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CO Everywhere lets you draw on a map and immediately connect to the real-ti...
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Modern capitalism a la Calvin.
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The most un-aerodynamic thing about that boat is the pilot's head! 
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A Soviet nuclear missile base in Germany, now being reclaimed by nature. It's sometimes hard to believe how close that part of history is.
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If you think your vote doesn't count maybe this can change your mind.
 
Do you have an election plan?

If you are a U.S. Citizen, then there's an election coming up in just under two weeks – on Tuesday, November 6. Now, I bet that some of you are saying that you aren't sure if you're going to vote – aren't the candidates all the same? Is any of this stuff really going to make a difference?

If you're wondering about this, I found that there's a simple thing you can do to check if you really should vote or not. I'll bet that no matter how little you watch the news, there's some issue that's guaranteed to bring out the people who tick you off. The sort of issue that's the exact reason why you don't listen to the news. I want you to do something unusual for me.

Go open another tab in your browser, and go to your favorite social network or search engine. Now go do a search for something about that topic, the sort of search that will bring up people's opinions. Maybe that's as simple as searching for "Obama" or "Romney" or "socialism" or "abortion." But go over there, and check to see if you can find one spectacular jerk out there, saying the sort of thing that makes you lose all faith in humanity.

That jerk? He or she cares a lot about the issue. In fact, that person almost certainly cares enough to vote, and come November 6th, that jackass is going to be out there at a ballot box. I'll bet you can guess how they're going to vote on at least one issue.

So here's the special prize I'm offering you: Pick that one jackass, and save a link to their post. Now on November 6th, if you go out and vote, you can cancel out that jackass' vote. You don't have to vote for anything; you can just go to the polls, and make sure that this particular jackass' vote ends up not counting. And if you feel like it, on the afternoon of November 6th, you can even go back to that post and let them know what you did. Or you can just hold that fact in your heart, that you managed to undo all of this person's efforts to vote in some utter lunatic.

Doesn't that feel good?

But OK, maybe you've decided to vote. Have you got a plan? Do you know what you're going to do that day, or maybe a few days in advance if you can do early voting, or vote absentee?

Here's my plan: My polling place is at St. Timothy's Church in Mountain View, at the corner of Grant and Sleeper. (It's on the sample ballot my state sent me) I'm planning on getting up 15 minutes early that day, driving down to the polling place before work to vote, and then stopping off for a cup of coffee on the way in to work.

What's your plan? Are you going to vote absentee, vote early, vote on the day itself? Do you know how you're going to get to the polls? Do you need help getting there? (If you call up the campaign office of one of the candidates, they'll often help you get a ride if you need one!)

Remember: You're not just voting. You're making sure that at least one jackass out there fails at being a jackass, for one important day. Isn't that worth it?

Also: If you want to check your local election information, or get summaries of the things that are going to be on your ballot, try smartvoter.org. It's a nonpartisan site that gives you pointers to local election info.
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Known errors: Generally inconsistent sourcing. This chart was made in 2004, and Wikipedia was treated as a primary source. Hyperion is also a Titan. Missing Priapus, and several others. Missing Amphit...
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A very interesting look at an old technology that in some ways is better than our modern equivalent.

Wire rope power transmission systems did, and still can, out perform electricity and other systems over distances up to several kilometers. The key is the lack of energy conversion, which is where most inefficiencies come from, even in modern electrical systems. 
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This just happened behind my apartment building. #sandy  
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+Marc Cohen 's presentation about Google Cloud compute given at the @hackreduce meetup in Cambridge, MA, last night. Very interesting stuff with a lot of potential. Now I need to find an excuse to use all that computing power!
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A trail through Germany that visits the original settings for the Brothers Grimm's fairytales. 
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