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Former Mythbusters build team Kari, Grant, and Tory are headed back to TV in the new Netflix science series The White Rabbit Project.
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Thought of the day - Belongingness
I was talking with an "old friend" here on G+, last week about "...the need to belong to a certain community or group."
I am actually interested in the science behind that.

So what, exactly, is the need to belong?
Belongingness, refers to a human emotional need to affiliate with and be accepted by members of a group. This may include the need to belong to a peer group at school, to be accepted by co-workers, to be part of an athletic team and to be part of a church group, or to be part of a community/group here on G+. It involves more than simply being acquainted with other people. It is instead centered on gaining acceptance, attention and support from members of the group as well as providing the same attention to other members.

So, for me, I have to say that I don't have that need. Not interested to be accepted in groups or communities and frankly I like to be reckless and break the rules. Most of the people are boring and honestly I'm not interested to share ideas or brainbridges with them.
Some minds are simplistic and simply not my type of "neurolust".
But let's get back to belongingness before everyone thinks I'm full of myself ;)

In social psychology, the need to belong is an intrinsic motivation to affiliate with others and be socially accepted. This need plays a role in a number of social phenomena such as self-presentation and social comparison. This need to belong to a group can also lead to changes in behaviors, beliefs and attitudes as people strive to conform to the standards and norms of the group.

For example, people often present themselves in a particular way in order to belong to a specific social group, and I've seen this here on G+. It's a bit boneless I'd say. I see it as some boring personal form of advertising...but that's just me.

People will also spend a great deal of time comparing themselves to other members of the group in order to determine how well they fit in. This social comparison might lead an individual to adopt some of the same behaviors and attitudes of the most prominent members of the group in order to conform and gain greater acceptance. 
That's also flamingo sh*t. I mean, come on!!! adopting someone else's behavior and attitude is idiotic. Use your friggin' brain and be yourself!

Why the Need to Belong Is an Important Motivator?
Oh that's simple...by belonging to a group, we feel as if we are a part of something bigger and more important than ourselves. 

Here's the question:
Do you belong to a group/community here on G+? and if you do belong to a G+ group, why did you joined?

Reference:
http://scholar.harvard.edu/marianabockarova/files/need_to_belong.pdf

#personalnonsense   #belongingness   #humans   #emotionalneed   #psychology  
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"If not for these disclosures, we would be worse off. Yes, there are laws on the books that say one thing, but that is perhaps why the pardon power exists."
"Things that may seem unlawful on a page... these were vital things."
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It'll be neat to see how this test goes.
Mozilla launched the new Test Pilot add-on No More 404s yesterday on the official Test Pilot website.
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Philosophical discussion for today: Why is it ETFs instead of ETsF?
 
Looking for ETFs? Get ideas using our screener. Take a look at 5 popular screens here: http://go.fidelity.com/vnya
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The latest Tilt Brush update is pretty damn cool.
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Too much inequality and too few natural resources could leave the West vulnerable to a Roman Empire-style fall.
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A bit odd that NASA would be interested in history and civilizations. However, its unfortunately true. The inequality of how resources are divided into people is quite staggering as pointed out by the 1% > 99% protests. 
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Fascinating. 

Eventually, officials deployed the robot to gain a closer view of Bunge’s hideout. The camera showed him on his stomach, with his rifle at his feet, Ewell said.

To seize the firearm, they hatched a plan that relied on distractions. Deputies in an armored vehicle approached to the front of Bunge, yelling at him through a public address system to surrender. A helicopter whirred overhead.

From behind, the olive-colored robot approached and extended its claw into Bunge’s hideout.

"The robot was able to move up and grab the gun without him noticing,” Ewell said. “He never knew it happened.”

Deputies quickly reversed the robot and recovered the gun. Then, they sent the device back to the berm and had the robot grab the wire fencing, exposing Bunge’s hiding spot.

"He only realized the gun was gone when the robot returned to pull down the wire,” Ewell said. 

Bunge surrendered immediately.
An hours-long standoff in the darkness of the high desert came to a novel end when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies used a robot to stealthily snatch a rifle from an attempted murder suspect, authorities said Thursday.
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The story was tough to read, though very well-written, but the comments on HN that expand on the subject are downright devastating.

Also TIL: fentanyl and how/why it can wreak havoc.

Damn... 
My twenty one year old daughter died two months ago. A young policeman came to my door. It was the first time he had to do the job mentioned in the article and he did it very well. I have very little memory of those first few hours. I now know what it is to be insane. I was so disconnected from ...
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ISO Chronicles of Narnia codes (I don't have any Narnia movies yet, and I don't use iTunes.)

Please comment and send HO with which Narnia code you have and how much $ you'd like for it.

Thanks!
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I do have prince Caspian XML code. You have to redeem it in iTunes with the disc workaround. It does port to your other providers that are linked in your dma account though.
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Reminder: life would be dull if nothing ever went wrong
 
Actually, a fair point. If we didn't have problems, what sort of boring lives would we live?

http://owlturd.com/post/148394620919/like-a-springboard-image-twitter-facebook
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LOL, yeah. Do something challenging and you'll get a lot of these moments.
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Work
Occupation
Software Engineer; Web Developer; IT Specialist; Geek of All Trades
Skills
JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Perl, Ruby, PHP, Python, C++, Java, XML, XSLT, VB.NET, C#, Dust, SASS, Bash shell, sed, awk, grep, regular expressions, SEO, Microformats, oEmbed, RSS, Atom, SVN, Git, Git-flow, Semver, GNU/Linux, copyleft, FLOSS
Employment
  • Fidelity Investments
    Sr. JavaScript Web Developer, 2013 - present
  • Parker Innovations
    Founder, 2006 - present
  • American Student Assistance
    Sr. Web Developer, 2012 - 2013
  • Iron Mountain Incorporated
    UI Developer, 2011 - 2012
  • Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
    Programmer, 2009 - 2010
  • Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
    Web Developer, 2009 - 2009
  • Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.
    Sr. Business Analyst, Web Developer, 2006 - 2009
  • Dr. Dan's Integrative Pet Hospital
    IT Director, Web Developer, 2006 - 2007
  • BancTec
    Level 1 PC Technician, 2006 - 2006
  • Northern Essex Community College
    Peer Tutor, 2005 - 2006
  • L-3 Communications (Security & Detection Systems)
    Software Engineer, 2004 - 2005
  • L-3 Communications (Security & Detection Systems)
    Systems Engineer, 2003 - 2004
  • L-3 Communications (Security & Detection Systems)
    Technical Writer, 2003 - 2003
  • L-3 Communications (Security & Detection Systems)
    Technician, 2002 - 2003
  • Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
    Web Developer, 2001 - 2002
  • Youth Tech Entrepreneurs
    Coder, 2000 - 2000
  • Youth Tech Entrepreneurs
    Web Business Project Manager, 2000 - 2000
  • Massachusetts Department of Education
    Assistant Web Administrator, 1999 - 2000
  • Employment Resources, Inc.
    Employee, 1999 - 1999
  • Imaging Technologies
    Printer Technician, 1998 - 1998
  • Youth Tech Entrepreneurs
    Web Business Co-founder, 2000 - 2000
Places
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Currently
Malden, MA
Previously
Haverhill, MA - Everett, MA - Lynn, MA - Revere, MA - Quincy, MA
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I <3 JavaScript
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¡CUIDADO! Don't take me seriously. Except for when I'm serious.

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Personal Interests
  • Somewhat of a Google "fanboy" since The Year Two Thousand.
  • Good without god(s); agnostic atheist, with appreciations for:
    • The philosophy of Yeshua ben Yosef, of Nazareth (without the Yahweh/Jehovah part)
    • Daoism
    • Thelema
    • Norse mythology
    • Greek mythology
    • Buddhism
    • Anton LaVey is my homeboy \m/
  • Politics: Libertarian. Anarchist. Socialist. Voluntaryist. Egalitarian.
    • The philosophy of Yeshua ben Yosef, of Nazareth (without the Yahweh/Jehovah part)
    • My Test Results:
    • Like Stephen Colbert, I don't see skin color. I also don't see hair color, eye color, nationality, race, heritage, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual preference, handicap, disability, weight, height, or any other purely circumstantial aspect of an individual. I just see people; namely, their personalities and their decisions.
      • Everyone deserves a chance. Discrimination of any form is not allowed in my stream. If I see it, I'll block it. (This includes <circumstantial characteristic>-only events, fundraisers, charities, etc.! One demographic is no more deserving than any other.)
  • Science-based interests include (and I would like to have PhDs in)...
    • Astrophysics
    • Psychoanalysis
    • Neuropsychiatry
    • Computer science
  • Organizations I support (financially as well as philosophically)
    • Free Software Foundation
    • Electronic Frontier Foundation
    • Wikimedia Foundation
    • Free State Project
    • American Civil Liberties Union
    • Freedom From Religion Foundation
    • Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
    • Center for Inquiry
    • James Randi Educational Foundation
    • NORML

Professional Interests
  • Target Career Venues (aka "Dream Jobs") in pseudo-random order:
    • Google
    • Bocoup
    • GitHub
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • VALVe
    • Harmonix
    • Bethesda
    • Square Enix
    • Myself

Bio from Facebook (to be assimilated)

I have over ten years of experience in various Web development roles using a myriad of Web-based technologies, ranging from client side technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to server side technologies such as Perl, PHP, Python, and Java. I'm also fully capable as a DBA, having amateur and professional experience with RDBMSes such as Oracle 9i/11g, IBM DB2, MySQL, and PostgreSQL. I've also served in several IT roles as system administrator and network architect, both in professional and amateur environments. I work well on both small and large teams, and I have experience with multiple types of development process management, such as the more traditional "waterfall" approach as well as newer agile methods, such as XP and Scrum.

Proud father and husband. JavaScript junkie (for hire). Free software advocate. All around cool guy.

Need to get something off your chest or confide in someone? I'm your man.

I'm a bit of a hodgepodge. I don't adhere to any one specific teaching or school of thought. In the past, I've used labels to help define who I am. Now, I'm just me. Accept me or not, I change for myself and myself alone.

Other bios of mine:


PSN Online ID: cparker15
Xbox Live Gamertag: cparker15
Wii Number: 6773 0121 7596 5883
Bragging rights
Married, Two kids, Three cats, A house, Two cars, A crapton of debt. Ordained minister in two separate churches.
Education
  • Northern Essex Community College
    Computer Science, 2003 - 2006
  • Bunker Hill Community College
    Computer Science, 2001 - 2003
  • Malden High School
    1997 - 2001
    Grades 9 - 12
  • Malden Middle School
    1995 - 1997
    Grades 7, 8
  • Belmont Elementary School
    1994 - 1995
    Grade 6
  • Lincoln Elementary School
    1989 - 1994
    Grades 1 - 5
  • A Drewicz Elementary School
    1988 - 1989
    Kindergarten
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Chris, Parker, Bob, Spidey
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TeamViewer for Remote Control - Android Apps on Google Play
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Making Pageant automatically load keys on startup
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Keep your Chrome bookmarks on Windows up to date with the Safari bookmarks on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Nearby Monkey - Android Apps on Google Play
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See Nearby Monkeys around you.This is an app to show off the Nearby Messages API for Google Play Services.

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The old Hancock Weather Beacon, a Boston landmark that brightens the Back Bay in summer time.

LampShade.io for Hue &amp; LIFX - Android Apps on Google Play
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Attended Kids Con NE at Holiday Inn over the weekend. Overall, it was a nice venue. My only complaints: The air conditioning could have been better and the main entrance/drop-off area was overrun with motorcycles. A popular biker destination should have ample parking specifically for motorcycles.
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