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Here's what Saudi Arabia looks like (looking eastward from the west of Riyadh about 30 km).  We went out to the "red sands" to have a BBQ.
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Breathtakingly austere.
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A worthy cause indeed.
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Today is the Short North Neighborhood Yard Sale, just in time for our "Yes we are moving internationally again clean out spectacular!"
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Fascinating article about using distance education (includig Moodle) to help a persecuted minority obtain learning and degrees.
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Fascinating comparison of energy policies between the United States, the world's biggest buyer of oil, and nations in the Middle East, the world's biggest sellers of oil.

"Arab leaders—the people most dependent on oil money—also talk of fossil fuels in language that is hard to conceive of coming from Republican lawmakers or presidential candidates. “The oil era is definitely dwindling and coming to an end,” Khaled Toukan, Jordan’s minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, told the ClimateWire news service last year. “All countries of the world are now seeking alternative sources of energy.”"
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Merely hard to conceive of?
http://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/uae-can-loom-large-on-climate-change#full
Quote: The lead Saudi climate negotiator, Mohammed al Sabban, told Reuters this year that ... the kingdom would seek international aid to help it adapt to a future without fossil fuels.
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Halfway through Power Searching with Google, their foray into MOOC, and I aced (100% on the first try) the mid-term assessment.  Perhaps it was a little easy.  I do plan to finish the course and look forward to more expert tips. So far, I've utilized all the things mentioned in the class before, although never consistently, and being reminded of them in this class is probably a good thing.
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I'm in the middle of taking the "Power Searching with Google" class (http://www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com/class?class=1&lesson=5) and I found it amusing that the host couldn't admit that hashtags were made popular by Twitter, to be followed shortly later by an emphasize on how to search Google+ space.  This is even more amusing because in an earlier video with the Google Engineer, +Matt Cutts, he claims that Google takes its objectivity seriously.  Word to the wise: it's examples like this that undercut your objectivity.
Otherwise, I'm finding the class interesting, and just the right amount of video to activity balance, with a good balance of covering the basics to moving towards advanced knowledge.  Looking forward to continuing it.
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Good point, +Michelle Hoyle. I guess what I was thinking is that symbols are useful terms, and a search engine that could use those to find pages in which they exist would have an advantage.  Easy ones like the yen, British pound, and euro ones, especially, as that would indicate prices and products, and would be more likely to result in pages where advertising would be appropriate.
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A new blog post with a review of Robert Lacey's Inside the Kingdom.
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And thanks to the point to the Crossroads blog--very interesting, and will be helpful as I strive to learn more about the culture I'm moving into!
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Had an old hardcopy of this, so I'm putting it here to remember it.
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A good review for all of us. Had to chuckle a few times. Gushing is the worst offense I think and also the most common.
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"Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony."
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Thanks for this, Glen.
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  • American University
    Creative Writing, 1998 - 2001
  • Colorado State University
    Arts & Humanities, 1992 - 1993
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