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The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why

Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:

Some people stick with the traditional, feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. Personally, I go for the old “existential meltdown followed by acting weird for the next half hour.” But everyone feels something.Physicist…

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Tydelig klasseledelse er nødvendig - Aftenbladet.no

Tydelig klasseledelse er nødvendig – Aftenbladet.no

KUNNSKAPSLØFTET ble innført i videregående skole i perioden 2006–2009. Vi fikk en ny tilbudsstruktur og mange nye fag. Med Kunnskapsløftet kom også de fem grunnleggende ferdighetene: å kunne lese, regne, uttrykke seg muntlig og skriftlig, og bruke digitale verktøy. Det vakte oppsikt da digitale ferdigheter var en av de fem. Dermed stilles det krav til digitale ferdigheter i alle fag.

Med…

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Dear Pentax: Never Build a “Full Frame” Camera - Columns - Pentax Camera Forums

Dear Pentax: Never Build a “Full Frame” Camera – Columns – Pentax Camera Forums

Dear Pentax,

Please never, ever, under any circumstances build a “35mm Full Frame” DSLR.

It wouldn’t be very…Pentaxian. And “35mm Full Frames” are kin to the fax machine and transistor radio, and will suffer the same fate for the same reasons.

Technology is utterly predictable in the same fashion as the weather. Specifics are hard, and get harder the further out you look. Will it rain? September…

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Why haven’t we encountered aliens yet?

Why haven’t we encountered aliens yet?

Enrico Fermi, when asked about intelligent life on other planets, famously replied, “Where are they?” Any civilisation advanced enough to undertake interstellar travel would, he argued, in a brief period of cosmic time, populate its entire galaxy. Yet, we haven’t made any contact with such life. This has become the famous “Fermi Paradox”.

Various explanations for why we don’t see aliens have…

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality - YouTube

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality – YouTube

Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it.

John Oliver explains the controversy and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality - YouTube

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality – YouTube

Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it.

John Oliver explains the controversy and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC.

via Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality – YouTube.

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The significance of plot without conflict

stilleatingoranges:

In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very foundations. A “problem” appears near the end of the first act; and, in the second act, the conflict generated by this problem takes center stage. Conflict is used to create reader involvement even by many post-modern writers, whose work otherwise defies traditional structure.

The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.

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