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An eclectic mix of articles about our world and the universe we live in, with some political commentary
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10 Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Romantic Comedies of All Time

10 Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Romantic Comedies of All Time | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

Science fiction is all about discovering the unknown — but sometimes you find love along the way. This is a great time to love romantic comedies with a science fiction twist, with the surprisingly sweet Safety Not Guaranteed in theaters, and the apocalyptic Seeking a Friend for the End of the World coming out tomorrow. But science fiction and fantasy have had a love affair with romantic comedies for years.

 

Here are the 10 greatest science fiction and fantasy-themed romantic comedies ever made.


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This Is Your Brain on a Sweater

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London fashion designer Brooke Roberts uses Photoshop and a textile-design software program to knit medical images into high fashion.
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Do It Yourself: Make Your Own Non-Toxic Household Cleaners #30DaysofGOOD - GOOD Projects - GOOD

Do It Yourself: Make Your Own Non-Toxic Household Cleaners #30DaysofGOOD - GOOD Projects - GOOD | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Our friends at BrightNest created a handy infographic that shows how to make safe and chemical-free cleaning products out of a few simple ingredients.
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Saquaro Wildlife Cameras | Shutterfly

"Welcome to the Saguaro Wildlife Camera website, dedicated to the year long mammal study that was conducted at Saguaro National Park from May 2011 to July 2012. This website was created by members of the saguaro wildlife camera project team and is sponsored by the Friends of Saguaro National Park. The purpose of this website is to not only showcase many of the great photos we have gotton over the course of the study but to help educate the public about the diverse wildlife we have in the park."

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Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

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Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports.
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Girl Genius for Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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The Girl Genius comic for Wednesday, July 11, 2012 has been posted.
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Interview: Chris Hill, Indie Game Developer | Startup Tucson

Interview: Chris Hill, Indie Game Developer | Startup Tucson | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

"Chris Hill is part of Tucson’s small but growing video game industry. He’s worked with Sony Online Entertainment and Kihon Games, and he now runs his own indie studio, Enemy Hideout. In this interview, Chris gives an overview of Tucson’s gaming scene and tells us about his new upcoming release, The Mansion of Bliss."

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Ex-CIA Agent Says Roswell UFO Was Definitely Out Of This World

Ex-CIA Agent Says Roswell UFO Was Definitely Out Of This World | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Happy anniversary, Roswell, N.M. It was 65 years ago today that the Roswell Daily Record blasted an infamous headline claiming local military officials had captured a flying saucer on a nearby ranch.
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Kids' Surprising Gripe About School

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"Do schools challenge our students?" No, says a paper published today by the progressive think tank Center of American Progress.

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Worldcon — A Beginner’s Guide by Mike Resnick

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A number of you have written me privately to say that you’re going to be attending Chicon 7 – the Worldcon – at the end of August. Many of you have never attended a Worldcon before, so I thought I’d post a little primer here for first-timers to help you find your way through all the intricacies. Worldcon can be a mystifying experience for the uninitiated, but once you learn your way around it – and hopefully this will help – it’s like nothing else in the world of science fiction. It’s been the highlight of my year since Carol and I started attending back in 1963, and I hope this will help make it the highlight of yours as well.


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India Art n Design: Revisiting the Royal

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The Durbar Collection of garments by fashion aficionado and royal cultural attaché Umang Hutheesing holds universal appeal in formal and semi-formal evening wear...Read more »

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Girl Genius Online Comics!

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Girl Genius: a Gaslamp Fantasy with Adventure, Romance and Mad Science; read it now online!

 

I love this series; it's so much fun!

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How to Disenfranchise 18 Percent of Philadelphia’s Electorate

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44 percent of Philly's population is African-American—and nearly 20 percent of voters there may lose the right to cast a ballot this fall.

 

by AURA BOGADA, The Nation

 

We’ve seen state officials around the country flat-out lie about the imaginary problem of voter fraud—and we’ve seen how people of color and other marginalized groups stand to have their rights swiftly confiscated in the process. This time, voters in Pennsylvania will feel the brunt of a bill signed into law this past March, which may disenfranchise nearly 10 percent of voters statewide and 18 percent of voters in Philadelphia.

 

Although Secretary of Commonwealth Carol Aichele has repeatedly stated that 99 percent of Pennsylvania voters were already in possession of the identification needed to comply with the new law, her numbers were way off. The deliberate or accidental overestimate means that the state is stuck with a law that will potentially disenfranchise 758,939 voters.

 

In a press release dubiously titled “Department of State and PennDOT Confirm Most Registered Voters Have Photo ID,” issued Tuesday, her own office illustrates that more than 180,000 of Philadelphia’s voters lack the proper ID to cast a ballot. More than 44 percent of Philadelphia is African-American.

 

Pennsylvania’s strict voter ID law means that only certain forms of identification are acceptable. Even government-issued photo ID cards without an expiration date aren’t acceptable. A hearing on the voter ID bill is scheduled for July 25. [MORE]


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How Video Games Can Solve The World's Biggest Problems

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See Mom and Dad, video games are constructive. ...
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More Green Shelter Design: Friends For Life in Houston Opens LEED Certified No Kill Animal Shelter | moderncat :: cat products, cat toys, cat furniture, and more…all with modern style

More Green Shelter Design: Friends For Life in Houston Opens LEED Certified No Kill Animal Shelter | moderncat :: cat products, cat toys, cat furniture, and more…all with modern style | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Moderncat.net is the original source for the coolest modern cat products available - cat trees, litter boxes, beds, toys and more...
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Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama? - Forbes

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama? - Forbes | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
It’s enough to make even the most ardent Obama cynic scratch his head in confusion.
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Yet again, Internet’s effects on us are overstated

Yet again, Internet’s effects on us are overstated | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
The Internet might be short-circuiting our minds — but is it scrambling us more than television did 60 years ago? More than automobiles? More than books?
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Was America first colonised by two cultures at once? - life - 12 July 2012 - New Scientist

Was America first colonised by two cultures at once? - life - 12 July 2012 - New Scientist | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it
Tools and stools from a cave in Oregon suggest that there were two societies in America 14,000 years ago...
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Crack the crypto in 'Agrippa', win every William Gibson book ever published

Crack the crypto in 'Agrippa', win every William Gibson book ever published | Eclectic Mix | Scoop.it

Quinn DuPont writes in with 'A cracking challenge to cryptanalyse a William Gibson poem ("Agrippa", written in 1992). The winner will receive a copy of every William Gibson book published. Project is academic (non-commercial).'

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Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Berries and Lavender Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Soda

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Berries and Lavender Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Soda


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Stand, don't sit, it's good for your health

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If you're sitting down right now, do yourself a favor, stand up. Sitting for too long can lead to health problems.

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This Land Was His Land - The New York Times

This Land Was His Land
Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Novel
By DOUGLAS BRINKLEY and JOHNNY DEPP
Published: July 9, 2012

 

"The legend of Woody Guthrie as folk singer is firmly etched in America’s collective consciousness. Compositions like “Deportee,” “Pastures of Plenty” and “Pretty Boy Floyd” have become national treasures akin to Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack” and Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” But Guthrie, who would have been 100 years old on July 14, was also a brilliant and distinctive prose stylist, whose writing is distinguished by a homespun authenticity, deep-seated purpose and remarkable ear for dialect."

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37 Productivity Tips for Working From Anywhere

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These days, your office is your laptop, whether you're in a cubicle, a coffee shop, or on a plane. We asked professionals for their best advice on getting things done no matter where you work.

 

Useful for everyone, including students, who needs to get things done.


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Albert Einstein Quotes

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quotes from the smart man on earth!
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Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White

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Robin Good: What does curation mean from an educational viewpoint? And what is the key difference between "collecting" and "curating".

Nancy White (@NancyW), a 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist and the author of Innovations in Education blog, has written an excellent article, dissecting the key characterizing traits of curation, as a valuable resource to create and share knowledge. 

 

She truly distills some key traits of curation in a way that is clear and comprehensible to anyone.

 

She writes: "The first thing I realized is that in order to have value-added benefits to curating information, the collector needs to move beyond just classifying the objects under a certain theme to deeper thinking through a) synthesis and b) evaluation of the collected items.

 

How are they connected?"

 

Excellent definition. 

 

And then she also frames perfectly the relevance of "context" for any meaningful curation project by writing: "I believe when we curate, organization moves beyond thematic to contextual – as we start to build knowledge and understanding with each new resource that we curate.

 

Themes have a common unifying element – but don’t necessarily explain the “why.”

 

Theme supports a central idea – Context allows the learner to determine why that idea (or in this case, resource) is important.

 

So, as collecting progresses into curating, context becomes essential to determine what to keep, and what to discard."

 

But there's a lot more insight distilled in this article as Nancy captures with elegance the difference between collecting for a personal interest and curating for a specific audience. 

 

She finally steals my full endorsement for this article by discretely inquirying how great a value it would be to allow students to "curate" the domains of interest they need to master.

 

Excellent. Highly recommended. 9/10

 

Full article: http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/ ;

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, July 8, 2012 1:22 PM
I especially like how she used the Bloom's Taxonomy and related that to curation.
Stalder Angèle's comment, August 1, 2012 3:56 AM
Thank you for this scoop!
Shaz J's comment, August 5, 2012 10:39 AM
Thanks for this!