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I've lamented about some of these, but I've obviously lost visibility into just how much has been corrupted over the last 20 years of the web's existence.  I know the ability to find things in searching is horribly broken and getting worse at an increasing pace. 

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So while actively not working (I allegedly have today off, though I have a VP-level meeting at 9 and it's driving me a little crazy not to b/c I'm not done with this really complex driver) I read this article.  Which got me thinking about the marketing task of distillation for customer decision-making, which made me think of an article that +WIRED published back in the late 90s on Information Agents. So now I'm reading AI and Agent-Oriented Software Engineering papers, instead of working. >.> <.<

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Pure awesomeness. 

Voyager is one of the yardsticks I use for "what have we done as humans in my lifetime" as it was launched when I was 5. I remember talking with my brother when they announced the beginning of the interstellar mission and all the SF I'd read up to that point (3rd grade is when I started reading SF voraciously) seemed much more real and attainable. 2010 seemed impossibly far away back in 1980, as the approximate time of hitting the heliopause. Now we find something new, only hinted at in some models. 

You can only find if you explore.

5 by 5 +NASA

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I think I just found a use for business cards from previous employers...and previous employees at my current employer :)

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Larry Lessig and the #rootstrikers via Trevor Potter, constitutional lawyers, reformists and strategists across the political spectrum created this Act. No amount of "rethinking my party" or "building a better future" can happen until the fundraising indentured servitude of our elected ends. We've hit a low-point in our representation far beyond the "special interests" or "corporate welfare" business as usual lobbying. We are fully in bribery, collusion and fraud. 

Even if you don't put your name in, read about the Act. With all the various political temper tantrums going around, seeing an argument that is well crafted and meant to create the conversation, not to dictate a future winner will be good for the soul ;)

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dude...
Sure, you've got old d20s from when you were a kid--but how about one from 204-30 BC? Egyptian d20 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://j.mp/PSpdL5
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Tool Review: Stackable, portable, and featuring dividable drawers — these Festool Sortainers proved to be among the most versatile and effective small tool and parts organizers this reviewer has ever used

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Very cool! It is amazing how even scientists can be so mired by their own assumptions, they miss the obvious [to some].
12-year-old uses Dungeons and Dragons to help scientist dad with his research. Best story of the week from +Ed Yong

Alan Kingstone, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, had a problem: all humans have their eyes in the middle of their faces, and there’s nothing that Kingstone could do about it. His 12-year-old son, Julian Levy, had the solution: monsters. While some monsters are basically humanoid in shape, others have eyes on their hands, tails, tentacles and other unnatural body parts. Perfect. Kingstone would use monsters. And Julian would get his first publication in a journal from the Royal Society, one of the world’s most august scientific institutions.

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