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…a fractal tongue? O.o
 
The Gorgonorhynchus
So the strange white thing that seems to “erupt” from the worm is its proboscis. This is a tubular sucking organ that some worms use to feed.
During eversion, which takes place almost explosively, the short main trunk first appears, then this divides and the finer and filter branches appear, but since each one of these is the result of an evagination the effect is almost indescribable. It is as if a large number of lively, wriggling, minute worms had been shot out.

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http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2457629?uid=3738920&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21106699460623

  #gorgonorhynchus   #worms   #proboscis   #coolcreatures  
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Sai v. TSA update: my appeal of their response[1] to my complaint[2]. Let's just say it's a lot more restrained than how I feel about it.

[1] https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzmetJxi-p0VTjZZUmVmZFpYeTg/
[2] http://s.ai/tsa/bos/complaint
(Still haven't gotten the video up, but it's on the todo list…)
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2015-05-03 TSA-13-0397 administrative appealSai tsa@saizai.com +1 510 394 4724 phone 4023 Kennett Pike #54514 Wilmington, DE 19807-2018 By email, with physical mail copy to DHS/OCRL: DHS/TSA/OCRL CRCLCompliance@hq.dhs.gov 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building 410 Mail Stop 0190 Washington, DC 20528-0190 AUSA Jeremy Simon Jeremy.Simon@usdoj.g
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And in a break from dealing with serious things… here's a cat climbing into a fishbowl. 
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+Google Maps​ now supports time traveling pedestrians.
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+John Williams why does it need serving at all?

"We missed the train!"

"No problem, let's go back and catch it!"
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Here's his algorithm:

L1 = 1st detent, centered on a whole #, <11
L2 = 2nd detent, centered on a whole #, <11
R = single location on dial (whole or half) that has resistance (with shackle force just under getting into a detent)

1st # in combo: (ceil(R) + 5) % 40
2nd # in combo: n % 4 = (1st # % 4) + 2
3rd # in combo: (L1 or L2 + 10*n) % 4 = 1st # % 4
- prefer the one with more give

The method I knew (back in high school) for the 3rd # in combo was this:

Find all series of detents with same value %4 and increasing by 10. One of the series has 3 detents between numbers and 1 detent on a number; the latter is the 3rd # in the combo.

Then 1st %4 = 3rd %4 = (2nd %4) + 2, so 100 possible combinations to test.

This method for getting the 1st and 3rd much more quickly is new to me, at least. Anyone know an original source for the discovery?
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+Vynce Montgomery Detents. Places where full force on shackle makes it not budge out of a ~one-tick range.
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Here's a documentary on what happened to Ted Haggard after he got kicked out of his church. It's an interesting perspective.
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I love pretty much everything about this ad (aside from the fact that it's an ad; I'm pretty neutral on that).
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Feh, have to appeal TSA's complaint response by Monday. Still extremely furious and distressed by it, which is not the greatest for composing a reply. Ah well; nailing time.
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+Phil Tubb I dunno. In theory, anyone is supposed to be able to…
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Hearing +George Takei call out a bigot as a douchebag is … a special kind of awesome.
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+Filip H.F. Slagter He's also been on national TV. Eg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uo76Rd7GIw
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Tomorrow I have my first actual judicial conference in one of my TSA cases. For … reasons, the TSA is objecting to me wanting to voluntarily dismiss one part of my claims and to get clarification on some procedural points of the judge's last order. So we're to discuss it with the judge tomorrow. Whee?
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+Filip H.F. Slagter It was a little complicated. I mostly got what I wanted. 

Basically, I was moving to dismiss the FTCA claims in my suit w/out prejudice (since they're no longer sustainable based on his last order) and to get some clarification of the order.

TSA wanted to stop me from dismissing it (though they had moved for that themselves) and only let me raise it in response to their motion to dismiss, which they have an upcoming deadline to supplement. I wanted them to simply address the effect of it in the already planned briefing.

Judge ruled mainly with me on that one. It's not ordered dismissed per se yet, because TSA wants to argue that it should be with prejudice.

However, it's now on the record by judicial order, and we are now ordered to address the scope and effect of removing the FTCA as a basis. We both get an extra 5 pages to address it. We also still have to address the appropriateness and effect of Westfall Act certification.

This way, I don't have to guess what does or doesn't apply in their view, and they have to argue it first, which lets me rebut.


They asked again to be excused from having to respond to my "statement of material facts not in dispute" (FRCP 56(c)), despite the fact that the last two orders explicitly said they have to. I argued against, since (a) that was already settled and (b) it would prejudice my ability to make one of my main arguments.

Judge denied them again, saying I have a right to make whatever argument I want, and they have to respond to it even if they don't think it's material (though they can use their 5 page supplement to argue its relevance).


The judge wouldn't clarify much, though, since he can't give me legal advice. So I'm still not sure what exactly was procedurally wrong with my motion, or whether I get to preserve my alternative argument (based on record not yet available).

He did give a little bit of a hint, by mentioning that there are downsides to cross-referencing and not duplicating attachments, and that they haven't yet filed a cross-motion for summary judgment.


Anyway, it went reasonably well. I got most of what I wanted; they still have to respond to me; and they have to more clearly address the status of the case without the FTCA claim.

I have to make sure my pending response/reply covers a few more things, too, and a couple potential procedural issues.
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I believe this is the weirdest name change I've seen to date.

"[1] The parties stipulated that defendant legally changed his name in 1988 from Edmond Frank MacGillivray, Jr., to "I Am the Beast Sssotlohiefmjn." His new surname stands for "Six six six of the Lord of Hosts in Edmond Frank M[a]cGillivray, Jr., now.""

/via http://kevinunderhill.typepad.com/lowering_the_bar/comical_case_names.html

ETA: This person is evidently on Google+, easily searched for. I'd rather not have them come 'round, so please don't + mention them.
THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. IAMTHEBEAST SSSOTLOHIEFMJN, Defendant and Appellant. E047144. Court of Appeals of California, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two. January 22, 2010. Jeffrey S. Kross, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant.
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+TheBlack Box Thanks for the link. :)
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I'd love to see a debate between guys like this and the preachers who vehemently defended anti-miscegination laws, etc., etc., on Biblical basis. For that matter… dear lazyplus: where can I find recordings of anti-miscegination sermons from the Dred Scott era?
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+Steve S My apologies — I meant to refer to public discussion pre Loving v. Virginia, which was 1967. Video recording was developed in 1950s, and audio in 1870s, so there should be plenty of relevant material that could've been recorded.
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Hi! My full name is Sai; my handle is saizai.

Right now, I'm primarily working on Make Your Laws (G+), a practical liquid democracy project. I also have CogSai (G+), a YouTube channel about cognitive science.

- I was twice suspended :-/

MYL disclaimer: things I post to my own stream are my own musings, not official positions on behalf of Make Your Laws. If I don't mention MYL, they're not even that, they're just my own personal political beliefs — something I do not mix with the non-partisan, systemic PoV I take with MYL. If you're reporting on MYL, please respect the difference; I do not want to be a public figure, and my personal political beliefs are not relevant.

If I know you outside G+, or if you have something interesting for us to talk about that hasn't come up in comments, please send me a private message. Unfortunately, I just get too many adds to track them. If I don't add you back, that's only a comment about my lack of mental bandwidth, not about you; I still enjoy good crunchy conversation, though.

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