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John Lemke

Penny payload: NASA Mars rover Curiosity carries coin for camera checkup | collectSPACE - 0 views

    We dropped a penny on Mars.
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Kali Linux | Rebirth of BackTrack, the Penetration Testing Distribution. - 0 views

    This particular Linux distro is intended to test your security.
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Five scientifically proven productivity hacks | Freelance Advisor - 0 views

    A list of some good lifestyle ideas for productivity.
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5 Tips For Working from Home - 0 views

    More and more of us are going to be working from home. These are 5 great tips to start with.
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Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand - 0 views

    While I am a Linux user, I often get asked for recommendations by Windows users. This is a great list of utilities. Especially the malware software.
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Telecom Musical Chairs: Regulators And Lobbyists Swap Roles, Everyone Wins! (Except The... - 0 views

  • Baker is no stranger to questionable revolving door moves, seeing as just months after she voted to approve Comcast's merger with NBC Universal, she took a top lobbying job with Comcast.
  • the current head of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, previously was CEO of CTIA as well. And prior to that he was CEO of NCTA (the cable industry's main lobbying group). And, to top it off, the current head of CTIA is none other than former FCC chair Michael Powell.
  • the top two lobbying organizations on these issues are manned by former top officials and the current top FCC official used to run both those organizations
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The Complete Flake's Guide To Getting Things Done - Copyblogger - 0 views

  • What we lack is focus. Everything looks good to us.
  • You’re not going to get a damned thing done until you actually know what you want to get out of it.
  • Just know what you want to get out of the thing you’re thinking about doing.
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  • “Pivotal Technique,”
    • Step 1. Get nice and clear about what you want.
    • Step 2. Get completely, impeccably, bullshit-free clear about where you are now, with respect to that.
  • Flakes are flaky because the map seems impossible. Productive people are productive because the map seems real.

    The flakes are actually right, but a fat lot of good that does us. The productivity people follow their imaginary map, and because they’re doing something, they get somewhere. (Curse you, productivity people!)

  • Allen is very smart about this. It has to be the single next thing to take action on.
  • If you can’t do it in 20 minutes, it’s probably not the next action. Find the next action.
    • The plan in 7 reasonably painless steps

      1. When you’ve got something to do, figure out what you really want to get out of it.
      2. Do the Pivotal Technique. Think about what you want, then get clear about where you are right this minute. Notice the difference.
      3. Figure out the next action.
      4. Do what you feel like.
      5. Rinse, lather, repeat.
      6. Start a compost pile for ideas, notes, plans, and insights.
      7. Stick to a few primary areas of focus — three or four is a good number for a lot of people.
    A good article on why "flakes" actually rule.
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Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds | The Verge - 0 views

  • People who experience early childhood trauma, like abuse or war, often exhibit a number of hormonal imbalances. The mechanisms involved are poorly understood, but most scientists agree that traumatic events alter gene expression, which then causes misregulations in a number of biological processes. But whether these changes can actually be passed down to offspring is a controversial question, because it would imply that acquired traits — traits that aren't actually encoded in DNA, but rather arise following certain experiences — are somehow being passed down through generations.
  • After the pups of the traumatized male mice were born, scientists monitored their behavior. As expected, these pups showed the same symptoms of trauma that their fathers did, despite having never undergone traumatic events themselves. And these symptoms were even apparent in a third generation of mice.
  • When researchers looked at the sperm of the traumatized mice, they discovered that the microRNAs in these sperm cells were also present in abnormally high numbers. "This means that germ cells — sperm in males and oocytes in females — are very sensitive to environmental conditions in early life," Mansuy says, "and early childhood trauma has consequences not only for the brain but also for the germ cell line
    An interesting article on how trauma may be handed down but not by psychological transference nor DNA but by some other means of physiology.

    In other words, it is neither handed down from environment nor DNA. 
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Seth's Blog: Meandering toward nowhere special - 0 views

    A good list of things that lead you nowhere.
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Conduct Better Podcast Interviews with this Simple 6-Step Preparation Process - Copyblo... - 0 views

  • your interview will fail if you do not display curiosity about who you are interviewing and what he or she might say.
  • an interview is not so much a chance for you to get to know your subject better (though you will) … an interview is your chance to be the conduit that allows your audience to get to know your subject better.
  • f you are not asking this question to yourself before every interview, then your interviews are failing. Because they aren’t delivering the value to your audience that they could be.
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  • if you’ve prepared well, then your interview is going to be predictable.
  • If one of your questions is controversial, or you don’t know how your subject will respond, consider the possible responses and plan your own counter-response accordingly. (You might also discuss this with your interview subject beforehand. Let her know you are planning to ask the question and preempt any potential awkwardness.)
  • The more relaxed an interview subject feels, the more likely he or she is to open up and be candid.
    I can't tell you how often I see people interview others when they are completely unprepared.  These steps may may seem like common sense but how often do you actually follow them.
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Why so many digital publishers are flocking back to print | Digiday - 0 views

  • Publishers are leaning heavily on the idea that these are “premium” magazines, with deep reporting and full-page photos. Music reviews site Pitchfork even hopes that printing its quarterly magazine’s long-form features and illustrations on high-quality paper stock will encourage readers to collect them just as they collect vinyl records.
  • ather than eye the big general-interest numbers of Time and Rolling Stone, digital publishers are creating their magazines with lower circulations and content aimed at more niche audiences.
  • Most media companies have historically treated magazines as loss leaders, selling them for cheap in the hopes of building the sort of big circulation numbers
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  • That’s not the model that these digital publishers are following. Rather than sell the magazines for cheap, Pitchfork is asking for $50 a year (or $20 an issue).
    A few interesting differences about today's print and yesterday's.  Seems there is still a market for premium content and consumers will actually pay much more than in yesteryear.
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New, inexpensive production materials boost promise of hydrogen fuel (Feb. 21, 2014) - 0 views

  • The trouble with solar fuel production is the cost of producing the sun-capturing semiconductors and the catalysts to generate fuel. The most efficient materials are far too expensive to produce fuel at a price that can compete with gasoline.
  • "In order to make commercially viable devices for solar fuel production, the material and the processing costs should be reduced significantly while achieving a high solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency," says
  • Choi and postdoctoral researcher Tae Woo Kim combined cheap, oxide-based materials to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases using solar energy with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 1.7 percent, the highest reported for any oxide-based photoelectrode system.
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  • "Without fancy equipment, high temperature or high pressure, we made a nanoporous semiconductor of very tiny particles that have a high surface area," says Choi, whose work is supported by the National Science Foundation. "More surface area means more contact area with water, and, therefore, more efficient water splitting."
  • "Since no one catalyst can make a good interface with both the semiconductor and the water that is our reactant, we choose to split that work into two parts," Choi says. "The iron oxide makes a good junction with bismuth vanadate, and the nickel oxide makes a good catalytic interface with water. So we use them together."

    The dual-layer catalyst design enabled simultaneous optimization of semiconductor-catalyst junction and catalyst-water junction.

  • In a study published last week in the journal Science, Choi and postdoctoral researcher Tae Woo Kim combined cheap, oxide-based materials to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases using solar energy with a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 1.7 percent, the highest reported for any oxide-based photoelectrode system.
    I am an advocate of switching to hydrogen for combustion engines.  One of the best reasons is that combustion produces water.  Furthermore, it is much safer than most people believe.  (Your car is not going to turn into the Hindenburg.)

    In Ben Bova's Book "Break Throughs" he talked of huge floating solar powered hydrogen producing plants.  In Room's "The Hype About Hydrogen" he painfully points out that H2 production is still not cost effective enough to complete with Gasoline.  That said, research like this leaves us hope for the future.
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The Physics Front - 0 views

    This sit is an awesome collection of physic education tools.
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30 Sites For Legal (and Free) Torrents - 0 views

    I like old horoor and sci-fi movies. Fortunately for me, many of those are in the public domain. Today, I am sharing a few legal torrent lists.
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Seth's Blog: On doing the work - 0 views

    Since I have gone public about being a writer, I am asked all the time about "how do you do it". What I notice the most is that folks think it is easy and automatic. This post about "doing the work" not only applies to writers but everything you try to achieve.
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How to Write a Winning Headline | Social Media Today - 0 views

    This article uses the acronym HEADLINES to teach you how to write winning headlines.
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