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Uranus might be full of surprises - The Washington Post -
Uranus might be full of surprises - The Washington Post
"Scientists used to think that things were pretty chill over in the south hemisphere of Uranus. In fact, they thought it was one of the calmest regions of any of the gas giants. But in analyzing images taken nearly three decades ago by NASA's Voyager-2 spacecraft, researchers think they've found a kerfuffle of activity — which might indicate that there's something unusual about the planet's interior." - (Curtis) Alan Jackson from Bookmarklet
Only your proctologist knows for sure. - Todd Hoff
*might* be? - Laura Norvig
If only I could get there. - Eric - Regulate from iPhone
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▶ A Fancy - John Dowland - Spotify - Jacobean Lute Music -
Great music for a feast. - Todd Hoff
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A Much Cheaper Grid Battery Comes to Market | MIT Technology Review -
A Much Cheaper Grid Battery Comes to Market | MIT Technology Review
"A new kind of battery that stores energy from solar and wind power cheaply and cleanly has hit the market. It is by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries that could make it possible to rely heavily on intermittent, renewable energy sources. Aquion Energy, a company spun out of Carnegie Mellon University, recently delivered the first of its batteries to operators of small power grids, or “microgrids,” that can operate independently of the centralized grid." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Goodbye, Granite: The 6 Hottest Countertop Finishes - Dishwashers
I really like the glass countertops but they are hideously expensive. - Todd Hoff
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Earth has warmest October on record as ocean temperatures top charts -
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"Multiple datasets have confirmed it was the warmest October on record for the globe, keeping the planet on a course towards its toastiest year. The Japan Meteorological Agency, NASA, and the University of Alabama’s temperature records all showed October temperatures at the top of charts." - Todd Hoff
But since there's more ice somewhere I guess this is all illusion. - Todd Hoff
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Changes in U.S. precipitation: wet areas to get wetter, dry areas to get drier | NOAA -
Changes in U.S. precipitation: wet areas to get wetter, dry areas to get drier | NOAA
"The twenty-first century may bring the United States more of the weather it's already got, whether wet or dry. The U.S. National Climate Assessment, issued in May 2014, examined multiple model projections of seasonal precipitation over the rest of this century. In general, precipitation is projected to increase in the northernmost parts of the country, and decrease in the southwestern United States. These maps show projected seasonal precipitation changes for the final decades of this century (2071-2099) compared to the end of the last century (1970-1999) depending on two possible scenarios for greenhouse gas emissions. One scenario assumes that greenhouse gas emissions peak sometime between 2010 and 2020 and rapidly decline afterwards. The other scenario assumes that greenhouse gas emissions continue increasing throughout the 21st century." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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California on pace for hottest year ever | -
California on pace for hottest year ever |
"LOS ANGELES — This past month was the third-warmest October in California since officials began keeping records more than a century ago, continuing the state’s pattern in what is likely to be its hottest year ever, according to government climatologists. The average temperature statewide last month was 64.5 degrees, less than one degree under the all-time record set in 2003, the National Climatic Data Center reported. In the larger view, 2014 remains on pace to be California’s warmest year with an average temperature through October that is 1.6 degrees above the previous hottest years — 2003 and 1992 — when the average through October was 62.2 degrees." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Just did some basic measuring and calculations to see if my pour-over coffee system is more or less economical than my K-Cup coffee system.
When I make a whole (10-cup) pot of coffee in my regular coffee pot, I generally use 8 tablespoons of ground coffee. When I make a 12-16 oz. cup of coffee using pour-over, I generally use 3-4 tablespoons of ground coffee. At first, I thought that seemed like a pretty insane waste of money (I'd use the same amount of ground coffee for 2 cups of coffee as I do for a whole pot). Then, I thought about how expensive K-Cups generally are. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
I can't really make a 16 oz. cup of coffee with a K-Cup, but I can make a 12 oz. cup (though, that's usually too weak for me to enjoy it). Normally, I'll make either an 8 oz. cup or a 10 oz. cup. At that point, 1 K-Cup is approximately equivalent to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee in my pour-over. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Figuring an average cost of $.50/K-Cup (many are more expensive than that, some are a bit cheaper than that), and an average cost of $15.00/lb. of ground coffee, I figure there has to be at least 60 tablespoons of coffee in a pound in order for it to be equivalent in cost to the K-Cup. I just dumped less than a pound of Starbucks coffee into a 4-cup measuring cup (which would be ~64 tablespoons, if my math is correct - 4 Tbsp = 1/4 cup; 16 Tbsp = 1 cup; 64 Tbsp = 4 cups). - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Based on that, it appears that the pour-over is more economical than the K-Cups, and not a whole lot less convenient. Yes, I could use the re-usable filter/cup in the Keurig machine, but, using 2 Tbsp for an 8-10 oz. cup of coffee in that thing always results in grounds spilling out all over the place. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
As a sidenote, the Keurig machine cost $100-150 when I bought it; the "deluxe" pour-over I bought from Starbucks (which also includes a nice wooden box with space for 2 pour-overs for regular cups or 1 pour-over for a tall mug) was $25 on clearance. That said, I still use the Keurig machine to actually heat the water before I pour it into the pour-over (it's much quicker than the microwave), so that's why the cost of the systems is an aside, rather than a part of the actual discussion. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
As a second sidenote, while it's possible for me to sample a bunch of different kinds of coffee with the pour-over system, it's much easier to store/buy samples in K-Cups than it is to try to store all of that ground coffee in various places. Even with 4 or 5 different kinds of ground coffee right now, my counter space is pretty limited. If I dump the ground coffee into a container (as... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Interesting thoughts - I use the reusable refillable K-Cup mostly. I have. A selection of coffee and tea K Cups for guests. I - WarLord
Great analysis. Just wondering about replacement costs. How long until a Keurig machine needs replacement? - Todd Hoff
WarLord - the refillable one is great if it works for you; as I said, it always spews grounds all over the place when I try to use it, due to the amount of coffee I use in it. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Todd - As long as you treat the Keurig machine well (using filtered water, cleaning with vinegar every 6 months or so, etc.), it should last for a few years, at least. The one my ex-wife is using has worked well for ~5 years, now (the issue she's having with it now is that the gasket that goes between the top needle & the K-Cup itself disappeared, so it leaks when you try to use it). The one I'm currently using (one of the Cuisinart models) is only a year old, so I can't comment on its longevity, yet. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
As one more sidenote that I thought of today: With the pour-over, I have the opportunity, given the right circumstances, to re-use some of the coffee. For instance, this afternoon, I made an 8 oz. cup of coffee for myself with 2Tbsp. of coffee, and drank it pretty quickly. Then, by adding 2 more Tbsp. to the existing coffee grounds, I was able to make 16 oz. of coffee in my travel mug before I headed out the door. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Steve Gillmor
Gillmor Gang Live Friday 11.14.14 LIVE recording at 9am PT/12pm ET
Where ever you go, there you are ;-) - Tina Chase Gillmor
Hey guys, what is the preferred stream link for sharing in social? Is it the Ustream link? - J.C. Bouvier
maybe the TC link - Tina Chase Gillmor
OK, call now. - Robert Scoble
would be best - Tina Chase Gillmor
calling Robert - Tina Chase Gillmor
Robert... failing - Tina Chase Gillmor
I'm calling Newsgang 3 - Robert Scoble
Pono! - Alex de Soto
Do you have that link Tina? - J.C. Bouvier
JC sorry will look for it in a min - Tina Chase Gillmor
No worries, I'll look again for it now... - J.C. Bouvier
Tx Tina. - J.C. Bouvier
yes please tweet. people don't expect us to be recording at 9am ;-) - Tina Chase Gillmor
Hello everybody! - Chris Hale
Fer much as I want to keep you guys to myself.... ;) - J.C. Bouvier
JC - yeah small and intimate - Tina Chase Gillmor
Oh @Scoble. I totallly had a show topic i was thinking you and the gang could talk about. I know the gang has talked about mobile payments and contactless payments many times over. I read your post today and really thought id like to hear your perspective on what you feel will be the key to getting acceptance of these technologies so they gain critical mass. - Chris Hale
Can you buy a beacon from Apple? Or how does that work? Third party products only? - J.C. Bouvier
i dont think so. - Chris Hale
JC there are a lot of cool companies that make good kits to get started. Estimote is a good company - Chris Hale
Qualcomm is the maker of Gimball platform beacons I believe - Chris Hale
Thanks Chris. - J.C. Bouvier
there are a few others depending on how much you want to play with and hack em - Chris Hale
Here is a more hacker /open source beacon kits - Chris Hale
Cheers. - J.C. Bouvier
now we're getting to the real shit. The distillery ! - Tina Chase Gillmor
mmm, Jameson. - Laura Norvig
Suddenly I'm very thirsty and it's only 9:30 am... - Zachary Grant
im actually a little hungover this morning. Sangria + tequila shots afterwards make for a not so fantastical combination. - Chris Hale
It's 5 o clock somewhere :-) - Todd Hoff
@KeithTeare. WHen you spend your time talking to startups what are you talking to them about. Are you acting as a advisor or ..... - Chris Hale
I'm a bit late, did they discuss Twitters presentation earlier this week? Saw the write up in the WSJ and was curious what the gang thought - Zachary Grant
some other important tech news this week came out of Amazone ReInvent conference - Chris Hale
Amazon supporting and releasing docker support is pretty huge. They are following Google but it is very cool to see the containerization of pieces of web infrastructure. - Chris Hale
not yet zach - Kevin Marks
Thanks Kevin, looking forward to it if you all discuss it. - Zachary Grant
Twitter Investor Day link: - J.C. Bouvier
Hey friends - Christian Burns
Nice, thanks J.C. - Zachary Grant
hello - Ron Sheridan
Christian Burns... nice to see you - Tina Chase Gillmor
Happy Friday Tina! - Chris Hale
anyone have a link to the Twitter content being discussed? - Ron Sheridan
...and to you Chris Ahle - Tina Chase Gillmor Did they mention how many daily searches are performed on Twitter? - Alex de Soto
thank you - Ron Sheridan
Steve: I'm w/Ben Evans, Mobile is eating the World. - J.C. Bouvier
Because there is too much for people to process - Christian Burns
@Chris Hale - they are generally pitching me to include them as an Archimedes Labs accelerated company. - Keith Teare
oh, no Steve didnt - Chris Hale
Ben Even's presentation was great. - Zachary Grant
Scoble knows how to get Steve's attention - Tina Chase Gillmor
See what Arrington wrote this week, about memory loss - Christian Burns
How about Elon Musk's "We are summoning the demon" statement about AI? - Alex de Soto
You can't F-bomb on the Gang anymore? Fuck. ;) - J.C. Bouvier
Did you guys talk about Amazon Echo yet? - J.C. Bouvier
Scoble said Shit - Christian Burns
Not yet. - Robert Scoble
Christian: do you mean Michael Arrington? - Zachary Grant
I think Scoble's got it. Important stuff to be dealing with. - Evan Prodromou
thanks - Zachary Grant
Not sure why Scoble is censoring himself. Perhaps he's on a no swearing diet - Tina Chase Gillmor
Swear jar? Saving up for the Apple Watch...? - J.C. Bouvier
J.C. ;-) - Tina Chase Gillmor
Christian: thanks for the link - Zachary Grant
Echo may just replace my old Moshi alarm clock. - Alex de Soto
toilette paper light combo. hmm. that's granular - Tina Chase Gillmor
@JC I have a device i bought this last week that is way cooler and way more hackable than the echo - Chris Hale
Its called an Ubi - Chris Hale
Echo will hear the toilet flush - Christian Burns
Why must Scoble get all the cool shit. Please send some cool shit to ME - Tina Chase Gillmor . It has IFTTT integration and i can make it do all sorts of cool stuff. - Chris Hale
will it know when I do number one or number two? - Tina Chase Gillmor
I am able to talk to it and build custom trigger phrases taht do custom stuff. - Chris Hale
is there a friendfeed link that will autoscroll? - Christian Burns
Hey tina , have you ever tried any of the new electronic Bidets? They are epically awesome - Chris Hale
Chris ... no but I want one - Tina Chase Gillmor
I really want this one. - Chris Hale
Tesla already does that. - Christian Burns
They use bidets in Japan and it rocks. Its like a full service carwash for you happy parts. - Chris Hale
Hey did anyone see the new Wemo enabled Mr. Coffee maker - Chris Hale
If Tesla sends Robert a car Im gonna call bullshit on that ;-) - Tina Chase Gillmor
I can now schedule coffee making from my bed. - Chris Hale
Tesla will charge when the power is cheaper. :) - Christian Burns
Internet controlled coffee maker . - Chris Hale
Love it. It's non invasive just quietly watches - Tina Chase Gillmor
i cant wait to watch the scoble commercial. I've fallen and i cant programmatically get up! Heheh - Chris Hale
The connected pillbox is here now, to monitor aging parents - Christian Burns
if you're in insurance in kansas city why follow me? Clay has a point: - Kevin Marks
I dont want to be on twitter all day beacuse Nuzzel shows me what was important from twitter. - Christian Burns
Im not enjoynig Twitter right now for communicating. News gathering; fine - Tina Chase Gillmor
Thank you. Twitter ain't FB. - Laura Norvig
The challenge of Twitter and other social media is the right balance with notifications. - Alex de Soto
Twitter simply ain't for everyone on Facebook...oh sorry Laura, you already said as much... - J.C. Bouvier
the harrassment and notifcation issue is important too, yes - Kevin Marks
Hey @KeithTeare. What type of earbuds are those. I am shopping for a new set and would love to hear folks opinions on a good set of earbuds. Hopefully want a set that won't break the bank. - Chris Hale
well Keith's probably right about life span - Tina Chase Gillmor
The general public sees hashtags and handles promoted all the time on news shows, entertainment show. And if they are in the right profession, they'll see professional topics from their colleagues as well. - Laura Norvig
right. Always difficult - Tina Chase Gillmor
I already don't see all the stuff I care about....I wish they would add more filters into, let me filter by Klout score and geography... - J.C. Bouvier
this blocking tool is interesting - Kevin Marks
Amen! the DM system in Twitter is not good. Very hard to communicate. - Zachary Grant
Twitter will not be successful with the onboarding problem. - Christian Burns
Not sure if Facebook has less noise or more to relate to easier - Tina Chase Gillmor
I like Twitter! - Tony Stanislawski
For most people instagram, facebook, meet the needs - Christian Burns
Tina: I agree, noise lvls must be managed no matter what app you use. - Zachary Grant
I think Scoble said it best in the past: it takes discipline to manage and organize your contacts and lists. - Zachary Grant
Very much dislike the Twitter emails that say: "Do you know Justin Bieber?" I don't think my social graph says anything that would indicate that I would care about Bieber. - Alex de Soto
Also have you listened to any Sports Talk Radio lately. Twitter is there main source for programming, What would they do without it? - Tony Stanislawski
Alex: can you opt out of those emails? I've never received one. - Zachary Grant
Radio sucks - Christian Burns
I think you can. I have not bothered to check now that it's so easy to dismiss them on iOS. - Alex de Soto
When did freaking huge butts become desirable? Always? did I grow up on a parallel planet? - Tina Chase Gillmor
Gotta run for now. I will catch the end of the show on the recording. TIna and gang, yall have an awesome weekend! @scoble , you are now one of my heroes. Keep fighting the good fight - Chris Hale
Kevin's camera courtesy J.J. Abrahms. - J.C. Bouvier
Good insight on Twitter, Kevin. Thanks! - christina sponselli
I have not sold my Twitter stock, it is the only stock I will go down with if it goes down... - Tony Stanislawski
Cant figure out if Kevin has spots on his camera lens or he just has sun streaming in? - Tina Chase Gillmor
it is sun - Kevin Marks
i think it's sun - Tina Chase Gillmor
alos dust on my screen - Kevin Marks
it's ok Kevin - Tina Chase Gillmor
You have a lot of flare Kevin! - J.C. Bouvier
maybe change the angle slightly - Tina Chase Gillmor
the brolly isn't shading the laptop as i was set up for 1pm not 9am - Kevin Marks
I can move the umbrella - Kevin Marks
@Chris Hale - BlueBuds X - Keith Teare
I like them - Keith Teare
Twitter is also building out advertising. Surveys, promoted posts, etc. - christina sponselli
And Twitter's sales team is +1 over Facebook's sales team. - christina sponselli
If i have 5 min, twitter is much less functional than facebook. if I have 1 hour facebook will offer me much more than twitter. - Christian Burns
there, moved the brolly - Kevin Marks
Kevin solved his sun problem - Tina Chase Gillmor
I use both. The both replaced my Google Reader obsession - Tony Stanislawski
Or the sun moved, or clouds :) - Christian Burns
Facebook provides for a more intimate environment, don't you think? - Tina Chase Gillmor
Messenger does; less sure FB groups do - Kevin Marks
facebook encourages engagement on posts - Christian Burns
I moved the umbrealla christian - Kevin Marks
Twitter's problem is that they cant maintain growth - Christian Burns
facebook stopped growing a few years ago - Kevin Marks
Kevin THAT IS NOT TRUE. - Robert Scoble
The stats show you are completely wrong there. - Robert Scoble
URL pleae - Kevin Marks
ooooh, Kevin and Robert are fighting - Tina Chase Gillmor
If i dont check facebook for 2 days, when I come back it does a great job of bringing me up to date. - Christian Burns
Christian - agreed - Tina Chase Gillmor
Bitcoin stock will do much better than Twitter stock - Christian Burns
RedBull and LinkedIn and GoPro all show me Facebook is growing. Plus they all get 10 times more trafficfrom Facebook than ALL OTHERS COMBINED. Look at the latest stats. They show that Twitter is flat and Facebook is still growing, despite Facebook having far more people on it. - Robert Scoble
Dogecoin stock will even do better than Twitter - Christian Burns
...but... I'm not always happy with what Im allowed to see in my feed. Those decisions aren't always right - Tina Chase Gillmor
Agreed Tina - Christian Burns
bitcoin is more a mutual fund than a stock - Kevin Marks
I do wish that Twitter would not count @user names or URLs in the character count. - Alex de Soto
Agree Kevin, - Christian Burns
Facebook Messenger has everyone. - Christian Burns
Communicating in short tweets does not come natural to a lot of folks. Facebook and Messenger are more natural forms of communication. - Alex de Soto
Not everyone is a celebrity. Most of us are not followed by many. - Christian Burns
not everyone is on messenger - Kevin Marks
Got to run, thanks for letting us interact. - Christian Burns
my messenger is buried as get to it from FB - Jerome Hughes
I get DMs, and hangouts a lot too - Kevin Marks
I have a few people that the only way I can get a hold of them is to DM them on Twitter. - Laura Norvig
I use FB Messenger a lot and like it - Tina Chase Gillmor
chatheads on android is very good part of messenger - Kevin Marks
Laura - It's funny how now we have to go through a long list of tools to get in touch with particular people - Tina Chase Gillmor
I would love your twitter handles in this group....@tonyatmatc - Tony Stanislawski
I know lots of people who don't use FB messenger, too. - Laura Norvig
@LNorvig but I don't tweet much. Need to fix that. - Laura Norvig
rape NOT pleasurable - Tina Chase Gillmor
Robert, has any major nonprofit that works on this issue contacted you to work with them? - Laura Norvig
It's individual. Can't make a blanket statement! - Laura Norvig
Oh dear God FORGET that guy - Tina Chase Gillmor
Kudos to Robert for sharing. Few people could do that effectively. I do wish that the abusers themselves started sharing their OWN guilt and shame, if they feel any. - Alex de Soto
The world is a fucked up place - Tony Stanislawski
It's incredible what Robert has been able to ahare - Tina Chase Gillmor
so pervasive... so deep - Tina Chase Gillmor
Yea @scoble - Tony Stanislawski
Great show guys! - Tony Stanislawski
Powerful stuff guys...#TGIF #fbomb #Jameson #family #thankful - J.C. Bouvier
Technology should be used to make conversations that matter more pervasive and filter out the knobs in the world that just troll and only add to the problem - Tony Stanislawski
hey, Tony… you're nearby! I'm @jromeh and have a list that might be helpful… - Jerome Hughes
I'm also in awe of your share, Robert and it's fantastic what you've allowed/encouraged others to share. - Laura Norvig
Thank you all! Glad I caught the show thanks to Twitter "notifications." ;) - Alex de Soto
Would really like an integrated backchannel so I didn't have to open two windows. - Frank Paynter
Frank - you and everyone else - Tina Chase Gillmor
Thanks Jerome! - Tony Stanislawski
As an aside, is anyone going to David Reed's presentation 12/15 in Palo Alto? - Frank Paynter
Godspeed to all! Have a great weekend. Robert would love to see some footage of the drone stuff today! - Tony Stanislawski
more info Frank? - Kevin Marks
you're welcome, Tony, and thanks to you and everybody for another great show! - Jerome Hughes
Guess I should figure out how to get Friendfeed of Facebook to notify me when program starts...since UStream just told me 30 minutes ago that a Gang will start in an hour - Dale Lature from Android
If im not seeing @SteveGillmor 's announcement on twitter while its in my current twitter viewport and I dont happen to scroll back far enough...I miss it, and thus the whole show.....grrrrrr - Dale Lature from Android
WOW amazing thanks for this show : - OneSocialScoop
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The past is never dead. It’s not even past. -
That's the way it used to be. - Todd Hoff
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Eerie Sound Detected Coming From Rosetta's Comet | IFLScience
Eerie Sound Detected Coming From Rosetta's Comet | IFLScience
It wants out. - Todd Hoff
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The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus -
The Illusion Machine That Teaches Us How We See - Issue 19: Illusions - Nautilus
"Over the 34 years since then, Sugihara has used his illusion machine to create and build more than 100 illusions: impossible objects such as a solid model of Escher’s staircase, and intuition-defying motions such as balls rolling uphill. “Sugihara has come up with systematic ways of playing with what happens when the rules of the vision system fall apart,” said Arthur Shapiro, a neuroscientist at American University in Washington, D.C. Part scientist and part artist, his work is helping to elucidate the basic mathematics underlying how our brains construct our world." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Just good business - ‘Cartell’ Chat Room Traders Boasted of Whacking FX Market - Bloomberg -
Just good business - ‘Cartell’ Chat Room Traders Boasted of Whacking FX Market - Bloomberg
"In an early morning chat, three senior currency traders at some of the world’s biggest banks weighed the pros and cons of admitting a fourth member to their private instant-message group. The traders -- from Citigroup Inc. (C), JPMorgan Chase & Co. and UBS AG (UBSN) -- had worked together for years to manipulate the $5.3 trillion-a-day currency market by sharing details of client orders and coordinating trading strategies, two people with knowledge of a global investigation into the foreign-exchange market said last year. While adding a new recruit would bolster their strength, they worried he couldn’t be trusted to put the group’s interests ahead of his firm’s. “Will he tell the rest of desk stuff,” Richard Usher, JPMorgan’s chief London-based dealer, wrote in the chat published yesterday by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. “Or god forbid his nyk,” he said, referring to the New York trading desk." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Does meat by definition have to come from an animal? Is synthetic "meat" really meat?
Only if it dreams of electric sheep - miki
eMooooo - Kevin Johnson from Android
emooji - Big Joe Silence
The Dalai Lama really needs to know. - Todd Hoff
I think the Dalai Lama would have to eat FauxFlesh(tm). In fact, if compassion is your goal then an all synth diet is the only choice to make. - Todd Hoff
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New AWS Tools for Code Management and Deployment -
I've worked on half a dozen or so build and deployment systems in my career, this looks pretty nice. #lockin - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism -
Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism
"No one in their wildest imagination, including economists and business people, ever imagined the possibility of a technology revolution so extreme in its productivity that it could actually reduce marginal costs to near zero, making products nearly free, abundant and absolutely no longer subject to market forces" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The point about this being the biggest change since the industrial revolution is a good one. And where we have experienced the change, in music, there's still no resolution. - Todd Hoff
in as much as most musicians can no longer make a living doing music... - Big Joe Silence
Correct. Though have they ever? - Todd Hoff
At this pong the disruption economy like Uber is a race to bottom for wages with the CEO making much money (at least to begin) - WarLord
yes, we did. many of us. now even many long-time professionals are struggling. - Big Joe Silence
Yep, this is the problem, WarLord - Todd Hoff
Big Joe Silence, What's different now? - Todd Hoff
a combination of things. predatory practices in the business side of things is a big part. publishers and labels and agents/promoters and content delivery middlemen, etc... getting some or all of your merchandise profits snatched away from you is a huge problem, since that's what many artists live on now. do you really want me to write a paper on this for you? we no longer get paid even what's agreed upon in contracts anymore. - Big Joe Silence
Yes, a paper would be a great. I think it would help people really understand what's going on. Though I'm guessing you weren't serious about that. I always thought labels stole, er, got most of the money? How can they take the merch deals? The dream was artists could remove the middlepersons and make money directly from their fans. It seems aggregators are hard to kill. - Todd Hoff
i was joking about writing a paper. duplicated effort, as this has been covered plenty by others over the past 15 years. major labels are on the way out, yes. as for DIY, doing that profitably takes capital that most musicians don't have unless they've already been at it as a successful business for at least 5-7 years. but the fact is even the venues demand a huge cut of merch profits, which is making it difficult to pay the bills, much less make any money. - Big Joe Silence
as for the aggregators, they've increasingly found themselves in a position of power and are abusing it. you can't really sell downloadable music without going through one or more of them and they tack on all kinds of contractual conditions/clauses and fees for the pleasure of letting them take an additional cut when you sell units. i don't remember physical distribution being this abusive back in the 80s or 90s. - Big Joe Silence
I don't really know anything about this, but to be on spotify and other services you can't go directly to them? - Todd Hoff - Taylor Swift Is the Music Industry. Interesting. She had the only album to sell more than a million records. “For a digital download, Taylor Swift will probably take home 50 percent of retail,” says Alice Enders, a London-based music industry analyst. “So that’s 50¢ or 60¢, a lot of money compared to a fraction of a penny,” she says. - Todd Hoff
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Space in Images - 2014 - 11 - Welcome to a comet -
Space in Images - 2014 - 11 - Welcome to a comet
"Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The image is a two-image mosaic. The full panoramic from CIVA will be delivered in this afternoon’s press briefing at 13:00 GMT/14:00 CET." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
that's crazy cool - Todd Hoff
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Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists : Nature News & Comment -
Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists : Nature News & Comment
"Companies selling ‘probiotic’ foods have long claimed that cultivating the right gut bacteria can benefit mental well-being, but neuroscientists have generally been sceptical. Now there is hard evidence linking conditions such as autism and depression to the gut’s microbial residents, known as the microbiome. And neuroscientists are taking notice — not just of the clinical implications but also of what the link could mean for experimental design." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The gorillas at SF Zoo are mourning the death of Kabibe. Their emotion is touching & heartbreaking. Po baby :-(
:( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:( - Anne Bouey
Sad for the survivors. :( - Steve C Team Marina
:( - SAM
And hogwash to all the scientists that tell me animals have no feelings. - Janet
scientists have yet to prove scientists have feelings. - Todd Hoff
Janet, I know this debate has gone on forever, but I think the majority of articles I've read about animals and feelings, by scientists, actually supports that they do have them. Maybe these are PETA scientists/anthropologists??? - AHnix (Anna Haro)
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artificial intelligence is a tool, not a threat - Rethink Robotics -
artificial intelligence is a tool, not a threat - Rethink Robotics
"Recently there has been a spate of articles in the mainstream press, and a spate of high profile people who are in tech but not AI, speculating about the dangers of malevolent AI being developed, and how we should be worried about that possibility. I say relax. Chill.  This all comes from some fundamental misunderstandings of the nature of the undeniable progress that is being made in AI, and from a misunderstanding of how far we really are from having volitional or intentional artificially intelligent beings, whether they be deeply benevolent or malevolent." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Can land a flea on a BB as it is shot out of a gun, but can't keep a live feed going.
At scale is hard. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
lol - Todd Hoff
A science live stream crashed by to much attention can't be all bad. - Johnny from iPhone
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High-fat diet postpones brain aging in mice | KurzweilAI -
High-fat diet postpones brain aging in mice | KurzweilAI
"A new Danish-led research suggests that signs of brain aging can be postponed in mice if they are placed on a high-fat diet. The finding may one day allow for developing treatments for children suffering from premature aging and patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The new research project, headed by the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, and the National Institute of Health, studied mice having a defect in their DNA repair system, resulting in a Cockayne syndrome. Putting the mice on a high-fat diet postponed aging processes such as impaired hearing and weight loss. In humans, this defect causes patients to prematurely age as children and die at an age of 10–2 years." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
My brain will live forever - MoTO: #TeamMarina
oh good, i will go back to chowing down on Blue Castello then. - Laura Norvig
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Janet Wiles at ASSC18: Panpsychism Workshop (July 2014) - YouTube -
Consciousness is integrated information. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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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
Yay, finally got github to integrate with Xcode. Not an obvious setup at all. You have to tell a project to use git, the git repository shouldn't have a readme file or anything in it, you have to use source code control to add a remote repository, then commit while selecting the remote repository. I want down so many blind alleys it's embarrassing. Using git from Xcode is pretty nice. I'm surprised they don't have a revert back to a previous commit command. That's often quite useful. - Todd Hoff
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Rosetta #CometLanding webcast on Livestream -
Rosetta #CometLanding webcast on Livestream
"Hear our comet sing Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. The comet seems to be emitting a ‘song’ in the form of oscillations in the magnetic field in the comet’s environment. It is being sung at 40-50 millihertz, far below human hearing. To make the music audible to the human ear, the frequencies have been increased in this recording:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Is there anything you've banned from your home?
(an ultimatum you're clearly given your SO &/or kids) - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
All Disney TV/toy stuff and pumpkin anything. - Anika
Humans - Mo Kargas
Anything plaid. (Clothing and home décor items) - Janet
So kilts are right out. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Lilies - Marie
No, but it's a good idea, I'm in a banning mood. - Todd Hoff
9BEDBUGS ARE BANNED (i.e., furniture from the street) - Meg VMeg
I live alone, but firearms (unless you're an on-duty member of the police or armed forces,) which has cost me at least one friend who couldn't understand why I didn't want him carrying his unlicensed firearm (without a concealed carry permit) in my house. - Jennifer Dittrich
Skittles. - Jenny H. from Android
Chewing gum. - Maitani
Sex - yuvarlakkafa from Android
(Was not aware of the skittle ban. Was also not aware of skittles.) - Eivind
Also the words "stupid" and "idiot". - Melly - #TeamMarina
squidgy, sticky toys... - Marina's Godmother :-)
As the child of a hoarder, I've long banned newspapers from my house. Except now that I'm packing to move, I'm breaking my own ban & collecting newspaper for packing material :-P - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
For kids, I've banned the words gay and fat as insults. I've banned Grand Theft Auto and almost all first-person shooter games. I've banned pro wrestling from the TV. I've banned music by R Kelly & Chris Brown. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Durian and stinky tofu. - Jessie
Starmama: out of curiosity, which FPSes aren't banned? - Mark Trapp from iPhone
Whining. - Rodfather from Android
firearms, Durian (my wife laughs at me when i say this, no one can stop her), illicit drugs (i personally have no problem with pot or hash, but i'll be damned if i'll let any of my family get busted for possession cos someone came into our house with it), tracts, GOP/Tea Party ANYTHING, hate speech (wait, i think i just said that), physical violence for anything other than defensive purposes, modern "country" music, pan pipes, boy bands, auto-erotic asphyxiation, nuclear weapons, stinky cheese... - Big Joe Silence
Blurred Lines. - Melly - #TeamMarina from FFHound!
Nope. - Steele Lawman
Mark: Men in Black & Spawn & a dinosaur hunting one I forgot the name of. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Onions!! - Tamara J. B.
Starmama: ah, interesting, thanks! - Mark Trapp
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Ancient British Late Iron Age Celtic Stone Carving of a Human Head - 100 BC -
Ancient British Late Iron Age Celtic Stone Carving of a Human Head - 100 BC
Ancient British Late Iron Age Celtic Stone Carving of a Human Head - 100 BC
"An enigmatic late Iron Age stone head sculpture, dating to the 1st century BC - 1st century AD. This imposing sculpture is of characteristically stylized form, carved with a slit mouth, defined ears and hairline. The life sized head is depicted with an intense, even discordant facial expression. The intentional simplicity and earthiness of the features are hallmarks of the type. The base appears to have been modified during the Roman period as it is inscribed in the Latin Alphabet with the letters LR. Stone carved heads such as this piece are found throughout the areas of Europe once inhabited by the Celts, they are particularly prevalent in Britain and Ireland." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
People looked a lot different back then. - Todd Hoff
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People Tend To Prefer Healthy-Looking Leaders Over Smart-Looking Ones: Study -
People Tend To Prefer Healthy-Looking Leaders Over Smart-Looking Ones: Study
People Tend To Prefer Healthy-Looking Leaders Over Smart-Looking Ones: Study
""[H]ealthy facial coloration, mostly as a consequence of diet, seems to be very important for people's perception of leaders," lead author Brian Spisak, an assistant professor at the VU University Amsterdam's Department of Management and Organization, told The Huffington Post about the findings." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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How the 60kg WarkaWater makes water out of air - SocialStory -
How the 60kg WarkaWater makes water out of air - SocialStory
How the 60kg WarkaWater makes water out of air - SocialStory
"WarkaWater is an autotype of several efficient biological structures found in nature. It adopts the integrated fog collection system of the cactus, for instance. Cacti are drought-tolerant plants found in arid regions, yet they thrive in this environment. The plant is composed of clusters of conical spines and trichomes (hair-like structures found in plants like thistles) containing three integrated regions that, together, enable fog collection. The second natural life of importance is yet another desert-dweller, the Namibian Beetle. This particular beetle’s wings are covered with hydrophilic bumps of nanoscopic scale, whereas the sides of the bumps are hydrophobic. It allows the beetle to collect water on its wings, which slides down into its mouth. The structure is highly efficacious for fog collection, and the primary means through which the beetle survives in this climate. WarkaWater also uses what is known as the Lotus effect in its fabrics. The effect refers to the... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Organic Tomato Farm’s Soils Produce High Yields During Terrible Drought | Big Picture Agriculture -
Organic Tomato Farm’s Soils Produce High Yields During Terrible Drought | Big Picture Agriculture
"Charles Benbrook reports about an organic tomato farm in California and its amazing success even during last summer’s terrible drought. The numbers he includes in this article of tomato yields and rainfall are astounding in a positive good-news way for producers of every kind, everywhere. He attributes this tomato production “miracle” to the organic soil health of the long-standing farm. (Although, I suspect because it is “Northern California-coastal” it is also receiving some moisture in the way of fogs.) Then, he warns growers that if they wish to be resilient in future weather-stresses expected from climate change, they need to establish similar soils in their own growing fields." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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