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I KNEW Santa was really like this!
He SEES you when you're sleeping and he KNOWS when you're awake.
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Though where I was as a potential client I did meet the developer and tester.
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If the Olympic long jump event were like this, I may watch it.
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That the experts in the USA think it's come to this...
 
"If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite!"

That's what Governor Jerry Brown just said to 24,000 climate scientists in San Francisco, to thunderous applause.  And:

"We've got the scientists, we've got the lawyers and we're ready to fight."

And to Rick Perry of Texas, newly appointed to lead a department whose name he forgot when listing 3 departments he'd abolish if he were president - oh yeah, the Department of Energy:

"We've got more sun than you've got oil."

Brown is at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.  I went there once - it's huge.  They usually meet in San Francisco because it has one of the few conference centers big enough to hold 24,000 people. 

The move to save climate data continues.  Right now the main thing we could use is 3 terabytes of storage space; to get that from Google seems to cost $100/month, since they'll give you 1 terabyte for $10/month and then 10 terabytes for $100/month. 

 +Jan Galkowski, a professional statistician and member of the +Azimuth Project, is spending Christmas break downloading data using WebDrive.   He could use 3 terabytes of space.

First we're downloading stuff.  In the longer term we will try to make this stuff publicly available.  And we will try to coordinate with the Climate Mirror project, here:

http://climatemirror.org/

Tomorrow I will talk to someone involved in this project and the head of the Society of American Archivists, since they know a lot about archiving data.  I would like to find more ways for ordinary folks to help, but right now it's a confusing scramble to organize things. 

More news on Brown's speech:

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-we-re-ready-to-fight-says-gov-jerry-1481739836-htmlstory.html

#climateaction
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wow... I'll never think of a software patch the same
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This is very funny. I was laughing the whole way through the thread.
 
Who would have believed that the perfect Wikipedia photo caption could have been improved upon? Embedded image. 12:03 PM - 13 Dec 2016. 24.8K Retweets38.3K Likes. Reply to @alanferrier. Replies. the holly & the wifi. 13h13 hours ago. the holly & the wifi @Sedna_51. @alanferrier @stefapie oh my ...
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What a moron
 
If you delete something from the internet, it goes away forever, right?
Incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has quietly deleted a tweet with a link to a fake news story about Hillary Clinton's involvement in sex crimes with minors.
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DDT (Disgusting Donald Trump)'s big words, the words he knows are big and that he knows and which are bigger than the other person's words isn't able to find the big words that make school children march and play for him.
UPDATE: Snopes points out this is a slight exaggeration.
However DC bands are still not playing and it looks like DDT will have to get some 'almost contender ' IF he can get one at all.

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This is like the best amazon reviews, only it was written by a real person in a real magazine. Oh, but it's okay, Herr President Elect tells us that circulation is way down and no one will read it anyway. 
And it reveals everything you need to know about our next president.
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