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Victor Ganata
For-profit health care --> Ebola
Nothing generates revenue like a self replicating virus. - Todd Hoff
I wonder what will happen to the profits when the lawyers sink their teeth into this, though. Assuming rule of law will remain intact. - Victor Ganata
I assume, like most other crises, that people who are rich will continue so, and anyone else.. well, they aren't rich. - Jennifer Dittrich
Todd Hoff
Swarms Of Drones Paint 3D Light Sculptures Against The Night Sky | So Bad So Good - http://sobadsogood.com/2014...
Swarms Of Drones Paint 3D Light Sculptures Against The Night Sky | So Bad So Good
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"But they've yet to be used quite like this, Austrian organization Ars Electronica Futurelab based in Linz armed their custom quadcopters with LED lights, programming them to fly in unison to draw 3D sculptures in the night sky." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Anne Bouey
To keep customers coming back, some Chinese restaurants are lacing noodles with opiates - Quartz - http://qz.com/271411...
To keep customers coming back, some Chinese restaurants are lacing noodles with opiates - Quartz
"Forget Colorado, stoners. The real frontier of narcotic edibles is in Shaanxi province, China. A restaurant owner there just confessed to police that to keep customers coming back, he had infused his noodles with 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of pulverized poppy buds—which can contain narcotics like morphine and codeine—that he bought in August for 600 yuan ($98). Apparently, it worked; the restaurant boss said customer numbers leapt (link in Chinese) after he started using his “special” seasoning. Chinese authorities say doses were enough to addict frequent diners, reports the South China Morning Post (paywall). Police launched an investigation only after one of the restaurant’s repeat customers tested positive for opiates in a routine urine screen. But Zhang, the shop owner, wasn’t the first Chinese restaurateur to strike upon this idea—not by a long shot. An investigative report in 2011 found that illegal poppy products are available in Shaanxi markets—with restaurant owners being the... more... - Anne Bouey from Bookmarklet
"Restaurant owners all over China have long embraced this customer retention trick. Last year, two restaurants in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou were caught adding pulverized poppies to their food. The prior year, seven restaurants in Ningxia were found to be dousing their hotpot soups with morphine. A Sichuan restaurant has repeatedly been found to feature codeine as a “secret... more... - Anne Bouey
Ah, entrepreneurship... - Morgan Fugel
"The 26-year-old diner whose urine test exposed the noodle shop’s secret is still in prison for drug use—even though further police testing suggested he tested positive as a result of the poppy-laced noodles. “Whether it’s through self-inflicted drug use or unwitting food consumption, it’s still drug use,” says local police chief Ma Yubin told the Xi’an Evening News. “The law doesn’t draw a sharp distinction between the two.”" Oh, China. - Jessie
I'm both excited and appalled by this... - Hookuh Tinypants
Sounds like the police chief needs his noodles spiked. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
French soldier’s room unchanged 96 years after his death in first world war | World news | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
French soldier’s room unchanged 96 years after his death in first world war | World news | The Guardian
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"But Rochereau also has a much more poignant and exceptional memorial: his room in a large family house in the village has been preserved with his belongings for almost 100 years since his death in Belgium. A lace bedspread is still on the bed, adorned with photographs and Rochereau’s feathered helmet. His moth-eaten military jacket hangs limply on a hanger. His chair, tucked under his desk, faces the window in the room where he was born on 10 October 1896." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Cozy, but there's no master and no ensuite. And it's a little dated. - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
http://www.redblobgames.com/pathfin... - “Making of” page for my interactive A* tutorial
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Now that I've written several tutorials with interactive diagrams, I'm going to start writing up notes about how I made the diagrams, both high level pages like this, and detail pages like http://www.redblobgames.com/article... - Amit Patel
Great article Amit. - Todd Hoff
Thanks! I got a lot more twitter favs from the "making of" than the original article. I suspect it's because when I posted the original article I didn't include an image. - Amit Patel
There's a reason everything is about images now. It works! - Todd Hoff
It has worked on FF; I should've known it would work on Twitter :) - Amit Patel
Todd Hoff
American scientists unearth lost 1960s polar satellite images worth billions | Barentsobserver - http://barentsobserver.com/en...
American scientists unearth lost 1960s polar satellite images worth billions | Barentsobserver
"A team of American scientists has recovered billions of dollars’ worth of “dark data” from the 1960s, pushing back the modern satellite record of sea ice extent by 17 years." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"NSIDC colleague Garrett Campbell had discovered was both the largest and the smallest Antarctic sea ice extent ever recorded, one year apart, as well as the earliest sea ice maximum ever just three years later; it was an inexplicable hole in the Arctic sea ice even while the overall extent agreed with modern trends." - Eric Logan
"A truckload of film canisters fit on a thumb drive... In the sixties, when the images were recorded, that was more storage than there was available on the planet.” - Ken Morley
Nimbus data rescue Recovering the past to understand the future. http://cires.colorado.edu/news... - Eric Logan
they found The Mountains Of Madness? - Big Joe Silence
Victor Ganata
Richard Dawkins: Religion isn’t the problem in the Middle East - Salon http://www.salon.com/2014...
I will admit, I am surprised that Dawkins would concede such a thing. - Victor Ganata
I do find it interesting that so many "rational" people are willing to assign causation to essentialist reductionist explanations like religion and culture and never to the long history and ongoing legacy of colonialism and imperialism, not to mention the ongoing economic hegemony by the institutions of global capitalism. - Victor Ganata
Perhaps religion is a problem amplifier? - Todd Hoff
Religion is often an expression of culture and nationalism; the beliefs, spirituality, practices are less the driving and defining force than the Statement "I am a ____" I haven't read the Dawkins piece yet, but if I were writing something with that title, that's what I would be describing. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
The thing that stands out to me the most, though, is the tacit denialism of the thesis that the primary cause of these conflicts is colonialism and imperialism, both historically and ongoing. I think these conflicts are completely intractable without acknowledging this. The contribution of religion is almost entirely an incidental factor, an accident of the history of colonialism and imperialism. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
The Islamic empire was one of the largest on earth for a very long time. It was because of religion that the empire was built. So there is an expansionist kernel there. Not that I think anyone should be stuck with silly boundaries drawn up because of a world war. But the way the campaign is being carried, the violence, could be a reaction to colonialism and imperialism? I don't know. Just wondering... - Todd Hoff
I think the bloodiest modern ME conflict (Syria's civil war) has many causes (the dominant position of Alawites, etc), but colonialism and imperialism are not even close to be "primary". - но не нидерландцы
But how did the Alawites become so dominant in the first place and why are there so many disparate cultural groups in a nominally unitary state? How did Syria even come to exist as it is in the first place? - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Of course it has something to do with the French colonial policy, but that was 70 years ago. If we're going this far, then maybe, you know, all the problems were caused by the Ottomans? :) After all, the Ottoman colonialism did last 400 years, while the French were in place just for 30 years. - но не нидерландцы
Was it really the religion that inspired imperialism, or did imperialism spread the religion? In any case, we clearly know Islam doesn't have a monopoly on expansionist imperialist tendencies, so the idea that this specific religion is the primary cause seems suspect to me. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Well, the Arab tribes became united only by the Prophet's sword. So in that case we can be pretty sure that Caliphate couldn't exist without the advent of Islam. Not that every imperialism is a bad thing, though (take Rome), the Arabs did spread many of the arts and sciences. - но не нидерландцы
I dunno, I have a feeling not everyone whom the Romans conquered would've necessarily seen the Empire as a good thing, but, hey, the winners get to write history. - Victor Ganata
Todd Hoff
It's amazing any iphone app works at all.. What a mess. It's pretty clear nobody had embedded system programming experience when they started all this.
Extension by inserting code into a template is just really bad design: - (BOOL) application:( UIApplication *) application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:( NSDictionary *) launchOptions { self.window = [[ UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[ UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]]; // Override point for customization after application launch - Todd Hoff
Weak / Strong pointers is a crazy responsibility for programmers to handle. It's impossible when using tasks. - Todd Hoff
Chaining initializers is more bad design through excessive coupling: self = [super init]; - Todd Hoff
The lifecycles of when objects are created and when methods are created is implicit. I can't tell by looking when things happen. In other words, the dynamic behaviour of the code is not clear at all. - Todd Hoff
MVC. Love it hate it, put everything in the controller. - Todd Hoff
Generally I'm against making the programmer run a compiler in their head to understand what is actually getting called. So though property seems like a good idea it makes very hard to deduce when reading code what will be called when an assignment happens. - Todd Hoff
Cell reuse by a reuse identifier is kludgy and error prone. Why does it need to own the memory? - Todd Hoff
String based selectors are used all over the place. These are not typed so are large source of run time errors when they shouldn't be. - Todd Hoff
The compiler doesn't check for methods in the interface that aren't implemented? It's a runtime error? Wow. - Todd Hoff
Seems odd to create a view controller and then give controller of the memory to the navigation controller. Seem like unnecessary memory allocs/deallocs. - Todd Hoff
In example code I see the use of static variables inside functions. That's bad style. It's more invisible magic code. - Todd Hoff
You can't test anything like the full functionality in the simulator. Beacon stuff? No. Camera? No. The interfaces should be accessible so someone could at least try to write an advanced simulator. - Todd Hoff
Nice debugging and monitoring tools. Very nice. - Todd Hoff
I'm not sure how it could be done better, but the auto layout constraints are bewildering. Oh my. - Todd Hoff
Using reference counting to manage memory when transition application states to background and active and to handle low memory conditions is highly error prone. - Todd Hoff
Not a fan of adding private class members in an @interface section of the .m file. I reserved judgement of this at first, it sounds good, but in practice I prefer everything to be in one place so I can see how everything relates together at a glance. - Todd Hoff
I wonder if they were able to start over on the watch? I haven't seen the watchkit so I'm not sure how it works. - Todd Hoff
Having to explicitly trigger a table update in the UI's main thread is another example of thread weirdness: dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{ [self.tableView reloadData]; });. - Todd Hoff
I'm not sure why you would ever create convenience initializers when you can just create convenience constructors and hide all the initializers? - Todd Hoff
Frameworks. For or against? - Todd Hoff
It takes a dozen lines of code to display an alert. That's crazy. Form validation in general is primitive at best. - Todd Hoff
" NSString *mediaType = [info objectForKey:UIImagePickerControllerMediaType];if ([mediaType isEqualToString:(NSString*)kUTTypeImage]) {" - a couple things here. Having to cast between different encapsulated string types from different frameworks is both confusing and wasteful. Also, dictionaries are great, but the problem is you never know what's in them. Looked at the doc, how was I to know what's in info? It's a constant in some random header file. Enums are at least discoverable. - Todd Hoff
@selector isn't resolved at compile or link time. It's a runtime error. No bueno. - Todd Hoff
Can't test MPMoviePlayerController from the simulator. - Todd Hoff
The complexity around moving the keyboard to not hide form fields is astonishing. Shouldn't that be a feature? - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
Gold mining in Nevada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Gold mining in Nevada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Gold mining in Nevada, a state of the United States, is a major industry, and one of the largest sources of gold in the world. Nevada currently mines 79% of all the gold in the United States, which is equivalent to 5,640,000 troy ounces (175 t) in 2009" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"Unlike coal and oil extraction, where mining companies pay royalties for minerals obtained from public lands, gold mining companies do not pay any royalties for deposits claimed on federal public lands. This is because gold mines on public land operate under the General Mining Act of 1872." - Amit Patel
"Many of Nevada's gold mines are located on public land, but the mining companies pay no royalties to the US government. Fighting efforts to have the gold mining industry pay royalties for mining on public land, the local community commission in Elko County, Nevada said that royalties would force mining companies to cut jobs and move elsewhere." - Amit Patel
What?! Where are you going to "move jobs" … somewhere without gold?? - Amit Patel
FUD needs no reason. - Todd Hoff
Sean McBride
Pentagon Views Global Warming as an 'Immediate' Security Threat - http://mashable.com/2014...
Pentagon Views Global Warming as an 'Immediate' Security Threat
"The Defense Department sees global warming as a challenge that "poses immediate risks" to national security, rather than one that will rear its head only in the future. This shift in thinking comes as the sprawling department puts in place a wide range of measures to ensure that its bases do not sink below the sea as the oceans rise, that its weapons systems still work in a variety of extreme weather conditions, and that it is prepared to deal with increased demands for humanitarian assistance and regional instability." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled the department's "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap" in a speech at a regional defense ministers meeting in Peru on Monday. "The loss of glaciers will strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere," Hagel said. "Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration."" - Sean McBride
"We have already seen these events unfold in other regions of the world, and there are worrying signs that climate change will create serious risks to stability in our own hemisphere. Two of the worst droughts in the Americas have occurred in the past ten years … droughts that used to occur once a century." - Sean McBride
How easily they are duped. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study
"Research finds 20cm rise since start of 20th century, caused by global warming and the melting of polar ice, is unprecedented" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Urban Homestead Honey - At MIT, A Farm Grows That Is Built For A City - http://www.urbanhomesteadhoney.com/article...
Urban Homestead Honey - At MIT, A Farm Grows That Is Built For A City
Urban Homestead Honey - At MIT, A Farm Grows That Is Built For A City
"By precisely optimizing every input and output and creating customized designs, MIT’s CityFarm is an attempt to create a soil-free urban farming system that gets it right. Caleb Harper, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, hopes that the open-source CityFarms project can one day be replicated all over the world. The project is a finalist for Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design awards, which will be announced on October 15th “No one has proven an economically viable model for these kind of plant environments,” says Harper. “What I’m trying to do is kind of be the Linux for these environments-- the person that creates the common language for this new area of food production.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
How've they solved the energy problem with artificial lighting? - Spidra Webster
Solar? - Todd Hoff
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Archer's Spy Agency will change its name, thanks to Jihadi Militants - http://toybox.io9.com/archers...
Archer's Spy Agency will change its name, thanks to Jihadi Militants
"We've had five seasons of Sterling Archer's antics with the International Secret Intelligence Service - or ISIS, for short. You can see why that acronym's quickly become a problem for FX and the series' creators, and it's about to change for the show's latest season. The rise of the real-world Jihadist organisation ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who also frequently go by IS and ISIL) over the past year had been a problem for Archer, but the recent hostilities have made it no longer feasible for the best-worst Spy agency in the world to share an acronym with the widely-decried militants. The only time the word 'ISIS' will be seen in the show's upcoming sixth season will be a scene in the first episode: Two workers in the background of a scene will take down the ISIS logo in the agency's HQ and cart it off screen, whilst Mallory explains to Archer that they now work for the CIA. Characters will no longer mention their organisation's former name - but FX won't go back and actively erase Signage or audio acknowledgements out of the previous seasons, according to executive producer Matt Thompson:" - Me from Bookmarklet
Just think of the pagans... http://wildhunt.org/2014... - Spidra Webster
Remember when Ralph Hinkley became Mr. H., then became Ralph Hanley, then back to Hinkley? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - bentley
wow - Meg VMeg
Huh. - Micah
I think it makes sense and is the right move. It's a comedy show and though the name has been used heavily in the first 5 seasons it isn't super integral to any plots. Actually I think storywise it is a decent move as they are no longer completely and "independent" company and they now have higher ups that are higher than Malory. - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
How about SISI? - Todd Hoff
Sarah G.
Hive mind: How can one create/encourage a culture of sharing in a community of adversaries?
Defeat them all in single combat and bind them all to your service - Todd Hoff from iPhone
Victor Ganata
Sugar is a hell of a drug. And so is fat. (via Dr. C) https://m.facebook.com/story...
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Nucleus accumbens C-Fos expression is correlated with conditioned place preference to cocaine, morphine and high fat/sugar food consumption - 2013 Nov 13 http://www.abstractsonline.com/Plan... - Victor Ganata
Remember how sugar as a drug was laughed at a few years ago? - Todd Hoff
I think not everyone has completely accepted the whole dopaminergic reward circuit hypothesis even though it's been around for a long time. Under this hypothesis, *any* pleasurable stimulus can be addicting on a molecular physiological level. - Victor Ganata
Everything in moderation, then? :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Pretty much. And Oreos are probably not that moderate ;) - Victor Ganata
Todd Hoff
Former NSA director had thousands personally invested in obscure tech firms | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
Former NSA director had thousands personally invested in obscure tech firms | Ars Technica
"New financial disclosure documents released this month by the National Security Agency (NSA) show that Keith Alexander, who served as its director from August 2005 until March 2014, had thousands of dollars of investments during his tenure in a handful of technology firms. Each year disclosed has a checked box next to this statement: "Reported financial interests or affiliations are unrelated to assigned or prospective duties, and no conflicts appear to exist." Alexander repeatedly made the public case that the American public is at "greater risk" from a terrorist attack in the wake of the Snowden disclosures. Statements such as those could have a positive impact on the companies he was invested in, which could have eventually helped his personal bottom line. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Not all that surprising, but there really ought to be greater accountability for these sorts of conflict-of-interests. - John (bird whisperer)
Victor Ganata
When my girlfriend talks to other people about me, she refers to me as "The Doctor". This sometimes causes confusion among Doctor Who fans.
"sonic screwdriver" #iam12 - Big Joe Silence
Which doctor? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
/e didn't know Victor had a girlfriend and can't recall him mentioning her before. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
^ more of the same - Anne Bouey
*awaits more information* - Katy S
Is this where I stand in line? *looks around* I think it is. - Micah
Oof. I'm glad I brought a chair. This line looks long. - bentley
SPILL EVERYTHING, VICTOR! - Andrew C (✔)
*passes out popcorn* - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
He mentioned a girl friend and Microsoft demos a new holodeck product. Coincidence? - Todd Hoff
ich weisse so immer, bleibst du bist war - Tastamam★★★★
LOL! - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Believe it or not, she's not holographic! :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Although truth be told, we haven't been together for very long. We're not even Facebook Official yet ;) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I did meet her on Coffee Meets Bagel, so I owe you Andrew big time :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I don't know. He is kinda obsessed with holodecks. Hmmmm.... http://friendfeed.com/search... - bentley
She's pretty great :) - Victor Ganata from iPhone
She doesn't have an FF account but she does check my feed :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
just be belive it....or nothing him self spirit - Tastamam★★★★
Awesome! I liked Coffee Meets Bagel. Hi Victor's Girlfriend! Sign up for FF! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Lol, I love how it's totally more believable that I have a working full-featured holodeck than that I have a girlfriend :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
just only live...it is so enough... - Tastamam★★★★
Hi, Victor's girlfriend! - bentley
it is you... - Tastamam★★★★
Hi Victor's girlfriend! ^_^ - Heather
it is too so - Tastamam★★★★
schreibt bitte deutsch oder türkisch denn wiil ich schleck für Sie sagt - Tastamam★★★★
I was afraid it'd be too nosy to ask Victor and I'm glad to see everyone else pressed for the info while I was offline. Hahaha! Congratulations, Victor! Hi, Victor's girlfriend! - Spidra Webster
so bück dich ich mache dich glücklich:))) - Tastamam★★★★
Hi Victor's girlfriend! And boo to Victor and gf for keeping me from losing hope in CMB! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
lick your mother pussy...it is you last story amk - Tastamam★★★★
I sense a disturbance in the Force, as if an account was about to be blocked. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
POIDH. - SAM
Who is 4 star? Don't be douchy 4 star. - Eric - It's My Thing from iPhone
Andrew C (✔)
I, Cringely To stop data theft, pull the plug - I, Cringely - http://www.cringely.com/2014...
"Back then there was no commercial Internet. The Coors network, like every other corporate computer network, was built from leased data lines connecting the brewery with sales offices and distribution centers in every state except Indiana at the time. Such networks were expensive to build and the people who ran them were quite proud. Today we just find a local Internet Service Provider (ISP) and connect to the Internet, a much simpler thing. If we want secure communications we build Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that encrypt the data before sending it across the public Internet and decrypt it at the other end. We do this because it is easy and because it is cheap. IT used to cost a lot more than it does today and cheap Internet service helps make that possible." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Cheap Internet service also made possible every major corporate security breach including the big retail hacks and data theft at Target and Home Depot as well as the big JP Morgan Chase hack revealed just last week that compromised the banking information of at least 89 million customers. How cheap is IT, really, if it compromises customer data? Not cheap at all. Last year’s Target... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Creating poorly thought out and implemented proprietary networks doesn't sound like a valid alternative to me. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Fair point, I guess. But his point about the cost of breaches still seems valid. - Andrew C (✔)
It is a valid point. I just think it means companies shouldn't cut corners to save money if it's a security risk. For example, the Home Depot breach was due to using an unsupported old version of windows on their point of pay terminals. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
What it really means is using an open internet or popular software in your infrastructure is a security risk. If these would have been custom built terminals, say ones that used a proprietary embedded OS then the hack would be much less likely. Perhaps because of obscurity, but still, far less likely. - Todd Hoff
It almost certainly cheaper to ensure against the liability resulting from a potential breach than to spend the money to build and operate a breach-resistant network. It isn't about good or bad IT people; any competent one will do a risk analysis and chose a mix of technical and business (insurance) mitigations. - David Lounsbury
Todd Hoff
This Surreal Floating Concept House Would Run on Tidal Energy - CityLab - http://www.citylab.com/design...
This Surreal Floating Concept House Would Run on Tidal Energy - CityLab
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"Want to be green and also live in the architectural equivalent of an Alex Grey painting? Then perhaps this concept house from Margot Krasojevic is for you: It rises out of the ocean like a twisting mechanical hallucination and runs on the power of waves." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
An Oasis in the American Desert - http://www.geofflawton.com/fe...
An Oasis in the American Desert
Tucson could harvest rain water and reestablish its river system instead of bringing salty water 300 miles from the colorado river. Which requires a huge carbon producing power plant. - Todd Hoff
Fascinating exploration of swales built during the depression. The swales capture water and produce impressive amounts of organic matter. It produced an oasis. An example of how good design can harness water and produce lush green fertile land. Without maintenance. - Todd Hoff
These systems are self irrigating. Self replicating. Soil fertility continues to increase. Which is much better than the irrigated agriculture. - Todd Hoff
The swales could have been much longer and they would have had an enormous effect. Giving production for minimal energy input. - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
Couldn't sleep. At least I got this.
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Too lazy to use a tripod. I'm happy that my camera lets me take 1/4 sec shots handheld. - Amit Patel
Dang, mine eyelids occluded the view last night. - Todd Hoff
Beautiful! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Got up in time, but it was cloudy :( - Glen Campbell
gorgeous! where do you archive most of your work, Amit? Do you have a smugmug or flickr account you use? Or picasa ...? - Laura Norvig
Laura: I am on flickr and 500px — http://www.flickr.com/photos... https://500px.com/amitp — but I try to share photos with my friends on FriendFeed first :-) - Amit Patel
For example the northern harrier I took on Sep 28, shared with FF on Sep 30, and put on flickr on Oct 8. I don't interact with the flickr or 500px communities much :( - Amit Patel
We're happy to see your photos here. :) - Anne Bouey
Oh nice how do like the EM-1? I'm still using the original EM-5. - Rodfather from Android
Are you using a 3rd party lens with an adapter for those telephoto shots? Oh never mind. It's the 75-300mm lens. Amazing shots. - Rodfather
Beautiful. - Jenny H. from Android
Thanks! Rodfather: the main thing I like is that there's a built-in grip, and that helps a *lot* with the 75-300mm lens. I had gotten an add-on grip with the E-M1 but it wasn't nearly as good. The E-M1 has phase detection autofocus, which helps with flying birds. If I didn't spend 90% of my time on the 75-300mm lens, I would've kept the E-M5. The E-M1's ergonomics are a little better, and it has more buttons and features. Image quality doesn't seem any better. - Amit Patel
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
I try to sleep double to make up for Louis - Amit Patel
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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Women: Don't Ask For A Raise, Trust Karma - ReadWrite - http://readwrite.com/2014...
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Women: Don't Ask For A Raise, Trust Karma - ReadWrite
"Proffering career advice more analogous to The Secret than Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: Women Work, and the Will to Lead, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told women in the tech industry that asking for what you're worth isn't the best way to get ahead. “It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,” Nadella told a confounded (and predominantly female) audience at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing on Thursday." - Me from Bookmarklet
His response on Twitter afterwards was marginally better (that the gender gap needed to be closed, so that raises would not be needed to address it) but that still fails to give any sort of constructive advice to women currently making less than their peers, or the racial disparity even within that gap. - Jennifer Dittrich
W. T. F. - Spidra Webster
So the guy who would have to increase his budgets to pay for all the raises advocates not asking for raises. How odd. - Todd Hoff
Halil
First black pilot in aviation history: Ahmet Ali Celikten a.k.a Arap Ahmet or İzmirli Ahmet Ali - http://9gag.com/gag...
First black pilot in aviation history: Ahmet Ali Celikten a.k.a Arap Ahmet or İzmirli Ahmet Ali
Ahmet's "wings" would seem to have been earned prior to Bullard's earning his brevet No. 6259 on 20 July 1917, though Bullard is often cited as history's first black aviato! - Halil from Bookmarklet
A Turk! :D - Halil
Dashing - Todd Hoff
Weird. Why would he be considered black? - Anika
He's Nigerian/Turkish or Turkish/Nigerian. - Halil
Halil, I've seen that described as "Afro-Turk" - is that right? - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah - Halil
Todd Hoff
Rise and Shine - What kids all around the world eat for breakfast. - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/interac...
Rise and Shine - What kids all around the world eat for breakfast. - NYTimes.com
Rise and Shine - What kids all around the world eat for breakfast. - NYTimes.com
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This sounds so unhealthy compared to cereal and donuts: Here, Koki eats green peppers stir-fried with tiny dried fish, soy sauce and sesame seeds; raw egg mixed with soy sauce and poured over hot rice; kinpira, a dish of lotus and burdock roots and carrots sautéed with sesame-seed oil, soy sauce and a sweet rice wine called mirin; miso soup; grapes; sliced Asian pear; and milk. - Todd Hoff
"Sugar is the notable exception to “food neophobia,” as researchers call that early innate fear. In utero, a 13-week-old fetus will gulp amniotic fluid more quickly when it contains sugar. Our native sweet tooth helps explain the global popularity of sugary cereals and chocolate spreads like Nutella: Getting children to eat sugar is easy. Teaching them to eat slimy fermented soybeans, by contrast, requires a more robust and conservative culinary culture, one that resists the candy-coated breakfast buffet." - Todd Hoff
"A government-run website promoting tourism boasts that every day the Dutch eat at least 750,000 slices of bread topped with the chocolate sprinkles called hagelslag (‘‘hailstorm’’), making it the country’s most popular bread topping." - Todd Hoff
My favorite breakfast is thin wholewheat pancakes lathered in melted salty butter, eggs over easy fried in bacon grease, crisp fatty bacon, fresh cut strawberries bathed in cinnamon. Oh, I would add home fries fried to brown with edges nearly burnt, but alas, that's not in the cards. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle:
Evolving organisms are like visitors to the metabolic library. Gene deletions and gene transfer allow them to walk through the library, to step from one metabolic text to another, often an immediate neighbor. All of a text’s neighbors form a neighborhood in this library, and such neighborhoods are as important for evolution as a city neighborhood is for people’s lives. - Todd Hoff
Miriella
The love of my life injured himself and pulled a muscle while chasing away the turkeys in the yard. /facepalm
If I had a nickel..... - Joe
"chasing turkeys in the yard"... is that what you kids call it these days :) - MoTO: Team Marina
One does not simply chase turkey's in the yard... - Todd Hoff
Lol. He tried. Right? - Miriella from Android
Stephan #TeamMarina
A friend of mine has been a hard-working, loyal employee. Although he doesn't agree, all the signs are there that he was set up by his employer to fail. After 33 years he is now being discarded like trash.
Loyalty in business rarely works both ways. I keep telling a colleague of mine there's no benefit to him getting stressed at work and putting in extra time as he'll get no thanks from above and will get as shafted as surely as if he'd not bothered. - Mark H
This happens, too often I'm afraid. - Eric - It's My Thing
the mistake i made 15 years ago when working in publishing. - Big Joe Silence
I agree with you all. Another example of how employees shouldn't feel like they owe anything. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Loyalty should be both ways - in the age of fungible employees not so much - WarLord
Being loyal doesn't mean not being prepared. - Todd Hoff
True, Todd. He should have seen some of the signs. He seems unwilling to fight it. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Todd Hoff
Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Proto-Graffiti - CityLab - http://www.citylab.com/design...
Confirmed: The Oldest Known Art in the World Is Proto-Graffiti - CityLab
"Using that method, the Griffith University professor Maxime Aubert and his team were able to determine that the Sulawesi paintings are, at minimum, 39,900 years old. Which makes their minimum age at least 2,000 years older than the minimum age of the oldest European cave art. (While the paintings are strikingly similar in content—human hands, animals teetering on stick-like appendages—they are also strikingly different in style. The Indonesian images "look ‘line-y,’ almost like brush strokes," Alistair Pike, the archaeologist who identified what was preciously considered the world’s oldest cave art, in Europe, told Nature. Early European images, on the other hand, "look dabbed, almost like finger paint.")" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Jason Toney
Data has weight. // An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with nothing installed http://zite.to/1scVuyq
Data has weight. // An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with nothing installed http://zite.to/1scVuyq
"For 4GB of data, the difference between full and empty is 10^-18 grams." - Brian Johns
e=mc^2 - Todd Hoff
elisabetta
#commenti_ponderati "Only one man up there with Brian Wilson and that's J.S. Bach." The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations - Rare Studio Recording Film Footage - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
#commenti_ponderati "Only one man up there with Brian Wilson and that's J.S. Bach." The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations - Rare Studio Recording Film Footage
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Phil Spector avrebbe qualcosa da precisare - Aldo Oldo
Church music for a different god. - Todd Hoff
no, va be', loro (soprattutto BRAIAN!<3) (ma anche dennis, va') sono meravigliosi, ma l'iperbole sconsiderata mi fa sempre ridere. - elisabetta
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