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Real happenings and Facts: THE GREAT GREEN WALL OF AFRICA - http://naturne.blogspot.com/2013...
Real happenings and Facts: THE GREAT GREEN WALL OF AFRICA
Real happenings and Facts: THE GREAT GREEN WALL OF AFRICA
"The Great Green Wall initiative is a pan-African proposal to “green” the continent from west to east in order to battle desertification.  It aims at tackling poverty and the degradation of soils in the Sahel-Saharan region, focusing on a strip of land of 15 km (9 mi) wide and 7,500 km (4,750 mi) long from Dakar to Djibouti." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Progress is apparent especially in the Zinder region of Niger, where tree density has significantly improved since the mid-1980s. GEF CEO Monique Barbut attributes the success to working with farmers to find technical solutions, particularly long-term land and financial solutions, in order to save the trees. This form of natural regeneration benefits local communities and the global... more... - Amit Patel
Went down the coast to see the elephant seal babies. You can get really close down in San Simeon (Piedras Blancas). Here's a video I took. http://moby.to/hgp04t
Went down the coast to see the elephant seal babies. You can get really close down in San Simeon (Piedras Blancas). Here's a video I took. http://moby.to/hgp04t
Did you visit the castle? - Todd Hoff
I didn't visit the castle … just the seals! :) I went to the seals, then spent the day in Morro Bay. - Amit Patel
The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral - http://www.theguardian.com/science...
The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral
The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral
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What is an orange? - Cut squash - http://www.cutsquash.com/2012...
What is an orange? - Cut squash
What is an orange? - Cut squash
"I had long wondered what the difference is between a mandarin, clementine, satsuma and tangerine. It turns out that the answer is: ‘bad question’; clementines, satsumas and tangerines are all varieties of mandarin." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Thank you! - bentley
The Dapper Toad: Octavian the Octopuss - http://www.dappertoad.com/2011...
The Dapper Toad: Octavian the Octopuss
"Egads! What's that? Meet Octavian. He's part cat, part octopus, he's an octopuss! Octavian wonders why he's been given so many legs as he doesn't plan on actually using them to go anywhere. He prefers to just sleep in sunny spots." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Your Next Car May Not Have a Spare Tire - Consumer Reports News - http://www.consumerreports.org/cro...
Your Next Car May Not Have a Spare Tire - Consumer Reports News
"Most car buyers aren’t in the habit of checking for a spare while they’re kicking tires. But if you’re in the market for a new car, it might be worth a peek in the trunk." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I noticed this when I went to the auto show recently and was very surprised by the lack of spare tires. - Amit Patel
messed up. - Big Joe Silence
The RAV4 doesn't have one. The erasing I've heard is with the just it time repair services and puncture safe tires there's no reason to have the overhead. - Todd Hoff
Unless you are (on your way to Las Vegas) In a small town in Colorado that doesn't have a tire in stock and it takes 3 days from Denver to get your replacement tire.... #actualstory - WarLord
Yeah, we went in to get tires Friday... have to go back Monday... - Alix May
I often drive out in the wilderness and not just on major highways so this is something I need to look at when buying a car. - Amit Patel
That's why it wouldn't work for us either. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, this is topic sparks spirited office debate from time to time. But with most of our buyers generally coming from urban markets, the availability of roadside assistance, and the fact that most people *don't know how to even change a tire*, I think the spare tire will fade from existence. Though I have no clue of the glide path. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Yeah, I think spare tires probably are unnecessary for most people. Run-flats might be ideal once they can achieve comfort and efficiency. - Amit Patel
It won't matter soon because we'll have hovercars in Oct 2015. I saw it on the documentary "Back to the Future". Where we're going we don't need tires. - Amit Patel
Powered by clean fusion! - Big Joe Silence from iPod
The Volt I leased in June doesn't have a spare. It has a complicated 'tire inflation device' that includes 'green slime' puncture filler, and if that doesn't work it has OnStar 24/7. All that is fine for urban life, but I was a tad bit nervous this summer driving thru Nevada to get to Zion... Even the OnStar signal coverage was hard to come by out there. - Ken Gidley
Went for a walk at the Sunnyvale wastewater treatment plant. So many ducks! And black-crowned night herons.
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Not sure what kind of duck is in the photo but most of them were northern shovelers, I think. - Amit Patel
The duck in the third photo is a Northern Pintail. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks John! - Amit Patel
Ugh, sorry, I guess I had already posted this. :-/ - Amit Patel
I only today discovered/realized (thanks to Stephan Planken) that a lot of the people here on FF are also on Twitter. I am on Twitter but I treat it completely separately from my FF posts. Most things I post on FF and not on Twitter. Those Twitter people are missing out ;)
Most of my posts are in parallel between Twitter and FF but the 140 sped limit means FF gets my longer posts #maybenotbetterjustlonger - WarLord
I'm on Twitter, except not really. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I usually cross-post automatically to Twitter, FriendFeed, and Facebook because I have no idea what will wind up being interesting to each group, and I want to talk to everyone regardless of their choice of social network. Sometimes things in different directions on different networks off of the same post. If it's something specific to someone who only resides on a specific network, I'll post it only there, though. - Mark Trapp
#FFHandwritingMeme? Mine has been described "incredibly neat handwriting" in a news article and "impeccable handwriting" in a book.
The question is, what mental illnesses does this indicate? :-/ - Amit Patel
Don't be put off by ppl telling you your writing is too neat. It's just jealousy. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Perhaps it's a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder? :-) - Todd Hoff
OCD-ish but in a good way. - Janet
Your handwriting is great. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Seemed like a thousand ducks at Sunnyvale's wastewater treatment plant trail. Good exercise. Also, saw a bunch of black-crowned night herons!
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Our previous cat wandered all over the yard and made sure other cats stayed out. Our current cats aren't so territorial, and these two visiting cats have learned that they can hang out in our yard every once in a while without our cats discovering them.
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They've been coming for months but this time I had my camera handy :) - Amit Patel
Bingham Canyon Mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Bingham Canyon Mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bingham Canyon Mine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest man-made excavation in the world, and is visible with the naked eye from space." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The EPA has estimated a 72 mile plume of contaminated groundwater has been created over the course of the mine due to multiple spills and runoff. Long term effects of the underground water supply contamination may include an increased demand for surface water solutions as the population of the Salt Lake valley grows since the county will not be able to tap into the groundwater supply." - Amit Patel
California gull - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
California gull - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The state bird of Delaware is the Delaware Blue Hen. The state bird of Hawaii is the Hawaiian goose. The state bird of Rhode Island is the Rhode Island red chicken. The state bird of South Carolina is the Carolina wren. The state bird of Utah is the California gull. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
One of these things doesn't match the others. Utah, get your own bird! - Amit Patel
Here's why Utah's state bird is the California Gull. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... (It also explains the name of Mormon crickets) - Louis Gray
We gave them the bird? - Brian Johns
Louis: interesting! Brian: haha! - Amit Patel
Looks like every seagull I've ever seen from Maine to Florida. - Anita Chamberlain
Ugh, I have forgotten how to post a flickr photo to get the thumbnail - Amit Patel
This is a diagram showing how features of emacs org-mode are related - Amit Patel
http://www.youtube.com/watch... LG self-healing phone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-W66HINFLg LG self-healing phone
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Sorcery. How could this work?! - Amit Patel
Wheeeeeeeeee
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Flew right over my head at Byxbee Park in Palo Alto - Amit Patel
Gorgeous shot! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Starmama: thanks! - Amit Patel
The State of the Birds 2011 San Francisco Bay - Habitats: Managed Ponds - http://data.prbo.org/sfstate...
The State of the Birds 2011 San Francisco Bay - Habitats: Managed Ponds
The State of the Birds 2011 San Francisco Bay - Habitats: Managed Ponds
"Commercial salt ponds were constructed around the edge of San Francisco Bay beginning in the mid 1800s. Many former salt production ponds in San Francisco Bay have recently transitioned to public ownership and are being restored and managed for wildlife. These shallow ponds now provide habitat for hundreds of nesting terns, gulls, and shorebirds, and roosting and feeding habitat for hundreds of thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds and ducks." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Saw a magnificent Great Egret yesterday out our kitchen window and thought of you, Amit! My husband said later that day he saw a big hawk sitting on the power line out back. The back of our house is next to a marshy green belt. - Laura Norvig from iPhone
Laura: awesome! We get some hawks and egrets, but lately it's been Band-Tailed Pigeons. - Amit Patel
Jackie Chan's movies vs Jackie Chan in Hollywood -- action and comedy differences - Amit Patel
Differences in camera work, how scenes are cut, close up vs wide shots, etc. - Amit Patel
SHORELINE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR STUDY - Home - http://www.shorelinecorridor.com/
SHORELINE BOULEVARD CORRIDOR STUDY - Home
Hm, Mountain View wants to make lots of changes to Shoreline Blvd, including closing the 85 on-ramp from Shoreline Blvd north. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Red Beans & Rice | Mumblegrits - http://mumblegrits.blogspot.com/2015...
Red Beans & Rice | Mumblegrits
"In the past, I've used premade mixes for red beans and rice. This was my first time doing it from scratch. I was out of stock pots, so I did it in layers." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Palo Alto Baylands. I might go back tomorrow.
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Hayward Shoreline on Sunday was great; on Monday I went to Palo Alto Baylands. And then it got windy so I haven't been out after that.
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More from Hayward Shoreline. I went out the last few days but it's too windy today.
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That last one is a Common Goldeneye, I think. - Amit Patel
I think you're right. - John (bird whisperer)
Thanks John! - Amit Patel
For Thieves, Legos are Like Uncut Diamonds: Untraceable & Invaluable - http://www.vocativ.com/underwo...
For Thieves, Legos are Like Uncut Diamonds: Untraceable & Invaluable
"A pair of back-to-back Lego heists last week exposed a flourishing trend in the criminal underworld that's been quietly building for years. Stolen Legos are as untraceable as cash" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I have the perfect hiding spot. I built my entire garage out of legos. Nobody will think to check that! - Todd Hoff
Muhahaha! - Amit Patel
Blobs in Games: Notes on line drawing on grid maps - http://simblob.blogspot.com/2014...
Blobs in Games: Notes on line drawing on grid maps
I wrote a short tutorial on how to draw lines, not using the popular Bresenham's algorithm, but using linear interpolation, which I find simpler and more useful. These are my notes on the writing process - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
I like Amit's brain. - SAM
Strangest sight: all the avocets got together and lined up. Why? It looked like there was a hawk far overhead. I've never seen them do this before.
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Beautiful! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
BBC - Future - The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts - http://www.bbc.com/future...
BBC - Future - The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts
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"When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
This is disturbing. - Amit Patel
High tide at Hayward Shoreline had fewer birds but it was interesting to see how far up the water came.
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Hayward Shoreline continues to be my favorite bird photography spot. The birds are so close to the trail! Low tide turns out to be better than high tide.
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