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John Pavlus
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Congratulations. What a wonderful, wonderful moment. Thank you for sharing it.
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yes a 1000x YES THIS YES:

"We weren’t interested in going to the audience that already knew that it loved science,” Ms. Druyan said. “We wanted to go to the largest possible audience and attract people who’d never even thought about it.”

COSMOS reboot with Seth "I created Family Guy" McFarlane in the co-driver's seat with Ann Druyan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. ZOMG doesn't cut it: headsplosionofawesomecrazyOMG, maybe. This is THE most inspiring news about science communication I've heard in like, years. I hope it's as heretical as it already sounds.
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McFarlane has long been affiliated with that Science in Hollywood thing AAAS is running. Has to do with his friendship with, if I recall, Jerry Zucker, whose child suffers from autism, or a peanut allergy, or something? This is like 75% misinformation.
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This is a great, simple piece of journalism.
Let me tell you a little about the truck driver you just flipped off because he was passing another truck, and you had to cancel the cruise control and slow down until he completed the pass and moved ...
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Wow, that was great.
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My favorite part of watching the Longshot thing unfold this time around, via cofounder Mat Honan's Twitter, when it was done:

"So, so excited to see my wife and little girl again today. I've really missed them."
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I love web videos that, when you start watching them you think, "I'll give this about 20 seconds tops" but then you keep watching despite yourself. They Jedi-mind-trick your "I ain't got time for this shit" ass.

Example:
http://vimeo.com/26879757

Granted, they did put Gay Talese at the end, to keep you watching, but the opening bit was way better than I expected.
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"There is this idea that wherever you are, there are places, possibly far away, that are very important to you. Thinking about them brings up very intense feelings. Whenever I think about them, even though I don't know in which direction really they are, my mind places them in a certain direction -- to make them less abstract perhaps, to give me the feeling that if I wanted to be there all I would need to do is to start walking in the direction. The lamp seemed like a nice way to give you a gentle reminder of this place."

http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664737/north-a-location-aware-lamp-that-acts-as-a-compass

I'm not really into "i love lamp" design, but the interaction on this one struck me as unusually thoughtful, humane, and a little wistful. It has a digital compass inside attached to a dimmer, so that when the lamp is "pointing" to magnetic north, it glows brightest; the further you turn it away from north, the dimmer it gets.
North, A Location-Aware Lamp That Acts As A Compass. The further it's pointed away from true north, the dimmer it glows. Place matters to people, especially when they're far away from home. An...
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right,like when you asked directions and could"nt find it ! yes east west south"s best had to go north , some thing like that , 
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What we talk about when we talk about design: is the London Tube map "really" a map, or "really" a diagram? Does it even "really" matter?

Designers and "not"-designers have an interface problem.
London Tube Map Sparks Furor Over What "Design" Means. A comment by Erik Spiekermann on a previous post sparks a discussion on what we talk about when we talk about design. Of the interestin...
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I think a restrictive use of the term "map" is not correct. For example, in Neuroscience we say that there is a map of the visual world on visual cortex, or a map of the surface of the body on somatosensory cortex. The term "map" can't be replaced by "design". These maps are distorted and not metrically accurate, but they express connectivity and relationships.
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my G+ stream is feeling a bit moribund. I guess that means I have to hunker down and tend to my Circles. It's the new Farmville, built right in!
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Cow Clicker, without the cows!
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Bell Labs industrial film from 1956 about a solar battery... which the voiceover guy pronounces "so - LAHR".

equally good: 1963 industrial film about the "optical maser," which is apparently what they called lasers back then. The reedy British guy doing the talking is so good. I could hear him say "may-zah" all day long.

AT&T Archives: Principles of the Optical Maser
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you need to click on this to see the big version. pure joy.
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there's also a micro-shortstory to go with it.
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Science/Tech Writer & Filmmaker
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  • Science/Tech/Design Writer and Filmmaker, present
  • NOVA, National Geographic, Nature, The Science Channel, Wired, NPR, New York Magazine, Slate, Scientific American, Glamour, The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science
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Curious for a living since 200X.
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I'm curious for a living, which mostly means I learn, write, and make moving pictures about subjects scientific and techy. I've also written about cinematography, surfing, and other diversions.

Some science stuff I've created on the web:
FrinkTank -- a (deceased) group blog for science hooligans that had the distinction of getting ejected from ScienceBlogs.com.
Instant Egghead -- hard science concepts, boiled down in a minute or two. They made a book series of out it.
Grand Unified Weekly -- a science news roundup for the rest of us.
The Science of Youtube -- viral videos + science lessons.

Here's my favorite piece of magazine writing: a profile of Werner Herzog for Wired Magazine.
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