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Penzey's Spices "We need your help" Pi Day plea for celebrating science-based reality, kindness, compassion -- I really do love Penzeys, and am passing on the following email I just got from them:

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We need your help

The Pi Day of the century, 3.14/15 is only a little over a week away. For a time now Pi Day has been all about fun and of course pie, but with the way in recent years, science and even reality itself have come more and more under attack, I’m thinking maybe this year it’s time for Pi Day to emerge as something more than just fun.

For so much of our history, the people of our country and the world have benefited greatly from the science-based reality that has shaped America’s future. Science may be based on numbers, but science's actual value is in its humanity. It's beyond doubt that through science and the honest representation of reality our lives have become safer, healthier and happier.

Yet today the very science that has done so much to reduce suffering in our lives is now under attack. From the climate, to vaccines, to Wisconsin's own Governor Walker’s belief that there are more votes in denying evolution than there are in embracing it, clearly somewhere something has gone very wrong. There is more than enough blame to go all around for how we got here, but maybe this is one of those times that where we are is not nearly as important as where we need to be.

Maybe rather than a debate of our differences, what we need is a celebration of what we share. At Penzeys we think Pi Day could grow into just the holiday we need. There really is no time to lose to get on to celebrating the truth of science-based reality and the math behind it. And there is also no time better than now to get back to celebrating the kindness, compassion and the nurturing nature of our shared humanity that has always been behind the very best that science has brought to our lives.

In Pi, the number is all the value and beauty and wonder that is at the heart of the reality science holds. In the gift of a good slice of pie, the desert is all the kindness and compassion that our shared humanity encompasses. Pi Day really is ready to become so much more. And could there be a better day to relaunch Pi Day as the holiday we truly need than 3.14/15; the Pi Day of the Century?

So we are reaching out to our customers for help. We need your stories and a recipe or two. We already have good stories in the works for living with climate change, the value of vaccines, evolution, and the psychology/brain chemistry of why as humans we are so resistant to seeing the certainty of climate change.

Where we still really need your help is in finding an economist or two to speak to why our deficit spending has left our economy and our humanity in so much better shape than what Europe is facing today. And we could also use one more person with the knowledge to speak to the monetary cost and the human cost of sending to prison people who simply need treatment instead.

For recipes we are flexible. Pies are great but not necessary. Maybe you have another baked good you like to share. Or possibly you have a way you like to make some other circular item: a sliced carrot recipe, scallops are always popular, or even a beet salad that's an old family tradition would do the trick. We really are flexible.

The important thing is if you have the science, or the numbers, or the knowledge that is needed for good policy making in the fields of economics or restorative justice please actually contact us. Don't wait for someone else to do it. Just email a phone number where we can reach you and I will have one of our friendly writers give you a call.
It's time to get off the sidelines. We can't let science and all the goodness it can bring to our lives be a victim of our cultural wars. I don't mean to be overly dramatic, but the future really is at stake here. With your help 3.14/15 could be the turning point the world so very much needs.

We realize we are looking for a needle in a haystack here, and on short notice. If you know someone who fits what we are looking for, please forward this email to them, or better yet, give them a call.

Thanks,

Bill Penzey
bill@penzeys.com
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I just posted this, too. SO lovely!
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OK, so I was just folding laundry when I received a notification on my watch* that I had just gone up to "Level 3". I had no idea who/what had decided this or what exactly they were basing it on, so I tapped an "open on phone" link to find out. I know I'm easily amused, but when I found out what was going on, it was amusing:

Earlier today I had seen a posting in the G+ Women Techmakers community that the Google Developer Groups app now included a Women Techmakers section. So I installed the app, and was able to see events for +GDG Silicon Valley and +GDG San Francisco GDGsf just fine, but whenever I selected the Women Techmakers icon, the app would crash. I tried various things, and sent a crash report, but yeah, it kept crashing.

So the "Level 3" business turned out to be that the GDG app awarded me 500XP for installing it, and 2000XP for starting it more than ten times (because it kept crashing), so that it now considered me a "Level 3 Casual Gamer", even though it is not any kind of game app.

*Last June I went to the Google IO conference, and they gave all the attendees two free smartwatches and the "Cardboard" virtual reality headset. I keep reading articles claiming that smartwatches are awful and nobody likes them, but actually I love my watches -- among other things getting messages and seeing people's faces pop up on them is very cheery and companionable to me, and now I never burn food again because I have a built-in timer that vibrates my wrist, as opposed to being yet again so absorbed in what I'm doing that I don't notice the faint sound of the kitchen timer going off.
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Free smartwatch, awesome! I'm waiting for the tech to mature before buying one, but the vibrating timer sounds great.

They should give you more XP for the crash report!
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It's very common here to get recorded-message scam-spam calls promising things like "Get on the front page of Google and Yahoo and Amazon!", but now I just got the first Google+ one, with a "Kate" claiming to be a "Google+ Specialist" and saying that it was "very urgent [she] contact the business owner". I guess it's progress of a sort to have enough of an increase in name recognition to attract the attention of these telemarketing scammers.
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I read that as "enemy spammers" at first ... though it probably applies as well.
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Visiting Trip.........

Good Morning,

I hope you get this on time. I could not inform everyone about my trip to the International Space Station because it was impromptu. The transport was successful but my journey has turned sour I was mugged by space pirates and had my trunk stolen from me with all my credits and resource cards and and personal effects therein. The crew has just issued me some space food sticks but I have to pay for a return ticket and settle my cabin bills.

I have made contact with my bank but it would take me 3-5 working days to access funds in my account, the bad news is that my Soyuz flight will be leaving very soon but I am having problems settling the bills and they won't let me leave or stay until I settle the bills. I said they didn't understand the gravity of the situation but they laughed and said in orbit it only counted as microgravity. I need your help/LOAN financially and I promise to make the refund once I get back home, help me, you're my only hope. Please send me all your bitcoins and I need you to keep checking Google+ because it's the only way I can reach you.

Thanks

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I've had a few from friends whose systems were compromised in one way or another - usually yahoo email accounts - but the day I get one from someone "on" the space station, I will be very amused.  :)
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Most of my local Santa Cruz friends are on Facebook but not Google+, but I think I'll still post here as well that I was excited to find out that Ursula K. Le Guin will be here in May for a free talk at the Rio Theatre with Donna Haraway and James Clifford: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/508112
Lecture by Ursula K. Le Guin with discussion by Donna Haraway and James Clifford
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Achievement unlocked! And the ticket site is now saying that there are 493 free Ursula K. Le Guin tickets remaining, so go get one if you like!
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Yesterday afternoon I got email from Google asking if I would like to change my Google+ URL from https://plus.google.com/110252997302261287811 to https://plus.google.com/+TanéTachyon/

A cool thing about this is that -- in a world where an awful lot of web sites either don't even recognize the accented e as a valid character, or drop the high bit to change it to an "i", or convert it to multiple unicode characters or even a question mark -- if someone types in the URL with a non-accented e in place of the é, Google converts it to the é and it works anyway. And the original "long number" URL gets redirected correctly as well.
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Bummer.  Maybe that product hasn't gone international yet?
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Some Google+ humor

I was just adding something to my Flying VeeWee Guitar page -- http://tachyonlabs.com/flying-veewee-guitar.html -- which has a unit of Google Adsense/Adwords text ads at the bottom. As shown in the screen capture, I noticed that the last ad was for Google+ (and when I hovered over the links the URLs did actually go to Google+), but that they had misspelled "Friends" as "Frieds" -- yes, I'm sure we all want to Follow the Stars on G+ and Share What we Want With Our Frieds!

Personally, as it's after 1am I'm already pretty Fried, and will now Follow the Stars printed on the blanket and go to bed.
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From an email I got today: "Choosing a domain name is probably the most important decision you’ll ever make in your life."

Um, well, thank goodness I got that out of the way long, long ago, I guess! :-)
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Even if someone agrees that is the most important decision there is only one answer: Yes, vaccinate!  *sigh*
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Yesterday I got my 11th +Coursera certificate -- Coursera says, "You earned 111.1% with distinction".

My 12th one will be for a music class, which is fitting considering that my amp goes to 12.

Coursera is a good MMORPG ... all kinds of wise mentor-type people from different lands keep appearing on my screen and giving me quests and so on.
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I should get around to mentioning at some point (OK, now) that back in September I started a food blog just like everyone else does.
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I finally got around to changing my "cover photo" from the default Google+ one -- it is now made up of all 6,264 of my Flickr photos. Whether you see it "full sized" or further compressed depends on your display and your browser window size, but it's interesting to me how many I can still recognize even reduced this much.

Now to go do something similar for my cover photo on Flickr itself.
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And in today's Flickr stats, all-time views for my photos have now gone over 500,000.
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Ugh., I just got an alert from +Jeff Powell that my TaneTachyon Twitter account (which I don' t even use very much) sent out a bunch of "recommend this link/site" private spam tweets this morning. :-( At first I was wondering if it was some kind of spoofing, but then when I checked my direct message history, there it all was. :-( I went ahead and changed my password, but should look into this more as well.
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Oh boy. Such fun.  And to think everyone wants single sign-in.  Won't that be great when your password is cracked!  :)

Anyway, sorry to hear this.  Personally I never use FB for signing into anything.  If a company only allows a sign-in via an FB account, I won't use their service.  I have zero trust of the Zuckerberg clan.
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After 22 years of Jill-of-all-trades tech work -- programming, graphics/illustration, manuals and help files, UI/UX, proofreading and copy-editing, testing and troubleshooting, research, fixing web pages, tech support, hardware repairs, etc. -- for Worth Data, a bar code hardware and software company, I'm now working as an independent contractor. I currently have one part-time remote contract, and am looking for another. Most of my developer experience has been designing/programming/testing/documenting/shipping Windows applications, but I'm getting more into web and mobile development as well.
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    Software/Web Developer, 2009 - present
    After 22 years of Jill-of-all-trades tech work -- programming, graphics/illustration, manuals and help files, UI/UX, proofreading and copy-editing, testing and troubleshooting, research, fixing web pages, tech support, hardware repairs, etc. -- for Worth Data, a bar code hardware and software company, I'm now working as an independent contractor. For my current client -- an Internet telephone company -- I developed a custom billing and reporting program which I continue to add features to as the company grows, and before that I had some small filmmaking jobs (filming, editing, designing and implementing DVD menus and printed DVD graphic designs). Most of my developer experience has been designing/programming/testing/documenting/shipping Windows applications, but I'm getting more into web and mobile development as well.
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    Software Developer, 1987 - 2009
    For 22 years I did Jill-of-all-trades tech work -- programming (mostly Windows applications), graphics/illustration, manuals and help files, UI/UX, proofreading and copy-editing, testing and troubleshooting, research, fixing web pages, tech support, hardware repairs, etc. -- for Worth Data, a bar code hardware and software company. http://barcodehq.com
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