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I'm watching a Grey Whale & calf being escorted north by a small pod of Pacific White-sided Dolphins - so close to shore I spotted all of them w/o binoculars! The whales seem quite close in this year.
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+Dan Langille Yup  :)
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Google Summer of Code 2015 ALERT!
Student proposals for this year's GSoC are due tomorrow, 27 March at 19:00 UTC, which is less than 24 hours away. There will be no extensions of the deadline for any reason so don't delay! Please don't wait for the last minute! Every year people are disappointed when the Internet doesn't work as expected and they miss the deadline.
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Congratulations to Michael Stonebraker on winning the Turing Award!

http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/michael-stonebraker-wins-turing-award-0325
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Every time I quickly glance at this picture I think it's about Season 5 of Game of Thrones.
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so cool!
 
Wearable pocket tool from +Leatherman Sport 

http://www.leatherman.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-leatherman-Site/en_US/Blog-ShowPost/?p=705

"This summer, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. will debut an industry first: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist. The Leatherman Tread is crafted of high strength, corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel links that include two to three functional tools each, making a total of 25 usable features like box wrenches and screwdrivers available at a moment’s notice."
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And best of all: With no blades, the TSA won't confiscate it!
WANT!
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Re Google Summer of Code 2015

Want to apply but not sure how? Haven't heard of it and want to know more? In either case, please read all the material at www.google-melange.com.

We spend many days writing and editing so that interested students have all the information they need at their fingertips. If you still have questions after reading the material, then ask your question on the discussion list, google-summer-of-code-discuss@googlegroups.com

Good luck!
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For the bakers and other lovers of pi I work with :)
 
From: Penzeys Spices [mailto:penzeys@penzeys.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 4:50 PM
Subject: We need your help

 
The Pi Day of the century, 3.14/15 is only a couple weeks away.
Image removed by sender. The Pi Day of the century, 3.14/15 is only a couple weeks away.
 
The Pi Day of the century, 3.14/15 is only a little over a week away. For a time now Pi Day has been all about fun and of course pie, but with the way in recent years, science and even reality itself have come more and more under attack, I’m thinking maybe this year it’s time for Pi Day to emerge as something more than just fun. 
For so much of our history, the people of our country and the world have benefited greatly from the science-based reality that has shaped America’s future. Science may be based on numbers, but science's actual value is in its humanity. It's beyond doubt that through science and the honest representation of reality our lives have become safer, healthier and happier.
Yet today the very science that has done so much to reduce suffering in our lives is now under attack. From the climate, to vaccines, to Wisconsin's own Governor Walker’s belief that there are more votes in denying evolution than there are in embracing it, clearly somewhere something has gone very wrong. There is more than enough blame to go all around for how we got here, but maybe this is one of those times that where we are is not nearly as important as where we need to be.
Maybe rather than a debate of our differences, what we need is a celebration of what we share. At Penzeys we think Pi Day could grow into just the holiday we need. There really is no time to lose to get on to celebrating the truth of science-based reality and the math behind it. And there is also no time better than now to get back to celebrating the kindness, compassion and the nurturing nature of our shared humanity that has always been behind the very best that science has brought to our lives.
In Pi, the number is all the value and beauty and wonder that is at the heart of the reality science holds. In the gift of a good slice of pie, the desert is all the kindness and compassion that our shared humanity encompasses. Pi Day really is ready to become so much more. And could there be a better day to relaunch Pi Day as the holiday we truly need than 3.14/15; the Pi Day of the Century?
So we are reaching out to our customers for help. We need your stories and a recipe or two. We already have good stories in the works for living with climate change, the value of vaccines, evolution, and the psychology/brain chemistry of why as humans we are so resistant to seeing the certainty of climate change.
Where we still really need your help is in finding an economist or two to speak to why our deficit spending has left our economy and our humanity in so much better shape than what Europe is facing today. And we could also use one more person with the knowledge to speak to the monetary cost and the human cost of sending to prison people who simply need treatment instead.
For recipes we are flexible. Pies are great but not necessary. Maybe you have another baked good you like to share. Or possibly you have a way you like to make some other circular item: a sliced carrot recipe, scallops are always popular, or even a beet salad that's an old family tradition would do the trick. We really are flexible.
The important thing is if you have the science, or the numbers, or the knowledge that is needed for good policy making in the fields of economics or restorative justice please actually contact us. Don't wait for someone else to do it. Just email a phone number where we can reach you and I will have one of our friendly writers give you a call.
It's time to get off the sidelines. We can't let science and all the goodness it can bring to our lives be a victim of our cultural wars. I don't mean to be overly dramatic, but the future really is at stake here. With your help 3.14/15 could be the turning point the world so very much needs.
We realize we are looking for a needle in a haystack here, and on short notice. If you know someone who fits what we are looking for, please forward this email to them, or better yet, give them a call.
Thanks,
Bill Penzey
bill@penzeys.com
 
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It's not too late to register for SRECon 2015, Santa Clara, mid-March.
https://www.usenix.org/conference/srecon15
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We're now accepting applications to be a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2015!  http://www.google-melange.com/
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+Arc Riley  Knowing what I know about psychology and sociology, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you.  Women and men both behave very, very differently in the following scenarios:  An environment of one gender, an environment of mostly one gender, and a mixed environment of fairly equally distributed genders.

The acting out those male IT employees do in their own department wouldn't happen in a different environment.  Maybe a more equally-mixed all-employee meeting or something.
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