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Cosmos to be Introduced by Obama

tcr! · Mar 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

President Obama will introduce the series premiere of 'Cosmos' on Sunday night

President Obama will introduce the series premiere of ‘Cosmos’ on Sunday night

The reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic show Cosmos is coming tomorrow night in a huge international launch, and Fox has announced that the series will kick off with a message from President Obama. The new Cosmos, headlined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a blend of CGI fiction and science that explores the universe and humanity’s role in it. Fox says that Obama’s opening video message “invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.”

I listen to most every podcast episode of StarTalk by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Tune in tonight folks!

In related news.. the Bill Nye, Obama and Neil selfie.

#podcasts #cosmos

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RSS Comments Feed

tcr! · Mar 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

If you’re into that kinda thing, here’s the link: /comments/rss/

If you don’t know what that means, it’s for nerdy people like me.

If you’re mildly curious, have a look at what Wikipedia says about RSS.

In other news, there’s a new Quick Tip at the bottom when adding a new post: 2. Posting Links. Following that is how I get the uniform look when linking to other sites.

#tcr

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keamoose keamoose · Mar 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

I'm into that kind of thing!

Actually, on that subject, I've been following the articles RSS feed, and I'm getting some strange behaviour. I'm not sure if it's the feed or my feed reader (Doggcatcher for Android), but I haven't seen this on other feeds. Normally, the default when clicking on a post is to open the post so I can read it, but on this feed, when there is a photo or video in the post, Doggcatcher defaults to downloading the media, as if it's a podcast. I can still read them by going to "description", but it's weird.

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 10, 2014 at 10:19 am

Ya, I've noticed that with some feed readers that specialize more in podcasts that text-based feeds. It seems like they're inclined to think that the attached media is more important than text content itself, which kinda makes sense.

It's on my list to have a look at the Atom feed format to see if that offers any better solutions. See, I had an idea last night…

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Update: I've disabled the enclosures (media attachments) to the feed. Seems as if the spec only allows you one per entry and I don't see much value in them, even more so since we're not podcasting here. :-)

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keamoose keamoose · Mar 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Awesome, I just checked in my feed reader and it's working the way I expect it to now. The videos show as a black rectangle, but the link is there to view them, so that's totally fine, and it's the same thing I see in other feeds. The main thing is, it's no longer treating every media file as a podcast.

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Good news!

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Tyrannosaurus Rex and His Little Arms, Too

tcr! · Mar 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm

12 Things You Might Not Know About T. rex

12 Things You Might Not Know About T. rex

The world’s most famous dinosaur is a lot more interesting than many people realize. Some 65 million years after its extinction, Tyrannosaurus rex is still captivating scientists, movie makers, and the general public alike. Here’s some neat stuff you might not know about the “tyrant lizard king.”

#meanwhile #dinos

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm

love the lizard lovin'

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm

We should visit the lizard lovin' restaurant in the photo. I suspicion it's in the desert.

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keamoose keamoose · Mar 13, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I would totally eat at the T-Rextaurant. And after dinner, I'll teach everyone my T-Rex dance.

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 15, 2014 at 8:52 am

"T-Rextaurant" — love it.

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In that sense, the communes were already The Man

tcr! · Mar 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

How Silicon Valley Became The Man

How Silicon Valley Became The Man

A great example of this on the ground in Mountain View where I live today is Google. Google treats its engineers extremely well, offers extremely flexible work spaces, has built essentially a culture of collaboration and creativity that looks very communal and very wonderful, even as around those engineers it has cafeteria workers who are making something very close to minimum wage, and often lack the ability to get proper health insurance. That’s the kind of old communal mindset right there, where you bring together a kind of elite, give them a shared mindset, all the resources they need to live in that mindset, and yet surround them with folks who are relatively impoverished, often racially different, certainly members of a different class. In that sense, the communes were already The Man. And we’ve inherited their legacy.

Long but good.

#google #worknews

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 7, 2014 at 4:41 am

just read the front page but i think about that stuff a lot more since i lost my house. i'll never have another one. it's heartbreaking and i'm this close to bitter about it without warning.

when i'm a good dog
they sometimes throw me a bone in

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 7, 2014 at 4:41 am

of course you knew that was pink floyd

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tism tism · Mar 7, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Good read. I found this interesting:

"Communes ended up being places that were deeply racially divided, even though none of them would ever cop to being explicitly racist or wouldn’t even want to be. Gender norms were incredibly conservative on communes. I don’t know how many photographs I’ve looked at of young women, pregnant, barefoot, carrying loaves of bread"

I have to agree with the idea that without bureaucracy then things tend to fall into a small group of charismatic people taking the lead and the rest following.

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The Surface and iPad — Consumption vs. Creation

tcr! · Mar 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface

When Jobs introduced the iPad, he wanted it to be seen as a productivity device. He had Phil Schiller demo Keynote, Numbers, and Pages.

I used the Newton as a productivity device. I used the P800 as a productivity device. But at least for me, the iPad never turned out to be a good productivity device. It turned out to be great for browsing the web, watching movies, and playing games. Great for reading books and comics. Great for consumption. But not great for production.

I’m in complete agreement.

I have a Nexus 10 and I might peck out an email or two but other than that, I don’t do ANYTHING but consume content. Anything more than banging out a few letters leads to sheer, utter and absolute frustration.

When posting to this site with it, I might send a one-liner but never a full-on post. The Nexus 10 has a good size display but when the on-screen keyboard comes up, it fills pretty much half of it. Any special characters— I need to go into a sub-menu and fancy special characters, a sub-sub-menu. Then my train of thought is blown.

Trying to research something in one place and then typing in another, you know that whole multi-tasking bit — forget about it. When I have a browser tab open and type in it, and then switch to another app, even another tab, and then come back to the open-typing tab, it’ll refresh.

And then I loose EVERY THING that I typed. 90% of the time it does this and it reminds me of the old days of typing something into Notepad before pasting it into Internet Explorer because I was worried of losing my hard-won wordage.

Sure, I could type it first in Evernote since it (and most every app) will auto-save when it looses focus but then I have three different apps that I’m working with. All of this to write a simple post. Again — forget it.

I could get a bluetooth keyboard I suppose and dink around with that but then I remember I have a 13” MacBook Air that I use for work and for play. I wrote the code for tcrbang.com on it, do all of my work stuff with it, all our household finances, write long form emails, blah, blah, blah.

Plus the bastard is portable as a goose — I sit at my desk, in the conference room, in the basement, at the kitchen table, in the bedroom, on the couch. The battery lasts for hours and it weighs less than 3 pounds. And it’s (more or less) only 3” bigger than the Nexus 10.

The touch screens are great for watching Netflix, looking at Instagram, listening to Polish Girl, and/or playing The Room but if you wanna pound out that thesis on automatic CS paper generation, don’t waste your finger strokes. Just be a receiver.

Oh, and I read shitloads on the Nexus. I mean shitloads of comiXology and web articles. And doodling is kinda fun.

#microsoft #geekystuff

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 7, 2014 at 4:47 am

as i sit here in 1998, i love this macbook i'm using.

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Nuclear Subs — Just Chillin’ at the bottom of the Ocean

tcr! · Mar 5, 2014 at 3:29 am

List of sunken nuclear submarines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eight nuclear submarines have sunk as a consequence of either accident or extensive damage: two from the United States Navy, four from the Soviet Navy, and two from the Russian Navy. Only three were lost with all hands: two from the United States Navy and one from the Russian Navy. All sank as a result of accident with the exception of K-27, which was scuttled in the Kara Sea when repair was deemed impossible and decommissioning too expensive. All of the Soviet/Russian submarines belonged to the Northern Fleet. Although the Soviet submarine K-129 (Golf II) carried nuclear ballistic missiles when it sank, it was a diesel-electric submarine and is not in the list below.

Something to help you sleep.

#HeavyMachina

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tism tism · Mar 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Great glowing whale winkies Batman!

Just dump 'em and forget 'em…hurray.

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Aye, aye captain.. We'll let thar radiation leak into the sea and spread nuclear scurvy to all them fishes.

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Mar 4th, 2014 at 9:52:24 pm

tcr! · Mar 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm

“iconic or psychotic” — your pick.

In other news… I’m eating celery out of a jar with a toothpick.

eating celery out of a jar with a toothpick

ICONIC.

#photos #foodies

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keamoose keamoose · Mar 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

That seems like a very civilized way to get celery out of a jar. Plus this post lead to the discovery that there is a special fork for serving asparagus. (And thence to the question of which anniversary is the Asparagus Anniversary.)

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 5, 2014 at 10:36 am

Asparagus has its own fork? And an anniversary? Lord above…

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keamoose keamoose · Mar 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

Yeah, your celery lead to a long journey through the history of silverware. (To the WABAC machine!)

Apparently at one time practically everything had its own fork. Even ice cream; turns out an ice cream fork is just a high-class, fancy spork though. I also found out about other crazy-specific silverware, such as the waffle knife and the Saratoga chip server.

Did you know that at one time, parts of the Roman Catholic Church were against forks?

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tcr! tcr! · Mar 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

I can see being a little anti-fork. Eating salad from a bowl with a fork — horrific.

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Oscars Best Picture 2014 — 12 Years a Slave

tcr! · Mar 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Oscars 2014: And the Award for Best Picture Goes To… | TIME.com

Oscars 2014: And the Award for Best Picture Goes To…

It didn’t come as a surprise when 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards — it was the favored pick for the biggest award of the night — but it was still a delight to see the cast and crew pile up on stage to accept the award.

I’ve been wanting to see this, jimi recommended it.

In related news… I prob would stay away from any sequels like 12 Years a Slave-owner, though.

#movies #oscars

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

spoiler warning:
it's the most brutal movie i've ever seen. very hard to watch. not just words. you'll see what i mean.

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Trader Joe’s — Tea Bags wrapped in Plastic

tcr! · Mar 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

I can’t believe Trader Joe’s is wrapping tea bags in plastic.

trader joes tea bags wrapped in plastic

Lipton somehow manages to use paper, a naturally degrading package.

#photos #foodies #fail

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Mar 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

sbj on pogo stick juggling dildo!

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Terminator Too Judgment Play!

tcr! · Mar 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Official about page: http://www.terminatortoo.com/terminatortoo/ABOUT_2.html

In other news: http://www.pointbreaklive.com/

#videos #terminator

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