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Jim Fawcette
Worked at Fawcette Technical Publications
Attended Michigan State University
Lived in Rutland, Vermont
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How Do You Lose "Views"?

Not that it matters, but yesterday I was well over 8 Million views and today I'm below 8. Are the mighty Google algorithms punishing me for something? <g>. And what the heck is a "view" anyway when things just scroll by in a stream? 
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I have been guessing that views go away if the accounts that viewed them disappear, either because their humans decide to delete the account or because Google closes down the account as a suspected spammer.
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Anyone Tried "Miracle Berries"?

I'm tempted but wondered if any G+ers have feedback. Good sources to buy?  African berry makes most any food taste sweet. As I understand it, the berry has a protein that binds with the sour taste buds to inhibit them, while stimulating the sweet taste buds. So, with them even Tabasco tastes sweet. 

Some restaurants in Chicago and Tokyo are experimenting with them, and a few bartenders. Plus, they have potential uses to help people undergoing chemotherapy eat. 

"The miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is native to West Africa and has been known to Westerners since the 18th century. The cause of the reaction is a protein called miraculin, which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids, according to a scientist who has studied the fruit, Linda Bartoshuk at the University of Florida’s Center for Smell and Taste. Dr. Bartoshuk said she did not know of any dangers associated with eating miracle fruit."
A small red berry called miracle fruit temporarily rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors, rendering lemons as sweet as candy.
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You Just Paid for Notre Dame's Basketball Coach

Colleges are allowing people to "endow" their football, basketball and other athletic coaches, much like more-academically-oriented institutions endow a chair (professorship). That means it's tax deductible and you're paying. But, I'm sure you agree that making college coaches the highest-paid state employees in every state is a top priority for your tax dollars. We're told we need to cut food stamps, cut Medicare, cut Social Security, because they're supposedly unaffordable-- but there are priorities!

In Nod to Future and Past, Notre Dame Receives $5 Million to Endow Coach’s Job http://nyti.ms/1Jakmex
The Notre Dame athletic director said the university was seeking endowments for coaching positions, a strategy that he said was related to the changes sweeping through college athletics.
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Should We do the Trans-Pac Deal Simply to Block China?

We're told if the U.S. does not sign the new trade agreement, it will cede more power to China. But if the deal is bad for Americans, is that sufficient justification? 

Vox.com: "The Obama administration argues that it's important for TPP to succeed so that the United States — not China — gets to shape the rules that govern trade across the Pacific. But this argument only makes sense if you believe US negotiators are taking positions that are in the broad interests of the American public. If, as critics contend, USTR's agenda is heavily tilted toward the interests of a few well-connected interest groups, then the deal may not be good for America at all."
The secretive and anti-democratic way global trade rules are written often leads to one-sided rules that benefit powerful interest groups.
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Columbia M.D.s "Fire Dr. Oz"

"“Whatever the nature of his pathology, members of the public are being misled and endangered, which makes Dr. Oz’s presence on the faculty of a prestigious medical institution unacceptable.”
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For Doctors they sure are stupid. This will backfire big time. People already think that most doctors are in the pockets of big drug companies. Now those anti-big drugs will have a hero in Dr. Oz. 
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Video: Who is Harry Nilsson?

If you're interested in pre-MTV pop music, this 2010 video, which rents for only $1.99 here and on Amazon Play, is worth watching. 

How does a ninth-grade dropout go from a self-taught computer programmer given a ukulele to become a multiple-Grammy-winning composer and "the Beatles favorite American group"? Described by friends as "a bunny rabbit with teeth", Nilsson and John Lennon were thrown out of L.A. comedy clubs more than once for heckling the comics -- and being funnier than the comics. 

My minor, personal connection: My best friend, since gone, lost his job as a college DJ for playing one of Nilsson's songs. Steve hadn't heard this tune before, but it started like an innocuous love song, so he cued it up. Then -- long before rapper CeeLo rapped similar lyrics -- Nilsson softly crooned: ""You're breaking my heart / You're tearing it apart / So f*** you f*** you f*** you." The FCC was not amused. 

Includes interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz.
The documentary explores the enigmatic life and music of Harry Nilsson in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is Harry Nilsson?" The film includes new and archive audio an...
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One thing I suspect the Gen Y/ Millennials don't realize is that we rarely got to see most performers back then (unless you lived in New York or or SF or LA). I have actually watched more performances by artists of the 60s to 80s in the last few years, courtesy of YouTube et al, then I did during that period. 

There was no MTV (a mixed blessing), audio on TV was terrible and with no DVRs and few re-runs of music shows, it was rare for me, at least, to see on TV. 
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Photos preserve aftermath of 1906 San Francisco earthquake, but need preservation themselves (paywall): 
[...] said Karin Breuer, another curator, the photographs are “a priceless record of the earthquake” and what followed. The cost to digitize the negatives and make prints is about $40,000, and the city’s fine arts museums have begun a campaign to raise the money. Many of Genthe’s earthquake pictures are famous, particularly a noted shot of families standing on Sacramento Street, dressed in their best clothes, surrounded by damaged buildings and...
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Jeb Doubles Down on Schiavo

Jeb Bush says he'd still keep Terry Schiavo on support despite doctors saying that her brain was liquified. Oddly, he concludes by saying he supports part of what Republicans have called "death panels" in Obamacare: "“I think if we’re going to mandate anything for government, it might be that if you’re going to take Medicare, that you also sign up for an advanced directive where you talk about this before you’re so disabled,” he said
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While some of the politically-oriented documents WikiLeaks has posted have made important contributions, publishing the Sony materials is representable. This is, quite simply, distributing stolen material for no purpose other than damaging Sony and hurting many people and helping North Korea censor the media This shows Assange et al have no moral compass. 
 
U.S. officials said the material was first stolen by North Korea as revenge for a movie about Kim Jong Un.
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Good questions. I'm fantasizing about honest answers by each of the current candidates <g>
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Testing Google+, their third try at competing with Facebook. Looks like video chat and privacy are much better. Oh, yeah, this is the Jim Fawcette that founded FTP, VSLive, DevX.com. Now, I mainly blog about tennis and politics. 

 Favorite book: Gravity's Rainbow. Favorite movie: Chinatown. Favorite myth: Obama is a liberal.
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Do people really put "bragging rights" online? Hey, I was a National Merit Finalist ! ! Woo Hooo!
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  • Fawcette Technical Publications
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  • Samizdat Publishing Inc.
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    Founder and Chairman
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MAP: Monthly Personal Disposable Income Around the World
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This map shows the difference in Monthly Personal Disposable Income around the world. Unsurprisingly, in Switzerland, Norway and Australia t

Did a Computer Bug Help Deep Blue Beat Kasparov? | WIRED
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IBM built the first computer that beat a chess champ. But a scientist involved in the project suggests it was a bug in the software that got

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