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By definition there are very few people who have direct experience in managing exceptional children. Identifying and tracking them into magnet schools for the highly gifted has short-term social benefit, but doesn't necessarily make for happier or more productive people in the long run (per some of the longitudinal studies referenced in this article). And only a few narrow bands of intelligence are effectively measured.
#intelligence #parenting


all snails go to heaven
#climatechange #collapse #extinction

Damn you, dermestidae. Go find some other source of keratin and leave my bow alone.

I remember loving Stand on Zanzibar when I read it in or around 2005, and I've enjoyed some of Brunner's other stories (Shockwave Rider, The Crucible of Time).


This is what an optimist looks like

"'It's worse, much worse, than you think.'

"That's the first sentence of David Wallace-Wells' The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, and it's all downhill from there. Wallace-Wells sets out to knock down an entire mythology about climate change that has helped make people feel safe insulated from it. It's not happening slowly, there's nowhere to hide from it, there's no part of how we live our lives as humans that will be left untouched, and it's not even something that's barreling down on us—it's already here."
#climatechange #collapse

Indeed. I lived in Central America for many years, starting in the 1990s, and have many friends there that I communicate with on a daily basis. Climate change has been apparent there for many years. About every three days, somebody there will text me, or send video of insane weather phenomena. They're actually getting scared because even a fool can see it's getting serious. Like a monster thunderstorm that produces not just high wind gusts or a derecho, but sustained 90 mph winds that go on for 10 or 15 minutes. Or heat indexes of 52C. That's way out of line.


and the vegetable is...

#chumbox #internet #spam

Thanks for sharing this. The term chum box was new to me. I had a laugh at the is it 🌽? Question thing.

#comic #compsci #parenting #physicists #smbc


Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Russiagate & the debacles of the Corporate Media

#politics #propaganda #wikileaks #Assange #Snowden



Alt/hover text: "I propose this as a new rhetorical tactic against people who think anything is completely patternless and inscrutable."
#comic #compsci #smbc

Thank you!

Happy birthday to you from me, too. M


123456, orly?

I'm just talking out of my ass here, but could the iOS and Google Play app stores detect and flag apps that put users at risk with a global default password (especially boneheaded ones like 123456)?
#gps #hacking #infosec #security #surveillance #tracking


Chew, man, chew!

#dental #evodevo #health


Here, we call this "Storrowing"...

Pretty awesome video if you love watching slo-mo box-truck crashes (reassurance: no fatalities). Also see Jürgen Henn's original video site. And I love the name of the academic department studying this issue ("Center for Advanced Hindsight").

In Boston, the frequency of truck-overpass collisions on Storrow Drive is a regular source of amusement and fascination (to everyone not stuck in traffic behind one of these incidents, anyway). This happens about a dozen times per year, with spikes in September and May (presumed due to students renting moving trucks). So after watching the video I spent an hour geeking out on the state crash data and MassDOT GIS crash map sites.

Vimeo: OVERHEIGHT MUST TURN (Hunter Atkins)

#boston #crash #durham #hindsight #storrow

Hah. I've been a fan of that YouTube channel for years. But until now, I wondered why it wasn't fixed. Raising the bridge is not an option. It's a railroad overpass. But the road could be excavated deeper. Now I know why that's not reasonable either. However, some kind of sensor should be possible that detects overheight vehicles and triggers strobes and sirens well in advance of impact. STOP NOW !!!


Don't look down!

First, I think this counts as a spoiler for Game of Thrones S8E2 & E3, so I will add some whitespace below, followed by a spoiler tag (which I don't think are honoured across the Fediverse).


#gameofthrones #got #hbo


The costs of conspiracism

It's hard to imagine doing research on this dark aspect of human psychology and politics without becoming severely depressed.

Local community is pretty much the only antidote I know.


Lots of cyclists on my local city council

I don't think anything is "bikelash-proof" (a future city council could just repeal the ordinance). But as a daily bike commuter here, I appreciate the intent.

Sadly, the separated cycle tracks/lanes installed over the past few years (on Cambridge St, Beacon St, Vassar St, parts of Mass Ave) don't feel safer when I ride them than their predecessors did (except where roads are newly repaved, which obviously helps a lot!). Yes, they prevent drivers from double-parking in the bike lane, but shifting the parking lane in-between moving vehicles and the bicycle lane conceals drivers and cyclists from one another, so I feel more vulnerable at intersections. This configuration also positions cyclists closer to pedestrians, and closer to the eruption points of side streets and driveways. I'm a veteran street biker and I'm used to the traditional risks, so I'll get used to new configs eventually, but I don't feel much better protected from smartphone-distracted drivers. But I guess it'll put more distance between cyclists and trucks, and reduce fatalities thereby.

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#boston #cambridge #commuting #cycling

I can attest that these turkeys think they own our streets.

WCVB Boston: TURKEY TERROR! Aggressive turkeys terrorizing people in Cambridge neighborhood.

Revenge for Thanksgiving?

There are wild turkeys around my parents house in western North Carolina. You can see groups of 20-25 in the fields. A few springs ago, a couple of males came out of the woods from behind their house and harassed my dad on his way to the mailbox. They kept coming back over and over until he chased them off by sweeping a big stick back and forth in front of him. Turns out that turkeys do, in fact, fly.


Eastern Swallowtail on echinacea


Sony NEX-3 MILC, E30mm F3.5 macro lens.

Raw image here -- if anyone would like to do a better job developing it, and tell me what steps you took, I'd appreciate the lesson. I use Darktable, but any workflow would help.
#butterfly #darktable #diasporaw #flowers


a place of honor
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#assange #satire #theonion