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ohawkguy: the notebook problem: you see a notebook. you want to buy the notebook. but you know you have like TEN OTHER NOTEBOOKS. most which are STILL EMPTY. you don’t need to notebook. you’re probably not gonna use the notebook anyway. what’s the point? DONT BUY THE NOTEBOOK. you buy the notebook. -
I just gave away half my "collection" of notebooks, but some I could not part with. - Betsy
Wait, only 10 other notebooks? >.> - Heather
Yep :( - Amit Patel
I have less than 10 at the moment Heather, but only due to lack of space!!!! - Melly
But what else will Jesse write our love story in? - Heleninstitches
Who what? - Melly
Darn it, why did I think Jesse? It's Noah! - Heleninstitches
Oh, yes!!!! - Melly
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Grade inflation: all maple syrups get graded "A" now - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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About "dog people" and "cat people", and some generalizations of dog and cat behavior: - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Dogs populate our understanding of social dynamics: conflict, competition, dominance, slavery, mastery, belonging and otherness" - Amit Patel
"Cat references speak to individualism, play, opportunism, risk, comfort, mystery, luck and curiosity" - Amit Patel
"The successful (mostly by accident) cats spawn dog societies. That’s why, at the very top of the identity pyramids constructed by dog-beliefs, even above the prototypical Barbie/Ken abstractions, you will find cats. Cats who didn’t climb the mountain, but under whom the mountain grew. Those unsociable messed-up-perspective neurotics who are as puzzled by their position as the dogs who actually want it." - Amit Patel
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Saints and Traders: The John Henry Fable Reconsidered -
Saints and Traders: The John Henry Fable Reconsidered
Saints and Traders: The John Henry Fable Reconsidered
Different value systems, which he calls "saints" and "traders". Makes me think of Star Trek vs Star Wars. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Dave Winer
The pen is one old-times thing I actually do miss. I used to love to write with ink. Quaint. Like a monk.
I write notes in my ecosystem notebook more now because I found a pen I absolutely love. Hi-Tec-C 0.3mm... #officesupplylove #weirdthatway - Me
I'm on the (mundane but decent) Pilot G-2 and am looking at Pilot Juice next. Hi-Tec-C is highly rated but I wanted a clicky pen because I often write notes while out hiking, and don't want to deal with the cap. Plus, look at all the colors! :) - Amit Patel
I use Uniball Signo 207's in assorted colors. I like the Pilot G-2's, but I've had issues with them occasionally bleeding during use. - NOT THE CRICKET
I stockpile Pentel Hybrid Technica pens. - joey
Amit, there is a Hi-Tec-C clicky pen. and in colors.. just a bit pricey. - Me
Oh cool, I hadn't seen the Hi-Tec C clicky! - Amit Patel
Have I mentioned before how much I like wearing skirts with pockets? Yes? Oh, excessively? Sorry. P.S. I love skirts with pockets.
Oh me too! I just (thanks to Stephanie) ordered three dresses from and they *all* have pockets. I love them so much. As a kid (and adult) I didn't wear dresses and skirts that often due to lack of pockets but my world has just changed. - Galadriel C.
*goes to check out eshakti* - Marie
Hot Pockets jingle - Eric - Back to the Grill
Hot pockets! - Amit Patel
Marie, if you find something that you like at eshakti, let me know and I can send you a referral good for $35 off you're first order and one free customization. - Galadriel C.
Seriously. Why wouldn't women want pockets on their clothes? All pants, skirts, and dresses should have pockets. - maʀtha
I have to order from eshakti my own self. (I did but there was a problem with mai order). POCKETS always!! (I'm waiting for long-sleeved season there, because … shouldn't dresses have LONG SLEEVES?!) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
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Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 - NASA Science -
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 - NASA Science
"If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Two years ago, Earth experienced a close shave just as perilous, but most newspapers didn't mention it. The "impactor" was an extreme solar storm, the most powerful in as much as 150+ years." - Amit Patel
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19 TAC Chapter 126, Subchapter C -
Starting in 2012, Texas public school students have to "demonstrate the ability to insert applets into web pages" ?? Am I reading this right? - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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How much are you worth in quarters? -
How much are you worth in quarters?
"Imagine you are on a game show, and you’ve just won the grand prize. The prize is your own weight in coins! The host gives you ten seconds to select what kind of coin you want your prize to be measured in." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Obviously quarters are more valuable than dimes, but does their extra weight work against you since you since you’ll get less of them?" - Amit Patel
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Woot, I was published in Hacker Monthly
Nice! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The comment from gggg was—interesting. - Professor A.I.
Also you've got one of the most popular posts of the past week still sitting on the front page, for you're updated interactive page. - NOT THE CRICKET
Comment from gggg? I missed that. NOT THE CRICKET: yep, fun!! :) Also on reddit/r/gamedev and reddit/r/programming - Amit Patel
congrats! - imabonehead
Amit, the comment from gggg - - NOT THE CRICKET
I thought Amit handled gggg in a very gentlemanly manner, and the red starfish-like avatar reminded me of the FriendFeed of old. - Professor A.I.
Ah, that gggg! Those kinds of comments are rare but they do happen. I try to be polite to everyone. - Amit Patel
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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
Stephen Mack
I'll take Things You Don't Want To Find In Your Tire for $100, Alex.
:( That happened to me once and it SUCKS. - Spidra Webster
Nailed it, Spidra. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( No Bueno. - vicster: full-bodied
Small enough that it can be fixed with a plug? - Stephan Planken from iPhone
I am a magnet for road metal too. - Janet
Stephan, unfortunately not. It was close to the wheel well and angled in a way that caused an irreparable buckle. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:-( - Amit Patel
I should put a magnet in front of my tires to avoid this. Bummer dude! - Yvonne from FFHound!
Sorry, Stephen, that's very unfortunate. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
That's the worst. Just happened to me recently on a month-old tire. (Guess who didn't get road hazard insurance? Yup.) - CAJ hates pants
They have road hazard ins? Damn - Janet from FFHound!
I've had a slow leak in my tire for a while. Finally got it fixed today and while I expected them to find a hole, I didn't expect them to find a nail! - Spidra Webster
Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers | Ars Technica -
Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers | Ars Technica
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yow - Amit Patel
I don't understand why he's obsessed with the credit card number thing. Of all the travel-related info to be worried about the government having (considering that banks are required by law to "know their customers" and report their identities anyway) the credit card number seems like the least interesting. - Brian Johns
BTW, Hasbrook (who he mentions) has an interesting blog here: And his book about how to travel around the work was interesting. - Brian Johns
LB says, "TGIF!"
Which brand / style did you get? I'm er um asking for a friend. - Amit Patel
Are they Sakura Gelly Rolls? - Laura
They're a no-name kind from Big Lots. See - LB says, "TGIF!" from Android
I got Sakura Gelly Rolls for a friend (birthday present). I was looking at the Pilot Juice for me, mostly because it has lots of non-glitter colors too, and I want all my pens to be consistent. - Amit Patel
Andrew C (✔)
The "10% of the brain" nonsense annoyed me so much I only just noticed that LUCY is a "film by Luc Besson". Luc. Lucy. Smeesh.
I will forgive Besson almost any sin but I keep wishing he'd do something that grabs me the same way that La Femme Nikita or The Fifth Element did. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
But yeah, the nonsense idea that we only use 10% of our brain really annoys me too. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Every single time I see the commercial for that, I mentally cringe during that line - Katy S from iPhone
Ok, you're all zooming past my actual joke (which admittedly wasn't that good.) Lesson learned, I'll skip controversies in the setups. - Andrew C (✔)
But as for the 10% brain thing, it seems to be the core premise of the movie and the commercial even counts up to 100 so you can't just mentally edit out that one line. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh, that was amusing. - Katy S from iPhone
Yeah :-( - Amit Patel
I've assumed the name was a bit of a play on the "Lucy" (Australopithecus afarensis skeleton.) Did not even think to connect Luc/Lucy - Jennifer Dittrich
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I love this song and want to buy it on iTunes or Amazon … but nope. Not available. That'll teach me to buy music! - Amit Patel
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The Last Line Effect -
The Last Line Effect
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"I have studied numbers of errors caused by using the Copy-Paste method and can assure you that programmers most often tend to make mistakes in the last fragment of a homogeneous code block. I have never seen this phenomenon described in books on programming, so I decided to write about it myself. I called it the "last line effect"." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
I always wanted to see the night sky away from the city. I did a few weeks ago, and it was great, and then I got bored after ten minutes.
Ha! - Amit Patel
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CAJ hates pants
Ever have something you want to tell someone but you know that there's no value gained from doing it? And it wouldn't change anything and was something in the past that only you knew about? The more I think about it, the revelation would be self-serving more than anything else since it revolves around me and not so much other person(s).
Not quite a Confession but certainly vague. :) - CAJ hates pants
I have a few of those things floating about. - Janet
Yes. :( - Amit Patel
Apparently, this is becoming a monthly thing because now I have a new thing to keep to myself. Yay? - CAJ hates pants
Write it out and burn it! - Janet from FFHound!
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Polar vortex weather: Mid-July will be as cool as mid-September in East and Midwest. -
Polar vortex weather: Mid-July will be as cool as mid-September in East and Midwest.
Polar vortex weather: Mid-July will be as cool as mid-September in East and Midwest.
"Remember the polar vortex? Weather so cold that boiling water froze in midair? Well buckle up, America. We’re getting another dose of polar air next week, and just in time for what is normally the hottest week of the year." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
O please god let it be true. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
So, I know we stole everyone's "extra" heat for a mild winter and glorious spring, I was just hoping we'd have given it back by now >__> - Jennifer Dittrich
I was hoping to escape the heat by going to Seattle next week, but they're forecast for 90s all next week :( - Amit Patel
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"Your TiVo experience just got better!"
Woot! I wonder if this is the Haxe update. Todd Kulick would know. - Amit Patel
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CDC Media Statement on Newly Discovered Smallpox Samples | Media Statement | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC -
CDC Media Statement on Newly Discovered Smallpox Samples | Media Statement | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC
"On July 1, 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notified the appropriate regulatory agency, the Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that employees discovered vials labeled ”variola,” commonly known as smallpox, in an unused portion of a storage room in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory located on the NIH Bethesda campus." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Suicide By Soda: Lame study of the year. But it worked. [American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)] -
Suicide By Soda: Lame study of the year. But it worked. [American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)]
From the blog post: "What is really going on here is a classic case of mixing up cause and effect. No, diet soda doesn't give you heart disease. You already have more heart disease and drink diet soda to try to cut calorie consumption. Playing basketball does not make you tall. Opening an umbrella does not make it rain. Going to sleep does not make the sun go down. Geese flying south do not cause winter." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Hey Louis Gray: Good debunking of some recent anti-Diet Coke and aspartame articles. - Stephen Mack
You know what's healthier than ingesting aspartame? Not ingesting aspartame. :) - Professor A.I.
Professor no fun - Eric - Back to the Grill
I personally don't consume much aspartame currently, but I do think it's probably generally safe for people -- in that I haven't seen any credible studies showing it to cause harm. But I agree with you, anytime I'm tempted to drink something other than coffee, it's probably better for me to just drink water instead. - Stephen Mack
Is this a credible study? It comes from a service offered by the company Louis works for. It's called Google Scholar: - Professor A.I.
Professor, I'm not sure if a study involving 18 albino rats is really applicable to humans or not. - Stephen Mack
Most studies of drugs are performed on rats. It's called science. - Professor A.I.
Science, you say? I think I've heard of it. - Stephen Mack
I think the relevant comparison would be to fructose and sucrose, though. #paracelsus - Victor Ganata
To reach 40 mg/kg/d of aspartame, you'd have to drink 15 cans of diet soda a day. (Assuming you only weighed 150 lbs.) So, yeah, maybe you'd have a lot of problems if you drank that much soda in a day. - Victor Ganata
I think that's how much Louis drinks. He has more time to drink it because he doesn't sleep. Also, he works at Google, so the Diet Coke is free. - Professor A.I.
I had no concerns. I wanted to tell my good friend Kevin Fox he was spreading nonsense, but I'm terrified of him. He's so intimidating. - Louis Gray
As for "going to sleep does not make the sun go down", I can assure you, for you lazies out there, the sun goes down all by itself. - Louis Gray
And I don't drink 15 cans of Diet Coke a day. I drink one at a time. - Louis Gray
جون من واقعا تو پروفسوری؟ ایول بابا، داداش یه امضا پروفسوری هم به ما بده :دی - ووووزلا
Google translate says "I showed you a professor? Evil dad, brother professor to give us a sign: D" - Stephen Mack
I'm going to increase my aspartame consumption. - Amit Patel
Amit, to how much? - Stephen Mack
Another big earthquake, in Mexico/Guatemala. Bay Area's been pretty still. Think we're next? Check your emergency kits, friends!
I've had "update my emergency kit" on my to-do list for months. :( - Amit Patel
I keep using things from emergency supplies & forgetting/running out of $$ to replenish them. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Am I the only one who compulsively sips from my drink until it's all gone? I can't make a drink last more than 20 minutes.
No I do it too. I often have a bottle in my pocket. - NOT THE CRICKET
Not me. I drink my soda over several hours. - Amit Patel
Shannon - GlassMistress
I love how these turned out!
My mom has pointed out to me that these arent all that creative ... you could find something like them in any gift store. Honestly ... I dont care ... they are so darn fun to make! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Moms. - Amit Patel
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Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop, CA - great scenery in the surrounding mountains too
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Nice ass! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
:-) - Amit Patel
If you have printed business cards, what is your title on said cards?
Business Card Printer. - Akiva
"Fruit Enthusiast" on one card and "Vocalist, Voiceover Artist" on the other. Far more prosaic titles on cards from previous jobs. - Spidra Webster
Princess - Big Joe Silence
Bringer of Awesome - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
I have two: Historical and Landmarks Commissioner, and System Test Engineer (which is outdated) - Brian Johns
Pastor Extraordinaire. - Friar Will
Technical Writer. Yawn. - Brent Schaus
Wildlife Biologist. - Jenny H. from Android
"Operations and Technology" - CAJ hates pants
The last time I had a title on a business card it said "Troublemaker" - Amit Patel
Radioactive Ink Developer - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Senior Enterprise Technical Expert. You tell me what the hell that means because I have no idea. - Eric - Back to the Grill
General Manager - Shannon - GlassMistress
I am Chief Explorer on my ExploreSacto cards. - Corinne L
Psycho Killer - Professor A.I.
Intelligent Human Agent - Laura Norvig from iPhone
I don't have these, but my granddad's cards used to read, "Historian. Bon Vivant." - Meg VMeg
Meat Popsicle - Me
"You know what's cooler than CEO? Me." - NOT THE CRICKET
Business: Front-end Web Developer. Personal: Fledgling Photographer, Dizzy Dreamer. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
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Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance | Business | The Guardian -
Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance | Business | The Guardian
"Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a 'nightmare scenario'" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
4 EU countries prohibited or blocked publication of any aggregate interception data (Hungary, Romania, Malta and Ireland). In the same group as Qatar, S. Africa or Turkey..... - Nils Sandin
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