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Beautiful new music — and the whole album is only $1 for a limited time!
 
When I started the November Album Project, I wasn’t anticipating that it would be such an, er, interesting, month. Art is a great way to work through things, and I took this project and turned myself inside out to create this album.

And it’s done, and it’s good. I’m pleased to announce “With Only the Stars,” a collection of seven ambient tracks. The main evocation is space travel, but it is also about feelings, it is about being lost and finding your way, and being amazed at the beauty of the universe as it reflects back to you from all facets. It is foreboding and sparkling all in good measure.

For the next few weeks I’m making it available for $1, though you can pay more if you like. There’s not a huge amount I can contribute to the world right now, but music is one. Please listen and enjoy and share. Thank you.

https://artemis7.bandcamp.com/album/with-only-the-stars

Artemis Seven is a downtempo/chill/ambient/experimental project led by Jeffrey Radcliffe. Musical landscapes, explorations of color and mood, compact tone poems. Great music to travel, to think with. I also make unabashedly dancey music under the name Rotosquid.
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Got a minute? Participate in my student Lesley's experiment on hole-filling in image editing: http://csclub.uwaterloo.ca/~lanortha/datagen/start.html.

Help Improve Image Patching/Hole Filling Techniques! My name is Lesley Istead and I'm a PhD student under Dr. Craig S. Kaplan in the Computer Science Department at the University of Waterloo. Study Purpose and Procedures. I'm looking for volunteers to help produce/classify images as part of a ...
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New allergy treatment options

So, in trying to figure out what's wrong with my airways and how I might fix them, I've come across a couple of newer allergy treatment options that I gather from convos people are often not aware of.

Sublingual immunotherapy drops: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/743394_2

Immunotherapy for allergies means introducing the allergen into your bloodstream and gradually building up a tolerance to it. This is currently done, in North America at least, largely by injection. The injections are a pain (literally and figuratively). However, you can now also do the same thing by putting drops under your tongue every day. Because it's a smaller dose than the injections, you are at far less risk for an anaphylactic reaction, so you can do it at home.

Cat-SPIRE & other SPIREs: http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/business/11833593.Firm_s_cure_for_cat_allergy__at_the_double_/

This is a set of immunotherapy shots, but you only have to do four shots over sixteen weeks, rather than dozens of shots over a period of years. They're hoping to have the first one, for cat allergy, approved and on the market by the end of 2017. Others in the pipeline include dust, ragweed, and hayfever. I'm keeping a close eye on this and will be shouting about it again when it becomes available in the US.
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Huh, that's interesting. They were TOTALLY willing to let me give myself shots at home. Maybe because I'd gotten them on and off for 30 years?
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Attention Montrealers, this exhibit is coming your way in 2017.
The exponential development of technology is paradoxically a time there is a surge in attention and demand for magical, unexplained and mythological phenomena. La Gaîté lyrique - first a theatre, then a reference for operetta, a theme park, an abandoned building hosting secret rave parties - is now a digital culture space filled with stories and memories.
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So in the new G+ layout, how do I tell when there are new posts...?
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I'm surprised to say I don't hate this update as much as I've hated previous updates. The "squish everything into a mobile-sized card, no matter how big your monitor is" thing is pretty annoying, to be sure. Typing this comment is amazingly obnoxious, at approximately six words per line. But I actually like the new nav bar at the top and the collapsible menu on the left. Hangouts is gone but I never used it on G+ (I use it on GMail). And the posting date seems to still be there, in Twitter-esque short format ("12h").

Overall I'm not super fond of the "make everything look like a mobile app" design movement, but this isn't as terrible as I thought it would be.
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As part of my fall studio work, I'm releasing a new track for free every 2-3 weeks. This week's offering is "Sock Chakra" which is a light, fluffy journey full of synths, pizzicato strings, and piano floating over timpani and a slightly agitated bass.

You can listen on Soundcloud, and if you like it, download it for free! http://bit.ly/1KFdmoM
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Sock Chakra by Artemis Seven
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Project Fi review

I bought a new phone and switched to Project Fi two months ago.

Best part: the low, low cost of data. I used to be on AT&T, which charged me roughly $70/month for unlimited data & text in the US. With Project Fi, I pay $10/GB of data, and $20 for all the phone services. I use 1 - 2 GB of data/month when I'm at home, so my bill is now $30 - $40/month. (And they prorate for parts of a GB.)

AND -- data costs THE SAME AMOUNT in their long list of roaming countries. This, to me, was the killer feature that prompted me to switch only two months before a new version of the Google phone came out. I was in Europe for two weeks in September. If I'd been with AT&T, I would have had to pay $120 for a whopping 850 MB -- not GB, MB -- of data. And that's the most I could have bought, leaving me anxiously monitoring every byte of data my phone used, and probably paying a lot more when I went over -- to the tune of $150/GB. Not a typo. It's $0.15/MB when you go over.

Instead, I used my phone as freely as I liked, including navigating with maps and playing Pokemon Go. I even made my phone a wifi hotspot for J & V when it turned out the wifi in our Paris Airbnb wasn't working. I paid around $30 for all the data I used over two weeks in France, the UK, and our brief stopover in Iceland. THIRTY DOLLARS.

Worst part: if you have a Google Voice number and a cell number, and you want to keep them both, switching to Project Fi will mess you up. You can port your current cell number from any carrier to Project Fi, but it becomes, in essence, a Google Voice number. You can't have two GV numbers on one Google account, so if you don't want to lose your existing GV number, you have to move it to another Google account before you sign up for Project Fi. And you can't forward one GV number to another, so I can't have the GV number I use for the charity I run forwarded to my cell anymore, making it into nothing but a voicemail box. (Fortunately, I get hardly any calls on that line.) That last part about forwarding is not well documented and took me by surprise, so spread the word if you know people in that situation.
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It's sprint on the back end, if I recall?
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Check it out!
 
Oh, and did I fail to mention that I released a new Artemis Seven album today? 9 fresh new tracks take you on a journey. It's only available on Bandcamp for the next few weeks – please support my music, and thanks so much for listening!

Get it here: http://bit.ly/2a1QHsT
Artemis Seven is a downtempo/chill/ambient project led by Jeffrey Radcliffe.
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Help with my search for a new cereal?

I like eating cereal for breakfast, but I hate hate hate soggy cereal. I recently found a cereal that worked for me -- Enjoy Life's Crunchy Flax (http://www.iherb.com/p/32781) -- but it looks like Enjoy Life is not in the cereal business anymore.

So. Anyone out there know of a cereal that does not get soggy? Or at least, takes a very long time to do so? Like, after ten minutes of milk submersion, is only minimally affected? Bonus points if it's gluten-free, but make suggestions regardless -- it's possible I could find a GF alternative.
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I walked past a Kashi cereal today in Whole Foods that said it was GF. Thought of you. It was this one:
https://www.kashi.com/our-foods/cold-cereal/golean-clusters-cereal-vanilla-pepita
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One of my favourite SF novels of all time, Expendable, is a Kindle deal this month for $1.99. It's set in a fascinating, well-thought-out future populated with diverse, complex characters. There are a bunch of novels set in this universe in a kind of loose series; this is the first.
Expendable (League of Peoples Book 1) - Kindle edition by James Alan Gardner. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Expendable (League of Peoples Book 1).
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Loving the books
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Beautiful chill music for you!
 
As part of my fall studio work, I'm releasing a new track for free every 2-3 weeks.  This week’s offering is “Sunrise Horizon,” part of a series of sketches I started this summer while on vacation in Cape Cod.

You can listen on Soundcloud, and if you like it, download it for free! http://bit.ly/1Mk3epS. Thank you, as always, for supporting my art.

One morning I woke up early and drove out to the beach to catch the 5am sunrise. I was the only person there, and wrapped in a blanket I watched the sun slowly set the sky aflame, heard the gentle roar of the ocean, felt the world come to life.

As soon as I returned from the beach, I wrote "Sunrise Horizon.” I took a recording of the ocean, which can be heard throughout.
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Sunrise Horizon by Artemis Seven
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