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Something Completely Different? -- Richard Alpert was a mainstream professor of psychology at Harvard, long before taking the name Ram Dass and writing Be Here Now. His roots and journey are clear from this short, reassuring article:

'...we develop strong habits of perceiving the universe, and we come to be very secure within these habits. We selectively perceive our environment in ways that reinforce them...'

'This collection of habits is what we call ego... Although you may feel some anxiety, the ego’s defense mechanisms usually give way no faster than you can handle it.'

#LivingInTheMaybeLater #BabaRumRaisin
 
The Mind Reacts

The best strategy for dealing with this disorientation is to note it and let it be. Don’t try to push it away and retreat into familiar habits. Most people need not fear... http://goo.gl/mtI3M1
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Exactly ;) ...'most people need not fear'...
Busy few days.....will file my report ASAIAA. Wish you good day as I am off to uncoil before sleep :)
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Nippon Electric Company -- Loved my first color monitor, from NEC. Almost bought one of their PCs. A neat factoid from Wikipedia relevant to Naoki's post:

'The Japanese Ministry of Communications adopted a new technology in 1903: the common battery switchboard supplied by NEC. The common battery switchboards powered the subscriber phone, eliminating the need for a permanent magnet generator in each subscriber's phone.' So Japanese folks were spared the wooden, hand-cranked magneto phones seen in old American films.

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The upmarket office and shopping center in central Tokyo, Midtown Roppongi, has NEC provided EV charging stations on all their car parking spaces.

This continues a long running and accelerating trend which now sees some 40,000 electrical charging outlets in the country (including private homes) which outnumbers the nation's 34,000 petrol pumps.

And some people still try and tell me a transport infrastructure based on highly compressed hydrogen is somehow better ;)
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Priced As 'Low' As USD $350 -- The cost/benefit ratio will pencil in for some folks. Others may wait 'til after the manufacturer seeks a wider market, after recouping their R&D costs:

Competitors may take advantage of the lenses being patent pending. This involves disclosure of technical details, IIRC.

There's one small blessing ATM: Versions for kids start at just $325 ;-|

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Lots of creators accidentally stumble upon their greatest inventions, from potato chips to stainless steel. Now, while trying to develop a pair of protective surgery eyewear, a Berkeley laboratory has inadvertently created a [...]
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Inside Baseball -- How many of these names sound familiar? Most are new to me, though the images are iconic.

Via the always-elusive YY.
 
DK Star Wars cross-sections for IV, V, VI

These are some fantastic cross-sections of Blockade Runner, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Sandcrawler, Millennium Falcon, T-65 X-Wing, BTL-A4 Y-Wing, TIE Advanced X1, and our beloved AT-AT. Enjoy!

#starwars   #crosssections   #tiefighter   #deathstar   #millenniumfalcon   #xwing   #atat  

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Born In Brooklyn? -- Would have assumed that Manhattan was the birthplace of NYCTA. That was the previous name of the Transit Authority, before they started raising rates:

Until that time, we described things of little value by invoking the sarcastic phrase, '_That_ and 15 cents will get you on the subway.' Tokens, smaller than a dime, had cost 15 cents for decades up 'til then, IIRC...

Around that time, some genius decided to rename the bureau to MTA, the same name used in another major city which had raised its rates. A popular song by the Kingston Trio told the story of "a man named Charlie" who was forced to "ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston," as they collected the fare when people exited the train.

Still I always liked the colorful subway maps, which you can see in all their glory right here.

#NYCTA #SubwayMap
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Thanks Ralf, an interesting read. The maps were free for the asking back in the day, AFAICR. My brother had one mounted, and hung it in his office for years:

I got it when he retired, and hung it on my own office door in Tempe, AZ. It finally turned up here on Oregon after yars of storage, and will soon hang in my studio...

The original Subway sandwich shops had wallpaper which was based on old NYC subway maps, in sepia tones. I particularly recall seeing the 3rd Avenue 'El' line in Manhattan on those maps, as it had been torn down before I was born. 
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Send A Message To The World -- International friends often unjustly blame the U.S. for the actions of all multi-national corporations. Consequences of presidential elections, though, rest squarely on the shoulders of all 'murrican citizens:

We elected Dubya twice, despite the issues clearly expressed in the image below...

The first time around I voted my conscience for Ralph Nader, as Gore had accomplished zero as vice president, and seemed insufferably arrogant. Living in an overwhelmingly Republican state at the time, my vote was only effective in sending a message anyway.

I do feel more responsible for the debacle of the Obama presidency, having bought into his lies the first time around. For the second term it was about fear of having Romney elected. Seriously considered voting for Dr. Jill Stein, but she seemed too naive and inexperienced to actually function as president.

So let's all learn from these lessons: it's futile to vote for the lesser of two evils. By most criteria, Obama has been much worse than #BushTheLesser :-| There's still plenty of time though, to spread the simple truth about Jeb Bush: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeb_bush>.

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Only one modern detail differs between the USA today, and everything in your last comment about India:

The concept of 'foreign' is fading as multinational corporations literally control, and virtual own our government. Same is true for many (most?) other developed countries. Treaties such is the Trans-Pacific Partnership will cement that reality into place, if passed.
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But Mom, All The Kids Are Doing It! -- Did you know that RT is Russia's state-sponsored news channel? Might come as a surprise to some folks who watch shows on that network or view their videos:

Glenn Greenwald wrote, 'That RT is “biased” is true as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far at all. It is expressly funded by the Russian government to present a Russian viewpoint of the world. But all media outlets composed of and run by human beings are “biased,” and that certainly includes the leading British outlets, which rail against Russia (and every other perceived adversary of the West) at least as much as RT defends it.'

George Dubya Bush took posturing to incredible heights, raising '*Newspeak*' to become the offical language of diplomacy & politics. That was the term used in the book Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, though it's often misquoted as 'Doublespeak.'

While governments have always blathered, others had feared to tread as fully into pure nonsense as Bush. Now the practice is de regeur, and everybody really is doing it ;-|

Both the image and Greenwald's quote are from: <https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/02/uk-media-regulator-threatens-rt-bias-airing-anti-western-views>.

Details on Newspeak: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspeak>, and on Doublespeak: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublespeak>.

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The word #Newspeak itself has many wonderful double-meanings!
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Exactly my point; this post was a follow-up to another recent one about bias. Most schoolteachers here, though, toed the party line about 'objectivity,' especially among journalists and historians:

So it was great to finally have my skepticism validated by the 'radical' Social Studies teachers in high school. In college our entire Social Anthropology department was fired for supporting the student strikes. At that point I knew that I was on the right track, and that something was indeed afoot ;-| 
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Alternate Realities -- Hey, for all we know the guy is checking the whale pic which he just shot!

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A reminder to look up from your phone once in a while -- You might miss something.
Photographer's photo of a man on his phone ignoring a whale that's two feet away goes viral
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Mix & Match Memes -- Golden eyes (yellow / brown) seem more common in wild cats than for the domestcated variety. This one is way too dignified to be seen in an dress, even on #Caturday ;->

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Recipe For A Geyser -- Does this man-made cousin of Old Faithful look like a set of ceramic red-hot chili peppers, rather than anything natural? All I can imagine is that it's intended to draw tourists driving to Vegas:

Likewise the OP certainly garnered a jackpot of +1s, perhaps more for the oversized 'table decorations' in the image, than for the scientific research presented ;-|

The article does reveal newly-discovered mechanisms behind the clockwork schedule of eruptions. Click through to give the volcanologist devils their due!

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Passionate Community Of Users -- Is G+ here to stay? Here's the relevant part of Forbes' interview with Sundar Pichai:

'Q: The one thing that comes to mind is Google+. We haven’t seen a lot of new things there and many people outside of Google think it’s been a flop. What are the lessons you learned from it? What’s the future for it?'

'A: Google+ has always meant two things for us. There’s the stream in the product that you see. And for us, Google+ was also a way by which Google after many years, we made sure there’s common [login and] identity across our products. The second part was in many ways even more important than the first part. That part has worked really well for us.'

'In terms of the stream itself, based on the stats we see, we have a passionate community of users. We would definitely like to see more scale at what we do. The team is working on a few next generation ideas. But to us these are two different things, and I don’t think we have always done a good job of explaining that.'

'Q: There are other parts of Google+, like photos, which people seem to like but seem to have been dormant because they are part of the larger product.'

A: We are actively working on all of these areas. To me, photos is an important area. I see that as a specific problem space that’s different from the [Google+] stream.'

'Q: Should we expect Google+ to remain as one big product?'

A: I think increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area.'

From: <http://www.forbes.com/sites/miguelhelft/2015/02/26/exclusive-pichai-on-googles-vision-mobile-revenue-apple-and-china/>.

H/t to +John Foster

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I welcome relevant, respectful, informed disagreement with open-minded folks in comments on my posts. It's appropriate IMO to follow up on linked subject matter before commenting.
 
Professional interests include (alphabetically): BCI (Brain Computer Interface), Digital Democracy, Electronic Outlining (using emacs Org-mode), Free Open Source Software (FOSS / FLOSS), FreeBSD, GTD (Getting Things Done, David Allen), Linux (Salix / Slackel / Slackware), Neurofeedback (NFB), OpenBSD, OpenEEG, OpenVIBE, Privacy / Security, Python, Software Development.
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Personal interests include 12-string guitar and 3D stereo photography (stereoscopy), among many others.
 
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  • Mesa Community College
  • City College of New York
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