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Leland LeCuyer

Of two minds, in contradiction with myself...

With the insight of a nine-year-old, I came to the realization that all my opinions echoed my mother's. I resolved immediately that, someday, I would learn to think for myself. 
I'm still trying (in both senses of the word).

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About 7 weeks ago Tesla’s most disruptive product may be its batteries
Next week [Tesla Motors] will detail plans for its “giga-factory,” where it will produce the lithium-ion batteries needed for its next line of cars. This won’t be just any factory. It could be the biggest battery-making facility in the world. It will be “heavily powered” by renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar.

See for the story.

#batteries   #manufacturing

About 3 weeks ago Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period. 

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
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About 13 weeks ago Cultivating the Garden State
Chris Christie makes a BIG FAT target. He's an arrogant loud mouth. He's a know-it-all who brooks no dissent. He doesn't play nice with others — not even in his own party. And before you jump to the conclusion that I'm kicking a stumbled politician while he's down, I want to point out that all these characteristics are precisely the assets which have rendered the Governor of the State of New Jersey so politically successful. His popularity — locally in New Jersey and nationally across the United States — is built to a large degree upon his outsized, often obnoxious, personality. He defies expectations, and is loved precisely because he does so.

James Howard Kunstler, author of the book The Long Emergency (Amazon:; Google Play:, in an article published on Politico (link:, attempts to situate the Christie abuse of power scandal inside the broader tragedy of America's nosta
About 2 weeks ago RIP +Dirk Talamasca, who enjoyed Google+ because others appreciated what he was doing. I was saddened to hear of his passing, but glad that for the time he was here & showed us what Google+ is all about. When I looked up some of our interactions, this was the first one that came up & I think it speaks well to his mindset & reason for success here.

I feel that as long as you are having a good time doing what you like doing and others appreciate what you do because it makes them think, laugh, or wonder about the universe, you are doing just fine.

Welcome to also visit his FB


About 5 weeks ago Information Lost: What Eyes Don't See and Ears Don't Hear
I have often wondered how the world appears to other animals, particularly my cats. The world must look very different to these creatures than it does to me because they lack any symbolic language by which to categorize or objectify the apparitions that appear in their field of vision.

It is well known that dogs are capable of hearing sounds that do not register in human ears. And I recently came across an article that claimed cats are able to see in the infrared, which like night-vision goggles aids them to perceive things in the dark.

In a brief essay that I recently ran into on the internet ("On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense" at, Nietzsche contends that the intellect, human as well as in other sentient animals, is "a means for the preservation of the individual."  This rings true to me. All the other blandishments and extravaganzas appear to be heaped atop this orig
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About 7 weeks ago 4.4 Billion Year Old Rock Discovered
This zircon specimen is the oldest known rock on earth.

The discovery of a zircon rock that has been carbon-dated dated using atom-probe tomography to be 4.4 billion years old reveals that the earth had cooled enough in the first 100 million years of its existence to begin to form a solid crust.

This Sydney Morning Herald news item "Gem found on Australian sheep ranch is the oldest known piece of Earth, scientists find" tells the story of this discovery in Western Australia:

The accompanying video is fascinating. John Valley, the University of Wisconsin geoscience professor who lead the research, explains how the specimen was found and dated.

Photo credit: University of Wisconsin

#geology   #earth