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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been at 5 events

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Pamela L. Gay86,968Join 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 03:00:4825 
STEM Women on G+105,625Join 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 21:30:0096 
CosmoQuest41,766YouTube 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 18:00:00320 
California Science Center190,782UPDATE: 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 07:00:00839 
Fraser Cain902,755To 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 L. 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 05:00:004877 

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 07:18:063893010
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 12:15:324990617
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 10:40:014918812
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 14:56:03275000
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724
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 18:19:4843218317
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 15:53:38426115
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103
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 20:14:53415304682
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000
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 18:35:56415255986
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 13:54:194095310
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 19:26:51456348290
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 21:02:03419226277
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 08:01:53422229
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 20:08:43412417
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 22:39:3139967163160
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 01:28:13242905
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 02:59:31420544084
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 17:29:545015211
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 15:47:265019216
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 13:15:584135110
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 10:56:11414209
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 21:39:344133912796
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 18:18:4341319217
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 16:47:1239660213200
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 12:37:411281107
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 19:42:04434170414583
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 16:37:2848304
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 14:35:34507214
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 04:10:1723122320
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 20:59:084165476124
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 02:07:17277771238
Risto Linturi3,370This is my science circle - I am finding their insights valuable each day!2012-06-16 09:40:0350016620
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 01:22:0239664130109
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 03:25:1149912626
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 16:33:35460101733

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2014-08-29 07:20:43 (51 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +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: 12

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2014-09-17 06:07:26 (14 comments, 12 reshares, 34 +1s) 

DROP EVERYTHING. LOOK AT THIS RIGHT NOW.

Ahem.

If there's anything in the world cooler than that, it's probably this, a sort of infographic thingy showing not only how the Saturn V was assembled, but also how they made the spacesuits, LM, and so on: http://www.collectspace.com/review/biesty_saturnv01-lg.jpg

Most plusones: 42

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2014-09-13 17:49:17 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s) 

I like it. I really, really like it.

I got it only yesterday, so I can't speak to battery life and such. (Although, I've realized, at least a small battery charges fast. It seems to charge fully in maybe an hour or so.) But so far I really, really like it.

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2014-09-22 21:47:36 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

As far as our friends knew, we were just throwing +Kimberly Lichtenberg a surprise birthday party. And we were indeed doing that. But it wasn't until they showed up and saw me in the tuxedo that I told them there was one more surprise than they knew about: I was also proposing.

When Kim came in the door, we all jumped out and yelled "SURPRISE!" Then I took her in my arms and sang her a couple of verses of "Fly Me to the Moon"[1] as we danced. I sat her on the couch and tried to tell her, as if this would be possible in mere words, how much I love her and what she means to me.

And I asked her to be my wife. And she said yes.[2]

...

Oh, and: in one of the weirdest coincidences in my memory, completely independently, our great friends +Doug Ellison and +Jennifer Masunaga got engaged the day before. My heart being already overfull, Iwo... more »

As far as our friends knew, we were just throwing +Kimberly Lichtenberg a surprise birthday party. And we were indeed doing that. But it wasn't until they showed up and saw me in the tuxedo that I told them there was one more surprise than they knew about: I was also proposing.

When Kim came in the door, we all jumped out and yelled "SURPRISE!" Then I took her in my arms and sang her a couple of verses of "Fly Me to the Moon"[1] as we danced. I sat her on the couch and tried to tell her, as if this would be possible in mere words, how much I love her and what she means to me.

And I asked her to be my wife. And she said yes.[2]

...

Oh, and: in one of the weirdest coincidences in my memory, completely independently, our great friends +Doug Ellison and +Jennifer Masunaga got engaged the day before. My heart being already overfull, I wouldn't have thought it possible that anything at all could further increase my happiness. But that doubled it, and then some. Congratulations, you crazy kids!

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[1] Abridged and customized a bit, but I sang this:

"Fly me to the moon,
and let me play among the stars.
Let me see what spring is like
on Jupiter and Mars.
In other words: take my hand.
In other words: darlin', kiss me.

"Fill my heart with song,
and let me sing forevermore.
You are all I long for,
All I worship and adore.
In other words: please be true.
In other words: I love you."

[2] Her actual response, and I quote, was: "ABSO-F***IN'-LUTELY!" I guess I'd have preferred more enthusiasm, but I'm willing to consider that a yes.___

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2014-09-21 06:34:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

In his blog Rejected Princesses, each week, former DreamWorks animator Jason Porath adds a new illustration and write-up about a woman who is, as the blog says, "too awesome, awful or offbeat for kids' movies." One of his favorite examples is the aforementioned Soviet tank commander, Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya. Porath says Oktyabrskaya's husband was killed by the Nazis, so she sold all of her belongings in order to buy a tank and fight. She named the tank "Fighting Girlfriend." The illustration shows her sitting atop her tank, anthropomorphized in Cars-like fashion, amid a battle.

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/06/346358836/no-tiara-no-problem-rejected-princesses-have-stories-worth-telling

In his blog Rejected Princesses, each week, former DreamWorks animator Jason Porath adds a new illustration and write-up about a woman who is, as the blog says, "too awesome, awful or offbeat for kids' movies." One of his favorite examples is the aforementioned Soviet tank commander, Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya. Porath says Oktyabrskaya's husband was killed by the Nazis, so she sold all of her belongings in order to buy a tank and fight. She named the tank "Fighting Girlfriend." The illustration shows her sitting atop her tank, anthropomorphized in Cars-like fashion, amid a battle.

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/06/346358836/no-tiara-no-problem-rejected-princesses-have-stories-worth-telling___

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2014-09-19 16:12:53 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s) 

I'm ashamed to say it never occurred to me that "if you're not paying for the product, you are the product" is a false dichotomy.

Via +Paolo Amoroso.

Apple today released a statement containing the quote, "...when an online service is free, you're not the customer.  You're the product."

This is an oft-repeated line in the past couple of years, but it's a stupid one, and someone today pointed me at a good explanation of why.

http://powazek.com/posts/3229

While the whole article is worth reading, I'd like to especially suggest the section titled "Assumption: You’re either the product or the customer."

The "you are the product" maxim is to me an example of H.L. Mencken's quote, "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."  "You are the product" is simple, it's catchy, it sounds like it works.  But it doesn't.  It simplifies and generalizes in invalid ways, and it leads people to bad conclusions that will serve them poorly.

If you use it, please stop.___I'm ashamed to say it never occurred to me that "if you're not paying for the product, you are the product" is a false dichotomy.

Via +Paolo Amoroso.

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2014-09-19 08:27:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

I have a problem with the physics here. You see, +Ethan Siegel has worked out a good mechanism for the Death Star to be able to blow up Alderaan in the roughly three seconds that it took for the planet to explode: namely, a charge of roughly 1.24 trillion tons (1.24*10^15kg) of antihydrogen. You could presumably manufacture this elsewhere, in a place where you had access to the complete energy resources of a star with which to do so (hey, if you can build a space station that can pass for a moon, you can build a Dyson Sphere and harvest a star's energy), store it aboard your Death Star, and ship it to Alderaan in time to make a demonstration of the power of the Empire.

However, an antimatter weapon like this would suffer from the same technical challenge that makes building an atomic bomb difficult: the moment the matter and antimatter touch, they will start to explode (just like the moment... more »

I have a problem with the physics here. You see, +Ethan Siegel has worked out a good mechanism for the Death Star to be able to blow up Alderaan in the roughly three seconds that it took for the planet to explode: namely, a charge of roughly 1.24 trillion tons (1.24*10^15kg) of antihydrogen. You could presumably manufacture this elsewhere, in a place where you had access to the complete energy resources of a star with which to do so (hey, if you can build a space station that can pass for a moon, you can build a Dyson Sphere and harvest a star's energy), store it aboard your Death Star, and ship it to Alderaan in time to make a demonstration of the power of the Empire.

However, an antimatter weapon like this would suffer from the same technical challenge that makes building an atomic bomb difficult: the moment the matter and antimatter touch, they will start to explode (just like the moment you assemble a critical mass of Uranium or Plutonium), and the explosion will then propel the rest of the material in opposite directions at fairly high speed. In fact, if the Death Star were simply chucking antimatter at Alderaan, it would probably strike the surface, explode dramatically, and catapult most of the antimatter right back at the Death Star, which would be considerably less effective political theater.

If you want an anti-planet weapon to work properly, you have to get the antimatter deep inside the planet -- as close to the center as possible -- before it starts to react. How can we do this?

Your first guess might be to put it inside a big artillery shell, and fire it really fast. Unfortunately, that turns out not to work. Isaac Newton himself was the one who explained why: if a projectile is being stopped by digging into the earth, only the dirt directly in front of the projectile can contribute to stopping it. That dirt is going to be moved at the same speed as the projectile (since that's what's pushing it), and so once an equal mass of dirt has been pushed by it, it will stop. (You can read more about this at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_depth) A bit of algebra shows that the actual depth is equal to the length of the projectile times the ratio of the density of the projectile to the density of the thing it's trying to penetrate. (This is why armor-penetrating rounds are made of dense materials such as depleted Uranium) Unfortunately, antimatter doesn't get any denser than regular matter, so you simply couldn't burrow all that deep.

A second approach would be to fire the round very, very, fast. This is basically how gun-based nuclear weapons work: you make the collision quick enough that, by the time the reaction starts, the critical mass is already fully assembled. Really, so long as you get the entire antimatter slug underground before it goes off, the explosion will basically work; you'll probably need more antimatter to account for the fact that the explosion isn't properly centered in the planet, but that's workable. Unfortunately, antimatter reactions start just as fast as nuclear reactions, so you would have to get the entire slug underground in a microsecond or so for this to work.

Let's say that our enlarged slug weighed five trillion tons. (5*10^15kg) We don't know the exact density of metallic (anti)hydrogen, but it's probably somewhere around 0.5g/cm^3, since very light metals aren't dense. A very flat slug would have weird aerodynamics, so we could imagine making it spherical, giving it a diameter of about 57km. To get that underground in a microsecond would give it a momentum of 2.8*10^16 kg-m/s. The recoil of that would propel our own Moon backwards at about 3,800m/s (8,700mph), and the Death Star, being smaller, would have been shot backwards even faster. Clearly, this isn't going to work.

A better approach may be to look at how lightning bolts work. In lightning strikes, a small "leader" bolt works its way from the cloud to the ground, leaving in its path an arc of air that has been ionized and is therefore highly electrically conductive. Once that conductive path connects cloud to surface, the main bolt can follow through easily. (See also https://what-if.xkcd.com/16/) 

There have been attempts to build plasma rifles on similar principles. (Seriously) Plasma is a gas which has been further energized so that the electrons start getting ripped off the atoms; it's electrically charged and quite energetic, so it can be an effective thing to throw at someone you don't like. Unfortunately, it will hit the air in front of you just as effectively as the person on the other end of it, so actually shooting it at someone is difficult. The proposed ideas around this therefore begin by firing a powerful laser to blow out an open cavity in the air, and firing lumps of plasma through the resulting short-lived vacuum.

A similar approach could power the Death Star: a (very big) laser could burn a short-lived, narrow hole through Alderaan, and the antimatter would be fired into the resulting vacuum. Then the hole is allowed to collapse, and the antimatter is conveniently at the center of the planet. 

The challenge would be that for this to work, it would have to be a through hole: if you burned a hole that didn't go all the way to the other end of the planet, the most you could do is make the matter in front of the beam evaporate, and you would still have a bunch of boiling planet between you and the center. No help for our antimatter charge!

So our solution has to be:

(1) Use the giant laser of the Death Star to burn a thin hole all the way through Alderaan.

(2) Keep firing that laser until it clears out the entire path into a vacuum.

(3) Fire the antimatter pellet in along that path. (The laser can be used to propel the antimatter down the pipe, as well! Simply put a material on the back of the antimatter housing which will get evaporated by the beam, and the equal and opposite force will push it fast. Believe it or not, this is an actual proposed method of powering spacecraft!)

(4) Once it's at the middle of the planet, turn the power off. The planet quickly collapses around the hole, the antimatter reacts with the matter, and -- having nowhere else to escape to -- continues to react until all of the antimatter has gone off.

(5) There is an earth-shattering Kaboom. (http://youtu.be/KNEBLXgWhtM?t=23s)

So now we know what the bright green beam of the Death Star was, and those little bulbous pulses which flew along it later.

Mystery solved!

h/t to +Jennifer Ouellette for linking to the post, and to +Ethan Siegel for a very enjoyable calculation to run while I procrastinate wait for a compute job to finish. (http://xkcd.com/303/)___

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2014-09-19 08:14:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

I knew only four of these. I feel like I should turn in my geek credentials at the nearest TARDIS.

I am currently on Coast to Coast Live!  
Meanwhile... see this kwel, fun article about  10 things you probably didn't know about Star Trek: The Original Series.

http://io9.com/5827581/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-original-star-trek___I knew only four of these. I feel like I should turn in my geek credentials at the nearest TARDIS.

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2014-09-19 07:37:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

I've known Nagin Cox, this article's author, since 1994, when she was one of those who interviewed me at JPL. This is her tale of doing NASA outreach recently in Pakistan. It's as amazing as she is.

I am frequently astonished by the high quality of the humans I know. Nagin is exceptional even in that company.

(Incidentally, she doesn't make a big deal out of it -- she's like that -- but Nagin took personal vacation time to do this. JPL wouldn't give her the time off, since it was technically a State Department trip, not a NASA trip. She also doesn't say much about the considerable personal danger she accepted during her "vacation"; she knew what she was risking, and she went. As I say: she's amazing.)

Via +Emily Lakdawalla.

I've known Nagin Cox, this article's author, since 1994, when she was one of those who interviewed me at JPL. This is her tale of doing NASA outreach recently in Pakistan. It's as amazing as she is.

I am frequently astonished by the high quality of the humans I know. Nagin is exceptional even in that company.

(Incidentally, she doesn't make a big deal out of it -- she's like that -- but Nagin took personal vacation time to do this. JPL wouldn't give her the time off, since it was technically a State Department trip, not a NASA trip. She also doesn't say much about the considerable personal danger she accepted during her "vacation"; she knew what she was risking, and she went. As I say: she's amazing.)

Via +Emily Lakdawalla.___

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2014-09-19 06:47:58 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 9 +1s) 

"We tortured some folks," said the President of the United States of America. Now you can look those folks in the eyes.

I could spit nails.

"We tortured some folks," said the President of the United States of America. Now you can look those folks in the eyes.

I could spit nails.___

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2014-09-19 03:20:50 (17 comments, 11 reshares, 41 +1s) 

+NVIDIA's lighting demo puts yet another nail in the coffin of moon landing denial. This is historic: with this evidence, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, moon landing denial is now officially more nails than coffin.

+NVIDIA's lighting demo puts yet another nail in the coffin of moon landing denial. This is historic: with this evidence, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, moon landing denial is now officially more nails than coffin.___

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2014-09-19 03:02:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Great +The New York Times data visualization of the number of times Derek Jeter has swung a bat. Just keep zooming out, and out, and out, similar to the classic short film "Powers of Ten."

Via Daring Fireball.

Great +The New York Times data visualization of the number of times Derek Jeter has swung a bat. Just keep zooming out, and out, and out, similar to the classic short film "Powers of Ten."

Via Daring Fireball.___

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2014-09-18 17:47:02 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Seems the NSA doesn't like it when you turn the camera on them. Gee, I'm so surprised.

Seems the NSA doesn't like it when you turn the camera on them. Gee, I'm so surprised.___

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2014-09-18 17:13:16 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I totally called the boring Boeing/SpaceX NASA split the other day, but I have to admit I didn't see this one coming: Boeing will give part of their $4.2B to Blue Origin to build the rocket engines.

I totally called the boring Boeing/SpaceX NASA split the other day, but I have to admit I didn't see this one coming: Boeing will give part of their $4.2B to Blue Origin to build the rocket engines.___

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2014-09-18 03:02:57 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s) 

Ron Howard should make a movie about Salyut 7, more or less the Soviets' Apollo 13. I'd never heard this story before, but my hat's off to the brave cosmonauts who set out to fix it and their almost equally intrepid ground crew!

It’s getting dark, and Vladimir Dzhanibekov is cold. He has a flashlight, but no gloves. Gloves make it difficult to work, and he needs to work quickly.

In 1985, the Soviet space station Salyut 7 underwent a catastrophic electrical failure while no-one was aboard. The ground lost all contact with it, and it was drifting silent and derelict through space -- and they could not afford to lose the station. So they mounted a rescue mission, stripping a ship to the bare minimum so they could load up extra tools, food, and water, and sent two cosmonauts up to do what had never been done before: "docking with a non-cooperative object," boarding a dead ship, and trying to repair it before it crashed or they ran out of air and water.

The history of what they did was scattered, and (this being the USSR) much of it kept secret; but it has finally been pieced together almost completely, and you can here find out how two crazy bastards flew up into space, boarded a ship that for all they knew was about to fall apart around their ears, and repaired it.

via +Lauren Weinstein.___Ron Howard should make a movie about Salyut 7, more or less the Soviets' Apollo 13. I'd never heard this story before, but my hat's off to the brave cosmonauts who set out to fix it and their almost equally intrepid ground crew!

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2014-09-17 17:41:18 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s) 

The colors of an orbital sunset, reflected off the Space Station's outer hull.

Die Farben eines orbitalen Sonnenuntergangs auf unserer #ISS Aussenhuelle.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/astro_alex/15082625169/sizes/o/

The colors of an orbital sunset, reflected off the Space Station's outer hull.

Die Farben eines orbitalen Sonnenuntergangs auf unserer #ISS Aussenhuelle.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/astro_alex/15082625169/sizes/o/___

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2014-09-17 06:07:26 (14 comments, 12 reshares, 34 +1s) 

DROP EVERYTHING. LOOK AT THIS RIGHT NOW.

Ahem.

If there's anything in the world cooler than that, it's probably this, a sort of infographic thingy showing not only how the Saturn V was assembled, but also how they made the spacesuits, LM, and so on: http://www.collectspace.com/review/biesty_saturnv01-lg.jpg

DROP EVERYTHING. LOOK AT THIS RIGHT NOW.

Ahem.

If there's anything in the world cooler than that, it's probably this, a sort of infographic thingy showing not only how the Saturn V was assembled, but also how they made the spacesuits, LM, and so on: http://www.collectspace.com/review/biesty_saturnv01-lg.jpg___

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2014-09-16 17:42:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

These are surprisingly gorgeous! I watched Star Trek only on a tiny black-and-white TV for years, and mostly in standard definition even when watching it in color, so I tend to forget how high the production values actually were.


This would have been so cool if only they'd had the budget back then ... Nick Acosta frame captured scenes from Star Trek TOS that were panned across a set and turned them into freeze frames showing what the show would have looked like in Cinerama super wide screen.  I Wannit!

http://cargocollective.com/nickacosta/Star-Trek-in-Cinerama

(Thanks Mike Gannis)___These are surprisingly gorgeous! I watched Star Trek only on a tiny black-and-white TV for years, and mostly in standard definition even when watching it in color, so I tend to forget how high the production values actually were.

2014-09-16 17:33:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s) 

"Why does Anita [Sarkeesian] have to be discredited, if her points are not valid? If her arguments are wrong, discuss them."

Yep. That exactly.

Via +Wil Wheaton.

Hi. I make games. I write about games. I get paid to make games. I used to get paid to write about games. I walked away from paid writing about games, because it was a pretty shitty, corrupt, jaded process that really flew in the face of why I wanted to write about games. 

I've talked to a lot of pro- #GamerGate  people over the past few days. I've tried to hear out as many as I could. It was hard. I want to first address why that was hard, then I want to try to address some of the trends between the reasonable, cool people I spoke with. 

First off, it's very difficult to wade through the hate. The signal to noise ratio is not good. In fact, it's terrible. If you're reasonable, and you want to have a conversation, it's difficult to do that when the person is hearing ten death threats and thirty insults for every single reasonable message. That mars any perception of credibility for a group that's invested heavily in credibility and ethics. 

Now, I've heard a few people say, "Point out the threats and insults when they happen! We'll report those people! They don't speak for us!" I've seen numerous people pointing these threats and harassments out. A couple of very bad times, I saw some people jump in, report, and otherwise shut down the threats. But more often than not (by a wide margin) what I saw was apologism and excuses for the threats and harassment. I saw a lot of "but this time it's warranted!" style messages. That doesn't help anyone. That doesn't build dialogue. 

So, if you want to know why there are prominent journalists right now talking about how gamer culture is toxic, and how gamers as a label are dead, this is why. Because even if you're rational, passionate, and wanting good things, your voice is being drowned out by loud, hateful, toxic people. 

A couple of days ago, I posted an email from the San Francisco Police Department verifying a police report placed by Anita Sarkeesian. Why? Because a muckraker accused her of lying, and drummed up a BUNCH of hate. His message had over six hundred reshares. His thread had dozens of people talking about how she needs to be imprisoned, how she needs to be shot, and how she's... you get the picture. So, I fact-checked. And I posted the results of that fact-checking. Did I get six hundred people recanting their threats, insults, and accusations? No. I got a couple dozen people threatening me, and a fuckton of people insulting me for DARING to fact-check a journalist. When, mind you, the Gamergate movement is supposedly about holding journalists accountable. Do you know how many messages came up to the effect of, "Oh. I shouldn't have jumped the gun and accused her without the facts?" None. None at all. 

So understand why a lot of us say, "This group of people is toxic." It's because a large majority of what we're experiencing is people doing very toxic things. There are some reasonable voices. But from where we stand, they're a stark minority. The movement is about accountability and ethics in journalism, yet the ONLY reaction I got from fact-checking a journalist was hate, denial, threats, and insults. From where I stand, calling Gamergate toxic and hateful isn't a far stretch at all, because it appears to be doing toxic and hateful things.

Yes, there's some positive. Yay, charities. But that's drowned out. And ironically, when we hear about a charity or otherwise positive thing, it's universally used as a method of attack. For example, there was a period where the Gamergate folks had it in their head that Zoe Quinn was lying about charitable donations. They'd trot out, "We aren't lying con artists! We really donate to charities!" Essentially, weaponizing charity. Then, I also heard a lot of people bragging when Zoe's donations were verified officially by the charities, because a group of (allegedly) thousands of people were able to donate more than a single independent game designer. Like seriously, very petty shit. 

So, corruption in journalism. Can I let you in on a secret? 

We want to have that conversation. We all do, with maybe a couple of exceptions. This is a conversation we've tried to have, and wanted to have for years. 

But why aren't we just sitting down and talking it over and smiling and playing games and shutting up about the feminisms? Basically, it's because we're having two completely different conversations. One's an insider conversation, informed about the industry. The other is an outsider conversation, based on half-truths, misunderstandings, and what we see as skewed priorities. 

On our side, a lot of journalists hate the nepotism, and most importantly, they hate the relationship the industry has with journalism. Because a while back ago, "games journalism" was essentially coopted as a marketing arm for certain AAA publishers. At that point, AAA publishers became gatekeepers for success in games journalism. It's awful, because we want to be talking critically. We want to be looking at games in different lights. We want to approach these works of art as works of art, and not just as the next success or flop. But that can't happen on any large scale, because of that corruption, because of the commercialism of it all. 

The way a lot of the Gamergate stuff looks to us really looks like some strange bizarro world where the games industry works completely different than it really does.

The biggest targets of Gamergate have been people who are frankly powerless in the games industry. People like Zoe Quinn and Phil Fish, they are not gatekeepers. They are not able to enact any real, significant influence on the industry. Most independent game jams, awards, and exhibitions are small groups of people, trying to make names for themselves in their little ponds. That's how independent artists work in pretty much every creative field. They can't compete with the game industry, so they're trying to carve out their own little micro industry, where they do their own things and have a captive audience. 

The people being targeted the most are small names, on the fringe of the industry. Even if these people all pat each other on the proverbial backs and promote each other into the ground with the corruption of a thousand watergates, their games will NEVER be as successful as even moderately popular indie games like Castle Crashers. We're talking about games that won't pay a single basic salary if successful. To these games, success doesn't look a lot different than failure. 

"SJWs" aren't affecting widescale change in video games. There's some minor change here and there. But most of it is shit that, if you weren't aware was changed, you wouldn't know was any different. If they get what they want, and that's a big if, the end result will be a few more games featuring a little more diversity, and maybe less rape and objectification. This will never, ever approach social justice change in major titles like Call of Duty. The SJWs know that. The Call of Duty developers are making Call of Duty. Nobody expects them to make something else. There's room for Call of Duty. Nobody is trying to take it away. Fuck, the ideal is ultimately MORE GAMES. This is a good thing. Experimental games move the industry forward, and make your core games better. Those games get to be the testing ground where we try out new ideas in a less risk adverse environment. 

Anita Sarkeesian? So far, a writer for an already very diverse game was influenced to cop to a trope in his games, and say he won't be using it again. Fundamentally, the game is still a manshooter game. Just, one story element will be swapped out for something else in the future, instead of recycling the same old thing. That's pretty much as far as her influence has gone. 

Here's why: She's not trying to enact and force change. She's pointing out trends, the way an art critic does. Some people might look to what she's saying, and ask for more exceptions from that trend. Some developers might see those trends in their work, and shift away. But she's never once said that games featuring sexist tropes should not be made. She even makes explicitly clear in every one of her videos that playing games with sexist tropes is okay, it's not wrong to have fun with those games. But, certain trends do influence attitudes, according to numerous scientific studies. She doesn't say these games will make you sexist. That would be stupid, since she, and numerous SJW types, have played these games. If she was saying that, and she's not, she would have to follow up her videos with, "I played this game. It made me sexist." 

Do you know what else this focus on Anita's doing? It's making your games worse. And I'm not saying, "Oh, if you leave Anita alone, she'll make games better". No. But right now, AAA game executives see people like Anita calling for diversity in games, and they're seeing people like Gamergate attacking them vehemently. They see SO much hate. They see 650 people retweeting the guy claiming she lied about a police report. This tells them that the market doesn't want diversity. This tells them to double down on boring, scruffy 30-something male protagonist with a dark past, blah, blah. When we look at games like Watch Dogs, and we think they could have done better if they were a little more ambitious, understand that people shitting on "SJWs" causes that risk averse, milquetoast game design. 

You can have discussions about Anita's points. But understand that she's making critique. A lot of it is subjective. A lot of it relies on specific definitions that she gives. For example, it's popular to attack her use of Hitman as an example of Women as Background Decoration. However, the only way it's not a valid example is if you're not actually using her definition. Essentially, you're throwing out her thesis and applying a different thesis to her examples. That's not fair, and it's not academically sound.

But have these discussions! Just focus on the art, the trends, and the culture. Don't focus on the person. Because if your goal is debunking her, you've already lost. Right now, people are throwing so much shit at her, hoping it sticks. Seriously. A journalist literally investigated whether or not she actually made a police report when people were threatening her life, and another prominent blogger demanded police report numbers from her. Neither of these people are entitled to that information. They're trying so hard to catch her up in a lie, that they're losing sight of what they're doing, and how silly and unethical it looks. Why does Anita have to be discredited, if her points are not valid? If her arguments are wrong, discuss them. 

Right now, publishers are buying reviews. Right now, publishers are giving large amounts of money and other perks to journalists in order to skew the public perception and influence, both positively and negatively, game sales. Right now, Metacritic is being used to determine whether or not designers get to keep their jobs. Right now, AAA executives are cutting women and LGBT characters out of games in development, because of "the core demographic". These are huge problems. These are problems we want to talk about. These are problems we want to fix. 

We aren't going to smile and nod while hundreds of people dogpile a couple of people's sex lives. We're not going to cheer you on while muckrakers are hounding people for answers to stupid, invasive questions they shouldn't be asking. We want a better industry. But we feel that what we're seeing, or at least the bulk of what we're seeing is making a worse industry. ___"Why does Anita [Sarkeesian] have to be discredited, if her points are not valid? If her arguments are wrong, discuss them."

Yep. That exactly.

Via +Wil Wheaton.

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2014-09-16 17:26:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Slides from my keynote talk at +CppCon are now online:  C++ on Mars - Incorporating C++ into Mars Rover Flight Software #MarsRover #marsrovercuriosity #marsroveropportunity  

Slides from my keynote talk at +CppCon are now online:  C++ on Mars - Incorporating C++ into Mars Rover Flight Software #MarsRover #marsrovercuriosity #marsroveropportunity  ___

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2014-09-16 17:22:10 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s) 

Just your daily reminder that we're standing on a vast spinning ball, with lots of things to wonder at.

Milky Way Timelapse from +Cory Schmitz

I'm working on an episode of the Guide to Space where we talk about our perspective of the Milky Way. +Cory Schmitz was generous enough to provide a few pictures and timelapses of the Milky Way, which we'll be incorporating into the episode.

But I thought I'd share an amazing clip. ___Just your daily reminder that we're standing on a vast spinning ball, with lots of things to wonder at.

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2014-09-13 21:04:44 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s) 

This made me laugh so hard. And it also made me glad we welcome (non-venomous) spiders in our home!

Ultimately via @EightyFoe on Twitter, I think, but it came to me via +Kimberly Lichtenberg.

This made me laugh so hard. And it also made me glad we welcome (non-venomous) spiders in our home!

Ultimately via @EightyFoe on Twitter, I think, but it came to me via +Kimberly Lichtenberg.___

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2014-09-13 17:49:17 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s) 

I like it. I really, really like it.

I got it only yesterday, so I can't speak to battery life and such. (Although, I've realized, at least a small battery charges fast. It seems to charge fully in maybe an hour or so.) But so far I really, really like it.

I like it. I really, really like it.

I got it only yesterday, so I can't speak to battery life and such. (Although, I've realized, at least a small battery charges fast. It seems to charge fully in maybe an hour or so.) But so far I really, really like it.___

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2014-09-13 17:17:58 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

Beautiful short video looking back on part of Opportunity's trek across Mars. <sniff> So many memories.

Beautiful short video looking back on part of Opportunity's trek across Mars. <sniff> So many memories.___

2014-09-12 18:00:17 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Oh, good: MSL's extended mission plan has now been released publicly. So we can see for ourselves how much justice there was in the scathing Senior Review report.

I'll be looking forward to reading this over the weekend.

Oh, good: MSL's extended mission plan has now been released publicly. So we can see for ourselves how much justice there was in the scathing Senior Review report.

I'll be looking forward to reading this over the weekend.___

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2014-09-12 17:24:30 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s) 

And I can understand why they would: as explicated in the article, by modern standards, Indy is an unutterably lousy scientist. (Although by the standards of his day, he was hardly unusual; most of the profession's ethics came much later.)

Yet that judgment is not entirely fair, either: space exploration isn't much like Star Trek, but we still welcome people into the profession whose enthusiasm was lit by it. I personally was inspired by Kirk and Scotty, to the point where I quite consciously aped them when appropriate -- which was sometimes daily.

And in the same way, Indy inspires a lot of young people to go into archaeology. I happen to have had a close-up view of this: my ex-wife followed exactly that path. Raiders hooked her, and it just never quite let go. She matured into a far better scientist than Indiana Jones will ever be, of course -- and that's an awfully good... more »

And I can understand why they would: as explicated in the article, by modern standards, Indy is an unutterably lousy scientist. (Although by the standards of his day, he was hardly unusual; most of the profession's ethics came much later.)

Yet that judgment is not entirely fair, either: space exploration isn't much like Star Trek, but we still welcome people into the profession whose enthusiasm was lit by it. I personally was inspired by Kirk and Scotty, to the point where I quite consciously aped them when appropriate -- which was sometimes daily.

And in the same way, Indy inspires a lot of young people to go into archaeology. I happen to have had a close-up view of this: my ex-wife followed exactly that path. Raiders hooked her, and it just never quite let go. She matured into a far better scientist than Indiana Jones will ever be, of course -- and that's an awfully good thing. But most professions can only wish they had this kind of recruitment tool.

("Ace Anderson, adventuresome accountant!" Hm. I'll keep working on that one.)

Via +Boing Boing.___

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2014-09-12 05:30:27 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Dear iPhone 6 users: welcome to 2012! :-D

Dear iPhone 6 users: welcome to 2012! :-D___

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2014-09-12 03:57:59 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s) 

In related news, your threats that you will "turn this Mars rover around right now" are beginning to lose effectiveness.

After about two years, our Mars Curiosity rover reached its long-term prime destination, Mount Sharp. Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/1qNHZlt ___In related news, your threats that you will "turn this Mars rover around right now" are beginning to lose effectiveness.

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2014-09-10 17:50:19 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s) 

Typically clever of the Russians: force foreign cosmonaut-wannabes to come to Russian-occupied Ukraine for training. Then the US must either accept the legitimacy of Russia's occupation, or (under existing international agreements) prevent American trainees from going. If they don't go, they can't train; if they can't train, they can't fly. So no more rides to the ISS for American astronauts.

Of course, this wouldn't be a problem if we hadn't stupidly shut down our only way to get people into space. But we did, putting ourselves in the Russians' hands, and now they're squeezing. And with no evident space-access competition on the near-term horizon, they're gonna squeeze hard.

The US won't be the only ones affected by this, either: European and Japanese astronauts will be, too. How much better would it be if we could step up and offer rides to... more »

Typically clever of the Russians: force foreign cosmonaut-wannabes to come to Russian-occupied Ukraine for training. Then the US must either accept the legitimacy of Russia's occupation, or (under existing international agreements) prevent American trainees from going. If they don't go, they can't train; if they can't train, they can't fly. So no more rides to the ISS for American astronauts.

Of course, this wouldn't be a problem if we hadn't stupidly shut down our only way to get people into space. But we did, putting ourselves in the Russians' hands, and now they're squeezing. And with no evident space-access competition on the near-term horizon, they're gonna squeeze hard.

The US won't be the only ones affected by this, either: European and Japanese astronauts will be, too. How much better would it be if we could step up and offer rides to space? Maybe we could even offer them to other countries' astronauts for free; how great would that have made us look? Oh, but we can't. Sorry, everyone.

Once, we put a man on the moon. But we can't even get to orbit any more. How pathetic.

Via +Barbara Cohen.___

2014-09-10 17:13:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I just listened to +Marc Maron Podcast's hour-long interview with Robin Williams. The Williams who showed up for this podcast is a much quieter, more reflective and introspective man than I'm used to hearing. Not reticent, mind you; he's as voluble as ever. Just ... quieter.

It's heartbreaking to listen to it now, especially when Williams talks briefly about a conversation he had with himself about suicide -- given what we now know.

We shall not look upon his like again.

I just listened to +Marc Maron Podcast's hour-long interview with Robin Williams. The Williams who showed up for this podcast is a much quieter, more reflective and introspective man than I'm used to hearing. Not reticent, mind you; he's as voluble as ever. Just ... quieter.

It's heartbreaking to listen to it now, especially when Williams talks briefly about a conversation he had with himself about suicide -- given what we now know.

We shall not look upon his like again.___

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2014-09-10 02:44:40 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s) 

So much for that service. :-(

WOW. I knew Yelp was problematic, but this has me questioning whether I want to use it at all. Basically Yelp is giving better ratings to companies the more they pay for advertising -- regardless of what the user reviews say. Translation: Yelp ratings mean nothing, or at least nothing useful. ___So much for that service. :-(

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2014-09-10 02:35:08 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s) 

:-D

Stalking Squirrels For Science!

Did you know that there's an article published in the Journal of Zoology studying the behaviors of squirrels? No, seriously! 

Well for this year's +GeekGirlCon, I teamed up with +Bethany Brookshire to create a silent film (which is grossly inaccurate from the actual study) in an act of whimsy to help raise money for the Con's #DIYScienceZone , where scientists from all over come to bring REAL SCIENCE to kids young and old. 

If you've the inclination and ability to help support GeekGirlCon's #DIYSciZone , please do! This can be done through monetary means or just by sharing this post about to others who may be able to do so. Link to the donation page here: http://www.geekgirlcon.com/diy-science-zone-fundraiser/

NOW ON TO THE SCIENCE!

The original research by Bates & Fleming can be found here, though it's behind a paywall. :( http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jzo.12156/abstract

HOWEVER! Bethany did a fantastic write-up on the research over at Eureka! Lab which does a wonderful job breaking down the research methods employed by the scientists. Head here to read it: https://student.societyforscience.org/blog/eureka-lab/stalking-squirrels-science

I really love how they chose this topic to research, as it's a question I've often wondered myself while I walk through the parks of Los Angeles. 

Enjoy the show!

#ScienceEveryDay   #STEM   #STEAM   #WomenInSTEM   #GGC   #Squirrel   #Biology   #Zoology   #YouTube   #EDU  ___:-D

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2014-09-10 01:56:31 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

The good news is, Earth plants might survive in Martian soil.

The bad news is, they apparently didn't test also exposing the plants to high radiation, lower levels of sunlight, or airlessness -- a truer test of survival there. Still, this is better news than I would have expected!

The good news is, Earth plants might survive in Martian soil.

The bad news is, they apparently didn't test also exposing the plants to high radiation, lower levels of sunlight, or airlessness -- a truer test of survival there. Still, this is better news than I would have expected!___

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2014-09-08 06:56:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s) 

TIL how stages are constructed, by helping to take one apart. Farewell until next year, Independent Shakespeare Company summer festival!

TIL how stages are constructed, by helping to take one apart. Farewell until next year, Independent Shakespeare Company summer festival!___

2014-09-08 04:54:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s) 

I just got off the phone with my 65-year-old stepmother, who figured out how to check email on her new Moto X with no help from anyone. Which is awesome in and of itself, and also it made me realize that I'm such a geek that I get excited about other people's technology progress.

This is the same stepmother, by the way, who's getting her concealed carry permit. In the live fire test, her rounds were grouped so closely that they punched a single silver-dollar-sized hole in the target's cardboard backing. My stepmother is a badass.

I just got off the phone with my 65-year-old stepmother, who figured out how to check email on her new Moto X with no help from anyone. Which is awesome in and of itself, and also it made me realize that I'm such a geek that I get excited about other people's technology progress.

This is the same stepmother, by the way, who's getting her concealed carry permit. In the live fire test, her rounds were grouped so closely that they punched a single silver-dollar-sized hole in the target's cardboard backing. My stepmother is a badass.___

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2014-09-07 07:41:39 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

Recursion.

(Well, OK, not quite. But the concept amused me.)

Recursion.

(Well, OK, not quite. But the concept amused me.)___

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2014-09-05 23:32:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s) 

I was always afraid something like this will happen.

I was always afraid something like this will happen.___

2014-09-04 02:47:39 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Take note: Earth’s new address: Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea Supercluster, the Universe. (Laniakea means ‘immeasureable heaven’ in Hawaiaan)

http://www.nature.com/news/earth-s-new-address-solar-system-milky-way-laniakea-1.15819?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews

Take note: Earth’s new address: Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea Supercluster, the Universe. (Laniakea means ‘immeasureable heaven’ in Hawaiaan)

http://www.nature.com/news/earth-s-new-address-solar-system-milky-way-laniakea-1.15819?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews___

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2014-09-04 02:44:03 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s) 

This is profoundly dangerous.

As the surveillance techniques available to the police change, we rely on court supervision to give us more (and more general) rules governing their use. This is the reason that, for instance, the police can't use infrared cameras to look through the walls of your house, or use laser microphones to listen: it doesn't matter that the vibrations or heat are technically exiting your house; you have a reasonable expectation that no one will look.

Since the turn of the millennium, there have been enormous advances in electronic surveillance. Information scraped by the NSA can be forwarded on to the FBI or DEA, and fake "repeater" towers can intercept enormous volumes of cellphone calls -- and considering the poor state of telecom encryption, most of that information is in plaintext or close to it. And what sort of oversight have we gotten?... more »

This is profoundly dangerous.

As the surveillance techniques available to the police change, we rely on court supervision to give us more (and more general) rules governing their use. This is the reason that, for instance, the police can't use infrared cameras to look through the walls of your house, or use laser microphones to listen: it doesn't matter that the vibrations or heat are technically exiting your house; you have a reasonable expectation that no one will look.

Since the turn of the millennium, there have been enormous advances in electronic surveillance. Information scraped by the NSA can be forwarded on to the FBI or DEA, and fake "repeater" towers can intercept enormous volumes of cellphone calls -- and considering the poor state of telecom encryption, most of that information is in plaintext or close to it. And what sort of oversight have we gotten?

Essentially none.

American law enforcement agencies have gone to tremendous lengths to scrape together second-source data to cover their electronic techniques, exposing essentially none of their advanced surveillance to courts. As a result, as the sophistication of surveillance increases, the law of surveillance remains fixed in the 1990s -- well before any of the truly terrifying surveillance techniques were developed.

If we intend to remain a liberal state -- and we should -- then this sort of dragnet surveillance must be exposed to oversight outside the executive branch. ___

2014-09-03 17:52:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

TL;DR: NASA Senior Review panel recommends keeping all missions. Cassini excellent, MER very good, MSL not so much.

I just finished reading the Senior Review's report (attached), which came out this morning. The Senior Review is where NASA has an independent group of reviewers examine the extended-mission funding requests for a bunch of missions to see which should receive continued funding -- more money, the same amount, less, or none at all.

Cassini won this game with an excellent proposal, apparently; well done there. The panel recommended keeping it going through 2017, which is end of mission for Cassini -- it'll drop into Saturn and be crushed by the atmospheric pressure, to avoid the possibility it could contaminate water-bearing (and thus potentially life-bearing) Saturnian moons such as Enceladus.

MER also did very well for itself. It sounds like it will be... more »

TL;DR: NASA Senior Review panel recommends keeping all missions. Cassini excellent, MER very good, MSL not so much.

I just finished reading the Senior Review's report (attached), which came out this morning. The Senior Review is where NASA has an independent group of reviewers examine the extended-mission funding requests for a bunch of missions to see which should receive continued funding -- more money, the same amount, less, or none at all.

Cassini won this game with an excellent proposal, apparently; well done there. The panel recommended keeping it going through 2017, which is end of mission for Cassini -- it'll drop into Saturn and be crushed by the atmospheric pressure, to avoid the possibility it could contaminate water-bearing (and thus potentially life-bearing) Saturnian moons such as Enceladus.

MER also did very well for itself. It sounds like it will be kept around at its present, woefully inadequate funding level, anyway, thanks in part to the great science it's been doing and even more exciting science to come. In the upcoming extended mission, Opportunity will analyze nearby phyllosilicate clay deposits -- bearing records of past pH-neutral, life-friendly water -- that are also older than anything ever seen by any Mars surface mission. It seems almost impossible that a ten-year-old surface mission could just keep getting better, but that's what MER does.

It was MSL (Curiosity) that came in for the harshest criticism:

The panel viewed [the prime mission's and proposed extended mission's science] as a poor science return for such a large investment in a flagship mission.

... the proposal lacked specific scientific questions to be answered [and] testable hypotheses ....

It was unclear from both the proposal and presentation that the Prime Mission science goals had been met. In fact, it was unclear what exactly these were.

And, possibly most cringe-inducing:

Unfortunately, the lead Project Scientist was not present ... and was only available via phone. Additionally, he was not present for the second round of Curiosity questions from the panel. This left the panel with the impression that the team felt they were too big to fail [emphasis mine] and simply having someone show up would suffice. The panel strongly urges NASA HQ to get the Curiosity team focused on maximizing high-quality science that justifies the capabilities of and capital investment in Curiosity.

Ouch. Ouch ouch. Oh, ouch. If this were a fight, that would be a broken bone.

That's been the knock against MSL all along, that the $/science ratio is poor, but this is the first time I've seen it expressed at anything like this level. That's gotta hurt.

Anyway, all the missions in the review will be kept around (maybe MSL is too big to fail?), and that's good news for US planetary science. One hopes MSL can get its act together for the next review -- maybe they'll be able to do better.___

2014-09-02 17:21:05 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +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 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +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, 17 +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 (51 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +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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2014-08-28 05:43:07 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +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, 17 +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 06:59:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Sadly, MSL's drill skipped across Bonanza King like a record needle on a scratched-up record. So, no drilling here; instead, back to driving.

Sadly, MSL's drill skipped across Bonanza King like a record needle on a scratched-up record. So, no drilling here; instead, back to driving.___

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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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2014-08-22 17:38:37 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s) 

This headline speaks for itself, right?

This headline speaks for itself, right?___

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