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California is not down with LGBTQIA discrimination.

"If you're a California state employee -- including an employee in the UC system -- no longer use California state funds travel to Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina or Tennessee, or any state "that has passed a law that (1) authorizes discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or (2) voids or repeals existing state or local protections against such discrimination." It's hard to imagine any major academic conferences being held in those states anymore."

http://boingboing.net/2017/01/18/california-state-employees-may.html
California state employees may no longer use state funds travel to states where LGBTQ discrimination is legal
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If you are a US citizen, please consider calling the White House to ask for Chelsea's sentence to be commuted. She's on the short list, so this could really happen.

http://boingboing.net/2017/01/11/chelsea-manning-on-the-short-l.html
Chelsea Manning on the short list for commutation: call the White House at 202-456-1111 to help her!
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Utterly cool image of the Earth –Moon system taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Amazing. We are still - for an other week, at least (as I write this January 10) a mighty and scientific people.

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/242407-nasa-takes-photo-earth-mars
The satellite is more than 100 million miles away, but it can still snap a nice photo of home.
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Most insightful thing I've read on Trump so far.
http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/12/13/putin-paradigm-how-trump-will-rule/
Over the last few days, concerns about some kind of a hidden alliance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have exploded. It should be acknowledged, of course, that Putin and Trump have vastly different backgrounds, experience, and demeanors. In both cases, however, the sense of being chosen lends itself to a blurring of borders between the president and the state.
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So proud of California, so glad to be living in this great state. "whatever Washington thinks they are doing, California is the future" YES!

"California's legislature has vowed to lead a resistance to trumpism, which is good politics and good economics -- California's large, diverse economy (sixth largest in the world, encompassing clean energy, tech, entertainment, shipping and logistics, etc) gives it the muscle to assert the kinds of policies that are usually the purview of large national governments. Funding a Keynesian program of R&D spending, evidence-based policy, strong environmental regulations, supply-side redistribution and diversity and tolerance will serve California well during the Trump years, making the state a magnet for the bright refugees of the rest of America, and providing the evidentiary basis for blaming Trump for the damage the rest of the country will suffer over the next four years, by showing that the state that repudiated trumpism thrived while the rest of the country foundered."

<quote> Brown reiterated that the threat is “far more” than one or two politicians – “we’re facing Big Oil. We’re facing big financial structures that are at odds with the survivability of our world.” He petitioned the assembled scientists, whom he called “truth seekers,” to join with attorneys to help California lead the charge...

He touted the state’s vehicle emissions standards, later adopted by the federal government, to argue for California’s outsized influence in the global economy.

“A lot of people say, ‘What the hell are you doing, Brown? You’re not a country,’ ” the governor said, to laughter.

“Well, judged by measures of gross domestic product of over $2.2 trillion, we’re the fifth or sixth economy in the world. And we’ve got a lot of firepower ... And we will persevere. Have no doubt about that.”

“We will set the stage. We’ll set the example,” Brown added. “And whatever Washington thinks they are doing, California is the future.”

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http://boingboing.net/2016/12/15/ca-governor-brown-vows-to-laun.html
CA Governor Brown vows to launch "our own damn satellite" if Trump shuts down climate research
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The Dream Cube is a pre-alpha #VR experience for the Gear VR, designed to replicated a "lucid dream" experience, using a technique called "blindsiding"--changing your environment in small or large ways whenever you are not looking in a given direction. This one-minute video gives you an idea of what it's like.

I'm really looking forward to experiencing the finished version! The company behind it, Potential Synergy (the banner on their website proclaims "We Create Lucid Dreams") tells me that an alpha version will be available in a few months.

Could these kinds of VR experiences--that totally mess with your perception of "reality"--have some applicability in psychological or spiritual development, in a lucid dreaming or dream yoga kind of way?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZbXRXednMQ
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Dreamtastic #VR game Lucid Trips is now available in Early Access on Steam! Yay!

"Lucid Trips is a Virtual Reality experience which takes places in planetary dream worlds. You explore an artistically designed surrounding with a completely new concept, defining and navigating your avatar in a distinctive way, using hand motion controllers. You are walking, jumping, climbing and flying as a bodyless consciousness with two ghost-like arms."

All for the low price of $7.99!

It is currently working with the HTC Vive, and will eventually be ported to Playstation and Facebookulus Rift.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/389260/

#VR #dreams #LucidDreaming #VirtualReality
Lucid Trips is a Virtual Reality experience which takes places in planetary dream worlds. You explore an artistically designed surrounding with a completely new concept, defining and navigating your avatar in a distinctive way, using hand motion controllers.
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Navneet R @navneetr. @sauro @SeanWetselaar ofc it was you who retweeted this. Sean Wetselaar. 18h18 hours ago. Sean Wetselaar @SeanWetselaar. @navneetr @sauro I am so happy right now. Hugo Puttaert · 18h18 hours ago. Hugo Puttaert @HugoPuttaert. @sauro @HaraldDoornbos Great!
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I found this interesting, eh?

The story behind Canada’s most distinctive verbal tic.
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"The drug stimulates brain-cell regeneration. But when it is applied topically to teeth, it suppressed the release of a kind of tau protein, which allowed them to sprout new stem cells, which led to the replenishment of dentin." #wow
Researchers discover that experimental Alzheimer's drug causes teeth to regrow tissue lost to cavities
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I live and work near the statue to Dr. Suess. I like to think the "Grinch" author would love this biting parody from John Pavlovitz, "How the Trump stole America," and you will too. Unless you hate it! In which case, continue your Grinch war against the American Experiment! But know that we who love science and tolerance and progress and the future do outnumber you. And cheating stops working. It may stop, all at once.

And to all a good night.

http://johnpavlovitz.com/2016/12/05/how-the-trump-stole-america/
In a land where the states are united, they claim, in a sky-scraping tower adorned with his name, lived a terrible, horrible, devious chump, the bright orange miscreant known as the Trump. This Tru…
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Please stop whatever unimportant thing you were doing and look at this baby fox.

Especially YOU, +Laura Gibbs. But also +Liz Stevenson, +Suzanah Fitzerald, +Mary Williams and +William Harryman.
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Born in Nova Scotia, lived in Vancouver, British Columbia for 15 years, then moved to Sacramento. Interests include: virtual reality, lucid dreaming, meditation, science fiction, cats, goats, hugelkultur, microbiome. I believe in net neutrality, open culture, sensible copyright reform, taking action on climate change, renewable energy, nuclear power, and balancing surveillance with a hefty dose of sousveillance. Organizations I believe are doing a lot of good in the world, even though I may not agree with their position on everything, include: Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), 350.org
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