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Yesterday my sister and I took my kid, and our grand-nibling (an older sister's grandchild) out for dinner between an afternoon playing at our house and an evening playing at the park.

These days I look very 52, and have a short pixie cut. My sister is a little younger than me, slightly longer hair; we present as a similar age and in general we present very similarly, neither femme not butch, not ladylike, fairly relaxed.

After dinner, the cute young i-think-queer female couple behind me, whom I hadn't noticed before, said "I just wanted to tell you two: Your kids are adorable." I smiled politely like you do and said thank you, then as they left, the light bulb went on, and I said, "I think they thought those were our kids.

That's a first. Hm.
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NASA has unveiled a photo of Emerald Isle as it appears from space.
NASA has unveiled a photo of Emerald Isle as it appears from space.
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If this is a colourized shot  should not North Ireland be  Orange, wink?
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"His name is in the code, in the wind in the rigging and the shutters." - Terry Pratchett http://owl.li/KlqOb (And I'm sniffling again.)
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“He felt it was more important that I experienced the wonders of the world than got a good night’s sleep,” [Rhianna Pratchett, Sir Terry's daughter] says.

I share those priorities. So much of children's time is wasted. 
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cannot PLUS this enough. screw the sleep, have adventures!
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My friend +Rakesh Bharania​ pointed out that over much of the world, today is not 3/14/15 but 14/3/15, which prompted my friend +David Barr​ to reply such that I realized this date needs a specific song.

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I was singing that all day yesterday....
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Super duper worth a read (before you share). 
How misguided science fandom hurts actual scientists
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My earlier post denouncing the use of "scientist" (and by extension "science"): https://plus.google.com/115254026845346933252/posts/QZuFTReAoEn
I think my position on this has softened since I first wrote it.
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ges ago, when I was reading about a charter school that used to be across the street from our house, I read about the local school district's excused absence policy. They allow excused absences with a doctor's note, and for immediate family funerals, and for religious reasons, but not when you're too unwell to go to school but don't need medical care, and not for dear friends' funerals, or personal/special/spiritual reasons that aren't associated with a religion.
And now that schools around here start in August, that means that Owen would have to miss the first week of first grade, unexcused, so we can go to Oregon: http://goo.gl/WkXU
That made me think that, though I know attendance is important, it's fairer to allow kids a given number of "personal" days off to use as desired than it is to allow specific religious days off. Kids without a given religion technically have fewer allowed days off, otherwise.
This page is part of the NASA Eclipse Website. It uses Google Maps to create an interactive map of the <!-- *** #01 Total Solar Eclipse of xxxx --> Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Aug 21 .
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I think (do double check) that eclipse is in the morning, Pacific time, on the 21st, which is a Monday. Do double check, don't trust me. 
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Wonder if he played connect the dots?
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Hey look, a planet. Go Hubble go.
 
NASA's Hubble space telescope's first visible-light photo of a planet - Fomalhaut b - circling another star.
NASA's Hubble space telescope's first visible-light photo of a planet - Fomalhaut b - circling another star. Photo: Reuters
THE first photographs of a planet outside our solar system were unveiled in America this week, sending local astronomers into a spin.

Two groups of astronomers have taken two sets of pictures. One, depicting three planets circling a star known as HR 8799 in the constellation of Pegasus, was captured by Christian Marois from the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in British Columbia.

The other, a planet three times the size of Jupiter, was spotted by Paul Kalas from the University of California, Berkeley. The planet, dubbed Fomalhaut b, was observed orbiting the star Fomalhaut in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus, 25 light years from our solar system.

The discoveries were reported in Science Express, the online version of the journal Science.

Simon O'Toole, research astronomer at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Sydney, said the discoveries, which come on the eve of the International Year of Astronomy next year, were "a pretty major breakthrough".

"Not only is it the first image of a planet around another star where we know for sure that the planet is orbiting a star, it's actually a family of planets that we didn't know about before," he said.

The search for pictures of planets outside our solar system took US astronomers eight years to secure, although Kalas suspected the planet's existence in 2005.

The pictures also reveal a star in its youth — 60 million years old compared to our sun, which is 4 billion years old — which will provide a wealth of information for astronomers keen to establish the chemical make-up of planetary systems and how they form.

Dr O'Toole said observing such a young planetary system would be an advantage for astronomers. "If you were to look at our solar system from the same distance, it would be a lot harder to see Jupiter because it is much fainter as the planet has cooled down (with age) and dimmed," he said.

Using a camera mounted on the Hubble telescope, the astronomers tracked the group of stars over the past year, watching the planets as they moved through space with the stars as gravity held them together as a group.

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This sounds like a lot of "may be" but makes some valid points. I definitely use(d) circles mow than I do communities.

I tend to pay more attention to Facebook because I have more personal contacts there, inlaws and former schoolmates, etc. but as a product, I far prefer g+.

If this ever disappears and you want to find me, you can probably poke me via Twitter @mactavish or @geographile
Google is slowly getting rid of their social network platform Google+. The tech giant recently announced that they are creating two new products, referred to as Google Photos and Streams. The name change suggests that Google is planning to significantly change Google+. The details of the change ...
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Ooh I didn't know about genealogy communities. 
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This is one of the more comprehensive descriptions of RA I've seen.

-- tl;dr It sucks. http://ow.ly/3xvmrc
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I might have it from family, Im not even 30 and my hands hurts when I hole a pencil for a while or type ( my mother have some rheumatoid problems)
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Owl Power ~ About | Nature | PBS (setting this aside to watch tomorrow ... or maybe tonight, sleep is for the weak)
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Aww, at the end, they totally missed the chance to say "Superb Powers"
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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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