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A good article on the connections between well funded misinformation organizations and Trump's team.

Excerpt: "I could fill this newspaper with the names of Trump staffers who have emerged from such groups: people such as Doug Domenech, from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, funded among others by the Koch brothers, Exxon and the Donors Trust; Barry Bennett, whose Alliance for America’s Future (now called One Nation) refused to disclose its donors when challenged; and Thomas Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, funded by Exxon and others. This is to say nothing of Trump’s own crashing conflicts of interest. Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of the lobbyists and corporate stooges working in Washington. But it looks as if the only swamps he’ll drain will be real ones, as his team launches its war on the natural world."

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Futurama. Good News! Planet Express ship.
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Jerry's Map: A World of the Imagination

In the summer of 1963 I began drawing a map of an imaginary city. The work started as a doodle done in the spare time I had while working at a tedious job. I continued to add to that map through the years until, in 1983, I set it aside to put my free time to other use. The Map was stored in the attic of our home in Cold Spring, New York. It gathered dust. My son, Henry, found it one day while rummaging around. He brought it down to me and asked what it was. Seeing it then triggered me to dust it off and continue the project. It now comprises almost 3100 individual eight by ten inch panels. Its execution, in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print on heavy paper, is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions.
~ Jerry Gretzinger, 71 Artist and Mapmaker from Jerry's blog here: http://jerrysmap.blogspot.com/

The map has never been displayed in its entirety*, and no one, not even Jerry, knows what his world looks like. "Even he is powerless to say what the outcome will be," says Lynn Staley [Jerry's artist sister-in-law]. "So not only is there great beauty in the map's texture and variation, there is potentially galactic suspense. Will this place, whatever it is, survive or be consumed by the void? What about its inhabitants? And what can we learn from it about our own fate? Is there someone somewhere with another deck of cards like Jer's?"
From: http://uppercasemagazine.com/blog/2012/10/2/jerrys-map#.VMUe3_5zRKA=

Trailer for the documentary, Jerry's Map, here: http://vimeo.com/6745866

More images of Jerry's maps here: http://goo.gl/FuI0uA

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Good Character Modeling Series for Blender, got me up and running quickly.

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A Jet pack For Running Faster

Here's an interesting proof of concept out of Arizona State University called the 4MM, which is an acronym for 4-minute mile. The goal is to give decently conditioned people, in particular soldiers, the ability to run an assisted 4-minute mile. From the article:

soldiers are physically fit, but the jetpack will make sure each one can do a 4-minute mile, even if they're not particularly fast runners, and even if they're carrying heavy equipment and armor.

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