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Ben “The Blenster” Hibben
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Today's song is a sort of benediction, though as I suspect you know by now, I am not a religious man.

Still this song acts as a sort of benediction for those of us who love music:

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So +Terry Lee​ wanted to measure my beard tonight at the +LVL1 HackerSpace​:

He measured it at 12 inches.
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I've been on a nerdcore kick (started with one of my favorite tracks by +Marshall Gillson last night) and I thought for today I'd share one related to #infosec, a community I've been involved with for some time now.

Dual Core raps about actual hacking (let's just say I know enough to know it's real and leave it at that for now?) and one of my favorite talks at the first DerbyCon was given by one of the rappers.

I'll be listening to more of this stuff as I am looking to change careers to InfoSec currently. I see a lot of growth there.

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Today's song is not one where I prefer the live version but this is a great video so why not?

When I was a Ward of the State I made a poster out of the lyrics to this song after they made me take down my previous poster; I had drawn up (as best I could from memory) a two-stage hydrogen bomb and they told me it technically depicted a weapon and therefore was not allowed. My objections that had no possible source for the plutonium pit fell on deaf ears. I decided that if they were going to complain on a technicality I'd find something that was technically allowed but actually worse (in a sense) so this song that calls for a revolution made it onto a poster. This was a tradition of mine; if they tried to use the rules against me I found ways to make it worse for them. I won that game a lot.

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This is great news for people who suffer from anorexia:
From Neuroscience News: Deep Brain Stimulation for Patients With Chronic Anorexia is Safe and May Improve Symptoms

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While I can now generally operate in a fairly extroverted manner I remain a deeply introverted person so I can totally relate to this article:

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I am not at all surprised, and I hope the American Medical Association and the US food industry get sued into bankruptcy. I can understand the food industry pushing this low-fat bullshit because it served their interests, but the AMA should have damned well known better.

Shit like this is why right-wingers can get away with fomenting anti-intellectualism, ignore experts, cast doubt on peer-reviewed science, and talk smack about the "reality-based community". 

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“The idea of a supercluster and the name for ours, “Laniakea,” will persist for a long time. But just because we named it doesn’t make it real. Billions of years from now, all the different components will simply be strewn farther and farther apart from one another, and in the farthest futures of our imaginings, they’ll disappear from our view and reach entirely.”

Galaxies don’t just exist in isolation in our Universe, but are often found bound together as a part of even grander structures. Our own Milky Way is bound in a galactic group (our local group), nearby are larger groups and galaxy clusters, and on still larger scales, cosmic superclusters appear to encompass as many as 100,000 individual galaxies. Yet it isn’t sufficient to simply see what appears to be a collection and draw an imaginary line around it. You can’t just give something a name and proclaim that it’s meaningful because you defined it. Instead, for a collection of objects in space, they need to be gravitationally bound together and connected. Thanks to dark energy, these superclusters aren’t.

Over billions of years, the galaxies in even our own Local Group will separate from the other clusters and groups nearby, and we’ll never wind up with a bound supercluster. Not here, and not anywhere in the Universe.

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