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Phillip Long
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nice composition of Stata from the upper patio. Must have been a very wide angle lens.

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I wish someone had explained this to me when I started at the +MIT Media Lab. It would have saved me a lot of time.

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Interesting discovery as to who the dedication of the sonnets of Shakespeare were actually made. The printing community will be thrilled!


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Tragic fire is a loss to all of us as 2000 sq mtrs of historic documents dating to the 16th century go up in flames in Moscow fire. 

Waiting at the Philadelphia airport for the pilot to get his lunch . Boy it sure has lost the glamour of "air travel" from years past - of course the aircraft is Dash 8... I've always wondered if pilots of these turboprops are in the training program for 'real' jets or if these pilots get the same status and pay as the larger jets.

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The sad story of the attack on the Jewish community  in Argentina in 1994 was brought back again recentlly with the report that the chief prosecutor Alberto Nisman 'suicided' in Buenos Aires this weekend, after doggedly pursuing the responsible parties (allegedly Iranians led by Mohsen Rabbani, the former Iranian cultural attache in Argentina at the time of the blast), over the past 25 years.

He had just recently accused Argentine President Fernandez and several of  her staff of secretly negotiating a deal with the same former Iranian cultural affairs minister now in Tehran, based on wire taps he ha obtained and recordings of those conversations. The deal was to make this prosecution 'go away' in return for oil from Iran, given the Iranian energy situation is in dire straights.

Specifically The Guardian reported "last Wednesday...  Nisman presented a 300-page complaint before Federal Judge Ariel Lijo against the president. Nisman accused her of conspiring with her foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, through secret negotiators to clear Iran of charges in return for Iranian oil to make up for the debilitating energy deficit that had resulted from years of government mismanagement."

For the details see The Guardian UK article.

 I don't what to say really.

I lived in Argentina for 3 years or so back in the late seventies. There were disappearances being reported frequently, usually the young people who were protesting the military junta governing at the time. I saw the Madres de Plaza de Mayo. As the caption of this YouTube video records (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_qpjDY5-dU) , "They  march silently every Thursday in front of the the Presidential palace (Casa Rosada or the Pink House) in Buenos Aires. The mothers march in protest of the 30,000 "disappeareds," the sons and daughters of Argentina abducted by the government during the Dirty War (1976-1983)."   The hauntingly beautiful song by Sting, "They Dance Alone"  captures the sentiment, and truthfully move me to tears every time I hear it and remember the anguish on the faces of the mothers in the silent marches (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNaNXxdPHCA)

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One way to reach a more affordable 4-year bachelors degree? Make the first two years free!

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From Roy Spence, “When you’re a kid every day is full of firsts, full of new experiences. As you get older, your firsts become fewer and fewer. If you want to stay young, you have to work to keep trying new things.”

Trying hard to stay young... 

Attending a workshop on the future of course reviews. One of the presenters from a local university allow academic staff to remove comments from their course reviews that they find offensive or inappropriate. There were 46 staff have removed 116 comments in the past 18 months, a number that the university in question felt was reasonable. This practice generated a flurry of discussion. 
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