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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.
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 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 (
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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
I got an email from someone asking me to review a academic paper. Then they said they created an account on their system, and I need to log in to opt out. And then it says to opt out I need to put in my home address, phone number, etc. Ugh
totally ugh. - imabonehead
:( - Jenny H. from Android
Use 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is always a good one :-) - Todd Hoff
I think I'd be less annoyed if it was regular spam, but it seems to be an academic journal of some sort :-/ but maybe I should just mark them as spam too. - Amit Patel
Another one. Dear Dr. Amit Patel: I am writing to invite you to review the following manuscript which has been submitted to Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research: Numerical Model of Full Cardiac Cycle Hemodynamics in a Total Artificial Heart and the Effect of Its Size on Platelet Activation - Amit Patel
Used to Be a Pizza Hut
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"These beautiful structures, most likely now devoid of the table-top Pac Man machines, dot the American landscape. Some provide ethnic food, some, used cars, and a rare few are now municipal buildings. Whatever their current purpose, we can always be reminded of the mediocre pizza that was once served in these establishments. That, and those red plastic cups. " - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Mentioned on the 99 Percent Invisible podcast: - Amit Patel
Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with R - Save 50% on R Ebooks - Deals - O'Reilly Media -
Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with R - Save 50% on R Ebooks - Deals - O'Reilly Media
Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with R - Save 50% on R Ebooks - Deals - O'Reilly Media
Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with R - Save 50% on R Ebooks - Deals - O'Reilly Media
"Avast, Ye Mateys! Step up for some pillage and plunder!" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Har har, "Fer Talk Like a Pirate Day only, take yer cutlass and slash 50% off R ebooks at" - Amit Patel
Philips’ 200 lumens-per-watt prototype LED lamp is the world’s most efficient | ExtremeTech -
Philips’ 200 lumens-per-watt prototype LED lamp is the world’s most efficient | ExtremeTech
"Progress in the LED lighting industry can best be measured in two separate metrics: pricing and efficiency. Pricing gets most of the attention, but so many factors affect it — from the cost of materials to various subsidies — that it is primarily interesting as an overall trend. Efficiency, which is measured in terms of lumens-per-watt, is a better way to look at progress." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"In keeping with these advances, today Philips announced that they have created the world’s most efficient warm white LED lamp. The prototype operates at 200 lumens-per-watt, a number that is more than double what is found in typical household LED products. The “warm white” part might seem like a minor detail, but it’s actually rather important. The majority of people prefer their... more... - Amit Patel
This! 2700K is acceptable, 3000K is too cold. - Bruce Lewis What do you do if wasps build a nest on the outside of your window? Record video of course! What do you do if wasps build a nest on the outside of your window? Record video of course!
Walking along the trail at Hayward Shoreline when a Northern Harrier flew right past me, maybe 15 feet to my right. I was a bit too slow with the camera but I got this shot as it flew away.
The New Suez Canal - or how to raise a few billion dollars without anyone noticing | Context Switches -
Crowd-funded second Suez canal?! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
BBC - Earth - The green snot taking over the world’s rivers -
BBC - Earth - The green snot taking over the world’s rivers
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How Train Fever made money for its most feverish players | PCGamesN -
How Train Fever made money for its most feverish players | PCGamesN
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"The tracks first laid for Transport Tycoon two decades ago were in need of urgent maintenance - and it finally came in the form of locomotion sim Train Fever. Swiss studio Urban Games wanted to recapture the spirit of Chris Sawyer’s love letter to logistics in full 3D, and sales over the last month suggest they’ve been largely successful. Urban shifted 30,000 copies in two weeks." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Some of Train Fever’s royalties will stay in Switzerland. Some will be sent to mystery investors with deep pockets. But a significant amount will be split between 651 of its players, in a quietly radical extension of the Kickstarter principle." - Amit Patel
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Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you. - The Washington Post -
Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you. - The Washington Post
"Do you drink a glass of wine with dinner every night? That puts you in the top 30 percent of American adults in terms of per-capita alcohol consumption. If you drink two glasses, that would put you in the top 20 percent." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Tabletop Whale -
Tabletop Whale
Tabletop Whale
Tabletop Whale
Designer with a molecular biology degree makes new awesome illustrations every few weeks! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Hi guys! My name is Eleanor and I'm a self-employed artist from Seattle. This blog post is the first installment of what will hopefully be a year-long infographic design project. I've always been into biology and design, so I'm taking a year off after college to see if I can combine the two with at least marginal success." - Amit Patel
"It's more of an experiment than anything else, so feel free to leave comments about what works, what doesn't, and what might be scientifically incorrect despite my best efforts. I spend a lot of time trying to make these infographics accurate (for this post I read a 468 page textbook and used over 200 other sources) but naturally I'm not an expert in every subject I write about. " - Amit Patel
Man Who Raised $55K for Potato Salad Throws Party - Nation - -
Man Who Raised $55K for Potato Salad Throws Party - Nation -
"PotatoStock 2014 was held in downtown Columbus and featured bands, food trucks, beer vendors and, yes, plenty of potato salad. With more than 3,000 pounds of potatoes, the charity-minded party was open to people of all ages." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Bret Victor - Friday 24 October - SPLASH 2014 -
Bret Victor - Friday 24 October - SPLASH 2014
"New representations of thought — written language, mathematical notation, information graphics, etc — have been responsible for some of the most significant leaps in the progress of civilization, by expanding humanity’s collectively-thinkable territory." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"But the dynamic medium offers the opportunity to deliberately invent a humane and empowering form of knowledge work. We can design dynamic representations which draw on the entire range of human capabilities — all senses, all forms of movement, all forms of understanding — instead of straining a few and atrophying the rest." - Amit Patel
Peter was telling me about this guy earlier this month - he went to some workshop up in SF Bret put on I think. - Laura Norvig
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