To decompress after a long couple of days, I went for a three-mile jog around the lake near my house. I typically run there on Saturday mornings, and there’s usually another runner or two, but it’s never crowded. Tonight, right after work, my little trail was packed! It felt so nice and neighborly. I’ve become a real sucker for suburban life… I love the little Leave It To Beaver moments I get every now and then in my happy little neighborhood. –sigh–
I titled my blog Surreptitiously because until today I didn’t know what that word meant. But thanks to my good friends at dictionary.com, I now know that it means secretive. It was one of my many discoveries today as I read 16 academic journal articles about blogging ethics for a research paper.
I’ve known some girls who were bitter after a break-up before, but this may be the winner…
Police: Woman Fatally Stabs Ex in Groin
By FRANK HEI
At about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police and medical personnel arrived at a residence on the 10800 block of Rockingham Street where they found the injured man, 46-year-old Ruben Valladarez.
Valladarez was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he was pronounced dead.
Police arrested 40-year-old Maria DeLaRosa, Valladarez’s ex-wife, in connection with his death.
Investigators said an argument between the two led to the stabbin
When you hear the world “elderly” what age comes to mind? If your answer was 90, you definitely don’t want to hear about this new study.
“Old age begins at 27” the headline reads. And no, that isn’t a typo.
Those senior moments we’ve heard about actually start happening shortly after the brain’s abilities peak at 22, according to researchers at theUniversity of Virginia.
The study was recently published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging. (We’d love to link to the full research, but the journal charges for its articles.)
Two thousand men and women between the ages of 18 and 60 were studied over seven years, and researchers found top performance in the puzzles and other problems the participants were asked to solve occurred in those at 22 years old.
The first age at which scores for things like reasoning, speed of thought and spatial visualization started to drop, was 27 according to the Daily Mail.
by Shelby Endman / CNN
(CNN) — A floating city off the coast of San Francisco may sound like science fiction, but it could be reality in the not-too-distant future.
The Seasteading Institute already has drawn up plans for the construction of a homestead on the Pacific Ocean.
One project engineer described the prototype as similar to a cruise ship, but from a distance the cities might look like oil-drilling platforms.
According to the plans, the floating cities would not only look different from their land-based counterparts, but they might operate differently, too.
Patri Friedman, a former Google engineer who now works for the Seasteading Institute, said floating cities are the perfect places to experiment with new forms of government.
Some of the new political ideas the group is tossing around include legalizing marijuana and making intellectual property communal — so that everyone would take ownership in art produced on the city at sea.
“The idea isn’t just about getting away from rules or getting rid of rules. It’s about a system that encourages experimentation with different political systems,” he said.
- Seasteading Institute: Info, FAQ, blog, forums
Friedman said the floating city may be built in modular pieces so that city blocks and neighborhoods can be recombined to create new urban layouts.
The idea of building cities on the sea is not new, he said, but the Seasteading Institute has come closer to realizing the goal than others.
“A lot of people over the past hundred plus years have had this idea and even specifically building cities on the ocean to try out new forms of government,” he said. “But they’ve pretty much been totally imagined and if they did try, they totally failed.”
Cermelli, who is part of a team of designers creating a blueprint for the first seastead, said it’s unclear if construction is possible — or what it would cost.
Still, a prototype for the idea may be finished in as little as three years, he said.
Friedman said seasteads are loosely based on oil rigs, but with important modifications.
“We care more about sunlight and open space, so the specifications are different,” he said. “Also, oil platforms are fixed in place. We think it’s important to have more modular cities. So you would build a city out of buildings that can actually be separated and rearranged.”
Cermelli said the ocean cities may use technology from suspension bridges “to expand the space at sea and basically get a roomier platform.”
Friedman says the idea of seasteading has met a range of reactions.
“Some people think we’re crazy. A lot of people think we’re crazy,” he said. “Some people think terrible things could happen, others think it would be great.”
About 600 people have joined the Seasteading Institute.
Some of them, like Gayle Young, say the idea is exciting partly because it’s so different.
“I love the idea because it’s audacious. It’s big,” she said. “It’s about pushing frontiers.”
Sometimes, there just aren’t enough words to describe the irony. This lady had the world record for longest nails, which she hadn’t cut in 30 years… and in a twist of fate, she was thrown from a car in an accident, and survived near death. But her nails didn’t.