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"Data-driven Sensory Intelligence" - Poppy Crum (Strata + Hadoop 2015) - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Fascinating. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Illusions tell is where the system is flexible. - Todd Hoff
How Julia Greer Manipulates Materials to Create Astonishing Properties | MIT Technology Review - http://www.technologyreview.com/feature...
How Julia Greer Manipulates Materials to Create Astonishing Properties | MIT Technology Review
"visit the lab of Caltech materials ­scientist Julia Greer is to enter a realm where the ordinary rules of physical stuff don’t seem to apply. Greer designs and builds nanomaterials that behave in ways surprising to those of us who spend our days in a world where strong materials like ceramic and steel tend to be heavy, while lightweight ones are weak. When Greer controls architecture at the nanoscale, the rules change." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Space elevator! - Ken Morley
Fluid Simulation for Video Games (part 9) | Intel® Developer Zone - https://software.intel.com/en-us...
Fluid Simulation for Video Games (part 9) | Intel® Developer Zone
"This article introduces features to simulation code presented in previous articles: Now, bodies immersed within the fluid float or sink depending on the mass of fluid the body displaces. This new feature augments how visual effects have a two-way interaction with physical objects in the simulation." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
24 Hour Port Book People: Reconstructing England’s Intoxicants Trade, 1580-1740 | Intoxicants and Early Modernity - http://www.intoxicantsproject.org/24-hour...
24 Hour Port Book People: Reconstructing England’s Intoxicants Trade, 1580-1740 | Intoxicants and Early Modernity
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"England’s traffic in intoxicants between 1580 and 1740, both domestic and international, can be best traced through port books. As such, me and my fellow Research Associate Tim Wales have spent the last six months – and will spend the next two – trawling through the relevant collection (E 190) at The National Archives for our respective case studies (Cheshire and Norfolk), doggedly on the trail of intoxicant-related commodities for our first research strand, and associated dataset, on the Economy of Intoxicants and Intoxication." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Something foul happened to google's email address completion code. It's like it wants to show me the least relevant addresses first.
UWM - Unified Weapons Master: Gladiator duels with carbon-fiber suits | Digital Trends - http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-te...
UWM - Unified Weapons Master: Gladiator duels with carbon-fiber suits | Digital Trends
How cool is that? - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Climatology versus Pseudoscience book tests whose predictions have been right | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
Climatology versus Pseudoscience book tests whose predictions have been right | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian
"On the flip side of the coin, climate contrarians have predicted anything from minimal warming to rapid global cooling. Their predictions have generally been terribly inaccurate, and yet the same people who have made these wrong predictions are still treated as credible experts by certain segments of the media. It seems as though their history of inaccurate predictions has no effect on their credibility. When scientists with a history of inaccurate predictions are treated with the same credibility as those who have made accurate predictions, that’s a problem." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Guess funds Dana Nuccitelli ? http://www.bbc.com/news... - Eric Logan
I personally think arguing over what the climate is or is not doing because we have such a little ability to change it is like a crust of bread fallen on a stove arguing with another crust whether the stove is getting hotter or colder. What to me the real issue we can do something about is responsible living on earth. - RetiredTeacherD
When it is financially viable which may be sooner than many expected if oil prices continue to slide. We will transition to something other than fossil fuels because it will be a real economic imperative. All the hand wringing and warning won't change anything globally because the majority of the world is energy impoverished. - Eric Logan
Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher - NYTimes.com
"One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at conferences of people who deny the risks of global warming. But newly released documents show the extent to which Dr. Soon’s work has been tied to funding he received from corporate interests. He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have violated ethical guidelines of the journals that published his work." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Existential Comics ‏@existentialcoms Feb 19 "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "An honest, brave, compassionate human being." "No…I mean, how do you want to sell your labor?"
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
This swift / objectivec split is a PITA. A lot of examples are now in swift which is not so easy to translate into objectivec. When you see .Design what the hell does that map to? - Todd Hoff
I wish they had went with an actor/event model instead of a completion handler model. Completion handlers look inline yet at runtime they run in another thread. Spent a long time debugging example code from Apple that messed this up. - Todd Hoff
Air Drop and Share extensions really should be similar things rather than completely different. Then there's multi peer connectivity. It feels like different groups developed each technology. - Todd Hoff
I now really appreciate the simplicity and power of the socket. - Todd Hoff
The fact that the keyboard doesn't automatically move fields for text input is stunningly bad. - Todd Hoff
Here's a thought, if it's so damn important tat UI methods be executed on main, maybe they should schedule themselves on main? - Todd Hoff
WatchKit added a way for an extension to query an app, but the same mechanism isn't available in any other extension. Likewise there's share, air drop, etc that all kind of do the same thing through different means. - Todd Hoff
Up Market Permaculture - http://www.geofflawton.com/fe...
Up Market Permaculture
Just an amazing garden. Wish I could do that sort of thing here, but our trees have already matured. - Todd Hoff
did anyone get to the actual High End Permaculture video? all I get is 15 min sales pitch for his online course! - Maхx Tee
They seem to be redirecting to their class now. - Todd Hoff
I managed to get to it eventually. I think you may have to play the course video first. Try fast-forwarding to near the end of the video. - Ken Morley
Now I see it (and about 2 dozen other videos), looks like course promo is over. :) - Maхx Tee
But I am left puzzled, what is considered "high end" about the garden showed? - Maхx Tee
It was created for a very expensive house that previously had more traditional landscaping. It's also high end in a design sense. Creating lux relaxation spaces from a unique pallet of plants and design principles also gives a very high end feel. It's not strictly for production, it's not strictly utilitarian, it's obviously and capably designed to be enjoyed and give the owner a sense of themselves. - Todd Hoff
RE: 2 dozen other videos - I particularly enjoyed "5 Acre Abundance on a Budget" where he maps out his thought process on transforming one of his early, smaller properties. "Permaculture in Paradise" is also very inspiring. :) - Ken Morley
I took a permaculture class from him and he's an inspiring guy. These videos are really high quality, I like the direction he's taking in trying to preach outside the choir. - Todd Hoff
My wife has been talking up permaculture to me for the last year -- I should probably start paying attention. - Sean McBride
1870 Photo: Australian Farm Yard | Big Picture Agriculture - http://www.bigpictureagriculture.com/2015...
1870 Photo: Australian Farm Yard | Big Picture Agriculture
"ustralian farm yard, Ovens River. 1870. Photograph of an early Australian farm scene. Shows bushland in background, a woman with two small children, haystacks, a man operating a horsedrawn plough, a bullock team and a second man watching l.r. From State Library Victoria Collection." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Natural Law Ethic (Part 1 & 2) - It's hard to believe anyone takes natural law seriously. - http://ieet.org/index...
Waiting for your app to be approved in the app store is nerve wrecking.
Good luck! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thanks. It doesn't do that much, it's a first try type of thing, so I'm hoping they are gentle :-) - Todd Hoff
Beth Cavener Stichter's Life-Size Animal Sculptures Express More Emotions Than A Greek Tragedy - Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design - http://beautifuldecay.com/2015...
Beth Cavener Stichter's Life-Size Animal Sculptures Express More Emotions Than A Greek Tragedy - Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design
Beth Cavener Stichter's Life-Size Animal Sculptures Express More Emotions Than A Greek Tragedy - Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design
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"Sculptor Beth Cavener Stichter carves dramatic, expressive human-size animals from clay which exhibit the extremes of human characteristics and emotions. She has goats, wolves, lambs, snakes and rabbits display acts of greed, betrayal and jealousy. Using the malleable nature of clay, Stichter produces wonderfully sensitive pieces loaded with drama and theatricality." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
i can't decide if i like them or find them kitsch. a bit of both, i guess. - grizabella
Same for me - Todd Hoff
Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Second Warmest January on Record Globally | Weather Underground - http://www.wunderground.com/blog...
Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Second Warmest January on Record Globally | Weather Underground
"January 2015 was the second warmest January since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on Thursday. NASA also rated January 2015 as the 2nd warmest January on record, behind January 2007, which had the warmest departure from average of any month in recorded history. January 2015's near-record warmth continues a trend of very warm months for the planet--December 2014 was the warmest December on record, and 2014 was Earth's warmest calendar year on record. Global ocean temperatures during January 2015 were the 3rd warmest on record, and global land temperatures were the 2nd warmest on record. Global satellite-measured temperatures in January 2015 for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were the 7th or 5th warmest in the 37-year record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), respectively." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places | Science/AAAS | News - http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeo...
Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places | Science/AAAS | News
"SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—What do the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest have in common? Until recently, archaeologists would have told you they were both inhospitable environments devoid of large-scale human settlements. But they were wrong. Here today at the annual meeting of the AAAS (which publishes Science), two researchers explained how remote sensing technology, including satellite imaging and drone flights, is revealing the traces of past civilizations that have been hiding in plain sight." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Scientists have known for a while that Sahara is a fairly new desert, though. And the Garamantes have been known since they were out there doing the damn thing. - Eivind
Finnish Researchers Create Solar Electric Forest with 3D Printed Trees - 3DPrint.com - http://3dprint.com/45558...
Finnish Researchers Create Solar Electric Forest with 3D Printed Trees - 3DPrint.com
"Solar power technologies are the focus of voluminous research efforts, and now a team of scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. are developing a prototype 3D printed “tree” which also uses a novel gravure and screen printing process to collect solar energy. The trees are capable of harvesting solar energy indoors or outdoors, storing it and creating enough electric power to run small devices such as mobile phones and LED lighting." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Skunk Bear How loud is the U. S.*? Researchers from the... : NPR - http://skunkbear.tumblr.com/post...
"Ten years ago, Fristrup set out to measure an important natural resource - the amount of silence in national parks. He eventually realized it would take forever to actually make recordings throughout all the parks, so he used a computer program to model loudness across the country. He uploaded all the audio he already had (over a million hours of sound from 546 recording sites) along with environmental data - proximity to roads, the type of vegetation, any nearby topographical features that might act as sound barriers etc. The computer “learned” how all these factors interacted to create a specific sound level, and then predicted loudness everywhere." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Mathematician Employs Shadows and 3D Printed Sculpture to Help Visualize 4D World - 3DPrint.com - http://3dprint.com/45119...
Mathematician Employs Shadows and 3D Printed Sculpture to Help Visualize 4D World - 3DPrint.com
"As if we weren’t functioning well enough with high-tech progress in our 2D world, along came 3D design and 3D printing as we outdid ourselves—and continue to do so—with a multitude of inventions and indeed, a new world of technology and a revolution ushering in a new industrial age. That’s not enough though. And as we head into the fourth dimension, science lovers can certainly only give thanks for infinity and the possibilities for a never-ending platform of dimensions. And what innovations will they usher in?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
This hurts my brain. Mapping stereographic projections doesn't make a lot of sense to me. - Todd Hoff
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/feature...
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
"The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Very interesting! - Eivind
I still think like the situation with Israel I'll never really understand all this. There's just too much outside my tiny sphere of experience. - Todd Hoff
I'm currently wading through a tome to acquire more background, but, yeah, I'm far from the orientalist authority on all things Middle East - Eivind
Isn't it a bit like trying to understand love by reading about it? - Todd Hoff
More like marriage, perhaps. - Eivind from Android
Where each has their own story of what the marriage is like. The kids have their own story. So does the dog. Even the gold fish swimming in circles in their tank have their own version of the story. - Todd Hoff
Yes, a book about the history and different cultural implementations and understandings of marriage would not give me a complete understanding of how everyone who's ever been in contact with the phenomenon experienced it. - Eivind from Android
That was deep. - Brian Johns
As deep as the fish bowl, the dogs water dish and the agape love between Isaac and Ishmael. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
See this: [What The Atlantic Gets Dangerously Wrong About ISIS And Islam http://thinkprogress.org/world...] - Sean McBride
I look forward to the next article: What ThinkProgress Gets Dangerously Wrong About The Atlantic - Todd Hoff
Siri play Miles Davis. A carpenter working on our house uses Siri as a hands free way to stream music to his headphones. #weliveinthefuture
I would think your carpenter would request Tim Hardin. - Greg GuitarBuster
Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole - http://elkecole.com/africa-...
Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole
Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole
"The three stone fire is used in most kitchens in Cameroon, both urban and rural to prepare daily meals for the family. In Cameroon 73.5% of the population are using wood as fuel for cooking?  Only 16% use improved cook stoves. (source: http://www.cleancookstoves.org/countri...) I have had many conversations with women who wish to use a better stove; the barriers I saw are: large, heavy pots that are commonly used don’t get enough heat and are poorly supported on readily available energy-saving cookstoves even when a gas stove is present, these large pots are inefficiently heated and therefore this option is too costly women are not familiar with improved cook stoves" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Comment: You have a second brain in your gut, and it wants cake | SBS News - http://www.sbs.com.au/news...
Comment: You have a second brain in your gut, and it wants cake | SBS News
"Finally, after a multi-organ transplant gave her a new liver, pancreas and small bowel when she was 15, Smith tentatively ate a banana. The slight 24-year-old has since become a "bottomless pit" for food, according to her mother, Ann. Even with a working digestive system, it took a long time for hunger to develop. She only started feeling it in the last six months. With only a few months' experience of hunger, she's not always sure what the feeling is. (She has also struggled with cutlery, having never learned how to use it as a child, the concept of time—with no clear mealtimes as anchors—and chocolate, because of its texture). Her story is told in one of the exhibits and she was on hand at the show's opening." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
No wonder they dress so well - Lack of Taste | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
No wonder they dress so well - Lack of Taste | The Scientist Magazine®
"Scientists pinpoint how penguins may have lost their ability to sense sweet, umami, and bitter flavors." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Nationally, it's been one of the warmest winters on record - http://www.usatoday.com/story...
Nationally, it's been one of the warmest winters on record
"How warm? So far this month, there have been 4,074 records set for warm temperatures —- mostly in the West — and only 236 records for cold temperatures, the NCDC reported. Records for warm temperatures have been set in Seattle, San Jose, Las Vegas, Reno, Salt Lake City and Butte, Mont. In Salt Lake City, the average temperature in February is a whopping 16.4 degrees above average, AccuWeather said. Other warm spots include Boise (12.2 degrees above average) and Phoenix (8 degrees above average). The lack of cold and snow is exacerbating California's severe drought. California's snowpack (snow water equivalent) is currently only 27% of normal, according to the California Department of Water Resources." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Same. - Eivind
Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture - http://www.openculture.com/2014...
Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture
Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture
Years ago I would have attended a CB Radio Workshop. - Mike Nencetti
It's a little tacky, but not bad. - Todd Hoff
Theatre of the Mind, they have lots of different shows. I'll be listening to many of them. I've always loved old time radio. - Todd Hoff
They used to play old time radio shows on the Armed Forces Radio station when I was a kid. I liked the detective stories the best. "The Shadow Knows....." - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Inside the Anglo-Saxon Classroom | History Today - http://www.historytoday.com/kate-wi...
Inside the Anglo-Saxon Classroom | History Today
"Schoolboys forget their books, lose their pens and laugh at dirty jokes. This was true even in the rigorous atmosphere of the Anglo-Saxon classroom." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
http://www.bloomberg.com/news... - our Lifetime Earnings Are Decided in the First 10 Years of Your Career
"First, starting with the first moment, we find that average earnings growth over the life cycle varies strongly with the level of lifetime earnings: the median individual by lifetime earnings experiences an earnings growth of 38% from ages 25 to 55, whereas for individuals in the 95th percentile, this figure is 230%; for those in the 99th percentile, this figure is almost 1500%.3 Second, turning to the third moment (postponing the second moment for now), we see that earnings shocks are negatively skewed, and this skewness becomes more severe as individuals get older or their earnings increase (or both). Furthermore, this increasing negativity is due entirely to upside earnings moves becoming smaller from ages 25 to 45, and to increasing “disaster” risk (the risk of a sharp fall in earnings) after age 45. Although these implications may appear quite plausible, they are not captured by a lognormal specification, which implies zero skewness. Third, studying the fourth (standardized)... more... - Todd Hoff
Structure arises in the world because electrons prefer not to occupy the same area. Which is also how people cluster at parties.
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