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Marc Jansen

Marc Jansen 

“I learned a long time ago that a person can stand just about anything for 10 seconds, then you just start on a new 10 seconds. All you’ve got to do is take it 10 seconds at a time.” ~ Kimmy Schmid

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Larry Hryb3,436,900Join me, e, and lollip0p as we talk about the Holiday gaming season,  plus special guest Geoff Keighley stops by to fill us in on the upcoming Game Awards. Major Nelson Radio Holiday Hangout 20142014-12-03 03:00:00215  
Trey Ratcliff8,868,730*The Arcanum Photo Critique and Make-Over with @115105647022907007398  @108805430409141907975 @118036378782834084572 and me!*  Feb 10, 7 PM PT, 10 PM ET As we march toward opening the doors to www.TheArcanum.com, you're invited to participate in this special event just for our community! Through participating in this event our community will get a taste of The Arcanum Experience: Learning through constructive critiques, which is just one of the many things that happen inside the hallowed magical doors! The Arcanum Photo Critique and Make-Over event is a Google+ Hangout On Air, open to the public, scheduled for Monday February 10th at 7pm. *To Participate:* You must submit a single candidate photo by Sunday, February 9th to be considered for the random selection.  You can submit any photo to The Arcanum Google+ page at @111508817579086020312 . Since you already applied to The Arcanum - we truly hope you'll submit a photo to be critiqued. If not, no worries at all!   Either way, you can watch the live event! :) And if you're wondering when the doors will officially open for The Arcanum, the answer is as soon as magically possible!  We're doing a test run right now with all the Masters to work out any kinks.  Also, we are a _bit_ (!!) overloaded with Apprentice applications, so it will take a while to ramp up.  It may be a good opportunity for you to pop over and update your application at www.TheArcanum.com ! Thank you!The Arcanum Photo Critique and Make-Over with Rick Sammon, Varina Patel, Dave Cross, and me!2014-02-11 04:00:00895  

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2016-11-12 01:32:32 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

"Rural voters, of course, are not precisely the same as Trump voters". Well, that turned out not to be so true. This is a good look at why rural voters feel ignored.
 
It reminds me of the book I read on people who had made the jump from working class to middle class. That too talked about the resentment for the college-educated who sit behind a desk. They aren't working 12 hours a day doing work that breaks down their bodies, with no hope of savings, no hope of retirement.
 
But addressing those issues (if it's even possible, and it's not clear to me it is, and it is clear to me that Trump won't do the things that would help rebuild the economy of rural America) isn't enough. We need to address the divide which makes them think everyone else is alien. Conservatives complain about liberal education. It's not the curriculum of educationtha... more »

Most reshares: 4

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2017-01-02 00:16:55 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Repost!
A New Solar Panel Road Has Opened in France by the Ministry of Ecology
A French small town located in Normandy named as Tourouvre-Au-Perch, will power its street lights by the use of sun rays. Yes! The sun will take care of that.
LEARN MORE --> http://wp.me/p7UEXZ-147

Most plusones: 37

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2017-01-02 00:16:55 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Repost!
A New Solar Panel Road Has Opened in France by the Ministry of Ecology
A French small town located in Normandy named as Tourouvre-Au-Perch, will power its street lights by the use of sun rays. Yes! The sun will take care of that.
LEARN MORE --> http://wp.me/p7UEXZ-147

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2017-02-27 19:12:31 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

"The primary aim was to find out whether we could go to 100 per cent renewable electricity while using only common, off-the-shelf items that have very well established prices. The short answer is, 'yes'."

Via +Nila Jones​

"The primary aim was to find out whether we could go to 100 per cent renewable electricity while using only common, off-the-shelf items that have very well established prices. The short answer is, 'yes'."

Via +Nila Jones​___

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2017-02-24 04:43:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 


Something which may be of interest to various security- and open-source minded folks: we just open-sourced a distributed, secure file-sharing system. Full technical details at https://upspin.io/ .

(I know most of its authors, and they're very, very, good at what they do)


Something which may be of interest to various security- and open-source minded folks: we just open-sourced a distributed, secure file-sharing system. Full technical details at https://upspin.io/ .

(I know most of its authors, and they're very, very, good at what they do)___

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2017-02-16 05:04:55 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Formula E unveils next-gen all-electric race car http://buff.ly/2krXC88

Formula E unveils next-gen all-electric race car http://buff.ly/2krXC88___

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2017-02-09 16:20:10 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Christopher Grant Harvey spent the better part of five years making Tears In The Rain: A Blade Runner Short Film. Unwilling to settle for something merely average, Harvey labored away, especially in post-production, “trying to get the perfect original visual effects and [a] fitting score to bring the story to life.” Set in the world of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and the motion picture Blade Runner (1982), Tears In The Rain is a loose prequel to Ridley Scott’s motion picture, and it’s also a “what if” story. It asks what “if a ‘Blade Runner’ retired a human by mistake, what happens then?”

Christopher Grant Harvey spent the better part of five years making Tears In The Rain: A Blade Runner Short Film. Unwilling to settle for something merely average, Harvey labored away, especially in post-production, “trying to get the perfect original visual effects and [a] fitting score to bring the story to life.” Set in the world of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and the motion picture Blade Runner (1982), Tears In The Rain is a loose prequel to Ridley Scott’s motion picture, and it’s also a “what if” story. It asks what “if a ‘Blade Runner’ retired a human by mistake, what happens then?”___

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2017-02-08 05:06:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Please share widely. Tell the GOP their goddamned tactic backfired. // Perhaps the good Senators from the party of Trump will do themselves a favor and Google the phrase, “Streisand Effect.” Too late. The letter and Warren reading it are below, and many other places. //

Please share widely. Tell the GOP their goddamned tactic backfired. // Perhaps the good Senators from the party of Trump will do themselves a favor and Google the phrase, “Streisand Effect.” Too late. The letter and Warren reading it are below, and many other places. //___

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2017-02-08 04:18:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-05 04:56:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

One for +Panah Rad​

Blooms are 3D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. Unlike a 3D zoetrope, which animates a sequence of small changes to objects, a bloom animates as single self-contained sculpture. The bloom's animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio the nature employs to generate the spiral patterns we see in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotational speed and strobe rate of the bloom are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5° (the angular version of phi)*. Each bloom's particular form and behavior is determined by a unique parametric seed I call phi-nome (/fī nōm/).

*For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed in order to freeze individual frames of the spinning sculpture.

websitehttp:... more »

One for +Panah Rad​

Blooms are 3D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. Unlike a 3D zoetrope, which animates a sequence of small changes to objects, a bloom animates as single self-contained sculpture. The bloom's animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio the nature employs to generate the spiral patterns we see in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotational speed and strobe rate of the bloom are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5° (the angular version of phi)*. Each bloom's particular form and behavior is determined by a unique parametric seed I call phi-nome (/fī nōm/).

*For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed in order to freeze individual frames of the spinning sculpture.

website http://www.johnedmark.com/___

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2017-02-03 03:10:10 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/anti-trump-backlash-rapidly-outpacing-tea-party-in-its-prime-868179523728

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/anti-trump-backlash-rapidly-outpacing-tea-party-in-its-prime-868179523728___

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2017-01-30 18:19:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The news continues to develop almost faster than I can type analyses. But I've tried to round up the most critical updates from the past few hours, together with a discussion of what they mean.

The short version is this: we're seeing the formation of an "inner circle" of government, including Trump, Bannon, Miller, Kushner, Priebus, and possibly Flynn and Conway, who have been taking deliberate steps to hobble the ability of all other parts of government – the rest of the Executive branch, Congress, and most especially the courts – from controlling them. Somewhat unexpectedly, they went straight for an attempt to grab extraordinary physical powers over people (yesterday's Muslim ban), rather than trying to boil the frog slowly; in the context of other moves taken over the past week, this starts to look like a coherent strategy.

Power, including the power toexecu... more »

The news continues to develop almost faster than I can type analyses. But I've tried to round up the most critical updates from the past few hours, together with a discussion of what they mean.

The short version is this: we're seeing the formation of an "inner circle" of government, including Trump, Bannon, Miller, Kushner, Priebus, and possibly Flynn and Conway, who have been taking deliberate steps to hobble the ability of all other parts of government – the rest of the Executive branch, Congress, and most especially the courts – from controlling them. Somewhat unexpectedly, they went straight for an attempt to grab extraordinary physical powers over people (yesterday's Muslim ban), rather than trying to boil the frog slowly; in the context of other moves taken over the past week, this starts to look like a coherent strategy.

Power, including the power to execute every one of the things that Trump promised to do during the campaign, is the primary goal; money, in large, untraceable quantities, appears to be the secondary.___

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2017-01-25 21:16:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Back in June 2013, five friends in Arizona decided to capture some footage of space by sending a GoPro, camcorder, and phone up in a weather balloon. The team–consisting of college students Bryan Chan, Ved Chirayath, Ashish Goel, Paul Tarantino, and Tyler Reid–built their device, calculated its trajectory, registered with the FAA to avoid interfering with passing aircrafts, and finally launched the balloon in the desert a few miles outside of Tuba City. The friends planned to track the balloon’s progress using GPS on the attached smartphone, but they soon lost contact with the locator after the device floated out of cell phone tower range.

Back in June 2013, five friends in Arizona decided to capture some footage of space by sending a GoPro, camcorder, and phone up in a weather balloon. The team–consisting of college students Bryan Chan, Ved Chirayath, Ashish Goel, Paul Tarantino, and Tyler Reid–built their device, calculated its trajectory, registered with the FAA to avoid interfering with passing aircrafts, and finally launched the balloon in the desert a few miles outside of Tuba City. The friends planned to track the balloon’s progress using GPS on the attached smartphone, but they soon lost contact with the locator after the device floated out of cell phone tower range.___

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2017-01-18 02:10:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

It's safe to say we're all jazzed up about this Postmodern Jukebox version of the Harry Potter theme.

http://nerdi.st/2jIi6Wy

It's safe to say we're all jazzed up about this Postmodern Jukebox version of the Harry Potter theme.

http://nerdi.st/2jIi6Wy___

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2017-01-13 20:53:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Hell Yeah!


Hell Yeah!
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2017-01-02 00:16:55 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

Repost!
A New Solar Panel Road Has Opened in France by the Ministry of Ecology
A French small town located in Normandy named as Tourouvre-Au-Perch, will power its street lights by the use of sun rays. Yes! The sun will take care of that.
LEARN MORE --> http://wp.me/p7UEXZ-147

Repost!
A New Solar Panel Road Has Opened in France by the Ministry of Ecology
A French small town located in Normandy named as Tourouvre-Au-Perch, will power its street lights by the use of sun rays. Yes! The sun will take care of that.
LEARN MORE --> http://wp.me/p7UEXZ-147___

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2016-12-22 01:17:01 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

So creative. Much talent.

h/t +Yonatan Zunger

The cartoon artist tries to make lots of drawings of himself and his cat. In the style of other cartoonists___So creative. Much talent.

h/t +Yonatan Zunger

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2016-12-03 17:45:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Follow the FIA Formula E Championship as they prepare to undertake another world first - running the Formula E car on an ice cap in ‘Ice Drive’. We join the electric street racing series as they plan, prepare and execute the dangerous and ambitious task, whilst creating a stunning visual link between the threat of global warming and the impact electric cars can have on reducing CO2 emissions.

Read more about Formula E's mission impossible here: http://bit.ly/FEimpossible

Follow the FIA Formula E Championship as they prepare to undertake another world first - running the Formula E car on an ice cap in ‘Ice Drive’. We join the electric street racing series as they plan, prepare and execute the dangerous and ambitious task, whilst creating a stunning visual link between the threat of global warming and the impact electric cars can have on reducing CO2 emissions.

Read more about Formula E's mission impossible here: http://bit.ly/FEimpossible___

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2016-11-12 01:32:32 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Yes, this actually does make sense

"Rural voters, of course, are not precisely the same as Trump voters". Well, that turned out not to be so true. This is a good look at why rural voters feel ignored.
 
It reminds me of the book I read on people who had made the jump from working class to middle class. That too talked about the resentment for the college-educated who sit behind a desk. They aren't working 12 hours a day doing work that breaks down their bodies, with no hope of savings, no hope of retirement.
 
But addressing those issues (if it's even possible, and it's not clear to me it is, and it is clear to me that Trump won't do the things that would help rebuild the economy of rural America) isn't enough. We need to address the divide which makes them think everyone else is alien. Conservatives complain about liberal education. It's not the curriculum of education that makes people liberal, it's the fact that they meet new people and discover new ideas. It's the discover that "other" isn't "bad" that makes people liberal. How do we export that to the heartland?___Yes, this actually does make sense

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2016-11-10 04:23:58 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

This was very well-done.

Holy crap.

The sanest thing I read about the post-election panic was on Cracked.

Well written. Well said.___This was very well-done.

2016-11-10 01:25:17 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

I've been a silent partner.

No more.

For years, I've been a quiet supporter of minority rights. My reluctance to be more vocal in my support helped create the conditions that made it possible for there to be a President-Elect Trump. I don't plan on being so silent with my support any longer. I realize that it's probably too little, too late, but it is my sincere hope that now that such support will be needed more than ever, that I can be even more effective in what I do.

I'm sorry. I hope to do better, if you'll accept my help.

I've been a silent partner.

No more.

For years, I've been a quiet supporter of minority rights. My reluctance to be more vocal in my support helped create the conditions that made it possible for there to be a President-Elect Trump. I don't plan on being so silent with my support any longer. I realize that it's probably too little, too late, but it is my sincere hope that now that such support will be needed more than ever, that I can be even more effective in what I do.

I'm sorry. I hope to do better, if you'll accept my help.___

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2016-11-02 03:23:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

" “It is using a lot of techniques used in automotive glass business. In case it wasn’t obvious with the announcement, Tesla has created a glass technology group – with some really phenomenal people.” "



" “It is using a lot of techniques used in automotive glass business. In case it wasn’t obvious with the announcement, Tesla has created a glass technology group – with some really phenomenal people.” "

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2016-11-02 00:27:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

We went along to the 2016 Paris Motorshow Show to find the best E Concept cars out on display! Which was your favourate? Let us know in the comments down below.

We went along to the 2016 Paris Motorshow Show to find the best E Concept cars out on display! Which was your favourate? Let us know in the comments down below.___

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2016-10-31 23:58:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

In this edition of the clean energy and transport news roundup, we've got stories about Singapore's floating solar test-bed, Swell Energy's storage solutions, Massachusetts solar successes, a 700 MW solar and wind project for Long Island, Henrik Fisker's…

In this edition of the clean energy and transport news roundup, we've got stories about Singapore's floating solar test-bed, Swell Energy's storage solutions, Massachusetts solar successes, a 700 MW solar and wind project for Long Island, Henrik Fisker's…___

2016-10-29 19:00:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tesla-solar-roof_us_5814025ae4b0390e69d07c6e?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tesla-solar-roof_us_5814025ae4b0390e69d07c6e?___

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2016-10-28 03:25:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Catch the first glimpse of Faraday Future's production EV http://engt.co/2fcHZzz

Catch the first glimpse of Faraday Future's production EV http://engt.co/2fcHZzz___

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2016-10-28 03:19:49 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Oh, my. What do we have here?

Bwahahaha!

http://www.gifcities.org/#/


Oh, my. What do we have here?

Bwahahaha!

http://www.gifcities.org/#/
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2016-10-21 16:01:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Pushing the boundaries of autonomous vehicles and embracing new technologies, Roborace will become a fixture prior to each Formula E event.

Pushing the boundaries of autonomous vehicles and embracing new technologies, Roborace will become a fixture prior to each Formula E event.___

2016-09-30 16:47:09 (23 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

biweekly

adjective
1.occurring every two weeks.
2.occurring twice a week; semiweekly.

0.o

Well, I'm glad that that has been resolved....

biweekly

adjective
1.occurring every two weeks.
2.occurring twice a week; semiweekly.

0.o

Well, I'm glad that that has been resolved....___

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2016-09-09 05:07:10 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

If you lose at Hot Lava just remember to give a thumbs up as you go under.
http://nerdi.st/2ceDqyg

If you lose at Hot Lava just remember to give a thumbs up as you go under.
http://nerdi.st/2ceDqyg___

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2016-09-09 04:51:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

LOLFOREVER

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2016/09/07/how-hillary-clinton-can-get-that-presidential-look/?utm_term=.354d649aa5a1

LOLFOREVER

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2016/09/07/how-hillary-clinton-can-get-that-presidential-look/?utm_term=.354d649aa5a1___

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2016-09-09 03:02:47 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

'tis a sight to behold...

'tis a sight to behold...___

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2016-08-24 14:37:38 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Damn....


I generally prefer a "metal" cover-song to the original. This non-metal version of We're Not Gonna Take It, though, is actually a remarkably powerful re-tooling of one of my all-time Head-banging favorites.



(via private share)

Damn....


I generally prefer a "metal" cover-song to the original. This non-metal version of We're Not Gonna Take It, though, is actually a remarkably powerful re-tooling of one of my all-time Head-banging favorites.



(via private share)___

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2016-08-21 05:50:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

TIL: The Livens Projector was the inspiration for Smaug

TIL: The Livens Projector was the inspiration for Smaug___

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2016-08-18 21:28:50 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Tiny Solar Device Rapidly Disinfects Water With Nanoflakes & “Eager Electrons”

A tiny device, half the size of a postage stamp, which can rapidly disinfect water with solar energy, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. While the nanostructured device has only been tested with small amounts of water, and on three strains of bacteria, the little gadget shows promise in the quest for affordable and effective low-power water purification solutions.

This gadget, because it’s small and made from a “cheap and easy to make” material, molybdenum disulfide, could eventually be a viable solution for point-of-use water disinfection, either in the developing world or for emergency situations.

Seehttp://cl... more »

Tiny Solar Device Rapidly Disinfects Water With Nanoflakes & “Eager Electrons”

A tiny device, half the size of a postage stamp, which can rapidly disinfect water with solar energy, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. While the nanostructured device has only been tested with small amounts of water, and on three strains of bacteria, the little gadget shows promise in the quest for affordable and effective low-power water purification solutions.

This gadget, because it’s small and made from a “cheap and easy to make” material, molybdenum disulfide, could eventually be a viable solution for point-of-use water disinfection, either in the developing world or for emergency situations.

See http://cleantechnica.com/2016/08/17/tiny-solar-device-rapidly-disinfects-water-nanoflakes-eager-electrons/___

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2016-08-04 00:56:20 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

I wish I could get an Fiat 500e with solar panels. Now that would be really great http://www.fiatusa.com/en/500e/

I wish I could get an Fiat 500e with solar panels. Now that would be really great http://www.fiatusa.com/en/500e/___

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2016-08-04 00:56:10 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

I wish I could get an Fiat 500e with solar panels. Now that would be really great http://www.fiatusa.com/en/500e/

I wish I could get an Fiat 500e with solar panels. Now that would be really great http://www.fiatusa.com/en/500e/___

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2016-07-31 18:33:07 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-20 05:55:20 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Stolen to post public. 

Stolen to post public. ___

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2016-07-20 05:50:11 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-14 04:43:47 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

58 years or 5,000 years...

What's it matter when you're with the one you love?

58 years or 5,000 years...

What's it matter when you're with the one you love?___

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2016-07-11 03:34:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

What has 1000FPS Slo-Mo, Portal video game music and people getting hit in the face w/ Cakes? THIS!!!!!!!!

What has 1000FPS Slo-Mo, Portal video game music and people getting hit in the face w/ Cakes? THIS!!!!!!!!___

2016-07-11 02:22:07 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Empathy

noun em·pa·thy \ˈem-pə-thē\

The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this


I'm generally a very empathetic person by nature, with a knack for putting myself into other people's shoes or seeing both sides of any given story. And, yet, back when G+ was in its infancy, I was totally unable to reconcile the world I knew with the one described to me by Margie, a black woman from Mississippi whom I'd met on this platform. I simply had no frame of reference for the sorts of concessions she told me that she had to make during the simple act of walking down the street in her town.more »

I have been told how dangerous being in the sun is by my white friends. How it will burn their skin, and how they have to take all these precautions when they are exposed to the sun. From the time they were kids they were warned about the dangers of sun exposure. They will go as far as changing the clothes they wear, and for some they fear being exposed to the sun at all.

How weird.

The sun doesn't hurt me, and never has. When I plan on going out, I never once bother to think about the sun. I can be exposed to the sun for hours. I have gotten darker when I've been exposed to the sun, but I've never been afraid or overly cautious of it. I hear people telling me about sun burns, but, I don't get burned...the sun can not really be all that bad?

I've heard stories on the news about the dangers of sun burns, and I've seen data recording the dangers of the sun exposure. You can't believe everything you hear on TV. It'd do folks some good to be grateful for all the good the sun does. Its so silly how scared white people are of their kids being exposed to the sun. Teaching their kids to be cautious of it, prevent burns or worse. They are being ridiculous, because my kid is fine when he's exposed to it.

How can I believe you when you tell me what the sun does to you? I've seen sunburns, but they can't really hurt that bad or people would never go outside. I'm pretty sure we can all agree we need the sun don't we? My friends that say they hate the sun are taking it too far. Plus, explain to me, how I have white friends that have never burned? Ya know, I think some people are exaggerating this whole "sun exposure is dangerous" thing. You can tell me about painful and negative experiences that your family and friends have had in the sun, but I just can't believe you. You really should just get over it.

Is it something white people are doing to make your experiences in the sun so painful and dangerous? If you taught your kids how to act they wouldn't get sunburned. Campaigning for protection and safety when exposed to the sun seems unnecessary. I think sunblock is a waste. Just people being ungrateful to the sun.

Is it making you angry, frustrated, or annoyed that I am refusing to validate your experience or denying it's a reality all together? I have a privilege that you simply do not have. In this scenario do I get to explain what it is like to you, when I really haven't known what you face on a regular basis? I can ignore the dangers and reality you face, because its not my own. Its easy, because its never been a problem for me. Your experiences with the sun have shaped your opinion. Some of you have never even gotten a sun burn, but you know that it could happen, and you don't want it to. Huh. Weird.

Is it so ridiculous that you and your children want to feel just as safe as me and my child do when we're out in the sun? Was it strange how far I was willing to go to deny and invalidate your experience with the sun? Maybe I should take the time to look around, or even listen? Maybe I wouldn't ignore it if it was a danger to me and my family? Maybe instead of getting annoyed at how cautious you are, I could respect that your experiences have made you feel this way.

This is what black people are trying to explain to you. There is a danger. It is real. It is scary. We don't feel safe. We want to feel safe. Listen to us when we are telling you about our experience. There is a reason why the NAACP, and other organizations exist. The reality is different for me, here in this country as a person of color. Stop refusing to acknowledge that these fears, and dangers exist.___Empathy

noun em·pa·thy \ˈem-pə-thē\

The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner; also : the capacity for this


I'm generally a very empathetic person by nature, with a knack for putting myself into other people's shoes or seeing both sides of any given story. And, yet, back when G+ was in its infancy, I was totally unable to reconcile the world I knew with the one described to me by Margie, a black woman from Mississippi whom I'd met on this platform. I simply had no frame of reference for the sorts of concessions she told me that she had to make during the simple act of walking down the street in her town.

I tried to be empathetic of Margie's experiences, I really did. At the time, however, I was simply unable to make the sort of shift in my personal frame-of-reference to be truly effective at it, I now realize.

Over the past five years, I've been exposed to a lot more stories like Margie's, and I am able to empathize with them quite easily now.

This simple analogy from +Crystal Michelle, however, cuts directly to the chase. I can think of no clearer way of helping someone who is white be more sensitive to, and vicariously experience the feelings, thoughts, and experience of fear that so many black people feel in this country every day.

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