an Interactive Virtual Earth

The EarthByte Group in the School of Geosciences of The University of Sydney is one of the world’s leading research groups for global and regional plate tectonic reconstructions and for studying the interplay between the deep earth and surface processes. They have provided GPlates which enables the interactive manipulation of plate-tectonic reconstructions and the visualization of geodata through geological time, and it facilitates interoperability of plate tectonic data and models with geodynamic computing services for applied and fundamental research purposes.

The 3D visualisations are powered by Cesium, an Open Source library for viewing globes and maps.

What that all means is you can click below and find ways to imagine the world in many different ways, from Pangea forward! If you are interested in geology or plate tectonics, you should take a look at these amazing visualizations.

http://portal.gplates.org/

Many views of earth! Wow! Play with it. It worked on my iPad, but it works better on a computer with a mouse! And some browsers work better than others. Read the side info!


” You will move in the direction of the people you associate with. You really want to associate with the people that are better than yourself.” – Warren Buffet


America’s flawed democracy

The Guardian, my favorite newspaper (I am a subscriber), recently (16 Nov 2020) ran an article by Ed Pilkington titled “America’s flawed democracy: the five key areas where it is failing”.

The five areas where Pilkington believes we need to fix are:

    1. The electoral college
    2. Voter suppression
    3. The Senate
    4. Judges
    5. Redistricting

This article is excellent, in my opinion, and needs to be read by anyone who cares about this country. To see the article CLICK HERE. Our government needs structural changes.

A copy of the article is available here for you to print and discuss with your friends. PDF HERE


“Denial is not just a river in Egypt.” – an old saying


Unbreaking America

There is an action group called Represent Us whose goal is to pass powerful state and local laws that fix our broken elections and stop political bribery. Their strategy is central to ending political corruption, extremism and gridlock. I’ve always thought highly of them as a group. Given that Jennifer Lawrence is on their Board of Directors doesn’t hurt either! You can find their web site here:

https://represent.us/

But that is not why this post is here. Jennifer Lawrence has launched a campaign to get people to take action using a short 12 minute film called Unbreaking America.

The campaign page is here:
https://represent.us/unbreaking-america/

Or to save time, you can go straight to the YouTube film here:
https://youtu.be/TfQij4aQq1k

People who watch this short film are more likely to take action.
And studies show that when just 3.5% of a population engages in sustained activism, they have the power to push the entire nation to change. That’s 11 million people.

I’m trying to do my part by helping you find their campaign! Be sure to watch Jennifer’s film. It is worth your time!


“I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them, and they think it’s Hell.” – Harry Truman


Google Capping Storage – 2021 June

Heads up. Google has announced that free online storage for files, photos and videos will be capped at 15GB starting next summer.

From 1 June 2021, any new files created in Drive, as well as photos and videos uploaded to Google Photos, will count towards the 15GB of free storage included with every Google Account. Customers who go over that limit risk having excess content stored in Gmail, Drive, Docs and Photos deleted. 15 gigs seems like lots for just email, but combined with photos, videos and docs and 15 gigs is just too small.

Those who wish to extend their storage beyond 15GB can pick up a Google One account, which starts at $1.99 per month for 100GB storage. Or start cleaning, moving, deleting!

Many folks have become accustomed to using Gmail as a giant storage box for their research. I have created labels for different subjects and stored emails, including those with pictures and even big MP4 files, there. The searching methods Google provides made my email storage spot better than Evernote or DropBox! And many people I know, my grandkids included, have chosen to skip Microsoft Office and are using Google Docs instead, using the free storage area too. And how many of us are using Google Photos for vacation pics, genealogy pics, kids pics…. you get the picture!

Congress told Google and Facebook that they are too big. So, Google said “Yup, our free stuff is too big. The party is over, folks.” Thanks a lot, Congress. You just don’t know how to negotiate!

Well, we have 6 months to figure out how to fit into 15 gigs or get a Google One account. When “the system” decides to delete data from your stored files, they won’t do it “judiciously”. Files or emails will just disappear. So, start now — look for offline storage for those treasured items in your Photo albums; delete those stupid jokes you trade back and forth and never delete. Clean your email by searching for mail with attachments first.


I fear I will be looking seriously at the Google One account. But I must also remember that if Congress pushes hard at breaking up Google, I had better be simultaneously copying files to offline storage. The pandemic has shown us that we should be prepared, just in case.


There is also Microsoft or Adobe or Apple cloud storage that can be used instead of Google’s plan. But, we gotta decide within 6 months. Don’t delay.


Updated: to find out how much space you are using now – First sign in to your Gmail account. Then open a 2nd tab in your browser and go to one.google.com/storage. Your data will be there.


Good Flics 3

Here are 14 movies that we enjoyed recently. They can be found on Netflix. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….

A Life On Our Planet
Altered Carbon
Carrie Pilby
Collateral
Criminal UK
Hunt for the Wilder people
I Am Mother
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Lost In Space
Stranger Things
The Old Guard *
The Social Dilemma
Time Trap
Travelers

Good Flics 2

Here are 19 movies that we enjoyed recently. They can be found on Amazon Prime. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….

2036 Origin Unknown
7500
An Angel for May
Assassins 33 AD
Automata
Cosmos
Electric Mist
Expanse
Knives Out
Odd Thomas
Patriot Act **
Peanut Butter Falcon
Project X
Safe
Spare Parts
The Cold Equations
The Vast of Night
The Word
Traveling Salesman

Best Biscuits We’ve Ever Had

We saw a T-V cooking show somewhen and wrote this recipe down to try.  Sorry, we can’t remember the name of the show to give credit.  But these are really good, especially lathered in butter!

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cream

Preheat oven to 450.

Whisk together dry ingredients.  Heat cream in microwave for 1 minute.  Add to dry ingredients and mix (should be sticky).

Using 1/3 cup measure, spray with oil and scoop biscuit dough pressing against side.   Drop onto baking sheet lined with parchment.

Put in oven and bake 10-12 minutes.  Brush with 2 tbsp. melted butter.   Cool 5 minutes.