Sign in or Join FriendFeed
FriendFeed is the easiest way to share online. Learn more »
Wonderful day in and around San Francisco yesterday. Auto show, Crissy Field, Fort Point, Baker Beach, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay.
IMG_0144.jpg
IMG_0145.jpg
Show all
Went for a walk at Don Edwards in Alviso. Neat ducks, a northern harrier, some pelicans, some egrets, some night herons, and lots and lots of seagulls.
PB163027.jpg
PB163035.jpg
Show all
http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Just Cause 2 (game) map of "player deaths by impact"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEoxaGkNcrg - Just Cause 2 (game) map of "player deaths by impact"
Play
Awesome! They just show the location of player deaths in 3d space, and … you can see buildings, mountains, etc. emerge - Amit Patel
Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley « CBS San Francisco - http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014...
Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley « CBS San Francisco
"The security robots are autonomous, meaning they operate on their own." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
ROBOCOP - Amit Patel
I will not mention that they look like rolling vibrators. - Todd Hoff
o_O That is....wow - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
There are too many questions. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Absolutely. No one's coming up smelling of roses from this. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Why just peaches? - miki
The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep - Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/the-fir...
The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep - Business Insider
The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep - Business Insider
"Scientists have just reported the first major mechanical reason our brains need to sleep — certain cleaning mechanisms in the brain work better when we shut the brain down. Just like how dump trucks take to the city streets during the pre-dawn hours because there's less traffic, our brain's cleaners also work best when there's less going on." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
But can you really trust a man with a brain filled with garbage :-) - Todd Hoff
C4 carbon fixation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
C4 carbon fixation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
C4 carbon fixation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"C4" plants use a different carbon chemistry than "C3" plants. They are more drought tolerant and remove significantly more CO2 from the atmosphere than C3 plants. Researchers are developing a C4 variant of rice, which would use a lot less water and farmland than the conventional C3 form of rice. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Burning questions about winter cold | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research - http://www2.ucar.edu/atmosne...
Burning questions about winter cold | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Burning questions about winter cold | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
What's causing the cold winters in the eastern US? Is it the pacific or the arctic? - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Former Head of TiVo Engineering and Operations Will Lead Development and Deployment of Benetech’s Software-for-Good Tools « Benetech - http://benetech.org/2014...
Former Head of TiVo Engineering and Operations Will Lead Development and Deployment of Benetech’s Software-for-Good Tools « Benetech
What really bugs me is the filing here: http://www.sec.gov/Archive... that says "You have not made any disparaging comments about the Company, nor will you do so in the future" – that's quite a long time, and rather a restrictive policy towards people who used to work for a company :-/ - Amit Patel
Mark's a nice guy. He would never say anything bad about any company. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Woah, that must've taken a lot of work to produce - Amit Patel
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz - Stuff - http://squid314.livejournal.com/275614...
Babylon 5, Doctor Who, and the History Channel. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
And how the History Channel is terrible. - Amit Patel
Lots of awful user interfaces from Apple - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat - http://breakintochat.com/blog...
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
Did the new Star Wars movie used a font from the Star Trek movies? Actually, Star Wars used it first! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Any true Star Wars fan would have known that SW had it first! That was its calling card. - Nils Sandin
Scribble – color without limits - http://getscribblepen.com/
Scribble – color without limits
Back in my day we had multicolor pens that came with four different colors. Now they have pens that can pick any color using an app. (!!) Or you can point the pen at a surface and set the color to whatever you're pointing to. (!!) - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Graphs, trees, and origins of humanity - http://igoro.com/archive...
Graphs, trees, and origins of humanity
Graphs, trees, and origins of humanity
About "Mitochrondrial Eve" and "Y-chromosomal Adam" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
https://www.kickstarter.com/project... - kickstarter for a dna sequencer that you can have at home
https://www.kickstarter.com/project... - Kickstarter for quad core retina drawing tablet with wacom pen
A new Modbook! - Amit Patel
Post-Panamax Bulk Carrier Rides Air Bubble Blanket to Reduce Emissions - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News - http://gcaptain.com/post-pa...
Post-Panamax Bulk Carrier Rides Air Bubble Blanket to Reduce Emissions - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News
Show all
"The recently delivered bulk carrier, MV Harvest Frost, is the first vessel of its size to use MHI’s proprietary Mitsubishi Air Lubrication System (MALS), which reduces the drag between the vessel hull and seawater by blowing air bubbles produced at the vessel bottom. MHI says that use of the system has been proven to help Harvest Frost achieve a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to conventional bulk carriers, exceeding the target figure of 25%." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Warblr can identify that bird just by hearing its song - http://www.engadget.com/2014...
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) - http://scarfolk.blogspot.com.au/2014...
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 - http://io9.com/you-pro...
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 - http://www.theverge.com/2014...
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 - http://hemingwrite.com/
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 - http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014...
‘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 - http://birdsnearme.com/
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 - http://www.bbc.com/news...
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. http://www.google.com/technol... - 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 https://www.smartnews.com/] -- anyone else agree? - Sean McBride
I miss Google Reader. - Steven Perez
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 - http://www.adaptnetwork.com/lifesty...
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 - http://www.designboom.com/technol...
fontus self-filling bottle condenses humid air into drinking water
Neat! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Other ways to read this feed:Feed readerFacebook