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Go to any supermarket around 11 p.m.. There you will see the night stock crew moving into the aisles where they will spend the next 8 hours moving many tons of product onto shelves. They are expected to move as fast as possible and keep moving for 2 hours between breaks.

You will never exercise as much as these people do and yet invariable some of them, even half of them, will be obese. The same goes for roofers, concrete workers, brick layers and a few other jobs that involve moving large weights for extended periods.

It's not lack of exercise that's making us fat. Believe me, I know. I'm a fat guy that rides everywhere he goes on one of the heaviest production bicycles made: the Yuba Mundo. This did not make me skinny. It made me a fat guy with massive leg muscles.

What I need to find out is how to conquer hunger.

http://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/11518804/weight-loss-exercise-myth-burn-calories
Physical activity may have less to do with weight loss than we think.
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// Imagine you're stuck in a rut.

Your daily routine leaves you both exhausted and behind at the end of the day, and you sleep restlessly with the awful certainty that there'll be more of the same ahead. Your time is spent staring glassy-eyed at the many screens that surround you, with no behavioral difference between work and play. You have transcended boredom: your schedule and habits have coagulated into such monotonous inflexibility that you can compare only to rigor mortis. You are the living dead, perpetually on autopilot, less an agent than a vessel of habit and inertia.

There's nothing particularly wrong, really; you have food and friends and more things than you need. But you're in a rut, so these creature comforts all seem hollow and empty. You can't shake the feeling that you're a zombie cog in a zombie machine. No matter how hard you work and how exhausted you feel, you can't help but think that you're doing nothing. You're wasting time. You're wasting life.

What do you do?

When a human finds themselves in this state and wants out badly enough, they try to change their routine. Go on vacation. Take a new lover. Quit your job. Move. The deeper and more suffocating the rut, the more dramatic the discontinuity must be. The idea is that new activities will bring with them new habits and new webs of concern. The immediate goal isn't to give life meaning in some grand sense, but simply to shake things up so you aren't stuck in the same rut. Maybe things improve, or maybe they don't, but at least you aren't a zombie.

I'd like to suggest that what is true of individuals may also be true of collectives.

Sometimes, for instance, a nation might be stuck in a rut, desperately and with no apparent way out. Sometimes the rut is so deep and awful that they will flee desperately for the first sign of charisma and confidence they see. It might not help, but at least it's something different.

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I believe this is my first dog reshare
...but is this creature really a dog?
 
Watch this amazing compilation of Neo, a border collie with incredible agility and strength, as he 'parkours' his way through the forests of Exmoor, England
Watch this amazing compilation of Neo, a border collie with incredible agility and strength, as he ‘parkours’ his way through the forests of Exmoor, England
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Another semester of graduate algebra is in the can.

This time I learned/taught about linear algebra and modules from the categorical point of view (and in the process converted myself to the categorical way of thinking).

Over the course of two semesters I produced 642 pages of hand-written lecture notes and 87 pages of typed homework/exam solutions, all of which can be found at these two webpages:

http://www.math.miami.edu/~armstrong/761fa15.html
http://www.math.miami.edu/~armstrong/762sp16.html

Why did I do this? I suppose in the hope that someone other than myself and the 12 students in the room might benefit from my struggles to understand this material.

Enjoy.
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I rely on Joshua Landis's blog for news from Syria. The news is never good.
quote Dr. Hassan’s death adds to the 730 medical personnel killed in Syria that have been documented by Physicians for Human Rights since March 2011. Between the beginning of hostilities and December of 2015, some 246 facilities have been damaged or destroyed in the Syrian conflict. Estimates for the first quarter of 2016 are of 13 additional attacks on health facilities. In 11 of the world’s war zones, between 2011 and 2014, the International Committee of the Red Cross tallied nearly 2,400 acts of violence against those who were trying to provide health care. That works out to two attacks a day.
Remembering Dr. Hassan al-Araj by Cindy Coffman For Syria Comment May 4, 2016 First, I will introduce myself and then I would like to tell you about a dear friend and colleague, who was recently ki…
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Mapped: The global coal trade  The global coal trade doubled in the decade to 2012, as a coal-fuelled boom took hold in Asia. Now it seems to have stalled, or even gone into reverse. +Carbon Brief​​ has produced a series of maps and interactive charts showing how the global coal trade is changing, with a spotlight on China, the UK, the US and India.

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Carbon Brief has produced a series of maps and interactive charts to show how the global coal trade is changing.
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Canadian oil-mining town experiences global warming

The city of Fort McMurray, Canada, mainly exists thanks to petroleum mining.   Thanks to humans burning carbon, this year is the hottest on record, especially in the far north.  The climate around Fort McMurray is borderline Arctic... but on Tuesday the temperature soared over 32 Celsius (92 Fahrenheit).   Thanks to the heat and wind, a huge fire engulfed the city.   A resident said:

"It was the most terrifying feeling looking straight ahead at a wall of flames 10 times higher than us.   I was in a complete state of shock and fear.   The streets were in a panic, people were abandoning their vehicles and hitchhiking."

Most news stories aren't pointing out the connection here, or the sad irony.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/04/world/fort-mcmurray-fire-canada/
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What an inferno!
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Wolbachia is a bacteria that uses gene-drive-like tricks to expand in insect populations.
 
The ultra-weird, ultra-successful microbe Wolbachia could become a weapon against the Zika virus. I explain how in my column this week for the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/science/zika-virus-moquitoes-microbe.html
Mosquitoes infected with the bacterium Wolbachia resist viruses like Zika and dengue. Now researchers are testing the bacterium on mosquitoes in the wild.
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"A bacterium", not "a bacteria".
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Piles of dead whales, salmon, sardines and clams clog Chile's pacific beaches in a phenomenon blamed on the El Nino weather event.
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"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing-wax --
Of cabbages -- and kings --
And why the sea is boiling hot --
And whether pigs have wings."

I've always read the last line as alluding to the question of the gender or the sex of angels. I've discovered much later that the same poem and line of Lewis Carroll, seems to have been at the origin of a trope on pigs flight that's disconnected from that idea.

Generally speaking, I've with time come to discern what's likely significant influence of Alice and Lewis Carroll on the linguistic common sense of English speakers, but that diverges from what wisdom I felt he meant to convey when I first discovered him. Makes his work comparable to the story of the original sin, as I see it.

http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/walrus.html
Discovery following solar eclipse prompts belief in doll's divine provenance
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"One thing is obvious: moth's eyes and snake's skin are entirely different. Researchers have taken a closer look, however, and have now brought the supposed 'apples and oranges' to a common denominator. They have opened up a completely new, comparative view of biological surfaces using a newly developed method, and have thus come closer to the solution of how these surfaces work".
One thing is obvious: moth's eyes and snake's skin are entirely different. Researchers have taken a closer look, however, and have now brought the supposed 'apples and oranges' to a common denominator. They have opened up a completely new, comparative view of biological surfaces using a newly developed method, and have thus come closer to the solution of how these surfaces work.
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Born a twin and somewhat later, first distracted of girls by computers with ram capacity in the kilobytes range; that is, truly parsimonious computers.

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Dark energy is relic pollution from warp drives! Solve two cosmic mysteries - the Fermi Paradox and Dark Energy - by each other. Transpose the AGW issue to the Universe, to defuse the illusion we can turn our back on the problem by moving to exoplanets. Make fun of Dark Energy etc having inspired the possibility of warp drives, by assuming cosmic history has already articulated both together, but in reverse order.

Does God Sexist? - The misogyny of many religious texts and traditions, entangles the matter of affirming God with that of affirming misogyny.

Ambiguities are like microbes: the pathogens steal attention! - most people will equate microbes with the tiny fraction of pathogens, and will ignore in particular the helpful microbes without which we wouldn't even survive. I claim a similar situation applies to ambiguities, even more remote from awareness.
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