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Aaron Helton
Attended St. Edward's University
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The United Nations is looking for a Java developer to fill a temporary contract working on DSpace repositories. If you're interested, please

A black and white photograph of a giant dust storm...
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A black and white photograph of a giant dust storm in 1937. Photographed by Chris Johns, National Geographic

My walk along Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn. A...
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My walk along Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn. A seven-mile stretch that includes South Asian, orthodox Jewish, Turkish, and finally Russian

xkcd: Pastime
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< Prev · Random; Next >; >|. Permanent link to this comic: http://xkcd.com/1222/ Image URL (for hotlinking/embedding): http://imgs.xkcd.com/

New Yorkers Organize 24-Hour Read-In for Libraries!
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Remember when I told NYC people to stay tuned for announcements about library advocacy opportunities during this spring budget cut season? W

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A close view of the puffer fish found in Florida’s warm waters, January 1922. Photograph by L. F. Williamz, National Geographic

A shelter made of antlers at Yellowstone National...
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A shelter made of antlers at Yellowstone National Park. Photograph by Edwin L. Wisherd, National Geographic

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Where awkward stock photos finally have a purpose submissions@awkwardstockphotos.com. Links to photos work best. We cannot post photos from

1 in 13 humans has chimp-like feet
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When our ancient ancestors left their arboreal homes, they ditched their flexible feet for rigid tootsies best suited for walking on the gro

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The Official Dilbert Website featuring Scott Adams Dilbert strips, animation, mashups and more starring Dilbert, Dogbert, Wally, The Pointy

A matador poses in full regalia with an...
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A matador poses in full regalia with an embroidered cape in Colombia, 1939. Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

Clever Paper Cut Designs Feature Animals and Their Snacks
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People often say You are what you eat. Well, Oregon-based artist Wendy Wallin Malinow thought it would be interesting to see that phrase in

Introductory Astronomy
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A course on introduction on astronomy from Michigan tech.

Playful Recreations of Classic Paintings on Toast
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Food artist Ida Skivenes, better known as IdaFrosk, pays homage to the great painters of yesteryear with her playful food creations. The Osl

"Sodomy": what a waste
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The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah has to do with Sodom who masturbated in the forest, therefore, wasting his semen and not being able to impregn

Amish Raw Milk Farmer Vernon Hershberger Wins Big in Court
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(Above: Farmer Vernon Hershberg between two of his lawyers, Glenn Reynolds and Elizabeth Rich.) “Food [...]

Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral tower is...
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Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral tower is unveiled in 1907 in Nova Scotia. Photograph courtesy the Bell Collection

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A German shepherd is accepted for sentry duty by the Coast Guard, January 1941.Photograph by J. Baylor Roberts, National Geographic

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Yamel Cakes
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Every year on Yom Kippur, Jewish men and boys wear yamel cakes on their heads, which are very important to the Jewish faith. Wearing the yam

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It's that time of year again: the time when a young pinniped's fancy turns to thoughts of lounging around on the beach. And what better way to celebrate high summer in the Arctic than with WalrusCam, a continuous live stream from Round Island, Alaska, where you can hear the soothing sounds of the waves crashing on the shore as thousands of tons of blubber, muscle, and tusk photosynthesize and lumber about?

And by thousands, I mean thousands; there can be as many as 14,000 walruses, each weighing a good two tons, on this island at a time. It's kind of fascinating.

Alas, the video link on the page below seems to have expired; you can see the current WalrusCam at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XizvosHgHQ .

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An ugly of walruses. It's Friday and who doesn't need a little more Walrus in their lives? I certainly do. Streaming live 24-7 from Round Island, Alaska (in the
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Long live the quince.

>> The key to enjoying quince at home, apparently, is to cook it and cook it and cook it. At that point, the quince is ready to cook.
Quince, once de rigueur in America’s Colonial gardens, fell out of favor over the years. But some growers are still very attached to the fruit.
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A fantastic invention: Jie Bao (of Tsinghua University) and Moungi Bawendi (of MIT) have invented an optical spectrometer small and cheap enough to attach to a cell phone, which can nonetheless perform comparably well to serious professional equipment.

Spectrometers are amazingly useful devices: they simply break light up through a prism, and report on how bright the light is in each frequency. That lets you recognize chemicals (each molecule has a distinctive color "fingerprint"), measure temperature (when you heat an object, it glows with a spectrum that's a simple function of temperature), and even measure the speed of objects. (If you know something's color when it's still, its colors in motion are shifted by the Doppler effect, just like an approaching siren's pitch goes up and a receding one goes down. The fingerprints of chemical colors give you an excellent reference point for that)

Bao and Bawendi's device is completely different from traditional spectrometers: Rather than using a prism and precision optics, they use an array of 195 carefully chosen inks and a CCD light sensor. The result is rugged and cheap – a few dollars, instead of a few hundred or thousand.

This is a tool that could revolutionize all sorts of devices; the authors give an example of a tool that could identify skin cancer just by pointing at it. (Cancers contain specific chemicals which produce specific optical fingerprints, after all!)

And more to the point, it's neat.

Dear Drs. Bao and Bawendi: TAKE MY MONEY!

Via +California Academy of Sciences.
A spectrometer that fits in your mobile devices could let you scan yourself for skin cancer.
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It was only a matter of time...

"Think of this challenge as being the “first shot heard around the world!” With this challenge, the integration of robots into sports entertainment will forever change as new companies emerge to design their own battle-ready giant robot. People will be packing large stadiums just to catch a glimpse of these robots, cheering them on as piece-by-piece fills the ground floor. If you thought boxing and MMA fights were popular, you haven’t seen anything yet!"
Prepare yourselves as two international robotics companies go head-to-head in the first ever giant robot duel! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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New Archive Offers Free Access to 22,000 Literary Documents From Great British & American Writers. What a gold mine... 
Thomas Hardy—architect, poet, and writer (above)—gave us the fierce, stormy romance Far From the Madding Crowd, currently impressing critics in a film adaptation by Thomas Vinterberg.
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For those who love the smell of offal in the morning.
Gut Donuts in Moscow This is all because of the Vietnamese market on the southeast outskirts of Moscow. Morning visits to a huge, remote shopping center that contains a small, two-storied building full of Vietnamese products—mostly smuggled—accustomed me to unfamiliar, funky smells and the melodic and buzzing speech of the crowd. I loved these fantastic …
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What a fucking idiot.

Why would you even think it was ok to disrespect someone on duty in uniform like that, no matter the place?
A video showing the dramatic moment a soldier from the Queen's Guard turned his rifle on a tourist outside Windsor Castle has emerged online
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I'd be so embarrassed, were that any of mine, I'd go the guard one better.
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I saw this photo and link in a BuzzFeed email and all I could think is, "Does Pareidolia Dryer lick my clothes smooth?"
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The Machine Stops
E.M. Forster, 1909

@htecb has composed an Twitter performance of E.M. Forster's short story "The Machine Stops". Each student was responsible for converting a section of the story into a 140 character tweet. Attached is one of the entries; you can read the full sequence below:

https://twitter.com/htecb/status/616608873991028736

The original story can be read here:

http://goo.gl/MRQe

Please engage HTECb! Our class has fifteen bright, talented, and extremely creative young students hard at work on the philosophy of technology. Your questions and comments will provide some important and educational feedback in that process.  Also, engagement helps our Klout score =D

Find us @htecb: https://twitter.com/htecb
Read more about my #cty #Princeton  course here: http://goo.gl/Zhzy1
See our 2013 performance of Phillip K. Dick's "Pay for the Printer" here:
https://twitter.com/htecb/status/352589994566770688
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanielEstrada/posts/6f5mAJszEhg

#sciencefiction   #education   #twitter   
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Facilis descensus Averno; Noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis; Sed revocare gradum superasque evadere ad auras, Hoc opus, hic labor est.
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I am a husband, father, technologist, humanist, skeptic, gamer, thinker, and dreamer. 

Hablo español.

Insert all applicable obligatory disclaimers here.

Circle me if you like any of the following, because I post about them regularly:
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This is not a comprehensive list.

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  • It also probably helps if you have any idea what my tagline comes from.  Just sayin'.
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Aspiring autoanthropodermic bibliopegist and resident curmudgeon.
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Saying 'nay', shaking my fist, and telling people to vacate my lawn in multiple languages.
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Washington, DC - Amarilo, TX - Austin, TX - Enid, OK - Kaiserslautern, Germany - El Paso, TX
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Decent food (not like home, but workable), good prices, and a small but reliable selection of vegetarian options. Good, sensible kids selections.
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Where to start? Signs all over the place prohibiting potential customers from touching any of the merchandise? Check. Overreaction to the presence of children in the store (who were well behaved at the time)? Check. More signs prohibiting customers from smelling any of the fragrant items? Check. Finally asked to leave because the children *might* touch something? Check. This is probably the rudest place I've ever seen, and it's a wonder the place manages to stay in business. In the response the owner will surely leave below, she will explain that the signs are intended to keep people from handling merchandise carelessly, and that somehow smelling fragrant items may make them unsellable. She may even concoct some story about my kids being unruly (which will be a lie). So while every story has two sides, you should keep in mind these statements before buying the owner's version. Consumers have choices, and while I could have been a customer, the owner's attitude as evidenced by the signs and the rude treatment mean I will never consider being a customer there in the future. In fact, if I ever set foot in the store again, it will be to take pictures of these ridiculous signs to share here or on Yelp. Verdict: Avoid this place. Your dollars are better spent somewhere else. The internet, perhaps.
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