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Yep, that sounds like U2.
"Best synopsis of The Wizard of Oz ever written (by TV columnist Rick Polito): " -
"Best synopsis of The Wizard of Oz ever written (by TV columnist Rick Polito): "
Super Ball Bot | NASA -
Super Ball Bot | NASA
"Super Ball Bot is an all-in-one landing and mobility platform based on tensegrity structures, allowing for lower-cost, and more reliable planetary missions. Inspiration strikes from the most unlikely sources. Adrian Agogino and Vytas Sunspiral of NASA’s Intelligent Systems Division and Fellows of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program ( are in the process of developing a Super Ball Bot--a collapsible, terrestrial robot based on a tensegrity toy that could one day become important to NASA’s exploration goals. These planetary surface explorers are sturdier and can withstand a substantial impact. The Super Ball Bot has a sphere-like matrix of cables and joints that could withstand being dropped from a spacecraft high above a planetary surface and hit the ground with a bounce. Once on the planet, the joints could adjust to roll the bot in any direction while housing a data collecting device within its core. The lighter weight and maneuverability of the Super Ball... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
With these we'll be the coolest aliens ever to land on mars. - Todd Hoff
Smell the freedom - Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid -
Smell the freedom - Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid
"It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can read more about that here. This time, it’s Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s just like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The battle to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Future of Agriculture – Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard (PVP039) | Permaculture Voices. -
The Future of Agriculture – Changing the Concept with Mark Shepard (PVP039) | Permaculture Voices.
"Mark has a pretty clear view on how he thinks the future of agriculture could be.. restoration agriculture style farms dotting the landscape with animals roaming through grasslands dappled with trees… a perennial polyculture system that builds soil instead of destroying it, a system that sequesters carbon instead of volatilizing it, a system that utilizes all of the water that falls on a piece of land, a system restores the land… and importantly a system provides nutrient dense food on scale – bulk calories and makes money doing it allowing a farmer to earn a decent living in the process. These systems could restore the land and rural America. I think it is totally possible, and when you hear Mark speak I think you will feel the same way. This is the future of agriculture." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
We drove by his place. There's not much you can see from the road though and they don't have a visitor program yet. - Todd Hoff
We need to work with nature, specifically animals, too many are persecuted on farm land, right now we are culling even more badgers in the UK! :( - Halil
Why Do We have Farm Program Welfare? | Big Picture Agriculture -
"Record crop income in recent years and subsequent record-high land prices make it absurd to argue that crop subsidies are needed to maintain agricultural production capabilities in the United States. And the argument that the food security of the United States depends on subsidizing production of crops is easily countered by the fact that 30% to 40% of U.S. corn production is diverted to produce ethanol while about 50% of U.S. wheat production is sold in export markets. Yet these two arguments continue to be the primary justifications put forth for crop subsidies." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"In summary, from a short-term and longer term economic welfare perspective, the 2014 Agricultural Act generally appears mainly to be focused on transferring income to relatively wealthy farm families as well as some non-farm entities such as the U.S. mercantile marine and private insurance and reinsurance companies. It does so at the expense of consumers and taxpayers, the long-run... more... - Todd Hoff
Kate Has Things to Say: I am So Bored With the Hiatus -
Kate Has Things to Say: I am So Bored With the Hiatus
"The hiatus seems to go by several aliases these days- "pause", "no warming for 15 years", "CHECKMATE, NERDS!"- but the argument is a convenient one. Because it's true, on one level: global surface temperatures are indeed rising less quickly than the current generation of climate models predict. But, you know, that's like saying the Earth isn't round because it looks pretty flat where you are. That argument might fly if you are, say, a medieval peasant (are you? If so, I am fascinated and you should contact me immediately as I have many questions) but in the intervening years we've learned a lot more about looking at the big picture. No serious scientist truly believes that the slowdown in surface warming invalidates greenhouse physics, and the argument really only works if you ignore the massive increase in ocean heat content (I grew up in Ohio, so I, too, know how difficult it can be to remember the ocean exists). This is a picture I stole from the super-impressive Katherine Hayhoe, and it shows where all that extra energy is going." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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
Thanks to Kristin I just learned about these fabulous things called reveal cakes ( I'm going to make a reveal cake for my phone choice. Green and it's Apple. Metallic gray for Android. And no cake at all if I'm going to detach from this digital coil.
What about a Windows phone? - Corinne L
Then it'll be pie! :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I'm going to just start doing reveal cakes for every major decision I make. - Hookuh Tinypants
^^this. - Corinne L
*fistbump* - Hookuh Tinypants
Can you make reveal cakes for boy-girl fraternal twins? It'd be fun to confuse the guests. :-) - Betsy
I don't know about for Windows, but BlackBerry is self-evident. - Todd Hoff
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This looks interesting...
This looks interesting...
"The most unusual alternative countertop we saw at EuroCucina came from Italian designer Arrital, courtesy of Arpa Industriale. Referred to as a “nanotech matte material,” the Fenix NTM countertop is anti-reflective, anti-fingerprint, self-healing, and soft to the touch without being... well, soft. It felt great under our hands, and looked great in Arrital’s modern kitchens." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
97 Climate Scientists weigh in on 97 Hours of Consensus -
97 Climate Scientists weigh in on 97 Hours of Consensus
97 Climate Scientists weigh in on 97 Hours of Consensus
97 Climate Scientists weigh in on 97 Hours of Consensus
Mesmerizing Light Trails Of A Hula-hoop. | Bored Panda -
Mesmerizing Light Trails Of A Hula-hoop. | Bored Panda
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"I am sure everyone wants to know, what happens when Hula-hoop meets UV paint and long exposure. You can enjoy this unusual combination below." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
'Star Wars 7' Plot Details Tease True Fate of Luke Skywalker -
'Star Wars 7' Plot Details Tease True Fate of Luke Skywalker
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Wow. This sounds horrible. It's another who gives a crap plot with differences from the old cannon that are there just to be differences. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Cinematic Cuts Exploit How Your Brain Edits What You See | Science | WIRED -
Cinematic Cuts Exploit How Your Brain Edits What You See | Science | WIRED
"To Zacks that suggests that we intuitively and automatically break our visual stream into discrete scenes, and that our brains do this in a remarkably consistent way. He thinks this is a manifestation of our brains never-ending effort to predict the future. We have a mental model of what’s happening that we use to predict what’s likely to happen next. “You do this because it’s super adaptive,” Zacks said. “If you can anticipate what’s coming up in a few seconds you can react adaptively.” But whenever the action changes—when the stoplight turns from red to green, say, or when your boss suddenly appears at your desk—you have to update your mental model to reflect what’s happening now." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat - -
A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat -
"People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades, a major new study shows." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Though I would hardly call 120+ grams of carbs a day low carb. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, 120+ is not low carb! - Janet
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian -
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian
"Astronomers discover that our galaxy is a suburb of a supercluster of 100,000 large galaxies they have called Laniakea" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Perhaps this is why we don't get visitors from other planets. We live in the sticks. - MoTO: Team Marina
Which could be a good thing. - Todd Hoff
A cosmic cul-de-sac? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
this is an awesome simulation video.. shows how small our earth is - Peter Dawson
Barry, It's like UPS. When you live in the sticks, the deliveries don't arrive until later in the day. - Ken Morley
Todd, yes indeedy. Ken, yup. I wish my brain were big enough to take all this stuff in though. But even my tiny little brain is fascinated by this stuff. By the way, a big ol' comet is supposed to pass near Mars around Oct. 18th. Should be visible with a pair of binoculars. Or so I'm told. - MoTO: Team Marina
Mesmerizing Photos of Bubbles Just Moments Before They Burst | -
Mesmerizing Photos of Bubbles Just Moments Before They Burst |
Mesmerizing Photos of Bubbles Just Moments Before They Burst |
Mesmerizing Photos of Bubbles Just Moments Before They Burst |
Collar Beef | Cooking in the Archives -
Collar Beef | Cooking in the Archives
Collar Beef | Cooking in the Archives
"Although so far our adventures in archival cooking have been mostly meatless, the recipe books in Penn’s collections contain many interesting preparations for meat, poultry, and fish. From a recipe to “Stew a Hare” to instructions for how to make “English Bacon” and “Pickle Pigeons,” these recipe books reveal a no-waste, “nose to tail” approach. Most either use the whole animal in a single preparation or preserve meat for future consumption. However, many of these recipes do not lend themselves to modern, apartment cooking (especially during the Philadelphia summer). Alyssa and I were thrilled to find this relatively simple recipe for “Collar Beef,” or braised flank steak seasoned with fresh herbs, in Ms. Codex 252. Collar Beef is a flavorful and relatively inexpensive recipe for red meat." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
World's Largest Private Bank Says Solar Power Could Dominate − -
World's Largest Private Bank Says Solar Power Could Dominate −
"Zurich-based bank UBS sent a briefing paper to some its clients saying that conventional power plants could become irrelevant within two decades. Instead, they say clean energy could replace them and that means home and business owners may generate their own power, rather than rely on conventional fossil fuel plants." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
According to some analyses, the return on investment from purchasing solar panels today beats the S&P 500 in 13 states and beats 5-year CDs in 43 states. - Ken Morley
That's interesting. ROI is always a winner. - Todd Hoff
"If reassurances could dull pain, nobody would ever go to the trouble of pressing grapes."
"He said that life boils down to standing in line to get shit dropped on your head. Everyone’s got a place in the queue, you can’t get out of it, and just when you start to congratulate yourself on surviving your dose of shit, you discover that the line is actually circular"
"The Fool had always asserted that time moved in a great circle, but a decaying one, where at every turning humanity repeated mistakes, making them ever graver."
The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud | Threat Level | WIRED -
The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud | Threat Level | WIRED
"On the web forum Anon-IB, one of the most popular anonymous image boards for posting stolen nude selfies, hackers openly discuss using a piece of software called EPPB or Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker to download their victims’ data from iCloud backups. That software is sold by Moscow-based forensics firm Elcomsoft and intended for government agency customers. In combination with iCloud credentials obtained with iBrute, the password-cracking software for iCloud released on Github over the weekend, EPPB lets anyone impersonate a victim’s iPhone and download its full backup rather than the more limited data accessible on And as of Tuesday, it was still being used to steal revealing photos and post them on Anon-IB’s forum. “Use the script to hack her passwd…use eppb to download the backup,” wrote one anonymous user on Anon-IB explaining the process to a less-experienced hacker. “Post your wins here ;-)”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Apple is usually pretty good on security. For a login API to not be protected against a brute force attack is hard to imagine. - Todd Hoff
Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession - WSJ -
Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession - WSJ
"All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look at my career at midlife, I realize that in many ways I have become the kind of doctor I never thought I'd be: impatient, occasionally indifferent, at times dismissive or paternalistic. Many of my colleagues are similarly struggling with the loss of their professional ideals." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"only 6% described their morale as positive." It's no wonder so many self-medicate. - Ken Morley
I wonder how much the internet has contributed to this... Is it harder to feel heroic when your better-informed patients cause you to second-guess yourself? - Ken Morley
The surgery I attend is classified as a training surgery, which essentially means that doctors who have finished their education and done their mandatory time at a hospital work there for a year before they go to their chosen practice. It is a joy to see them so eager before the system has crushed the care out of them. - Slippy
Crush the Care Out should be the name of an all burnt out doctors band. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Ken, if as a doctor you have a hero complex rather than a get the person well complex then perhaps you should be doing something else? - Todd Hoff
Well I don't mean to bring the room down but I consider this merely one of the symptoms of middle age. You get tired of doing the same thing you've always done? Shit, Get in line. - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
It is also frustrating when the treatment plans for better health are continually ignored by the patient. - Janet from FFHound!
Isn't the interesting question then is how could treatment plans be structured to be better followed? Typically plans are in the form of orders, which isn't all that helpful. - Todd Hoff
Todd, if you are a diabetic and you are asked to follow a simple diet plan and walk 10 minutes post meal and you don't. If you have asthma and on oxygen and you are asked AND assisted to cease smoking and you do not. How much more structure is needed? I believe in personal accountability but similar to give me something for my headache and then I won't take the medicine. Then I complain about my headache. - Janet
A simple diet plan? It's not a diet change. It's a total change of your life. Everything you've done your whole life is not only wrong, it's killing you. Every meal out, every meal at home, every time you want a snack, every time you are thirsty, every birthday, every holiday, every social situation, everything has changed. How do you make the transition? There's nothing simple about it. - Todd Hoff
Enabler or caretaker. You are preaching to someone who lost loved ones because they would not or could not break their health disorder. Psychological counseling with dietician supplementing better choices? My point is the vicious circle of 'help me doctor' - 'I will not take responsibility for my actions' - 'help me doctor'. I am a burned out healthcare worker, sorry. - Janet from FFHound!
I'm not preaching, I'm saying what my experience has been. I definitely hear you about taking responsibility for your actions. But just giving an edict and tossing up your hands when it's not followed is also avoiding responsibility. How could that ever work? I don't see how psychological counseling with dietician will be effective. People need to learn how they can live their lives completely differently. I don't think that can be done with a visit to get a lecture. - Todd Hoff
People under going weight reduction surgery DO get psychological therapy pre-surgical. It is approaching the mental and physical. Stigma exists for people to openly admit and accept help. - Janet from FFHound!
How effective is it? - Todd Hoff
Very, it is a life changing step they take. We have a very busy bariatric surgeon at our hospital and psychotherapy as well as dietary as well as physical rehab are part of the program. I can count six of my co-workers having success with the full revision surgery. More complications and less success with the lap band. Patients can overeat with those. - Janet
Odd that we don't do that for other interventions? - Todd Hoff
Watching how much fun kids have playing in water gives the Aquatic ape hypothesis some gills.
Let's Build Maker Cities for Maker People Around New Resources Like Bandwidth, Compute, and Atomically-Precise Manufacturing -
Any thoughts? - Todd Hoff
Pocket watches -> Wrist Watches -> Pocket Phones -> Wrist Phones -> ???
Next step is embedded in the body. - Todd Hoff
Contact watches. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Quark Soup by David Appell: Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Reversed (Yet Again) -
Quark Soup by David Appell: Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Reversed (Yet Again)
"In the Daily Mail, David Rose quotes the always reliable Judith Curry saying "the Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed." By my count, there's been 7 reversals of the death spiral since 1979, including the famous reversal of the mid-90s and the huge reversal in 2008. So many reversals that Arctic sea ice extent has spiraled up by average of -44,000 square kilometers a year since 1979. That's some fancy spiraling. Any more spiraling like this and we're going to have an great abundance of negative ice in a few more decades. Where will we put it all?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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ISIS Displaying a Deft Command of Varied Media -
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"ISIS carefully tailors its recruiting pitch, sending starkly different messages to Muslims in the West and to those closer to home. But the image of unstoppable, implacable power animates all of its messaging. The pitch is effective. The militant rebellion in Syria and Iraq has drawn as many as 2,000 Westerners, including perhaps 100 Americans, and many thousands more from the Middle East and elsewhere, though some have returned home. Experts believe most of those remaining today are fighting with ISIS. Continue reading the main story “The overriding point is that success breeds success,” said Emile Nakhleh, a former C.I.A. analyst. “The perception of quick victories and territory and weapons and bases means they don’t need to try hard to recruit.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Corporate settlements in the United States: The criminalisation of American business | The Economist -
"WHO runs the world’s most lucrative shakedown operation? The Sicilian mafia? The People’s Liberation Army in China? The kleptocracy in the Kremlin? If you are a big business, all these are less grasping than America’s regulatory system. The formula is simple: find a large company that may (or may not) have done something wrong; threaten its managers with commercial ruin, preferably with criminal charges; force them to use their shareholders’ money to pay an enormous fine to drop the charges in a secret settlement (so nobody can check the details). Then repeat with another large company." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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