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If you're not already familiar with Nixie Pixel and/or bash, your life could probably be improved by meeting either.
 
New video up

This is part 1 of my command line series! What are your favorite bash shell commands?

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(Thanks for sharing if you enjoy it ^.^)
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Is marijuana's beer-like buzz more damaging than what people get from hard liquor? Is there a scientific reason why this drug is deemed so dangerous and illegal? Nope. It turns out that marijuana prohibition laws in the 1930s were designed to prevent "darkies" from thinking "they're as good as white men."
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Just a Theory

In 1915, Albert Einstein proposed a radical new theory for gravity.  He proposed that gravity could be described by a curvature of space and time, rather than Newton’s theory of forces between masses.  Einstein was already recognized as a prominent scientist for his 1905 papers on the photoelectric effect, brownian motion and special relativity, but no matter how established you are, if you put forward a theory claiming to overturn 250 years of Newtonian physics you’re making an an extraordinary claim.  And as they say, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. 

One of the predictions that Einstein’s model made was that the orbit of Mercury would shift very slightly over time (http://goo.gl/uc8qNV), and effect known as perihelion advance.  While Einstein’s theory gave the correct value for Mercury’s perihelion advance.    This gradual shift had been first observed by Urbain Le Verrier in 1859, so it wasn’t a new result.  Simply demonstrating your model can match observation isn’t enough to supplant a long-established theory.  Besides, there was an alternative model already in place.  If there was another planet closer to the Sun than Mercury, its gravitational pull would produce the same effect.  There were actually ongoing searches to find such a planet (http://goo.gl/D25pMI).

So that prediction bought him nothing.

To topple Newton, Einstein would need a prediction that hadn't been observed. One that clearly showed his theory was correct, and Newton's was wrong. It was Arthur Eddington who devised just such an experiment. Where Einstein's theory differed significantly was in the way light behaved. If space is truly curved, that curvature would effect light as well as planets. If a beam of light passed near the Sun, the curvature of space would bend the beam, an effect now known as gravitational lensing. If Newton was right, and space wasn't curved, there wouldn't be such an effect. Eddington realized that one could observe this effect during a total solar eclipse. 

So in 1919, Eddington traveled to the island of Principe off the coast of West Africa to photograph a total eclipse. He had taken photos of the same region of the sky sometime earlier. By comparing the eclipse photos and the earlier photos of the same sky, Eddington was able to show the apparent position of stars shifted when the Sun was near, just as Einstein had predicted. 

Eddington’s result made Einstein famous all over the world, but it would take more than one result to establish Einstein’s model as a scientific theory.  But over time more experimental evidence verified Einstein’s model.  In 1959 the Pound-Rebka experiment demonstrated that light can be gravitationally redshifted.  In 1964 Irwin Shapiro demonstrated the relativistic time delay effect.  In 1982, analysis of the Hulse-Taylor binary pulsar demonstrated that they were losing energy due to gravitational waves.  In 2011, the gravity probe B experiment directly measured the effects of frame dragging.  Each time Einstein’s model proved to be correct.  

General relativity worked again and again.  Newton’s model, while still very useful for the motions of planets and satellites, simply could not address these new experimental observations.  

And that is why Einstein’s general relativity is “just a theory”.


Paper:  Einstein, Albert (1915), "Die Feldgleichungen der Gravitation", Sitzungsberichte der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin: 844–847 (1915)  (http://goo.gl/3lpMnA)

Image:  A. Einstein.  A page from his research notes.  (http://goo.gl/ZG8lK)
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Until I had pet rabbits, I didn't get just how enjoyable these creatures are. Also, tasty emergency rations should the zombie apocalypse arrive.
 
This little guys got it all figured out...
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Adorably delicious.
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This guy just keeps on getting better. Pope on Francis, pope on.
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This is classy. I'd say it's safe for all but the most repressive of workplaces. Next time I'm in Chicago, I'll have to check out the live show.
 
This wins the internet today - no butts about it 

(well, maybe it won friday)
They want to tie him up and do all sorts of naughty things to him, but NOT for the reason you might at first expect.
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Not sure I think of Felicia Day in a bikini as baseline, but this guy's video is an interesting take on Facebook's dissonance.
 
This is the reason why I don't enjoy interacting on Facebook, in order to have my posts pushed out to people who WANT to see my stuff, it seems like I need to post the most baseline things, like, say, me in a bikini. Or a kitten.

Dumbing down content to actually REACH my fans is ridiculous. If they're following me, they want to see my stuff. I don't have money to pay to reach all my fans for everything I post. And paying for views sucks in general, Facebook. So...yeah. Great video!
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Awareness of the problem isn't a solution, but at least we can peel back that veil when we argue.
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I think 'motivated reasoning' just became my new favorite explanation for a lot of human behavior.
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Food for thought to those morally opposed to being a carnivore.
 
Though plants have no brains, scientists have uncovered evidence that they do release chemicals that allow them to "communicate" with each other and animals. There is even evidence that plants can spread their messages over a vast region.
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This is a sentiment I find strong amongst the people I enjoy. Social interactions are rarely meaningful but draining, and fakebook seems to be about keeping old connections alive no matter their relevance. This place (still?) seems about finding new connections and ways of thinking (though the memes are taking over...), no matter how tenuous. Stay thirsty my acquaintances.

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I am not one of the social types who can get along easily with other people. I am more comfortable with tech, in front of a computer working with code rather than talking to a real person, so social is something I didn’t do well before Google Plus came along and I’ve been online since 1996 so you understand what a huge step it was for me. I did try, for a while, before Google+ came along to do it with Facebook. There was no alternative back then, really. To my surprise I found out that it was not the place for new connections nor was it the place to focus on creating value. Up to this day it still remains a closed network, the place for maintaining your old friendships and keeping in touch with family and friends you already have. So basically, Facebook is the network that is designed to keep you in the past.
 
Follow The White Rabbit
I first came to Google Plus when it was available by invitation only, and just like many others I didn’t know exactly what to expect it was all so new. What I did know already back then was that it was going to change everything… and on that front alone Google Plus hasn’t disappointed. 

For almost a year, I was too shy to speak up, I lurked and got excited over every little thing Google did with the platform. I was here when the first hangout went live and when communities were revealed. I watched G+ transform and become what it is today, turn into a place where everyone can fit in, everyone can contribute and everyone matters. From the very beginning it was clear to me that this was not going to be just another social network, but a first true social platform, the kind of platform we were all waiting for and needed for a very long time. 

It took me a while to find my footing and although I have been into fitness and an active lifestyle for over ten years I didn’t at first realize this was something anyone would want to hear about. Only when I started sharing my own routines and they were well-received did it suddenly occur to me that what I do and what I know has value and can be useful to someone. I found my voice on Google Plus and it helped me understand what it is I wanted to do all this time: I want to make fitness accessible for people just like me, people who struggle with exercise, people who can’t or don’t feel comfortable asking for help, people who just don’t know where to start and what to expect. I was there once myself and someone did it for me, showed me the ropes and helped me realize that I can be more, do it through training and hard work. It’s never been easy for me and I doubt it is ever easy for anyone out there. I see it as my way of giving back, making a difference in my own way, that’s something I never thought I’d ever be able to do.  Yet, here I am.

To be honest, I am not one of the social types who can get along easily with other people. I am more comfortable with tech, in front of a computer working with code rather than talking to a real person, so social is something I didn’t do well before Google Plus came along and I’ve been online since 1996 so you understand what a huge step it was for me. I did try, for a while, before Google+ came along to do it with Facebook. There was no alternative back then, really. To my surprise I found out that it was not the place for new connections nor was it the place to focus on creating value. Up to this day it still remains a closed network, the place for maintaining your old friendships and keeping in touch with family and friends you already have. So basically, Facebook is the network that is designed to keep you in the past. After having lots of issues and troubles with Facebook and its policies I left and never looked back. I actually waited several years for Google to open its platform to people like me, people who needed a real social network with potential for personal and professional growth and ability to make new connections and even friends. For someone like me who moved from place to place feeling alienated everywhere I went it was like finally reaching an oasis in the dessert. 

My adventure truly started here about a year ago around the time when I set up the first and the original Fitness community on the platform, dedicated to health and fitness and a better quality of life while being active. I also began posting my training routines and fitness advice, and, although I thought that this is going to be an unpopular move, I did it anyway. This is something I had to do because I strongly believe in it. Getting off the couch and getting into training saved my life. I have firsthand experience of obesity, depression and the health issues that come with the two, I understand how difficult the journey is and I can relate to anyone who is just beginning theirs. 

The platform has an inherent symmetry in the way we connect. It encourages you to be authentic because that’s the only way you can really connect with people and because it rewards authenticity and value with greater visibility and greater trust, it reinforces it in a very positive manner in everyone who invests themselves in it. This is, perhaps, the greatest achievement on the web since the internet was created. We used to relish the anonymity the internet provided us with, say whatever we felt like at any time without thinking too much about it, but Google made us stand by our name and not be afraid to put it next to what we say. It’s new and it’s scary but it is the future, the time for anonymity and roleplaying has passed. I think the future of the web lies in authenticity and value and these are the two qualities that are encouraged on Google Plus, the people and the connections made in the platform. The web and the offline RL are slowly becoming one, there is no “real life” kind of distinction anymore, not here, it’s all real and it’s all part of who you are online and offline. If you are not out of your shell in G+ by now, you very soon will be. Google Plus and its users help you find what you are truly about whether you want it to happen or not. 

I have learned more being on G+ in the past year than I have all the previous  years I spent being online, and not just about fitness but  about myself, too. You meet people and they change you, every thread is a new opportunity to learn and grow whether you wrote it or contributed to someone else’s work. No matter what you do here, it’ll affect and change you. 

Another thing that stands out more and more in here is authorship and the importance of the original source. This is recent and I can feel it in here, especially since I have had a number of my workouts, programs and other inforgraphics gone viral not just here but on websites like 9GAG and Imgur. The web used to be a place where anything went, it never used to be important where you got something from or who the original author of an article or a piece of artwork was. It is now, and I believe Google is responsible for this shift of perspective. I doubt there is anyone around, including myself, who isn’t guilty of re-posting or sharing an image that did not belong to them without giving credit to the owner. It never used to matter but it does now.

Credit is important, giving it is vital for the internet to move forward because very often that is all that encourages people to work and produce quality content. Without it, what is there to encourage the creator to keep on working? Things don’t just happen, there is a person behind every photo, every graph and illustration who deserves to be mentioned for their hard work.  This is something so basic and yet before Google Plus it was not relevant and was often ignored and it still is on networks with old-fashioned values like Facebook (especially its acquired app Instagram) and Pinterest. It’s different on Google Plus, though. Here you very soon learn that this kind of behavior is not going to get you very far. The radical transparency that Google Plus creates makes each of us accountable for our actions and that is both new on the web and very welcome in terms of the responsibility we ought to have.  We are at our best when we deal with people we know and feel we can trust them. I think this is something that was missing on the web from the very beginning and its effects, now, are very noticeable. 

Google+ really isn’t yet another social network, it’s the Social Network and it’s the future of the social web, it will change the world and I am proud to be part of it. My life wouldn’t have been the same if I didn’t follow the white rabbit down that rabbit hole and ended up here, in Google’s Wonderland where anything is possible.  And although I took my time with getting active here, you are never truly late to the party on Google Plus, there is always one happening and you are always welcome to join one (or ten) and you’ll be very welcome there. 
Follow the white rabbit, the journey will take your breath away and you’ll never want to go back. 


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...and thank you for asking me to do this. This is something I wanted to say for a long time.

#google   #googleplus   #gplusstory  
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Until I had pet rabbits, I didn't get just how enjoyable these creatures are. Also, tasty emergency rations should the zombie apocalypse arrive.
 
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Worth a thought.
 
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

'The culture of the eight-hour workday is big business’ most powerful tool for keeping people in this same dissatisfied state where the answer to every problem is to buy something.'

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'...the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

Western economies, particularly that of the United States, have been built in a very calculated manner on gratification, addiction, and unnecessary spending. We spend to cheer ourselves up, to reward ourselves, to celebrate, to fix problems, to elevate our status, and to alleviate boredom.'
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a little to conspiracy theory rich for my blood. Written as if corporations are all working together against "the consumer".

The cause and effect portion is a good read, though. 
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