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Voices of New China

You can learn about the future of China by reading this new book from G+ participant, C.J. Shane.   The book is developed from interviews with young Chinese she encountered during a teaching stint at a Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. If you are interested, C.J. Shane is running a promotion for the next couple of days and this means that you can obtain the book in Kindle (or Kindle App) form for free!
 
#China  
FREE today (March 29), and tomorrow (March 30). Download a free Kindle e-book version of  Voices of New China. If you don't have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle Reading App for your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Look for the download info near the book info.
 Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Voices-New-China-Chinese-Adults-ebook/dp/B00C6OY7GQ/ref=la_B00N6K9S6S_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423501301&sr=1-1       Here's a selection from one of the 5 star reviews:
     "There are many beautiful moments. For example, when a young mother asks the interviewer to give her little son an English name, and is charmed with the resulting suggestion. Some moments are sad -- for example a young man who works for the government, but is a poet and philosopher at heart. He is one of the few who expresses quite outspoken against the Chinese government, but is torn between his dream of being a successful poet, and the reality of having to survive as a business man. Another interview reveals the struggle of a young woman who has to choose between pursuing her dream of studying further, or having a child......Voices of New China offers a glimpse of China as seen through the eyes of young Chinese people. An antidote to the version we see in Western media."  #China  
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PS that is a good post thanks for pouting me in the right direction :) 
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Children's Posture

Professor of Physiotherapy, Leon Straker, has conducted studies in posture and movement of children using computers, tablets, phones and games.  He has subsequently provided open evidence-based guidelines for games use which may help avoid damaging life-long habits forming in childhood.

One of the surprising things found incidentally in the study is that, children are willing to sign up for, and adhere to, a contract which encourages them to get up, move and avoid protracted use of their systems.  Perhaps this only works if it is for Science but might have wider applicability.

Leon Straker: Not surprisingly, children's bodies responded in much the same way as adults' bodies, and so the same sort of principles about how to set up a good workstation so that the person had a good posture while using a computer was important for children as well. One of the interesting things that we found…because we compared using a computer to using pen and paper…was that will children actually had a much more symmetrical posture using a computer. Children tend to get quite a bent and twisted posture where they are working with pen and paper or reading. So there was sort of an upside, there was a good posture there. The downside if we are using computers with the posture was that they were very monotonous and they didn't tend to move very much, and one of the things that we know about risk for things like neck pain is that variability and variation in posture is really important. So computers gained you a better symmetrical posture, but lost you some of the movement that was really important.

Robyn Williams: Hence the need to get up and walk around every 20 minutes at least.

Leon Straker: Yes, as adults we learned when we were taught how to use computers after early introduction in the 1980s, it didn't go so well with RSI but we soon learned that people needed to have breaks from sitting down and working with computers, and the same sort of principles apply for children too.

More here: http://goo.gl/EUPwo0
(click on show ranscript tab to read)


Evidence based guidelines for wise e-game use by Professor Leon Straker, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University (pdf): http://goo.gl/CugGYE

RSI: Repetitive Stress Injury.

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Very infimormative
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Storybook Algorithms
by +Ali Almossawi 

You may remember the free online book, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments, doing the rounds on G+ in 2013, well now its author +Ali Almossawi has produced Part I of a new story, kindly in the Creative Commons, called Hans in the Land of Bards.

Part II: Hans in the Belly of the Nihilistic Tuna Fish and Part III: Hans in the Mantle of the Socially Awkward Deep Sea Octopus are coming later in the year. The work sets out to explain some common computer algorithms in an eccentric adventure story form with links to more technical details and code in the side bar.  It looks to me like Ali has lived in England and he's been influenced by Lewis Carroll.

Ironically, given that Ali works for Mozilla, albeit on visualizing Firefox Metrics, the little anchor links in the side bar don't take me, a Firefox user, into the bottom of the screen as I imagine they are supposed to.  So, if you are interested in details, please go to the end of the story part and find and click on read more.

Hans in the Land of Bards is an adventure story about an absentminded tailor and his quick-witted accomplice who struggle to escape a land where things aren’t always what they seem. During the journey, our protagonist is exposed to concepts that are ubiquitous in software, but whose usefulness extends beyond that field. Much as in life, the lessons come in the form of head fakes, which means that our protagonist doesn’t realize at the time that he is learning anything of value.

Hans in the Land of Bards: http://goo.gl/JMEzM2

@ Github: http://goo.gl/ZvpB66

Now that you have read Part I you should be ready for
this puzzle: http://goo.gl/kGLkz9

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments: http://goo.gl/yeuRTq
(also available for fee in hardcopy, for gifts, etc.)

Ali Almossawi: http://goo.gl/jHdZrd

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I had a look at the Bad Arguments book in your link. It looks really good.
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Flashing Lights

New York photographer flashing.lights is sixteen years old, an age where an abundance of caution is scorned, a sense of personal invincibility prevails and perhaps coincidentally an age from which the British Army recruits. This condition, while it lasts, one way or another, in the case of flashing.lights leads to risks being taken and stunning photographs from extreme locations being produced.

More here: http://goo.gl/YtV3It

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+Kevin Clift Thank you. Way beyond what I can do. Some great photos though. Wow!!! Thank you for the link and posting this.
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Myopia's March
via +Miguel Angel 

It isn't just politicians, business leaders and financiers who are short sighted. It seems that there is a veritable global epidemic of myopia affecting a significant proportion of the world's population and especially the young. There may be a link to our not staring off to infinity so much anymore or not spending enough time in the type of intense light provided out of doors.  

The condition is more than an inconvenience. Glasses, contact lenses and surgery can help to correct it, but they do not address the underlying defect: a slightly elongated eyeball, which means that the lens focuses light from far objects slightly in front of the retina, rather than directly on it. In severe cases, the deformation stretches and thins the inner parts of the eye, which increases the risk of retinal detachment, cataracts, glaucoma and even blindness. Because the eye grows throughout childhood, myopia generally develops in school-age children and adolescents. About one-fifth of university-aged people in East Asia now have this extreme form of myopia, and half of them are expected to develop irreversible vision loss.

More here: http://goo.gl/pRZac3

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+Kevin Clift Actually that is a really good idea.  With the health apps and bracelets some people are exercising more now that they can track what they are doing and share it.

One author mentioned exercising more once he equated it to leveling up.  

If you turn it into a game, people will play it.  ???
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Photogenic Drawing

I don't know about you but I find it very easy to miss the Google Doodle these days.  In case you missed it, today's doodle (for the UK and the US) celebrates Anna Atkins who used Herschel's Cyanotype technique to image the seaweed (Algae) of Britain and produce the world's first fully photographically illustrated book, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.

Anna Children Atkins was born on this day in 1799, in Tonbridge, Kent, to a father who worked in a British Museum circle of scientists. John George Children’s Royal Society group included not only William Henry Fox Talbot, who invented the calotype photographic process, but also Herschel, the chemist-astronomer and photographic scientist who invented the precursor to blueprinting known as the cyanotype, by which chemically treated paper exposed to light could create a permanent impression.

More here: http://goo.gl/SwlI1w

Unboxing Video (4:15): http://goo.gl/W7DfUu

Cyanotype (Wikip): http://goo.gl/3q9SWf

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"The difficulty of making accurate drawings of objects as minute as many of the Algae and Confera, has induced me to avail myself of Sir John Herschel's beautiful process of Cyanotype, to obtain impressions of the plants themselves," explained Anna Atkins in October 1843. Mrs. Atkins (1799-1871) was an amateur botanist especially interested in scientific illustration and taxonomy. Her goal in producing Photographs of British Algae was to provide a visual companion to William Harvey's pioneering but unillustrated 1841 publication Manual of British Algae; to that end, Atkins's specimen titles follow Harvey's nomenclature.

Even more here: http://goo.gl/PeIsfy

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Seems like its underwater! #UnderwaterBeauty!
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Dawn Chorus

Courtesy of the wonderful sound recordist, Chris Watson, who stayed up all night for our benefit, you can listen to the development of the British Dawn Chorus. This natural wonder is reputedly one of the best in the world, from the earliest individual nightingale at 2:30 AM to the final crescendo featuring a full orchestra of woodland birds.

As a wildlife sound recordist, Chris Watson has been lucky enough to travel around the world listening to bird song, and is convinced that the very best dawn chorus in the world is here in Britain. From late March until mid-June, between 3am and 6am, there is a tremendous outpouring of song in woodlands between latitudes 50 to 55 degrees north. Resident birds are joined by migrant birds from Africa and Eastern Europe whose voices coalesce into an international chorus which fills our woodlands well before sunrise. Chris decided to try and capture a dawn chorus in a landscape he knew well as he would have to set up microphones in the dark, so he chose Suffolk. It was early May when he set out one evening down the old railway path which links Aldeburgh with Thorpeness. He arranged his microphones by a likely looking area of birch and alder trees, although the first sounds he heard were not birds but the bells of Aldeburgh parish church nearly two miles to the south. The bells faded under the sounds rooks, jackdaws and pheasants returning to their roost. There then followed the sounds of the night; owls, deer and foxes. At 2.30am Chris heard the first bird song, when a nightingale began to sing. This was a beautiful solo voice in the darkness. Soon other birds joined the Nightingale; Robin, Song thrush, Blackbird and Wren, until at 4am the chorus had developed to the extent that it was difficult to pick out any individual. With the first rays of daylight, the chorus began to subside and the pattern of song was changed by the late arrivals. As Chris returned back along the footpath, he was accompanied by the cries of curlew rising off the marshes and heading inland - a perfect end to a wonderful dawn chorus. Producer Sarah Blunt.

Listen here (15 mins.): http://goo.gl/mG76VM

Also in this series: http://goo.gl/umqrQF

Glacial Melt
The Wash
St. James' Park
Midnight at the Oasis

It is easiest to play these on a computer (with Flash) although they will work on iOS and as I understand it, once the BBC media player http://goo.gl/oHuhfM has been installed, on Android.



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Превосходно!
Это правильно, что делает этот человек! Очень хорошо. Подлинный релакс.
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Curves

Is it a bird, is it a plane?  No, it's an Amaryllis that's already blooming – out of doors – in March.  I had my wife hold up a piece of A4 coloured craft paper behind this one to create a nice background.
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It was real sky in the last Amaryllis post but I had to do the Limbo dance to get the sky as background in it. This background has a hint of purple that wasn't present in the clear skies we had today and I could take this picture standing up.
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Classical Library

This service was originally designed to help people choose CDs to build a +BBC Radio 3 curated collection of high quality classical music performances.  Now of course it can also be used to build a digital classical library.  Recently, a Will Burn has gone to the trouble of creating a +Spotify play list based on the recommendations.

One can listen to the weekly broadcasts of CD Review , listen to one month's worth of online episodes, subscribe to the podcast (unusually seems to be UK only, or maybe that's a mistake), obtain a pdf or doc of the recommendations, sign up for the weekly newsletter, etc.

Here: http://goo.gl/7ijy8J

Click on the picture below if you are a +Spotify user.
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Cupertino Bulbs March 2015

The bulbs are making good progress outside.
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Like the back and white.  
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Amalie Emmy Noether
born 1882/03/23

Is the subject of today's Google Doodle: http://goo.gl/l4JSdw.

For symmetry lovers who are the mathematically inclined John Baez explains Noether's First Theorem here: http://goo.gl/DRHAAZ.
 
 
Emmy Noether's 133rd Birthday

"In the judgment of the most competent living mathematicians, Fräulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began. In the realm of algebra, in which the most gifted mathematicians have been busy for centuries, she discovered methods which have proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians. Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. One seeks the most general ideas of operation which will bring together in simple, logical and unified form the largest possible circle of formal relationships. In this effort toward logical beauty spiritual formulas are discovered necessary for the deeper penetration into the laws of nature."
A. Einsten, NY Times obituary, 1935
excerpted from
http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Obits2/Noether_Emmy_Einstein.html

More at:
http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Noether_Emmy.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Noether

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"Noether sometimes used postcards to discuss abstract algebra with her colleague, Ernst Fischer. this card is postmarked 10 April 1915."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Noether#/media/File:Emmy_noether_postcard_1915.jpg

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World Factbook
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Redditor gray_dorian has put the CIA World Factbook onto Android.  Thanks to open government the CIA does not provide an API for the World Factbook (so that the data could be read programmatically) so the data had to be scraped via a zip file, then more recent data added from CSV files. A custom parser was created, the data cleaned and then the rationalised data was loaded into an SQLite database.

NO PERMISSIONS, NO TRACKERS, NO ADS. CIA World Factbook app does not spy on you!

This a FREE app to browse World Factbook, a guide prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency for use by US Government officials.

Now, there are already a few similar apps on Play Store, what makes this app unique is:
- Designed for phones and tablets
- Speed, the app is super fast
- Only one click to see the country details
- Countries sorted by GDP by default, no longer Afghanistan is at the top place
- Tabbed interface to quickly switch between continents and categories
- Drawer menu to sort countries by any measurable indicator (GDP, Area, Population etc)
- Compare North vs South Korea or any other two countries side-by-side
- Browse through country flags in grid-mode
- See Guide for fields

Note: this application is not associated with the CIA

More here (Google Play): http://goo.gl/VnZGEg

The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013: http://goo.gl/0KcJkf




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+Randall Lee Reetz You're dense, aren't you?

My claim is that Godel's results have zero actual real-life implications for biology.

Your claim is that it does have actual real-life results, as opposed to theoretical wanking.

So feel free to provide 3 examples of where it actually mattered, as you keep claiming it does.  You've been researching this for 35 years, surely you've found 3 examples in all that time.....

So 'c'mon Randall - man up and provide evidence, or admit that you can't and that we can reasonably conclude that there's no actual impact on biology.
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