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It's thought-provoking to read a Nobel laureate's take on the next 100 years in physics... 
Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek predicts a century of advances in physics and beyond.
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Awesome. 
A 30-year-old computer that has run day and night for decades is what controls the heat and air conditioning at 19 GRPS buildings.
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Oh crap...the Steam Summer Sale has begun. 
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Great points in comment thread, including a sci-fi Mohs scale that places +Peter Watts​'s Blindsight at a sapphire-level 9 of 10. FTW.
 
One interesting point about Seveneves: it's tungsten-hard science fiction written by a man which, in 850 pages, only barely passes the reverse Bechdel test. The only exchange between two male characters which is not about a woman is between a father and a son, shortly before the extinction of all life on Earth. (There are some exchanges about engineering and orbital mechanics which might also technically pass, but they're generally delivered in long explanatory soliloquies to a fairly large group of people.)

Considering the number of named characters relative to the average movie, this is difficult. 
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Crazy, but neat.
On some of Pluto's moons, it's hard to know where the Sun will come up.
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Well, heck...I guess I'd better get out there before the rain comes!
Celebrate June 3 Be a part of National Running Day—a coast-to-coast celebration of running.
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I read The Lefsetz Letter; I often find his comments useful when thinking about music and the music industry. I just finished a recent letter, "Apple Streaming", and it inspired me to try Spotify Premium's current "3 months for 99 cents" promotion.

The key insight wasn't monumental, but he did lay things out more plainly than I'd seen other places. His point was to make the difference between "streaming radio" (like Pandora) and "streaming on demand" (like Spotify Premium, or Apple's rumored upcoming service). His suggested use for Pandora is exactly what I use it for...background. I like radio-style services for background music; I pick a genre/artist/style, and while I don't get to control things completely, if I don't like a given song, it's only a couple of minutes from being gone.

What I haven't done in a long time is play large playlists of specific songs. And to be clear, I have a reasonable amount of music in Amazon Music (as well as backed up directly long ago straight into Amazon S3, in Google Music, and heck, probably in a couple of other places I'm not thinking about). And while I usually have the required app installed...the kicker that finally made me pull the Spotify trigger was how I built those libraries.

Back when I was "rip, mix, and burn"-ing, I used to worry about storage. As I ripped my CD collection (which was never huge in any case) I carefully picked out my absolute favorite tracks from each individual CD. (I believe the only discs I completely ripped were The Police's "Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings". Yeah, I'm one of those.) So while the playlists I can currently generate are pretty much full of songs I love, I did leave things on the table when I was making those decisions. There are many songs that I still have on CD (somewhere), that I really like, that I simply don't have digital copies of.

Thus the reason for Spotify Premium. For the albums that they have available (and I'm getting good results so far), it's one click to add the entire thing to my library, and start building playlists with songs that I like that I may not have heard for years. (Some of them I tracked down myself, some showed up in my Amazon library because I bought the CD there, but many had stayed orphaned on plastic discs...until today). Nothing amazing, of course...but I'm just not enough of a music lover to either rip or buy all these tracks. But if someone makes them available at a click (and a small sub, of course)...maybe!

Again, I like radio-type streams at times; as I said, background music. But I've got 3 months to play with Spotify this summer and enjoy custom playlists like I never have before. Will I keep it for ten bucks a month? Not sure yet...that's what the experiment is for. But I'm looking forward to finding out. Thanks Lefsetz!

 
I read The Lefsetz Letter; I often find his comments useful when thinking about music and the music industry. I just finished a recent letter, “Apple Streaming”, and it inspired me to try Spotify Premium’s current “3 months f...
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(reposting because the association link [for POSSE syndication back to my blog via brid.gy]) didn't work last time. Still digging here...it's a tad flaky yet!
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OK, things are getting a little out of hand...these games use the flags in a historically relevant context. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater...
As you may have been already informed, Apple has removed our game from AppStore because of usage of the Confederate Flag...
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Without a doubt, +Steven Flaeck.
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Interesting! Hopefully this will keep more candidates in the race longer...perhaps all the way to the SC debate??? fingers crossed
The Iowa Republican Party on Friday killed the state's high-profile presidential straw poll, putting an end to a decades-old political tradition that had outlived its usefulness.The circus-like
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Agh! I can't believe I missed this! I watched Tue movie about 2 weeks ago, too. Happy belated (June 5th) anniversary, Ferris!
If you're currently sat behind a desk, be it school or office, consider standing up, walking out, donning a trench coat and heading to a museum, in honour of the fact that Ferris Bueller's Day Off took place 30 years ago this very day.
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Definitely worth reading, and applying to companies today... -- "The purpose of this discussion is not to complain about the rules of accounting. You have to keep score somehow… Instead, what disturbed me so much about this incident was the way management seemed to be taking their marching orders from the accounting rules rather than the real world. "
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We've got to wait one more week, but I'm still stupid excited for this...w00t!
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