Steve C, Team Marina
Neil Patrick Harris, Family Dress as Alice in Wonderland Characters for Halloween | Story | Wonderwall -
Neil Patrick Harris, Family Dress as Alice in Wonderland Characters for Halloween | Story | Wonderwall
Neil Patrick Harris, Family Dress as Alice in Wonderland Characters for Halloween | Story | Wonderwall
"Cutest family ever? Neil Patrick Harris and his fiance David Burtka have continued their costume-themed tradition with their adorable twins -- Harper and Gideon, 3. The "How I Met Your Mother" star and his family were spotted dressed as the Alice in Wonderland characters in Studio City, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 19." - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
'Star Wars': Visit Tatooine, before it's swallowed by the Sahara - -
'Star Wars': Visit Tatooine, before it's swallowed by the Sahara -
"Deep in Tunisia's Sahara desert is an abandoned settlement, part submerged by the sand, somehow alien, yet strangely familiar. The surrounding landscape looks like it's from another world, in a galaxy far, far away -- which is why movie director George Lucas chose it as a location for filming parts of his blockbuster "Star Wars" series. The Tunisian Sahara was transformed into Tatooine -- the barren planet with twin suns that was the birthplace of Anakin Skywalker, otherwise known as Darth Vader. At the Tunisian government's request, the lavish set for Anakin's home town, Mos Espa, remains intact -- a beacon in the desert." - Harold from Bookmarklet
Stephen Mack
Four Corners
A tourist trap, but hey! We're tourists. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Also, I heard that it is not actually located in the right place. Update: It was in the wrong place, so they make this place be the new right place. - Brian Johns
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Monument Valley, Utah
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I love that pic of Sophie! - Tamara J. B.
Thank you! It's gorgeous here. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Gorgeous! I want to go there :) - Eivind
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Andrew C (✔)
Who would have thought electing reckless idiots would lead to reckless idiocy?
60 possible new species found in Suriname forest - News Story -
60 possible new species found in Suriname forest - News Story
"Braving perilous river rapids in Suriname's rainforest, international scientists found six frogs and 11 fish that are among 60 creatures that may be new species, a tropical ecologist with a U.S.-based conservation group said Thursday. Trond Larsen, with the nonprofit research and advocacy organization Conservation International, said in a phone interview that the team catalogued creatures and studied freshwater resources during a three-week expedition in pristine forest of southeast Suriname near the border with Brazil." - Harold from Bookmarklet
"The creatures that could be new to science include a brown tree frog dubbed the "cocoa frog" and a type of poison dart frog, which secretes powerful toxins employed by local people for hunting." - Harold
Federal shutdown leaves WIC program for poor with no funding - Local Story -
Federal shutdown leaves WIC program for poor with no funding - Local Story
"A popular program that helps mothers feed their children is in danger because of the government shutdown. State officials said the WIC program is still in operation, but how long will the funds hold out now that Washington is no longer sending any new money?  WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children Food and Nutrition Service, and it provides funding for low-income mothers to feed themselves and their children." - Harold from Bookmarklet
It doesn't effect anyone at Fox News, thus it doesn't matter - Johnny from iPhone
Steve C, Team Marina
10-year-old runs 5k with disabled brother in show of love and determination - News | FOX Sports on MSN -
10-year-old runs 5k with disabled brother in show of love and determination - News | FOX Sports on MSN
"Tobias Bass. Tobias is a 10-year-old from Edmond, Okla., who made headlines last week when he wrote a letter to News 9 Oklahoma asking for a little help. Tobias has an 11-year-old brother, Titus, with cerebral palsy, and Tobias wanted the two of them to run a 5K together. For that, Tobias needed a “jogger,” a kind of stroller, but one big enough to hold Titus, something their family didn’t have. The story has a happy ending. The News 9 team contacted a medical supply firm, which did even more than Tobias asked for. It donated a jogger for the Bass family to keep. And on Friday, Tobias took his brother on the 5K run, with Tobias and Titus accompanied by lots of supporters." - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
This was just a first step for Tobias and Titus. Tobias has bigger plans: Someday, he wants to compete in an Ironman triathlon with his brother. “My pastor says we have to be God’s hands and feet, but I’m going to be his legs, too,” Tobias wrote in his letter. “My brother … cries when he sees kids playing outside and wants to go, too. So I decided I would start by pushing him in a 5K.”... more... - Steve C, Team Marina
Video included - Steve C, Team Marina
Tobias Badass. - Brent Schaus
Stephen Mack
Hundreds of pelicans, and a sea lion or two.
Hundreds of pelicans, and a sea lion or two.
In Capitola yesterday. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I miss Capitola. Le sigh - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
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They Might Be Giants - Nanobots -
They Might Be Giants - Nanobots -
Currently my kids and I are in the car a bit longer than normal for the drop-offs each morning. The good thing from that is we're telling more stories and listening to more music. The new album from They Might Be Giants is what we've been listening to this week. - Stephen Mack
This song, Nanobots, has achieved a level of interest from Sammy and me that's growing towards obsessive. - Stephen Mack
I remember how excited I was by early TMBG stuff (Don't Let's Start, Ana Ng, Birdhouse in your Soul, Particle Man) -- that's the level of excitement Sammy has about this song. - Stephen Mack
Give it a listen -- it measures up to the best of what they've done in their career that is now approaching 30 years. Thirty years! - Stephen Mack
The one surprise is this video, which is a bit too literal (and I can't show it to my kids due to the stuff that happens around a minute and a half in). If you can easily listen to the song without watching the video, please do. - Stephen Mack
The writing of the last verse is particularly sharp -- just listening to it as sung doesn't do justice to the subtle creepy turn. - Stephen Mack
Definitely the most upbeat song about the gray goo apocalypse that you'll ever hear. - Stephen Mack
I should configure my work computer to play this every time I log in. :P - imabonehead
They might also like the here comes science cd. - Joe
Hahaha! Mo needs to watch this for the robot rave scene. - Spidra Webster
4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again - YouTube -
4 Rules to Make Star Wars Great Again - YouTube
"Right now there are talks about director J.J. Abrams potentially shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on IMAX film stock a growing trend with some of the right directors working today. If there's one thing we're not worried about when it comes to the sci-fi sequel, it's how it will look. Abrams has proven time and time again that he knows how to shoot an incredible film. But plenty of fans are still concerned about the story, and while many feel like they have to aggressively petition to get Abrams to do what they want in rants online, a creative agency employee and former production assistant from Mission: Impossible III has created an animated open letter with "four simple rules" for Abrams to follow to make Episode VII work. - Harold from Bookmarklet
Christina Pikas
My day so far: 3am up with boy. 4am up with boy and girl. 5 am still up with boy. 6 am hand boy off to man who snuggles up with boy and proceeds to sleep for another 1.5hr. 8am: pick girl up off off sidewalk where she has fallen on her face. Clean up bloody mouth and hands. Daycare.
Come in to work. Hard drive was to fries to duplicate. New hard drive to be loaded from scratch from backups but it will take 2 days - Christina Pikas from iPhone
My groups shared laptop failed to boot. It has a bad harddrive. Got IT loaner - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Remember am giving training Wed was supposed to show a bunch of analysis tools only loaded on my computer. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Tired. Cranky and I have a mtg at 12:30 and haven't gotten lunch. - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Yuck. - laura x
you are having a DAY. - Marie
Dayum. - Kirsten
the good news is days don't last forever. This one too will end. - Kubke
Hope you had a better night! - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
Boy and girl both up from 3-4. Girl back to sleep. Boy up until 6 currently asleep. Fighting not to go poke him but would be self defeating - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Boy has been up from 2-3 the past two nights (and then up at 5, 6, 7). Wretched adorable children. - laura x from BuddyFeed
Ooof. - Joe
Stephen Mack
Beautiful work, Shannon. The kids love them.
Cool! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
:) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
OK could your kids get any cuter? DEAD FROM THE CUTENESS - Hookuh Tinypants
<3 - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Aww ... happy kids! Love it! Thanks for sharing and for giving me such an important task :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
Stephen Mack
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Vote Republicans out in 2014. I'm sick of the childish games. Democrats. grow a backbone. FFS.
Democrats showing up at mid-term elections is kind of like a unicorn farting rainbows. - Anika
Seriously. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
You need a complete political and electoral system overhaul, but then again, so do we! :-/ - Halil
That sounds like our cats. - Anne Bouey
God. I'm catsitting this week, and I swear this is what the cats are saying to me all of the time. - Jennifer Dittrich
Steven Perez
It is a sad commentary that in the richest nation on Earth there are nearly 47 million Americans, most of them with low-paying part-time jobs and children, who are dependent on food assistance to keep from going hungry. It is particularly offensive when between 73-76% of Americans self-identify as Christians and likely the percentage is much... -
Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
The Lethality of Loneliness - New Republic
"Could social experiences explain why some people die faster than others?" This is some *Brave New World* shit right there. - Victor Ganata
So, as I've always suspected, rugged individualism is bad for you, and collectivism is good for you. (Yes, I know it's an oversimplification, but it really does seem like certain philosophies are actually literally toxic.) - Victor Ganata
"…nature demands nurture…." - Victor Ganata
"On the terrifying side is the unhappy fact that isolation, especially when it stems from the disenfranchisement of the underprivileged, creates a bodily limitation all too easily reproduced in each successive generation." - Victor Ganata
"Given that we have been scaling back the kinds of programs that could help people overcome such disadvantages and that many in Congress, mostly Republicans, have been trying to defund exactly the kind of behavioral science research that could yield even better programs, we have reason to be afraid." - Victor Ganata
RT @shiftingpersona: Every film in Michael Apted's UP Series is now on Netflix Instant. These films belong in a time capsule. As good as documentaries get.
I still haven't seen the latest one and want to. Unfortunately, I'm on Netflix's disc plan. - Spidra Webster
Do they not have them on disc? When I was watching through them, there was always one that wasn't on Instant and I had to get the disc. - Jandy
Haven't checked yet. But I think the last one I saw was 42 or 49 up. - Spidra Webster
The latest is 56. I watched it a few weeks ago. It's good, though I kind of lost the ability to judge them individually by 28 Up or so. - Jandy
iOS7... meh. Few annoying things, but overall... meh.
the background on the bottom row has to go... and what happened to seeing the tabs in safari (I liked not having to open the tabs and could close them right there). - Harold
Victor Ganata
I'm sure there's a scientified reason why vampires don't burn in reflected sunlight.
SPF 9000 FTW - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Where can I buy that SPF 9000? - Spidra Webster
Would it be the same reason people don't tan or burn in moonlight? That seems pretty obvious to me, even as unscientific as I am. - Friar Will
The moon only reflects 0.0002% of sunlight. Since it only reflects half that amount of UV light, you're looking at 0.0001%. - Johnny from iPhone
To be fair, the lethality of sunlight to vampires was apparently only established in Nosferatu. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Yeah, the idea that the lethality of sunlight is due to physical properties of light and not the spiritual power of light is even more recent. #scientification - Victor Ganata from iPhone
But if direct sunlight causes a vampire to char into ash and sublimate into gas, I'd expect even a 500,000x reduction in intensity to cause a *little* burning. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Maybe it feels tingly. - Heather
The claim that it's the UV that causes the problem has been taken at face value for decades, but has it been empirically tested? Perhaps there's some other part of the spectrum, not reflected by the moon, that causes the problem for the vamps. - DJF
Also, vampires live in Gilroy, California now - that's some gentrification! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
But it's direct sunlight, yes? Plenty of vampires have sheltered in the shadows in the past and there would at least be some residual reflective rays. - Johnny from iPhone
In Nosferatu, it wasn't direct sunlight. He was inside a house, and the dawn annihilated him. - Victor Ganata
We didn't make the association between UV light and DNA damage until quite recently (in fact, UV light was just elevated to a Class 1 carcinogen 2 years ago) and considering that we didn't even know DNA carried genetic information until 1953, I imagine that UV light disintegrating vampires is a *very* recent trope. - Victor Ganata
Obviously because green cheese adsorbs the vampire-killing essence; only reflecting vampire-friendly radiation. This is why there are no vampires on the moon. - Ken Morley
Except with real nerds :) - Victor Ganata
Victor++ - Andrew C (✔)
I want to Like Heather's comment. :) - That's So CAJ!
Five things to do before installing iOS 7 | CNET -
Five things to do before installing iOS 7 | CNET
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"On Wednesday, Apple will release a highly anticipated update to iOS devices: iOS 7. The new version is a complete departure from prior versions of iOS. The update is set to bring an entire new look and feel to iOS devices, which in turn will likely lead to late-night calls from your parents asking why their phone or iPad looks so different. That is, if they can find the redesigned Phone icon. In addition to the new look, there's a long list of new features such as a new Control Center, photo filters, and AirDrop. With the looming update in mind, it's important you prepare yourself and your device to make the transition as smooth as possible." - Harold from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate. There’s something wrong here when we have these multiple shootings, these multiple injuries. There is something wrong. I would like you to put my trauma center out of business. I really would. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots and not to be an... -
Stephen Mack
And now Sophie's sixth birthday party at Pump It Up. Just with the other first graders in her class. Happy birthday, sweetie!
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مبارکه حاجی....خدا برات نگهش داره - lenin
Happy birthday to her! - Jenny H. from Android
Happy birthday :) - Eivind from Android
Thank you! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Happy B'day Sophie !! - Peter Dawson
Cute! Happy birthday to Sophie! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Kazutaka Ogaki
ことしもみずほ野さんのイベントに参加しました。 - Kazutaka Ogaki
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No One Makes It To Burning Man Festival [The Onion] -
No One Makes It To Burning Man Festival [The Onion]
From the article: "GERLACH, NV—The Burning Man festival, a prominent artistic and countercultural event that draws tens of thousands of people to the Nevada desert annually, is in danger of cancellation this week because 'no one had their shit together enough to even make it,' organizers said Tuesday. 'Jesus Christ, this is pathetic,' said event coordinator Ethan Moon as he angrily gestured toward the empty Black Rock Desert basin expanse, known as the playa. 'We've been promoting this thing all year. You can't start panhandling quarters for gas the week before the festival and expect to make it here in time, man.' Moon listed some of the most common no-show excuses, among them oversleeping, forgetting to request time off work, faulty van-borrowing arrangements, a shortage of ochre body-paint, and the last-minute realization that transportation to the Burning Man festival requires money." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Oh, that's funny. :D - Jenny H. from Android
Steve C, Team Marina
Certain bacteria may help ward off obesity - -
Certain bacteria may help ward off obesity -
"The microorganisms in the human gut appear to play a pivotal role in determining whether a person is lean or obese, new research shows. The study, published online Thursday by the journal Science, is the strongest evidence yet that what's inside an individual's digestive tract influences the risk of obesity and its related health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes. The work helps explain the nation's 30-year run-up in excess weight — and it may supply a potential solution to the resulting epidemic, experts said." - Steve C, Team Marina from Bookmarklet
"The findings may also help experts figure out why obesity has roughly tripled in the last 30 years in the U.S., and why that pattern is happening even more swiftly in developing countries. Researchers increasingly suspect that preservatives and antibiotics in food and medicine, along with the widespread adoption of antibacterial cleaners, have reshaped the population of the average gut... more... - Steve C, Team Marina
laura x
Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Night Sweats, Our Bodies, Ourselves got a donation of $108.27 from the first quarter of sales!
That's terrific! - Rachel Walden
mine was just shipped. :-) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Yay! And thanks! - laura x
Also, I now have a review on GoodReads from someone I don't actually know! - laura x
Laura - I left a message on an older thread but you must not have seen it - not sure how to contact you about possibly speaking with my book club about your book. Is that something you'd be interested in doing? - Paulette
Paulette, I'd be happy to--and my apologies for missing the earlier message! You can email me at newrambler at gmail dot com. - laura x
Just so you know, I bought a print copy for our library and an evil Kindle copy for me. :) - kaijsa
I got nothing against the Kindle sales. :) - laura x from BuddyFeed
The world reacts to the crisis in Syria - The Oatmeal -
The world reacts to the crisis in Syria - The Oatmeal
The world reacts to the crisis in Syria - The Oatmeal
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