Saturday, November 30, 2013

The new Wolfram programming language is "a completely divergent approach to building a programming language...

The new Wolfram programming language is "a completely divergent approach to building a programming language, away from the small, agile core with functionality pushed out to libraries and modules and toward a massive holistic thing which treats data and code as one."

"In about 30 seconds, Wolfram created a small web application that drew circles on a web page and included a user interface so a visitor could make them bigger or smaller, or change their colors. That’s doable simply because the Wolfram language -- with its access to a vast reservoir of knowledge -- knows what a circle is and can make it, and it automatically provides web-native user controls to manipulate it. It was a trivial example, but in another 30 seconds, Wolfram built a code snippet that defined the countries in South America and displayed their flags. Then he called up a map of Europe and highlighted Germany and France in different colors computationally, in seconds." "Anything that WolframAlpha knows, your app knows."

"Wolfram the language knows that South America is a continent, because WolframAlpha the knowledge engine knows that. In the same way, it knows what countries belong to South America, what their flags are, the population of those countries, the map shapes and outlines of them, and probably hundreds of thousands of other data elements."


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Last true vacation - over a year ago.  This year - daughter's wedding.  Next week or longer vacation...

Last true vacation - over a year ago.  This year - daughter's wedding.  Next week or longer vacation?  Sooner than later I hope!  :)

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Vanadium dioxide 'smart glass' can be activated to block infrared light while remaining transparent to visible light




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Christmas tree is up and looks really good!

Christmas tree is up and looks really good!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

” And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

” And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” 


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Until you've experienced a cruise, well, you just haven't experienced a cruise!  ;-) 

Until you've experienced a cruise, well, you just haven't experienced a cruise!  ;-) 

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It was 6 days and 270 miles, and there were a lot of ups and downs both internally and externally. I...

It was 6 days and 270 miles, and there were a lot of ups and downs both internally and externally. I didn’t do any conditioning prior which was huge factor, and it was some serious riding. Crossing the Trans Pennine was a life changing experience to say the least.  


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Monster deal this #BlackFriday - See a monster black hole artistic pic as part of our #BlackHoleFriday...

Monster deal this #BlackFriday - See a monster black hole artistic pic as part of our #BlackHoleFriday:

This artist's concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun. Supermassive black holes are enormously dense objects buried at the hearts of galaxies. (Smaller black holes also exist throughout galaxies.) In this illustration, the supermassive black hole at the center is surrounded by matter flowing onto the black hole in what is termed an accretion disk. This disk forms as the dust and gas in the galaxy falls onto the hole, attracted by its gravity.

Also shown is an outflowing jet of energetic particles, believed to be powered by the black hole's spin. The regions near black holes contain compact sources of high energy X-ray radiation thought, in some scenarios, to originate from the base of these jets. This high energy X-radiation lights up the disk, which reflects it, making the disk a source of X-rays. The reflected light enables astronomers to see how fast matter is swirling in the inner region of the disk, and ultimately to measure the black hole's spin rate.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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. And the eating begins. Along with Brother Bear. Tree!

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And the eating begins. Along with Brother Bear. Tree! 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

In an economy where most traditional business are failing and going bankrupt, network marketing  continues...

In an economy where most traditional business are failing and going bankrupt, network marketing  continues to thrive. #mlm  

 YOU OWE IT YOURSELF to look at this business model whether you need extra income or eventually want to replace the income you now have.

If you think back to 5 years ago, where did you think you would be in your life? We all have things we want to accomplish and do. What did you want to accomplish and do? 

If nothing changes for you, will you get to where you want to be? Have you thought about what you want and how to get to get it? 

So think about these questions:
- Where would you like to be in your life? 
- What is holding you back from having the life you want?
- What changes or plans do you have to make your life be what you it to be?

Stop dreaming! You can live the life you always wanted by creating a positive stream of income just by making a few changes in your life and helping others do the same.  

The life you want to live and deserve is there for the taking. I can show you how.

I look forward to hearing from you! 


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Here's a site I can really get behind. :D

Here's a site I can really get behind. :D


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Run Lisa run

Run Lisa run

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#Paris  Place Charles-de-Gaulle ..

#Paris  Place Charles-de-Gaulle ..


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Dear +Verizon Wireless Customer Support - I would like to take time from my busy day to say thank you...

Dear +Verizon Wireless Customer Support -

I would like to take time from my busy day to say thank you for your monopoly.  Because of your decisions I do not have to exercise any of my grey matter deciding which application I should, or should not, put on my shiny new Samsung Note 3.  The reason I stopped to thank you was I was busily installing Google Wallet and discovered it is not supported on Verizon networks!  Really?  I have to use Isis, which I cannot even find in the Play Store and did not come pre-installed with the rest of the memory bloat crap I have never used?

Yes, thank you very much!

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Listen up Google Plus.  You are killing me with your half done things.  Right now it is the fact that...

Listen up Google Plus.  You are killing me with your half done things.  Right now it is the fact that I migrated all of my information from google.com/+KeithBarrows_old (please note the vanity URL I chose there!!!) to https://plus.google.com/u/0/112739612074850272463.  It is weird that on my OLD account I had the option of a nice and clean vanity URL.  

Also please note, the vanity URLs were not available to any of my accounts until AFTER I had done a migration.  

With the migration done and completed many moons ago, don't you think I would want my main account to have the option of the nice and clean vanity URL???

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Friday, November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013 Quote of the Day "It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey...

November 22, 2013
Quote of the Day

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
– Ursula K. Le Guin

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

For those looking to get more fit, a gym membership is not always the ticket. http://vitaminl.tv/video...

For those looking to get more fit, a gym membership is not always the ticket.

http://vitaminl.tv/video/132

#health   #fitness  


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Just wanted to share.  So brought me back to my childhood... http://vitaminl.tv/video/1

Just wanted to share.  So brought me back to my childhood...

http://vitaminl.tv/video/1


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I love this quote.  I would rather live my life this way than what I am doing.  Now, to figure out how...

I love this quote.  I would rather live my life this way than what I am doing.  Now, to figure out how...

November 21, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'"
– Maya Angelou

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What is a Pulsar? Pulsars are types of neutron stars; the dead relics of massive stars. What sets pulsars...

What is a Pulsar?

Pulsars are types of neutron stars; the dead relics of massive stars. What sets pulsars apart from regular neutron stars is that they’re highly magnetized, and rotating at enormous speeds. Astronomers detect them by the radio pulses they emit at regular intervals.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/25376/pulsars/#ixzz2lIPV5Wtl

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013 Quote of the Day "In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong...

November 20, 2013
Quote of the Day

"In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes."
– John Ruskin

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"Important truths" At 23, when his bosses tell him not work on DNA, he ignores them.  He discovers ...

"Important truths"

At 23, when his bosses tell him not work on DNA, he ignores them.  He discovers the double helix and wins the Nobel Prize.

When he writes a book about his life, his friends say it's too candid. But he ignores them and publishes it anyway. It's a best seller and he becomes a millionaire.

When he begins his biggest venture, the scientific establishment tells him it's not practical. But he persuades the US Congress to give him $3 billion dollars.  And now the human genome has been mapped.

But today, he has a vision of the future that many find disturbing. And some people wonder if his judgement has finally gone off the rails.

"Most people don't want to hear important truths. And so for the most part I don't try to annoy people.  But some occasions you just feel someone has to get up and say what you think.  And that offends people."

–James Watson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Watson

After reading Erwin Schrödinger's book What Is Life? in 1946, Watson changed his professional ambitions from the study of ornithology to genetics.

In chapter VI Schrödinger states:

...living matter, while not eluding the "laws of physics" as established up to date, is likely to involve "other laws of physics" hitherto unknown, which however, once they have been revealed, will form just as integral a part of science as the former.

Do we want to make some insects go extinct?  If so, how do we make these selections and how slippery is this slope?  It seems to me that even our apprehension, our technologies and fears of change are themselves part of evolution.  This is a process we have no choice but to go through.

This entire subject circles back on a singular issue:  how we define mental illness, how we deal with those identified as mentally ill, and what freedoms we grant them.

Were you hypothetically capable of selecting out whatever evolutionary sequences exist in your genes, and to replace them with non-cancer causing sequences, you'd technically be a different person.  How you do then feel when parents decide that they want to pass on cancer causing genes to their children?  How do your children feel when they encounter a potential mate that either has decided to filter or not filter their genes as a result of religion or other cultural reasons, and that this becomes a limiting factor?

If you could decide whether your child would have a heart attack at the age of 26, or to abort that child and try to have a child that you knew would stand a greater chance of living much longer due to absences of known disease, what do you do?

Mothers already have gained the ultimate power the determine the future of our species by determining whether to make Down Syndrome extinct or not.  When the human genome is fully understood, the power of the Mother will become even more powerful.

There is also a strange argument when someone is offended by having a DNA sequence that might pass on traits to their children that their children may not wish to have had.  In the case of manic depression, the argument goes that you might have less (or different) creative people in the world, like Hemingway, etc.  But this strikes me as a very unusual argument because the idea that you'd limit faulty sequences for the benefit of the species might deprive the species of creativity.  This is not an individual loss but another group affect.  In the end, the whole is still trading in.

The argument I would propose is the idea of limiting a gene that had a high probability of being a serial killer.  There would be no single affect of changing such a gene over tens of thousands of years.  This might affect aggressiveness in general and lead to changes in sexual behavior.

In the end, selection is selection.  It's unavoidable and we already do it.  What we don't yet fully realize, Watson included, is that even with all this technology and insight, we are still not making our own selections, they're being made for us by our environment.  You cannot give a new organism the intelligence to self-determine without predispositions that immediately invalidate any notion of self-determination.

#DNA #Monsanto  

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Airbus Transparent Plane http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/concept-planes/the-airbus...

Airbus Transparent Plane
http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/concept-planes/the-airbus-concept-cabin/

That is awesome


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Content creation for the Non-Blogger: Replay Do you struggle creating content? Blogging not your thing...

Content creation for the Non-Blogger: Replay
Do you struggle creating content? Blogging not your thing? 

This post is packed with ideas from +Mike Allton 

Watch the replay, Read the summary, Listen to the Podcast http://bit.ly/nonblogger

Pin this: http://jtw.bz/1cFVmvo 

#bloggingtips   #contentcuration   #contentmarketing   #blogging  


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Viola Organista  There was once a sketch by this guy named Leo. That sketch came to life recently and...

Viola Organista 

There was once a sketch by this guy named Leo. That sketch came to life recently and it sounds pretty damn incredible.

Wiki: 
The viola organista was an experimental musical instrument invented by Leonardo da Vinci. It was the first bowed keyboard instrument (of which any record has survived) ever to be devised

In 2004, a modern reconstruction of the viola organista by Akio Obuchi was used in a concert in Genoa, Italy.

In 2013, Slawomir Zubrzycki constructed and performed on his own viola organista at the Academy of Music in Kraków 

ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_organista

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It sounds geeky, but this tool will help give meaning and force to the voices of the internet.  Cong...

It sounds geeky, but this tool will help give meaning and force to the voices of the internet.  Congratulations, to the Google team!


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We would like to engage with you, dear readers, in several subject areas.  Relationships is just one...

We would like to engage with you, dear readers, in several subject areas.  Relationships is just one of these areas; professional, personal and marital.  To that end, I have this meme on marriage that I happen to agree with.

What are your thoughts?  Is the "traditional" marriage dead?  Do you believe that men and women are different?  Let the discussion begin.


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Just had to share.  It is a simplification that sums up part of the far right's thoughts.  I would love...

Just had to share.  It is a simplification that sums up part of the far right's thoughts.  I would love to see the same word defined from the far left...


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November 19, 2013 Quote of the Day "None will improve your lot if you yourself do not." – Bertolt Brecht...

November 19, 2013
Quote of the Day

"None will improve your lot if you yourself do not."
– Bertolt Brecht

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Has anyone looked into this? https://onlycoin.com. I am thinking of pre-ordering one or two of these...

Has anyone looked into this? https://onlycoin.com. I am thinking of pre-ordering one or two of these for my wife and I!


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Friday, November 15, 2013

What type of lifestyle do you look forward to?  My wife and I are looking at qualifying for a free cruise...

What type of lifestyle do you look forward to?  My wife and I are looking at qualifying for a free cruise on one of MSC's Cruise Ships next year.  Having been on a couple of Carnival cruises already that we paid for, I can tell you MSC is definitely a cut above in treatment and is even better because we can use the money we would have paid on the cruise on shopping!

The best of MSC Divina

#live   #laugh   #love   #inspire   #serve   #lifestyle   #dream  

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Would you do this at a sporting event? One Man Dances Like Nobody's Watching While Everyone Is He'll...

Would you do this at a sporting event?

One Man Dances Like Nobody's Watching While Everyone Is He'll Crack You Up! Comedy Videos

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Excellent resource for those dev inclined people out there!

Excellent resource for those dev inclined people out there!

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Dear +Google and +Google+, My name is +Keith Barrows and I have 2 accounts here on G+.  The first is...

Dear +Google and +Google+,

My name is +Keith Barrows and I have 2 accounts here on G+.  The first is associated with my gmail account as you did not allow google app accounts onto G+ way back then.  A few months ago I transferred all of my info from my gmail account to my google app account.  About a month ago my old (gmail) account became eligible for the vanity url.  A few days ago my new (google apps) account became eligible.  As you can tell, since I transferred my account, my new (google apps) account is the one I want the vanity url to apply to.  *HOWEVER - YOU WON'T ALLOW IT!!!*

Hello?!  Are you listening?

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

So I am a little upset with Google right now.  I have an old (GMail) account and I have a new (Google...

So I am a little upset with Google right now.  I have an old (GMail) account and I have a new (Google Apps) account.  Guess what?  Even after transferring everything from my old to new account, I cannot get the vanity URL I want on my new account!  Not to mention all my android licenses will not transfer either!  I even went so far as appending "_old" to my old account in the hopes that my new account would be allowed to choose my name!  Nope.  Still won't let me do it.  How many of me are there on G+?!?!?!

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How Self Replicating Probes Might Take Over the Galaxy As you may know, I'm absolutely fascinated by...

How Self Replicating Probes Might Take Over the Galaxy

As you may know, I'm absolutely fascinated by the idea of the Fermi Paradox. Where are all the aliens? Or a better question might be... where are all the aliens' probes?

+George Dvorsky provides a great explainer for this paradox.

http://io9.com/how-self-replicating-spacecraft-could-take-over-the-gal-1463732482


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November 13, 2013 Quote of the Day "No one can really pull you up very high — you lose your grip on...

November 13, 2013
Quote of the Day

"No one can really pull you up very high — you lose your grip on the rope. But on your own two feet you can climb mountains."
– Louis Brandeis

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I proudly present to you, Charles and Katya Campbell. 10 Nov 2013 At the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark...

I proudly present to you, Charles and Katya Campbell.

10 Nov 2013
At the Wild Basin Lodge in
Allenspark, CO

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Absolutely amazing TED Talk - Networking should be about CONNECTING with people, not meeting people...

Absolutely amazing TED Talk - Networking should be about CONNECTING with people, not meeting people.

"Get below the surface." - Bobby Umar

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

November 07, 2013 Quote of the Day "Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny." – Don Sutton Ever...

November 07, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny."
– Don Sutton

Ever notice, when the work is done and you finally "arrived", those that surround you tend to say "You sure are lucky!"?  Why is it that people say you are lucky after busting your butt for so long?

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Evergreen rules for a healthy life ! Must share....

Evergreen rules for a healthy life ! Must share....


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[It only takes a moment to show someone kindness. Share your story with us!] Just walked in on some...

[It only takes a moment to show someone kindness. Share your story with us!]

Just walked in on some crazy dude pissing at Starbucks because not only did he not lock the door, he left it partly ajar. 

I must have had some look still on my face when I turned to order, because the barista said, "Are you okay?" I rolled my eyes and said yeah, but he gave me a concerned look, paused, and said warmly, "You sure?"

I think it's really lovely when strangers actually go past the polite courtesies and demonstrate genuine concern for others, especially when it means taking a moment out of their busy day. ♥

Have any of you noodles had this kind of random act of kindness from a stranger recently? Or maybe you have demonstrated it yourself? Let's swap stories! It may not be  #FeelGoodFriday  yet, but it's nice to spread warm fuzzies on any day of the week. :D

#randomactsofkindness  


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Two things... 1) I have a politics circle and plan to keep my political rants aimed at this circle ...

Two things...

1) I have a politics circle and plan to keep my political rants aimed at this circle for now.  Who would like to be in it?  Who should I add to it?  I do lean towards the right but please do not confuse me with the radical right (GOP) currently in the House & Senate!

2) I have found several sites offering to teach about our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights with a pretty extensive look into the backgrounds of our Founding Fathers, including their various views on Christianity, values, principles, why they thought the way they did, etc.  Sites like:
* http://rickgreen.com/
* http://www.wallbuilders.com/http://patriotpost.us/
Having gone through most of these they are from a right leaning slant.  For the life of me, I've not been able to find any from the left.  Am I missing something?  I certainly hope it is just my google-foo that is failing.  Any links?


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November 06, 2013 Quote of the Day "We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong...

November 06, 2013
Quote of the Day

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."
– Carlos Castaneda

I find this so true.  Living with grown children in the house, seeing how college and living elsewhere has shaped some of their habits, living with my wife's parents and seeing how they behave has really driven this home.  A long time ago I was a person who would "make myself miserable".  For the last 20 years I've worked hard at making myself strong.  And this quote is right on - it is the same amount of work!  What has your experience been?

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Don't know if you like houses or not, but if you like dream building and houses are a motivator for ...

Don't know if you like houses or not, but if you like dream building and houses are a motivator for you, check out Houzz:  https://www.houzz.com/newsletters/383/h=qO3kaKciXzsB8-Q0gYYYXA


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Even if you send just one card....

Even if you send just one card....


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YEP!

YEP!


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Crazy technologies revolutionizing biotech: http://www.livescience.com/37590-5-crazy-biotechnologies.html...

Crazy technologies revolutionizing biotech: http://www.livescience.com/37590-5-crazy-biotechnologies.html


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This week on Planetary Radio: An update on the Planetary Society's improved Optical SETI search, with...

This week on Planetary Radio: An update on the Planetary Society's improved Optical SETI search, with Harvard's Paul Horowitz and Curtis Mead. Emily talks about the successful launch of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, Bill Nye shares his thoughts on NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's statement before a hearing in Washington, and Bruce Betts entertains in What's Up.

Tune in >>
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/mat-kaplan/20131105-oseti-planetary-radio.html


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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November 05, 2013 Quote of the Day "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous...

November 05, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."
– Peter Drucker

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Jimminy H. Christmas Holy POOP My pants even watching this!

Jimminy H. Christmas Holy POOP My pants even watching this!

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Study finds 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets




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One in five stars has Earth-sized planet in habitable zone. Astronomers hanging out at the Keck Observatory...

One in five stars has Earth-sized planet in habitable zone. Astronomers hanging out at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii did a statistical estimate. They point out that just because a planet is Earth-sized and has an orbit in the habitable zone, that doesn't mean it's necessarily habitable, because it might not have a surface with water or it might not have the right atmosphere, and other factors, and astronomers don't know the statistics for any of those other factors.


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Monday, November 4, 2013

November 04, 2013 Quote of the Day "Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything...

November 04, 2013
Quote of the Day

"Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do."
– Kathleen Winsor

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Where ever you are on this tiny, beautiful planet...... Earth size relative to other planets and stars...

Where ever you are on this tiny, beautiful planet......
Earth size relative to other planets and stars.
Sometimes we need a little bit of perspective

#space   #earth   #stars  


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Friday, November 1, 2013