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Amit Patel
Powerful, potentially damaging storm to bring very heavy rainfall and high winds to Northern California : California Weather Blog -
Powerful, potentially damaging storm to bring very heavy rainfall and high winds to Northern California : California Weather Blog
Powerful, potentially damaging storm to bring very heavy rainfall and high winds to Northern California : California Weather Blog
"One additional thought: near-shore ocean temperatures off the coast of California remain exceptionally warm, which has been contributing to California’s record warmth this year. As witnessed during last week’s storm, these warm ocean waters have also led to a local increase in near-shore atmospheric instability during convective regimes and may also be acting as a source of additional lower-atmospheric moisture during storm events this winter. Thus, it’s possible that these exceptionally warm ocean temperatures could modestly boost precipitation rates associated with the upcoming heavy precipitation event, especially near the coast." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
It was definitely warm on the coast today. Some big waves too. - Todd Hoff
Oh good - Louis Gray
Andrew C (✔)
The End of ‘The Newsroom’ Is Bringing Out the Worst in Aaron Sorkin « -
"I come to bury Aaron Sorkin, not to praise him. With only one episode left before the end of The Newsroom, Sorkin managed to produce an episode of the series that exemplified all of its worst tendencies, to such an extreme that it may make it impossible for me to take anything he writes or has written seriously ever again. That was the praise part." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Turdlike. Heh. - Kristin
I liked it. But I like words. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Can Fear Be Erased? - Scientific American -
Can Fear Be Erased? - Scientific American
"When University of Bonn psychologist Monika Eckstein designed her latest published study, the goal was simple: administer a hormone into the noses of 62 men in hopes that their fear would go away. And for the most part, it did. The hormone was oxytocin, often called our “love hormone” due to its crucial role in mother-child relationships, social bonding, and intimacy (levels soar during sex). But it also seems to have a significant antianxiety effect. Give oxytocin to people with certain anxiety disorders, and activity in the amygdala—the primary fear center in human and other mammalian brains, two almond-shaped bits of brain tissue sitting deep beneath our temples—falls." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
A fearless world is on the horizon. - Todd Hoff
And I thought my Otrivin addiction was hard to kick. - Ken Morley
Todd Hoff
The disgusting truth behind these beautifully-hypnotic ancient towers | Road Trip - Discover Your America with Roadtrippers -
"The abandoned towers in Isfahan, Iran feature a honeycomb-designed interior, which was beautifully constructed for a pretty gross purpose. No two towers were built alike, they're all designed differently. Each tower was built to house between 5,000 and 7,000 pigeons. Why? To collect their droppings for fertilizer. Pigeons were often prey during the nighttime, so the towers provided them protection." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Some beautiful pics that didn't want to be included. - Todd Hoff
WOW, Marvelous Photos, I have passed a lots of time by them but never viewed inside any. That was a nice report. Thanks man. - abifar
It's amazing so much effort was expended to collect fertilizer. - Todd Hoff
Not unusual. Fertilizer is a big deal. They actually sailed to islands to collect bird and bat guano and fortunes were made selling it. The discovery of the Haber Process to synthesize nitrogen fertilizer was one of the great turning points. - Spidra Webster
So maybe we have it wrong. The great pyramids were just great shit collecting machines :-) - Todd Hoff
Disgustingly awesome! - Ken Morley
The precious stone used to make a body of the Scarab/Eagle pendant found in Tutankhamun’s tomb was long identified as chalcedony, a variety of quartz. New research shows it's a tektite, sand molten by the impact of a meteorite. -
The precious stone used to make a body of the Scarab/Eagle pendant found in Tutankhamun’s tomb was long identified as chalcedony, a variety of quartz. New research shows it's a tektite, sand molten by the impact of a meteorite.
The greenish gemstone is in fact a nature-made droplet of glass. It once rained down on the Libyan desert and was found by people some 3,000 years ago. - ⓒⓔⓐ from Bookmarklet
Надо же, я буквально на днях писал про эту брошь, и как раз в контексе зеркал (; а теперь ещё и такая связь со "стеклом" - ⓒⓔⓐ
It never occurred to me before that Egyptians (or people there abouts) invented glass because they had seen natural examples. - Todd Hoff
^ I am not sure that Egyptians were triggered by these meteorite examples in starting their glass making :) The latter is usually a collateral of metallurgical production, and Egyptians knew how to smelt copper and tin for ages. The temperature in the forges is high enough to occasionally bump into a discovery that certain minerals do melt too, and that one can do many interesting things with this heated semi-liquid mass. - ⓒⓔⓐ
Stephen Mack
Homework time. My daughter Sophie has a question and needs 10 yes or no answers. Her question is, "Do you like pizza?"
(Gah, sideways.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yes. - Katy S
Yes - Meg VMeg from Android
Yes! - Jenica from iPhone
No! Oh, who am I kidding? Yes! - Kristin
Oui. Uh...Yes. - Spidra Webster
She needs to publish these results, obviously! :) - Lo
Thanks all! 10 answers in 18 minutes. She's now tabulating, graphing, and publishing (to her teacher, anyway). Kristin, she had to think about how to treat your answer. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Yes! - Louis Gray
No - Todd Hoff
Too late, polling is closed. Conclusion: 100% of everybody likes pizza. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The words "she had to think about" mark a good homework assignment. - Bruce Lewis
It was rigged! - Todd Hoff
For the record I think Joe cheated on the quiz. - Steve C Team Marina
Thinking is good! ;) - Kristin from iPhone
She should have asked a more controversial question like do you like kittens. Lol. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Eric - ill subliminal
Hello - Marie
I couldn't pick them this week in the football pool. - Todd Hoff
They're not Detroit - Elena
Isn't that where the other Hellmouth is? - Steven Perez
Todd Hoff
"The Scaffolding of Our Universe is Being Slowly Swallowed by Dark Energy" -
"The Scaffolding of Our Universe is Being Slowly Swallowed by Dark Energy"
Which side are you on? Dark energy or dark matter? - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Draw Yourself Happy: Drawing, Creativity + Your Brain - Print Magazine -
Draw Yourself Happy: Drawing, Creativity + Your Brain - Print Magazine
"Now empirical evidence confirms what many of us have felt all along, Drawing and making art are good for you. Making art positively affects the brain and enhances stress resistance. In a peer-reviewed article, “How Art Changes Your Brain: Differential Effects of Visual Art Production and Cognitive Art Evaluation on Functional Brain Connectivity”, the authors stated that their research was the first to demonstrate the neural effects of visual art production on psychological resilience in adulthood." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
The Hyperloop Is 'Insane,' Says Head of Hyperloop Design Program - CityLab -
The Hyperloop Is 'Insane,' Says Head of Hyperloop Design Program - CityLab
OK, so why don't I mind flying in a metal tube through the air yet I'm terrified of flying in a metal tube on the ground? - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Because running into a cloud is less scary then running into the walls that surround you on the ground. Proximity of instant death is my guess. ^ - Steve C Team Marina
Isn't death going to happen in either case? - Todd Hoff
Yep but it's 30,000 feet out of view versus a foot away. That's my theory and i'm sticking to it. :) - Steve C Team Marina
It makes sense. I just don't think I do. - Todd Hoff
Somewhat less likely you'll encounter a duck in an evacuated tube. - Ken Morley
Probably the only thing that freaks me out a little is the fact that the tube has to cross the San Andreas multiple times. - Victor Ganata
Is that a major fault of the design? - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business - The Washington Post -
How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business - The Washington Post
"The funny thing is that this supposed imperative to “maximize” a company’s share price has no foundation in history or in law. Nor is there any empirical evidence that it makes the economy or the society better off. What began in the 1970s and ’80s as a useful corrective to self-satisfied managerial mediocrity has become a corrupting, self-interested dogma peddled by finance professors, money managers and over-compensated corporate executives. Let’s start with some history." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"Martin argues it is no coincidence that companies that have maintained a strong customer focus — think Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble — have consistently done better for their shareholders than companies which claim to put shareholders first. The reason is that customer focus minimizes undue risk taking and maximizes reinvestment over the long run, creating a larger pie from which everyone benefits. - Todd Hoff
Short term gain, long term failure. - Eric - ill subliminal
Todd Hoff
Wanderers - Still Image Gallery - Imgur -
Wanderers - Still Image Gallery - Imgur
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"This is a gallery with stills from my short film "Wanderers", which can be seen in full here: For more information please visit the website: Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea with the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there. CREDITS: VISUALS - Erik Wernquist - MUSIC - Cristian Sandquist - WORDS AND VOICE - Carl Sagan COLOR GRADE - Caj Müller/Beckholmen Film -... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
The Yin-Yang of Polar Sea Ice - NASA Science -
The Yin-Yang of Polar Sea Ice - NASA Science
"It comes as no surprise, therefore, when researchers announce as they did this past September that Arctic sea ice extent is still below normal, continuing a years-long downward trend, covering less and less of the north polar seas with a frozen crust. On the heels of that announcement, came another, a little more puzzling.  While Arctic sea ice was melting, Antarctic sea ice was at an all-time high.  In 2014, sea ice surrounding Antarctica covered more of the southern oceans than it has since satellite record began in the late 1970s. Is this also a sign of global warming?    "There is no doubt that climate change is real," says Walt Meier of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  "The two poles are just responding in their own unique way to the same global phenomenon."" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Desert Cities: Luca Curci suggests a sustainable way to live in the Middle East | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building -
Desert Cities: Luca Curci suggests a sustainable way to live in the Middle East | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
"Italian firm Luca Curci Architects explores what life could be like in the Middle East with a new interpretation of sustainable desert living. Desert Cities is a concept for a development based on a nodal network with small to large-scale living options that are all built upon the concept of maximizing resources to minimize environmental impact." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Leave It to Beavers ~ Full Episode | Nature | PBS - in which you learn the complete total awesomeness of beavers. -
"A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Have you watched this yet? It's awesome. - Todd Hoff
Not yet? You still have time. - Todd Hoff
Beaver teeth are orange because they contain iron for strength. Beavers are vegetarians so it's easy for them travel great distance in search of a pond location/mate. The landscape we see was shaped in large part by beavers. They were nearly trapped into extinction, but fashions changed and they survived. They mate for life. They store food underwater for the winter. During the winter... more... - Todd Hoff
Sean McBride
Hot VC Firm Led By Palantir's Cofounder Just Raised $500 Million | Business Insider -
Hot VC Firm Led By Palantir's Cofounder Just Raised $500 Million | Business Insider
"Formation 8, one of the hottest and youngest VC firms in Silicon Valley, has just raised a second fund of $US500 million on Wednesday. The San Francisco firm, founded in 2011, has been on a hot streak lately. It made big returns with its early investments in Oculus VR (acquired by Facebook for $US2 billion) and RelateIQ (acquired by for $US390 million). Its founders include Joe Lonsdale, cofounder of Palantir; Jim Kim, former general partner at Khosla Ventures; and Brian Koo, the grandson of LG Electronics’ founder." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
We have a lot of dirt on you guys. We'll need $500 million to make it go away. Let's call it "funding". - Todd Hoff
Palantir knows a thing or two about this and that. - Sean McBride
Victor Ganata
No one actually believes in justice, really. Fuck all this shit.
That's so unjust of you to say. - Todd Hoff
they only believe in "Justice for me and people that affect me" - Me
Todd Hoff
Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube -
Hard to describe. It's a little root, blues, and country perhaps? But it has a delicacy I found entrancing. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Weizmann Scientists Pinpoint The Reason Brains Age | Health News -
Weizmann Scientists Pinpoint The Reason Brains Age | Health News
Weizmann Scientists Pinpoint The Reason Brains Age | Health News
"That is how they identified a strikingly unique “signature of aging” that exists solely in the choroid plexus – not in the other organs. They discovered that one of the main elements of this signature was interferon beta – a protein that the body normally produces to fight viral infection. This protein appears to have a negative effect on the brain: When the researchers injected an antibody that blocks interferon beta activity into the cerebrospinal fluid of the older mice, their cognitive abilities were restored, as was their ability to form new brain cells. The scientists were also able to identify this unique signature in elderly human brains. The scientists hope that this finding may, in the future, help prevent or reverse cognitive decline in old age, by finding ways to rejuvenate the “immunological age” of the brain." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
J.S. Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 - YouTube -
Best music ever written? - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Patrick Dougherty’s Twig Sculptures | Amusing Planet -
Patrick Dougherty’s Twig Sculptures | Amusing Planet
"North Carolina-based artist Patrick Dougherty has gained an international reputation for weaving tree saplings into massive, swirling forms that resemble bird nests as high as 40 feet. His sculptures are temporary, owning to the nature of the materials used, and break down after a year or two in the wild. A post-graduate in Hospital and Health Administration, Patrick started studying art history and sculpture at the University of North Carolina, where he began learning about primitive techniques of building, and applying his carpentry skills with his love of nature started to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. His first artwork was his house. Collecting fallen branches, rocks and old timber, Dougherty built a villa where he still lives with his wife and son. Incidentally, his house is his only permanent work. Over the last thirty years, he has built over 230 of these works, that have been seen worldwide---from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Youtube used 32-bit signed integers to store how many times a video has been played. Seems reasonable? But … Gangnam Style.
64 bit unsigned for all counters. It's a life lesson - Todd Hoff from iPhone
Todd Hoff
"The last decade of the 20th century has been witness to a revolution in the application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper folding. In this talk, Robert Lang, who is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world, will describe how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems—specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps—and along the way, enabled origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism, some of which you’ll see. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have both shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and solved practical engineering problems, leading, for example, to safer airbags, Brobdingnagian space telescopes, and more." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Morton Fox
Repaired a seam on a reusable shopping bag. Actually no idea why I bothered since these things are often given away free anyway.
That's unseamly - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
Don't Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy | TechCrunch -
"Most programming doesn't require a special brain, but it's more frustrating and messier than anyone lets on. There are thousands of enthusiastic blog posts, classes and apps that aim to entice you with the promise of a slick, unequivocal procedure for learning to code. They rarely mention the tedium of getting your environment set up (which, trust me, even the nicest of your programmer friends don't want to help you with, because that stuff is mad frustrating and nobody remembers how they did it). They don't tell you that a lot of programming skill is about developing a knack for asking the right questions on Google and knowing which code is best to copy-paste. And they don't let you in on a big secret: that there is no mastery, there is no final level. The anxiety of feeling lost and stupid is not something you learn to conquer, but something you learn to live with." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Learning code is easy. Doing anything useful with it is the hard thing. - Johnny
+1 johnny - Todd Hoff
This Is What Really Happens To Your Body When You Practice “Intermittent Fasting.” | Collective-Evolution -
This Is What Really Happens To Your Body When You Practice “Intermittent Fasting.” | Collective-Evolution
How timely, this is a fast day for me :-) Though I remember reading it takes two days of fasting to kick in stem cell regeneration. - Todd Hoff
I have been practicing 5:2 for nearly 2 years now and have achieved unbelievable results -- it actually works -- on many levels. I enthusiastically recommend it to everyone. The early fast days can be very difficult but they become increasingly easy to handle. I actually look forward to them now -- they're a breeze. Weight control with 5:2 is a snap -- you acquire total, pinpoint command. - Sean McBride
Do you want to become fully educated about food and diet? -- do intermittent fasting for at least six months -- you'll be forced to learn and to reboot and reset all your bad eating habits. - Sean McBride
What changes have you noticed? - Todd Hoff
A few changes -- 1. lost 55 pounds easily in less than 6 months (from 235 to 180 -- I'm 6'1") 2. find it easy to keep the weight off (haven't regained a single pound for many months now) 3. naturally eat much less on non-fast days now -- crave less food in general 4. now eat much higher quality food on all days -- fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meats -- much less carbohydrates,... more... - Sean McBride
Bottom line: 5:2 and other regimes of intermittent fasting can hard kickstart you into a entirely new and more healthy way of eating on all days. It worked for me and it has worked for others I know who have tried it. I do know a few people, however, who lacked the self-discipline to get through the first few weeks of fasting on 2 days -- that's the tricky part. You need to find the... more... - Sean McBride
Doing 5:2 for a few months will fully open one's eyes: the way that most Americans eat is crazy and self-destructive -- we eat much more than we need to feel full, healthy and strong. Standard restaurant servings are insane. We are killing ourselves with food. We need a major revolution in the American diet. - Sean McBride
Sean, all these physical details almost convince me you are not a bot :-) Good to hear it's working for you and I agree with the eating insanity. Though I'm confused, how is eating 600 calories a fast? I think a 600 calorie fat fast would be quite doable. - Todd Hoff
Actually, 600 calories a day can be a feast if you plan correctly. :) Staying within that limit certainly taught me the value of a calorie and how to squeeze the most pleasure and satisfaction from each and every one. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff
The reason our universe isn't a simulation is because it doesn't have magic. Any computer simulation would have a command and control interface, which we would naively call magic. Our world seems decidedly physics bound, so we are not in a simulation. Does that make you happy or sad?
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I think you forgot one thing, only programer has access to command interface, not elements of simulation or players.....Not having access to magic does not mean there is no magic. - abifar
All you need to know is the protocol, so it can be anyone. Magic is what we would consider that protocol. And we don't see magic by now I'm betting it doesn't exist. - Todd Hoff
Maybe the universe has not needed to use magic yet. Perhaps in a couple trillion more years. The universe is but a baby at only 13.798 billion years, and it isn't old enough, yet. - Joe
I am not so sure if quantum processes aren't magic what is ? Holographic universe experiment begins. - Eric Logan
While the quantum world is mind bendingly mysterious, it follows natural laws in the same way all our other laws do. They are discoverable, that are bounded, they are limited, they make predictions. Magic is different. Magic is the ability to treat the fabric of reality itself as programmable. - Todd Hoff
I don't think we know enough to know if it's programmable. They just disproved a fractal universe. We already know that random patterns are not really random just a computational problem. Computers will reach Planck scale at some point which means we could theoretically create simulations in the future that are indistinguishable from our present reality. How do we know that it hasn't already been done ? - Eric Logan
Agreed, it can't be proven, but if it were programmable via some sort of command and control interface we would have discovered it already. In Star Wars this is my conjecture about what the Force is really, it's an ancient command and control system rediscovered and misunderstood by lesser beings. The reason I'm saying we aren't in a simulation because there's isn't the magic that would... more... - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Why are these clowns winning? Secrets of the right-wing brain - -
"True, we find some support for the traditional “rigidity-of-the-right” hypothesis, but it is also true that liberals could be characterized on the basis of our overall profile as relatively disorganized, indecisive and perhaps overly drawn to ambiguity — all of which may be liabilities in mass politics and other public and professional domains. This statement underscores the point that liberal cognitive tendencies can be as problematic in their way as conservative ones are." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"But modern cognitive science teaches us that our brains are much more fundamentally shaped by the need to make persuasive arguments, which only require the appearance of rational argument." - Todd Hoff
"The congruence with Mooney’s argument is obvious: There’s a clear kinship between logos and the Enlightenment model of reason on the one hand, and mythos and persuasion on the other. If conservatives under George W. Bush once again proved themselves incompetent in the logos of governing, liberals under Obama proved themselves incompetent in its mythos. " - Todd Hoff
Andy Bakun
RT @mc_hankins: 'Could you fax over a copy?' 'No, I can't fax because of where I live' 'Where do you live?' 'The 21st century'
lol - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Limestone 'Venus' 23,000 years old dug up in France | The Japan Times -
Limestone 'Venus' 23,000 years old dug up in France | The Japan Times
"A limestone statuette of a shapely woman some 23,000 years old has been discovered in northern France in what archaeologists Thursday described as an “exceptional” find. Archaeologists stumbled on the Paleolithic-era sculpture during a dig in the summer in Amiens, the first such find in a half-century.   “The discovery of this masterpiece is exceptional and internationally significant,” said Nicole Phoyu-Yedid, the head of cultural affairs in the area, on showing the find to the media." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I'll take their word for it. It kind of looks like eroded rock to me. - Todd Hoff
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