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Beware, Blue Bell addicts.

#icecream   #recall  
 
BREAKING: NBC 5 has confirmed all Blue Bell products are being pulled from shelves at several grocery store chains across Texas.
Details: http://trib.al/hWcEqZQ
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Cc +Terence Towles Canote & any other #film fans...
 
Wow! These "sums" actually quantify an aspect of these films - "the look" - that I always knew was there but could never actually articulate.

Via +Yonatan Zunger
I watched 50 westerns and compressed them into single frames of form and light.
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The fun continues.

#affleck
Affleck -- and America -- might do well to adopt Paxton's attitude on what the past can teach us about today.
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My 15yo will watch Parks and Recreation on Netflix under his name (my account, my TV). I only occasionally watch it with him. I don't tweet about it, talk about it (until now), take pictures of it, yet this is what I see on my twitter stream today.

By what mechanism is twitter accessing this information and suggesting that I follow the show and stars on it?
Is it some giant database of streamed information or is my streaming player listening to the environment and selling the info to the world? And why does twitter have this? How do they benefit if I follow these people?
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People whine about G+ sometimes, but you can't argue with #astronaut updates.

#ISS #spacestation
 
L+145-L+147: Logbook

Well, the big news of the past few days is of course that Dragon has arrived! It’s always very special to watch a vehicle approach Station.

As big as ISS is, this human outpost in space is only a tiny speck of metal in the vastness of Low Earth Orbit: and yet on Friday morning, as Terry and I monitored from the Cupola, a cargo ship from Earth found us and came knocking at our door. 

I enjoyed watching Dragon getting bigger and bigger, as continents and oceans passed by beneath, but I also consciously tried to detach myself from the romantics of it all to remain focused on my main task ahead: operating the robotic arm to capture Dragon.

It’s something I have practiced hundreds of times on the simulator, mostly with the virtual vehicle moving around a lot more than a real Dragon usually does, but doing it for real is of course quite different:  let’s say that it’s one of those situations when it doesn’t take much to become very famous for all the wrong reasons!

Fortunately everything went well and, after capture, the ground team took control of the arm to slowly berth Dragon to Node 2 nadir – it’s now basically an extra room just outside our crew quarters. On Friday I performed the vestibule leak check. As you might remember, the vestibule is that space between the berthed vehicle and the ISS, a little corridor that is formed when the two are joined. Before we open the hatch of ISS we need to make sure that the vestibule is not leaking, hence we pressurize a little, to ca. 260 mmHg, and then verify the pressure again after a certain interval of time. Vestibule passed the leak check, then Scott and I opened the ISS hatch and worked a couple of hours on getting the vestibule ready, mainly removing components that are not needed while Dragon is berthed and are in the way of… opening the Dragon hatch!

Scott and Terry opened the Dragon hatch yesterday morning and that was the beginning of a weekend of intense work, getting out urgent cargo and starting the science activities, many of which are on a very tight schedule due to degradation of samples as time passes.

As soon as the big bags were out of the Dragon center volume, my task was to retrieve a new Kubik, the stand-alone centrifuge-incubators I mentioned in the last logbook, (https://plus.google.com/+SamanthaCristoforetti/posts/fyeELbtxCjt) and get it setup and configured to support two cell biology experiments, Cytospace and NATO, both of which started yesterday afternoon and will continue autonomously for a few days, when it will be time to remove the experiment containers from Kubik and put them in the freezer, waiting for return to Earth for analysis.

Cytospace, as the name suggests, looks at the cellular cytoskeleton, the structures within the cell that give it its shape. How does microgravity affect the shape of the cell? And, most importantly, how do changes in the cell shape affect gene expression? This sounds like a complicated concept, but in the end it simply means that the shape of the cell, which is changed by microgravity, likely affects the way the cell does its job. And we’re really interested in understanding this better because… well, we’re made of cells and what happens in the cells determines what happens in our body as a whole. And vice versa, what we observe in entire systems of our body, for example in term of bone loss or impairment of the immune system, can be explained by changes at the level of the cell.

Next time I’ll talk to you about NATO!

Futura mission website (Italian): Avamposto42
avamposto42.esa.int

#SamLogbook +futura42 

(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di +AstronautiNEWS
qui: http://www.astronautinews.it/tag/logbook

(Trad FR) Traduction en français par +Anne Cpamoa ici: https://spacetux.org/cpamoa/category/traductions/logbook-samantha

(Trad ES) Tradducción en español por +Carlos Lallana Borobio
aqui: http://laesteladegagarin.blogspot.com.es/search/label/SamLogBook

(Trad DE)  Deutsch von http://www.logbuch-iss.de
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And updates from NASA as well! G+ is where I get all of my news from NASA. :-)
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Today in History: Webcrawler Became First Search Engine to Examine Full Text of Web Pages, 1994
On April 20, 1994 — 21 years ago today — Webcrawler became the first search engine to crawl full pages of text on the Web. At first, the engine only had 4,000 websites in its database and it was initially designed only as a desktop program. The engine was developed by Brian Pinkerton, a computer science engineering student at the University of Washington, in his spare time. Brian’s fellow students encouraged Brian to build a web interface for his program, and so he did and released the online version on this day in 1994 (see his introduction message in attached image).

Before Webcrawler, the few search engines available only stored a URL, a site or page title, and possibly up to 100 words. Webcrawler was written to index every word on a web page, and its comprehensiveness led to its use crashing the University of Washington’s computer network. American Online (AOL) bought Webcrawler about a year after Brian launched it. AOL sold it to Excite on April 1, 1997. After Excite went bankrupt, Infospace bought Webcrawler in 2001 and has owned it ever since. Over time, Webcrawler transitioned to a “metasearch engine” that provides a composite of search results from Google, Bing, and other less popular search engines.

YouTube videos:
•Brief presentation by Brian Pinkerton of LucidWorks Enterprise [nothing to do with Webcrawler but to get a sense of Brian] (length 03:47). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XB4qX9fq4U

Web sources:
http://www.thinkpink.com/bp/webcrawler/history.html
https://bobbydotseo.wordpress.com/webcrawler-1994/
http://www.searchenginejournal.com/webcrawler-search-engine-turns-10-years-old/468/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianpinkerton
http://www.thehistoryofseo.com/The-Industry/Short_History_of_Early_Search_Engines.aspx
http://www.salientmarketing.com/seo-resources/search-engine-history/webcrawler.html
http://www.searchenginehistory.com/
https://plus.google.com/112402135306018173541/about [nothing much here]

Book sources:
The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591841410/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1591841410&linkCode=as2&tag=historyknowledge-20&linkId=KCBYL7JNZ3SPQF5G

Image credits:
•Top Left: Original Webcrawler logo.
•Top Right: Brian Pinkerton, Webcrawler creator. http://www.hortongroup.com/blog/history-of-seo
•Bottom: Text of Announcement of Webcrawler. http://www.thinkpink.com/bp/webcrawler/UWCSAnnouncement.txt

#history #searchengines #webcrawler
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It shows just how long I've been on the Web that I remember Webcrawler...
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Qualities of a good manager, according to Google's internal data:

1. Is a good coach 
2. Empowers the team and does not micromanage (See the sidebar “How Google Defines One Key Behavior”) 
3. Expresses interest in and concern for team members’ success and personal well-being 
4. Is productive and results-oriented 
5. Is a good communicator—listens and shares information 
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7. Has a clear vision and strategy for the team 
8. Has key technical skills that help him or her advise the team
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#batmanvssuperman vs #humor
And only one will survive... My money's on humor...
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HONESTLY? :P ..wow that was WAY FAST!
#DC  
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Great example of how technology can be successfully implemented in schools. Notice it's numerous factors involved - no one thing can alone influence the complete, intended outcome.
Located just south of downtown Seattle, the Kent School District (KSD) is certainly unique. It’s the fourth-largest school system in the state of Washington; it’s one of the most diverse… Read More
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I'm not changing my profile photo back until you prove that magic is not involved.
P.S. "Cut of one's jib" ≠ "magic"
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If you don't like the six things, don't tell me, tell the folks who talked to Gallup.
One-quarter of US college grads are not thriving.
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See, what I was looking for? "Binge drinking," "Loss of virginity," "First acid trip," stuff like that. But then, I went to college in a different time.

I know, I am failing to take this seriously. But I am kind of serious. How can I be such a proponent of gap years and my daughter completely ignored my advice? Oh, right, she's 18. I probably should have insisted that she go away to university...
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How you perform under pressure depends on how you think you'll perform.
Gain some ground before an interview by thinking about your best negotiating skill. Research has shown it helps boost performance.
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Seeking conversations about education, teaching & learning, and edtech. Also into classic TV, movies, sci-fi, and comics. I talk a little about politics and a little about race, because education and pop culture are full of both. But I try not to repeat conversations I had online back in the '90s or face-to-face before that. You'll figure it out.

I'm a college lecturer (adjunct) using real name for most activities, and several screen names that arose because of multiple accounts in different spaces that said to pick a user name. A couple of those names stuck and it's easier just to keep them. I live in "unremitting beta" around teaching, learning, and technology. Overall, I also seem to be "awaiting moderation" (thanks to +Meg Tufano for the phrase as it applies to humans). I continue to learn a lot (one hopes) from Howard Rheingold's own study of social media. He shares most of it and you could do worse. You may want to read Howard's book Net Smart for more, or just take an online class with him.

In the fall, I teach a first-year transition course that seems to go through a top-down, significant change every couple of years. Current theme for my class is Technology & Society, go figure. My life lesson so far: Happy classes of freshmen are all alike. Each unhappy class is unhappy in its own way. (Thank you, Mr. Tolstoy!)

I have also taught an intro technology class, basic computer architecture, and a 200-level class called Cyberdemocracy that is a work in progress, but strives to have participants "become their own historians" as they consider the US political process over time, through various technology lenses.

My social media time & emphasis:
  • Google+: Most time, most emphasis, most in-depth conversations. "Best" PLN for my edtech & social media interests. This is the online space that feeds & fulfills me. I have a G+ academic presence too (campus logo & no hoodie in that profile image) that is more for support of my classes and less about my personal interests.
  • Facebook: Real-life friends & family who may not be using other social media. It's FB or no contact with some of them. They know what a phone is but they don't use it to talk. ;-) Also, I like to observe what some businesses & education types think they should be doing on FB. (Lookin' at you, ISTE and New Media Consortium.)
  • Twitter: Second-best for my edtech & social media interests. Best for short exchanges. PLN overlaps but is not the same as G+ PLN. Some tweeps don't like G+ and some G+ers don't like Twitter.
  • Blog writing/commenting: Sigh... Can I use the "writer's block" excuse? I do comment frequently under a screen name (so I can have a life elsewhere) but rarely write full posts anymore.

I have other interests. My positions on most issues will be apparent if I've posted more than one item. (Sometimes I just share a stand-alone item to generate conversation.) Most of what I share here is "Public" with a smattering of "Private."

Credit to +Gregor McNish for the phrase "a sea of changing affordances" in my tagline.

Update, May 22, 2014: Meg (see above) has inspired a metaphor adjustment because we educators may be like the classic frog in the slowly heating pot: Boiling the Titanic.
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