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IKEA Sit/Stand Desk Review: I Can't Believe How Much I Like This -
IKEA Sit/Stand Desk Review: I Can't Believe How Much I Like This
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"The up/down action changes everything. What I like best about the Bekant Sit/Stand desk is how quick and easy it is to make adjustments to the height. This seems embarrassingly obvious, but it's actually thrilling to work on a surface that is at the perfect height for whatever posture you're in, sitting or standing." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
i something exactly like this in my office 15 years ago. i loved it and miss it to this day. - Big Joe Silence
A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | WIRED -
A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | WIRED
"Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he might know the answer. According to Koch, consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex, information-processing system. All animals, from humans on down to earthworms, are conscious; even the internet could be. That’s just the way the universe works. “The electric charge of an electron doesn’t arise out of more elemental properties. It simply has a charge,” says Koch. “Likewise, I argue that we live in a universe of space, time, mass, energy, and consciousness arising out of complex systems.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Sky projectile vomiting rain / Bird shit still clawing to the car / Not going anywhere
Fern Frozen in Time by Volcanic Flow Reveals Stunning Detail | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network -
Fern Frozen in Time by Volcanic Flow Reveals Stunning Detail | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network
"It defies belief, but a 180 million year old fern fossil unearthed in Sweden is so exquisitely preserved that it is possible to see its cells dividing. So pristine is the fossil, reported scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History in the journal Science in March, that it is possible for them to estimate its genome size from the size of its cell nuclei — and that it has remained substantially unchanged from its living descendants since the early Jurassic." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For October 31st, 2014 -
Broadacre Farm Design - Regenerative Agriculture at Work -
Broadacre Farm Design - Regenerative Agriculture at Work
Broadacre Farm Design - Regenerative Agriculture at Work
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"Over the past year Yandoit Farm has been going through a few changes. Located in Victoria, Australia, north of Hepburn Springs, the farm has had an interesting past, at times being heavily mined for gold, with the miners living on the property, and more recently used to run cattle." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Female silhouette flatscreen Tv stand by SimplySnowmandesigns -
Female silhouette flatscreen Tv stand by SimplySnowmandesigns
Cool, but not at $2400 - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel -
Find the Perfect Word for Your Feelings with This Vocabulary Wheel
"Whether you're writing or talking about a character, another person, or yourself, it can be easy to use the same words over and over. This wheel diagram from English teacher Kaitlin Robbs helps you find the right word for the right feeling from the inside out. Start out with a basic emotion and then move outward until you have the best synonym for the job. The wheel itself isn't exactly groundbreaking in the world of vocabulary, but it's a nice reference for those that have a hard time being specific about how they or others feel" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
LOL - Animal Behavior: Two Dogs And An Ice Cream
LOL - Animal Behavior: Two Dogs And An Ice Cream
Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review -
Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine" | MIT Technology Review
"DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
PhotoStory4: Big Jay McNeely - JazzWax -
PhotoStory4: Big Jay McNeely - JazzWax
"From time to time, I spot a jazz photo that moves me so much I have to know what happened the moment the camera's shutter came down. As a fan of 1950s jazz photography, I have long admired the high-contrast black-and-white work of Bob Willoughby." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The New Farmers | Orion Magazine -
"Growing up a few hours away in Lake Tahoe, Miller wanted to work in the environmental movement but never expected to be a farmer. She was nineteen before she even met one. “I wanted to work outside, and I wanted to better the environment, but I just didn’t know how to engage,” she says. “There aren’t many jobs out there, and a lot of the messaging felt kind of negative: ‘Don’t do this, and don’t do that.’” While studying at the University of San Diego, she enrolled in agriculture classes with the thought of becoming a school garden teacher. “But the more I learned about agriculture, the more I saw it as a tool for change,” she explains. “I realized that, to me, the difference between the environmental movement and growing food is that growing food is really positive. You’re saying yes, instead of asking people to stop something.” She met Martin at a farm education program in Santa Cruz, and the two relocated to this plot of family land to try their hand at cultivating organic vegetables, fruits, and flowers." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"Miller looks out onto her farm. The diminishing daylight suffuses everything with a saffron glow: young apple trees not yet bearing fruit, her husband running the tractor, a shaggy llama, like a gangly guardian, standing attention at the fence. “Here I’m building something,” she says. “And I like that. I like that we’re stewards of this land, that we’re building the soil and taking care of the pollinators, the bees, the birds—it’s just so positive.”" - Todd Hoff
"” She points out that the back-to-the-landers had cheap land. “And we don’t. But we do have a marketplace that’s craving what we’re producing, and the back-to-the-landers had to build that from scratch. Also, we have the internet.”" - Todd Hoff
Microbial Diversity: sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't - Human Food Project -
Microbial Diversity: sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't - Human Food Project
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"Since I just had arrived from the US, the microbial community represented by the three red dots is a mash up of my US bugs I brought with me and the impact of the food I ate before boarding the plane, the funky in flight food, and the food and microbes I acquired while on the ground in Arusha eating and moving about this new environment. Either way, over those first three days my gut microbial community remained more or less stable (dots are close together suggesting no major shift in the composition of my gut microbiota)." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"I’m gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that the Hadza – and presumably our ancestors – were periodically fasting. No news here, but… I don’t mean starving (like argued in the Thrifty Genome Hypothesis) and I don’t mean going all day without food – there’s plenty of food in Hadza land. Plenty. But rather they don’t immediately solve hunger pangs by opening a bag of chips as it... more... - Todd Hoff
Damn. Gorgeous sunrise this morning. The perversity is I feel guilty for enjoying it without picturing.
BTW, picturing == taking a picture, which is too long - Todd Hoff
For me, taking pictures kills the moment. - Sean McBride
There's definitely something to that. - Todd Hoff
Eureka moments are mostly fictional — here’s how innovation really happens - Vox -
Eureka moments are mostly fictional — here’s how innovation really happens - Vox
"Consider, for example, the profound effect that the development of glass had on Western civilization, which Johnson meticulously outlines in his first chapter. Discovered in the Libyan Desert, the substance made its way to the Roman Empire, then to the Isle of Murano, and eventually throughout Western Europe, where it became something of a status symbol. Pretty soon, monks began using glass as makeshift magnifiers to help them study and transcribe religious texts. Glassmakers in Northern Italy had a similar idea, and manipulated tiny disks of glass into curvy lenses, creating roidi da ogli (discs for the eyes), history's first glasses." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
@BuzzFeedNews: Lava Is About To Engulf A Town In Hawaii, Why Can’t It Be Stopped?
California's Best Craft Beer - Sunset -
California's Best Craft Beer - Sunset
We've done this circuit many pleasurable times. They have some new ones so it's time for another go. If you are in the bay area this is a good day. Beautiful drive. Great beer. Good food. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin, Says Black Swan Author -
"A key difference between these types of risks is the statistical structure of their impact. This structure is either dependent on scale or independent of scale. An example of a scale -dependent distribution is the weight of an adult human which is generally never greater than about 10 times the weight of an average human. However, a single individual can be richer than the poorest 2 billion humans. So wealth follows a scale independent distribution. When it comes to risk, the harm from scale dependent risks comes from the collective effect of many events, since no single event alone can dominate the total. “It is practically impossible for a single data account for 99 percent of all heart attacks in a given year,” say Taleb and co by way of an example. By contrast, the harm from scale independent risks can be dominated by a single event. For example, the Earth is constantly bombarded by small rocks from space that have little effect. Nevertheless, a single large rock could wipe out the entire human race. " - Todd Hoff
So why does redirect to https? Just leave the URL alone. - Todd Hoff
Quantum Experiment Shows How Time ‘Emerges’ from Entanglement -
"The experimental details are straightforward. The entangled photons each have a polarisation which can be changed by passing it through a birefringent plate. In the first set up, the observer measures the polarisation of one photon, thereby becoming entangled with it. He or she then compares this with the polarisation of the second photon. The difference is a measure of time. In the second set up, the photons again both pass through the birefringent plates which change their polarisations. However, in this case, the observer only measures the global properties of both photons by comparing them against an independent clock. In this case, the observer cannot detect any difference between the photons without becoming entangled with one or the other. And if there is no difference, the system appears static. In other words, time does not emerge. “Although extremely simple, our model captures the two, seemingly contradictory, properties of the Page-Wootters mechanism,” say Moreva and co." - Todd Hoff
Can't wait for the year 2016 giant season.
Quantum weirdness is everywhere in life – Johnjoe McFadden – Aeon -
Quantum weirdness is everywhere in life – Johnjoe McFadden – Aeon
"Beneath all these quantum solutions to puzzling vital phenomena, we find ourselves with a deeper mystery. Quantum coherence is an immensely delicate phenomenon, depending on those in-tune particle waves. To maintain it, physicists usually have to enclose their systems within near-perfect vacuums and cool them down to very close to absolute zero temperature to freeze out any heat-driven molecular motion. Molecular vibrations are the mortal enemy of quantum coherence. How, then, does life manage to maintain its molecular order for long enough to perform its quantum tricks in warm and wet cells? That remains a profound riddle. Recent research offers a tantalising hint that, instead of avoiding molecular storms, life embraces them, rather like the captain of a ship who harnesses turbulent gusts and squalls to maintain his ship upright and on-course. As Schrödinger predicted, life navigates a narrow stream between the classical and quantum worlds: the quantum edge." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Attended a speech by Jim Al-Khalili (mentioned in the article) last month on that subject. - Mark H
Wow, that must have been interesting. Anything stand out? - Todd Hoff
It was a general overview of quantum biological processes with the most amount of time spent on the way robins navigate. It was difficult to concentrate fully on the talk as it was held on a glass-bottomed boat in an aquarium with sharks, rays, and turtles swimming around, with the turtle often coming up to the boat and slapping it with its flipper much to everyone's amusement. - Mark H
That sounds fascinating - MoTO: Team Marina
The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED -
"In the past, we would have said only a superintelligent AI could drive a car, or beat a human at Jeopardy! or chess. But once AI did each of those things, we considered that achievement obviously mechanical and hardly worth the label of true intelligence. Every success in AI redefines it. But we haven't just been redefining what we mean by AI—we've been redefining what it means to be human. Over the past 60 years, as mechanical processes have replicated behaviors and talents we thought were unique to humans, we've had to change our minds about what sets us apart." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain -
Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain
"Magic mushrooms may give users trippy experiences by creating a hyperconnected brain. The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together," said study co-author Paul Expert, a physicist at King's College London." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I want to try it NOW! :) - miki
[The noetic connection: synaesthesia, psychedelics, and language] - Sean McBride
That's the problem with not being in college anymore miki :-) - Todd Hoff
"Feed your head" - Greg GuitarBuster
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Insights into Proposition 1: The 2014 California Water Bond - Pacific Institute -
Insights into Proposition 1: The 2014 California Water Bond - Pacific Institute
"An overarching conclusion of the report is that while the taxpayer-funded bond could provide benefits to California’s communities and the state’s environment — including specific water supply, reliability and environmental quality improvements — those benefits are not guaranteed.  The Institute also concludes that Proposition 1 would have little impact on the immediate challenges posed by California’s severe drought." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Circadian Atlas Chronicles Gene Expression -
Circadian Atlas Chronicles Gene Expression
"A University of Pennsylvania-based team has documented when genes are expressed across 12 organs in mice throughout the day. The results were published today (October 27) in PNAS. Among other things, the researchers show that 43 percent of genes follow a daily schedule in at least one of the organs profiled, and that more than half of the 100 best-selling drugs in the U.S. target products of genes whose expression cycles." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Change your walking style, change your mood -- ScienceDaily -
Change your walking style, change your mood -- ScienceDaily
"Our mood can affect how we walk -- slump-shouldered if we're sad, bouncing along if we're happy. Now researchers have shown it works the other way too -- making people imitate a happy or sad way of walking actually affects their mood." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Microservices in Production - the Good, the Bad, the it Works -
Peak Google: Search advertising market is $50 billion. Google has most of that. Total advertising market is over $500 billion. Most of that is brand advertising. Google can't capture this market through search. In-stream, native advertising is the future. Very low down in the funnel. Biggest opportunity, top of the funnel, generating brand affinity
True money is not direct response, but brand advertising. Techies only focus on the direct response. - Todd Hoff
Or is the nature of brands changing? Not a pushed top down process where the guy with the most money wins. Brands now built more bottom up from social commentary and reactions. The quality of experience is what matters. - Todd Hoff
Google will not shrink. It will keep the search market. But the total online market is growing to $100-$200 billion and google is not in a good place to capture new forms of advertising. - Todd Hoff
You figured it out -- the top-down model is kaput. - Sean McBride
This was from a podcast in the link above. - Todd Hoff
there's this dual (or triple?) celebrity/band/consumer thing going on, like what Taylor Swift has been doing lately. Your brand gets associated with a lifestyle through being "naturally" embedded in entertainment, social etc. - Laura Norvig
How Did Baseball Fans Watch the World Series Before TV? - CityLab -
How Did Baseball Fans Watch the World Series Before TV? - CityLab
How Did Baseball Fans Watch the World Series Before TV? - CityLab
"n the 1880s, baseball lovers would crowd for hours in opera houses, watching as behind-the-scenes workers gathered pitch-by-pitch updates via telegram and displayed them on stage. On a Library of Congress blog, media historian Mark Schubin writes about an Augusta, Georgia opera house, which in 1885 would configure a blackboard that had each team's lineup, a baseball diamond, punched-out holes for bases, and flags representing a baserunner's progress. Admission to the board: Ten cents." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Kind of like twitter. - Joe
I wonder how they simulated a rain delay? :-) Gods tears are falling hard at the moment. - Todd Hoff
This is the original gamecast. - Joe
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