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Mineral fodder - We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons
"One could easily be forgiven for thinking that life bears little connection to rocks. From high-school science curricula to Wikipedia, the institutional separation of geology and biology seems as ingrained today as when the 18th-century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus first distinguished animals, vegetables, and minerals. After all, what could be more different than a fragrant rose and a cold chunk of granite?" - Maitani
The 'Fabergé Fractals' that will blow your mind (apparently, in a truly fractal way) -
The 'Fabergé Fractals' that will blow your mind (apparently, in a truly fractal way)
The 'Fabergé Fractals' that will blow your mind (apparently, in a truly fractal way)
Amit Patel
I get lots of email intended for people who put in my email address instead of their own, but the one from the hotel that instructed me "please make sure you wash all the body paint off before jumping into bed!" was probably the most unusual.
Also made me realize I'm probably missing out on something wild & crazy! - Amit Patel
Excellent advice. - Todd Hoff
Write back and tell them it is all water base paint. - Janet from FFHound!
I think thats the best part, body paint+bed.. ?? What better way to have fun eh ?? - Peter Dawson
I get a lot of the same, but even more emails sent to me by mistake. If the email seems real and sincere, I'll usually respond to let the person know they rang the wrong email, but if they keep mailing me, I'll usually write back with something crazy. That always stops them. - Brian Fitzpatrick
I have a canned response in gmail that I send to people who send me non-automated misdirected email, but a large part of it is automated stuff :( - Amit Patel
I've come to really dislike many companies that don't require e-mail verification during account creation. - Stephen Mack
Even big companies like Facebook can get this wrong. I've gotten so many messages from Facebook the past few weeks, with no way to tell them to stop. - Amit Patel
Oh, fun, I get a second legal notice from a company I've never done business with. First time I tried explaining that their client gave them my email address instead of their own. They never replied. They sent me a more threatening letter this time. Fun! - Amit Patel
Fwd: YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site - (via
Fwd: YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site - (via
A Woman Paid Photoshop Pros In 25 Countries To Make Her "Beautiful" via @MindBodyGreen
A Woman Paid Photoshop Pros In 25 Countries To Make Her "Beautiful" via @MindBodyGreen
The US..... - Shevonne
uhh. that's frightening. - Big Joe Silence
Jarret Myer
Amy Adams Traded Her First-Class Airplane Seat To A Soldier -
Amit Patel
Fantastic morning viewing wildlife. In a 2 hour period, I saw ~5% of the sea otters in California.
(photo is uncropped and unprocessed; I haven't had time to go through the ~500 photos I took but I'll share more later) - Amit Patel
Otters are unfairly cute. THEY MUST BE STOPPED! - SAM
The seagulls were trying to stop the otter army but they failed. - Amit Patel
Jealous! - Jenny H. from Android
ooh, that's cool they have a boat. Last time I enjoyed the slough it was kayaking and man my arms were sore for days. - Laura Norvig
The Ancient Egyptian invention that made everything else possible - -
The Ancient Egyptian invention that made everything else possible -
"The history of Egypt boggles the mind. By any standard the scale of achievement was enormous, but through it all, it seems clear that the economy remained rooted in agriculture. It was the everyday business of the ancient Egyptians to produce food. This they did using a system that was the envy of all. Sandra Postel, Director of the Global Water Policy Project, said that overall, Egypt’s system of basin irrigation proved inherently more stable from an ecological, political, social, and institutional perspective than that of any other irrigation-based society in human history, including the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia where a fallow year had to be interposed to rest the land between harvests on land that was also subject to salinization, something that did not happen along the Nile. “Fundamentally … the system sustained an advanced civilization through numerous political upheavals and other destabilizing events over some 5,000 years. No other place on Earth has been in continuous cultivation for so long.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I'm currently working my way through a rather long lecture series on Egypt's rather long history. I'm all the way up to the 19th dynasty now and 1177 B.C. is on the horizon :) - Eivind
So you've already learned about the Battle of Kadesh? - Maitani
I am quite interested in Egypt's relations with Mittani and with the Hittites. - Maitani
Aye. I've had quite a bit to do with the Hittites lately. Mittani's been around, too. To get back to papyrus: When the Hittites switch from clay tablets to papyrus, we stop hearing from them. Thanks, Egypt :-P - Eivind from Android
:D, Eivind! Btw., the article mainly deals with the part papyrus boats and ropes play in the evolving Egyptian civilization prior to 3,000 BCE: "By far the most ingenious item that emerged from that period was rope, without which building boats and houses would have been more difficult, not to mention the erection of monuments for which Egypt is remembered in later times." It is fascinating to read. - Maitani
I read it, and I agree :) - Eivind
Rakesh Nair
Incredibly detailed pen and ink cityscape drawing spanning 12 feet in circumference - - #art #drawing
Siakja Muni
RT @JamesGleick: “the Tea Party wins not by killing its opponents but by turning them into drooling, staggering replicas of itself”
Kevin Fox
I wish journalists would stop saying 'open source' if they don't know what means. Exposing an API != 'open source'.
"journalists" - Louis Gray
Bruce Lewis
Nature Connects at Missouri Botanical Gardens -
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The Climatron, a giant geodesic dome for displaying tropical plants, also became home to Lego sculptures of animals and plants. - Bruce Lewis
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New York Sues Barclays Over High-Frequency Trading -
Jenny H.
All my stuff finally arrived! :)))
The kids were elated to jump on the Playstation as soon as we set up all the electronics. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Oh, man, it is so awesome to finally get all of your stuff after a big move. I can imagine it is even better with the length of the trip and the wait :) - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm a bit worried about my World Cup access now :) - Eivind
Jenn, yep. Three months of worrying about the state of all my things! Granted, I've given up most of my things, but I am attached to those I kept. :) Eivind, shush. You'll get your damn football! :P - Jenny H. from Android
\(^_^)/ - Eivind
So happy your things rejoined you. Even though things are things, when they are special they cannot be replaced. - Janet
Yay for stuff! Yay for Playstation! Yay for football! - vicster: full-bodied
I was most worried about my photos, but they're safe now. :) Vicster. :D - Jenny H. from Android
so glad to hear your things are finally with you. it makes such a difference, especially after purging a bunch of things, to have the stuff you decided to keep. *hand squeezes* - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
Did it feel like Christmas and birthdays all rolled into a big pile of YAY? :-D - Corinne L
Thanks, Tamara! Corinne, it really does! :) - Jenny H. from Android
"You'll get your damn football!" that a euphemism? - JA Castillo
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No-Fly List Declared Unconstitutional By Federal Judge -
Nearly thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks and the no-fly list is considered a way of life. Or at least it was, until a federal judge’s recent ruling. After 13 people sued the government after they were barred from flying … - Tweet Feeds
Seen on an afternoon walk through my hometown
:) - Jenny H. from Android
This Is Your Brain on Writing - -
"A novelist scrawling away in a notebook in seclusion may not seem to have much in common with an NBA player doing a reverse layup on a basketball court before a screaming crowd. But if you could peer inside their heads, you might see some striking similarities in how their brains were churning. That’s one of the implications of new research on the neuroscience of creative writing. For the first time, neuroscientists have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of both experienced and novice writers as they sat down — or, in this case, lay down — to turn out a piece of fiction. The researchers, led by Martin Lotze of the University of Greifswald in Germany, observed a broad network of regions in the brain working together as people produced their stories. But there were notable differences between the two groups of subjects. The inner workings of the professionally trained writers in the bunch, the scientists argue, showed some similarities to people who are skilled at other... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"For creative writing, he faced a similar challenge. In previous studies, scientists had observed people doing only small tasks like thinking up a plot in their heads. Dr. Lotze wanted to scan people while they were actually writing. But he couldn’t give his subjects a keyboard to write with, because the magnetic field generated by the scanner would have hurled it across the room. So... more... - Jessie
"When the two groups started to write, another set of differences emerged. Deep inside the brains of expert writers, a region called the caudate nucleus became active. In the novices, the caudate nucleus was quiet. The caudate nucleus is a familiar part of the brain for scientists like Dr. Lotze who study expertise. It plays an essential role in the skill that comes with practice,... more... - Jessie
"During brainstorming, the novice writers activated their visual centers. By contrast, the brains of expert writers showed more activity in regions involved in speech. “I think both groups are using different strategies,” Dr. Lotze said. It’s possible that the novices are watching their stories like a film inside their heads, while the writers are narrating it with an inner voice."" -... more... - Jessie
Interesting about the visual versus the language approach. Looking at tales like Beowulf or Odyssey are they visual or conversational? - Todd Hoff
IIRC I would say they're more conversational, because they have a distinct phonetic cadence since they were intended to be spoken, but I'd have to look again at the original texts. - Jessie
Very interesting study - I was wondering what effect the "writing exercise" had on the language v visual. If they were creative writing students they faced a writing prompt challenge once a day at least so that could affect their "verbal" approach and I also know load of writers who picture their story arc like an unfolding TV drama...... - WarLord
Sarah G.
Greatest missed photo opportunity EVAR
Greatest missed photo opportunity EVAR
Is that Charles in the back? He should have jumped on it. - sglassme
Prince Phillip. - Sarah G.
It looks like she's giving it the side eye. Haha! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I told y'all Dr. Oz was full of it.
I told y'all Dr.  Oz was full of it.
I wish I could get my mother to see this. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Commerce trumps all. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Stephen Mack
The idea that yellow and blue make green still seems like crazy unexplainable magic to me.
I very much remember learning about the color wheel and how colors blend as such when I was in kindergarten. Seeing watercolors do precisely that was mind-blowing for a five-year-old. - Akiva
Meanwhile, the fact presented by COSMOS that leaves are green simply because of what color they DON'T absorb? Get out, science. GET OUT. - Akiva
The part that really breaks my mind is how we see yellow because of our red and green photoreceptors. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Subtractive vs additive color physics is what blows the cork right off my brain. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Blue and red making purple? Oh sure, makes sense. Red and yellow produce orange? Fine fine. But green is crazy to me. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Looking at the rainbow, green and orange made sense to me but purple did not. - Amit Patel
It's like a shady yellow. - Meg VMeg
CMYK vs RGB still confuses me. Like, you mix all the colors you get black vs you mix all the colors you get white. My mind confuses the two... - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Was about to post what Zulema just said. That's the one that's *really* crazy. - Spidra Webster
Was about to post what... wait, I already did. - Micah
Out of curiosity, what about the combination of blue and yellow creating green seems like magic? Zulema: what's even crazier, to me at least, is that 0% C 0% M 0% Y 100% K isn't the blackest CMYK gets. There's a blacker black, a rich black, that's 75% C 68% M 67% Y and 90% K. - Mark Trapp
You know what's really crazy? There are yellow stars, there are blue stars, there are red and white and orange stars, but there aren't any green stars. WTF?!?! - Victor Ganata
Hey, that makes sense to me. All those colors appear in flame according to heat. Green doesn't appear unless you toss in an element with the right emission spectrum. - Spidra Webster
BLELLOW! - Eivind
Mixing paints is technically CMYK but it "feels" like RGB. Computer screens and the world we see is RGB (light) but mixing paints and printing stuff is CMYK but it has to emulate RGB. I think I got that right... :-& - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
CMYK is subtractive (adding pigments changes which wavelengths get absorbed or reflected) while RGB is additive (you're directly changing which wavelengths get transmitted). But, yeah, ultimately, we have RGB receptors in our retinae. - Victor Ganata
Mark T.: It seems like magic to me because it seems unpredictable and illogical and emergent, much like mixing bleach and ammonia produces a deadly gas. Yeah, this is all a bit "f'in' magnets, how do they work?" - Stephen Mack
Ahhh, I see. To me, it seems logical that green is created from yellow and blue: green, to me, just looks like a yellowish blue or a bluish yellow. But maybe that's a construct of education, forced upon me by the man, man. My head hurts now. - Mark Trapp
I'm even more confused now because I know you have to convert images to CMYK when you print them. I completely forgot to ask my photography teacher about that when we printing our "RGB" photos in class from Lightroom. The last job I had there it was always a big deal when printing designs from the printer to the ink used to the paper you were printing on and which colors will print more accurately. Like JEEZ, it's just a print of a design but OH NO, dumb girl, it's kind of a big deal. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
And that, not only can you use the colours to find what elements teh stars are made of, but you can use the colours to determine how fast they are moving away from you via red shifting! #mindblown - Ken Morley
Fun fact: you can get the colors in CMY from RGB and you can get the colors in RGB from CMY... - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Victor Ganata
Long overdue: Malibu elitists who impede public access now face fines - L.A. Times
Scott Beale
A Man Pushing a Brussels Sprout Up a Mountain With His Nose for Charity -
Mona Nomura
Holy shit. I'm going to Africa. WHAT.
Mark H
"To survive, Life in our Local Group needs to emigrate to the Virgo Super-Cluster. Although our Milky Way is heading towards Virgo at ~200 km/s, cosmic acceleration, from Dark Energy, is presently pushing us away from Virgo at ~1,000 km/s. Thus we need to launch towards Virgo faster than the Dark Energy pushing us away. Yet the reward is 10 trillion trillion years of Habitable planetary environments, which may well be worth intergalactic migration." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"In theory a tight white-dwarf/planet pair can be flung out of the Galactic Core at ~0.05c, which would mean a 2 billion year journey across every 100 million light-years. A white-dwarf habitable zone is good for 8 billion years or so, enough to cross ~400 million light-years. It’d be a ‘starship’ in truth on the Grandest Scale. Perhaps other Intelligences have begun their preparations... more... - Mark H
The view during the trip would be amazing. - Joe
Looked up this Spivey author. While what he writes may be true, his academic credentials are less than stellar. - Joe
He is an Electronics Design Engineer at Bangor. No PhD from what I see, but I could be wrong about that. Dabbles in intergalactic space travel theory after work? - Joe
TheNextWeb Forum
Data roaming charges in Europe to fall by over 50% as Commission drives towards eliminating all fees -
Data roaming charges in Europe to fall by over 50% as Commission drives towards eliminating all fees
Jenny H.
I have read every novel, novella, and short story Stephen King has written up til 2000 and a handful since then. #SaturdayFF These are some of my favorites:
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I like all of those, too. For a while I had read everything and then I stopped for some reason. Mr. Mercedes is the first I've read (aside from some anthologized short stories) in quite some time. I don't know if I'll go back and read all that I've missed, but I might have to revisit some of those short story collections. - Katy S
I read Joyland recently and quite liked it. I've probably read 10-20% of his output but even that seems like a lot. - John Dupuis
I was a little obsessed between ages 11 and 17. - Katy S
Me too, Katy. Mostly, it was what I had available to read at my house. ;) Most of his early work, I read by the time I was 15. - Jenny H. from Android
Crazier than a shithouse rat. *giggles* - Jenny H. from Android
My mom checked them out for me at the library before I turned 12 (at that time, kids under 12 couldn't check out books in the adult department). Then I started blowing my allowance on his books. :) - Katy S
I just borrowed my mom's beat up paperbacks. :) - Jenny H. from Android
I was the only one who read horror in our family. Thankfully, my parents weren't into censoring what I read and were more than happy to provide access to it. - Katy S
That's good. My mom didn't seem to care what I was reading, as long as I was quiet while she was reading. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Their general philosophy regarding censoring kids' reading is that if you keep your kids from reading something, they'll seek it out and hide it and, when they have questions about it, they won't talk to you. - Katy S
That's pretty wise! - Jenny H. from Android
I've read 64 out 72 of King's books, according to this quiz thingy: - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I think the last King book I completed was Needful Things. I tried both Gerald's Game and Insomnia but didn't finish either. Haven't read him since. - Akiva
Starmama, that's a lot! Akiva, Gerald's Game was beyond awful. I liked Insomnia because my mom had the same form (early waking), so I found it interesting. He's written some crap, for sure, but I've enjoyed 70-75% of what I've read. - Jenny H. from Android
I liked the idea behind Insomnia but it seriously needed editing. I swear there were 100 pages of the main character just sitting on his porch or looking in his closet. It just droned on and on. - Akiva
Well I've had plenty of time...I first read Carrie in 1979, have been hooked on his writing ever since :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
34 for me (although there were a couple I couldn't remember one way or the other so I didn't count them). It looks like I pretty much stopped with the novels after Gerald's Game, too, but I kept reading his short story collections and nonfiction. - Katy S from iPhone
I should at least read On Writing. I've heard good things about it but I have just so little respect for him as a writer. He's a great storyteller but he's not even close to the level of writers I really adore like DFW, Pynchon, Calvino, Wolfe, Barthelme, Davidson, Ligotti, etc. He's like Zelazny: he just churns out book after book and they're almost all good but they're like cars coming off an assembly line. - Akiva
Akiva - I really think that his short stories and novellas are his best work. To me, anyway, his writing feels more focused when he's restrained by length. - Katy S
On Writing is quite good. I read Carrie as a HS freshman - don't think I read much of King's fiction after that except the occasional short story. - Corinne L
But, I don't read his work because I think it will be of the highest literary quality. :) Having said that, comparing his work to some Amish-Christian fiction I tried out recently (I was trying to read outside of my comfort zone), his writing looks like the work of a genius. I can't even begin to tell you how bad those books were. - Katy S
Katy, totally. The Long Walk is probably the best thing he's ever written outside of The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet. Rage, too, is another favorite of mine although that's quite controversial now. And I know I'm being a pompous smug wad but, as a writer, I'm just extra critical; it's tough for me to just let go and be a reader. - Akiva
I can be pretty critical, too. I've had to learn to tone that down a bit in public when doing readers' advisory - I can't push my preferences over what people actually want and be effective. I do like the Richard Bachman novellas. The Long Walk is thoroughly engaging. - Katy S
I agree that he excels at novellas and short stories. The Long Walk is one that has haunted me since childhood. So good. Rage was excellent, but definitely dark. - Jenny H. from Android
Andrew C (✔)
RT @dominicwilcox: My Summer Solstice Jaffa Cake Stone Henge. (I believe I created reality in the reflection)
RT @dominicwilcox: My Summer Solstice Jaffa Cake Stone Henge. (I believe I created reality in the reflection)
Soon to be commandeered by mini-druids. - Spidra Webster
Official Dessert of Spinal Tap. - Betsy
Amit Patel
First Ever Star Trek®/Doctor Who Comic Book Crossover Coming in May -
First Ever Star Trek®/Doctor Who Comic Book Crossover Coming in May
"Star Trek: The Next Generation® crew and the Doctor face off 
against the Borg and the Cybermen" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
WHAT - Amit Patel
Wait, that's 2012. - Betsy
Reviews are not entirely favorable on Amazon: - Neal Krummell
holly #ravingfangirl
nothing will make you swear faster/more than trying to sync an iphone with itunes. not even downloading library ebooks :P
Nothing will make you swear faster/more than trying to do *anything* with itunes ;) - Amit Patel
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