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Peter Vogel has been at 4 events

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Russell Bateman16,337testing new cameralive moon test2014-06-11 00:00:0012  
Google for Education1,043,611Watch this Hangout On Air to learn more about Chromebooks for Education: simple, secure, and affordable laptops for schools. You can submit your questions at this link: http://goo.gl/uGZ9jHangout On Air: Chromebooks for Education in Canada2013-03-28 19:00:0040  
NASA2,409,278Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008329  
Peter Vogel49,689Canada celebrates its 145th birthday. Events take place in most communities across the land. The time shown is for fireworks shows that will take place in major centres.  (In case you are wondering, this is just a blatant excuse to test Google's new Event feature)Canada Day2012-07-01 22:30:0056  

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2015-06-22 15:55:32 (107 comments, 33 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

So just why does the Sun shine?

It turns out that the energies inside the Sun aren't sufficient to overcome normal coulomb repulsion. It comes down to quantum mechanics and overlapping wave functions. 

"It’s the power of quantum mechanics that allows the Sun to shine. In a fundamental way, if God didn’t play dice with the Universe, we’d never win the Powerball three times in a row. Yet with this randomness, we win all the time, to the continuous tune of hundreds of Yottawatts of power, and here we are."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ethansiegel/2015/06/22/its-the-power-of-quantum-mechanics-that-allow-the-sun-to-shine/

A terrific article by +Ethan Siegel.

Most reshares: 33

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2015-06-22 15:55:32 (107 comments, 33 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

So just why does the Sun shine?

It turns out that the energies inside the Sun aren't sufficient to overcome normal coulomb repulsion. It comes down to quantum mechanics and overlapping wave functions. 

"It’s the power of quantum mechanics that allows the Sun to shine. In a fundamental way, if God didn’t play dice with the Universe, we’d never win the Powerball three times in a row. Yet with this randomness, we win all the time, to the continuous tune of hundreds of Yottawatts of power, and here we are."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ethansiegel/2015/06/22/its-the-power-of-quantum-mechanics-that-allow-the-sun-to-shine/

A terrific article by +Ethan Siegel.

Most plusones: 114

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2015-06-20 05:23:43 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon.

As photographed this evening over Vancouver.

Latest 50 posts

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2015-07-04 22:37:04 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

What a story: "urban explorer" gets inside dormant Russian space program buildings.

And comes back with trove of eerie photos.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/03/travel/baikonur-cosmodrome-kazakhstan-soviet-space-shuttle/index.html?sr=fb07415baikonurcosmodromekazakhstansovietspaceshuttle5pStoryGalLink

What a story: "urban explorer" gets inside dormant Russian space program buildings.

And comes back with trove of eerie photos.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/03/travel/baikonur-cosmodrome-kazakhstan-soviet-space-shuttle/index.html?sr=fb07415baikonurcosmodromekazakhstansovietspaceshuttle5pStoryGalLink___

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2015-07-04 22:22:40 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Ten things you might not know about black holes.

Know some cool black hole facts that didn't make our list? Share them in the comments!___Ten things you might not know about black holes.

2015-07-04 18:31:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Getting ready for a week at PI

That would be the +Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. Will be working with around fifty physics teachers from across Canada.

Getting ready for a week at PI

That would be the +Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario. Will be working with around fifty physics teachers from across Canada.___

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2015-07-03 19:06:32 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Physics of Fireworks.

For those of you celebrating a special event July 4; a bit late for those of us who celebrated with fireworks in Canada on July 1.

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/throwback-thursday-the-physics-of-fireworks-adf212c5192

The Physics of Fireworks.

For those of you celebrating a special event July 4; a bit late for those of us who celebrated with fireworks in Canada on July 1.

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/throwback-thursday-the-physics-of-fireworks-adf212c5192___

2015-07-03 18:48:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Play Pong in the Bing search engine.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=pong&go=Submit&qs=n&form=QBLH&pq=pong&sc=9-2&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=19bbe8d30b2343b0aa16f0160ba050bb

Play Pong in the Bing search engine.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=pong&go=Submit&qs=n&form=QBLH&pq=pong&sc=9-2&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=19bbe8d30b2343b0aa16f0160ba050bb___

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2015-07-03 05:59:08 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Car makers foresee autonomous vehicles. They aren't keen on self-driving cars.

Yes, there is a difference. 

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/07/economist-explains?fsrc=scn/tw/te/ee/st/autonomousselfdrivingcarsexplainer

Car makers foresee autonomous vehicles. They aren't keen on self-driving cars.

Yes, there is a difference. 

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/07/economist-explains?fsrc=scn/tw/te/ee/st/autonomousselfdrivingcarsexplainer___

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2015-07-02 23:58:42 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Useful Wi-Fi tools.

___Useful Wi-Fi tools.

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2015-07-02 23:29:34 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Aliens will look like humans: Cambridge professor.

It's an outcome from the field of convergent evolution.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/forget-little-green-men--aliens-will-look-like-humans-says-cambridge-university-evolution-expert-10358164.html

Aliens will look like humans: Cambridge professor.

It's an outcome from the field of convergent evolution.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/forget-little-green-men--aliens-will-look-like-humans-says-cambridge-university-evolution-expert-10358164.html___

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2015-07-02 21:31:10 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Near-full moon rising over Washington State's Mount Baker.

Gorgeous sight. I never tire of looking at this mountain. Here you can also make out the so-called Belt of Venus, a phenomenon we see around sunrise and sunset. It is the pink-purple belt you see just above the horizon.

Near-full moon rising over Washington State's Mount Baker.

Gorgeous sight. I never tire of looking at this mountain. Here you can also make out the so-called Belt of Venus, a phenomenon we see around sunrise and sunset. It is the pink-purple belt you see just above the horizon.___

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2015-07-02 20:09:55 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

More evidence that standard TV viewing is a fading pastime.

And it is beginning to cost jobs. Here we read about 1,000 layoffs coming to public broadcaster the BBC inthe UK.

http://www.thememo.com/2015/07/02/our-digital-media-addiction-just-led-to-1000-bbc-job-cuts/

More evidence that standard TV viewing is a fading pastime.

And it is beginning to cost jobs. Here we read about 1,000 layoffs coming to public broadcaster the BBC inthe UK.

http://www.thememo.com/2015/07/02/our-digital-media-addiction-just-led-to-1000-bbc-job-cuts/___

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2015-07-02 20:07:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

A new tool for those seeking anonymity on the Internet.

It uses 900 MHz radio signals to mask the last 2 km or so to your location. 

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/online-anonymity-box-puts-mile-away-ip-address/

A new tool for those seeking anonymity on the Internet.

It uses 900 MHz radio signals to mask the last 2 km or so to your location. 

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/online-anonymity-box-puts-mile-away-ip-address/___

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2015-07-02 20:05:15 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Economic news not looking good for Canada.

We are technically in a recession, or about to be so designated. And at least one pundit says our currency, the loonie, will drop to  US$0.70. That's not good although it will make our exports cheaper.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canada+already+recession+says+Bank+America+loonie+hammered/11182990/story.html

Economic news not looking good for Canada.

We are technically in a recession, or about to be so designated. And at least one pundit says our currency, the loonie, will drop to  US$0.70. That's not good although it will make our exports cheaper.

http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Canada+already+recession+says+Bank+America+loonie+hammered/11182990/story.html___

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2015-07-01 14:08:10 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Yes, it's dawn on Canada Day here in Vancouver

Heading off to a Canada event right now. I'll be helping out with a fishing derby for little ones on the Coquitlam River.

Happy Canada Day!___Yes, it's dawn on Canada Day here in Vancouver

Heading off to a Canada event right now. I'll be helping out with a fishing derby for little ones on the Coquitlam River.

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2015-07-01 02:44:54 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Forget Apple Music on a Chromebook.

At least for now. Really not seeing much reaction to Apple Music so far. 

http://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/3ben43/apple_music_on_a_chromebook/

Forget Apple Music on a Chromebook.

At least for now. Really not seeing much reaction to Apple Music so far. 

http://www.reddit.com/r/chromeos/comments/3ben43/apple_music_on_a_chromebook/___

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2015-07-01 02:30:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Google's Gmail team gets expressive.

Adds hundreds of themes, and emoji. 

http://gmailblog.blogspot.ca/2015/06/express-yourself-in-email-hundreds-more.html

Google's Gmail team gets expressive.

Adds hundreds of themes, and emoji. 

http://gmailblog.blogspot.ca/2015/06/express-yourself-in-email-hundreds-more.html___

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2015-06-30 16:04:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Walt Mossberg has  a quick look at Apple Music.

Says he'd be willing to pay for this streaming music service. However, he notes that it is uncharacteristically complicated for an Apple product.

http://recode.net/2015/06/30/apple-music-first-look-rich-fluid-but-somewhat-confusing/

Walt Mossberg has  a quick look at Apple Music.

Says he'd be willing to pay for this streaming music service. However, he notes that it is uncharacteristically complicated for an Apple product.

http://recode.net/2015/06/30/apple-music-first-look-rich-fluid-but-somewhat-confusing/___

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2015-06-30 15:59:55 (17 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The jig is up for Apple and its e-book price manipulation.

And it's time to pay that $450 million dollar fine. Small potatoes given Apple's cash reserves but a significant public-relations black eye.

http://www.wsj.com/article_email/apple-loses-federal-appeal-in-e-books-case-1435673945-lMyQjAxMTA1MjM3MDUzNjA3Wj

The jig is up for Apple and its e-book price manipulation.

And it's time to pay that $450 million dollar fine. Small potatoes given Apple's cash reserves but a significant public-relations black eye.

http://www.wsj.com/article_email/apple-loses-federal-appeal-in-e-books-case-1435673945-lMyQjAxMTA1MjM3MDUzNjA3Wj___

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2015-06-30 15:57:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Bing is profitable: Microsoft.

It was considered a longshot at launch time but Microsoft clearly has a profitable venture in Bing. And it's no longer all that unusual to hear people mention Bing when it comes to search.

http://marketingland.com/microsoft-bing-sustainable-standalone-multibillion-133779

Bing is profitable: Microsoft.

It was considered a longshot at launch time but Microsoft clearly has a profitable venture in Bing. And it's no longer all that unusual to hear people mention Bing when it comes to search.

http://marketingland.com/microsoft-bing-sustainable-standalone-multibillion-133779___

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2015-06-30 06:24:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Bitcoin spikes to three-month high on Greece concerns.

The cryptocurrency hits a recent high and nears a high for the year to date but it is of course well off historic highs. 

Bitcoin spikes to three-month high on Greece concerns.

The cryptocurrency hits a recent high and nears a high for the year to date but it is of course well off historic highs. ___

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2015-06-29 19:19:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

NBC's BNO News launches new web site.

http://bnonews.com/news/index.php/news/landing

As you might expect, heavily weighted towards American breaking news.

NBC's BNO News launches new web site.

http://bnonews.com/news/index.php/news/landing

As you might expect, heavily weighted towards American breaking news.___

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2015-06-29 18:53:09 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

No Moonshot Summit in Amsterdam for me.

Not that I expected it mind you. 

No Moonshot Summit in Amsterdam for me.

Not that I expected it mind you. ___

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2015-06-29 06:23:49 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

My first Google+ post.

Google+ turns four this week. It took a few days for me to get an invitation to try G+ back then. I was in Switzerland, at the very birthplace of the World Wide Web, CERN, today home of the Large Hadron Collider. My very first post was made from the site of the CMS detector on the LHC. Here's the post and the photo I took 100 below the surface.

https://plus.google.com/105201176373156907412/posts/EAp51wodf4a

Thanks +Yonatan Zunger and the entire G+ team. I've never looked back.

My first Google+ post.

Google+ turns four this week. It took a few days for me to get an invitation to try G+ back then. I was in Switzerland, at the very birthplace of the World Wide Web, CERN, today home of the Large Hadron Collider. My very first post was made from the site of the CMS detector on the LHC. Here's the post and the photo I took 100 below the surface.

https://plus.google.com/105201176373156907412/posts/EAp51wodf4a

Thanks +Yonatan Zunger and the entire G+ team. I've never looked back.___

2015-06-29 01:44:02 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

So, how to find your first Google+ post?

I'm not sure. I've seen a few suggestions but they aren't working for me. With G+ about to hit four years of age I'd like to go back and find my first G+ post. 

So, how to find your first Google+ post?

I'm not sure. I've seen a few suggestions but they aren't working for me. With G+ about to hit four years of age I'd like to go back and find my first G+ post. ___

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2015-06-28 14:36:51 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

SpaceX Dragon mission to resupply ISS ends with explosion at 2-minute mark

A major setback for the SpaceX Dragon program. The mission was itself a replacement for the failed Russian launch a few months back. Early indications suggest break up occurred as craft went supersonic, possibly suggesting a structural issue. 

http://www.spacex.com/

SpaceX Dragon mission to resupply ISS ends with explosion at 2-minute mark

A major setback for the SpaceX Dragon program. The mission was itself a replacement for the failed Russian launch a few months back. Early indications suggest break up occurred as craft went supersonic, possibly suggesting a structural issue. 

http://www.spacex.com/___

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2015-06-27 19:49:19 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

So, let's discuss battery chemistry.

At least they don't leak like those free Radio Shack batteries of a generation ago but modern batteries still corrode.

So, let's discuss battery chemistry.

At least they don't leak like those free Radio Shack batteries of a generation ago but modern batteries still corrode.___

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2015-06-27 16:11:20 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Why we are adding a leap second on Tuesday.

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday. An extra second, or “leap” second, will be added. Learn why: http://go.nasa.gov/1Cz8fEa___Why we are adding a leap second on Tuesday.

2015-06-26 00:49:35 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

New student accounts in GAFE

Why can't the new user creation system warn that there is an existing user with the same user name? I'm obviously missing a check box somewhere but it's annoying to find when you create a few hundred new accounts that some have simply wiped out others with the same name. For instance if I have an existing user named James Smith (user name jsmith) and my bulk import contains new student John Smith (also with user name jsmith) then the James Smith account is essentially replaced with the John Smith account. John Smith now controls the account formerly belonging to James Smith. 

Nuisance. Obviously my fault but now I'm going to have to manually handle the problem accounts. 

New student accounts in GAFE

Why can't the new user creation system warn that there is an existing user with the same user name? I'm obviously missing a check box somewhere but it's annoying to find when you create a few hundred new accounts that some have simply wiped out others with the same name. For instance if I have an existing user named James Smith (user name jsmith) and my bulk import contains new student John Smith (also with user name jsmith) then the James Smith account is essentially replaced with the John Smith account. John Smith now controls the account formerly belonging to James Smith. 

Nuisance. Obviously my fault but now I'm going to have to manually handle the problem accounts. ___

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2015-06-25 15:17:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Street View gets vertical.

In California's Yosemite. 

http://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2015/06/vertical-street-view-of-worlds-most.html

Street View gets vertical.

In California's Yosemite. 

http://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2015/06/vertical-street-view-of-worlds-most.html___

2015-06-24 17:55:38 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Creating new user accounts through CSV file.

Noticed that the option to add multiple users was "missing" this morning. It is supposed to appear while hovering over the big circle with the plus sign. Eventually it did appear, after several minutes. 

Anyone else experience this?

Now, as for adding new users, am I able to add information beyond the basic first, last names, email address and password? For instance a student number?

And am I able to direct the new accounts to a specific OU? 

Thanks for any insight.

Creating new user accounts through CSV file.

Noticed that the option to add multiple users was "missing" this morning. It is supposed to appear while hovering over the big circle with the plus sign. Eventually it did appear, after several minutes. 

Anyone else experience this?

Now, as for adding new users, am I able to add information beyond the basic first, last names, email address and password? For instance a student number?

And am I able to direct the new accounts to a specific OU? 

Thanks for any insight.___

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2015-06-24 17:09:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Word, Excel, PowerPoint apps for Android emerge from preview release.

MSFT continues to broaden its horizons with this Android (4.4+) event today.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/24/microsoft-releases-word-excel-and-powerpoint-for-android-phones-out-of-preview/

Word, Excel, PowerPoint apps for Android emerge from preview release.

MSFT continues to broaden its horizons with this Android (4.4+) event today.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/06/24/microsoft-releases-word-excel-and-powerpoint-for-android-phones-out-of-preview/___

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2015-06-23 15:01:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

World's most popular robot?

One thousand units sell in a minute. Company promises to produce one thousand "Pepper" robots a month.

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/06/22/softbank-robot-pepper-sells-out-in-a-minute/

World's most popular robot?

One thousand units sell in a minute. Company promises to produce one thousand "Pepper" robots a month.

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/06/22/softbank-robot-pepper-sells-out-in-a-minute/___

2015-06-22 22:59:23 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Photos and Google+

Until recently a photo uploaded as part of a Google+ post would appear as its full file size. 

However the two photos I posted most recently appeared at a paltry 100 k or thereabouts, a far cry from their 2.5 MB size. 

Why is this? More importantly, what is the workaround. 

Photos and Google+

Until recently a photo uploaded as part of a Google+ post would appear as its full file size. 

However the two photos I posted most recently appeared at a paltry 100 k or thereabouts, a far cry from their 2.5 MB size. 

Why is this? More importantly, what is the workaround. ___

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2015-06-22 15:55:32 (107 comments, 33 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

So just why does the Sun shine?

It turns out that the energies inside the Sun aren't sufficient to overcome normal coulomb repulsion. It comes down to quantum mechanics and overlapping wave functions. 

"It’s the power of quantum mechanics that allows the Sun to shine. In a fundamental way, if God didn’t play dice with the Universe, we’d never win the Powerball three times in a row. Yet with this randomness, we win all the time, to the continuous tune of hundreds of Yottawatts of power, and here we are."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ethansiegel/2015/06/22/its-the-power-of-quantum-mechanics-that-allow-the-sun-to-shine/

A terrific article by +Ethan Siegel.

So just why does the Sun shine?

It turns out that the energies inside the Sun aren't sufficient to overcome normal coulomb repulsion. It comes down to quantum mechanics and overlapping wave functions. 

"It’s the power of quantum mechanics that allows the Sun to shine. In a fundamental way, if God didn’t play dice with the Universe, we’d never win the Powerball three times in a row. Yet with this randomness, we win all the time, to the continuous tune of hundreds of Yottawatts of power, and here we are."

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ethansiegel/2015/06/22/its-the-power-of-quantum-mechanics-that-allow-the-sun-to-shine/

A terrific article by +Ethan Siegel.___

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2015-06-22 15:42:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Google should consider hiring the Vancouver Sun's Chad Skelton. His use of Google tools, particularly data analysis, has been a significant factor in the renewal of BC's top newspaper, and, arguably, one of the top five in the country. 

Google should consider hiring the Vancouver Sun's Chad Skelton. His use of Google tools, particularly data analysis, has been a significant factor in the renewal of BC's top newspaper, and, arguably, one of the top five in the country. ___

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2015-06-22 14:36:07 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Here's how the new .sucks top-level domain name is being promoted in Canada.

It goes on sale today apparently. $30 discount brings it to $270!

Here's how the new .sucks top-level domain name is being promoted in Canada.

It goes on sale today apparently. $30 discount brings it to $270!___

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2015-06-22 04:15:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Thirty Metre Telescope construction to resume Wednesday on Mauna Kea.

The announcement generates an angry reaction from protesters who have railed against the project which is backed by several governments. 

Note: much of the design and steel work for the TMT is being handled just a kilometre from where I am here in Vancouver. 

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/984a264b5cba4b0e829c8175204c33b8/telescope-backers-resume-construction-hawaii-island

Thirty Metre Telescope construction to resume Wednesday on Mauna Kea.

The announcement generates an angry reaction from protesters who have railed against the project which is backed by several governments. 

Note: much of the design and steel work for the TMT is being handled just a kilometre from where I am here in Vancouver. 

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/984a264b5cba4b0e829c8175204c33b8/telescope-backers-resume-construction-hawaii-island___

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2015-06-22 04:08:43 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Well, that didn't take long: Apple reverses its "no pay" policy for three month free Apple Music trial.

Such is the pull of, apparently, Taylor Swift. 

http://www.cnet.com/news/right-on-cue-apple-tweets-swift-will-pay-artists-during-apple-music-free-trial/

Well, that didn't take long: Apple reverses its "no pay" policy for three month free Apple Music trial.

Such is the pull of, apparently, Taylor Swift. 

http://www.cnet.com/news/right-on-cue-apple-tweets-swift-will-pay-artists-during-apple-music-free-trial/___

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2015-06-22 04:03:42 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Taylor Swift professes her love for the progressive and generous Apple.

However, no 1989 for Apple Music she says. 

"I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company. "

http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor

Taylor Swift professes her love for the progressive and generous Apple.

However, no 1989 for Apple Music she says. 

"I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company. "

http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor___

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2015-06-22 02:32:41 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Terrific story about a Commodore Amiga and the 19 schools for which it maintains heating and cooling.

It will cost $1.5-2 million to replace but for now it's still working, thanks to the former high school student who programmed it all those years ago and is the only one who knows how to perform fixes.

http://www.geek.com/news/commodore-amiga-computer-has-been-running-the-acheat-in-19-schools-for-30-years-1625147/

Terrific story about a Commodore Amiga and the 19 schools for which it maintains heating and cooling.

It will cost $1.5-2 million to replace but for now it's still working, thanks to the former high school student who programmed it all those years ago and is the only one who knows how to perform fixes.

http://www.geek.com/news/commodore-amiga-computer-has-been-running-the-acheat-in-19-schools-for-30-years-1625147/___

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2015-06-21 19:55:05 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Measured a shadow and calculated earth's axial tilt.

Here's my value. I used the shadow of a gatepost. This shadow grew shorter and shorter, bottoming out at 26.25 inches. The post itself was 54.5 inches tall. I used inverse tangent to calculate the sun angle, which peaked here about 12:45 pm PDT. I subtracted this from 49.23, the latitude here, giving the value you see below. 

Measured a shadow and calculated earth's axial tilt.

Here's my value. I used the shadow of a gatepost. This shadow grew shorter and shorter, bottoming out at 26.25 inches. The post itself was 54.5 inches tall. I used inverse tangent to calculate the sun angle, which peaked here about 12:45 pm PDT. I subtracted this from 49.23, the latitude here, giving the value you see below. ___

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2015-06-21 18:52:55 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Getting set to measure earth's axial tilt at the solstice.

Getting set to measure earth's axial tilt at the solstice.___

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2015-06-21 18:03:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Solstice coming up: in about an hour and a half

See if you can measure earth's axial tilt. 

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/throwback-thursday-measure-the-earth-s-axial-tilt-this-solstice-59ae31028c96

Solstice coming up: in about an hour and a half

See if you can measure earth's axial tilt. 

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/throwback-thursday-measure-the-earth-s-axial-tilt-this-solstice-59ae31028c96___

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2015-06-21 14:31:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Few more hours until the summer solstice. Here's how to measure earth's axial tilt.

With nothing more than a stick. 

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/throwback-thursday-measure-the-earth-s-axial-tilt-this-solstice-59ae31028c96

Few more hours until the summer solstice. Here's how to measure earth's axial tilt.

With nothing more than a stick. 

https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/throwback-thursday-measure-the-earth-s-axial-tilt-this-solstice-59ae31028c96___

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2015-06-21 05:37:36 (11 comments, 4 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon form an isosceles triangle.

Photographed just now (10:30 pm PDT) over Vancouver. Even a street light doesn't diminish this celestial spectacle. 

Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon form an isosceles triangle.

Photographed just now (10:30 pm PDT) over Vancouver. Even a street light doesn't diminish this celestial spectacle. ___

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2015-06-21 03:27:33 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

No holding back here

The writer condemns the US agency that was hacked by Chinese "actors", state-sponsored or otherwise.

Oh, for fuck's sake.  I can't tell if the problem is clue deficiency syndrome or  just rampant long-term mental constipation (aka failing to give a shit for a long time).

I can't see how the meeting where the decision was made didn't erupt in tons of "You want to do WHAT?? That's nuts!".___No holding back here

The writer condemns the US agency that was hacked by Chinese "actors", state-sponsored or otherwise.

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2015-06-20 18:08:39 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Tech companies want to control the news you read.

Really? Radio, real newspapers and a few other sources are still good for me. 

http://www.cnet.com/news/tech-companies-want-to-control-the-news/

Tech companies want to control the news you read.

Really? Radio, real newspapers and a few other sources are still good for me. 

http://www.cnet.com/news/tech-companies-want-to-control-the-news/___

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2015-06-20 14:57:28 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

When is Klout going to bring me some more good perks?

In truth there was only a single good perk that came my way. It was a three-day use of a new Cadillac ATS, delivered to the door. But that was two years ago. I've seen nothing since. 

When is Klout going to bring me some more good perks?

In truth there was only a single good perk that came my way. It was a three-day use of a new Cadillac ATS, delivered to the door. But that was two years ago. I've seen nothing since. ___

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2015-06-20 14:52:51 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Pixlr Editor is really solid.

Just saying. It's the go-to picture editing tool when your main computer is a Chromebook. 

Pixlr Editor is really solid.

Just saying. It's the go-to picture editing tool when your main computer is a Chromebook. ___

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2015-06-20 14:47:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Kim Dotcom's Mega wants to see some account activity

Has it really been so long since I last went to my Mega cloud storage? Since June 2013? Mega was the first to offer 50 gigs of free cloud storage, not too long after Dotcom went into "exile" in New Zealand. 

Here's part of the notice I received this morning.

Kim Dotcom's Mega wants to see some account activity

Has it really been so long since I last went to my Mega cloud storage? Since June 2013? Mega was the first to offer 50 gigs of free cloud storage, not too long after Dotcom went into "exile" in New Zealand. 

Here's part of the notice I received this morning.___

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2015-06-20 05:23:43 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon.

As photographed this evening over Vancouver.

Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon.

As photographed this evening over Vancouver.___

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