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Last week I celebrated my own anniversary of solar orbits completed, and this week I am celebrating the seventh anniversary of this here blog. SEVEN YEARS. Seems sort of crazy, but there you are. The title refers to the total number of posts that I’ve made over that time. Again, sort of crazy. It has…

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n of 1

In a scene of the film A River Runs Through It young Norman writes an essay for his father. His father reads it, marks it up some, and then says, `Now make it half as long.’ Deflated, Norman leaves but later returns with a new essay. The father reads it, marks it again, and says,…

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If last weekend was my birthday, this past weekend also marked another significant milestone at The Aerie: this blog turned five. Wow, I guess now it’s getting ready to go to blog-kindergarten. I always like to take this time to review the State of the Blog. In general, I think the State of the Blog…

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Plus Side

So, the other day I got an invitation to “field test” Google+, the latest attempt for a social networking platform by Google and pretty widely thought of to be a direct Facebook competitor. Now, I wasn’t sure that between Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn that I really needed another platform for networking, but I’m a Gmail…

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Apparently, Half A Billion People Hate Facebook

Last month, two interesting pieces of data came out about internet giant Facebook.  The first was that it surpassed 500,000,000 subscribers.  Half-a-billion.  Holy crap.  That’s a lot of people.  That is >7% of the world’s population, and nearly a third of the people estimated to have access to the internet.  Talk about market-share. You’d think…

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Scrambled

We’d had a busy but enjoyable Easter all planned out.  In the morning, we’d host a brunch for our friends and the Goddaughter, complete with an egg hunt, stuffed bunny and basket for her and good food, limoncello-champagne cocktails and bloody-maries for the adults.  It was a big success and everyone had a good time.…

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Friday Drabble: +1

So, for a couple of weeks, Ross has been doing a Friday Drabble (or two).  A drabble is a 100-word piece of fiction.  I sort of liked the idea and have an hour incubation so why not.   +1 “Add as friend” seemed so easy.  She scrutinized the thumbnail picture. Him.  It was blurry, but…

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What Would You Call a Social Networking Site for Scientists?

Today, the NIH announced that they are spending $27MM of your Recovery money on creating a social network for scientists in the biomedical research community.  You can read about it here. The goal is summed up as follows: These Web-based initiatives will bring the power of Internet-based tools, as exemplified by social networking, to biomedical…

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