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Explore Wild Barrier Islands on Virginia’s Eastern Shore


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Explore Wild Barrier Islands on Virginia’s Eastern Shore


Visit Virginia's Eastern Shore

The barrier islands that hug the 70-mile coast of Virginia’s Eastern Shore are home to wild, unspoiled stretches of beach, delicate natural habitats and remnants of the past left by those who once called this frontier home. You’ll feel like the last person left on earth as you stand on the edge of the Atlantic.

Hire a local guide and boat or kayak out for the day or play captain and set sail for a day on the beach yourself.

About the Islands

There are 14 barrier islands off the coast of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. They comprise the largest stretch of coastal wilderness left on the eastern seaboard of the United States. They have been designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations and a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site of International Importance.  This barrier island chain is one of only 17 locations in the United States…

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How you are fooled online by “Dark UX”


Shaheena Attarwala

What is Dark UX – Mislead Ethically

As online businesses and market gets competitive so does the war to acquire new users, even if that means at the cost of fooling or misleading users ‘ethically’.

Although there technically can’t be such a thing as ‘mislead ethically’, its a collective behavioural pattern businesses choose to adopt slyly to fool users online. Anything thats misleading has an unethical intent behind it. It’s a lot like how lawyers find loop holes in the system and get their way out same way product designers have found a loop hole called “Dark Ux” to get their way!

Power of Dark Side – Users believe What They See

Dark UX are subtle hints used in websites and apps to make a user perform an action which he might otherwise not choose to consciously do if presented with a clear picture of what is going…

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[magick]-ally adding images to figures


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[magick]-ally adding images to figures


NERRds on the Water

By Shannon Dunnigan

I create most of my data visualizations using R, which for most people seems like such a daunting task. Yes, R certainly has a learning curve, especially if you are not familiar with writing code, but there are so many cool things you can create using it!

We have talked about R on here before!

As I was creating a basic visualization of the sucralose and acetaminophen data we have collected from our Pellicer Creek SWMP site for an upcoming meeting, I thought it would be neat to be able to have our logo embedded into the plot.

If you want to know why we are interested in this information, drop a comment below!


After doing a bit of googling, I learned about this great package in R called ‘magick‘ – and it is magical. It is a package that simplifies image processing in R…

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Episode 19: David Der on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, & Building (And Selling) a Start-Up


RVA Tech Talks

Ladies & gentlemen! Welcome back to another episode of RVA Tech Talks! Check out this interview with David Der, AI & ML guru and co-founder of Notch, an ML consultancy start-up which sold to Capital One, where David currently leads a team of engineers within the Center for Machine Learning. This is an amazing episode–one of my favorites yet–so enjoy!

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That thing we call “open”


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I’ve been involved in a few conversations recently about what “open” or “being open” means in different situations.

As I’ve noted previously when people say “open” they often mean very different things. And while there may be a clear definitions of “open”, people don’t
often use the terms correctly. And some phrases like “open API” are still, well, open to interpretation.

In this post I’m going to summarise some of the ways in which I tend to think about making something “open”.

Let me know if I’m missing something so I can plug gaps in my understanding.

Openness of a “thing”

Digital objects: books, documents, images, music, software and datasets can all be open.

Making things open in this sense is the most well documented, but still the most consistently misunderstood. There are clear definitions for open content
and data, open source, etc. Open in these…

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The Government’s A-Twitter: Comprehensive List of Government Twitter Feeds



This post is written in the spirit of social media guru Robert Scoble’svisit to DC and his interviews with political reps to discuss tech policy. Specifically, let’s talk about the fact that the U.S. government is a-twittering. True words, government and Twitter in the same sentence. Scoble reflects in his post here.

Even U.S. President George Bush sent out his 1st Twitter with the help of Sen. John Culberson when Sen. Culberson was showing the President both Twitter and Qik. You can see it here!

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Government Agencies

For government agencies, most often, the Twitter account is in conjunction with the government’s related blog. So, now, we’re getting government agencies who are not only blogging, but using TwitterFeed to promote the posts through Twitter. I am still rounding up info. to find government accounts on Jaiku and/FriendFeed.

@dipnote – The U.S. Department of State

@govgab –…

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Ancient Whale Skull Found at Robert E.Lee’s VA Birthplace


Virginia Public Radio

Whale01The recent discovery of a prehistoric whale skeleton along the shore of the Potomac River may help scientists understand life and climate change millions of years ago during the Miocene Epoch. The dig lies 150 feet below ancient cliffs at Virginia’s Stratford Hall in Westmoreland County, the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee.

Wading along this pristine shoreline, over fallen trees and under ancient cliffs Jon Bachman, who works at Stratford Hall was with a group of scientists in June when he found the 15 million-year-old whale skull.

“We’re walking along the beach when I notice something that looks like a gray hubcap sticking out about 3 ½ feet from where the cliffs meet the beach,” said Bachman.

The Calvert Marine Museum across the river in Maryland was called and a team of scientists and students led by paleontologist Stephen Godfrey removed the 6 ½ foot-long baleen whale skull last…

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