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A cheerful Listicle for your Saturday :). I'm off to row a boat...

http://www.boredpanda.com/modern-word-combinations-urban-dictionary/

My favorite? Destinesia, because I really, really do that all the time.
When languages evolve, it's important that scholars and dictionaries keep up. The internet has spawned a new crop of words for stuff, and while you may not like all of them, some of them are really clever combos that seem like they might actually be useful!
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The destinesia thing is interesting. Recently, I was listening so some podcasts with this year's Nobel Prize winners. The problem is, according to scientists who study this kind of thing, is that we go through a door. No, a real door. The rectangular opening kind of thing.

Anyways, we form a thought and that thought is tied to a location, the one we are in when we form that thought. As soon as we pass through a door to a different location, we unhook from that thought.

It also helps to explain why the memory "trick" of keying things to a "building" and the "rooms" in that building can help us to remember a lot of things that have no physical reference in our real world.

Destinesia: it's real! 😃
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Hey local Seattle ladies in STEM:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shes-geeky-seattle-2015-april-24-25-tickets-16141513702?ref=ecount

It's a STEM "unConference" at a local rowing club. How could you not :)?
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I haven't done a #rowing post for a few milliseconds right? I haven't posted much publicly lately that wasn't a link to an article or something moderately inflammatory. But I was going through the contact info sheet for our crew team earlier and got a little bit sappy. (Pic is from Seattle PI covering last May's Windermere Regatta.)

Our team consists of clinic directors, attorneys, programmers, artists, researchers, teachers, nurses, several different types of engineers, sales/marketing folks, and bankers from: CA, MA, MT, PA, VA, FL, TX, WV, The Netherlands, Japan, KS, OR, NJ, WI, WA, and Washington D.C. We almost all live in different neighborhoods and have different perspectives that make the social aspect of our club fun and enlightening. BUT.

None of it matters even a little bit when we get out on the water. In that boat, we listen to our coaches, our coxwains, and our boat. We follow the pace set by the stroke seat -- yeah, her, the retired grandmother from Spokane with stamina that won't quit. You can't see where you're going, only where you've been. There are no words from the other rowers, only their grunts and the "thunk...thunk" of the oars as they tip into place above the water. It. Is. Beautiful. It is hard work and it is painful at times, but I wish everyone could feel the elation of a well-synchronized crew. Holy crap. I want to go right now!
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For the science-minded folks following me. Job is in Palo Alto, CA. 
 
We're hiring! +Science Exchange is looking for someone to lead and turbo-charge our customer experience team, which focuses on helping researchers and labs successfully use our marketplace.

Here is the listing:
https://www.scienceexchange.com/jobs?gh_jid=45363
Our mission is to improve the quality and efficiency of scientific research by promoting collaboration between scientists using market-based incentives.
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!!! Also SUPER SAD that it's only in Puerto Rico to start. Would so be on board with this. I am full of links today.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/14/googles_project_ara_modular_smartphone_launching_this_year/
Too bad you'll have to be in Puerto Rico to get one
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I should've known that most of the information coming through the US press would've been slanted. ‹headdesk›

I still don't trust that Google puts users ahead of the government when they are chasing major $€£¥ contracts.
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What's YOUR greatest fear?

Mine is a toss up between several things, but it's not public speaking, that's for sure!

http://deep-dark-fears.tumblr.com/ 
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Spiders.
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Went to order lunch at Jimmy John's website and found this:

https://www.jimmyjohns.com/datasecurityincident/

None of the stores I go to was affected, but there are four others in WA on this list.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jimmy John's Notifies Customers of Payment Card Security Incident CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (September 24, 2014) – On July 30, 2014, Jimmy John's learned of a possible security incident involving credit and debit card data at some of Jimmy John's stores and franchised locations.
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Sign 'o the times. 😞
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A documentary worth backing, I think.

"Fight for Space is a documentary film that explores the history of the US Space Program, the NASA budget, and the future."  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/420606009/fight-for-space-nasa-and-human-spaceflight-finishi
Paul Hildebrandt is raising funds for Fight for Space: NASA & Space Exploration Doc, Final Push on Kickstarter! Fight for Space is a documentary film that explores the history of the US Space Program, the NASA budget, and the future.
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Man. After watching a moving PBS special about Walter Cronkite's coverage of the JFK assassination, this article is particularly poignant. A rare public post from me.

https://medium.com/@hankgreen/holy-shit-i-interviewed-the-president-fa3e8fb44d16
Bethany Mota, Glozell Green, and I got an opportunity that a lot of people don’t think we deserved.
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Nails it.
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It is very hard not to rant and rave about the dangers of religion after reading about an event like this. All I'll say is that I hope the families of those killed can find peace someday. #charliehebdo  

http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/jan/07/shooting-paris-satirical-magazine-charlie-hebdo
Live updates as gunmen on the run after attacking offices of French magazine
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If you search on Twitter for #jesuischarlie  there is a lot of posting and a lot of great tributes from other cartoonists from all around the world.
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Out at dinner. Table has crayons. Decided to draw our Lord and savior, Jibbers Crabst. Thanks to +Matthew Inman​​ for spreading the good word XD.... 
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Lol I totally loved that video!!
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Science, computer, video game, and board game nerd. Knitter and hooker. Coxswain and occasional bow seat.

"The word 'atheist,' meaning 'no God,' is negative and defeatist. It says what you don’t believe and puts you in an eternal position of defense. 'Rationalism' on the other hand states what you DO believe; that, that which can be understood in the light of reason." -- Issac Assimov

"...Humanists believe that human beings produced the progressive advance of human society and also the ills that plague it. They believe that if the ills are to be alleviated, it is humanity that will have to do the job. They disbelieve in the influence of the supernatural on either the good or the bad of society, on either its ills or the alleviation of those ills." -- Issac Assimov

"Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.” -- Christopher Hitchens
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