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A wonderfully simple explanation of on of Plato's ideas. Most of us are cave-dwellers, in my experience.

Thanks +Susanne Ramharter
 
Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Animated: History’s Greatest Parable Exploring the Nature of Reality | Brain Pickings

'...“Reality,” wrote Philip K. Dick, “is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” And yet how are we to be sure that what we observe actually is? After all, so much of what we experience as reality is the product of our remarkably flawed perception.  

Some 2,400 years earlier, Plato explored this very question in his famous Allegory of the Cave — perhaps history’s most masterful figurative inquiry into the meaning of life and the nature of reality — found in Book VII of his Republic (free download; public library).
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http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/23/plato-allegory-of-the-cave-ted-ed/
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An issue I have not come across before - I took a photosphere which displays as photosphere on my phone (nexus 6). However, the synced photo is a flat 2d. Previous photospheres have synced correctly but not this one. 

Any suggestions from the great crew here?

- Mike

https://goo.gl/photos/R4z6ZXqj6FKiyQDP7
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Thanks Craig - I hadn't seen any requests but should have searched first. (Although that link is not working for me.)
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This puzzle is more interesting than it at first appears. Those used to testing software should spot it straight away - or I would hope so, lol.

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Why it's harder to be right than you think...
A short game sheds light on government policy, corporate America, and why no one likes to be wrong.
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Google Classrom API released

Google Classroom comes free with a GAfEdu domain account. Just as my College is looking at dipping its toe into the Google Classroom tool, Google release the API so I can bulk provision classes and students. Great news.

h/t +Dan Ziegler 

http://googleforeducation.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/new-ways-to-integrate-with-Google-Classroom.html
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 day somebody will release a API called H and them everybody will be HAPI :>
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Timbuktu

A masterful and visceral portrayal of what many parts of the world are experiencing with the spread of ISIS. However, this feels intensely real and personal as it is easy to empathise with those directly affected in the story.

As always, conquerors arrive with new laws and different interpretations of scriptures to justify their brutality so note that some of the scenes are unsettling. The jihadists ban music, singing and even football but cannot crush the spirit, clearly.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3409392/

In Arabic & French mostly
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I would suggest that certain design ideas are best not pursued to the final product.
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Here in Indianapolis, we had a gun show dedicated to concealed carry garments and accessories for women. Of course, some attendees are probably going to win a Darwin Award like this:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/18/woman-kills-self-adjusting-bra-holster/23640143/
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I very nearly gave up halfway through taking this as it was a very scary sheer drop either side of a tiny path onto a promontory.

I don't think the photo quite captures the drama (or my fear), unfortunately.

#photographerangst    
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+Rupert Wood​ Not yet, but will do, thanks. 
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What happened, Miss Simone?

Like many, I came across Nina Simone later in here career with he hit My Baby Just Cares For Me. (Although, at the time I thought is was a male artist due to her baritone voice.)

This Netflix documentary covers her astonishing life and her inner turmoils - particularly her radical civil rights period and slow mental decline.

Musically, she was incredible but unfulfilled as her wish to be the first black woman concert pianist to play Carnegie Hall. She had to settle with blues and jazz as more fitting for a working woman of colour with limited means although.

Recommended viewing for fans of her work.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4284010/
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Her relationship with her first husband was quite twisted too. 
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If the annual 4th of July reminder of losing a war somewhere is not embarrassing enough, the UK forges ahead with this nonsense. 

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I don't think banning encryption is going to turn out like Cameron thinks it will.

Encryption is binary. If it's encrypted (properly), no one can decipher it. If it's not encrypted... everyone can see it. Cameron probably thinks only the good guys will be snooping.

Besides the fact that this is totally unenforceable. Why yes officer, I am just sending and receiving random data.
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Won't happen, like you can ban maths

Just classic - state extreme position, upset people, make compromise which you wanted in first place most palatable and goes thru.

Still when did criminals follow the law. 
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I have eventually got around to watching this and, gosh, it is powerful stuff. Were only UK politicians able to touch upon such sensitive subjects so movingly.

I would usually baulk at hearing policy proposals pursued through God's grace but here it feels appropriate as in America the 'black Church' has always been used as an engine for political change.
 
Today is not only a day of joy, but a day of mourning. President Obama delivered a eulogy for Clementa Pickney, murdered nine days ago today. And if you have the time -- he spoke for a full 40 minutes -- I encourage you to listen. This is one of those speeches that a written transcript doesn't really capture, because it's not a politician's speech.

In fact, I'd probably better give a warning here. Those of you who hate the President, per se, will not enjoy watching this; I'd simply skip it. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the language of the church may find it unusual or hard to understand, because it's very much not a political speech; it's a eulogy delivered by a man for his coreligionists, fitted deeply into the language of his religion. (Although for those who wonder about the significance and the importance of the church in African-American society, he explains it quite beautifully at 1:33:33

Those of you who want, however, to hear an extraordinary, heart-shaking speech, one full of all the things we have needed to say and we have needed to hear our leaders say for so long, should sit down and watch. You won't regret it.

He speaks about the man, he speaks about the church, he speaks about our society, and the meaning of this killing and of the society which allowed and created it. And what he has to say is wise and worth listening to.

For all that I have had my issues with him -- some very serious indeed -- on this matter, the President has stood up and made us proud.

(Edited to add: I just watched it a second time, and it's even better. The sermon he preaches, starting at around 1:37:00, is a joy to behold, and it's everything I never thought I would hear an American President say out loud in my lifetime.)
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Very proud, as an American and as a Methodist. Historical.
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Ah, the beautiful Noss Mayo. It is difficult to capture the vibe of such a cool place but this is very close. 
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+Max Madonia You can always re-visit :-)

+Dinsan Francis They are not always that perfect, I can assure you...
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The Eternal Zero

There is something odd about Japanese cinema for me and this film is no exception. It appears in some ways stuck in the silent or early talkie era with overacted facial expressions to signpost significant emotions or keystone cop-like giggly groups of men behaving unnaturally childishly for some reason.

That aside, this film was interesting on a number of levels. It takes a Japanese view of the Pacific battles during WWII where the 'dastardly' Allies are the enemy. But the enemy is also portrayed as coming from within as the the country uses increasingly desperate tactics as they face losing the war - particularly the use of kamikaze pilots.

The plot centres around one pilot in particular who desperately tries to survive - which goes against the grain of his colleagues somewhat - and his grandchildren who are trying to find out about his life during the war. The pilot appears to personify the pain that Japan is enduring.

The special effects used in the film are very good indeed. though it is worth noting that some battle scenes might be difficult for western sensibilities.

In Japanese.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmMlWI5Z66I
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