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Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse and Lightning Storm
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What's more rare than a supermoon total lunar eclipse? How about a supermoon total lunar eclipse over a lightning storm. Such an electrifying sequence was captured yesterday from Ibiza, an island in southeastern Spain. After planning the location for beauty, and the timing to capture the entire eclipse sequence, the only thing that had to cooperate for this astrophotographer to capture a memorable eclipse sequence was the weather. What looked to be a bother on the horizon, though, turned out to be a blessing. The composite picture features over 200 digitally combined images from the same location over the course of a night. The full moon is seen setting as it faded to red in Earth's shadow and then returned to normal. The fortuitous lightning is seen reflected in the Mediterranean to the right of the 400-meter tall rocky island of Es Vedra. Although the next total eclipse of a large and bright supermoon will occur in 2033, the next total eclipse of any full moon will occur in January 2018 and be best visible from eastern Asia and Australia.
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Turkle is at it again with a new book. I guess it's new, but it sounds like deja vu all over again.
quote Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do; it's where we learn to put ourselves in the place of the other.
The privileging of face to face communication strikes again... in written form (where are the Irony Police when we need them?). Face to face communication can be great, and it can also be ... not great. I learned to put myself in the place of others by encountering those others in the books that I read rather than in friendless face to face encounters throughout my childhood (in which I never was at the same school for more than two years, and often just one year or a half-year). I'm all for examining the ways in which people are not getting what they need in the digital world, but we also need to be aware that the opposite can be true: people who would otherwise feel quite alone need not feel so alone in a world where digital communication is possible.
Author Sherry Turkle is concerned that we are outsourcing too many of our conversations to screens and robots. "Face to face conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do," she says.
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The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind

Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.
Network scientists have discovered how social networks can create the illusion that something is common when it is actually rare.
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Why are democracies letting secret negotiations where corporations represent their interests but citizens are there to represent theirs?
Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz is one of the most renowned economists in the world. The Columbia University professor and former chief economist at the World Bank won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science in 2001 and has been one of the most vocal critics of globalization and global inequality. On Thursday, Stiglitz spoke at the University of B.C. as part of a new $3-million initiative spurred by a donation by Rogers Communications vice-ch...
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Would suggest checking out, "From Bitcoin to Burning Man and Beyond".
21C Monday Magazine: Transactions & Transitions
Issue 67  - Mar 16, 2015

"Our entire culture is predicated on the idea that ideas compete openly and fairly in free marketplace(s). This is the essence of democracy. The results of this healthy dynamic tend to be dramatic innovation, efficiency, emergence, productivity, and flourishing."
-- +Jordan Greenhall

Life in the Village, part 210: Crane Birds
+Pam WhimsicalVintage

Life in the Village, part 208: Corner of Pot Hole Road & Discovery Avenue

"Rain rain go away. It's starting to dry up. Let's hope tomorrow is on. I think the city got most pot holes fixed."
-- +Stacey Blanchard

Life in the Village, part 207: Bleeding Heart
+Sherrill Duce

Life in the Village, part 206: Mullaghmore
+Eileen O'Duffy

Life in the Village, part 205: How We Spend Our Afternoons
+Zara Altair  &  +Ron Scroggin

Life in the Village, part 204: First White Rose
+Farinaz Parsay

Life in the Village, part 203: La Plaine, Marseille
+Ooook Barnabé

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
-- Anaïs Nin   via +Clay Forsberg

"Without autonomy diversity declines, lowering resilience and destroying the richness of life."
-- +Steven Palmer

21C Community: Retail & Suboptimal Placemaking
via +Mick Fealty

A mall is a social, immersive artifact with suboptimal placemaking. Increasingly, I hear friends complaining that they have trouble finding restaurants with "character". I usually manage to keep myself from delivering the placemaking enlightenment speech - and suggest we go to a place where they serve food. :)

Drugs & Lifespan
+Adam Black

The Four Horsemen
+Brian Koberlein  via +Bruce Marko

Awake yet empty
+Michael Galli

Wednesday Addams & True Love
via +Roger James Thornton Brown

At the Prancing Pony
+Linda Rogers

+Dirk Puehl

Time Lost and Regained
Reflections on Proust by +Hoda Maalouf

Flit like vanishing wings
+Pietro Montevecchio

Pause Between Birdsong
+Mara Rose

"Fail and stumble your way to to your own greatness in you."
-- +David Frank Gomes

21C Design: Hearing for the deaf

"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them.
But do not let them master you."
-- Helen Keller    via +Ali Adelstein

21C Design: Crayon The Grids
via +Hans Youngmann

21C Design: Beyond Dystopia
via +Richard Harlos

"One person's vision for his restaurant where people can go to appreciate the music and where he himself can make good friends and converse."
-- +Simon Robinson

21C Literacies: Everything Around You

"When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and you're life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again."
-- Steve Jobs via +Adam Scislowicz

1. How am I looking at things?
2. How can I orient myself in the world in a slightly differen way?
3. How can I unlearn and relearn making decisions?
4. What's my heart telling me is my next step?
5. Can I open up myself and listen to generative feedback from others?

We are defined in terms of how we respond to our challenges. There is no 'right/wrong" answer. Just more( or less) efficient learning.

@Theconnecting yes. Play, sense, respond, enact, play, ...

@johnkellden Hi John, hope all is well with you. Many changes/events to come over the next 18 months.. ( some are quite "good" relatively)

@Theconnecting all's well! Increasingly, feeling we're "on track" - though some much needed institutional adjustments.

@johnkellden I think we are "on track" but continuing resolution of many heavy distortions will be very disconcerting - growth is hard work

21C Literacies: Social Presencing

"Here is what Lemov sees in the video: he sees Hinton placing herself at the vantage points from which she can best scan the faces of her pupils (“hotspots”). He sees that after she first asks a question, hands that spring up immediately go back down again, in response to an almost imperceptible gesture from Hinton, to give the other children more time to think (“wait time”). He sees her repeat the question so that this pause in the conversation doesn’t slow its rhythm."
-- Ian Leslie  via +Mark Oehlert

21C Literacies: Writing Ourselves Happy
via +Giselle Minoli

21C Literacies: Digital Identities And Slicing

"My all time favorite digital identity post is still Bonnie Stewart's 'Digital Identities: Six Key Selves of Networked Publics', from change11 . It was/still is central to my "identity integration" (more gravitas than "who am I anyway?") project."
-- +Vanessa Vaile

21C Literacies: Linguistic Analysis Tool
via +Zara Altair  &  +Iblis Bane

21C Literacies: Glossary
+Jay Cross

21C Platforms: Automatic of, by and for the People

+Kevin Kelly  :
Larry, I still don’t get it. There are so many search companies. Web search, for free? Where does that get you?

+Larry Page  :
Oh, we’re really making an AI.

"We are right now in the early stages of an AI boom, similar in some ways to the dot-com boom of the late nineties. Before long, we will be surrounded by countless applications of artificial intelligence, embedded in most of the services and products we interact with on a daily basis. Most of these applications will be quite narrow and specialized in focus, but not this one that Google is setting out to build. For it to succeed, this AI will need to be general purpose in scope, and it will need to learn from us in a free and scalable way."
-- +Gideon Rosenblatt

21C Platforms: Digitizing Everything
+Richard Turnock

21C Platforms: Access, Augment, Advance
via +John Verdon

21C Workflow: Generativity
via +Joe Raimondo

21C Enaction: Beauty Is In The Artists Eye
+David Amerland

In memory of Ben Woolf
+Marcy Luikart

Here and Now
+Tami Smith

Flow of Time
via +Peter Nena

Being In The World
+Donald Lee

Free Dive
via +annie bodnar

Gaia: Plastic Water Bottles
via +Bettina Ascaino

Gaia: Archangel Archive
via +Kurt Vega

Gaia: Baby Galapagos Tortoises
via +Brian Fields

The Dangling Conversation
-- Simon & Garfunkel   via +Amelia Hoskins

"We made it? What happened? We happened."
-- John Kellden 

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21C Monday Magazine  Previous Issues
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Diagrammatic ramblings of an unnamed patient at Cambridgeshire Asylum. Featured in On the Writing of the Insane (1870) by G. Mackenzie Bacon. More here:
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That why we should still be teaching rhetoric. Much of liberal arts criticism fell down the post modern rabbit hole and has never fully recovered.
Alongside technical skills, America needs the creativity that a liberal arts education provides.
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You share more with your lovable pet than you might think.
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