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2015 Films

Below is a list of the films I've seen in the theater during 2015, put into categories of how much I liked them.

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Resources: Timeline maker?

I’m looking for a free web or program service that’ll let me make a timeline. I will want a simple image out of it in the end, not a fancy interactive thing. Anyone got suggestions?

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"Lucy"

I saw Lucy yesterday afternoon, and I have lots of thoughts, muchly spoilerific.

10% of the brain myth (non-spoilery)Collapse )

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Lucy is not a good person and racismCollapse )

Unsatisfying ending (really spoileriffic)Collapse )

Stealth feminist film?Collapse )

Final verdict? Wait for Netflix unless you're really into transhumanist stuff.

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Jun. 29th, 2014

Every time this Mac desktop cycles through on my iMac, I do not scream.

Mac desktop flamingoes!

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Flamingoes and goes and goes



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Jun. 20th, 2014

As if Brienne of Tarth (well really Gwendoline Christie) isn't badass enough, now she's wearing flamingoes!



I don't quite have a flamingoes phobia, but they certainly do make me uncomfortable at times.

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Lunar Eclipse Survey

I have a theory about blood moons. Would you be so kind as to fill out this poll about tonight's? Put anything else you want to say (or share pics) in the comments. :)

Poll #1964650 Lunar Eclipse

I saw the Moon...

Before totality
3(42.9%)
During totality
4(57.1%)
After totality
0(0.0%)

The darkest part of the Moon was colored...

White
1(16.7%)
Gray
0(0.0%)
Black
0(0.0%)
Red
1(16.7%)
Orange
3(50.0%)
Other (comments)
1(16.7%)

My observing location was..

A big city (NYC, Boston, DC)
3(60.0%)
A small city (Ithaca, Laramie, Long Island)
2(40.0%)
Rural
0(0.0%)
So far in the middle of nowhere that when you get gas you need to bring an extra tank
0(0.0%)

Can you see the Milky Way from where you were observing (when it's up)?

Yes
2(40.0%)
No
3(60.0%)
Maybe?
0(0.0%)
Bees!
0(0.0%)

File organization - I WANT TAGGING

I have a bunch of files in Google Drive which can be characterized by two separate parameters, and I want to be able to sort/group/folder/whatever on each of the two parameters. Right now the files are named things like A-X, A-Y, B-X, B-Y, C-X, C-Y, etc., and if I sort them alphabetically I can get a list ordered as:

A-X
A-Y
B-X
B-Y
C-X
C-Y

I want to ALSO be able to sort them so I get a list like:

A-X
B-X
C-X
A-Y
B-Y
C-Y

This doesn't need to be as file names, it could be in folders (e.g., one folder for Xs and one for Ys, but then I want to be able to swap to viewing a folder for the As, a folder for the Bs, and a folder for the Cs) or tags (or maybe it'd have to be nested tags: Parameter1/A, Parameter1/B, etc.). Right now I only have 16 of these files, but I anticipate having 100-200 in the end.

Does Mavericks actually have a tagging system that would let me do this? I haven't upgraded to Mavericks yet b/c I don't like changing OSs during the semester, but if it did I'd gladly set up Google Drive to synch with my computer and start tagging in Mavericks.

Anyone have a different solution for me that can do what I want?

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Eclipses

Like any good researcher, when I noticed students responding a certain way to a free response question, I tried to tabulate what they all said, and turned it into multiple choice. Basically, the students were trying to describe why we don't have solar and lunar eclipses every month. The drawings below are based on the word descriptions from the students. And I wanna know what you think: which picture is the main reason why we don't have solar and lunar eclipses every month?

Descriptions in words:
A) "The Moon is in a different plane."
B) "The Moon's axis is tilted."
c) "The Moon goes above and below."
D) "The Moon's orbit isn't a perfect circle."
E) "The Moon's orbit is tilted."

2014-02-10 09.40.21

Poll #1956047 Eclipses

Which of the drawings above is the main reason why we don't have eclipses every month?

A
1(16.7%)
B
1(16.7%)
C
0(0.0%)
D
1(16.7%)
E
3(50.0%)

Jan. 28th, 2014

Am I reading this right? An inch of snow in Atlanta has resulted in citywide gridlock, people abandoning their cars in the streets, school busses trapped in the streets with students inside for a half a day, students trapped in schools, and residents overnighting in gas stations and Home Depots. Seriously, what am I missing here? If it's really just 1", sure there will be some accidents among drivers who don't know to drive differently in snow, but still, the entire city brought to a halt? For just an inch?

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