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Sunday, November 26, 2017

A tiny slowdown in Earth's rotation next year could trigger more earthquakes than usual, new research suggests. Past periods of slow rotation over the last 100 years have coincided with more earthquakes than average, according to research presented last month at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. "The numbers of earthquakes that have occurred each year in the past century are well known. The changes in Earth's rotation rate are also well known," study co-author Roger Bilham, a geophysicist at the University of Colorado Boulder, said in an email to Live Science. "All we have done is to compare these two well-known lists of numbers and report an interesting and useful relationship." read more

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie's beloved musical ode to garbage, small town policing, and military conscription, celebrates many anniversaries. The song – its full name is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" – has its conception on Thanksgiving Day, 1965, when Guthrie, then 18, and friend Rick Robbins, 19, were clearing out the Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home of Alice and Ray Brock.
The Coney-Island-born Guthrie, son of folk icon Woody Guthrie (who named him Arlo because it seemed "a good name for a professional"), attended the private coed boarding school where Alice was a librarian; Ray taught carpentry. Drawn to the Brocks's laissez-faire lifestyle, Guthrie and other students spent much of their free time at their home, a former church. Eventually, Alice, a Brooklyn native like Guthrie himself, opened a small restaurant just off Stockbridge's main street.

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This week Thanksgiving tables across the nation will be laden with that most American of birds, the turkey. But while certain turkeys are native to this country, the holiday bird commonly eaten today is typically American in a way many people don't suspect -- it's descended from immigrants.
"These are essentially Mexican birds, arrived in the U.S. by way of Europe," explains archaeologist Erin Thornton, who studies turkey husbandry among the ancient Maya.
Genetic studies show that M. gallopavo gallopavo, the South Mexican wild turkey, is the ancestor of all today's domestic turkeys. Bones from these birds were present as early as 300 B.C. at the Maya city of El Mirador in Petén, Guatemala, which is a site outside their natural range. This suggests that they were being traded by humans and raised in captivity. read more

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mozilla's latest browser -- Firefox Quantum -- is lightning fast, sleek, and ready to handle all six zillion of your tabs after almost two months in beta.

Nick Nguyen, Firefox's vice president of product, told Mashable his biggest fear: Will the Internet full of Google Chrome-enthusiasts give it a chance?

"My biggest fear is that people won't try it," he said. "It's like any release -- you do this to make people's lives better. If people aren't using your product, you don't have an opportunity to do that."

And the folks at Firefox have big plans. Nguyen won't rest until Quantum overtakes Google Chrome to become the average internet user's primary browser. "Today, people use Firefox as their secondary browser," he told Mashable. "We think it's good enough to be your first browser." read more

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball and two other Bruins were taken into police custody in Hangzhou, China, after reportedly being accused of shoplifting. The Pac-12 says that several UCLA players were "reportedly arrested."

The players in question -- Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley -- have been released on bail, ESPN reports, adding that the three "were questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou."

All three players are freshmen; Ball is a younger brother of NBA player Lonzo Ball. read more


I quit drinking 8+ years ago. It just seemed to be not worth the time or expense anymore. Depending on who you asked, I was either very good at drinking, or not good at it. Both comments meant the same thing. Drank my entire life like I was thirsty and one day realized I wasn't thirsty for it anymore. Watching others drink and seeing the advertising promoting booze has been very entertaining the past few years. Having once been one of the 'I have a drinking problem, two hands and only one mouth' and 'Sometimes too much is not enough' gang was for the most part fun, but there were some dark wasted days in my life.
That said, I still serve liquor in my home. Many in my family and many of my friends still drink and I've got no problem with it. I've found that sober, I get more done, I get to drive some really nice vehicles home from the bar, and I don't have hangovers.
Having started when I was 5, I had a good long run at it. I say 5 because that when my dad would come home from work, I got to bring him a can of Schlitz and the church key. For you younger readers, Schlitz was a good tasting beer at one time, and church key, look it up. I would crawl into his lap and he would pop the top. I got to suck the foam that would cascade up, making sure none spilled. And he never stopped at one. Ah, good times.

Saw this on a bathroom wall in a bar years ago,
"I would rather have a bottle in front of me, than to have a frontal lobotomy"
I'm sure you've heard this quote before, but below this one someone had written;
"And what, pray tell, is the difference"


When I read it I found it to be an interesting read. The science of it all is mostly over my head, but it made me think outside of myself. (see what I did there?) The second half of the read is 'theory'. Kind of like the 'Theory of Evolution'. So, theory doesn't always equal fluff.
Anyway, reading it got me thinking about our consciousness and being.
If our consciousness doesn't reside within us, could that explain Auras that some claim to see around people? Does our external consciousness act as our soul, living on after our body expires?
Assuming that our consciousness would live on in space and/or other dimensions, does that explain spirituality that people feel. Do we just drift off into the collective soul of the Universe when we die? Become Stardust? Do we keep our own individual souls or are we blended into the great 'I Am'? Religion says we must follow certain doctrines to have eternal life. What if eternal life is written into our being by the Universe? An all paths lead to the same door thing.
When we procreate, do the cells and neurons created in the womb just get consciousness from the soul stream, our does it grow bit by bit as the body grows? When we raise children, do we just nurture an existing soul that was implanted into the being, or do we create a new mix of consciousness from our child rearing efforts? Do the people that live, or have lived, all have the same number of dimensions to their being? Like, Einstein and Da Vinci maybe had 33 dimensions to their consciousness and most of us schlups have only 11. And then we all know those poor bastards that only have seven. And most people only use 3. Maybe our efforts to explore our consciousness benefit the Universe somehow?
Did aliens (I use this term for lack of a better name) implant this external consciousness into our being to connect us to the time/space/dimension that they exist in? If they are multidimensional that could explain why we only catch fleeting glimpses of them. So when our body croaks, maybe we transport to other dimensions and become part of the alien forces? Or maybe we inhabit the body of a Conehead child being born on Remulak? Or maybe we are sent to a 'Long time ago in a galaxy far far away'.
Anyway, enough of this, like I said, it got me thinking.

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