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Hear Allen Ginsberg Teach "Literary History of the Beats": Audio Lectures from His 1977 & 1981 Naropa Courses | Open Culture -
Hear Allen Ginsberg Teach "Literary History of the Beats": Audio Lectures from His 1977 & 1981 Naropa Courses | Open Culture
"It’s not often one gets the opportunity to take a course on a major literary movement taught by a founding member of that movement. Imagine sitting in on lectures on Romantic poetry taught by John Keats or William Wordsworth? It may be the case, however, that the Romantic poets would have a hard time of it in the cutthroat world of professionalized academic poetry, a world Allen Ginsberg helped create in 1974 with the founding of his Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, almost twenty years after he brought hip modern poetry to the masses with the wildly popular City Lights paperback edition of Howl and Other Poems. (Here you can listen to the first recording of Ginsberg reading that famous poem.)" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying - WNYC -
Save money: buy store brand, generics, and over the counter. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The First Color Photos From World War I, on the German Front | Open Culture -
The First Color Photos From World War I, on the German Front | Open Culture
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Smell the freedom - Economist: To Protect Frackers, U.S. Should Restrict Oil Imports -
"There’s no time like boom times to start worrying about the bust. Which is why one economist thinks America ought to consider some seemingly drastic measures to protect those rocking and rolling oil frackers — even while they are enjoying the greatest oil boom in a generation." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders -- ScienceDaily -
Memory loss associated with Alzheimer's reversed: Small trial succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders -- ScienceDaily
"Bredesen's approach is personalized to the patient, based on extensive testing to determine what is affecting the plasticity signaling network of the brain. As one example, in the case of the patient with the demanding job who was forgetting her way home, her therapeutic program consisted of some, but not all of the components involved with Bredesen's therapeutic program, and included: (1) eliminating all simple carbohydrates, leading to a weight loss of 20 pounds; (2) eliminating gluten and processed food from her diet, with increased vegetables, fruits, and non-farmed fish; (3) to reduce stress, she began yoga; (4) as a second measure to reduce the stress of her job, she began to meditate for 20 minutes twice per day; (5) she took melatonin each night; (6) she increased her sleep from 4-5 hours per night to 7-8 hours per night; (7) she took methylcobalamin each day; (8) she took vitamin D3 each day; (9) fish oil each day; (10) CoQ10 each day; (11) she optimized her oral hygiene... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
So to setup my new iphone 6 on verizon I need to call from a third phone? Isn't that strange?
So far so good with the iphone 6. Seems like a bigger 5s, which is what I wanted. Reading with kindle is quite comfortable. My fat fingers create fewer typos. Perhaps it's me, but I don't notice anything different from 7. - Todd Hoff
learnings is a horrible word. Please stop using it.
Instagram Improved their App's Performance. Here's How. -
I thought this quite interesting. Guess not. - Todd Hoff
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
Sponsored Post: Apple, Flipboard, All Your Base, Scalyr, FoundationDB, AiScaler, Aerospike, AppDynamics, ManageEngine, Site24x7 -
OK, why would DHCP use bash? That's....I lack the words.
The two words that come to mind start with an F and a U. - Kevin Johnson from Android
Ah, popen. - Todd Hoff
Using it for file conversions? Or for extensibility? - Kevin Johnson from Android
Because | - Eric - It's My Thing
Lots of commands: const char *cmds[] = { "/bin/ps -axlw 2>&1", "/usr/sbin/arp -an 2>&1", "/usr/bin/netstat -an 2>&1", "/bin/df 2>&1", "/usr/bin/dig com. soa +ti=1 +retry=0 2>&1", "/usr/bin/netstat -an 2>&1", "/usr/bin/dig . soa +ti=1 +retry=0 2>&1", "/usr/sbin/iostat 2>&1", "/usr/bin/vmstat 2>&1", "/usr/bin/w 2>&1", NULL - Todd Hoff
At one time this kind of data wasn't available via APIs, so it makes sense. - Todd Hoff
Oh ya. That stuff. Almost forgot about pre-/proc days.. - Kevin Johnson from Android
Wow, 49ers. #suck
Adults can color too...
The Church of Scientology has a colouring book? - Ken Morley
FF has a whole room for it. - Spidra Webster
Only at level 32 do you get access to the coloring book. Thanks spidra. - Todd Hoff
Harvesting energy from humidity: Free, green energy from leaping water droplets | ExtremeTech -
Harvesting energy from humidity: Free, green energy from leaping water droplets | ExtremeTech
"It’s time to get rid of that dehumidifier — you are just throwing away free energy by sucking all the moisture out of the air, according to some new research published by a team from MIT. Postdoc researchers Nenad Miljkovic and engineering professor Evelyn Wang figured out last year that water droplets jumping off a hydrophobic surface could gain an electric charge, but now they’re worked out how to capture that energy, essentially pulling power out of thin air." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Given how fast hotels are booking up it looks like the economy is doing better and people are taking vacations. - The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra
No smoking gun on my reading. - Todd Hoff
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For September 26th, 2014 -
Lovely - SPARKED: A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters
Lovely - SPARKED: A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters
Quadracopter, rice paper, LEDs... now if there was only a way to charge them while in flight. :) - Ken Morley
The world will change in ways we can't imagine -- The Coming Era Of Self-Assembly Using Microfluidic Devices | MIT Technology Review -
The world will change in ways we can't imagine -- The Coming Era Of Self-Assembly Using Microfluidic Devices | MIT Technology Review
"building microscopic devices, one of the most promising ideas is to exploit the process of self-assembly. In this way, complex structures can be created by combining building blocks under natural circumstances. This kind of self-assembly mechanism dominates at the molecular scale, where it is responsible for the construction of most biomolecules. At the heart of this mechanism is Brownian motion which effectively mixes and jiggles molecules so that they rapidly find their place in incipient structures. This is a powerful process that can form hugely complex machines such as the ribosome, a molecular device for synthesising proteins." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
A war has never been won from airpower alone. Perhaps this is just a delaying tactic so someone else can worry about putting boots on the ground? Or perhaps we could just move to an economy that didn't depend on oil so we wouldn't have to care so much?
A friend had a new iphone 6 and I got to play a little with it. It's pretty large. Not sure a + is in my future. That would be too big. Surprised at how unremarkable it is physically. There's nothing that screams high end about it to me.
Performance is 10% better apparently. The GPU screams, but I'm not a gamer. Battery on the 6 is supposed to be good. - Todd Hoff
There's still a line at the apple store in los gatos so I'll have to wait another day to fondle the 6+. - Todd Hoff
I was finally able to fondle the +. To me the 5s is to the 6 as the 6 is to the + sizewise. Just a little too large for me as an open carry phone. Nice size for reading. Screen was sharp. Taking a picture reminded me of the awkwardness of taking a picture with the ipad. It did fit in the back pocket of my shorts, which is normally reserved for beer cans. My front pockets were not as accommodating. I just had to bend it of course. And it did indeed bend. I did not twist however. So I'm going to order the 6. - Todd Hoff
5 Tips for Scaling NoSQL Databases: Don’t Trust Assumptions—Test, Test, Test! -
Flooding Risk From Climate Change, Country by Country - - Big opportunity here to pick up cheap land from all those idiots who think their land is flooding. -
"More than a quarter of Vietnam’s residents live in areas likely to be subject to regular floods by the end of the century. Four percent of China’s residents — 50 million people — live in the same kind of areas. Across the globe, about one person in 40 lives in a place likely to be exposed to such flooding by the end of the century, absent significant changes. These figures are the result of a new analysis of sea levels and flood risk around the world, conducted by Climate Central and based on more detailed sea-level data than has previously been available. The analysis offers country-by-country estimates for populations at risk of regular flooding, accounting for a range of potential emissions reductions and for variations of sea level sensitivity to climate change." - Todd Hoff
Why does one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs believe monopolies are the key to human progress? | -
Why does one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs believe monopolies are the key to human progress? |
"Stated differently, Thiel believes that by dominating a market, a company can afford to focus less on quarterly targets and more on ambitious long-term (and thus riskier) plans, whose benefits will take longer to accrue but may ultimately prove far more revolutionary. This incidentally, echoes the insights of Austrian economists, who speak to the strength of businesses and economies as a whole comprised of individuals with longer “time preferences,” not to mention the primacy of entrepreneurs to economic growth." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
He is just completely wrong. Historically monopolies like AT&T are categorically anti-competitive. The internet was only born because it finally became possible to connect modems to telephone lines. Something fought tooth and nail by AT&T. - Todd Hoff
For more read The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (Vintage) by Tim Wu. - Todd Hoff
On AT&T creator Theodore Vail: Vail’s dream of a perfected, centralized industry was predicated on another contemporary notion as well. It may sound strange to our ears, but Vail, a full-throated capitalist, rejected the whole idea of “competition.” He had professional experience of both monopoly and competition at different times, and he judged monopoly, when held in the right hands,... more... - Todd Hoff
"We must try to understand Theodore Vail, for his basic character type recurs in other “Defining Moguls,” the men who drive the Cycle and populate this book. Schumpeter theorized that men like Vail were rare, a special breed, with unusual talents and ambitions. Their motivation was not money, but rather “the dream and the will to found a private kingdom”; “the will to conquer: the... more... - Todd Hoff
"They also accepted the other lesson of the railroads: without a single master, systemic chaos would undercut efficiency. Vail thought the “opposition” phone companies would stoop to any cut rate, and cut-rate service, just to be in the game. Using the formidable capacity of the Morgans to absorb loss, he undercut the price cutters." - Todd Hoff
"But he certainly concurred in his enthusiasm for monopoly as the optimal business model. Indeed, as we shall see over and over again, the shift from an open industrial phase to a closed market usually begins when capital interests spy the potential for vastly increased profit through monopoly, or when they demand greater security for their investments. Vail’s access to Morgan’s capital made his vision of the Bell system possible, but it also came with significant strings attached." - Todd Hoff
"The rise of Hollywood and of the Zukor model is another definitive closing turn of the Cycle. In the course of a single decade, film went from one of the most open industries in the United States to one of the most controlled. The flip shows how abruptly industrial structure can change when the underlying commodity is information. For no sooner had the age of the independent theater... more... - Todd Hoff
"In 1940, Armstrong had predicted that FM would supplant AM in five years. Actually, it would take until the 1970s for it to catch on, and until the 1980s to reach the popularity of AM.13 It cannot be denied that the emergence of television at the same time took some of the wind out of FM’s sails. It is likewise true that wholly replacing one technology with another does take time. But... more... - Todd Hoff
"The Edison cartel of 1908, for instance, fixed prices aggressively to make sure that, across the industry, costs would never exceed revenues. Likewise, the cartel’s enforcement of a certain homogeneity of product—simple plots, short films, no stars, and a ban on most imports—had the effect of ensuring that one film was as good as (or as bad as) another; by making all their offerings... more... - Todd Hoff
"The conflict is familiar in its contours; we have now seen it several times before, as the Cycle has worked its way through the film, radio, and telephone industries. The difference now, however, is this: In the 1920s and 1930s, there was a sense that the progress toward centralized, integrated models was somehow inevitable, simply the norm of industrial evolution. In the time of Henry... more... - Todd Hoff
"While there were once distinct channels of telephony, television, radio, and film, all information forms are now destined to make their way increasingly along the master network that can support virtually any kind of data traffic. This tendency, once called “convergence,” was universally thought a good thing, but its dangers have now revealed themselves as well." - Todd Hoff
Heavy-Duty Vehicle Sculptures, Beautifully Designed As Gothic Architecture | Colors And Joy -
Heavy-Duty Vehicle Sculptures, Beautifully Designed As Gothic Architecture | Colors And Joy
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"Belgian artist Wim Delvoye creates large-scale sculptures of vehicles typically found on construction sites, this series feels like full of incredibly detailed Gothic architectures, even though said architecture takes the shape of, say, cement mixers, bulldozers, dump trucks, and other vehicles. His detailed patterns found in every inch of each piece adds to their admirable beauty. There is something very recognizable in their construction, that they’re imitating a working class citizen dressed in fine attire." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
When the dystopia has passed into the second and third generations, what giants will they think played with such toys? - Todd Hoff
We've seen few of those irl; to the extent that I thought that the very first picture is 'mine' :) He also makes many other beautiful things our of rusty part, like medieval cathedrals. - банный tiger
That would be great to see in person. - Todd Hoff
My mom worked at Georgetown University in the early 1980's and one day I noticed that their fire escapes were unusual looking. She told me that the city told the university that they had to have updated fire escapes. The university didn't want to get the usual large, ugly, metal contraptions because they were, well, ugly. So, instead, they got this: - Betsy
Those are cool. - Todd Hoff
Why men never remember anything: The gender divide in memory recollection, explained. -
Why men never remember anything: The gender divide in memory recollection, explained.
"Recently, I was visiting my family in Seattle, and we were doing that thing families do: retelling old stories. As we talked, a common theme emerged. My brother hardly remembered anything from our childhood, even the stories in which he was the star player. (That time he fell down the basement steps and needed stitches in the ER? Nope. That panicky afternoon when we all thought he’d disappeared, only to discover he’d been hiding in his room, and then fell asleep? Nothing.) “Boys never remember anything,” my mom huffed." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Wow, I thought my sister wrote this. I was just in seattle and we had this same experience. She was recalling my childhood better than I was. Parallel evolution. Only our stories involved BB guns and thrown knives and rocks. - Todd Hoff
The only thing my husband has a vivid memory was when he was five years old. He was playing in coal dirt with his friend when he felt his head getting all wet. Louis Shultz decided to pee on the coal dirt and had poor aim. - Janet
Or maybe her aim was dead on? :-) - Todd Hoff
How Facebook Makes Mobile Work at Scale for All Phones, on All Screens, on All Networks -
Hydroelectric Tidal House Looks Out Of This World | Ubergizmo -
Hydroelectric Tidal House Looks Out Of This World | Ubergizmo
"What you see above might be something that would belong more in the world and realm of science fiction than it would in the real world, but it looks like the latter is more likely. I am referring to the Hydroelectric Tidal House which is no ordinary home as you can tell by its looks alone. Far from it – this particular bad boy is cast in concrete, where the outer semi-circular shell will help the house to remain attached the shoreline with sand foundations. There will be solar cells which will line the outer shell so that it will be able to maximize the location of this abode at Cape Town’s abundant sunshine, but that is not the primary source of power. It will, instead, rely on the more reliable renewable energy source from tidal waves. Yes sir, the shell has been specially designed using a porous structure which will pave the way for multiple channels of water to flood the space between the outer and inner shells." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
How cool! - Todd Hoff
Do computers have a Dunbar number?
I'm surprised from an Android the number is so low. - Todd Hoff
Human-Computer or Computer-Computer? - NOT THE CRICKET
Computer - Computer would be widely-bounded by sockets, and more closely bounded by throughput capacity and file-descriptors. - NOT THE CRICKET
Human-Computer would be variable, but for the average person 2-3 (when you add in the phone and tablets). For programmers, the number would probably be from the average up to 10-15. - NOT THE CRICKET
Deric's MindBlog: The stability of the authoritarian state. -
"Censorship in China is used to muzzle those outside government who attempt to spur the creation of crowds for any reason—in opposition to, in support of, or unrelated to the government. The government allows the Chinese people to say whatever they like about the state, its leaders, or their policies, because talk about any subject unconnected to collective action is not censored. The value that Chinese leaders find in allowing and then measuring criticism by hundreds of millions of Chinese people creates actionable information for them and, as a result, also for academic scholars and public policy analysts." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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