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Todd Hoff
Change your walking style, change your mood -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
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
Amit Patel
Sad that "/FCKeditor" ".../testing" ".../users.ini" ".../_logs" ".../users.txt" ".../billing" ".../id_rsa" ".../phpmyAdmin0" and all the other attempts to get into my webserver take up *half* of my webserver log.
Some days I want to switch to S3 or some other static hosting system so that I don't have to worry that my webserver is secure against shellshock and everything else. - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/grids/';cat%20/etc/passwd;'.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/a-star/response.write(9228707*9317040).html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /articles/noise/..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5c..%5cwindows%5cwin.ini.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
GET /pathfinding/a-star/%60cat%20/etc/passwd%60.html HTTP/1.1 - Amit Patel
It's such a waste - Todd Hoff
ma∟ıĸ
this is one of the cutest things you'll ever see! :)
this is one of the cutest things you'll ever see! :)
very cute! - Posmo
:) - ma∟ıĸ
so smart and cute! - GΞШ@LL
beautiful dogs! - saeedvasi
<3 - wicky
reaching goals through coordination and teamwork! I really like it! - ►JontyPi◄
I've watched this 50 times at it's still awesome. - Todd Hoff
<3 - imPerFect
Bruce Lewis
Do fairies get sick or poisoned?
Yes, but they get well if you believe. http://www.youtube.com/watch... - bentley
Cold iron will do it, I hear. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
If a good fairy does evil they get sick and fade away. - Todd Hoff
Jean-Marc Liotier
Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
"High school students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90 percent of their classes" - Jean-Marc Liotier
It's so ass backwards - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Laura Norvig
Todd Hoff
How Did Baseball Fans Watch the World Series Before TV? - CityLab - http://www.citylab.com/design...
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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Firefly Fan Film - "THE VERSE" - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Quite good! - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
50 Percent Of American Workers Make Less Than 28,031 Dollars A Year - http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archive...
50 Percent Of American Workers Make Less Than 28,031 Dollars A Year
"The Social Security Administration has just released wage statistics for 2013, and the numbers are startling. Last year, 50 percent of all American workers made less than $28,031, and 39 percent of all American workers made less than $20,000. If you worked a full-time job at $10 an hour all year long with two weeks off, you would make $20,000. So the fact that 39 percent of all workers made less than that amount is rather telling. This is more evidence of the declining quality of the jobs in this country. In many homes in America today, both parents are working multiple jobs in a desperate attempt to make ends meet. Our paychecks are stagnant while the cost of living just continues to soar. And the jobs that are being added to the economy pay a lot less than the jobs lost in the last recession. In fact, it has been estimated that the jobs that have been created since the last recession pay an average of 23 percent less than the jobs that were lost. We are witnessing the slow-motion... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Who Wears The Pants Around Here? | MetaFilter - http://www.metafilter.com/143862...
"In 1938 Los Angeles, Helen Hulick went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom. 'Kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick made Los Angeles court history — and struck a blow for women's fashion — in 1938. Hulick arrived in downtown L.A. court to testify against two burglary suspects. But the courtroom drama immediately shifted to the slacks she was wearing. Judge Arthur S. Guerin rescheduled her testimony and ordered her to wear a dress next time.' 'The next day, Hulick showed up in slacks. Judge Guerin held her in contempt. She was given a five-day sentence and sent to jail.'" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Farm Confessional: What Butchering Your Animals Really Feels Like - Modern Farmer - http://modernfarmer.com/2014...
Farm Confessional: What Butchering Your Animals Really Feels Like - Modern Farmer
"I have cried on butcher day in the past, when it is over. But now I usually have a day of tears in the week prior. It is on my mind, a conscious decision I make to kill an animal to eat it. It is a conflict to love animals, nurture them and kill them. I get it. Because I live it. But it’s also a conflict to raise a puppy and then send it off with a stranger. I don’t judge any kind of eater — be it lion, dog, coyote, hawk, cat, worm, vegan or meat-eater — for killing another creature, either vegetable or animal. When I was a vegetarian for about seven years, I began to feel that I had actually judged nature. I had taken myself out of her perfectly sound and wise food system. While I realize I am currently at the top of the food chain, I don’t take it lightly, and never will, and that is why I go to the extremes I do before, during and after harvest day. That is why I always check in with myself, asking, “Do I still want to raise an animal this year to eat it?” I hope I never stop asking that." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Old Image: Making Molasses in Tennessee 1933 | Big Picture Agriculture - http://www.bigpictureagriculture.com/2014...
Old Image: Making Molasses in Tennessee 1933 | Big Picture Agriculture
"“Straining the sorghum on the farm of J. W. Stooksberry, Anderson County, Tennessee. This is the primitive way of making molasses.” Tennessee Valley Authority. October 25, 1933. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Steve and 4 other people
List of things you think are gross but other people seem to like for some reason.
Fish. - Jenny H. from Android
Stuffed Bell Peppers. (Sorry, Jenny!) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Prepackaged bread/pastry. - Meg VMeg
Poptarts, any and all flavors. - Janet
Anchovies - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Peanut butter - Stephen Mack
5 guys - Todd Hoff
Shellfish - David Lounsbury from iPhone
Beets. - Joe
Raw tomatoes. - Heather
Beets, black beans, cilantro, squash. - Bren - pseudo-Buddhist from iPhone
Cilantro, pigs feet, khaki pants, hair gel, lots of candy types, dryer sheets, anything with sodium lauryl sulfate in it. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Mayonnaise, sour cream, cottage cheese - unless hidden in recipes where I can't see them. Cilantro. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
natto - Rodfather
Avocado and Justin Bieber - Kevin Fox
Eggplant, olives, pickled almost anything (exc. kimchee). - Walt Crawford
Marshmallows, lemon meringue pie, key lime pie, sugary beverages, Starbucks coffee, cheap beer, cottage cheese with fruit in it (I like mine plain), sugar and milk in farina (I prefer mine with butter, salt, & pepper), Italian fruit cake, fruity herbal teas, Earl Gray tea (smells like hair gel) - April Russo
Other people - Iain Baker
Iain wins. :-) - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Red vines. Peeps marshmallow thingies. Radicchio and frisee. - Laura Norvig
Broccoli. Cauliflower. Taco Bell. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
red wines?!?! - мик
all organ meats, durian fruit, felching, the GOP, every song from "Frozen", my own navel - Big Joe Silence
red wines = love. red vines = hate - Laura Norvig
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
Well, I wondered how long it might take and it appears that my wife is ready to return to sunnier climes. At the beginning of the new year, I'll be looking for new employment in a state well south of VA. (Right now, Florida is our #1 with Texas right behind due to both not taxing my retirement pay.) So...fun times ahead! :)
My next move is either retirement community/care facility or 6 feet under. I envy people who relocate. - Janet from FFHound!
If you look at Texas, I suggest Austin. - Kristin
Austin and San Antonio are the cities we're focusing on in Texas, actually. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Janet, I don't know if you should envy us. It's an extreme PITA while it's happening. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
You get on house hunters international and go to some exotic place. That might be fun :-) - Todd Hoff
There was a brief period where we evaluated if we could live out of the US on just my military retirement. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I suggest SoCal! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
My father loved the Canyon Lake region just north of San Antonio, New Braunfuls - surrounding lake seemed very retiree friendly plus pretty at least to me - WarLord
Tampa / Winterpark area in FLA is a booming tech biz region. I would caution you to really dig into the cost of living in FL though. no state tax is nice, but sales tax is 9% and property taxes are INSANE if you own a home (and fed tax deduction doesn't cover the difference) not to mention the special homeowner's insurance situation for storm coverage which WILL NEVER cover flood damage... more... - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Sorry, Tamara with a J. SoCal is probably out but never say never. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Some of the places north of San Antonio are beautiful, so I'd definitely agree with you, Warlord. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
T-ra, thanks for the heads up. We briefly looked at the Tampa area before moving back to DC but jobs were hard all over just a few years ago. And you're definitely right about storm coverage. When we moved down we couldn't get renter's insurance because Hurricane Ike was headed our way. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Of course, the funnest part of all will be job searching in another state. Meh. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Todd Hoff
Interesting...
Researchers still argue about the ultimate origins of individualism and collectivism, but one fascinating (and contentious) recent theory suggests that these tendencies might reflect the concentration of disease-causing microbes. Collectivistic societies are likely to thrive in pathogen-rich areas of the world, because collectivists tend to fear outsiders more than individualists, and they’re less likely to take the sorts of risks that might encourage disease. This xenophobic attitude toward outsiders may have benefited collectivistic societies, because it shielded them from alien diseases that their bodies weren’t equipped to fight. In contrast, individualists were more likely to stray from the group and to interact with outsiders, encouraging new diseases to ravage their own groups when they returned from adventures beyond the fold. Over time, then, collectivistic cultures thrived in pathogen-rich areas of the world, while their individualistic counterparts fell to the ravages of... more... - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Frank Gehry Says Architecture Today Is "Pure Shit" - http://gizmodo.com/frank-g...
Frank Gehry Says Architecture Today Is "Pure Shit"
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"Let me tell you one thing. In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There's no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that's it. Once in a while, however, there's a small group of people who does something special. Very few. But good god, leave us alone! We are dedicated to our work. I don't ask for work. I don't have a publicist. I'm not waiting for anyone to call me. I work with clients who respect the art of architecture. Therefore, please don't ask questions as stupid as that one." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Ironic given some of what he has made. I find his designs lack a principle that would define architecture. - Todd Hoff
Contemporary architecture just isn't quality stuff. What we need are buildings that look like crumpled pieces of paper: http://www.thecityreview.com/gehry... :-P - John (bird whisperer)
'98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit.' -says the undisciplined queen of extravagance. - Chu_
Todd Hoff
Eye Catcher, the frame that responds to your emotions - we make money not art - http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archive...
Eye Catcher, the frame that responds to your emotions - we make money not art
Eye Catcher, the frame that responds to your emotions - we make money not art
"The most banal-looking wooden frame takes thus a life of its own as soon as you come near it. It quickly positions itself in front of you, spots your eyes and starts expressing 'emotions' based on your own. Eye Catcher uses the arm of an industrial robot, high power magnets, a hidden pinhole camera, ferrofluid and emotion recognition algorithms to explore novel interactive interfaces based on the mimicry and exchange of expressions." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Most mainstream websites are now so gummed up with commercial crap that they are unusable.
Or what happens when we don't want to pay for content... - Todd Hoff
There has to be a better way to pay for content. - Sean McBride
One option: 1 click to pay for a day, week, month or year of ad-free content on a given website. - Sean McBride
What a joy it is to watch commercial-free films and TV series on Netflix. - Sean McBride
Some have figured out how to make libraries pay, and still have some commercial sales crap on the sides. - Joe
None of those approaches work in real life Sean. - Todd Hoff
Having the option to pay for an ad-free version of websites might work -- both modes of revenue-generation could operate together. Think of smartphone apps. - Sean McBride
It doesn't work. People don't pay. And since you are removing your best advertising targets your advertising revenue also goes down. This is why nobody does this. It canabalizes ad revenue for a pitiable for pay revenue stream. Using both together you get less. Who makes money selling content via smartphone apps Sean? You have to think this through as business person. Not just user who doesn't like ads in their content. - Todd Hoff
Are the Internet and the Web revolutionizing the way that many of us process advertising? I know that commercial messages have absolutely no impact on my mind -- I automatically filter them out. Most of my purchases are based on using Google to quickly turn up objective comparative evaluations of products and services -- an activity that would have been impossible for most people to... more... - Sean McBride
Amazon.com rankings of best-selling and top-rated products, combined with user reviews, are much more useful than advertising for getting a handle on products of particular types and making buying decisions. - Sean McBride
Many smartphone apps are offering paid ad-free versions. I make it a point never to use ad-only smartphone apps. This is also why I use Netflix much more than traditional cable TV these days -- commercials kill the narrative flow and mood of great films and TV series. - Sean McBride
For content, who is making money off of paid ad-free versions? Netflix isn't the same deal at all. - Todd Hoff
How is Netflix a different model? -- you pay them a monthly fee to get rid of commercial messages. Many people would probably like to pay a reasonable fee to Facebook to filter out all the advertising there. I know many people who buy the ad-free versions of smartphone apps -- it's a small price to pay to get a clean and uncluttered interface. - Sean McBride
In what way is Netflix like your normal blog trying to put up content that people might want to consume? In what way is it like twitter or facebook? While some people would pay to see an ad free twitter, it's a very small amount. If most people had to pay they would simply switch. Or they would substitute by reading some other content source. Netflix has always been paid. They also... more... - Todd Hoff
I am not saying that users of websites should be forced to pay for ad-free content -- merely that they should be offered that option. Some percentage of users will exercise it, just as some users choose to pay for ad-free versions of smartphone apps. - Sean McBride
Your suggestion lowers total revenue. Who would do that? - Todd Hoff
On what hard numbers are you basing the statement that providing an option for paying for ad-free content on websites would lower total revenue? - Sean McBride
How many users are dealing with the sprawl and squalor of commercial messaging on websites now: they right-click on the links to substantive website content and save it to services like Pocket -- they don't even bother visiting the websites. - Sean McBride
It's a downward cycle that few have cracked unless your content is super compelling. Aggregators like Google is where the money is. Just like in music. It's sad really. - Todd Hoff
Of course there is always this option: [Firefox > Adblock Plus https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US...] - Sean McBride
Then you are cutting of the air supply of the content generators so they will no longer be able to generate content. But who doesn't want something for nothing? - Todd Hoff
Content providers should be paid for their work -- but I am not going to consume their content if they embed it in a jungle of junk. - Sean McBride
But you did consume it. With adblocker or some other way to circumvent the ads. The consistent and ethical action would to not to consume the content and boycott the site. Cake and eat it too. - Todd Hoff
In principle, you are right. In reality, we are still living in the wild, wild west with regard to sorting out these technologies, conventions and rules. - Sean McBride
In reality the power of rationalization wins. People will take content because they can while the content providers go uncompensated. It's really quite simple. - Todd Hoff
I don't see it as simple at all. These arrangements are the product of social negotiations over time -- and the world is still in a state of negotiation regarding intellectual property on the Internet -- with quite a few bugs still to be worked out. - Sean McBride
Don't make it sound so high minded. Something of value was made available to you for which you actively avoided compensation. It's simple. - Todd Hoff
"So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you. Come on. Make way for the bad guy. There's a bad guy comin' through! Better get outta his way!" -- Al Pacino, Scarface (1983) - Sean McBride
Number of downloads of Adblock Plus as of today: 289,508,362. Average daily users in last 30 days: 18,209,737. - Sean McBride
Yes, people like free shit. Is that news? - Todd Hoff
Many of them like a clean, elegant and speedy Web experience -- crap-free. Web companies had better find a way to deliver it. - Sean McBride
You like them. You just don't want to pay for them. - Todd Hoff
I would be happy to pay for them -- just as I already pay for ad-free Netflix video, ad-free Kindle ebooks and ad-free Android apps. My point is that these ad-free services for the most part don't exist on the Web. That, for instance, is why Ello has arisen to challenge Facebook. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff
Stanford creates tiny, high speed, ultrasound powered brain implants | ExtremeTech - http://www.extremetech.com/extreme...
Stanford creates tiny, high speed, ultrasound powered brain implants | ExtremeTech
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"Using 65nm GP CMOS technology, the Stanford researchers managed to compress all the necessary hardware into a footprint just a couple of millimeters in dimension, with the antenna being the largest component. Using the chicken breast brain proxy, their implant was able to support a DC load of 100 µW. They were also able uplink back out using good old RF at megabits-per-second speeds, which at higher frequencies (here 4GHz) compared to ultrasound has some advantages for data transmission. Not to confuse, but we should mention that their implant could also receive RF data. This is important because the data available from the ultrasound power downlink was only in the kilobits-per-second range. In a real-world scenario, the downlink is likely to be lower bandwidth control signals while the uplink would have more intensive cell activity or image data." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Weeks after winning a Nobel Prize for his microscope, Eric Betzig just revolutionized microscopy again - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news...
"Betzig's new microscope solves this by generating a sheet of light that comes in from the side of the sample, made up of a series of beams that harm the sample less than one solid cone of light. Scientists can now snap a high-res image of the entire section they're illuminating, without exposing the rest of the sample to any light at all." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Smell the freedom - The Midwest's Vast Farms Are Losing a Ton of Money This Year - http://m.motherjones.com/tom-phi...
Smell the freedom - The Midwest's Vast Farms Are Losing a Ton of Money This Year
"Alas, none of this is likely to happen, at least not anytime soon. That's because crop subsidies, enshrined by the farm bill signed in February, will likely wipe out much of the huge gap between farmers' costs and what the market gives them. According to Bloomberg, taxpayers are set to pay "billions of dollars more to subsidize farmers than anticipated just months ago," before crop prices plunged. I don't begrudge federal support for farming. As I argued in a post last year, large-scale commodity farming is a vicious business—farmers are caught in a vice between a small handful of buyers (Archers Daniels Midland, Cargill, Bunge) that are always looking to drive crop prices down, and a small handful of input suppliers (Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta, etc) always looking to push the price of seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides up. It's no wonder, as Iowa State's Hart has shown, that the "long run profitability" of such farming is "zero."" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Joe
Joe
Steve Ballmer has what to do with baseball?
Both have "ball" - Marie
I thought he bought a team ? Or was that basketball ? - Christina Pikas from iPhone
Didn't he start a new chair tossing league? - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground - http://www.npr.org/blogs...
Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground
"A Haitian woman holds cherries from a coffee tree. Haiti's coffee trade was once a flourishing industry, but it has been crippled by decades of deforestation, political chaos and now, climate change." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
centralasian
"The future of communications is high-altitude solar-powered drones, flying 13 miles above the ground, running microwave wireless equipment, delivering broadband to the whole planet. This technology will replace satellites, fiber, and copper, and fundamentally change the broadband industry. Call it Skynet" - http://www.lightreading.com/iot...
"The future of communications is high-altitude solar-powered drones, flying 13 miles above the ground, running microwave wireless equipment, delivering broadband to the whole planet. This technology will replace satellites, fiber, and copper, and fundamentally change the broadband industry. Call it Skynet"
Just FYI, Google bought Titan Aerospace. - Todd Hoff
It won't replace fiber in cities, I suppose. And the picture is lacking the constellation of microwave 'platters' a MW link would require. - 9000
Todd Hoff
Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? - http://ieet.org/index...
Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
"Well, why not? Why expect nothing rather than something? No experiment could support the hypothesis ‘There is nothing’ because any observation obviously implies the existence of an observer. Is there any a priori support for ‘There is nothing’? One might respond with a methodological principle that propels the empty world to the top of the agenda. For instance, many feel that whoever asserts the existence of something has the burden of proof. If an astronomer says there is water at the south pole of the Moon, then it is up to him to provide data in support of the lunar water. If we were not required to have evidence to back our existential claims, then a theorist who fully explained the phenomena with one set of things could gratuitously add an extra entity, say, a pebble outside our light cone. We recoil from such add-ons. To prevent the intrusion of superfluous entities, one might demand that metaphysicians start with the empty world and admit only those entities that have... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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[1410.5401] Neural Turing Machines - http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.5401
"We extend the capabilities of neural networks by coupling them to external memory resources, which they can interact with by attentional processes. The combined system is analogous to a Turing Machine or Von Neumann architecture but is differentiable end-to-end, allowing it to be efficiently trained with gradient descent. Preliminary results demonstrate that Neural Turing Machines can infer simple algorithms such as copying, sorting, and associative recall from input and output examples." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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These self-cooling walls could replace air conditioning - http://www.citymetric.com/horizon...
These self-cooling walls could replace air conditioning
"To break this depressing cycle, architects from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona are developing walls that cool themselves without the need for electricity. The technology uses a substance called "hydrogel", which absorbs water and can swell to up to 400 times its original size. When the air around the hydrogel heats up, the water evaporates, which cools the air around the gel by around 5° Celcius. The mechanism’s not dissimilar to the way our body cools itself down by evaporating water from the skin’s surface in the form of sweat.   To create a self-cooling wall, bubbles of the gel are inserted between two ceramic layers." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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A Family Rejects the Industrial Model and Rebuilds Their Farm – The Plate: Maryn McKenna - http://theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2014...
A Family Rejects the Industrial Model and Rebuilds Their Farm – The Plate: Maryn McKenna
"The current Will Harris expected to carry on that legacy, and for many years, he did. He went to the University of Georgia, earned an agricultural-science degree, returned to the farm, and put into practice everything he had learned. That meant routine antibiotics, hormone implants and grain feeding for the cattle, and routine fertilizers and pesticides and herbicides for the fields they sometimes browsed on. By his 40s, Will Harris was running two profitable, perfect monocultures—one of meat and the other of grass—and doing everything his education and family history told him he should. And then he stopped, and thought, and changed his mind." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"On its 3,000 acres, a mix of owned and leased, he and his 110 employees run 10 different species: cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and rabbits; and chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and guinea hens. Everything is raised out on the restored pastures, which now support a complex mix of grasses. The animals move through the fields in a carefully plotted rotation, each eating their favorite... more... - Todd Hoff
A truly green revolution. Away from monoculture and towards a "symbiosis of many different species all living together with one benefitting the other." - Todd Hoff
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BBC News - The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - The anarchic experimental schools of the 1970s
"Catterall recalls 40 years ago gathering in the centre of Liverpool with a group of children from the free school, all holding a tomato. When you see him, lob it, the teacher told them. The venerable man they were waiting for appeared and the children duly let fly. But the target was not just anyone. It was Edward Heath, the British prime minister. The children have been ordered by their teacher to bombard - albeit with tomatoes - the elected leader of the country. It's hard to imagine a time when teachers would take schoolchildren on a trip to heckle the prime minister - let alone throw things at him. Breen laughs at the absurdity. "It was just another adventure for me. It was a day out. It's not till I got older that I realised what it was about."" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Sounds like Unschooling in the US. - Todd Hoff
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Baby boomers ruined America: Why blaming millennials is misguided — and annoying - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2014...
Baby boomers ruined America: Why blaming millennials is misguided — and annoying - Salon.com
"Baby boomers came of age in an era of unprecedented prosperity. They were raised by parents who had survived poverty, war and the true sacrifice of a generation burdened with great moral struggles. As a whole, they experienced economic and physical security. Baby boomers received, by today’s standards, inexpensive and widely available education, preparing them for a thriving and open job market. Success at the beginning created a strong foundation for financial and personal success on a level the world had never known. This led to America’s greatest asset: the middle class. So what did they do with all their good fortune? From the time the baby boomers took over, the United States has experienced an economic environment plagued with unfounded asset and real-estate bubbles and collapses. The bubbles were caused by blind greed on the part of investors, and a blind eye on the part of regulators. The baby boomers forced the financial and banking system out of relative security to high-risk systems." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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