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What Do I Make?

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It’s time to take back our democracies.

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March 19, 2011 at 9:20 am

Paying a Penny to See the Lunatics

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When you stop and really think about how people use social places like Facebook and Twitter and doesn’t make you feel a little like you’re paying a penny to see the lunatics?

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March 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

If You Have…

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June 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

Literacy Drive :)

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LiteracyDrive

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September 24, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Molecular Imaging

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The detailed chemical structure of a single molecule has been imaged for the first time, say researchers.

The physical shape of single carbon nanotubes has been outlined before, using similar techniques – but the new method even shows up chemical bonds. (The bonds to the hydrogen atoms can be seen at the pentacene’s periphery)

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August 28, 2009 at 7:38 am

Posted in Learning, Natural, Science

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Things My Mother Taught Me

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  1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
    ‘If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.’
  2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
    ‘You better pray that will come out of the carpet.’
  3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
    ‘If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!’
  4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
    ‘ Because I said so, that’s why.’
  5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
    ‘If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.’
  6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
    ‘Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.’
  7. My mother taught me IRONY.
    ‘Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.’
  8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
    ‘Shut your mouth and eat your supper.’
  9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM .
    ‘Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!’
  10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
    ‘You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.’
  11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
    ‘This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.’
  12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
    ‘If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!’
  13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE .
    ‘I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.’
  14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
    ‘Stop acting like your father!’
  15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
    ‘There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.’
  16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
    ‘Just wait until we get home.’
  17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
    ‘You are going to get it when you get home!’
  18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
    ‘If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.’
  19. My mother taught me ESP.
    ‘Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?’
  20. My mother taught me HUMOUR.
    ‘When that lawn mower cuts off your foot, don’t come running to me.’
  21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
    ‘If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.’
  22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
    ‘You’re just like your father.’
  23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
    ‘Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?’
  24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
    ‘When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.’
  25. And my favourite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
    ‘One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.’

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May 12, 2009 at 9:04 am

Posted in Comedy, Humour, Learning

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Wolfram Alpha. World’s First Knowledge Engine.

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Wolfram Alpha is launching in May 2009.

Written by mattliving

May 1, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Open Letter to President “CHANGE” Obama. RE: A.C.T.A. Talks

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Why does the Obama administration insist on not making the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement discussions public?

actatopsecretWhile most would understand that there is a modest requirement for security, it seems rather unlikely that given the broad range of private corporations and lobbyists that have been given a privileged seat at the table that the security reasons the President gives for not making the discussions public seems weak at best and at the worst contravene the basic tenets of the Freedom of Information Act.

As a Canadian and a graphic designer who creates and manages creative projects I have a better understanding of the issues facing copyright and the need to reform legislation to meet the needs of the 21st century. The reform however should NOT be taking place behind closed doors and without the FULL participation of public stakeholders.

I believe like most that the issues of counterfeiting with respect to products and goods we consume and use is a very serious matter. But its a matter separate from the issue of copyright. The two issues are mutually exclusive and should be addresses by separate legislative initiatives.

I strong urge the President elected solely on the platform of CHANGE to abandon the PRIVATE A.C.T.A. talks and begin a new and open process that includes public stakeholders BEFORE the “treaty” is signed.

I believe that any “treaty” that has such a massive impact on the rights and freedoms of few citizens all over the world most not be decided in secret by most of the corporations and lobbyists who’s actions have so greatly contributed to the current and deepening economic crisis the world is dealing with.

I know this email is unlikely to be seen by your eyes but I do hope with all my heart that the person reading this message has the courage and strength to, at the very least, raise the important issue of FULL public disclosure and participation in the very important issues of copyright and fair-use in the day and age of a READ/WRITE, web-driven society that is finally accessible on virtually all levels because individuals can and do share thoughts, ideas and yes media.

It’s too bad the leaders of the free world do not put as much “secret” energy into building strong and accessible social infrastructures as they seem to do to protect the so-called “intellectual property” of large multi-national corporations at a time when these corporations are allowed to grow to enormous size and more importantly influence in too many segments of our civilizations.

Take General Electric for example, given the MASSIVE extent that G.E. controls a large piece of almost every MAJOR segment of the US entertainment/content economy it’s hard to believe that the President can not see that not allowing public participation in the A.C.T.A. discussions is simply creating the same “too big to fail” scenarios for MEGA corporation like G.E. but this time the impact will be with human knowledge and access to it. It has been said that the new North American economy will be built on a knowledge economy so it should be no mystery why these global corporations and their lobbyists want so much of the A.C.T.A. to be completed in private.

  • GE Capital, GE Technology Infrastructure, GE Energy Infrastructure, GE Energy, NBC Universal, GE Consumer & Industrial
  • NBC Universal (NBC merged with non-music entertainment assets of Vivendi Universal – GE has 80% controlling share)
  • NBC – National Broadcasting Company
  • NBC Network Television stations (10)
  • NBC Entertainment
  • NBC News
  • NBC Sports
  • NBC Studios
  • NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
  • NBC Universal Television
    (Media Studios, Television Distribution, International Television)
  • NBC Universal Digital Media
  • NBC Universal Cable
  • A&E Television Networks (23 – include CNBC co-owned with The Dow Jones and MSNBC co-owned with Microsoft)
  • Significant ownership in Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks (Viacom), MGM and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation;
  • TiVo¹
  • Universal Studios (co-owned with Vivendi)
  • Universal Pictures (Focus Features, Rogue Pictures, Working Title Films)
  • Universal Studios Licensing, Universal Animation Studios, Interactive, Pictures International, Home Entertainment, Home Entertainment Productions
  • United International Pictures (co-owned with Paramount Pictures/Viacom);
  • Universal Parks & Resorts

It is equally disappointing that even as the very corporations and lobbyists that have contributed so much to our current economic crisis and the ongoing pain and hardships of MILLIONS of North Americans are only ones invited to participate in a treaty that is likely to decide who has the right to access, distribute and rework human knowledge for the next century.

I do HOPE that President CHANGE – CHANGES his mind and allow the citizens of his nation to fully and equally participate in the A.C.T.A. discussions and the crafting of this very important “treaty”.

Contact the President and demand a public and open seat the A.C.T.A. table!

Whitehouse Contact numbers:
Comments: 202-456-1111
TTY/TDD Comments: 202-456-6213

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March 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

Sketching During Meetings Improves Focus and Recall

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pencildoodleWired: Good news, doodlers: What your colleagues consider a distracting, time-wasting habit may actually give you a leg up on them by helping you pay attention.

Asked to remember names they’d heard on a recording, people who doodled while listening had better recall than those who didn’t. This suggests that a slightly distracting secondary task may actually improve concentration during the performance of dull tasks that would otherwise cause a mind to wander.

“People may doodle as a strategy to help themselves concentrate,” said study co-author Jackie Andrade, a University of Plymouth psychologist. “We might not be aware that we’re doing it, but it could be a trick that people develop because it helps them from wandering off into a daydream.”

Andrade’s findings, published Thursday in Applied Cognitive Psychology, are an interesting wrinkle on cognitive load theory: The mind has a limited amount of attention to give and, once occupied, stops processing other stimuli.

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March 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Posted in Knowledge, Learning

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NASA’s Fermi Telescope Sees Most Extreme Gamma-Ray Blast Yet

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NASA/FERMI: The first gamma-ray burst to be seen in high-resolution from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is one for the record books. The blast had the greatest total energy, the fastest motions and the highest-energy initial emissions ever seen. (Center Image)

Gamma-ray emission from energies between 3,000
to more than 5 billion times that of visible light.

“We were waiting for this one,” said Peter Michelson, the principal investigator on Fermi’s Large Area Telescope at Stanford University. “Burst emissions at these energies are still poorly understood, and Fermi is giving us the tools to understand them.”

Gamma-ray bursts are the universe’s most luminous explosions. Astronomers believe most occur when exotic massive stars run out of nuclear fuel. As a star’s core collapses into a black hole, jets of material — powered by processes not yet fully understood — blast outward at nearly the speed of light. The jets bore all the way through the collapsing star and continue into space, where they interact with gas previously shed by the star and generate bright afterglows that fade with time.

A brief movie of event is available here.

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February 20, 2009 at 10:58 am

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