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Todd Hoff
Ropeless Elevator Can Move Up, Down, And Sideways | Co.Design | business + design -
Ropeless Elevator Can Move Up, Down, And Sideways | Co.Design | business + design
"ThyssenKrupp proposes a new kind of elevator system, one controlled by a system of magnets, which could run multiple elevator cars within the same shaft and move both vertically and horizontally. The company estimates that this system, which requires less space for elevator shafts than traditional systems, reduces the space elevators take up in a building by as much as 50%. It also promises that MULTI's cable-less technology will do away with the height challenges presented by conventional elevators. Supertall skyscrapers can only rise as high as the elevators that move people through them—by one estimate, cable hoist elevators can only reach about 1,500 feet. An electromagnetic system could reach even higher." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Doesn't Willy Wonka have the patent on this? - Todd Hoff
Wokavator! - Jennifer Dittrich
Who wouldn't want one of those? - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Learning from Japan's Edo Period: What Is Just Enough? -
"One of the questions I often get asked about Transition and the idea of intentional localisation is “surely we need everybody to be trading with each other?” and I  say – well, up to a degree, but when different communities are more able to meet their own needs, and have an economy when they’re more self-reliant, not self-sufficient, but there is that cultural sense that people are able to turn their hands to address issues that arise rather than each community, each settlement being completely unskilled and dependant on imports for absolutely everything. Then the quality of the relationship between those two settlements is very different. When two people meet each other and they’re both very skilled, adaptable, resilient, can turn their hands to anything, it’s a very different relationship to two people meeting each other who don’t have those skills. I wonder what your sense is from your study of the Edo period in terms of how that was. What was the quality of the relationships between neighbouring settlements and how they maybe differ from today?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph -
Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph
"They may be fewer in number and older in years, but the pride in their expressions is undimmed by the passing years. Some of the last of the band of women who helped to crack Nazi codes as part of Britain’s war effort have been reunited for the first time in 70 years. The women, who were then only in their late teens, used Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, to decipher messages exchanged by Hitler’s generals. Now, after a photograph of their team of codebreakers appeared in the Telegraph, they have been reunited at Bletchley Park for the first time since the end of the war. The photograph, which broke secrecy rules, was kept hidden in a desk draw for decades by Joanna Chorley. She discovered it shortly before the 70th anniversary of Colossus, in February." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Spray-On Solar | Impact Lab -
Spray-On Solar | Impact Lab
Spray-On Solar | Impact Lab
"Illan Kramer, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and IBM Canada’s Research and Development Center has invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using minuscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs)—a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to manufacture.  “My dream is that one day you’ll have two technicians with Ghostbusters backpacks come to your house and spray your roof,” says Kramer. Solar-sensitive CQDs printed onto a flexible film could be used to coat all kinds of weirdly shaped surfaces, from patio furniture to an airplane’s wing. A surface the size of your car’s roof wrapped with CQD-coated film would produce enough energy to power three 100-Watt light bulbs—or 24 compact fluorescents." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Give me the executive summary of the executive summary, please -- a single brief sentence.
Read you lazy's that? :-) - Todd Hoff
No time, no time. :) I want it short and sweet. - Sean McBride
Amit Patel
Tired and grumpy all week for some reason. Things are annoying me more than usual. Yesterday, storm news reports. This morning, emails from a random stranger who wants me to help him/her do some project, but he/she can't form a cohesive sentence to even explain what he/she is doing. Tomorrow, who knows?
Hearing about all the CIA crap made me grumpy. That nobody will go to jail seems to be a reoccurring pattern. But it looks like blue skies, at least for today. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, the CIA crap might've been a trigger that made me look at everything else in a sour way :( - Amit Patel
Victor Ganata
Increasing time between eating controls metabolism and reverses obesity in mice - PRI
"When you feed mice a high fat diet, they like to eat that food all the time. They eat it during the nighttime and during the daytime. Instead of getting a good day's sleep, they tend to eat the food." - Victor Ganata
Sounds like two meals a day is a good plan? - Todd Hoff
(As an aside, I worked with Dr. Zarrinpar when he was a med student and I was a resident at UCSD :D ) - Victor Ganata
What about "grazing" on six tiny meals a day, nutritionists!!?!?? I feel betrayed. - Andrew C (✔)
That was last week Andrew. - Todd Hoff
Bear in mind this was done with high-fat diets (and also with high-carb and specifically high-fructose diets.) It would be interesting to see if the effect is all that pronounced when you feed mice more balanced diets. The changes in gene expression and in the gut microbiome won't be instantaneous, either, so you'll most likely feel like you're starving in the beginning. - Victor Ganata
Diet and Feeding Pattern Affect the Diurnal Dynamics of the Gut Microbiome - Cell - 2014 Dec 2 - the paper focuses mostly on the changes to the gut microbiome - Victor Ganata
"Obese humans and mice have gut microbiomes that are different from their lean controls. In particular, obesity is associated with a reduction in bacteria from the Bacteroidetes phylum and an increase in bacteria from the Firmicutes phylum. Metagenomic analysis of the obese microflora shows that it is enriched for genes associated with lipid and carbohydrate metabolism." - Victor Ganata
"Mice with ad libitum access to normal chow have a cyclical feeding pattern, eating most of their diet during their nighttime active phase and less during their daytime inactive phase…. Mice that have ad libitum access to [a high fat diet] spread their caloric intake, feeding during the dark/active phase and the light/inactive phase." Basically, eating a high fat diet makes you want to eat all the time even when you should be sleeping (at least, if you're a mouse.) - Victor Ganata
OTOH, if you can successfully restrict how often you eat, then the changes a high-fat diet will cause in your gut microbiome won't be deleterious (at least if you're a mouse.) - Victor Ganata
On a ketogenic diet it's pretty easy just to eat once or twice a day, so that may be part its success. - Todd Hoff
A ketogenic diet probably causes a whole other set of changes to the gut microbiome, though. I guess it is kind of misleading to say that it's merely about changing frequency of eating. What the paper actually points out is that switching to a high-fat diet causes deleterious changes in the gut microbiome, but restricting frequency of eating completely mitigates those changes (although... more... - Victor Ganata
Your gut critters will adapt to whatever you eat, so I'm not sure why that is at issue. - Todd Hoff
Why it's an issue is because certain gut critters cause people to gain weight and make them more likely to develop diabetes and heart disease. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Yes, but saying there's adaption to diet doesn't really help figure that out because there's always an adaptation. And what I meant in a ketogenic diet is you really do feel less hungry so you have greater intervals between meals, which I've never heard attributed to why it may help people keep weight off. The issue is it's boring as hell. - Todd Hoff
Well, they did speciate the different bacteria and certain species are more associated with obesity and diabetes than others. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Apparently I sent a coworker a message that I licked his work computer last night. Seriously??? Rum, why you do this to me? 🙈
Oh my. - SAM
It was probably salty. - Todd Hoff
Poidh. - Joe
Did you lick the computer last night? :P - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
That is not how you taste test the recipes on Tumblr, young lady. - Steven Perez from Android
Don't feel too bad, Z. I drunkenly danced with some dude named Ole and literally crawled into the apartment last night. I don't even know what I was drinking last night. - Jenny H. from Android
Todd Hoff
Smell the freedom - Farmers and eaters lose, corporate money wins in budget deal | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy -
Smell the freedom - Farmers and eaters lose, corporate money wins in budget deal | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
"The amazingly terrible new spending agreement reached by the House and Senate this week illustrates the heavy price we all pay for a government increasingly influenced by big corporate and financial industry donors." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
RT @voxdotcom: See how 20th Century Fox is ruining Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Whedon has spoken about this issue before. He said: Adding space to the sides simply for the sake of trying to look more cinematic would betray the very exact mise-en-scene I was trying to create. I am a purist, and this is the purest way to watch BUFFY. I have resisted the effort to letterbox BUFFY from the start and always will, because that is not the show we shot. - Steve C Team Marina
She's going to be pissed! - Todd Hoff
At least with THE WIRE, HBO painstakingly went through the widening process scene by scene... or at least after they were shamed into it by Simon. Guess Whedon doesn't have the same juice with Fox, not even after directing AVENGERS. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Why Do Republicans Defend Torture? -- NYMag -
Why Do Republicans Defend Torture? -- NYMag
"The Bush administration’s supporters, operating under the assumption that its most brutal “enhanced interrogation technique” was waterboarding, spent much of the past decade defending this singular practice. […] The torture regimen turns out to have been carried out on a vastly broader and more depraved scale than the administration’s defenders, or even its critics, ever imagined. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, released this week, describes practices few conservative politicians or intellectuals had prepared themselves to justify. Men were shackled to walls or ceilings for days, in diapers, locked in coffins, rectally violated, subject to days of sleep deprivation, beaten, and (in one instance) murdered. Several intelligence staffers reported being traumatized by the experience." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"That is more than one can say for the torture apologists. Having dug in to mount an extended, pointillistic defense of waterboarding, they have found their position suddenly overrun, and have retreated to new ground. “Every civilized nation agrees that torture is wrong,” Senator Ted Cruz complained after the report was released, but, “after six years, enough with saying ‘everything is... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"Senator Marco Rubio insisted on Twitter, “Those who served us in aftermath of 9/11 deserve our thanks not one-sided partisan Senate report that now places American lives in danger.” Rubio’s previous tweet boasted that the Senate has passed “our bill imposing sanctions against human-rights violators” in Venezuela. The cognitive dissonance surely whooshed right over Rubio’s elegantly coiffed head." - Andrew C (✔)
"How could American intelligence staffers, dropped into foreign lands, reliably pluck out the guilty while sparing the innocent? As we now know, they could not. ­Twenty-six of the 119 detainees turned out to be innocent. One of them was a Pakistani or Afghan man named Janat Gul. In July 2004, the CIA seized Gul, acting on a tip from a local informant who claimed he knew of a terror... more... - Andrew C (✔)
People have always related more to hell than heaven. - Todd Hoff
Eric - ill subliminal
Don't Hire Anyone Over 30: Ageism in Silicon Valley -
"Overt bigotry against older workers — we’re talking about anyone over 30 here — has been baked into the Valley’s infantile attitudes since the dot-com crash 14 years ago. Life may begin at 50 elsewhere, but in the tech biz the only thing certain about middle age is unemployment." - Eric - ill subliminal from Bookmarklet
100% accurate - Todd Hoff
My company's HQ is in the Bay Area, so kinda Silicon Valley. But the engineering teams are all up here in Vancouver and Victoria. We only hire senior developers, so most are well over thirty. Capable folk, it seems to me :) - Brent Schaus from iPhone
For some reason I just read capable as cap-able. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Todd Hoff
Paper: A better way to find communities in networks | Santa Fe Institute -
Paper: A better way to find communities in networks | Santa Fe Institute
"That suggests “you don’t want the ‘best’ community structure,” Moore says. “Instead, you want to understand what all the good community structures have in common with each other. The consensus of many good solutions is better than the ‘best’ single one.” To find that consensus, the pair turned to the notion of free energy, which in statistical physics takes into account the twin pressures of lowering a system’s energy and increasing its entropy -- the number of different configurations a system has at a given energy. In community detection, that translates into finding many structures with high modularity while at the same time ensuring that each individual structure is fairly similar to the next." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Stephen Mack
SF Bay Area folks: Poll -- Hellastorm, Overhyped?
Where I'm at, it's already pretty strong and the strongest part hasn't even reached us yet (according to Doppler). I don't think it's been overhyped at all because even if the storm itself isn't completely insane, the effects of the storm are what people need to be prepared for. - Hookuh Tinypants
It's a good point. And the widespread power outage in SF alone is significant. But where I am in south bay, it's nothing so far. I appreciated how empty the roads were when dropping off my kids at school -- quick commute this morning. But last night was horrible. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
South 280 is flooded. That's pretty bad. - Rodfather
I thought there was a bit too much hype leading up to it, but the power outages in SF are pretty bad. Here, in Alameda, it seems to be hitting us in bands, some not bad, others very heavy. The winds here seem to have backed off, ATM, but we have steady rain. - vicster: hon. canadian
And, really, if the hype got people to think about getting their emergency supplies stocked and fresh batteries in their lanterns and such, that's a good thing. - vicster: hon. canadian
North Bay is basically getting bent over a car hood and screwed without any lube right now. I don't think they'd appreciate anyone insinuating that this storm was in anyway overhyped. Maybe it didn't hit every single part of the Bay Area equally but it's hitting hard no matter what. - Hookuh Tinypants
Yeah, if nothing else, it's nice that folks are thinking about emergency supplies right now! It's surprising how many people in California don't have any sort of emergency anything. It's like they forget that one strong earthquake can seriously screw us. - Hookuh Tinypants
My cousin who lives in Berkeley just discovered that her basement is flooded. Yeah, not overhyped. - Hookuh Tinypants
There's been flood warnings in Alameda County. Creeks in Berkeley are rushing, but otherwise just wet. - kendrak
It stalled in the north bay, seems to be coming through to the south now. - Todd Hoff
It's supposed to hit Reno from the south, at around 2 or 3 this afternoon. I'm a little baffled about the wind pattern - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Raining in downtown Sacramento ATM - not seeing or hearing high winds here. - Corinne L
WAY too early to say, esp. since we're well to the east & south (Livermore). Currently sheet rain, as heavy as it ever gets, warm this a.m. As vicster sez, winds have backed off for the moment. So far, no, not clearly overhyped.[Our downspouts look like somebody's got a firehose at the top...] - Walt Crawford
Montgomery Station downtown is apparently closed due to flooding... - Andrew C (✔) from Android
minor wind damage in my neighborhood. my neighbor always cleans out the gutter & drains down on the corner before a storm. he's wonderful. lots of blocks in our neighborhood flood because of trash & plant debris in the storm drains. and I'm glad the schools closed. even one kid hurt in a weather-related accident is too many. - Starmama
Wind is insane here. Comcast is out. No rain yet. Not overhyped. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
Here comes the rain. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
South Bay had 20mph winds and a couple inches of rain so far, heavy at times. Seems to be easing off now. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We've got horizontal rain. - Todd Hoff
I just sat in on a conference call where all the guys in attendance were talking about how weak the storm was and how wimpy everyone was for being cautious. (mind you, they all live in/around San Ramon, with 5 minute commutes) I had to school them with some of the updates I've seen from FFers and FBers experiencing the strong shit. - Hookuh Tinypants
This is a very "bandy" storm--one look at the radar shows that. It's huge, but the sheet/horizontal/flood rain is in small bands. If you miss the bands, it doesn't seem terrible. And, as usual, the North Bay gets the worst of it. If anyone says "eh, weak, no issue," tell them they've been lucky and should maybe STFU. - Walt Crawford
Oog. Sez I, just looking at the Wundermap (Wunderground) and seeing one big wide yellow (heavy/severe) band just to the west of us and moving southeast. - Walt Crawford
I'm glad it's coming at us from Hawaii and not Alaska. Temperature's pretty comfy, considering. - Starmama
The only bad thing about that is that you get less snow, and what we need is snow. So far, no sign of snow. (The paper seemed to say this was an arctic storm, but the temp. sure doesn't suggest that.) - Walt Crawford
Walt, there is supposed to be snow south of Tahoe, high up. The jet stream will largely avoid the ski areas around Tahoe (and therefore, won't be Tahoe basin drinking water in the spring) but I had heard up to 2 feet at Tahoe ski runs. I can't imagine what's hitting further south!! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
It's definitely overhyped, by people lacking experience with rain. I'm used to seeing this kind of torrential downpour a minimum of 4-5 times a year, often with higher winds. And it's not even an area that suffers from hurricanes which are legitimate things to fear. - NOT THE CRICKET
I'll cross fingers. Two feet is a lot better than nothing (the Chronicle was saying 3 feet this morning, but that may be even higher). - Walt Crawford
Here's some heavy streaming on Google campus. No disaster, but impressive. - Louis Gray
That was cool Louis :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Our campus (Sonoma State) was closed yesterday, which is kind of screwing with finals. There's some pretty significant flooding. It's A LOT OF RAIN. And not good because the dryness of the past few years has made the top soil pretty loose, which makes flooding worse. Our power was out yesterday for about 6 hours. - Laura Krier
The thing is, if you live an area that regularly gets this kind of weather you have the infrastructure for it and the effects aren't that bad. If you don't, well... - Laura Krier
I think that's the most important point, Laura. In the same way Californians are surprised when other regions are devastated by earthquakes that seem mild to us, we suffer during heavy rain. To quote a blog post on SFGate, "Our infrastructure– many aboveground power lines, roads that turn into sinkholes, insufficient storm drains– is less equipped to handle big storms than in many other places." - Stephen Mack
Laura speaks the truest words. The most frustrating thing about yesterday was having to listen to people strut around all like "Oh these people clearly don't know what weather is! Where *I* come from it's ten times worse!" or the people who were in the parts of the Bay Area that weren't hit by the strongest portions of the storm (or didn't have it stall out right over their region)... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
People around Northern California lost their homes. That ain't no joke. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Todd Hoff
Researchers Create Stunning 3D Printed, Programmable, Bio-Inspired Architectural Materials - -
Researchers Create Stunning 3D Printed, Programmable, Bio-Inspired Architectural Materials -
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"Calling the result of their work on what they refer to as Biomimetic Responsive Surface Structures “the transfer of biological principles to architectural systems,” what comes out of the process are hygrocopically-actuated wood-veneer composite systems like those used at the HygroScope Installation in Paris and the HygroSkin Pavilion in Orleans. It comes down to using 3D printing technologies to take on design challenges at the material level." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"While conventional engineering systems rely on sets of discreet, functional components like sensors, actuators, and controllers, their biological-like systems rely on differentiated materials and structured material systems which act in concert – and in a single harmony – as a combined system which mimics those sensor, actuator, and regulator reactions to create fantastic forms which slowly open, close, and morph like flowers or leaves" - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures by Bob Potts Mimic Motions of Flight and Fish | Colossal -
Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures by Bob Potts Mimic Motions of Flight and Fish | Colossal
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"Working out of his one-man workshop inside a mid-19th century barn, artist Bob Potts (previously) builds wonderous kinetic sculptures that replicate the motions of birds, fish, or other natural motions. The 72-year-old artist utilizes hand-crafted gears, levers, cranks, and chains to create these minimalist pieces that are focused solely on motion rather than ornamentation. Each piece can consume nearly a year’s worth of labor in his upstate New York shop where he works without the aid of computer, instead relying on decades of carpentry and skills learned while collaborating with painter and sculptor George Rhoads." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
These are beautiful! The Cosmographic Voyager is amazing! - Ken Morley
Agreed, amazing work. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
She's in the parlor banging her head against the walls, creating quite a noise. Soon she'll be in the living room, in full storm.
In a huff and puff she blew through the door and has made herself comfortable. I suspect she'll stay a while. Maybe I'll offer her tea? That's the polite thing to do. - Todd Hoff
Sorry, I don't have a spare. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture? -
Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?
"“Our study suggests that through appropriate investment in agroecological research to improve organic management and in breeding cultivars for organic farming systems, the yield gap could be reduced or even eliminated for some crops or regions,” said the study’s lead author, Lauren Ponisio, a graduate student in environmental science, policy and management. “This is especially true if we mimic nature by creating ecologically diverse farms that harness important ecological interactions like the nitrogen-fixing benefits of intercropping or cover-cropping with legumes.” The researchers suggest that organic farming can be a very competitive alternative to industrial agriculture when it comes to food production." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Markets don't eliminate discrimination -
Markets don't eliminate discrimination
"When people bring up the market in discussions like these, they make it sound like it’s a force of nature. It’s not. It’s just a word that describes the collective actions of people under some circumstances. Mary’s situation didn’t automatically get fixed because it’s a free market. Mary’s rejection by the recruiter got undone when I complained to my engineering director, who put me in touch with an HR director who patiently listened to the story and overturned the decision4. The market is just humans. It’s humans all the way down. We can fix this, if we stop assuming the market will fix it for us, and fix things ourselves." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
A moral collapse — Republicans defending torture | TheHill -
That would be a major change in senate rules. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Warmer Pacific Ocean could release millions of tons of seafloor methane | UW Today -
Warmer Pacific Ocean could release millions of tons of seafloor methane | UW Today
"Off the West Coast of the United States, methane gas is trapped in frozen layers below the seafloor. New research from the University of Washington shows that water at intermediate depths is warming enough to cause these carbon deposits to melt, releasing methane into the sediments and surrounding water. Researchers found that water off the coast of Washington is gradually warming at a depth of 500 meters, about a third of a mile down. That is the same depth where methane transforms from a solid to a gas. The research suggests that ocean warming could be triggering the release of a powerful greenhouse gas." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Steve C Team Marina
Bariatric surgery in a pill takes a step forward - LA Times -
Bariatric surgery in a pill takes a step forward - LA Times
"It's more of a glimmer of hope on the horizon than it is an actual drug right now. But an Indiana University lab has synthesized and fused a trio of gut hormones into a single agent and shown that obese rodents treated with the resulting molecule experience dramatic weight loss and a reversal of obesity-related ills such as Type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. Reporting their latest findings this week in the journal Nature Medicine, the authors of the new study described a cascade of synergistic effects in lab animals in response to the three-hormone agent the researchers devised. The researchers likened the results in lab animals to the subtle and far-reaching changes brought about in human patients following bariatric surgery, who not only experience weight loss in response to gastric bypass surgery, but often an abrupt reversal of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation and worrisome cholesterol readings." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
I'll be dead by the time this comes out - "They engineered a single new peptide by integrating three gastrointestinal hormones at the molecular level (glucagon-like peptide-1, glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, and glucagon receptors). Those act on three key hormone receptors that govern metabolism and digestion, nudging them to work cooperatively to support weight loss, enhance glycemic control and reverse the accumulation of damaging fat in the liver." - Todd Hoff
Jason Toney
Keep hearing "America is better than this." Saying it doesn’t make it true. Gotta prove it. Every day.
Exactly when have been better? - Todd Hoff
Scoble, Alex Scoble
Why in the name of all that is good and pumpkin pie are you all not on Facebook yet?
Facebook is where I stab myself in the eye. - Meg VMeg
I'd pay to see that! ;) - Scoble, Alex Scoble
facebook is dying. at least that's what i heard - Sir Shuping is just sir
I'm already missing how friendfeed does the river after 5 minutes of being back on here - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I follow people, not logos. - Johnny
Facebook is where I'm not paid to stab myself in the eye :( - Meg VMeg
LOL, Johnny, you are on Facebook...very funny though. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Facebook is where grandparents and co-workers are. - lris
What's Facebook? - Steven Perez from Android
Real answer: because there are one million (or fewer) people on FF and one billion (or more) on Facebook. (I'd guess most of us also have FB accounts, but I certainly spend ten times as much time here among a smaller, more select group.) - Walt Crawford
I keep asking myself why I am still on there. - Jim: meatvalve.
I'm there, but I prefer to be here. - The First NoeLB from Android
I'm on there once a year to wish someone a happy birthday. I like it here better. - bentley
Because FF is still better than FB even if FB has the critical mass. - Spidra Webster
Isn't the better question why are you on Facebook? - Todd Hoff
Facebook? Eww! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I'm there, and I'm in the Friendfeed group. Because that's where we meet to complain that ff is down, and announce when it's back up again. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I like LB's answer. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The day I use Facebook is when pigs fly :) - imabonehead
Also: Iain Baker. - Meg VMeg
I'm not old enough for Facebook. There are predators on Facebook. - Steve C Team Marina
I am, but I mostly just lurk and get really angry on FB. - Jenny H. from Android
Facebook is for head-shaking and lying and pretending to approve of assholes you work with. - Big Joe Silence
Facebook is where I argue politics and my daughter uses my account to play games - WarLord
I'm there about as much as I'm on any socnet these days. And that's not much. Healthier. - J. Marie B
Because Also, what WoH: Professor MOTHRA said. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Here because of the Shannon–Hartley law. Social networks are all about the signal/noise ratio. - David Lounsbury
The real question is, why is Facebook not on you? - Steele Lawman from Android
I'm on FB because most of my iPad games require it. Also because despite the fact I "deleted" my real account, it's still there. - Heather
Todd Hoff
Norway, The Land Of Fjords, Trolls, And Vikings | DeMilked -
Norway, The Land Of Fjords, Trolls, And Vikings | DeMilked
"Norway is one of the brightest Scandinavian jewels, and even its toughest and most rugged landscapes shine beautifully. Norway is widely known and admired for its wide range of natural peculiarities and beauties: deep forests, arctic tundras, grand mountain tops, colorful grass-roofed houses, and, of course, its majestic fjords. It’s no wonder that it attracts travelers from all around the globe. If you haven’t visited this heavenly country, here are 28 pretty solid reasons for you to visit Norway as soon as you can!" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Sun Develops Gigantic Hole Fifty Times Larger than Earth - ImaGeo -
Sun Develops Gigantic Hole Fifty Times Larger than Earth - ImaGeo
"Not to worry! As many of you may know, a gigantic hole in the Sun’s atmosphere is not terribly unusual. But you have to admit: This one is pretty dramatic. The image above is actually a composite of three acquired by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft this past week. Each color highlights a different part of the Sun’s extended outer atmosphere — the corona. The coronal hole is that big, dark-blue splotch at the bottom." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society -
"1. Small individual bias → Large collective bias. When someone says a culture is shapist, they're not saying the individuals in it are shapist. They're not attacking you personally. 2. The past haunts the present. Your bedroom floor doesn't stop being dirty just coz you stopped dropping food all over the carpet. Creating equality is like staying clean: it takes work. And it's always a work in progress. 3. Demand diversity near you. If small biases created the mess we're in, small anti-biases might fix it. Look around you. Your friends, your colleagues, that conference you're attending. If you're all triangles, you're missing out on some amazing squares in your life - that's unfair to everyone. Reach out, beyond your immediate neighbors. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Facebook’s Upcoming Artificial Intelligence Will ‘Mediate’ Your Online Activity | | Betabeat -
Facebook’s Upcoming Artificial Intelligence Will ‘Mediate’ Your Online Activity | | Betabeat
Which I understand to mean computers will run an infinite series of games to optimize revenue. - Todd Hoff
Probably. - Sean McBride
Yea. - Joe
Todd Hoff
An older Mr and Mrs Frankenstein sit around a fire, reading. Mrs F sighs and complains her eyesight is getting worse and worse. The letters are so small. Chuckling, she says soon she'll need longer arms just to read! The fire burns low and sleep overtakes them. When Mrs F wakes she discovers her arms are a foot longer!
As she slips quietly out of their bedroom, she says "Thank you Victor, that's the best birthday present ever!" - Todd Hoff
Lovely - Todd Hoff
Yes - Lit
like it, thanks - ebru
You're welcome :) - Lit
I'm not that keen on modern stuff, but this is beautiful. - Halil
It is :) #Lits_music - Lit
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