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Think differently; listen to people who are not like yourself. 
 
This is so neat!
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If you were on Twitter recently, you might have seen director Ava DuVernay's clever call to social media to name films with "black, brown, native or Asia
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Here's a clue as to how deranged the political conversation is in the U.S.. While the Republican Party is still denying climate change the nation of Saudi Arabia is buying and installing solar panels at a very rapid clip. 

What do they know that Rand Paul and Ted Cruz refuse to acknowledge? Maybe that thing we call "reality." 

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2015/may/22/saudi-arabias-solar-for-oil-plan-is-a-ray-of-hope
Damian Carrington: Talk by the world’s biggest oil exporter of giving up fossil fuels and embracing solar and wind energy adds momentum towards a global climate change deal
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+Idris Elamin It's an acknowledgement of frank, objective, reality which is more than one of the two major political factions in the U.S. can manage. Even when it's quite clear that that faction is motivated by oil profits just as the Saudi's are. 

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Saving this here where I can find it. 
 
10,728 time-lapses from 86 million public photos 

Time-lapse photography often provides fascinating visualization of long-term changes in the world. However, while there are many methods that allow one to create time-lapse videos of short-term changes (hours to days), observing much longer changes requires a camera that is focused on a single target over a period of months or years.

But what if you could use publicly available images that were taken over many years to construct long-terms time-lapse sequences that document things like environmental change, city growth, or even geological processes?

In Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos (http://goo.gl/sFrrku), to be presented at SIGGRAPH 2015 (http://goo.gl/mRje1W), University of Washington Graduate Student +Ricardo Martin Brualla, Google Software Engineer David Gallup, and University of Washington Professor / Google Technical Staff Member +Steve Seitz introduce a completely automated approach for synthesizing time-lapse videos of popular landmarks from large community photo collections. 

Their system discovered 10,728 time-lapses that show how the world’s most popular landmarks are changing over time, employing structure-from-motion and stereo algorithms to compensate for viewpoint variations, and a simple but effective new temporal filtering approach to stabilize appearance.

Check out the video below, and learn more on the project webpage at http://goo.gl/KoECXf
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The future of electric transportation isn't going to be in a car for the vast majority of the world. It's going to be on bicycles that look a lot like the bikes in this article. 
 
Just updated the Electric Cargo Bike Guide with more bikes and videos. Checkout these cool car alternatives! ‪#‎ebike‬ ‪#‎electricbike‬ ‪#‎bike‬ ‪#‎bicycle‬ ‪#‎cargobike‬
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Wonderful! Once these things give us a 50-mile range, I'm sold--we're out in the boonies from Santa Cruz unfortunately, with a killer hill in-between.

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This is going to be quite helpful in the next 18 months. 
 
Does anyone notice a recurrent pattern here?
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+John Poteet, I typically see the points you make, and agree.  In this case, are we meant to guess at correlation?  That we see a pattern you see doesn't mean we recognize the correlation you recognize. 

What do you think it is?

I suspect that's one reason race was raised at all:  until your brief mention of GOP / violence (not mapped above, so they don't seem to be the original point), we don't know what correlation is being suggested.

The maps may show correlation of religiosity, or poverty; humidity, or percent of wetland cover; insect diversity, or distance to Havana, or volume of scrapple consumed, and so on.  Unless you articulate an alternative theory, race seems likely to appear on that list :(
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Nothing but net here.......
 
REPUBLICANS in TEXAS DEMAND Senator Ted Cruz resign....

In Explosive Scandal, Cruz Admits Studying Science in College
WASHINGTON – In a scandal that could spell the end of his Presidential bid and possibly his political career, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has admitted taking several science classes while an undergraduate at Princeton University. After a copy of his college transcript was leaked showing that the senator had notched A’s in biology, chemistry, and earth science, Cruz was forced to address the damaging allegations. “It is true that I studied science in college, but this was a mistake of youth,” a contrite Cruz told reporters. “I stand here today and humbly ask for the forgiveness of the American people.” Fox News host Sean Hannity said after Cruz’s remarks that the college scandal would be difficult for Cruz to rebound from. “The only positive for him is that it appears he did not study math,” Hannity said.
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Tired of paying for antivirus updates? Learn to heal your computer with Alternative IT Modalities.
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Just con Oprah into promoting the service and you'll be golden.  It's worked for Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, the author whose name I can't remember...

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I'm away for the weekend so I'm toggling comments off. Off to the bat-cave. 
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I was at Harbin Hot Springs for a dance retreat. Just imagine a frolicking crowd of lovelies and one albino panda. ;~)

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Read it. The republican party has sadly gone insane. David Brin suggests a means of dragging them closer to reality. 
 
Here is another hallmark: jibbering-loony paranoia.  

“Jade Helm 15, a military exercise, brings wild speculation in Texas about ‘martial law’.”  A large but relatively routine exercise to train troops in counter-terrorism methods has become the latest Black Helicopters fantasy in the minds of the whole posse comitatis crowd. Conspiracy theorists claim it’s an attempt to institute martial law, possibly in collusion with (I kid you not) Wal-Mart. Ted Cruz has signed up to share the Koolaid.  And in response, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has ordered the State Guard to 'monitor' federal troops there during the exercise. (Without explaining what 'monitor' means. Never mind that the president can legally federalize the state guard, any time he chooses.)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/29/jade-helm-15-a-military-simulation-draws-scrutiny-and-wild-speculation-in-texas/

Putting aside the spectacular insult to our men and women in uniform — any ONE of whom would blow the whistle if anything even 0.01% as nefarious were actually going on.  You know this is not about modeling reality, at any level.  It is about stoking the insatiable engine of the Indignation Industry.  Hence, disproof won’t make a scintilla of difference.  Open transparency will help a bit. (I almost always prescribe big doses, to ensure that Big Brother does stay far away: as he is right now.) Transparency will limit the number of frenzied conspiracy nuts to a screeching small-but-deeply-harmful minority.  

But even transparency will only see to it that they'll back out of THIS howling mania, gleeful in the after-rush of sanctimony, looking for the next one to wave about, shrugging off any reminder that they predicted, in 2008, that "Obama will take all our guns." Safe in the serene knowledge that the rest of us will fight like hell to preserve their right to be raving morons.

Is the situation hopeless?  Not! There is a method.  One that absolutely works. Let me repeat that. It works. And it works absolutely. That is, if you parse it carefully.

And not one Blue American of stature has ever once (to my knowledge) actually used this sure-fire method for forcing conspiracy nut-jobs to back off.

Demand wagers. Put money on it. Offer odds. Insist they step up and offer stakes, like real-men. If they are so sure of their paranoid ravings — sure enough to throw America into fever after fever and thus harm us all and insult our professional warriors — then they ought to be willing… even eager… to take my money in a bet!  Watch... oh watch how they backpedal, the instant there are actual consequences to foaming at the mouth.  The instant facts and evidence threaten to have real bite.

Let me link you to my earlier posting about this. And I am serious. It is a weapon Sane America never, ever uses… even though it is one that will work.  It works; and it is a sign of the raw stupidity of liberals, that they have not learned how to wield this sword.

Try it!  Read the write-up. Offer wagers. Watch how fast the cheap cowards back off!
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2012/04/take-wager-challengeand-help-push-back.html
The army says it's a training simulation. Some Texans say it's an armed takeover.
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This is interesting. Apparently you can shoot down orbital debris with a laser system. 
 
The International Space Station could one day get armed with a laser to shoot down space debris. This concept could eventually lead to a laser-firing satellite that could get rid of most of the most troublesome space junk orbiting Earth.
The International Space Station could one day get armed with a laser to shoot down space debris. This concept could eventually lead to a laser-firing satellite that could get rid of most of the most troublesome space junk orbiting Earth.
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If you just added me to your circles and are wondering why I'm not circling you back right away.... It's because I can't have 4,000 people in my stream. If you're brilliant in comments and don't post I'll still circle you. If I've circled you and you're not much interested in my posts no biggie; leave me out of your stream.

I am a pessimist. If your world-view is unicorns-shitting-rainbows block me now. 

Anybody left? Good, we can get to work because optimists don't seem able to make a roof that doesn't leak or a foundation that sits above the water table instead of under it. Optimists build cruise ships that flop over and sink when holed. Optimists design economic structures that collapse like a house of cards in a slight breeze. 

We have to build a better world than the optimists will let us build. A world that expects that rain falls at inconvenient times and deals with it. A world that deals with climate change and ecological overshoot. A world that deals with people as we find them instead of as we wish them to be. 

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This is an area of Bidwell Park where people hold weddings, parties and outdoor festivals of various sorts. Parking is extremely limited so if there is a larger event you may want to consider bicycling or car pooling. There is a large lawn area, picnic benches, plenty of shade trees, a botanical trail, cork grove, redwood trees and a wading area in Big Chico Creek. Public bathrooms are adjacent to Cedar Grove lawn and the bridge. Upsides: lots of interesting things to see within a short walk of the parking area. Good shade in the summer. Downsides: Poison oak!! Stay on the trails/paths in wooded areas with underbrush. Limited parking for events like the Endangered Species Faire. Ride your bike if you can.
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I actually really enjoy shopping at this particular Trader Joe's. I've been in other TJs locations but this particular store has a great staff plus I run into my friends here. I really love a few of the items I can only get here. In particular I enjoy the Pain Pauline wheat bread and the TJs brand Mediterranean Hummus. Those two items are just better quality than I can get anywhere else. I would also suggest Puttanesca pasta sauce; it's pretty good. Good quality at a great price.
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Don't. Just. Don't. A had a bacon cheeseburger $6.69, regular fries $2.99 and regular drink $2.19 for $12.88 all told with tax. The burger was small, expensive, and the guy who wrapped it smashed it. The cheese on the burger had to be the worst cheese I've ever had in my life including soy cheese. The bacon on the burger was miniscule. The onions cut into 1/2 inch squares instead of thin sliced. The order of fries was pretty big but not crisp at all. Served in a brown paper bag with a paper cup for some inexplicable reason. I was one of eight customers in the place at 8 pm on a Saturday night and the service was still surly. The music was too loud and the patio tables where I retreated to try and escape the music were dirty. All eight or ten empty patio tables; dirty. I drove past five good taco joints and a pizza place because I wanted a burger and some clown posted a good review the rat. I will never, ever, set foot in a Five Guys burger place again.
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I eat here a few times a year. The food is good and the service is excellent. The atmosphere is warm and friendly like a neighborhood place instead of upscale and artsy which I tire of at sushi places. I always get a chirashi sushi which is always a bit different but generous and very good. I don't even know if it's on the menu; I just ask for it. The people I go with tend to get various salads and rolls which I've tried which are well made and presented. Great place.
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I drop by Cyclesport once in a while when I'm searching for a part that I don't want to order online. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Prices on items I've purchased were always good.
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My last visit was with a party of 9 relatives. The food was fantastic. The service staff had no problem with our large party and easily handled a few special requests. The beer, of course, was great. This was the first time I've been seated on the patio at the Sierra Nevada taproom and I really enjoyed it. As long as the weather is co-operating this seating option is good enough that a special request or patio reservation might be a great option on a warm afternoon.
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Simply the cheapest, fastest way to get a good meal in downtown Chico. You'll get a better sandwich than Subway for less and you'll get it faster.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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