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A tiny gathering of artists has become the most interesting weekend in tech | The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2014...
A tiny gathering of artists has become the most interesting weekend in tech | The Verge
Sounds awesome - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
It was really awesome. Matt and Nelson were there too! - Brian Fitzpatrick
Bret Victor - Friday 24 October - SPLASH 2014 - http://2014.splashcon.org/event...
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
Ditching Twitter | Incisive.nu - http://incisive.nu/2014...
Ditching Twitter | Incisive.nu
"None of us are angry about everything, or even most things, but in the whole slimy pond of troubles there is something to injure every one of us in a particular and personal way that makes us turn to the stream and yell this is bullshit. And each shout makes the water rise a little higher, because how can you not respond to your friends when they’re in pain? Add in the flood of information and emotion from something like Ferguson (or war crimes or an epidemic) and there we all are, gradually drowning. So people get huffy about the volume emotion that these events arouse—angry that others are angry about the wrong things or too many things or in the wrong register." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Beyond the tools, though, I’m trying to make an emotional shift from exuberant joyful angry frenetic Twitter to something subtler and gentler. When moved to discuss something about which I feel strongly, I’m beginning to default to a longer form first, to reduce the heat of my Twitter conversations and boost the light I work by elsewhere." - Amit Patel
Urban Engines for Transit - http://blog.urbanengines.com/2014...
"We’ve received so many demonstration requests that we decided to put together this overview video so everyone, not just operators or the press, can see an example of what transportation systems need to handle on a daily or even monthly basis. With limited data and resources, transit operators do the best they can to get people where they need to be. Urban Engines helps them better monitor, plan for, and optimize vehicles and improve commutes." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
BBC - Travel - Slideshow - Colombia's 'Liquid Rainbow' - http://www.bbc.com/travel...
BBC - Travel - Slideshow - Colombia's 'Liquid Rainbow'
"Just east of the Andes, central Colombia’s Caño Cristales is a river like no other. Reaching 100km long and sometimes called the “Liquid Rainbow”, Caño Cristales runs during certain months of the year with shades of red, blue, yellow, orange and green in a vibrant natural display that happens nowhere else on Earth. (Eric Mohl)" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Early Epidemic Dynamics of the West African 2014 Ebola Outbreak: Estimates Derived with a Simple Two-Parameter Model – PLOS Currents Outbreaks - http://currents.plos.org/outbrea...
Early Epidemic Dynamics of the West African 2014 Ebola Outbreak: Estimates Derived with a Simple Two-Parameter Model – PLOS Currents Outbreaks
The model (solid line) predicts lots of ebola cases; the observed infections (shaded gray bars) matches the model pretty well. Their model suggests Guinea and Sierra Leone will flatten out but Liberia will still be growing, unless there's some intervention. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
(I haven't read the paper; I'm guessing this based on the graphs) - Amit Patel
I don't like where the curve leads. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I would bet it's a sigmoidal curve: there will be an inflection point where the slope starts leveling off. But the incidence rate at the plateau is going to be berserk. - Victor Ganata
Yes, it's always a sigmoidal curve … we just don't know where it will plateau - Amit Patel
Legible Mathematics — Sketches of an interactive arithmetic for programming - http://glench.com/Legible...
Legible Mathematics — Sketches of an interactive arithmetic for programming
"Even these relatively simple equations take some work to decipher. The letters tend to blend together into a jumble of meaningless symbols. Consider an alternative from a prototype programming environment:" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Soulver, a glorious calculator, incorporates some basic ideas mentioned in the article: http://www.acqualia.com/soulver... - sizofroid
This levitating Bluetooth speaker is the best we've seen - http://www.engadget.com/2014...
This levitating Bluetooth speaker is the best we've seen
What! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I thought the ball one looked cooler: http://www.cnet.com/news... - Cristo
Building a deeper understanding of images | Research Blog - http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2014...
Building a deeper understanding of images | Research Blog
"These technological advances will enable even better image understanding on our side and the progress is directly transferable to Google products such as photo search, image search, YouTube, self-driving cars, and any place where it is useful to understand what is in an image as well as where things are." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
TL;DR: Google's brain has learned how to identify the objects it sees - Amit Patel
Dictionary of Numbers | xkcd - http://blog.xkcd.com/2013...
"I don’t like large numbers without context. Phrases like “they called for a $21 billion budget cut” or “the probe will travel 60 billion miles” or “a 150,000-ton ship ran aground” don’t mean very much to me on their own. Is that a large ship? Does 60 billion miles take you outside the Solar System? How much is $21 billion compared to the overall budget?" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"A friend of mine, Glen Chiacchieri, has created a Chrome extension to help solve this problem: Dictionary of Numbers. It searches the text in your browser for quantities it understands and inserts contextual statements in brackets. It might turn the phrase “315 million people” into “315 million people [≈ the population of the United States]“." - Amit Patel
Train Fever officially released! | Train Fever - http://www.train-fever.com/2014...
Train Fever officially released! | Train Fever
"After a long development journey we are excited that Train Fever is now officially available on Steam and in retail stores in the German speaking world! First and most important, we would like to express a huge thank you. The community (crowdfunding supporters and beta testers in particular) did a great job and without all the support, feedback, suggestions and challenging questions, Train Fever would not be on the current level. We have learned a lot by carefully listening to all of you." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I've been looking forward to this game! - Amit Patel
UnderScore Demo Site -- UIST 2012 - http://vis.berkeley.edu/papers...
UnderScore Demo Site -- UIST 2012
"A musical underlay highlights an emphasis point in an audio story. The music track contains three segments; (1) a music pre-solo that fades in before the emphasis point, (2) a music solo that starts at the emphasis point and plays at full volume while the speech is paused, and (3) a music post-solo that fades down as the speech resumes. At the beginning of the solo, the music often changes in some significant way (e.g. a melody enters, the tempo quickens, etc.) Aligning this change point in the music with a pause in speech and a rapid increase in the music volume further draws attention to the emphasis point in the story." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
With online demo! - Amit Patel
California Drought Snapshot: Snowless Mount Shasta | KQED News Fix - http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix...
California Drought Snapshot: Snowless Mount Shasta | KQED News Fix
"The slider images above depict Mount Shasta in full snowclad splendor (January 2007) and last week. The sequence of images below begins with the 2007 shot, includes a view from July 2013, and ends with last week." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
California ISO - Todays Outlook - http://www.caiso.com/outlook...
California ISO - Todays Outlook
This page shows california's electricity use - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
(1) It *seems* like we have a great deal of excess electricity, especially at night - Amit Patel
(2) If I got the calculations right, that excess electricity would desalinate between 100,000 and 200,000 acre-feet per day - Amit Patel
(3) California uses an average of 100,000 acre-feet per day - Amit Patel
Back of the envelope calculation suggests desalination from currently *unused* California electricity would be enough water for California's water needs. Need someone to independently do these calculations … - Amit Patel
I couldn't figure out how to break out excess renewables from excess coal / gas / etc. I'm thinking only excess wind/solar/geothermal capacity should count as unused. - Private Sanjeev
Some power plants are running on "standby" and have to keep generating power just in case it's needed (e.g. to fill in power when clouds go over a solar array). They take hours or even days to warm up, so they end up generating excess power. I want to count those too. But I've been told that the graph also includes the "instant on" power plants, so it's an overestimate of the "free" power we have. - Amit Patel
How many desal plants would you need to achieve 100k acre-feet/day, I wonder? - Victor Ganata
I'm assuming the Carlsbad desal plant that's going on-line is state-of-the-art and it's supposed to be able to produce 50 million gallons a day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... which is about 150 acre-feet/day. So it would take about 666 similar desal plants to achieve 100k acre-feet/day :D - Victor Ganata
Apparently the Carlsbad plant was only supposed to cost $530 million but it looks like it's going to run a bill of $1 billion. I think the main reason they haven't built more of these is not only because of the environmental hurdles but because the economics of water pricing even with the drought aren't favorable for it yet. - Victor Ganata
$666B over 30 years works out to $1.60 per CA resident per day - Private Sanjeev
We're gonna need that water a lot sooner than in 30 years. - Victor Ganata
3ders.org - Minnesotan man builds the world’s first 3D printed concrete castle in his own backyard, designing a kit that can print two-story houses - http://www.3ders.org/article...
3ders.org - Minnesotan man builds the world’s first 3D printed concrete castle in his own backyard, designing a kit that can print two-story houses
3ders.org - Minnesotan man builds the world’s first 3D printed concrete castle in his own backyard, designing a kit that can print two-story houses
User talk:Knecht03 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
User talk:Knecht03 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
User talk:Knecht03 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Craig Knecht is obsessed with magic squares; he's building them with "water flow" and then making patterns of water that is contained within the walls. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Took my daughter hiking in the redwoods. We saw a tree that had 12 full sized trees growing out of its limbs.
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The Urban Environment Is Creating Super-Sized Spiders - CityLab - http://www.citylab.com/weather...
The Urban Environment Is Creating Super-Sized Spiders - CityLab
The Urban Environment Is Creating Super-Sized Spiders - CityLab
TL;DR: spiders are getting bigger. In Australia of all places. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
soon they'll need WOF stickers. - Big Joe Silence
File:Symmetrical 5-set Venn diagram.svg - Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki...
File:Symmetrical 5-set Venn diagram.svg - Wikimedia Commons
Woah, I didn't realize Venn diagrams could be used for more than 3 sets - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Tunnel and Reservoir Plan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
"Commissioned in the mid-1970s, the project is managed by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Completion of the system is not anticipated until 2029" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The megaproject is one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in terms of scope, cost and timeframe. " - Amit Patel
Research project to reconstruct animal gaits, including for extinct or imaginary animals - Amit Patel
TL;DR: DINOSAURS - Amit Patel
Hextris Is The Newest Addicting Game - Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/hextris...
Hextris Is The Newest Addicting Game - Business Insider
"Now that the 2048 craze is finally dying down and you thought you'd get back to your productive self, a new contender called Hextris has entered the ring." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Friend of mine is getting unexpected amounts of traffic after his game was posted to reddit, hackernews, twitter. Fun :) - Amit Patel
This New Open-Source Game Is Crazy Addicting - http://www.appstorechronicle.com/2014...
This New Open-Source Game Is Crazy Addicting
"The next great open-source game has arrived. Earlier this year, the world was engrossed by 2048, an open-source puzzle game which attracted millions of players, and perhaps billions of games. Now comes the recently-created Hextris, a hexagonal version of the hit game Tetris." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
The meanderiness of a river, its Stølum number, is... - Maths and Science blog- matthen - http://blog.matthen.com/post...
The meanderiness of a river, its Stølum number, is... - Maths and Science blog- matthen
"The meanderiness of a river, its Stølum number, is defined as the length the water travels from source to finish (blue curve) divided by the direct distance (red line).  This can change chaotically as a river changes coarse, forming Ox bow lakes. The ratio is often found to converge to (but rarely exceed) 3.14, roughly pi." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
(animated gif - click through to see) - Amit Patel
Why would this converge to pi?! - Amit Patel
I guess the courses of rivers tend to approximate alternating half-circles with the straight-line distance as the diameter? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Hm, that makes sense! :) - Amit Patel
Gamasutra - The hilarious success story of Goat Simulator - http://www.gamasutra.com/view...
Gamasutra - The hilarious success story of Goat Simulator
"Ibrisagic posted the very first gameplay trailer, went to bed, and woke up to 80,000 views. By the time he made his five-minute walk to the office, there were 100,000. "It just became bigger and bigger and bigger, and at the end, I remember GameSpot made a video about why Goat Simulator needs to happen, that games can be stupid sometimes. People wrote really long emails to us to explain why this was important to the industry. We began to feel that maybe we could release this thing, and that maybe if we didn't someone might shoot me on the way to the office." " - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman - http://www.thecoinsman.com/2014...
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman
"This week I traveled to northeast China to check out a bitcoin mining operation. After being received at the airport, my contact drove me for nearly an hour to a part of the country more remote than I was expecting. This was my first time checking out a mining operation of this size, so I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I was definitely surprised by how off the beaten path it was." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Not only is this insane, but the author has no realization that it is insane, and his paean to libertarianism and capitalism at the end sounds like cloud cuckoo talk. Gold is irrational but at least it can be a paperweight. Paper money is irrational but at least you can wipe your ass with it. Bitcoin is literally nothing physical, the most irrational currency of all, and yet here's an operation spending $60k a month in electricity to generate irrational wealth. - Stephen Mack
Ain't humans strange? - Son of Groucho
To be fair, most of our government-backed currency is also stored as bits in computers. But the "government-backed" part is the thing. - Victor Ganata
Money is just one of those things not to think too deeply about. Otherwise the data streams collapse. - Todd Hoff
I just think about the resources used up to mine bit coins. It's so arbitrary. In my head it's equivalent to if tomorrow we declared that alligator teeth were worth millions apiece and people began tearing apart swamps. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not as scalable :-) - Todd Hoff
Well, that is kind of how the stock market and real estate and consumerism works…. :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I think back to the beanie baby bubble … but at least you got some beanie babies out of it. - Amit Patel
What happens when a thunderstorm hits the world's largest airport (ATL) - Imgur - http://imgur.com/HL4jqNm
What happens when a thunderstorm hits the world's largest airport (ATL) - Imgur
(animated gif - click through to see) - Amit Patel
Enter Pyongyang - http://jtsingh.com/index...
Enter Pyongyang
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"This film is the world’s first balanced look into the city that is actually beautiful in its own way. We reveal not only Pyongyang’s built environment and landmarks, but also the people of Pyongyang. Needless to mention, this video has made an enormous impact by positively expanding global perceptions of Pyongyang and drastically boosting global interest in visiting the city." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Client: Koryo Tours & Korea International Tourism Company (KITC)" - Amit Patel
Interactive design of model airplanes - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Interactive design of model airplanes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KJUVJAUY8o
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Neat project! They collect data on how model airplanes fly, then build a model from that, then have an interactive airplane designer that uses the model to predict how the airplane will fly. It shows you the expected capabilities, then has an auto-optimize feature to make adjustments to make it fly better. Then you print it out and fly it :) - Amit Patel
The staid young: Oh! You pretty things | The Economist - http://www.economist.com/news...
The staid young: Oh! You pretty things | The Economist
The staid young: Oh! You pretty things | The Economist
"Today’s young people are held to be alienated, unhappy, violent failures. They are proving anything but" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"In America, the proportion of high-school students reporting “binge-drinking”—more than five drinks in a single session—has fallen by a third since the late 1990s. " - Amit Patel
"Over the past ten years pot-smoking has increased, a bit, among these older teens; but even though now legal in some states (see page 35) its prevalence is still far lower than in the 1970s, when Barack Obama was a member of his high-school “choom gang”. Use of other recreational drugs has fallen sharply." - Amit Patel
"America’s teenage pregnancy rate is half what it was two decades ago" - Amit Patel
"Teenagers appear not just to be waiting longer for sex, but also by-and-large to be being careful about what they get up to once they get started." - Amit Patel
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