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Video Game Reviewer Is Contacting the Mothers of Her Online Harassers I guess if you live in parent's basement, then you gotta follow the mom rules... #goodforher
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On thinking about wine | res gerendae -
On thinking about wine | res gerendae
"Yesterday, it was Thanksgiving Thursday in the United States.  On Thanksgiving Day, I often think about wine.  It is a day many associate with the drink.  Beaujolais Nouveau, a bland and generic vin du primeur, is released in the week leading up to the holiday and, thanks to a marketing strategy straight from the house of De Beers, promoted as the traditional Thanksgiving wine.  For me though, it is the memories of spicy Burgundies and rich Bandols that are hard to shake." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"As a committed wino, I think about wine quite often, but yesterday I thought about thinking about wine. A school boy error, perhaps. Most authors of books about wine I have read would, no doubt, reproach me. Wine is about unabashed hedonism, they say, not a subject for jejune philosophising or ersatz self-seriousness." - Maitani
Violence and broken websites highlight the dark side of Black Friday | Games industry news | MCV -
"“People were behaving like animals, it was horrible. I only saw two security guards,” 56 year-old Louise Haggerty told The Guardian of her trip to Sainsbury's in Harringay, North London. “It was mental in there. It was crazy… absolutely disgusting. So many people pushed in the queue we didn’t have a chance. The poor woman who was second in the queue was pushed out by the crowd of youths, she didn’t get anything. There are lads in there three, four, five tellies. It’s not fair. “I got a Dyson but I don’t even know if I want it. I just picked it up. I don’t even know how much it costs, I don’t know even know if I’m going to buy it. I just wanted something."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Meanwhile, those staying off the High Street have faced problems of a different kind with the websites of many leading retailers buckling under the pressure of high traffic. Tesco Direct and GAME’s website have been down for long periods while there has also reportedly been issues accessing the likes of Argos and Asda, although they appear to be up and running as of right now.... more... - Jessie
My Black Friday Stick #stilbetterthanshopping
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Jason Toney
In the Hunger Games, the death of Rue sends her district into a riot. A black child killed by the state.
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RT @jackpmoore: After watching the Star Wars trailer, I'm starting to worry there won't be enough in the movie about the details of galactic trade policy.
Sean McBride
Warmest August on Record, Global Warming Continues – Greg Laden's Blog -
"According to data just updated by NASA, last August was the warmest August for the entire instrumental data record, which begins in 1881. This has been something of a mixed year but overall warm. Of the 134 years for which there are data, the coolest month this year so far was February, at 17th place, with July also being cool, at 11th place. Keep in mind this is over 134 years. For the months of January through August, there are no one-digit ranks (1 through 8) prior to 1989, inclusively, and you don’t really start getting consistent “top ten” ranks until 1998." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Hahahaha now who has to use obscure blogs ? Global August 2014 Report: - Eric Logan
This story is all over the Internet: [Google News; global warming august 2014] - Sean McBride
I don't care where it's reported. The raw data says it's BS. RSS. - Eric Logan
Just out of curiosity which entry on your search parameter meets your previously stated criteria as reputable science publications. Think Progress ? You should just take Greg's word for it source watcher. LMAO. Greg Laden is a biological anthropologist and science communicator. His research has covered North American prehistoric and historic archaeology and African archaeology and human ecology. He is an OpenSource and OpenAccess advocate. - Eric Logan
This new story (it's less than a few hours old) has been reported so far in Huffington Post, Seattle Weekly, Climate Central, AccuWeather and Think Progress. I took a quick glance at reader comments for informed pushback -- haven't noticed any yet. I am waiting to see how the leading scientific publications cover it over the next few days and weeks. - Sean McBride
Give it a few years till they homogenize historical raw data. ;) - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Haha. Gavin Schmidt has picked up the baton for James Hansen. He took 12 days longer than everyone else and runs counter to the others, but there you have it. GISS - Eric Logan
# Eric Logan quotes on climate science 1. Hahahaha 2. LMAO 3. Haha - Sean McBride
Meanwhile, the latest reporting on this story: - Sean McBride
It's just as funny today as it was yesterday and it's a full 1/2 degree higher than any other data set. your trusted sources method are still conspicuously absent. "This result is apparently at odds with satellite measurements of the global tropospheric temperature calculated by the University of Alabama in Huntsville and by US firm remote Sensing Systems. Both these data sets showed... more... - Eric Logan
The divergence between the data sets is larger than the observed warming during the satellite era "pre pause" in other words the 1979-98 average. Truly laughable. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Enrique está perdido en la niebla. - Sean McBride
Sean, creo que hemos jugado a este juego antes. - Eric Logan
Also Sean it's a moot point because today @climateofgavin just adjusted it down on GISS so that August 2014 is no longer the hottest even according to NASA. Pure comedy. It's + .68 anomaly today. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Still looking for informed pushback on this story: - Sean McBride
Where are your reputable science links ? Mission accomplished. The echo chamber repeats information like it's factual the facts are on this thread. The scientific pushback got @climateofgavin to adjust the GISS by .02 which was enough to make it the hottest August according to GISS for a day. It's still .49 divergence from the other data sets. Winter is coming and it's an El Niño year. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Historically UAH runs hotter than GISS during El Niño years which makes the divergence odder. Google it for yourself. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
My mind works differently than yours, Eric -- I am looking for informed discussion on this latest datapoint which places it in the context of *all* relevant datapoints. That conversation should begin to develop over the next few weeks. - Sean McBride
Way back here I told you this was wrong immediately. Did you read that anywhere else ? Later. In an e-mail, "Goddard researcher Gavin Schmidt said, "The incorrect analysis was online for less than 24 hours." - Eric Logan
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and may your day be filled with family, friends, magic, fun and of course mashed potatoes ;)
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RT @thinkgeek: Yes, there's Pluto. (We knew that'd make you happy!) Planetary Glass Set:
RT @thinkgeek: Yes, there's Pluto. (We knew that'd make you happy!) Planetary Glass Set:
Ken Morley
This is what oligarchy looks like - The Washington Post -
This is what oligarchy looks like - The Washington Post
"Not only are the rich getting richer, though, but because they're getting more of their money from capital gains, they're getting taxed less, too. Remember, the top tax rate is 39.6 percent on ordinary income, but it's just 23.8 percent on capital gains—and was 15 percent in 2010. That's why the top 400 households only paid an effective rate of 18 percent then." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
My sister was one of the legal observers at the protest that briefly shutdown the 101 in DTLA and she shared this case of a protester who was batoned by the LAPD for unclear reasons
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My sister: "yeah I was at the median and got shoved by police up the hill up. I was legal observing, but the police kept pushing and people were falling." - Victor Ganata
"Information as to how this young woman was injured by fellow legal observer: 'She was with the protestors on the freeway. As the police were moving people up the hill and back onto the street, she was moving back, with her back to the police line. She says that she grabbed onto her brother because she was worried he would get hurt and then felt a baton on her head.'" - Victor Ganata
"'Her brother and friend were with her. They were at the bottom of the hill on the Grand Ave onramp. She didn't see the cop. She said she then asked if she could get out of the police barricade to get medical attention but was not allowed to leave.'" - Victor Ganata
Stephen Mack
Happy birthday, Sparky! Go go go you Ironman you.
(Photo by Dennis Soong, - Stephen Mack
Happy birthday. You're kind of a big deal! ;-) - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Happy Birthday! - Katy S
Thanks! I went and ran a mile this morning and nothing broke or fell off, so I've got that going for me. - Brian Johns
Then I spent 10 minutes at lunch today googling "Free birthday food" before heading to Cold Stone. - Brian Johns
Happy birthday, Brian! - Anne Bouey
Don't forget Denney's and Starbucks! - Stephen Mack
Happy birthday Brian! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Amit Patel
Wonderful day in and around San Francisco yesterday. Auto show, Crissy Field, Fort Point, Baker Beach, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay.
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Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis - Truthdig -
Bronze Age Lost Its Cutting Edge Before Climate Crisis - Truthdig
"A new study suggests that Bronze Age cultures everywhere collapsed not because of sustained drought or flooding, but because of technological change. The gradual spread of iron foundries and smithies, they say, undermined the economic strengths of those centres with monopolies on the production of, and trade in, copper and tin—the elements in the alloy bronze." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Ian Armit, an archaeologist at the University of Bradford in the UK, and colleagues base their argument on careful studies of ancient climate, using a combination of pollen data and other evidence, plus 2,000 precision-dated archaeological finds from Ireland, from between 1200 BC and 400 AD. This evidence tells a different, but equally familiar, story." - Maitani
I was not aware there had ever been a consensus that drought and flooding was /the/ cause. After "the sea peoples did it" went out of fashion, it seems to me they've gone Pete Smith on the problem and just mumble "it's probably a bit more complicated than that" :) - Eivind
Eivind, and these books on the Dark Ages you have read but I haven't yet? What do they say? - Maitani
Mumble schmumble, I *clearly* state that it is more complicated than that. As it usually is :) As archaeology is Muddy Guessing With Equipment, though, who can say in this case. - Pete
The short version would be "we just don't know, and we'll probably never find out," Maitani :) Possible contributing factors I remember: Climate/crop failure, migrations from other areas (most often Europe and Western Anatolia) with war/unrest/crop failure, innovations in warfare, domino effect taking down the trade network node by node, and some complex systems theory thingy that the last guy I listened to reluctantly mentioned by confessed he didn't know that well. - Eivind
How could technology diffusion, that would have to take place over a very long time, cause a simultaneous collapse over a very large area? It doesn't make sense. It takes a lot for people to leave their homes, their lives. They would adapt. What could possibly be so compelling about an iron culture that would cause agricultural people to just pick up and move? And we don't see a real... more... - Todd Hoff
Upon closer examination, the study doesn't seem to be about the Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age collapse at all, Todd. It's about the later transition from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age in north western Europe, and Ireland in particular. Hard to tell from the article except that dates are way too late. The title of the paper is "Rapid climate change did not cause population collapse at the end of the European Bronze Age." - Eivind
Sean McBride
Even Global Warming Can't Convince Republicans That Global Warming Exists | Mother Jones -
Even Global Warming Can't Convince Republicans That Global Warming Exists | Mother Jones
"Scientists and science journalists like to say that one of the best ways to tell that climate change is real is to take a look at the changes we can already see: This year is on track to be the hottest ever recorded, and glaciers, corn, and even grizzly bears are responding to the warming. But all those shifts won't be enough to convince most conservative climate skeptics, a new study in Nature Climate Change finds." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"A growing body of recent research suggests a person's political ideology, economic philosophy, and religious beliefs tend to overwhelm observed facts about global warming. The new study, which was released Monday, put that hypothesis to the test by analyzing Gallup polls taken just after the unusually warm winter of 2012. It found that both Democrats' and Republicans' perceptions of... more... - Sean McBride
"In other words, the actual temperature had no bearing on whether people believed in climate change. Instead, McCright says, "one of the strongest predictors" is party affiliation: Republicans were far less likely to attribute the warming they felt to man-made climate change than were Democrats. Other variables—gender, age, and level of education—were far less reliable as predictors of a person's global warming beliefs." - Sean McBride
Top comment: "Debating with right wingers about global warming is a complete waste of time and energy. It was 190 years from the time of Galileo's argument with the Pope until the Catholic Church officially accepted the fact that the Sun does not revolve around the Earth. Climate change is no different." - Sean McBride
"Conservatives are so emotionally and ideologically invested in their position, and are so inherently anti-science by nature, that they will never admit they are wrong...period. Just as the leadership of the Catholic Church had to 'die off' and their opinions relegated to distant memory before truth prevailed over dogma, so it is with contemporary science deniers. Forget it...just laugh at 'em and let it go...." - Sean McBride
Petty LaBelle
RT @alendrel: Reminder: as Americans, we live in a country that exists because people went to war with their own government over unfair treatment.
People ate mammoth; Dogs got reindeer -- ScienceDaily -
People ate mammoth; Dogs got reindeer -- ScienceDaily
"Předmostí I is an exceptional prehistoric site located near Brno in the Czech Republic. Around 30,000 years ago it was inhabited by people of the pan-European Gravettian culture, who used the bones of more than 1000 mammoths to build their settlement and to ivory sculptures. Did prehistoric people collect this precious raw material from carcasses -- easy to spot on the big cold steppe -- or were they the direct result of hunting for food? This year-round settlement also yielded a large number of canids remains, some of them with characteristics of Palaeolithic dogs. Were these animals used to help hunt mammoths? To answer these two questions, Tübingen researcher Hervé Bocherens and his international team carried out an analysis of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in human and animal fossil bones from the site. Working with researchers from Brno and Brussels, the researchers were able to test whether the Gravettian people of Předmostí ate mammoth meat and how the "palaeolithic dogs" fit into this subsistence picture." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"They found that humans did consume mammoth -- and in large quantities. Other carnivores, such as brown bears, wolves and wolverines, also had access to mammoth meat, indicating the high availability of fresh mammoth carcasses, most likely left behind by human hunters. Surprisingly, the dogs did not show a high level of mammoth consumption, but rather consumed essentially reindeer meat... more... - Jessie
Mark H
The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected -
The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected
"Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I’s and Altair 880’s wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot’s people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.” The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world’s first true computer. The hardware that Perot’s team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The ENIAC panels went on display at Fort Sill in late October, though some more restoration work remains to be done. The museum is in the process of obtaining a few new vacuum tubes, for example, to give the unit an even more authentic appearance. The panels will never be able to run any bona fide calculations, of course, but that’s probably for the best. Even in its heyday, ENIAC... more... - Mark H
Ken Morley
Project complete
I'm gonna need more books. - Ken Morley from email
Turned out very nice - Todd Hoff
Thanks Todd, I'm fairly happy with it. The original plan was to do a clear finish, but it just didn't look right. I hated to paint over it. - Ken Morley
Nice! - bentley
Woohoo! - Jenny H. from Android
Amit Patel
Went for a walk at Don Edwards in Alviso. Neat ducks, a northern harrier, some pelicans, some egrets, some night herons, and lots and lots of seagulls.
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Stephen Mack
Just completed a 4.63 mi run - SF beach run with Lisa! #RunKeeper
Just completed a 4.63 mi run - SF beach run with Lisa! #RunKeeper
Ken Morley
Another weekend project
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It should look something like this, but much less ambitious. :) - Ken Morley
That looks great. - Todd Hoff
This Is What Happens When The President Sits Down Next To You At A Cafe - Business Insider -
This Is What Happens When The President Sits Down Next To You At A Cafe - Business Insider
پرزیدنت که هیچ؛ شخص معروف برای یک شهرستان ده کوره ای هم مثل زنبور به دورش حلقه خواهند زد - murmurous
Mark H
"Well, I told you that it might not be my last pre-launch logbook yesterday. I woke up a bit earlier from the planned 5-hour nap and there's no point in trying to go back to sleep, so here I am, sharing a few departing thought. The doctors will show up in about 40 min to start a series of hygiene operations: before going to space I'll be as clean as I'll ever be, outside and inside (if you get the message, I'm not going into any details here)." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Now almost everything is done. My bags are neatly packed and will be taken to their final destination by my family, the backup crew and the ever helpful ESA support personnel. Hopefully, it's all properly organized: part of the luggage will go into my landing bags, one for the nominal landing site and one for the ballistic site. Part will go home to Cologne, part will eventually find... more... - Mark H
Mark H
Brooklyn Supreme (a.k.a. Brookie) (1928-1948[citation needed]) was the largest horse ever recorded. A Belgian stallion, he stood 19.2 hands (1.98 meters) tall and weighed 3,200 pounds (1,500 kilograms) with a girth of over 10 feet (3 meters)
bürrsstt. - Tolgardo
Boyna bak ya. HAYVAN! HAYVAN! - şakir
Ön toynaklara ev terliği giydirilmiş gibi görünüyo yannız. - şakir
vücut geliştirme şampiyonu - Akasya
kurban da kesmelik tam <3 - Tolgardo
That's a big horse. That's a lot of food. That must be some big poop. - Todd Hoff
That must be some big poop. - Todd Hoff çok haklı u_u - yuvarlakkafa
4 kişiyi öldürmüş sıçarak zaten - Tolgardo
Sorry, I cleaned out horse stalls as a kid so I thought immediately of more practical matters. - Todd Hoff
Sean McBride
Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy - The Washington Post -
Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy - The Washington Post
"It is widely known that among all the sources of alternative energy, the one with the greatest potential is solar. How could it be otherwise? Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is capturing more of it. In a new report, the Environment America Research and Policy Center seeks to visualize and quantify this potential as it pertains to the United States. The report argues that the U.S. "has the potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations as the nation consumes each year." It adds that every single state could generate more solar electricity than its residents currently consume." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Sarah G.
I'm not that many generations removed from people that had to kill their own food and yet I'm like "a wedge salad is way too much work..."
But if you eat it over the sink there are no dishes to wash. - Todd Hoff
I wonder if there's a raw cabbage version of wedge salad? - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Johnn Luevanos
Open-Source Laser Shooting Simulator -
Looking to practice your marksmanship skills at home? Check out the homeLESS (Home LasEr Shooting Simulator), an open-source tool for marksmanship practice. [Laabicz] developed this system as a cheaper alternative to commercial laser shooting simulators, which are just as simple but very expensive. [Laabicz]‘s simulator primarily uses modified airsoft pistols that are fitted with batteries (installed in the magazine) and a laser in the chamber. Any gun can be used with the system as long as you can figure out how to attach a laser and trigger switch. To power the laser, a small capacitor is charged from batteries … Read more - Johnn Luevanos
Sean McBride
There’s growing evidence that global warming is driving crazy winters - The Washington Post #SmartNews
There’s growing evidence that global warming is driving crazy winters - The Washington Post #SmartNews
More energy more problems. - Todd Hoff
Nice video that explains it, but oh the comic sans. - Joe
One thing is for sure that's an unusually large amount of snow. - Eric Logan
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