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Precisely. 

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After a 4 hour delay in Dallas (thank you Houston thunderstorms), I’m finally on my way. Hello propellers.

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wiring the planet: Hope in coffee

jamesprichardson:

I was fortunate to catch a television interview with Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks this morning. Aside from inducing a craving for fresh coffee it reminded me of what I always dreamed possible in America.

Howard Schultz was born into a poor family and he isn’t and never was an academic in…

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wiring the planet: Back to the Dark Ages

jamesprichardson:

Reading this article regarding Net Neutrality in the Economist leaves me incomprehensibly flabbergasted. Who on earth is making these decisions at at&t and others offending telcos, surely they have top notch degrees from the worlds best universities do they not ?

The Internet has…

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Source: economist.com
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Two new yoga poses. 

1) Running man. This is basically a side crow, only with legs balanced out in a right angle. 

2) Forearm balance. This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a handstand, only your body is supported by your forearms laying on the floor and not your hands. 

By no means am I an expert, but I learned the fundamentals of each and managed to hold each pose for a few seconds, multiple times today. SO essentially, I held them for almost a minute. :) 

Day one. Done. 

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There’s thousands of articles that talk about how you should learn something new every day. I’ll find them and post them later. 

There are also thousands of articles suggesting that making your ideas vulnerable to the searchable web places a certain amount of personal responsibility and obligation to do them. I don’t know where those are either, but I bet i could with a quick google search. 

So, I am going to attempt to learn something new everyday. Cliche, yes; but there’s a twist. Because I don’t believe you can actually learn something completely in one day, every “I will learn” time frame will grow by a day. Tomorrow (or today by the time I post this) I will learn x in one day. Wednesday, I will learn y in 2 days, etc., etc. And each day, I will attempt to post about how successful, or how pathetic my attempt was. 

I don’t have many people who follow this, so in a way it’s sort of cheating as I’m not posting it on facebook where I have too many people who probably wouldn’t bother reading it anyway, but it’s a start of an experiment. 

If you want to join, please do. If you want to see how long, or short, Tara can last, you can do that, too. 

There are no rules on what you learn. It can be a part of a larger picture (breaking down learning sometimes makes learning that which seems “impossible” absolutely doable), or just something you’ve always kind of wanted to do. Breakdancing is completely acceptable, as long as you share a video. 

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This month, National Geographic highlights the breakthrough discoveries in “bioartificial” organ growth in university labs around the the country. 

A few months ago I saw this program on the PBS show Nova Science Now, interviewing Doris Taylor, mentioned in the article, from the University of Minnesota about her and her team’s organ development. Using cells to create a “skeleton,” they have successfully duplicated a beating heart. Sure, it’s a rat’s heart, but the possible implications of this are tremendous.

Source: National Geographic
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Earth Hour 2011.

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While I agree that Google has an undoubted advantage in taking control of this sector, what about the millions, and soon to be billions of people who do not easily have access to mobile phones? So many new “innovations” are geared towards “making life smoother” but smoother for whom? Those who already have much more than they will ever need? Those who need directions to get to the nearest mall or bar? 

What about the tens of thousands within our own cities who have little access to anything more than a bus ticket to get between their homes and 3 low-paid jobs. Or the  millions of people living in rural areas where you’d have better luck at finding a meteorite in a field than decent service. That’s not even to mention the vast amount of people across the globe whose access to clean water is a day to celebrate. 

Don’t get me wrong, there have been many times where Google maps have saved me from wasting fuel while driving around aimlessly looking for a location, or provided direction when walking in an unknown city, but with the power a company like Google has, it would be good to see them backing and supporting projects that actually make life a little less rough for those who may never have “smooth” lives. 

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Marissa Mayer: Google Will Connect the Digital & Physical Worlds Through Mobile

Source: Mashable

Google’s recently appointed head of mobile and geolocation Marissa Mayer took the stage Friday afternoon at South by Southwest to discuss how Google’s maps and locations products are paving the way for a more digitally and physically connected future.

“The mobile phone acts as a cursor to connect the digital and physical,” Mayer said during her presentation in which she also discussed Google’s location and mobile products and strategies. She segmented the talk into three sections: fast, fun and future.

Mayer spouted off impressive product stats and the improved speed of Google Maps for Mobile, highlighted how the company is applying Google Street View to art and concluded by hinting at a future when Google marries its fast array of mobile-friendly products — Calendar, Hotpot, Google Maps for Mobile and Goggles — with location to make life smoother. This is what she calls the “power of here.”

Source: Mashable
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IBM Relaunches Smarter City Initiative With An Innovative Portal - HorizonWatching

smarterplanet:

IBM has relaunched it’s Smarter City initiative and the website portal is something you should visit to experience.  It is truly an immersive, interactive experience designed to show how cities all over the world are using advanced technology to help address some of the biggest problems facing our planet.

www.thesmartercity.com

Source: smarterplanet