Social Awareness

jbminn

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For those who’ve been around me for more than a few minutes, you know that I like to be silly, enjoy a great diversity of music, have deep loyalty to family & friends, know a bit about technology, and have strong opinions on almost everything (just ask me).

jbminn

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I came across this video when Jon Gruber posted something he’d read about giving a presentation, and how that differed from giving a speech. The post he linked to itself contained a link to this video, which I found incredibly interesting.  Steve is not terribly entertaining here, but it is clear he’s being incredibly honest. And it has nothing to do with Apple, really. Just Steve reading some notes,

jbminn

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And I’m not riffing on the Romantics. Just a little while ago, my two sons (who are on day 1 of a nearly four week school break) began arguing with each other over the amount of clay each one had, and I overheard the argument turn ugly.

 

jbminn

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I really hope he gets the nomination. As I live in Denver, I’m going to try to get involved in the convention. I was IM’ing with a close friend today when he asked me who I supported for President. I replied ‘Obama’. Turns out he does do, and he immediately turned me on to this video. When I watched it, I got goose-bumps.  This guy – when I hear him speak in a context like this – simply blows me away. I can’t recall ever having that reaction to any living politician.

jbminn

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Wow. My gut told me it was a lot, but this study provides an irrefutable quantity:  935  Here’s the CNN report about the project:  CNN Report  And here’s the project itself, complete with a searchable database. Amazing stuff. Thank you to everyone involved.  [Public Integrity Org][2]  This is incredibly disturbing, but sadly unsurprising. At what point does “…publicly made false statements” turn into “lied” ?

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Snarky title aside, this telescope probably wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions from Gates and Simonyi.  http://snurl.com/1wngv “… a three-billion-pixel detector” that will produce “…30 terabytes of data each night”. Wow. My question, of course, is where will all that data get stored? Tags: telescope, microsoft, stars, astronomy

jbminn

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I read the below article in Wired a few days ago and was so struck by it that I had to write about it here. A friend and I had talked about this very topic the previous Sunday while hiking south of Denver, so this was already on my mind. http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/magazine/15-10/ff_plant_formula The article stresses that the process itself involved in the production of ethanol is fairly straight-forward: Thermochemical treatment The raw plant feedstock is treated with chemicals — often diluted sulfuric acid — to break down cell walls and make the cellulose accessible.

jbminn

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“We have our missing Boy Scout.” As a parent, this absolutely thrills me. As a Scout leader in my area, I am relieved that this had a happy outcome for the Troop. Nice job by the Search & Rescue teams. Missing Scout Found (from sfgate)

jbminn

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Don’t look so surprised – Wal-Mart is in fact going into communities where classic economic redevelopment has failed, or worse yet, has never even been attempted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/02/19/financial/f091544S30.DTL Wal-Mart gets lots of criticism for lots of things, and as an employer that brings together a population greater in size than many American cities, this is no surprise. When was the last time a city of this size (1 million plus people) didn’t receive criticism? My opinion of Wal-Mart is ever-changing; stories like this one are why.