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Ken Gidley
Ridley Scott to Bring Andy Weir's 'The Martian' to Life in 2015 -
Ridley Scott to Bring Andy Weir's 'The Martian' to Life in 2015
Very cool! Congrats to Andy! - Ken Gidley from Bookmarklet
Andy is a friend of a friend, published this book (his first!) last year, and quit his day job to pursue writing full time. - Ken Gidley
Book has gotten rave reviews, and NYT bestseller status when it debuted (#12). - Ken Gidley
Finally got around to reading this - once I started, it read very quickly, hard to put down. 5 stars. :) - Ken Gidley
I need to read this. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephen, I'll see if I can do a Kindle 'loan' for you. - Ken Gidley
Bah, not enabled for lending - but it's only $5.99 for Kindle version right now. - Ken Gidley
Great book. - Amit Patel
Red Planet seems to be similar - Todd Hoff
I enjoyed it and would definitely watch a screen adaptation. - Jenny H. from Android
Todd Hoff
Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity | The Scientist Magazine® -
Sewage Bacteria Linked to Obesity | The Scientist Magazine®
"McLellan, along with Mitchell Sogin of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and their colleagues, gathered samples from sewage treatment plants in 71 different cities with varying obesity rates—from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with an obesity rate of 13.5 percent to St. Joseph, Missouri, with a rate of 37.4 percent. Sure enough, bacteria such as Bacteroidaceae were found in greater abundance in the locales with the relatively high obesity rates. “If we had a city with a higher percentage of obese people, we would see a higher percentage of the kinds of bacteria associated with obesity,” McLellan told Inside Science. The correlation was even able to predict whether a city was lean or obese with 80- to 90-percent accuracy." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
explains a lot ... more than we want to know, perhaps #junkfood #processedfood #foodlikeproducts - Gregory Lent
Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression. Acceptance.
I don't think I will reach that final stage. - Jim #teamFFrank from Yoono
Denial. Anger. Bargaining. Depression - virus
some active work in the Bargaining stage - Kevin Johnson
I read the last sentence as "Close to learn more." - Stephen Mack
I think I may be in stage 1. Or 0. - Micah
Internet Dad (Denial Anxiety Depression). - Kristin
Daughter knows me well. - Micah from FFHound!
Isn't Rebellion after Acceptance? - Todd Hoff
Depression - Pea Bukowski from Flucso
The acceptance is a lie. - lris
The hell with acceptance. - Steven Perez
Victor Ganata
LOL, so… Ello?
Is it any good? - Todd Hoff
Just joined. Gotta be better than Facebook. - Technodad
It's okay-ish. Sorta. - Jed
The UI/UX is absolutely dreadful, and it doesn't really have the rooms/groups features you can get here. Wonder if Diaspora is still a thing? - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Ello is crickets for me, but I am not following many artsy people. - Joe
Todd Hoff
U.S. GDP - 50% from orange areas
What would a political influence map look like? Thank you constitution. - Todd Hoff
Hot spots: the locations which provide the most funding for the Democratic and Republican Parties. - Sean McBride
Bay Area is nice - Todd Hoff
ггг... я всегда был уверен, что наш вашингтончик просирает GDP, а на этой картинке - производит. распечатать и гордиться. - слово с корнем моск
Todd Hoff
In 125 years, millions of people have looked at this painting. No one really saw it until now. - Banoosh -
In 125 years, millions of people have looked at this painting. No one really saw it until now. - Banoosh
"Even in his darkest time, Van Gogh was able to capture — eerily accurately — one of nature’s most complex and confusing concepts … 100 years before scientists began to scratch the surface." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
That's So CAJ!
Just sorted some work into three categories and could resist making them Good, Bad and Ugly. Any other three-way designations you can think of?
Ooh Weee! (I don't regret a thing) - MoTO Boychick Devil
Well, that went the direction I expected as I typed "three-way" earlier. And FAST! :) - That's So CAJ!
Well played. *golf clap* - That's So CAJ!
Father, son, holy ghost; low, medium, high; up, down, all around; - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
A reason Amazon search may suck: authors are filling amazon with crap content. I listened to a youtube video that said their model to make money on amazon was to produce a children's book a week. Which is possible given current tools and ebook publishing. So you make a little money on each book but you make it up in volume.
This is not unlike the blog publishing strategies of frequent content updates to get more page views. Well, this is essentially a DDoS attack on the search algorithm. Which may be why Amazon search sucks. - Todd Hoff
OK you guys. I'm making this thread so we can talk about Empire after you get a chance to see it, but we can go ahead and discuss stop about the show right now. I won't spoil tonight for you, but it is GOOD AS FUCK.
Cookie is still my spirit animal. - Moniqua
I can't wait to see it! - vicster.
I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival in our timezone so I can finesse y'all with all the stuff I didn't say on Twitter earlier. - Moniqua
I'm watching the game so I'll check y'all out tomorrow after I watch it on demand :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I will likely watch it tomorrow morning on Hulu. In related news, I didn't know Taraji P. Henson is from DC until today. I love her even more now. - Corinne L
This show... oh man how I love thee. - kendrak
So is anyone watching in real time right now? - Moniqua
Yep. Wow. (edit) What an episode! I need to go to bed, but I can't wait to talk about this when y'all are caught up! - vicster.
Poor Andre. And judging from next week's preview, Lucius is closed-minded about mental illness, too. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Momo, you ain't never lied. That was a fantastic episode. #teamCookie - Corinne L
Everyone caught up? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
(I have the entire season on my DVR. You're saying I need to start watching it, right?) - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
So, what did Anika think she was doing? I can't believe her. - Moniqua from Android
She was hurt and wanted to get back at Lucius? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Cookie said fuck on broadcast TV. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Wait, what? When was that?? - Corinne L
I need to re-watch on Hulu because I died at "come take these Cookies!" - vicster. from FFHound!
When Malcolm was trying to get her in the car. I swear I heard it. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
watching it now. why did anika two time? - kendrak
Take. These. COOKAYS! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
He was like, "Cookie." She said, "That's my name. Take a bite." - Moniqua
Wait! When did she say fuck? I need to rewatch it. - Moniqua
I do too - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I watched the first episode and just never went back. No particular reason. I'll catch up eventually. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Porsha is great, but my favorite charterer is the ghetto studio engineer who is always eating Froot Loops. - kendrak from Android
Haha Kendra I like him too. He's cool business :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Watching again now. Finna find out if I heard wrong :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
omg, I love it. love love love. I loved when Hakeem was sweet-talking Anika. And poor Andre, and poor Andre's wife. Cookie is amazing. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Okay. If she's not telling Malcolm "aw man, fuck your rules", what is she saying? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Kendra, did you miss last week? Some shit went down you may need to check out. - Moniqua
I watched last week, but it didn't seem like that much shit. I mean the Beretti thing was like WHOA - kendrak
All caught up thanks to a little binge watching last night. Al and I love it. - SAM
I think she just wants to get back at Lucius for what she sees as extreme betrayal. He told her about the incident with Cookie, said he wouldn't do it again, and then did it again, and she had to find out from Cookie. That's moded on top of moded on top of moded. She's humiliated. - Moniqua
I guess the thing that's bugging me about this is that Cookie is this very fleshed out character, but Anika is just sort of there. I get why she's hurt but every time she's doing something underhanded or devious it just seems like there's not motivation from her. Like when she drugged Courtney Love. I got why she did it, but it just seemed contrived. That's on the writers though. - kendrak
Kendra, I'm with you re: Anika. I felt as if I was missing a scene between her finding out about Lucious's second round with Cookie and her decision to visit Billy Beretti. - Corinne L
Semi-related: I'm still highly amused that Danny Strong is one of the creators of this show. He made his acting career playing obnoxious turds on Buffy and Mad Men. ETA: Oh, he was on Gilmore Girls, too? Was he a little turd there, too? - Corinne L
Agreed about the difference between Anika & Cookie. Is that because there are mostly mens involved in writing the show? She's freakin' gorgeous, tho, Anika. I get so distracted ... - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
I think Danny Strong was Paris' boyfriend on GG. I remember him being nice, taking abuse from paris. Interesting on his metamorphisis: - Todd Hoff
Agree on Anika, on a show filled with great characters hers is the least well developed. Maybe we'll learn something later that makes sense of it? - Todd Hoff
Okay, just watched it again on my phone (I do so love living in the future, sometimes!). Cookie said, "break your rules." But it sounded close to "fuck". Also, that elevator scene made me cry. Again. And how Lucious wouldn't sign the 48-hour hold paperwork, not because Andre's wife was there but because he disowns anyone who behaves "abnormally". - vicster. from FFHound!
Todd Hoff
The Animaris Geneticus Bellus is a Walking 3D Printed Creature Born Through Evolution - -
The Animaris Geneticus Bellus is a Walking 3D Printed Creature Born Through Evolution -
The Animaris Geneticus Bellus is a Walking 3D Printed Creature Born Through Evolution -
"“The 3D printed Strandbeests continue to evolve and adapt to their environment,” Jansen writes. “The latest generation, Animaris Geneticus Bellus, has grown more elegant and efficient. It features optimized joints and slimmer legs resulting in a smooth walking motion. And thanks to its compact size it thrives in residential environments, walking along tables and flaunting on bookshelves. The mechanism is 3D printed completely assembled, and will work without further assembly right after birth from the printer.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Meg VMeg
Which bothers you more, clutter or dirt?
clutter - Mary Carmen
clutter. dirt is comparatively EASY to deal with. - Big Joe Silenced
dirt, but the clutter can't obstruct pathways - otherwise clutter - Kevin Johnson
What Kevin said. Clutter can be moved. Dirt gets into places. - bentley
dirt - ellbeecee
What kevin and bentley said. I can stand clutter to a point, I cant stand dirty. - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Definitely dirt. - rønin
oh god this is like chocolate or cheese, isn't it. No, wait, it's way worse than chocolate or cheese. - Catherine Pellegrino
The dirt is there because of clutter mainly. Not sure which I find worse though - Mr. The Jason Fleming from Android
dirt - Marianne
Is it clean dirt? - Micah
Yes, define dirt. - Todd Hoff
clutter - Soup in a TARDIS
Dirt is much smaller than clutter. It's particulate, or made of liquid/sludge/hair/crust (inferred germs). Dirt tends to be biotic. - Meg VMeg
Depends on where it is. For example the bathtub cluttered with toys doesn't bother me, but a dirty bathtub really bugs me. Clutter on the dining room table bother me more than a few crumbs on a clutter-free table. - Galadriel C. from Android
Yes. - Steven Perez
Dirt. - Jed
Dirt - Katy S
clutter - Tamara J. B.
Definitely dirt. Clutter is mess, but dirt is possibly unhygienic. - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm wondering if I hadn't said "liquid/sludge/hair/crust," and it were more sterile-seeming dots, like, a teensy bit more gross/biotic than dust....Not that you should weigh in again, it's just interesting. - Meg VMeg
even dust bothers me, if i let myself think about it for more than 2 seconds #onetoomanymicrobiologyclasses - Marianne
Clutter, for sure. - Jenny H. from Android
*twitch* must I choose? - Michael W. May
Clutter is the absolute worst, for me - Meg VMeg
Meg can never visit my office.... - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
how about when someone drops stuff and gets your clutter dirty? - Christina Pikas
Dirt. - Laura
Todd Hoff
Lessons From The Beginning Of Time : -
Lessons From The Beginning Of Time :
"Indeed, several experiments will collect data within the next few years to clarify the situation in great detail. We should expect to know fairly soon if there is a gravitational wave signal from the Big Bang, a ringing in the structure of space itself from an ultrafast expansion that lasted for fractions of a second, as if the cosmos was in a hurry to grow up. Whatever the verdict, waves or no waves, the news will be key to our understanding of the early universe." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
100 years ago, people were eating things that most of us will never taste. So what happened? -
100 years ago, people were eating things that most of us will never taste. So what happened?
"The fate of all those apple varieties is not uncommon. "In the last century, nearly 75% of our agricultural crops have disappeared. They're simply gone. Today, farmers primarily grow 12 crops. And of these, we mainly eat potatoes, rice, corn, and wheat."" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
UC Berkeley Unveils 9-Foot-Tall Pavilion, the Largest Powder-Based 3D Printed Structure Ever - -
UC Berkeley Unveils 9-Foot-Tall Pavilion, the Largest Powder-Based 3D Printed Structure Ever -
"The Bloom pavilion stands an incredible 9 feet tall, and features a footprint measuring 12 feet by 12 feet. It is built out of 840 separate, customized blocks, which were all 3D printed using an iron oxide-free Portland cement polymer formulation, which Rael himself developed with funding and support from the Siam Research and Innovation Co. Ltd. (SRI), the research and development division of Siam Cement Group (SCG). Additional support and materials were provided by Emerging Objects, a startup company co-founded by Rael and Virginia San Fratello, Entropy Resins, and 3D Systems." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Ports Gridlock Reshapes the Supply Chain - WSJ -
Ports Gridlock Reshapes the Supply Chain - WSJ
"More cargo is being shifted away from congested West Coast trade routes" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Dawn of the Cyborg Bacteria -
"In a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, two robotocists have harnessed the sensing, swimming, and swarming abilities of bacteria to power microscopic robots. Even though their work sounds like the prologue to a dark science fiction film, Ph.D. students Elizabeth Beattie and Denise Wong hope these initial experiments with nano bio-robots will provide a platform for future medical and micro-engineering endeavors." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
The Earth Has Been Hotter Than Average for 30 Years | The New Republic -
The Earth Has Been Hotter Than Average for 30 Years | The New Republic
"If you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average. Each month, the US National Climatic Data Center calculates Earth’s average surface temperature using temperature measurements that cover the Earth’s surface. Then, another average is calculated for each month of the year for the twentieth century, 1901-2000. For each month, this gives one number representative of the entire century. Subtract this overall 1900s monthly average—which for February is 53.9F (12.1C)—from each individual month’s temperature and you’ve got the anomaly: that is, the difference from the average." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Mark H
25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are -
25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are
"The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how many color nuances do you count?" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"You see less than 20 color nuances: you are a dichromats, like dogs, which means you have 2 types of cones only. You are likely to wear black, beige, and blue. 25% of the population is dichromat." - Mark H
"You see between 20 and 32 color nuances: you are a trichromat, you have 3 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green and red area). You enjoy different colors as you can appreciate them. 50% of the population is trichromat." - Mark H
"You see between 33 and 39 colors: you are a tetrachromat, like bees, and have 4 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green, red plus yellow area). You are irritated by yellow, so this color will be nowhere to be found in your wardrobe. 25% of the population is tetrachromat." - Mark H
Tested; wife could see 24 colours, I could see 35. - Mark H
36 colours, and it's true. I HATE YELLOW! :D - Deli Bedri from iPhone
39, but I actually do like yellow (I just look terrible in most yellow/orange, so I don't wear it.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I will admit that the yellow band is the one where I see the least variance - I know there are probably additional different shades, but don't distinguish as many. The blues? All over that. - Jennifer Dittrich
Here is another similar test interesting to do and it tells you what range you have trouble with. A low score it good. I got a 4 and my poor range is in the greens which surprised me. I would have guessed the reds. - Shannon - GlassMistress
^ Eek Shannon, this one is hurting my head! - Heleninstitches #teamff
i saw 38. - grizabella
I bet everyone's 4chromat ^^ - Alice Cooper
Interesting but not true. 3 cone enough to count 16 millions (2^24) colours. - ParaBellum from Android
Most People have 4 cones. 1 for grey, 1 for blue, 1 for green and 1 for red. Some people's red and Green cones mixed, so they can not recognize red and green. - ParaBellum from Android
37. By the way yellow is my favourite colour:) - mina_sydney from iPhone
33. Not a fan of yellow for clothing, but I do have yellow items in my kitchen and a few other places. Orange, on the other hand...ew. ETA: viewed the spectrum again on my tablet & got 39. Hmm. - Corinne L
My understanding is that you see greys with rods, color with cones. (Interesting: Wikipedia's article doesn't include a mention of a fourth cone variety, and since Wikipedia's always right...) [36, for what it's worth, and my wife says I have lousy color discrimination. No yellow in my wardrobe; that's for flowers.] - walt crawford
36, though since we can infer where a different color would be I'm not sure how accurate that is. - Todd Hoff
I saw about 37 bands, but "Professor" Diana Derval is an expert in "neuromarketing", aka "marketing". It's worth nothing that even though it's a PNG, there's what looks like JPG compression artifacts which introduce additional, unintended colors about a pixel wide. </grump> - Andrew C (✔)
Then again, she may have uploaded it as a PNG and LinkedIn's crappy CMS auto-converted it to a JPG, since the filename is "png" but it's actually a JPG anyways. - Andrew C (✔)
36. And that yellow is awfully bright. - bentley
BTW, wikipedia says maybe 2-3% of the population are tetrachromats, not 25%. </continued-grump> - Andrew C (✔)
2%, 25%... close enough, right? :P - Jennifer Dittrich
I see about 34, and I hate yellow! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
38, but I love yellow. - Heather
I'm sorry but some of you have been had: - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"some of you have been had" -- I think you mean we've been neuromarketed. - Andrew C (✔)
I figure any of this stuff is likely to be in the same bucket with the "learn your Meyers-Briggs Horoscope in 4 questions" and "Your IQ: BEST TEST EVER" tests. - Jennifer Dittrich
39? I wear grey. It's soothing. - Meg VMeg
39 shades of grey? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Andrew, are you neuromarketing me right now? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Book me as a headlining speaker to find out! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Jennifer+++ - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hey man, don't harsh my superiority buzz. - Meg VMeg
Shannon - GlassMistress
Confession: I just had to try making a black and white tree bead. It's a stolen concept but I couldn't resist
*adds more beads to wishlist* - Hookuh Tinypants
Great artists steal :-) - Todd Hoff
I couldn't help it .. I just couldn't ....but I'm thinking the judge isn't gonna buy that. I don't know if I can sell these in good conscious or not. I certainly wouldn't sell them anywhere that was in direct competition with the original maker. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Those are lovely. - SAM
Here's the original and its a gazillion times lovlier - Shannon - GlassMistress
omg, I want one!! are they on your etsy? (I like your shapes better) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Really nice S! - VALZONE#SCREWED
Stephanie I haven't posted them anywhere. I'm on the fence whether selling them is really ethical or not ... in the same breath I want to make more of them because I enjoyed the challenge. - Shannon - GlassMistress
lovely! - ~Courtney F
Can you contact the person you got the idea from, and ask their blessing to sell yours? - Jenica
Do you have a e-newsletter that you send out to regular customers with updates on your bead show appearances, new beads, special deals/Etsy coupon codes, etc.? This may be an item that your regulars would be interested in purchasing privately. - Corinne L
^ This. I mean, even if you feel like this is something you can't publicly sell, believe us when we say we love it and would totally buy (but keep it on the DL) your awesome beads. Honestly, I think that taking inspiration from someone's design and then working it to be your own style isn't unethical at all. Art begets art. You could do a whole series of these with different ginko leaves, maple leaves, owls, animal paw prints, etc. I would kill for a bead like this of a giant redwood. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
If you were directly copying, I could see not competing, but yours are different. (I like them better.) I think it's fine to sell them wherever, lots of people take inspiration from others. - Heather
Todd Hoff
We're doing some redecorating and I've learned about trim. Trim is placed over the ugliness that happens when two surfaces meet. Like a floor meets a wall, or where a window/door meets a wall. Code has lots of trim.
I forgot shims. Shims are inserts of various thicknesses that make things fit. Since buildings are rarely perfectly square, they also shift around over time, and even standard sizes are often not all that standard, shims are needed to raise the height of something or make for a tight fit. Code has lots of shims. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Tesla: The Origin Story - Business Insider -
Tesla: The Origin Story - Business Insider
"STRATEGY More: Longform Tesla Elon Musk Martin Eberhard The Making Of Tesla: Invention, Betrayal, And The Birth Of The Roadster DRAKE BAER NOV. 11, 2014, 5:06 PM 6,232 FACEBOOK LINKEDIN TWITTER GOOGLE+ PRINT EMAIL Mike Nudelman/Business Insider Tesla Motors probably shouldn't exist. The last successful American car startup was founded 111 years ago. It's called Ford. Barely a decade old, Tesla is already gigantic and adored. Its market capitalization hovers around $28 billion. Morgan Stanley calls it "the world's most important car company," and a 2014 nationwide survey found that Tesla's Model S was the "Most Loved Vehicle in America." So how has Tesla flourished where others have flopped? Today, everybody thinks Tesla was created by its charismatic CEO, Elon Musk, a PayPal cofounder who is the face of the company. The truth is way crazier than that. Tesla was the brainchild of a tiny band of obsessive Silicon Valley engineers who would go on to collaborate with — and collide with — the young billionaire. This is the tale of that collision." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
The Siberian crater saga is more widespread — and scarier — than anyone thought - The Washington Post -
The Siberian crater saga is more widespread — and scarier — than anyone thought - The Washington Post
Parts of Siberia are randomly bursting into flames? - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Is that snow colored white, or is it blue-ish? - Joe
Why are the aliens doing this? - Todd Hoff
They're trying to awaken Godzilla! - Big Joe Silenced from Android
Todd Hoff
In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge | Quanta Magazine -
In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge | Quanta Magazine
In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge | Quanta Magazine
"After several failed attempts to talk to the spies himself, Šeba asked his student to explain to them that he wasn’t a tax collector, or a criminal — he was simply a “crazy” scientist willing to trade tequila for their data. The men handed over their used papers. When the researchers plotted thousands of bus departure times on a computer, their suspicions were confirmed: The interaction between drivers caused the spacing between departures to exhibit a distinctive pattern previously observed in quantum physics experiments." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"Scientists now believe the widespread phenomenon, known as “universality,” stems from an underlying connection to mathematics, and it is helping them to model complex systems from the Internet to Earth’s climate." -- odd sense of things. Doesn't math have a connection to the phenomena? It's the outcome of the interaction of packets of things, which IMHO explains the connection to math without suggesting a more radical ontology. - Todd Hoff
Awesome! Thanks for sharing :) - RetiredTeacherD
Todd Hoff
David Keith Seminar Media — Blog of the Long Now -
David Keith Seminar Media — Blog of the Long Now
"Keith’s specific program would begin with balloon tests in the lower stratosphere (8 miles up) releasing just 100 grams of sulfuric acid—about the amount of particles in a few minutes of normal jet contrail. “If those studies confirm safety and effectiveness,” Keith said, “then we could begin gradual deployment as early as 02020 with three business jets re-engineered for high altitude. By 02030 you could have about ten aircraft delivering a quarter million tons of sulfur per year at a cost of $700 million.“ The amount of sulfur being released might be up to a million tons by 02070, but that would still be only one-eighth of what went into the stratosphere from the Mt. Pinatubo volcanic eruption in 01991, and one-fiftieth of what enters the lower atmosphere from our current burning of fossil fuels. By then we may have developed more sophisticated particles than sulfate. It could be diamond dust, or alumina, or even something like a nanoscale “photophoretic” particle designed by Keith that would levitate itself above the stratosphere." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
he App Store now offers nearly 1 million apps from 350,000 developers. Only 25 of those developers, including King (Candy Crush Saga) and Super Cell (Clash of Clans and Hay Day), make 50% of the revenue—approximately $60,000,000 per month.
It's amazing how persistent this phenomena is of a few garnering a large percentage of whatever is in play. - Todd Hoff
It's the power law, and applies in nature as well. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
That's the name given to the phenomena. Why does it happen is more interesting. - Todd Hoff
In general, it's self-reinforcing feedback loops, whether natural or virtual. It's just a matter of figuring out what the feedback loop is, in the case mentioned it's actually two symbiotic loops with the app store rankings and also network effects. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
With capital and finance, placing the capital at risk, with expectation of interest in return, capital will grow itself, which allows one to leverage larger supplies on riskier or more marginal interest terms. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
With business, they often rely on a virtual loop, via obsolescence or invoking a natural loop in status. For example, Apple gives their products a roughly 3 year obsolescence period, and also promote status reasons, which creates a drive in some individuals which has network like effects. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
With alpha's, they tend to be stronger, and that strength allows them to self-reinforce. Also helps with progenation, which is an aspect driving many parts of life, as life wants to spread and grow. Itself a largely reinforcing cycle. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
The hardest part is successfully starting the loop, and entering a cycle. That requires a considerable amount of luck. - OCoG of FF, Jimminy
Top- or front- loader washing machine?
when we bought last year, we ended up with a top loader so I could get more features for the same amount of money. i would have been fine with either though, really. - holly #ravingfangirl
front-loader so you can put on it everything... - Luca Merello from Flucso
I remember researching this last year, water is very tight here so I was going to go with a front-loader, but we were able to fix our old top loader, so no change. - Todd Hoff
Top for us. - LB needs a hero!
Front-loader for years. - Anne Bouey
Pros and cons? - Micah from iPhone
We got our first front-loader the first year Maytag made them for their decreased water use, decreased detergent need, and higher load capacity. We were doing multiple loads of laundry daily for a family of six. We have stuck with a front-loader over the years even though new designs of top-loaders may match the pros of the front-loader. - Anne Bouey
Todd Hoff
A common story theme is killing off most of the human race as a sort of reboot. Human society 2.0 will do better they hope. But it's just a hope. Nothing about our nature has changed. And something that they don't think about is all the easily accessed resources are tapped out. Uplift is a one time thing. There's no bootstrapping on coal, oil, etc.
Where we are is a one time thing. If we go backwards may never be able to go forwards again. The opposite of the original intention. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: Restoring the Old Way of Warming: Heating People, not Places -
LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: Restoring the Old Way of Warming: Heating People, not Places
"These days, we provide thermal comfort in winter by heating the entire volume of air in a room or building. In earlier times, our forebear's concept of heating was more localized: heating people, not places. They used radiant heat sources that warmed only certain parts of a room, creating micro-climates of comfort. These people countered the large temperature differences with insulating furniture, such as hooded chairs and folding screens, and they made use of additional, personal heating sources that warmed specific body parts. It would make a lot of sense to restore this old way of warming, especially since modern technology has made it so much more practical, safe and efficient." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
My invention is that I'll 3D print coveralls that are festooned with pockets for hot water bottles. The water bottles will warm by the fire then I can use the bottles to regulate my temperature both inside and outside the house. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
It's always at least slightly disconcerting whenever an exploit reveals that the visual system of the human brain is nothing but a mashup of clever and not-so-clever hacks and kludges.
We were talking about that last night and came to pretty much the same conclusion :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Some good ones here: Your brain wants as much as possible to come up with a robust actionable perception of the world and of the information and data that is coming in. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
"Data-driven Sensory Intelligence" - Poppy Crum (Strata + Hadoop 2015) - YouTube -
Fascinating. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Illusions tell is where the system is flexible. - Todd Hoff
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