Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Old Old English

"The English Word That Hasn't Changed in Sound or Meaning in 8,000 Years"

iOS Shortcut Ror Recording Police

"iOS Shortcut for Recording the Police":
Once the shortcut is installed and configured, you just have to say, for example, "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over." Then the program pauses music you may be playing, turns down the brightness on the iPhone, and turns on "do not disturb" mode.
It also sends a quick text to a predetermined contact to tell them you've been pulled over, and it starts recording using the iPhone's front-facing camera. Once you've stopped recording, it can text or email the video to a different predetermined contact and save it to Dropbox.

Medical Video Games

"Your doctor may be playing medical video games at work. That could be good for your health".

I especially love the idea of earning CME (continuing medical education) credits for gaming.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Dinosaurs And Private Property

"Who Owns The Dinosaurs? It All Depends On Where You Find Them".

I'm basically ok with this concept.

Depressing Fermi Solution

"A Physicist Has Proposed a Pretty Depressing Explanation For Why We Never See Aliens"

Dracula's Cannonballs

"Dracula's cannonballs from 15th-century battle found in Bulgaria".

"Dracula's Cannonballs" would also be a good name of a punk band.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

List On Free Will

"Free Will Is Real"

Designer Babies

"Stossel: Don't Be Scared of Designer Babies"

T-Cell Timing

"Immune Cells Measure Time to Identify Foreign Proteins". (Via H.R.)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

New Yawk

"Why some New Yorkers drop their 'R's". (Via H.R.)

Update: Link was bad, fixed now!

Star Wars Theme Park Update

"Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is so ambitious Disneyland fans may not be ready for it"

YouTube Moderation Fail

"YouTube blocks history teachers uploading archive videos of Hitler"

Friday, June 07, 2019

Password Sanity

"Microsoft says mandatory password changing is 'ancient and obsolete'"

Seuss And Education

"How Dr. Seuss Changed Education in America"
It didn’t help that Dick and Jane belonged to what many have dubbed the dullest family on earth. The books were plotless, littered with mind-numbing, repetitious quasi-sentences. (“Look, Jane. Look, look. See Dick. See, see. Oh, see. See Dick.”) The illustrations were stodgy and bland. Flesch deemed the series “horrible, stupid, emasculated, pointless.”

The author John Hersey, in an article on the literacy debate, for Life magazine, was not much kinder, calling the books “namby-pamby” and “insipid,” and the pictures “terribly literal.” Hersey wondered why primers couldn’t at least feature the talents of gifted children’s-book illustrators, and he listed Dr. Seuss among their ranks.

The head of Houghton Mifflin’s education division took note. He challenged Geisel to write a primer that emerging or reluctant readers would actually enjoy, pleading, “Write me a story that first graders can’t put down!” But for a wordsmith as playful and unconventional as Dr. Seuss—someone fond of phrases such as “howling mad hullaballoo,” who invented animals like the Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz—there was a big catch: to qualify as a first-grade primer, the text would have to be tightly restricted to a list of three hundred and fifty simple, pre-approved vocabulary words, supplied by the publisher, with a preferred limit of just two hundred and twenty-five words.

Could Dr. Seuss deliver a page-turner that contained itself to no more than two hundred and twenty-five real, English, mostly monosyllabic words?

Stock Sectors Over 200 Years

"Visualizing 200 Years of US Stock Market Sectors". (Via Maximizing Progress.)

Thursday, June 06, 2019

AirPods All The Time

"The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time"

Left Behind, Cosmonaut Edition

"The last Soviet citizen: The cosmonaut who was left behind in space"
Sergei Krikalev was in space when the Soviet Union collapsed. Unable to come home, he wound up spending two times longer than originally planned in orbit. They simply refused to bring him back. 

Tiger Shark Food

"Tiger Sharks' Unexpected Food Source: Birds Falling from the Sky"

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Perpetual Diamond Illusion

Optical illusion of the day: The Perpetual Diamond.
The Perpetual Diamond produces motion continuously and unambiguously in one direction despite never physically changing location. The phenomenon consists of a steady, mid-luminance diamond bordered by four thin edge strips and a surrounding background field. The direction of motion is determined by the relative phases of the luminance modulation between the edge strips and the background. Because the motion is generated entirely by changing contrast signals between the edge strips and background, the stimulus is a valuable tool for tests of spatial contrast, temporal contrast, contrast gain, and color contrast. 

The Risk Of Relying On IOT

"That major Google outage meant some Nest users couldn't unlock doors or use the AC"

How To Get To Mars And Back

"SpaceX beginning to tackle some of the big challenges for a Mars journey". (Via H.R.)

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Apple Update, WWDC 2019

"The 10 most important announcements from WWDC 2019"

Nazi Uranium Cubes

"Tracking the journey of a uranium cube". (Via H.R.)

BTW, "Nazi Uranium Cubes" should be the name of a punk band.

Carroll On Gell-Man

Sean Carroll: "The Physicist Who Made Sense of the Universe"

Monday, June 03, 2019

How 10,000 Steps Became A Thing

"What 10,000 Steps Will Really Get You":
I-Min Lee, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the lead author of a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, began looking into the step rule because she was curious about where it came from. “It turns out the original basis for this 10,000-step guideline was really a marketing strategy,” she explains. “In 1965, a Japanese company was selling pedometers, and they gave it a name that, in Japanese, means ‘the 10,000-step meter.’”

Based on conversations she’s had with Japanese researchers, Lee believes that name was chosen for the product because the character for “10,000” looks sort of like a man walking. As far as she knows, the actual health merits of that number have never been validated by research.

Scientific or not, this bit of branding ingenuity transmogrified into a pearl of wisdom that traveled around the globe over the next half century, and eventually found its way onto the wrists and into the pockets of millions of Americans...

Digital Couture

"A digital 'dress' sold for $9,500: If people will only see it online, does it need to exist in real life?"

Leech Smuggling

(Smuggling) Markets In Everything: "Man caught smuggling nearly 5,000 leeches in luggage".

The market value of these medicinal leeches would have been approximately $40k - $100k, at $8 to $20 per leech.