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Make America Great Again...

Make America Great Again
Be careful what you wish for!

Prince - Purple Rain Tribute Drink

Prince - Purple Rain Tribute Drink
Celebrate the life of Prince with the ShovelBums tribute drink: Purple Rain!

Minnesota Historical Center is preparing Prince's "Purple Rain" coat for display.

Minnesota Historical Society preparing Prince's Purple Rain Coat for display
"To honor Prince's legacy in Minnesota and beyond, the Purple Rain suit in our collections will be on view at Minnesota History Center  starting tomorrow (April 23, 2016). Visitors can view the suit for free during normal museum hours, which begin at 10 am tomorrow. There will also be a space for remembrances. Extra kudos and thanks to all our staff who worked so hard to prepare the suit for viewing by the public!" MHC on Facebook   For you ‪#‎Prince‬ junkies this is pretty sweet. This is the original live recording of Purple Rain  at a benefit show from 1983 of which a lot of it made it to the album. And kind of like VH1 Pop Up Videos (that dates one a bit!) it has interesting info in the caption bar.  
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Mother Jones Article - Inside The Race to Stop the Next Mass Shooter. Their estimate was off by two days :-(

A few months ago, after the last mass shooting, I saw the estimated intervals between mass shootings in the US in a Mother Jones article. I counted ahead from that date and made a note on my calendar that according to their estimates there would be another by December 4th...
A few months ago, after the last mass shooting, I saw the estimated intervals between mass shootings in the US in a Mother Jones article. I counted ahead from that date and made a note on my calendar that according to their estimates there would be another by December 4th...  Mother Jone's article Inside The Race to Stop the Next Mass Shooter  by Mark Follman
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Koko gets kittens for her 44th Birthday



Koko the sign language Gorilla gets kittens for her 44th birthday
Koko - The gorilla  almost any practicing anthropologist alive today feels a kinship with received kittens for her 44th birthday. Watch this great video:    
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This weekend Mars will be as big as your Full Moon and Uranus!

This weekend Mars will be as big as the full moon and Uranus.
Totally true and hard science here folks. This weekend Mars will be as big as Your own Full Moon and Uranus (depending on your viewing distance).   As for Mars being viewed from earth and appearing as big as the moon, it is never, ever, going to happen.
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Probably NSFW, but clever -> Key & Peele's Pirate Chantey Is the Feminist Anthem of the Summer


Key & Peele's Pirate Chantey Is the Feminist Anthem of the Summer
VIA Jezebel - Thanks for the heads up Lucy! Key & Peele's Pirate Chantey Is the Feminist Anthem of the Summer 77,557 91 Madeleine Davies Filed to: COMEDY 7/09/15 5:50pm   “I once met a lass so fine. She was dunk on barley wine. I’d been at sea for months a three. I knew I could make her mine. And the lass was past consent! So it was off with her we went,” growls pirate Jordan Peele. Don’t despair, though. There’s a twist! Sing it with me! “A woman has a right to a drink or two without worrying about what you will do! We’d say ‘YO HO,’ but we don’t say ‘ho,’ ‘cause ‘ho’ is disrespectful, yo!”
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Facebook now lets you choose who you see first in your news feed




Note: This is iOS only right now. It will be coming to other platforms soon. This is great news! Facebook has introduced a way to actually prioritize who you see on your news feed (though it caps at 30 unfortunately). It has also simplified who you are friends with (anyone have crazy uninformed friends on their list? lol!) that you choose not to follow (or want to refollow).  It is very easy to access:   1: Go to the facebook App and click "More" in the lower right corner:       2: Scroll down until you see "News Feed Preferences" under Settings:       3: Viola! There you go. Prioritize away! But keep in mind Facebook inserts a star into your news feed so you can see who you have prioritized...but so can your friend/relative looking over your shoulder!        
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Don't be like Arnie Kids! Don't Drink & Drive.

Don't be like Arnie - Don't Drink & Drive
Have a safe 4th everyone! And remember the lesson my friend Arnie showed me when I found him on a country road in Texas or Arkansas. Don't Drink & Drive.  
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Justice Roberts references the Aztecs, Kalahari Bushmen, the Han Chinese and the Carthaginians, in his strange dissent on the right of Gay Marriage

The Rainbow Supreme Court and Justice Robert's strange dissent
Justice Roberts references the Aztecs, Kalahari Bushmen, the Han Chinese and the Carthaginians in his dissenting opinion on the right of Gay Marriage:   The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judg- ment. The right it announces has no basis in the Consti- tution or this Court’s precedent. The majority expressly disclaims judicial “caution” and omits even a pretense of humility, openly relying on its desire to remake society according to its own “new insight” into the “nature of injustice.” Ante, at 11, 23. As a result, the Court invali- dates the marriage laws of more than half the States and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthagin- ians and the Aztecs. Just who do we think we are?   I find that to be a strange dissent for obvious reasons:  ...
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An Amazing Week!

An Amazing Week! Confederate Flag down, gay marriage up!

#HowWeFamily - A wonderful LGBTQ friendly commercial



As an anthropologist at heart if makes me very happy to see a large company take a public stance on supporting diversity with such a positive LGBTQ friendly commercial. So what if it is ultimately about marketing? This company is using their resources to make a loud, powerful and public statement on television and other media that most groups could never hope to have the resources to reach.  They currently have about 3,000 views on their youtube extended version. It is well worth watching and sharing.
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iPhone text crashing bug: How to fix if your prankster friend sends you one!

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{iPhone crashing Bug FYI} If you happen to get a message and your phone restarts there are some easy solutions. Go to your photos and select one and then send it two the # that sent you the text and iMessages will start working again.     An iPhone bug is making phones crash when a certain text is sent     IMAGE: FLICKR,  AFAGEN BY RONALD CHAVEZ 1 hour ago A newly discovered iOS bug is crashing iPhones and leaving users without access to the Messages app. Users who receive a mysterious string of characters in a text are noticing their Messages app will consequently crash, and in some cases, the phone will automatically reboot, according to  9to5Mac . The issue was first  posted to Reddit . SEE ALSO:  7 Ways to Preserve Your Battery Life on iOS 8     The text is partially in Arabic and includes unicode. It's not so much...
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Never bring a vacuum extension to a broadsword fight



I always told my son. "Never bring a vacuum extension to a broadsword fight!" He didn't listen...        

Photoshop is 25 years old. Here are Professional Photoshop users using Version 1.0 today




Photoshop 1 as Photoshop turns 25
Photoshop turns 25 The ubiquitous Gorilla in the digital room Photoshop just turned 25 years old!  The original concept for photoshop was created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll while Tom was a student at the University of Michigan.  The original name for the program was "Display" which Thomas had created on his Mac.  John worked at Industrial Light and Magic and convinced Tom to turn it into a full fledged program. They originally tried the name ImagePro(*), but it was already taken so they settled on Photoshop. The software was originally released only with a scanner manufactured by BarneyScan (about 200 units were sold). Soon after the program was demoed to Adobe and Apple and in 1990 was released as a Mac only program. For scale, around this time if you wanted to have a photo professionally retouched with the high-end systems it could easily cost up to $300/hr. Flash forward 25 years and put...
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My family Pi day picture: 3/14/15 9:26:5358...

My family on Pi day
"Pi. It might not be rational, but it is fun!" We counted down the last 53 seconds and then yelled "Pi". The kids loved it, they are going to be happy geeks.
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{Pi) Don’t forget, today is the big Pi day (mm-dd-yy following people :-) - 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m.

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Pi Day Pi Day - 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m!   The one day of year I can really show math my appreciation!  Since we all have a bit of geek in us don't forget to observe the BIG Pi day today: 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m.     Can recall what Pi is off the top of your head?    LEARN ABOUT PI   Pi (π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is a constant number, meaning that for all circles of any size, Pi will be the same.The diameter of a circle is the distance from edge to edge, measuring straight through the center. The circumference of a circle is the distance around. HISTORY OF PI By measuring circular objects, it has always turned out that a circle is a little more than 3 times its width around. In the Old Testament of the Bible (1 Kings 7:23), a circular pool...
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Why sharpies should never be left in the hands of the unskilled, or the tired.

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                                At my daughters grade school concert the other night I was running herd on my son and two of his buddies, then we were joined by my other, very tired son.  Unfortunately he lost the fine point Sharpie I had given him so as a last resort I gave him my new fresh fat sharpie.  Well I was also recording the concert with my camera on a tripod and paying attention to that with my youngest on my lap...his head was bobbing he was so tired then he looked at me and said "I am tired, I want to go"...and I had to fight not to be laughing out loud....  
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An analysis of the forces required to drag sheep

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Because I feel it is important for archaeologist and anthropologists to be well read. I give to you "An analysis of the forces required to drag sheep"   An-analysis-of-the-forces-required-to-drag-sheep.pdf
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