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Philip K. Dick would have been 86 today: Some thoughts on his legacy - LA Times -
Philip K. Dick would have been 86 today: Some thoughts on his legacy - LA Times
"Dick’s work is full of androids, simulacra, existential questions, alternate realities, characters who cannot know themselves. “The Man in the High Castle,” which takes place in an America divided between Germany and Japan after the Axis Powers won World War II, revolves in part around a character who has written a novel imagining an Allied victory; his 1977 novel “A Scanner Darkly” involves an undercover cop whose consciousness has been so severed by a psychotropic drug called Substance D that he has begun spying on himself. The point, of course, is that reality is nothing but a construct, a mass hallucination, consensual or otherwise. If that no longer seems a particularly radical notion, we have Dick to thank for that — “our own homegrown Borges,” in Ursula K. Le Guin’s phrase, for whom existence remains elusive, if apprehensible at all." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I've loved everything I've read by him. - Jenny H. from Android
He was amazing. - Todd Hoff
Fave Dick moment: Goes to a convention in Canada and tells everyone he feels that we are living in a matrix. In the 70's. 'Nuff said. - Harold Cabezas from Android
Ocean Acidification Harming Shellfish | The Scientist Magazine® -
Ocean Acidification Harming Shellfish | The Scientist Magazine®
"Climate change is bad for commercial oyster and mussel growers. But until recently, researchers weren’t sure exactly how rising CO2 levels and the resultant ocean acidification—reduced pH—harmed the farmed bivalves. This week (December 15), researchers proposed an answer: it’s all about saturation state. In a paper published in Nature Climate Change, scientists from Oregon State University and state agencies reported that the larvae of Pacific oysters and Mediterranean mussels have a hard time forming their calcium carbonate shells as the surrounding seawater’s saturation state falls. Saturation state is a measure of how corrosive the seawater is to the shells that the larvae make as they grow, and as CO2 increases in the atmosphere, saturation state drops. A lower saturation state means more corrosive water. “Biological oceanographers have speculated that early life stages of marine organisms might be particularly sensitive to ocean acidification, but the underlying mechanisms... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Yep. A very troubling harbinger. :( - Jenny H. from Android
The oysters in this study are imported from Japan not native to the Pacific North West. The average PH of the ocean water they come from is naturally more alkaline "8.5 PH" than the waters off the coast of Oregon "8.1 PH." The larval die off which occurred is actually due to up welling. Oregon's natural oysters indigenous to the area are thriving. The aquaculture farms that have... more... - Eric Logan
Future Cities Lit by Beautiful Bioluminescent Trees | Big Ideas Blog -
Future Cities Lit by Beautiful Bioluminescent Trees | Big Ideas Blog
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"SCIENCE & TECH4 Future Cities Lit by Beautiful Bioluminescent Trees By Maxwell Morgan A laboratory at Stony Brook University, working with designer Dann Roosegaarde, has developed a glowing plant by merging luciferin–which is the chemical that enables fireflies to glow–with a simple plant. The result is a plant, in dirt, that glows. Naturally. And it is awesome. Roosegaarde, a self-described designer/artist/architect from the Netherlands, pronounced his vision for the future of technology incorporation at the 2014 SXSW in Austin, Texas." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Stacking Fiefdoms with Joel Salatin. Creating Multiple Complementary Businesses -
Stacking Fiefdoms with Joel Salatin. Creating Multiple Complementary Businesses
"A farm is not a continuity business until it provides two salaries. Do you know how long it takes you to do things on your farm? That type of time and motion analysis is important. Farmers aren’t exempt from knowing about and running the business. Consider task oriented jobs for employees versus time oriented jobs for employees. Performance oriented pay versus just showing up. Joel’s Rule on Farmers Markets: If you aren’t making $2000 per market you should be doing something else with your time. If you aren’t making that much you might be better off spending that time creating your own marketing. You may not want to house all farm business within the same business entity. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALL. There are people out there that love doing things you don’t do. Put people into positions that that gravitate to, doing what they love, and what they are good at. Consider commission based pay for the sales staff. Joel uses memorandums of understanding that including the clause of... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Million-Mummy Cemetery Unearthed in Egypt -
Million-Mummy Cemetery Unearthed in Egypt
"TORONTO — She's literally one in a million. The remains of a child, laid to rest more than 1,500 years ago when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, was found in an ancient cemetery that contains more than 1 million mummies, according to a team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The cemetery is now called Fag el-Gamous, which means "Way of the Water Buffalo," a title that comes from the name of a nearby road. Archaeologists from Brigham Young University have been excavating Fag el-Gamous, along with a nearby pyramid, for about 30 years. Many of the mummies date to the time when the Roman or Byzantine Empire ruled Egypt, from the 1st century to the 7th century A.D. [See photos of the million-mummy cemetery]" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Wildly Intricate Steampunk Sculptures Reveal An Apocalyptic Side Of Art -
Wildly Intricate Steampunk Sculptures Reveal An Apocalyptic Side Of Art
The new anthem of our age: What was wrong with how it worked before?
Scandalous Overtures - Ora.Tv - Professor Robert Greenberg is a great teacher, these should be good. -
Scandalous Overtures - Ora.Tv - Professor Robert Greenberg is a great teacher, these should be good.
After watching the first episode of Ascension I really feel like I'm letting Sherlock Holmes down. A dozen times during the show I said that can't be, but did I reason to the impossible? No. How disappointing.
Tornado alert, that's different.
Can we all agree the design of the home button on the iphone/ipad etc is the worst ever? How many different functions does it perform? I'm always getting siri when I don't want it. Pressure sucks as a selector.
Made some sauerkraut. Which means I cut up some cabbage, stuffed it in a jar with some seasonings, and waited a week while the little critters did the real work. I didn't die and it didn't suck.
Better than my results, by far :D - Jennifer Dittrich
I've never had sauerkraut made of red cabbage. Looks good! - Maitani
I bought red at the store so I thought what the heck? It's good in salads, it adds a different color and some crunch. There's about 8 heads of the green growing in the garden so I'll give that a try later. What happened Jennifer? - Todd Hoff
It always seems to go bad. I have yet to have a batch ferment properly, no matter how well I follow the directions. - Jennifer Dittrich
Hm, I don't really know how to tell. It seems sourish and a little carbonated. - Todd Hoff
Oh, the batches I've done get mold and then smells very, very bad. Very easy to tell. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oh my. Is that too much oxygen? The recipe I followed instructed me to pack the cabbage and seal it off with a plug of the thick outer leaves. I think that prevented the oxygen from entering but still allowed the co2 to escape. The jar lids were puffed up a little so I know gas was escaping. - Todd Hoff
Maybe? I think it is mostly that I haven't had good luck weighing down the cabbage. This year was the closest, but I think next year I'm just going to get a traditional crock and stone weight. - Jennifer Dittrich
This is the recipe I used: - Todd Hoff
Oh, I love the idea of the larger leaves holding everything down! I will definitely have to try that. - Jennifer Dittrich
Dateline Los Gatos. The Great Dry Needle Xmas Tree Catastrophe of 2014. Reports are coming in of Xmas trees losing their needles much earlier than usual. Who ruined Xmas? The drought. These same tree owners report trees are sucking up water at an alarming rate, but no matter how often the reservoir is filled, the needles fall, as do Xmas dreams.
If you're still using live trees for Christmas you're not much of an environmentalist. :) - Eric Logan from FFHound!
They are pretty much dead once you cut them down. And trees are a perfectly renewable resource. If you cut them correctly new trees grow directly from the stump of the old trees. - Todd Hoff
Have to say, picked a horrible tree this year. Went with something different, a white cedar. It's too small, it's not thick and bushy, branches are too far apart. Sometimes the same old same old is the same old because it's actually better. - Todd Hoff
I believe using a real tree is a net benefit for the environment. The industry grows replacements, and as demand grows, wooded area increases. The artificial trees are made of some nasty stuff. See this article for example: - Stephen Mack
But that aside, Todd, sorry to hear about your tree's condition. - Stephen Mack
Thanks Stephen, but ours is still doing well, though I kinda of want it to die. I've never had a cedar tree before, but I don't think the it will dry out like needles do. This tragedy is being reported on a local list. - Todd Hoff
The first artificial trees of goose feathers where designed to prevent deforestation in Germany. The US version was made by a brush company. The older a tree gets the more carbon it absorbs also. - Eric Logan
In the US we have xmas tree farms, so deforestation isn't an issue. The goose feather trees look a little funky - Todd Hoff
33rd Square | OpenWorm Researchers Upload Animal's Brain Into A Robot -
33rd Square | OpenWorm Researchers Upload Animal's Brain Into A Robot
"Researchers from the OpenWorm project have successfully mapped all the connections between Caenorhabditis elegans’ 302 neurons and managed to simulate them in software. Scientists published the first map of the worm's synaptic connections, or connectome, in 1986 and a refined draft in 2006. The brain of the roundworm has just 1000 cells, of which only 302 are neurons with 7,000 connections or synapses." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The freaky zone. - Todd Hoff
Sit Ubu, sit. - Eric - ill subliminal
Massive storm in California means surf's up on Lake Tahoe -
Massive storm in California means surf's up on Lake Tahoe
"In an unusual sight in California's Sierra Mountains, surfers paddled out on Lake Tahoe, taking advantage of the high winds and big waves brought by the massive storm that began pummeling the northern part of the state on Thursday. The "Pineapple Express" storm, so called for its point of origin near Hawaii, is the strongest storm to hit the northern and central parts of the state in six years. It brought some travel disruption and property damage with it, but Tahoe's surfers were quick to make the most of the unusual weather system." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
That would be something to see. - Todd Hoff
That would be freezing. Water temp is like 34 degrees isn't it? - Steve C Team Marina
Surfers are crazy like that. - Todd Hoff
Heard some of the news reports here in Sacramento about it. If there weren't already SURF TAHOE shirts in existence, I'm sure there are now. - Corinne L
She’s a bent twig, but she’s not broken. She can weather the storm and come out on the other side. - Todd Hoff
Am I satisfied? Satisfaction is a palliative - Todd Hoff
“Love,” Asa said, “is like a pigeon shitting over a crowd.” “How so?” “Where it lands hasn’t got much to do with who deserves it. - Todd Hoff
Empathetic silence is one of the most underused weapons in the world. - Todd Hoff
First Americans - National Geographic Magazine -
First Americans - National Geographic Magazine
"To archaeologist Jim Chatters, co-leader of the Hoyo Negro research team, these are all indications that the earliest Americans were what he calls “Northern Hemisphere wild-type” populations: bold and aggressive, with hypermasculine males and diminutive, subordinate females. And this, he thinks, is why the earliest Americans’ facial features look so different from those of later Native Americans. These were risk-taking pioneers, and the toughest men were taking the spoils and winning fights over women. As a result, their robust traits and features were being selected over the softer and more domestic ones evident in later, more settled populations. Chatters’s wild-type hypothesis is speculative, but his team’s findings at Hoyo Negro are not. Naia has the facial features typical of the earliest Americans as well as the genetic signatures common to modern Native Americans. This signals that the two groups don’t look different because the earliest populations were replaced by later... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"That seems to be an emerging theme. It appears to be the story not just at Paisley Caves but at Monte Verde and the Friedkin site in Texas as well. In each of these cases people seemed to have been settled in, comfortable with their environment and adept at exploiting it. And this suggests that long before the Clovis culture began spreading across North America, the Americas hosted... more... - Todd Hoff
California's Drought May Be Worst in a Millennium - Scientific American - it's heat + drought -
California's Drought May Be Worst in a Millennium - Scientific American - it's heat + drought
"Their analysis showed that a number of other droughts in California's history had less precipitation than the one the state is currently experiencing. However, the most recent drought stood out because of how exceptionally hot it was compared to other droughts over the past 1,200 years. Even when they accounted for errors associated with combining the different data sets, they saw that "what's really different is the record high temperatures," Griffin said. "That kind of knocked my socks off, I wasn't expecting that result," he said. The "hot drought" was worse because the heat drew more moisture from the soil into the atmosphere, according to Griffin. For every 1 degree Celsius increase in air temperature, the atmosphere's capacity to retain moisture increases by 7 percent, as defined by the Clausius-Clapeyron equation." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
So worst means a combination of dryness + high temperature. That's what makes now unique. - Todd Hoff
BBC News - Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed -
BBC News - Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed
BBC News - Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed
"The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) found microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan. The tiny, single-celled organisms survive in this harsh environment on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbon compounds and have a very slow metabolism. The findings are being presented at the America Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert, from the California Institute of Technology, who is part of the team that carried out the research, said: "We keep looking for life, and we keep finding it, and it keeps surprising us as to what it appears to be capable of."" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Americans are 40% poorer than before the recession - MarketWatch -
Americans are 40% poorer than before the recession - MarketWatch
"The Great Recession is officially over, but Americans are still 40% poorer today than they were in 2007, the year before the global financial crisis. The net worth of American families — the difference between the values of their assets, including homes and investments, and liabilities — fell to $81,400 in 2013, down slightly from $82,300 in 2010, but a long way off the $135,700 in 2007, according to a new report released on Friday by the nonprofit think-tank Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. “The Great Recession, fueled by the crises in the housing and financial markets, was universally hard on the net worth of American families,” the report found." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I wonder how that compares to other nations. Not that I doubt the figure at all but many other countries have economies in worse shape than ours post-crash and some of them have imposed austerity measures. - Spidra Webster
Great site - Windyty, wind forecast -
Uber backtracks after jacking up prices during Sydney hostage crisis - The Washington Post -
Like everything mediated one has to wonder if these prices are really market driven or if they are simply set to maximize revenue? - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Looking forward to empire. The lady who plays cookie was on person of interest and she was awesome.
Taraji P Henson, she's excellent. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
From the previews it looks like she's even better in this show. - Todd Hoff
Climate Change Takes A Village - As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are -
Climate Change Takes A Village - As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are
Climate Change Takes A Village - As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are
"he island has dealt with erosion issues since at least the 1950s. But now climate change is exacerbating the problem considerably. Average temperatures are increasing faster in Alaska than they are in the rest of the United States, warming 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 50 years. The higher temperatures are causing the subsurface layer of permanently frozen soil typically found in the Arctic to thaw in some areas. This weaker permafrost is more vulnerable to storms and tidal activity, fueling the loss of Shishmaref's shores." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Groundbreaking Idea Of Life's Origin - Business Insider -
Groundbreaking Idea Of Life's Origin - Business Insider
"“This means clumps of atoms surrounded by a bath at some temperature, like the atmosphere or the ocean, should tend over time to arrange themselves to resonate better and better with the sources of mechanical, electromagnetic or chemical work in their environments,” England explained. Courtesy of Michael Brenner/Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Self-Replicating Sphere Clusters: According to new research at Harvard, coating the surfaces of microspheres can cause them to spontaneously assemble into a chosen structure, such as a polytetrahedron (red), which then triggers nearby spheres into forming an identical structure. Self-replication (or reproduction, in biological terms), the process that drives the evolution of life on Earth, is one such mechanism by which a system might dissipate an increasing amount of energy over time. As England put it, “A great way of dissipating more is to make more copies of yourself.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
So true...
Indeed ... - abifar
very true indeed. - DS
I still wear a regular watch U_U - van der Baarft
i still wear a regular (broken) watch - Biagio Romano from Flucso
I wear a regular watch, but then again, I am old. - Joe
Yep. - bentley
I haven't worn a watch on my wrist since I was 13 or so... I kept losing them because I'd take them off due to the strap irritating me. So eventually my mom got me a belt loop keychain to wear my watch on, kind of like a really cheap pocket watch, and that's what I did until smartphones. - Andrew C (✔)
I wear a regular watch. So do at least two of my grand-nieces--all of them analog. (I'm old, they're not.) - Walt Crawford
Pretty much why I'm not interested in smart watches. - rönin
The people I work with are so unfamiliar with cellular phones that when I went to my pocket when someone asked what time it was, a co-worker said, "Oh, he's got a pocket watch?" - Steele Lawman
Wristwatch free since '93! - Eivind
Behind every open heart is a story. Jack the Ripper's story.
Every kiss begins with stalking. ;) - Janet from FFHound!
Is shale oil is leveraged with CDOs?
Dark market hedges in the form of futures contracts mostly. It's a commodity so derivatives would not work the same way as bundling debt. - Eric Logan
So when it all goes to hell we won't be paying the bill again? - Todd Hoff
The demise of shale oil due to pricing like peak oil theory is greatly exaggerated. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
It became profitable when prices went high. Am I to believe the reverse is not true? - Todd Hoff
It depends Shale Wells already producing will continue though apparently they become "strippers" very low gallonage per day The NEW wells become unprofitable to bring in as price drops... Brand new guys who joined the party at $90 a barrel? Are probably toast! Add in fresh debt... I'd guess the beating is being taken on commodity market and in energy stocks more than debt bundling - WarLord
Boom and bust cycles are designed to shake out smaller players especially with a commodity as manipulated as oil prices. Breaking up OPEC is a worthwhile endeavor and regulation is a much bigger threat to this industry than price fluctuations. LNG though a bridge fuel is a huge threat to the status quo. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
The companies that did not lock in futures contracts higher than their cost of production either have to have enough capital to weather the storm or will be forced into bankruptcy selling off their leases and equipment investments at a loss to the stronger players it's planned consolidation with worldwide geo political implications. Sort of like a short squeeze on small wildcat operations. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
I'm not sure this is a normal "squeeze" - OPEC is awash in oil and demand keeps falling.. Wall Street Bankers cratered economy, nobody has a job, or a house or money to fill their gas tank. Demand isn't going to recover! The American Middle class is decimated and China as no middle class With their number one market dying Chinese are unlikely to find a middle class any time soon. Add in... more... - WarLord
Ropeless Elevator Can Move Up, Down, And Sideways | Co.Design | business + design -
Ropeless Elevator Can Move Up, Down, And Sideways | Co.Design | business + design
"ThyssenKrupp proposes a new kind of elevator system, one controlled by a system of magnets, which could run multiple elevator cars within the same shaft and move both vertically and horizontally. The company estimates that this system, which requires less space for elevator shafts than traditional systems, reduces the space elevators take up in a building by as much as 50%. It also promises that MULTI's cable-less technology will do away with the height challenges presented by conventional elevators. Supertall skyscrapers can only rise as high as the elevators that move people through them—by one estimate, cable hoist elevators can only reach about 1,500 feet. An electromagnetic system could reach even higher." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Doesn't Willy Wonka have the patent on this? - Todd Hoff
Wokavator! - Jennifer Dittrich
Who wouldn't want one of those? - Todd Hoff
Learning from Japan's Edo Period: What Is Just Enough? -
"One of the questions I often get asked about Transition and the idea of intentional localisation is “surely we need everybody to be trading with each other?” and I  say – well, up to a degree, but when different communities are more able to meet their own needs, and have an economy when they’re more self-reliant, not self-sufficient, but there is that cultural sense that people are able to turn their hands to address issues that arise rather than each community, each settlement being completely unskilled and dependant on imports for absolutely everything. Then the quality of the relationship between those two settlements is very different. When two people meet each other and they’re both very skilled, adaptable, resilient, can turn their hands to anything, it’s a very different relationship to two people meeting each other who don’t have those skills. I wonder what your sense is from your study of the Edo period in terms of how that was. What was the quality of the relationships between neighbouring settlements and how they maybe differ from today?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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