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Mahdi
6 Arm Balances For Every Yoga Practice Level - http://www.doyouyoga.com/6-arm-b...
6 Arm Balances For Every Yoga Practice Level
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ایول:دی - گیص فرفرونҨҩ
حرکات سختی هست اما لذت بخشه وقتی بتونی انجامش بدی. :) - Mahdi
Once upon a time I could do the crow pose and a decent handstand, but the rest are just crazy. - Todd Hoff
اولی چقدر راحت انجام داده:) - گیص فرفرونҨҩ
Crane Pose/ Crow Pose is my favourite pose but this arm balances is a little difficult and need more practices :) - Mahdi
بله که راحت انجام داده اگر هر روز تمرین کنم من هم راحت انجام میدم :) - Mahdi
دقیقا نیاز به تمرین مداوم داره - گیص فرفرونҨҩ
Marie
I'm interested to learn about fantasy football (because I need more FF in my life). Where would one go to read about what to think about/look for when you're new at it?
How about Google? - Joe
Sorry, I'm just in a pool, not fantasy. - Todd Hoff
Some of these? https://www.google.com/#q=fant... you probably have to pay lots of attention to injury reports. - Joe
Yes, great. I'm hoping for some personal recommendations too! - Marie from iPhone
i do, or did, yahoo fantasy football. it's free, easy to use, easy to create a team, and just get a feel for how it works. the way i keep up with it is that i would typically buy the athlon football magazine that reviews all of the teams and see who the starting players are, rookies that might be big, and just get an idea of what's out there. then during the season i just scan the yahoo... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
Todd Hoff
Time Bottled in a Dozen 50-Milliliter Flasks — Blog of the Long Now - http://blog.longnow.org/02014...
Time Bottled in a Dozen 50-Milliliter Flasks — Blog of the Long Now
"In the November 02013 issue of Science, Lenski and two members of his lab – Michael J. Wiser and Noah Ribeck – published their most recent work looking at fitness over the 50,000 generations. They measured how much the evolved bacteria have improved relative to their ancestors under the same environmental setup. They found that all 12 lines show consistent responses to selective pressures. For example, their descendants now grow faster in their standard sugary broth, and all populations show an increase in cell size. Yet variation lies hidden underneath these parallel changes. The fitness increases were nearly uniform in all 12 lineages, but not exact; the cell size grew in all of the populations, but by different amounts. When Lenski and his colleagues studied the bacteria’s DNA, they found that after thousands of generations, the populations’ genomes were full of alterations. These changes were different in each population and had accumulated at very different rates, suggesting a prominent role of chance in setting evolution’s course." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists | Environment | The Observer - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists | Environment | The Observer
"The planet's two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth's ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by the European Space Agency in 2010. Even more alarming, the rate of loss of ice from the two regions has more than doubled since 2009, revealing the dramatic impact that climate change is beginning to have on our world." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
But I guess since we're still making ice cubes in our freezers it's ok. - Todd Hoff
laura x
Survey: When I see a police officer, I feel ____________. DM me if you don't want to answer publicly.
nothing - MoTO: Team Marina
intimidated - RepoRat
Defensive - Christina Pikas from iPhone
curious. (As in, what is the officer doing, thinking, investigating. I see officers every day at my train station since it's connected to the airport.) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
reflexively afraid. unless I know them personally. (have since I was a kid. raised in a hippie context.) when I lived in a high-crime neighborhood, I generally felt relieved to see them, because it took them forever to show up when called, and they never patrolled our area - so if they were there, they were at least *interrupting* something bad going down. not sure I'd feel that way now. - Marianne
Anxious. (Even though I stopped speeding years ago.) - laura x from iPhone
Nothing - Amir
anxious - maʀtha
Grateful or anxious, depending on if I'm in a car or at work. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Grateful. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Careful - Todd Hoff
Meh. - Joe
If I see an officer and the lights are spinning on a car that he or she may be in, then I get a little anxious. - Joe
nothing one way or the other - Just VAL #TEAMMARINA
grateful that we seem to have a skilled serve & protect department, not a paramilitary force. - Walt Crawford
Anxious. The two times I've called them for help: embarrassed. I never realized just how much my parents managed to inculcate me with the whole "never talk to cops" thing that probably a lot of immigrants from developing countries have. - Victor Ganata
Conscientious. - Julian
Curious, mostly. But depending in the situation, that feeling might be anxiety, anger, or relief. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Nothing. It is about as noteworthy as seeing a fast food worker or UPS guy. They're just someone doing their job in an immediately recognizable uniform. - Soup in a TARDIS
Curious, but it's also contextual. If I seem them coming in where I work, I do wonder what's wrong (we've had the police come in to arrest people in the past). - Katy S
Self-aware. Am I acting normal enough? AM I ACTING TOO NORMAL? What would a normal person do, in my situation? - Meg VMeg
^ This right here. I start to immediately wonder if I'm doing anything that might get me in trouble or make me seem suspicious, even though I know perfectly well that I've done nothing wrong. - Hookuh Tinypants
Oh, yeah...totally what Meg and Amanda are talking about. Why do I suddenly feel like I got caught on my way to the kitchen to sneak a cookie at night? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Is it possible for Meg to act normal? Or anyone? - Joe
Curious, self-conscious, possibly defensive depending on the context. - Corinne L
Cautious. Self-aware works, too. - Lola Bean (Penguin)
Tense, anxious, self conscious. Usually it's seeing a police car while driving which means I immediately slow down even though I'm rarely gouing more than 5 mph over the limit. - Galadriel C. from Android
Agree on the context. Curious/bland. I lived with a NY city cop (he's married to one of my best friends, we shared an apt when he was in academy) and both this apt/last I live 2 blocks from police station. I am at ease w/ the liaison from CPD that I see at work all the time, though other officers in MPOW make me nervous. - Hedgehog from Android
Anxious, defensive (if in US). Nothing (if in Norway). - Jenny H. from Android
Norwegian's make me nervous. They eat Reindeer. - Eric Logan
Curious. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Especially if in traffic I know he's above the law. Speeding, no turn signals, weaving around btwn lanes, running red lights, anything everybody else would get pulled over for. So I just get out of the way. Because who pulls over a cop? - Otherwise, not much to be felt. - Uli
Todd Hoff
Is there a new bookmarklet needed for Chrome? Since my last chrome update when I select the bookmarklet the network trace shows it returning from /share/bookmarklet ok, but I'll a see is a blank page that never wills up with anything to share. Anyone else seeing this? Firefox works fine.
It's not setting the frame src. I think Micah addressed this with a modified source file over at http://friendfeed.com/ffhacks... - NOT THE CRICKET
Cool, thanks. When I copy it in though I get an invalid URL. - Todd Hoff
You have to host it yourself (for security reasons), but github works for the host. http://friendfeed.com/ffhacks... - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, thanks. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
The Year in Heat: World on Track for Third-Hottest on Record - Bloomberg - http://www.bloomberg.com/news...
The Year in Heat: World on Track for Third-Hottest on Record - Bloomberg
"If you live in California, Australia or Scandinavia, 2014 may feel like the hottest year on record. Not quite; on a global scale, it’s “only” third-hottest. The global average surface temperature for January through July was 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.66 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average, tying with 2002 as the third warmest in records going back to 1880, according to National Climatic Data Center data released today." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
" Things flat earthers will tell you: CO2 is not a heat trapping gas There has been no increase in global temp the past 17 years CO2 is harmless because people breathe it and plants use it Climate always changes CO2 is not a heat trapping gas in the atmosphere. That assertion is so stupid I can't refute it since it would mean educating those that believe that on the very basics of 7th... more... - Todd Hoff
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Steve C Team Marina
Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle - http://news.msn.com/world...
Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle
"MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region. Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, said his team found the ancient cities of Lagunita and Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula in April by examining aerial photographs of the region. Sprajc said the two cities reached their heyday in the Late and Terminal Classic periods (600-1000 AD). At each site, researchers found palace-like buildings, pyramids and plazas. One of the pyramids is almost 20 meters (65 feet) high. They also found a facade featuring a monster-mouth doorway, which probably marked one of the main entrances to the center of the city. Photographs from the sites showed stone pyramids jutting out from beneath dense foliage." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
I love that we can still discover ancient cities. - Stephen Mack
And lost tribes. - Todd Hoff
Very interesting, having recently visited Chichen Itza and Coba in the Yucatan. - Son of Groucho
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I just got laid off. Fuck.
Aw, shit. (((t-ra))) - Spidra Webster
(hugs) I'm sorry. - Steve C Team Marina
:( - Todd Hoff
:( - Amit Patel
(((t))) - Julian
Damn. Sorry to hear it. - Jim: with more caffeine!
I'm so sorry. - Jed rocks the party.
Oh, no. :( *huggle* - Alix May
Well hell. - Kirsten
:( - Amir
Oh, crap. I'm so sorry :((( - Jennifer Dittrich
:(((. so sorry to hear that - WarLord
thanks y'all. I'm just... I dunno, kinda shocked really. I knew something was wrong, but didn't want to believe it was that bad. dang. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Damn. Sorry to hear that. Hope something better works out for you. - SAM
Oh jeez. - Joe
ow. so sorry to hear - MoTO: Team Marina
That sucks. - Steele Lawman
Aw, hell. I'm sorry t-ra. *hugs and hugs* - vicster: full-bodied
Oof, I'm sorry. - Anika
Oh, I'm sorry! - Katy S from iPhone
Oh no. - Marie
Sorry - Rodfather
aw man. sorry to hear that. - holly #ravingfangirl
Damn it. I'm sorry. - Betsy
:( So sorry to hear that. (((t-ra))) - Anne Bouey
:((( *hugs* - Tamara J. B.
I'm sorry. - Eric
sorry to hear that - Shevonne
:( Sorry to hear - Me
:( I'm sorry, T-Ra. - Stephen Mack
oh wow, you gais! you are so sweet. thanks for all your comments. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I'm sorry, t-ra. Entirely their loss. - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
I hope this is a only a temporary setback for you. - Mark H
😢 - Steven Perez from Android
crap-o-potamus. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Oof. Bummer. Hope things turn around fast. - RepoRat
Sorry, t. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
So. very. Sorry! :( - CarlC
:( That sucks. - rönin
I am sorry - Patrick aka Damexican
Crap. - Meg VMeg from Android
wha??? *HUGS* is there anything we can do to help? - Sir Shuping is just sir
:( - imabonehead from Android
So very sorry :( - Janet from FFHound!
Oh no, sorry to hear that! - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Oh no! I am sorry to hear this news! - Hedgehog from Android
Shit. I'm sorry, honey. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm so very sorry about this! - Galadriel C. from Android
oh shit (((((t)))) - Just VAL #TEAMMARINA
Thanks again, everyone. Y'all are so good to me. I truly appreciate being part of this community. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Just saw this. Dammit, dammit, dammit. May the sucky part end soon and lead to something truly awesome. - Corinne L
(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ Stuff 'em, they don't deserve you - Mo Kargas
Oy. I hope it's because the universe needed to free you up for the effing fantastic plans in store for you soon. - Kristin
*hugs* - Michael W. May from Android
Damn. ((((hugs)))) - J. Marie B
Ugh! I'm so sorry :( - Jen
I hope this turn of events proves to be an opportunity to pursue something new and exciting. I know you will rock, whatever else you do. - Bren
Thank you, boo. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
:-(. I'm so sorry. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Oh, no. :( - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
Sorry to hear, let's talk I may have a project that might be interested in. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
oh Fuck! that sucks! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Sean McBride
Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist - http://www.newscientist.com/article...
Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"The search giant is automatically building Knowledge Vault, a massive database that could give us unprecedented access to the world's facts" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"GOOGLE is building the largest store of knowledge in human history – and it's doing so without any human help. Instead, Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from across the web into a single base of facts about the world, and the people and objects in it." - Sean McBride
"The breadth and accuracy of this gathered knowledge is already becoming the foundation of systems that allow robots and smartphones to understand what people ask them. It promises to let Google answer questions like an oracle rather than a search engine, and even to turn a new lens on human history." - Sean McBride
"Knowledge Vault is a type of "knowledge base" – a system that stores information so that machines as well as people can read it. Where a database deals with numbers, a knowledge base deals with facts. When you type "Where was Madonna born" into Google, for example, the place given is pulled from Google's existing knowledge base." - Sean McBride
Call it Global Superintelligence. - Sean McBride
"Knowledge Vault has pulled in 1.6 billion facts to date. Of these, 271 million are rated as "confident facts", to which Google's model ascribes a more than 90 per cent chance of being true. It does this by cross-referencing new facts with what it already knows." - Sean McBride
"Tom Austin, a technology analyst at Gartner in Boston, says that the world's biggest technology companies are racing to build similar vaults. "Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and IBM are all building them, and they're tackling these enormous problems that we would never even have thought of trying 10 years ago," he says." - Sean McBride
"The potential of a machine system that has the whole of human knowledge at its fingertips is huge. One of the first applications will be virtual personal assistants that go way beyond what Siri and Google Now are capable of, says Austin." - Sean McBride
The vault is appropriate. It's something you don't have access to. - Todd Hoff
"As well as improving our interactions with computers, large stores of knowledge will be the fuel for augmented reality, too. Once machines get the ability to recognise objects, Knowledge Vault could be the foundation of a system that can provide anyone wearing a heads-up display with information about the landmarks, buildings and businesses they are looking at in the real world. "Knowledge Vault adds local entities – politicians, businesses. This is just the tip of the iceberg," Suchanek says." - Sean McBride
"Richer vaults of knowledge will also change the way we study human society "This is the most visionary thing," says Suchanek. "The Knowledge Vault can model history and society."" - Sean McBride
"It might even be possible to use a knowledge base as detailed and broad as Google's to start making accurate predictions about the future based on analysis and forward projection of the past, says Suchanek. "This an entirely new generation of technology that's going to result in massive changes – improvement in how people live and have fun, and how they make war," says Austin. "This is a quantum leap."" - Sean McBride
It is very difficult to overhype this technology. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff -- can you expand that thought? - Sean McBride
The vault metaphor. A vault is used to store money collected from other people. Said money is then only distributed out to certain people at a specific interest rate, that is for a profit. Google is collecting knowledge from other people. Storing it away. Giving it to you only in a form that makes Google money. You'll never have access to the vault. You can never make tools or programs... more... - Todd Hoff
Well, I am not sure yet how Google intends to manage access to this resource. No doubt it intends to try to profit from it. And many other companies are working furiously to build similar resources with a profit motive in mind. The main point here, from my perspective, is the overall technology, which may be the most important in human civilization to date and which will powerfully impact every conceivable domain. - Sean McBride
How can it impact every conceivable domain when it's closed? - Todd Hoff
I don't understand what you mean by "closed" -- presumably Google will offer the world access to this resource in order to make money -- and the world will be able to use this resource to rapidly accelerate the speed of research in all domains -- in science, technology, the social sciences, humanities, business, etc. - Sean McBride
Your idealism is showing. That's not how it works. The knowledge graph is not open. The vault is not open. - Todd Hoff
Todd -- we all use Google Knowledge Graph every day when we search Google -- and much of that data (the *source* data, marked up as RDF tripes) is in the public domain. - Sean McBride
The organization with the vault that is of much greater importance than Google is NSA. - Sean McBride
You are using it via a mediated interface. Imagine if the internet was really just AOL. That's the same thing. Data collected from open source sites is indeed open. But that's a small part of the data being collected. - Todd Hoff
Well, yes, mediated interfaces are good things that are often profitable, as are algorithms for extracting semantic assertions (facts about the world) from structured and unstructured data. That is why many companies are rushing into this space. Some of their algorithms, and the data derived from those algorithms, will inevitably be proprietary. That doesn't strike me as the main point... more... - Sean McBride
Your are missing the main point. It's the openness of the internet that changed the entire world. Without that openness you are just getting walled gardens and losing all network effects. - Todd Hoff
Well, I think companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter should make their code and data as open and transparent as possible -- we agree. Meanwhile, this technology is going to keep rapidly evolving in revolutionary ways. - Sean McBride
You are still missing the point. - Todd Hoff
I don't think I am. How exactly do you think Google and other companies should proceed in developing these semantic technologies? - Sean McBride
Global change happened because of openness. You hope a very few giant companies will one-day make currently closed databases open. What do you get again? - Todd Hoff
The information technology revolution of the last half century was largely pushed forward by profit-seeking companies like Apple, DEC, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, etc. that were both open and proprietary in their approach to developing new intellectual property. How exactly do you propose that Google handle Google Vault? - Sean McBride
And what Internet scale revolutions to do attribute to those companies? - Todd Hoff
DARPA -- the lead research agency of the military-industrial complex -- created the Internet. The private companies mentioned above (and many others) developed the Internet into the system we see today -- usually with a profit-seeking motive and on the basis of creating and exploiting proprietary intellectual property. I am still curious to know what advice you would give to Google for managing Google Vault. - Sean McBride
That certainly doesn't sound like a web/internet scale revolution to me. How will that happen? - Todd Hoff
I think we will eventually look back and see the following progression: Internet > World Wide Web > Global Superintelligence -- with stage 3 based on using advanced artificial intelligence to integrate and process all the data in the world. Stage 3 will be a much bigger revolution than stages 1 and 2, although it will build organically on those stages. Projects like Google Vault are key... more... - Sean McBride
Regarding openness and transparency for Google Vault: I think the system should be able to provide a full explanation, in terms that are easily understandable by human beings, for why it thinks what it thinks. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff
A new wireless energy transfer device can charge any device without using cables -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
A new wireless energy transfer device can charge any device without using cables -- ScienceDaily
Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have designed a new device for wireless energy transfer that will, for example, charge mobile phones or laptops without needing wires. The system, patented by the UPV, is based on the use of resonators designed with radial photonic crystals; one of them would act as an energy transmitter and the other would be set on the device that needed to be charged. Between them a phenomena known as resonant coupling is produced, which is what finally produces the charging or recharging of the equipment. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Could be used for communication? - Todd Hoff
Jandy
Got 44/44 playing the US Presidents quiz. Can you top that? http://www.sporcle.com/games... #Sporcle
Got 44/44 playing the US Presidents quiz. Can you top that? http://bit.ly/qVqGvw #Sporcle
According to my math I can't top that which is a good excuse not to try. :) - Steve C Team Marina
By executive order I got 45/44. - Todd Hoff
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The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit - http://www.gq.com/news-po...
The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit
"I did examine myself," he said. "Solitude did increase my perception. But here's the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn't even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Water consumption used to be batch, now it's streaming. You would get a bucket of water from the well, to wash your face you would pour water from a pitcher into a bowl, baths were filled bucket by bucket. Now we have a streaming model where it flows continually into hoses, faucets, sinks, baths. Is streaming more wasteful?
It allows people to be more wasteful, certainly. I often witness other women in the women's room who run the water while looking at themselves in the mirror, while rubbing their hands together with soap, while brushing their teeth. They don't only use it when they actually need it. Furthermore, if people had to go to the effort of getting a bucket of water, it would be more precious to... more... - Spidra Webster
Preciousness is a good theme. Streaming makes thing common. - Todd Hoff
OTOH buckets of water encourage overlooking some cleanliness issues in favor of not carrying heating that heavy bucket so #tradeoffs - WarLord
Todd Hoff
"As another great lover of nature, I must say that venomous spider bites from a brown recluse or black widow needn't be an expensive or dangerous affair. There are three natural substances (unpatentable, unprofitable, and thus relatively unknown) that can neutralize and/or reverse damage from spider or snake bites:"
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"1. Clay such as bentonite, which has the power to ionically bind to substances, effectively removing offending poisons. Application of a poultice can work well. 2. Activated charcoal has the power to bind to many substances, including poisons. A poultice works here as well. 3. One's own urine. A universal personal medicine. Antibodies are present in urine, as well as many other immune-enhancing elements. Rubbing it in and leaving a soaked cloth on the site will neutralize the poison and restore equilibrium at the bite site, while likely preventing any scar. (With a lifetime supply free on tap!) *Also a friend told me she used cayenne once to effectively stop the degeneration of dermal tissue from a brown recluse bite. We the people do not need to be exploited by profit-maximizing monopolistic pharmaceutical interests that censor natural remedies (their competition) and cause unnecessary economic and physical hardship. " - Todd Hoff
Cayenne as a topical treatment or ingested? I know when cayenne is ingested it acts as a blood accelerant. And if poison is inside, you wouldn't want it to spread. - Chu_ from Android
I assumed topical, but now that you mention it I don't know. - Todd Hoff
The brown recluse is a terrible wicked spider. I remember them living throughout South Carolina. Although they are not predators to human, if you're bit by them, it can rot you flesh. Some of the injuries are posted online, but I spare you any links. - Chu_
A guitarist was bit last year (not sure what kind of spider through). he developed necrotizing fasciitis - a rare but very severe type of bacterial infection that can destroy the muscles, skin, and underlying tissue. He eventually died a year later at age 49 from liver failure. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news... - Chu_
Todd Hoff
Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist - http://www.newscientist.com/article...
Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"GOOGLE is building the largest store of knowledge in human history – and it's doing so without any human help. Instead, Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from across the web into a single base of facts about the world, and the people and objects in it." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I wonder how easy it would be to deposit false knowledge into the vault? If enough sources were seeded to create a new yet unreal fact, Google would believe it. Then it would base decisions on this new knowledge that were erroneous. - Todd Hoff
Nah, there is no way google can be gamed... - Joe
Knowledge Vault Optimization. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh I bet it can Joe, I bet you can create a whole minecraft of knowledge structure in the vault. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Clear material on windows harvests solar energy - Futurity - http://www.futurity.org/solar-e...
Clear material on windows harvests solar energy - Futurity
"A new type of “transparent” solar concentrator can be used on windows or mobile devices to harvest solar energy without obscuring the view." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
These Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin And Robin Hobb Are Just Epic - http://www.buzzfeed.com/danield...
These Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin And Robin Hobb Are Just Epic
These Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin And Robin Hobb Are Just Epic
"“The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that, and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.” – George R.R. Martin" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Maud White Shows The Strength Of Simple Paper In These Images. [STORY] - http://www.wimp.com/paperst...
Maud White Shows The Strength Of Simple Paper In These Images. [STORY]
Maud White Shows The Strength Of Simple Paper In These Images. [STORY]
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"Working by hand, Maud White creates these incredible works of art with one simple product: paper. Taking a craft knife to the thin sheets, she slowly and beautifully cuts out images. Paper snowflakes have nothing on these intricate pieces of art. White feels a connection with this work, saying, “I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me.” She continued, “Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil? – The Chemistry of Honey | Compound Interest - http://www.compoundchem.com/2014...
Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil? – The Chemistry of Honey | Compound Interest
"Honey is something of an oddity, in that, unlike most foods, it doesn’t spoil over time. In fact, the oldest known sample of honey, found in an Ancient Egyptian tomb and dated to approximately 3000 years ago, was still perfectly edible. What is it, then, that gives honey this unusual property?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Whoa. I have found my next knitting challenge... https://www.etsy.com/listing...
Whoa. I have found my next knitting challenge... https://www.etsy.com/listing/188110359/wiigora-braided-scarf-woven-cowl
Cool! - Tamara J. B.
Pretty and with a little extra work you can keep the zoo giraffes warm in winter - Steve C Team Marina
With a little cinnamon, it could be tasty. - Todd Hoff
I love that! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
That looks like a new Scifi channel movie waiting to happen. Killer Knitting Project vs Octo-Monster. Who will choke you out first? - Eric
Tam & Starmama, you girls get me. <3 - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I'm still trying to figure out how it stays up like that. It must be arranged just so for the photoshoot but in reality it must scrunch down. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Todd Hoff
RibsNGibs comments on Convince me that a Tesla is a better use of my money than an equally priced, slightly used, supercar - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I haven't been to a gas station in a year and a half. In the 1.5 years I've had it, that would have been ~60 gas station visits with another car. Ain't nobody got time for that shit. I haven't had my oil changed. In the 1.5 years I've had it, that would have been 3-4 oil changes with another car. I don't have to get smogged this year, or ever in the future. In another car, I would have to do it in the next few months. I have generated more electricity off the solar panels on my roof than I've used in the car. In my other car that would have been about 750 gallons of gasoline, or about $3,000 in gas, and I would have dumped about 7.5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. I HAVE had a few issues that I've needed to drop the car off for, but it was hassle free - I dropped the car off and hopped in 1) a faster, better Tesla, 2) a faster, better Tesla, 3) a Roadster for the day while they worked on mine. Each time they've taken it they've fixed my issue and improved my car in some other way... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Think Tank Apologizes For 'Unconscionable' Tweet To Amnesty - NPR http://www.npr.org/blogs...
Amnesty International: "US can't tell other countries to improve their records on policing and peaceful assembly if it won't clean up its own human rights record" https://mobile.twitter.com/amnesty... - Victor Ganata
Center for Strategic and International Studies: ".@amnesty Your work has saved far fewer lives than American interventions. So, suck it." - Victor Ganata
John Cole's sarcastic reply made me laugh because it's too real. "@amnesty @nycsouthpaw Why not, we were decrying human rights abuses while torturing people. #AMERICAFUCKYEAH!" https://mobile.twitter.com/Johngco... - Victor Ganata
Suck it? Is a 5 year old running this think tank? - Eric
It looks like an intern accidentally tweeted over official channels. Possibly former intern. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Privates and interns. They seem to cause a lot of harm in the world. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
BBC - Future - How to speak the language of thought - http://www.bbc.com/future...
BBC - Future - How to speak the language of thought
"For instance, using this technique, the team was able to show that the specific sequence of cell firing repeated in the brain of the rat when it slept after running the maze (and, as a crucial comparison, not in the sleep it had enjoyed before it had run the maze). Fascinatingly, the sequence repeated faster during sleep – around 20 times faster. This meant that the rat could run the maze in their sleeping minds in a fraction of the time it took them in real life." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Related topic at least tangentially. http://www.businessinsider.com/create-... - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Jason Griffey
That time you get excited about something you see online and go to add it to Pinboard, only to realize you added it literally a year ago.
hahaha happens to me all the time! - RepoRat
yeah - WarLord
I'll often write great new ideas in my journal, only to find out later I've duplicated an existing entry almost word for word. - Ken Morley
In fact, you you wrote this same tweet 4 years ago. - Todd Hoff
Look at the bright side, consistency is good #memorynotsomuch - WarLord
Todd Hoff
Utopian for Beginners - The New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/magazin...
Utopian for Beginners - The New Yorker
"Quijada’s invented language has two seemingly incompatible ambitions: to be maximally precise but also maximally concise. Photograph by Dan Winters. CREDIT TYPOGRAPHY BY AJ FRACKATTACK There are so many ways for speakers of English to see the world. We can glimpse, glance, visualize, view, look, spy, or ogle. Stare, gawk, or gape. Peek, watch, or scrutinize. Each word suggests some subtly different quality: looking implies volition; spying suggests furtiveness; gawking carries an element of social judgment and a sense of surprise. When we try to describe an act of vision, we consider a constellation of available meanings. But if thoughts and words exist on different planes, then expression must always be an act of compromise. Languages are something of a mess. They evolve over centuries through an unplanned, democratic process that leaves them teeming with irregularities, quirks, and words like “knight.” No one who set out to design a form of communication would ever end up with... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"Brown never succeeded in creating more logical thinkers, and today the stronger versions of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis have “sunk into . . . disrepute among respectable linguists,” as Guy Deutscher writes, in “Through the Looking Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages.” But, as Deutscher points out, there is evidence to support the less radical assertion that the... more... - Todd Hoff
"Human interactions are governed by a set of implicit codes that can sometimes seem frustratingly opaque, and whose misreading can quickly put you on the outside looking in. Irony, metaphor, ambiguity: these are the ingenious instruments that allow us to mean more than we say. But in Ithkuil ambiguity is quashed in the interest of making all that is implicit explicit. An ironic statement is tagged with the verbal affix ’kçç. Hyperbolic statements are inflected by the letter ’m." - Todd Hoff
"“For me [Lakoff], as a linguist looking at this, I have to say, ‘O.K., this isn’t going to be used.’ It has an assumption of efficiency that really isn’t efficient, given how the brain works. It misses the metaphor stuff. But the parts that are successful are really nontrivial. This may be an impossible language,” he said. “But if you think of it as a conceptual-art project I think it’s fascinating." - Todd Hoff
What language will computers use to talk to each other at higher levels? REST/JSON etc aren't really a language at all, the are ways to bind parts of a grammar. In a way computer to computer communication will be a kind of telepathy. Thoughts and data showing up in the mind of another. - Todd Hoff
It's all just bits, no? - Victor Ganata
That's the same as saying language is all phonemes. True, but it's an emergent layer or two too low. - Todd Hoff
I mean, when you say computers, do you mean what we have now, or do you mean AI? Because for what we have now, all meaning is supplied by the programmer and the user. - Victor Ganata
Like, a computer doesn't know that 1=true, 0=false. The programmer assigns those bits those meanings. - Victor Ganata
If knowing is doing then doesn't a computer know this in the very heart of its CPU? - Todd Hoff
But you could just as easily assign 1=false, 0=true, and write code accordingly, and the computer will still do what it does. - Victor Ganata
I mean, I guess we do have programs that write other programs without being a full-blown AI, so you'd really need to teach it a language, but it would nevertheless still be designed by humans and therefore be a human language. - Victor Ganata
Languages evolve out of utility. They accomplish something. There's nothing a human could devise that would last beyond the first emergent layer. So I guess it's silly of me to wonder what they would come up with. But I still wonder. - Todd Hoff
Well, the original spec wouldn't survive, but whatever emerges will use the original spec as raw material. - Victor Ganata
In the same way that a quark that makes up the proton in an atom relates to your typing the above message. You can drill down the emergent layers of life, which built on chemistry, which is built on physics, which is built on whatever the underlaying bits of the universe are made out of, but that quark has no direct relevance to your behaviour. - Todd Hoff
All I'm saying is that computers (at least today) don't have intentionality. They just process bits as instructed. You need intentionality to generate language. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
But that was the wonder. When they do, what will the language look like? I'm not sure what you are arguing about. - Todd Hoff
"intentionality" -- an interesting topic. I am not sure we fully understand what intentionality is. Intentionality may run seamlessly through the fabric of the entire universe -- or it may be an illusion. In any case, *simulating* intentionality as human beings understand it in machine intelligence shouldn't be too difficult. - Sean McBride
Ah, gotcha. I was unsure what you meant by "computer". - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Todd Hoff
Guardians of the Galaxy. Pleasantly surprised. Expected a silly stupid movie and it was a bit silly, but it was entertaining. Some great CGI given that a few of the major characters were synthetic. Awesome weapons that would make james bond jealous. We get our star wars weird aliens and bar scenes. Witty gang of thieves type banter.
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Groot is perhaps one of the best characters ever. Just an astonishing creation. If such a being doesn't exist it would be a shame. All the actors do a good job. The dialogue is sometimes too much tell and not show, but that's OK. The infinity stone plot device is sufficient, but it lacks the depth of Star Wars and the force. I loved that singing arrow. I want one. There's a formula to the movie and you feel it playing out through the movie, but it worked, so I guess that's the point. - Todd Hoff
Notice, if you've experienced the process of a loved one dying of cancer then the beginning of the movie is devastating and comes out of nowhere. Just be prepared. - Todd Hoff
GROOT - Amit Patel
We are all groot. - Todd Hoff
Kevin Fox
Email could never be invented today. All new successful comm platforms are about proprietary products that own the customer relationship.
To be fair email was an answer to a problem posed by the poor disconnected networks of the day. We have different systems today because the technology allows it. The rest is just greed. - Todd Hoff
But as long as you own the email addresses used by your customers, along with their entire address book, you own the relationships. - April Russo
Christine Lu
...maybe i'm too hard on brogrammers. maybe they just don't know how to act around women. who wants to help develop a workshop around this?
Living your life only best relating to machinery is not a good way to learn social skills or impulse control - WarLord
Not just around women. - Todd Hoff
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