“Think Friday’s close asteroid flyby is sobering? Look at this” – Kinda gives one… perspective, ya know

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass closest on February 15, 2013. As the image above shows, it will pass much closer than the orbit of the moon – closer even that orbiting geosynchronous satellites (22,000 miles). Image via NASA. Read more about the close asteroid flyby here.

Still, our Earth is being bombarded with objects from space with regularity – over timescales typically longer than our human lifespans – as astronomers have now realized. Asteroid 2012 DA14 will not strike us on February 15, 2013. But, if it did, its potential for destruction is being compared to an event in Siberia in 1908: the Tunguska event. In 1908, a small comet or asteroid exploded in Earth’s atmosphere and flatted miles of Siberian forest; it could have flattened a city instead if the timing had been different. Earth is mostly water, so an incoming asteroid would likely land in the ocean. But the potential for destruction remains.

That is why, if an opportunity arises to express an opinion on whether funding should continue for astronomers to track and study near-Earth objects … well, personally, I would vote yes.

For those who can’t see the tiny link that Posterous provides above:

Hey… You Need a Point and Shoot for fun shots! Amazon has a ton of them on sale NOW

I just bought one (like I need another camera)…

Incredible Markdowns in Digital Point and Shoots

“I’m Not Into Social Media” – Chris Brogan… and you know… he may be right

But I guess what isn’t as worth talking about any longer is the whole “gee whiz, this space is so amazing and I’ve got the latest apps and I love using them.” Maybe instead, we can talk about our goals, our pursuits, those things we’re going to do with the tools.

“Silent Circle’s latest app democratizes encryption. Governments won’t be happy” – Freedom finds a way!

By design, Silent Circle’s server infrastructure stores minimal information about its users. The company, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., doesn’t retain metadata (such as times and dates calls are made using Silent Circle), and IP server logs showing who is visiting the Silent Circle website are currently held for only seven days. The same privacy-by-design approach will be adopted to protect the security of users’ encrypted files. When a user sends a picture or document, it will be encrypted, digitally “shredded” into thousands of pieces, and temporarily stored in a “Secure Cloud Broker” until it is transmitted to the recipient. Silent Circle, which charges $20 a month for its service, has no way of accessing the encrypted files because the “key” to open them is held on the users’ devices and then deleted after it has been used to open the files. Janke has also committed to making the source code of the new technology available publicly “as fast as we can,” which means its security can be independently audited by researchers.

It always does.

Filed under “Duh, ya think”?

Honestly, I don’t think the rule is very realistic for kids this age,” Mandie Watkins, Alex’s mom, told KDVR.com. “I think that when a child is trying to save the world, I don’t think he should be punished for it.

Remember when teachers were smarter than bags of hammers?

Remember when teachable moments were there to teach?

Remember when ‘playing’ and ‘imagination’ were all part of a 7 year olds world?

Remember that most of what he sees on TV by the parasites in Hollywood is nothing that they don’t shove down his throat every Saturday morning.

Remember this the next time they want a school bond election.

Remember how fucking entirely stupid they are. NOT worth what they are paid. They used to be heroes… now teachers in publik skools are more like fascist losers who can only spread fear and loathing.

The loathing part they deserve.

While the president kills people all over the globe with drones… and no one says a thing…

MY GAWD it must be hard to be that ignorantly stupid.

“Why Police Officers Lie Under Oath” – wait…cops lie in court? I am shocked, SHOCKED I tell you…

But are police officers necessarily more trustworthy than alleged criminals? I think not. Not just because the police have a special inclination toward confabulation, but because, disturbingly, they have an incentive to lie. In this era of mass incarceration, the police shouldn’t be trusted any more than any other witness, perhaps less so.

That may sound harsh, but numerous law enforcement officials have put the matter more bluntly.  Peter Keane, a former San Francisco Police commissioner, wrote an article in The San Francisco Chronicle decrying a police culture that treats lying as the norm: “Police officer perjury in court to justify illegal dope searches is commonplace. One of the dirty little not-so-secret secrets of the criminal justice system is undercover narcotics officers intentionally lying under oath. It is a perversion of the American justice system that strikes directly at the rule of law. Yet it is the routine way of doing business in courtrooms everywhere in America.”

However, as one who has seen it first hand, I can tell you that I trust them less than most regular people when they go on the stand.

I have watched more than a couple of them lie through their teeth… oh, and that goes for judges as well.

This is what happens when we develop a protected class that is above the laws for the little people.

What’s that called again… wait, it is right on the tip of my tongue… fash-something.

“Dodge Ram’s Super Bowl Spot Features Commissioned Still Photos” Beautifully presented as well

It wasn’t flashy or filled with special effects, but Dodge Ram’s Super Bowl commercial that featured the late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s tribute to U.S. farmers might have won the hearts and minds of viewers Sunday night.

The two-minute spot featured a series of stark photos of farmers at work. Along with a montage of still images, Harvey’s distinctive voice delivers the narration: his “So God Made a Farmer” speech, which he gave in 1978 at the National Future Farmers of America Convention.  He died in 2009 at age 90.

Ram commissioned 10 noted photographers, including National Geographic icon William Albert Allard  and renowned documentary photographer  Kurt Markus,  to document U.S. farm life for the truck commercial.

They HIRED photographers to shoot these. Not stock. Not archives… fresh stuff.

Wow… this commercial will be remembered for a long time.

“Who Will Save Your Website’s Soul?” Heh…

And you must write everything you write with enough passion to earn these small, precious victories. Or you really shouldn’t write anything at all.

Don’t clog our Interwebs with your greasy, grimy, gopher guts of a blog post that’s already been written 168 times without adding any original research, insights or value. That’s stinkier than a half-eaten hoagie rotting at the bottom of some fat, hairy dude’s hamper.

If you’re not prepared to give an electrifying performance, why trot out on stage? Keep the curtain closed and keep rehearsing until you nail it. Shakespeare must never be half-baked

As I said… heh.

“Is it Finally Time for You to Step Up?” : Why yes, yes it is.

What are your African violets? What, to use Peter Drucker’s phrase, comes rather easily to you but rather hard to most people?

What do you have that’s going to waste?

It may be your ability to write a warm, engaging article or email that sparks conversation. It may be your sense of humor. It may be your ability to boil down a complex topic into something people can understand.

How “old guys” are stealing the dreams of the young… with the young peoples willing acquiescence… tragic

So back to the economics of 4 year schools. Before you go to college, or send your child to a 4 year school you better check their balance sheet. How much debt does the school have ? How many administrators making more than 200k do they have ? How much are they spending on building new buildings. None of which add value to your child’s education, but as enrollments decline will force the school to increase their tuition and nail you with other costs. They just create a debtor university that risks going out of business.

There will be colleges and universities that fail, declare bankruptcy or have to re-capitalize much like the newspaper industry has and long before the class of 2018 graduates.

The smart high school grad no longer just picks a school, borrows money and wings it. Your future depends on your ability to assemble an educational plan that gets you on your path of knowledge and discovery without putting you at risk of attending a school that is doomed to fail , and/or saddling you with a debt heavy balance sheet that prevents you from taking the chances, searching for the opportunities or just being a fuck up for a while. We each take our own path, but nothing shortcuts the dreams of a 22 year old more than owing a shitload of money.

And this…

“Why in the world are schools building new buildings ? What is required in a business school classroom that is any different than the classroom for psychology or sociology or English or any other number of classes ? A new library, seriously ? What is worse is that schools are taking on debt to pay for this new construction.

Think about this from a business perspective. Schools are seeing state and federal funding decline, as it should. Why should taxpayers be paying for another building ?
They are seeing their primary revenue source, tuition, once a number that was never really questioned, becoming a value decision by prospective students. As they should.
Unless your parents are wealthy or you quality for a full ride or something close, the days of picking a school because that is the school you always wanted to go to are gone.
The class of 2014 and beyond now has to prepare a college value plan. What classes are you going to take online that enables you to get the most credits for the least cost. What classes are you going to take at a local, low cost school so you can get additional credits at the lowest cost.”

Read more: http://blogmaverick.com/2013/01/26/will-your-college-go-out-of-business-befor…