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I had the distinct pleasure of attending the inaugural TEDxVirginiaTech 2012 event and it was splendid! Great talks, great people, great conversation!

Take a look and see what you find interesting from the Southwest corner of Virginia!
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Unfortunately, this is so true. Just goes to show how teaching to the test really works out.
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Definitely something that we all should become more aware and conscious of. It's too late to continue denying the affects of climate shift.

Also, I'm pretty sure the British were ecstatic they got to use imagery of American football as an allegory.
#climatechange  
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Genetic engineers tell why GMO foods are unsafe.

It should bother everyone that nearly all the science conducted on GMO foods is done by companies that sell it.

Recently, two genetic engineers who oppose GMO foods issued a report called GMO Myths and Truths in which they refute claims that GMO foods are safe.

Here's a summary: http://earthopensource.org/index.php/news/60-why-genetically-engineered-food-is-dangerous-new-report-by-genetic-engineers

Here's the full report: http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/GMO_Myths_and_Truths/GMO_Myths_and_Truths_1.3.pdf

California is getting ready to vote this year on a proposition to require the labeling of GMO foods. The industry doesn't want you to know which foods are GMO, and they're going to spend a fortune to prevent you from knowing. 

http://organicconsumersfund.org/label/
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A great way to think about how a change in perspective can have a profound impact on the world. And more importantly, how investment in space exploration betters life as a whole on our little planet.
#science   #spaceexploration   #perspective  
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Some of these are pretty interesting or unique comparisons and require a deeper level of thinking to catch. Pretty cool tho!
 
Beautiful and clever video - Symmetry

...something worth sharing with your friends and family... :)  

I think photographers (and all artists) will especially enjoy this.  I saw this during this year's EG Conference and didn't realize it was on the intertubes until +Jan Kabili reminded me earlier today! :)  Thanks Jan...

Radiolab Presents Symmetry
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"In the book, Mr. Khan also advocates for a separation of universities’ teaching and credentialing roles .... Although students would not be graded in the imagined university he describes, they would compile a portfolio of their work and assessments from their mentors.

Interesting suggestion to overcome the problems with grading and credentialism. What does everyone think about this idea?
#Education   #academicinflation  
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A post I wrote several months ago comparing the Roman Republic/Empire and its decline to our Contemporary American one. Looking back now, I would change a few things and reframe a decent bit, but it's a starting point. I wonder how many others are concerned about this?

#Rome   #americandecline   #historyrepeatsitself  
because let's face it, the United States is stumbling down the same path that the Romans did thousands of years ago. I've heard it mentioned several times in passing, largely joking, yet it seems to b...
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Can't agree more!
 
All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.
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This is awesome for those of us who travel and like to know where we're at!
+Christina Lidwin know what I mean?
 
Now you can save certain maps on +Google Maps for Android to use when your device is offline. You can even find and orient yourself by enabling GPS and using My Location and the compass. Read more about offline maps on the Lat Long Blog: http://goo.gl/67QNq 
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I'm biking in Copenhagen this week as well and it's been great! Definitely one of the best ways to explore a city.
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Neat little demo of how humanity has grown to what it is now, and a great way to visualize the rapid changes of late.
#History   #humanity   #global   #globalchange  
This short video gives a graphic insight into world population growth across the globe from 1 AD up to 2030 AD. Each dot represents 1 million ...
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Interesting to see people finally taking a look at social media through a research/analysis perspective.
 
Anatomy of a social network

Network researcher Ron Burt has identified two types of activities that create value in small-world networks: brokerage and closure.

Brokerage is about developing the weak ties: building bridges and relationships between clusters. Brokers are in a position to see the differences between groups, to cross-pollinate ideas, and to develop the differences into new ideas and opportunities.

Closure is about developing the strong ties: building alignment, trust, reputation and community within the clusters. Trust-builders are in a position to understand the deep connections that bond the people together and give them common identity and purpose.

These two kinds of activity, bridging and trust-building, demonstrate two very different ways that people and organizations can bring value to a network: Bridging leads to innovation and trust-building leads to group performance. The value that comes from these activities is known as social capital. Like every other form of capital, social capital represents stored value—in this case, relationship value—that can be translated into meaningful and tangible benefits.
The power of an individual node in any network can be considered along three dimensions: Degree, closeness and betweenness. 

Degree is the number of connections a node has to other nodes; for example the number of people in your family, or on your team at work, or the number of “friends” attached to your Facebook account. For an organization it could be the number of sales affiliates or business partners.

The value of a high degree is potential: the potential to connect and interact with a great number of other nodes in the network.

Closeness is a measure of how easily a node can connect with other nodes. For example you are probably very close to your team at work because it’s easy to connect to them: you can contact any person at any time. But you might be further away from other people in your company. Some you might be able to catch by walking down the hall or popping into their office, while to see others you might need an appointment, or you might need to be introduced by a mutual acquaintance. Anyone who has tried to make a connection on LinkedIn knows that the greater the distance, the harder it is to make a connection.

The value of closeness is ease of connection: The shorter the distance between you and other nodes, the fewer network “hops” you need to make, the easier it is for you to make connections when you need to. 

Betweenness indicates the degree to which a node forms a bridge or critical link between other nodes. For example, many executives are protected from distractions by executive assistants or secretaries who act as gatekeepers, who control access to the executive’s time and attention. 

The value of betweenness is the power you have to block or grant access to others. The more nodes that depend on you to make connections for them, the greater your potential value to them and thus the greater your power.

Thus, the most powerful person or organization in any network is one that has a high number of potential connections, all of which which are relatively close and thus easily accessible, while at the same time enjoying a position within the network such that it can choose to block or grant access to other nodes.
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A global citizen from the Hokie Nation, and a bridge between East and West.

A logical, strategic mind that thinks in webs & networks, flows, music, and visuals.

A person who knows the greatest strength is displaying weakness, and that true success requires failure.

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First off, don't be down-put by my score, I very rarely give a top rate (in this case a three) The design of the place is pretty good, with a lot of bamboo, folded violet napkins reminiscent of lotus blooms, etc. I've seen "subtle" done better though. The service in between courses was a little slow, though I think I happened to arrive right along with the early dinner rush around 18:30. The food was the closest thing that came to a "3" rating. The Tom Kha Gai was as delicious as ever, and definitely not lacking chicken (a good way to judge a Thai place, based on how much meat they provide with each dish). The duck curry had a little more fat and a little less duck than I would have preferred, and I got a couple of bits of gristle, but the meat was tender and delicious. There was plenty of it, as well as the curry and rice. All in all, go to this place for some tasty Thai food. Just don't expect high-class, 5-star dining.
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
First car wash for the new vehicle. Overall I was pleased with the service. I just needed to get the outside taken care of (particularly the underside) after all the snow - and road treatment stuff. There was a small line, but it went quickly. The machine missed only a couple spots, one hard to reach. And the people staffed at the exit were pretty good about taking care of the finishing touches for drying. So $12 for the medium clean, quick service, and satisfactory works for me and a busy schedule. Only downside is the location is a bit difficult to get in and out of, but in the end, this is a minimal concern.
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The Cellar is one of my favorite places to eat in town. In particular I love the laid back atmosphere. The food is also delicious! Mediterranean has always been my favorite, and the Cellar doesn't disappoint. As everyone knows, their pita pizzas are where it's at. I'm also a big fan of their dip appetizers, so good! One of these days I just need to come for drinks and tapas-style dinner with friends.Prices are a little steep for anything but the pizza (for the area at least), but in general the food is worth it. I will say, though, that the service is a bit lacking. Upstairs tends to be better, but only slightly. There can often be a decent wait time for food, even when it isn't packed. Some of my servers have been attentive, checking in to see if we needed anything, others not so much. One thing that has always stood out to me is that I always ask about Luck of the Draw (their special deals on beer) and they almost always forget ("forget"?) to get back to me. Overall, it's a must go for Blacksburg, just give yourself some leeway time-wise and you'll be fine.
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Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Good
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It's been a little while since I visited, so going from memory here: it was great! The food was excellent and high quality. Health(ier) options with plenty of flavor and a good selection. Service was great – attentive, but also receptive to wanting a more intimate experience. The atmosphere was very cozy and warm as well (which was great for a cold January day!) Plus, it is easily accessible via the Metro. It is a pricier option, but you get what you pay for. Not some place I can or would go too often, but it makes for a nice treat, and a great place to remember on anniversaries ;)
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