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Flame and Moth - Morguefile.com

WHO WOULD NOT WANT TO BE A MOTH? …

Moths are free to fly, to flitter here and there, have no real worries and can engage in a singular focus on meeting their own needs.

On the other hand, a flame burns brightly and provides light and warmth to all who come near without reservation or discrimination.  

Handled carefully, a flame represents some of the earliest connections with sentient human beings and is widely considered a friendly and beneficial part of our universe.

Of course, a flame can also ignite things and burn them to the ground … either clearing a piece of land for building or destroying that same building.

Flames have a real Yin and Yang thing going.

Flames have great power to both provide gifts and to destroy.  If a flame were a person, that person would experience great responsibility and power to be used for both…

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Gingernut's Science Dunk

It is the 266th birthday of Caroline Herschel, pioneering female astronomer. Some facts:

-She was the only woman to receive the gold medal from the Royal Astronomical Society from its inception until 1996Caroline Herschel, German-British astronomer

-She was a professional soprano

-She was assistant to her brother, world famous astronomer William Herschel

-She was the first woman to discover a comet

-She was the first woman ever to be paid for her work in science (and by the KING no less!)

Click the google doodle to find out more!

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TechTime2016

Peter Diamandis and Dave Kenny announce the IBM Watson AI XPrize at TED2016 - Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED Peter Diamandis and Dave Kenny announce the IBM Watson AI XPrize at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman

IN 2020, THREE speakers will appear onstage to deliver a TED talk and compete for $5 million. But these presenters will share a unique characteristic that sets them apart from TED talkers who came before them: They won’t be human.

Instead, the talks will be delivered by artificially intelligent systems, all of them finalists in a newly announced XPRIZE for cognitive computing. XPRIZE founder Peter Diamandis and IBM’s Watson chief David Kenny announced the new prize on stage at TED today. The prize’s mission is broad: Teams are challenged to “demonstrate how humans can collaborate with powerful cognitive technologies to tackle some of the world’s grand challenges.”

But what that challenge is, Diamandis says, is up to the developers themselves. The winners will be…

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There were three no’s and one yes.

AgnesCheek

picDear,

Your letters had more question marks than full stops.
There were three no’s and one yes.
Three no’s and another yes.

Your eyes were like amber stones,
And your words like free birds in the sky.
Your fear was terrifying and stern,
drawing a strength unbeknownst to you,
to grip my hand firmly and turn the other way.
To turn, to let go, and with a last glace,
close the door.

Dreams of mystery came to me at night,
lost in a dark city at nightfall,
I took directions from drunkards to lead me home.

“He already answered you but you chose not to listen”
It as if everyone already knew, but
I chose to cling on to
blue rocks and messengers from God,
unknown letters when the red letters were gone.

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