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Adam Schwartzberg
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For my friends who publish in academic journals, I thought you might be interested in seeing this:

http://thecostofknowledge.com/

It's a petition stating intent to boycott Elsevier. I signed it, you might want to as well. I believe that because science is paid for by the public,it should be available to the public at no cost. Grants pay for my research, they pay me to write the paper, then they pay me to review other's articles, all so a company can make a profit on my labor.

If this bothers you as much as it does me, you might consider signing this thing and adding your name to the list.

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I went out this morning to watch the eclipse. Cold and sleepy, but worth it.

Up on Grizzly peak above UC Berkeley every single pull out was completely full by the time the moon was in totality. An excellent reason to live here.
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So I was reading Roger Ebert's latest blog post (http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011/12/_where_i_stand_on_the_occupy_m.html) on the occupy movement, and this got me thinking:

"My hesitation all along has come with uneasiness about the Occupy tactics. The idea of physically occupying public spaces--parks, plazas, malls and so on--is a questionable strategy."

I agree with him that physically taking over a place for an extended period of time is difficult, and probably non-tenable for the long haul. The reason that this has become necessary, though, is that the tactics of the 60's, so radical and shocking to the establishment at the time, have become standard operating procedure. Durring the Bush years, how many marches were there? How many people held signs outside the white house? No one cares about this any more.

The occupy movement has forced the government to look at, and listen to, the people. Police have been called on to push back the protesters, and in doing so, they have given the movement weight, and power. This never would have happened if occupy was a 9-5 gig, or a march, or a 24 hour sit in.

As horrible as the violence against the protesters has been, it is often the violent response of the government that causes the wide spread disgust and anger that produces change. Of course, this is the great power of non-violence. I am extremely proud of the occupy protesters for their incredible commitment to non-violence in the face of such adversity.

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I was cleaning out my new office and came across this amazing archeological find. I've never seen one of these before, but according to the intarwebs this is a disk for the IBM 3363 optical disk drive. In 1987 the drive was $3k and the disks were $65 each. I must say, that's serious storage for 1987. 
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Devo humor is my favorite!
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I beg of you, if you are interested in science (or aren't, but wonder why people are), watch this interview by Stephen Colbert of Neil DeGrasse Tyson:

http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/watch/2010/01/29/stephen-colbert-interview-montclair-kimberley-academy

It's long, so if you don't want to watch the whole thing, at least watch from the 40 minute to the 50 minute mark.

This guy is truly inspiring.

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Anyone see Idiocracy? Does this remind you of that at all?

https://www.orderforeverlazy.com/

I think I'm going to get a few pairs of these for work.

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In Japan, even the warnings about choking babies and children are cute. Kawaiiiiiiiiiii
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