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|20131129 151324 Z||Solar Energy Was America's Sole New Power Source in October||www.theatlan … -october/281867/||Economy, Solar, Sustainability, TECH, USA||In October, all the new American power plants that came online were solar. This trend will continue!|
|20131126 182334 Z||Raspberry Pi FAQ||http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs||Cool, Gadget, Hardware, Inspiring, Kids, Programming, Software, TECH||If you have a hands-on techie kid/adult, then Raspberry Pi makes for a seriously excellent gift for just $35.|
|20131123 172644 Z||My Stuff, Play, Ramblings, Thoughts||Most games have trivial accomplishments, but some "games" have real ones.|
|20131102 153546 Z||Introversion||Introverts don't want to be popular, but they don't want to be unpopular.|
|20131008 160446 Z||How Far Is It To The 'Boondocks'? Try The Philippines||www.npr.org/ … the-phillippines||Cool, History, Military, Philippines, War||Well whaddaya know? I'm from the Boondocks!|
|20130929 152518 Z||Work It - Ylvis [FULL HD] [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]||http://youtu.be/R_AF1qBd2BY||Biology, Chill, Cyber Life, Funny, Gadget, Live Action, NSFW, Saucy, Science, Videos||Music vid that has stem, sex, & lol!|
|20130919 144444 Z||Putting Time In Perspective||www.waitbutw … perspective.html||Biology, Chart, Cool, Evolution, History, Images, Space||I love timeline perspectives!|
|20130827 142621 Z||'Just making a living': Cockfighting a way of life in Philippines||www.nbcnews. … pines-6C10945776||Chicago, Fauna, Fighting, Philippines, Violence||NBC News did an article on cockfighting in the Philippines. It's cruel and beautiful, and it's been done for over 500 years. You can also find cockfighting in Chicago, but officially I know nothing about it.|
|20130731 201647 Z||Your app makes me fat||seriouspony. … app-makes-me-fat||Cyber Life, Food, Mind, Programming, Psychology, TECH||TLDNR: We have limited cognitive power. Use it up and you will suck. So make things as simple as possible.|
|20130722 235105 Z||Official Trailer from Comic-Con | COSMOS||www.youtube. … ch?v=gMJxjYRXYkU||Beauty, Cool, Inspiring, Physics, Science, Space, TECH, Videos||"Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey" coming 2014 Q2! Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane, and Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan.|
|20130705 185715 Z||Linux - Laptop That Runs Entirely By The Power Of The Sun Developed For Education||www.linuxnew … ed-for-education||Computers, Cool, Hardware, Solar, TECH||Then you can say "I use Linux with windows". Only $400!|
|20130704 035209 Z||Sorry, Not Sorry: The Advantages of Never Apologizing||theairspace. … RWh3jhDRE.reddit||Psychology, Relations, Science||Yes, I bought cookies (again). No, I'm not apologizing.|
|20130630 150152 Z||What's The Dumbest Thing You Could Say To A Congresswoman Who Lost Her Legs In Battle? Um, THIS.||www.upworthy … -found-it?c=ufb1||Cool, Military, Politics, USA, Videos||Break out the popcorn. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) lays it on.|
|20130630 140136 Z||Tiny Channels Take Salt From Seawater||news.discove … water-130628.htm||Chemistry, Cool, Engineering, Hardware, News, Sustainability, TECH||Solid state desalination: I love simple but brilliant ideas.|
|20130626 175036 Z||DOMA and Exodus International Defeated!||Chicago, News, Politics, Sex, USA||Progress on the equality front! Exodus International shut itself down and apologized! The Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court! All just in time for the Chicago Gay Pride Parade this weekend!|
|20130607 161435 Z||Pride and Prejudice||Books, Literature, My Stuff, Ramblings, Reading, Text||Just finished reading "Pride and Prejudice" (1813) by Jane Austen. Loved it! Fun to read something without the extras of tech, fantasy, sex, and action. Now I have butterflies about deciding what to read next!|
|20130501 140018 Z||Stunning new view of Saturn storm shows eye about the size of India||www.world-sc … 30429_Saturn.htm||Beauty, Cool, Images, Inspiring, Space, TECH, Videos||Strange hurricane on Saturn's north pole. The eye is the size of Inida. There is no ocean below to drive it. 530 km/h (330 mph) winds. Nice pictures by NASA's Cassini.|
|20130415 182125 Z||Why Your iPhone Addiction Is Snuffing Your Creativity||www.fastcomp … -your-creativity||Cyber Life, Mind, Psychology, Self Improvement||I was thinking along these lines just this morning. External business can interfere with internal and meaningful creativity. Wu Wei.|
|20130409 210612 Z||Why the mantis shrimp is my new favorite animal||theoatmeal.c … cs/mantis_shrimp||Armor, Chill, Comics, Cool, Fauna, Funny, Gear, Images, Nature||Murder sticks!|
|20130408 175602 Z||Mozilla takes a fresh look at Google's WebP image format||news.cnet.co … bp-image-format/||Animation, Firefox, Google, Images, Standards, TECH||.webp has lossy, lossless, EXIF, color profiles, alpha channel, and animation! This could beat out JPG, PNG, and GIF!|
Happy Birthday Kirk Douglas!
Just in case the link ever goes bad, here's his list:
An eidetic memory, open books, the Web, and Google help, but it's still mostly about problem solving. We start with solving simple problems often enough to integrate the solutions as the basics. Then we use the basics to solve more complex "level 2" problems. If you solve level 2 problems often enough, then you start building a repertoire of level 2 basics.
I can't stand memorizing and working, but I do like integrating and playing. Developing a repertoire of ever higher level basics sounds like work. If I trick myself into thinking of it as play, then I can do it. If I become conscious that I am tricking myself, then it becomes work again. The solution is that it can't be a trick -- it has to be earnest play. Or the problem has to be so important, so tantalizing, that you practically need to build the repertoire that allows you to progress on solving the problem.
Gmail had Labels and Filters. Then it added Smartlabels (Bulk, Notification, and Forum) in Labs (and is still in Labs). Then it added Categories as Tabs and Labels (Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, Forums) not through labs (possibly because it's the "graduate" version of Smartlabels).
I've been using Gmail's tabbed Categories for a few weeks now and I have been fairly satisfied. It has convinced me to get rid of a few labels and filters that I had before. For example: I used to have a Label and Filter I called "ADMIN", but it effectively functioned like "Notification" in Smartlabels, which in effectively functioned like the "Updates" Category.
However, there's always something. Here are three minor issues I have Categories so far:
1. Occasionally a new message will appear in the west for a Category Label, but will not appear in the Category Inbox Tab. Odd and a little annoying. Possibly just an asynchronous issue.
2. My guess that Gmail starts with what it thinks should go in each Category. Gmail probably starts by pre-identifying known social sources (like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus), promotional sources (like Amazon, Microsoft Store, and GrubHub), and update sources (like banks, Mint, and credit cards). Then Gmail probably learns which sources should go in which Category after you drag them into another Category several times. HOWEVER, I have been dragging emails from one Category Inbox Tab to another, but Gmail seems to be slow on learning my preferences.
3. When you have an email open in one Category Inbox Tab and switch to another, Gmail keeps that email open. Some people may like that, but I think it's a bit confusing to step away from Gmail for (gasp!) a few minutes, and then come back to find some email open that is not part of the currently selected Category Inbox Tab.
Over all, Categories automatically gives lots of people functionality that was only available to "power users" that tweaked their Gmail account.
I finished reading "Brave New World" (1931) by Aldous Huxley earlier this afternoon. The first chapter is harsh and it continued to be harsh. However in spite of the harshness I think it Brave New World was very provocative and applicable to the current time.
I'll get to those ideas, but first I will briefly discuss some of the science fiction aspects of Brave New World (BNW). Huxley started BNW as a dystopian variant of the utopian novels by H.G. Wells, so it had to have science fiction in it.
BNW has the circumvention of internal fertilization and our vivvparous nature (bearing live young). We have seen this in popular culture with movies like "The Matrix" and "Man of Steel". In real life, we have achieved some degree of ovuliparity (external fertilization) with test tube babies, but we are nowhere near achieving oviparity (laying eggs), or of developing the zygote in an artificial egg or bottle (the term used in BNW). The best we can do now is develop safer and more effective pain killing drugs and delivery methods (like epidurals). I'm sure women have wished to circumvent the pain of delivery for thousands of years --I wonder what was the earliest recorded expression of that wish in literature?
BNW has the casting of people into castes (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon) from the moment of conception. In BNW this was done through chemical manipulation since inception, and then brainwashing. If Huxley had written BNW after the discovery of DNA, perhaps he would have written in genetic manipulation. While corporations like Monsanto may do genetic engineering of food, people aren't doing much genetic manipulation of people --yet. As far as social stratification, we seem to do that to ourselves.
There's other science fiction stuff in it like centralized economic control, feelies (immersion movies that can provide direct neural stimulation), soma (a very powerful happy drug distributed by the state that BNW people consumed regularly), chemically induced youth, rampant recreational sex, etc. Even just listing that stuff can put people in a paranoid state about socialist godless liberal hippies running the world. Our social development comes partially from our science, but is largely driven by us.
The philosophical apex of the book happens in chapters 16 and 17 when John "The Savage" and Helmholtz Watson (the yearning writer) have a frank discussion with Mustapha Mond (the World Controller of Western Europe). The crux of the discussion is that in the face of self-extinction, the people in the BNW decided to favor safety, survival, stability, happiness, and comfort, over liberty, truth, beauty, history, and religion. I shall encapsulate the topic with the phrase "Safety v Liberty" for the sake of convenience and in honor of this saw from Benjamin Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.".
The topic of "Safety v Liberty" is old and important. There is safety in consolidating power to one or a few, but its price is Liberty. The closest we seem to get is a Republic (rule of law) and a Democracy (rule of the people). I'm not too worried about the government against the people because the trend is towards government by the people instead of the few. Don't like Gaddafi or Morsi?, then throw them out. (Good luck getting rid of Putin or Kim Jong-un!) What do I care that Google and the NAS have info on me?
My concern is of "Safety v Liberty" is on the personal level. It's not so much a matter of explicit cases of "Hikikomori" (Japanese "pulled inward") or hermits, but the more subtle case of people fooling themselves. As Feynman said: "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.". You don't need friends or corporations or government to fool yourself. When you fool yourself, you feel safer, but you steal time from yourself, thus taking away your liberty, your freedom.
Another interesting thing in ch 17 of BNW was their discussion of God.
"We are not our own any more than what we possess is our own. We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters. We are God's property."
I agree with that except that I think we merely are, we are of the universe, we do what we can, and we are no one's property.
"as the passions grow calm, as the fany and sensibilities are less excited and less excitable, our reason becomes less troubled in its working, less obscured by the images, desires and distractions, in which it used to be absorbed; whereupon God emerges as from behind a cloud; our soul feels, sees, turns toward the source of all light"
Probably many of us start thinking along these lines when we get to be middle aged and the flower of youth if fading. At this point one seeks a transformation, a continuation, because otherwise there is only decay then death. I've always looked for a meaning, but if I can no longer find meaning in the magnificence of my physical prowess (I'm so awesome!), then what do I find meaning in? For some it will be in the continuation of genes, goals, or memes. But isn't it possible that a gamma burst could wipe out all life on this planet at any time? Or that this universe could blink out because of some event in the multiverse? What if there is not continuation? What if there is? Each of us has to look for that meaning. Is "seeing God" the easy way out? If instead you see the void, then perhaps you need to look harder until you see something else?
"God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness."
It's interesting that Mond, who actively suppresses the propagation of the concept of God, thinks that "there quite probably is one", but that God manifests himself as an absence. In BNW, society lives youthfully, safely, happily, and then slips into death while in a soma-induced happy state. So where is a need for God in that? In BNW, it is more convenient to be without God, but in the real world, for many it is more convenient to have God.
I usually avoid political posts, but this has too much WTF to resist.
"What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?"
"... I don't know, I have never -- it's a question I have never thought about."
When is the best time to take out the trash? Some say immmediately, but that interferes with your flow. Some say whenever the trash can is full --We sort of do that at our house but then we just put the trash bag at the back porch where they pile up. I used to take the trash out just before my morning workout, but with my injured knee the trash has been piling up.
This morning I've decided to make it a habit (a resolution?) that I will take the trash out just before I go out! I'm usually dressed and ready to go out well before the wife and kids are so it won't interfere with my flow. At my house there is a flow issue in that we exit through the front, but the large trash bins are at the rear. However, that's a small problem, and I will give myself a pat on the back anyway.
I do buy-ins with other areas of my life, but the buy-in technique is clearly demonstrated with workouts. I was doing The Open portion of the 2012 CrossFit Games (http://games.crossfit.com/workouts/the-open) the other day, when it hit me that the 5th week of it will roughly coincide with the release of the "Hunger Games" movie! I then sold myself on the idea of doing my workouts as if I were preparing to be a participant/tribute in the Hunger Games. I was also inspired by the competitors in the 55+ category!
Here's another recent examples of the buy-in technique: I was warming up the other day and noticed that I was already mentally and physically tired. I then thought that when I'm fatigued is a good time for someone to attack me. I instantly got a "fuck you" attitude and decided that my workout would be 3 rounds of heavy bag work, where each round was 3 minutes. I was energized and vigorous and proud for overcoming the fatigue. I do a similar technique when I take a hot shower: If I notice that have any hesitation about suddenly switching to a cold shower, then I've sold myself on the idea that I must then suddenly switch to a cold shower.
One more buy-in: I sometimes have a hard time getting the kids to do martial techniques with me. But just yesterday I was fooling around with a jump rope and iron whip techniques and the kids were laughing it up. I switched to doing a knife fight with the jump rope handles as the knives. The rope forced some measure, and the handles were so un-knife like that it seemed less violent. Basically it was different enough that the kids bought into it and wanted to try it out!
A buy-in gives any project drive and gets results!
Watch the wind uproot and uplift the discarded debris of paper and plastic into fanciful flights overhead, on high, soaring out of sight.
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