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Appropriate for Father's Day, I started this shortly after my father's death last February - but it is far more than a remembrance.

I don't know how to describe it in a few words. If you have the time, please read it for yourselves.
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Thanks, +Peter Thoenen . Curiously, I know little about Eastern Orthodox theology, though I have found many of their churches to be beautiful.
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Nanotechnology that can efficiently condense water from even dry air, borrowed from a Namibian beetle. That could be useful.
 
Water droplets materialize out of thin air — literally — even in the driest desert in the world. The Namib desert beetle uses nanotechnology to harvests water.
     Taking a cue from nature, MIT researchers have emulated the insect's capability by creating a textured surface that combines alternating hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials, according to Wikipedia's article on Stenocara gracilipes. Potential uses include extracting moisture from the air and creating fog-free windows and mirrors.
     Read more about this amazing creature...
     • Ask Nature: http://www.asknature.org/strategy/dc2127c6d0008a6c7748e4e4474e7aa1#.VXNb1VVVhHw .
     • BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-20465982 .
     • Springer: http://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/springer-select/biomimetic-dew-harvesters/42042 .
AskNature is the world's first digital library of Nature's solutions, organized by function, that can serve as an educational and cross-pollinating tool as well as a collaboration forum among biologists, engineers, designers and other innovators.
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Heh. I wasn't sure what was going on in this photo, but that black guy looks totally surprised and unprepared for such an encounter (holding his drink, even) - so I knew he was clear. Turns out the redhead was drunk and grabbing at his bag - the other women were trying to stop her.
 
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So, the cops in Baltimore may have caused the riots by preventing students from going home and antagonizing them. First rule of crowd control is to make sure those who don't want violence have a way out. Looks like this was a MAJOR fail by the Baltimore police. It also explains all the accounts that most of the rioters were high school age.

http://www.itakelibertywithmycoffee.com/2015/04/eyewitnesses-the-baltimore-riots-didnt-start-the-way-you-think-mother-jones-2/
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Not sure about this design, but interesting to see Japanese involvement in the seasteading idea.

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Japanese company wants to build ocean community with large-scale floating 3D printer
http://www.3ders.org/articles/20150109-japanese-company-wants-to-build-ocean-community-with-large-scale-floating-3d-printer.html
The Ocean Spiral, which was created as a solution for the continual threat to coastal communities due to unpredictable environmental conditions, was conceived of by the Shimizu Corporation.
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France defends freedom of offensive speech by ... arresting 54 people (including a comedian) for offensive speech?
Dieudonné, the controversial French comic pictured here in 2007, was arrested Wednesday morning for a Facebook post mocking the Charlie Hebdo attack. (Photo: Alexandre Hervaud/cc/flickr) In the wak...
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+Neike Taika-Tessaro Good point about being more concerned about politicians who are actually in power. While naturally we have to be aware of anyone who might have a chance of attaining actual power, I can't help notice that while the extremists kill dozens the moderates kill millions.
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New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts.
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The only problem is that it seems to be a non-falsifiable theory.
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Important for those of you who live within 100 miles of a U.S. border (two thirds of Americans). You can be stopped and assaulted by law enforcement at any time for no reason.
 
Law enforcement leadership student learns that people who insist on their constitutional rights at internal checkpoints run the risk of being roughed up and shot with a stun gun.
Would-be CBP agent gets the full CBP treatment at an internal checkpoint.
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Yep and the scotus rulings around it are some of the more convoluted ones. 
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I have a few jobs that could use this, and the article mentions curing time (though for a rival company) - I wonder if they have paid any attention to geopolymer concrete? 

http://discuss.seasteading.org/t/geopolymer-concrete-the-perfect-seasteading-material/240
 
An actual prediction on timing and price for Contour Crafting machines. It is interesting to note that the machine costs less than most houses in the US. Granted, that doesn't include the raw materials, but it makes it seem very reasonable.
Exclusive interview with Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis: Contour Crafting machines will be available starting at around $200,000 within a couple of years.  Machine is
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+Jeff Cave I've heard of that method, but it's not quite what I'm looking for.

I have a two locations where I hope to build (one urban, one rural) and have different needs in the two locations, but I'm thinking my best choice might be to wait until I can get what I want at a reasonable cost. I am also on the lookout for methods and materials that may make seasteads cost effective.
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Interested in history and humanity, including colonization (Antarctica, Seasteading), the future of humanity and the post-human world, technology, and just about everything.  Except sports.  Sports bore me.

The following is to allow people who know me to determine if I am the person they are looking for.

Alan R. Light, Alan Robert Light.

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1970, but grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Graduated from Wheaton College in 1992.

Online since 1988.  Participated in rec.arts.books on USENET in the 1990's.

Project Gutenberg volunteer, 1993-1999.

Interest in Antarctica since childhood.  South Pole Station, 31 October 2007 to 4 February 2008.  McMurdo Station, October 2007 and 16 February 2009 to 9 October 2009.

Since 6 July 1981, have lived within 50 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina more often than not.

U.S. Army National Guard 1988-1994 (IRR until 1996).  South Carolina and Illinois National Guard.  Radio Teletype Operator.

Was a DJ at a college radio station Senior year.  Did a weekly show with World Music.  Not to be confused with a famous New York DJ with same name.

Father's family is from Rolla, Missouri.  His family had moved to Rolla from the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area in 1875.  His mother was from Kansas.

Mother was born in Tucson, but grew up in Marana and Phoenix, Arizona; Arlington, Massachusetts; and the Washington, D.C. area.  Her parents had moved to Arizona from Tennessee and West Virginia.

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Has visited every continent at least twice. Between October 2009 and February 2009 visited every continent, including 20 countries, in one trip.
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