives… the laziest and leastaccom... more »

America's transportation infrastructure, once an engine of mobility and productivity, has fallen into such disrepair that it's become an economic albatross. Consumers shell out billions of dollars for extra car repairs every year. Insufficient and poorly maintained roads mean costly bottlenecks for businesses, which discourage expansion and hobble American companies competing in the global economy.  We all have heard of 60,000 bridges in desperate need of maintenance.  Why is almost nothing being done?

At a time of steeply declining budget deficits (always true during democratic administrations and never true during GOP ones) it might seem simple to put middle class blokes back to work, stimulating the economy with high velocity cash while fixing the damage and getting tons of benefits.  One obstacle though.  The do-nothing US House of Representatives… the laziest and least accomplished in the history of the republic… has refused to fund infrastructure repairs.

Moreover, several gopper congressfolk have OPENLY admitted their reason — that the resulting improvements and economic boost might help democrats at the polls.  It is the Hastert Rule.  Never cooperate or negotiate in good faith with democrats, ever.  (The last GOP leader who did that - Newt Gingrich - was jettisoned by Hastert, DeLay, Boehner and other leaders of the madness that has taken over today’s Republican Party.)

Anyone who continues to support these monsters is a supporter of outright treason.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-roads-economy-20140815-story.html___

2014-08-15 20:31:06 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

An inspiring TED talk attempts to bring to world attention a coming “phosphorus crisis” — the rapid depletion of sources of this element that is vital to life — a crisis that I revealed to many of you in EXISTENCE.  This TED talk  (in French but with excellent sub-titles) not only clearly elucidates the problem, but also puts forward one element of a solution that could save several billion lives, when the phosphorus deposits dry up.

http://www.ted.com/talks/mohamed_hijri_a_simple_solution_to_the_coming_phosphorus_crisis

(Funny how we're on a role about symbiosis between micro-organisms and macro-fauna, today.)

An inspiring TED talk attempts to bring to world attention a coming “phosphorus crisis” — the rapid depletion of sources of this element that is vital to life — a crisis that I revealed to many of you in EXISTENCE.  This TED talk  (in French but with excellent sub-titles) not only clearly elucidates the problem, but also puts forward one element of a solution that could save several billion lives, when the phosphorus deposits dry up.

http://www.ted.com/talks/mohamed_hijri_a_simple_solution_to_the_coming_phosphorus_crisis

(Funny how we're on a role about symbiosis between micro-organisms and macro-fauna, today.)___

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2014-08-15 05:31:35 (11 comments, 14 reshares, 49 +1s)


Both Greg Bear and I have been talking about this for a long time… Greg in great detail in transfixing novels.  Is your micro-biome affecting your behavior… for its own self-interest?  We know that the paramecium Toxoplasma may be altering the personalities of perhaps half a billion people.

In our guts, bacteria make some of the same chemicals that our neurons use to communicate with one another, such as dopamine and serotonin. And the microbes can deliver these neurological molecules to the dense web of nerve endings that line the gastrointestinal tract.
A number of recent studies have shown that gut bacteria can use these signals to alter the biochemistry of the brain. Compared with ordinary mice, those raised free of germs behave differently in a number of ways. They are more anxious, for example, and have impaired memory.http:... more »


Both Greg Bear and I have been talking about this for a long time… Greg in great detail in transfixing novels.  Is your micro-biome affecting your behavior… for its own self-interest?  We know that the paramecium Toxoplasma may be altering the personalities of perhaps half a billion people.

In our guts, bacteria make some of the same chemicals that our neurons use to communicate with one another, such as dopamine and serotonin. And the microbes can deliver these neurological molecules to the dense web of nerve endings that line the gastrointestinal tract.
A number of recent studies have shown that gut bacteria can use these signals to alter the biochemistry of the brain. Compared with ordinary mice, those raised free of germs behave differently in a number of ways. They are more anxious, for example, and have impaired memory. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/science/our-microbiome-may-be-looking-out-for-itself.html?_r=0___

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2014-08-15 03:59:45 (46 comments, 23 reshares, 103 +1s)

The steady backpedaling of denialists would be impressive, if it weren’t both pathetic and staggeringly harmful to all of our grandchildren.  Five years ago, the Fox-propelled cant was “the glaciers aren’t melting! They are advancing and we face a new Ice Age!”

Then came word that the US Navy is desperately playing catch-up in the Arctic as the Russians establish a dozen new bases to exploit the rapidly-melting icecap and Chinese freighters ply the Northwest Passage.  Films like CHASING ICE — which is fantastic, gorgeous, dramatic and stunning — show before your very eyes the steady retreat of the glaciers… and it comes down to every last one of them.

So, the next fall back position?  “It’s variability! There’s melting in the Arctic and the north, okay,  but cooling in the Antarctic!”

Um… no.  Fox glommed onto the fact that SNOWFALL has increasedat the south pole. And yes i... more »

The steady backpedaling of denialists would be impressive, if it weren’t both pathetic and staggeringly harmful to all of our grandchildren.  Five years ago, the Fox-propelled cant was “the glaciers aren’t melting! They are advancing and we face a new Ice Age!”

Then came word that the US Navy is desperately playing catch-up in the Arctic as the Russians establish a dozen new bases to exploit the rapidly-melting icecap and Chinese freighters ply the Northwest Passage.  Films like CHASING ICE — which is fantastic, gorgeous, dramatic and stunning — show before your very eyes the steady retreat of the glaciers… and it comes down to every last one of them.

So, the next fall back position?  “It’s variability! There’s melting in the Arctic and the north, okay,  but cooling in the Antarctic!”

Um… no.  Fox glommed onto the fact that SNOWFALL has increased at the south pole. And yes it has… because evaporation has increased in the surrounding antarctic seas — an absolute proved fact as they warm up and the Ross Ice Sheet melts and drifts away.  The snowfall is more evidence of global warming. Duh. So what’s next?

“Okay, it’s all melting, but it has nothing to do with CO2!"

Except, well, there's also this thing called worldwide oceanic acidification, in which Ph levels have fallen a whole tenth of a point, a staggering change that may lead to greater plunges that are already noticeably affecting fisheries across the globe.  The Ph change is absolute, clear, inarguable... and only one mechanism can POSSIBLY be responsible, carbonic acid derived from water-absorbed CO2, whose levels have been climbing rapidly due to human generated... yes... pollution.

Acidification is such a profound and total death slam that denialist cultists simply change the subject, as quickly as possible, pointing somewhere else and shouting "squirrel!"

But let's be clear. Let me paraphrase for you the current denialist catechism:

“Okay, it’s all melting, but it’s natural! So what if we are urged to take moderate precautions by 99% of those scientists who actually understand the Navier Stokes and gas balance and radiative transport equations and cellular automata atmospheric models, that have successfully simulated climate on six planets and transformed the old two hour weather report into a ten day marvel! ALL of those super-smart, highly competitive men and women are — in fact — herd-following lemmings! Dullard cowards, clutching teensy climate “grants.” (Even though almost no such “grants” actually exist, and Fox has never offered us a list of them to back up their claim.)

“In any event, it is far more plausible that ALL of the smart folks have conspired to spread alarmist nonsense… than that we might listen to experts and take reasonable, moderate precautions, just on the off chance that 99% of those who actually know something about all this might (maybe) have a clue.”

Does that just about sum it up? The “reasoning why denialists refuse even to negotiate mild increases in energy efficiency R&D, that would benefit us all, even if global warming proved to be a myth?  TWODA… Things We Ought to be Doing Anyway. Even if 99% of scientists are fools.

http://news.discovery.com/earth/global-warming/humans-are-to-blame-for-rapidly-melting-glaciers-140814.htm

Face it, you are cultists, boys. And when the world fills with climate refugees, we who tried will happily help those refugees move into your house.  You can keep the flooded doomsday prepper basement.___

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2014-08-14 23:03:47 (17 comments, 12 reshares, 53 +1s)

Computer vision is embedded in toilets, urinals, hand- wash faucets, as well as those domes in the ceilings that monitor you in buildings like banks and casinos (and soon everywhere.)  Sousveillance maven and Toronto professor Steve Mann has a fascinating paper describing methods to easily reveal the scanning field of such visual sensing systems.  

“Moving a wand through space, while tracking its exact 3D position in space, makes visible the otherwise invisible “rays of sight” that emenate from cameras. This capacity to sense, measure, and visualize vision, is useful in liability, insurance, safety, and risk assessment, as well as privacy/priveillance assessment, criminology, urban planning, design, and (sur/sous)veillance studies.”

http://www.cv-foundation.org//openaccess/content_cvpr_workshops_2014/W17/papers/Mann_The_Sightfield_Visualizing_2014_CVPR_paper.pdf

Computer vision is embedded in toilets, urinals, hand- wash faucets, as well as those domes in the ceilings that monitor you in buildings like banks and casinos (and soon everywhere.)  Sousveillance maven and Toronto professor Steve Mann has a fascinating paper describing methods to easily reveal the scanning field of such visual sensing systems.  

“Moving a wand through space, while tracking its exact 3D position in space, makes visible the otherwise invisible “rays of sight” that emenate from cameras. This capacity to sense, measure, and visualize vision, is useful in liability, insurance, safety, and risk assessment, as well as privacy/priveillance assessment, criminology, urban planning, design, and (sur/sous)veillance studies.”

http://www.cv-foundation.org//openaccess/content_cvpr_workshops_2014/W17/papers/Mann_The_Sightfield_Visualizing_2014_CVPR_paper.pdf___

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2014-08-14 16:45:11 (31 comments, 22 reshares, 93 +1s)

Here’s a somewhat too-radical but interesting essay about how the Confederacy lost phase one of the Civil War, in 1865, then won phase two with the collapse of Reconstruction and minority rights, in 1877. Indeed, things have swung back and forth, ever since, including the Civil Rights phase that was won by Blue America - finally crushing the vileness of segregation - but at a cost that resulted in the complete flip-reversal of the two US political parties.  In that light, today’s raging “culture war” is only the latest phase.

http://weeklysift.com/2014/08/11/not-a-tea-party-a-confederate-party/

Clearly the Tea Party is not heir to the 1776 Founders. Their romantic delusions about that Revolution are discussed elsewhere…

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-true-origins-of-american-revolution.html

… but the crux is clear; instead of wearingthree-corner... more »

Here’s a somewhat too-radical but interesting essay about how the Confederacy lost phase one of the Civil War, in 1865, then won phase two with the collapse of Reconstruction and minority rights, in 1877. Indeed, things have swung back and forth, ever since, including the Civil Rights phase that was won by Blue America - finally crushing the vileness of segregation - but at a cost that resulted in the complete flip-reversal of the two US political parties.  In that light, today’s raging “culture war” is only the latest phase.

http://weeklysift.com/2014/08/11/not-a-tea-party-a-confederate-party/

Clearly the Tea Party is not heir to the 1776 Founders. Their romantic delusions about that Revolution are discussed elsewhere…

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-true-origins-of-american-revolution.html

… but the crux is clear; instead of wearing three-cornered hats, our Tea Party neighbors should wear gray, for they are the neo-confederate party. In fact, more and more of them are realizing this.  Their devotion to the rising, worldwide oligarchy is identical to the feudal loyalty that their forebears gave to plantation lords. The aim - to tear down the future-oriented, change-welcoming, scientific and pragmatic Blue America, in order to replace it with classic nostalgia and feudal hierarchy - is identical to that of the southern tories who rode with Cornwallis and Tarleton.

My own, earlier take: The Civil War started in 1852, when waves of southern irregular cavalry began 8 years of violent raids into Northern states to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act. This was never the “war of northern aggression.” It was the diametric opposite. And it is time to re-learn the Battle Hymnn of the Republic.
 
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2013/02/past-keeping-faith-with-future-and-day.html___

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2014-08-14 04:20:33 (14 comments, 6 reshares, 44 +1s)

Going on vacation for a month, amid crises, the GOP House was already the laziest in the history of the Republic.  Now, after screeching about a few thousand children (as Obama strives to send at least half of them back home), the “representatives” have refused to provide any new funding to the Border Patrol or immigration courts to deal with the added work load.  Not one cent.

This perfectly fits what I predicted, in describing how both parties DO exactly the opposite of their reputations, when it comes to immigration... and maybe a dozen other issues -- like military readiness and fiscal responsibility.  If you believe one word these bozos ever say, you’ve settle what you are, and I have a bridge to sell you.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-deliver-another-self-inflicted-wound/2014/07/31/d78f131a-18e5-11e4-9e3b-7f2f110c6265_story.html
http:/... more »

Going on vacation for a month, amid crises, the GOP House was already the laziest in the history of the Republic.  Now, after screeching about a few thousand children (as Obama strives to send at least half of them back home), the “representatives” have refused to provide any new funding to the Border Patrol or immigration courts to deal with the added work load.  Not one cent.

This perfectly fits what I predicted, in describing how both parties DO exactly the opposite of their reputations, when it comes to immigration... and maybe a dozen other issues -- like military readiness and fiscal responsibility.  If you believe one word these bozos ever say, you’ve settle what you are, and I have a bridge to sell you.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-deliver-another-self-inflicted-wound/2014/07/31/d78f131a-18e5-11e4-9e3b-7f2f110c6265_story.html

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-immigration-fury-one-of-many.html___

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2014-08-13 20:17:59 (15 comments, 12 reshares, 33 +1s)

This news story is creepy-reminiscent of a classic story
"A Logic Named Joe" -- probably the most prescient fictional prediction of how computers would become ubiquitous personal assistants, used for well or ill.  The following is from real Life --

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2723786/College-student-accused-murder-asked-Siri-hide-body.html

Pedro Bravo, 20, stands accused of kidnapping and strangling his friend Christian Aguilar, 18, in September 2012 when they shared a room at the University of Florida. On 20 September 2012, Bravo told Apple's digital assistant Siri: 'I need to hide my roommate'. In response to this, Siri said: 'What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.'

See how this plays out in the short story, which truly was one of the few ever to conceive ubiquitous personalc... more »

This news story is creepy-reminiscent of a classic story
"A Logic Named Joe" -- probably the most prescient fictional prediction of how computers would become ubiquitous personal assistants, used for well or ill.  The following is from real Life --

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2723786/College-student-accused-murder-asked-Siri-hide-body.html

Pedro Bravo, 20, stands accused of kidnapping and strangling his friend Christian Aguilar, 18, in September 2012 when they shared a room at the University of Florida. On 20 September 2012, Bravo told Apple's digital assistant Siri: 'I need to hide my roommate'. In response to this, Siri said: 'What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps.'

See how this plays out in the short story, which truly was one of the few ever to conceive ubiquitous personal computing.
 http://www.baen.com/chapters/W200506/0743499107___2.htm___

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2014-08-12 20:16:35 (48 comments, 12 reshares, 72 +1s)

Paul Krugman is often on-target, though I suspect he kind of dumbs down his columns. In this case, he shows you examples of a fact that should be blatantly obvious to anyone with any sense… that the libertarian movement in America has been hijacked away from  its last anchors in reality and intellect.  Facts do not support the Randian agenda..

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/opinion/paul-krugman-the-libertarian-fantasy.html?_r=0

Yes, it’s a good piece, though Krugman is often more shallow than I'd hope from a Nobelist who reads sci fi.  There are more fundamental ways to undermine the grip of Rand-cultism, by appealing to what libertarianism should be about... competition.  The most creative force in the universe — when it is flat-open-fair and transparent, and when the players (as recommended by Adam Smith) are not rentier-oligarchs, but companies and entrepreneurs whoare small... more »

Paul Krugman is often on-target, though I suspect he kind of dumbs down his columns. In this case, he shows you examples of a fact that should be blatantly obvious to anyone with any sense… that the libertarian movement in America has been hijacked away from  its last anchors in reality and intellect.  Facts do not support the Randian agenda..

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/opinion/paul-krugman-the-libertarian-fantasy.html?_r=0

Yes, it’s a good piece, though Krugman is often more shallow than I'd hope from a Nobelist who reads sci fi.  There are more fundamental ways to undermine the grip of Rand-cultism, by appealing to what libertarianism should be about... competition.  The most creative force in the universe — when it is flat-open-fair and transparent, and when the players (as recommended by Adam Smith) are not rentier-oligarchs, but companies and entrepreneurs who are small-enough-to-fail… and to start over and over and over again with fresh ideas.

Paul Krugman is in a perfect position to accomplish what I cannot (though I’ve tried.)  Getting liberals (not leftists) to rediscover the founder of their movement — Adam Smith — who know that oligarchy has always been far worse an enemy of enterprise than civil servant regulators ever were.  

Yes, libertarians should criticize bureaucracy!  That’s their role and it’s an important one — that they are currently failing! Because they have allowed themselves to become oligarchy’s tools, devoid of common sense.

See “Liberals rediscover Adam Smith!” http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2013/11/liberals-you-must-reclaim-adam-smith.html___

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2014-08-12 19:25:54 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)

An interesting look at the plans of Bigelow Aerospace to create whole space stations….
http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/08/bigelow-aerospace-is-hiring-and.html
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An interesting look at the plans of Bigelow Aerospace to create whole space stations….
http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/08/bigelow-aerospace-is-hiring-and.html
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2014-08-12 03:41:56 (13 comments, 3 reshares, 30 +1s)

A Quora question I was recently asked: "Which historical figure is least recognized for having caused a tremendous amount of harm, and what harm did they do?"

Here's a stab at it.

Crassus helped destroy the Roman Assemblies, which till then had balanced the Patrician Senate, keeping Rome a vibrant and middle class society. He also crushed Spartacus, instead of reforming slavery, which would have ended the revolt.

La Malinche is well-known down south but most Anglos are unaware of how many native Americans died because she helped Cortez.

In 1424, the Yongle Emperor died. He had been a Chinese exception, outward-looking and progressive, he supported the ambitious voyages of Admiral Zheng He. His successor, the Hongxi Emperor (r. 1424–1425), stopped those voyages which, if they had continued, might have sailed into Lisbon Harbor while Prince Henry theN... more »

A Quora question I was recently asked: "Which historical figure is least recognized for having caused a tremendous amount of harm, and what harm did they do?"

Here's a stab at it.

Crassus helped destroy the Roman Assemblies, which till then had balanced the Patrician Senate, keeping Rome a vibrant and middle class society. He also crushed Spartacus, instead of reforming slavery, which would have ended the revolt.

La Malinche is well-known down south but most Anglos are unaware of how many native Americans died because she helped Cortez.

In 1424, the Yongle Emperor died. He had been a Chinese exception, outward-looking and progressive, he supported the ambitious voyages of Admiral Zheng He. His successor, the Hongxi Emperor (r. 1424–1425), stopped those voyages which, if they had continued, might have sailed into Lisbon Harbor while Prince Henry the Navigator was in knee pants.

Andrew Jackson is on our $20 bill.  He managed to delay the Civil War by 30 years and that makes up for the fact that he was a wretched man who did terrible harm to US governance and betrayed his Cherokee friends.  

I could go on.

http://www.quora.com/Which-historical-figure-is-least-recognized-for-having-caused-a-tremendous-amount-of-harm-and-what-harm-did-they-do?__snids__=594756000&__nsrc__=4

Some of the other answers are good, though.___

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2014-08-12 03:29:47 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)


Here’s an algorithm that could use Facebook Likes alone to reliably determine six million users’ private traits like their sexual orientation, IQ, religious beliefs, life satisfaction, and personality traits—even when the Likes seemingly had nothing to do with the traits in question.  Do not get outraged.  This is absolutely inevitable!  What you can do is shift your passion over to sousveillance.

 http://www.socialcalculations.com/#sthash.X3iiCDXq.dpuf


Here’s an algorithm that could use Facebook Likes alone to reliably determine six million users’ private traits like their sexual orientation, IQ, religious beliefs, life satisfaction, and personality traits—even when the Likes seemingly had nothing to do with the traits in question.  Do not get outraged.  This is absolutely inevitable!  What you can do is shift your passion over to sousveillance.

 http://www.socialcalculations.com/#sthash.X3iiCDXq.dpuf___

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2014-08-11 20:11:41 (27 comments, 11 reshares, 106 +1s)

Just saw LUCY with my family Friday night.  Now, first off, I am a Luc Besson fan — though I always make sure to tune down my IQ and mental age dials, whenever I go to see one of his films.   I did that for LUCY and was rewarded by having a very good time.  Though on this occasion… alas… well, this film was kind of tragic, because the IQ downshift should not have been necessary!  Look, I am not looking for something as deeply thought provoking as Leslie Dixon's wondrous screenplay for LIMITLESS...

... but just five minutes of dialogue-doctoring could have shifted LUCY's “we use just 10% of our brains" howler (that offended so many) into some much more plausible-sounding blather that we could more-easily shrug off.  A little work with some sober science-advisers and hard SF idea guys could have soothed you nerds out there enough to make this film a real success.Likewise, som... more »

Just saw LUCY with my family Friday night.  Now, first off, I am a Luc Besson fan — though I always make sure to tune down my IQ and mental age dials, whenever I go to see one of his films.   I did that for LUCY and was rewarded by having a very good time.  Though on this occasion… alas… well, this film was kind of tragic, because the IQ downshift should not have been necessary!  Look, I am not looking for something as deeply thought provoking as Leslie Dixon's wondrous screenplay for LIMITLESS...

... but just five minutes of dialogue-doctoring could have shifted LUCY's “we use just 10% of our brains" howler (that offended so many) into some much more plausible-sounding blather that we could more-easily shrug off.  A little work with some sober science-advisers and hard SF idea guys could have soothed you nerds out there enough to make this film a real success. Likewise, some of the most "magical" scenes could so easily have been replaced with equally cool tech-manipupation stuff.

Having said that... LUCY has many moving and thoughtful scenes, along with gobs of Luc Besson's trademark fun. And it does not go for the cheap idiot plot that is so common these days -- that all our human institutions, neighbors and professionals are useless fools.  Indeed, most are portrayed here as fairly smart and trying very hard.

Especially, in the penultimate scene, when Morgan Freeman holds the super USB drive containing… well… no spoiler. But it represents a notion that is unabashedly Faustian and friendly to unlimited human ambition.  That is refreshing, compared to the cliched, Crichtonian-nostalgic rant against science that pervades most media.  I saw this also in the lovely-gentle film HER.

The crux? I found myself won over more than I expected to be.  Many good aspects of the film far outweighed howlers — like the ditzy villains. This is what Luc Besson does. As in The Fifth Element, this film is like a golden retriever who jumps on your lap and licks your face and pours love all over you until you surrender.___

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