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I must declutter and organize my life better. Will I get to the minimalist state? Unlikely. But this is an interesting read.
The junk in our homes can clutter our minds as well. It’s time for a serious spring clean
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Why Google's Project Fi may be important. (I'm guardedly optimistic...}
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+Christopher Bajor If you have a Google Voice number tied to to your cell you can already do this.  I send and receive texts from hangouts and I can make calls on my computer or tablet or phone and it's free.
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Interesting and fun. It begs the question as to how the mind reader's team learned name of the individuals.

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I can use several of these when they're available. https://www.cnx-software.com/2015/04/28/ottobox-smart-wi-fi-electric-socket-learns-your-schedule-to-save-electricity-crowdfunding/ //Hope project attracts both money and a solid team. 
There are already quite a few smart Wi-Fi electric sockets like Kankun KK-SP3, Broadlink SP2, or Orvibo Vivo S20 among others that cost between $20 and $45 shipped. They can all be controlled via an Android or iOS app either via the touch of a button, or by setting schedules, and some can also ...
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cool and inexpensive kit.
 
Tiny little module with 802.11bgn WiFi, 8-GPIO, 1-ADC, serial port, and Arduino Sketch (for ESP) compatible. 

5 units (!) for $18.25 (shipped from USA):
http://goo.gl/jCjHK7

Internet ALL THE THINGS!
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My Logitech M510 wireless mouse arrived yesterday from Amazon. Plugged in ths small USB wireless dongle. Restarted Acer CB5-571 Chromebook (16.6 in 1080p display, 4 GB RAM 32 GB SSD) abnd yes, it works flawless;y. I bought it for my 98 year old step mom who I visit this week withe her new Chromebook (hers has 768 resolution screen). She is not used to a touchpad, (yet?) so this is in the "no excuses" category. LOL

No more BS calls "I am from Microsoft and I will help you with your Windows" crap. The most recent incident made her Lenovo lappie unusable. Somebody explain why MSFT can't shut those @ssholes down? I get those calls all the time. Yesterday I said "OH, thank you for calling! But I don't own a Windows machine, I switched to Macs." (a Lie, sue me, LOL). He said no problem, I will transfer you to our Mac Support. At which point I treated him to some really foul language.
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Maybe Elon Musk of Tesla is on to something.
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This looks interesting. Hope it becomes real, real soon. #RasPi   #arduino   #IoT  
Ardhat claims to be the missing link that connects the Raspberry Pi with the Real World. It's a KickStarter campaign, and is ready for backing right now!
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Anything I should be careful about when buying headset for Chromebook? Use case: Chrome Remote Desktop sessions with my Mom who has trouble with the phone. Will a $20 Logitech headset be OK or a mistake?
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+Andrew Hatchett Thanks, ordered one from Amazon.
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LD West is selling a new breed of holster... Marketed to men and women, each holster holds a wallet on one side and a phone on the other.
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Ya'll excuse me while I whip this out...
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Remember big brother is watching you from satellites that can see a dime from outer space. Looters you are identified.

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Lovely post by one of my favorite #science  folks.
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Daffodils and Dementia

✿ It's spring time in Maryland, and in the words of the poet Wordsworth, my heart dances with the daffodils. Through the long winter, I conjured up memories of these cheerful blooms in my mind:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

✿ But an estimated 44 million people world wide who suffer from Alzheimer's disease are robbed of their memories by a progressive dementia. As the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., Alzheimer's cannot be cured or prevented. One of the handful of drugs available to improve memory loss in patients is galantamine, which is extracted from the leaves and bulbs of daffodils (Narcissus) and snowdrops (Galanthus). These extracts have been in use since ancient times. In Homer's Greek epic, Odysseus is said to have used snowdrops to clear his mind bewitched by Circe. In the 1950s, a pharmacologist observed inhabitants of a remote Bulgarian village rubbing the extracts on their forehead and shortly after, the drug was approved for medical use. Galantamine increases the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in some parts of the brain, both by making the receptor more sensitive to its action and by slowing down its removal. The drug has other interesting properties: it is said to promote lucid dreaming, improve sleep quality, memory loss in brain damage, and some autistic symptoms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galantamine).  

✿ No drug has yet stopped the inexorable progress of Alzheimer's. Early intervention is key to effective treatment: in my lab, for example, we are studying endosomal pathology which is the earliest sign of problems at the cellular level (http://goo.gl/DtVUFT). Yet lack of funding stifles productive research. As Newt Gingrich points out in his recent Op-Ed for New York Times, we spend only 0.8% of the estimated 154 billion dollars of annual medical costs related to Alzheimer's disease on research to cure or prevent it

News Story: Newt Gingrich: Double the NIH Budget. April 22, 2015 http://goo.gl/Fq4PAS 

Daffodil GIF: http://headlikeanorange.tumblr.com/

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