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Andres Soolo
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The Atlantic Cities tells a story of chains of natural history museums and gun libraries that also happen to sell hunting and fishing equipment.  Funded by taxpayer, the profits are private.
The astonishing story of how the nation's two largest hunting and fishing specialty stores convinced small town America to pay for their expansions.
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Back in PA, they were still spread out enough in my home region for that to be the case. Probably becomes less true as time goes on. 
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Due to politically motivated restrictions on research in USA, scientists are moving to Uruguay instead.
Researching medicinal weed in the US is a pain in the butt. Cue Uruguay.
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It's now politically incorrect to call p-zombies p-zombies.  They shall be called patients with perceptronium insufficiency instead.
Theoretical physicist Max Tegmark says that consciousness might be a state of matter, which he calls perceptronium.
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"Politically incorrect" is politically correct for "rude and bigoted".
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Enthusiasts of a quaint Victorian social ritual known as 'conversation' are miffed that it has fallen so out of fashion that modern kids don't know the first thing about ceremonious synchronised voice-calls without a phone.
"Students’ reliance on screens for communication is detracting—and distracting—from their engagement in real-time talk."
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Igor Mang, the currently dominant Estonian astrologer (ever since Eduard Paukson died), got hit by a car.  He explains  that he foresaw the accident in his horoscope.

Must have taken real discipline to sacrifice himself in such a nasty manner merely to preserve the space-time continuum.

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Jeffrey Sinclair predicted in his First Rule of the Fanatic: when you become obsessed with the enemy, you become the enemy, back in 2258.  How does this work in reality?  TV researchers call it media priming.

According to the article’s journal abstract, “Media priming refers to the residual, often unintended consequences of media use on subsequent perceptions, judgments, and behavior. Previous research showed that the media can prime behavior that is in line with the primed traits or concepts (assimilation). However, assimilation is expected to be less likely and priming may even yield reverse effects (contrast) when recipients have a dissimilarity testing mindset.” Simply put, media priming is the idea that the things we watch or listen to or read influence our emotions and our behavior, perhaps more than we realize.

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The story describes a day in the life of a man named Meier: He wakes up, reads (and misunderstands) the message in an inspiration-of-the-day calendar, meets his friends in a bar and gets very drunk. Meier then goes to a soccer game, gets into a fight and comes home to crash; he sleeps through the next day. (Substitute the soccer game for a nightclub, and you have something very similar to the televised daily shenanigans of Snooki or The Situation.)

The findings indicate that “participants who read a narrative about a stupidly acting soccer hooligan performed worse in the knowledge test than participants who read a narrative about a character with no reference to his intellectual abilities.”

TV is an infectious medium through which acquired stupidity, hooliganism, and terrorism can spread.
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First world problem å la Abu Dhabi: there isn't enough desert in our city.
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Ohio's liberal medians are biased towards people who exist, and against people who don't.
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A meta-notpology:

If I offended you, please help yourself to a notpology on your way out.
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The learned potheads at Harvard have determined that cannabis use is not a cause for schizophrenia.
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Google's pet name for me is 115353300954648237355. It's a real name, not imaginary — it does not have √−1 as a factor.
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If you're looking at this profile, you're most likely trying to see whether I'm interesting enough to be circled.  Take a look at my posts, they're a more accurate overview of my interests than anything I could write here.  For example, I never knew I would get interested in what's now known as #nymwars (and its probable followup, #facewars).

In addition to the kind of things that I post about on G+, I dabble in retrocomputing.  I'm particularly interested in programming techniques in low-resource environments, from designing creative bit patterns to self-modifying code.  My first experience was with Z80 (actually, U880) and CP/M.  I'm quite fond of the m68k processor family.

I have done freelance work in various computing and statistics fields, from domain-specific languages to text clustering.  I've written a few web servers, including one to service a small country worth of people and one to run well inside an iPAQ.  Now I'm a novice priest studying the ways of the deity who knows almost everything and answers most prayers in under a second.

Being an atheist of Chaotic Neutral alignment, I generally prefer deities who don't take themselves too seriously, from the Great Coyote to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

My political views, should you care about this short of thing, fall somewhere in the European spectrum.  I subscribe to the notion that Good Governance is a worthy human right.  I support individual freedoms but I'm cautious about generalising them to organisations whose power is closer to countries than individuals.  I disagree, sometimes loudly, with anti-tax fanatics.  I like to think I understand the major political and economic theories I don't accept.

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