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The pic isn't so interesting until you check out the few pixels near the bottom that represent people. Then you realize just how big these rocks are: https://flic.kr/p/nfeY67
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Hey I was in Bryce Canyon!
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Let's not declare war without a bit more details, shall we?

News could bear out the conclusions of Secretary of State, Kerry and the media sounding the war cry, but I don't think we should base them on too little information.  Let me know what you think:

http://rjz.verminbrewing.com/2014/03/02/do-we-know-whats-happening-in-the-crimea/
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+R. J. Zimmerman It's funny, but I looked for such articles also, but I looked for any dated prior to the Sochi Olympics, or last year - didn't find many that suggested it was a pot nearing boil, but did find some about how much the Tatars - something less than 25% of the Crimean population and the longest standing resident population of the region - hate the Russians after a history of purges from back in the day.

This subject sort of relates to a post (and a comment within it) that I did in a debate community - "To the Death" - over the weekend:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/105491830542327957710/posts/PTJpE4nnwz6
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So, hey, I do this charity ride for the National MS foundation. Mostly it's a great, fun, ride of my bike for 150 miles, but way more important, if you support our efforts, we raise money for MS to find a cure and to help out folks who suffer from this awful disease. 

I ride because a friend of mine has MS and, well, she may stick a needle in her leg every day, but it doesn't stop her from training up and riding from Denver to Fort Collins and back! 

Isn't it way easier just to give them a little bit of money to support the ride? here's how: follow the link and have your credit card handy.  Also, thanks! (And this won't be the last time I ask!)
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Definitions. We should just link to this every time arguments become about semantics.

http://xkcd.com/1322/
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Step back slowly.....
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Oh look, I was in Escalante too!
https://flic.kr/p/nvPZ4L
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all right, I admit. I don't get high valuations.

Supposing they make a couple of hundred bucks on every Rift that gets sold, and supposing they can add value to ads sold on the VR device, many units and ads does Facebook have to sell to get their $2B back, or to make their investors a reasonable 10X return (it's going to take years to do this after all!) Let's see, that's 2e9 / 200 = 10 million units - some for the ads they'll sell.

I mean, I guess that's possible. 
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If you haven't donated already to Bike MS (Come on, it's been at least 30 seconds since I asked!), maybe this link is better:
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I got around to watching the recent Bill Nye / Ken Ham debate. It struck me that Ken Ham seemed almost to be creating a controversy by inventing a distinction between "observational" and "historical" science. 

It's merely a rhetorical trick and even if it does mean thinking about an oft ignored point of philosophy in science, it's only a fabricated controversy. To achieve this, Ham is forced to argue that the more things stay the same, the more they change.

Here's a longer essay on it, complete with annotations from the YouTube video.
http://rjz.verminbrewing.com/?p=1735
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+R. J. Zimmerman I'm glad you pointed out his little trick. I couldn't force myself to watch the debate. It just makes me crazy.
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Man, sometimes that's a blessing, I don't think it's a matter of comprehension, more convenience, you can put it away and resume it 20 minutes later 
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