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Here is what I think of when I hear the word "boogie":
Let's not forget that before his first presidential election,Obama had an actual channel running 24/7 campaign pieces. It was unprecedented, and as we can see now, the new normal.
Consider a spherical, sealed glass container of gas. Further suppose that the gas inside is all the same -like helium in a balloon. Room temperature and stable. Everything equal inside...but it's not. The individual gas atoms in the container have unequal energies because there's a range--a statistical distribution--of energies present: Some atoms move more slowly than others, some more quickly, some much more quickly. Slow atoms may become fast atoms and vice versa through energy exchange. No single atom is "trapped" at low energy.
How can we make things fair? How can we make it such that each individual (atom) has the same energy as its next nearest neighbor? We cannot. The only way to approach that state is to remove energy from the entire system. Cool the economy. Everything slows. Eventually, approaching zero Kelvin, all motion stops. Of course catastrophic things like condensation (downsizing from gas to liquid) and solidification (loss of liquidity) occur along the way. But the goal is achieved: every atom is finally the same (or nearly the same) energy-wise. Link
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Organic chemistry just now is enough to drive one mad. It gives me the impression of a primeval forest full of the most remarkable things, a monstrous and boundless thicket, with no way of escape, into which one may well dread to enter.
Red sprite lightning is both mysterious and intriguing: sprites occur only at high altitudes above thunderstorms, only last for a thousandth of a second, and emit light in the red portion of the visible spectrum. Therefore, studying sprites has been notoriously difficult for atmospheric scientists.
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But hanging in the air was an electrifying sense of being in the presence of an ascendant politician they believed understood the potential of the new digital world they were shaping.
The conference room in Wichita Kansas, headquarters of Koch Industries was packed with the stars of Big Oil & Gas, Top executives of Exxon Mobil, Ford, McDonalds, NASCAR and Coors gathered around a table; the billionaire David H. Koch looked on from a back row. The guest of honor: Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin.
The stated purpose of the gathering was to give Mr. Walker, already a gas guzzler fanatic, a seminar on tail-gating technologies. But hanging in the air was an electrifying sense of being in the presence of an ascendant politician they believed understood the potential of the new digital giant screens they were trying to get people away from and back to nature, hunting and fishing.
“He’s part of this tide,” said Linda McMahon, an entrepreneur who was at the meeting, in May 2009. “It feels like he’s one of us.”
Two and a half years later, some of those same Big Oil & Gas executives joined forces again on Mr. Walker's behalf. But this time, their efforts resulted in giving Mr. Walker, until then an admired outsider, the equivalent of full-fledged membership in their elite circle: an Oil field start-up of his own.
Mr. Walker personally has obtained money for the start-up, called WayPipe, from influential investors, including Pete Coors, Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company. A year after its debut, WayPipe has already endured a round of layoffs and had just a minimum of drilling contracts keeping it afloat, according to Compost, an Oil & Gas tracking service. The company says it is still under development.
Yet in a financial disclosure filed last month, Mr. Walker, 45, revealed that his stake in the company was worth $1 million to $5 million. Taken together, his other assets were worth no more than $730,000.New York Times - Tech Magnates Bet on Booker and His Future
Some cities hand out steep fines. But in these tough economic times, the mayor here, Borja Gutiérrez, did not much like that idea. Instead, this town engaged a small army of volunteers to bag it, box it and send it back to its owners.
POTUS finished taping the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was wearing the same dark suit and blue tie as earlier today in Arizona.
Pool watched the taping on TV from another room at the NBC studios.
We are able to report on the contents now, after the taping, but not release a full transcript or too many quotes.
Pretty newsy interview. Leno asked about Edward Snowden, NSA, embassy closings, Russia, Hillary Clinton, economy, healthcare.
On embassy closings:
POTUS said the U.S. was not overreacting.
POTUS said people can still take vacation, just do so in a “prudent way” by checking on the State Department Websites for up-to-day information before making plans.
"The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are a lot lower than they are of dying in a car accident, unfortunately."
POTUS said government surveillance is a "critical component to counterterrorism." But, he said, he knows that the surveillance programs have "raised a lot of questions for people."
"We don’t have a domestic spying program. What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terroritst attack...That information is useful."
Leno asked POTUS what he would call Snowden?
"We don’t know exactly what he did, except what he said on the Internet and it's im important for me not to judge."
POTUS said he asked his staff to look at ways to reduce the number of contractors.
POTUS said he was disappointed in its decision on Snowden, but he said the two nations still work together on Afghainstan and the Boston bombing.
"There are times when they slip back into Cold War thinking and Cold War mentality. What I continually say to them and to President Putin, that’s the past."
POTUS said he would be attending the G-20 summitt in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He does not think that the gay rights controversy there will affect the Olympics.The Weekly Standard
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Here, I've cropped and zoomed in on them and stretched the heck out of the contrast. I've also employed a trick that we call "Phil-o-vision"...
My small part in the Hyperloop saga began early in June when I tried to visualize Elon Musk’s Hyperloop concept using only MS Paint and a few scattered clues.
I thought that maybe a simple infographic, bringing all those clues together in one place, would help get folks back on track. (Or is it on tube?) I did this mostly out of frustration with all the wild leaps that the story had been taking...and still is!Keep it simple.
What I ended up with was a kind of flow chart, a drawing that showed what I thought Hyperloop would do, but not necessarily how it would do it. I avoided being too specific about the how part of Hyperloop for a very good reason: When Elon Musk was asked whether Hyperloop could work, his reply was that it absolutely could.
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So, I’ll take the man at his word that he’s got ‘how’ covered.
The Obama administration’s decision to close over two dozen U.S. diplomatic facilities initially struck me, like many, as equal parts security precaution and security theater; a reaction to both a legitimate terrorism threat, apparently originating from al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based branch, and to the political uproar in 2011 over a successful attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.The good news is, the Washington Post blogger almost immediately showed signs of recovery.
Putting the embassy and consulate closures down on a map, though, seems to elucidate some interesting trends, some which can be difficult to immediately explain. It helps to shed a light on the apparent U.S. thinking, but raises some questions as well.The problem is that the map doesn't explain what it says right away. Should the map be invited to explain what it says, the Washington Post blogger should make a full recovery.
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Dear my friend and fellow student, I would lean my spirit o'er you!
Down the purple of this chamber, tears should scarcely run at will.
I am humbled who was humble. Friend, -- I bow my head before you.
You should lead me to my peasants, -- but their faces are too still.
There's a lady -- an earl's daughter, -- she is proud and she is noble,
And she treads the crimson carpet, and she breathes the perfumed air,
And a kingly blood sends glances up her princely eye to trouble,
And the shadow of a monarch's crown is softened in her hair.
She has halls among the woodlands, she has castles by the breakers,
She has farms and she has manors, she can threaten and command,
And the palpitating engines snort in steam across her acres,
As they mark upon the blasted heaven the measure of the land.
There are none of England's daughters who can show a prouder presence;That is the beginning of Lady Geraldine's Courtship, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and you can tell, because you are clever, it sounds a lot like the Raven. I didn't want to say the name first because you'd be put off immediately.
Upon princely suitors praying, she has looked in her disdain.
She was sprung of English nobles, I was born of English peasants;
What was I that I should love her -- save for competence to pain?
Thus, her foot upon the new-mown grass, bareheaded, with the flowing
Of the virginal white vesture gathered closely to her throat, --
And the golden ringlets in her neck just quickened by her going,
And appearing to breathe sun for air, and doubting if to float, --
With a branch of dewy maple, which her right hand held above her,Goodness. It is the sort of thing that once you get going it becomes hard to stop, the drumbeat keeps drumming and your story keeps telling itself. Poe said he liked the internal rhymes and the alliteration. That's what Wikipedia says Poe said.
And which trembled a green shadow in betwixt her and the skies,
As she turned her face in going, thus, she drew me on to love her,
And to worship the divineness of the smile hid in her eyes.
Oh, to see or hear her singing! scarce I know which is divinest --
For her looks sing too -- she modulates her gestures on the tune;
And her mouth stirs with the song, like song; and when the notes are finest
'Tis the eyes that shoot out vocal light and seem to sell them on.
Then we talked -- oh, how we talked! her voice, so cadenced in the talking,Dreamy.
Made another singing -- of the soul! a music without bars;
While the leafy sounds of woodlands, humming round where we were walking,
Brought interposition worthy-sweet, -- as skies about the stars.
I plucked up her social fictions, bloody-rooted though leaf-verdant, --
Trod them down with words of shaming, -- all the purple and the gold,
All the 'landed stakes' and lordships, all, that spirits pure and ardent
Are cast out of love and honour because chancing not to hold.
'For myself I do not argue,' said I, 'though I love you, madam,Wow. I can see why Poe was impressed. But honestly, this is too many words for me, I can't hold it.
But for better souls that nearer to the height of yours have trod;
And this age shows, to my thinking, still more infidels to Adam,
Than directly, by profession, simple infidels to God.
Ever, evermore the while in a slow silence she kept smiling,
While the silver tears ran faster down the blushing of her cheeks;
Then with both her hands enfolding both of his, she softly told him,
'Bertram, if I say I love thee,. . . 'tis the vision only speaks.'
Softened, quickened to adore her, on his knee he fell before her --He proposes, she accepts. Aaaah. I am deeply moved. Even skimming it, that's how shallow I am. I only wanted to know about it not know all about it inside and out.
And she whispered low in triumph, 'It shall be as I have sworn!
Very rich is he in virtues, -- very noble -- noble, certes;
And I shall not blush in knowing that men call him lowly born.'