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Students sent home for wearing American flag shirts
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:45 am EDT, May  8, 2010

I'll make this simple.

It doesn't matter where you came from now that you are here. If you're here legitimately, you're an American.

You're either an American or you're not. "Mexican-American" is bullshit. If you don't have dual-citizenship (which very few people do) you are not a "Mexican-American", you're an American.

You absolutely don't get to complain about students wearing shirts with an American flag on them, Cinco de Mayo or not. You particularly don't try to force them to be sent home from school because you want to feign being offended. If you want to celebrate a "Mexican" holiday without anything of this country being involved, do it in Mexico. ...otherwise you're just another selfish asshole trying to force other people do to things your way.

Doing such a thing completely disrespects why this country was created in the first place.

Acclimate or GTFO. It's that simple.

Students sent home for wearing American flag shirts

BBC News - Sensors turn skin into gadget control pad
Topic: Science 9:39 am EDT, Mar 26, 2010

Tapping your forearm or hand with a finger could soon be the way you interact with gadgets.

US researchers have found a way to work out where the tap touches and use that to control phones and music players.

Coupled with a tiny projector the system can use the skin as a surface on which to display menu choices, a number pad or a screen.

BBC News - Sensors turn skin into gadget control pad

Buddha Quotes
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:05 am EDT, Mar 26, 2010

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

Buddha Quotes

Happy Birthday Decius!!!!!
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:52 pm EDT, Mar 25, 2010

Hope its a great one!!!!:)

Happy Birthday Decius!!!!!

Reading and the Web - Texts Without Context -
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:50 pm EDT, Mar 24, 2010

“Online culture,” he writes, “is dominated by trivial mash-ups of the culture that existed before the onset of mash-ups, and by fandom responding to the dwindling outposts of centralized mass media. It is a culture of reaction without action.”

Reading and the Web - Texts Without Context -

The cult of busy
Topic: Business 7:57 am EDT, Mar 16, 2010

Scott Berkun:

When I was younger I thought busy people were more important than everyone else. Otherwise why would they be so busy?

The busy must matter more, and the lazy mattered less.

This is the cult of busy.

Caterina Fake:

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.

Much more important than working hard is knowing how to find the right thing to work on.

Richard Hamming:

If you do not work on an important problem, it's unlikely you'll do important work.

Netflix Culture:

It's about effectiveness -- not effort.

John Tierney:

When people were asked to anticipate how much extra money and time they would have in the future, they realistically assumed that money would be tight, but they expected free time to magically materialize.

Gordon Crovitz:

Getting our heads around information abundance will mean becoming more discerning about what information is worth our time and what kinds of tasks require real focus.


It's the ability to pause, to reflect, and relax, to let the mind wander, that's perhaps the true sign of time mastery, for when the mind returns it's often sharper and more efficient, but most important perhaps, happier than it was before.

Louis CK:

Maybe we need some time ... because everything is amazing right now, and nobody's happy ...

Samantha Power:

The French film director Jean Renoir once said, "The foundation of all great civilizations is loitering." But we have all stopped loitering. I don't mean we aren't lazy at times. I mean that no moment goes unoccupied.

Carolyn Johnson:

We are most human when we feel dull. Lolling around in a state of restlessness is one of life's greatest luxuries.

The cult of busy

BBC News - Nanometre 'fuses' for high-performance batteries
Topic: Science 1:14 pm EST, Mar  9, 2010

Minuscule tubes coated with a chemical fuel can act as a power source with 100 times more electrical power by weight than conventional batteries.

As these nano-scale "fuses" burn, they drive an electrical current along their length at staggering speeds.

The never-before-seen phenomenon could lead to a raft of energy applications.

Researchers reporting in Nature Materials say that unlike normal batteries, the nanotubes never lose their stored energy if left to sit.
For the team, however, the first task is to understand just what is going on in the nanotubes, whose mechanical and electrical properties continue to surprise researchers in a number of fields.

BBC News - Nanometre 'fuses' for high-performance batteries -- Warp Speed Will Kill You
Topic: Space 6:30 am EST, Mar  9, 2010

Captain Kirk might want to avoid taking the starship Enterprise to warp speed, unless he's ready to shrug off interstellar hydrogen atoms that would deliver a lethal radiation blast to both ship and crew.

There are just two hydrogen atoms per cubic centimeter on average in space, which poses no threat to spaceships traveling at low speeds. But those same lone atoms would transform into deadly galactic space mines for a spaceship that runs into them at near-light speed, according to calculations based on Einstein's special theory of relativity.

The original crew of "Star Trek" featured as unfortunate examples at a presentation by William Edelstein, a physicist at Johns Hopkins University, at the American Physical Society conference in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 13. The physicist showed a video clip of Kirk telling engineer Scotty to go to warp speed.

"Well, they're all dead," Edelstein recalled saying. His words caused a stir among the audience.

Edelstein's personal interest in this thought experiment began 20 years ago, when his son Arthur asked him if there was friction in space. The father responded that yes, there would be hydrogen bumping off a spaceship. But he soon realized that the stray atoms of hydrogen gas would actually go right through the ship traveling close to light speed, and irradiate both crew and electronics in the process. -- Warp Speed Will Kill You

BBC News - WWII heroine Andree Peel dies in Long Ashton aged 105
Topic: History 11:24 am EST, Mar  8, 2010

A French resistance heroine who saved more than 100 lives and survived a Nazi death squad has died at the age of 105.

Known as Agent Rose, Andree Peel helped dozens of British and US pilots escape from occupied Europe.
She was being lined up to be shot by firing squad at Buchenwald when the US Army arrived to liberate the prisoners.

BBC News - WWII heroine Andree Peel dies in Long Ashton aged 105

Disorderly genius: How chaos drives the brain - life - 29 June 2009 - New Scientist
Topic: Science 4:21 pm EST, Mar  7, 2010

HAVE you ever experienced that eerie feeling of a thought popping into your head as if from nowhere, with no clue as to why you had that particular idea at that particular time? You may think that such fleeting thoughts, however random they seem, must be the product of predictable and rational processes. After all, the brain cannot be random, can it? Surely it processes information using ordered, logical operations, like a powerful computer?

Actually, no. In reality, your brain operates on the edge of chaos. Though much of the time it runs in an orderly and stable way, every now and again it suddenly and unpredictably lurches into a blizzard of noise.

Neuroscientists have long suspected as much. Only recently, however, have they come up with proof that brains work this way. Now they are trying to work out why. Some believe that near-chaotic states may be crucial to memory, and could explain why some people are smarter than others.

In technical terms, systems on the edge of chaos are said to be in a state of "self-organised criticality". These systems are right on the boundary between stable, orderly behaviour - such as a swinging pendulum - and the unpredictable world of chaos, as exemplified by turbulence.

Disorderly genius: How chaos drives the brain - life - 29 June 2009 - New Scientist

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