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Japanese Reveal Design For First Underwater City. This Is Breathtaking. | Spirit Science and Metaphysics - http://www.spiritscienceandmet...
Japanese Reveal Design For First Underwater City. This Is Breathtaking. | Spirit Science and Metaphysics
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"Roughly 70% of the surface is covered by water.  It only makes sense to try to inhabit some of that area, especially with the world’s population expecting to reach 9.6 billion by the year 2050.  A Japanese architecture company has released its design for what will be the world’s first underwater city.  They hope to start building this project within the next 20 years." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I hope it also has hyperdrive - Todd Hoff
"We were evicted from *our* hole in the ground; we had to go and live in a lake!" - Eivind from Android
First time in recorded history we've had no rain in January in Santa Cruz County. #warmist
That's zero rain. Zero. In what is typically our wettest month. - Todd Hoff
Joseph Campbell: Self-preservation is only the second law of life. The first law is that you and the other are one.
and another from Joseph Campbell "When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness." - Greg GuitarBuster
http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (Hunger Games)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PdILZ_1P74 - Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat (Hunger Games)
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I hope she does some torch songs someday, love the depth of her voice. - Todd Hoff
Novelty Automation : Cabaret Mechanical Theatre - http://www.cabaret.co.uk/novelty...
Novelty Automation : Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
Novelty Automation : Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
Novelty Automation : Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
"The new London arcade of home-made coin operated machines built by enthusiasts – opens February 11th 2015 (twinned with ‘The Under The Pier Show’ seaside arcade) Tim Hunkin’s new arcade of slot machines, including some old favourites from CMT’s Covent Garden days -The Frisker, Test Your Nerve and The Chiropodist. Novelty Automation is a mix of humour and engineering. It’s a new home for Tim Hunkin’s arcade machines, with some guest machines made by kindred spirits. 1a Princeton St, London WC1R 4AX" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I'm going to have to see these when we go over. Way to strange to pass up. - Todd Hoff
Brain Cells Behind Overeating | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
Brain Cells Behind Overeating | The Scientist Magazine®
"“We can reduce compulsive sucrose-seeking but not affect their normal feeding,” said Nieh. “This is important because for treating compulsive eating behavior, we only want to stop the unhealthy parts of eating and keep normal eating intact.” “There is a clear application to feeding disorders and perhaps drug abuse and gambling because it may be a common pathway that activates these kinds of behaviors,” said Phillips." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The plum and almond trees are blooming. Not good.
Smart Neural Stimulators Listen to the Body - IEEE Spectrum - http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedi...
Smart Neural Stimulators Listen to the Body - IEEE Spectrum
Smart Neural Stimulators Listen to the Body - IEEE Spectrum
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"The three of us work for companies on this technological frontier, building devices that take advantage of developments in low-power implantable sensors and embedded signal processing. In this article we’ll describe three devices that respond to the flux of biology within the body. Because these devices rely on data related to the processes they influence, we call them “closed-loop” systems, but you could also call them the next step in a bionic model of medicine. In this new paradigm, engineered systems composed of chips, wires, and batteries can replace or supplement biological systems that malfunction." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
25,000 Transcribed Texts From 1473-1700 Published Online | MetaFilter - http://www.metafilter.com/146529...
"The University of Michigan Library, the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have made public more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473-1700 — the first 200 years of the printed book. Full text access. Multiple format downloads, including ePUB. Or just download the entire corpus. The texts represent a significant portion of the estimated total output of English-language work published during the first two centuries of printing in England. The release via Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication marks the completion of the first phase in the Early English Books Online-Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP). An anticipated 40,000 additional texts are planned for release into the public domain by the end of the decade." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Mapping Greenland's ice layers in 3D - http://kottke.org/15...
Mapping Greenland's ice layers in 3D
"This new map allows scientists to determine the age of large swaths of Greenland's ice, extending ice core data for a better picture of the ice sheet's history. "This new, huge data volume records how the ice sheet evolved and how it's flowing today," said Joe MacGregor, a glaciologist at The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics and the study's lead author." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
News: New search engine lets users look for relevant results faster - Aalto University - http://www.aalto.fi/en...
News: New search engine lets users look for relevant results faster - Aalto University
"Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT have developed a new search engine that outperforms current ones, and helps people to do searches more efficiently. The SciNet search engine is different because it changes internet searches into recognition tasks, by showing keywords related to the user’s search in topic radar. People using SciNet can get relevant and diverse search results faster, especially when they do not know exactly what they are looking for or how to formulate a query to find it. Once initially queried, SciNet displays a range of keywords and topics in a topic radar. With the help of the directions on the radar, the engine displays how these topics are related to each other. The relevance of each keyword is displayed as its distance from the centre point of the radar – those more closely related are nearer to the centre, and those less relevant are farther away. The search engine also offers alternatives that are connected with the topic,... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I'll keep an open mind, but the picture's not encouraging--I've seen loads of information-visualization systems like this in the past (some as library catalog user interfaces), and found them pretty consistently confusing for most tasks. I guess it depends on your favored mental models and the nature of the data. - Walt Crawford
<threadjack>Whatever happened to the revolutionary result visualization systems front-ending library catalogs? I've forgotten the names, but there were a couple that were highly touted.</threadjack> - Walt Crawford
Drug Stimulates Brown Fat | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
Drug Stimulates Brown Fat | The Scientist Magazine®
"he stimulation of so-called brown fat—the energy-burning kind—is thought to be a potential therapeutic target for obesity. In a study published in Cell Metabolism this month (January 6), researchers gave volunteers an already-approved drug, which, as it turned out, appeared to stimulate metabolism and the activity of brown fat. The drug, mirabegron, acts as an agonist of β3-adrenergic receptors and is given to patients who experience overactive bladder. “Brown adipose tissue, or brown fat, produces β3-adrenergic receptor at levels higher than nearly every other organ in the body. We showed that a one-time dose of the drug mirabegron stimulates human brown adipose tissue so that it consumes glucose and burns calories,” study coauthor Aaron Cypess of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases said in a statement. The researchers estimated that at the 200 milligram dose used in the study, men taking mirabegron could lose around five kilograms (11 pounds) in the... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"When 2,000 People Take a Daily Aspirin for Two Years: 1 Heart Attack is Prevented" - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
"When 2,000 People Take a Daily Aspirin for Two Years: 1 Heart Attack is Prevented"
Seems like a reasonable investment. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
It would be, if the right people were using it - the article points out that a lot of the people prescribed aspirin don't actually meet the criteria for it to be useful. The real-life numbers are probably higher for "not prevented" than they were for the carefully selected trial. - Jennifer Dittrich
Wow - Meet The 80 People Who Are As Rich As Half The World | For Economic Justice - http://www.foreconomicjustice.org/13754...
Wow - Meet The 80 People Who Are As Rich As Half The World | For Economic Justice
"Eighty people hold the same amount of wealth as the world’s 3.6 billion poorest people, according to an analysis just released from Oxfam. The report from the global anti-poverty organization finds that since 2009, the wealth of those 80 richest has doubled in nominal terms — while the wealth of the poorest 50 percent of the world’s population has fallen." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
It wouldn't surprise me that this is an invariant in a connected human graph. Kings would have all the resources in ages past, today all that's missing are the crowns. - Todd Hoff
Why do human societies tend to organize in these structures? (There have to be reasons.) - Sean McBride
The driving force for why so few control so much is a want for MORE that organizes structure through access to opportunity. Like how raindrops at the top of a mountain organize into rivers as they flow down to the sea. The sea are the people who attract resources because they occupy the sink position in a kind of resource/energy/opportunity/gravity gradient. Rain is all the little... more... - Todd Hoff
^ where did that come from, Todd? - Greg GuitarBuster
It's mine. I'd use quotes otherwise. - Todd Hoff
How many animal species organize themselves into hierarchical social structures? And is there a genetic basis for this behavior? - Sean McBride
Quite a few species organize as groups from herds of sheep and goats to prides of lions. - Greg GuitarBuster
Meet the Super-Efficient Norwegian House Which Powers Itself And Your Electric Car Too - Transport Evolved: Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Smarter - https://transportevolved.com/2015...
Meet the Super-Efficient Norwegian House Which Powers Itself And Your Electric Car Too - Transport Evolved: Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Smarter
Meet the Super-Efficient Norwegian House Which Powers Itself And Your Electric Car Too - Transport Evolved: Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Smarter
"But what if you could have a home that was so energy efficient that it generated enough energy every day to not only power your home and keep it warm, but allow you own and operate an electric car without ever paying for electricity ever again? It sounds too good to be true, but one recently-erected house in Norway can do just that. No energy bills. Ever." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Preferable IMHO to centralized energy systems. A good addition would be water collection. - Todd Hoff
Yes please :D - Chris Topher
I wish it weren't so ugly. :-/ - Jenny H. from Android
It grew on me. I find function becomes more beautiful over time. - Todd Hoff
I hear you. I guess I have a thing for Earthships and this is so clearly nothing like that. I don't think Earthships would work in Norway because the southern sun is super weak in the winter (not to mention the regions that have months of polar darkness). Still, I have to believe there is something between Earthships and this that could work! We're definitely looking to end up in a sustainable house on some land, so I try to keep an open mind. - Jenny H.
I like the idea of earthships but they almost always look, well, they aren't as nice as I would like :-) - Todd Hoff
SNOB. :P - Jenny H.
A little bit :-) - Todd Hoff
I've been following 'green building' for a long time. I'd love to build as sustainably as possible, but I just don't know if it will happen. I can't stand compressed tire earthships. I follow several sustainable building groups on FB and you also run across a lot of crazy people there too. - Greg GuitarBuster
Lovely day at the beach yesterday...
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Jealous! - Jenny H.
Thinking about obesity and diabetes | Dr. Malcolm Kendrick - http://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2015...
"Yes chaps, well done. You made a breakthrough discovery of the absolute bleeding obvious. You mean, insulin makes you fat? Well who’d a thunk? Well, lots and lots of people actually. At which point, let me introduce you to the Pima Indians of North America. This race has an almost unbelievably high rate of type II diabetes. It is greater than 50%. Perhaps more. Are they obese, yes? Of course. However, of greater interest is that Pima Indians, long before they become obese and/or diabetic, produce far, far, more insulin than any other race [2]:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Sex, flies, and fairytales - The Philosopher's Zone - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - http://www.abc.net.au/radiona...
Sex, flies, and fairytales - The Philosopher's Zone - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
"Insects don’t seem to count for much.  They bite, buzz around, and wreck picnics. They don’t trigger moral sensibilities in the way higher order animals might.  In fact for some, insects generate downright moral revulsion, yet these small presences are closer to our lives than we care to consider. And though they might be unsettling, they can provide a muse for deep reflection in an environmentally compromised world. We discuss the philosophical necessity to contemplate the lives of small instinctual animals." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Johann Hari - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-...
The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Johann Hari
"So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection. When I learned all this, I found it slowly persuading me, but I still couldn't shake off a nagging doubt. Are these scientists saying chemical hooks make no difference? It was explained to me -- you can become addicted to gambling, and nobody thinks you inject a pack of cards into your veins. You can have all the addiction, and none of the chemical hooks. I went to a Gamblers' Anonymous meeting in Las Vegas (with the permission of everyone present, who knew I was there to observe) and they were as plainly addicted as the cocaine and heroin addicts I have known in my life. Yet there are no chemical hooks on a craps table." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I've always found the Rat Pack experiments fascinating. I think the difference for humans is that humans have many more ways to feel isolated. Humans can be isolated in a group, even a group of loved ones. Likewise it's possible to feel connected with a larger universe even when alone. - Todd Hoff
But people can get an endorphin rush from the excitement of gambling. - Joe
The question is always why do some people get addicted from gambling and others don't? Is it just biochemical? Or is it social? - Todd Hoff
The whole premise here seemed a little naive. He really didn't know that addictions have a strong psychological element as well as these "chemical hooks?" I learned about that in elementary school drug education. - Steele Lawman
The experiments are way deeper than that. - Todd Hoff
Oh I believe the actual experiments are deeper. I'm talking about the author of the article/book. - Steele Lawman
I'm with Steve - it doesn't seem to discuss the brain chemistry you're dealing with - the short answer to "why does one person get addicted and another doesn't" can be in part, genetics, brain wiring, brain chemistry, etc. Complicated. - Louise "Weezy" Alcorn
Brain chemistry is well covered in various publications, the wonderment is the protective value of social relations. Happy rats didn't fall prey to drugs. In a reductionist sense everything is chemistry or physics, but that's not the insight here. - Todd Hoff
You first - Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
You first - Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way - Telegraph
"A space-time tunnel could exist in the middle of the Milky Way and we could travel through it, say scientists" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
A planet made of chocolate could exist and we could eat it, too. - Steele Lawman
but it's not connected to other galaxies - miki
Watch out, I hear most of those chocolate planets are really made of laxatives. Tricky aliens. - Todd Hoff
I'll alert Galactus. - Steele Lawman
It's amazing any iphone app works at all.. What a mess. It's pretty clear nobody had embedded system programming experience when they started all this.
Extension by inserting code into a template is just really bad design: - (BOOL) application:( UIApplication *) application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:( NSDictionary *) launchOptions { self.window = [[ UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[ UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]]; // Override point for customization after application launch - Todd Hoff
Weak / Strong pointers is a crazy responsibility for programmers to handle. It's impossible when using tasks. - Todd Hoff
Chaining initializers is more bad design through excessive coupling: self = [super init]; - Todd Hoff
The lifecycles of when objects are created and when methods are created is implicit. I can't tell by looking when things happen. In other words, the dynamic behaviour of the code is not clear at all. - Todd Hoff
MVC. Love it hate it, put everything in the controller. - Todd Hoff
Generally I'm against making the programmer run a compiler in their head to understand what is actually getting called. So though property seems like a good idea it makes very hard to deduce when reading code what will be called when an assignment happens. - Todd Hoff
Cell reuse by a reuse identifier is kludgy and error prone. Why does it need to own the memory? - Todd Hoff
String based selectors are used all over the place. These are not typed so are large source of run time errors when they shouldn't be. - Todd Hoff
The compiler doesn't check for methods in the interface that aren't implemented? It's a runtime error? Wow. - Todd Hoff
Seems odd to create a view controller and then give controller of the memory to the navigation controller. Seem like unnecessary memory allocs/deallocs. - Todd Hoff
In example code I see the use of static variables inside functions. That's bad style. It's more invisible magic code. - Todd Hoff
You can't test anything like the full functionality in the simulator. Beacon stuff? No. Camera? No. The interfaces should be accessible so someone could at least try to write an advanced simulator. - Todd Hoff
Nice debugging and monitoring tools. Very nice. - Todd Hoff
I'm not sure how it could be done better, but the auto layout constraints are bewildering. Oh my. - Todd Hoff
Using reference counting to manage memory when transition application states to background and active and to handle low memory conditions is highly error prone. - Todd Hoff
Not a fan of adding private class members in an @interface section of the .m file. I reserved judgement of this at first, it sounds good, but in practice I prefer everything to be in one place so I can see how everything relates together at a glance. - Todd Hoff
I wonder if they were able to start over on the watch? I haven't seen the watchkit so I'm not sure how it works. - Todd Hoff
Having to explicitly trigger a table update in the UI's main thread is another example of thread weirdness: dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{ [self.tableView reloadData]; });. - Todd Hoff
I'm not sure why you would ever create convenience initializers when you can just create convenience constructors and hide all the initializers? - Todd Hoff
Frameworks. For or against? - Todd Hoff
It takes a dozen lines of code to display an alert. That's crazy. Form validation in general is primitive at best. - Todd Hoff
" NSString *mediaType = [info objectForKey:UIImagePickerControllerMediaType];if ([mediaType isEqualToString:(NSString*)kUTTypeImage]) {" - a couple things here. Having to cast between different encapsulated string types from different frameworks is both confusing and wasteful. Also, dictionaries are great, but the problem is you never know what's in them. Looked at the doc, how was I to know what's in info? It's a constant in some random header file. Enums are at least discoverable. - Todd Hoff
@selector isn't resolved at compile or link time. It's a runtime error. No bueno. - Todd Hoff
Can't test MPMoviePlayerController from the simulator. - Todd Hoff
The complexity around moving the keyboard to not hide form fields is astonishing. Shouldn't that be a feature? - Todd Hoff
Yay, finally got github to integrate with Xcode. Not an obvious setup at all. You have to tell a project to use git, the git repository shouldn't have a readme file or anything in it, you have to use source code control to add a remote repository, then commit while selecting the remote repository. I want down so many blind alleys it's embarrassing. Using git from Xcode is pretty nice. I'm surprised they don't have a revert back to a previous commit command. That's often quite useful. - Todd Hoff
I have absolutely no idea how to use PhotoKit to do anything. There's almost nothing in the way of example code. - Todd Hoff
Core Data is one complex bugger. As is photokit, and buggy. Yet displaying navigable driving directions was easy as pie. - Todd Hoff
Lars Andersen: a new level of archery - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Wow! - Todd Hoff
Trying to figure out if I should show this to my son or not. - Joe
You can never tell when the ability to split an inflight arrow will come in handy :-) - Todd Hoff
It reminds me of the amazing exploits of fast draw sharpshooters and trick knife throwers. The hand eye coordination of some people with maniac level training defies understanding. - Todd Hoff
I too have dreamed of using perl to save the universe :-) - Todd Hoff
“Emerging Venus”: Kim Thoman’s 3D Printed Sculptures Designed to Embody Dualities - 3DPrint.com - http://3dprint.com/38897...
“Emerging Venus”: Kim Thoman’s 3D Printed Sculptures Designed to Embody Dualities - 3DPrint.com
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"Thoman’s art seamlessly incorporates 3D printing in a manner that connects the dualities of the natural and technological worlds. In fact. duality is a central theme in all of her work. Of her earlier 3D modeled work, Thoman explains to 3DPrint.com: “In the Venus Series, I engage the idea of duality by creating diptychs that juxtapose panels that are digitally created with other panels that are traditional oil paintings. The electronically created panels are a more intellectual process while I use an intuitive mark-making process on the oil painted panels. It is an exciting investigation into new ways to approach the idea of dualities in all things.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The oceans are warming so fast, they keep breaking scientists' charts | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
The oceans are warming so fast, they keep breaking scientists' charts | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian
Yes or No? - Redesigned Darth Vader Looks Just As Menacing - http://www.kotaku.com.au/2015...
Yes or No? - Redesigned Darth Vader Looks Just As Menacing
No. But I suspect that is just the past shitting on the future. - Todd Hoff
For me, no. Part of the terror in the first film (and subsequent sequels) lie in not knowing what he looked like under that mask. You couldn't see any expression, any emotion. This is pretty scary, but in a different way. - Jennifer Dittrich
Great point. Not knowing heightens fear. - Todd Hoff
Damn that's cool - Reuse Old Sea Mines Into Furniture - http://www.worldofdesigners.com/reuse-o...
Damn that's cool - Reuse Old Sea Mines Into Furniture
Damn that's cool - Reuse Old Sea Mines Into Furniture
"Designed by Estonian artist and sculptor Mati Karmin, this furniture collection rises to the challenge of recycling and reusing Russian sea mine shells. The deserted Soviet submarine base in Estonian town of Paldiski experienced lots of empty naval mines shells that seemed unsightly prior to the designer turned them into distinctive furniture that reminds from the Soviet period." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Pro Tip: if you only need a small piece of granite go to a granite fab, they have tons of left over granite for cheap they are trying to get rid of.
You don’t like what you think you like: Bad taste, manipulated choices and the new science of decision-making - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2015...
You don’t like what you think you like: Bad taste, manipulated choices and the new science of decision-making - Salon.com
"But we should not underestimate our tendencies to rely on confidence, our own and others’, as a cue for what information deserves the most attention (independent of the validity of that information). One of the most insidious side effects of group decision making is that people believe in wrong group decisions more than they believe in incorrect individual decisions. The social proof resulting from cascades and (conformity more generally) amplifies everyone’s trust in the incorrect outcome. And inputs into the decision process from highly confident or dominant personalities have more impact and increase the esteem accorded to those individuals, regardless of the quality of their contributions." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Special report: How the rise of a mega solar panel farm shows us the future of energy — Tech News and Analysis - https://gigaom.com/2015...
Special report: How the rise of a mega solar panel farm shows us the future of energy — Tech News and Analysis
"After close to four years of ongoing construction, plus three years of planning and permitting, the $2.4 billion, 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm — the first of this size in operation — is finally finished, and primed to sell power to California utility PG&E. The project is owned and operated by MidAmerican Energy, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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