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Americans are weird, scientifically speaking:
 
A large fraction of social science research has focused on the most-accessible supply of survey and test subjects -- westerners and especially Americans -- under the assumption that "we're all the same under the skin" and hence tests that dive below obvious cultural biases ought to show what's basically human.  Lo and behold, it seems that westerners and especially Americans and "weird" compared to almost all other cultures in ways exposed by Prisoners' Dilemma type games and many others that study - say - individuality.

http://www.psmag.com/magazines/magazine-feature-story-magazines/joe-henrich-weird-ultimatum-game-shaking-up-psychology-economics-53135/

In fact, anyone who compares western - and especially American - values and processes and history and so on, compared to almost any other culture that ever existed, would have been able to tell you that.   The question is "crazy" as in dangerously unhinged?  Or in the sense of "our one chance to escape the traps that mired every other civilization into a pit of dashed hopes and potential?"  The jury is still out.
Joe Henrich, Steven Heine, and Ara Norenzayan are shaking up psychology and economics with their view of how culture shapes human thought and behavior.
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You guys didn't realise that till now? Mind-blowing O_o
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Athena made her own Lego TIE Fighter:
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Nice illustration of why rooftop solar is a good option, from +Louis Gray:
 
We've Gone Solar. The Data Already Shows Green Benefits
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We've had +Sunrun solar panels on our home for a few weeks, and the data already shows we're making more energy than we use - despite having three young kids who have us constantly running our appliances. The early data shows us how quickly we'll pay back our investment and like with +Fitbit and +Nest, help us be smarter people in how we live.
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Nobody lives here:
 
A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them.
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Commercial and industrial areas are also likely to be green on this map. The local shopping mall, an office park, a warehouse district or a factory may have their own Census Blocks. But if people don’t live there, they will be considered “uninhabited”. So it should be noted that just because a block is unoccupied, that does not mean it is undeveloped.
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Northern Maine is conspicuously uninhabited. Despite being one of the earliest regions in North America to be settled by Europeans, the population there remains so low that large portions of the state’s interior have yet to be politically organized.

http://mapsbynik.tumblr.com/post/82791188950/nobody-lives-here-the-nearly-5-million-census
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Have you voted in our baby name poll?

We're about a month away from the due date, and the names are still in play.  Check out this fun time line chart to show how the names have fared over time:

http://www.jasonmorrison.net/content/2014/see-the-trending-baby-names-in-our-poll/
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Athena is cuddling and showing me her stuffed eagle toy.
Athena:  "This is her tail.  If you see a feather like this on the ground, that means an eagle lost a tail feather."
"This is her wing, if you see a feather like this, that means an eagle lost a wing feather."
"This is her soft feathers by her head, if you see a feather like this, that means an eagle lost a soft feather."
"This is her beak, if you see this on the ground, that means the eagle is probably dead."
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Very astute
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I just donated to 'Coding for low-income kids at the beach'. Give $1 to support THE ON IT FOUNDATION together! – One Today by Google https://onetoday.google.com/p/CZwSCq67
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It's a sandbox that lets kids mold its contents into miniature mountains, lakes and rivers--and then, with a little high-tech magic, brings that terrain to life before their eyes.
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Oh yeah, we have some of that stuff!  It's very fun, though it turns out to be as easy to drop on the floor as regular sand.
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Athena: "Daddy, I love you all the way to the nothing."
Me: "What do you mean by that?"
Athena: "I love you all the way, all time, until there's nothing but dust that never comes back to life again."
Me:  "So basically, you love me until the heat death of the universe?"
Athena: "Yes."

Now, should I explain entropy from a thermodynamics point of view or from an information theory perspective?
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That's incredibly sweet and deep.
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Notice that this kind of progression doesn't require a lot of explanation. We all have a deep understanding of the passage of time and the c

Kepler’s Tally of Planets
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NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered more than 190 confirmed planets orbiting distant stars.

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To understand how people look for movies, the video service created 76,897 micro-genres. We took the genre descriptions, broke them down to

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“Really? You want a $100 rock for Christmas?” she asked. I considered mentioning that the price of the rock I want is a tiny fraction of the

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Adam Vaughan: Mount Doom is like LA and the Shire like Lincolnshire, so says a climate model based on author's famously detailed maps

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About 2 years back, I read this article on Michael Degusta's personal blog. It was a revelation. Michael ripped the Android ecosystem apart

Solar in California and Arizona: More of a good thing - Google Green Blog
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(Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog) You'd think the thrill might wear off this whole renewable energy investing thing after a while

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Visited with my 4-year-old daughter and she's still talking about it. The museum is not very large, but definitely worth a stop. The staff was very friendly and my daughter loved drumming along with their song.
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A great walk, with nice views of the city. If you're looking to do some photography though, note that there's a lot of vibration on the bridge, which makes it hard to get a good telephoto shot of the skyline at night.
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Wonderful place to hike, and the little nature center at the Green Barn is small but has a very friendly turtle.
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reviewed 5 months ago
Man... pizza was okay, but our server just didn't want anything to do with us. I get it, everyone has a bad day, maybe you see a family with a young kid and all you can think about is spills. But you don't have to be so obviously unhappy every time you have to talk to me. On the other hand, the hostess was really nice, even bringing my daughter some crayons and coloring pages.
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