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The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast - Pacific Institute - http://pacinst.org/publica...
The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast - Pacific Institute
"In an analysis prepared for three California state agencies, the Pacific Institute estimates that 480,000 people; a wide range of critical infrastructure; vast areas of wetlands and other natural ecosystems; and nearly $100 billion in property along the California coast are at increased risk from flooding from a 1.4-meter sea-level rise – if no adaptation actions are taken. The Pacific Institute report, The Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the California Coast, concludes that sea-level rise will inevitably change the character of the California coast, and that adaptation strategies must be evaluated, tested, and implemented if the risks identified in the report are to be reduced or avoided. Populations and critical infrastructure at risk are shown in detailed maps prepared by the Pacific Institute available online here." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
That explainst it - Google+ Is Walking Dead | TechCrunch - http://techcrunch.com/2014...
That explainst it - Google+ Is Walking Dead | TechCrunch
"Google has apparently been reshuffling the teams that used to form the core of Google+, a group numbering between 1,000 and 1,200 employees. According to a source at Google, there’s a new building on campus, so many of those people are getting moved physically, as well — not necessarily due to Gundotra’s departure." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
My guess is Vic Gundotra lost an internal battle and having lost there was nothing much to stay for. - Todd Hoff
How is Google+ trending these days -- up or down? I never managed to bond with it. - Sean McBride
An iPhone Engineer-Turned-Game Maker Shares His Apple Story - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com - http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014...
An iPhone Engineer-Turned-Game Maker Shares His Apple Story - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com
"Mr. Jobs was notorious for throwing his weight around however he could. One person on the iPhone design team was also named Steve, which caused some confusion in meetings. Mr. Jobs sought to change this. “At some point Steve Jobs got really frustrated with this and said ‘Guess what, you’re Margaret from now on,’” Mr. Tolmasky said. From there on, members of the team would always address the designer Steve as Margaret." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
When Theft Was Worse Than Murder - http://nautil.us/issue...
When Theft Was Worse Than Murder
"Most interesting among these changes was an evolving attitude toward violence. Over time, discussions in the Old Bailey of violent crimes—what is said, and how it is said—become increasingly distinct from discussions of non-violent crimes. This pattern, at the level of the language itself, accumulates over a century of development. These patterns are not always easily interpreted; many appear to us as subtle and accumulating fluctuations, traces of hidden stories whose effects are apparent but whose origins remain obscure. By contrast, some stand out clearly as both mathematical effects and historical narratives. At the end of the 18th century, for example, fisticuffs or drawn knives amount to an acceptable background of violent behavior—that a victim was beaten or even stabbed might be mentioned in passing, for example, in a trial for theft. As we move to the beginning of the 20th century, such discussions are found increasingly concentrated in trials for assault and murder, tracing... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Watch NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: Dog Bathroom Unveiled at Detroit Airport Online | Hulu - http://www.hulu.com/watch...
So cool - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Deric Bownds' MindBlog: Top Brain, Bottom Brain - a user's manual from Kosslyn and Miller - http://mindblog.dericbownds.net/2014...
Deric Bownds' MindBlog: Top Brain, Bottom Brain - a user's manual from Kosslyn and Miller
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"Their basic simplification is to describe the top and the bottom parts of the brain as performing different sorts of tasks. The bottom-brain system classifies and interprets sensory information from the world, and the top-brain system formulates and executes plans. Here is the standard brain graphic from their introduction: You can have four separate ways of arranging a set of opposites like top and bottom, and they make these into four personality types distinguished by different relative activities of the two.:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
How a small group of Santa Fe researchers changed economic thinking | Santa Fe Institute - http://www.santafe.edu/news...
How a small group of Santa Fe researchers changed economic thinking | Santa Fe Institute
"Our approach, which has come to be called Complexity Economics, suddenly looked a great deal more relevant. It wasn’t quite a new set of methods, it wasn’t a new set of theories, and it certainly wasn’t a new ideology. Really, it was a different way to see the economy. It viewed the economy not as static, perfect, pure and rational; but as messy, alive, organic, and always constructing itself. It saw the economy as never at rest, but as always discovering, always in perpetual novelty. In 1996 an historian of economic thought, David Colander, put forward an allegory in which economists a century ago stood at the base of two mountains whose peaks were hidden in the clouds. They wanted to climb the higher peak and had to choose one of the two. They chose the mountain of well-definedness and mathematical order, only to see when they had worked their way up and finally got above the clouds that the other mountain, the one of process and organicism, was far higher." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Consciousness as Social Perception (BSP 108) — Brain Science Podcast - http://brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp...
Consciousness as Social Perception (BSP 108) — Brain Science Podcast
"In his latest book Consciousness and the Social Brain  Princeton neuroscientist Michael Graziano proposes a unique and compelling theory of consciousness. He proposes that the same circuits that the human brain uses to attribute awareness to others are used to model self-awareness. He emphasizes that his attention schema theory is only tentative, but it is testable and it does fit our current knowledge of brain function." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
We have a mountain lion sighting:
"I am so excited I can barely speak. I've lived here for 22 years (on Deerfield Rd. in the Villa) and by now I'm used to deer, raccoons, skunks, bobcats, rats, bats, etc. Today I had my first ever encounter with a mountain lion. I was gardening in front of our house, down on all fours, when I heard some rustling in the woods above our driveway. Nothing unusual...the deer hang out up there all the time. But there was something different about the sound so I looked up and sitting there, no more than 20 feet from me, was a beautiful young mountain lion. I stood up, and he/she took off into the woods. I dropped everything and tried to follow to get a better look, but then I realized that probably wasn't very smart. A human chasing a mountain lion doesn't say much for the human. Villa neighbors, be sure your cats, dogs, chickens and children are secure." - Todd Hoff
The New Abolitionism
"Averting planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Erik Johansson Photography | SlipTalk - http://www.sliptalk.com/2014...
Erik Johansson Photography | SlipTalk
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Bach's Little Fugue in Gm on Guitar by Rob Michael - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
RealClearEducation - Kids Don't Learn Better Just Because They're Young 'Little Sponges': What Really Works - http://www.realcleareducation.com/article...
RealClearEducation - Kids Don't Learn Better Just Because They're Young 'Little Sponges': What Really Works
"Yet when the adult did the exact same thing, but also made plain to the child her actions were for the child’s benefit, that she was teaching, then the child understood that magnetism held special significance for spoodle-hood. I think this study has an interesting implication for differences in kids’ preparedness for schooling, associated with their home environment. We tend to focus on differences in the richness of experiences available to kids. That’s important, but this experiment provides a concrete example of small differences in parenting may have important consequences for children’s learning. “Little sponges” don’t learn certain types of information, even in a rich environment. They have to be taught." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Big food: Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
Big food: Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat - Vox
"Pollan has an interesting take on genetically modified foods. The promises behind GM foods  —  much less need for pesticides, much higher yields  —  haven’t come true save in isolated cases. But they have driven a massive change in food production. "What genetic modification of crops has given us is dramatic consolidation," he says. "Monsanto has used the huge profits from Roundup Ready seeds to buy up a sizable portion of the seed industry." This is something, Pollan says, that you see again and again when you look at which food innovations get attention  —  and funding. A close look often shows that the problem being solved wasn’t a problem in how we grow food, but in how companies grow profits." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Troops of the Uniform Unite! The Military Is a Socialist Paradise! - http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...
Troops of the Uniform Unite! The Military Is a Socialist Paradise!
"It may come as an unwelcome surprise to conservatives, but America’s military has one of the only working models of collective living and social welfare the country has ever known." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
A standard point I make is that the our defense industry is single payer and nobody seems to mind. - Todd Hoff
These High School Students Have Solved Your Ketchup Problem - Digg - http://digg.com/video...
Uses a 3D printer to design a new ketchup bottle dispenser that keeps the water from separating out of the ketchup. Though they didn't talk about that part much. Cool - Todd Hoff
Will it work with mustard? Because that's the real test. - Ken Morley
For some reason I never squirt mustard, I use a knife and stir first. - Todd Hoff
The Real Money-Making Methods of the Super-Rich Are Far From Praiseworthy | Alternet - http://www.alternet.org/economy...
Why isn't People-Centric UI Design taking off? - Scott Hanselman - http://www.hanselman.com/blog...
Why isn't People-Centric UI Design taking off? - Scott Hanselman
"The "story" around People Centric is that you don't think "go to twitter and tweet my friend" or "go to Skype and call my friend," instead you click a picture of your friend and then contact them in any possible way using any enlisted app from there." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Interesting idea. I wouldn't want to use it all the time, but it would be great to pull the icon for a person to the screen so I can get to them fast, without having to go through an app's menu system. - Todd Hoff
Sounds like a great feature to me. - Sean McBride
Alternative to the people-centric UI: the forum centric UI... I don't go out to meet someone in particular, I just head to a good pub to chat with whoever is there. That is how I use social media ! - Jean-Marc Liotier
Another approach to social communications: topic-centric. - Sean McBride
Usman Riaz: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...
Scientists discover moral compass in the brain which can be controlled by magnets | Mail Online
So people are less moral when holding a cell phone to their ear? - Todd Hoff
Quick: weaponize it. - Sean McBride
I have a kickstarter in progress. A drone army of magnetic ray machines that target the entire worlds population in order to create chaos. Oh, wait, that's really no different. - Todd Hoff
Oculus Rift helps terminally ill woman take one last stroll in the sun - http://www.engadget.com/2014...
Oculus Rift helps terminally ill woman take one last stroll in the sun
"A terminally ill woman has reminded us of the limitless potential for devices like the Oculus Rift beyond just gaming and entertainment. After Roberta Firstenberg's cancer treatments failed last year, she was told she had just a few months to live. That prompted her game artist granddaughter Priscilla ("Pri") to send a moving note to the Oculus Rift support team, who quickly decided to send a dev unit. Using the 3D headset, Roberta was able to experience mobility again with the Tuscany Villa demo, complete with virtual trees, stairs and butterflies. She was even able to see her younger self and a beloved, deceased pet via a fortuitous Google Street View snap -- which inspired another idea." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Wormtalk and Slugspeak: Anglo-Saxon Aloud: Greatest Hits now on iTunes, CDbaby - http://wormtalk.blogspot.com/2014...
Wormtalk and Slugspeak: Anglo-Saxon Aloud: Greatest Hits now on iTunes, CDbaby
"The album includes readings in both Old English and Modern English of 10 classic Anglo-Saxon poems:  Cædmon's Hymn The Battle of Brunanburh The Wanderer The Ruin The Wife's Lament Wulf and Eadwacer Deor The Fortunes of Men Riddle 47 (Book Moth) The Dream of the Rood There is a general introduction as well as explanatory introductions for each poem." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens - http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilen...
"The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism. In what follows, we briefly review the four theoretical traditions that form the framework for our analyses and highlight some of the most prominent empirical research associated with each. We then describe our data and measures and present our results. We conclude by Gilens and Page Testing Theories of American Politics 4 4 discussing the implications of our work for understanding American democracy and by identifying some of the directions for future research that our findings suggest." - Todd Hoff
"Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or even against the will of the majority of voters" - Todd Hoff
That SpaceX launch movie is horrible. The special effects suck. There's no romance. And it's not even a real dragon!
Let's play modernize the old idiom. Instead of saying "they aren't exchanging christmas cards" to indicate two parties aren't getting along you would now say....
They aren't exchanging sexts. - Brent Schaus
We hacked Siri on iOS 7 to interface with Spotify, Venmo, and other third-party apps by The Four Loop - http://thefourloop.com/2014...
Nice! - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Just a thought, that you disagree with something doesn't make it a troll.
It, or you. That's why I like it here. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Why are you trolling us? - Sean McBride
I am that I am. - Todd Hoff
It is what it is. - Sean McBride
The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever Given Is Bullet-Point List Of 12 Economic Concepts | Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com.au/thomas-...
The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever Given Is Bullet-Point List Of 12 Economic Concepts | Business Insider
"1. Many things that are desirable are not feasible. 2. Individuals and communities face trade-offs. 3. Other people have more information about their abilities, their efforts, and their preferences than you do. 4. Everyone responds to incentives, including people you want to help. That is why social safety nets don’t always end up working as intended. 5. There are tradeoffs between equality and efficiency. 6. In an equilibrium of a game or an economy, people are satisfied with their choices. That is why it is difficult for well-meaning outsiders to change things for better or worse. 7. In the future, you too will respond to incentives. That is why there are some promises that you’d like to make but can’t. No one will believe those promises because they know that later it will not be in your interest to deliver. The lesson here is this: before you make a promise, think about whether you will want to keep it if and when your circumstances change. This is how you earn a reputation. 8.... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Smart Set: Sitting it Out - April 17, 2014 - http://www.thesmartset.com/article...
The Smart Set: Sitting it Out - April 17, 2014
"Yet in the United States, seating is more than not crammed tightly around tables, with half the customers aiming their backs to the street. This is not right. It’s as if the café’s interior had simply gone outside for a quick smoke. “There must be eyes upon the street,” wrote urban theorist and activist Jane Jacobs more than a half century ago, “eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street.” Jacobs mentions nothing about backs to the street. Our cafés are now essentially private backyards, situated incongruously along public streets. Indeed, in jurisdictions that don’t carefully monitor this, the appearance of a new sidewalk café at an existing establishment is often an opening salvo — the umbrellas are soon replaced with steel scaffolding and a stout canvas roof overhead, then come the transparent flaps that drop down, followed by the propane heaters for the shoulder seasons. The space becomes wholly cut off from the public realm. You can connect... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Yesterday was the flight of the caterpillars. Or as the birds name it: buffet day. Platoons of caterpillars decided all at once to drop on silk cords from their oak tree canopy homes. These soldiers are sleepers, waiting to wreak their havoc later in the season.
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