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Interesting, searching for tours in Cambridge I was thinking this would never work in an apps dominated world. Yet I might download an app for a particular tour company, but that would never do for discovery.
How Google Search Dealt With Mobile — Backchannel — Medium - https://medium.com/backcha...
How Google Search Dealt With Mobile — Backchannel — Medium
I've been turned into bigdata! - 23andMe has signed 12 other genetic data partnerships beyond Pfizer and Genentech | VentureBeat | Health | by Mark Sullivan - http://venturebeat.com/2015...
I've been turned into bigdata! - 23andMe has signed 12 other genetic data partnerships beyond Pfizer and Genentech | VentureBeat | Health | by Mark Sullivan
"In general, the partnerships will allow researchers to quickly run queries on more than 1,000 diseases, conditions, and traits so that they can identify new associations between genetic markers using the 23andMe data. Partners like Genentech and Pfizer will access 23andMe research services through a new Research Portal." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Playful Elephants Take Turns Sliding Down a Muddy Hill on a Rainy Day - http://laughingsquid.com/playful...
"A group of playful elephants take turns sliding down a muddy hill on a rainy day at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. While the elephants are playing here, it’s good practice for when they need to make their way across a muddy river." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
What I find fascinating about the article is that it can be for fun, the elephants must be following some darwinian programming, thus they are lower than humans. - Todd Hoff
The Countries Likely to Best Survive Climate Change - http://www.triplepundit.com/2015...
The Countries Likely to Best Survive Climate Change
"Eight out of the top 10 countries considered most at-risk from climate change by the index are located in Africa. Hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts and flooding are all real dangers for some of these areas, and this is compounded by a lack of national strategy to counteract the effects. Chad ranked lowest in the index, suggesting it will be the country hardest hit by climate change." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Week - America’s pivotal move West - http://theweek.com/capture...
The Week - America’s pivotal move West
The Week - America’s pivotal move West
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Canadian Artist Creates Armor For Cats And Mice Based On Different Historical Eras - http://www.earthporm.com/canadia...
Canadian Artist Creates Armor For Cats And Mice Based On Different Historical Eras
Canadian Artist Creates Armor For Cats And Mice Based On Different Historical Eras
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Fantastiche! - Verguenza
I'm worried about an arms race. - Todd Hoff
Duh, the two trees in the Silmarillion are the two tree in Eden, a walled garden of delight, where in its center stands the tree offering the knowledge of good and evil and the second granting immortal life
2015 Begins with CO2 above 400 PPM Mark - Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
2015 Begins with CO2 above 400 PPM Mark - Scientific American
"The new year has only just begun, but we’ve already recorded our first days with average carbon dioxide levels above 400 parts per million, potentially leading to many months in a row above this threshold, experts say." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Ten Things You Don’t Know About: Haystacks | - http://reddirtinmysoul.com/2015...
Ten Things You Don’t Know About: Haystacks |
"9.  Besides the fresh smell of dry grass hay, your hay can also smell, well… like it’s cooking.  Which it can be!  If hay is baled too wet, it begins to decompose, like a compost pile.  Heat is generated.  Sometimes, combustion takes place and your entire haystack can be on fire.  If you’ve stacked it in a barn, there goes your barn!  Haystacks can at least not take any buildings with it should it catch on fire.  For a couple of years, we grew sudan, which is a sorghum.  It really looks like corn stalks to me.  It was hard to get it to dry, and you could walk by it and smell it “cooking”.  The cows loved it.  I imagine it was slightly sweet…" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Forest of synthetic pyramidal dendrites grown using Cajal's laws of neuronal branching.
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Anybody buying seeds for their garden? Anything interesting?
I'm doing the usual tomatos, cucs, zucs, spinach and lettuce, but thought I'd add some blackberry canes and start a vermiculture bin this year. - Ken Morley
What are you going to do with the worms? - Todd Hoff
Mostly to convert my kitchen waste to worm juice for my plants. I started juicing veggies last year, and so am generating a ton of compost. - Ken Morley
Keep us posted on your progress. It would be cool to know how it's going. - Todd Hoff
Will do. Geoff Lawton has inspired me to expand my garden area.this year :) - Ken Morley
He da man! - Todd Hoff
I'm being lazy this year again. Can't do much with the home raised beds until I replace the boards that are falling apart (it's under warranty but I dread getting companies to follow thru on that). At the community garden I'm thinking of going to perennials like cane berries. I currently have rhubarb and strawberries there. Will no doubt put in arugula and snow peas since I eat those regularly. Will try for the first time to grow prickly pears (and in a container yet). - Spidra Webster
The Whole Seed Catalog on the newsstand is interesting. http://www.rareseeds.com/store... - Thomas Page
Dyson's Latest Feat of Over-Engineering: A Filterless Vacuum | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2015...
Dyson's Latest Feat of Over-Engineering: A Filterless Vacuum | WIRED
Dyson's Latest Feat of Over-Engineering: A Filterless Vacuum | WIRED
"To battle blockage, Dyson engineered rubber tips that sit at the end of the 32 cyclones. These tips, made from a proprietary material that is flexible yet stiff enough to not collapse under suction, vibrate 350 times per second. “That’s very, very fast,” says Rob Green, one of Dyson’s senior engineers. Green compares the oscillating tips to sifting flour through a sieve. Sitting on top of the sieve, the powder clumps together, but as soon as you start shaking, it breaks up and floats to the bottom. The tips are effectively a filterless filter." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I have an unnatural attraction to these things. - Todd Hoff
Wow, 0.5 microns... that's almost HEPA territory. - Ken Morley
Dyson sucks - Mike Nencetti
Quantum Entanglement & Spooky Action at a Distance - YouTube - very clear (not) - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
From Myths to Live By:
Let me recall at this point Nietzsche’s statements regarding classic and romantic art. He identified two types or orders of each. There is the romanticism of true power that shatters contemporary forms to go beyond these to new forms; and there is, on the other hand, the romanticism that is unable to achieve form at all, and so smashes and disparages out of resentment. And with respect to classicism likewise, there is the classicism that finds an achievement of the recognized forms easy and can play with them at will, expressing through them its own creative aims in a rich and vital way; and there is the classicism that clings to form desperately out of weakness, dry and hard, authoritarian and cold. The point I would make— and which I believe was also Nietzsche’s— is that form is the medium, the vehicle , through which life becomes manifest in its grand style, articulate and grandiose, and that the mere shattering of form is for human as well as for animal life a disaster, ritual and... more... - Todd Hoff
From Monoculture to Permaculture - http://www.geofflawton.com/fe...
From Monoculture to Permaculture
The Vulgar Mechanic and His Magical Oven - Issue 20: Creativity - Nautilus - http://nautil.us/issue...
The Vulgar Mechanic and His Magical Oven - Issue 20: Creativity - Nautilus
"Amazingly, Drebbel’s thermostat-equipped furnace functioned according to modern feedback control concepts, in which a sensor detects changes in the output of a system and then modifies the input to correct for those changes and bring the system back to its original state. Did Drebbel know he had created a feedback loop? “He sort of did, but he didn’t articulate it,” says Hall. “Call it embedded knowledge.” Drebbel never publicly described the mechanical underpinnings of his circulating oven, possibly to protect his product. Back then, nothing like real patent or copyright law held sway and plagiarism was rampant. Secrecy was standard alchemical practice in any case, as all the important transmutation formulae were encoded in arcane symbols." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Like the pilot of Empire. Lots of good music and acting. They are even talking about how streaming music ruined the music industry for content creators, so theres a nerd angle too.
I'll get around to it soon but I'm SO behind on my TV shows. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The name for my next bar: Orion's Belt
The Tolkien professor said he hated the dune movie. I remember loving the movie. So I reread the book and re watched the movie. Here is what I found...
Still love the movie. The book creates such a concrete world that I easily suspended disbelief. But I noticed this time through the book that it gave very little in the way of description. What the movie did for dune was give it such a visually rich and consistent world that I again suspended disbelief. I do see his point in two major cases. - Todd Hoff
The harkonnens in the movie are cartoon figures. In the book they are full fledge evil propelled by rationality. The movie treats them as bafoons. I know this is just a movie thing, but it made the movie less than it could have been. - Todd Hoff
Second, were the weirding weapons. They only exist as a notion in the book, but they take a major role in the movie. Again, I get it, but the fighting could have been more interesting without magic weapons. - Todd Hoff
Like lotr, dune leaves much unsaid, so spicing up the movie visually makes sense. But I think the movie would have been better without the two mentioned changes. I still love the movie though. The whispers voicing the unconscious thoughts really reveal how calculating a time it was, that without computers we might be even more violent. - Todd Hoff
Nice summary. But I'm with the professor. Dune was just over done for me. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
In what way? - Todd Hoff
That "Dino De Laurentiis, Let's Overdo Everything" manner. Like you, because I'd read the book, I had context. But overall, I felt the movie was a thrown together mess. For instance, the opening moments when the Antreides are betrayed, the battle scenes seemed to go on forever. Just explosion after explosion going nowhere. As much as I loved the book, the movie never interested me. I... more... - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Maybe since I had just watched the last hobbit movie the battle scenes did not seem excessive :) - Todd Hoff
good point. I haven't rushed to see that one yet. I'm still amazed/pissed that they turned the shortest book in the Middle Earth canon into three features. But I'll probably go, because I'm a Tolkien fanboy. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
I think, for me, the movie is mostly saved by the casting for most of the roles, which I really enjoyed. I read the book after, which also seems to help - I didn't have expectations going in that it needed to match. I'm skipping the last Hobbit movie - they're telling a story I'm not interested in, and setting aside the things I loved most about the source material. Even with the changes to Dune, I didn't feel like it did that. - Jennifer Dittrich
For some reason, I can't stop at Hobbit 2 (Electric Boogaloo). I *have* to see Smaug get shot down. After that I may walk out, because IIRC form the book, the battle afterwards was pretty much an afterthought with most of the action offstage. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Wide Urban World: Medieval walls in modern Paris - http://wideurbanworld.blogspot.com/2014...
Wide Urban World: Medieval walls in modern Paris
Wide Urban World: Medieval walls in modern Paris
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"One of the things I find amazing about cities in Europe is the way that ancient walls and buildings--whether Roman, Iron Age, or Medieval--have become part of the modern urban fabric. There are three ways that ancient architecture is manifest in modern cities. First, whole buildings have survived, and they continue to be used." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
MIT Researchers Discover New Mathematical Relationship for Superconductors - http://www.azom.com/news...
MIT Researchers Discover New Mathematical Relationship for Superconductors
"A research team from MIT has revealed a new mathematical link between temperature, material thickness and electrical resistance, which appears to be valid for all superconductors." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
2014 Was Officially the Hottest Year on Record | TIME2014 was officially the hottest year on record. All 10 of the hottest years have come after 1998. - http://time.com/3656646...
2014 Was Officially the Hottest Year on Record | TIME2014 was officially the hottest year on record.  
All 10 of the hottest years have come after 1998.
:( - Amit Patel
It was certainly much warmer in Norway than I anticipated. Folks here say there is definitely a warming trend. - Jenny H.
When Science Fiction Becomes Science - Your Last Moments May Be Imprinted on Your Brain After Death — NOVA Next | PBS - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh...
When Science Fiction Becomes Science - Your Last Moments May Be Imprinted on Your Brain After Death — NOVA Next | PBS
"Scientists have developed a technique that can recreate a 3D map of the cells that were firing in a mouse’s brain a few hours before it died, giving them a high-resolution picture of what was going on in the mouse’s head during life—in this case, when it met a member of the opposite sex. The team of researchers published their results yesterday in the journal Cell Reports." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
So it's persistent memory, after all. - Eivind
In Living Color: The Forgotten 19th-Century Photo Technology that Romanticized America | Collectors Weekly - http://www.collectorsweekly.com/article...
In Living Color: The Forgotten 19th-Century Photo Technology that Romanticized America | Collectors Weekly
In Living Color: The Forgotten 19th-Century Photo Technology that Romanticized America | Collectors Weekly
"Walter soon learned that his newly acquired photographs were actually Photochroms, which he began collecting in earnest. Now, just some of the North American portion of his collection is the subject of a new 612-page, 15-pound, $200 Taschen book, co-authored by Walter and Arqué, called An American Odyssey: Photos from the Detroit Photographic Company 1888–1924. Showcasing  of Walter’s horde, American Odyssey is packed with hundreds of Photochroms and Phostints (the brand name for the Detroit Photographic Company’s Photochrom postcards), as well as their black-and-white source images, which were taken by such esteemed late-19th- and early-20th-century American photographers as William Henry Jackson, Lycurgus Solon Glover, and Henry Greenwood Peabody. Together, these photographers cataloged the natural and man-made marvels of the continent, bringing their cameras from the great cities of the Northeast and Upper Midwest to the mountains and deserts of the still-wild West." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Heard her on the radio, wow! - Todd Hoff
Are you the maker or the tool? - Todd Hoff
ForFreedom Caravan With Aerodynamic Design For Urban Couple | Tuvie - http://www.tuvie.com/forfree...
ForFreedom Caravan With Aerodynamic Design For Urban Couple | Tuvie
ForFreedom Caravan With Aerodynamic Design For Urban Couple | Tuvie
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"ForFreedom Caravan is an expanding living unit especially designed for urban couple in the need of a short break. The flowing caravan form is aimed at creating stability and fuel economy. Due to its compact size, this caravan is easy to handle and connect to your car. Take a look at the interior. It has been designed for easy personalization with modern style to easily adapt to its owner lifestyle. It might look small from the outside, but is actually pretty spacious inside." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
3.1kW New Wind Turbine Looks Like a Tree - http://www.offgridworld.com/3-1kw-n...
3.1kW New Wind Turbine Looks Like a Tree
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"Wind turbines that look like trees. What an innovative and clever idea. It’s not often we see technology that could change the world, though it is becoming more common as technologies advance and people share more information on new design and tech. This wind turbine combine the elegance of nature finest evolutionary energy and gas converters (namely trees) and has created a beautifully simple way to generate electricity while also getting rid of the common aesthetically unpleasing 3 bladed wind turbines that dot the landscape and windy fields of the world." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
If they made a version with fruit bats, I'd be all over that. - Ken Morley
This is really cool! I want one (or two)! - Jenny H. from Android
So true...
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Indeed ... - abifar
very true indeed. - DS
I still wear a regular watch U_U - van der Baarft
i still wear a regular (broken) watch - Biagio Romano from Flucso
I wear a regular watch, but then again, I am old. - Joe
Yep. - bentley
I haven't worn a watch on my wrist since I was 13 or so... I kept losing them because I'd take them off due to the strap irritating me. So eventually my mom got me a belt loop keychain to wear my watch on, kind of like a really cheap pocket watch, and that's what I did until smartphones. - Andrew C (✔)
I wear a regular watch. So do at least two of my grand-nieces--all of them analog. (I'm old, they're not.) - Walt Crawford
Pretty much why I'm not interested in smart watches. - rönin
The people I work with are so unfamiliar with cellular phones that when I went to my pocket when someone asked what time it was, a co-worker said, "Oh, he's got a pocket watch?" - Steele Lawman
Wristwatch free since '93! - Eivind
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What features would you need in a smart watch before you'd consider buying one? - Ken Morley
Several years ago, I met someone who didn't have a cellphone as a cell phone, but carried an old one around to use as a time piece. - bentley
Ken, I'd need it to have an enormous screen that takes up very little space on my wrist. So I guess I'm holding out for a holographic watch. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I've got the Moto 360, which is pretty nice. If you treat the watch as just a notification device, then it's perfect. rif you're expecting it to replace your phone, then you'll be very disappointed. - Jason Huebel from Flucso
If they did some cool biometric monitoring I might be interested. It would need to be more than skin temperature and heart rate though. Is it even possible to get accurate blood pressure readings with a watch? - Ken Morley
I see he stopped just short of the Electronic Citizen Happiness Band Act of 2038. - Technodad
Are some diets ‘mass murder’ | Dr. Malcolm Kendrick - http://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2014...
"‘…the forensic demolition of the hypothesis that saturated fat is the cause of cardiovascular disease is impressive. Indeed, the book is deeply disturbing in showing how overenthusiastic scientists, massive conflicts of interest, and politically driven policy makers can make deeply damaging mistakes. Over 40 years I’ve come to recognise which I might have known from the beginning – that science is a human activity with the error, self-deception, grandiosity, bias, self-interest, cruelty, fraud, and theft that is inherent in all human activities (together with some saintliness), but this book shook me.’ The amazing thing, to me, is not the Richard Smith has finally realised the diet-heart hypothesis is a complete crock. The amazing thing is that it still holds sway, despite the fact that it was never based on anything other than the propaganda of a power-mad egotist (Ancel Keys). Any evidence that saturated fat, or any other fat consumption, causes heart disease has always been weak at best, more usually non-existent, or just flatly contradictory." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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