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Thank you! « Sundays at the Shelter

Thank you! « Sundays at the Shelter | Good Advice | Scoop.it
It was so very nice to receive this blogging award from the lovely Nerissa the cat at “Nerissa’s Life“. As part of the award, I’m supposed to tell you 10 things about this blog.
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Shocking Christian School Textbooks

Shocking Christian School Textbooks | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Thousands of Louisiana students will receive state voucher money to attend religious schools. What will they learn?

 

Science Proves Homosexuality is a Learned Behavior

 

The Second Law of Thermodynamics Disproves Evolution

 

No Transitional Fossils Exist

 

Humans and Dinosaurs Co-Existed

 

Evolution Has Been Disproved

 

A Japanese Whaling Boat Found a Dinosaur

 

Solar Fusion is a Myth

 

And more Anti-Science /Anti-Reason dreck.

 


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Jellyfish!

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The crystal jelly, Aequorea victoria, swims near the surface of the Pacific Ocean. When this jelly is touched, green light flashes from its rim. Scientists have learned to make use of the unusual molecule that produces its light, as well as a fluorescent molecule that turns the light green.


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Book Review: Star Trek: Typhon Pact – Raise The Dawn

Book Review: Star Trek: Typhon Pact – Raise The Dawn | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Deep Space Nine has been reduced to flotsam, Benjamin Sisko is stripped of his senses, and the détente with which Praetor Kammemor has engaged the Khitomer Accord signatories appears headed right out the window even as the cinders of battle still cool across the Bajoran sector. This is the opening that greets you as you enter into David R. George’s second Typhon Pact novel of the year, “Raise the Dawn”.

 

This month’s story traces a winding road for the surviving crew of Deep Space Nine, Federation leadership, and for several key players in the DS9 saga. At the same time, plenty of time is spent among Romulan leadership and in some unsavory Cardassian backwaters… all of which leads to some extremely significant alterations to the post-Nemesis environment.

 

“Raise the Dawn” is a highly ambitious novel. Within the covers, George weaves a tapestry that, if listed might sound overwhelming… but the tapestry works. More than working, it shines.


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Turner Classic Movies Marathon

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 Thursday, June 28  6:00 AM to 7:30 PM


TCM is showing 12 hours of classic 1960s science fiction/horror movies

 

 

Time Machine  6:00

The Village of the Damned  8:00,

The Manster  9:30,

The Snow Devils  10:45,

War of the Planets  12:30,

Wild, Wild Planet  2:15,

Five Million Miles to Earth 4:00,

and The Green Slime  5:45.

 

Time to call in sick?


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This Little Black Book Holds Your Songs, Protects Your Nano

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The Littlest Black Book from case maker Pad & Quill is custom designed for your iPod Nano. It looks like a mini-Moleskine complete with a tiny, red bookmark.
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Proofreading 101

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1. How large is your computer screen?

2. How clean is your workspace?

3. How many computer programs do you have open?

3a. Noisy environment?

4. What tools do you have at your disposal?

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Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law of Robotics To Smartphones - Slashdot

Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law of Robotics To Smartphones - Slashdot | Good Advice | Scoop.it

'In [1960s] science fiction, visionaries perceived that in the middle of the first quarter of the 21st century, we'd be living contemporarily with robots. They were correct. We do. We carry them everywhere we go. They see everything, they're aware of our position, our relationship to other human beings and other robots, they mediate an information stream about us, which allows other people to predict and know our conduct and intentions and capabilities better than we can predict them ourselves. But we grew up imagining that these robots would have, incorporated in their design, a set of principles. We imagined that robots would be designed so that they could never hurt a human being. These robots have no such commitments. These robots hurt us every day. They work for other people. They're designed, built and managed to provide leverage and control to people other than their owners. Unless we retrofit the first law of robotics onto them immediately, we're cooked.

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Awesome Books to Replace Your Favorite Cancelled TV Shows

Awesome Books to Replace Your Favorite Cancelled TV Shows | Good Advice | Scoop.it

The love of television is always tragic. We're doomed to fall in love with television shows and then lose them, again and again. And often, our love burns the brightest for shows that live the shortest amount of time.We'll never get our favorite cancelled TV shows back again — but the good news is, for every TV show you miss, there are books (or book series) that can help fill the void.

Here are 12 cancelled TV shows, and the books that could help replace them in your life.


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Smart TV alliance formed in attempt to forestall another format war

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Some TV manufacturers have joined forces to form Smart TV Alliance, which aims to encourage one standard for Smart TV apps.
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Tour the Tomb of NASA’s First and Last Nuclear Reactor

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A gallery of images showing NASA's first and only nuclear reactor, which was built in the 1960s to research nuclear-powered airplanes, then eventually nuclear-powered space rockets. After being decommissioned in 1973, the site was demolished this year.

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Inside Minority Report‘s ‘Idea Summit,’ Visionaries Saw the Future

Inside Minority Report‘s ‘Idea Summit,’ Visionaries Saw the Future | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Three years before making Minority Report, director Steven Spielberg assembled a supergroup of deep thinkers who conceptualized many of the movie's most enduring visions of the future. A virtual roundtable takes you back to that momentous event in the history of sci-fi filmmaking.
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Does Science Fiction Hurt Science?

Does Science Fiction Hurt Science? | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Science is under attack in America today.  There are more anti-science people than scientists.  And by scientists I mean anyone who accepts science as the best method for understanding reality, not just working Ph.D. scientists. I just finished a book Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway and they carefully chronicle how fraud science is being used in politics to attack real science.

 

Most people have no idea how real science is conducted and communicated, thus it’s very easy to corrupt the general public about scientific knowledge. Real science is done in peer reviewed journals and is rather plodding. Popular science writing takes real science and tries to explain it. This is the first level where unscientific noise enters the equation. Most people do not read peer reviewed science journals so they must depend on textbook and popular science writers to explain science to them.


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Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books?

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In 1898, a man bought a book for his 16-year-old nephew. "Many happy retoins [sic]. Uncle Spud," he wrote on a blank page at the front. The book: H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, then just out in America from Harper & Brothers. Uncle Spud's teenage nephew — who stamped his name on the first page of the novel and read it religiously once a year — would himself go on to discover many secrets of flying. That nephew was Robert Hutchings Goddard, inventor of the liquid-fuel rocket.

 

But when I think of sorting through the boxes of my grandmother's books — even the ones we couldn't keep, or didn't want — and what we found there, I am grateful not to have been handed her Amazon password instead. Among all the gifts of the electronic age, one of the most paradoxical might be to illuminate something we are beginning to trade away: the particular history, visible and invisible, that can be passed down through the vessel of an old book, inscribed by the hands and the minds of readers who are gone.


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Infinite-Capacity Wireless Beam Carries 2.5 Terabits Per Second

Infinite-Capacity Wireless Beam Carries 2.5 Terabits Per Second | Good Advice | Scoop.it

As far as we can discern, this is the fastest wireless network ever created -- by some margin. This technique is likely to be used in the next few years to vastly increase the throughput of both wireless and fiber-optic networks.

 

2.5 terabits per second is equivalent to 320 gigabytes per second, or around seven full Blu-ray movies per second.

 

Wow.


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How to Learn Anything | UnCollege

The education problems we have around the world aren’t going to get better with small changes. Significant reform needs to take place, and we aren’t seeing enough of it. As one attendee said to me, talking about EDEN, “We always pay lip service to alternative methods—you’re the first person here doing something about it.”

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Little Orphan Kitten « Sundays at the Shelter

Little Orphan Kitten « Sundays at the Shelter | Good Advice | Scoop.it

This tiny kitten is one of a litter being fostered by a volunteer with a big heart and sleep deprivation.

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Google’s Artificial Brain Learns to Find Cat Videos

Google’s Artificial Brain Learns to Find Cat Videos | Good Advice | Scoop.it

When computer scientists at Google's mysterious X lab built a neural network of 16,000 computer processors with one billion connections and let it browse YouTube, it did what many web users might do -- it began to look for cats.

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9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People

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The most successful people in business approach their work differently than most. See how they think--and why it works.

 

1. Time doesn't fill me.  I fill time.

2. The people around me are the people I chose.

3. I have never paid my dues ... Dues get paid each and every day.

4. Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything.

5. Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn't just happen to me.

6. Volunteers always win.

7. As long as I'm paid well, it's all good.

8. People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do ... work to align what you like to do with what you are paid to do.

9. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.

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The Internet Is Run By Unelected Technocrats, and Congress Wants to Keep It That Way

The Internet Is Run By Unelected Technocrats, and Congress Wants to Keep It That Way | Good Advice | Scoop.it

Xenophobes and technocrats have found something they can agree on: The United Nations shouldn’t be in charge of the Internet.

 

U.S. lawmakers from both parties have been beating their chests over rumblings that a heretofore uncontroversial UN agency plans to seize control over cyberspace. This morning, every single member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee agreed that it should be “the consistent and unequivocal policy of the United States to promote a global Internet free from government control.” Taking a page from the UN’s playbook, the committee unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution to that effect. It will now head to the full House for a vote.


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Now it Can Be Told: What David Said to The Engineer in Prometheus

Now it Can Be Told: What David Said to The Engineer in Prometheus | Good Advice | Scoop.it

The line that David speaks to the Engineer (which is from a longer sequence that didn’t make the final edit) is as follows:

 

/ida hmanəm aɪ kja namṛtuh zdɛ:taha/…/ghʷɪvah-pjorn-ɪttham sas da:tṛ kredah/

 

A serviceable translation into English is:

 

‘This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life’.


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Old Media Keeps Seducing Startup Kids

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Clearly, there’s something about operating on the cutting edge that sends tech leaders yearning for tried-and-true practices originating in the distant past. With so many investors and entrepreneurs clawing over each other to invent media’s future, maybe looking to the past is the savviest move of all.

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