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Amit Patel
I went to Dow Wetlands, not knowing what to expect. Not the bird sanctuary I was hoping for, but I got to see this guy—
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Louis Gray
Taking the 100k Steps Fitbit Challenge and Raising Money for Charity - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
Taking the 100k Steps Fitbit Challenge and Raising Money for Charity
On Monday, Stephen and I have a crazy plan to set a new personal record for Fitbit steps. The goal? 100,000 steps in a single day, blowing away my previous personal best by more than 50 percent, and coming close to fifty miles walked - while also helping raise money for Camp Taylor, a free summer camp for children with heart disease, in memory of Riley Norton, the son of my friend and colleague Ken Norton. - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Who's this Stepeh guy? :) - Stephen Mack
No idea STEPHEN. NO IDEA. - Louis Gray
You go guys!! Maybe I'll try to join you for a lap - my next badge is at a measly 25K steps... - Ken Gidley
We'd love to have you for some or all, Ken! That's for everyone else here, too. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hey Bruce, I think @Fitbit should be promoting this on their channels. :) - Louis Gray
What about … sleep?! - Amit Patel
Sleep is a waste of time and unproductive Amit. - Louis Gray
What could be a bigger waste of time than walking? - Todd Hoff
Not walking? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Walking or running for charity is never a waste of time. As a fellow charity racer and Fitbit fanatic, I'm proud of Louis and Stephen for being so awesome! I did 65K during my marathon day (29 miles total including walking to/from the race), so I know y'all can rock this so easy! Kick butt, gentlemen! <3 - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
Thanks Amanda! - Louis Gray
Thanks also from me. - Stephen Mack
Victor Ganata
The fact that attacking a multinational corporation somehow can give you leverage over the government of a nation-state just makes it clear that the existence of multinational corporations are totally antithetical to the continued existence of nation-states.
We should all be farmers. - Todd Hoff
It's not a normative statement, just a description :) #inevitability - Victor Ganata
Every day repealing Treaty of Westphalia and of course every William Gibson novel - WarLord
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Amit Patel
I love watching pelicans.
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Me three. I love watching them cruise the wave tops all aligned. They swoop along at high speeds and the eventually loop around to do it again. - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
Hayward Shoreline was a good walk (~6mi). Some birds — not many. It was fun watching the pelicans and egrets fishing.
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Lorenzo R v rs
How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality - http://io9.com/how-nea...
How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality
Adoro wuel libro, adoro il metaverso! - Emma Woodhouse
cosa darei per andare a bere una bibita con Neal Stephenson - eslr
I think he may be backing the wrong horse. - Ken Morley
WarLord
Damn good thing the only countries we trade with are democracies allow free speech and elections like China and Saudi Arabia and umm #cubapolicy
Jandy
"It’s a dangerous path I bounce, but I bounce it alone. Because the Hundred Acre Wood needs a hero, Pooh Bear, and I’m the only one."
Tigger is an ass. Bouncing people who are just minding their own business. I'm just sayin' - Steve C Team Marina
I always preferred Piglet. - April Russo
Jessie
A lot or a little? Wolves discriminate quantities better than dogs -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
A lot or a little? Wolves discriminate quantities better than dogs -- ScienceDaily
"Being able to mentally consider quantities makes sense for any social species. This skill is important during the search for food, for example, or to determine whether an opponent group outnumbers one's own. Scientists from the Messerli Research Institute at the Vetmeduni Vienna studied how well dogs can discriminate between different quantities and discovered that wolves perform better than dogs at such tasks. Possibly dogs lost this skill, or a predisposition for it, during domestication. The results were published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Obama Abandons Failed Cuba Policy After More Than 50 Years - http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc...
Obama Abandons Failed Cuba Policy After More Than 50 Years
"The United States intends to open an official embassy in Cuba in the coming months, the White House announced Wednesday, part of a broader normalizing of diplomatic relations after the countries exchanged prisoners. In a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official called the developments "the most significant changes to our Cuba policy in more than 50 years." "What we are doing is beginning the normalization of relations of the United States and Cuba," the official said. "President Obama has long believed that engagement is a better tool than isolation and nowhere is that clear than in Cuba, where we have seen a policy of isolation fail for the last 50 years." The White House said that Obama would order Secretary of State John Kerry to begin discussions with Cuban officials on re-establishing diplomatic relations and high-level discussions and visits between the countries are expected to follow. The opening of the embassy will happen "as soon as possible," an... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Stephen Mack
Just completed a 3.15 mi run - Third Annual TiVo Santa Run 5K! http://rnkpr.com/a7zgnpu #RunKeeper
Just completed a 3.15 mi run - Third Annual TiVo Santa Run 5K! http://rnkpr.com/a7zgnpu #RunKeeper
Is this a Santa run where everyone dresses like Santa? If so, photos, please! - Corinne L
Corinne, yup! I don't have any good crowd shots this year, unfortunately. But I'll post a couple. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Lit
Great electronic/old-world fusion sound...Some people dance well to this ;), though you will not find many videos on the internet posting them, lol... - Lit
<3 - Kristin
GREAT!! - eskitenekekutu
Thanks Hannah...your unique selections never disappoint. :)) - JB
UR welcome... #Lits_music - Lit
Beautiful and soothing ... - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Mark H
#SaturdayFF A friend is hosting a "home produce" Christmas do at his house tonight. He and his wife have made a cider that they've named "Fisticuffs" (they have a reputation for blazing rows when they've both been on the cider, hence the name).
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We're bringing along two bottles of strawberry wine as we altered the sugar/water mix slightly in one of the two demijohns we've had going and it's produced two subtly different types. These we're calling Slightly Cloudy and Clearing Up; weather-related names based on their appearance in the glass. It would be fair to say both wines have one hell of a kick to them. We've never gone in for all that "measuring the alcohol content" malarkey, instead relying on how much it clings to the glass and how much it warms the brain to guesstimate. We're guesstimating it's pretty pokey. - Mark H
We've also produced some Christmas Cake-flavoured vodka, using Finlandia as a base and then throwing in mixed fruit, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmegs, and orange zest for three days. This we've called Laplandia Püd (even though we're pretty sure the umlauted u doesn't exist in Finnish). - Mark H
Other people turning up to the evening will be bringing homemade food. We're not sure exactly what that will be but that's far less important than the alcohol anyway. - Mark H
Sounds like the making of a great time. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Other drinks that turned up were a rhubarb vodka, a lemon/ginger vodka, chilli vodka, a "port" made from blackberry, elderberry, sloe, and banana, some sloe gin, and chocolate beer. Felt surprisingly okay when I woke up but the hangover has started to claw its way into my skull as the day's wore on. It was such a clear night that we also got to see meteors both on the walk to and from the do which was a pleasant bonus. - Mark H
WarLord
I intended a photo walk for 12.13.14 but the foggy grey day is lifeless to shoot. I did photograph some snowdrifts dying in the 47 degree umm "heat"
Amit Patel
Tired and grumpy all week for some reason. Things are annoying me more than usual. Yesterday, storm news reports. This morning, emails from a random stranger who wants me to help him/her do some project, but he/she can't form a cohesive sentence to even explain what he/she is doing. Tomorrow, who knows?
Hearing about all the CIA crap made me grumpy. That nobody will go to jail seems to be a reoccurring pattern. But it looks like blue skies, at least for today. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, the CIA crap might've been a trigger that made me look at everything else in a sour way :( - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Coyote Hills was nice. I should go more often.
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Eric - ill subliminal
Don't Hire Anyone Over 30: Ageism in Silicon Valley - http://anewdomain.net/2014...
"Overt bigotry against older workers — we’re talking about anyone over 30 here — has been baked into the Valley’s infantile attitudes since the dot-com crash 14 years ago. Life may begin at 50 elsewhere, but in the tech biz the only thing certain about middle age is unemployment." - Eric - ill subliminal from Bookmarklet
100% accurate - Todd Hoff
My company's HQ is in the Bay Area, so kinda Silicon Valley. But the engineering teams are all up here in Vancouver and Victoria. We only hire senior developers, so most are well over thirty. Capable folk, it seems to me :) - Brent Schaus from iPhone
For some reason I just read capable as cap-able. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
RUN, RUNNER, RUN! THERE IS NO SANCTUARY! - Big Joe Silence
Amir
I'm disappointed about the Nexus 5 not being produced anymore. It was the perfect size and did everything I needed it to do. The Nexus 6 is just too big and from what I've read the battery life doesn't impress me. If Google makes a new Nexus phone (7?) I really hope it's not a Phablet and is closer to the Nexus 5 size or I'm just going with a ....
Amir
Happiness is an inside job.Don't assign someone else that much power over your life .
Steven Perez
I just walked 10,000 steps and got a badge. Hurrah! http://www.fitbit.com/user... #Fitstats
I just walked 10,000 steps and got a badge. Hurrah! http://www.fitbit.com/user/253ZNF #Fitstats
What was the occasion? - Bruce Lewis
I climbed a mountain. :) - Steven Perez
and I turned around? And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills? - Steve C Team Marina
I tried to make it snow, but all I got was something called a "Pineapple Express". - Steven Perez
Sarah G.
RT @libyaliberty: "Does torture work?" as a question needs to be put in the bin with "Is slavery commercially feasible?" & "Can genocide help overpopulation?"
But slavery was commercially feasible! It was perfect capitalism. Wages/costs as some rounding error of zero with productivity at 100% or we beat you until you exceed your quota every day... Slavery was such a fantastic model that businesses attempt to replicate it at every turn See Amazon but really best model is mega plantation of Walmart... #slaveryisnotjusthistory - WarLord
Eivind
Goodreads | 100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 books) - https://www.goodreads.com/list...
Goodreads | 100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 books)
Goodreads | 100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 books)
Goodreads | 100 Best Books of All Time: The World Library List (100 books)
"List of 100 best books of all time, as voted on by 100 writers in 54 different countries. List reflects works from multiple countries, cultures and time periods. Compiled in 2002 by Norwegian Book Clubs." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
Your 2015 reading goal? :) - Ken Morley
I'll certainly knock down a few more. I've already read about half of them, but there are books on there I have no desire to read :) - Eivind from Android
Eivind, what are some of the ones you'd skip? - Anne Bouey
The plays, mostly. I'd like to know them all, but at present I really don't feel like reading them :) - Eivind
I disagree with this list. - Heisenberg
I haven't read all the books there are yet, so I'm not in a position to judge. - Eivind
Proust should be No:1 - ccc- Proust - ccc - Arfin Kiriloğlu
The original list isn't ordered, Arfin. - Eivind
Eivind, last week i played chess on chess.com with a guy called Eivind from Norway, i hope it wasn't you - i had a cruel win ^^ Your name is common in Norway? - Arfin Kiriloğlu
According to SSB (http://www.ssb.no/en/navn/) there are "8 381 men with Eivind as part of their forename" and "6 817 men with Eivind as their only forename." So, fairly common :) - Eivind
I've read a fair bit of them, some of which I gave up on. I haven't looked up the criteria by which these were chosen, if one was given, but my list would look at least 75% different. I realize as an American, I am biased towards American literature, but many of these books just aren't that good. Both Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez novels are there, yet no John Steinbeck or F. Scott... more... - Heisenberg
Without going into what I would bump, which is quite a lot, I would start by adding these: The Sun Also Rises, Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, To Kill a Mockingbird, and On the Road. That's really only the beginning though. I'd massacre this list. - Heisenberg
Those are some fine books and A Tale of Two Cities you have there. I actually asked Jenny why they didn't select a better Hemingway book. And I'm a huge Steinbeck fan. The list was curated from 100 authors' top 10 lists. The author pool represented 54 countries, and 26 of them represented the Anglosphere. - Eivind
When I said criteria, I meant what aspects of these books and authors were deemed important in rating them, e.g. readability, historical significance, message, cultural importance, plot, character development. Of the books on their list, my favorite would be Crime and Punishment. - Heisenberg
The selection is called the World Library, so I assume they were just asked which ten books they felt should absolutely be part of such a thing. - Eivind from Android
The reason I came across this list in the first place, is that I bought the Norwegian translation of the book called Independent People in English. I'm still reading it, but that is a quality work with a proper saga feel to the writing. So, read Independent People by Haldor Laxness, everyone :) - Eivind
Steve C Team Marina
Bariatric surgery in a pill takes a step forward - LA Times - http://www.latimes.com/science...
Bariatric surgery in a pill takes a step forward - LA Times
"It's more of a glimmer of hope on the horizon than it is an actual drug right now. But an Indiana University lab has synthesized and fused a trio of gut hormones into a single agent and shown that obese rodents treated with the resulting molecule experience dramatic weight loss and a reversal of obesity-related ills such as Type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. Reporting their latest findings this week in the journal Nature Medicine, the authors of the new study described a cascade of synergistic effects in lab animals in response to the three-hormone agent the researchers devised. The researchers likened the results in lab animals to the subtle and far-reaching changes brought about in human patients following bariatric surgery, who not only experience weight loss in response to gastric bypass surgery, but often an abrupt reversal of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation and worrisome cholesterol readings." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
I'll be dead by the time this comes out - "They engineered a single new peptide by integrating three gastrointestinal hormones at the molecular level (glucagon-like peptide-1, glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, and glucagon receptors). Those act on three key hormone receptors that govern metabolism and digestion, nudging them to work cooperatively to support weight loss, enhance glycemic control and reverse the accumulation of damaging fat in the liver." - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
Without torture prosecutions, we can't claim to be a nation of laws - L.A. Times - Opinion http://www.latimes.com/opinion...
I think the lack of indictments from police killing black people blew the whole "nation of laws" thing out of the water anyway. We're a full-on banana republic. - Victor Ganata
mina_sydney
Melody Gardot… Love Me Like a River Does♥
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Love me like a river does,, Cross the sea,, Love me like a river does,, Endlessly,, Love me like a river does,, Baby don't rush you're no waterfall,, Love me that is all,, Love me like a roaring sea,, Swirls about,, Love me like a roaring sea,, Wash me out,, Love me like a roaring sea,, Baby don't rush you're no waterfall,, Love me that is all,, Love me like the earth itself,, Spins around,, Love me like the earth itself,, Sky above below the ground,, Love me like the earth itself,, Baby don't rush you're no waterfall,, Love me that is all….. Have a great weekend. - mina_sydney
this is what real music is. merci ma cherie <3** - Cera
Thank you, Malik jan, glad you liked it - mina_sydney from iPhone
Thanks, dear Cera :) - mina_sydney from iPhone
Beautiful song. - ma∟ıĸ - Gajamoo گـ َـجَـ مو
Awesome song ... :-*** - Sepi ⌘ سپی
... - Arash
Thank you, booteh jan and Sepi jan :)** - mina_sydney from iPhone
Thank you, Dear Iker yoldas, Gajamoo khan and Arash khan :) - mina_sydney from iPhone
Awesome song ... :-*** - Sepi ⌘ - Homa
++ - amin
+++ - Hadi.YaLın
Listening Now ... :) .. Love me that is all - Hadi.YaLın
Hope you enjoyed it, Godfather :) - mina_sydney
I'm Hadi :D Mina jan - Hadi.YaLın
Oops..., I'm so sorry! Hadi jan :) - mina_sydney
I'm change my name for a while to fun :D my best friend :) - Hadi.YaLın
+ - hosein.x6
+++ - ashk irani
^ - Paul
Miss your beautiful posts:)* - Cera
Miss your beautiful posts:)* - Cera - صمد بهرنگی
چرا نیستید؟ - Hadi.YaLın
Miss you Mina joon <3 - Homa from Android
Checks in with Mina's acct to see if she is okay (from CarlC's acct) - CarlC from Android
Happy New Year Dear Mina :) may it be full of happy fulfilled moments :) - -سعید همیشه سبز -؟
سال نو مبارک - فرتور
Darling mina, happy nowruz. I wish you the best of everything >D<** - Cera
بسیار سپاسگزارم دخترم. سال نو شما هم فرخنده و پیروز باد. شاد و موفق وسربلند باشی. - Arash
مینا جون سال نوی شما هم مبارک :) - aghah
happy nowruz. - ashk irani
سال نو تون مبارک - amin
+ - amin
آخ آخ چقدر من این موزیک رو دوست دارم - Techfan
Baby don't rush you're no waterfall!! - sam
امیدواریم هر کجا که هستید، خوب و خوش و سلامت باشید - Arash
Lit
Lovely - Todd Hoff
Yes - Lit
like it, thanks - ebru
You're welcome :) - Lit
I'm not that keen on modern stuff, but this is beautiful. - Halil
It is :) #Lits_music - Lit
Amit Patel
Powerful, potentially damaging storm to bring very heavy rainfall and high winds to Northern California : California Weather Blog - http://www.weatherwest.com/archive...
Powerful, potentially damaging storm to bring very heavy rainfall and high winds to Northern California : California Weather Blog
Powerful, potentially damaging storm to bring very heavy rainfall and high winds to Northern California : California Weather Blog
"One additional thought: near-shore ocean temperatures off the coast of California remain exceptionally warm, which has been contributing to California’s record warmth this year. As witnessed during last week’s storm, these warm ocean waters have also led to a local increase in near-shore atmospheric instability during convective regimes and may also be acting as a source of additional lower-atmospheric moisture during storm events this winter. Thus, it’s possible that these exceptionally warm ocean temperatures could modestly boost precipitation rates associated with the upcoming heavy precipitation event, especially near the coast." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
It was definitely warm on the coast today. Some big waves too. - Todd Hoff
Oh good - Louis Gray
Maitani
The Windcatchers of Persia ~ Kuriositas - http://www.kuriositas.com/2012...
The Windcatchers of Persia ~ Kuriositas
The Windcatchers of Persia ~ Kuriositas
"They appear throughout the Middle East: Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan have these antique Persian designs dotted around their towns and cities. They are windcatchers, known in the area as Bâdgir. Serving as ventilation systems they have given the people of the Middle East air conditioning for thousands of years. Yet despite their antediluvian origin, windcatchers may even provide a solution for some very modern architectural problems." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Windcatchers come in a vast array of sizes and a number of different styles. They function in one of three ways. Some direct the airflow downwards and use direct wind entry. Others direct airflow up either using a temperature gradient assisted either by the sun or the wind. " - Maitani
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The precious stone used to make a body of the Scarab/Eagle pendant found in Tutankhamun’s tomb was long identified as chalcedony, a variety of quartz. New research shows it's a tektite, sand molten by the impact of a meteorite. - http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/history...
The precious stone used to make a body of the Scarab/Eagle pendant found in Tutankhamun’s tomb was long identified as chalcedony, a variety of quartz. New research shows it's a tektite, sand molten by the impact of a meteorite.
The greenish gemstone is in fact a nature-made droplet of glass. It once rained down on the Libyan desert and was found by people some 3,000 years ago. - ⓒⓔⓐ from Bookmarklet
Надо же, я буквально на днях писал про эту брошь, и как раз в контексе зеркал (http://specularum.wordpress.com/2014...); а теперь ещё и такая связь со "стеклом" - ⓒⓔⓐ
It never occurred to me before that Egyptians (or people there abouts) invented glass because they had seen natural examples. - Todd Hoff
^ I am not sure that Egyptians were triggered by these meteorite examples in starting their glass making :) The latter is usually a collateral of metallurgical production, and Egyptians knew how to smelt copper and tin for ages. The temperature in the forges is high enough to occasionally bump into a discovery that certain minerals do melt too, and that one can do many interesting things with this heated semi-liquid mass. - ⓒⓔⓐ
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