Photo Gallery: The High Roller

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Originally posted on 98.5 KLUC Las Vegas:

Spence from Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo was one of the first Las Vegans to ride the Las Vegas High Roller, the 550-foot tall observation wheel that anchors Caesars Entertainment’s shopping and entertainment district known as The Linq. Spence took a ride before the first ticketed customers on Monday, March 31st.



Haven’t seen enough of the High Roller? Check out the nighttime time-lapse video of a full 30-minute ride in just thirty seconds.

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Four Features to Publish Your Poems

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Dont Ask Meimnoexpert:

I like this……good stuff worth remembering!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Earlier today, we kicked off National Poetry Writing Month , also known as NaPoWriMo . Since you’ll be writing a poem each day, here are four easy-to-use features in your Post Editor to help with publishing your poetry.

Blockquotes

When you format your poems, consider blockquotes to call out bits of text. You can display text in a blockquote by placing it inside <blockquote> and </blockquote> tags in your Text Editor, or by clicking the blockquote button in your Visual Editor:

blockquotes

Here’s an example of how text is displayed in a blockquote:

Sifting through my Camera Roll

thousands of images not posted online

I hunt through my library

see the outtakes

and rejects of my days

the stuff I’d felt wasn’t good enough to share

yet these are the photos

unshared, unfiltered

that really tell my stories

“Fragments on Time”

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Where Have All The Public Intellectuals Gone

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Um, this is exactly the kind of stuff I’ve been thinking about over the past few months, but didn’t have the salt to put together in a post!

Originally posted on The Frailest Thing:

“Professors, we need you!” announces the title of a Nicholas Kristof op-ed in the NY Times . Kristof goes on to lament the dearth of public intellectuals actively informing American culture regarding “today’s great debates.” Kristof blames this regrettable state of affairs on a series of predictable culprits: tedious academic writing, pressure to publish arcane scholarship in obscure journals, and hyper-specialized areas of research with little bearing on public life.

The responses I’ve read to Kristof’s column tend to grant that Kristof, almost despite himself, has put his finger on something, but go on to explain why his analysis is mostly flawed. Take as one example Corey Robin’s lengthy response: “Look Who Nick Kristof’s Saving Now.”

Part, but only part, of Robin’s response is to point to a host of intellectuals that would very much like to be public intellectuals and certainly have what it takes to fill that role…

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10 Points of Unsolicited Advice for Tech Writers

Dont Ask Meimnoexpert:

Exceedingly interesting.

Originally posted on The Frailest Thing:

Nobody asked me, but here they are anyway. A short list of suggestions and clarifications for pundits, journalists, bloggers, and assorted scribblers who write about technology, in no particular order …

1. Don’t be a Borg. The development, deployment, and adoption of any given technology does not unfold independently of human action.

2. Do not cite apparent historical parallels to contemporary concerns about technology as if they invalidated those concerns. That people before us experienced similar problems does not mean that they magically cease being problems today.

3. Do not deify technology or assign salvific powers to Technology.

Pieter Brueghel, Construction of the Tower of Babel (1563)

Pieter Brueghel, Construction of the Tower of Babel (1563)

4. When someone criticizes a specific technology without renouncing all other forms of technology, they are not being hypocritical–they are thinking.

“I believe that you must appreciate technology just like art. You wouldn’t tell an art
connoisseur that he can’t prefer abstractionism to expressionism. 
To love is to choose.
And today, we’re…

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Time Reborn by Lee Smolin–Why Time Actually Exists

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Haven’t read it, but it looks interesting.

Originally posted on Auxiliary Memory:

What is time? Philosophically and scientifically, that’s a hard question to answer. Can anyone even tell us how many books have been written about time? Here are some of my questions:

  • Is there one eternal now that exists everywhere, throughout all of reality, in this universe, and all the other universes of the multiverse?
  • Is time just the 4th dimension? Does the first three dimensions move through a fourth?
  • Does time actually exist, or is it just an illusion?
  • Why and how do we feel time?
  • What is the smallest unit of time?
  • If something has been ticking since the Big Bang, what is that tick?
  • Is time mental or physical?
  • Will time stop if the average temperature of the universe reaches 0 degrees Kelvin?
  • Is time just change? The motion of atoms, the turning of the Earth, our orbit around the sun, the unfolding of existence since the Big…

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