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Is shale oil is leveraged with CDOs?
Dark market hedges in the form of futures contracts mostly. It's a commodity so derivatives would not work the same way as bundling debt. - Eric Logan
So when it all goes to hell we won't be paying the bill again? - Todd Hoff
The demise of shale oil due to pricing like peak oil theory is greatly exaggerated. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
It became profitable when prices went high. Am I to believe the reverse is not true? - Todd Hoff
It depends Shale Wells already producing will continue though apparently they become "strippers" very low gallonage per day The NEW wells become unprofitable to bring in as price drops... Brand new guys who joined the party at $90 a barrel? Are probably toast! Add in fresh debt... I'd guess the beating is being taken on commodity market and in energy stocks more than debt bundling - WarLord
Boom and bust cycles are designed to shake out smaller players especially with a commodity as manipulated as oil prices. Breaking up OPEC is a worthwhile endeavor and regulation is a much bigger threat to this industry than price fluctuations. LNG though a bridge fuel is a huge threat to the status quo. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
The companies that did not lock in futures contracts higher than their cost of production either have to have enough capital to weather the storm or will be forced into bankruptcy selling off their leases and equipment investments at a loss to the stronger players it's planned consolidation with worldwide geo political implications. Sort of like a short squeeze on small wildcat operations. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
I'm not sure this is a normal "squeeze" - OPEC is awash in oil and demand keeps falling.. Wall Street Bankers cratered economy, nobody has a job, or a house or money to fill their gas tank. Demand isn't going to recover! The American Middle class is decimated and China as no middle class With their number one market dying Chinese are unlikely to find a middle class any time soon. Add in... more... - WarLord
Ropeless Elevator Can Move Up, Down, And Sideways | Co.Design | business + design -
Ropeless Elevator Can Move Up, Down, And Sideways | Co.Design | business + design
"ThyssenKrupp proposes a new kind of elevator system, one controlled by a system of magnets, which could run multiple elevator cars within the same shaft and move both vertically and horizontally. The company estimates that this system, which requires less space for elevator shafts than traditional systems, reduces the space elevators take up in a building by as much as 50%. It also promises that MULTI's cable-less technology will do away with the height challenges presented by conventional elevators. Supertall skyscrapers can only rise as high as the elevators that move people through them—by one estimate, cable hoist elevators can only reach about 1,500 feet. An electromagnetic system could reach even higher." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Doesn't Willy Wonka have the patent on this? - Todd Hoff
Wokavator! - Jennifer Dittrich
Who wouldn't want one of those? - Todd Hoff
Learning from Japan's Edo Period: What Is Just Enough? -
"One of the questions I often get asked about Transition and the idea of intentional localisation is “surely we need everybody to be trading with each other?” and I  say – well, up to a degree, but when different communities are more able to meet their own needs, and have an economy when they’re more self-reliant, not self-sufficient, but there is that cultural sense that people are able to turn their hands to address issues that arise rather than each community, each settlement being completely unskilled and dependant on imports for absolutely everything. Then the quality of the relationship between those two settlements is very different. When two people meet each other and they’re both very skilled, adaptable, resilient, can turn their hands to anything, it’s a very different relationship to two people meeting each other who don’t have those skills. I wonder what your sense is from your study of the Edo period in terms of how that was. What was the quality of the relationships between neighbouring settlements and how they maybe differ from today?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph -
Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph
"They may be fewer in number and older in years, but the pride in their expressions is undimmed by the passing years. Some of the last of the band of women who helped to crack Nazi codes as part of Britain’s war effort have been reunited for the first time in 70 years. The women, who were then only in their late teens, used Colossus, the world’s first electronic computer, to decipher messages exchanged by Hitler’s generals. Now, after a photograph of their team of codebreakers appeared in the Telegraph, they have been reunited at Bletchley Park for the first time since the end of the war. The photograph, which broke secrecy rules, was kept hidden in a desk draw for decades by Joanna Chorley. She discovered it shortly before the 70th anniversary of Colossus, in February." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Spray-On Solar | Impact Lab -
Spray-On Solar | Impact Lab
Spray-On Solar | Impact Lab
"Illan Kramer, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and IBM Canada’s Research and Development Center has invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using minuscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs)—a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to manufacture.  “My dream is that one day you’ll have two technicians with Ghostbusters backpacks come to your house and spray your roof,” says Kramer. Solar-sensitive CQDs printed onto a flexible film could be used to coat all kinds of weirdly shaped surfaces, from patio furniture to an airplane’s wing. A surface the size of your car’s roof wrapped with CQD-coated film would produce enough energy to power three 100-Watt light bulbs—or 24 compact fluorescents." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Strong Sherlock AI Test. An AI can be considered conscious if it can take all the cases from the Sherlock Holmes stories and solve them.
The way of the leaf is to fall gently to the earth and be turned into compost.
Smell the freedom - Farmers and eaters lose, corporate money wins in budget deal | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy -
Smell the freedom - Farmers and eaters lose, corporate money wins in budget deal | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
"The amazingly terrible new spending agreement reached by the House and Senate this week illustrates the heavy price we all pay for a government increasingly influenced by big corporate and financial industry donors." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Paper: A better way to find communities in networks | Santa Fe Institute -
Paper: A better way to find communities in networks | Santa Fe Institute
"That suggests “you don’t want the ‘best’ community structure,” Moore says. “Instead, you want to understand what all the good community structures have in common with each other. The consensus of many good solutions is better than the ‘best’ single one.” To find that consensus, the pair turned to the notion of free energy, which in statistical physics takes into account the twin pressures of lowering a system’s energy and increasing its entropy -- the number of different configurations a system has at a given energy. In community detection, that translates into finding many structures with high modularity while at the same time ensuring that each individual structure is fairly similar to the next." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Researchers Create Stunning 3D Printed, Programmable, Bio-Inspired Architectural Materials - -
Researchers Create Stunning 3D Printed, Programmable, Bio-Inspired Architectural Materials -
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"Calling the result of their work on what they refer to as Biomimetic Responsive Surface Structures “the transfer of biological principles to architectural systems,” what comes out of the process are hygrocopically-actuated wood-veneer composite systems like those used at the HygroScope Installation in Paris and the HygroSkin Pavilion in Orleans. It comes down to using 3D printing technologies to take on design challenges at the material level." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"While conventional engineering systems rely on sets of discreet, functional components like sensors, actuators, and controllers, their biological-like systems rely on differentiated materials and structured material systems which act in concert – and in a single harmony – as a combined system which mimics those sensor, actuator, and regulator reactions to create fantastic forms which slowly open, close, and morph like flowers or leaves" - Todd Hoff
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network -
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network
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Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures by Bob Potts Mimic Motions of Flight and Fish | Colossal -
Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures by Bob Potts Mimic Motions of Flight and Fish | Colossal
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"Working out of his one-man workshop inside a mid-19th century barn, artist Bob Potts (previously) builds wonderous kinetic sculptures that replicate the motions of birds, fish, or other natural motions. The 72-year-old artist utilizes hand-crafted gears, levers, cranks, and chains to create these minimalist pieces that are focused solely on motion rather than ornamentation. Each piece can consume nearly a year’s worth of labor in his upstate New York shop where he works without the aid of computer, instead relying on decades of carpentry and skills learned while collaborating with painter and sculptor George Rhoads." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
These are beautiful! The Cosmographic Voyager is amazing! - Ken Morley
Agreed, amazing work. - Todd Hoff
Cool old truck in a field. 
She's in the parlor banging her head against the walls, creating quite a noise. Soon she'll be in the living room, in full storm.
In a huff and puff she blew through the door and has made herself comfortable. I suspect she'll stay a while. Maybe I'll offer her tea? That's the polite thing to do. - Todd Hoff
Sorry, I don't have a spare. - Todd Hoff
OK, my iphone just went ape shit with a flash flood alert. That's never happened before.
Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture? -
Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?
"“Our study suggests that through appropriate investment in agroecological research to improve organic management and in breeding cultivars for organic farming systems, the yield gap could be reduced or even eliminated for some crops or regions,” said the study’s lead author, Lauren Ponisio, a graduate student in environmental science, policy and management. “This is especially true if we mimic nature by creating ecologically diverse farms that harness important ecological interactions like the nitrogen-fixing benefits of intercropping or cover-cropping with legumes.” The researchers suggest that organic farming can be a very competitive alternative to industrial agriculture when it comes to food production." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Markets don't eliminate discrimination -
Markets don't eliminate discrimination
"When people bring up the market in discussions like these, they make it sound like it’s a force of nature. It’s not. It’s just a word that describes the collective actions of people under some circumstances. Mary’s situation didn’t automatically get fixed because it’s a free market. Mary’s rejection by the recruiter got undone when I complained to my engineering director, who put me in touch with an HR director who patiently listened to the story and overturned the decision4. The market is just humans. It’s humans all the way down. We can fix this, if we stop assuming the market will fix it for us, and fix things ourselves." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Warmer Pacific Ocean could release millions of tons of seafloor methane | UW Today -
Warmer Pacific Ocean could release millions of tons of seafloor methane | UW Today
"Off the West Coast of the United States, methane gas is trapped in frozen layers below the seafloor. New research from the University of Washington shows that water at intermediate depths is warming enough to cause these carbon deposits to melt, releasing methane into the sediments and surrounding water. Researchers found that water off the coast of Washington is gradually warming at a depth of 500 meters, about a third of a mile down. That is the same depth where methane transforms from a solid to a gas. The research suggests that ocean warming could be triggering the release of a powerful greenhouse gas." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Norway, The Land Of Fjords, Trolls, And Vikings | DeMilked -
Norway, The Land Of Fjords, Trolls, And Vikings | DeMilked
"Norway is one of the brightest Scandinavian jewels, and even its toughest and most rugged landscapes shine beautifully. Norway is widely known and admired for its wide range of natural peculiarities and beauties: deep forests, arctic tundras, grand mountain tops, colorful grass-roofed houses, and, of course, its majestic fjords. It’s no wonder that it attracts travelers from all around the globe. If you haven’t visited this heavenly country, here are 28 pretty solid reasons for you to visit Norway as soon as you can!" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Sun Develops Gigantic Hole Fifty Times Larger than Earth - ImaGeo -
Sun Develops Gigantic Hole Fifty Times Larger than Earth - ImaGeo
"Not to worry! As many of you may know, a gigantic hole in the Sun’s atmosphere is not terribly unusual. But you have to admit: This one is pretty dramatic. The image above is actually a composite of three acquired by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft this past week. Each color highlights a different part of the Sun’s extended outer atmosphere — the corona. The coronal hole is that big, dark-blue splotch at the bottom." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Parable of the Polygons - a playable post on the shape of society -
"1. Small individual bias → Large collective bias. When someone says a culture is shapist, they're not saying the individuals in it are shapist. They're not attacking you personally. 2. The past haunts the present. Your bedroom floor doesn't stop being dirty just coz you stopped dropping food all over the carpet. Creating equality is like staying clean: it takes work. And it's always a work in progress. 3. Demand diversity near you. If small biases created the mess we're in, small anti-biases might fix it. Look around you. Your friends, your colleagues, that conference you're attending. If you're all triangles, you're missing out on some amazing squares in your life - that's unfair to everyone. Reach out, beyond your immediate neighbors. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
An older Mr and Mrs Frankenstein sit around a fire, reading. Mrs F sighs and complains her eyesight is getting worse and worse. The letters are so small. Chuckling, she says soon she'll need longer arms just to read! The fire burns low and sleep overtakes them. When Mrs F wakes she discovers her arms are a foot longer!
As she slips quietly out of their bedroom, she says "Thank you Victor, that's the best birthday present ever!" - Todd Hoff
Similarity based on thresholds. If you want to get notified every time the stock market goes up 100 points, or an article is retweeted 200 times, or it will rain in an hour, your thresholds define a similarity space.
needed: an ontology of threshold types - Sean McBride
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
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
objects as knots and relationships as lashings
"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
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
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
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
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