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Bruce Marko
In the depths of winter I found within me there lay an invincible summer-Albert Camus
In the depths of winter I found within me there lay an invincible summer-Albert Camus

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How Greed Destroyed a Promising Technology

Tech doesn't just succeed, nor is there a truly Darwinian approach to it emerging from many different offerings to become victorious because it is simply better. I think the Betamax vs VHS story ( has driven the final nail in the coffin of that idea.

When tech succeeds it takes conscious, cooperation and a lot of effort and when it fails it is usually because of greed and someone breaking their promise. Apple and Jobs fulfill the role of the villain in this piece that shows that things could have gone way differently had one of the actors not gone rogue.

I did use firewire for a brief time and it was truly awesome. I often wondered why it didn't take off. Well, now we know. 

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Monkey Island, Homosassa, Florida...

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This is the first direct observational evidence that at least some of the earliest so-called "dead" galaxies — where star formation stopped — somehow evolve from a Milky Way-shaped disk into the giant elliptical galaxies we see today.

Hubble Uses Gravitational Lens to Capture Disk Galaxy

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Things That Are Harder Than They Look

Taking aim and pulling the trigger is not as easy as it may sound, despite some state of the art equipment that needs to be mastered to begin with. In deconstructing a world record-breaking shot, I take you into the complexities of the sniper's world. Dive in. 

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Psychopaths? Really?

Uh-uh, this study doesn't bode well for yours truly but I am pretty sure they made a mistake somewhere. ;) 

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Below is a comment I left on the original post from Brian. It was in response to a debate which had ensued which skewed toward the negative aspects of science communication and toward certain authors in particular. My comment was both a defense and a criticism in a sense, but not necessarily of any one individual, rather of the commercialization of science communication in general which can take a variety of forms. Some of which adhere closer to the heart of what science is supposed to be...

_Ethan is no hack, he's a great writer and I like him, but he does tend to deal in absolutes. Consumers like to come away with the impression they understand the thing they were reading about, which is a real problem for science communication because science itself often doesn't fully understand the implications of it's own observations until it does, that's it's function.

So the easy road then is do deal in absolutes, to give the impression a thing is fully understood when it isn't. This is done in part by ignoring certain contexts while focusing on others. This makes the writing seem like a closed system, easy to consume, easy to sell. In so doing while becoming easily popular it loses some of it's original purpose to convey deeper understanding in favor of a more superficial, commercialized approach.

For example in the article above woven into the story you will find both the invariable plane and the Kozi mechanism. It's almost like he can't help teaching you something.

That's what science communication should be, it's those breadcrumbs that the curious mind picks up on and follows down ever deeper winding rabbit holes of science and observation. For those of us for whom college was not an affordable option those breadcrumbs are sometimes all we get.

I personally have followed many of those trails over the years, and I have learned to tell the difference between someone trying to tell me something and someone trying to teach me something. We shouldn't disparage talented writers like Ethan, but we also need to find a way to get them to remember to focus on the latter should they ever get caught up in the moment on the former..._

Eight Planets And Counting

New surveys of the most distant objects in our solar system rule out planet nine, but hints at a possible planet ten.

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Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole in the "closet" set for How to Steal a Million (1966).

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Words to the wise 

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Two for the price

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I'm going to be adding some thoughts on the ideas presented here soon. For example sometimes I write with the radio on so I know when I stop hearing it I've really started to flow...
Preconceptions Blown Away

Inevitably, as I connected with people, the preconceived stereotypes of what they must be like, began to get blown away. 
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