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My New Year's Eve with Samuel Barber....

Sharing my NYE tradition (normally do NYE alone at home).

At 23:53 (11:53 PM) local time, I will start playing Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei

(the choral arrangement of his Adagio for Strings).
The piece reaches a crescendo at 7:00, with 2-3 seconds of silence after,

which (if I time it correctly) is filled with sounds of people celebrating the new year.


My New Year's Eve with Samuel Barber.... #CompendiumofCuriosities

My New Year's Eve with Samuel Barber....

Sharing my NYE tradition (normally do NYE alone at home).
At 23:53 (11:53 PM) local time, I will start playing Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei
(the choral arrangement of his Adagio for Strings).

The piece reaches a crescendo at 7:00, with 2-3 seconds of silence after,
which (if I time it correctly) is filled with sounds of people celebrating the new year.

[Semi NSFW]-Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself

[Semi NSFW]-Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself

The amazing video for the beautiful song "Immolate Yourself" by Telefon Tel Aviv.

There was only one copy of this on youtube, and the quality was rather poor,

so I decided to grab a copy off another video site that was higher quality and reupload it here. Enjoy▶ Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself [better quality] - YouTube

Hunting shows + CSI + Holiday Songs = One sick and twisted Christmas song

Hunting shows + CSI + Holiday Songs = One sick and twisted Christmas song

HP ElitePad Giveaway - Ends 10/14/13

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Emergency Prep Bundle

$100 for a phone that has 15 year standby time on 1 AA lithium battery,

an inflatable solar powered LED lantern that goes for 12 hrs on a full charge,

and the Life Straw, which can filter 99.999% of contaminants from up to 1,000 liters of water.
“This bundle gives you three essentials for when things go terribly wrong: l

ight, water, and a lifeline. Together, this hand-picked kit of critical tools will help keep you alive until help arrives.”
https://grandst.com/p/emergencybundle
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https://grandst.com/p/emergencybundle

Emergency Prep Bundle #Facebook

30 Examples of Clever Packaging

Origami beer, butter packets with spreader included, pencil sharpener cheese grater for pencil shaped cheese, and much more!
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http://bit.ly/17Fkstw

30 Examples of Clever Packaging #Facebook

Nymi

Wristband biometric device uses ECG waveform for biometric security.
Ship date estimate is for early 2014.
Possible issue – no current iOS integration for 3rd party screen lock bypass devices

(Apple would currently rather stor- I mean use – your fingerprint)
“Your Nymi lets you use your unique cardiac rhythm to authenticate your identity,

allowing you to wirelessly take control of your computer, your smartphone, your car and so much more.”
From what I can tell, the device has 3000+ preorders at $79:

“The first 25,000 people to preorder the Nymi will get a special, introductory price of $79.

After that, the price for the next batch will go up to $99. We’ll be shipping in early 2014 and won’t charge you until we’ve shipped.”
http://www.getnymi.com/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.getnymi.com/

Nymi #Facebook

Former DHS official: privacy activists responsible for TSA groping

File this under: “if we can’t invade your privacy, we’ll just have to invade your privates”
Former DHS official says privacy protesters prompted peremptory probing of people’s privates:
“At a Senate panel, Stewart Baker, formerly DHS Assistant Secretary and NSA General Counsel, said that you can’t blame the TSA for “stupid screening” as it was all the fault of “privacy campaigners”.

via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.techeye.net/security/former-dhs-official-privacy-activists-responsible-for-tsa-groping#.UjaAYMqnFEA.facebook

Former DHS official: privacy activists responsible for TSA groping #Facebook

Autodesk Partners with Circuits.io to Create Free Electronics Design Tool

Autodesk adds to its 123D collection, branching out into circuit design, callaborating with circuits.io
“The program allows users to create virtual breadboard-based designs to build and experiment with circuits.

A virtual Arduino board can be added to the design, and the code can be edited in a browser window and simulated.

The code can also be edited collaboratively (“a Google Doc for electronics” Autodesk claims).
The program also provides hooks that allow users to have the virtual boards professionally manufactured.”
http://makezine.com/2013/09/09/autodesk-partners-with-circuits-io-to-create-free-electronics-design-tool/
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http://makezine.com/2013/09/09/autodesk-partners-with-circuits-io-to-create-free-electronics-design-tool/

Autodesk Partners with Circuits.io to Create Free Electronics Design Tool #Facebook

Canon's Legria mini camcorder wants to be best friends with your social media (hands-on)

The Canon Legria – the selfie camcorder with a few more tricks up its sleeve…
“There’s also more to the 160-gram camera than just the ability to comfortably capture antics at the park or at home,

though, with an interval recording mode, slow (half speed at 720p, quarter-speed at VGA)

and fast (up to four times) video capture all built-in.
Through the companion smartphone apps, it can even live stream to the web — and be controlled wirelessly.”
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/02/canon-legria-mini-camcorder-hands-on/
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http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/02/canon-legria-mini-camcorder-hands-on/

Canon's Legria mini camcorder wants to be best friends with your social media (hands-on) #Facebook

EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters - Telegraph

EU mulling over governors in cars to to restrict maximum speed to @ 70 mph. The phrase “Handicapper General” come to mind….
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/10278702/EU-plans-to-fit-all-cars-with-speed-limiters.html

EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters - Telegraph #Facebook

Belkin Tablet Stage Review | iPad Projector Accessory Reviews

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Belkin Tablet Stage Review | iPad Projector Accessory Reviews #Feedly

The Best Feature of Google Chrome You Aren’t Using

The best part of using Google Chrome is all the cool tools
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http://www.labnol.org/software/chrome-dev-tools-tutorial/28131/

The Best Feature of Google Chrome You Aren’t Using #Facebook

Vibease Wearable Smart Vibrator that brings Fifty Shades of Fantasy to life

via Indiegogo – Fifty Shades of Teddy Ruxpin
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http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vibease-wearable-smart-vibrator-that-brings-fifty-shades-of-fantasy-to-life

Vibease Wearable Smart Vibrator that brings Fifty Shades of Fantasy to life #Facebook

uChek Universal: The medical lab in your phone

Turn your Android or iOS device into a mini medical lab…
“The Universal’s app answers questions.
The biggest question after every test: “Is this normal?”
Multi-parameter data, captured over many days, is rich in insight, in chances to mine for early warnings. Early warnings are possible if abnormalities are detected, that would otherwise have gone undetected until symptoms appeared. The whole point, we believe, is to get to this critical information BEFORE that stage.
The whole point of an early warning is that it should be early. And this is what the Universal’s app is now equipped to deliver.”
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uchek-universal-the-medical-lab-in-your-phone
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http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uchek-universal-the-medical-lab-in-your-phone

uChek Universal: The medical lab in your phone #Facebook

Japanese toilet users vulnerable to Bluetooth bidet assaults

Hijacking high-tech toilets via Bluetooth with an Android app –

can’t really top that….
“What can you do with the app?
Apart from activating the flush and checking in on the detailed defecation records stored by the commode, you can also activate the toilet’s bidet and drying functions, summoning a jet of water or hot air from below.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://mobile.theverge.com/2013/8/3/4584980/inax-satis-bluetooth-toilet-android-app-vulnerability

Japanese toilet users vulnerable to Bluetooth bidet assaults #Facebook

The trick that’s pushing movie titles to the front of the alphabet

File under: A for Acedia – Hollywood realizes just how lazy we really are…
“Bales is hardly bashful about the practice. “It’s not something we’re doing. It’s a choice the consumer is making,” he reasons. “Americans are lazy people. They can’t be bothered to go past ‘L.’”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/92487/the-trick-thats-pushing-movie-titles-to-the-front-of-the-alphabet/

The trick that’s pushing movie titles to the front of the alphabet #Facebook

Google is taking a profoundly new direction, says one of its top execs

Android – the default OS for the Internet of Things
“We used to make the joke that people could build refrigerators with Android in it, and then it happened,” says Hiroshi Lockheimer, head of Android engineering at Google.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/110559/google-is-taking-a-profoundly-new-direction-says-one-of-its-top-execs/

Google is taking a profoundly new direction, says one of its top execs #Facebook

How to make cheap iPhones and undercut Foxconn: 12-hour workdays, unpaid overtime and no holidays

The true cost of cheap iPhones….
“The investigators found (pdf) a panoply of illegal and unethical practices, including:
Work hours in excess of Apple’s 60-hours-per-week standard
Coercive conditions to discourage workers from refusing overtime or taking days off
Restricted or non-existent breaks to drink water or use the bathroom
Discriminatory hiring conditions such as age limits and height restrictions
Docking of pay for minor rule violations, such as not waiting in line to get food in the cafeteria….
Apart from mobile devices and Macs for Apple, Pegatron also makes products for several companies, including Dell, Microsoft and HP.
However, CLW’s investigators were all assigned to Apple lines, including one on the “cheap” iPhone expected to debut this fall.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/109194/how-to-make-cheap-iphones-and-undercut-foxconn-12-hour-workdays-unpaid-overtime-and-no-holidays/

How to make cheap iPhones and undercut Foxconn: 12-hour workdays, unp…

Why “Gangnam Style” gave Psy’s father an 800% stock boost

“Gangnam Style” and semiconductor testing equipment?

I guess success does run in the family…
“So what’s really going on here? Do investors think that the prospects of Psy’s dad’s company are really going to improve because of Psy’s musical success?

No.
According to the writers of the paper, the performance of the shares seems to support the so-called “investor recognition hypothesis.”
Pioneered by Nobel laureate Robert Merton—who later got mixed up in the famous collapse of Long-Term Capital Management—this is a pretty simple theory.
Essentially, it argues that investors are more likely to buy and sell stocks that they know about. (Seems logical.)”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/109346/why-gangnam-style-gave-psys-father-an-800-stock-boost/

Why “Gangnam Style” gave Psy’s father an 800% stock boost #Facebook

Markneto's Mightiest Mego Super-Customs

Check out this new page on custom made Mego action figures by my friend Markneto’s Mightiest Mego Super-Customs
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Markneto's Mightiest Mego Super-Customs #Facebook

The risks of someone calling you smart and how to avoid them

Sigh….
This type of thinking explains why the US has fewer people graduatiing with STEM degrees – our business culture is actively antagonistic to the combination of introversion and intelligence…
“Though I found the above in business, I find the same holds in the rest of life outside business.
Not many parts of life need intelligence and those that do tend to be low-level areas where people work alone, like science and engineering.
Those things make great hobbies, but rarely great group activities.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://joshuaspodek.com/risks-calling-smart-avoid

The risks of someone calling you smart and how to avoid them #Facebook

NVIDIA announces 'fastest GPU ever' for pros, the 12GB Quadro K6000

Here’s the latest technolust item – a video card with 12GB of DDR5 memory, capable of handling four 4K displays
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NVIDIA announces 'fastest GPU ever' for pros, the 12GB Quadro K6000 #Facebook

Ban packed lunches, schools urged

Here’s even more pavement for road to hell – well intentioned though it may be…
Banning packed lunches because they interfere with the new school nutrition scheme…
SMH…
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23270715

Ban packed lunches, schools urged #Facebook

Living the Quiet Life : zenhabits

Wish your life could be more… well… quiet?
Leo Babauta has some tips for living the quiet life
“While I understand the need for social connection, I also recognize the addictiveness of it all, to the point where we have no quiet.
When someone talks to you, instead of jumping in with something about yourself, just listen. Absorb. Reflect their thoughts back to them. Appreciate their beauty.
Create space between your automatic reaction, and your actions (or words). Even one second is enough. In that space, consider whether your reaction is appropriate.”
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http://zenhabits.net/quiet/

Living the Quiet Life : zenhabits #Facebook

SanDisk Connect 64G Wireless Media Drive Streaming On the Go (SDWS1-064G-A57)

If you’re concerned about your mobile device’s data’s safety, or just want to have a local backup just in case, you might want to check out SanDisk’s new line of wireless storage.
from SanDisk:
“The SanDisk Connect wireless media drive is the perfect companion for road warriors or parents who need entertainment ready to enjoy.
This pocket-sized device is designed for convenience and portability, and offers up to eight continuous streaming hours on a single charge.
It is available in capacities up to 64GB and has an SDHC/SDXC memory card slot which allows users to store or share more content, or conveniently view high-quality photos on a mobile device from a camera’s memory card.
The media drive wirelessly connects up to eight mobile devices and can stream up to five different HD movies at once.”
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR8LAE2/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DR8LAE2&linkCode=as…

AmericanScience: A Team Blog: Winner! The US T&C: Examining Law and Expectations in Our Digital...

If our government had the same requirement to publish their Terms & Conditions, it might go something like this…
“By using or accessing methods of electronic communication including but not limited to telephone, email, camera, internet search engine, web browser, and social media platforms, citizens agree to these Terms, as updated constantly in accordance with secret laws, secret courts, and secret decisions.
By utilizing the rights and privileges of US citizenship, citizens agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions in perpetuity.
The nature of this ongoing threat to American happiness requires extraordinary measures be taken by decision makers, and necessarily places limits on expectations of privacy.
Data, in their many forms, are an essential element of electronic communication, and the monitoring of this element is critical to the cause of guaranteeing the safety, liberty, happiness of the American people.
All data are to be considered critical to this cause unless otherwise…

Online pornography 'to be blocked'

It’s been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions – this is one of them.
The problem with this initiative is that the restrictions will inevitably suffer from mission creep.
The precedent set here is that the service providers can be forced to block Things The Government Doesn’t Like by default – and this will be what the law will become.
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

Online pornography 'to be blocked' #Facebook

In 20 Years, We’re All Going To Realize This Apple Ad Is Nuts

In Douglas Coupland’s Generation X (novel) one of the characters made the case that life was more than a colloection of isolated cool moments.
Apparently Apple begs to differ.
“My fundamental problem with the ad–why it’s begun to make my shoulders tense and stomach churn every time it comes on TV–is not that it’s lying about how we use technology, but Apple’s consecrating the behavior, and even going on to say that their products, not the lives they serve, are “what matters.“ “
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http://www.fastcodesign.com/1673020/in-20-years-we-re-all-going-to-realize-this-apple-ad-is-nuts

In 20 Years, We’re All Going To Realize This Apple Ad Is Nuts #Facebook

Pocket Socket Charger

Tired of looking for outlets or batteries every time you need a charge? Take matters into your own hands….
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https://grandst.com/p/pocket-socket2

Pocket Socket Charger #Facebook

Mission Creep: When Everything Is Terrorism

“The definitions of “terrorism” and “weapon of mass destruction” are broadening, and these extraordinary powers are being used, and will continue to be used, for crimes other than terrorism….
Another term that’s expanded in meaning is “weapon of mass destruction.” The law is surprisingly broad, and includes anything that explodes, leading political scientist and terrorism-fear skeptic John Mueller to comment:
As I understand it, not only is a grenade a weapon of mass destruction, but so is a maliciously-designed child’s rocket even if it doesn’t have a warhead. On the other hand, although a missile-propelled firecracker would be considered a weapon of mass destruction if its designers had wanted to think of it as a weapon, it would not be so considered if it had previously been designed for use as a weapon and then redesigned for pyrotechnic use or if it was surplus and had been sold, loaned, or given to you (under certain circumstances) by the secretary of the army ….
All artillery, an…

Beauty the Bald Eagle Gets a New 3D Printed Beak

A bald eagle shot in the face by a hunter gets a new lease on life with a 3D printed beak.
“Beauty underwent a two hour procedure to attach the newly-printed beak prosthetic.
She lay strapped to the table as the team patiently worked to fit the prosthetic to what was left of her beak. Again and again they filed the prosthetic down, adjusted it, tested it and eventually, it worked.
For the first time since her accident, Beauty was able to drink water and preen herself like a normal eagle.”
http://www.3dprinter-world.com/article/beauty-bald-eagle-gets-new-3d-printed-beak
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http://www.3dprinter-world.com/article/beauty-bald-eagle-gets-new-3d-printed-beak

Beauty the Bald Eagle Gets a New 3D Printed Beak #Facebook

Ebay Launches 3D Printing iPhone App

Order 3D printed stuff with your iPhone with a new eBay product called eBay Exact.
“eBay Exact users can create 3D printed iPhone cases, jewelry and figurines based on uploaded self-portraits.

Some of the pieces can even be engraved prior to shipping.
There are a number of print mediums to choose from, including plastic, metal and wood.
At this time eBay is only accepting payment via PayPal, so you will need to have an existing PayPal account to place an order.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.3dprinter-world.com/article/ebay-launches-3d-printing-iphone-app

Ebay Launches 3D Printing iPhone App #Facebook

A different type of Arduino Internet shield

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The cost of an Ethernet shield for an Arduino isn’t horrible; generally between $17 and $32 depending on which one you buy. But have you seen the cost of a WiFi shield? Those are running North of $70! [Martin Melchior] has a solution that provides your choice of Ethernet or WiFi at a low-cost and it’ll work for most applications. He’s using a WiFi router as an Arduino Internet shield.
This is the TP-Link WR703N which has been very popular with hackers because of its combination of low price (easy to find at $25 or less) and many features: … Read the rest
via Hack a Day http://hackaday.com/2013/07/12/a-different-type-of-arduino-internet-shield/

A different type of Arduino Internet shield #Feedly

The $13,999 Quartz Armchair fuses natural wood and geometric bearing - Home Crux

For those who need a REALLY firm chair, check this out – only $14K
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The $13,999 Quartz Armchair fuses natural wood and geometric bearing - Home Crux #Facebook

Tile, the world's largest lost and found.

Ever wish you could find where you left stuff by using your smartphone?
Tile is a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy device you can attach to things you want to track (keys, laptop, bike, etc) as well as an app (iOS only for the time being) that lets you search for your tagged items.
Someone take your stuff? Report the tagged item as lost and every user of the app can report its location if they get within range of the item (range is 50 – 150 ft)
Android support should come when Bluetooth 4.0 LE support rolls out.
http://www.thetileapp.com/
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http://www.thetileapp.com/

Tile, the world's largest lost and found. #Facebook

Behavioral economics of Free to Play games

Ever wonder why you spend so much money on Candy Crush Saga?
Got this Gamasutra article via Boing Boing on the tricks free to play games use to get you to pay to play….
“A game of skill is one where your ability to make sound decisions primarily determines your success.
A money game is one where your ability to spend money is the primary determinant of your success.
Consumers far prefer skill games to money games,

for obvious reasons.
A key skill in deploying a coercive monetization model is to disguise your money game as a skill game.
If the shift from skill game to money game is done in a subtle enough manner, the brain of the consumer has a hard time realizing that the rules of the game have changed.
If done artfully, the consumer will increasingly spend under the assumption that they are still playing a skill game and “just need a bit of help”.
This ends up also being a form of discriminatory pricing as the costs just keep going up until the consumer realizes they are playing a money …

Solar-Powered Bionic Eye Developed By Stanford Scientists [VIDEO]

Solar powered microchip retinal implants show promise to restore sight lost as we age (age related macular degeneration)….
“Stanford researchers have developed a solar-powered retinal implant that could one day be used to correct blindness. They show the implant can send visual signals to the brains of rats in a study published today in Nature Communications…..
While this technology is in its early phases, it could have several advantages over older retinal prosthetics. First, the surgery is less complex and doesn’t require the permanent addition of circuitry to the head and face. The researchers also equipped the implant with better resolution, which could offer a greater range of sight to human recipients in the future.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/16610/20130618/solar-powered-bionic-eye-retinal-implant-eye-prosthetic-second-eye-product-blindness.htm

Solar-Powered Bionic Eye Developed By Stanford Scientists [VIDEO] #Facebook

The Queen of Versailles (Official Movie Site) - Directed by Lauren Greenfield - Sundance Film...

A riches to rags story of the American Dream that’s both tragic and funny – all hail The Queen of Versailles….
h/t to Loved.la for the link.
The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.
With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream.
The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the largest privately-owned house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.
Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.magpictures.com/thequeenofversailles/

The Queen of Versailles (Official Movie Si…

Lincoln’s Surveillance State

Spying on citizens – an American tradition since 1862.
This article from The New York Times shows the precedence for the beginning of such broad powers, as well as the precedent for their ending…
“Stanton collected news from generals, telegraph operators and reporters. He used his power over the telegraphs to influence what journalists did or didn’t publish.
In 1862, the House Judiciary Committee took up the question of “telegraphic censorship” and called for restraint on the part of the administration’s censors….
As the war ended, the emergency measures were rolled back. Information — telegraph and otherwise — began to flow freely again.
So it has been with many wars: a cycle of draconian measures followed by contraction.
This is why, if you are a critic of the N.S.A.’s surveillance program, it is imperative that the war on terror reach its culmination.
In May, President Obama declared that “this war, like all wars, must end.” If history is any guide, ending the seemingly endless state …

Blinky Box

Nothing like the right kind of toy to get a kid interested in tinkering…
h/t to Adafruit Industries’s blog for the link…
“This was a gift for my two year old nephew.
“Since he is a fan of lights and buttons, I wanted to make something blinky for him to enjoy.
The concept was simple: make a clear box with buttons that would change colors and patterns based on which buttons were pressed…
The best part about this toy is that it is fully programmable. As he gets older, I can program new features or games into it. Perhaps one day, I can even teach him to program it himself!”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://blog.grunick.com/blinky-box/

Blinky Box #Facebook

How To Customize Your Website's Live Tile For Windows 8.1 | Tips and Tricks

“With Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, users are able to pin websites to their Start Screens as live tiles, which show updates and notifications from their favorite websites….
Fortunately, making your website live tile-ready doesn’t take a lot of time or programming expertise.
All you’ll need are a working RSS feed of your content, a graphic file of your logo and the ability to add a few lines of code to the header of your pages.
Here’s how you can add live tile support to your website.”
http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-create-a-windows-8-1-live-tile-for-your-website
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http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-create-a-windows-8-1-live-tile-for-your-website

How To Customize Your Website's Live Tile For Windows 8.1 | Tips and Tricks #Facebook

BRICK[bricksmash]SMASH is Breakout Inception | Games | Geek.com

Yo dawg, I heard you like Breakout, so I put Breakout in your Breakout so you can play Breakout while you play Breakout….
“It’s not as difficult as it sounds, but it certainly isn’t easy. There are 16 bricks in total, which means you have to clear 16 mini-instances of Breakout while keeping at least one main ball alive in the top-level version of the game.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.geek.com/games/brickbricksmashsmash-is-breakout-inception-1561240/

BRICK[bricksmash]SMASH is Breakout Inception | Games | Geek.com #Facebook

The Sochi Winter Olympics just got a lot more expensive—and dicey

Quartz reports on the Sochi 2014 Winter Games’s security concerns, mostly the Chechen rebel group Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus forgotten…
“..the XXII Winter Games already posed the biggest security threat of any games in memory.
The games, which will run from February 7th to the 23rd, are going to be held right in the middle of one of the world’s hottest conflict zones, a cauldron of Islamist militancy, ethnic hatred and anti-Russian separatist movements known as the North Caucasus.
And Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on ensuring the safety of the games. ”
http://qz.com/101027/the-sochi-winter-olympics-just-got-a-lot-more-expensive-and-dicey/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/101027/the-sochi-winter-olympics-just-got-a-lot-more-expensive-and-dicey/

The Sochi Winter Olympics just got a lot more expensive—and dicey #Facebook

Agreements with private companies protect U.S. access to cables’ data for surveillance

Team Telecom: Surveillance Police – kinda has a ring to it…
“In deals involving a foreign company, say people familiar with the process, the FCC has held up approval for many months while the squadron of lawyers dubbed Team Telecom developed security agreements that went beyond what’s required by the laws governing electronic eavesdropping.
The security agreement for Global Crossing, whose fiber-optic network connected 27 nations and four continents, required the company to have a “Network Operations Center” on U.S. soil that could be visited by government officials with 30 minutes of warning. Surveillance requests, meanwhile, had to be handled by U.S. citizens screened by the government and sworn to secrecy — in many cases prohibiting information from being shared even with the company’s executives and directors.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/agreements-with-private-companies-protect-us-access-to-cables-data-for-surv…

Breast milk drinking by rich adults provokes outrage in China - The Times of India

The wealthy often go to great lengths for their health – but have newly rich Chinese gone too far?
“The wet nurses are provided by an agency, which scouts for poor women who have recently given birth and would be happy with some financial support. The new mothers offer their services for a few days to weeks in a month with prices varying from $2,000 to $4,000.
“Adults (clients) can drink it directly through breastfeeding, or they can always drink it from a breast pump if they feel embarrassed,” Lin Jun, owner of a wet nurse supplying agency, Xinxinyu, was quoted in the local media as saying.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Breast-milk-drinking-by-rich-adults-provokes-outrage-in-China/articleshow/20950290.cms

Breast milk drinking by rich adults provokes outrage in China - The Times of India #Facebook

Trashmail is a Feature-Rich Disposable Email Service

Hate all the spam you get from signing up for things? Wish there was a way to manage it?
Trashmail might be the service you’re looking for…
“Trashmail offers several features, but most notably you can customize your own disposable email address, specify the number of times that address can forward to you, and set an expiration date for the address as well. Trashmail also provides a browser extension for easier disposable address creation. “
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://lifehacker.com/5724037/trashmail-is-a-feature+rich-disposable-email-service

Trashmail is a Feature-Rich Disposable Email Service #Facebook

How to Make a Rice Krispies Treat Beer Cozy

If you want to get a good beer buzz and indulge your sweet tooth at the same time, MAKE Magazine’s craft section has a project for you – a Rice Krispies Treat Beer Can Cozy…
“The Rice Krispies performed admirably, better than one of the best can cozies we tested. They work well as an insulating material because each individual grain of crisped rice traps multiple pockets of air. And when the Rice Krispies are suspended in molten marshmallows, more air is trapped in the interstices between the cereal.
The cereal is a pretty nonconductive material, and the trapped air prevents heating due to convection. The light color of the cereal may also help by deflecting heat radiation.
Of course, it probably helped that the Rice Krispies were about 1 ½ to 2 inches thick – compared to about a half inch of foam in the standard can cozy. But 2 inches is about the average thickness of a Rice Krispies Treat.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.myscienceproject.org/rice.html

How …

Boy 'lived as a robot' for two months

Nothing like a little feel-good tech story to start off a Sunday morning – this one’s a BBC News story I found via Boing Boing:
“For two months, Grady Hofmann lived vicariously through a robot.
In the spring of 2012, the then eight-year-old was told he needed a bone marrow transplant. After the surgery, he would be confined to a small isolation room in a hospital.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22125682

Boy 'lived as a robot' for two months #Facebook

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

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New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of new entries on the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and launch them to new heights. So, we’re bringing back our weekly column [...]
via Android and Me http://androidandme.com/2013/07/applications/fresh-meat-10-new-android-apps-worth-checking-out-12/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fresh-meat-10-new-android-apps-worth-checking-out-12

Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out #Feedly

U.S. Border Agency Allows Others to Use Its Drones

Amidst the talk of using more drones to “protect our borders”, the revelation in The New York Times that existing drones have been lent out to other agencies 250 times in 2012 poses the question “why do we REALLY want all those drones?”
“Agencies that have used the 10 Predator drones owned by the Customs and Border Protection Agency have deployed them to investigate fishing violations, search for missing persons and inspect levees along the Mississippi River, among other things.
Three years ago, the drones were used by other agencies 30 times; in 2012, that jumped to 250 times. How the agency stores and shares that data with other government agencies remains unclear.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/business/us-border-agency-is-a-frequent-lender-of-its-drones.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

U.S. Border Agency Allows Others to Use Its Drones #Facebook

Cheap Storage Shelves

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Our kitchen was getting too cluttered with not enough counter-space, so I decided to make some cheap heavy duty storage shelves. Total cost was around $55 not including tools. Each of the 4 shelves are 21″x 45″ and the assembled structure stands 78″ tall. Materials & Tools                  …
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via Instructables: exploring http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Storage-Shelves/

Cheap Storage Shelves #Feedly

Professor Slammed For Fat-Shaming

Visiting NYU prof learns Twitter discipline the hard way.
Geoffrey Miller, a psychology professor from The University of New Mexico – UNM serving as a visiting professor at NYU Stern School of Business sent the following rather unfortunate tweet on June 2nd:
‘Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth.’
On June 11th, The Chronicle of Higher Education article stated he claimed it was part of a research project.
Then that came under suspicion, since research involving humans usually is required to be vetted by a review board.
That, combined with comments from peers and others , led Miller to post an apology on Twitter.
Moral: Think it over before hitting send.
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/geoffrey-miller-fat-shaming-nyu-phd_n_3385641.html

Professor Slammed For Fat-Shaming #Facebook

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/07/virus-hunters-are-testing-bats-camels-goats-and-ca

More on MERS, a new virus with 77 infections and 50% fatalities – bats, camels, and goats are being checked for the disease.
What the virus hunters are looking for is a source of the MERS virus.
“Bats are not the only animals under suspicion, however.
The team has also tested camels, goats, sheep and cats, which might act as intermediate hosts, picking up the virus from bats and then infecting people. One reason for suspecting camels is that a MERS patient from the United Arab Emirates had been around a sick camel shortly before falling ill. But that animal was not tested.”
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/07/virus-hunters-are-testing-bats-camels-goats-and-cats-to-find-a-deadly-illness-origin/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/07/virus-hunters-are-testing-bats-camels-goats-and-cats-to-find-a-deadly-illness-origin/

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/2013/07/virus-hunters-are-testing-bats-camels-goats-and-ca #…

I Can Quit Candy Crush Anytime I Want To

Candy Crush Saga – the latest mind-numbing, spirit-crushing cognitive and financial drain to hit Facebook is chronicled in this Slate.com article…
“I’m not alone in my addiction. About 45 million people play Candy Crush on Facebook each month, making it the most popular game on the site.
It’s the most downloaded mobile game on both Android and Apple devices, and it’s the top-grossing mobile app.
Think Gaming estimates that Candy Crush brings in around $633,000 a day—more than $230 million a year—for King, its British creator.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/07/candy_crush_saga_the_most_addictive_game_since_angry_birds.html

I Can Quit Candy Crush Anytime I Want To #Facebook

Microsoft CEO Said to Give Bates Mergers Role in Revamp

MS is doubling down on Modern (nee Metro) as the rumored reorg would put he head of MS’s Windows Phone division in charge of Microsoft’s OS Engineering Group…
via Bloomberg News
“Under this scenario, Larson-Green would oversee hardware engineering for all devices, including Xbox gaming consoles and Surface tablets, one person said.
Windows Phone software chief Terry Myerson would be given added responsibility for Windows operating system engineering under a group combining both businesses, the person said.”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-02/microsoft-ceo-said-to-give-bates-mergers-role-in-revamp.html

Microsoft CEO Said to Give Bates Mergers Role in Revamp #Facebook

About TunnelBear

We’ve secured you home computer’s browser, but what about my laptop, smartphone, or tablet? How can you keep yourself secure when you’re using someone else’s Wifi?
I’ve saved the best recommendation for last – a product that works for PCs, Macs, Iphones, and Android phones – it’s called TunnelBear.
Tunnel Bear allows you to keep your Internet use secure from those who would try to snoop on you in places with free Wifi by using and encrypted connection called a VPN (virtual private network).
Don’t be thrown off by the jargon – TunnelBear is easy to use.

Install it, then flick a switch whenever you want that extra bit of privacy. And that’s not all….
“But a lot of VPN’s are not good enough to fool services like iPlayer and Hulu, so to a certain extent, their usefulness is limited….
TunnelBear is one of the exceptions.

For those who like their software goodies free, TunnelBear provides everyone with 500MB free every month (and an additional 1GB per month free if you tweet about them on Twitter)…

Ghostery

OK, now that we have you using secure connections in your browser, we can go to the next step – knowing who is tracking you on the web, so you can choose who to allow and who to block.
The next browser tool is called Ghostery it’s available for all major browsers, including iOS.
“Ghostery is your window into the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons that are included on web pages in order to get an idea of your online behavior.
Ghostery tracks over 1,400 trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.”
https://www.ghostery.com/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
https://www.ghostery.com/

Ghostery #Facebook

HTTPS Everywhere

Happy July 4th, everyone!
Like I promised last evening, I’m going to take time today (as it’s Independence Day in the US) to highlight a few ways to help you stay secure on the Internet.
First on the agenda, a joint effort between the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tor Project , it’s a plugin for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome called Https everywhere.
“Q. What does HTTPS Everywhere protect me against?
A. On supported parts of supported sites, HTTPS Everywhere enables the sites’ HTTPS protection which can protect you against eavesdropping and tampering with the contents of the site or with the information you send to the site.
Ideally, this provides some protection against an attacker learning the content of the information flowing in each direction — for instance, the text of e-mail messages you send or receive through a webmail site, the products you browse or purchase on an e-commerce site, or the particular articles you read on a reference site.
However, HTTPS Everywhe…

The Death of the Internet - Markus Jakobsson – Blog Post – RSA Conference

All the talk as of earlier this year (and last) was the “death of the PC Desktop” in favor of “the cloud” – it seems now that the seeds of a countervailing concern about the Internet that would extend to cloud services – especially the points raised re: ICANN pursuing revenue and profits first, with security coming in a distant third.
Couple this with Bruce Schneier’s Google talk on “informational feudalism” – where FB, Apple, and Google hold individual data as fuedal lords held lands – as well as the PRISM leaks, and you’ve got a case for robustly distrusting the Internet as it is…
The trick is, what can individuals do about this?
I’ll cover a few good (and usually easy) steps to take tomorrow!
“The only negative thing about the book is the over the top title, which I think detracts from the important message that is pervasive in it. Other than that, the book is a fascinating read. Editor Markus Jakobsson (Principal Scientist for Consumer Security at PayPal) was able to take the collecte…

Makedo FreePlay Kit For One - 65 Pieces

via Boing Boing – a great buy for those wanting to do recycled cardboard projects.
“A friend told us about Makedo, a system of reusable plastic clips and hinges for cardboard construction. We ordered a set and have been having a ball. The sets even come with a plastic saw for cutting the cardboard…….
We didn’t make the cardboard gorilla at right but I’d like to! We’re gonna need a lot more clips though. There are a variety of Makedo kits available but the 65-piece starter kit is only $14 from Amazon, and comes in a sturdy tube.
Of course, if you buy it from Amazon, the shipping box is part of the present! “Makedo FreePlay Kit For One”
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007UN44KW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B007UN44KW&linkCode=as2&tag=jmcgreadycom-20

Makedo FreePlay Kit For One - 65 Pieces #Facebook

Stealth Wear Aims to Make a Tech Statement

In light of all this talk of surveillance, it would sure be nice to have something to counter all that snooping, right?
Welll, here’s another link from Adafruit Industries – this time to a NYT article on stealth clothing – from thermal thwarting hoodies to counter paparazzi purses which use LED lights to render pictures unusable.
““The science-fiction part has become a reality,” he said, “and there’s a growing need for products that offer privacy.”….
He also developed a purse with extra-bright LEDs that can be activated when someone is taking unwanted pictures; the effect is to reduce an intrusive photograph to a washed-out blur. In addition, he created a guide for hairstyling and makeup application that might keep a camera from recognizing the person beneath the elaborate get-up. The technique is called CV Dazzle — a riff on “computer vision” and “dazzle,” a type of camouflage used during World War II to make it hard to detect the size and shape of warships.
Mr. Harvey isn’t the only one…

Why you should care about your local hackerspace

found this via Adafruit Industries’s blog – InfoWorld has a really informative article that addresses the question

“what are hackerspaces and why should I care?”
“Amid all this buzz, it dawned on me that everyone should be excited about hackerspaces and what they represent, both for their local communities and the world. Although the hackerspace movement is growing rapidly, many people are still not familiar with them, where they are located, or what they do”
http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/why-you-should-care-about-your-local-hackerspace-221628
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.infoworld.com/d/application-development/why-you-should-care-about-your-local-hackerspace-221628

Why you should care about your local hackerspace #Facebook

5 Tips for Lightning-Fast Decision Making - Lifehack

It’s a new moth and with it come new decisions to be made (or old decisions to be made that you haven’t made). The problem is the seemingly endless options which lead to paralysis and indecision.
This Lifehack article lists things for overanalyzers to do, such as:

The 2 minute rule (a deadline to force the issue)

Think good/bad (no death by questioning every variable)

Think in the present (avoid big-picturing everything)
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/5-tips-for-lightning-fast-decision-making.html
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http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/5-tips-for-lightning-fast-decision-making.html

5 Tips for Lightning-Fast Decision Making - Lifehack #Facebook

David Berreby – The obesity era

via Boing Boing – a lengthy article that casts doubt upon the “lazy glutton” theory of explaining obesity….
“Consider, for example, this troublesome fact, reported in 2010 by the biostatistician David B Allison and his co-authors at the University of Alabama in Birmingham: over the past 20 years or more, as the American people were getting fatter, so were America’s marmosets.
As were laboratory macaques, chimpanzees, vervet monkeys and mice, as well as domestic dogs, domestic cats, and domestic and feral rats from both rural and urban areas.
In fact, the researchers examined records on those eight species and found that average weight for every one had increased. The marmosets gained an average of nine per cent per decade. Lab mice gained about 11 per cent per decade.

Chimps, for some reason, are doing especially badly: their average body weight had risen 35 per cent per decade.
Allison, who had been hearing about an unexplained rise in the average weight of lab animals, was nonetheless…

LPT: Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon (e.g. the one you stirred your coffee with) onto the spot....

It’s summer, and that means the bugs are out, and you might get bitten by one. Here’s a quick tip via reddit to help stop the bug bites from itching:
from user switchbadger:

“This is actually true for most allergic reactions. You are producing a hyper-histamine response to a foreign protein that can be denatured with heat. (Cooking it.)
I use this same trick when my eyes get itchy from cat hair or pollen, except with a hot face cloth instead of a spoon.”
http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/1gpmb9/lpt_mosquito_bite_press_a_hot_spoon_eg_the_one/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/1gpmb9/lpt_mosquito_bite_press_a_hot_spoon_eg_the_one/

LPT: Mosquito bite? Press a hot spoon (e.g. the one you stirred your coffee with) onto the spot.... #Facebook

Happy new fiscal year! A lot changes on July 1, the favorite day of bureaucrats

Today marks the beginning (and end, in the case of Google Reader) of quite a few things, as outlined in this article on Quartz.
Here a just a few examples of things starting today:
Moving Day in Montreal

The Met stops using metal buttons

Gay Marriage becomes legal in Delaware
and, lest we forget, it’s the birthday of

McGruff, the Crime fighting Dog…
http://qz.com/99135/happy-new-fiscal-year-a-lot-changes-on-july-1-the-favorite-day-of-bureaucrats/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/99135/happy-new-fiscal-year-a-lot-changes-on-july-1-the-favorite-day-of-bureaucrats/

Happy new fiscal year! A lot changes on July 1, the favorite day of bureaucrats #Facebook

Why Snowden's Visitors Put Their Phones in the Fridge

On a hot July day, you might us a fridge to keep your drinks cold – but here’s another use for the fridge…..

a counter-surveillance tool….
“Another household object that functions similarly, Mr. Harvey has learned through his research into cellphone data transmission, is a stainless steel martini shaker.
“It’s a perfect Faraday cage – it will block all radio signals unless you decide you need to pour yourself a martini,” he said. Although this sounds like a plot point in a James Bond movie, Mr. Harvey has actually done extensive tests on the shaker in the process of developing a surveillance-blocking cellphone case called the OFF Pocket.”
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/why-snowdens-visitors-put-their-phones-in-the-fridge/?smid=tw-share&_r=1
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/why-snowdens-visitors-put-their-phones-in-the-fridge/?smid=tw-share&_r=1

Why Snowden's Visitors Put Their Phones in the Fridge #Faceboo…

Manhattan Micro-Loft | Residential | Specht Harpman

The TARDIS isn’t the only thing that’s bigger on the inside – a 425sq ft room in Manhattan (albeit with a 25ft ceiling and access to a roof terrace) gets made over into a 4 level space…
http://www.spechtharpman.com/residential/west_73rd_street_residence.php
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.spechtharpman.com/residential/west_73rd_street_residence.php

Manhattan Micro-Loft | Residential | Specht Harpman #Facebook

Ecuador breaks US trade pact to thwart 'blackmail' over Snowden asylum

The word for today, boys and girls, is…

cojones.
“Ecuador has ramped up its defiance of the US over Edward Snowden by waiving preferential trade rights with Washington even as the whistleblower’s prospect of reaching Quito dimmed.
President Rafael Correa’s government said on Thursday it was renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act to thwart US “blackmail” of Ecuador in the former NSA contractor’s asylum request.
Officials, speaking at an early morning press conference, also offered a $23m donation for human rights training in the US, a brash riposte to recent US criticism of Ecuador’s own human rights record.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/ecuador-us-trade-pact-edward-snowden
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/27/ecuador-us-trade-pact-edward-snowden

Ecuador breaks US trade pact to thwart 'blackmail' over Snowden asylum #Facebook

New crowdfunding site gets YouTubers a regular paycheck

Kevin Kelly once wrote a column called 1000 True Fans, which described a situation where an artist could become self-supporting if they could amass 1000 True Fans – patrons of their work.
Jack Conte is currently making that situation a reality for quite a few YouTube content creators via Patreon – a site which allows them to find patrons for their work who pledge an amount of money for every piece of supported content the artist produces (for example, an artist might do video blog updates, but only specify songs or music videos as supported).
“Unlike Kickstarter, where backers contribute toward a one-time payout for a single project, Patreon asks viewers to pledge a dollar amount for each video produced by the artist they support.
“Basically,” Conte said in an interview with Quartz, “I’m a constant creator myself, and I want to release a set of remixes over the next year. I didn’t need a big chunk of money up front, because it wasn’t for one project, but for a bunch of little things.””
ht…

Criticize Your Dentist? That's a Jailin' | Popehat

via Popehat – the story of a dentist’s attorney who winds up on the receiving end of a rhetorical (and procedural) reaming by opposing counsel in response to a nastygram letter to an patient who wrote an unfavorable Yelp review…
“He sent one of the most thorough, persuasive, and crushing refutations of a bogus legal threat I have ever seen. Enjoy it here in all its hyperlinked glory.
http://www.popehat.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/thisissparta.pdf
Leif eviscerates de la Riva’s suggestion that Jen B.’s Yelp review was false or actionable, lays out the pertinent authority showing that her opinion was utterly protected, and sets forth the world of hurt de la Riva and Dr. Coppola face under Texas’ anti-SLAPP statute if they pursue Jen B.”
http://www.popehat.com/2013/06/25/criticize-your-dentist-thats-a-jailin/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://www.popehat.com/2013/06/25/criticize-your-dentist-thats-a-jailin/

Criticize Your Dentist? That's a Jailin' | Popehat #F…

Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect

“Call it extreme weather architecture. Horn, a 23-year-old graduate of the New York Institute of Technology (more on him below), is part of a boom in design competitions and urban reconstruction initiatives built around climate change.
A rash of storms, drought and fires in recent years has ignited this contemplation of a new school of design cutting across cities and shorelines, homes and commercial buildings.”
http://qz.com/97093/new-profession-of-extreme-weather-architect/
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http://qz.com/97093/new-profession-of-extreme-weather-architect/

Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect #Facebook

Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect

“Call it extreme weather architecture. Horn, a 23-year-old graduate of the New York Institute of Technology (more on him below), is part of a boom in design competitions and urban reconstruction initiatives built around climate change.
A rash of storms, drought and fires in recent years has ignited this contemplation of a new school of design cutting across cities and shorelines, homes and commercial buildings.”
http://qz.com/97093/new-profession-of-extreme-weather-architect/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/97093/new-profession-of-extreme-weather-architect/

Introducing the new profession of extreme-weather architect #Facebook

Don’t miss the bigger picture: Thy selfie is not thyself

“There is also the inevitable, palpable insecurity wrought in selfie culture—especially with those who often seek validation in the face they are willing to snapshot for the world.
I often see that the photos people ‘like’ best are not the ones with most meaning, but the ones where they can easily justify a quick comments like “super hot” or, in worse case scenario, “werk it girlll”.”
http://qz.com/96968/dont-miss-the-bigger-picture-thy-selfie-is-not-thyself/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/96968/dont-miss-the-bigger-picture-thy-selfie-is-not-thyself/

Don’t miss the bigger picture: Thy selfie is not thyself #Facebook

It’s no accident Facebook made Instagram’s new videos exactly as long as a television commercial

Good news: Instagram will now have 15 second video…
Bad News: We’ll all start getting 15 second TV ads in our News feeds
“An Instagram with 15-second videos is right in the sweet spot for Facebook: It’s mobile, it’s video, and at that length, it means that advertisers can drop in their short television spots without even modifying them.
This is an important but overlooked feature of online video ads, when compared to other kinds like banner and search: the ability to re-use the same creative on which advertisers have already spent so much money. That’s an extremely appealing advantage to ad buyers.”
http://qz.com/96475/its-no-accident-facebook-made-instagrams-new-videos-exactly-as-long-as-a-television-commercial/
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
http://qz.com/96475/its-no-accident-facebook-made-instagrams-new-videos-exactly-as-long-as-a-television-commercial/

It’s no accident Facebook made Instagram’s new videos exactly as long as a television commercial #Facebook

How To Use Math To Crush Your Friends At Monopoly Like You've Never Done Before

h/t to Boing Boing for the link:
Ever wanted to totally dominate a game of Monopoly but didn’t know how? Business Insider has come along and given you the keys to the Monopoly kingdom
“It’s played amongst close friends, loved ones, and trusted business partners.
It’s also one of the few times in life where it’s perfectly acceptable to want to systematically annihilate and crush the aforementioned friends, loved ones and partners.
Well, we’re here to help.
Monopoly has a major element of chance in it, and the best part about games of chance is that people with Microsoft Excel can basically solve them.
We broke down the must-know math behind Monopoly as well as several lessons you can take away from what truly is The Most Dangerous Game.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/math-monopoly-statistics-2013-6?op=1
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http://www.businessinsider.com/math-monopoly-statistics-2013-6?op=1#ixzz2X5u87gJA

How To Use Math To Crush Your Friends At Monopoly Like You…

Turkish drone shooting heralds a new age of civillian counter-surveillance | News | Geek.com

Geek.com has this story, which uses the story of Turkish police shooting down a civilian RC Quadcopter (whose camera was recording police beating protesters) as a jumping off point to discuss the coming availability of small inexpensive cam equipped quadcopters like the Me Cam to the average smartphone owners and how that will change the availability of information…
“A drone, unlike a manned helicopter, can be small and nimble enough to dart in close to a subject, and cheap enough to risk on dangerous encounters; the owner of this particular drone told Geek.com via Twitter DM that his total losses on the drone and camera were equivalent to about $1650 US.
Had he been purchasing within Europe or North America, those costs would have been considerably lower.
Situations like the unrest in Istanbul, or even just a police car-chase through an American city, often result in a lock-down of airspace, disallowing the use of news helicopters to cover the action.
Laws governing the use of small, r…

http://i.imgur.com/A7uHgOo.jpg

found this Tip on reddit – a more compact alternative to the traditional tally mark system of writing down counts…
http://i.imgur.com/A7uHgOo.jpg
via Jmcgready’s miscellany of collected happenings
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How to Run Multiple Instances of Google Drive on Windows

from Guiding Tech, a guide to syncing multiple Google Drive accounts on one computer.
“According to Google Support, once must use application preferences and sign out from the first Google account before using another. But that’s not a solution if you want to sync more than one account and use them in parallel.
Fret not, like always, we’ve got your back. Here’s a method to get it done and run multiple Google Drive instances on the same machine.”
http://www.guidingtech.com/17243/run-multiple-google-drive-instances-windows-sync-accounts/
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The Art of Non-Conformity » Human Behavior, Compliance, and Identity

from Chris Guillebeau – an article on how he is using an approach that works in other areas of his life to bring about change in his business.
It’s not so much being the change you want to see as acting as the person who has already changed….
“One of the strongest drivers of our behavior is to comply with the person we believe ourselves to be.
If you want to do something different, you have to adopt the identity of the kind of person who would do that thing.
What would that person focus on? How would they think? How would they behave?
If you want to quit smoking, for example, you have to take on the identity of a non-smoker. You have to tell yourself: “I’m no longer a smoker … I’m a former smoker. I don’t conform to that behavior any longer.”
If you tell yourself that you make healthy choices more often than not, you’ll begin to feel differently when you make less-than-healthy choices.”
http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/human-behavior-compliance-identity/
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Wealthy Chinese are moving to Hong Kong by way of Gambia

What’s ironic is that in the 1990′s the wealthy in Hong Kong were trying to get OUT of Hong Kong…
This also reminds me of of an exodus from Thatcher’s UK to the US in the 1980′s – and while I distinctly remember the term “yacht people” being used for the UK exodus, Wikipedia only seems to recognize the Hong Kong exodus….
“Hong Kong is an alluring place to live for many in mainland China, with its better investment opportunities, schools, and broader personal freedoms.
But becoming a Hong Kong resident isn’t easy for mainland Chinese because of emigration restrictions Beijing puts on mainland citizens. Hong Kong is also hesitant to see a deluge of mainlanders moving in.
For wealthy Chinese, the latest scheme to skirt these restrictions involves pitching a tent in Gambia, at least figuratively.
(As we’ve written before, Chinese multimillionaires are desperate for passports and residence permits across the globe.)”
http://qz.com/96313/wealthy-chinese-are-moving-to-hong-kong-by-way-of-gambia/

Why is international media ignoring current protests in Bulgaria?

First Turkey, then Brazil, now Bulgaria?
“Even though the protests were prompted by a very specific event, not much unlike the Taksim protests, they are really not about this one particular incident.
They are about something so much bigger and so much more disturbing than that, that frankly, failing to cover it seems irresponsible at best… and, to an Eastern European, who is so used to questioning media objectivity in the first place,… it appears almost criminal. Who is telling YOU to keep YOUR mouth shut?!
With well documented ties to criminal businessmen and their political cronies, Peevski’s inexplicably easy ascend to power has come to epitomize a mode of governance in which political, economic and oftentimes criminal interest have developed such a symbiotic relationship, that both politicians and citizenry are unable to distinguish where one point of interest starts and another one begins.”
https://medium.com/better-humans/c48a55c30e29
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WedgeStrap: Just another R2D2 Birthday Cake Build

from Hack a Day, a story of the perfect Star Wars R2D2 cake,

replete with a message from Princess Leia Organa….
“As all 6-year-olds should, [Marc]‘s son is a huge fan of Star Wars. For his birthday party, he wanted a Star Wars themed cake, and making one in the shape of R2D2 seemed to be right up [Marc]‘s alley.
Of course any clone of everyone’s favorite R2 unit should also display Leia’s distress message to Ben Kenobi, and [Marc] figured out a way to do just that.”
http://mfsamuel.blogspot.com/2013/06/just-another-r2d2-birthday-cake-build.html
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Investors in this Japanese ponzi scheme lost $4.34 billion by betting on fake cows

Oh, well – I guess my favorite Kobe burgers are going to be more expensive. Couple this with a Chinese firm buying Smithfield bacon and I’m not sure what will become of most favoritest burger….
“But as it turns out, the cows were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The discovery of foot-and-mouth disease in 2010 year caused beef prices to plunge, and the farm slaughtered 15,000 cows.
Shortly thereafter, the region where the farm was located was leveled by a the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which damaged the nearby Fukushima nuclear power plant. The cows ate contaminated hay, which sparked fears of radiation contamination and led to a spike in contract cancellations.
The farm’s cow production slowed, its debts piled up, and allegedly, the company started deceiving investors about its total cow count—it claimed to have 90,000 to 100,000 breeding cows; investigators only found 60,000.
By August 2011, Agura Bokujo had filed for bankruptcy.”
http://qz.com/96302/investors-in-this-japanese-po…

Amazon is staffing up for its $600 million cloud for spooks

I guess if reddit can run off Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, then why not the Central Intelligence Agency?
“You can now add “spymaster” to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s various titles. On Friday June 14, a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report elaborated on previous reports that Amazon had won a $600 million contract to build a “private cloud” for the CIA.
(The GAO report was generated when IBM, which had been competing for the contract, protested that it had lost unfairly.)
http://qz.com/95994/amazon-is-staffing-up-for-its-600-million-cloud-for-spooks/
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The US just chucked this human trafficking grenade at Russia and China

Call it awkward timing, but the State Department finally flagged Russia & China, taking them from the constantly repeated “you really need to actually better this time, unlike the last decade or so when you said you would but didn’t do much” to “told you we’d do this” status.
As you can tell by the other guys in tier 3, it opens up the possibility of sanctions (if not the actuality). Think of it as “less favored nation” status….
“The downgrading of an economy is a fairly well-known phenomenon. But there’s a lesser-known equivalent in the world of human rights, brought to you by the US State Department: the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report.
A touchstone for global human trafficking data, this year’s report, out today, did something uncharacteristically interesting: it demoted Russia and China, along with Uzbekistan, to “Tier Three” status, which puts them in the company of countries like North Korea, Iran and Zimbabwe.”
http://qz.com/96076/body-politics-how-the-state-department-just…

The Futility of Comparing Yourself to Others : zenhabits

This hit me the hardest on Sunday mornings, especially when I attend church (which I haven’t for a few months).
Not only do you create a pleasing fictional version of your life for people who only see you for a couple of hours a week, but, against all that is sane and rational, you compare your real self to other people’s versions that are incomplete at best or at the worst curated fiction….
The only thing of which you can be certain is that what you see is never the whole story…
“One of the biggest reasons we’re not content with ourselves and our lives is that we compare ourselves to other people.
Picture it: you see photos of what someone else is doing on Facebook and think your life isn’t exciting enough.
You see someone else who has a cool job and think you’re not doing that great in your career.
You see someone with a hotter body, and feel bad about yours.
You see someone who has created an awesome business, and think you’re not doing enough.
You read about people who are traveling t…

Earliest known MERS outbreak, in Jordan, infected at least 10 people

I know, enough with the MERS stories already….
It turns out the earliest cases in Jordan weren’t just two cases, but TEN cases.
If the cases just discovered after further testing are added,

WHO stats would record 72 cases, 38 of which were fatal.
The Saudis have been less than forthcoming with info, releasing it months after cases and/or deaths are detected. Given that Ramadan is coming soon, with the possibility of higher than normal tourist numbers, you could see cause for concern….
“Although investigations have failed to pinpoint the first case in the outbreak, it is believe the virus spread among the cases by person-to-person transmission, said Dr. Mohammad Al-Abdallat, director of communicable diseases for Jordan’s Ministry of Health.
“It’s most likely, we can say,” Al-Abdallat said in an interview from Amman.
“Applying infection control measures is very important to containment of this MERS coronavirus outbreak.”
A senior scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which collabor…

FATE | Connecting innovators with educators. A FATE inspired initiative.

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Nothing like getting connected on a Friday night -

no, not THAT kind of connection,

that’s what the ads on the sidebar are for
The connection I’m talking about is PhillyConnectED, a FATE brand promoting the intelligent and targeted use of Educational technology. You’ve probably heard of their work, just not the name behind it.
You remember Zora Ball, the 7 year old who became the youngest person to program a gaming app? She was a Bootstrap student who demoed her game at a FATE Bootstrap Expo.
That’s just one of the many things that PhillyConnectED does -

for more info, check out their website at:
http://fatetech.org/
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Details from the MakerBot/Stratasys Press Conference

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The announcement that industrial 3D printer company Stratasys has acquired the consumer-focused start-up MakerBot has sent shockwaves through the Maker world in the last 24 hours. This morning at MakerBot HQ in Brooklyn, NY, Bre Pettis and David Rice, principles in the two companies, gave a press conference to talk more about the deal, and what it means for the burgeoning 3D printing home market.

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Create a custom Chrome OS/Chromebook "App"

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In this write up I will describe how to create a custom Chromebok/Chrome OS app. I can’t take full credit info was obtained from http://www.omgchrome.com. Just thought it would be good info to share and may the instructables crew would actually want to make a Chrome app available in the web store. …
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Fitch says China credit bubble unprecedented in modern world history - Telegraph

Hopefully this doesn’t presage a Chinese version of the 2008 US collapse…
“The journal said total credit in China’s financial system may be as high as 221% of GDP, jumping almost eightfold over the last decade, and warned that companies will have to fork out $1 trillion in interest payments alone this year.
“Chinese corporate debt burdens are much higher than those of other economies. Much of the liquidity is being used to repay debt and not to finance output,” it said.
It also flagged worries over an exodus of hot money once the US Federal Reserve starts tightening. “China will face large-scale capital outflows if there is an exit from quantitative easing and the dollar strengthens,” it wrote.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/10123507/Fitch-says-China-credit-bubble-unprecedented-in-modern-world-history.html
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Ray Ozzie on NSA spying: We got what we asked for. Now it’s time to wake up. - Boston.com

Now comes the hard part: weaning an entrenched industry from the broad powers which feed it….
“He said that, after Sept. 11, the pendulum had swung too far towards government surveillance and data gathering
“We got what we asked for, and now it’s time to pull it back,” Ozzie said, referencing the near-unanimous passage of the PATRIOT Act, noting the danger that broad data gathering operations present. “Imagine if you had an administration targeting journalists or groups of people based on political leanings.”
The current administration, of course, is facing allegations that it did just that, with the Department of Justice secretly obtaining Associated Press phone records and investigating a Fox News reporter’s personal emails while the IRS is facing allegations it focused audits on politically conservative groups.”
http://www.boston.com/business/innovation/blogs/inside-the-hive/2013/06/07/ray-ozzie-nsa-spying-got-what-asked-for-now-time-wake/42AqxBSvgu0X3xXGIx7WFK/blog.html
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