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As the person who posted this link elsewhere said, "Yes, really.  It's an eagle.  With a camera on its back."

It's pretty nifty.  Especially the bit at the last 30 seconds or so where the eagle goes into a fast dive down to its handler.
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Some quite interesting thoughts about Netflix series and the future of video storytelling.  The excerpted speech by Kevin Spacey that +Howard Tayler links to is short and well worth watching.
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This is really rather frightening.

The assumption that's underpinned pretty much all of the conversations I've seen about California's water problems has been that the in a year or three the drought will be over, and that it will get better.  That's why you water the almond trees in a drought no matter how hard it is to afford the water, because if you don't it will take more than a decade to grow new ones -- it's not a matter of losing a year of income (as devastating as that is), but of losing a decade of it.  If you can make it through the year with the trees alive, there is some hope of rain next year, and maybe you can keep the farm.

And that is something that I don't think we are grappling with.  Solving this, insofar as we can solve it, means taking away what remaining hope people on farms have for a future in order that the catastrophe might be less bad.  Might be less bad globally, but surely worse for them if only by coming a year earlier.

There is a real danger here.  It is easy, tempting, to rationalize doing this by seeing the farmers as an enemy, as other, as opponents who we need not be compassionate towards because they have taken "our" water and "wasted" it.  It is easier, more comfortable, to excuse taking away their hope by thinking of them as other.  Let us not forget that taking away a person's hope for the future is a horrible, unforgivable thing, and though it may be necessary, that does not forgive it.  Let us not blink and turn away from this truth.

And let us at least find some way to make what amends we can, and remember that it cannot be enough.
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Stories like this make me so glad I decided to pick up my family and move them elsewhere, even if it means I have to spend most of my year out here alone as a sort of migrant tech worker.

California lacks leadership to make difficult decisions, and the state has waited so long to decide that there is an actual problem that any course of action is likely to be painful for a whole lot of people.
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Selling a big urban idea isn't easy. More than ever, architects rely on jaw-dropping images to convince their clients to spend millions on their projects. And to do it, they fill their fantastical renderings with people--people who have a story all their own.
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+Alison Chaiken: This looks like the sort of thing you're interested in!
I've been on the road, and there has been a ton of news in the last 4 weeks. In fact, below is just a small subset of the now constant stream of news items and articles that appear about robocars. Delphi has made waves by undertaking a road trip from San Francisco to New York in their test car, ...
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An interesting presentation from a Lego engineer on some technical details of Lego constructions, and particularly on some of the odd ways that you can put Lego bricks together that aren't actually good for them.
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Heh - love the answers at the end too.
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PSA: Because it came up as an example in another thread and would have been derailing to point out there: If you want to be respectful of the poet himself, capitalize it as "E. E. Cummings."  He only rarely wrote it in all lower case, and never asked it to be written that way.
NOT "e. e. cummings" by Norman Friedman [Spring 1 (1992): 114-121]. It may at first seem of little import, but for a poet who paid such exacting attention to typography, it must be said once and for all that his name should be written and printed with the usual capital letters in their usual ...
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Funny, the one time I've ever thought about this was when I wrote it like this in an essay and was told by my English teacher that Cummings only ever used lower case and that I should respect that.

I guess this goes on the "shit I learned in highschool that wasn't true" along with "different areas on my tongue taste different things" and "I have five senses"
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The sort of ways that people express emotions in the formal academic writing of journal papers is often fascinating, especially when the the emotions are the awe and wonder of discovering something awesome and wonderful.  For instance, this example of spiderwebs linked from the recent XKCD "what if?" page:

"As an interagency team with expertise in arachnology, urban
entomology, and structural pest management, we were unprepared
for the sheer scale of the spider population and the extraordinary masses of ... webbing that blanketed much of the facility’s cavernous interior.  ... [The] visual impact of the spectacle was nothing less than astonishing."

If you can deal with the spiders, it's well worth reading.  The basic story is that a wastewater treatment plant produces midges in vast quantity, and then vast quantities of spiders (primarily of a couple of different species, both harmless to humans) eat the midges.  So in a way it's sort of a closed ecosystem with wastewater input.

Also there was a point made that spiders for various reasons are quite well-adapted to being first colonizers of new terrain such as results from volcanic eruptions or rockslides or whatnot -- and this terrain is ecologically very much like human-made buildings.
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+Theresa Mecklenborg, I must share.  You'll also want to ... well, it's The Toast, so the comment thread is all good, but the thread under the second comment -- with the gif of baby owls -- is particularly funny.  (+Suzanne Moses will also be amused by it, since she showed me the penguin picture referenced there a few minutes before I read this!)
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Not that I'm aware of, but stranger connections have certainly occurred!
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Wow....
This could be an April Fools’ joke. But it isn’t. In what can only be described as an ironic twist, the Indian Journal of Dermatology is retracting a paper that presents guidelines on plagiarism for…wait for it… Plagiarism. Here’s the notice: The article “Development of a guideline to approach plagiarism in Indian scenario” [1] is …
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Spelling error gets them again eh?
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The Millennium restaurant in San Francisco -- a 20-year-old institution doing vegan fine dining -- is closing at the end of April.  We are very sad, because we only just discovered it, and the food is outstandingly good.

But there's a new version opening!  The chef is planning to open a new version of the restaurant in north Oakland soon, and is doing a Kickstarter to raise the starter funds.  And they've way more than met their goal, which is very hopeful indeed.
Eric Tucker & Alison Bagby is raising funds for Millennium Restaurant Vegan Local Organic Sustainable on Kickstarter! Help Eric Tucker and Alison Bagby open Millennium in Rockridge!
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Valid point, +Ian Hickson, but it was far more convenient to et to, and still yummy.
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And the beer tastes even better
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