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Writing Prompt: Robot Friends

The robot uprising terrifies us. I’ve never really gotten it. Well I get it, we are afraid of ourselves and in some weird weird ways of what comes after us. I personally very much hope that the children of today are better than me, and their children are better. I want the world to get easier, and then for those kids to be able to do more. If children don’t have to fight to be fed they’ll have all that…
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Writing Prompt: Haptics

I have been talking about and thinking about haptics a lot lately. The whole ..way we feel and touch things and how computers and connected devices can make us feel things. My favorite example that I make everyone try is the iPhone 7’s home “button” it doesn’t move. But it 100% feels like it moves. (And maybe you’re a fancy person who doesn’t have this experience but I totally do.) It seems exactly like I’ve depressed it when I push…
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Stories

Stories drive everything. One of my day job goals is to do more, and more effective storytelling. Something I feel is lacking in my stories is plot. Just not enough of it. I tend to drive away from conflict personally, so sometimes I do too much of that in my stories. So one of my writing goals is to conflict more. (In my stories…not in my life.) Stories and Pixar! Pixar has a class on storytelling at Khan Academy. You…
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The post valentine’s day roundup-NSFW

Very very loosely sex and love related roundup. Very loosely. NSFW It’s now a real word! (From Merriam-Webster who is also resisting lies in a fantastic way) It was part of their 1000 new words, but this one is 100% the best for this post. Bad Chart Thursday (not this Thursday, every Thursday!) From Skepchick I was actually surprised to find that at 61%, The Sex Lives of Potato Men is actually more popular than Trump. Superbowl Porn! Pornhub statistics…
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Information and Confessions

Information is critical You are undoubtedly not surprised by this. If you are, I’m concerned about you. Seriously. Sci Am points out that the free flow of scientific information is critical for democracy. You should also not be surprised by this. But it is a very good article about it. About what is reasonable and what isn’t. And for sharing that information? The Sunlight Foundation has a list of who is allowed to talk and who isn’t. It is actually…
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Depressing, sad, and nerdy

Comics I love SMBC. They are weirdly nerdy in so many wonderful ways. Like this one about pop music. And if you are like ugh pop music, SERIOUSLY GO LOOK! You’ll thank me. Another wonderful comic site, Indexed. This one is something I need to remember over and over and over. We still try. We need to try. Keep trying. Vaccines are awesome Seriously, there is probabally someone reading this that is alive because of them. They save lives. Vaccines…
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Out of this world roundup

Busy doesn’t even touch on how my last two weeks have been. But I’d like to go out of this world a little so here’s a roundup. Far far out of this world Looking for Technosignatures at Centauri Dreams has a great post about one of the great ways to discover life elsehwere, technosignatures. One thought is to look for signs of imbalance suggestive of technologies like ours, producing air pollution that can be measured by spectroscopic analysis.  See, pollution…
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Random Roundup

Mostly not of this earth, but a little of this earth. Just a normal random roundup. Also humans. Not of this Earth Planetary rings are incredibly beautiful. They may be the remnants of the destruction of dwarf planets. The rings are pieces of Dwarf Planets that got torn off in passing, which were then ripped to pieces! Juno – I don’t care how old this is – is out of safe mode and awesome. NASA is awesome. Humans managed to…
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Underwater roundup

Underwater roundup, well it might not only be underwater. But all waterish related? Europa Did people not already want to go and explore Europa? Because I thought that was always on the agenda of awesome places in the solar system to visit. But a lot of the stories I’ve seen about the venting ocean on Europa has been one of two things. OMG WE SHOULD FINALLY GO THERE. Um. Yes. We know. But like without any understanding that it has…
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Bird Brain

Birds and brains and bird brain, oh my! Brain Memory and the brain endlessly fascinates me. Everything I read about it makes me want to know more. Forgetting seems like a bad idea, but remembering seems even worse. An article from Sci Am about Why We Forget? The combination of both forgetting processes means that any message is unlikely to ever remain exactly the way you wrote it. Read the whole thing but this line really sticks with me. I…
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