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I'm not not licking things

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I'm a little late getting around to sharing this, but here's another great essay from Schneier on unrealistic fear-based reactions. Given last night's awesomely successful landing of the MSL Curiosity, I'd like to offer a corollary: let's make sure to give rare risks with positive goals and outcomes their due. I hope Curiosity discovers all kinds of great stuff, but any future success or failure it has shouldn't change our desire or resolve to continue pushing these boundaries and reaching further than before. Let's not be afraid to fail, and fail spectacularly, again and again, in search of the next perfect landing.

An incredibly cool article about book piracy in Peru. Probably of particular interest to +William Tozier, +Dave Nelson.

http://www.granta.com/Archive/Granta-109-Work/Life-Among-the-Pirates/1

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This is so cool x 10.

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So the WakeMate is dead, and the Jawbone Up is still AWOL after massive product failures. When is someone going to make a sleep/activity monitoring wristband device that works?

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Great article on the politics of abortion.
"There is no universal good option. There is no universal bad option. But for each individual there is an option that is the least bad. Here is why I am pro-choice. If someone has to make a decision and the best they can hope for is the least-bad option, I don’t believe I have any business making that choice for them."

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I ran across this image recently and thought it was quite thought provoking. This article does a good job of highlighting different ways to think about it, but even more so I encourage you to read the comments (what?!?! quality comments on the INTERNET?!?!), which present a lot of interesting arguments and viewpoints on the significance (or lack thereof) of this image.

My take, though, ultimately remains the same: don't piss in the pool.

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So now the massive bee die-offs can be traced back more or less to our subsidization of high fructose corn syrup. Yippee.

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"...before expiring peacefully at its home in a high school physics book. Facts was 2,372."

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