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Face detection library - Amit Patel
… for cat faces … - Amit Patel
… written in Javascript … - Amit Patel
Using a hog-descriptor. - Not Me
Ugh, people are "poaching" old growth redwoods in the national park … :( - Amit Patel
Springtime bugs
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I was just walking around my yard and … there's a snake.
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Yeah, it rattled, but I think it's actually a gopher snake. - Amit Patel
I think there's a CA snake that mimics a rattle...didn't remember it being a gopher snake, though. I get the shit scared outta me when I see *any* snake. - Spidra Webster
Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work | Talk Video | TED.com - http://www.ted.com/talks...
Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work | Talk Video | TED.com
"More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it's important." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Sand Pile Model of the Mind Grows in Popularity - Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
Sand Pile Model of the Mind Grows in Popularity - Scientific American
"Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Self-organized criticality has a certain intuitive appeal. But a good scientific theory must be more than elegant and beautiful. Bak’s notion has had its share of critics, in part because his approach strikes many as ridiculously broad: He saw nothing strange about leaping across disciplinary boundaries and using self-organized criticality to link the dynamics of forest fires, measles and the large-scale structure of the universe — often in a single talk." - Amit Patel
I admit elegant/beautiful theories appeal to me even if they're wrong :-/ - Amit Patel
rm -rf /Pixar/Toy-Story-2 - Amit Patel
"What do you mean backups have failed for the last month?" - Amit Patel
Remember tape rotations? God I hated doing that. - Todd Hoff
Best. Story. Ever. - Laura Norvig
There are 11 skype accounts registered with my secondary email address, which I don't use for anything. Gah.
Do I have this right? Democratic Republic of Congo was called People's Republic of Congo during 1964-1966 and Republic of Congo was called People's Republic of Congo during 1970-1991. Not confusing at all.
No, I have this wrong, if I am to believe wikipedia. - Amit Patel
I'm confused. Really confused. BOTH countries were called "Republic of Congo" from 1960-1964?? - Amit Patel
but http://geography.about.com/od... says that *both* countries renamed themselves from "Republic of Congo" to "People's Republic of Congo" - Amit Patel
"Democratic Republic of the Congo - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Not to be confused with the neighbouring Republic of the Congo or the People's Republic of the Congo." - Spidra Webster
Went to Uvas Canyon on Sunday, with daughter and her boyfriend
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It is great to see water in the streams. - Todd Hoff
Went for a walk at Don Edwards Fremont. It's turning green. Yay! There are still some birds there.
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Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news...
Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost
"Giant viruses also dwarf other viruses in terms of genetic complexity. The newly discovered Pithovirus contains 500 genes, and the aforementioned Pandoravirus can contain up to 2,500. For comparison, the HIV virus contains only about 12 genes, …" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Am I the only one not watching Game of Thrones?
Yes - Todd Hoff
Todd is wrong. i don't watch it either. - Big Joe Silence
It's like a contact high. - Todd Hoff
I've DVR'ed all the episodes, but still haven't watched them. - Nils Sandin
I don't either. I think the last TV series I've watched was Scrubs and Better Off Ted and both those ended in 2010. - ronin
Nope. - Sean McBride
I'm watching it as the DVD sets come out. So, yes and no. - Betsy
Never watched it. - Tamara J. B.
I am watching Bates Motel -- because Vera Farmiga is a pip. - Sean McBride
We haven't watched either. I bought the first book in the series last year, but didn't get very far with it. - Greg GuitarBuster
ha! I thought I was alone on my "not watching" island. - t-ra: lose,find,repeat
It. Is. So. Good. - Brian Fitzpatrick
I do not watch this series. - Janet from FFHound!
I haven't watched it yet. OTOH, I finally got around to watching a few seasons of The Wire. If watching Game of Thrones still seems like a good idea in 10 years, I guess I'll watch it. - Larry Hosken
Nope. - Louis Gray
Nope. Only saw the first episode or two that were shown on broadcast tv. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ from Android
Chewing gum & graffiti wall in Seattle
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Seattle's Experience Music Project has an Invisibility Cloak locked behind glass so that nobody steals it.
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Dust in the wind helped bring down CO2 in the past | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/science...
Dust in the wind helped bring down CO2 in the past | Ars Technica
"Over the past three million years, the Earth has experienced rhythmic swings in and out of glacial conditions paced by a drummer named Milankovitch. The Milankovitch cycles in Earth’s orbit around the sun change the way the sun’s light strikes the surface of our planet. But these climatic swings would have been much smaller if not for the amplifying effect of changing greenhouse gas concentrations. (Returning to a band metaphor, a rock concert would be pretty unremarkable if you disconnected the amps from the guitars.)" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The growth of phytoplankton “fertilized” by all that iron would transport carbon from the atmosphere to the deep ocean. Phytoplankton, of course, take in CO2 as a part of photosynthesis, gaining energy and the material to build cells. When they die and sink to the bottom (either solo or via the express fecal route courtesy of larger creatures that made a meal of them), they take that carbon with them." - Amit Patel
Same old song; just a drop of water in an endless sea. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
All we do crumbles to the ground, yet we refuse to see. - Big Joe Silence
Possible Major El Nino developing, and our wild winter - Weather and Climate - http://blog.timesunion.com/weather...
Possible Major El Nino developing, and our wild winter - Weather and Climate
Possible Major El Nino developing, and our wild winter - Weather and Climate
"Over the last 40 years, there have been only two major El Niño events (1982-1983 and 1997-1998)." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The amplitude of the temperature departures from normal in the present event are actually stronger than those achieved during the March 1997 event." - Amit Patel
"Trouble is that in our lifetimes, we are not likely to ever experience a large enough number of major Kelvin wave events similar to the present event and that of March 1997 to be able to objectively assess through the historical record which of us is right, whether or not this potential event becomes major." - Amit Patel
A book about a society full of Louis Grays! "smarter, happier, possibly immortal, and never need to sleep"
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"People who don't need sleep are more productive than those who do. This, combined with their greater intelligence, makes the Sleepless both powerful and feared." - Amit Patel
(seen at the Experience Music Project in Seattle) - Amit Patel
Tada! - Louis Gray
I feel so inferior - Amit Patel
Merlin Bird ID app – Instant Bird Identification Help for 350 North American birds - http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/
Merlin Bird ID app – Instant Bird Identification Help for 350 North American birds
New bird mobile app looks promising — they narrow down candidate birds based on size and color and behavior (which you enter) and location and season (automatic). I've used Petersen and iBird and am happy with neither; I'll try this one. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I tried it out, and I'm quite happy with it so far. It seems much nicer for casual birdwatchers like me, and I'm guessing it's not for birdwatching geeks. - Amit Patel
California drought: Ray of hope in fish-vs.-farms dispute - SFGate - http://m.sfgate.com/science...
California drought: Ray of hope in fish-vs.-farms dispute - SFGate
"Tens of thousands of squiggling salmon fattening up on bugs and other nutrients on flooded cropland in the Sacramento Valley could soon provide a solution to the long-running dispute over who should get the bulk of California's diminishing supply of water: farms or fish." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Flooding rice fields, it turns out, spreads the water out and warms it up, causing the growth of algae and plankton that attract insects and provide food for fish. The naturally occurring nutrients in the soil have been found to increase rice yields. The flooded fields also attract waterfowl." - Amit Patel
In Defense of Google Flu Trends - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/technol...
In Defense of Google Flu Trends - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
"In other words, Google Flu Trends is not a magical tool that replaces the CDC with an algorithm. But, then, the people who built it never imagined that it was. If it failed, it did so, more than anywhere else, in the popular imagination—and in the wishes of superficial Big Data acolytes." - Amit Patel
"New technology comes along. The hype that surrounds it exceeds that which its creators intended. The technology fails to live up to that false hope and is therefore declared a failure in the court of public opinion." - Amit Patel
MRI of foods! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
They're animated GIFs so FF capture didn't capture them - Amit Patel
Wait, before I click... the food moves? - Betsy
It's an MRI scan showing the successive layers of the food. The food isn't actually moving :) - Amit Patel
Billy Possum: President Taft's Answer to the Teddy Bear | Mental Floss - http://mentalfloss.com/article...
Billy Possum: President Taft's Answer to the Teddy Bear | Mental Floss
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"Teddy bears are beloved everywhere. They make up roughly 70 percent of the billion dollar plush toy industry. (And in Britain, 35 percent of adults reportedly cuddle with a stuffed teddy each night.) But it wasn’t supposed to be that way. The supporters of President William H. Taft wanted you to snuggle up to an opossum instead." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
El Niño in 2014?
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I'll believe it when I see it. - Stephen Mack
Yeah. But I so want to have hope for drought relief, even if it's 8 months away… - Amit Patel
Toward a Pill That Helps Us Learn as Fast as Kids - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/health...
Toward a Pill That Helps Us Learn as Fast as Kids - Olga Khazan - The Atlantic
"Scientists are using mood drugs to return the adult's brain to an earlier stage of development." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Has to be a big downside if "normal"? - Todd Hoff
WATERFRONT SEATTLE.org: DESIGN - http://www.waterfrontseattle.org/design...
WATERFRONT SEATTLE.org: DESIGN
Seattle's new waterfront looks cool. They're tearing down the ugly double decker highway and replacing it with pedestrian walkways and greenery. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Heh, this made me look up whether the tunneling machine (Big Bertha) that they're using for the replacement road had finally got past the 'mystery object' which halted progress. Yep. It was a tiny steel pipe where it had no business being: http://www.nytimes.com/2014... - Jennifer Dittrich
I am waiting for the day when tunnel-boring machines become cheap and ubiquitous so that we can move a lot more streets underground and reclaim the surface for pedestrians and greenery :) #scifi - Amit Patel
Right? Although, if a tiny steel pipe can derail the most advanced one around, that might be a ways away. - Jennifer Dittrich
True, although … nanobots. yeah, that's the answer to everything ;) - Amit Patel
Sounds like Boston's Big Dig - http://ourdoings.com/brlewis... - Bruce Lewis
Looks like vancouver - clara glass from iPhone
Looking like vancouver seems like a good thing ;) - Amit Patel
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