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Space Age Bachelor Pad - Songza - http://songza.com/listen...
Space Age Bachelor Pad - Songza
"Space Age Bachelor Pad Coined by visual artist Byron Werner in the 1980s, Space Age Bachelor Pad music encompasses the hi-fi aesthetic of the 1950s and early '60s. Beloved by even its most tongue-in-cheek fans, let this playlist soundtrack your next party. Curated by Songza's music experts" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Dig it man, 18 karat! - Ken Morley
Seems easy enough to understand - Economy, Social Isolation May Be Driving Up Suicide Rates In Boomer Men : NPR - http://www.npr.org/2014...
"Suicide rates among middle-aged men in America have shown a sudden, distressing increase in the last decade. For our series on men, Shankar Vedantam talks with Audie Cornish about the trend and what some researchers think might be causing it." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California - http://laughingsquid.com/visions...
‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California
‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California
‘Visions of Arrakis’, An Art Show Tribute to the Sci-Fi Worlds of ‘Dune’ at Bergeron’s Books in Oakland, California
So, it's complicated - Whole-genome sequences of 17 of the world’s oldest living people published - http://www.kurzweilai.net/whole-g...
So, it's complicated - Whole-genome sequences of 17 of the world’s oldest living people published
"Using 17 genomes, researchers were unable to find rare protein-altering variants significantly associated with extreme longevity, according to a study published November 12, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Hinco Gierman from Stanford University and colleagues. Supercentenarians are the world’s oldest people, living beyond 110 years of age. Seventy-four are alive worldwide; 22 live in the U.S. The authors of this study performed whole-genome sequencing on 17 supercentenarians to explore the genetic basis underlying extreme human longevity." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Why so sad? The mood of music over the last 50 years - http://sebastianraschka.com/PDFs...
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That insipid Happy song did well. Maybe we are ready for a happy music? I love big band music. With all the electronic instruments available I'm surprised there isn't more creativity in this area. - Todd Hoff
Is it even possible to have a happy music that's not fundamentally instrumental? - Todd Hoff
In the pie chart, blue is sad and green is happy. On the bar charts, it's the reverse. That's confusing. - bentley
Really? 70% of blues songs are happy? That just seems...improbable. Unless a lot of stuff is getting labeled as blues that isn't. (Of course, the only sample that's large enough to mean anything at all is Rock, but never mind...) - Walt Crawford
Can India's Ancient Stepwells Help Solve the Country's Water Crisis? - CityLab - http://www.citylab.com/design...
Can India's Ancient Stepwells Help Solve the Country's Water Crisis? - CityLab
Can India's Ancient Stepwells Help Solve the Country's Water Crisis? - CityLab
"Emerging somewhere around the fourth century A.D., stepwells guaranteed a year-round water supply for drinking, washing, and irrigation to villages, particularly in the semi-arid states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. By the 11th century, they'd become canvases for grand, stylistically diverse architectural visions, and served purposes well past the utilitarian." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
One of a lot of different ways of collecting water. Presumably these provide a lot of collector surface and cooler temperatures because of the depth into the ground. And they are beautiful. http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2011..., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki..., - Todd Hoff
Off Grid World – $80k Year Farming on 1/3 Acre: “Square Foot Gardening Meets Commercial Farming” - http://www.offgridworld.com/80k-yea...
Off Grid World – $80k Year Farming on 1/3 Acre: “Square Foot Gardening Meets Commercial Farming”
Off Grid World – $80k Year Farming on 1/3 Acre: “Square Foot Gardening Meets Commercial Farming”
"Curtis Stone, founder of Green City Acres, grosses $80,000 to $100,000 per year working 3 seasons out of the year, while taking winters off. The most amazing part of this, is that he farms on only about 1/3 of an acre." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Barley Key to Mankind’s Alpine Incursion | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
Barley Key to Mankind’s Alpine Incursion | The Scientist Magazine®
"Before 3,600 years ago, humankind just couldn’t hack it above 2,500 meters (8,202 feet). It was just too cold and frosty for most grain crops to grow at that elevation. Then came barley. Once people started growing the cold-tolerant cereal instead of the more-sensitive staple millet, populations shifted up the Tibetan Plateau to settle agricultural lands as high as 3,400 meters above sea level, according to a team of archaeologists. Their work was published in Science last week (November 20)." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Gravity Restroom - eVolo | Architecture Magazine - http://www.evolo.us/archite...
Gravity Restroom - eVolo | Architecture Magazine
"In the midst of unprecedented chaos at Mongkok caused by Civil Unrest right next to Langham Place Shopping Center, one discovers a brand new Black & White Toilet with Futuristic Street Lamps called “Gravity Restroom” recently opened to the public. Built as part of Pegasus Entertainment’s first Flagship “Cinema City Langham Place” designed by Alexander Wong Architects, this futuristic-looking cinema has an entrance named “Rose Futura” in Ultra-Blue and Azure “Cloud Atlas Tunnels”. Inspired by the films of Hong Kong’s renowned Film Director Wong Kar Wai [from his debut "As Tears Go By" (1988 --- also called “Mongkok Carmen” in Cantonese) to "2046" (2004)], the design here is an homage to Hong Kong’s bygone “New Wave Cinema” with an unexpected Sci-Fi twist." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Striking - Todd Hoff
Self-contained solar PowerCube generates electricity, purifies water, and throws WiFi anywhere on Earth - http://www.offgridquest.com/energy...
Self-contained solar PowerCube generates electricity, purifies water, and throws WiFi anywhere on Earth
"The Ecos PowerCube will be available in three sizes and is designed to fit into 10-foot, 20-foot, and 40-foot shipping containers. The largest models can generate up to 15kW of power, though the implication is that the PowerCube will also use that energy for wireless communications or a mobile water treatment (an energy intensive task). The entire system is designed to be flexible; the PowerCube is listed as being capable of supporting multiple missions, from hospitals and sleeping quarters, to providing water treatment or internet. It’s worth noting that Ecosphere, the company, appears to have previously focused on mobile water treatment, implying that these other features have been integrated into the PowerCube to provide a bit of helpful manufacturing synergy." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Irony: The reason we have the regulations Uber decries is because of behavior exactly like Uber's.
Marcus Tenenbaum Discussion VIDEO | Mind Brain Behavior - http://mbb.harvard.edu/news...
"Gary Marcus (Psychology, NYU and Joshua Tenenbaum (Brain and Cognitive Sciences MIT) discuss computational modeling of human cognition. Moderated by Susan Carey (Psychology, Harvard).​" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
10 Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings Highlight The Wonders Of Islamic Architecture - http://www.earthporm.com/19-mesm...
10 Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings Highlight The Wonders Of Islamic Architecture
10 Mesmerizing Mosque Ceilings Highlight The Wonders Of Islamic Architecture
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"Mosques in Iran are known for having some of the most exquisite architectural designs found throughout the whole world. Since there is so much incredible eye-candy packed inside each place of worship, we decided to make a post entirely dedicated to mosque ceilings. Here are images from some of the most incredible mosques found in Iran, and elsewhere around the world. Prepare to be amazed!" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Stunning. Creativity and constraint are deeply related. - Todd Hoff
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer. - http://www.amazon.com/Whiskey...
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer.
The writing in this book is fantastic. A bit self-consciously insightful, but I was dazzled. When it goes away from character development and reluctantly takes up the plot, it slows down, but is still good. The idea of using the monopoly of information as means of control is not new, but it's done in a somewhat interesting way. The ending just stops, which always pisses me off. I bought a book. Make it complete at least. - Todd Hoff
Microbiome Shaping the oral microbiota through intimate kissing - http://www.microbiomejournal.com/content...
Microbiome  Shaping the oral microbiota through intimate kissing
"Similarity indices of microbial communities show that average partners have a more similar oral microbiota composition compared to unrelated individuals, with by far most pronounced similarity for communities associated with the tongue surface. An intimate kiss did not lead to a significant additional increase of the average similarity of the oral microbiota between partners. However, clear correlations were observed between the similarity indices of the salivary microbiota of couples and self-reported kiss frequencies, and the reported time passed after the latest kiss. In control experiments for bacterial transfer, we identified the probiotic Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium marker bacteria in most kiss receivers, corresponding to an average total bacterial transfer of 80 million bacteria per intimate kiss of 10 s." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
So our intimates are really bacteria banks? We make a deposit and withdraw later. To the extent you lose intimacy is the degree to which your gut flora decline and thus your overall health? - Todd Hoff
Seven big U.S. companies paid CEOs more than Uncle Sam in 2013: study | Reuters - http://www.reuters.com/article...
Seven big U.S. companies paid CEOs more than Uncle Sam in 2013: study | Reuters
Seven big U.S. companies paid CEOs more than Uncle Sam in 2013: study | Reuters
"(Reuters) - Seven of the 30 largest U.S. corporations paid more money to their chief executive officers last year than they paid in U.S. federal income taxes, according to a study released on Tuesday that was disputed by at least one of the companies. Amid talk in Washington about corporate tax reform, the study said the seven companies, which in 2013 reported more than $74 billion in combined U.S. pre-tax profits, came out ahead on their taxes, gaining $1.9 billion more than they owed. At the same time, the CEOs at each of the seven companies last year was paid an average of $17.3 million, said the study, compiled by two Washington think tanks." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. Pretty much what you would expect.
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Downwind: Why didn't we think of that? Electricity stored as a temperature difference - http://www.windpowerengineering.com/feature...
Downwind: Why didn't we think of that? Electricity stored as a temperature difference
"But according to Jonathan Howes, a British aeronautical engineer, there soon may be a viable alternative. Howes, with partners James Macnaghten and Mark Wagner, co-founded Isentropic, Ltd., a company that is currently developing a new storage technology called pumped-heat electricity storage (PHES), which stores electricity as heat and cold. PHES, Isentropic claims, is cheaper than pumped hydro, is deployable anywhere in the world, and is comparable—and in some cases superior—to pumped hydro with a round-trip storage efficiency of 72 to 80%." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Writing like programmimg is explaining completely what you mean. Which is surprisingly hard because we seldom stay with ideas long enough to know what we actually mean.
Or like me, you can't describe what you mean in any common language and wish you were a telepath. There is a reason the phrase, "English, Motherfucker" is common in the office, and it's not because people are speaking a foreign language. - NOT THE CRICKET
In normally comes down to my brain combining terms. Like one day, I mixed up read-consistency (in regard to references) with referential-transparency, to produce read-transparency, which made perfect sense in my head, but was gibberish to everyone else, though I could explain what I meant. - NOT THE CRICKET
It's that act of taking something that feels clear and distinct in your mind that is the process of programming/writing. You described the difficulty beautifully. - Todd Hoff
Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Sea ice data updated daily with one-day lag - http://nsidc.org/arctics...
Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Sea ice data updated daily with one-day lag
Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Sea ice data updated daily with one-day lag
"the Atlantic side and below average on the Pacific side. In the Southern Hemisphere, Antarctic sea ice has declined after reaching its record maximum in October and is now nearly within two standard deviations of the long-term average." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Searching websites doesn't make any sense anymore. We should be searching the backend databases.
I think they've simplified the functionality right out of apps. It took me 10 minutes to figure out how to get google maps to give me turn by turn directions. And I still don't know how I did it.
Super Specific Device: (TDCS) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation - Updates on your DIYTDCS device - http://www.superspecificdevices.com/
Super Specific Device: (TDCS) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation - Updates on your DIYTDCS device
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"A simple and well designed TDCS device that is also affordable, durable, safe, effective and ready to use on delivery.  We will continue to offer free shipping through November. Super Specific Devices guarantees every model we build with a 60 day warranty against defect as well as a 10 day money back guarantee (excluding shipping) if you are not satisfied for any reason." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
San Francisco Bay Trail - http://www.baytrail.org/
San Francisco Bay Trail
"In 2014, the San Francisco Bay Trail celebrates the 25th anniversary of Bay Trail Plan adoption by ABAG and launch of this visionary project in 1989. To recognize the significance of the 25th anniversary, the Bay Trail Project will hold a series of events from May through October to raise awareness and secure funds to help complete the remaining segments of the Bay Trail." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I wonder how long it would take to walk this? - Todd Hoff
It's Wrong. It's Corrupt. And It's Been Happening For *Far* Too Long. - http://www.upworthy.com/its-wro...
It's Wrong. It's Corrupt. And It's Been Happening For *Far* Too Long.
""Do you know what 'Paid for by...' really means? It means a billion dollars in the last election. Our government is filled with people who have been paid for, but no one should have more influence than you." — Jason Alexander" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Impression of the new iPad air is favorable so far. It's much lighter so it's easier to hold when reading. It's mich more responsive than my iPad 2. The lte is great. And the ac wifi is a dream. The screen is less reflective which makes a big difference. The narrow bezels make it harder to hold when reading.
But damn it was expensive. - Todd Hoff
Get a good case. I found out the hard way that the screen is very fragile. - Ken Morley
I bark to let the world know I'm still alive. -- Rosie, 12 year old golden, cancer survivor
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When people say personal cloud, this is the image I have in my mind...
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Relatively secure... - Julian
I was just telling Eivind that I feel like Pigpen before I take a shower! - Jenny H. from Android
If only we could wash away our personal clouds so easily! - Todd Hoff
Our unique 'microbial aura' travels with us wherever we go - PRI http://www.pri.org/stories... :D - Victor Ganata
Nice! - Todd Hoff
I think of the jinx guy in Lil Abner. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
That is EGGZACKLY how I describe Evernote to people. Hee! - Mary B: #TeamMonique
This App Will Train You How To Read A 120,000-Word Novel In 2 Hours - Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.sg/spritz-...
This App Will Train You How To Read A 120,000-Word Novel In 2 Hours - Business Insider
"In real life, the Boston tech startup Spritz makes a speed-reading app that allows you to do just that. After a small amount of practice reading with the Spritz app, you should be able to read at 1,000 words per minute — a speed fast enough to let you take in a 120,000 word novel in just two hours. (The company also had a promotional integration on the Lucy web site.)" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I wonder how fast your emotional system can react. If you are reading for pleasure it seems that speed doesn't allow empathy to ripple through your body which means you aren't really experiencing what you are reading. - Todd Hoff
One could fast forward through, say, The Godfather trilogy or Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in a few minutes -- you might, however, miss a bit of the essential experience. <heavy irony> - Sean McBride
Francis Bacon: "Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly." Speed reading makes sense for tasting -- or for merely acquiring facts. - Sean McBride
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