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I have a doctorate in climate science. I have a geek's eye view of sustainability. That's the core of what you'll see in my stream but I'm quite eclectic.

I think the deep past and the deep future are as interesting as the present. I am especially enamored with the period from about 1880 to 1930, when the vision of the future was optimistic and innocent.

I also have an Art circle. Let me know if you want in. Great photography is almost too easy these days, so I am more interested in drawing and painting and such.

I do not like: animated GIFs in public streams, brussels sprouts, and meanness. I promise no animated GIFs, no brussels sprouts and no meanness in return.


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finest Tex Mex cook ever to come out of Jewish Montreal
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  • Ph.D. U Wisconsin - Madison
    Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 1989 - 1995
  • M. Eng. Carleton University
    Systems Engineering, 1980 - 1984
  • B. Sc. Northwestern University
    Electrical Engineering, 1971 - 1976
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Bill McKibben was at the University of Texas talking divestment, which has a sort of bizarre aspect since taken literally, the university would have to divest from itself. Bill made a very convincing defense of his position that there are far more carbon-based fuel resources on corporate books that can be used. he argues that, like it or not, that makes the fossil fuel corporations as currently constituted an enemy to be defeated. There are some ...
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The unbelievable, non-factual, throw-'em-all-under-the-bus press conference by GA governor Nathan Deal.  .

Adding insult to injury, the NWS forecast was right on the money for Atlanta.

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Guess you've never taken hw80 over Donner pass above Lake Tahoe in a snow storm.
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We're looking for presentations on December 16 in Austin. Come on down and visit with us!

Scientists use software for their research. Some of them also develop computational software as part of their research. Scientific Software Day is an ongoing meeting of users and producers of scientific software, with presentations by scientific software tool makers and the users of their tools. The objective is to build cross-disciplinary community and skills in the diverse set of users and developers of scientific software, both academic and industrial, and to improve professional development and networking among its practitioners.

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Scientific Software Days 2013. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION. 7th ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC SOFTWARE DAY. Austin TX December 16-17 2013. Hosted by the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the Institute for Computational Engineering and Science, and the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.
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apparently an MRI of a banana flower sequenced by the third dimension
 
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Time for another installment of #WTFisThis  ?
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WWJD? The miracle that can save Texas from +Rick Perry  has a name. It's +Wendy Davis .  
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Climate change, black holes, evolution... all just one big hoax. Sharknados, on the other hand, are scientific fact. I saw the documentary!
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+Valdis Kletnieks It costs how much to inform people of an event? And then the President on down keep denying there was anything to talk about? Now let's talk about avoidance.
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I will not pass your bill, Barack
I will not even let them talk
I will not pass it on the right
I will not pass it late at night
I will not pass it while I tan
I will not think bipartisan
I will not limit firearms
I will not try to help the farms
It will not pass—it won’t be pretty
I will kill it in committee
I will not pass it (what a shock!)
I will not pass your bill, Barack 

Poem by Jay Cady (inspiration by Jeff Tamblyn, John Boehner, and Dr. Seuss)

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I will not pass your bill, Barack I will not even let them talk I will not pass it on the right I will not pass it late at night I will not pass it while...
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okay, cheap shot, but sort of irresistible as these things go.
 
One of these men is a blood sucking vampire from a bygone era, and the other is Grandpa Munster.
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And the trifecta is complete: Paul Ryan as Eddy Munster and Mitt Romney as Herman Munster.

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Andrew Sullivan is correct. The world is losing faith in America by the minute even if the default is avoided. This confidence will not easily be restored and may never be. 

I disagree that this will necessarily do the world aggregate damage, depending very much on how belligerent the reduced America will be. What actually happened this week is that the Republicans have promoted China to being America's co-equal on the world stage. They have also reinforced the view within the Chinese aristocracy that democracy is unworkable in practice, an idealistic dream that turns into a real world nightmare, much like communism. Alas, it is easy to see their point and hard to argue against it this week.

But America itself has been consequentially economically damaged, probably for a very long time. I predict dollar inflation, starting now, as countries shift to a different reserve currency. It is possible that the rest of the world has the discipline to make this happen slowly. Failure to do so will even further destabilize America.

What's more, the American world view, claiming that corporate independence rests on the unshakable philosophical ground of Jeffersonian democracy, stands starkly refuted by the failure of Jeffersonian democracy. There's something hopeful in that but obviously it's a mixed blessing. Hopefully the consequences on the ground will not arrive suddenly.

Still, the next 24 hours will give the Republicans ample opportunity to do even more damage.

http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/10/15/serious-damage-has-been-done/
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+Michael Tobis I think you have a point with the Keynesian assumption --- it could only work if you pay the debt afterwards. But for many reasons (you mentioned some), it's not happening. That's my biggest problem with the Keynesian economics.

+Geoff Oxberry, +Michael Tobis ---- I think you mentioned some problems and I am not in disagreement in general. But the big picture is that spending $3 for every $2 that gets in (last few years) is out of hands and it needs to be fixed. It's like with running out of space in a hard drive. You fix it by cleaning/reforming the big files if you can (the big files are medicare/medicaid, defence and social security), and possibly buying extra harddrive (raise taxes), or a combination of both. Both parties are responsible for this mess.
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Trying to limit wheat, dairy, beef, and fried food is a hard thing for someone spending a few days in rural Wisconsin. I happened upon this place and decided to try it, despite the lukewarm reviews. Glad I did, You can't expect greatness at a Chinese buffet but sometimes a place rises to pretty good, and this is one of them. Quite an extensive selection for a smallish place like this, and everything high quality and nicely flavored. Not really diet food (plenty of grease and some of the dishes quite sweet) but healthier than most local fare. Real ice cream and not that extruded stuff a temptation at the end; I resisted but it looked good.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
An absolutely amazing value. As neighbors we eat here frequently. Often we are the only non-Mexicans, which is a shame as they deserve a lot more attention. We adore the salsas, and the parillada plates, and the chicken and al carbon tacos. We're moving to the south side but intend to keep coming by now and again. The absurdly shaped building is an attraction, not a drawback. It was built as a Chinese restaurant if I understand correctly, and the shape is intended as a flower. Following the "taco journalism" website we call the place "Funny Shape".
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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