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Bob Calder
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Attended Florida Atlantic University
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Iranian court sentences man to death for spreading useless medical practices. Good idea taken to extremes?

http://www.merinews.com/article/mohammad-ali-taheri-iranian-author-and-researcher-sentenced-to-death-on-fraudulent-charges/15909182.shtml
 
Don't eat toad. It can kill. Frogs? OK. Eat frogs. http://sfsbm.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=720&Itemid=435
10 Most Mind Numbingly Stupid Alternative Medicines. Homeopathy is #1. As it should be.Edinburgh grandmother loses bid to force NHS to fund homeopathyMohammad Ali Taheri, Iranian author and researcher sentenced to death on fr...
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#Dillard  needs one.
 
Twin musical Tesla coils played by Kel Gardner at the Gravity Discovery Center for the Gingin Science Festival
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If I see another #glutenfreerecipes  the rest of my life, it will be too soon. 
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+Bob Calder I'm in favor of GMO too, I just meant to say that some of the assurances that "it will just break down" don't always hold up. 
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My first attempt at  designing custom circuit boards.
They were designed using CadSoft Eagle PCB (free) http://www.cadsoftusa.com/

Osh Park is fabricating them
 https://oshpark.com/

1) ESP8266-13 Breakout
2) ESP8266-13 Breadboard Adapter
3) BMP280 Breakout

If they work, I'll make them public on Osh Park.
I already know that I mislabeled some pins on the BMP280 board
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Like this never happened before.
Abby Abazorius | MIT News. Research from MIT and Harvard shows how to exploit and protect MOOC certification. Illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT. While the proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has expanded learning opportunities for individuals around the world, ...
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For some reason project based evaluation isn't eligible for certificate. Got to work on that.
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All-knowing big gods are “crazily effective” at enforcing social norms, says Norenzayan’s collaborator Edward Slingerland, a historian at UBC Vancouver. “Not only can they see you everywhere you are, but they can actually look inside your mind.” And once big gods and big societies existed, the moralizing gods helped religions as dissimilar as Islam and Mormonism spread by making groups of the faithful more cooperative, and therefore more successful.
A new theory aims to explain the success of world religions—but testing it remains a challenge
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Cut score is a policy decision but the agenda is hidden behind billboard-sized statements calling it all RESEARCH BASED.
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Education facepalm. Education blather misses the obvious.
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Much like the changing physical design of the phone affected its use for calling people, the changing design of the pen has affected handwriting. You may not realize this, but it's significantly harder on the hands to write with a ballpoint pen than with a fountain pen.

I was personally very aware of this when I was a physicist, since most of the work I had to do was writing and working through page after page of equations, which to this day isn't easy to do on a computer. So it was pens and notebooks all the time, and I became extremely particular about which ones I used: a pen which either had too high a resistance or which dried too slowly, or paper that didn't absorb the ink well, and my work would actively suffer.

(Quite seriously: if your hands hurt too soon, you can't write for hours on end. If the ink smudges as you write -- especially if, like me, you're left-handed -- everything is a lost cause. If the paper doesn't absorb the ink and dry enough for you to flip pages in the notebook, you're lost. Any of these things take time, energy, and concentration, and you simply can't vanish into the flow of the science.)

This article isn't about doing science, but about how the ballpoint pen changed handwriting -- but it's through the exact same process. The various methods of cursive weren't popular primarily for their aesthetics; they were practical methods of writing quickly and legibly. As anyone who remembers having to do this in school can attest, that's always been kind of strange, because with modern pens, Palmer-method cursive is much slower and harder: people tend to develop their own semi-script handwriting for when they actually need to write day-to-day. (Except for handwriting enthusiasts who are doing it for fun)

So when you see the lack of handwriting, instead of crying "O tempora! O mores!," realize that what you're seeing isn't simply a move to computers: it's the evolution of the pen itself.

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Thicker ink meant it didn't smudge as easily as its predecessor, the fountain pen—but it also made writing by hand more physically demanding.
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So, now having read the article, it is hogwash. Ball point pens, good ones, work just as well at the proper angle as fountain pens.

Those of us who long for cursive are not after illuminated manuscripts. Most long for a legible form of writing on basic forms. I learned early how to use a dip (calligraphy) pen and that naturally lead to my love of the fountain pen. But I will be the first to say they are not for everyone.

Writing, regardless of tool, has a cerebral quality that we are rapidly loosing. It forces one to formulate an argument prior to committing it to paper. It forces one to slow down and appreciate the words being written and it facilitates communications in ways the typewritten/digital never will because each persons writing has a certain character that can never be properly conveyed via typewritten/digital means. 
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Tablets are for people that have never understood the awesomeness of the apple trackpad is due to more input choices. Did you know it's glass?
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+Peter van der Linden that KKK thread was pretty funny. As the election nears, more sockpuppets emerge from the conservative side than the liberal but it's just funnier and funnier. No matter what the post is about they talk about Obama and some lame irrelevant blather. As a social observer I wonder if this will produce a callous electorate (from constant abrasive silliness) and whether that will cause them to stay away from the polls or the opposite. (public post)
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My follower count is accelerating such that I can't manage the number on my former  once a week schedule. I will add you if you engage with me on posts in an interesting or productive way.

I'm interested in Internet issues having to do with research on data sharing, social behavior, and science education.

I'm not the astronomer from Texas or the professor from Saskatchewan or the photographer or the guy from Aberdeen on the cooking show. Thank goodness!

I'm involved in research and teaching design, information architecture, usability, information theory, and the glue that we use to stick it together socially. Internet and Society. I frame it as a subset of Science and Society which fits into Section X at AAAS.

My back yard is terraced and planted with flowers and herbs so I don't have to mow. There are some drawbacks to this landscape maintenance theory - snakes. So far, black snakes and coral snakes.
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Internet and Society teacher
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Barely coordinated, let alone physically skilled. Imaginative, perhaps.
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  • Dillard High School
    Teacher, 2015 - present
    Internet and Society, a tiny corner of Science and Society and likely a subset of History and Philosophy of Science for now. Maybe when Computational Social Science gets crackin' this will make more sense. Right now, it's just being recognized as a thing.
  • Internet and Society @ Palm Beach School District
    Internet and Society teacher, 2011 - 2015
  • Broward School District
    Internet and Society, 2001 - 20011
  • AirTime Technologies
    dB Design & X-action processing, 1999 - 2001
  • Broadcast Design
    Calder Design Studio, 1995 - 1999
  • General Lines Ins Borker
    Calder Ins, 1974 - 1994
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Boynton Beach, FL
Used the Pizza Hut website 12-8-12. It was easier to use than Papa Johns. Pick up any pizza for 10.00 was honored and came to 10.60 for a large 5 topping pizza. The gentleman at the cash register was courteous. The pizza was every bit as good as any and better than most. Notably, the crust was perfect. I used to go to Papa Johns. Not anymore, these guys give better value.
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Great beer! Fun people. Be prepared for entering a warehouse - it's an adventure! Friday evenings Lucille's BBQ wagon parks at the door at 6PM. There is a tap room in the front that is air conditioned, but most locals hang out in the warehouse around the big bar where you can gaze longingly at the stainless steel fermenters. OK so I'm prejudiced, but you will enjoy making an adult field trip.
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norris's is a good reliable place.
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Homemade lunches and homemade kinchi. Does it get better?
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toojays is our favorite deli since junur's closed.
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This store is small but well stocked and very clean.
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