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Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song -
Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song
"Technology can be pretty wonderful sometimes. Case in point: Warblr, an app that uses sound recognition tech and your phone's GPS signal to identify birdsongs. The application first pinpoints where you are (it'll debut in the United Kingdom), and narrows the results by what types of fowl are common to the area, according to its Kickstarter page. Then, after making the ID, it presents the most likely suspects." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Scarfolk Council: Investigation & Prosecution Pigeons (1973-1979) -
Scarfolk Council: Investigation & Prosecution Pigeons (1973-1979)
"If an IP pigeon lands nearby, please fully comply with the following instructions:" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"1. Remove your clothes" … "2. Adopt the positions as illustrated so that evidence may be collected." … "3. Answer any questions transmitted via the IP pigeon's portable, 2-way broadcast system." … "4. Stand by while your crime is being assessed. Your sentence or fine will be printed on ticker tape in 3-5 minutes." - Amit Patel
One of my favourite sites after discovering it this year. - Mark H
it's a modern classic. you getting the book? - Big Joe Silence
Most likely. - Mark H
You Probably Never Realized How Marble Is Harvested, But It's Beautiful -
You Probably Never Realized How Marble Is Harvested, But It's Beautiful
"Ever wondered how marble is quarried? The process, documented in this stunning short by Italian artist and filmmaker Yuri Ancarani, is utterly transfixing." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Is the Kairos smartwatch too good to be true? | The Verge -
Is the Kairos smartwatch too good to be true? | The Verge
"A mechanical wristwatch and a full-color digital display in a single device" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The Kairos MSW and SSW models combine actual self-winding watch movements (Japanese on one model, Swiss on the other) with a transparent color OLED display to give you a "real" watch when you just want a fashion statement with full-on smartwatch capability — notifications, fitness tracking, and so on — when you need it." - Amit Patel
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite -
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite
"The Hemingwrite is-a single purpose, distraction-free writing composition device. It combines the simplicity of a 90s era word processor with the modern tech we all require like cloud backups and integration into our favorite document editors like Google docs and Evernote." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Sadly, my distraction-free writing now requires Zotero integration :( But I love this idea! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Everything old is new again Now we are back to Typewriters - all dressed up but pretty much typewriters - WarLord
This could be a good concept -- but the proof of the pudding is in the eating -- one needs to give it an actual workout. - Sean McBride
‘Double-roundabouts’ approved at Berkeley’s Gilman interchange; can’t happen without Measure BB money | Berkeleyside -
‘Double-roundabouts’ approved at Berkeley’s Gilman interchange; can’t happen without Measure BB money | Berkeleyside
"After many months of analysis, and about a decade in development, Caltrans has said the city can move ahead with plans for proposed double-roundabouts in the problematic I-80 and Gilman Street interchange in West Berkeley." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
That is an AWFUL intersection. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Gilman makes me violent. I welcome the change. - Hookuh Tinypants
I so want to like roundabouts (and I'm familiar with the double-roundabout they talk about in Truckee) but I've concluded that roundabouts are "Un-American." By that, I mean they require drivers to make decisions, which is not the trend in US traffic control. We like to have machines make decisions for us so we can think less when we drive. - Brian Johns
Truer words were never spoken. At the roundabouts in my area there's always at least one person sitting frozen in front of me, not sure how or when to jump into the circle, and there's always someone who blows through it like they're the only ones on the road. Berkeley residents should at least be vaguely familiar with roundabouts though as anyone who's spent any appreciable amount of time in the area has dealt with the Arlington-Sutter roundabout, which has been around for decades. - Hookuh Tinypants
I wonder if they've thought about bike access. Roundabouts, especially because most Americans have no idea how to use them, tend to push cars right into bikes. - Spidra Webster
They state in the article that they're looking to build a separate pedestrian/cycle overpass similar to the one near Aquatic Park. - Hookuh Tinypants
I was figuring that'd probably be the best solution. I wonder how long they'll be about it. Gilman has been even worse for peds/bikes than cars. But those intersections don't work for anybody. - Spidra Webster
Birds Near Me by Gerry Shaw -
Birds Near Me by Gerry Shaw
"Birds Near Me is a bird guide for everybody anywhere in the world. Find what birds are near you anywhere in the world or find pictures, songs, locations and information about any bird in the world." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"View a custom list of recent bird sightings near your location" - Amit Patel
I've already discovered a new park with this app. No birds there but it may be nicer in winter. - Amit Patel
BBC News - How Boston is rethinking its relationship with the sea -
BBC News - How Boston is rethinking its relationship with the sea
BBC News - How Boston is rethinking its relationship with the sea
Let's turn Boston into Venice! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Every city on the east coast needs to think about these issues. - John (bird whisperer)
"Have you ever heard of Google Notebook? How about Knol? iGoogle? Wave? Buzz? PigeonRank? These were all Google products that, while they had some merit, never caught on with users. They weren't good enough, and so they died a deserved death."
PigeonRank? Really??? - Amit Patel
I loved the PigeonRank paper. - NOT THE CRICKET
This is from Eric Schmidt's new book - Amit Patel
lol, maybe he's trying to see if people are paying attention, by monitoring change in number of hits to the PigeonRank page. - NOT THE CRICKET
His book about Google is not even in Google Books! - Amit Patel
They didn't really give wave much of a chance. - Todd Hoff
I loved the Pigeon Rank paper. - bentley
Google Reader was very good - Smeerch
RIP Google Reader (makes crossing signs) - Todd Hoff
Google Reader was my favorite news service from the first week it was released. Now I make due with Zite, Prismatic and SmartNews. - Sean McBride
Feedly was on my radar for a time, but I lost interest once it became clear that it was not interested in developing artificial intelligence approaches for personalized news recommendations. If news isn't smart, I'm not interested. - Sean McBride
I love feedly precisely because I can look at all my feeds. That's the only way to go truly deep. Sometimes the deepest nuggets are in an HN thread, a stackoverflow thread, an email list, or on google groups. Your algorithm will never surface those unless somebody bootstraps them first. Who are the bootsrappers? - Todd Hoff
Have you tried using Zite enough for it to calibrate itself to your interests with depth and precision? It regularly pushes the most esoteric and valuable stuff to the top of my queue. I don't have time to browse through the more than 1,000 feeds I subscribe to on Feedly. I need a smart service to browse for me. Feedly is a "dumb" news service (in the technical sense). - Sean McBride
Over time I used Google Reader more and more as a dumb reader. It's not able to guess my mood — whether I want to read long essays or whether I want to read about new software or whether I want to read comics. - Amit Patel
[insert Cristo comment about being mad at iGoogle's removal] - Stephen Mack
I am impressed by the user interface for [SmartNews] -- anyone else agree? - Sean McBride
I miss Google Reader. - Vampire Hunter DYSP
But the Google Reader interface now looks ancient, clunky and dusty. - Sean McBride
Sad that "/FCKeditor" ".../testing" ".../users.ini" ".../_logs" ".../users.txt" ".../billing" ".../id_rsa" ".../phpmyAdmin0" and all the other attempts to get into my webserver take up *half* of my webserver log.
Some days I want to switch to S3 or some other static hosting system so that I don't have to worry that my webserver is secure against shellshock and everything else. - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/grids/';cat%20/etc/passwd;'.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/a-star/response.write(9228707*9317040).html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /articles/noise/..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5cwindows%5cwin.ini.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/a-star/%60cat%20/etc/passwd%60.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
It's such a waste - Todd Hoff
Aero-X Hoverbike going on Sale in 2017 | ADAPT network -
Aero-X Hoverbike going on Sale in 2017 | ADAPT network
"After all the excitement that bubbled up on the web surrounding the Back to the Future hoverboard reveal a couple months ago, it was a tough blow for all the believers, when Tony Hawk and Doc himself (Christopher Lloyd) revealed that it was all a trick. While the boards did look fake and the hovering Tony Hawk, super unstable in the promo video, it was hard not to ignore better judgment and cling on to the believe that ‘Back to the Future 2′ was right and hoverboards were to be in existence by 2015. Well, we had to let that go but earlier this month it emerged that a company called Aerofex are planning to start selling hoverbikes. Yep, you heard right, that’s bikes that actually hover! Check out the video of the Aero X Hoverbike in action below." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
fontus self-filling bottle condenses humid air into drinking water -
fontus self-filling bottle condenses humid air into drinking water
Neat! - Stephen Mack from iPhone Tengwar Script Men's Lord Prayer Ring Comfort Fit Black IP Stainless Steel Size 9 10 11 12 13: Jewelry - Tengwar Script Men's Lord Prayer Ring Comfort Fit Black IP Stainless Steel Size 9 10 11 12 13: Jewelry
The reviews … the reviews … ahhhhhh - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Why the Tomato Was Feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian -
Why the Tomato Was Feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
"A nickname for the fruit was the “poison apple” because it was thought that aristocrats got sick and died after eating them, but the truth of the matter was that wealthy Europeans used pewter plates, which were high in lead content. Because tomatoes are so high in acidity, when placed on this particular tableware, the fruit would leach lead from the plate, resulting in many deaths from lead poisoning. No one made this connection between plate and poison at the time; the tomato was picked as the culprit. " - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Aha. I always wondered why they thought tomatoes were poisonous. Thanks. - bentley
Fascinating! - Brian Fitzpatrick
Dancing Plague of 1518 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Dancing Plague of 1518 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Dancing Plague (or Dance Epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) in July 1518. Numerous people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The outbreak began in July 1518, when a woman, Frau Troffea, began to dance fervently in a street in Strasbourg. This lasted somewhere between four to six days. Within a week, 34 others had joined, and within a month, there were around 400 dancers. Some of these people eventually died from heart attacks, strokes, or exhaustion." - Amit Patel
Space Station 13: a multiplayer space station simulator about monkeys, insane AI, cultists and paperwork | PCGamesN -
Space Station 13: a multiplayer space station simulator about monkeys, insane AI, cultists and paperwork | PCGamesN
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You play a janitor on a spaceship being attacked by a giant space demon. Gotta clean up the dead bodies. Be sure to fill out the paperwork to get cleaning supplies. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
finally, a dystopian grim meathook future space game for compulsive cleaners and organisers! - Big Joe Silence - “Making of” page for my interactive A* tutorial
Now that I've written several tutorials with interactive diagrams, I'm going to start writing up notes about how I made the diagrams, both high level pages like this, and detail pages like - Amit Patel
Great article Amit. - Todd Hoff
Thanks! I got a lot more twitter favs from the "making of" than the original article. I suspect it's because when I posted the original article I didn't include an image. - Amit Patel
There's a reason everything is about images now. It works! - Todd Hoff
It has worked on FF; I should've known it would work on Twitter :) - Amit Patel
Indie Retro News: The latest free games, indie games and retro news: Retro-Pixel Castles - Village simulation Kickstarter success! -
Indie Retro News: The latest free games, indie games and retro news: Retro-Pixel Castles - Village simulation Kickstarter success!
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"Retro-Pixel Castles has you managing a village that has both survival and tactical gameplay. You can mine for resources, place new buildings, unlock more content as you play, like additional buildings, items and units all on a massive 512x512 map with loads of possibilities. The task in all this? Just keep playing, watch your little villages fall in love and try to survive as long as possible against the nasties waiting to eat you all up!" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Thanks for the contradictory information:
"If you believe you have received this message in error, please notify the sender and delete the email immediately." - Amit Patel
"PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL as we are not able to respond to messages sent to this address." - Amit Patel
Grr - Amit Patel
Gold mining in Nevada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Gold mining in Nevada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Gold mining in Nevada, a state of the United States, is a major industry, and one of the largest sources of gold in the world. Nevada currently mines 79% of all the gold in the United States, which is equivalent to 5,640,000 troy ounces (175 t) in 2009" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Unlike coal and oil extraction, where mining companies pay royalties for minerals obtained from public lands, gold mining companies do not pay any royalties for deposits claimed on federal public lands. This is because gold mines on public land operate under the General Mining Act of 1872." - Amit Patel
"Many of Nevada's gold mines are located on public land, but the mining companies pay no royalties to the US government. Fighting efforts to have the gold mining industry pay royalties for mining on public land, the local community commission in Elko County, Nevada said that royalties would force mining companies to cut jobs and move elsewhere." - Amit Patel
What?! Where are you going to "move jobs" … somewhere without gold?? - Amit Patel
FUD needs no reason. - Todd Hoff
The world was created last Thursday. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
And it will end on Thursday. It's beautifully non-falsifiable. - Stephen Mack
It was awfully clever of Me to test myself with making left-handedness a sin. - Stephen Mack
I might curse CSS on many days but today … I discovered I can do this. I had no idea this was possible. The top red bar is a separate div from the rounded-bottom tab. The black line flows and there's a shadow effect. And the curvature! How'd that happen?! I remember border-radius making much more mundane curves than this!
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The bottom div is display: block; width: 10em; margin-left: 450px; border: 1px solid #000; border-top-width: 0; border-bottom-left-radius: 100%; border-bottom-right-radius: 100%; text-align: center; box-shadow: 0 2px 3px -2px #000; position: relative; top: -1px; - Amit Patel
The border radius made a MUCH wider curve than I expected, which was the nice surprise. The black line flows around this shape by using position:relative and shoving the div up to hide the black border under the first div. - Amit Patel
Visited Sunnyvale's Heritage Park for the first time. Why is the water so blue? Why do they have a dog chasing away birds? I don't know. I was there to walk and chat with a friend.
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Also, I wanted to show him how I could take 1/4 sec shots handheld because my image stabilizer is so nice ;) - Amit Patel
They have a museum too but it was closed so I will have to come back sometime! My favorite restaurant near here is El Caminito so it'll be an excuse to eat there too. - Amit Patel
Couldn't sleep. At least I got this.
Too lazy to use a tripod. I'm happy that my camera lets me take 1/4 sec shots handheld. - Amit Patel
Dang, mine eyelids occluded the view last night. - Todd Hoff
Beautiful! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Got up in time, but it was cloudy :( - Glen Campbell
gorgeous! where do you archive most of your work, Amit? Do you have a smugmug or flickr account you use? Or picasa ...? - Laura Norvig
Laura: I am on flickr and 500px — — but I try to share photos with my friends on FriendFeed first :-) - Amit Patel
For example the northern harrier I took on Sep 28, shared with FF on Sep 30, and put on flickr on Oct 8. I don't interact with the flickr or 500px communities much :( - Amit Patel
We're happy to see your photos here. :) - Anne Bouey
Oh nice how do like the EM-1? I'm still using the original EM-5. - Rodfather from Android
Are you using a 3rd party lens with an adapter for those telephoto shots? Oh never mind. It's the 75-300mm lens. Amazing shots. - Rodfather
Beautiful. - Jenny H. from Android
Thanks! Rodfather: the main thing I like is that there's a built-in grip, and that helps a *lot* with the 75-300mm lens. I had gotten an add-on grip with the E-M1 but it wasn't nearly as good. The E-M1 has phase detection autofocus, which helps with flying birds. If I didn't spend 90% of my time on the 75-300mm lens, I would've kept the E-M5. The E-M1's ergonomics are a little better, and it has more buttons and features. Image quality doesn't seem any better. - Amit Patel
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
I try to sleep double to make up for Louis - Amit Patel Just a flying bird. That's all. Just a flying bird. That's all.
I would "like" it but, as is typical with Google Trends, the total lack of a vertical scale means that we don't know whether "interest" dropped from "so little as to be not worth mentioning" to "even less" or something more interesting. - Walt Crawford
100 = its peak search value. 29 is 29% of peak. - Louis Gray
Louis: Well, sure, I can interpret from the graph that the current value is around one-third of the peak--but the peak doesn't *mean* anything, even if you label it "100." (Heck, you could just as easily label it 1,000,000: it would be precisely as meaningful.) - Walt Crawford
See, to me the concept that "interest has dropped 70% from its peak four weeks ago" is a meaningful stat in and of itself. I understand both sides (people wanting to know how many total searches there were, and Google not wanting to share that proprietary information) but I think all Amit was trying to get across with his post is that there is data to back the impression some of us have discussed here that interest is waning. - Stephen Mack
But if at the peak, interest was infinitesimal, what does it really mean that it dropped 70%? It doesn't seem like it would be statistically meaningful if that were the case. - Victor Ganata
Thank you, Victor. That's what I'm trying to say. It's like sales of ebooks going up 200% from one year to another when sales were $100 in the first year (a mythical example)--just having the numbers (Exploding sales! Up 200%!) doesn't mean very much, statistically or otherwise. - Walt Crawford
I understood that point when Walt first stated it. But Google is intentionally not populating the scale, presumably to keep the data proprietary. In this case, we know there was a flurry of interest in Ello, and we know it dropped. The scale doesn't need to be filled in for Amit's post to prove a point and to be interesting. - Stephen Mack
Oh, I agree it may be of interest, but I'm not certain it's meaningful. Without the absolute numbers, I really think it's impossible to interpret. #MoreStudyNeeded - Victor Ganata
If I knew it was 50 searches per minute, what would I conclude differently? What does 50 mean? - Amit Patel
You're right, even the absolute number isn't much context. Ideally, it would be in comparison with other dominant trends. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Looks like I got the URL wrong for being able to compare with other words and phrases. Try - Amit Patel
The comparative trends graph is at least somewhat meaningful; thanks, Stephen. - Walt Crawford
Amit deserves the thanks! - Stephen Mack
Thanks Amit, then. - Walt Crawford
LOL. Ello: even less popular than Ebola. #justkidding - Victor Ganata
'Drunk Tank Pink' Finds Clues To Behavior : NPR -
"I spoke to the researcher who came up with the name for drunk tank pink, the original color, and he told me that in one of his original demonstrations, he was up on stage with Mr. California, who was a weightlifter, and he was lifting the weight quite comfortably. It was a big weight; the audience was very impressed." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"And as soon as they held up this pink cardboard in front of him, he said I can't lift it anymore. And to snap him out of it, they had to show him a blue piece of cardboard, which undid the effect." - Amit Patel
WHAT - Amit Patel
Wait a second. You're down near freezing at night and near 100 during the day? I'm going to state the obvious but dang that really sucks! - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Shorts during the day and sweaters at night. - Me
Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots - WSJ -
Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots - WSJ
Putting 3-d printing and robotics into libraries? hm - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I decided to plot the Basal Metabolic Rates from wikipedia (
Basal metabolic rate.png
I drew the Harris-Benedict, Revised Harris-Benedict, and Miffler St Jeor formulas, male and female variants. - Amit Patel
Observation 1: the two Harris-Benedict formulas (thin lines) are *quite* different for men and women. The Miffler St Jeor formula has a different constant but the slope is the same. - Amit Patel
Observation 2: the old and new Harris-Benedict formulas are quite similar; they almost overlap. - Amit Patel
Observation 3: for the getting the same number of calories (eating minus exercise), women will weigh a *lot* more than men. 40 lb if you believe Miffler St Jeor and up to 70 lb if you believe Harris-Benedict. - Amit Patel
This screenshot doesn't take into account the effects of age or height; I might build an interactive version that lets me put those in. - Amit Patel
Ok, I implemented the diagrams and they were far less interesting than I hoped, and probably a waste of time. But I got some answers to my questions. If using the Miffler St Jeor formulas: (1) each +5 cal eaten daily translates to +1 lb (!unbelievable!); (2) each year you get +1 lb heavier, if calories stay fixed; (3) each year if you want your weight to stay steady you need to adjust diet/exercise -5 cal/day. - Amit Patel
I'm mostly staring at this in disbelief. Did I do the calculations wrong? Or is all you have to do to lose 1lb to eat FIVE CALORIES less (every day)? - Amit Patel
I think that might be right, it's 1-3 days fasting. And I know, from second hand experience, that sustained fasting can cut about 30lbs in 2-3 weeks, (~1.5lb/day, in the first week it's possible to see closer to ~2lb/day). On a yearly basis though, that 1lb will most likely be obscured by water variance. - NOT THE CRICKET
It's interesting that Mifflin is pretty much just a simplified combined average of male and female Harris-Benedict, but has a significant bias on height. - NOT THE CRICKET
Yeah, it's weird how different these models are … - Amit Patel
"The rest of the variation (26.7%) was unexplained." WE KNOW NOTHING. - Stephen Mack
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