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Perspectives - Data Center Cooling Done Differently -
Perspectives - Data Center Cooling Done Differently
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Colocate your data center and desalination plant. Use the heat from the data center to increase the efficiency of desalination. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Broccoli Cheese Cornbread Mini-Muffins | Mumblegrits -
Broccoli Cheese Cornbread Mini-Muffins | Mumblegrits
"This is the best ever recipe. Everybody liikes it, even if they don't like broccoli.If you choose only one thing on this blog to make, make it this!" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Fwd: The Favorite Food and Meal of Every U.S. State, According to Twitter - Mic - (via
Fwd: The Favorite Food and Meal of Every U.S. State, According to Twitter - Mic - (via
Halibut!! - Ken Morley
ای کاش برای کشورهای دیگه رو هم داشت - Primavera
Caviar?! - Amit Patel
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Overwhelmingly Large Telescope - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Overwhelmingly Large Telescope - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL) was a conceptual design by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) organization for an extremely large telescope, which was intended to have a single aperture of 100 meters [≈ height of the Statue of Liberty, foundation of pedestal to torch] in diameter." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The OWL could be expected to regularly see astronomical objects with an apparent magnitude of 38; or 1,500 times fainter than the faintest object which has been detected by the Hubble Space Telescope." - Amit Patel
Wow, this will make the 200 inch Palomar look like a toy. - Joe
Yeah, I love the comparison diagram, although I didn't realize OWL was on there at first - Amit Patel
Sometimes when people unfollow me, I wonder what they were expecting me to post. Then I go back to writing code.
I go through a cycle of following more people, then realizing there's too much, then unfollowing people. I don't take unfollows personally :) - Amit Patel
Brian Johns
So sad to read that Ironman Lake Tahoe was cancelled this morning, due to smoke. After what everyone put into this, it's hard to get all that way (suited up on the beach this morning) and then have it all grind to a halt. I'm sorry for all of you.
:( - Jenny H. from Android
:-( - Betsy
Gah :( But I'm glad you did yours last year, Sparky. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
My friend Lesley was supposed to race. She's so bummed! :-( - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
If you click on the "webcams" tab on Weather Underground you can see the smoke in Truckee that caused the cancellation: - Brian Johns
I was afraid of that. I have few friends who were supposed to race today. They must be crushed. - Hookuh Tinypants
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Android Fragmentation Report August 2014 - OpenSignal -
Lots of charts about Android. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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Implementing a "sketch" style of rendering in webGL | Floored -
Implementing a "sketch" style of rendering in webGL | Floored
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"At Floored, our main rendering pipeline aims for realism and is great for many different applications. However, real-time photorealistic rendering in the browser is very performance intensive and sometimes we just need to understand layout and space without needing lights and materials. Because we designed our rendering engine to be data-driven, we were able to easily add a new “sketchy” look that is great for layout planning and produces a pleasing, artistic aesthetic." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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PRA Event - Fall Tarantula Fest and BBQ -
PRA Event - Fall Tarantula Fest and BBQ
"Come to the Coe Park Tarantula Fest and rub elbows (so to speak) with some of our fuzzy, friendly eight-legged guests of honor. The event is held at the headquarters campground, which has breathtaking views across the ridges and canyons of the backcountry. With a meal ticket you can sit down and enjoy great home-cooked food at our barbecue." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Barbecued tarantula? - Melly - #TeamMarina
Do you pull the legs off first? - Steve C Team Marina
There are tarantula hikes on Mount Diablo this time of year, too :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
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iOS 8 Changed How I Work on My iPhone and iPad – MacStories -
iOS 8 Changed How I Work on My iPhone and iPad – MacStories
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Lots of information about iOS 8 notifications, custom keyboards, and other features - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Melly - #TeamMarina
RT @robbiereviews: There's something troubling about this book's tone
RT @robbiereviews: There's something troubling about this book's tone
I'm troubled by the size of the house compared to the cow. - Katy S from iPhone
the cow is your new god! do as it commands before it destroys you! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Pay tribute to the cow. - Eric - Poppa Large
WHERE'S MY COW? #pratchett - Slippy
"Mom! The kid is touching me again!" "Well why don't you moooooooove?" - Betsy
I want this book. TOUCH THIS COW. TOUCH IT NOW DAMMIT. - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
I wonder if it's a euphemism. - Melly - #TeamMarina
^ That's what I was wondering. - John (bird whisperer)
Clifford the Big Red Cow .. errr .. - Kristin
not sure what it says about me, but I read those pages in the voice of Samuel L Jackson. - Me
DO IT! - Big Joe Silence
That's not any ol' cow, that's a unicorn cow—a unicow! - Micah
A unicowrn? - Betsy
That cow is from the game "Black and White" ;-) - Amit Patel
April, *mindblow* /me - Micah
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Diatoms, Life in glass houses | Plankton Chronicles -
Diatoms, Life in glass houses | Plankton Chronicles
Diatoms, Life in glass houses | Plankton Chronicles
Diatoms, Life in glass houses | Plankton Chronicles
"Champions of photosynthesis, these unicellular organisms appeared at the time of dinosaurs. They produce a quarter of the oxygen we breathe." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Ooh! My kids love diatoms ever since they got to use a microscope to view them at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
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A tiny gathering of artists has become the most interesting weekend in tech | The Verge -
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
Louis Gray
Our water use is down 40% year over year, due in part to going with Rachio for our smart sprinkler system. We're also down about 60% from two years ago. More to do, but the right direction.
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We went 54k gallons over a 60 day period in 2012 to 24k this year. Our kids still take too many baths, and we do too much laundry, but the trajectory is good. - Louis Gray
We too have been cutting back on water usage. In completely unrelated news, we had to have 17 trees taken out this summer. :( Oh, wait, that's not completely unrelated, is it? :( - Amit Patel
Our well is producing a few gallons a day per person. Around here the water truckers have been overwhelmed with business since june as wells have run dry. We're using bottled water and eating off paper plates. #prayforrain #sacrificepeopleforrain - Todd Hoff
Looking at the data makes me feel like we're still using a ton of water, but unless we never bathe or wash clothes, we're hard pressed to take it dramatically lower. - Louis Gray
That's 12K gallons a month? That's 400 gallons a day. With 4 people that's 100 gallons per person per day. Which is average. So that's very good progress. Good work. Using no water landscaping is a good next step. That will be coming soon enough for everyone. Without better monitoring data it's hard to go that next step in reducing usage. Here are some more water savings tips: - Todd Hoff
Aldercroft Heights is now rationing to 50 gallons per household per day. - Todd Hoff
@todd, but we have five people. :) - Louis Gray from Android
It's extreme, but you can give one away to a family of 3. - Todd Hoff
Andy Bakun
Emacs, the editor that can do anything except call mount(2) directly.
sxemacs (from many years ago) is both login shell and window manager - Amit Patel
Possibly you need to lower your refrigerator setting? - RepoRat
"I am a Roquefort. I am an Imokilly Regato..." - Stephen Francoeur
RR, you owe me a keyboard. - lris
All y'all are swell, you know that, right? - Zamms
My cheese is thrown out of the house. Thanks mold! - Amit Patel
What's your favorite calculator model used in school or thereafter?
Casio fx-7000g, still use it. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
HP-67 all the way, though I'll admit my HP-45 probably got me through my EE degree. - David Lounsbury
I never really learned to use calculators for advanced functions until last year. My HS calculator (which I still have and which still works on its ORIGINAL battery) is a TI-35 Plus. I really like the size of it. But it's a little sticky around the buttons so when I was in Chem 22 I bought a TI-36X. Its weight and size is nice but it has no log button. It turns out you do log by... more... - Spidra Webster
I don't remember what brand/model it was, but it was a printing calculator that I found in one of the abandoned offices at the airport, back when I worked there, that I swiped for use in my office (I didn't feel like bringing mine from home). I should have taken it with me when I left that job. The keys had such a good feel to them. - April Russo
I really loved my TI-85 when I was in school (and after, until I left it in a cart at Walmart accidentally, and lost it forever). Not sure I really remember any particular models of calculator I've used since; I mostly just use whatever's built into my computer or phone. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
When I was in school there weren't any. Good thing I was an English major. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
TI-84 Plus Silver Edition. <3 - Jenny H. from Android
HP-48 S, although I never used it to its full potential. - Brian Johns
Still have my HP-32S, vintage 1988 model, as my go-to calculator. I keep non-RPN calculators on hand for the other librarians. - Elizabeth Brown
I liked using my graphing calculator in high school and college. I forget if it was a TI-80 or TI-81. Probably the latter. - John (bird whisperer)
HP-48 S, never needed its full potential. - Angelo
I really liked the TI-68 I had in high-school, and hated the switch to the graphing calculators (I did a lot better with the math itself when forced to graph by hand.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I had and still have a casio fx-4500 - Amit Patel
TI-81. The only calculator I ever used in high school and college. - Bren from iPhone
Hp 11c reverse polish. - Joe from iPod
HP-48GX. - Julian
In school? I had a really good K&E slide rule. Never did learn all of its functions, but got really good at mentally calculating magnitudes. - Walt Crawford
*wonders what a reverse Polish calculator is and if it's anything like reverse cowgirl* - Spidra Webster
I'm with the oldsters in this group. Personal calculators had just become available when I took statistics the summer after graduating college, but they were so very expensive then. A few people in the class had them, but I still used a slide rule. - Anne Bouey
TI nspire CX CAS - Glen Campbell
Confession: I have a calculator collection. I own several dozen of'em. - Glen Campbell
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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
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Ditching Twitter | -
Ditching Twitter |
"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
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Urban Engines for Transit -
"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
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BBC - Travel - Slideshow - Colombia's 'Liquid Rainbow' -
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
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Do snakes always curl the same way? Or are the bi-directional in their curling?
Their bodies are capable of both, but I don't know if they preferentially curl one way or another. - Jenny H. from Android
It depends if they are in the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere. - Joe
Yeah, Jenny, I'm wondering if they have a preference. :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
LOL Joe. - Melly - #TeamMarina
"Dr. Roth studied the coiling behavior of 30 cottonmouth snakes over a six-month period. He made 1813 observations of the direction each snake coiled. Adult snakes (16 of 20 snakes) preferred to coil in the clockwise direction. Many female snakes (15 of 20 snakes), but few male snakes (only 4 of 10 snakes), also tended to coil in a clockwise pattern. Dr. Roth suggests that the location... more... - Betsy
Thanks, Betsy! - Jenny H. from Android
So cool! - Amit Patel
Now he needs to repeat the experiment but in the southern hemisphere. :-) - Betsy
Victor Ganata
In all honesty, right now I'm more terrified of measles (which is an airborne highly contagious disease that has a 0.1-0.2% chance of killing you which you will almost certainly catch on exposure if you are unvaccinated, your immunity has waned, or you're immunocompromised) than I am of Ebola (which can only be spread by exchange of bodily fluids).
Despite vaccination efforts, measles kills about 500 times more people in a year than Ebola has killed since it was first discovered. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, but who knows... Ebola might be the cause of the world of Demolition Man. No real sex, no high fives. Taco Bell being the supreme eatery. Scary stuff. Oh, and the three seashells... *shiver* - Arlan K.
Or Pizza Hut, if you live outside of San Angeles. - Steven Perez from Android
I'm not terrified of either, but ebola is interesting not because of its size but its growth rate. It mutates much quicker than most viruses. There's a strain that infects someone and doesn't show symptoms for 2 weeks. There's a strain that is airborne. Measles cases are growing too, but the doubling time is in years (I think), whereas ebola cases are doubling in weeks. - Amit Patel
Growth tends to be overrepresented in news, because it's … news. Twitter's revenue is tiny compared to SAP but Twitter is growing more quickly. Also, rare events tend to be more commonly stated in news. Airplane crashes kill far fewer people than car crashes but airplane crashes are big news. News is only loosely correlated with importance (one reason why I spend very little time reading the news) - Amit Patel
Yeah, the only reason why measles doesn't spread like wildfire globally is because of existing immunity. In areas with very low vaccination rates, the rate of transmission is probably much higher than Ebola. The CDC estimates that the transmission rate from infected patients to non-measles-immune patients is about 90% - Victor Ganata
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Early Epidemic Dynamics of the West African 2014 Ebola Outbreak: Estimates Derived with a Simple Two-Parameter Model – PLOS Currents Outbreaks -
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
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Georgia Lawmaker Vows to End Early Voting Because Blacks Vote That Way -
Georgia Lawmaker Vows to End Early Voting Because Blacks Vote That Way
"Georgia Sen. Fran Millar, Republican of Dunwoody, has vowed to fight a plan to allow voting on Sunday because precincts will be "dominated by African American shoppers and... several large African American mega churches," and he "would prefer more educated voters."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Considering how much the GOP adores our Founding Fathers, I think they fail to see how ashamed and appalled those same men would be at the people who are selected to represent our country. - Chris Topher
Dislike. - Brian Johns
Unbelievable. - Anne Bouey
Wow - Amit Patel
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Legible Mathematics — Sketches of an interactive arithmetic for programming -
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: - sizofroid
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This levitating Bluetooth speaker is the best we've seen -
This levitating Bluetooth speaker is the best we've seen
What! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I thought the ball one looked cooler: - Cristo
What part of a person’s brain goes "you know, I should put a dozen exclamation points after this post unironically"? Especially adults
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Amit Patel
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Building a deeper understanding of images | Research Blog -
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
Poor Quality Sleep May Be Linked to Shrinking Brain - Health News and Views - -
Poor Quality Sleep May Be Linked to Shrinking Brain - Health News and Views -
"In those with poor sleep quality, the researchers saw shrinkage in one part of their frontal cortex and some atrophy, or deterioration, throughout three other parts of the brain, including parts involved with reasoning, planning, memory and problem-solving." - Cristo from Bookmarklet
Please assist Louis in understanding this. :) - Cristo
Louis could plausibly say the causation runs the other way: People with shrinking brains sleep poorly, and his brain isn't shrinking. - Walt Crawford
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
The headline actually explains it all. "Poor quality sleep" is linked to a shrinking brain. Therefore, don't have the poor quality sleep. Duh. - Louis Gray
^ You might want to add an "I" to that last statement. I know you're tired, but the meaning is changed without it. ;) - Cristo
Louis's logic is convincing. - Amit Patel
Only to the sleep-deprived ;-) - Slippy
@Amit, would you like to sign up to my newsletter? - Louis Gray
Poor quality sleep is also linked to drinking my ass kicking iced tea right before bed. - April Russo
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