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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
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
Amused that on “Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner”, the cake is a lie
;) I love that episode. - NOT THE CRICKET
If liquid starts at the top of some porous... - Maths and Science blog- matthen -
If liquid starts at the top of some porous... - Maths and Science blog- matthen
Visitors to our yard: Oregon Junco, Oak Titmouse, Lesser Goldfinch(?), Black-Capped Chickadee, White-Breasted Nuthatch
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Madrone tree I saw while hiking at Almaden Quicksilver (for the first time)
New Introduction to A* page -
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
Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop, CA
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
Dijkstra's Algorithm and reprioritizing nodes -
"Your TiVo experience just got better!"
Woot! I wonder if this is the Haxe update. Todd Kulick would know. - Amit Patel
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
Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop, CA - great scenery in the surrounding mountains too
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Nice ass! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
:-) - Amit Patel
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
Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop, CA. Mostly non-railroady stuff. Prince Albert in a can.
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Methanosarcina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Methanosarcina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Methanosarcina is a genus of euryarchaeote archaea that produce methane. These single-celled organisms are the only known anaerobic methanogens that produce methane using all three metabolic pathways for methanogenesis." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Methanosarcina may have been largely responsible for the worst extinction event in the Earth's history, the Permian–Triassic extinction event. The theory suggests that acquisition of a new metabolic pathway via gene transfer followed by exponential reproduction allowed the microbe to rapidly consume vast deposits of organic carbon in marine sediments, leading to a sharp buildup of methane and carbon dioxide in the Earth's oceans and atmosphere that killed 90% of the world's species" - Amit Patel
"Species of Methanosarcina are also noted for unusually large genomes. M. acetivorans has the largest known genome of any archaeon." - Amit Patel
"Methanosarcina has been used in waste water treatment since the mid-1980s. Researchers have sought ways to use it as an alternative power source." - Amit Patel
Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop CA is mostly non-railroad stuff. They preserved lots of old buildings and artifacts. This is the photography building with lots of old cameras, film, accessories:
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Eastern Sierra trip - so scenic over there!
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I was reminded that I hadn't posted these photos yet when I was watching "Camel Spiders" (horrible movie) and all the outdoor scenes looked soooooo familiar. It turns out they filmed it in the area I drove through on this trip. :) - Amit Patel
Lots of movies are filmed there — - Amit Patel
Camel Spiders? *Googles* - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I think the movie was inspired by this photo that went viral: - Amit Patel
Google just auto-installed "Google+ Auto Backup" onto my computer. Didn't ask.
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From Chrome or another browser or what? - Spidra Webster
Picasa apparently. - Amit Patel
Looking at forums, it looks like they started doing it last year, and in January said it was unintentional and they'd fix it. But here it is July and it just installed it on my system. - Amit Patel
Ouch! Install some random tool to automatically copy the entire contents of your hard drive without your knowledge? Who could possibly object to that? - Brian Johns
Now you have no excuse for not backing up your files. They're doing you a favor you see. - rönin
#whitehat As Picasa and G+ Photos are integrated, they turned on the auto backup feature to back up photos in high quality to the web. That said, no users should be surprised by anything, especially sharp folks like Amit. Looking into it. - Louis Gray
Update: Picasa does not auto-install G+ AutoBackup, but it will place the setup installer for AutoBackup in the Picasa folder and then proceed, at first launch, to promote it and give you the option to install/run it. The very first release of AutoBackup bundled with Picasa was different and Picasa *did* auto-install. - Louis Gray
So it's possible, per above, that this dialog window came up from Picasa yesterday and wasn't dismissed, or Picasa was open today in addition to Steam, etc. Hope that helps, Amit. - Louis Gray
It's quite possible that when I ran Picasa, it was the version from last year, but I don't remember seeing any promotion to install Google+ Auto Backup, nor do I see any Google+ mentioned in the Picasa Options dialog in the program. Weird. - Amit Patel
I just changed the Picasa setting from "Update automatically" to "Ask before downloading updates" - Amit Patel
Windows is telling me I have Google+ Auto Backup from "Google" 6/29/2014 and also Google+ Auto Backup from "Google, Inc." 7/1/2014 I'm uninstalling both. - Amit Patel
Guessing from the Picasa Release Notes, the version it installed on 6/29 is the one from last year, and that was apparently the one that auto-installed. - Amit Patel
Puzzling. Thanks for following up, Amit. - Louis Gray
Thanks Louis for looking into it. I guess it was bad timing, with me not having used Picasa for a while. - Amit Patel
It's nice to have a responsive Google representative on Friendfeed. - Sean McBride
@Sean, here to help. As I see it, things are never as bad as they seem or as amazing as people would like you to believe. Things are usually somewhere in the middle. - Louis Gray
Louis -- you cleaned up this issue quickly and efficiently. If one could only receive tech support at this level for all products and services. :) - Sean McBride
+1 to that! - Louis Gray
Scratching his head
I love that I can run mdfind 'kMDItemKeywords = "bald eagle"' on mac to find all my photos that are tagged "bald eagle" (by lightroom) …
White Pelicans at Elkhorn Slough. They're a bit bigger than the brown pelicans, and like fresh water. Good thing Elkhorn Slough has both fresh and salt water.
Cormorants are reasonably sized birds and these pelicans tower over them. - Amit Patel
White Pelicans have the largest wingspan of North American birds, except for the California Condor. - Amit Patel
Egads, white pelicans are just so huge. I had no idea. - Amit Patel
Proebsting's paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Proebsting's paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"In probability theory, Proebsting's paradox is an argument that appears to show that the Kelly criterion can lead to ruin. Although it can be resolved mathematically, it raises some interesting issues about the practical application of Kelly, especially in investing. It was named and first discussed by Edward O. Thorp in 2008." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
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