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With intense monitoring, it may be possible to detect quakes before they happen: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/26773/
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If you were granted unlimited magic powers for just five minutes, what would you do?

I'm the sort of person who would probably spend those five minutes exploring the word "unlimited". Could I, for instance, grant myself another five minutes or, even more simply, the powers without the time limit? If no, then the powers aren't truly unlimited, but maybe I could grant those powers to someone else, or multiple someones else for five minutes? With an implanted desire to use them the way I wanted to before going on with their own choices? If the "unlimited" part is a one time only deal, how about "limited" long-term powers? For myself or others?

Admittedly, all this could be taken care of by granting myself knowledge of the limitations of this "unlimited" power, but where I'd go from there depends on what the answers are.

I guess I'm trying to say, don't combine the word unlimited with a limit in the same sentence :)


May. 13th, 2011 01:23 pm
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The Indiana Supreme court seems to have decided that the fourth amendment is inconvinient. "We hold that there is no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers." In other words, the police can do whatever they want and your only recourse is to protest after the fact. I'm certainly not interested in defending the actions of Richard L. Barnes, but this decision . . . yeah.

Full court opinion here.
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I really hope this chart proves to be wrong, but given the current political climate I'm not going to hold my breath.
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A pair of rap songs depicting the conflict between the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek.

The internet sure is full of things. If you don't pay close attention to where you're going, you never know what you'll run into.
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Unfortunately, I find that I don't care for the rest of the album this is from, so the artist will get minimal benefit from my enjoyment of this song, but maybe some of you folks might like it. This is a very simple video, but quite effective just the same, and it says where you can find more at the end.
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A Christian just told me something that confirmed a long running suspicion of mine. She told me that she would never believe anything that science had to offer because eating from the tree of knowledge was what got us kicked out of Eden. To her mind, science is literally a tool of the devil.

I can think of any number of theological arguments against her point of view, but I just couldn't bring myself to continue the conversation after that point. Especially since it was taking place on the internet. I kind of hope I was just being trolled....
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Right, I just tried to post a silly little image to my Livejournal and had it swallowed in a 503 Service Unavailable error. I don't use LJ often enough for it to be worth this hassle. I hate punishing them for something that isn't their fault but, then again, I'm not sure it harms them much to have my sporadic posts tagged "cross-posted from Dreamwidth" at the bottom.

I made this account back last September during the last little dust up, but haven't used it since. I'm officially switching over now.

Well said.

Apr. 2nd, 2011 08:19 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] rm posted a comment over here which nicely articulates something I've wanted to say in response to a number of online dramas. I think you can get enough of the context by just reading the comment alone, but if not the post it is in response to can be seen by just scrolling up.


Mar. 31st, 2011 07:29 pm
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Lets see if I can make the ReverbNation widget show up behind here. )

Hmm, seems to work. Hopefully I'll remember to check and see if future groups I want to share have ReverbNation profiles set up.

Edit: And now that it's imported over to dreamwidth, it stops functioning again. hmm...


Mar. 31st, 2011 06:28 pm
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Apparently "uterus" is inappropriate language for children to hear in Florida. I knew sex-ed was in trouble in that state, but this is absurd.
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A new type of "artificial leaf" that only generates one tenth the power of previouse types, but at only one half of one percent of the cost. They're still testing to determine the working lifespan of such a device, but those numbers do wonders for the practicality of the concept.
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The Razor Skyline is another band you might be interested in. More of an electronica influence, but maintaining the middle eastern percussion and some of the other fusion elements.
(link goes to a Facebook page with a Flash music player, in case either represents a problem for you)

Edit: hmm, listening further it seems to be a goth/industrial influence rather than an electronica one, and some of the songs fall fall much more squarely into those categories. This isn't a problem for me, or most others who like Abney Park, but I figured I'd mention it :)
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Cold fusion claims surface once more. This looks a little more plausible than the Pons and Fleischman version, but...
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A visual representation of the difference in earthquake magnitudes.

So those people in New Jersey who are worried by the fact that they've got a reactor with the same design? The largest earthquake ever recorded thus far in New Jersey was a 5.3. I think you're safe.
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Now, the reporting in this article is obviously biased in favor of nuclear power, but it actually contains the facts of the situation unlike those news reports that are causing some Californians to buy gas masks...


Feb. 16th, 2011 02:38 pm
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"What is going on here?"
"Do you want the truth or the reassuring lie?"
"The truth."
"That's a shame. I had such a nice lie thought up too. Ah well, the truth is I've got no clue what's going on either."
"I don't believe you."
"Why not? By now you should have learned I'm better at making up stories than this..."
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With articles like this and this, why are there still people insisting that nothing is wrong? Oh yeah, they're the ones that are profiting from it.


Jan. 20th, 2011 01:02 pm
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(via [livejournal.com profile] otterdance)

"This is America, where a white Catholic male Republican judge was murdered on his way to greet a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year-old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon, all eulogized by our African-American President." -- Mark Shields, PBS

When it's hard to believe that we are heading in the right direction, it sometimes helps to look back on how far we've come.


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