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I think this post is kind of stupid, but maybe I need to check my neurotypical privilege.
[Content note: hostility toward social justice, discussion of various prejudices] "Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words! I get words all day through. First from him, now from you. Is that all ...
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I couldn’t get through the text of the post. When I read the “In the comments section of a ... post on my blog,” my eyes glazed over.
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Here's a possible insight into why most people aren't temperamentally suited to mathematics: it seems that they hate sitting and thinking -- so much that they are ready to go to surprisingly extreme lengths to avoid it. But perhaps I'm putting the cart before the horse: if they liked mathematics, then they'd have something interesting to think about and probably wouldn't mind it. 
Report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities tackles question of why most of us find it so hard to do nothing
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Nitrogen Triiodide Detonation

Nitrogen triiodide is the inorganic compound with the formula NI3. It is an extremely sensitive contact explosive: small quantities explode with a loud, sharp snap when touched even lightly, releasing a purple cloud of iodine vapor; it can even be detonated by alpha radiation. NI3 has a complex structural chemistry that is difficult to study because of the instability of the derivatives.

The chemical equation :

2 NI3 (s)  --> N2 (g) + 3 I2 (s)

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Google Is Removing Author Photos from Search. Why?

Anyone who follows me knows that I have invested heavily in trying to be one of the foremost experts on the subject of Google Authorship and Google's overall desire to be able to identify authors as topical authorities.

So you might imagine that it came as a huge shock to me when I heard the announcement today that Google will be removing author photos entirely from Google search results. Some might expect I'd even consider it a blow. I don't, but more on that below.

In addition to removing the photos, they will also no longer show Google+ circle counts for Google Authorship authors. All that will remain is a small byline in the result. For more details see http://searchengineland.com/google-plays-authorship-search-results-dropping-profile-image-google-circle-count-195163

Cleaning Up the SERPs
Google's +John Mueller had the following to say about this change:

We've been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results, in particular creating a better mobile experience and a more consistent design across devices. As a part of this, we're simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count. (Our experiments indicate that click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one.)

And that's why this doesn't come as a huge surprise to me. Google has been telling us (and signalling by much of what they've done) that the game for the future of search is now to be won or lost on the mobile playing field. But with the addition of a street band's worth of bells and whistles on the SERPs these past few years, they had set themselves up for a very wobbly and inconsistent search experience.

In short, mobile users want things simple and clean.

It's the same thing most of us do when we realize it's finally time to unclutter our houses. Ultimately, some things must go. You hold up each object and try to think of ways you could justify keeping it, but in the interest of the bigger project (a cleaner, less cluttered house), that old bowling trophy goes into the waste bin.

The End of Authorship? Hells No
That's how I think the decision process went down at Google. I think they understood the value of the author photos, but at the end of the day, whatever that value was, it was not greater than the value they'd gain by uncluttering their search pages.

Google Authorship continues. Qualifying authors will still get a byline on search results, so Google hasn't abandoned it. 

Besides, the bigger project here for Google I think is not author photos in search but the much ballyhooed but so far elusive "author rank," the ability to confidently determine who the content creators are in any given topic whom most people trust, and boost their content when appropriate. At SMX Advanced this month +Matt Cutts indicated that was still a priority, but was also still a long way off in being accomplished.

This is a long haul project folks. Don't head for the lifeboats every time Google makes a change.

Am I disappointed to see the photos going? I sure am. But such is the search business. Google isn't driven by whims or emotions. If they're doing this, they're doing it because their data and testing tells them it will be for the better in the long run.

The biggest downside I see is that probably now there will be less incentive for new people to use Authorship markup. But I have a feeling Google isn't worried about that. As I've been saying, they know that most people never would adopt it anyway. They've got to be working on the ability to identify authors and their content without depending on markup.

That's coming, but it will take a while. Stay tuned!

For another very thoughtful take on this development, I highly recommend this post by +Eli Fennellhttp://stonet.co/TkfMpU

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BBC Trust says 200 senior managers trained not to insert 'false balance' into stories when issues were non-contentious
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This is pretty epic: Facebook decided to carry out a psychological experiment and conducted a vast randomized trial by tweaking the content that was shown to different users and then looking at the way that manipulation seemed to affect their emotional states. n = 689,003!

People who were shown more positive posts in their news feed would end up posting more positive content themselves. I guess that's a pretty compelling reason to try to focus posting positive stuff over negative stuff? On the other hand, the reported strength of the effect looked to be very weak.

> In an experiment with people who use Facebook, we test whether emotional contagion occurs outside of in-person interaction between individuals by reducing the amount of emotional content in the News Feed. When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred. These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks. This work also suggests that, in contrast to prevailing assumptions, in-person interaction and nonverbal cues are not strictly necessary for emotional contagion, and that the observation of others’ positive experiences constitutes a positive experience for people.
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The air conditioning/heating in our room was stuck on "cold", and there was no phone in the room (or heating controls!) so we kept having to go down the hall to use the phone to call them. They said they would increase the temperature and it could take 15-20mins to take effect, but we didn't notice any effect after asking them to turn it up three times! One of those times they even said they'd turn it off, but it didn't turn off! The only thing you get in the bedroom is a bed and a couple of hangars on the wall to hang your clothes on. There's no chair, and even if you pay extra for a window it's a tiny little thing, above eye level. They only provide a combination shower gel/shampoo/soap in the bathroom for all washing, and in our room the bottle kept getting stuck so it was annoying trying to get the soap out of it. That said at least the bed was comfy, the shower was small but worked well, a hairdryer was available to borrow on request from reception, and there was a thoughtful touch of a light switch on the side of the bed.
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