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Phil Windley
I build things; I write code; I void warranties
I build things; I write code; I void warranties

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Hi Lincoln. Nice post. Does a good job of explaining the idea. I'd love to see a post on how the reputation system is decentralized. 

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December's CTO Breakfast will take place on December 17th (not Dec 5th). As we did last year, we will take a field trip to Startup Ogden ( at Alex Lawrence's invitation.

We're going to start at 8:30 to give everyone a little extra time to get there.

I will be riding FrontRunner from the American Fork station. I plan on leaving on the 6:37 train that gets into Ogden at 8:22. It's a short walk from the Ogden Hub to Startup Ogden.

If you'd like to join me for a little "Geeks on the Train" as part of CTO breakfast, either come to American Fork for the 6:37 departure or plan on catching that same train as it heads north. Here's the schedule:

We'll be headed back down on FrontRunner when we're finished. This should be a fun morning. We had a great time last year.

Alex has invited anyone who comes to stay and co-work at Startup Ogden for the day. I may stay for a little after the breakfast and hold "office hours."

You're also welcome to just drive, of course. The train is just an added bonus.

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Our Kickstarter campaign funded last Friday at 131%! That was pretty exciting. We've put up a way to pre-order Fuse on for those who missed out on Kickstarter. 

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We're working on the API and backend funcitonality for Fuse already. This video shows a prototype app we use to test and interact with the API. We're focusing on trips right now.

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A Mass Extinction of Bees

Three days ago a new paper was published in PLOS ONE presenting the first evidence for a massive extinction event among bees near the K/T boundary (that is the boundary where non-avian dinosaurs, pterosaurs, etc went extinct). The paper is #openaccess  and can be found here:

This is particularly interesting because of the evolutionary history of bees and flowering plants. The very first angiosperms (flowering plants in the technical sense) probably originated in the Late Jurassic or so. The first eudicot plants, the group of flowering plants that includes a large proportion of our food plants and ornamentals, probably arose in the mid-late Cretaceous. Bees, which are tightly associated with eudicot plants as symbiotes (particularly as pollinators) arose at a similar time. Because eudicot plants are thought to have taken a hit at the K/T boundary, it stands to reason that bees might as well.

The authors built a molecular phylogeny, calibrated against time (see below) for bees in the clade Xylocopinae. Their tree suggests a mid-Cretaceous origin for the group, and also that it diversified rapidly for a time, suddenly lagged, and then began splitting again after the K/T. This implies either a "long fuse" diversification event, or a major extinction event near the K/T boundary. The authors prefer the extinction event explanation, based on historical biogeography and specifics of their ecological diversity.

From the paper:

"Given the close relationship between eudicots and bees, one might expect that any extinction events affecting eudicots would also impact on bees and vice versa. Rapid and simultaneous extinctions in both bees and their host plants would have affected plant-pollinator dynamics in ways that could shape subsequent ecosystems in very important ways [29]. For example, extinction of plant-specialist (oligolectic) bees would have impacted strongly on their dependent hosts, whereas loss of generalist (polylectic) bee pollinators would have had more diffuse effects [30], [31]. In both cases, large reductions in the numbers of both eudicots and their pollinators would have introduced a strong stochastic element to how ecosystems subsequently reassembled."

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I launched my first Kickstarter project today: Fuse, an app, cloud, and gizmo to connect your car to the rest of your life. Take a minute to watch the video and pledge your support if you can. We need your help to make this all real.

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Thought of #telehash  and +Jeremie Miller while reading this. #telehash  has an advantage over NDN in that it requires no centralized registry, but has the goal of not relying on IP numbers for addressing. 

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Trying out Bunkr

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This is pretty darn cool. If you don't think 3D printing is going to change the entire world, you're not paying attention. 

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