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Hooray for Memorial Day sales plus 18 months free financing!
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They look nice!
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This is fascinating. I don't think bonobos get enough press.
 
Did you know that bonobos can build a fire (and roast marshmallows), give a haircut, play video games? It amazed me how smart they are.
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My Hack Days project for the day: turn a pile of wood and some screws into an aquarium hood. 
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The fact is that the House GOP has done more to slow any recovery and curtail any progress over the past 3.5 years than any possible Obama"failing". Now the GOP is trying to get anti-science, anti-progress, anti-Enlightenment (as in what brought Europe out of the Dark Ages) candidates elected at all levels of government.
 
Tell me again how the president has done absolutely nothing to help the job situation or economy because he's evil.

But seriously. I see this from both parties when either party is in the house. There are three branches of government, not one. Criticize a man for his policies if you like, but not also for the failure of an entire system. It bothers me when people act as though the president is the only one responsible for both successes and failures. 'Obama didn't do enough to help [thing]!' Consider the words of Republican Mitch McConnell: 'The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.' Let's just remember how government works before chucking around blame (and that goes for anyone, despite this comic obviously leaning a certain way).
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+Ivan Heffner says, Science does not preclude magic, but you ... do not get a pass to include magic.

That is what I said, essentially.

There is far more evidence to preclude magic from any natural process, and zero to support the hypothesis that magic exists.

Actually, no, there is zero evidence to preclude "magic."  Literally zero.  Because even if you can have a hypothesis that shows how something could happen without "magic" -- even if you could explain all the forces we currently don't understand, and show how they all can happen through purely natural means -- there's still no evidence that there necessarily wasn't a supernatural force at play in some way.

I think what you simply mean is that we have good theories that do not require "magic," and no good theories that require it (or even take it into serious consideration).  And again, that is what I said, essentially.  Science is about the natural, and the supernatural is literally outside what science is suitable for explaining.


Declaring life and/or evolution a "supernatural" phenomena is a cop-out

No, in fact, it's not.  I mean, it could be for some people, of course.  But that's not meaningful.  If you've studied it and come to that conclusion, how could it be a "cop-out"?

Frankly, calling it a "cop-out" is a cop-out.


Any explanation that relies on the supernatural is, by definition, unscientific.

Yes, which is what I said.  However, that is obviously an uninteresting claim, because not all valuable knowledge is scientific, nor is all truth scientifically explainable.

The most obvious example is the scientific method itself.  The scientific method is absolutely outside of the realm of science, and firmly in the realm of epistemology and other branches of philosophy.  We need to talk about Descartes and reliability of the senses and what is truly real, and the rational vs. the chaotic, and all this other stuff that science can inform, but cannot seriously theorize about.

So the scientific method -- the reasons behind why we use it, and why we rely on it, and so on -- is, in fact, unscientific.


Science relies on evidence and the supernatural explains without evidence.

No, that's not true, either.  Science relies on physical evidence in the natural world.  There's other types of evidence, such as philosophical argument (which, again, helps give us the scientific method itself).
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Shiny!

This is a pretty amazing build.
 
This is Serenity.  The ship from Firefly, full Minifig scale, a LEGO MOC by Adrian Drake of Ohio. It is seven feet long, weighs 135lbs, is made of 70,000 bricks and took 21 months to build. Total build time 475 hours. It has all of the compartments of the original set except the engine room, which he said he could not make while maintaining structural integrity. The cargo bay and firefly drive both light up, the shuttle detaches and wings swing out, and both engines rotate fully.  It debuted today at Brickfair in Chantilly, Virginia, and was pretty much the talk of the show. Mr. Blake only had to buy $800 worth of bricks for this build because his collection was so extensive that it covered the rest. I

Adrian's Flickr Photostream, which will apparently include many much better photos than these, is below.  It also includes a great Serenity logo subtitled "Oh no you di'n't!  Oh yes I did.  See you at Brickfair."  Adrian is quite a tease...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brickfrenzy/
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There are not enough pluses in the world for this.
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Wow. While the criticism of people who say gays aren't welcome is valid, the revisionism here is bizarre. Guys who do the things he said are hurt in the draft, for example. All the time.
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Pretty cool video. Can you figure out how they did it? If not, take a look at this:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/11/10/164817715/finnish-underwater-ice-fishing-mystery-finally-solved
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I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope — I hope you pass those along to your employees. Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I think that will figure into their election decision, their voting decision and of course doing that with your family and your kids as well.

http://youtu.be/ucuMHuVlIW0?t=26m44s
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I'm not justifying anything Mr. Romney said, but, depending on the location and circumstances, it might not be illegal: http://www.workplacefairness.org/retaliationpolitical?agree=yes#1
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I stumbled on the solution to my issue of "no more podcasts in iOS6 Music app": Tell Siri to play the smart playlist. Seriously. Go to the Music app to play the smart playlist and it is empty. Tell Siri "Play playlist 'Unplayed Podcasts'" and "she" complies. Also, my other music playlist with lots of "song of the day" podcast episodes now can play those missing tracks as well. Thanks, Siri!

#iOS6 #siri
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My new phone arrived nice and early today. HUGE upgrade from the 3GS with a flakey battery + a 3G with no useable apps. Quick run-down: significantly lighter than the 4S and noticeably thinner. Also, it looks like I've got LTE at home, which confuses me as AT&T's coverage map doesn't indicate that there is any LTE in the greater Seattle area. Turning off WiFi, though, the cellular data is pretty fast. There is some latency in establishing the connection, but then the page loads are "blazing" fast. Maybe that's just because I've gotten used to page loads on the 3G where I have to keep the display from timing out before the page actually loads.

But, like the "maps" issues, it's not all sunshine and lollipops. The first thing I noticed is the way podcasts have been ejected from the Music app. They now have their own Podcast app that collects them. Ok. That seems logic on one hand. But for me, this is a pain. For years I have used a smart playlist to collect my "unplayed podcasts" so I can put them into a play order that I want to hear, pop in my headphones, hit play, and go about my business for the next six hours or more with uninterrupted podcasts playing continuously in my ears. Not now. Now, I have to play each one individually or let the Podcast app play them in whatever order it feels like. This is a huge loss for me. I'm thinking I'll still be using my 1st gen iPod Nano so I can have this functionality. Yes, it was recalled. Yes, I put in to get the return authorization. No, I did not send it in. Now the MRA has been cancelled and I can't return it. Ok. I guess I'll be putting it to use.

One other, bigger issue I'm having is responsiveness. Sometimes it just hangs. Sometimes areas of the screen are unresponsive. Trying to unlock the phone when regions of the screen don't respond to touch is ... problematic. Trying to make selections in Settings can be frustrating. But really, being able to type in my pass code is perhaps the biggest barrier I'm facing. I'm going to be talking to Apple. I may be waiting for a while to get a replacement, but this is not an acceptable experience.
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I wish.  I actually live about that close to the warehouse.  That's the problem: they hit me at the very end of their day, on their way back.  I'm practically the last stop.
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While this is (ostensibly) a technology story, it is really a story about social media and social engineering. Failure to think critically about information that you see on the internet (or forwarded to your Inbox) allows false information to propagate misinform thousands (millions) of people. When you divorce information from the source, you sever doubt and disinformation is seen as fact. So often, I see utter garbage repeated as fact when less than five minutes of fact checking reveals it to be the heap of lies that it is.
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Winter is Coming

Cannot wait...

http://youtu.be/X66PDW1Mjf8
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