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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been at 5 events

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Pamela L. Gay86,865Join us to talk with Moon pioneers +Penn State Lunar Lion XPRIZE Team and +Earthrise Space Foundation  and find out how they're engaging students -- and heading to the Moon!OverviewA global team of scientists and engineers are all working toward constructing missions to land on, travel across, and send video back from the Moon. With this new Google Hangout on Air series, we will introduce you to the men and women behind each of these planned missions and bring you all the latest developments from the +Google Lunar XPRIZE .Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout 005: Rockets and Students ENGAGE!2014-05-28 03:00:4824G+
STEM Women on G+101,391Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  +Yonatan Zunger on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Yonatan is the Chief Architect of Google+ and also has a PhD in Physics with a strong engineering background. He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe   and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  , and you can tune in on Sunday March 2nd at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel(http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help with Dr Yonatan Zunger2014-03-02 21:30:0097G+
CosmoQuest41,772YouTube link Part 8 http://youtu.be/Qe9WqjEwAFU*TL;DR. +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci will bring you a whole slew of guests, science, and fun during this 24-hour long fundraiser for CosmoQuest!http://cosmoquest.org/blog/donate/?title=donateEvent links for...Part 1: https://plus.google.com/events/c8hipsag07ngda5h3r06bqbprv8Part 2: https://plus.google.com/events/cglasd846s15n0n7sqdvs9nol3oPart 3: https://plus.google.com/events/c7ntqnrh01rejv3smtq9dmmub4oPart 4: https://plus.google.com/events/cagts10npsub757psnh1e4mbj0gPart 5: https://plus.google.com/events/cchro36b2mlth0nv27ftgm1elqoPart 6: https://plus.google.com/events/c3lu15j2t9p2o3tc0hv11ubjuu0Faced with governmental funding cuts to science education and research, the CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility (CosmoQuest.org) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has decided to go old school with a twist: On June 15-16, +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci  are hosting a telethon using Google Hangout on Air – A Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science. The Hangout-a-thon will start on June 15 at noon Eastern (GMT – 5).  Over the weekend, they will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel, thus creating a library of content while raising money for future programs. Planning for this Hangout-a-thon was triggered by the cuts created by sequestration, and by the current White House plans to transition education out of NASA. If the President's current budget is passed, all the funding programs CosmoQuest relies on for will be zeroed (see http://bit.ly/11m5XYg) and the project will be defunded. Rather than accept that fate, CosmoQuest is working to raise the funds needed to keep their programs going, to build new citizen science programs for researchers that don't otherwise have the mThe CosmoQuest 24 Hour Hangout-A-Thon - Main Event Page2013-06-15 18:00:00320G+
California Science Center174,782UPDATE: Our Exclusive CNN and Google+/YouTube Live stream has ended, however Endeavour will continue moving through Sunday to our Pavilion at +California Science Center.  HUGE, HUGE thanks to our friends at CNN and  +Google+ and +YouTube for making it happen! Share your photo of Endeavour as it travels through 12 miles of Los Angeles. You can see everyone's LIVE photos here even if you can't make it in person.To join in and participate in our official Party Mode Event (http://youtu.be/W9hCcfbXmRI) you need to first RSVP 'Yes' for this Event and don't forget to add the California Science Center into your Circles if you haven't already. Make sure you also download the Google+ App for your iPhone or Android. Using the G+ App, you can post your pictures of the Endeavour Transportation in real time while it is driven through LA!If you have an Android here's what to do - http://youtu.be/uwMdqxJznMs . If you have an iPhone open the app, tap 'Events', and choose the Endeavour event that you RSVP'd to. Then simply just tap the camera icon at the bottom of the Event.It will be amazing to see everyone's perspective of the shuttle on LA streets, so we're excited to see your photos! We'll even be resharing some of our favorites! Even if you're not local, you can still see all the Live Party Mode pictures streaming on this Event Page during the Event in real time as they're being shared!Schedule (LAPD Press Release - http://lapdonline.org/newsroom/news_view/52101)OFFICIAL VIEWING SITE: Forum in Inglewood 8a-10a. Free parking at nearby Hollywood Park Race Track starting 4am. NO overnight camping allowed, but arrive earlyOFFICIAL VIEWING SITE: Crenshaw & MLK Blvd 1p-2p for brief show produced by @msdebbieallen(Twitter Handle). Arrive early, space limited.BEST OFFICIAL VIEWING SITE: Exposition Park after 6:30p. Viewing site walk-in entrance: Vermont & 39th. Gates open 5:30p. Ride Expo Line!Click the "website" link below and you can see the planned travel route for Endeavour on the ground!Spot the Shuttle! Share your photos of Endeavour in LA!2012-10-12 07:00:00839G+
Fraser Cain898,515To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout. In conjunction with +CosmoQuest. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, +Pamela Gay, +Philip Plait and +Miles O'Brien for this special event.Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the +The Planetary Society and the +SETI Institute.+Scott Lewis and +Amy Shira Teitel will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment.We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout  (this will replace our regular Sunday night +Virtual Star Party)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004880G+

Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been shared in 62 public circles

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Becky Collins13,270Space Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-17 07:18:063893010CC G+
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990617CC G+
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812CC G+
James Field2,849It's been a while since I shared my 'Space' circle, so here it is.If you're at all interested in space, this is a great place to start.  This circle is a mixed bag of people & pages.  It includes astronauts, agencies, journalists, publications, space historians, futurologists, Google Lunar X-Prize teams, spaceship manufacturers, space probes & rovers, stargazers, astrophysicists...  There really is something for everyone!Please feel free to pass on the space love. #SharedCircles   #CircleShare   #Space  2014-04-08 14:56:03275000CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203CC G+
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216CC G+
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724CC G+
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317CC G+
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103CC G+
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304682CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000CC G+
Fraser Cain798,034Super Science Circle, July 2013 EditionNeed more science in your streams? Want to convince a friend that Google+ is a thriving place of science and rational thinking? Then import my Super Science Circle and be amazed at the awesomeness.PLEASE RESHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!Every single person in this circle is active on Google+ and regularly contributes high quality posts about science. You've got my personal guarantee.As always, I recommend you import this group into a temporary circle and look for people who match your interests. Then pull them over into more permanent locations in your circles. Or just wait for me to give you an update next month.If you want to be included in this circle, just make a post in the comments and I'll check out your profile.I'm looking for people who:1. Are active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post about science3. Provide context and additional information, and not just bare links or annoying memes.2013-07-16 18:35:56415255986CC G+
Paul Christen113If you want to be TOTALLY freaked out, follow this science circle. Its not mine, it was shared by (I think) +Fraser Cain .Man, a  day does not go by that I'm not amazed by the advances in science and technology.2013-06-11 13:54:194095310CC G+
Fraser Cain779,548Super Science Circle - May 2013 EditionNeed more science in your Google+? Well, here's all the science you can handle! Enjoy my latest, heavily curated edition of the Super Science Circle.Please share this circle... for Science!For the uninitiated, I maintain a circle of 450+ people who are active on Google+ and regularly post on Google+. In this circle you'll find scientists, journalists, astronauts, educators, and science enthusiasts. By importing this circle into your own circles, you'll immediately gain a vibrant and fascinating feed of amazing science stories.I recognize that it might be too much science, so I suggest you create a brand new temporary circle and evaluate the people in the circle. Only transfer the keepers to your permanent circles. Then, when I update the circle next month, rinse and repeat.Are you active on G+ and regularly post about science? +mention me and I'll check out your profile.Remember, please share this post2013-05-22 19:26:51456348290CC G+
Fraser Cain770,050Super Science Circle - April 2013 EditionIt's time for another sharing of my Super Science Circle. This is a collection of 400+ active people on Google+ who often post about science. If anyone tells you G+ is a ghost town (not that anyone does any more), get them to import this circle. PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!I have personally reviewed each and every person on this list, to make sure that they:1. Are active and engaged on Google+2. Regularly post science-related stories on Google+In this list you'll find scientists, journalists, researchers, professors, astronauts and general science enthusiasts. Not everyone in this list is going to be to your personal liking. So what you'll want to do is import the list into a temporary circle. Then move people over one by one into more permanent locations in your circles.I'm always looking for more people to add to the list, so if you know people who meet my criteria, feel free to nominate them.Again, please share the circle. Every little bit helps2013-04-26 21:02:03419226277CC G+
Alessandro Folghera7321. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you!#circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  Social Media Marketing Shared Circle ... share and increase your popularity !2013-04-16 08:01:53422229CC G+
Mike Barnes590Science and Techno Geeks Shared Circle1. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you! #circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  For more Social Media and Search Engine Marketing Tips visit http//SEO-Alien.com2013-04-09 20:08:43412417CC G+
Fraser Cain759,117The Return of the Super Science CircleOkay, I'll admit, I made a mistake in retiring the Super Science Circle. I wasn't wrong; Communities are still the future and the best way to make friends here on Google+. But I realized that the Super Science Circle is simple and efficient way to get new people to see that Google+ isn't a ghost town.PLEASE SHARE THIS POST... FOR SCIENCE!When I was attending +ScienceOnline 2013, I must have helped dozens of people join Google+, and the first thing I had them do was import this circle. It's an invaluable tool for getting new people up to speed.So, I just did a complete refresh on the circle. I examined every single member and judged them according to my two-part criteria:1. Active in the last 30 days or so.2. Regularly post on scientific topics.If you know anyone who might make a good candidate for this circle, please let me know.As always, import this circle into a new, temporary circle, and then you can refresh it when I share a new version.DON'T FORGET TO SHARE THIS POST2013-03-19 22:39:3139967163160CC G+
Katherine Vucicevic222A great shared circle. Get your daily dose of science here! Great posts.If you want to join this circle,Add me,Add this circleShare this circle and include yourself in the share.Easy. #science #scienceeveryday #sciencefiction #scienceisawesome  2013-03-15 01:28:13242905CC G+
Fraser Cain694,882The Final Super Science CircleWell, this is it, this is going to be the last posting of the Super Science Circle. Why? Communities, that's why. In case you didn't know, I've been maintaining my Super Science Circle from the very beginning of Google+. As soon as the feature to share circles was enabled, I was happy to share those circles around into Google. I did this because it was very difficult for people with related interests (science) to be able to find each other. I wanted new G+ users to realize this place isn't a ghost town; there are vibrant groups of people actively discussing scientific topics.But it was a hack. Each month took me almost an entire day to curate down the list of people, remove the inactive, and incorporate newly active people who often posted about science. And it was always imperfect. Some people got a massive boost in followers and engagement, while other, equally deserving people were left out.It was inelegant, inefficient and arbitrary.But now you can do this all on your own. You can go into any Community that matches your interest and instantly discover thousands of people who share your enthusiasm for a topic - just joining a Community will bring a trickle of posts about topics that interest you back into your stream. Keep your participation in the Community, or circle the most interesting people and harvest them back into your own stream.In the coming months, I'll be suggesting Communities you should join, instead of people you should circle. Thanks to everyone for using the shared circles and helping science get such a firm foothold here on Google+. Thanks to all the past and present members of the Super Science Circle for sharing such wonderful stuff.Science!2013-01-17 02:59:31420544084CC G+
Peter Smalley (Merkabah)10,068#sharedpubliccircles   #science  It's been a while since I shared a circle. Let's fix that, shall we? Here is my Circle of Science. Here you will find people who are practicing scientists, science writers, and science enthusiasts - and sometimes all three at once. There are biologists, chemists, physicists, microbiologists, food safety scientists, mathematicians, neurologists, astronomers and many other disciplines represented here. But regardless of their specialties they are intelligent, interested, and interesting.I won't call this a curated circle per se, but I can personally speak to quality of many of these individuals. Many of them are true gems.FOR SCIENCE!2012-11-26 17:29:545015211CC G+
Robert Warren2,085I thought I would do a little circle share. Here is 500 (because that's the G+ share limit) of my Tech circle - enjoy! Hey +Jason Malone you need to expand your circles lol!2012-11-07 15:47:265019216CC G+
Paul Christen0To the person that originally shared this circle with me (I forgot who...)Thank you.I am getting really tired of the glorification of stupid and the vilification of intelligence. I am afraid that its a systemic problem and frankly, I see no end in sight. Its similar to American politics in many ways."Well sure, professional athletes shouldn't rape women, but the dood can throw a football!" "Well, yeah, he ran a dog fighting ring, but let him play football and be a role model to  children anyway."We had a President, that was re-elected, that on any scale was a buffoon at best.The list goes on, and lets not forget the other side  of the  proverbial  coin, how often have we heard politicians talk about the "elite smart people"?Watch an episode or two of "Big Bang Theory". REALLY funny show, I refuse to watch it. I saw two episodes and both portrayed intelligence as negative.I heard an adult say (and I shit you not) "Kids don't need to learn what the mathematical median is, its useless knowledge, average is good enough." I tried to explain how it differs from average and how knowing the average and the median can help get a better view of the data (no point in going too deep) and got "nope, not needed".Whatever, I'm ranting and off the rails here.Do what you need to do to keep YOUR intelligence up and those around you, for the love  of Xenu, fight the good fight. Following this  circle  might help.2012-11-07 13:15:584135110CC G+
Zbynek Kysela760Super Science Circle - November, 2012 Edition*****************************************************HOW TO BE PART OF IT: 1) Add this circle to your circles - Add circle2) Share added circle with option "include yourself in shared circle" and original text + hashtags (copy, paste). Done. You're welcome :) +Zbynek Kysela*****************************************************Created by +Fraser Cain :It's time once again for another round of super science goodness. In case you've never seen this before, I personally curate a special list of people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science-related topics. Please share this post. For science!I'm always looking for more people, so if there's someone in your circles who has a lot of sciency things to say, post their name in the comments below and I'll add them to the list.As always, I suggest that you maintain a separate, temporary circle for these people. Not all of them will be to your taste. Then try out this circle, and move people over to your more permanent circles.P.S. There was no October edition of the Super Science Circle.2012-11-07 10:56:11414209CC G+
Fraser Cain461,262Super Science Circle - November, 2012 EditionIt's time once again for another round of super science goodness. In case you've never seen this before, I personally curate a special list of people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science-related topics. Please share this post. For science!I'm always looking for more people, so if there's someone in your circles who has a lot of sciency things to say, post their name in the comments below and I'll add them to the list.As always, I suggest that you maintain a separate, temporary circle for these people. Not all of them will be to your taste. Then try out this circle, and move people over to your more permanent circles.P.S. There was no October edition of the Super Science Circle.2012-11-06 21:39:344133912796CC G+
Nikki Crome10,618Want Interesting Content In Your Stream?Look no more for I give you SCIENCE!!This is the first time that I was asked to share a circle here on G+ :)I guarantee you will learn something new every day if you add these incredibly interesting and educated individuals ^_^....The circle for when you want something better than memes, animated gifs and photographs of kittens. #Science   #ScienceSunday   #ScienceCircle  2012-10-07 18:18:4341319217CC G+
Fraser Cain246,278Super Science Circle - September 2012 EditionThe time has come to share the latest edition of the Super Science Circle. Got a boring stream? Then import this massive list of 400ish people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science. We've got scientists, journalists, science fans... even a few astronauts. Circle them and your stream will get really busy.Please reshare this circle... for science!As always, I highly recommend that you import this circle into a brand new circle. Then you can extract interesting folks into more permanent locations in your circles. Play around with the noise controls in the circle to crank up the volume or turn it down, to get the right mix in your main stream.Want to be in this circle? I'm always looking for more people who are:1. Active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post science-related topicsJust mention your name in the comments, and I'll take a look at your profile.2012-09-17 16:47:1239660213200CC G+
Paul Drinnon4,044A circle that shares sceintific news and skeptical commentary.+Reshare +Community RESHARE +Reshare +Shared a circle with you  +Shared Circles on G+ +SharedCircles +Best Shared Circle +The Weekly Vidpad +The Best Circles on Google+ +Full Circle +Public Circles  +Circles +CIRCLES +Circle Share #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject    #publicsharedcircles    #public    #circleoftheday    #circle    #circles    #circlesharing    #sharingcircle    #sharingiscaring    #sharedcircles    #sharedpubliccircles    2012-08-24 12:37:411281107CC G+
Fraser Cain136,858Super Science Circle - August 2012 EditionIt's time again for the latest edition of my Super Science Circle. If your stream is stale, import this shared circle and never want for knowledge again. And if anyone ever tells you Google+ is a ghost town, point them at this circle and demand they import it.Please reshare this list, to help it spread wide and far. Do it! For Science!If you're interested in my criteria, the circle contains:1. People active on Google+2. People who often post about science.I highly recommend that you import these people into a test circle and then evaluate them over the next month. Move over the people who really delight you to a more permanent circle. Then replace the test circle next month, when I share it again.If you know anyone who should be included in this list, please let me know. #sciencesunday   #evang+  2012-08-20 19:42:04434170414583CC G+
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)2,313New Additions to my CirclesA few weeks ago, I added about 50 people to my circles, and it's about that time again.  I added a lot of people from the MSL landing (http://goo.gl/I2yz6), some of my Ninja circlers recommended a bunch of people, and I started adding people whose content made it to my stream via shares on a regular basis.  This is the resulting circle of awesomeness. As usual, they're all predominantly English speaking, engage on a regular basis, and are lacking in the inappropriate labeled NSFW content and hate speech.  :D  Enjoy!If you're notified, you're in it.  Make sure to check out the previous share:  http://goo.gl/chBH4 #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #awesome   #engagers  2012-08-10 16:37:2848304CC G+
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)2,262MSL Circle #2Last night I created a circle of late night people who literally watched history in the making (http://goo.gl/I2yz6).  However, I missed a few of the contributors to the Hang Out On Air with my first circle, and with morning coming a lot more people started dicussing the topic so here is the refresh of last night's circle.If you are notified, you are in it; and this'll probably be my last circle share on the topic, so enjoy!Previoius circle:  http://goo.gl/9QiF0 #msl   #curiosity   #sharingiscaring   #sharedcircles  2012-08-06 14:35:34507214CC G+
Dave Cole6,751I thought I would share my science circle, many of the names you have already seen and added to your own lists, I'm sure. There may be a few people that are new to you.2012-07-19 04:10:1723122320CC G+
Fraser Cain125,463Super Science Circle - July 2012 EditionHi everyone, it's time for the July 2012 Edition of my super science circle - and for #sciencesunday . If you're interested in sciency posts from interesting and active people, import this circle and you'll have a delightful stream.Please share this circle... for Science!I've added a handful of people, removed a few, and generally cleaned things up.I'm always looking for more people to add to this circle. People who:1. Are active, posting at least a couple of times a week. But not too active to overwhelm the stream.2. Post regularly about science. Not exclusively, but regularly.If you think you should be in this circle, just post your info in the comments below. As always, I recommend that you import these people into a temporary circle and try them on for size. Only move people to your permanent circles if you want to keep following them. 2012-07-08 20:59:084165476124CC G+
Fraser Cain121,559Sharing my Space CircleI'm best known for my Super Science Circle, but I also maintain a circle of people somehow related to space exploration. This consists of scientists, journalists, space agencies, missions, telescopes, amateur astronomers, astrophotographers, and general space fans. I don't require these people to be active posters, so some have never posted on G+, but I'm still including them.If I've left anyone out, please let me know.2012-06-21 02:07:17277771238CC G+
Risto Linturi3,370This is my science circle - I am finding their insights valuable each day!2012-06-16 09:40:0350016620CC G+
Fraser Cain120,480Super Science Circle - June 2012 editionPlease reshare this circle... for Science!Just in time for summer reading, I offer you the latest edition of my Super Science Circle. This list contains almost 400 users of Google+ who are active and post science topics. I have personally evaluated everyone in this list, and made sure they meet my exacting criteria - I think you'll find they're a fantastic addition to any circle collection.As always, I suggest that you import these people into a fresh circle. Then evaluate them for a bit. Move your favorites over to more permanent circles.And I'm always looking for people to add to the list. If you post to Google+ at least a few times a week, and include a lot of science-oriented posts, please let me know and I'll add you for the future.P.S. I was really glad to find that very few people had gone inactive this time around. People are really getting active and engaged - definitely not a ghost town.P.P.S. A big thanks to +Science on Google+: A Public Database for gathering together a large number of science-oriented people. I was able to add about 100 people to my list.2012-06-16 01:22:0239664130109CC G+
Mike Clancy4,510Science & Technology ... if you want it, this is where you'll find it. These people are interesting and active. If you're in it, share it ... if you want into it, +1 it. It's that simple!2012-04-20 03:25:1149912626CC G+
Mike Clancy3,675By far my largest (and favorite) circle, this is a great list of engaged science & technology lovers. As with my sci-fi circle, +1 this if you would like to be added to the circle, share it if you're already in it and want your own circles to grow.2012-04-05 16:33:35460101733CC G+

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2014-08-29 07:20:43 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)

Just because this kind of thing apparently needs to be said: if you're the kind of man who would do this, you're a dick. You're despicable. You're the scum of the Earth.

Most reshares: 26

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2014-08-21 17:13:54 (13 comments, 26 reshares, 48 +1s)

Wow. Ferguson cops are arresting people under a law they can't name, on the orders of supervisors they won't name, but it's OK because there's this "free speech zone" that's padlocked so you can't get into it.

Which I'd understand completely (not defend, just understand) if it were happening in one of those countries we used to mock and pity for behaving this way, until we turned into one ourselves. Remember when all of America was a free speech zone? Those were good times.

Most plusones: 102

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2014-08-08 17:19:01 (5 comments, 20 reshares, 102 +1s)

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2014-09-02 17:21:05 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Attention, Cumberbitches and ... uh ... whatever the male equivalent of Cumberbitches is. I'm sure you've always wanted to have tea with your hero, and to be joined by that dude who plays Moriarty. So here's your chance!

Sadly, you must be a UK resident to win, but that's just another reason to move to the UK.

Attention, Cumberbitches and ... uh ... whatever the male equivalent of Cumberbitches is. I'm sure you've always wanted to have tea with your hero, and to be joined by that dude who plays Moriarty. So here's your chance!

Sadly, you must be a UK resident to win, but that's just another reason to move to the UK.___

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2014-09-02 06:45:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I think there's some real meat and truth to this article. People become intensely angry and violent en masse generally only under two circumstances: when their lives or their identities are at risk. (Which are not independent phenomena: the death of something one sees as core to who one "is" is, in a real sense, a kind of death) 

Neither Quinn nor Sarkeesian would be an existential threat to anyone's identity on their own. [1] But they're the most visible elements of the gradual but clearly inevitable collapse of a very specific sort of "gamer culture," a small subculture of the wider gaming community which briefly rose to prominence in the 90's-00's (as this article discusses) which focused hard on being a sort of angry boys' club. This community was never particularly large or solid, but it became the primary social identity of some of its members;... more »

I think there's some real meat and truth to this article. People become intensely angry and violent en masse generally only under two circumstances: when their lives or their identities are at risk. (Which are not independent phenomena: the death of something one sees as core to who one "is" is, in a real sense, a kind of death) 

Neither Quinn nor Sarkeesian would be an existential threat to anyone's identity on their own. [1] But they're the most visible elements of the gradual but clearly inevitable collapse of a very specific sort of "gamer culture," a small subculture of the wider gaming community which briefly rose to prominence in the 90's-00's (as this article discusses) which focused hard on being a sort of angry boys' club. This community was never particularly large or solid, but it became the primary social identity of some of its members; and as it steadily collapses (with their attempts at describing themselves as the only "true" gamers being increasingly laughable) it's not surprising to see bursts of anger and violence coming from it. 

via +Tren C and +Ezio Melega.

[1] Really, the idea of a literary critic being an existential threat to an entire community sounds like a kind of particularly deranged science fiction plot, although it does remind me of the ending of "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" -- perhaps the most extreme case I've ever seen of a story with a really good beginning (a man walks into a detective agency, wide-eyed and desperate, and begs them for help: "Find out what I do for a living!") and a really terrible ending. (I cannot even begin to describe it)___

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2014-09-02 06:28:49 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 11 +1s)

Wow: Saturn's F ring expands and contracts in a decades-long process -- it's wider now than when the twin Voyager spacecraft saw it in 1980 and 1981 -- and now researchers think they know why.

Via +Slashdot.

Wow: Saturn's F ring expands and contracts in a decades-long process -- it's wider now than when the twin Voyager spacecraft saw it in 1980 and 1981 -- and now researchers think they know why.

Via +Slashdot.___

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2014-09-02 01:16:36 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 15 +1s)

More details about how and why we're reformatting Opportunity's flash memory.

More details about how and why we're reformatting Opportunity's flash memory.___

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2014-08-29 07:20:43 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)

Just because this kind of thing apparently needs to be said: if you're the kind of man who would do this, you're a dick. You're despicable. You're the scum of the Earth.

Just because this kind of thing apparently needs to be said: if you're the kind of man who would do this, you're a dick. You're despicable. You're the scum of the Earth.___

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2014-08-29 06:52:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

OK, got it. So nobody knows where I am (or at least where my cell phone is) except basically any government, my cell phone provider, an unknown but probably large number of private companies, and anybody who gives those companies money. But apart from that, my private information is totally private.

(I'd also have included "Apple or Google," but you can opt out of sharing your location with them, and I trust that they respect the request. But it looks like we're getting to the point where they're the only ones who might not know where you are.)

___OK, got it. So nobody knows where I am (or at least where my cell phone is) except basically any government, my cell phone provider, an unknown but probably large number of private companies, and anybody who gives those companies money. But apart from that, my private information is totally private.

(I'd also have included "Apple or Google," but you can opt out of sharing your location with them, and I trust that they respect the request. But it looks like we're getting to the point where they're the only ones who might not know where you are.)

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2014-08-28 05:43:07 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

Nothing would ever make me not want to go to space. But the prospect of long-term vision problems after returning to Earth comes as close as anything ever has.

Thankfully, the solution's obvious: never return to Earth.

(Also, I think we can all agree that sticking your eye in a hair dryer, as this astronaut is doing, is unlikely to make the situation better.)

Via +Slashdot.

Nothing would ever make me not want to go to space. But the prospect of long-term vision problems after returning to Earth comes as close as anything ever has.

Thankfully, the solution's obvious: never return to Earth.

(Also, I think we can all agree that sticking your eye in a hair dryer, as this astronaut is doing, is unlikely to make the situation better.)

Via +Slashdot.___

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2014-08-28 02:17:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

+Casey Dreier does his usual excellent job here, zooming and zooming in on the federal budget until he manages to locate NASA's tiny little scrap of it. How he was able to do this without help from the Hubble telescope, I'll never know.

___+Casey Dreier does his usual excellent job here, zooming and zooming in on the federal budget until he manages to locate NASA's tiny little scrap of it. How he was able to do this without help from the Hubble telescope, I'll never know.

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2014-08-26 17:42:06 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 33 +1s)

You go Bill.

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/bill-nye-fights-back

You go Bill.

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/bill-nye-fights-back___

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2014-08-26 17:20:51 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

Now they tell me.

From a fan. And no standing in either, unless you're a wizard.___Now they tell me.

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2014-08-25 06:56:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Just for fun: five quick facts about Ray Bradbury.

Just for fun: five quick facts about Ray Bradbury.___

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2014-08-22 22:47:32 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

See how poor MSL is faring in the brutal Martian environment, with a series of "split-screen" comparison pictures showing old and new images of the same hardware. (These compare images taken early in the mission to more recent ones.)

Very first impression: MSL needs a bath. :-(

See how poor MSL is faring in the brutal Martian environment, with a series of "split-screen" comparison pictures showing old and new images of the same hardware. (These compare images taken early in the mission to more recent ones.)

Very first impression: MSL needs a bath. :-(___

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2014-08-21 17:13:54 (13 comments, 26 reshares, 48 +1s)

Wow. Ferguson cops are arresting people under a law they can't name, on the orders of supervisors they won't name, but it's OK because there's this "free speech zone" that's padlocked so you can't get into it.

Which I'd understand completely (not defend, just understand) if it were happening in one of those countries we used to mock and pity for behaving this way, until we turned into one ourselves. Remember when all of America was a free speech zone? Those were good times.

Wow. Ferguson cops are arresting people under a law they can't name, on the orders of supervisors they won't name, but it's OK because there's this "free speech zone" that's padlocked so you can't get into it.

Which I'd understand completely (not defend, just understand) if it were happening in one of those countries we used to mock and pity for behaving this way, until we turned into one ourselves. Remember when all of America was a free speech zone? Those were good times.___

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2014-08-20 02:11:30 (16 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)

This is a profoundly disturbing editorial. It's an op-ed written by a police officer in the Washington Post, and its message is very simple: 

"If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?"

I wish I could tell you that this article betrayed a sense of the absurd, or that it was meant in some kind of satirical fashion. It isn't. His argument is simple: you have no idea what's going on for that cop or what the cop isgoing through. The cop... more »

This is a profoundly disturbing editorial. It's an op-ed written by a police officer in the Washington Post, and its message is very simple: 

"If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?"

I wish I could tell you that this article betrayed a sense of the absurd, or that it was meant in some kind of satirical fashion. It isn't. His argument is simple: you have no idea what's going on for that cop or what the cop is going through. The cop has the right to use whatever force is needed. So if you don't want to get shot, do everything the cop says, never argue, never object. Later, he says, you can "ask for a supervisor, lodge a complaint or contact civil rights organizations if you believe your rights were violated."

To list a few of the exceptionally obvious things which this ignores:

(1) All of the arguments that you don't know what a cop is going through, that this "routine traffic stop" is actually very dangerous for them, and so on, apply just as well to the person being stopped. In fact, especially if you don't look white and upper-class enough, that routine stop is even more dangerous for you than for the cop: the cop doesn't know if you're armed and willing to become violent, but (by Dutta's own admission) you do know that the cop is. Saying that people being stopped need to be respectful and do what the cop says, but that the cop isn't under any such obligation to anyone else, is an invitation for violence.

(2) These post facto remedies which he suggests are incredibly limited in their value. Go ahead and lodge a complaint; it will promptly be filed in the appropriate place. Under the POBOR (Peace Officers' Bill of Rights, a California law) and similar laws elsewhere, you get all sorts of guarantees here: for example, that if a decision is made in regards to your complaint, you will be notified of that decision within 30 days. It does not guarantee, for example, that a decision will actually be made, and in fact it guarantees that if a decision isn't made within a year, the officer will face no consequences from it. The police have a tremendous degree of immunity, and outside of very exceptional situations, are investigated only by an internal system.

(You can read the text of the POBOR here: https://www.cslea.com/legal/pobor . Other states have similar laws, but you should check your own state's laws for the details)

(3) If a police officer does something wrong during a stop, it can have serious consequences for you, which will not be redressed no matter what. As far as the police are concerned, an arrest isn't a "consequence," since the courts can easily throw it out; but go ahead and explain that to your employer when you're telling them why you didn't come to work. Being threatened and harassed every time you walk out the door in your neighborhood isn't a "consequence," because if the cop didn't have a good reason, they wouldn't have done anything.

Knowing that you might be publicly bullied and humiliated, in front of your children, your spouse, or your employer, that you may be searched, beaten, or arrested at any time -- and that such things happen routinely to you and everyone around you -- is something acceptable, in the view of this editorial, because you have the right to file a grievance later with the same organization which has decided that this behavior is, at a baseline, OK.


My purpose here isn't to say that people should be rude or threatening to cops. I'm saying that the obligation of police and citizens is a reciprocal obligation. It is absolutely true that the work of police is dangerous and complicated, and they require certain allowances in order to be able to do their jobs; however, if you translate that to "they must be granted unlimited authority over the citizenry, and must never be challenged, except after the fact and in very limited ways," then the police have been set up to become villains, not heroes. 

Dutta's attitude is profoundly corrupted: he has taken the real and reasonable fears of police about doing their jobs, and expanded it into a notion of the police as being a class above the public, with tremendous powers of force and coercion, and subject to not even contradiction. If you heard this sort of statement from soldiers, you would think you were living in a military junta; if you hear this from police officers, you wonder if they think we are living in a junta.

h/t +Xenophrenia for the link.___

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2014-08-19 17:57:26 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)

Long but excellent explainer, even by +Emily Lakdawalla's high standards.

A confession: I've been one of those making snarky comments about "gee, how could they ever have predicted pointy rocks on Mars?" Emily's explanation of this clears things up; the problem is not pointy rocks per se, it's pointy rocks that are cemented in place so that the wheels can't knock them over. Those haven't been seen before on Mars, and it makes sense that the wheel design wasn't tested against a hazard that had never been seen and could not have reasonably been predicted.

Accordingly, I retract my snark. :-)

Anyway, the whole post is crammed with info and insight. I highly recommend it.

Lots of people have been asking me to write a post explaining what the deal is with damage in Curiosity's wheels. Here it is, finally. Settle in for a long read.___Long but excellent explainer, even by +Emily Lakdawalla's high standards.

A confession: I've been one of those making snarky comments about "gee, how could they ever have predicted pointy rocks on Mars?" Emily's explanation of this clears things up; the problem is not pointy rocks per se, it's pointy rocks that are cemented in place so that the wheels can't knock them over. Those haven't been seen before on Mars, and it makes sense that the wheel design wasn't tested against a hazard that had never been seen and could not have reasonably been predicted.

Accordingly, I retract my snark. :-)

Anyway, the whole post is crammed with info and insight. I highly recommend it.

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2014-08-19 06:55:25 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)

Gorgeous!

Watch Mars rotate
A video showing three quarters of a rotation of Mars in 2014. Despite the exceptional quality, the images were taken by +Damian Peach with a 36cm reflector, not with the Hubble space telescope. He’s one of the best planetary astrophotographers.

In 2014 the tiny disc of Mars had a maximum angular size around 15”, compared to about 25” under the most favourable conditions. And yet the planet is packed with detail in the video.

#Mars #Astrophotography #BlogsOfAugust___Gorgeous!

2014-08-19 06:51:29 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)

Re the Ferguson mess: Mike Gannis offers the following - which boils down to Transparency!  “The most basic problem is that we will never know for certain what happened. Why? Because the Ferguson cruiser did not have a camera recording the incident. That's simply not credible. "Law" "enforcement" in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns ... but not a dashcam. That's ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It's about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is.

“And, if we have to have federal subsidy programs for municipal police departments, we should scrap the one that gives them the second-hand military hardware from Tikrit and Kandahar and replace it with one that ensures every patrol car has a camera.”

Re the Ferguson mess: Mike Gannis offers the following - which boils down to Transparency!  “The most basic problem is that we will never know for certain what happened. Why? Because the Ferguson cruiser did not have a camera recording the incident. That's simply not credible. "Law" "enforcement" in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns ... but not a dashcam. That's ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It's about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is.

“And, if we have to have federal subsidy programs for municipal police departments, we should scrap the one that gives them the second-hand military hardware from Tikrit and Kandahar and replace it with one that ensures every patrol car has a camera.”___

2014-08-16 02:22:23 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)

I can't add anything to this; I can only applaud it.

Remember: the central problem is that the police shot someone, hid all the information, rolled out in military gear to "keep order", brutalized protesters when they demanded information, arrested reporters, tear gassed a news crew, confiscated video equipment, and shot at people exercising their First Amendment rights.

Michael Brown could have strangled a convenience store owner to death then pistol-whipped a cop and it still wouldn't justify the chain of events which followed.___I can't add anything to this; I can only applaud it.

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2014-08-15 17:34:03 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

Here's an idle thought. You know how climate denialists make much of climate scientists supposedly changing their minds about climate predictions., from global cooling in the 1970s to warming now, or wildly changing claims about the magnitude of the warming? Those denialist allegations are basically false, of course, and have been thoroughly debunked elsewhere.

What +David Brin's post made me think of, though, was how interesting it would be to have a list of the denialists' changing positions over time. That would be another, sometimes grimly amusing, data point to trot out when the denialists rant about scientists' alleged inconsistency. And it would have the added advantage of being true.

The steady backpedaling of denialists would be impressive, if it weren’t both pathetic and staggeringly harmful to all of our grandchildren.  Five years ago, the Fox-propelled cant was “the glaciers aren’t melting! They are advancing and we face a new Ice Age!”

Then came word that the US Navy is desperately playing catch-up in the Arctic as the Russians establish a dozen new bases to exploit the rapidly-melting icecap and Chinese freighters ply the Northwest Passage.  Films like CHASING ICE — which is fantastic, gorgeous, dramatic and stunning — show before your very eyes the steady retreat of the glaciers… and it comes down to every last one of them.

So, the next fall back position?  “It’s variability! There’s melting in the Arctic and the north, okay,  but cooling in the Antarctic!”

Um… no.  Fox glommed onto the fact that SNOWFALL has increased at the south pole. And yes it has… because evaporation has increased in the surrounding antarctic seas — an absolute proved fact as they warm up and the Ross Ice Sheet melts and drifts away.  The snowfall is more evidence of global warming. Duh. So what’s next?

“Okay, it’s all melting, but it has nothing to do with CO2!"

Except, well, there's also this thing called worldwide oceanic acidification, in which Ph levels have fallen a whole tenth of a point, a staggering change that may lead to greater plunges that are already noticeably affecting fisheries across the globe.  The Ph change is absolute, clear, inarguable... and only one mechanism can POSSIBLY be responsible, carbonic acid derived from water-absorbed CO2, whose levels have been climbing rapidly due to human generated... yes... pollution.

Acidification is such a profound and total death slam that denialist cultists simply change the subject, as quickly as possible, pointing somewhere else and shouting "squirrel!"

But let's be clear. Let me paraphrase for you the current denialist catechism:

“Okay, it’s all melting, but it’s natural! So what if we are urged to take moderate precautions by 99% of those scientists who actually understand the Navier Stokes and gas balance and radiative transport equations and cellular automata atmospheric models, that have successfully simulated climate on six planets and transformed the old two hour weather report into a ten day marvel! ALL of those super-smart, highly competitive men and women are — in fact — herd-following lemmings! Dullard cowards, clutching teensy climate “grants.” (Even though almost no such “grants” actually exist, and Fox has never offered us a list of them to back up their claim.)

“In any event, it is far more plausible that ALL of the smart folks have conspired to spread alarmist nonsense… than that we might listen to experts and take reasonable, moderate precautions, just on the off chance that 99% of those who actually know something about all this might (maybe) have a clue.”

Does that just about sum it up? The “reasoning why denialists refuse even to negotiate mild increases in energy efficiency R&D, that would benefit us all, even if global warming proved to be a myth?  TWODA… Things We Ought to be Doing Anyway. Even if 99% of scientists are fools.

http://news.discovery.com/earth/global-warming/humans-are-to-blame-for-rapidly-melting-glaciers-140814.htm

Face it, you are cultists, boys. And when the world fills with climate refugees, we who tried will happily help those refugees move into your house.  You can keep the flooded doomsday prepper basement.___Here's an idle thought. You know how climate denialists make much of climate scientists supposedly changing their minds about climate predictions., from global cooling in the 1970s to warming now, or wildly changing claims about the magnitude of the warming? Those denialist allegations are basically false, of course, and have been thoroughly debunked elsewhere.

What +David Brin's post made me think of, though, was how interesting it would be to have a list of the denialists' changing positions over time. That would be another, sometimes grimly amusing, data point to trot out when the denialists rant about scientists' alleged inconsistency. And it would have the added advantage of being true.

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2014-08-15 03:24:48 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)

The Stardust spacecraft's haul of particles includes some that might have come from interstellar space.

The Stardust spacecraft's haul of particles includes some that might have come from interstellar space.___

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2014-08-15 03:08:08 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri highway patrol is in serious danger of becoming my new hero. You are doing the right thing, sir -- and I mean that as the highest praise.

It's distressing to see that Ferguson officials still haven't learned their lesson, that they still can't see what they've done wrong. But maybe Captain Johnson can show them.

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri highway patrol is in serious danger of becoming my new hero. You are doing the right thing, sir -- and I mean that as the highest praise.

It's distressing to see that Ferguson officials still haven't learned their lesson, that they still can't see what they've done wrong. But maybe Captain Johnson can show them.___

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2014-08-15 02:26:04 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)

No justice? No peace.

Ferguson, The Crisis of Authority, and The Militarization of Law Enforcement

I have been struggling to find my voice on this issue all day, and through the threads of +Yonatan Zunger, +Andreas Schou, and a few others, I think I finally have; but it is not a kind voice.  It is not as eloquent, or as polished as my normal prose.  It is the voice of a pissed off veteran.

I do not speak for my company, my unit, the National Guard, or the United States Air Force.

I am fucking pissed. And I'm not alone [http://bit.ly/1uSMQCY].

You haven't seen me this angry; God forbid, you never will again. This isn't about the kid that allegedly attacked an officer and was allgedly shot once in self defense and several times after in a panic.  This is about more than this kid - he's a catalyst, a flashbulb, a spark - he's not the causal link.

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The 'Militarized LEO Complex
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Earlier this week, +Kate Savage asked a question about whether or not two middle class white people who made an app to avoid high crime areas was "right or wrong" (the conversation turned into "racist or not"). I stipulated that high crime areas were unsafe as a result of both high crime and high police officer incidents [http://bit.ly/1nTuX1p].

Me, being a middle class white guy, I said I wouldn't make an app to avoid these places, but they simply weren't safe to be in, in part due to high crime and in part due to LEO activity. Ferguson wouldn't happen in a white neighborhood.

Yes, you read me right. That's a racist-as-fuck statement, but it's also the pathetic truth of America. "Militarized" police forces do not invade middle class neighborhoods, and because of systemic racism, that means (most) white people are safe from this.

It's pathetic, disgusting, and abhorrent; it's also true, and I hate to be the one to vocalize it.  As this article states: America Is Not For Black People. And this is a fantastic article - it should be mandatory read for every American citizen.

However, there are a few issues that  I, a member of (but not spokesperson for) the National Guard feel compelled to address:

[1] Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) are not going through a "military style boot-camp." The military is comprised of four services (Army, Air, Marine, Navy) and three components (Active, Reserves, National Gaurd), and each service has the same boot-camp for all three components and do not vary depending on precint.

The training of one precinct of LEOs is different than the training of another - by definition, that isn't remotely analgous with basic military training (BMT). Most precincts are under-trained for the equipment that they now utilize.

[2] LEOs do not have "drones" or tanks. The military have Unmanned Areal Vehicles (UAVs), and the LEOs have helicopters from Radio Shack.  And LEOs have Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicles (MRAVs or MRAPs), a device developed under heavy congressional resistance in OEF/OIF to protect against IEDs.

[3] All three components of all four services are trained in crowd control.  This training varies in intensity depending on component (National Guard gets a little more) and job duty (military police get more than IT guys), and this focuses a lot on escalation of use of force under something known as Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC).

Now, what does all that mean?

First of all, it means that this problem will never go away.  There is no golden standard that all police officers are adhering to in training that we can say "Aha! Fix that and we're good" - we have to fix it precinct by precinct, cop by cop.  So yeah, it's permanant - get used to this shit.

Second of all, it means that LEOs are not recieving the same training as military personnel inspite of having military equipment (see the picture below, also reference MRAPs and LRADs - loud deafining siren for crowd dispersion). There is not a central oversight committee or command and control structure to allow for a national level shift in tactics, so they will continue employing different tactics based on precinct.

So the predominantly high crime (black) precincts, where the cops who are being punished get sent, are going to follow a different use of force continuum than the low crime (white) precincts.  And again, there's no way to change this.

But what does this stem from? It's not just systemic racism - even your outright bigots aren't going to be smart enough to have given MRAPs and LRADs to high crime areas to further some xenophobic fantasy plot.

It stems from the arms. The act of arming the LEOs to the point of near-military technology has directly caused an escalation in the use of force. Historically, we have seen time and time again that the introduction of weapons into a situation increases violence.

A peaceful protest in the vicinity of weapons cannot remain peaceful. Full stop.

The military teaches its crowd dispersion experts that the mere presence of their force escalates the issue and increases the use of force and incites otherwise peaceful protestors to violence; and violent protestors to deadly ones.

Furthermore, I have spent my entire life in the public sector. So while I may not have spent time as an LEO, I know how deep rooted our need to justify purchasing, keeping, and maintaining a new toy is. It's an obsession. It permeates in every pore of the federal, state, and local government.

Giving precincts the ability to utilize these weapons opens up the need for commanding officers to justify having them; for using them. So whenever an excuse to deploy their new MRAP, LRAD, or Riot Shields comes available - they will use it.

And when they use these new toys, without the proper training, they are prone to make mistakes when they're surrounded by a now incredibly nervous gathering of citizens.

Self. Fulfilling. Prophecy.  Repeat at writ.

The final problem with the current "militarized" (and, I think by now you should know better than to compare these children to the military in my presence) LEO complex is that of mental health.  The military has started addressing the issue of mental health whereas the LEO community can't.

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Specifically Ferguson, MO
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Now, like I said, I'm not going to get into why this protest happened or why it existed.  I want to address one thing, and one thing only: Martial Law.

This isn't martial law; this is criminal.

Martial Law is declared by the govenor and enforced by the military (National Guard); not the mayor and enforced by a militarized police precinct. A mayor should not have the power to declare the area a no-fly zone, and police should not be able to remove the press through the use of tear gas.

They have induced a media blackout; and that should fucking terrify you.

This is a purely academic point though, as if you're going to argue with a mob of officers clad in 3" of Kevlar in front of you, a cloud of tear gas behind you, and a ear-piercing siren going off in the distance.

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The Crisis of Authority
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As if this wasn't bad enough; as if mayors declaring 'Martial Law' and LEOs with more guns than training didn't terrify you enough, this isn't even the root cause.

Most of you likely remember the riots around the world in the early 2010's (M15, OWS, Arab Spring, Tel Aviv), and what was the unifying factor in those riots? Negation.

People were pissed, and they had a lot of complaints but no solutions - that's why we (those of us sitting at home) mostly mocked them, even as we empathized.  We're all pissed at something, but we can't quite unify under a common cause enough to make a difference in our political systems (Egypt here was the exception, but even there, things aren't going great).

I address this at length in a blog post [http://bit.ly/1IYROc8], but the long and the short of it is: public gatherings and political unrest are likely to increase. The internet has given us, the general public, the ability to see more information than the government wants, and organize far more effectively than ever before.

And where we gather peacefully, LEOs will soon follow; with all the toys they can carry.  For every Treyvon Martin, for every Michael Brown, people will gather in solidarity; and in doing so, they will risk their safety, their freedom, and their lives.___No justice? No peace.

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2014-08-14 17:55:24 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)

Even the military thinks Ferguson's cops (like cops elsewhere) are too militarized.

(And not militarized enough -- witness the one guy's criticism of sloppy police discipline. I'd never thought of that aspect: all of the toys and none of the training, to exaggerate, is a desperately bad combination.)

___Even the military thinks Ferguson's cops (like cops elsewhere) are too militarized.

(And not militarized enough -- witness the one guy's criticism of sloppy police discipline. I'd never thought of that aspect: all of the toys and none of the training, to exaggerate, is a desperately bad combination.)

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2014-08-14 17:34:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

The DAG 489 meteorite from Mars
This martian meteorite is temporarily in the lobby of the Planetarium of Milan, Italy. It’s a 103.5g fragment of DAG 489, a meteorite from Mars found in Dar al Gani, Libya, in 1997. The rock lays on a rotating reflective plate.

DAG 489 is a shergottite, a basaltic rock about one billion years old. Check its entry in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database for the gory mineralogical details:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=6037

The Planetarium usually keeps it in storage as part of its meteorite collection. However, DAG 489 has been on temporary public display for the past few months. The people waiting in the lobby do notice and appreciate it.

I often spend time looking at the rock. Given its volcanic origin, I’d expect it to be much darker, but it looks like a glittery piece of gold. It’s not just thedispl... more »

The DAG 489 meteorite from Mars
This martian meteorite is temporarily in the lobby of the Planetarium of Milan, Italy. It’s a 103.5g fragment of DAG 489, a meteorite from Mars found in Dar al Gani, Libya, in 1997. The rock lays on a rotating reflective plate.

DAG 489 is a shergottite, a basaltic rock about one billion years old. Check its entry in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database for the gory mineralogical details:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?code=6037

The Planetarium usually keeps it in storage as part of its meteorite collection. However, DAG 489 has been on temporary public display for the past few months. The people waiting in the lobby do notice and appreciate it.

I often spend time looking at the rock. Given its volcanic origin, I’d expect it to be much darker, but it looks like a glittery piece of gold. It’s not just the display lighting, the rock is indeed not that dark.

I touched the meteorite a few times in the past. I guess this is as close as touching Mars as I’ll ever get.

In the background of this photo I framed an unusual periodic table with samples of the elements. I posted a photo of the table here:

https://plus.google.com/115447412616529141867/posts/1qNqhnxg1KY

#Mars #Meteorite #BlogsOfAugust___

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2014-08-13 17:09:13 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

I mostly use ISS Detector and Google Sky Map myself, but in case this is more your speed ....

Heavens-Above mobile
The popular Heavens-Above satellite pass prediction site now has a prototype mobile version available at www.heavens-above.com/mobile

It uses HTML5 and is currently optimized for phones, but a tablet layout is coming. The home page has options for setting the observing location and other preferences, displaying a sky chart of the currently visible satellites, and getting a list of pass predictions. Tapping a pass leads to a sky chart with additional info. Learn more here:

http://www.heavens-above.com/Mobile.aspx

The mobile site, which provides the most frequently used features of the desktop one, is fast and works well. The font of the additional info text below sky charts is a bit small, but still legible even to a non eagle-eyed like me. Sky charts can not be zoomed.

The mobile site is ad-supported as the desktop one. The ads are standard Google mobile units and are not overly annoying, but the color choice and frequent text scrolling make them less legible.

This screenshot shows Heavens-Above mobile in Chrome for Android on my Nexus 5 phone. The site should work with any reasonably recent mobile operating system and browser.

The full desktop Heavens-Above site is at www.heavens-above.com

#Satellite #MobileSite #BlogsOfAugust___I mostly use ISS Detector and Google Sky Map myself, but in case this is more your speed ....

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2014-08-13 07:27:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)

Yes, exactly. And especially the ending. How fragile we all are.

Yes, exactly. And especially the ending. How fragile we all are.___

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2014-08-13 02:11:18 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Another shocker.

Hey, you know that independent study which said that Edward Snowden made al-Qaida stop using its shitty homebrew encryption? Unsurprisingly, it's CIA-funded.

___Another shocker.

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2014-08-12 17:57:28 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)

Depression killed Robin Williams. I'm stunned; I grew up adoring him, and now I'm bewildered and infuriated and heartbroken. The best way I can think of to respond to his death is to turn it into something positive.

So: this is a good opportunity to remind everyone that depression lies. A part of your brain breaks, and it starts lying to you about yourself -- you're alone, you're no good, nobody cares about you, you'd be better off dead. And because it's your brain, which is the only way you know anything about the world -- all of that sensory input comes in on the same channel as everything else --  you're naturally inclined to trust it.

That's as insidious as anything gets. It's just like cancer: your body's been hijacked, and its mechanisms are turned against itself.

It's hard, so hard, to find a way out. You can stay trapped... more »

Depression killed Robin Williams. I'm stunned; I grew up adoring him, and now I'm bewildered and infuriated and heartbroken. The best way I can think of to respond to his death is to turn it into something positive.

So: this is a good opportunity to remind everyone that depression lies. A part of your brain breaks, and it starts lying to you about yourself -- you're alone, you're no good, nobody cares about you, you'd be better off dead. And because it's your brain, which is the only way you know anything about the world -- all of that sensory input comes in on the same channel as everything else --  you're naturally inclined to trust it.

That's as insidious as anything gets. It's just like cancer: your body's been hijacked, and its mechanisms are turned against itself.

It's hard, so hard, to find a way out. You can stay trapped in that for years.

But remember that depression lies. You're not alone, and you are good, and people do care about you, and you would not be better off dead. That broken thing in your brain can get fixed, so that your brain will stop lying to you and you can see the world for what it is: not perfect, not by a long shot, and yet beautiful. A great place to be for a little while. Not the kind of party you want to leave early.

If you need resources to help you fix your brain, see the attached link. If it's urgent, call 800-273-8255. (That's the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the USA; please leave similar numbers for other countries in the comments.) If you're concerned about a friend or loved one, this news article has a list of signs to look for: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/08/depression_suicide_robin_willi.html. Or you can send me a message here, and I'll help you however I can.

Depression killed Robin Williams. (And please say it that way: not "he committed suicide," but "depression killed him," or "he died of depression," the way you'd say "he died of cancer.") We'll never get him back. But what we can do is make something good come out of that death, by taking action to help yourself or someone you love. You can do it. Today. Now. Now.___

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2014-08-12 17:31:16 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

Senators and Congressmen with competing contractors in their home states suddenly develop concerns about +SpaceX. All for the good of the nation, no doubt.

I have my own concerns about SpaceX, but the fact is that they're America's path back to space. Boeing won't get the job done, and NASA won't, and the other private companies -- while some are doing great work -- are well behind SpaceX. If we're going to develop heavy lift capabilities, and more importantly develop our own launch capability so that we can just plain put our own astronauts in space again, SpaceX is simply our best bet.

By opposing that, these politicians put their own constituents' narrow, selfish, short-term interests ahead of the long-term interests of the nation as a whole. That might be politics as usual, but I don't have to like it. And I don't think I will.

Three US Congressmen are unhappy with SpaceX's success

SpaceX is doing its job a little too well: Three Congressmen are resorting to red tape and political shenanigans in what looks very much to me like protecting their home turf. Hey, Reps. Gardner, Brooks, and Coffman: Earth is our home turf. But even that's just for now.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/12/congress_and_spacex_red_tape_ties_up_private_space.html___Senators and Congressmen with competing contractors in their home states suddenly develop concerns about +SpaceX. All for the good of the nation, no doubt.

I have my own concerns about SpaceX, but the fact is that they're America's path back to space. Boeing won't get the job done, and NASA won't, and the other private companies -- while some are doing great work -- are well behind SpaceX. If we're going to develop heavy lift capabilities, and more importantly develop our own launch capability so that we can just plain put our own astronauts in space again, SpaceX is simply our best bet.

By opposing that, these politicians put their own constituents' narrow, selfish, short-term interests ahead of the long-term interests of the nation as a whole. That might be politics as usual, but I don't have to like it. And I don't think I will.

2014-08-12 17:15:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Join members of the Dawn's Flight Team at mission central at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. With Deputy Mission Manager, Tim Weise at the helm, meet other team members and find out just what goes into driving a robotic explorer [fired by ion engines…just saying]. 

A collaboration between Dawn Education and Public Education and our friends at CosmoQuest, Pamela Gay is hosting.

Join members of the Dawn's Flight Team at mission central at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. With Deputy Mission Manager, Tim Weise at the helm, meet other team members and find out just what goes into driving a robotic explorer [fired by ion engines…just saying]. 

A collaboration between Dawn Education and Public Education and our friends at CosmoQuest, Pamela Gay is hosting.___

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2014-08-12 02:28:12 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 33 +1s)

A GIF'd spin around the local universe as featured in +Fraser Cain's  Guide to Space episode "How Big Is The Universe?"

Starts out at the Milky Way and moves rapidly to reveal Andromeda (M31), the local group and surrounding structures.

Full Episode: How Big Is The Universe?

A GIF'd spin around the local universe as featured in +Fraser Cain's  Guide to Space episode "How Big Is The Universe?"

Starts out at the Milky Way and moves rapidly to reveal Andromeda (M31), the local group and surrounding structures.

Full Episode: How Big Is The Universe?___

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2014-08-11 17:53:34 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)

I met Sally Ride once, just briefly. She was quietly hanging back during a MER demo I was giving for some Congressman or something. When I found out who she was, just before the delegation left, I of course stepped up and shook her hand.

"There aren't many people who have cooler jobs than mine," I said, "but the first American woman in space is on the short list." And I added: "I remember watching your Shuttle go up. That was awesome."

She gave me a big grin. "It was cool for me, too," she said.

I hope this new vessel proves worthy of its namesake -- as I'm sure it will.

The U.S. Navy on Saturday (Aug. 9) christened its first research vessel named for a female scientist, the R/V Sally Ride, during a ceremony held at the Dakota Creek Industries, Inc. shipyard in Anacortes, Washington. Named for the first American woman to fly in space, the R/V Sally Ride will be operated for the Navy by Scripps Institution of Oceanography to conduct research in physics, chemistry, biology, geology and climate science.___I met Sally Ride once, just briefly. She was quietly hanging back during a MER demo I was giving for some Congressman or something. When I found out who she was, just before the delegation left, I of course stepped up and shook her hand.

"There aren't many people who have cooler jobs than mine," I said, "but the first American woman in space is on the short list." And I added: "I remember watching your Shuttle go up. That was awesome."

She gave me a big grin. "It was cool for me, too," she said.

I hope this new vessel proves worthy of its namesake -- as I'm sure it will.

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2014-08-11 17:37:40 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)

You kinda have to take my word for it, unfortunately, but Sir Paul McCartney is down there somewhere. And he hasn't been there for a long time: I believe the last time Sir Paul played at Dodger Stadium was in 1966.  I've now seen both living Beatles this summer, having seen Ringo at The Greek last month.

McCartney's show was amazing. I'm more a fan of the Beatles stuff than anything from Wings or his later work (though there are songs here and there that I love), but he carried them all off with an aplomb, and a folksy, natural-seeming interaction with the audience, that he's clearly spent the last half-century honing. And calling a mom up on stage so he could sign her forearm (she's going to make it into a tattoo) was simply a great moment.

The pyrotechnics were wisely reserved for "Live and Let Die" and the very end of the show. And, oh my god, the... more »

You kinda have to take my word for it, unfortunately, but Sir Paul McCartney is down there somewhere. And he hasn't been there for a long time: I believe the last time Sir Paul played at Dodger Stadium was in 1966.  I've now seen both living Beatles this summer, having seen Ringo at The Greek last month.

McCartney's show was amazing. I'm more a fan of the Beatles stuff than anything from Wings or his later work (though there are songs here and there that I love), but he carried them all off with an aplomb, and a folksy, natural-seeming interaction with the audience, that he's clearly spent the last half-century honing. And calling a mom up on stage so he could sign her forearm (she's going to make it into a tattoo) was simply a great moment.

The pyrotechnics were wisely reserved for "Live and Let Die" and the very end of the show. And, oh my god, the version of "Helter Skelter" they did during one of the encores all but lit my hair on fire.___

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2014-08-11 17:22:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

For me, Ghostbusters is one of those pick-up-and-watch-any-time movies. We went to an outdoor showing in a Glendale park Saturday -- just us, the food trucks, and a few thousand of our closest friends crowded around a big blow-up screen. And these cosplayers extraordinaire.

I hadn't seen the movie in just long enough to forget how damn quotable it is. "They go up!" "Yes, have some." "It's the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man." And many others, including, of course, this classic advice: "Don't cross the streams!"

For me, Ghostbusters is one of those pick-up-and-watch-any-time movies. We went to an outdoor showing in a Glendale park Saturday -- just us, the food trucks, and a few thousand of our closest friends crowded around a big blow-up screen. And these cosplayers extraordinaire.

I hadn't seen the movie in just long enough to forget how damn quotable it is. "They go up!" "Yes, have some." "It's the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man." And many others, including, of course, this classic advice: "Don't cross the streams!"___

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2014-08-09 02:59:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Cool videos. At least I think so.

Cool videos. At least I think so.___

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2014-08-09 02:17:16 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)

It's amazing how little you have to do to some commercials to make them way, way better.

Via +Boing Boing.

It's amazing how little you have to do to some commercials to make them way, way better.

Via +Boing Boing.___

2014-08-08 17:53:01 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)

Back when I had a land line and used to get telemarketing calls all the time, I would tar-pit the callers. I'd pretend to be interested in their pitch, let them get far enough into it that they were psychologically committed, and then say I needed to step away from the phone for some reason. ("Oh, shoot, I'm sorry, there's someone at the door. Can you hang on for just one second?")

Then I'd put the phone down and go do something else for a while.

If I was feeling especially wicked, I'd pick the phone up now and then and ask them to keep hanging on ("So sorry, just one more second"). My personal record: I kept a telemarketer on the phone for 20 minutes, all time when he wasn't bothering someone else. By the end, he was hopping mad.

This blows that away. Well done!

Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"
<click>

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!___Back when I had a land line and used to get telemarketing calls all the time, I would tar-pit the callers. I'd pretend to be interested in their pitch, let them get far enough into it that they were psychologically committed, and then say I needed to step away from the phone for some reason. ("Oh, shoot, I'm sorry, there's someone at the door. Can you hang on for just one second?")

Then I'd put the phone down and go do something else for a while.

If I was feeling especially wicked, I'd pick the phone up now and then and ask them to keep hanging on ("So sorry, just one more second"). My personal record: I kept a telemarketer on the phone for 20 minutes, all time when he wasn't bothering someone else. By the end, he was hopping mad.

This blows that away. Well done!

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2014-08-08 17:19:01 (5 comments, 20 reshares, 102 +1s)

Too funny to not share. :-D

___Too funny to not share. :-D

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2014-08-08 17:18:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Now here's some novel research: cooking in space. Since they couldn't actually go to space, they did the next best thing, cooking in a specially constructed galley they flew aboard a zero-g plane (one of those planes that flies in parabolic arcs to simulate weightlessness for short periods).

I think cooking is hard enough when the spattering oil goes where it's supposed to, so my hat's off to these brave folks!

Now here's some novel research: cooking in space. Since they couldn't actually go to space, they did the next best thing, cooking in a specially constructed galley they flew aboard a zero-g plane (one of those planes that flies in parabolic arcs to simulate weightlessness for short periods).

I think cooking is hard enough when the spattering oil goes where it's supposed to, so my hat's off to these brave folks!___

2014-08-08 01:06:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)

Today I met a 97-year-old woman who helped build the first electron microscope in the US while she was getting her M.D. I myself can hardly believe the astonishing people I get to meet sometimes.

Today I met a 97-year-old woman who helped build the first electron microscope in the US while she was getting her M.D. I myself can hardly believe the astonishing people I get to meet sometimes.___

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2014-08-06 17:22:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)

Congratulations, Rosetta!

Thar be comet here!

After a decade in space, Rosetta has arrived at its cometary target... and the pictures so far are amazing.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/08/06/rosetta_its_journey_to_a_comet_achieves_its_goal.html___Congratulations, Rosetta!

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2014-08-06 17:21:35 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 11 +1s)

Any of this sound familiar?

___Any of this sound familiar?

2014-08-05 18:10:30 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

Net Neutrality: An Immodest Proposal

So I've been thinking about how to best safeguard Net Neutrality in America. I don't think that either Title II or Section 706 regulation, the two main options on the table, will work as well as we'd like: Title II will unquestionably be better,[1] but considering the armies of lawyers the ISPs can throw at the problem, regulatory capture, and the fact that NN is not even in the cards for wireless ISPs, I'm not hopeful.

So I have an out-of-the-box proposal I wanted to run by you guys.

The idea is to attack the problem structurally. In brief, it's to separate the business of owning and maintaining the wires [2] from the business of providing service over those wires. No single company would be allowed to be in both businesses at once.[3]

Only the former business, you can see, has a claim to be a... more »

Net Neutrality: An Immodest Proposal

So I've been thinking about how to best safeguard Net Neutrality in America. I don't think that either Title II or Section 706 regulation, the two main options on the table, will work as well as we'd like: Title II will unquestionably be better,[1] but considering the armies of lawyers the ISPs can throw at the problem, regulatory capture, and the fact that NN is not even in the cards for wireless ISPs, I'm not hopeful.

So I have an out-of-the-box proposal I wanted to run by you guys.

The idea is to attack the problem structurally. In brief, it's to separate the business of owning and maintaining the wires [2] from the business of providing service over those wires. No single company would be allowed to be in both businesses at once.[3]

Only the former business, you can see, has a claim to be a natural monopoly. Providing ISP service over the wires? Not so much.

ISPs, then, would be exactly that: service providers, with no ISP owning the wires over which their service flowed. (In the wireless world, this would effectively mean all providers were MVNOs.) If one of them wants to slow down Netflix in order to promote its own video business, its customers could trivially move to a competitor with effectively no disruption in service, even though there's still only one set of wires coming into the house -- so that wouldn't happen.

The wire owners would be required to offer the use of the wires to any ISP on the same terms. To make sure that these terms were fair (so that they couldn't collude with a rich ISP by pricing everyone else out of the market, thus effectively re-establishing the monopolies we have now), they'd have to be heavily regulated -- or, better IMHO, required to be nonprofit (or not-for-profit?) companies.

How do we get there from here? I'm not quite sure. Invoking eminent domain is the easy answer, but I'm deeply reluctant to do it. But I can't think of another way. Given the importance of the Internet to the US and world economies, maybe eminent domain is defensible. But I'd like to have a way it can be done without that.

I'm sure this idea doesn't have a snowball's chance, but I'd like to know if that's because of inherent flaws in the idea or just the usual corruption that prevents all meaningful change. Any thoughts?

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[1] Here's everything you need to know about Title II vs. Section 706: the ISPs all want Section 706 regulation, and everyone else wants Title II. Unless the ISPs are gambling with the biggest Br'er Rabbit impersonation in history, you want Title II.

[2] I'm using the term "wires" very loosely here, to include wireless connections. What goes for wires, in my argument, goes for all the last-mile infrastructure, including cell towers. So this proposal is the same for Verizon Wireless as for Comcast, say: you can own the cell towers or you can provide service over them, but never both.

[3] I know this has precedent -- that is, that there are business sectors where a single business is not allowed to be in two fields at once -- but I can't for the life of me think of examples, and my Google-Fu has failed me. The closest example that comes to mind is, in California, you can't both perform a car's annual inspection and service cars that failed their annual inspection. So there's no economic incentive to lie about whether a car passed or failed. It works brilliantly.___

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2014-08-05 17:31:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

They grow up so fast. Landing night is still quite a vivid memory for me: I spent much of it in the "fishbowl" (our nickname for the glass-walled room technically known as 264-430B), immediately outside the surface MSA. So I was there when they transferred control of the rover to the surface team.

Somewhere around here I have pictures from that night, which I should post ....

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity marks two years on Mars Tuesday. The rover's first two years have been full of big finds, and researchers are eager to see what Curiosity finds when it scales the foothills of the towering Mount Sharp.___They grow up so fast. Landing night is still quite a vivid memory for me: I spent much of it in the "fishbowl" (our nickname for the glass-walled room technically known as 264-430B), immediately outside the surface MSA. So I was there when they transferred control of the rover to the surface team.

Somewhere around here I have pictures from that night, which I should post ....

2014-08-03 07:43:34 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)

I'm apoplectic.

It seems to me that the conjunction of (a) perjuring oneself after (b) illegally breaking into Senate computers to (c) cover up an unimaginably brutal torture program is the sort of thing that one might get fired for.*

For those of you that haven't been following the story, a short summary of what happened: 

(1) The CIA, in offering full access to its files on torture, "inadvertently" included a memorandum submitted to Leon Panetta about the Bush-era torture program. That memorandum concluded that torture of detainees was far more widespread, and far less useful, than previous judgments on the subject had noted.

(2) The CIA attempted to cover its tracks by deleting the memorandum.

(3) Senate staffers for the Committee on Select Intelligence noticed the deletion, and somehow sufficiently averted it that they managed to produce an incomplete printout of the memorandum. That memorandum was brought out of the SCIF and transported to Diane Feinstein's office to prevent the CIA from further interfering with it.

(4) The CIA began an investigation which included spying on Senatorial staffers' emails and monitoring their usage of that computer. That investigation -- and the attempt at prosecution which followed -- was initiated by the same Assistant Counsel of the CIA that ordered that videotapes of the torture of terror suspects be destroyed in 2005. To make it very clear, this was not a disinterested party: this is a person who might face criminal prosecution if the facts which he was attempting to scrub were not scrubbed.

(5) That associate counsel submitted a false statement to the Justice Department in an attempt to start prosecution against Diane Feinstein's aides. This did not go over particularly well with the Senator.

The CIA and its apologists have attempted to justify this as a routine  classified-materials handling investigation. This is nonsense. The security clearances of Senate Select Intelligence staffers (and the need to know) are granted by the Committee itself, upon nonbinding consultation with the DCI. In other words, the committee overseeing the CIA can grant arbitrary clearance to investigators; they do not need to receive permission from the clearing agency. As a result, clearance itself is not an adequate reason for an investigation: if the Committee says its staffers are cleared, then its staffers are cleared, full stop.

But, of course, all of that is irrelevant, because the CIA may not investigate Senate staffers engaged in their official duties. After Gravel v. United States, it's clear that Senatorial aides engaged in legislative business enjoy the same absolute immunity that Senators do. Even if we presume that classified documents had been mishandled -- and I might suggest that attempting to delete files in order to obstruct a Congressional investigation is mishandling of a far fucking higher order than trying to ensure that the legacy of America's idiotic, brutal, shameful and wasteful torture program was actually brought to light. 

* In a just world, using an intelligence agency to intentionally subvert democratic processes is the sort of thing that you would get hanged for. Democratic traditions are fragile and fleeting, and spending those traditions on covering up crimes is the sort of thing that we should take very fucking seriously indeed. (But which we don't.)___I'm apoplectic.

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2014-08-02 07:48:07 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)

"We tortured some folks" is a horrible way to say it; the blend of sheer horror and faux-folksy is like Deliverance come to life. Still, credit where due: it's more honest than anything else the President has said on the subject.

(Before posting, I stopped to double-check that this wasn't from some Onion-like parody site. Really.)

"We tortured some folks" is a horrible way to say it; the blend of sheer horror and faux-folksy is like Deliverance come to life. Still, credit where due: it's more honest than anything else the President has said on the subject.

(Before posting, I stopped to double-check that this wasn't from some Onion-like parody site. Really.)___

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2014-08-01 03:01:44 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 29 +1s)

US Senators are furious, furious that the CIA spied on them and lied about it. They still don't care that the NSA spied on you and me and lied about it, though.

And don't worry, the national security apparatus is not completely out of control and violating the Constitution willy-nilly. They're simply breaking laws with utter impunity and lying to Congress's collective face about it, that's all. Nothing to see here.

US Senators are furious, furious that the CIA spied on them and lied about it. They still don't care that the NSA spied on you and me and lied about it, though.

And don't worry, the national security apparatus is not completely out of control and violating the Constitution willy-nilly. They're simply breaking laws with utter impunity and lying to Congress's collective face about it, that's all. Nothing to see here.___

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2014-08-01 02:22:00 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

There are a few I disagree with, but no two people would make the same list. Nearly all of these are worth seeing if you haven't already. (Although I know you have. Because you're my people, that's why. <3)

iO9 serves up one of the great lists: The 13 Greatest Science Fiction Comedies Of All Time… plus about thirty great also-rans.

http://io9.com/the-13-greatest-science-fiction-comedies-of-all-time-1613425431___There are a few I disagree with, but no two people would make the same list. Nearly all of these are worth seeing if you haven't already. (Although I know you have. Because you're my people, that's why. <3)

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2014-08-01 02:10:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

The (spectral) band's all here:  instruments for the 2020 Rover have been announced!  #JourneyToMars #Mars2020

The (spectral) band's all here:  instruments for the 2020 Rover have been announced!  #JourneyToMars #Mars2020___

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2014-07-31 17:59:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Instruments were announced for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover ("Hindsight," as +Mark Maimone cleverly calls it) today. Some of it is a wishlist of things left off of MSL, such as the zoomable MastCam and a Raman spectrometer. Some things are brand new, such as a sample cache. On the whole, it looks like a very good list.

More analysis to come.

Image via +Emily Lakdawalla.

Instruments were announced for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover ("Hindsight," as +Mark Maimone cleverly calls it) today. Some of it is a wishlist of things left off of MSL, such as the zoomable MastCam and a Raman spectrometer. Some things are brand new, such as a sample cache. On the whole, it looks like a very good list.

More analysis to come.

Image via +Emily Lakdawalla.___

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