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Hey +Alex Enders, I read this and immediately thought of the book you wrote.

For anyone else following me, Alex wrote a novelette about this very topic and some of the history behind it. It's a good quick beach read if you've got a dollar to spare.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H8GA8HO/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_awdm_J8wPtb0N95A38
 
Scientists who claimed to have found a pattern in the sky left by the super-rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang say they are now less confident of their result http://bbc.in/Ul6Fq4
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It's surprising how many news stories have centered around the Cosmic Microwave Background lately ... I guess I got really lucky.  But it's such a cool topic.

Thanks for thinking of me.  Since the book is e-book only, I will sign anyone's iPad or Kindle in Sharpie who wants me to.

Also, did you see this recent xkcd comic?
http://xkcd.com/1365/
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Some interesting thoughts on what it might take to actually shift the needle on violence in media.  As a long-time gamer, I have a real problem with the knee-jerk railing against video games that always follows violence in the news.  This is something else.
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A view from the "data collection is good" side of the fence. As with any tool there are plenty of ways this can be used for evil (which the author does not discuss) but the article covers benefits much more eloquently than I did when I started talking about similar themes in my last blog entry.
 
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This article was written by Paul Krugman about 30 years before he won his Nobel prize in economics.  At the time he was an Assistant Professor at Yale and, apparently, a little bored.

Why am I sharing an economics paper from the 70s?  Well, let's just say it's not exactly typical journal fare.  Maybe you should just read it for yourself.  It's called "The Theory of Interstellar Trade"
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Ah, good to know. Nice to see it expanding.
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I'd like to claim I'm posting this because it has interesting relevance for both character creation and storytelling but mostly I'm linking it because it's about Batman.
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Our third bedtime book for Colin is Watership Down by Richard Adams. I forgot what an excellent book this is. I don't know about Colin but Sarah and I are definitely enjoying the bedtime story routine right now. 
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I think it's the first book I bought with my own money. In my memory, in late elementary school a family friend at a yard sale convinced me to pick it up but I didn't actually read it until a few years later. I've read it a few times since and keep finding new reasons to love it.
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So far today I have taken 4064 steps. I know this because I wear a pedometer provided by our health insurance company as part of a plan to promote healthy activity. So they know it, too. Today I have ...
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