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Jason Freidenfelds
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Ah, the Lion Shave -- leaves a longhaired cat feeling frisky and free. Lilly sure is petite once the vet gives her fur a buzz. (Kai approves too.)
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She always looks so pretty after her salon visit. 
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Cuuuuute
 
17 Baby Elephants Learning How To Use Their Trunks http://bzfd.it/Q0gKpM
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Complaining about your commute? Just remember what it looks like in Beijing.
 
The world's longest traffic jam took place in Beijing, China. It was over 60 miles long and lasted 11 days.
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Quite a rock formation!
 
Tröllið

One of the few rock formations in Hljóðaklettar that has it’s own name is Tröllið, which translates to “The Troll”. I took the panorama right inside the mouth of the troll, which in fact is a giant basalt formation.

#Vesturdalur   #Iceland

See it on Views: http://goo.gl/Cg1osY
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Check this show out if you can!
 
Magic show in Santa Fe! Hosted by curator of all things magical George R.R. Martin. 4/25 6:20pm,  4/26 2:00pm & 8:30pm.  

Plus screenings of "Now You See Me" with Q&A.

More info at http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/

#magic #puzzles #GameOfThrones #GoT +Game of Thrones
#NowYouSeeMe
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Interesting article predicting that solar adoption (including off-grid with battery storage) may be closer than thought.
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This sort of looks wrong... but I bet it tastes great.
 
Ham in bread 

Easter is coming up so it is obvious that traditional Easter dishes are on the menu. I hope you will find something for yourself and for your family to try out this upcoming holiday:-)

For Easter it is a tradition to serve cooked ham. In the northern regions of Croatia, usually it is prepared in this way, wrapped in bread.

Ingredients for the dough for 1 kg ham:
 
1 kg  flour 
5 gr  fresh yeast 
1 teaspoon sugar 
15 g salt 
0,5 dl oil 
0.5 liters of lukewarm water 
* For every kg of ham increase the amount of material for dough 

Preparation:
 
Rinse ham a bit under cold water and dry well with paper towels. It is important that the ham is completely dry, so that the dough covers the whole ham. Fresh yeast stir in a little warm water and a teaspoon of sugar. Don't let it rise. In flour add salt, oil, yeast and warm water and knead to a smooth dough like bread. The dough stretch as much as necessary to wrap the whole ham. Put on oily pan and bake at 200 ° C per hour for each kilogram of ham. 

Enjoy:-)

photo and image by http://www.recepti.hr/
         #easter #easterdishes #ham   #bread   #haminbread  
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Or NOT ENOUGH like one! ;)
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Surf's up, cetacean buddies!
 
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This is a rather fascinating bit of research on seeing into the brain. The idea was this: subjects sat down and looked at images of several hundred faces, while being scanned in an fMRI. This data let the researchers build a model of each individual's face-modeling system in the brain -- i.e., which brain areas in that particular person correspond to which facial feature. (The brain has a large area dedicated to face recognition alone, which is why this study used faces; and it's per-individual, because even though there's a big "face processing area" which is common to everyone, the particulars of "this neuron lights up when it sees a mouth width:nose height ratio between 0.8 and 0.9" are entirely individual) 

Then, the subjects looked at a second set of subjects while being scanned. The researchers looked at just the brain scans, and using the model they had built, worked out what the face must have looked like to that individual. In the picture below, the left-hand column is the actual picture they were shown, and the third column is what the computer reconstructed from looking at their brains. (The second column represents what the first image would look like if they could get the neural mapping perfectly; the other columns represent what you get from looking only at neurons in certain parts of the brain)

You may have seen previous research about reconstructing what people see from brain scans. There's one important difference about this one: the human vision system has many layers in it, from a low-level pixel recognition layer (in the retina), to small-line-segment-detection, to shape detection, and so on, all the way up to recognizing objects. Previous systems worked at the pixel level; being able to reconstruct images at that level would make it possible to build computers which interface directly to the optic nerve. (Imagine artificial eyes!) This system, on the other hand, works at the object-recognition level, which is one of the highest in the stack. It could be used to visually render images that you're processing in the brain without any direct sensory input: for example, showing your dreams on a screen.

As the CNET article points out, this is not a surveillance technology: you would have to build a detailed model of an individual person's brain in order to use this, and then stick them in an fMRI in order to read their thoughts.

But what this might be is a key to interacting with the brain in countless new ways. Imagine an interface that lets you take the things you envision in your head and print them out; or a system which can meaningfully analyze what's going on in the heads of people in comas or other noncommunicative states. 

Some really amazing science here, with a potential to create tools that let us reshape our world.

via +David D. Stanton 
Researchers at Yale have developed a method of reconstructing faces locked in the memories of other people.
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My wife Sabrina and I are trying to keep up with our girls Amelia, born April 2011, and Ella, born May 2013. I work in communications at Google, and on the side I like to play trombone in a New Orleans-style brass band called Blue Bone Express.
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