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Hoping the Scottish people make the right decision today. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what the right decision is! Wish us luck!
Good luck! Sealbh math dhuit! - Spidra Webster
Good Luck ... - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Lykke til! - Jenny H. from Android
Whatever happens, this has been a perfect execution of democracy in the raw. I think we can be proud of that. - Son of Groucho from iPhone
Tomorrow you'll wake up a Nordic man :) - Eivind
Good luck! - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
I hope the result works out for the best. - John (bird whisperer)
Best of luck, whatever the path you take! - Jennifer Dittrich
Son of Groucho
From http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico... Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has undeniably stunning beaches around Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. But those who wish to cool off from the sun and teeny-bikini flashiness can escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods. At these hidden locations, you can swim in crisp mineral-rich waters in magical caves or under a jungle-framed sky and feel lost in another time. Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. Most cave cenotes have fresh water that has been meticulously filtered by the earth, making them so clear and pure that you can see straight through to small fish frolicking in the plant life below. Open-air cenotes also have clear water, and often are home to vitamin- and mineral-rich algae that nourish and... more... - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...: The Mesoamerican ballgame or Ōllamaliztli in Nahuatl (Nahuatl pronunciation: /oːlːamaˈlistɬi/) was a sport with ritual associations played since 1,400 B.C.[1] by the pre-Columbian peoples of Ancient Mexico and Central America. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a newer more modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the indigenous population.[2] The rules of Ōllamaliztli are not known, but judging from its descendant, ulama, they were probably similar to racquetball,[3] where the aim is to keep the ball in play. The stone ballcourt goals are a late addition to the game. In the most widespread version of the game, the players struck the ball with their hips, although some versions allowed the use of forearms, rackets, bats, or handstones. The ball was made of solid rubber and weighed as much as 4 kg (9 lbs), and sizes differed greatly over time or according to... more... - Son of Groucho
Fourth picture shows human sacrifice in connection with the ballgame at Chichen Itza. - Son of Groucho
Eivind
Irvine Welsh on Scottish independence and internationalism: Labour Pains, Labour of Love - "For the new generation, social progress is about more than trying to vote in a right-wing Labour Party every five years." - http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014...
Irvine Welsh on Scottish independence and internationalism: Labour Pains, Labour of Love - "For the new generation, social progress is about more than trying to vote in a right-wing Labour Party every five years."
"The delusion by many on the left, that by trying to maintain the United Kingdom (the clue is in the name) they are fighting to preserve some sort of socialist internationalism, is an astonishingly persistent one, representing the ultimate triumph of hope over experience. The UK has always been an imperialist construct, set up to protect and further the interests of the rich. There was a brief period after the Second World War when it sought to be something more. The elites conned people into participating in the bloodbath of WW1 on the promise of ‘homes fit for heroes’ and the ‘patriots’ were rewarded with more slums, a depression, and hunger marches that met with only the indifference and hostility of the UK state. Then, the ordinary folks were shunted back into the line of fire to face the Nazis. Something fundamental did happen when we opened Hitler’s death camps at Auschwitz and Dachau, and our collective humanity was stirred. Moreover, people returned in the mood to fight for... more... - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"A march towards democracy is a process, not a destination; it’s not solely about a ‘vote’ on September 18th, or any other vote. It’s not about politicians, including ‘Salmond’ (the bogey man who brought us free prescriptions, paid higher education fees, and protected the NHS from Labour and Conservative privatising trusts – that’s also the one who hasn’t led us into war in Iraq,... more... - Eivind
We live in interesting times! I've already sent my postal vote: I'll be in Barcelona on the day. - Son of Groucho
I support the Scots' independence if that's how they vote. But if they vote that way and weaken what remains of the union then I also support doing whatever we can as England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to boost our position at their expense, whether that's through refusing currency union, implementing punitive interest rate rules, encouraging (or not standing in the way of) the rest... more... - Mark H
Scottish Independence may be a positive for the rest of the UK but don't just bite off your nose to spite your face. - Eithne Herd
I didn't say anything about supporting actions to the detriment of what remains of the UK; I said I'd support actions that boosted our position at Scotland's expense. Very much as Scotland is considering now, in reverse. Quite frankly, taking any other position would be ludicrous. So, far from biting off the nose to spite one's face it would be more like waltzing into a Harley Street rhinoplasty specialist to get something fabulous done. - Mark H
At the moment the No Campaign seems to be irritating the Scots and I fear they are actually increasing the likelihood of a Yes. I followed my head and have already voted but I fear many will vote with their hearts. Lets just hope we can have an amicable divorce if the vote goes against the union. - Eithne Herd
Son of Groucho
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...: Chichen Itza (/tʃiːˈtʃɛn iːˈtsɑː/,[1] Spanish: Chichén Itzá [tʃiˈtʃen iˈtsa], from Yucatec Maya: Chi'ch'èen Ìitsha' [tɕʰɨɪʼtɕʼeːn˧˩ iː˧˩tsʰaʲ];[2] "at the mouth of the well of the Itza") was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic. The archaeological site is located in the municipality of Tinum, in the Mexican state of Yucatán.[3] Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Postclassic period (c. AD 900–1200). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Mayallowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the... more... - Son of Groucho
Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing these. :) - Jenny H.
Thanks! More to come! - Son of Groucho from iPhone
Son of Groucho
Had a problem with our telephone line that was fixed almost 2 days ago. We were told the broadband could take 3 days to get back to normal! I thought they were kidding, but connection is still pretty awful: can't stream videos at all, for example. Anyone know why this is?
Sadly, no. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Connection seems almost normal now. - Son of Groucho
Melly - #TeamMarina
Congratulations! - Son of Groucho
congrats! - imabonehead
Happy anniversary! - Jenny H. from Android
Happy Anniversary! - Tamara J. B.
Happy anniversary! Any big plans? - Corinne L
We went out for dinner at the same place where we had our wedding reception :o) - Melly - #TeamMarina
Happy anniversary! - Anika
Sounds lovely! Here's to the next 11 years and beyond. - Corinne L
Son of Groucho
The second picture, which I thought was either a jackal or a hyaena, is actually an African Wild Dog http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki.... - Son of Groucho
Steve C Team Marina
Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle - http://news.msn.com/world...
Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle
"MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region. Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, said his team found the ancient cities of Lagunita and Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula in April by examining aerial photographs of the region. Sprajc said the two cities reached their heyday in the Late and Terminal Classic periods (600-1000 AD). At each site, researchers found palace-like buildings, pyramids and plazas. One of the pyramids is almost 20 meters (65 feet) high. They also found a facade featuring a monster-mouth doorway, which probably marked one of the main entrances to the center of the city. Photographs from the sites showed stone pyramids jutting out from beneath dense foliage." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
I love that we can still discover ancient cities. - Stephen Mack
And lost tribes. - Todd Hoff
Very interesting, having recently visited Chichen Itza and Coba in the Yucatan. - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
Dr Kieran Sweeney - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Dr Kieran Sweeney talks about his patient journey. - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
This Twitter Account Hilariously Captions Old Paintings And It's Brilliant - http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennagu...
This Twitter Account Hilariously Captions Old Paintings And It's Brilliant
This Twitter Account Hilariously Captions Old Paintings And It's Brilliant
This Twitter Account Hilariously Captions Old Paintings And It's Brilliant
"WTF Renaissance is a delightful Twitter account that gives insight into what the people in old paintings might have been thinking." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Humans need not apply - http://kottke.org/14...
"This video combines two thoughts to reach an alarming conclusion: "Technology gets better, cheaper, and faster at a rate biology can't match" + "Economics always wins" = "Automation is inevitable." That's why it's important to emphasize again this stuff isn't science fiction. The robots are here right now. There is a terrifying amount of working automation in labs and wear houses that is proof of concept. We have been through economic revolutions before, but the robot revolution is different. Horses aren't unemployed now because they got lazy as a species, they're unemployable. There's little work a horse can do that do that pays for its housing and hay. And many bright, perfectly capable humans will find themselves the new horse: unemployable through no fault of their own." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Anne Bouey
Guess who got married today!
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Jessie and Dominic got married this afternoon in Dallas! - Anne Bouey
Congratulations! <3 - Jennifer Dittrich
Congratulations! - mina_sydney from iPhone
Congratulations and Best Wishes to them. - Greg GuitarBuster
Huzzah! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
They have been in love across so much distance in both time and space marriage will be the easy part. - Steve C Team Marina from Android
Congratulations Jessie and Dominic! - Anika
Woo hoo! - Soup in a TARDIS
Congrats!! - Janet from FFHound!
Congrats! - John (bird whisperer)
Oh wow, congratulations! =) - rönin
Congratulations!! :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Oh! Congratulations!!! <3<3 - vicster: full-bodied
Congratulations! - Big Joe Silence
Cheers! Felicidades to all! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Congratulations! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
congrats - WarLord
Congrats! - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Congrats! - Spidra Webster
I saw pictures of Dominic. That may be the happiest I've ever seen a man in my life. And he should be what a great family to join. - Steve C Team Marina
Congrats!! - Tamara J. B.
<3 congratulations <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Congratulations to them! - joey
congrats!! - imabonehead
Congrats! :) - Eivind from Android
Congrats! - Mo Kargas
Congrats! - Rodfather from Android
Congratulations, Jessie! - Jenny H. from Android
Congratulations! - Son of Groucho
Congratulations!!! - Stanley Mathis
Congratulations!! - FireDragonll
Congratulations!!! - Alix May
Thank you everyone for all the best wishes on our wedding! Dominic and I really enjoyed the ceremony and look forward to sharing a long and happy life together. Beginning, of course, with the immigration paperwork. - Jessie
Amit Patel
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman - http://www.thecoinsman.com/2014...
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman
"This week I traveled to northeast China to check out a bitcoin mining operation. After being received at the airport, my contact drove me for nearly an hour to a part of the country more remote than I was expecting. This was my first time checking out a mining operation of this size, so I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I was definitely surprised by how off the beaten path it was." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Not only is this insane, but the author has no realization that it is insane, and his paean to libertarianism and capitalism at the end sounds like cloud cuckoo talk. Gold is irrational but at least it can be a paperweight. Paper money is irrational but at least you can wipe your ass with it. Bitcoin is literally nothing physical, the most irrational currency of all, and yet here's an operation spending $60k a month in electricity to generate irrational wealth. - Stephen Mack
Ain't humans strange? - Son of Groucho
To be fair, most of our government-backed currency is also stored as bits in computers. But the "government-backed" part is the thing. - Victor Ganata
Money is just one of those things not to think too deeply about. Otherwise the data streams collapse. - Todd Hoff
I just think about the resources used up to mine bit coins. It's so arbitrary. In my head it's equivalent to if tomorrow we declared that alligator teeth were worth millions apiece and people began tearing apart swamps. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not as scalable :-) - Todd Hoff
Well, that is kind of how the stock market and real estate and consumerism works…. :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I think back to the beanie baby bubble … but at least you got some beanie babies out of it. - Amit Patel
Son of Groucho
Wildlife Wednesday: Endangered arapaima | Flickr Blog - http://blog.flickr.net/en...
Wildlife Wednesday: Endangered arapaima | Flickr Blog
"In this week’s photo selection, we’re taking a close look at the gigantic freshwater fish that’s a prized catch for Brazilian fishing communities of the Amazon River. “Measuring 10 feet (3 meters) long and weighing in at more than 400 pounds (180 kilograms), it’s hard to imagine that the arapaima, the largest fish in the Amazon River basin, could ever go missing. But these huge fish are quickly disappearing from Brazilian waterways, according to a new study.” – excerpt from Amazon’s Biggest Fish Faces Threat of Extinction on Yahoo News." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
GlaxoSmithKline Releases New Drug To Treat People Who Just Feel Sort Of Weird Sometimes | The Onion - America's Finest News Source - http://www.theonion.com/article...
GlaxoSmithKline Releases New Drug To Treat People Who Just Feel Sort Of Weird Sometimes | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"LONDON—In an effort to alleviate the vague, passing sensation of restlessness and unease that inexplicably afflicts thousands of people each day, pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline released a new drug Wednesday specially formulated to treat the symptoms of individuals who just feel sort of weird sometimes. “This new medication will offer millions of people relief from feeling kind of ‘off’ for a reason they can’t quite explain,” GSK chief executive Andrew Witty said of the new drug, Placidex, which reportedly provides relief to individuals who every so often wake up with a sense of being a little out of it, a common malady that, according to pharmacologists, can last anywhere from just a few minutes to an entire afternoon. “One daily tablet will help alleviate the uncomfortable feeling people sometimes get when everything seems just a little bit out of sync. You know, when you’re not quite tired, exactly, but you definitely don’t feel 100 percent alert, and everything’s just... more... - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
The History of the English Language, Animated | Brain Pickings - http://www.brainpickings.org/index...
The History of the English Language, Animated | Brain Pickings
"The history of language, that peculiar human faculty that Darwin believed was half art and half instinct, is intricately intertwined with the evolution of our species, our capacity for invention, our understanding of human biology, and even the progress of our gender politics. From the fine folks at Open University — who previously gave us these delightful 60-second animated syntheses of the world’s major religions, philosophy’s greatest thought experiments, and the major creative movements in design — comes this infinitely entertaining and illuminating animated history of the English language in 10 minutes:" - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
‘Anatomy of Songs’, A Comic Demonstrating the Basic Elements of Several Musical Genres - http://laughingsquid.com/anatomy...
‘Anatomy of Songs’, A Comic Demonstrating the Basic Elements of Several Musical Genres
"“Anatomy of Songs” is a comic by “Wrong Hands” cartoonist John Atkinson that breaks down the musical genres of the indie rock, country, blues, pop, and classic rock into their most basic elements. image via Wrong Hands" - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Fwd: Eurozine - Do not trust economists! - Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin - http://www.eurozine.com/article... (via http://friendfeed.com/maitani...)
Fwd: Eurozine - Do not trust economists! - Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin - http://www.eurozine.com/articles/2014-08-01-sedlacek-en.html (via http://ff.im/1jPJv2)
From Maitani. - Son of Groucho
Maitani
Eurozine - Do not trust economists! - Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin - http://www.eurozine.com/article...
Eurozine - Do not trust economists! - Lukasz Pawlowski, Tomás Sedlácek, Marcin Serafin
"Treat economists like any religious minority, says Tomas Sedlacek. Grant them the right to say whatever they believe and the right to gather. But always be sceptical of the stories they tell. Just take the invisible hand of the market: it's plain wishful thinking, like a prayer." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
One (count 'em) economist (I forget their name and gender) predicted the (possibility of something akin to, but not necessarily on the scale of the actual) global economic meltdown before the fact. He (or she, possibly it, but definitely not they) is the exception that literally (yes, literally) proves the rule. - Slippy
Fascinating! - Son of Groucho
Scoble, Alex Scoble
Facebook is down, but friendfeed is up...the end times are nigh!
:) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
How am I going to send out my batsignal? - Iain Baker
Is it just me , or is Facebook down a helluva lot recently? - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
The Sunni-Shia Divide - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Worth watching. - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
I found it enlightening. - Eivind
Son of Groucho
26 of our most popular photography cheat sheets | Digital Camera World - http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014...
26 of our most popular photography cheat sheets | Digital Camera World
26 of our most popular photography cheat sheets | Digital Camera World
"Many of you have browsed and shared our growing number of photography cheat sheets, and some of you have even gotten in touch to let us know how much you enjoy them. However, as items drop off the main page on a blog, they can be difficult to find later. To help save you time searching and gain time shooting, we’ve collated 26 of our most popular photography cheat sheets in one place. Here! Below you’ll find a summary and thumbnail of each. Simply click the links to drag and drop the larger version of each photography cheat sheet to your desktop." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Thanks for posting! - Steve C Team Marina
Son of Groucho
Watch a cocoa farmer try chocolate for the first time - Boing Boing - http://boingboing.net/2014...
"N'Da Alphonse grows cocoa in Ivory Coast. He harvests the pods, removes the pulp-covered beans, and dries them before selling them to brokers. He'd never seen or tasted the food made from his beans, until a Dutch TV show brought him a sample, as part of a story on class divisions and the global food trade" - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Eyewitnesses Explain The Crimes Of North Korea - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
I had no idea these camps existed. - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Yeah, it's pretty bad. There are a couple of different eye-witness stories in "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea" (https://www.goodreads.com/book...) which contains stories from interviews with several different citizens who have left. Even they acknowledge that it is difficult to account for anything in the country they didn't see personally. - Jennifer Dittrich
We all really do take our freedom for granted, don't you think? - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap (HBO) - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Wealth Gap (HBO) - YouTube
Play
The fantasy thinking that perpetuates wealth inequality in the US. I doubt if the UK is any better! - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies | Brain Pickings - http://www.brainpickings.org/index...
Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies | Brain Pickings
"Among the most intensely interesting pieces in the collection is one by science journalist Jo Marchant, who penned the fascinating story of the world’s oldest analog computer. Titled “Heal Thyself,” the piece explores how the way we think about medical treatments shapes their very real, very physical effects on our bodies — an almost Gandhi-like proposition, except rooted in science rather than philosophy. Specifically, Marchant brings to light a striking new dimension of the placebo effect that runs counter to how the phenomenon has been conventionally explained." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Bought this as a e-book. - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
Video: Comprehensive Introduction to Macro Photography - http://petapixel.com/2014...
Video: Comprehensive Introduction to Macro Photography
"Landscape photographer Tim Cooper is a name we just recently shared with you. Today, we’re sharing his work with you again, this time in the form of a presentation he shared at a B&H event earlier this year. In it, he gives a detailed look at the world of macro photography. The presentation is a whopping hour-and-forty-five minutes long. In it, Cooper speaks through an incredible amount of detail in both information and tips. From the basics, such as what the equipment best suited for macro photography, to the more complicated aspects such as planes of focus and magnification ratios." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Site of the Institute for Economics & Peace. - Son of Groucho
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @wired: Here's an unbelievable thing that actually exists in the world: The satanic leaf-tailed gecko http://wrd.cm/1jZMJoj https://twitter.com/WIRED...
RT @wired: Here's an unbelievable thing that actually exists in the world: The satanic leaf-tailed gecko http://wrd.cm/1jZMJoj http://t.co/6fMY12sAx4
Amazing! - Son of Groucho
I read the entire article before I finally "saw" the one in this photo. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
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