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Ben C. O. Grimm
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Comments in my Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics collection consisting of religious proselytizing, tinfoil hat / chemtrail / 'there was no moon landing' / 'vaccination leads to autism' and other unsubstantiated conspiracy nonsense will be deleted on sight. I block enthusiastically. Unfollow this collection if you don't agree, or are being probed by aliens or microwaved by NASA (or the other way around).
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~ Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May sign to Amazon ~ [Telegraph] :: Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will present a new car show for Amazon Prime Video after signing a "landmark global deal TV deal". The programme will air next year and could go head-to-head with the BBC’s revamped Top Gear show presented by Chris Evans. Three series have been confirmed so far. ::
Amazon Prime Video is surprise home of new Top Gear-style show with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond
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+Dani Deitch I watch Amazon Prime all the time outside the US. It's not hard to do. I look forward to their shows on Amazon
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~ Japan has started turning abandoned golf courses into solar power plants ~ [Business Insider] :: During real estate booms, developers have a tendency to build more than is necessary. When those booms go bust, we get to sit back and watch as people come up with creative uses for all that waste. This is what’s happening in Japan, where developers built too many golf courses over the last few decades after demand shot up in the 1980s. Now the industry is in decline, with participation in the sport down 40% from the 1990s, and abandoned golf courses are starting to pop up. Kyocera’s solution: turn the abandoned green space into solar farms. Japan has been hungry for alternative energy ever since the 2011 Fukushima disaster made nuclear power an unattractive option in the country, and golf courses just happen to be perfectly suited for solar power — they’re large open spaces that often get lots of sunlight. :: #energy
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Beach weather.
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Idiotic commentary. So what?

Anywho, at least it wasn't cold. Last Xmas (or was it boxing day?) we wound up on the beach and it was frigid, as well as windy.
With the wind to my back yesterday, it wasn't all that bad.
The number of kite and wind surfers was fucking incredible. That's more what I was interested in seeing, the surf was just amazing.
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~ Some first results from the new, higher-energy Large Hadron Collider ~ [The Guardian] :: The European Physical Society High Energy Physics conference is taking place now in Vienna. This is the first big chance for the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to show off what they have managed to extract from the new data they have recorded since 3 June, when the LHC restarted particle collisions after a two-year break. The new collisions are at a higher energy - 13 TeV compared to the previous record of 8 TeV. Since we are bumping up against the speed-of-light barrier, this means the speed of the protons increases from 299 792 449 metres per second to 299 792 454 m/s (the speed of light is 299 792 458 m/s). An increase of only 5 m/s, which doesn’t sound terribly important. But speed is the wrong way to judge the significance of the increase. :: #physics
On 3 June this year, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN began delivering particle collisions at an energy 63% higher than previously acheived. This week in Vienna, first physics results were presented. Here are some highlights
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The 'speed of light' is nothing...and by that I mean it is not necessary for 'light' to move. The potential is already present, and is manifested by the actions of matter.
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~ Woman Let Jesus Take The Wheel, Ran Over Grandmother Getting Children Out Of Car ~ [Addicting Info] :: A nice, Christian lady in Ohio has managed to avoid jail time after letting “Jesus take the wheel” and injuring a grandmother as she was getting her grandkids out of the car. Perry was driving in Bellvue in August 2014 when she struck Pamela Beckham as the 50-year-old grandmother was assisting her grandchildren out of parked car in front of the town library. Police thought that Perry who, according to witnesses, was driving erratically, was on her cell phone or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But she was under the influence of something else — Jesus. Thanks to Perry’s moment with Jesus, Beckham almost got to meet him. The force of the collision rolled the grandmother onto Perry’s windshield, breaking the glass — and Beckham’s neck. :: #atheism
An Ohio woman let "Jesus take the wheel" as she bowed her head in prayer and mowed over a 50-year-old grandmother.
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This is socially acceptable mental illness.
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~ Florida and Texas Considering Legislation to Extend Open Carry to African Americans ~ [National Report] :: In what is being hailed by some as civil rights legislation, lone Democratic lawmakers in Florida and Texas are considering extending ‘Open Carry’ laws to blacks. Democratic legislators in both Florida and Texas are said to be considering bills which would extend ‘open carry’ rights to ‘Negroes’.  In response, the NRA, after consultation with the nation’s gun manufactures, stated in a press release, that while they fully support open carry and the expected upsurge in gun and ammunition sales, they remain hesitant to give it their full support given the anticipated reaction of white gun owners who are expected to relinquish their NRA memberships in protest. An NRA spokesman added, “We are already facing a backlash from establishments as diverse as national retailers, to restaurants and bakers. I think that to include blacks in open carry would create such an atmosphere of fear and mistrust that we may not be able to prevent yet more anti-gun legislation from our previously dependable members of the House and Senate. Still, we will seek the consultation and advice of our members before issuing a final decision.” :: #satire
Legislators in both Florida and Texas, are said to be considering bills which would extend 'open carry' rights to 'Negroes'.
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That's the thing about satire, of course. Satire is that class of story telling that states explicitly what everyone knows to be be strictly implicit; what some are only capable of insinuating and what others would prefer to be kept silent.

That said, this 'satire' perfectly tells the complete truth of and sequence of reactions coming out of white folk's unthinking anxiety. 
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~ 'Magnetic' Discovery May Reveal Why Earth Supports Life and Mars Doesn't ~ [LiveScience] :: This ancient magnetic field could be a key reason Earth is still habitable and Mars was unable to sustain life, as far as we currently know. "The oldest previously known magnetic field from a terrestrial planet was on Mars, which was older than 4 billion years old," Tarduno said. "But then, sometime after 4 billion years ago, it died off. If you compare the evolution of Earth and Mars, Mars had a more dense atmosphere, and water, but it probably lost both to erosion from the solar wind because it didn't have a magnetic field to protect them, whereas Earth always appeared to have had a strong magnetic shield." ::
Earth's magnetic field, which protects the planet from harmful blasts of solar radiation, is much older than scientists had previously thought, researchers say.
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Can we detect magnetic fields similar to earth's on exoplanets?
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~ The People Who Can Perfectly Remember Every Single Day of Their Lives ~ [Vice] ::  We all have moments when our memory fails us. It gets to Monday morning and we can't tell a coworker where we were Friday night, or we're at a pub trivia night and for whatever reason we struggle pathetically to remember the name of the lead singer from the Cure. However, for better or for worse, remembering stuff isn't a problem for those with highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM). HSAM—or hyperthymesia, as it's also known—is characterized by the ability to remember almost every day of your life after the age of ten or 11 years old, down to the most minute detail. When given any past date, people with HSAM can usually recall things like what color dress they were wearing, or even what the weather was like. It's unknown whether people are born with HSAM or develop the ability in their early years. So far, 61 people in the world have been identified as having HSAM, including 56 in America and five in the UK. :: #neuroscience
When I'm thinking about my life, I hone in on a time and access it like you would a chapter of a DVD," said Joey DeGrandis, one of the few people in the world with highly superior autobiographical memory.
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Actress Marilu Henner from the 1970's US sitcom "Taxi" has this.
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~ Why Google+ has to shrink to grow ~ [The Verge] :: What once was to be Google’s mighty social pillar has retrenched into what Google now somewhat elliptically calls "Streams, Photos, and Sharing." On one hand, Google’s approach to its underperforming social network lately looks like Grover Norquist’s vision for the federal government — shrink it small enough that it can be drowned in a bathtub. But from a sheer product standpoint, shrinking Google+ is the best thing that could happen to it — and might even give it a chance to matter. ::
One day in 2013, I received an email from Google informing me that YouTube was preparing to fix its notoriously bad comment section. The proposed savior was Google+, then a little over 2 years old....
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+Brendan Thesingh  I think you've nailed it.  G+ doesn't work like FB or Twitter -- and the tech press can't be bothered to make the effort to make it work. And then there is, as +Wolf Revels mentioned, the "hate on Google" campaign.
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Move along.
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+Catherine G. afternoon headed into evening, actually... And he is, so very delightfully horrible ;)
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~ Fly Through The Solar System At The Speed Of Light With This Video  ~ [io9] :: Space is really, really big, and there’s been a couple of great videos out there that show off the relative size of objects. This video puts the scale of the solar system into real perspective by showing how it takes you pass through at the speed of light. Light travels 299,792,458 m/s, and it takes just over 45 minutes from the surface of the sun to reach Jupiter. This video takes you past the planets at lightspeed, and it shows off just how long it takes to get around the solar system.:: #astronomy #space
Space is really, really big, and there’s been a couple of great videos out there that show off the relative size of objects. This video puts the scale of the solar system into real perspective by showing how it takes you pass through at the speed of light.
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The video is so long.....
We definitely need FTL
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Read my full profile ('About') before you decide to circle me! Married, Dutch, FreeBSD Geek/Forums Mod, a(nti)theist, science lover, and stable male person. If you decide to circle me for commercial or proselytizing reasons: fuck you very much. Note: I own my posts and all comments under them. I actively delete comments from trolls and throwaway accounts (no avatar, no or few followers, nonsensical/fake profiles, etc.).
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When anyone wants to debate the content of an external article that I post, don't assume it is written by me, or that I necessarily agree with it. I post a wide variety of articles of interest to atheists, secularists, and progressives. If those were all exemplary of my own opinions I'd be a raving schizophrenic.. External articles are always posted in the form of: 

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Anything before or after that would be a personal comment. My own opinions and ideas look like regular Google+ posts.

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Topics I post about include: atheism, political activism, progressive politicsphysics, maths, cosmology, astronomy, biology, evolution, genetics, philosophy, sociology, neuroscience

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If you're interested in rationalityscienceatheism (the disbelief in gods), anti-theism (the position that belief in deities is actually harmful), anti-religionism (the position that all supernatural/irrational/spiritual belief systems are actually harmful), skepticism (within reason, some issues are beyond questioning by now), secularism (freedom of and from religion, church/state separation), social/political activism, and social progress: by all means, be my guest. 

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I'm informed, educated, and old enough by now to know what view of society I feel most comfortable with. You will need empirical evidence and solid reasoning to convince me of the contrary. I'm a typical European secular and rational left-winger. I don't hide that. I tend to share a lot of information and ideas about the "Circle Me" topics, and I welcome constructive comments. 

Welcome.

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“There is no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.” 
-- Daniel Dennett

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I actively discourage people who push their +1 activity into other people's timelines. See here how to stop doing that: https://plus.google.com/106166434029666510237/posts/QsH5eYQ7MMu

I actively mute or even block people who push notifications for their posts my way. I have circles to follow people; I don't need them shouting in my ear.
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My girl calls me the love of her life. She is the love of my life. We are now married. Beat that.
Education
  • Leiden University
    Political Science, 1988 - 1995
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Communication Science, 1989 - 1993
  • Erasmus University
    Politics & Business, 1992 - 1995
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