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From impossible dream to oh-my-god-this-is-actually-happening, the dogecoin sponsored NASCAR has settled on a very wow livery that will debut in Talladega. And yes, the doge face will be prominentl...
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+Santos Cardona - I haven't looked in a while, but I never noticed it.
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I will miss sound search! #throughglass
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Maybe if I'd sprung for Glass, between my usage and yours we might've saved Sound Search.

It's all my fault!

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Wouldn't you know it.  I wasn't even going to try to watch this last night, as it was too late/early for me to bother.  Then, my 3 year old wakes up at 2:30 and wouldn't let us get back to sleep until almost 4.  So, I think to myself, I says, "Self.  Why not salvage this night and take a look at the Lunar Eclipse!"  I look through the skylight in my hallway, and BAM!  _Clouds_!  >:-[

Oh well.  There's always 2019, amiright!

#lunareclipse   #sickchildren  
The total lunar eclipse has started! The eclipse's peak, when the moon will enter the Earth's full shadow or umbra, will occur at 3:45 a.m. EDT. The United States is in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse. Depending on local weather conditions, you will get a spectacular view looking into the sky as the moon's appearance will change from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps gray. The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow. The United States will not be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019.

Image Credit: NASA

#lunareclipse #eclipse #bloodmooneclipse #moon #science #space #nasa #moon

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National Wildlife Foundation

Give $1 to '"Adopt a Wildlife Acre for Bison" and I will match it. Let's support National Wildlife Federation together!

#onetoday #donation
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My Alma Mater

I just got an email from +Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (where I went to college for my undergrad), and I noticed a little "Follow" button in the upper right hand corner where Google puts the Contact Details.  I headed over to their page (which is pretty blank, but they at least have profile and cover photos set up), and started following them.

Now, if we can just get them to add posts!

#erau   #eraudaytonabeach   #embryriddle
Real Education. Above All.
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The riddle of MH370

It has now been over a month since I posted my first theory of what happened to MH370.

I wrote the post on Google+ because I was disturbed at the way the media was handling the story with no known facts and speculating that the plane had been hijacked to be weaponized and/or the pilot(s) were on a suicide mission. I thought the authorities were looking in the wrong place and there might be people in the water down towards the south west.

I countered with the argument that this might have been a simple accident – a fire most likely – that incapacitated the crew and passengers and the only known facts we had was a turn back to the mainland towards an airport of safe harbor. At the time I wrote it, the complex series of course changes up the Straits of Malacca and the left turn southeastwards depicted in a new radar plot and subsequently disclosed were not part of the equation. I was working with the first radar plot released by the military which showed the aircraft making the initial turn and proceeding on a course back over Malaysia on a SouthWesterly heading that appeared to take it between Penang to the south and Langwaki to the north. I postulated that the aircraft became a ghost plane soon after making the turn and proceeded southwesterly. I said you will find it along that course either when it ceased flying because of structural damage or fuel exhaustion. That was and has been the substance of my theory.

Here we are one month later and my opinion has never wavered. The complex series of course changes up the Malacca Straits  I was never convinced of and speculated that the Malaysian authorities maybe were tracking other aircraft or introducing red herrings of their own making. No one wanted to admit perhaps the plane had overflown Malaysia and then Indonesia while everyone was asleep.
On March 14, I was not aware of the cargo of lithium batteries. When I became aware of the cargo on the 19th when it was confirmed, it re-enforced in my mind the fire-incapacitation theory – that the batteries might be the cause - and I have not wavered from that. I believe the primary cause of this disappearance was an onboard fire. My convictions were further re-enforced by the observation of McKay, the oil platform engineer.

A new Insight.

However, yesterday when presented with the new fact of the co-pilot’s cell phone attempt to acquire a signal on a tower in the proximity of Penang, it led to another insight to explain the course and altitude changes and the flight up the Malacca Straits if it did happen that way in a new light for me. I’ve given it some thought overnight.

Assuming a flash fire from the lithium batteries that rendered electrical and communications equipment on board useless combined with a possible decompression event, the pilots would have turned to the mainland and executed a rapid descent to around 12,000 which is the safe altitude to breathe without oxygen. They may have been dealing with a completely blacked out flight deck, with frosted windows and absolutely no reference to the outside.
But they may not have been incapacitated.

All their electrics may have been down but they would still have primary back up instruments for altitude, airspeed, horizon and heading independent of the main electrical systems.

And a cellphone.

We have all heard the cellphone analysis over the past 24 hours and the media speculation around it.
The fact the cell locked on near Penang is an important event as it gives us a definite fix for the aircraft in time and location. i.e. they did fly this route. It is now unequivocal if the cell phone report is valid, the plane is not up in the South China Sea!  The further descent to 4 to 5,000 feet might well have been a vain attempt to lock on to a cell tower to try and communicate.

I have a little different insight on this cell phone turn on. If the situation presented itself where their Nav functions failed, the copilot may well have lit up his cell phone in an attempt to activate his GPS on the phone as well.  
The pilots may well have wanted to execute a landing at Langwaki or Penang but if their outside visual references were non-existent – frosted windows, nighttime - they were incapable of making a safe approach.
They may have elected to fly up the Straits at a low altitude not to avoid radar but actually to try and draw attention to themselves. They may have decided when they got to the top of the Straits to execute a left turn southeasterly because their choice then was either to ditch at sea at night or perhaps make a vain attempt to fly southeasterly to wait for daybreak to make a safer ditching or to fly on in a vain attempt they might reach Northern Australia at dawn and find an airport.
Or they could have entered a holding pattern over Langwaki to wait for the light of dawn to aid them in an approach.

Full circle to incapacity.

Which brings me full circle to incapacity.  They were all dead when they flew over Penang and that explains why other cell phones did not light up. It’s simple, the co-pilot may just have forgotten to turn his phone off.
We may end up finding the black boxes but there will be no data on them from the moment of the event as happened with the Air India 747 crash off Ireland en route from Montreal to London when a bomb severed all connections to the black boxes.

If indeed they were conscious when passing over Penang we may never get an answer of why they did not simply think of holding until dawn to make a safe approach at Langwaki.

Prepare yourselves. It may be a riddle forever.

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Q: So, why is Silicon Valley studded with an implausibly large number of abandoned barns, shacks, and other things that don't look like they belong here?

A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.

Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?

A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.

Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?

A: No.

Q: You have got to be shitting me.

A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the price of the land reevaluated every year and take tax-free loans against the increase in equity. This is a huge amount of untaxable money. Especially if you're an abandoned shed that's worth seven figures, right smack dab in the middle of the Google campus.

Q: Right, but that's just about low taxes, right?

A: Yeah. Well. Uh. I was going to get to the "except" part.

Q: And what's that? 

A: The increase is capped except upon the sale or the completion of new improvements. Like an apartment building, for instance, to partially solve the housing crisis out here. Or a new building on the Google campus. This means that if the value of the improvement is less than the compounded increase in the value of the property absent the improvement, then it doesn't make any sense to actually build anything.

Q: That's horrible. Why aren't people, like, vandalizing abandoned buildings to get rid of them?

A: The only way you can vandalize anything in California that solves the problem is to literally build a new improvement on the property without the landowner finding out. That resets the tax basis and gives them an incentive to stop holding the land off the market.

Q: That's... double horrible.

A: Yeeeeeeah.
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Go Get Your Glass On

Don't forget, many of us are still available for #askanexplorer .
Today’s the day to become a Glass Explorer

We let the cat out of the bag, you marked your calendars, and the time has finally arrived. If you're a US resident who is 18+, you can purchase Glass and join the Explorer Program at

The Explorer bundle costs $1500+tax and includes your favorite shade or frame, a charger, pouch, hard case and mono earbud. As an Explorer, your feedback will help to shape how Glass evolves over time. 

We’ve got a limited number of spots available, so don’t wait too long – we can't wait to meet you and hear about your first adventures with Glass. 
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