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Emerging Futures, What's Next?0When I asked @102654116826368353784 (The former head of product experience and a founding team of Google X, creator of Glass and the driveless car) to join me on a hangout and talk about the future of things.. how will technology affect our lives..robots and the likes, he asked: what for? Why don't we talk about practical solutions to today's most urgent problems? And you know my respect for the guy that was already way up there, just increased 100 times more. So join us as we talk with one of the smartest in the world, about *moving from the world we have to discovering and creating the world we want together.* So what will we talk about... ✓   Anything from Google X... ✓   Building companies, creating a product and selling it in 48 hours               (yes, he does that!)... ✓   Going deep on global challenges and/or technology shifts ✓   Understanding whether you are working from your highest point of              leverage ✓    Learning to see sales as service ✓    Having your identity be a verb instead of a noun *Who's Tom Chi...* Tom Chi has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services. He's play's a significant role in established projects with global reach (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users). Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and leadership that can jumpstart innovative new ideas as well as move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. These approaches have benefited over a dozen industry-leading companies. He most recently served as head of product experience at Google X developing technology such as Google Glass and Google's self-driving cars. His current focus is delving into human development issues with social entrepreneurs around the globe, rebooting the fundamental frameworks of entrepreneurship itself, and teaching a limited number of workshops to select organizations. http://about.me/thegoodtomchi ---------------------------------- Join us to speak with one of the smartest people around about the world we want and can create. And bring 2-3 friends. ------------------------- #hangoutsonair   #googlex   #tomchi   #googleglass   #drivelesscar   #googlecar   #technology   #innovation   #humandevelopment  Tom Chi on Practical World Changing Ideas.2015-01-27 03:00:00340  
Science on Google+650,163Please join us for a collaborative Hangout On Air with Autism Brainstorm (http://goo.gl/HO5LZL). We will be discussing current research in Autism and Autism Education, as well as the protein biomarkers associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Topics:  1) Lead by Dr. +Stephen Shore:   *Research in Comparative Approaches to Autism Education with special emphasis on the Miller Method®.* Dr. Shore will be joined by Ethan Miller and Amir Naimov for discussion and Q&A. 2) Lead by +John Elder Robison:   *Current research topic(s) being considered by IACC* (The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee  is a Federal advisory committee charged with coordinating all activities concerning autism spectrum disorder within the U.S. 3) Lead by Dr. +Alisa Woods:  *Protein Biomarkers and Autism Spectrum Disorders* *PDF LINKS:* Dr. Stephen Shore Dissertation: Comparative Approaches to Autism Education: http://goo.gl/lnqpxb Dr. Stephen Shore: ICDL The Miller Method: http://goo.gl/X6XQoq John Elder Robison: Scholar in Residence at William And Mary: http://goo.gl/QPxtLH  John Elder Robison: IACC Government Strategic Plan for Autism Research: http://goo.gl/reBc9a Dr. Alisa G Woods: Treating Clients with AS and ASD: http://goo.gl/175424 Dr. Alisa G Woods: Proteomics and Cholesterol in Autism: http://goo.gl/SklhcL *Dr. Stephen Shore:* Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his books Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies., and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome. President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, United States Autism and Asperger Association, and other autism related organizations.  Dr. Shore is on the advisory board of AUTISM BRAINSTORM and is the primary autism education advisor. He frequently participates in Google Hangout events hosted by AUTISM BRAINSTORM. education.adelphi.edu/profile/steven-shore www.autismasperger.net  *John Elder Robison:* Self Advocate, Parent and Author, Mr. John Elder Robison joined the IACC as a public member in 2012. Mr. Robison is an Aspergian who grAutism Brainstorm and Science On Google+ Collaborative Hangout On Air2013-12-10 04:00:0088  

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2015-07-06 22:24:28 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I just subscribed to +Netflix for the first time, so I could watch Sense8.  1) Netflix doesn't work on Linux.  *hiss* I have to watch it in a virtual machine, which detracts from its effectiveness.  Also, there are no downloads, so I have to suffer occasional glitches for buffering, which I heartily despise.  Yet...
2) Sense8 looks really good after the first episode.  Still more violent than the old Tomorrow People, but awakened telepathic contact seems to coincide so far with people becoming more compassionately involved with their surroundings.  I'm hopeful and will keep watching.

Most reshares: 1

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2015-08-12 03:58:46 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Interesting.  I haven't heard of "Constructor Theory" previously.  This story is a plain-English description of a new physics theory that encompasses information theory too.  (quibble: the author misuses "exponent". should be "proponent".  otherwise a good read.)

Most plusones: 9

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2015-02-13 14:12:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Guess he just had to try. 

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2015-08-23 17:09:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Wait, Misha Collins was in town?  Uncool, Minneapolis.  Very uncool.

Wait, Misha Collins was in town?  Uncool, Minneapolis.  Very uncool.___

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2015-08-18 22:32:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For Minnesota residents: We do a decent job of avoiding ancient carbon fuel sources, but nearly half of our electricity is still generated with coal. The +Union of Concerned Scientists has a petition to Xcel to ensure they don't forget that we still intend to stop contributing to greenhouse gases.

"Every two years, utilities in Minnesota are required to submit a plan to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on how they'll source their energy. While Xcel Energy submitted plans to increase investment in wind and solar energy, unfortunately they also plan to continue burning coal and polluting our air for at least the next 15 years. Using the same data analysis methods as Xcel, a coalition of clean energy organizations submitted a Clean Energy Plan—as an alternative to Xcel's plan—for consideration by the commission. The plan shows how Xcel can retire two coal-burning unitsat ... more »

For Minnesota residents: We do a decent job of avoiding ancient carbon fuel sources, but nearly half of our electricity is still generated with coal. The +Union of Concerned Scientists has a petition to Xcel to ensure they don't forget that we still intend to stop contributing to greenhouse gases.

"Every two years, utilities in Minnesota are required to submit a plan to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on how they'll source their energy. While Xcel Energy submitted plans to increase investment in wind and solar energy, unfortunately they also plan to continue burning coal and polluting our air for at least the next 15 years. Using the same data analysis methods as Xcel, a coalition of clean energy organizations submitted a Clean Energy Plan—as an alternative to Xcel's plan—for consideration by the commission. The plan shows how Xcel can retire two coal-burning units at the Sherco power plant, in Sherburne County, that together make up the largest source of global warming and mercury emissions in Minnesota."___

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2015-08-17 15:09:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Something else that +David Rust could do with those fresh tomatoes.

Another simple, brilliant and totally delicious ‪#‎MeatFreeMonday‬ recipe from +Jamie Oliver.

Get the recipe at: http://jamieol.com/ZV8Hfj___Something else that +David Rust could do with those fresh tomatoes.

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2015-08-15 14:58:37 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Do I Sound Gay?" is a much better movie than I was expecting.   It delves into linguistics, psychology, history, and culture in equal measure.  It's showing here only for a week, so see it while you have the chance.

My former database administrator from 15 years ago took me to it.  She said there were some parts that "went a bit over my head but you and the other guys laughed so it must have been on the mark".  Did you know that many male actors (gay or straight) go to specialists who help them sound "less gay"?  We left the theater and continued talking about it for many minutes.  It leaves a lot to ponder.  Not a documentary, but more an investigation.

#DoISoundGay  

"Do I Sound Gay?" is a much better movie than I was expecting.   It delves into linguistics, psychology, history, and culture in equal measure.  It's showing here only for a week, so see it while you have the chance.

My former database administrator from 15 years ago took me to it.  She said there were some parts that "went a bit over my head but you and the other guys laughed so it must have been on the mark".  Did you know that many male actors (gay or straight) go to specialists who help them sound "less gay"?  We left the theater and continued talking about it for many minutes.  It leaves a lot to ponder.  Not a documentary, but more an investigation.

#DoISoundGay  ___

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2015-08-12 03:58:46 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Interesting.  I haven't heard of "Constructor Theory" previously.  This story is a plain-English description of a new physics theory that encompasses information theory too.  (quibble: the author misuses "exponent". should be "proponent".  otherwise a good read.)

Interesting.  I haven't heard of "Constructor Theory" previously.  This story is a plain-English description of a new physics theory that encompasses information theory too.  (quibble: the author misuses "exponent". should be "proponent".  otherwise a good read.)___

2015-08-10 20:25:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Does anyone here know how I can find information on an antique book?  My mother held this old book through family inheritance, and she passed it along to me this month.

Unfortunately, the first few pages are gone, so my metadata is quite limited.  The author "J. H. Ingraham" died in 1860, but the publisher "Hurst & Co" (printed on the spine) operated 1871-1919.  The title is "Prince of the House of David", and the cover image shows a pale woman with long dark hair and an ornament of pale flowers over her left ear.  Any clues when this thing was published?  Sadly, the first page remaining in the book picks up mid-sentence on page 5 of the Introduction section.

I've tried various kinds of google searches and publisher site searches, but I can't find this particular edition anywhere.

Does anyone here know how I can find information on an antique book?  My mother held this old book through family inheritance, and she passed it along to me this month.

Unfortunately, the first few pages are gone, so my metadata is quite limited.  The author "J. H. Ingraham" died in 1860, but the publisher "Hurst & Co" (printed on the spine) operated 1871-1919.  The title is "Prince of the House of David", and the cover image shows a pale woman with long dark hair and an ornament of pale flowers over her left ear.  Any clues when this thing was published?  Sadly, the first page remaining in the book picks up mid-sentence on page 5 of the Introduction section.

I've tried various kinds of google searches and publisher site searches, but I can't find this particular edition anywhere.___

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2015-08-08 18:42:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Here's a very brief sample of ship combat damage from Star Citizen, a crowdfunded sci-fi game (still in development) that I frequently tell people about.  This gif shows off the ship damage system, leaving entire sections of recognizable hull floating in space.  This detail will be available for all ships (player or NPC) in the final game.  The ship ramming is a wee bit unrealistic (bouncing off the shields unharmed), but otherwise a decent action sequence.

Someone created a gif of the Constellation ship explosion from the Gamescon 2015 presentation.  It seems to show us some of the nice work on the damage system after "full damage" is achieved.  :)

I think it was user BabylonV from the RSI forum who created this nice gif.  If you view the original 5-hour video, you'll find this action sequence at 3:09:00.  I've uploaded the gif here for convenient viewing.  It's 49MB.___Here's a very brief sample of ship combat damage from Star Citizen, a crowdfunded sci-fi game (still in development) that I frequently tell people about.  This gif shows off the ship damage system, leaving entire sections of recognizable hull floating in space.  This detail will be available for all ships (player or NPC) in the final game.  The ship ramming is a wee bit unrealistic (bouncing off the shields unharmed), but otherwise a decent action sequence.

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2015-08-06 01:52:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I like it when data is beautiful.  (And I figure +Michael Vieths can appreciate this particular story on multiple levels.)

Your hellish commute has never looked so pretty.___I like it when data is beautiful.  (And I figure +Michael Vieths can appreciate this particular story on multiple levels.)

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2015-07-31 02:25:32 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Yes, I want to switch to Windows 10 at work.  At home, however, I have no desire at all to leave Linux Mint / Cinnamon.  The only thing I miss is PowerShell.

What linux users feel these days.___Yes, I want to switch to Windows 10 at work.  At home, however, I have no desire at all to leave Linux Mint / Cinnamon.  The only thing I miss is PowerShell.

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2015-07-23 13:01:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Interesting.  Could computers operate without generating heat?  Maybe, if they used electrons that were able to flow without traditional resistance.

Massless fermion with simultaneously left and right spin. Yes, this is weird. 


http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S43/64/59M11/index.xml?section=topstories___Interesting.  Could computers operate without generating heat?  Maybe, if they used electrons that were able to flow without traditional resistance.

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2015-07-23 03:07:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

It shouldn't even be a thing.  I'm willing to call these people casualties of memetic infection, so when is #DeathByPolice going to show up on the +Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  morbidity and mortality report?

#database   #thecounted   #january2015   #july2015  

You can also send data/ information/ photos to them.___It shouldn't even be a thing.  I'm willing to call these people casualties of memetic infection, so when is #DeathByPolice going to show up on the +Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  morbidity and mortality report?

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2015-07-21 12:10:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Another good development from the science department.  We may have found a potential cure for prion diseases.

Exciting news in the world of brain diseases

Degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, CJB etc share something in common. Misfolded proteins clog up the brains and kill neurons. This leads to the classic of memory and cognition degradation and ever worsening motor control issues. 

Nasty stuff indeed so any news is of interest and this is a real doozy.

A new drug has been developed that 'eats' these misfolded proteins and in a mouse test it cleared up the protein plagues and improved the memories and cognitive abilities.

The slightly weird bit is this drug is derived from a bacteriophage, a virus that infects and replicates inside bacteria, and it was discovered in sewage. 

It it is approved for clinical testing we might see human trials next year. Mice a quite different from people of course but we hope it goes well. Regardless the new understanding the drug has brought will push research into new and interesting ways.


https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27921-universal-plaque-busting-drug-could-treat-various-brain-diseases/___Another good development from the science department.  We may have found a potential cure for prion diseases.

2015-07-16 00:05:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Today was interesting. I managed to correctly identify a truly bizarre issue with a multifunction printer.  It turned out, the printer lost the ability to auto-negotiate network speed.  I manually assigned a speed (100Mb Full duplex), and it magically worked again.  Yay!

I drove from Minneapolis to Duluth to troubleshoot 3 separate networking issues after their building was struck by lightning.  I'm guessing the strike touched the electrical grid but induced a spike in the neighboring ethernet cables, so different network pieces got hurt.

The other 2 ethernet issues had different underlying problems: 1 bad port on external dock, and 1 bad ethernet on laptop.  They had been relying on wireless and USB sneakernet, but they'll be back to normal soon.  At least they can print normally again.  :)

Today was interesting. I managed to correctly identify a truly bizarre issue with a multifunction printer.  It turned out, the printer lost the ability to auto-negotiate network speed.  I manually assigned a speed (100Mb Full duplex), and it magically worked again.  Yay!

I drove from Minneapolis to Duluth to troubleshoot 3 separate networking issues after their building was struck by lightning.  I'm guessing the strike touched the electrical grid but induced a spike in the neighboring ethernet cables, so different network pieces got hurt.

The other 2 ethernet issues had different underlying problems: 1 bad port on external dock, and 1 bad ethernet on laptop.  They had been relying on wireless and USB sneakernet, but they'll be back to normal soon.  At least they can print normally again.  :)___

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2015-07-13 22:00:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A few minutes ago, I saw a +Centurylink van working at an intersection about a mile from where I live.  I hope they're bringing fiber to this area of ageing tech infrastructure north of Minneapolis.  Comcast tv cable service gets flaky when the temps hit -15F (-26C) in winter; I'd be happy to ditch it for +Netflix with fiber.

Comcast’s Gigabit Pro service promises speeds of up to two gigabits per second -- but it's pretty pricey.___A few minutes ago, I saw a +Centurylink van working at an intersection about a mile from where I live.  I hope they're bringing fiber to this area of ageing tech infrastructure north of Minneapolis.  Comcast tv cable service gets flaky when the temps hit -15F (-26C) in winter; I'd be happy to ditch it for +Netflix with fiber.

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2015-07-12 20:24:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It would certainly be the case if I left my door open at night.  I keep my door closed at night, so she gets this entertainment done during the day.  She finds other ways to wake/annoy me at 4am.

That's what my 3 cats do... I hate that!!___It would certainly be the case if I left my door open at night.  I keep my door closed at night, so she gets this entertainment done during the day.  She finds other ways to wake/annoy me at 4am.

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2015-07-10 19:51:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Another tech breakthrough.  I'm looking forward to its practical application.

Pretty cool.  Your immune system is about to get a huge upgrade.___Another tech breakthrough.  I'm looking forward to its practical application.

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2015-07-09 12:32:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

For locals in the Twin Cities: I'm going tonight to see an old Charlie Chaplin classic film.  You've maybe watched the inspiring speech from the end of the movie on YouTube, but now is a chance to see the whole film.  Serious topic, but with the usual humor expected of a Charlie Chaplin film.

For locals in the Twin Cities: I'm going tonight to see an old Charlie Chaplin classic film.  You've maybe watched the inspiring speech from the end of the movie on YouTube, but now is a chance to see the whole film.  Serious topic, but with the usual humor expected of a Charlie Chaplin film.___

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2015-07-09 12:09:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Good news for chip design.  After seeming to stall for a while, they're finally going to get smaller.

IBM, ultraviolet, and small transistors

Back in the olden days when I started with computers CPUs were manufactured at a 1.5 µm process. 1,500 nanometers. A massive improvement from the 12,000 nanometer process being used in the 70s. In October 1999 the intel Coppermine E chip using the latest 180 nanometer process was released. Sweet.

The reason we desire for ever smaller transistors is they bring the benefits of reduced power consumption, improved performance, and more chips fit on a wafer.

Through the 90s as features on computer chips steadily shrunk people began to worry about the limits of just how small we could go. In 1997 there was an article in the New York Times titled "Incredible Shrinking Transistor Nears Its Ultimate Limit: The Laws of Physics". People predicted we were already half way along to meeting this fundamental roadblock.

A 2008 article on Geek.com suggested that trying to shrink under 22 nanometers would be problematic because at the atomic level quantum effects would mean you can't really be sure where your electron actually is.

Progress marches on though. The Apple A8 chip in your phone is made with a 20 nanometer process. CPUs in desktops and servers are made on an incredibly tiny 14 nanometer process.

IBM just smashed that. Along with partners they made a fully working chip created with a 7 nanometer extreme ultraviolet lithography process. 

Chips like this one will be in devices sometime in the 2017-2018 timeframe.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/09/ibm_cracks_7nm_barrier/___Good news for chip design.  After seeming to stall for a while, they're finally going to get smaller.

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2015-07-06 22:24:28 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I just subscribed to +Netflix for the first time, so I could watch Sense8.  1) Netflix doesn't work on Linux.  *hiss* I have to watch it in a virtual machine, which detracts from its effectiveness.  Also, there are no downloads, so I have to suffer occasional glitches for buffering, which I heartily despise.  Yet...
2) Sense8 looks really good after the first episode.  Still more violent than the old Tomorrow People, but awakened telepathic contact seems to coincide so far with people becoming more compassionately involved with their surroundings.  I'm hopeful and will keep watching.

I just subscribed to +Netflix for the first time, so I could watch Sense8.  1) Netflix doesn't work on Linux.  *hiss* I have to watch it in a virtual machine, which detracts from its effectiveness.  Also, there are no downloads, so I have to suffer occasional glitches for buffering, which I heartily despise.  Yet...
2) Sense8 looks really good after the first episode.  Still more violent than the old Tomorrow People, but awakened telepathic contact seems to coincide so far with people becoming more compassionately involved with their surroundings.  I'm hopeful and will keep watching.___

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2015-06-29 15:13:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

So did anyone else see Humans last night on tv?  I think it has more potential than all of the SyFy series I had been watching.  (SyFy gave up on sci-fi for a few years, and I think that decision will plague them now that other channels have learned how to do it better.)  Where is the +Nerdist with a new after-show show?
#HumansAMC

So did anyone else see Humans last night on tv?  I think it has more potential than all of the SyFy series I had been watching.  (SyFy gave up on sci-fi for a few years, and I think that decision will plague them now that other channels have learned how to do it better.)  Where is the +Nerdist with a new after-show show?
#HumansAMC___

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2015-06-29 01:26:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I enjoy seeing technology in a different perspective.

Here's a comparison of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs in a scanning electron microscope. Same scale for each.___I enjoy seeing technology in a different perspective.

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2015-06-26 20:04:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Sometimes pictures are better than words.  I'll keep collecting cool images here in this blog post for today's historic ruling.
#LoveWins  

Sometimes pictures are better than words.  I'll keep collecting cool images here in this blog post for today's historic ruling.
#LoveWins  ___

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2015-06-26 17:35:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

For those in the Twin Cities with a political bent.  You can't change history, and I'm willing to challenge attempts to whitewash the past, but I also support avoiding accolades for the losers who oppose raising sociopolitical standards.

For those in the Twin Cities with a political bent.  You can't change history, and I'm willing to challenge attempts to whitewash the past, but I also support avoiding accolades for the losers who oppose raising sociopolitical standards.___

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2015-06-20 07:01:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Happy, happy, joy, joy.

Happy, happy, joy, joy.___

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2015-06-14 23:46:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Ah, the Amiga.  It's still my favorite computer.  (Although BeOS is my favorite operating system.)

An '80s-era Amiga controls the heating for an entire school district___Ah, the Amiga.  It's still my favorite computer.  (Although BeOS is my favorite operating system.)

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2015-06-14 16:54:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So does anyone else play +Rift+?  I'd be happy to introduce you to the world.  I don't currently know anyone else who plays, so I tend to solo everything that I can.

So does anyone else play +Rift+?  I'd be happy to introduce you to the world.  I don't currently know anyone else who plays, so I tend to solo everything that I can.___

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2015-06-11 12:52:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I feel completely justified in not owning a smartphone yet.  I also see people with "an attention span less than that of a goldfish”.  But I also enjoy long game sessions, including turn-based strategy games which fit more into the "puzzle" category.

I feel completely justified in not owning a smartphone yet.  I also see people with "an attention span less than that of a goldfish”.  But I also enjoy long game sessions, including turn-based strategy games which fit more into the "puzzle" category.___

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2015-06-06 18:19:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A rare mini-vacation for me.  Links in this post include video for penguin feeding, a peacock call, and two prairie dogs introducing themselves to each other.

I made the visit while on my way to Nebraska City for a retreat with a few other +The Nature Conservancy employees, an event paid by the generous John Norris and Terry Norris.  I talked with them during breakfast on Wednesday morning, although I didn't know their contribution at the time.

A rare mini-vacation for me.  Links in this post include video for penguin feeding, a peacock call, and two prairie dogs introducing themselves to each other.

I made the visit while on my way to Nebraska City for a retreat with a few other +The Nature Conservancy employees, an event paid by the generous John Norris and Terry Norris.  I talked with them during breakfast on Wednesday morning, although I didn't know their contribution at the time.___

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2015-05-31 17:39:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I was one of the thousands outside, listening by loudspeaker even though we couldn't see Bernie inside.  I'm convinced he can win both the candidacy and the presidency.

I delayed my road trip to Nebraska for this event.  I'm happy that I did.  But now I need to get on the road so I can spend next week at a conference for work.  See y'all next week.

#BernieSanders #Sanders2016 #Election2016 #Democrats #Minneapolis

I was one of the thousands outside, listening by loudspeaker even though we couldn't see Bernie inside.  I'm convinced he can win both the candidacy and the presidency.

I delayed my road trip to Nebraska for this event.  I'm happy that I did.  But now I need to get on the road so I can spend next week at a conference for work.  See y'all next week.

#BernieSanders #Sanders2016 #Election2016 #Democrats #Minneapolis___

2015-05-28 12:41:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

So many people RSVPd that they had to change to a larger venue.  Bernie Sanders is coming to Minneapolis on Sunday morning at the American Indian Center.  I'm postponing my travel plans so I can be there.  :)
#BernieSanders #Sanders2016 #Election2016 #Democrats #Minneapolis  

So many people RSVPd that they had to change to a larger venue.  Bernie Sanders is coming to Minneapolis on Sunday morning at the American Indian Center.  I'm postponing my travel plans so I can be there.  :)
#BernieSanders #Sanders2016 #Election2016 #Democrats #Minneapolis  ___

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2015-05-13 01:37:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

An interesting critique.  It starts out boring with outright admitted "snobbery", and it temps you to skip to the last paragraphs, but the long read does become worthwhile as the argument develops.

"It kills me that I am so bothered by this. I understand that these movies are power fantasies for nine-year-olds: At the end of the day, accepting that they’re stupid is probably smarter than wishing for them to be smart. But this is the epicenter of pop culture."

TL;DR: Marvel has become George Lucas.

The problems with Marvel’s storytelling will be the problems of narrative storytelling for the foreseeable future.___An interesting critique.  It starts out boring with outright admitted "snobbery", and it temps you to skip to the last paragraphs, but the long read does become worthwhile as the argument develops.

"It kills me that I am so bothered by this. I understand that these movies are power fantasies for nine-year-olds: At the end of the day, accepting that they’re stupid is probably smarter than wishing for them to be smart. But this is the epicenter of pop culture."

TL;DR: Marvel has become George Lucas.

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2015-05-11 01:33:47 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The DVD drive I bought in 2008 seems to be having issues.  I guess it's time to upgrade finally.  Does anyone have suggestions for a do-everything internal sata drive?  This one seems to cover all the bases, including blu-ray.  Blu-ray is still the best movie format these days, isn't it?  Or have we reached the point of a new contender that I haven't heard of yet?

The DVD drive I bought in 2008 seems to be having issues.  I guess it's time to upgrade finally.  Does anyone have suggestions for a do-everything internal sata drive?  This one seems to cover all the bases, including blu-ray.  Blu-ray is still the best movie format these days, isn't it?  Or have we reached the point of a new contender that I haven't heard of yet?___

2015-05-08 19:27:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Gross update: She siphoned junk out of my sinuses that clogged her machine this morning.  I'm hoping that's all of it, so this infection will finally subside.

Gross update: She siphoned junk out of my sinuses that clogged her machine this morning.  I'm hoping that's all of it, so this infection will finally subside.___

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2015-05-06 13:59:44 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Meat suits are a bad idea.  Where is that mind upload process that science fiction promised?  I volunteer.

Meat suits are a bad idea.  Where is that mind upload process that science fiction promised?  I volunteer.___

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2015-05-05 12:42:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting study (and not just because I work in the #2 city).  "Among the nation’s 100 largest counties, the one where children face the worst odds of escaping poverty is the city of Baltimore, the study found."
http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/

An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Paths Out of Poverty
This is hugely compelling evidence that upward mobility -- the ability of someone to improve his social and economic situation -- depends significantly on his surroundings. Children who moved out of low-income neighborhoods had markedly improved outcomes later in life, above and beyond other factors like race, ethnicity, or gender. This is why we must do two things: (A) Continue to improve low-income, unstable neighborhoods, and (B) enhance the ability of people to find good, affordable housing in already stable and supportive neighborhoods. It also illustrates the fact that this is not a one-generation "fix"...it can take several generations for families that move to achieve incomes comparable to those who've lived in wealthier neighborhoods for generations.

Here's the NY Times article:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/upshot/an-atlas-of-upward-mobility-shows-paths-out-of-poverty.html

And here's the website of the Equality of Opportunity research project, which performed the research: http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/___An interesting study (and not just because I work in the #2 city).  "Among the nation’s 100 largest counties, the one where children face the worst odds of escaping poverty is the city of Baltimore, the study found."
http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/

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2015-05-03 23:21:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

You might think the title is for a satire story, but notice that it comes from +NPR.  #TheStupidItBurns   I've said that the USA needs to end its civil war once and for all, so let's demand that the south secede already. This is why we can't have nice things in our country. #USAneedstosplit  

You might think the title is for a satire story, but notice that it comes from +NPR.  #TheStupidItBurns   I've said that the USA needs to end its civil war once and for all, so let's demand that the south secede already. This is why we can't have nice things in our country. #USAneedstosplit  ___

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2015-04-30 21:53:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'll be giving a PowerShell presentation on May 12th here in the Twin Cities at +Target headquarters.  Learn how to write a script that does nothing.  LOL!  But does it very well.  ;)
#powershell

I'll be giving a PowerShell presentation on May 12th here in the Twin Cities at +Target headquarters.  Learn how to write a script that does nothing.  LOL!  But does it very well.  ;)
#powershell___

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2015-04-30 21:44:19 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Here's all of the footage that I took at the Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis yesterday.  It was very well attended (>1,000) and unusually pale (>85% caucasian).  My coworkers told me today that they saw me in cameo on CBS WCCO 6pm news (link in post). #BlackLivesMatter  

Here's all of the footage that I took at the Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis yesterday.  It was very well attended (>1,000) and unusually pale (>85% caucasian).  My coworkers told me today that they saw me in cameo on CBS WCCO 6pm news (link in post). #BlackLivesMatter  ___

2015-04-28 22:36:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Another interesting take on current events.  Not an exact equivalent, but hopefully it's wrong in a sufficiently interesting way to get people thinking.

Another interesting take on current events.  Not an exact equivalent, but hopefully it's wrong in a sufficiently interesting way to get people thinking.___

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2015-04-28 22:14:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'll be leaving work early tomorrow (more precisely, the office is shutting down early since the event begins at our front door) to join the protest in Minneapolis.  I'll be wearing my familiar Occupy outfit with belt-attached camera bag.  I hope some of you can join too.  #BlackLivesMatter  

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/04/28/blacklivesmatter-protest-planned-for-wednesday-in-minneapolis/

I'll be leaving work early tomorrow (more precisely, the office is shutting down early since the event begins at our front door) to join the protest in Minneapolis.  I'll be wearing my familiar Occupy outfit with belt-attached camera bag.  I hope some of you can join too.  #BlackLivesMatter  

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/04/28/blacklivesmatter-protest-planned-for-wednesday-in-minneapolis/___

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2015-04-13 15:50:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Cities from Minneapolis to Fargo experience a greater range of temperatures than anywhere else in the United States.  I watched snowfall on Friday then went gardening on Saturday.

Cities from Minneapolis to Fargo experience a greater range of temperatures than anywhere else in the United States.  I watched snowfall on Friday then went gardening on Saturday.___

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2015-04-06 15:52:27 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

+Wil Wheaton does the voice acting (dungeon master narration) for the new #DDO (+Dungeons & Dragons Online) update that's being released this morning.  It features the Temple Of Elemental Evil.  If anyone wants to join me, come to the Thelanis server and send mail to Therri.

I've recently come back to this game after an absence of about 8 years, and I'm enjoying the changes that they've made while I was gone.  It's the most "tactical" of all the #mmorpg that I've played.  I'm finally learning how to solo as a human sorcerer without dying repeatedly.  Parties are definitely easier, and balanced parties are even better.

p.s. In case that url changes in the future, here's a fixed address for the release notes in this update.
https://www.ddo.com/en/update-25-release-notes

+Wil Wheaton does the voice acting (dungeon master narration) for the new #DDO (+Dungeons & Dragons Online) update that's being released this morning.  It features the Temple Of Elemental Evil.  If anyone wants to join me, come to the Thelanis server and send mail to Therri.

I've recently come back to this game after an absence of about 8 years, and I'm enjoying the changes that they've made while I was gone.  It's the most "tactical" of all the #mmorpg that I've played.  I'm finally learning how to solo as a human sorcerer without dying repeatedly.  Parties are definitely easier, and balanced parties are even better.

p.s. In case that url changes in the future, here's a fixed address for the release notes in this update.
https://www.ddo.com/en/update-25-release-notes___

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2015-04-03 01:19:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Apparently, there's actually a World #Autism Awareness Day, approved by the UN General Assembly back in 2007.  I've had plenty to say over the years ( http://mellowtigger.dreamwidth.org/tag/autism ), particularly my desire to create a visual language, but I'll just let this short video suffice for now as a way to bring the topic to general awareness one more time.

Meet Conor. World #Autism Awareness Day 2015___Apparently, there's actually a World #Autism Awareness Day, approved by the UN General Assembly back in 2007.  I've had plenty to say over the years ( http://mellowtigger.dreamwidth.org/tag/autism ), particularly my desire to create a visual language, but I'll just let this short video suffice for now as a way to bring the topic to general awareness one more time.

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2015-03-19 13:45:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

For locals who might be interested in either history or conservation... Tom Sanders from +Minnesota Historical Society (site manager of the Jeffers Petroglyphs) will be coming to my workplace +The Nature Conservancy for a brown bag Lunch And Learn session to talk about the cultural values of remaining remnant prairies, particularly in southwest Minnesota.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk.

2015 March 31 Tuesday 12-1pm.

Our Minneapolis office address can be found at the link:
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/minnesota/contact/index.htm

For locals who might be interested in either history or conservation... Tom Sanders from +Minnesota Historical Society (site manager of the Jeffers Petroglyphs) will be coming to my workplace +The Nature Conservancy for a brown bag Lunch And Learn session to talk about the cultural values of remaining remnant prairies, particularly in southwest Minnesota.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the talk.

2015 March 31 Tuesday 12-1pm.

Our Minneapolis office address can be found at the link:
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/minnesota/contact/index.htm___

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2015-03-06 20:26:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I haven't dated in nearly 20 years.  It seems to usually be the talkative asperger types (more than the quiet types) who marry, and most of those relationships have seemed teetering on divorce.  Maybe the younger ones (with improved early awareness and training) are better at it than us older ones who had to "wing it"?  I do feel better prepared for the idea now than I did long ago.

I look forward to this autism documentary.  I contacted them to ask if there's a way to order this movie on dvd. They replied that there isn't yet, but eventually there will be.

___I haven't dated in nearly 20 years.  It seems to usually be the talkative asperger types (more than the quiet types) who marry, and most of those relationships have seemed teetering on divorce.  Maybe the younger ones (with improved early awareness and training) are better at it than us older ones who had to "wing it"?  I do feel better prepared for the idea now than I did long ago.

I look forward to this autism documentary.  I contacted them to ask if there's a way to order this movie on dvd. They replied that there isn't yet, but eventually there will be.

2015-02-28 21:43:44 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I am amused.  We had our first "steering committee" meeting today with the local powershell user group.  In a few months, I'll be doing a presentation on documentation for powershell scripts.  So, I officially get to teach people how to write a script that does nothing!  :)

Obviously, it will take advantage of the many nice features of script self-documentation in powershell.  Documentation is good.

I'll post a link here at G+ when my presentation is finally ready.

I am amused.  We had our first "steering committee" meeting today with the local powershell user group.  In a few months, I'll be doing a presentation on documentation for powershell scripts.  So, I officially get to teach people how to write a script that does nothing!  :)

Obviously, it will take advantage of the many nice features of script self-documentation in powershell.  Documentation is good.

I'll post a link here at G+ when my presentation is finally ready.___

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2015-02-22 15:27:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Does anyone else remember Istaria from many years ago, the mmorpg where you could play as a dragon?  Here's a new game that offers the same option.  Even the housing option looks familiar.  I can't tell, though, that the developers were from the original project, but it sure seems like the spiritual successor to Istaria.  They have a Kickstarter (in case you're addicted to crowdfunding like I am).

Does anyone else remember Istaria from many years ago, the mmorpg where you could play as a dragon?  Here's a new game that offers the same option.  Even the housing option looks familiar.  I can't tell, though, that the developers were from the original project, but it sure seems like the spiritual successor to Istaria.  They have a Kickstarter (in case you're addicted to crowdfunding like I am).___

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2015-02-13 14:12:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Here's an ingenious SQL Injection attack for the hurried commuter.

For those who don't know what that is, I wrote about my experiences a while back...  http://mellowtigger.dreamwidth.org/228150.html

Guess he just had to try. ___Here's an ingenious SQL Injection attack for the hurried commuter.

For those who don't know what that is, I wrote about my experiences a while back...  http://mellowtigger.dreamwidth.org/228150.html

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2015-02-08 21:15:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

If you've got any 3TB drive, now might be a good time to get rid of it.  A storage center company is publishing a review of their hardware history for 2014.  They experienced an unusually high failure rate (as high as 43% annual) with 3TB drives.  My OS was on just such a drive, so I bought a 4TB drive this weekend to begin migrating everything over.

If you've got any 3TB drive, now might be a good time to get rid of it.  A storage center company is publishing a review of their hardware history for 2014.  They experienced an unusually high failure rate (as high as 43% annual) with 3TB drives.  My OS was on just such a drive, so I bought a 4TB drive this weekend to begin migrating everything over.___

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