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Pasque flowers are in bloom at Praire Wetlands Learning Center in Minnesota. These delicate wildflowers are some of the first to bloom in the spring, even before all of the snow is gone!

Photo: Pasque flower by David Ellis/USFWS.
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"The Martian" Film: World Premiere in Toronto | V7 | NASA
Author Andy Weir, Weir's mother Janet Tuer and Weir's girlfriend Keri Kukral attend the world premiere for "The Martian” on day two of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Roy Thomson Hall Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in Toronto. NASA scientists and engineers served as technical consultants on the film. The movie portrays a realistic view of the climate and topography of Mars, based on NASA data, and some of the challenges NASA faces as we prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s.

The Martian | Official Trailer HD | 20th Century Fox
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Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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Now there is a man who looks very, very happy.

(Also I find myself noting that his girlfriend looks really rather a lot like his girlfriend from the comics.)
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Some dear friends of mine have been having bad health luck for years, and it's getting worse, not better. They've been wanting to take one particular dream vacation for years, and because of health issues, it might soon become impossible. If you're able to help even a little, please do -- It'll be one bright star in a very murky season for them. Thanks.
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In August of 1995, Douglas Berry was diagnosed with Stage IV-B Hodgkins lymphoma...a battle he won, but which has had lasting effects on his health since then. In August of 2013, he had a stroke, leaving Doug permanently disabled and unable to work; August 2015 brought with it a diagnosis of acute p
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This got me kinda sniffly.
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I'd totally go birding rather than fishing, but dang. I'd go. If I could get childcare ... sigh
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Owen is starting to understand money more and has been doing odd jobs beyond basic picking up laundry and toys for a dollar here and there. He wants to save up for things, but he also wants instant gratification (mostly minecraft skins and texture packs), and I've explained to him how, say, Best Friends Animal Society​ needs money to buy dog and cat toys so sometimes we'll give money to them.

I'd like to get him something like a give/save/spend bank for his birthday (e.g. moonjar https://goo.gl/b1F87R ) to help him differentiate between goals, but that also sounds a lot to me like telling him what he must and must not do with his money as opposed to just teaching options. Ideas about that? Other money-related give/save/spend or budgeting ideas for math-interested fives?
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You could reward saving by helping him if he saves enough for say, 2/3rds of the price of something he wants with a price cap on how much you spend. That way he's got a strong incentive to squirrel money away for a big reward later. A reward he actually gets. 

My parents sucked at teaching me the delayed gratification thing. If I didn't have the scratch for something I wasn't getting it: period. It's been a challenge my whole life. 
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Bring Safe Water to Flint http://ow.ly/3yUpC9 I know and trust this fundraiser very well. - M
The people of Flint, Michigan have been poisoned by the presence of lead and other toxins in their water supply for the last 18 months. They desperately need access to clean water to try to prevent more damage, and I'm asking you to help. "Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body,...
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My kid is using his "kids mode" camera on my phone to take pictures of things that interest him. It's plugged into my laptop charging while he does this, so he's taking pics of things near me, so I checked via the usb cable to see what he's finding interesting. This is his hand, near mine, on my keyboard. Sometimes I'm startled at how my hands have changed within the past couple of years. Thanks, RA.
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yup, that's Andy
 
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Last year, Andy Weir was a software engineer who wrote sci-fi in his free time. This week, one of those stories, The Martian, comes to life in Ridley Scott’s latest blockbuster.
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+Mary Mactavish do you have an advice regarding 'The Martian' and 'modern action / adventure movies push my anxiety button'?
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When I was living in Oakland, years ago, our only nearby laundromat about 3 blocks from my apartment closed (with a couple of other businesses) in a tiny tiny attempt at cleaning up my crappy neighborhood. The next nearest was maybe 8 blocks away. A bus went there but the stop was half the distance, it was only worthwhile in pouring rain. I ended up buying lots of socks and underpants and bath towels at the cheap stuff store (Kresge, in downtown Berkeley, long gone) to get me through the wet winter, because in our damp apartment, damp towels got stinky and hand washing dried slowly. I wore jeans a few days in a row.

If I were a parent and needed to wash tiny pants, pee-wet sheets, a 13-year-old's PE shirt and didn't have a nearby laundromat?

Ugh.

So dudes like this make me roll my eyes and have strong words with them.


No one needs laundromats anymore — no one who matters, that is.
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We have that too. In our current laundromat, there are quite a few folks who turn it into an all day family affair and share the minivan taxi. We figure the owners have very little incentive to maintain it, however.

When my eldest was little and we had to downsize our housing in a hurry, we drove well across town to the posh laundry that had a (very unhygenic as time went on) play structure and free console gaming with a security. It made laundry with a toddler much more bearable for all parties. And since it was so new, most of the machines worked. 
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I am in at least one science circle but I am not a professional scientist, I'm just a fangirl and communicator. 

I tend to be pro-science but anti-GMO, strong agnostic and hugely critical of religion but some of my best friends are religious. I will almost never discuss politics with libertarians, please go do that elsewhere. I'm sick to death of pseudoscience and anecdata.

Sometimes I post a lot, sometimes I'm busy with the kid and the autoimmune rheumatic stuff and the dogs and the *life* and don't participate as much. Sometimes I mostly just share links, sometimes I post baby pictures, sometimes I get really into discussing science.

If any of the above is a problem for me, it won't hurt my feelings if you don't follow me.
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Please don't message me in hangouts unless you already know me on- or offline, even a little, and know we have things in common. I'm not here to flirt and often don't have focus for random chats..
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Kid-friendly, incredible pastries, and the house coffee is great. The owner seems to live to please people with customer service and good food. They are extraordinarily kid-friendly, with a seating area with toys and a chalk wall so you can sit and enjoy your coffee and eclair. Their very cute decorated cookies for kids are actually tasty, not just decorative. Try the eclair. It's great.
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