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Creating a Mini Maker Space -
Creating a Mini Maker Space
What a great idea! I wish I'd thought to set up something like this for my kids when they were younger. Maybe for my future grandchildren? - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
I like the idea of a replaceable working surface, and different desktops for different types of projects. - Ken Morley
I may be on Amazon now buying tools. :) - Ken Morley
Doh, I thought that one was yours. - Soup in a TARDIS
It's better than mine... but not for long. :) - Ken Morley
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Are Atheists the New Mormons? - The Daily Beast -
Are Atheists the New Mormons? - The Daily Beast
"Really, though, the American Atheist convention in Salt Lake City is not a clash of opposites. It’s the convergence of unlikely cousins. The convention this week will bring together in Salt Lake City two distinctly American movements, with remarkably similar demographics, that are in the process of emerging into a public sphere that has long considered them suspicious outsiders." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
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Me: I've hardly ever seen snakes camping. Her: They probably have trouble finding little sleeping bags.
If they did, would they also pretend to be inchworms? - Anika
LOL, yeah getting into the bags may also be an issue. :) - Ken Morley
"Her" made me chuckle :) - Eivind from Android
"She who shall be obeyed" was too long. ;) - Ken Morley
I imagined big snakes in knee high socks. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
There are certain places where it is advisable to shake out your sleeping bag before getting into it, Between the snakes, the spiders and the scorpions it's just good policy. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
They don't have that problem in Australia. With spiders as big as truck engines you can easily see they have taken over your sleeping bag. - Stephan Planken
And your boots... don't forget to check your boots. - Ken Morley
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Can I get one of those little tubes with the bubble inside that lets you know you're straight for my camera?
I can tape a mini-level to your camera. - Steven Perez from Android
I'm sure there's an accessory for that. Or you could get a small level and align it with whatever edge of the camera is the straightest (if the camera is on a tripod). I use a gridline display and try to align one of the gridlines with a straight line in the photo. - John (bird whisperer)
You could get a camera app with self-levelling crosshairs, and use it to train your eye, so to speak. Actually, you can probably get a small spirit level with some kind of audio signal to let you know it's sitting true, or an app on your android/idevice to do the same. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Yep there are lots of hot shoe devices just look up spirit level for camera or camera level on amazon. - Steve C
Steve, yup, that's exactly what I found on Amazon! Some of those are pretty cool actually. :) My tripod has levels built-in but I don't walk around/use it frequently. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
My Android phone has a level app. - Betsy
Yup, I've used the iPhone one. Works well. - Ken Morley
Um. Why not use the grid in camera? - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Because it's clearly not enough for me. Get it? Clearly? Because I use contacts to see as I'm nearsighted and light-sensitive. Contacts don't help with light sensitivity though. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Trick for cutting cherry tomatoes
Never would've thought of that. Of course, with my luck, I'd just push them all out. - Anika
Yeah I don't know if any of my knives are sharp enough to slice em all - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Interesting. I never thought of that. - John (bird whisperer)
Ditto john, although i'm rarely cutting that many tomatoes - Steve C
Weirdly, I'm too lazy to ever try this. I still just cut my bitty tomatoes one at a time. :) I also don't think I've ever cut more than a dozen cherry tomatoes at any one time. - Hookuh Tinypants
I've made salads & casseroles that used hella lil tomatoes, & I have no knife skills so prep often pisses me off, lol. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
It'd be fun to show off when you're helping fix a family meal. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Hell yes. I'm all about party tricks. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
I don't think my knives have ever been sharp enough to do that. I keep forgetting to catch the knife sharpening guy at the farmer's market. - Betsy
Some hardware stored have a person that does sharpening. The ACE Chris's dad works at has an outside guy that comes in weekly to pick up and drop off. - Heather, 30k Camper
How to sharpen your knife with a cup: - Ken Morley
When I worked at the college bookstore, back when it was an independent store, they had a group of guys who came in every April to sharpen knives, and people knew this and would bring lots of them. - Betsy
Ken Morley
Who am I?
"I'm 21. I'm from Long Beach, California. I like making things. My dad was a car salesman, my mum was a stay-at-home mum. I was home-schooled. I dropped out of university 2 years ago. I'm a self-taught engineer, a hacker, a maker, an electronics enthusiast. And, oh yeah, I just sold my 2 yr-old company to Facebook for TWO BILLION DOLLARS!" - Ken Morley
I guess his parents will no longer be complaining about all the junk in the garage. :) - Ken Morley
A recent Facebook post from Palmer Luckey: "The company I founded (Oculus VR) was acquired by Facebook for $2 Billion. I only make this late seemingly obvious post because a surprising number of my friends and family are apparently still unaware of this, asking things like 'How are things going? Are you still working on that game box thing I heard about?'" << LOL, if it's not on Facebook, it didn't happen. :) - Ken Morley
I dunno. I doubt being rich makes moving stuff out of the garage any more appealing. :-) - John (bird whisperer)
A Redditer commented: "That's hilarious! His mom probably always caught slack with her friends who wanted to show off by talking about how their son is becoming a doctor and then asking her, 'How is that little game toy Palmer has been playing with coming along?'. " - Ken Morley
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Weev Talks About Life In Prison And His Plans To Open A Hedge Fund -
"TC: What can activists do to avoid your fate? Weev: One can abandon their citizenship in a tyranny for more reasonable shores. That’s about it. “Three Felonies a Day” is a great book explaining the commonplace reality of capricious indictments. A lot of people think I was indicted because I am an asshole. That is not true. Aaron Swartz was not an asshole. Matthew Keys is well loved by everyone as well. Deric Lostutter literally exposed rapists to public scrutiny, and he is still catching a case for it. The underlying issue is that there are real criminals that loot billions from our economy through computer crime. The FBI has neither the competence to identify them nor the ability to extradite them from Russia where they are operating. They receive a metric fuckton of money to solve this problem and have to act like they are doing something about it. They will not indict you because you are a bad operator. They will indict you because you are there. I overturned my verdict only... more... - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
Zuckerberg Vows Facebook Will Shoot Down Google Drones : The New Yorker -
Zuckerberg Vows Facebook Will Shoot Down Google Drones : The New Yorker
"MENLO PARK, CA (The Borowitz Report)—One day after Google outbid Facebook for a manufacturer of solar-powered drones, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg served warning that his company was prepared to blow Google’s drones out of the skies. At a presentation for Facebook employees at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Zuckerberg announced plans to build a $24 billion Facebook laser shield, a global network of satellites capable of identifying and incinerating Google drones in midair. Zuckerberg delighted his audience with a brief animated demonstration showing a Facebook satellite locking in on a Google drone and obliterating it with a green laser. “Unfriended, bitch,” said Zuckerberg, to a roaring ovation from his employees." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Within an hour, Google responded with a stern warning of is own, vowing, “Any act of aggression against Google drones will not stand.” To that end, the company announced that it was prepared to shoot down Facebook’s laser satellites with a long-range super cannon called Google Gun. " - Jessie
I put my money on Google. Zuckerberg will extract as much private information from participants as he can, but he'll end up ceding that actual destructive weapons battle to Google, or maybe Jeff Bezos. He's equally ruthless and I'm pretty sure he could take the other two in a fist fight. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I think Google may have a leg up in the robot wars. - Ken Morley
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It's like Jefferson Airplane and the Velvet Underground had a baby. - Ken Morley
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I prolly listen to this album weekly, still. want more. - Lnorigb
So many different flavours on this album. I love it! - Ken Morley
Bach as played by Punch Brothers with guest arranger & violinist Rob Moose - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Third Movement
Somehow the banjo and mandolin seem uniquely suited to Bach. :) - Ken Morley
Bach would be also amazed and surprised by this performance :) - etesien
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Ooh... flashback! - Ken Morley
In my make-believe world, the Beatles stayed together and recorded this after Abbey Road. - Ken Morley
t-ra: lose,find,repeat
Who is this guy behind the bar and why are we listening to bad Foreigner? Did I just step through a wormhole?
sounds URGENT. - Big Joe Silence
it wouldn't be THE FIRST TIME, those guys are COLD AS ICE. sounds like you may need a JUKE BOX HERO - Ken Morley
maybe he was WAITING FOR A GIRL LIKE YOU? - Big Joe Silence
HOT BLOODED? - Ken Morley
maybe she could play HEAD GAMES with him until he gets DOUBLE VISION. - Big Joe Silence
New guy was cold as ice and no jukebox hero. I waited for so long, I got hot blooded and left. I don't know if I can face it again, but I am going back to see my friends in 30 minutes. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
P.S. you guys are awesomesauce. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat from Android
There is no such thing as bad Foreigner. :^) - Friar Will
A wormhole called "Athens." - Jason P
Todd Hoff
Hive minds: Time to drop the fiction of individuality - opinion - 08 April 2014 - New Scientist -
Hive minds: Time to drop the fiction of individuality - opinion - 08 April 2014 - New Scientist
"To develop this new science, my students and I have been studying living laboratories. By distributing smartphones with special software to all the residents of several small communities, we could track their social interactions with their peers – both friends and acquaintances – and at the same time ask questions about their health, politics and spending behaviour. For instance, when we looked at weight gain, we found that people picked up new habits from exposure to the habits of peers, and not just through interactions with friends. This means that when everyone else in the office takes a doughnut, you probably will too. In fact, this type of exposure turned out to be more important than all the other factors combined, highlighting the overarching importance of automatic social learning in shaping our lives. We found that this same pattern held true for voting and consumer consumption. The largest single factor driving adoption of new behaviours was the behaviour of peers. Put... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"In light of this, perhaps we should ask how important individual choices are compared with shared habits. Here again the power of sharing ideas, as opposed to individual thinking, is clear. When we study decision-making in small groups, we find that the pattern of communication – who talked to whom and how much they talked – is far more important than the characteristics of the... more... - Todd Hoff
Hegel would love this - "Instead of individual rationality, our society appears to be governed by a collective intelligence that comes from the surrounding flow of ideas and examples; we learn from others in our environment, and they learn from us. A community with members who actively engage with each other creates a group with shared, integrated habits and beliefs. What social physics... more... - Todd Hoff
"Our culture and the habits of our society are social contracts, and both depend primarily upon social learning. As a result, most of our public beliefs and habits are learned by observing the attitudes, actions and outcomes of peers, rather than by logic or argument. Learning and reinforcing this social contract is what enables a group of people to coordinate their actions effectively." - Todd Hoff
"It is time that we dropped the fiction of individuals as the unit of rationality, and recognised that our rationality is largely determined by the surrounding social fabric. Instead of being actors in markets, we are collaborators in determining the public good. Indeed, our research has demonstrated that people are much more influenced by their social networks than by individual... more... - Todd Hoff
"This power of the social fabric on individual decision-making is, in fact, the real reason that privacy is so important. As Stanley Milgram's work on social conformity demonstrated many years ago, the power of social influence can lead people to both good and terrible behaviours, and can transform our behaviour to an extent that is scarcely believable. Without privacy, the power of... more... - Todd Hoff
Good book so far. There's a similarity between pruning trees to sculpt light to get the best fruit and shaping social networks to make the best decisions. It's disturbing though to think of what passes for decision making is just copying others. - Todd Hoff
I was going to suggest Christakis, but I expect you've already read "Connected"... also a great book. :) - Ken Morley
I hadn't read it Ken, thanks. - Todd Hoff
Does the herding effects of oxytocin work over computer networks? - Todd Hoff
I'm doing it now. :) - Ken Morley
Todd Hoff
Nice! - Drones that can land on power lines to recharge themselves -
Nice! - Drones that can land on power lines to recharge themselves
"'Recent advances in xed-wing perching have made it possible to consider a new solution to this problem - landing on a powerline to recharge.' The system works using the power line's magnetic field. Four metres away from it, sensors in the plane's nose sense it, and allow the plane to fly itself so it lands perfectly on the wire, exactly like a bird." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
awesome - Shevonne
I hope Google's autonomous flying cars will be able to do this. - Ken Morley
Victor Ganata
My sister posted a pic of a Gauntlet machine on Instagram, reminding me of all the quarters me and my siblings spent.
I didn't realize they were still making Gauntlet series games as late as 2005 (and that there's supposed to be another game in the series released this year.) - Victor Ganata
I'd forgotten how much Gauntlet nostalgia is part of why I got hooked on the original Diablo. - Victor Ganata
I don't like to think about how many quarters I pumped into Asteroids in my yoot. - Ken Morley
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New tests show no evidence of forgery in ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ - The Boston Globe -
New tests show no evidence of forgery in ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ - The Boston Globe
*makes popcorn* - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
what's wrong with blowhard academics in one simple phrase: “Nothing is going to change my mind,” he said in an interview this week. NOT EVEN NEW INFORMATION! I AM RIGHT, DESPITE FACTS TO THE CONTRARY! BECAUSE I AM AN EXPERT, YOU HEAR? AN EXPERT! - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
RT @googlefacts: Pineberries, a cross between pineapples and strawberries. Looks like a strawberry, tastes like pineapple!
RT @googlefacts: Pineberries, a cross between pineapples and strawberries. Looks like a strawberry, tastes like pineapple!
This is possible? - ronin
It's not a cross between those. It's a white strawberry and yes that's possible. There are white alpine strawberries. I suppose that's where they got the "pine" from. Pineapples are Bromeliads and strawberries are Rose family. Furthermore, pineapples are monocots and strawberries are dicots. I hate that agribusiness, in a bid to pump up the market for their product, will choose a BS... more... - Spidra Webster
So neither part of that "googlefacts" username is correct. - Andrew C (✔)
*snicker* - Big Joe Silence
also, i love it when Spidra (or anyone else, for that matter) drops some science. - Big Joe Silence
Recombinant DNA. We need to do this! - Ken Morley
Even if Yella makes it a cappella... - Akiva
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Heartbroken, In Disrepair - Dan Auerbach
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I'm a sucker for a heavy bass line and swampy, fuzzy reverb. :) - Ken Morley
Me, too. - Brent Schaus
Yeah, I've noticed. ;) - Ken Morley
I just bought four Black Keys albums on vinyl. I've always been a big fan but have yet to check out Auerbach's solo work. Will have to. - Derrick
Nice! I love the Black Keys too. His solo albums are worth checking out. - Ken Morley
I somehow missed this. It's similar to some of George Thoroughgood's stuff. I used to use several of Thoroughgood's songs for my running/workout mix. Check out his "Nighttime" cut if you're interested. (Though there are several versions, one of which is awesome--to me--and one of which is okay.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
*fist bump*! - Derrick
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NASA is being forced by the US government to fly a mission to Europa (via
NASA is being forced by the US government to fly a mission to Europa (via
"And this is the weird bit: It seems, thanks to Houston Congressman John Culberson, who appears to be a bit of a science nerd, that NASA is now mandated by law to develop a mission to Europa. Culberson is basically forcing this mission upon NASA: In 2013 and 2014, despite NASA not requesting any money for a Europa mission, Culberson gave it $43 million and $80 million respectively. In the 2014 budget bill, finalized in December, there’s not a single mention of Mars or the Moon, but Europa’s right there on page 159. Culberson is expected to become the next chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee, too — and if that happens, NASA may find itself very flush indeed. This is rather refreshing, after years of budget cuts/stagnation!" - Ken Morley
Man, they already *told* us "ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE." - Victor Ganata
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For your consideration: Kiva - Sophea's Group from Cambodia -
For your consideration: Kiva - Sophea's Group from Cambodia
"A portion of Sophea's Group's $725 loan helps a member to buy seeds and for her farmland." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
:p Report: 58% Of World’s Japanese Speakers White 23-Year-Old American Males via @TheOnion
:p Report: 58% Of World’s Japanese Speakers White 23-Year-Old American Males via @TheOnion
OMAN, I think I know some of the guys who recently aged out of this category... - Heather, 30k Camper
X____X - Andrew C (✔)
" is now largely a vernacular utilized by young white men who decorate their apartments with traditional Japanese prints and are devoted fans of manga artist Hayao Miyazaki." :) - Ken Morley
Watashi wa, karera ga jissai ni tadashikatta koto o tsugeru kokoromitaga, karera wa kiite imasendeshita! - Zu from AOD
::chuckles, as I eyeball the user list in the Anime Yakuza IRC channel:: - April Russo
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Bags of Mountain Air Offered in Smog-Addled Chinese City -
Bags of Mountain Air Offered in Smog-Addled Chinese City
If anyone would like a fresh bag of air from deep in the rain-forests of B.C., let me know. My prices are quite competitive. - Ken Morley
I have to say it's been too long since I was able to breathe some really quality mountain air. - Spidra Webster
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Semester in Space - Simon Fraser University -
Many disappointed SFU students, I image, after checking the date. :) - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
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Just yuck - Ed Yong: Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales | Talk Video | TED -
Just yuck - Ed Yong: Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales | Talk Video | TED
"We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence ... and yet there's a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As science writer Ed Yong explains in this fascinating, hilarious and disturbing talk, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree. So are they influencing us? It's more than likely." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"This caterpillar is a head-banging zombie bodyguard defending the offspring of the creature that killed it". SIGN ME UP NAO! - Big Joe Silence
Sounds like a future business opportunity. "Want to be more assertive? Lose weight? Try our new Trematode 2000." Parasites will be the probiotics of the 20/20s. :) - Ken Morley
Well, there is already precedent for people introducing tapeworms on purpose. - Spidra Webster
There you go. :) - Ken Morley
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What happens when a liquid freezes and boils simultaneously? -
A pressure drop in this flask causes the liquid contained to hit a triple point where it exists as a solid, liquid and gas at the same time. - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
LB: Ratchet Bear
I'm "Who shot JR?" old.
I'm "Watergate is interrupting my afternoon cartoons" old - A Gunny named Slickback
I'm "too old to have a convenient catch phrase, a few months after VJ day" old--maybe "What's an A-bomb?"? - Walt Crawford
I'm practice getting under the desk in case of nuclear bomb attack old. I'm also rotary dial phone old. - Joe - Systems Analyst
I'm transistor radio, WLS-AM rock'in it old. - Jen
I'm "waiting for Star Wars action figures to be released" old. - Steele Lawman
I'm "Iran-Contra hearings are messing with my cartoons" old. - Jed from iPhone
I'm "See the USA in your Chevrolet" old. - Greg GuitarBuster
i'm "It was 20 years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play" old. - Big Joe Silence
I'm "Welcome to Fantasy Island" old. - Marie
I'm "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster" old. - Steven Perez
Walt and I are too old to be Boomers old. I am VJ Day old. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I'm "Why does Reagan always schedule his stupid speeches when Cosby Show is supposed to be on?" old. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I believe I am a candle in the wind old. - Mike Nencetti
I'm "Warsaw Pact" old, though I don't feel a day older than the Cuban missile crisis. - Ken Morley
I'm "The Young Doctors" old. - Melly
I'm "Gemini and Apollo launches" old. :) - LoisMarketing
I'm "48 HRS" old. - Julian
I'm "Well... Gee Wally...?" old. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I'm "Can I have one with butter please?" old - Melly
i'm "wish you were here" old - chaz2b
Here is a few of the #DFL accomplishments in Minnesota: •One billion dollar budgetary surplus •4.8% unemployment rate (vs. 7.3% US average) •The first property tax cut in a decade •Truly balancing the budget without any shady gimmicks •Expanded Local Government Aid to help rural Minnesota •All Day, Everyday Kindergarten •Paying back the money Republicans confiscated from schools •Freezing tuition to help students deal with education incurred debt •Cutting unemployment taxes for ALL employers in Minnesota •Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes •Established MNsure to help people get health insurance with lowest rates in nation •Eliminating sales taxes for counties •Investments in infrastructure and education •5th fastest growing state economy in the US •8th best state for business - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
This is what the Republicans have done to Wisconsin: •6.5% unemployment rate •Heavily gerrymandered districts to cheat democracy and ensure a GOP legislature •Restricted collective bargaining rights for workers •Cut education funding •Voter Suppression, including curtailing early voting and forcing govt issued IDs •Turning Judicial elections into partisan contests •Starved revenue with... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Note: The Democratic Party in Minnesota is referred to as the Democratic Farm Labor Party (DFL.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Note that my like is actually an unlike for the state of WI going this direction. - Joe - Systems Analyst
You and me both, Joe. I keep voting to do my part, but a lot of my neighbors seem to think everything is peachy. Go figure. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Fascinating! I found this NYT opinion piece from last November I'll be interested to see what happens over the next several years.. - Ken Morley
Thanks Ken. I didn't see that when it was published, but it correlates well with what we're seeing so far. I'm familiar with Larry Jacobs because he often appears on MPR (and local tv affilitates) especially in pre-election and election periods (which is pretty much all of the time now, I guess.) He's a voice of reason among a cacophony of ideologues, including many media figures. Of... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
But hey, my property taxes went down a hundred bucks or so! Sure the roads are crap, water mains are exploding everywhere, the quality of our school system is on life support, and we're breathing in ever-increasing levels of silica dust as frack sand mining operations pop up in multiple locations here and in the surrounding counties (with many more on their way.) And sure, any ability... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
insanlar niye kaşınır ki ? - kuş burnu
öf yaa :( - banu eker
You think he'd give up after 10 or 20 attempts. - Ken Morley
Herkese benden çay. Şakir'e yok. - U.F.U.K
gitti çanak. - ~~diCaprio~~
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Edgar Barany C - Blue is my color
Your Friday morning bokeh. - Ken Morley
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