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Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych342,516*March 14, 2015 9:26:53 will be epic.* Why? 3.141592653 = π Take advantage of this day to spread some love of math and science. Teach something, share something, learn something, or read something!Pi Day!2015-03-14 14:26:00584  
Joanne Manaster113,146Join us as @104733415626297507218 and Joanne Manaster chat with @112026058728255591897 and @106544067325247750869 about their book, "Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program" on Monday, June 23 at noon EDT, 11 CDT. Read Science! "Marketing the Moon" Edition2014-06-23 18:00:0019  
The Planetary Society5,475,522Join @117328732331103841331 and @110701307803962595019 for their biweekly discussion of Curiosity with a special update on the latest science from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting. Note this week's event will end 15 minutes early!Cosmoquest Science Hour: Curiosity and #DPS12 updates2012-10-25 01:00:00170  
Science on Google+608,276We will be updating and sharing this General Science Page Circle (see http://goo.gl/9muuE) on Tuesday (10/9) at 9:00 PM (EST). Please add your Science Page to this database (http://goo.gl/WCohT) if you would like to add your page to the circle. Here's the form: http://goo.gl/bfqHa. You do not have to fill out the form if you are already in the database. Here's the link to the updated Science Page circle, http://goo.gl/aGQPB.Science Page Circle2012-10-10 03:00:00133  
CosmoQuest42,934International Observe the Moon Night is bringing all of humanity together to gaze at the Moon. It's simple to participate... go outside and look up!  We'll have a series of Hangouts throughout the day so you can observe the Moon with people from all over the world. Exact times TBA, but expect them to be centered around Australian, European, and American time zones. You can also visit the website and participate in a local event near you. Be sure to share your pictures and experiences here and on Twitter with the hashtag #MoonNight .  *First Moon Observation Session* Taking place at 0800 UTC // 0000 PDT from Australia and New Zealand Archived: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_PPufpWk3c *Second Moon Observation Session* Taking place at 1600 UTC // 0800 PDT from Malaysia ---- Cancelled due to clouds ---- *Third Moon Observation Session* Taking place at 1830 UTC // 1030 PDT from Turkey and Denmark http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKWcy9rfW7oInternational Observe the Moon Night2012-09-22 09:00:0085  

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2015-04-17 07:17:43 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

Anyone else cheer when they saw Chewbacca and Han Solo?

Most reshares: 4

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2015-03-17 09:25:59 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

NASA has unveiled a photo of Emerald Isle as it appears from space.

Most plusones: 153

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2015-04-17 07:17:43 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

Anyone else cheer when they saw Chewbacca and Han Solo?

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2015-07-21 21:31:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I wish @hootsuite could post to Google+ the way it does to twitter and Facebook.

http://twitter.com/mactavish/status/623606109060890625

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^that

I wish @hootsuite could post to Google+ the way it does to twitter and Facebook.

http://twitter.com/mactavish/status/623606109060890625

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^that___

2015-07-21 21:29:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This first paragraph is about how I use social media. Specifically, if I don't think an argument would be fun or useful, I chose not to take part, using any one or few of many available tools.

But if you're curious about the ocean, ask him, not me. I'm better about California geography.

My social media policy:

I do social media first and foremost for my own enjoyment. If you cause me to enjoy the experience any less, expect to be removed/blocked/hidden/unfollowed. I primarily follow people that I actually know. If you want to get my attention, feel free to send me a message. If you're fun/clever/interesting, I might follow you. If I don't, it's because I don't. No one is owed an explanation. 

If you have questions about the ocean, ask them. Talking about my work, conservation, and the oceans in general is something I enjoy doing. Don't be shy.___This first paragraph is about how I use social media. Specifically, if I don't think an argument would be fun or useful, I chose not to take part, using any one or few of many available tools.

But if you're curious about the ocean, ask him, not me. I'm better about California geography.

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2015-07-15 19:26:36 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Poor little molting peacock at Ardenwood Farm. He usually has so much swagger. But a tailless peacock is a humble peacock.

Poor little molting peacock at Ardenwood Farm. He usually has so much swagger. But a tailless peacock is a humble peacock.___

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2015-07-10 11:22:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

If you're interested in nature photography, especially of the innovative sort, you might want to follow +Joe Decker​. (You also should know he leads photography workshops all sorts of places, and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. )

I love experimenting with materials, and now feel like I'm one step closer to a new body of work. I've been fiddling with translucent materials on and off for months, but ... this might be the one.___If you're interested in nature photography, especially of the innovative sort, you might want to follow +Joe Decker​. (You also should know he leads photography workshops all sorts of places, and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. )

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2015-07-06 21:33:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

 http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/07/dalai-lama-neuroscience-compassion/397706/?utm_source=SFFB 

Note the correction at the bottom. 

 http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/07/dalai-lama-neuroscience-compassion/397706/?utm_source=SFFB 

Note the correction at the bottom. ___

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2015-07-06 03:57:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Someone I know linked the Love Boat series pilot episode and I accidentally watched the whole thing. How do these things happen?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g62ZG7NPj10&feature=youtu.be

Someone I know linked the Love Boat series pilot episode and I accidentally watched the whole thing. How do these things happen?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g62ZG7NPj10&feature=youtu.be___

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2015-07-03 15:02:24 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

I've told folks I saw people at Pride with a sign that said something like "We're conservative Christian republicans who are glad our son has equal marriage rights," but couldn't get a picture of their signs. I blew them kisses, and they waved the "I love you" sign back at me.

I misremembered the signs. 
They're actually: "I'm OLD, WHITE, a REPUBLICAN and the PROUD FATHER of a GAY SON" and "CHRISTIAN mom BLESSED with a WONDERFUL GAY SON!”
https://goo.gl/ytfLNi

I've told folks I saw people at Pride with a sign that said something like "We're conservative Christian republicans who are glad our son has equal marriage rights," but couldn't get a picture of their signs. I blew them kisses, and they waved the "I love you" sign back at me.

I misremembered the signs. 
They're actually: "I'm OLD, WHITE, a REPUBLICAN and the PROUD FATHER of a GAY SON" and "CHRISTIAN mom BLESSED with a WONDERFUL GAY SON!”
https://goo.gl/ytfLNi___

2015-07-03 14:41:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Elsenet, on a rheumatoid arthritis support forum, someone asked, "Who else is feeling good today?"

I answered,  "I usually feel good. I'm sore, but feel good. I have so many loved ones with chronic depression, and feel lucky not to suffer that way." 

Then it occurred to me that "I feel blessed that..." or "I'm lucky that..." is a polite way to say "I'm glad that...." 

But you know what? I'm glad I don't have chronic depression. It fucking sucks.

Elsenet, on a rheumatoid arthritis support forum, someone asked, "Who else is feeling good today?"

I answered,  "I usually feel good. I'm sore, but feel good. I have so many loved ones with chronic depression, and feel lucky not to suffer that way." 

Then it occurred to me that "I feel blessed that..." or "I'm lucky that..." is a polite way to say "I'm glad that...." 

But you know what? I'm glad I don't have chronic depression. It fucking sucks.___

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2015-07-03 12:54:08 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Y'all with kids who want a quick and easy and relatively neutral way to tell the story of the US Revolutionary War and why tomorrow is our "birthday":
There's a series on DVD (cheap on amazon, free on YouTube) called "Liberty's Kids," your basic fictionalized history cartoon. When I heard about it I assumed it world be all American Exceptionalism and might, but then I saw Walter Cronkite was involved so I gave it a shot. And it's not hard to watch, and pretty accessible and reasonably well done.

I'm sure Owen doesn't get all the nuances of that kind of history but I think it's a good launch pad for future discussion.

https://youtu.be/Pt8MmmLLHJY

Y'all with kids who want a quick and easy and relatively neutral way to tell the story of the US Revolutionary War and why tomorrow is our "birthday":
There's a series on DVD (cheap on amazon, free on YouTube) called "Liberty's Kids," your basic fictionalized history cartoon. When I heard about it I assumed it world be all American Exceptionalism and might, but then I saw Walter Cronkite was involved so I gave it a shot. And it's not hard to watch, and pretty accessible and reasonably well done.

I'm sure Owen doesn't get all the nuances of that kind of history but I think it's a good launch pad for future discussion.

https://youtu.be/Pt8MmmLLHJY___

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2015-07-02 02:58:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sinkholes Offer Glimpse Into Comet's Heart

"Strange pits and divots observed on the surface of Ccomet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may be sinkholes, not unlike those that appear on Earth, a new analysis suggests." Read more from Space.

Sinkholes Offer Glimpse Into Comet's Heart

"Strange pits and divots observed on the surface of Ccomet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may be sinkholes, not unlike those that appear on Earth, a new analysis suggests." Read more from Space.___

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2015-07-02 01:42:52 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

HOW COOL IS THAT.

First-ever White House Girl Scouts Astronomy Campout: V2 | NASA
Girl Scouts participate in the Friendship Circle at the first-ever White House Astronomy Campout held as part of the Let's Move! Outside initiative on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. NASA provided telescopes and led a stargazing activity with scientists and astronaut Cady Coleman in attendance.

Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

+The White House 
+Cady Coleman 
+NASA Johnson Space Center 
+NASA Goddard 

#NASA #Space #Astronomy #Science #GirlsScouts #Astronaut #CadyColeman #STEM #Education #Telescopes #WhiteHouse
#Washington #DC #Government  #USA #UnitedStates___HOW COOL IS THAT.

2015-07-02 00:56:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I am loading up my amazon prime streaming music library again. I actually buy stuff off of it. If I like a song a lot, especially if it's by someone other than, say, Paul McCartney, who makes piles of dough already, I buy it as well as streaming it, and if I like most of an album, I buy CDs instead of or as well as MP3s. 

But looking at my collection now, I have stuff for me for sleeping, rocking out, resting, reading, and a bunch for my kid as well. So I'm definitely building playlists, or I'll be moving from "Oklahoma!" to "Thunder Road" to sounds of waterfalls and wind in trees to Shel Silverstein reading poems aloud to Great Big Sea to the fabulous Banana Slug String Band, whose buyable music is here but who has a whole lot streaming on Prime as well.

So how much do musicians get per streamed song? Can't be much.

Banana Slug String... more »

I am loading up my amazon prime streaming music library again. I actually buy stuff off of it. If I like a song a lot, especially if it's by someone other than, say, Paul McCartney, who makes piles of dough already, I buy it as well as streaming it, and if I like most of an album, I buy CDs instead of or as well as MP3s. 

But looking at my collection now, I have stuff for me for sleeping, rocking out, resting, reading, and a bunch for my kid as well. So I'm definitely building playlists, or I'll be moving from "Oklahoma!" to "Thunder Road" to sounds of waterfalls and wind in trees to Shel Silverstein reading poems aloud to Great Big Sea to the fabulous Banana Slug String Band, whose buyable music is here but who has a whole lot streaming on Prime as well.

So how much do musicians get per streamed song? Can't be much.

Banana Slug String Band link here. Sometimes I use an affiliate link, sometimes not, this time it is. But I don't try hard to use my affiliate link and often forget to.

http://goo.gl/wLkZDL___

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2015-06-26 20:54:24 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Yay.

Yay.___

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2015-06-25 02:22:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The ASL in this is gorgeous, but I kept thinking "lie, not lay, dude."

The ASL in this is gorgeous, but I kept thinking "lie, not lay, dude."___

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2015-06-21 04:33:17 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Organizing a movie night for this for all my friends would be a huge challenge, but I might have to.

Organizing a movie night for this for all my friends would be a huge challenge, but I might have to.___

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2015-06-15 06:05:05 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I've wanted to go to Berkeley's Adventure Playground for 30 years, literally, since I first learned about it. And today was the day, we brought our kid for his first visit. As it turns out, it's the awesomest playground ever, filthy, risky (with an observant but completely non-intrusive staff), absorbing, where children can do really important work.

I've wanted to go to Berkeley's Adventure Playground for 30 years, literally, since I first learned about it. And today was the day, we brought our kid for his first visit. As it turns out, it's the awesomest playground ever, filthy, risky (with an observant but completely non-intrusive staff), absorbing, where children can do really important work.___

2015-06-11 01:31:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Owen's playing phonics games with me. He's making them up. We don't really do phonics much. 
"What starts with "tu tu ... and it's a number and it's curvy."
"What starts with "d d ...." "Are there any in this house?" "Yes." "Dogs?" "No, it goes open and shut, open and shut." 
"What starts with m m m?" "Mommy?" "No, it's yellow and has blue around the middle....and is in Despicable Me."
"What starts with cow cow cow ...and you can sit on it, three people can sit on it."
"What starts with cah cah cah and you can walk on it and dogs play on it?"

Owen's playing phonics games with me. He's making them up. We don't really do phonics much. 
"What starts with "tu tu ... and it's a number and it's curvy."
"What starts with "d d ...." "Are there any in this house?" "Yes." "Dogs?" "No, it goes open and shut, open and shut." 
"What starts with m m m?" "Mommy?" "No, it's yellow and has blue around the middle....and is in Despicable Me."
"What starts with cow cow cow ...and you can sit on it, three people can sit on it."
"What starts with cah cah cah and you can walk on it and dogs play on it?"___

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2015-06-10 19:23:49 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

I'm really looking forward to the movie, now.

Oh, +Mary Mactavish / +Casey Grimm: http://xkcd.com/1536/___I'm really looking forward to the movie, now.

2015-06-04 22:07:24 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Is there any way to block someone on youtube so that my kid can't watch the videos or even just so they don't show up on recommended videos? So sick of the Engineering Family and other Disney "Maker Studio" videos. They're safe, by YouTube standards, but they're just long ads, and oh that TEF dude is so annoying. Currently, I just go through and tweak the "recommended" algorithm by removing stuff from his recommended vids and by playing the playlists I've made and like in my laptop's background, so the suggested vids are more related to those.

He often watches youtube via the xbox or my phone, and I'm not always next to him moderating.

Is there any way to block someone on youtube so that my kid can't watch the videos or even just so they don't show up on recommended videos? So sick of the Engineering Family and other Disney "Maker Studio" videos. They're safe, by YouTube standards, but they're just long ads, and oh that TEF dude is so annoying. Currently, I just go through and tweak the "recommended" algorithm by removing stuff from his recommended vids and by playing the playlists I've made and like in my laptop's background, so the suggested vids are more related to those.

He often watches youtube via the xbox or my phone, and I'm not always next to him moderating.___

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2015-06-04 01:29:32 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Yesterday morning our house stank, all of a sudden. The smell was pooled in specific rooms, and we had a hard time figuring out where the smell came from. It was in Audrey’s room, but her door to the hallway was closed, though her window to outside was open. It was in my room. We turned on ceiling fans, opened doors. Eventually, it faded and the strength of the smell diminished, but it still seemed as if blobs of it moved around the house.

In the evening, we realized why it moved around: At some point, Fritzy had gotten it all over his face and ears. We still don’t know what caused it. It’s vaguely, though not especially skunky, but the back yard doesn’t stink. It it some sort of musky animal like a raccoon that died? At any rate, if it’s outside, we don’t know where, and can’t smell it. 

But Fritzy had been all over my bed, so all of my linens and comforters went in thewash with hot ... more »

Yesterday morning our house stank, all of a sudden. The smell was pooled in specific rooms, and we had a hard time figuring out where the smell came from. It was in Audrey’s room, but her door to the hallway was closed, though her window to outside was open. It was in my room. We turned on ceiling fans, opened doors. Eventually, it faded and the strength of the smell diminished, but it still seemed as if blobs of it moved around the house.

In the evening, we realized why it moved around: At some point, Fritzy had gotten it all over his face and ears. We still don’t know what caused it. It’s vaguely, though not especially skunky, but the back yard doesn’t stink. It it some sort of musky animal like a raccoon that died? At any rate, if it’s outside, we don’t know where, and can’t smell it. 

But Fritzy had been all over my bed, so all of my linens and comforters went in the wash with hot water, detergent, and baking soda, and one pillow without a case into the trash. I sprayed “Icky Poo” enzymes on the bed and carpet. It’s 90% better now, but I might run them through again.

Fritzy got a serious bath. About, oh, 75% of the stink went away, but he still smells pretty bad. What do we wash him in? I’m googling. He’s definitely having another bath tonight.

Then tonight, I tried to figure out why the chair with my recliner in it still smells. Oh. Fritzy (15 lb long-haired dachshund) was all over it yesterday. So I scrubbed it down with upholstery cleaner and sprayed on the enzymes. No idea if the enzymes actually work, they’re meant to help break down body waste proteins.

So I’m sitting here, and Fritzy’s lying next to me stinking. This is nasty.

Trying this tonight, then: http://tricountyhumanesociety.org/pet-tips/dog-tips/40-recipe-to-remove-skunk-odor___

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2015-05-27 23:32:27 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

I'd be proud to call her my daughter.

So fantastic.___I'd be proud to call her my daughter.

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2015-05-25 20:06:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

This song makes me miss the Big Man.

This song makes me miss the Big Man.___

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2015-05-01 05:52:04 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Wow. This is a cool image.

We were recently reading this story from NASA that says Mars used to have large oceans. It includes a tantalizing picture reminiscent of Google Earth. So we decided to see if we could simulate oceans in Google Mars.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2015/04/oceans-mars.html___Wow. This is a cool image.

2015-04-25 23:11:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I don't have much to say about Nepal, but have retweeted random info on @geographile on twitter. 

I don't have much to say about Nepal, but have retweeted random info on @geographile on twitter. ___

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2015-04-24 02:33:15 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Eating smurfs will not have the same effect.

___Eating smurfs will not have the same effect.

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2015-04-24 01:32:55 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I'm so excited about this. 

I'm so excited about this. ___

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2015-04-17 07:17:43 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

When I saw this -- most specifically the last scene, with the two old friends --   I choked up, and I had a hard time talking for a minute afterwards. I suddenly became a 14 year old riding her bike alone to the theater because no one else she knew wanted to see this ridiculous nerdy movie. And that sounds sad but it's not how I mean it. I became that totally swept-away, thrilled kid, who then joined the science fiction club and never really looked back. 

If Abrams screws this one up, he's going to need armed guards.

Anyone else cheer when they saw Chewbacca and Han Solo?___When I saw this -- most specifically the last scene, with the two old friends --   I choked up, and I had a hard time talking for a minute afterwards. I suddenly became a 14 year old riding her bike alone to the theater because no one else she knew wanted to see this ridiculous nerdy movie. And that sounds sad but it's not how I mean it. I became that totally swept-away, thrilled kid, who then joined the science fiction club and never really looked back. 

If Abrams screws this one up, he's going to need armed guards.

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2015-04-17 02:23:06 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

San Jose is full of strange people.

Oh look, it's ME!___San Jose is full of strange people.

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2015-04-13 07:51:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Impossible Space: @sci4thepeople talks with Andy Weir about "The Martian" (@themartianfilm) & @StartsWithaBang

This week Science for the People is exploring the limits of science exploration in both fictional and fact. We’re joined by “lifelong space nerd” Andy Weir, to talk about his debut novel The Martian (and soon to be film, trailer below), that pits human…

Impossible Space: @sci4thepeople talks with Andy Weir about "The Martian" (@themartianfilm) & @StartsWithaBang

This week Science for the People is exploring the limits of science exploration in both fictional and fact. We’re joined by “lifelong space nerd” Andy Weir, to talk about his debut novel The Martian (and soon to be film, trailer below), that pits human…___

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2015-04-13 06:10:59 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

http://ow.ly/3xJy4v

Bourton-on-the-Water, with its model (model (model (model))) village. 

http://ow.ly/3xJy4v

Bourton-on-the-Water, with its model (model (model (model))) village. ___

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2015-04-08 03:54:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

uhoh ... do freshwater ones count as _sea_food? Because that might be a problem in California soon because of this --> http://goo.gl/d8tLEX <------

April recommendations are posted with good news for people who enjoy freshwater prawns.___uhoh ... do freshwater ones count as _sea_food? Because that might be a problem in California soon because of this --> http://goo.gl/d8tLEX <------

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2015-04-07 16:47:01 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I actually reread bits of this a couple of times just sighing, imagining. This is immediately on my list of Places I Must Visit. The Lindbergh map, omg! I know petting the maps would be irresponsible, but I'd still want to. Anyone want to come with me? 

I actually reread bits of this a couple of times just sighing, imagining. This is immediately on my list of Places I Must Visit. The Lindbergh map, omg! I know petting the maps would be irresponsible, but I'd still want to. Anyone want to come with me? ___

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2015-04-02 08:46:01 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Besides urban water conservation, I'd really like to see much less alfalfa grown (at least quit exporting it, but can we restrict that?) and a moratorium on new almond orchards, and limitations on rice grown outside of historic wetlands. (Rice in historic wetlands is ecologically very important, especially for migrating birds.)

Governor Jerry Brown has announced mandatory water restrictions.___Besides urban water conservation, I'd really like to see much less alfalfa grown (at least quit exporting it, but can we restrict that?) and a moratorium on new almond orchards, and limitations on rice grown outside of historic wetlands. (Rice in historic wetlands is ecologically very important, especially for migrating birds.)

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2015-03-30 21:57:07 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

CaH can be problematic but I don't want to avoid it entirely. I think removing some cards and glomming on to extension packs is the best plan.

On the other hand, I got Apples to Apples years ago and attend gamey gatherings so seldom anymore that I've never opened it.

Yeah, baby!___CaH can be problematic but I don't want to avoid it entirely. I think removing some cards and glomming on to extension packs is the best plan.

On the other hand, I got Apples to Apples years ago and attend gamey gatherings so seldom anymore that I've never opened it.

2015-03-30 21:52:28 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I think whatever is screaming near my house is an American Crow, but it could be a crow/peacock/cat-in-heat hybrid.

I think whatever is screaming near my house is an American Crow, but it could be a crow/peacock/cat-in-heat hybrid.___

2015-03-26 09:53:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Yesterday my sister and I took my kid, and our grand-nibling (an older sister's grandchild) out for dinner between an afternoon playing at our house and an evening playing at the park.

These days I look very 52, and have a short pixie cut. My sister is a little younger than me, slightly longer hair; we present as a similar age and in general we present very similarly, neither femme not butch, not ladylike, fairly relaxed.

After dinner, the cute young i-think-queer female couple behind me, whom I hadn't noticed before, said "I just wanted to tell you two: Your kids are adorable." I smiled politely like you do and said thank you, then as they left, the light bulb went on, and I said, "I think they thought those were our kids.

That's a first. Hm.

Yesterday my sister and I took my kid, and our grand-nibling (an older sister's grandchild) out for dinner between an afternoon playing at our house and an evening playing at the park.

These days I look very 52, and have a short pixie cut. My sister is a little younger than me, slightly longer hair; we present as a similar age and in general we present very similarly, neither femme not butch, not ladylike, fairly relaxed.

After dinner, the cute young i-think-queer female couple behind me, whom I hadn't noticed before, said "I just wanted to tell you two: Your kids are adorable." I smiled politely like you do and said thank you, then as they left, the light bulb went on, and I said, "I think they thought those were our kids.

That's a first. Hm.___

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2015-03-17 09:25:59 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

NASA has unveiled a photo of Emerald Isle as it appears from space.

NASA has unveiled a photo of Emerald Isle as it appears from space.___

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2015-03-16 19:43:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

/sigh

snork

#antivaxxers  ___/sigh

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2015-03-15 08:06:48 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Hey look, a planet. Go Hubble go.

NASA's Hubble space telescope's first visible-light photo of a planet - Fomalhaut b - circling another star.
NASA's Hubble space telescope's first visible-light photo of a planet - Fomalhaut b - circling another star. Photo: Reuters
THE first photographs of a planet outside our solar system were unveiled in America this week, sending local astronomers into a spin.

Two groups of astronomers have taken two sets of pictures. One, depicting three planets circling a star known as HR 8799 in the constellation of Pegasus, was captured by Christian Marois from the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in British Columbia.

The other, a planet three times the size of Jupiter, was spotted by Paul Kalas from the University of California, Berkeley. The planet, dubbed Fomalhaut b, was observed orbiting the star Fomalhaut in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus, 25 light years from our solar system.

The discoveries were reported in Science Express, the online version of the journal Science.

Simon O'Toole, research astronomer at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney, said the discoveries, which come on the eve of the International Year of Astronomy next year, were "a pretty major breakthrough".

"Not only is it the first image of a planet around another star where we know for sure that the planet is orbiting a star, it's actually a family of planets that we didn't know about before," he said.

The search for pictures of planets outside our solar system took US astronomers eight years to secure, although Kalas suspected the planet's existence in 2005.

The pictures also reveal a star in its youth — 60 million years old compared to our sun, which is 4 billion years old — which will provide a wealth of information for astronomers keen to establish the chemical make-up of planetary systems and how they form.

Dr O'Toole said observing such a young planetary system would be an advantage for astronomers. "If you were to look at our solar system from the same distance, it would be a lot harder to see Jupiter because it is much fainter as the planet has cooled down (with age) and dimmed," he said.

Using a camera mounted on the Hubble telescope, the astronomers tracked the group of stars over the past year, watching the planets as they moved through space with the stars as gravity held them together as a group.

- with agencies

___Hey look, a planet. Go Hubble go.

2015-03-15 05:41:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"His name is in the code, in the wind in the rigging and the shutters." - Terry Pratchett http://owl.li/KlqOb (And I'm sniffling again.)

"His name is in the code, in the wind in the rigging and the shutters." - Terry Pratchett http://owl.li/KlqOb (And I'm sniffling again.)___

2015-03-15 01:11:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

“He felt it was more important that I experienced the wonders of the world than got a good night’s sleep,” [Rhianna Pratchett, Sir Terry's daughter] says.

I share those priorities. So much of children's time is wasted. 

“He felt it was more important that I experienced the wonders of the world than got a good night’s sleep,” [Rhianna Pratchett, Sir Terry's daughter] says.

I share those priorities. So much of children's time is wasted. ___

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2015-03-14 17:40:12 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

My friend +Rakesh Bharania​ pointed out that over much of the world, today is not 3/14/15 but 14/3/15, which prompted my friend +David Barr​ to reply such that I realized this date needs a specific song.

https://youtu.be/ih7N9_VUU4U

My friend +Rakesh Bharania​ pointed out that over much of the world, today is not 3/14/15 but 14/3/15, which prompted my friend +David Barr​ to reply such that I realized this date needs a specific song.

https://youtu.be/ih7N9_VUU4U___

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2015-03-13 20:30:42 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This sounds like a lot of "may be" but makes some valid points. I definitely use(d) circles mow than I do communities.

I tend to pay more attention to Facebook because I have more personal contacts there, inlaws and former schoolmates, etc. but as a product, I far prefer g+.

If this ever disappears and you want to find me, you can probably poke me via Twitter @mactavish or @geographile

This sounds like a lot of "may be" but makes some valid points. I definitely use(d) circles mow than I do communities.

I tend to pay more attention to Facebook because I have more personal contacts there, inlaws and former schoolmates, etc. but as a product, I far prefer g+.

If this ever disappears and you want to find me, you can probably poke me via Twitter @mactavish or @geographile___

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2015-03-13 20:19:12 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is one of the more comprehensive descriptions of RA I've seen.

-- tl;dr It sucks. http://ow.ly/3xvmrc

This is one of the more comprehensive descriptions of RA I've seen.

-- tl;dr It sucks. http://ow.ly/3xvmrc___

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2015-03-13 17:19:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Ganymede has an ocean," which I keep thinking of as a saline mantle. http://ow.ly/3xvk8L

"Ganymede has an ocean," which I keep thinking of as a saline mantle. http://ow.ly/3xvk8L___

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2015-03-08 12:14:50 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Super duper worth a read (before you share). 

Super duper worth a read (before you share). ___

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2015-02-22 05:10:25 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Owl Power ~ About | Nature | PBS (setting this aside to watch tomorrow ... or maybe tonight, sleep is for the weak)

Owl Power ~ About | Nature | PBS (setting this aside to watch tomorrow ... or maybe tonight, sleep is for the weak)___

2015-02-17 05:12:02 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

ges ago, when I was reading about a charter school that used to be across the street from our house, I read about the local school district's excused absence policy. They allow excused absences with a doctor's note, and for immediate family funerals, and for religious reasons, but not when you're too unwell to go to school but don't need medical care, and not for dear friends' funerals, or personal/special/spiritual reasons that aren't associated with a religion.
And now that schools around here start in August, that means that Owen would have to miss the first week of first grade, unexcused, so we can go to Oregon: http://goo.gl/WkXU
That made me think that, though I know attendance is important, it's fairer to allow kids a given number of "personal" days off to use as desired than it is to allow specific religious days off. Kids without a given religion... more »

ges ago, when I was reading about a charter school that used to be across the street from our house, I read about the local school district's excused absence policy. They allow excused absences with a doctor's note, and for immediate family funerals, and for religious reasons, but not when you're too unwell to go to school but don't need medical care, and not for dear friends' funerals, or personal/special/spiritual reasons that aren't associated with a religion.
And now that schools around here start in August, that means that Owen would have to miss the first week of first grade, unexcused, so we can go to Oregon: http://goo.gl/WkXU
That made me think that, though I know attendance is important, it's fairer to allow kids a given number of "personal" days off to use as desired than it is to allow specific religious days off. Kids without a given religion technically have fewer allowed days off, otherwise.___

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2015-02-03 00:06:24 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I've heard a lot of Anna's hummingbirds recently, so I put a feeder on my bedroom window. This is what I wake up to, these days. I think she's nesting in one of the trees in our yard.

I've heard a lot of Anna's hummingbirds recently, so I put a feeder on my bedroom window. This is what I wake up to, these days. I think she's nesting in one of the trees in our yard.___

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