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Save Oak Flat, a camping, climbing, recreational area (ie US national forest) from foreign owned copper mining! Please click the link below and send a letter to your representative.
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I search your name in g+ .Thanks g+
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A paper I'm on is out!  It's about an online tool for doing comparative plant genomics I helped develop.
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Thanks everyone!

+Adam Retchless, I haven't seen Uffe in a while but he's a great guy!
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The USA spends 43% of the world's military budget!?!
And most discussions about "Rome" are preceded by the words "Fall of."
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Еее у нас всёже атомных боеголовок больше.
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New federal transportation bill is a disaster for biking and walking. Take Action now by sending an email to your congress person: http://t.co/sOwEevUm
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Thanks, Bill. This bill is horseshit.
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120 into Yosemite is opening tomorrow!
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Holler when you do (if you need a partner)!

I've got a campsite reserved in June. Otherwise, it's mostly Josh for Spring.
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I was playing around with Census Bureau data and made this map of Italian Speakers by county. The data is from 2010. Enjoy!
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I used python to modify an SVG. This was actually the easiest part (see http://flowingdata.com/2009/11/12/how-to-make-a-us-county-thematic-map-using-free-tools/). Adding the legend and title with Inkscape was a bit of a pain.

The hard parts were finding, interpreting, and validating the data files. But in the end I had fun and now have some tools for further census data exploration.
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If you're in Vegas, make a stand against this proposed development of Red Rocks.

From the Access Fund:
Red Rock area climbers, we need your help! Since 2002, the climbing community and Save Red Rock have been fighting a massive housing development proposed for Blue Diamond Hill. The developer, Jim Rhodes, is currently seeking a mining permit which will allow him to start using trucks on site. Rhodes has never sought to mine the claim before and locals fear that this is a ploy to start preparing the land for the housing development. 

Due to the public interested, the Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection re-opened the comment period until Dec. 21, 2012 and is holding a public hearing regarding the permit application on December 18, 2012 at the Blue Diamond Recreation Hall, One Village Drive, Blue Diamond, NV 89004.

For more information on the public hearing and how to submit comments please go to https://ndep.nv.gov/docs_12/0328_phfy13.pdf
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what? that seriously sucks
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Nature Genetics used to be one of my favorite science journals. It consistently had papers that I found exciting. That changed about 5 years ago or so when they had a very clear editorial shift into g...
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California eliminates state funding to libraries.
By Michael Kelley Dec 14, 2011. California Governor Jerry Brown announced Tuesday a mid-year, $16 million cut to state library funding, which essentially eliminates all remaining state funding for the...
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Julez 'n Bex yo!
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I was playing around with Census Bureau data and made this map of Italian Speakers by county. The data is from 2010. Enjoy!
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I posted an image of the map so you don't have to go to this link... Still figuring out the best way to use google+.
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I rock climb, play pinball, love math, and write software.
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  • Cornell University
    Applied Math, 1999 - 2003
  • Western Washington University
    Mathematics and Biochemistry, 1994 - 1999
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