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Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I took two large boxes of clothes to Goodwill today. Some of them were nearly new, but that's the problem... had them for a year or more but didn'twear them. I need to be smarter aboutwhat I buy.
In the past I would have succumbed to "anchor bias" and kept them because I'd spent the money. But it makes more sense to let someone else get use out of them, after all. I feel like I just took a step toward growing up! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Also, I feel as though I made a post about this already. Maybe I also took a step toward senility. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Yay! - Amit Patel
I definitely have some "hoarder" DNA in my genes. Gotta fight that for all I'm worth. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Amit Patel
Ugh, people are "poaching" old growth redwoods in the national park … :( - Amit Patel
Casey McKinnon
In case you were wondering, Sarah Connor totally has sex with Kyle Reese even though he's never showered. #TheTerminator #Smellavision
Adrenaline can increase attraction with your date, and guessing Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese had a LOT of adrenaline while fleeing killer robots from the future. - Amit Patel
*sigh• you are such an old romantic, Amit - WoH: Professor MOTHRA from iPhone
Paul Buchheit
Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D. - http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D.
"These experiences changed the way I felt about the police. After the third incident I worried when police cars drove by; I was afraid I would be stopped and searched or that something worse would happen. I dress better if I go downtown. I don’t hang out with friends outside my neighborhood in Harlem as much as I used to. Essentially, I incorporated into my daily life the sense that I might find myself up against a wall or on the ground with an officer’s gun at my head. For a black man in his 20s like me, it’s just a fact of life in New York. Here are a few other facts: last year, the N.Y.P.D. recorded more than 600,000 stops; 84 percent of those stopped were blacks or Latinos. Police are far more likely to use force when stopping blacks or Latinos than whites. In half the stops police cite the vague “furtive movements” as the reason for the stop. Maybe black and brown people just look more furtive, whatever that means. These stops are part of a larger, more widespread problem — a... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Horribly sad. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's institutionalized racism. It's when you cross the street with your kids because you see a black or brown guy walking towards you, regardless of how he's dressed or what he's doing. When you lock your car doors because the color of the neighborhood changes, regardless of the economic stature of the area. You see 3 or more black or brown guys hanging out and call them "thugs" or... more... - Anika
:( - Amit Patel
the gun-at-head part can't be legal, can it? - Big Joe Silence
nice - Mariya Khan
Considering that only about 5% of stops (regardless of color) result in arrests, it's hard to imagine how they even justify this practice. - Gabe
ok ok ok - Ruslan Zakirov
Why people put so much emphasis on complexion, which is just a wrapper of a beautiful soul. If you abuse someone because of his color, you are abusing god, because god resides in every human heart.. - Ajay Agrawal
Bret Taylor
"Web 2.0 was created so that people could publish cute photos of their cats. But this same cat dissemination technology has proved extremely helpful for activists, who’ve turned these tools to their own purposes." - Ethan Zuckerman (http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog...)
Nice. The Cute Cat Theory. From @EthanZ in 2007. Reading old blogs? Great find! - thinkQuick
I thought Web 2.0 was created to more efficiently deliver Porn - Sean Reiser
Bizarre. I was under the impression Web 2.0 was created for people to publish cute (and not so cute) photos of themselves. :) - Mona Nomura
Web 2.0 was created *for cats* to publish cute photos of themselves. - Amit Patel
Heck, a cat can program a robot, why not? http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Paula W
: ) - "Twitter lets Robert Scoble tell me what he’s doing 200 freaking times a day… but it also lets me know whether Egyptian activists have been released from the police station when they go in for questioning." - Sarah Brinkerhoff
Cat dissemination technology. LOL. :) - guruvan (Rob Nelson)
Not a real big fan of web 2.0 , But I do find pieces that are well written and researched to be informative. http://www.comparetvproviders.com - Jacob
cool - solncee
gattiny ruled the internet - 無家可歸82 from FFHound(roid)!
Julian
Anyone getting Glass?
nope. - imabonehead
I have a glass with lemonade in it. Does that count? - Amit Patel
does it come with Netscape? - Steve C
Hell to the no. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Waiting for the next version. - Todd Hoff
The library has one but I haven't tried it out. - Betsy
Amit Patel
I was just walking around my yard and … there's a snake.
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Yeah, it rattled, but I think it's actually a gopher snake. - Amit Patel
I think there's a CA snake that mimics a rattle...didn't remember it being a gopher snake, though. I get the shit scared outta me when I see *any* snake. - Spidra Webster
imabonehead
Subway: 'Yoga mat' chemical almost out of bread - http://www.cnbc.com/id...
Subway: 'Yoga mat' chemical almost out of bread
"Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat" chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient. The ingredient, azodicarbonamide, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner. It can be found in a wide variety products, including those served at McDonald's and Starbucks and breads sold in supermarkets. But the petition gained attention after it noted the chemical was also used to make yoga mats." - imabonehead from Bookmarklet
I'm going to make a yoga mat out of broccoli - Amit Patel
Victor Ganata
It's probably immaterial, but there's something about saying "for years" when you mean "two years" that irks me.
It's technically correct! - Andrew C (✔)
It's technically correct, but it's also inexact :D - Victor Ganata
"forever ago" Sure even I use it sometimes but really? An infinity ago? - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I mean, if they were on Twitter, I could understand omitting the number…. Gotta watch that character count, you know? - Victor Ganata
Maybe, but "2" is less characters than "for". - April Russo
"For zero years" - Amit Patel
"For not a single year" - John (bird whisperer)
Amit Patel
Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work | Talk Video | TED.com - http://www.ted.com/talks...
Amanda Burden: How public spaces make cities work | Talk Video | TED.com
"More than 8 million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes it possible? In part, it’s the city’s great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play. Amanda Burden helped plan some of the city’s newest public spaces, drawing on her experience as, surprisingly, an animal behaviorist. She shares the unexpected challenges of planning parks people love — and why it's important." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Sand Pile Model of the Mind Grows in Popularity - Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
Sand Pile Model of the Mind Grows in Popularity - Scientific American
"Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Self-organized criticality has a certain intuitive appeal. But a good scientific theory must be more than elegant and beautiful. Bak’s notion has had its share of critics, in part because his approach strikes many as ridiculously broad: He saw nothing strange about leaping across disciplinary boundaries and using self-organized criticality to link the dynamics of forest fires, measles and the large-scale structure of the universe — often in a single talk." - Amit Patel
I admit elegant/beautiful theories appeal to me even if they're wrong :-/ - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
rm -rf /Pixar/Toy-Story-2 - Amit Patel
"What do you mean backups have failed for the last month?" - Amit Patel
Remember tape rotations? God I hated doing that. - Todd Hoff
Best. Story. Ever. - Laura Norvig
Louis Gray
Brain damage can make people immune to the gambler’s fallacy | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/science...
Brain damage can make people immune to the gambler’s fallacy | Ars Technica
I think you brained my damage! - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
That must explain me :( - Amit Patel
Louis needs MOAR sleep! :P - imabonehead
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
Sleep is an error - Mo Kargas
Amit Patel
Do I have this right? Democratic Republic of Congo was called People's Republic of Congo during 1964-1966 and Republic of Congo was called People's Republic of Congo during 1970-1991. Not confusing at all.
No, I have this wrong, if I am to believe wikipedia. - Amit Patel
I'm confused. Really confused. BOTH countries were called "Republic of Congo" from 1960-1964?? - Amit Patel
but http://geography.about.com/od... says that *both* countries renamed themselves from "Republic of Congo" to "People's Republic of Congo" - Amit Patel
"Democratic Republic of the Congo - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Not to be confused with the neighbouring Republic of the Congo or the People's Republic of the Congo." - Spidra Webster
Nir Ben Yona
THERE'S NO WAY THAT QUORA WORTH AS MUCH AS $1 BILLION. #BUBBLE
Surely, Quora is worth more than WhatsApp! ;) - Amit Patel
“We’re not interested in being acquired, ever,” ... said everyone, always. - Laura Norvig
Yeah, right. Low traffic, no monetization, ex-facebook ceo. Perfect - Nir Ben Yona
Amit Patel
Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news...
Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost
"Giant viruses also dwarf other viruses in terms of genetic complexity. The newly discovered Pithovirus contains 500 genes, and the aforementioned Pandoravirus can contain up to 2,500. For comparison, the HIV virus contains only about 12 genes, …" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I grew up in the 60's when television shows produced 39 new episodes per season, and some of them a second time during the "summer rerun" period. So I'm having some issues with turning on the t.v. in MARCH AND APRIL only to discover that they're running reruns until late April!
Someday soon we'll be treated to 6 weeks of new programming, followed by 39 weeks of reruns and reality shows. The remaining 7 weeks will be comprised of holiday specials, sports extravaganzas, and country music award specials. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I grew up in the 80s when TV shows were 24 - 30 new episodes and a 30 min. show had 24 min. of content. That mid-season gap and added commercials are why I don't watch American TV while it's on the air. - Anika
I am with you Anika. We only DVR and we call it power watching. - Janet
I remember when there were only ABC, CBS, and NBC. There are so many networks now, so many ways "TV" gets distributed, ie Netflix and Amazon Prime doing their own original content now as well. So much so that I get overwhelmed with all the available viewing options so that I just turn the TV off and listen to music instead. - Derrick
I'm doing that more and more, Derrick. There are two shows that I make a point of watching when I can get them. One of them is on PBS and, unfortunately, that signal has disappeared completely in the last couple of months. Either the transmitter is borked, or some new enterprise between here and the transmitter 30 miles away is generating enough interference to wipe out the signal. I... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
I don't even watch broadcast TV, really. I have no idea what times and days shows even air because I always catch it later through network websites, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and the like. And again, I'm really enjoying listening to music lately but will marathon a TV show should I have the time on weekends. - Derrick
Sherlock fans get to see 3 episodes every few years. :-/ - Amit Patel
Glen Campbell
Is FriendFeed still down?
let me check ... - MoTO Moca Blend
There's this really cool web site that tells you. No, wait, that says if it's dead, not if it's down. - Bruce Lewis
Downforeveryoneorjustme.com says....friendfeed is up, though I may be wrong. I may be dreaming. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Yes, which is why you didn't post this and I'm not responding. Oh, wait... - Walt Crawford
FriendFeed.com sleeping is unproductive and a waste of time - Amit Patel
Monique Judge
I don't feel like using Google. What is an Its-It?
Thank you, Anne! Cecily also answered on Twitter. - Monique Judge
Its-it is the only ice cream served on Google's campus - Amit Patel
I can't imagine a childhood without It's-It. Po baby! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I had to look it up, too. I guess west coast people feel the same way about it that Texans feel about Blue Bell. - Trish R
As far as I know, it’s a Bay Area thing. There were none in Seattle that I remember. - Akiva
I grew up on them in Sac but we can still find Its-It here in the grocery stores in the OC. - Tamara J. B.
Nathan Chase
RT @Jonathan_Blow: People saying "VR has been tried before, and it didn't catch on, so it won't now" seem to be unobservant of how technology works.
3d tv has been tried before, and it didn't catch on, but this time it will. Because, technology. - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Dust in the wind helped bring down CO2 in the past | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/science...
Dust in the wind helped bring down CO2 in the past | Ars Technica
"Over the past three million years, the Earth has experienced rhythmic swings in and out of glacial conditions paced by a drummer named Milankovitch. The Milankovitch cycles in Earth’s orbit around the sun change the way the sun’s light strikes the surface of our planet. But these climatic swings would have been much smaller if not for the amplifying effect of changing greenhouse gas concentrations. (Returning to a band metaphor, a rock concert would be pretty unremarkable if you disconnected the amps from the guitars.)" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The growth of phytoplankton “fertilized” by all that iron would transport carbon from the atmosphere to the deep ocean. Phytoplankton, of course, take in CO2 as a part of photosynthesis, gaining energy and the material to build cells. When they die and sink to the bottom (either solo or via the express fecal route courtesy of larger creatures that made a meal of them), they take that carbon with them." - Amit Patel
Same old song; just a drop of water in an endless sea. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
All we do crumbles to the ground, yet we refuse to see. - Big Joe Silence
Amit Patel
Possible Major El Nino developing, and our wild winter - Weather and Climate - http://blog.timesunion.com/weather...
Possible Major El Nino developing, and our wild winter - Weather and Climate
Possible Major El Nino developing, and our wild winter - Weather and Climate
"Over the last 40 years, there have been only two major El Niño events (1982-1983 and 1997-1998)." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The amplitude of the temperature departures from normal in the present event are actually stronger than those achieved during the March 1997 event." - Amit Patel
"Trouble is that in our lifetimes, we are not likely to ever experience a large enough number of major Kelvin wave events similar to the present event and that of March 1997 to be able to objectively assess through the historical record which of us is right, whether or not this potential event becomes major." - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
A book about a society full of Louis Grays! "smarter, happier, possibly immortal, and never need to sleep"
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"People who don't need sleep are more productive than those who do. This, combined with their greater intelligence, makes the Sleepless both powerful and feared." - Amit Patel
(seen at the Experience Music Project in Seattle) - Amit Patel
Tada! - Louis Gray
I feel so inferior - Amit Patel
Glen Campbell
RT @jamiehannaford: Kneel before me, for I am the Yak Shaving King
Yak shavers everywhere: we need to genetically engineer yaks that grow hair more quickly. - Amit Patel
au contraire. i need some hairless yaks around here. - Laura Norvig
teach a yak to shave and you have another software engineer - Kevin Johnson
Amit Patel
Merlin Bird ID app – Instant Bird Identification Help for 350 North American birds - http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/
Merlin Bird ID app – Instant Bird Identification Help for 350 North American birds
New bird mobile app looks promising — they narrow down candidate birds based on size and color and behavior (which you enter) and location and season (automatic). I've used Petersen and iBird and am happy with neither; I'll try this one. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I tried it out, and I'm quite happy with it so far. It seems much nicer for casual birdwatchers like me, and I'm guessing it's not for birdwatching geeks. - Amit Patel
Mark H
Your pavement squiggle markings decoded - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
Your pavement squiggle markings decoded
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"They are the fleeting multi-coloured maps that chart the lay of the land beneath our feet. They tell those who dig up our roads where exactly the pipes and cables run, and, just as importantly, at what depth. Here we decode readers' road squiggle finds." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The product of convention rather than law, the different colours used in pavement markings refer to a particular utility. Red, for example, is the colour of electricity. Blue denotes water while yellow means gas, green means CCTV or cable firm networks and white, telecommunications (or general messages to contractors carrying out works). The numbers between the lines are used spell out the distance from the kerb of a particular pipe or a cable or - if a D is used - its depth." - Mark H
We need a color to mark the mini hyperloop package delivery system that will compete with amazon's drone delivery. - Amit Patel
Stephen Mack
Rancho San Antonio is my favorite place to run.
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I love that place - Amit Patel
Amit, same here. We saw a hawk fluttering overhead (he seemed to be having fun swooping and hovering) but I didn't have anything but my cell phone camera, which couldn't capture it. I was thinking if you'd been there with your fancy camera you could have taken a picture if its underwing plumage or a close-up of a grub on its front left talon or some-such. - Stephen Mack
:) - Jenny H. from Android
That place is the best. My old coworkers introduced me to it. I miss it... and running in greenery for that matter. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Looks wonderful. Why ruin it with running? - MoTO Moca Blend from Android
This thread is reminding me that it's been a while since I've been there. And it's been weeks since I took my fancy camera anywhere. :( - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
California drought: Ray of hope in fish-vs.-farms dispute - SFGate - http://m.sfgate.com/science...
California drought: Ray of hope in fish-vs.-farms dispute - SFGate
"Tens of thousands of squiggling salmon fattening up on bugs and other nutrients on flooded cropland in the Sacramento Valley could soon provide a solution to the long-running dispute over who should get the bulk of California's diminishing supply of water: farms or fish." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Flooding rice fields, it turns out, spreads the water out and warms it up, causing the growth of algae and plankton that attract insects and provide food for fish. The naturally occurring nutrients in the soil have been found to increase rice yields. The flooded fields also attract waterfowl." - Amit Patel
Victor Ganata
I guess it's really no coincidence that both Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin have both had a profound influence on my thinking. When I found out both of them lived in Berkeley at the same time, it made a lot of sense. I didn't know they actually both went to Berkeley High at the same time, though. They were both class of 1947. That's trippy.
I guess, if you think about it, there is a kind of superficial similarity between Dick's Gnosticism and Le Guin's Taoism which have both also significantly influenced my mystical beliefs. (It's really just the dialectic of the demiurge vs. the True God that superficially resembles the yin and yang.) - Victor Ganata
I forgot the I Ching, which is a Taoist text, figures prominently in a lot of Dick's fiction. - Victor Ganata
It's the "K". - Amit Patel
Eric Logan
Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com - http://www.ft.com/intl...
Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com
Statisticians have spent the past 200 years figuring out what traps lie in wait when we try to understand the world through data. The data are bigger, faster and cheaper these days – but we must not pretend that the traps have all been made safe. They have not. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
This kind of quibbling, nitpicking and stingy approach to Big Data technologies reminds one of pessimistic predictions by "experts" that the Internet and the World Wide Web were flashes in the pan and would amount to nothing. I don't think Tim Harford has a clue about what is going on at the intersection of Big Data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, etc. -- the... more... - Sean McBride
I don't read it as nibbling and nitpicking. Big data is obviously here to stay and adjustments will continue to happen because they have to for it to become a more accurate tool. Presently there are lots of blind spots and false positives in the data and not a lot of serious consideration of the methodology is being talked about. It's all blue sky and futurist theory. - Eric Logan
What's going on in Big Data and data mining: [Prismistic; Data Mining http://preview.getprismatic.com/news...] - Sean McBride
The state of the art and the quality of the mining depends on the specific domains in question. Sure, there are problems in fine-tuning this technology -- but the problems are susceptible to being attacked and overcome. - Sean McBride
I envision future AI-based Big Data mining systems that develop hypotheses and theories about the patterns in their data -- especially the subtle and hidden patterns -- and which keep working to improve their own behavior vis-a-vis the real world. - Sean McBride
We're going into the Trough of Disillusionment of the Hype Cycle. First they write articles about how awesome big data is and how it'll change everything, then they write articles about how all the stuff they previously said is overblown. In the meantime the people doing the work continue using it effectively. - Amit Patel
Many tech journalists are scatterbrained -- they don't grasp long historical arcs. Their flighty enthusiasms come and go. - Sean McBride
Or maybe they do, and realize writing about both the ups and the downs brings in more pageviews ;) - Amit Patel
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