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Space in Images - 2014 - 11 - Welcome to a comet - http://www.esa.int/spacein...
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
Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists : Nature News & Comment - http://www.nature.com/news...
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
artificial intelligence is a tool, not a threat - Rethink Robotics - http://www.rethinkrobotics.com/artific...
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
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
Are time zones still a good idea? GMT and UTC drive me crazy.
#Rosetta space probe pictures @Philae2014 lander on way to #CometLanding.
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So a comet looks a lot like the old washed out gulley in my back yard.
High-fat diet postpones brain aging in mice | KurzweilAI - http://www.kurzweilai.net/high-fa...
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
Janet Wiles at ASSC18: Panpsychism Workshop (July 2014) - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Consciousness is integrated information. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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
Rosetta #CometLanding webcast on Livestream - http://new.livestream.com/ESA...
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: https://soundcloud.com/esaops..." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Fingerprint recognition still doesn't work worth a shite on the iphone 6.
Ancient British Late Iron Age Celtic Stone Carving of a Human Head - 100 BC - http://www.artancient.net/servlet...
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
People Tend To Prefer Healthy-Looking Leaders Over Smart-Looking Ones: Study - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
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
How the 60kg WarkaWater makes water out of air - SocialStory - http://social.yourstory.com/2014...
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
Playing with dogs at the beach.
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Organic Tomato Farm’s Soils Produce High Yields During Terrible Drought | Big Picture Agriculture - http://www.bigpictureagriculture.com/2014...
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
Interview: Daniel Bolger, Author Of 'Why We Lost' : NPR - http://www.npr.org/2014...
Interview: Daniel Bolger, Author Of 'Why We Lost' : NPR
"On what he would have done Given what I knew then, I would have recommended to do like we did in 1991 and turn it over to the local folks. You know, give them some backing, but not much beyond the embassy or maybe a couple hundred advisers or something. Certainly not hundreds of thousands of troops on the ground for ten years." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Betty Boop or Norma Jeane?
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That's clearly Betty Boop. Silly question. - Mark H
Google Images search confirms it's definitely Betty Boop. Helen Kane might have had something to say on the matter, but not Norma. - Mark H
Remarkable resemblance though. - Todd Hoff
Interesting. I didn't know about Helen Kane or Baby Esther. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - bentley
Norma Jeane Baker at age 12 in 1938. via reddit - Historical Times - http://historicaltimes.tumblr.com/post...
Norma Jeane Baker at age 12 in 1938. via reddit - Historical Times
"Norma Jeane Baker at age 12 in 1938." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
While Obama is a huge disappointment on many fronts, the hand he was dealt was as bad as any president has faced, and there's a notable difference from the abject failure of the past...
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I think he's done the best he could with what he had available. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
What I would love is an honest recounting of why Obama changed his mind. When he got into office did the NSA and CIA tell him unexpected horrors? Did he not have the stomach for the fight? Was it just part of wheeling and dealing? Was his campaign rhetoric just that? Is it just a hell of a lot harder than it looks (and looks really hard). That wall street was not prosecuted is perplexing and unforgivable to me. What happened there? A little truth and reconciliation goes a long ways. - Todd Hoff
Which branch of government has oversight accountability for NSA & CIA? - MoTO: #TeamMarina
None. - Todd Hoff
Technically doesn't some committee in Congress have oversight? - DB, Lil LB's Dad from Android
Notionally, doesn't seem to be what happens in practice. - Todd Hoff
The Newberry Volcano Enhanced Geothermal Project: The Most Important Power Plant In The Country? - http://www.forbes.com/sites...
The Newberry Volcano Enhanced Geothermal Project: The Most Important Power Plant In The Country?
"Right now, a project in the forests of central Oregon may hold the promise to unlocking an enormous new energy resource in the United States. On the Newbery Volcano VOLC +0.65%, AltaRock Energy is engaged in a project to mine the earth’s heat two miles down and turn it into a reliable and cost-effective supply of electricity. The potential of this energy resource is huge, and it is not confined to a particular geography. The main thing one needs is hot rock at a reasonable depth. And there is a lot of that in this country – over 3,000 years worth at our current rate of energy use." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Won't this rouse demons better left undisturbed? - Todd Hoff
Alaska storm in Bering Sea: A post tropical cyclone is about to grow to the size of Alaska - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
Alaska storm in Bering Sea: A post tropical cyclone is about to grow to the size of Alaska
Alaska storm in Bering Sea: A post tropical cyclone is about to grow to the size of Alaska
"On Friday and Saturday, the Aleutians will take the brunt of a post-tropical cyclone, seeded earlier this week by Super Typhoon Nuri. By drawing energy from a particularly powerful polar jet stream, the storm will grow to become roughly the size of Alaska itself, packing wind gusts of up to 100 mph and waves 50 feet high. I don’t know about you, but it’s difficult to imagine myself on a 3-by-4-mile island like Shemya in a storm like that." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
بدبخت شدیم. - مشتی
Interstellar. 4/4. It's one of those long movies that doesn't seem long. I saw some stuff coming, there were a few plot holes, but over all interesting, depressing, hopeful, gorgeous, well acted. Definitely worth seeing.
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The robots were awesome. Well thought out. I wonder if they can actually work like that? - Todd Hoff
I'll watch it because Christopher Nolan. - Jenny H. from Android
I guess I'll be watching it because of Christopher Nolan, too, then. He better be hawt. - Eivind from Android
Eivind. - Jenny H. from Android
I agree, though I think he could have shaved 20-30 minutes off without causing any harm. And I wish that some of the stuff wasn't so predictable. And there was one huge hole he left open while seemingly trying to close a lot of them. - NOT THE CRICKET
Sad to say I don't even remember Christopher Nolan in the movie :-) Some could have been cut out, but I also think the end was rushed. I don't think I understand what actually happened. So we'll probably see it again, this time in imax. The blackhole simulations were wondrous. There seems to be a general shift from romantic relationships to parent child relationships as being the core emotional dynamic of a movie. Is that a thing? - Todd Hoff
Permaculture For Profit - Geoff Lawton with Mark Shepard - the universe explodes! - http://www.geofflawton.com/fe...
Permaculture For Profit - Geoff Lawton with Mark Shepard - the universe explodes!
Great exploration of Mark's property and the ideas behind it. And what a nourishing non Monsanto view of the world. - Todd Hoff
Those are some happy pigs. :) - Ken Morley
Also, Geoff Lawton needs his own TV show. He could be the Anthony Bourdain of permaculture. - Ken Morley
+1 Ken - Todd Hoff
The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare | Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/politic...
The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare | Rolling Stone
"Six years after the crisis that cratered the global economy, it's not exactly news that the country's biggest banks stole on a grand scale. That's why the more important part of Fleischmann's story is in the pains Chase and the Justice Department took to silence her. She was blocked at every turn: by asleep-on-the-job regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission, by a court system that allowed Chase to use its billions to bury her evidence, and, finally, by officials like outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, the chief architect of the crazily elaborate government policy of surrender, secrecy and cover-up. "Every time I had a chance to talk, something always got in the way," Fleischmann says." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Django Festival All-Stars: NPR Music Field Recordings - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Nice - Jon Batiste: NPR Music Field Recording - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
Future architecture will be built from energy says Sean Lally - http://www.dezeen.com/2014...
Future architecture will be built from energy says Sean Lally
Future architecture will be built from energy says Sean Lally
"Istanbul Design Biennial 2014: buildings of the future won't have walls and will instead consist of climate-controlled areas of landscape according to Sean Lally, one of the contributing designers at the Istanbul Design Biennial 2014 (+ slideshow). Chicago-based Sean Lally leads a team of architects, landscape architects, engineers and researchers, known as Weathers, who are investigating how different forms of energy can be harnessed to create a type of sustainable architecture." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
A beautiful day at the park.
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