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Amit Patel
Tunnel and Reservoir Plan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
"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
Kevin Fox
Real time face texture-mapping and projection. This is incredible.
Awesome. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Neat! - Amit Patel
Kevin Fox
Want. “@WIRED: A review of the iPhone infrared camera: The FLIR One”
Why do you want one, Kevin? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I wanted a cheap IR camera to figure out where heat was leaking out of the house. Doors? Windows? Yes, those are the most likely, but *which* doors and windows? What did I miss when re-caulking etc.? - Amit Patel
Andrew C (✔)
Welp, Twitter's started showing me - in the main timeline - what all y'all are favoriting.
What is this Twitter you speak of? - Ken Morley
Someone else mentioned that a few weeks ago. That's so bizarre. There's many reasons for favoriting a tweet. Why show that to other people? - Anika
I mean favorites have always been public, but until now they weren't promoted into the main timeline like RTs. - Andrew C (✔)
Ugh - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Research project to reconstruct animal gaits, including for extinct or imaginary animals - Amit Patel
I find I need a mac app tool that will shrink apps to the side of the monitor that still shows what is going on with that app. When I click on it, it expands the window to normal so i can work on it. Does anyone know of a tool that would do this?
Right now I am using a transparent tool that only makes the window opaque when I work on it, otherwise its transparent on the side and I have to arrange the windows in a way that works for me. - Me
If you can't find that, how about a second monitor, 4k, set to non-retina mode so that all the windows you move over to that monitor are tiny? ;) - Amit Patel
If I could afford a 4k monitor... yeah.. I would still probably need it.. but it would be nice. - Me
Can someone make me a fried egg sandwich and bring it to my bed plzkthxbai
Amazon Drone delivery? - Amit Patel
*starts warming up the fax machine* - Steven Perez
I used to think we all needed a pizza drive...something like a DVD drive but bigger, with internet pizza delivery. But then you go ordering a fried egg sandwich and making it obsolete before we even have it. :( - April Russo
Fried egg pizza then? - Melly
I can make you a fried egg sammich, I am specialist in those. You want it with mayo and some pickles (for health)? Cheese as well? Also, I hope that home made wheat bread is okay. -- Oh shit, now I want one myself. - Uli
Lots of butter and a little ketchup please Uli! - Melly from FFHound!
*salivates* - Big Joe Silence
Amit Patel
Hextris Is The Newest Addicting Game - Business Insider -
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
Todd Hoff
Guardians of the Galaxy. Pleasantly surprised. Expected a silly stupid movie and it was a bit silly, but it was entertaining. Some great CGI given that a few of the major characters were synthetic. Awesome weapons that would make james bond jealous. We get our star wars weird aliens and bar scenes. Witty gang of thieves type banter.
Groot is perhaps one of the best characters ever. Just an astonishing creation. If such a being doesn't exist it would be a shame. All the actors do a good job. The dialogue is sometimes too much tell and not show, but that's OK. The infinity stone plot device is sufficient, but it lacks the depth of Star Wars and the force. I loved that singing arrow. I want one. There's a formula to the movie and you feel it playing out through the movie, but it worked, so I guess that's the point. - Todd Hoff
Notice, if you've experienced the process of a loved one dying of cancer then the beginning of the movie is devastating and comes out of nowhere. Just be prepared. - Todd Hoff
GROOT - Amit Patel
We are all groot. - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
This New Open-Source Game Is Crazy Addicting -
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
RT @anylaurie16: Damn. I wanted to ask Tina Fey how she gets so much done, but I can't seem to find her on twitter.
Exactly! - Yvonne from FFHound!
lol I love this. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
haha - Amit Patel
Andrew C (✔)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, y'all. Go see it.
GROOT - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
The meanderiness of a river, its Stølum number, is... - Maths and Science blog- matthen -
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
Amit Patel
Gamasutra - The hilarious success story of Goat Simulator -
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
Mt. St. Helens or Columbia River Gorge? Decisions! Decisions!
Colombia River Gorge! Also, pics of either one. :D - Tamara J. B.
Columbia River Gorge! - Amit Patel
The photos I've seen of Columbia River Gorge are quite beautiful. - John (bird whisperer)
Amit Patel
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman -
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
Amit Patel
What happens when a thunderstorm hits the world's largest airport (ATL) - Imgur -
What happens when a thunderstorm hits the world's largest airport (ATL) - Imgur
(animated gif - click through to see) - Amit Patel
Victor Ganata
RT @heinousdealings: I can't be the only person on the Internet who'd, generally speaking, rather read walls & walls of text rather than watch a video.
Not really but I can relate. You can scrub a video to get to the good part. Skimming text to get to the good part is harder. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I hate having to wait for video to download before being able to scrub reliably. Scrolling through text still feels better to me. - Victor Ganata
As someone who glosses a lot of videos I find each medium has strengths and weaknesses. People will make connections more generally in a video but they'll deep dive more readily in a text. Generally they are complimentary. - Todd Hoff
The main argument I have against video is guilt-by-association: the most empty-headed conspiracy theory bullshit tends to get spread via video instead of text. - Andrew C (✔)
On mobile, even on LTE, video is sloooow. On the desktop/laptop, I hate having to f- around with Flash updates. Music videos and memes and people's personal videos are one thing, but for speeches and lectures, If there's no transcript, I ain't looking. - Victor Ganata
I find I can generally get to the point faster with text than video. - John (bird whisperer)
Yes - video just seems to take forever; I read so much faster than people talk. - Jennifer Dittrich
I find I treat video as entertainment even if it's not intended that way--nothing gets through. Also, what Jennifer and John say: even a modest 600wpm is four times talking speed. (And you can skim a lot faster than that...) - Walt Crawford
Video is for cats. - Amit Patel
Children evacuated from London hospital after fox falls through ceiling - London - News - London Evening Standard -
Children evacuated from London hospital after fox falls through ceiling - London - News - London Evening Standard
"Children were evacuated from a London hospital’s paediatric ward after a fox fell through the ceiling. The animal is believed to have climbed into the roof while building work was being carried out at the North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton. The inpatient ward was closed for several days while the building was secured and repairs carried out. A spokesman for the trust said the fox fell through a ceiling tile after managing to get into the building during a programme of major building works." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
What did the fox say? - Amit Patel
Amit... :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
^ ha! - Marie
I heard about this, I even saw them, a group of pups, running around on the hospital roof tops. - Halil
Amit Patel
"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
Amit Patel
Interactive design of model airplanes -
Interactive design of model airplanes -
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
Amit Patel
The staid young: Oh! You pretty things | The Economist -
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
Ken Morley
My precious!
It's been a few years since I've built a computer. Let's see if I remember how. - Ken Morley
Oh my. Which one is this? - Amit Patel
It's an R9 290 from Sapphire. I couldn't believe the size and weight of the thing when I received it. I do not actually have tiny hands, the thing is massive! Better for heat dissipation I suppose. - Ken Morley
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
Amit Patel
Tropical Storm Iselle and Big Island Rainfall Reports -
Tropical Storm Iselle and Big Island Rainfall Reports
Tropical Storm Iselle and Big Island Rainfall Reports
Mauna Kea vs Hurricane Iselle. Who won? Mauna Kea did. No rain from the hurricane made it past the gigantic volcano. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
The Big Island is such a neat place. So much variety crammed into a small space. - Brian Johns
Yep! One day I'll go back. - Amit Patel
Stephen Mack
Let me tell you about the worst allergic reaction I've ever had in my life. #saturdayff
Growing up, from my earliest memories, I always knew I was allergic to nuts -- particularly walnuts, pecans, and cashews. (But not so much for almonds or pine nuts, and not at all for chestnuts and coconuts.) - Stephen Mack
And while I never liked peanuts or peanut butter, I was never allergic to them. - Stephen Mack
When I tried to say I was allergic to peanuts, my dad would be the first to correct me. - Stephen Mack
"Peanuts are legumes, not nuts," he'd point out. - Stephen Mack
I have a vivid memory as a schoolboy on some field trip to a Roman ruin somewhere, my mother had packed a peanut butter sandwich for me for my lunch. And I didn't like the taste, the smell, the texture, or the way it stuck to the roof of my mouth. But I never had any allergic reactions to it. - Stephen Mack
So I had to admit my dad was right. - Stephen Mack
I was hypersensitive to nuts being in foods. Even a small amount would cause my mouth and lips to itch, my stomach to be upset, and the insides of my ears to itch. - Stephen Mack
My brother Phil thought it was psychosomatic, and would sometimes try to sneak in nuts in foods. But I could always tell. - Stephen Mack
In college, someone made me some packaged ravioli once, and in one half-bite I could tell there were nuts. It turned out there were pecans, listed as the very last ingredient. - Stephen Mack
During high school, I remember at a weekend church social, I had a slice of cake and was immediately miserable. Hazelnuts were to blame. - Stephen Mack
So. I avoided peanuts, learned to ask for ingredients, and went on with my life. - Stephen Mack
Senior year of college, I was with my friends John and Ruth, and we stopped for lunch at some food trucks off Telegraph. There was a Chinese place, and I liked the look of the Kung Pao chicken. At that time, I didn't know that Kung Pao chicken was made with peanuts. - Stephen Mack
I asked the food truck vendor if there were any nuts, and he emphatically said there were not. So I ordered it. - Stephen Mack
When it was ready, I was dismayed when I saw the peanuts, but I just ate around them. - Stephen Mack
Today, I would have returned it, or given it away, or just ordered another meal. But I was a hungry college student, with a limited budget, so I didn't feel I had a choice. Eating out was relatively rare -- mostly I made a lot of ramen. - Stephen Mack
About five minutes after we finished, Ruth, John and I were walking off somewhere, and I started itching. - Stephen Mack
I started scratching myself, not even consciously. - Stephen Mack
Ruth, who was pre-med, noticed. She pointed out that my color had changed, and that I was scratching my arms, back, legs more and more. - Stephen Mack
I pulled up one of my pant legs. There were nickel-sized hives all over. - Stephen Mack
A few minutes later, the insides of my ears started itched, the worst it's ever felt. And my lips started swelling up. - Stephen Mack
Ruth advised me to go to the student health building. - Stephen Mack
It was clear on the other side of campus. So I headed off. - Stephen Mack
As I walked, I felt my breathing become more labored. - Stephen Mack
Today, I would have called 911. Back then, a dumb college kid, I just started running. - Stephen Mack
By the time I got to Cowell Student Hospital, the itching all over my body was unbearable. My whole face was swollen as well. But fortunately it hadn't become any harder to breathe. - Stephen Mack
After a surprisingly long wait (during which time I could hear a doctor discussing things with a student behind the curtain next to me, and overheard the doctor say the word "gangrene," which freaked me out), they ended up giving me an epinephrine shot. My heart raced faster than I've ever felt, before or since, but I could feel the itching stop almost immediately. - Stephen Mack
Before too long, I was back to normal. I raced off to rejoin John and Ruth. And to this day, I avoid peanuts. - Stephen Mack
But it's not just that -- the smell of peanuts is horrific to me. If you're eating peanut butter, or a Reese's, I may have to leave the room. - Stephen Mack
our youngest has this allergy as well. always carrying a pair of epipens. - Big Joe Silence
In contrast to me having acquired the allergy in my teens, both of my kids were born allergic to peanut butter. But their symptoms are different from mine. If they eat any amount of peanuts, they just throw up. - Stephen Mack
Part 2 of this #saturdayff will continue off that theme next Saturday... Stay tuned! - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
That sounds crazy scary - also, gangrene? Sheesh. Way to totally freak you out when you're already having a pretty bad day. - Jennifer Dittrich
Joe, we carried epipens for a long while as well, but fortunately it doesn't seem required any longer. - Stephen Mack
Jennifer, I was so freaked out by that! And then afterwards I became super curious about what was going on with him, and wanted to peak in, but I didn't. - Stephen Mack
(Although now I think about it, it was probably hypothetical, the doctor may have been saying something like, "And if you don't take care of cleaning the wound regularly blah blah blah risk of developing gangrene.") - Stephen Mack
Great story and I feel you. My allergies have changed a lot over the years, but I'm a life-long sufferer of sooprize! hives. I also wake up with them almost every morning (on my face and neck). I look forward to reading your next installment! - Jenny H. from Android
Jenny, that must really upset Eivind. Especially since The Hives are Swedish. - Spidra Webster
Haha! I do enjoy their music. ;) - Jenny H. from Android
Ack, Jenny! I started getting menstrual hives a few cycles ago, and that was pretty freaky. I'm still trying to adjust. - Alix May from FFHound(roid)!
I'm pretty sure it's dust mites for me. :-/ - Jenny H. from Android
Wow Stephan, that is truly one of the worthy shares. - Janet
:-( Kung-pao chicken really is delicious. - Amit Patel
While my peanut allergy isn't as severe, I can relate. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm sorry you've had to go through all that, Stephen. I look forward to the next installment, though. - Spidra Webster
My food allergies have been getting worse and I never associated allergies with itchy ears, but now maybe I will! - Yvonne from FFHound!
That's nutty. - Louis Gray
Oh, the itchy ears will drive you crazy. I have been living with that problem for the last 30 years, and it gets really bad in summer. When it first started I ran to the doctor thinking I had a bug crawling around in my ear (only 1 ear was itching that time). As it was explained to me, the itching isn't really in the's all in your throat, and you only think it's your ears that are itching. Mine isn't caused by foods, though. It's all airborne allergens that end up in my throat, from breathing. - April Russo
Yeesh! I can't fathom the people in the hospital making you wait to get treated. Glad you're alive! :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Amit Patel
"Today, the strange story of a small group of islands that raise a big question: is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will eventually get swallowed up by humans? And just how far are we willing to go to stop that from happening?" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
This podcast was a little disturbing. But also fascinating. - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Play Hextris, a free online game on Kongregate -
Play Hextris, a free online game on Kongregate
"Hextris is a fast paced, addictive puzzle game inspired by Tetris." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
In my day kids didn't have such an easy way to share games they made… - Amit Patel
Stephan Planken
iOS 7 auto brightness: manually turn brightness down; 30 seconds later it's back up. Turn it down, back up, it never learns.
yeah :( - Amit Patel
Ever since I had to turn up the brightness manually because of the sun light it's been either significantly too dark or too bright. Wonder if there's a way to reset its behavior. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
The only way I could get it to work for me was to turn off Auto Brightness, adjust the manual setting, and then turn it back on. That seemed to hold for me, but who knows. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ha, thanks, I just tried that. :-) I came across an older post that suggested turning auto brightness off in low light conditions, sliding the slider all the way to the left (or close to), then enabling auto brightness again. See if that holds up! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Seems to be working a lot better! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Amit Patel
Leave it to *Buzzfeed* to complain about @SavedYouAClick - Amit Patel
Maybe the title should've been You Won't Believe Who Complained About SavedYouAClick! - Amit Patel
SavedYouAClick responds: "No. RT @BuzzFeed: Please Stop Saving Me A Click" - Amit Patel
Best line from Buzzfeed: "It’s not entirely clear that clickbait, in its traditional sense, is still rampant today." - Betsy
Hahaha - Amit Patel
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