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Louis Gray
Taking the 100k Steps Fitbit Challenge and Raising Money for Charity - http://blog.louisgray.com/2014...
Taking the 100k Steps Fitbit Challenge and Raising Money for Charity
On Monday, Stephen and I have a crazy plan to set a new personal record for Fitbit steps. The goal? 100,000 steps in a single day, blowing away my previous personal best by more than 50 percent, and coming close to fifty miles walked - while also helping raise money for Camp Taylor, a free summer camp for children with heart disease, in memory of Riley Norton, the son of my friend and colleague Ken Norton. - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
Who's this Stepeh guy? :) - Stephen Mack
No idea STEPHEN. NO IDEA. - Louis Gray
You go guys!! Maybe I'll try to join you for a lap - my next badge is at a measly 25K steps... - Ken Gidley
We'd love to have you for some or all, Ken! That's for everyone else here, too. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Todd Hoff
Female codebreakers reunited at Bletchley Park - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history...
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
Maitani
Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World - http://languagesoftheworld.info/bad-lin...
Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World
"A former student of mine drew my attention to a recent article in Slate written by Alyssa Pelish and titled “The Stimulating History of Coffee: Why You Hear This Word Around the World” (the image on the left is reproduced from the article). Pelish starts with a little thought-experiment about how one would order a coffee while travelling around the world: Kaffee in Berlin, caffè in Rome, kofi in Lagos, Nigeria, kŏfī in Delhi, India, and кофе (pronounced /’kofè/) in St. Petersburg, Russia. She correctly points out that these words sound alike in many languages, describing these words very poetically as “the two reliable syllables, the seesaw of vowel sounds punctuated by velar stops and fricatives”. I am not sure about the reliability of syllables or how one would go about measuring it, or whether the alternating consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel (CVCV) pattern can be called a “seesaw”. But the explanation Pelish provides for why these ‘coffee’ words are so similar the world over is entirely wrong and ignorant." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Interesting idea. Jynnan tonix all round while we discuss. - David Lounsbury from iPhone
Todd Hoff
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network - http://www.archdaily.com/576495...
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network
New Photographs Released Of London’s Subterranean Infrastructure Network
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I Born For This
A Millennium Falcon Area Rug Can Make You Reflect On Life http://ibornforthis.com/a-mille...
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Sarah G.
RT @stevesilberman: "Religious liberty" stripped bare: MI GOP passes bill that allows doctors and EMTs to decline to treat gay people. http://www.thenewcivilrightsmo...
RT @stevesilberman: "Religious liberty" stripped bare: MI GOP passes bill that allows doctors and EMTs to decline to treat gay people. http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/breaking_michigan_house_passes_religious_license_to_discriminate_bill
Mark H
Stephan
"The survey is completely confidential." "The link is uniquely tied to your email address." Eh, no thanks, employer.
Mark H
Leo Laporte
Accessing Netflix in Another Country: The Tech Guy 1139 - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Accessing Netflix in Another Country: The Tech Guy 1139
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Mark H
Mark H
America at the Trump hotel: The food is amazing – but you shouldn’t eat here, ever - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life...
America at the Trump hotel: The food is amazing – but you shouldn’t eat here, ever
"The female bar staff here wear the shortest uniforms I’ve ever seen in a restaurant, anywhere. (The male staff wear regular clothing.) One of them stops every few minutes to yank her skirt bottom down, so it more completely covers her. It’s not sexy. It’s degrading. Her face is blank and white. America’s management calls its bottle-service staff “our team of stunning ‘America girls.’” Young, leering men and old leering suits pour into America in the evenings. If you build it, creeps will come." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"One evening, a Wednesday last month, we had ordered the $58 lobster Rockefeller and a $37 plate of milk-fed pork, as well as a bunch of appetizers. The appetizers arrived and we started in on them. And then roughly four minutes later the mains arrived, too. One of the servers kept referring to the lobster as “Henry” – as in, “How is Henry?” and, “Are you finished working on Henry?” I... more... - Mark H
"The second time I ate at America, I tried to check in at the hostess stand when I arrived. The two women working there were having a conversation between themselves, not two feet in front of me. They didn’t look up. It was as if I didn’t exist. This continued for most of a minute. Awkward. I told them the reservation name; they said the rest of my party hadn’t arrived yet. They showed... more... - Mark H
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Amir
This Is What Happens When The President Sits Down Next To You At A Cafe - Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is...
This Is What Happens When The President Sits Down Next To You At A Cafe - Business Insider
پرزیدنت که هیچ؛ شخص معروف برای یک شهرستان ده کوره ای هم مثل زنبور به دورش حلقه خواهند زد - murmurous
Todd Hoff
Downwind: Why didn't we think of that? Electricity stored as a temperature difference - http://www.windpowerengineering.com/feature...
Downwind: Why didn't we think of that? Electricity stored as a temperature difference
"But according to Jonathan Howes, a British aeronautical engineer, there soon may be a viable alternative. Howes, with partners James Macnaghten and Mark Wagner, co-founded Isentropic, Ltd., a company that is currently developing a new storage technology called pumped-heat electricity storage (PHES), which stores electricity as heat and cold. PHES, Isentropic claims, is cheaper than pumped hydro, is deployable anywhere in the world, and is comparable—and in some cases superior—to pumped hydro with a round-trip storage efficiency of 72 to 80%." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energy - The Washington Post
"It is widely known that among all the sources of alternative energy, the one with the greatest potential is solar. How could it be otherwise? Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is capturing more of it. In a new report, the Environment America Research and Policy Center seeks to visualize and quantify this potential as it pertains to the United States. The report argues that the U.S. "has the potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations as the nation consumes each year." It adds that every single state could generate more solar electricity than its residents currently consume." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
I Born For This
What Kind Of Shower Curtains Could Harrison Ford Sell? Han Solo in Carbonite Shower Curtain! http://ibornforthis.com/han-sol...
Mark H
German town plays prank on neo-Nazis - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...
German town plays prank on neo-Nazis
German town plays prank on neo-Nazis
"For decades, neo-Nazis have traveled to the southeastern German town of Wunsiedel, where Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, was buried until 2011. The right-wing extremists march through the town in commemoration of Hess year after year, glorifying the horrors of the Third Reich. [...] Although Wunsiedel's inhabitants had observed the march from a distance over the past years, this Nov. 15, some of them welcomed the neo-Nazi protesters effusively with rainbow confetti and even cheered for them. [...] The group Rights versus Rights (Rechts gegen Rechts) had come up with a new way to protest the annual neo-Nazi march: For every meter the neo-Nazis walked, local businesses and residents would donate $12.50 to a nongovernmental organization devoted to making it easier for neo-Nazis to leave behind their hateful politics." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The 200 neo-Nazis had only two choices when they got to know about the plan: Either they proceeded, indirectly donating money to the EXIT Germany initiative, or they acknowledged their defeat and suspended the march. The neo-Nazis decided to pursue their plans — and participated in raising funds for an organization committed to their downfall. According to a news release by the... more... - Mark H
I cannot love this enough. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Those neo-nazis got trolled hard. - Johnny
<3 - Eivind
Mark H
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Tweets Critiquing the Science Behind "Annabelle" - http://www.somethingawful.com/news...
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Tweets Critiquing the Science Behind "Annabelle"
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"Following his takedown of the so-called science of sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson turned his attention to the possessed doll horror film Annabelle. Despite claims by the film's creators that Annabelle was "based on a true story," Tyson seemed to think the science was far from reality. In a scathing series of tweets, he revealed a number of glaring scientific flaws in the movie, which dealt with a murderous doll." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I think he's joking, right? - Shevonne
probly not even real tweets. - Big Joe Silence
Or he could be punking himself? - Todd Hoff
i can't be arsed to hop onto twitter to check his account to see if these are legit. imma go nap. :P - Big Joe Silence
Stephen Mack
Dropbox is insane. This policy is nuts: "Question: Will joining someone else's shared folder use my quota?" [Dropbox Help] - https://www.dropbox.com/help...
Dropbox is insane. This policy is nuts: "Question: Will joining someone else's shared folder use my quota?" [Dropbox Help]
Answer: "The size of a shared folder will be counted against the quota of every member of that folder, unless everyone is a member of the same Dropbox for Business account. For Business accounts, the size of the shared folder will be counted against the team's shared quota only once. For all other users, your Dropbox storage quota is calculated by adding up the total amount of data in your Dropbox folder, including all shared folders. As a result, the owner of a Dropbox Basic 18 GB (2 GB + bonus storage earned through referrals) account will not be able to collaborate on a shared folder larger than 18 GB. One reason this policy exists is to prevent people from giving themselves unlimited space by stacking Basic accounts with shared folders." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
My camp is trying to share photos from Burning Man. We started out on Flickr, but Flickr requires everyone have a Yahoo e-mail, and some people resisted. So we gave Dropbox a try. Now everyone who joins the shared folder is out of quota. - Stephen Mack
I guess we'll try Google Drive or Shutterfly next. - Stephen Mack
If people don't want full rez, just upload to G+ and you'll get 2k resolution unlimited photos for free. - Steve and 4 other people
the dropbox thing is baffling. what a strange solution to "we don't want people to be cheap". - Jenica
Steve: G+ might work, although if people didn't want to create a Yahoo account, not sure how they'll feel about G+ accounts. - Stephen Mack
Jenica: I know! It seems completely nuts to me. - Stephen Mack
I think G+ has the same problem as Google Drive right? Do you have a non-google e-mail address I can try to share a GDrive folder with? - Steve and 4 other people
Sure, you could use my @tivo.com address - Stephen Mack
Done. Do you want to share a folder? - Steve and 4 other people
Got it! Thanks, Steve. (Curious: Why do those files have such bizarre filenames?) - Stephen Mack
So what I ended up doing since half of us are on Dropbox already is to use "links" instead of "shares" -- I have one shared folder for uploads, which I then move into the "linked" folder. Still pretty lame. - Stephen Mack
Yup, I have this same problem with Dropbox. We have a license to a bunch of tutorial videos for WordPress, and the creator shares the new versions with us through Dropbox. Each time he shares the updated videos, it blows right through my Dropbox quota, and I have to remove everything else in order to accept the sharing invitation. Then, it gets a little dicey, because I'm never sure if... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Those filenames are just what Amazon MP3 generated, unfortunately. :( - Steve and 4 other people
@Stephen, if Google Drive doesn't work, rant about why and I'll tell our people what we should do to fix. - Louis Gray
Mark H
European Probe Survived Comet Landing with Luck and Great Design - http://www.space.com/27769-p...
European Probe Survived Comet Landing with Luck and Great Design
European Probe Survived Comet Landing with Luck and Great Design
"Europe's Rosetta mission pulled off the first-ever soft landing on a comet Wednesday thanks to a lot of great engineering and hard work — along with a healthy dose of luck, mission scientists say. Rosetta's Philae lander successfully touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko early Wednesday morning (Nov. 12), more than 300 million miles (483 million kilometers) from Earth. But Philae's anchoring harpoons didn't fire as planned, and the 220-lb. (100 kilograms) probe bounced off the comet twice before settling onto its icy surface for good." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Philae's first bounce off 67P was a big one, sending the lander about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) above the comet's surface, Ulamec said. Philae eventually came down again 1 hour and 50 minutes later, likely about 0.6 miles away from the original landing site. (The team still isn't sure exactly where the lander ended up.) But the probe was nearly lost to space. It rebounded off 67P's... more... - Mark H
Mark H
Amy Nelmes on Twitter: "My friend just sent me this break-up message she received after 7 weeks of dating. My fav reason for split is #3 http://t.co/EdAFS5lLKy" - https://twitter.com/amynelm...
Amy Nelmes on Twitter: "My friend just sent me this break-up message she received after 7 weeks of dating. My fav reason for split is #3 http://t.co/EdAFS5lLKy"
Oh, good lord. - Spidra Webster
Leo Laporte
Landing on a Comet: Tech News Today 1135 - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Landing on a Comet: Tech News Today 1135
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Todd Hoff
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
Mark H
At work today we were talking about Rosetta and the Philae lander when a project coordinator piped up with a general statement about how fast the asteroid must be going. I corrected him and pointed out it was a comet. He asked about the difference. I explained.
I explained about composition and how that led to low gravity hence the potential issues with the malfunctioning downwards thruster and the possibility that the harpoon wouldn't work (sorry, I jinxed it). I explained about the way the craft was using the gravity to bring in a soft landing using basic physics. I explained about orbits and how comets lose material as it is heated by the sun and how that was already happening. He looked suitably impressed. - Mark H
He then proceeded to tell us all a little science fact we might not have been aware of: stars don't actually twinkle. He then explained why and finished it off with "so now you know something too." He did not seem to get that the stares and silence from me and some other colleagues were not the result of us digesting this amazing information and seemed very pleased to have "enlightened" us. Emails of a suitably derisory tone were deployed around the office. - Mark H
mashable
Christoph Waltz performs a heart-wrenching version of 'Sesame Street' song. Watch: http://mashable.com/2014... https://twitter.com/mashabl...
mashable
Disney has 6 films almost assured to gross over $1 billion at the box office over the next 3 years. http://mashable.com/2014...
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Everyone wins when kids dressed as ‘Star Wars’ characters battle for a cupcake http://mashable.com/2014...
Mark H
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