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Chuck Mattern
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I post a lot of geeky links here but this is truly the most important thing I have ever posted anywhere (at least thus far). Please see this movie. I personally share the faith of the people who made this movie but regardless of your religious or political views the numerical facts bear out the importance of fathers in the lives of our children. We are all accountable for our presence in the lives of our children. See the movie. Get the message. Live your response.

Running +CyanogenMod 9 beta on my Droid2, very nice work.
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The Galactic Centre above the ESO 3.6-metre Telescope

The ESO 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla, during observations, with the telescope's dome lit by the +Moon. Across the sky is the plane of the +Milky Way, our own galaxy, a disk-shaped structure seen edge-on. Above the telescope dome, and partially hidden behind dark interstellar dust clouds, is the prominent yellowish central bulge of the Milky Way. The plane of the galaxy is populated by hundreds of billions of stars, as well as interstellar gas and dust. The dust absorbs the visible light and re-emits it at longer wavelengths. Where it forms dense dust lanes, it appears dark and opaque to our eyes. The ancient Andean civilisations saw in these dark lanes their animal-shaped constellations. By following the dark lane which seems to grow from the centre of the Galaxy toward the top, we find the reddish nebula around Antares (Alpha Scorpii). The Galactic Centre itself lies in the constellation of Sagittarius and reaches its maximum visibility during the southern winter season. The ESO 3.6-metre telescope, inaugurated in 1976, currently operates with the HARPS spectrograph, the most precise exoplanet “hunter” in the world. Located 600 km north of Santiago, at 2400 m altitude in the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert, La Silla was the first ESO site in Chile and the largest observatory of its time.

Image Credit: S. Brunier/ESOExplanation of the image from: http://www.eso.org/public/images/lv_Brunier_hb-1/
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I continue to be fascinated with the agent of change that Google has become.

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When I was in college one of the jobs I held was that of a Rehabilitation Orderly, I spent my weekends providing medical care for and being the arms and legs of a really wonderful man who had fallen off of a building when he was in college. Beyond our work relationship we became close friends. That experience and my lifelong involvement in athletics has led to a fascination with anything that could restore mobility to victims of spinal cord injury and other conditions that limit mobility. This article is fascinating in the technology it covers as well as the personalities and business approaches it illustrates. Well worth a read.

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MDR Diseases such as TB are a huge risk which we all need to be aware of and respond to. Please take a moment to read this article and take what action you can. If you are not particularly motivated by events in "third world" countries then please keep in mind that MDR-TB is present in the US and I would suspect other "first world" countries. Think back on the Avian and Swine Flu pandemic. In the 21st century the world has become a very small neighborhood.

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Aurora over Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland

March 8, 2012

Image Credit & Copyright: Jónína Óskarsdóttir
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