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The Guardian has just released a great interactive piece on the NSA spying programs, and what Snowden's leaks really mean for people around the world. If you've been following this issue closely then you probably won't learn anything new, but if you want to get up to speed quickly on what the problems are, and why Snowden's leaks about NSA spying affect you personally, then this is a great way to get the full summary.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/nov/01/snowden-nsa-files-surveillance-revelations-decoded
In the last five months, the NSA's surveillance practices have been revealed to be a massive international operation, staggering in scope. But how do all of the NSA's programmes fit together – and what does it mean for you?
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This gif makes me feel super... itchy.
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Interesting interview with Neil Gaiman about libraries. He well articulates the main reason I think that librarians are more important now than ever before - not to find you information where none can be found, but to sort and curate the overwhelming quantity that is available to you.

"We’ve gone from looking at a desert, in which a librarian had to walk into the desert for you and come back with a lump of gold, to a forest, to this huge jungle in which what you want is one apple. And at that point, the librarian can walk into the jungle and come back with the apple."
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Time lapse video of last night's storm in Boulder. A few minutes after the last sequence ended I was running up Broadway getting pounded by hail. Don't know why I went out to film a storm, but forgot to bring an umbrella. 
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A bit of 1800's maker philosophy - don't stick to just one trade, but instead take delight in learning new facets and applications of your skills throughout your life.
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A treatise from 1869 on the value being multi-faceted in one's profession, and cultivating a variety of skills instead of just a single trade.
This saying was evidently born in a blacksmith's shop. It has done service in every kind of shop, and has passed into one of those proverbs which are as often false as true. Indeed, this is the cha...
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Coincidentally     I have been thinking about priorities.  
So much to do that I am procrastinating, not knowing where to start.  I notice that this state of mind & conspiracy of external events happens periodically.  Although I am my own boss now, I go on strike, don't work, Do trivial stuff.
Let my mind know I have limits. Dont push!
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Hard at work, today. Thanks +TopatoCo!
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This is a 100% accurate representation of my current hair style, merged with Nicolas Cage's rugged good looks.
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Shot a timelapse video of my CNC router cutting a sign for an art project currently at Burning Man. Thought you might like it! http://vimeo.com/73274852
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Did you make this cnc? There is a Google plus community DIY CNC to share tips for making & customizing cnc macines
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A board game based on Settlers of Cataan, only utilizing ant biology and colony dynamics. I would like to make one of these boards...
Leafcutter ants in the genus Atta make a great subject for a fun homemade board game.
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I don't normally see a lot of funny translations, but this one made me laugh. JJC is a Chinese company that makes cheap camera accessories (pretty good stuff, actually). I like their mis-translation of "innovation" as "innovacation" which actually sounds like a word that would be invented by a productivity expert trying to justify sending engineers on long vacations in order to improve their productivity or something. I'm in need of an Innovacation.
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The guy making those signs keeps wondering why the same text keeps coming up for different translations. "English must be a language rich in context and body language" he thinks to himself.
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Awesome! Congratulations. Looks like a huge deal for everyone.
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Sam Ley hung out with 5 people. <a class='ot-hashtag' href='https://plus.google.com/s/%23hangoutsonair'>#hangoutsonair</a>Dee Man, Justin McCoy, Bryan Krueger, Aug C, and Julie Seay
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Really liking Forecast.io, an innovative new weather forecasting website from the makers of the ultra-sweet iOS weather app Dark Sky. It uses a great combination of high accuracy data sources (from which you can view the actual raw data), and has very intelligent short-term and long-term forecasting algorithms.

It doesn't cram 100,000 auto-playing ads down your throat (you know who I'm talking about), uses scientifically validated NOAA and related data sources, and it looks beautiful (while still being functional).

http://forecast.io/#/f/39.9778,-105.1319
Full-featured, global weather service, complete with 7-day forecasts that cover world, beautiful weather visualizations, and a time machine for exploring the weather in the past and far future.
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PS. Forecast.io is extremely well optimized for use as a hybrid web/device application. Just do the required "add to homescreen" action for your smart-thingy, and it will use location services and HTML5 goodies to display wonderfully on your thingy.
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Renewable Energy Engineer and Hobbyist
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Samuel Ley
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Livin' la vida solar.
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Holds a Guinness World Record.
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