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Max Ventilla
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Awesome ad
Totally hilarious and spot-on. Has to be the best public service video ever done by a government office.  A small police department in the UK.

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Really beautiful GIFs.  Makes me want to put it on something at Burning Man

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I couldn't agree more with this talk. This belief in an evolutionary approach really drives what we do at Alt and what I do in my own life. I actually find it much less stressful to believe that I am not supposed to have the answers, but rather a constant drive to improve. 
"You show me a successful complex system, and I will show you a system that has evolved through trial and error."

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Really cool way to show what we all know: we sit on a big rock hurtling through space. 

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+Matthew Inman is awesome once again. I too am ready for the skynet marshmallow bots. I can't wait. 

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I really agreed with this talk on parenting. One of the biggest drivers of my parental happiness has been knowing what hard things to expect from getting to follow my sister's parenting experience. We do ourselves a real disservice as a society by pretending parenting is all smiles for new parents. 

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Interesting article on a very different notion of alien life. Food for thought...

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This was really hilarious. -four stars
Pure gold.

“Old Yeller”

A farm animal ceases to be useful and is disposed of humanely. A valuable lesson for children. —Four stars.

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/ayn-rand-reviews-childrens-movies

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Awesome to be part of the Google Now effort and to read these kinds of user testimonials. The future is awesome. 

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Fascinating article and a potential partial explanation for the Fermi Paradox
This is our first and last chance at technological civilization. Exponential growth is in no small part due to the exploitation of fossil fuels -- certainly, world-spanning globalization would be extraordinarily difficult if we could not essentially write off the cost of physical transport. Not to mention the cost of electricity. 

Even if we stretch things out to the long run, where "long run" means "tens of millions of years," fossil fuels aren't coming back. Coal is the result of evolution's failure to figure out a way to degrade lignin. Now that white rot fungi exist (a relatively recent development), there's no more coal in the pipeline, and there never will be. 

For a very long time, we thought that kerogen (the precursor to oil) was a pure carbon sink, and that bacteria couldn't metabolize it. Unfortunately, evolution seems to have discovered anaerobic extraction of energy from kerogen, and it appears as though that's being broken down faster than it's being renewed.

For hundreds of millions of years, life hadn't found a way to take the energy sequestered in these chemicals. Now it has. And there's no route back.
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