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This a a long (23 minutes) song telling the epic tale of the Earth from its very beginning. Very well done, and it uses  a scientific basis for its premise.

I find this more awe inspiring as a concept than any religion can possibly provide. The universe is too amazing to fall under such simple tales of fancy. 
 
This is beautiful. Yes, it's 23 minutes long. Sit down, shut-up and enjoy the ride! Imagine if Carl Sagan helped write the lyrics for a symphonic metal song, it might go something like this.

There're lyrics in the video, but it might be easier to read along, so here:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/nightwish/thegreatestshowonearth.html

A couple words you should know if you're not familiar with them:
LUCA (Latest Universal Common Ancestor)
Scions (direct descendants)
Ionia (a culture that was a contemporary of Classical Greece)
(I had to look them up, but I thought I'd save you the trouble :)

If you really don't want to listen to the whole thing, the best part is between ~5:20 and ~16:30.
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I love this! Does that make me a nerd, a dork, or a geek?
 
A mathematical limerick. This makes me happy. 
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I like this! He makes some great points about gun ownership.
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Yea, that about sums up my thoughts on the subject too.
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Cat music!
 
Cats don’t like human music — play them this instead
Cats don't care for human music, but researchers have found a new genre that felines enjoy. Photo by Flickr user Adria vidal Ever wondered why your cats do
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+Salem Eachann , enjoy!
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!!!!!
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Every time you make and post a video, I just like you more and more. Thank you for being a beautiful voice in the dark. 
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<Warning: depressing rant ahead>
Will our dreams ever come true? I posit that they will not, at least for the majority of us.

I'm not talking about taking a spaceship to the stars and meeting Yoda, I'm referring to our more moderate, supposedly attainable dreams, like retirement, owning a house without payments, living without fear of missing a single paycheck.

For those of us who have other dreams, such as my much desired and arguably needed surgeries, the dream of living comfortably is truly out of reach. 

Before anyone makes the argument that I am living better than 90% of the world because I can type this on my computer, I know, and I agree. I am not saying I have it bad. I eat three meals a day (though they are cheap meals), I have a comfortable home (even if my rent enters directly into the pockets of my landlord), and I have two good jobs (leaving no free time to pursue anything outside of said jobs). It can always be worse. Always.

But I am venting on the other end of the spectrum. I was told, promised as a child that if I work hard, better myself, truly strive, I would succeed, and be anything I ever wanted to be. Even living moderately was a pleasant thought. Never did I consider that getting a degree and a good job would put me solidly into lower class. 

I, like many people, struggle to live day to day. Most days, I work 15 hours, my day job and my evening one, so I can make enough money to pay off the bills of daily life. My days that I work a mere 8 hours, I take care of the other tasks that have been neglected while working: laundry, dishes, paying bills, and taking care of my daughter. 

It feels as though I am ranting, and perhaps I am. I know there are millions of people struggling with the same issues. My question though, is 

Why?

Why do we struggle? There is plenty of money out there. I see new cars every day. Expensive restaurants filled with people. People taking vacations to Tahiti or the Bahamas. How is it that some people work so many hours, yet reap few of the benefits? Why is there such a large disparity between the rich and the poor?

I see no change on the horizon that will improve matters. I see myself, living as half a person and working until I die, and leaving a world bereft of the 'American Dream' for my offspring. It is a truly bleak world we are passing to the next generation.

I am depressed. I know it. Thankfully, I am also an optimist, so over time, that will layer on denial until it clouds my vision and makes me think I'm happy. Then I will share cat videos, make silly jokes, and pretend.

Because the fantasy of being happy is a fairly convincing substitute for the real thing. 
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This. This gives me a happy. A smart happy.
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Why is Tyson in this, other than that its cool
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This is pretty awesome.
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While I thought the original made sense what with Vader's force choke ability, I have to say... this alternate ending is pretty cool. :)
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This is wonderful! It gave me all sorts of happies!
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Musician, Entertainer, Statistician, Gamer, Writer, Game Designer
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  • State of Missouri
    Statistician, 2010 - present
  • Staples
    2010 - present
  • Musician, Entertainer, Statistician, Gamer, Writer, Game Designer
    Musician, Entertainer, Statistician, Student, Gamer, Writer, 1984 - present
  • Elvendrums
    Musician, Entertainer, 1999 - 2014
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Jefferson City, MO
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Springfield, MO - Denver, CO - St. Louis, MO
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Statistician, Gamer, Writer, Game Designer, Musician, Entertainer
Introduction
I am a research statistician. I'm interested in polling, data, and analyzing trends using statistical analysis. I would like to work for the U.S. Census, Gallup Polls, or another agency or company like these.

I love role-playing games - table top - and the way a character can be represented and played through the use of numbers and probability. I am writing an RPG, a card game based on my band (see below), and a couple of board games.

I was a member of Elvendrums, a band of elves. I played percussion, sang a bit, and played the didjeridoo. I also maintained the website for the band (www.elvendrums.com).

I also love science fiction and fantasy.

Oh, and I am a transgender woman.
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I have a BS in Statistics
Education
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
    Statistics, 2010
  • Columbia College
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July 29
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