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I've done some unit origami, and even played with building larger constructions out of sonobe cubes, but nothing to even begin to compare with this!
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Black girls CODE has hit their goal of $100k and is trying to hit $125k in their last day of fund raising (today). The extra funds would allow them to build year round programs to support their summer programs in  Atlanta, the Bay Area, New York, Memphis, Chicago, Las Vegas, Detroit and DC area. I'd love to see them be able to expand to Greensboro, NC some day, where my niece Aja lives.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/black-girls-code-summer-of-code-2013-the-remix
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Just joined in +Meguey Baker's Doomed Pilgrim game. There is something horrible (but lovely) about jumping into the game of a friend you rarely talk with, just to trap them half way up a narrow defile.
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I sent this in to keystonecomments@state.gov. as a comment on the State Department SEIS (supplemental environmental impact statement).

I am a research technician in coastal oceanography. I am not specifically a climate scientist, but I work regularly with numerical model, and my research group works on forecasting the effects on climate change on estuaries. I also read research on this subject. For example:

http://climatechange.worldbank.org/sites/default/files/Turn_Down_the_heat_Why_a_4_degree_centrigrade_warmer_world_must_be_avoided.pdf

We are currently at the fulcrum point of the next thousand years of human history. In the next decade, we will determine whether our grand children's great grandchildren live in a world 10 degrees F hotter than our own, or whether it will only be 4 degrees F hotter than our own (we have dithered too long to leave them anything other than a substantially hotter and worse world). A thousand years from now, Obama and George Bush may well be remembered in the same thought as the worst figures of the 20th and 21st century, as destroyers of civilizations and desolaters of much of the world.

In the next decade, we need to shift rapidly away from fossil fuels if we are to avoid the 10 degrees F hotter world (people talk about 2-6 C, but no American thinks in Celcius, not even practicing scientists like myself). We can not do this and aid Canada in fully exploiting the tar sands (some the most carbon intensive, least efficient fossil fuels in existence) at the same time. Deciding whether to authorizing the X-L pipeline is equivalent to deciding which world our grand children will live in. Rejecting the X-L pipeline is not enough by a long shot, but if you authorize it, you will have given up on limiting warming to 4 degrees F, and damned a thousand years of humans to greater suffering.

In President Obama's inaugural address, 2012 campaign, and 2008 victory speech, he promised to lead on climate. In his first major speech as Secretary of State, John Kerry echoed that promise, as did his predecessor, Secretary Clinton. If our government is going to keep those promises, it must start by rejecting tar sands pipelines, especially Keystone XL.

It's impossible to fight climate change while simultaneously investing in the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuels on the planet. The administration's bold advances in clean energy and vehicle efficiency have been critical, but much of that progress -- and the credit that comes with it -- will be erased if we also develop the tar sands.

The SEIS (which I haven't read) is here: http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/draftseis/index.htm
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Mosley (my apologies for a bit of cat pic spam, Mosley is dying and I thought I'd give myself the comfort of cat pictures while he is sleeping).
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For anyone who is looking for place names of undersea features (e.g.+Ben Lehman , but I thought it might seem neat to other people too).

http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/gazetteer/
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yay
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My house now has solar power flowing through its veins! Solar panels turned on and generating power! Wee!
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Kick ass!
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I am awake at 2:30 in the morning. This is normal.

I got up at 6:30 am yesterday. That is not normal.

I got to sleep last night after 3:30 am. That's a little late.

Tuesday I got up at 6:15 am. Still not normal.

Monday I got up at 7:30, went back to sleep on and off from 10 to 12, and went to sleep at midnight because I knew I needed to get up earlier.

None of this is interesting, I just felt like whining in public (apparently lack of sleep makes me willing to engage in CMC).
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Sleep is such a thing.
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+Meguey Baker Today was a Fibonacci day (5/8/13)!
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Yay! Not asleep yet.
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Is anybody I know familiar with iD Tech Camps, particularly the game design camps? My 12 year old niece is very into computer games and says she'd like to be a game designer when she grows up, and I'd like to encourage her in this. Are the iD tech camps girl friendly? Are they people of color friendly (my niece is black)?
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Sorry, it's not quite my area of expertise. I'd reach out to the Scratch community and ask them!
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Rather cool crowd source citizen science tool from the Zooniverse folks:

Identify wild animals on the Serengeti, in thousands of motion triggered photographs.

http://www.snapshotserengeti.org/#/classify
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