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Mary Mactavish

Mary Mactavish 

I'm middle-aged and happy.

Occupation: Primarily mom, also science communicator (Home)

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Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych438,836*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 14:26:00578  
Joanne Manaster118,782Join 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 Society6,481,209Join @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 01:00:00171  
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CosmoQuest42,841International 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 09:00:0083  

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2015-08-05 19:19:32 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

People who identify as queer/gay/bi or otherwise fall under the rainbow umbrella:

When straight and cisgender people use a rainbowed icon or other rainbow queer symbols, does it bother you? How do you feel about it?

If you want to reply to this and aren't in the LGBTIQetc. alphabet soup, please indicate that in your response and also say why you or dont use the rainbow symbology, as I'm specifically separating responses.

Most reshares: 12

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2015-08-22 17:53:12 (12 comments; 12 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

I'm not Christian and know a lot of people who really can't stand Christians because they've mostly been exposed to the Huckabee variety. I've mostly been exposed (at least personally, ignoring media exposure) to those more of President Carter's bent, so it isn't hard for me too see and what appreciate what people can do through faith, and truly good hearts. 

Most plusones: 108

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2015-06-21 04:33:17 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 108 +1s)Open 

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

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2016-04-12 16:27:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I'd totally go birding rather than fishing, but dang. I'd go. If I could get childcare ... sigh

I'd totally go birding rather than fishing, but dang. I'd go. If I could get childcare ... sigh___

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2016-04-07 03:18:10 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

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2016-01-23 02:05:38 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Owen is starting to understand money more and has been doing odd jobs beyond basic picking up laundry and toys for a dollar here and there. He wants to save up for things, but he also wants instant gratification (mostly minecraft skins and texture packs), and I've explained to him how, say, Best Friends Animal Society​ needs money to buy dog and cat toys so sometimes we'll give money to them.

I'd like to get him something like a give/save/spend bank for his birthday (e.g. moonjar https://goo.gl/b1F87R ) to help him differentiate between goals, but that also sounds a lot to me like telling him what he must and must not do with his money as opposed to just teaching options. Ideas about that? Other money-related give/save/spend or budgeting ideas for math-interested fives?

Owen is starting to understand money more and has been doing odd jobs beyond basic picking up laundry and toys for a dollar here and there. He wants to save up for things, but he also wants instant gratification (mostly minecraft skins and texture packs), and I've explained to him how, say, Best Friends Animal Society​ needs money to buy dog and cat toys so sometimes we'll give money to them.

I'd like to get him something like a give/save/spend bank for his birthday (e.g. moonjar https://goo.gl/b1F87R ) to help him differentiate between goals, but that also sounds a lot to me like telling him what he must and must not do with his money as opposed to just teaching options. Ideas about that? Other money-related give/save/spend or budgeting ideas for math-interested fives?___

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2016-01-21 02:16:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Bring Safe Water to Flint http://ow.ly/3yUpC9 I know and trust this fundraiser very well. - M

Bring Safe Water to Flint http://ow.ly/3yUpC9 I know and trust this fundraiser very well. - M___

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2016-01-18 19:52:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-11-13 05:18:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42614915@N00/22559382518/

Ugh, I dislike being reminded.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42614915@N00/22559382518/

Ugh, I dislike being reminded.___

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2015-09-30 01:58:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

"The Martian" Film: World Premiere in Toronto | V7 | NASA
Author Andy Weir, Weir's mother Janet Tuer and Weir's girlfriend Keri Kukral attend the world premiere for "The Martian” on day two of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in Toronto. NASA scientists and engineers served as technical consultants on the film. The movie portrays a realistic view of the climate and topography of Mars, based on NASA data, and some of the challenges NASA faces as we prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s.

The Martian | Official Trailer HD | 20th Century Fox
https://plus.google.com/113507009175485747967/posts/dLUib7TwVK1

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

+The Martian 
+20th Century Fox 
+NASA Solar System Exploration 
+NASA Johnson Space Center 
+BillIngal... more »

"The Martian" Film: World Premiere in Toronto | V7 | NASA
Author Andy Weir, Weir's mother Janet Tuer and Weir's girlfriend Keri Kukral attend the world premiere for "The Martian” on day two of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in Toronto. NASA scientists and engineers served as technical consultants on the film. The movie portrays a realistic view of the climate and topography of Mars, based on NASA data, and some of the challenges NASA faces as we prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s.

The Martian | Official Trailer HD | 20th Century Fox
https://plus.google.com/113507009175485747967/posts/dLUib7TwVK1

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

+The Martian 
+20th Century Fox 
+NASA Solar System Exploration 
+NASA Johnson Space Center 
+Bill Ingalls 
+Toronto International Film Festival 

#NASA #Mars #Martian #Astronaut #TheMartian #ScienceFiction #Film #RidleyScott #Director #Space #Exploration #Human #Planet #RedPlanet #Movie #AndyWeir #Novel #Video #HD #Actors #MattDamon #TIFF #Toronto #Canada #TraceyCaldwellDyson #JimGreen #JourneytoMars #Author #AndyWeir #Book___

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2015-09-30 01:56:10 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

yup, that's Andy

:)___yup, that's Andy

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2015-09-28 23:27:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Some dear friends of mine have been having bad health luck for years, and it's getting worse, not better. They've been wanting to take one particular dream vacation for years, and because of health issues, it might soon become impossible. If you're able to help even a little, please do -- It'll be one bright star in a very murky season for them. Thanks.
https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/douglas-kirsten-in-istanbul-the-queen-of-cities

Some dear friends of mine have been having bad health luck for years, and it's getting worse, not better. They've been wanting to take one particular dream vacation for years, and because of health issues, it might soon become impossible. If you're able to help even a little, please do -- It'll be one bright star in a very murky season for them. Thanks.
https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/douglas-kirsten-in-istanbul-the-queen-of-cities___

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2015-09-24 01:13:15 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

When I was living in Oakland, years ago, our only nearby laundromat about 3 blocks from my apartment closed (with a couple of other businesses) in a tiny tiny attempt at cleaning up my crappy neighborhood. The next nearest was maybe 8 blocks away. A bus went there but the stop was half the distance, it was only worthwhile in pouring rain. I ended up buying lots of socks and underpants and bath towels at the cheap stuff store (Kresge, in downtown Berkeley, long gone) to get me through the wet winter, because in our damp apartment, damp towels got stinky and hand washing dried slowly. I wore jeans a few days in a row.

If I were a parent and needed to wash tiny pants, pee-wet sheets, a 13-year-old's PE shirt and didn't have a nearby laundromat?

Ugh.

So dudes like this make me roll my eyes and have strong words with them.



When I was living in Oakland, years ago, our only nearby laundromat about 3 blocks from my apartment closed (with a couple of other businesses) in a tiny tiny attempt at cleaning up my crappy neighborhood. The next nearest was maybe 8 blocks away. A bus went there but the stop was half the distance, it was only worthwhile in pouring rain. I ended up buying lots of socks and underpants and bath towels at the cheap stuff store (Kresge, in downtown Berkeley, long gone) to get me through the wet winter, because in our damp apartment, damp towels got stinky and hand washing dried slowly. I wore jeans a few days in a row.

If I were a parent and needed to wash tiny pants, pee-wet sheets, a 13-year-old's PE shirt and didn't have a nearby laundromat?

Ugh.

So dudes like this make me roll my eyes and have strong words with them.

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2015-09-22 17:24:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

This got me kinda sniffly.

This got me kinda sniffly.___

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2015-09-13 00:54:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

people are silly
http://www.icogitate.com/~tree/cal.demo.forest.ac30.htm

Bonnie asks: How much does it cost per acre to keep a state forest for the enjoyment of the citizenry? Are such State Forests part of the net assets of a state?

The eight Demonstration State Forests are self-sustaining financially, as a group.
They require no support from California's general fund.
State Forests are part of the net assets of a state.
Amy of Windermere, UK, asks: Why do elephants jump out of redwood trees?

To squash cyclist if they are speeding and give them flat tires.
Elephants offer a similar service of flat feet, which they provide to non-cyclists as well as cyclists, if they stray from the Safety Rules of the Forest or trespass out-of-bounds.

people are silly
http://www.icogitate.com/~tree/cal.demo.forest.ac30.htm

Bonnie asks: How much does it cost per acre to keep a state forest for the enjoyment of the citizenry? Are such State Forests part of the net assets of a state?

The eight Demonstration State Forests are self-sustaining financially, as a group.
They require no support from California's general fund.
State Forests are part of the net assets of a state.
Amy of Windermere, UK, asks: Why do elephants jump out of redwood trees?

To squash cyclist if they are speeding and give them flat tires.
Elephants offer a similar service of flat feet, which they provide to non-cyclists as well as cyclists, if they stray from the Safety Rules of the Forest or trespass out-of-bounds.___

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2015-09-09 07:59:19 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I read this a couple of days before I read a story about autoimmune neurological conditions in workers who harvest pig brains at Hormel, so I'm not feeling super anti-regulation just now.

How do you sell Dystopia as Utopia? 
With lies & propaganda, of course!

This is a great article by Mariah Blake on the willful negligence that has led to the nearly 100% of the planet's population being exposed to the toxic and carcinogenic chemical known as "C8" (perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA).  It's also a great story of the tireless efforts of a handful of people - former employees, neighbors, farmers, etc- that worked to make sure that this whole thing was not swept under the rug by the chemical industry and DuPont.

Typical things that expose us to C8: stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids, Teflon cookware, microwave popcorn bags, Gore-Tex, floor wax, treated upholstery, clothing, and furniture, etc., food contact paper & wrappers, and dental floss.

Highlights include that DuPont knew about the health risks for nearly 50 years and did everything they could to cover it up and side-step their responsibilities to the public.  While finally caught red-handed dumping their toxic waste, and ordered to pay the victims, communities, for clean up and even further research, etc. they still are doing everything possible to stall the actual restitution.  One legal firm hired to administer funds to people has used $9 million while delivering $50,000 so far to victims, to give you an idea of how that's going.

Other standard Industry tricks, like hiring "regulatory strategists", lobbyists, public relations firms, and paying for narrowly focused scientific research meant to cast doubt on anyone or anything said against their "better living with chemicals" philosophy, and spin things to appear in their favor, as well as finally, creating a new subdivision within their corporate legal structure to hopefully distance themselves from the full legal, financial, and social consequences of their bad-actor behavior.

There's a movie in here, that I hope gets made so that more people are aware of this.

Oh, almost forgot the good news:  2015 marks the final year of the phase-out of C8.  It has been replaced with the also largely exempt (grandfathered) or untested variants, like C6, C7, C5, etc.

Further reading:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfluorooctanoic_acid
http://www.foreffectivegov.org/blog/ten-years-after-toxic-chemical-settlement-dupont-failing-keep-its-promises
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weinberg_Group

#privatizationofscience   #chemicalindustry   #dupont   #C8   #Perfluorooctanoic_acid   #publicrelations   #liability   #lawyeredup   #toxins   #carcinogens   #contamination  
http://malthusjohn3d.blogspot.com/2015/08/how-do-you-sell-dystopia-as-utopia.html___I read this a couple of days before I read a story about autoimmune neurological conditions in workers who harvest pig brains at Hormel, so I'm not feeling super anti-regulation just now.

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2015-09-08 04:19:39 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

This isn't a camper -- is it? Where's the kitchenette? Where's the vannyness?

This isn't a camper -- is it? Where's the kitchenette? Where's the vannyness?___

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2015-09-06 20:26:57 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Hazardous Materials Used In Silicon PV Cell Production: A Primer 

http://owl.li/RReSU

I've been wondering about this. I'm pro-solar but knew it wasn't a totally "clean" power source as it's so often touted. Some types of solar power plants are really hard on wildlife and habitats, but I've been wondering about the environmental effects of PV cell production -- and here it is.

(Also: Note that the silicon chips they're talking about in the article are in most of your electronics / computery goodness.)

Hazardous Materials Used In Silicon PV Cell Production: A Primer 

http://owl.li/RReSU

I've been wondering about this. I'm pro-solar but knew it wasn't a totally "clean" power source as it's so often touted. Some types of solar power plants are really hard on wildlife and habitats, but I've been wondering about the environmental effects of PV cell production -- and here it is.

(Also: Note that the silicon chips they're talking about in the article are in most of your electronics / computery goodness.)___

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2015-09-01 03:51:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

#bigbluelive IS STREAMING ftw omg yay http://www.pbs.org/big-blue-live/social-hub/  -- +Monterey Bay Aquarium says that it'll be available in the PBS store in about six weeks. Am so ordering it.

#bigbluelive IS STREAMING ftw omg yay http://www.pbs.org/big-blue-live/social-hub/  -- +Monterey Bay Aquarium says that it'll be available in the PBS store in about six weeks. Am so ordering it.___

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2015-09-01 03:14:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Joe's commentary is perfect here. (Also, you should check out his photography.)

Well, I don't know if it was precisely this moment, but this waterfall was a turning point, during my first visit to Iceland in 2006.

You might want to know the name of this waterfall. That would be perfectly sensible, for most of us, this is a pretty incredible five-tier (six? seven? whatever) waterfall on black rock. What's not to love? The thing is, this waterfall probably doesn't have a name. It wasn't on the map. There wasn't a parking lot for this waterfall. There wasn't a turnout for it. There was enough of a shoulder on the road to pull over onto the grass, but there was little indication that nearly anyone bothered to do that. The grass field below the bottom edge of the photograph was being used to graze sheep. It was not because Icelanders were entirely immune to beauty, but simply the fact that around the next corner there'd be another waterfall just as pretty, or even more so. And the next. And the next.

That sort of relentless assault of awesome is hard to ignore, and I didn't, instead, over the next few years, turned the feelings that I had from that experience into  my Iceland portfolio. And this image didn't make it into the portfolio, because ... well, for the same reason that this waterfall doesn't have a name.___Joe's commentary is perfect here. (Also, you should check out his photography.)

2015-08-28 22:51:03 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I can't for the life of me figure out how to download all my photos, every last one, from google photos, so I can delete them all from google photos. Any hints? https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6558?hl=en

I can't for the life of me figure out how to download all my photos, every last one, from google photos, so I can delete them all from google photos. Any hints? https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6558?hl=en___

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2015-08-27 19:44:45 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

http://owl.li/Rtaz0 I want to keep this animated gif of a pallas's cat for the rest of my life in case I need it.

http://owl.li/Rtaz0 I want to keep this animated gif of a pallas's cat for the rest of my life in case I need it.___

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2015-08-27 01:18:50 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

I love that last wave. And so tasty.

Nature Timelapse: Blossoming Artichoke.
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The naturally occurring variant of the artichoke, the cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), which is native to the Mediterranean area, has records of use as a food among the ancient Greeks and Romans. In North Africa, where they are still found in the wild state, the seeds of artichokes, probably cultivated, were found during the excavation of Roman-period Mons Claudianus in Egypt. Varieties of artichokes were cultivated in Sicily since the classical period of the ancient Greeks, the Greeks calling them kaktos. In that period the Greeks ate the leaves and flower heads, which cultivation had already improved from the wild form. The Romans called the vegetable carduus (whence the name cardoon). Globe artichokes are known to have been cultivated at Naples around the middle of the 9th century. Further improvement in the cultivated form appears to have taken place in the medieval period in Muslim Spain and the Maghreb, although the evidence is inferential only. Names for the artichoke in many European languages today come from medieval Arabic أرضي شوكي Ardhi Shawki via late medieval Spain (where it is nowadays alcachofa)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artichoke

http://i.imgur.com/jm0OKQM.gifv___I love that last wave. And so tasty.

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2015-08-22 17:53:12 (12 comments; 12 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

I'm not Christian and know a lot of people who really can't stand Christians because they've mostly been exposed to the Huckabee variety. I've mostly been exposed (at least personally, ignoring media exposure) to those more of President Carter's bent, so it isn't hard for me too see and what appreciate what people can do through faith, and truly good hearts. 

I'm not Christian and know a lot of people who really can't stand Christians because they've mostly been exposed to the Huckabee variety. I've mostly been exposed (at least personally, ignoring media exposure) to those more of President Carter's bent, so it isn't hard for me too see and what appreciate what people can do through faith, and truly good hearts. ___

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2015-08-19 23:30:35 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Do you identify as Hispanic or Latino/a/x, and I'd so, what's your understanding of this subject? (Or if not, but I'd like to know what folks who actually use the labels think of them. )

I've never known anyone from Brazil to identify as Latino and a few who have identified as not-Latino, just Brazilian. I'm sure that's not universal for Brazilians but I've seen a fair bit of it. I haven't asked any Haitians or people from other Caribbean countries, Belize, Suriname, etc. My only not-spanish-language data points are from Brazil.

Many people define it only related to countries where Iberian languages are spoken (which would include Brazil), Romance languages (which would mean St. Martin but not Sint Maarten), or specifically excluding the Caribbean -- though most folks I know who would say Trinidad (hovering on the shore of South America) isn't... more »

Do you identify as Hispanic or Latino/a/x, and I'd so, what's your understanding of this subject? (Or if not, but I'd like to know what folks who actually use the labels think of them. )

I've never known anyone from Brazil to identify as Latino and a few who have identified as not-Latino, just Brazilian. I'm sure that's not universal for Brazilians but I've seen a fair bit of it. I haven't asked any Haitians or people from other Caribbean countries, Belize, Suriname, etc. My only not-spanish-language data points are from Brazil.

Many people define it only related to countries where Iberian languages are spoken (which would include Brazil), Romance languages (which would mean St. Martin but not Sint Maarten), or specifically excluding the Caribbean -- though most folks I know who would say Trinidad (hovering on the shore of South America) isn't Latin America but Cuba, PR, and the DR-but-not-Haiti are.

It also depends on the actual speaker's viewpoint, someone from San Diego might use it differently from someone in Santiago. Someone in International Relations might use it differently from someone in folk music scholarship.

This cartoon gives us this artist's viewpoint of something not as concrete as is illustrated. ___

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2015-08-10 05:59:35 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart became friends relatively recently, in terms of their long lives, when they were working together. I'm sure they knew (of) each other before, but their friendship is new.

And they love each other so much.

We don't stop meeting and loving new people, as we age. There are still people out there. We can meet new people and develop new relationship and love until we die. It isn't too late. 

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart became friends relatively recently, in terms of their long lives, when they were working together. I'm sure they knew (of) each other before, but their friendship is new.

And they love each other so much.

We don't stop meeting and loving new people, as we age. There are still people out there. We can meet new people and develop new relationship and love until we die. It isn't too late. ___

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2015-08-07 18:16:10 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Those wacky moral majority people:
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/06/recordings-state-rep-asked-aide-hide-relationship/31269315/
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/08/michigan_tea_party_members_to.html
https://www.facebook.com/Stonekettle/posts/875932219108849

Those wacky moral majority people:
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/06/recordings-state-rep-asked-aide-hide-relationship/31269315/
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/08/michigan_tea_party_members_to.html
https://www.facebook.com/Stonekettle/posts/875932219108849___

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2015-08-06 08:59:00 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

http://ow.ly/3y5A6M well dang, if I can't vote for @govHuckabee because he's science illiterate nor Trump because he's the court jester, nor Carson because he's losing his grip on reality -- or at least, on hyperbole -- who else can I vote for?

http://ow.ly/3y5A6M well dang, if I can't vote for @govHuckabee because he's science illiterate nor Trump because he's the court jester, nor Carson because he's losing his grip on reality -- or at least, on hyperbole -- who else can I vote for?___

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2015-08-06 04:24:17 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

I just watched this once through, thinking, "I totally don't get the part up to the creation of atoms." My 4yo said, "What are you watching, can we watch it again? That looks cool." A few seconds in: "Oh, so that's how it all started." I doubt I could get him to explain it to me in his own words, but still. *sigh

I just watched this once through, thinking, "I totally don't get the part up to the creation of atoms." My 4yo said, "What are you watching, can we watch it again? That looks cool." A few seconds in: "Oh, so that's how it all started." I doubt I could get him to explain it to me in his own words, but still. *sigh___

2015-08-05 19:19:32 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

People who identify as queer/gay/bi or otherwise fall under the rainbow umbrella:

When straight and cisgender people use a rainbowed icon or other rainbow queer symbols, does it bother you? How do you feel about it?

If you want to reply to this and aren't in the LGBTIQetc. alphabet soup, please indicate that in your response and also say why you or dont use the rainbow symbology, as I'm specifically separating responses.

People who identify as queer/gay/bi or otherwise fall under the rainbow umbrella:

When straight and cisgender people use a rainbowed icon or other rainbow queer symbols, does it bother you? How do you feel about it?

If you want to reply to this and aren't in the LGBTIQetc. alphabet soup, please indicate that in your response and also say why you or dont use the rainbow symbology, as I'm specifically separating responses.___

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2015-08-01 18:38:25 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 43 +1s)Open 

Can't stop staring. (When I realized I was loathe to close the tab, I figured I'd just share.)

___Can't stop staring. (When I realized I was loathe to close the tab, I figured I'd just share.)

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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 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +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; 2 reshares; 36 +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 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 108 +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; 1 reshares; 33 +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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