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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
Don't Know What to Call This | Mumblegrits -
Don't Know What to Call This | Mumblegrits
Crypt of the Necrodancer is a "dance dance roguelike" - Boing Boing -
Crypt of the Necrodancer is a "dance dance roguelike" - Boing Boing
Crypt of the Necrodancer is great. Giant Bomb did a decent 30 minute preview of it a few days ago: - Mark Trapp
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
Updated design of Nokia maps -
Updated design of Nokia maps
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Brookings effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
"On July 8, 2008, Brookings recorded a high temperature of 108 °F (42 °C) at the airport. This was not only the highest recorded temperature in the town's history, but also the highest recorded in Oregon on that day. The Crescent City airport, approximately 30 miles south, recorded a high temperature of 68 °F (20 °C) that day." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The Brookings Effect is a meteorological phenomenon that affects the southern coast of Oregon, in which dry adiabatic heating increases the temperature of a mass of air as it travels down slope. It can occur at any time of the year producing temperatures near the Chetco River mouth which are up to 40 °F (22 °C) higher than without the air movement. It is the same phenomenon as the Santa Ana winds." - Amit Patel
Beaver Complex Fire - 36,723 acres -
Beaver Complex Fire - 36,723 acres
"The Beaver Complex is comprised of the Salt Creek Fire (20 miles northwest of Medford) and the Oregon Gulch Fire (15 miles east of Ashland), lightning-started fires that started on July 30-31, 2014. After it was first discovered on July 31, the Oregon Gulch Fire rapidly moved southeast from the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument into the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area, from Jackson County into Klamath County, and then into California." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
:-( - Todd Hoff
I think I should probably cancel my hiking trip to crater lake …
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fire + drought = long & intense burning season :-( - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
:-( - Amit Patel
More fires -> more co2 --> more heat -> more fires - Amit Patel
fires -> more fires - Todd Hoff
Clever idea: a chromecast can talk to multiple devices at once. My friend made a board-game-ish game where every player can look at their own screen but they can also use the shared screen. - Amit Patel
Now I need to find that android device in a drawer somewhere, and charge it up … - Amit Patel
How is the latency on shared global display? - Todd Hoff
"with great power comes great spiderman" -
"with great power comes great spiderman"
The view from the Best Western in Florence, Oregon.
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Best Best Western Ever! But not the most Western Best Western Ever. That's a few miles south, in Bandon Oregon. - Amit Patel
Beautiful view! - Anne Bouey
Grade inflation: all maple syrups get graded "A" now - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
And they're all above average. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
How cool is this - Instead, in a complicated and only recently understood process, freezing temperatures at night create ice in the maple tree’s xylem, trapping gas in the vessels through which the plant normally transports water. When the ice melts in the heat of the day, the gases expand, creating the positive pressure that propels sap up the xylem, and—if the tree is tapped—out. - Todd Hoff
"MOE (Metric Optimization Engine) is an efficient way to optimize a system's parameters, when evaluating parameters is time-consuming or expensive." - Amit Patel
"MOE is ideal for problems in which the optimization problem's objective function is a black box, not necessarily convex or concave, derivatives are unavailable, and we seek a global optimum, rather than just a local one. This ability to handle black-box objective functions allows us to use MOE to optimize nearly any system, without requiring any internal knowledge or access. To use... more... - Amit Patel
Huh, I wasn't expecting the secrets shared on Secret to be available on the web with no login … - Amit Patel
"I have a secret crush on Paul :)" - Amit Patel
They're even more secret when shared on the web. - NOT THE CRICKET
Here's how to find the ones Google has indexed: - Amit Patel
The design of a signage typeface | I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY -
The design of a signage typeface | I LOVE TYPOGRAPHY
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"Once I even ended up in a holding cell at the border crossing to Norway, because the customs officers just wouldn’t accept that someone would drive all over Europe simply to take photographs of traffic signs. (See my FLickr sets World of Traffic Signs and Type on Traffic Signs.)" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Colorful typography on the web: get ready for multicolor fonts – Pixelambacht -
Colorful typography on the web: get ready for multicolor fonts – Pixelambacht
"Seemingly out of nowhere, big guys like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Adobe are proposing multicolor font formats, and rushing to have them implemented in browsers and OSes. This sudden interest is not so much fueled by typographers, designers or web developers, but by an unlikely group: teenagers." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
This still makes me go ugh - Amit Patel
"We have an incredible future ahead of us, but we won't get there by clinging to obsolete patterns." - Amit Patel
"For me, startups are more than just a clever way to make money. They are machines for harnessing the fire of human self-interest, creating a self-sustaining reaction capable of rapidly transforming the world." - Amit Patel
FNET Frequency Map Gradient Display -
FNET Frequency Map Gradient Display
Real time map showing how out of phase(??) the U.S. power grid is? - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Touch events on the pathfinding pages -
On Seeing Like a Cat -
On Seeing Like a Cat
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
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
Pathfinding on isometric grids -
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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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
Woot! My page being on reddit + hackernews gave me a big traffic boost. No revenue though since I don't have ads :)
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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
Lovely walk with a friend at Palo Alto Baylands. Lots of big white birds.
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Woot, I was published in Hacker Monthly
Nice! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
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
Ah, that gggg! Those kinds of comments are rare but they do happen. I try to be polite to everyone. - Amit Patel
I decided to plot the Basal Metabolic Rates from wikipedia (
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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
When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home : Shots - Health News : NPR -
When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home : Shots - Health News : NPR
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