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daily 04/27/2013

April 27, 2013 Leave a comment
    • And indeed he has started well – too well, arguably, to send him to the minor leagues, which means Fernandez will be a free agent after six seasons. Had the Marlins stashed him in the minor leagues for the season’s first 11 days – a time during which Fernandez made only one start – he would not have been eligible for free agency until 2019.
      • In the boardroom your idea will be evaluated from at least three perspectives:


        1. The Customer: will they like it?
        2. The Business model: will it be profitable for us?
        3. The Technology: can we produce it?

        That’s why I am a big fan of a conservative way

    • But quantity matters too. That’s because Apple is not just competing with Samsung for customers, it’s competing with Samsung and all the other Android-phone manufacturers for the attention of app developers.
    • The name of Oblivion’s world-plundering alien conjures the specter of the Vietnam War, as does its vision of human salvation through self-immolation.
    • If there’s a thread that runs through Cruise’s recent movies, it’s this: You may think you know me, but you don’t.
    • David wants to wake from his “dream,” which turns out to be a scenario implanted by a cryonics firm offering a “union of science and entertainment.” But in order to do so he has to sacrifice his body, metaphorically killing himself by jumping off the top of a skyscraper. Only then can he open his eyes.
    • In the course of the film, we learn this is a lie, a fiction promulgated by an alien intelligence whose triangular vessel, known as The Tet, hovers in Earth’s sky like a replacement for its demolished moon.
    • But in fact they are clones, one of dozens of identical pairs scattered around the globe, each carefully restricted to a designated sector.
    • I see satire as the means by which you take down a worthy target — generally speaking, anybody in the government or big business or anybody who has power over anyone else’s life is worthy automatically.
    • Borowitz: I was quite taken aback by the huge response to that Beyonce piece. Mark Twain had this theory that there was nothing funnier than just stating the truth really baldly.

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daily 04/26/2013

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    • So with these additions, Amazon’s days of skirting the IRS are coming to a close. Rather than find another way to sneak around the sales tax rules, its lawyers and lobbyists have opted to make damn well sure that everyone else is going down with them. Or as they chose to frame it, their goal is “an even-handed federal framework for state sales tax collection.”
    • After that, Klemko writes, “Mathieu weaved through the remaining crowd and into a black Chevy Suburban parked illegally at the corner. He declined an interview request. His girlfriend, Sydni, clutched his left arm and rested her head on his shoulder. And they were off.”
    • As Toni Reavis reports, Lukas Verzbicas, the sub-4:00 high school miler who became a world junior triathlon titlist and then suffered devastating injuries in a cycling accident in July, had been training for two months at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista under the coaching of 1984 Olympic 800-meter gold medalist Joaquim Cruz and would line up in the 20-29 age group race at Carlsbad (Verzbicas is just 20). Ryan Ripley won the race in 14:52 with Verzbicas third in 15:22.
    • Triadan and Inomata believe that Ceibal, and other Maya villages like it, were the result of cultural mixing. The rapid pace of social change was spurred by many peoples sharing new technologies with each other, as well as new ideas. Social norms fell away and new rituals took their places. It would have been an extremely exciting time in history, when nobody was sure which cultures would come to dominate the area nor which ideas would take hold.
    • Sam Parnia practices resuscitation medine. In other words, he helps bring people back from the dead — and some return with stories. Their tales could help save lives, and even challenge traditional scientific ideas about the nature of consciousness.
    • “The evidence we have so far is that human consciousness does not become annihilated,” said Parnia, a doctor at Stony Brook University Hospital and director of the school’s resuscitation research program. “It continues for a few hours after death, albeit in a hibernated state we cannot see from the outside.”
    • It sounds supernatural, and if their memories are accurate and their brains really have stopped, it’s neurologically inexplicable, at least with what’s now known. Parnia, leader of the Human Consciousness Project’s AWARE study, which documents after-death experiences in 25 hospitals across North America and Europe, is studying the phenomenon scientifically.

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daily 04/25/2013

April 25, 2013 Leave a comment
    • In “Forget-Me-Now,” Bob Loblaw (played by Scott Baio) gives the Bluths this speech which is a big ol’ Happy Days reference: “Look, this is not the first time I’ve been brought in to replace Barry Zuckerkorn. I think I can do for you everything he did. Plus, I skew younger. With juries and so forth.”
    • “People go to the zoo and they like the lion because it’s scary. And the bear because it’s intense, but the monkey makes people laugh.”
    • I was in a staring contest with one of the most powerful men in show business. I tried to exude some star-ness from my face.Lorne said, “You can tell a lot from someone’s eyes.”
    • As soon as I took the candy I swear to God Lorne shot a look at the head writer that clearly connoted to me that I had failed the test. I walked out of there thinking I ruined my career because of a Jolly Rancher. I don’t even like Jolly Ranchers. I festered about it for days.
    • However, when I finally got to his office, Lorne told me that even though my audition was outstanding, he was getting a lot of pressure from his cast to promote from within. He said he’d let me know in the morning. So I went out and got drunk. Sure enough, Lorne woke me up with his epiphany. He was going with up-and-coming Tina Fey and cast member Jimmy Fallon as the coed anchors of Weekend Update.
    • The following year was interesting because it was a different style of audition, which was they had everybody improvise with each other.
    • You would think it would have been a little more competitive. But that also was the year that Fred Armisen said “no,” he wasn’t gonna do that if he didn’t have an improv background. He just did Fericito, and he was the one who ultimately got hired.
    • He was passed over for SNL, but Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels would hire him a few years later to play the role that immortalized him: Kenneth Parcell on 30 Rock.
    • So, you’re sitting there and waiting and waiting and waiting and you just get all freaked out. And when you do your audition at that comedy club the night before, they let you do 10 minutes of characters and impressions, whatever you want.
    • I felt good about it, but I don’t think that I was on par with like Will Ferrell or someone like that.
    • I don’t know what happened, but the day after they cast Bobby Moynihan, it came out – and I don’t know how this happened – but they said that I had gone in and bombed the audition on purpose, maybe? And all of these rumors surfaced.
    • During his monologue when hosting SNL last month, Kevin Hart talked about auditioning for the show “way back in the day” and doing impressions of NBA coach Avery Johnson (“I found out that white people didn’t know who Avery Johnson is”) and Robert De Niro (“I’m only gonna use expressions”). Hart wasn’t hired and now he’s famous enough to host the show.
    • Shouldn’t we be slowing the game down, ala Alabama, to keep Manny’s sieve off the field? And why are we copying West Virginia, a team that finished 7-6?
    • So, why did Mack decide to go up-tempo?


      Fuck if I know. My best guess? Mack is flailing. He doesn’t know what is broken and, even if he did, wouldn’t know how to fix it. Coach Brown is falling back on solipsistic anecdotalism.

    • Gross had left for a startup called YouTube, but he’d showed that it could be done.
    • On any given day, there’s a good chance that a group of SF2G riders will be meeting up at some Mission coffee house and shooting off down the peninsula. SF2G started with five riders, but now on its best days it can pull 500, and it’s become much more than a Google thing. The ride regularly pulls employees from startups and even Google rivals like Apple and Facebook.
    • But Googlers being Googlers, a 42-mile commute to work was not enough to satisfy the more hard-core SF2Gers. And so they’ve developed more challenging routes. One of them — called Skyline — climbs the peninsula’s western hills, skipping traffic and offering panoramic views of Silicon Valley
    • And if that doesn’t appeal, you can try the more serious side of the Google bike culture: the 42-mile commute from San Francisco (see next page).
    • During my October 25 presentation in China, I had the opportunity to showcase the latest results of this work. We have been able to reduce the word error rate for speech by over 30% compared to previous methods. This means that rather than having one word in 4 or 5 incorrect, now the error rate is one word in 7 or 8. While still far from perfect, this is the most dramatic change in accuracy since the introduction of hidden Markov modeling in 1979, and as we add more data to the training we believe that we will get even better results.
    • Once a hot research topic, neural networks had apparently failed to live up to their initial promises until around 2006, when Hinton and his researchers — spurred on by some new kick-ass microprocessors — developed new “deep learning” techniques that fine-tuned the tricky and time consuming process of building neural network models for computer analysis.
    • “The future is going to be taking all sources of information and developing knowledge and intelligence from that,” James said. He’s working on some software fixes for that, as well as some data-storage farms. Welcome to the age of Big Drone Data.
    • James doesn’t have ready-made solutions, but he said the Air Force is starting to look long and hard at its big-data challenges. First comes upgrading its network infrastructure “to move the data around, store it as you need to and to do that securely.” (Indeed.)
    • That’s a big issue, since drones are really easy to shoot down — they fly slow and aren’t built to maneuver — and not every place the military wants to send them lacks sophisticated air defenses a la Afghanistan and Iraq.
    • Yet the longer the drones are in the skies and the better their sensor packages are, the more data they’ll produce — bringing the Air Force back into its data-management problem. James levels: they’re working on it.
      • Some prominent dates from this analysis include the following:


        • We achieve one Human Brain capability (2 * 10^16 cps) for $1,000 around the year 2023.
        • We achieve one Human Brain capability (2 * 10^16 cps) for one cent around the year 2037.
        • We achieve one Human Race capability (2 * 10^26 cps) for $1,000 around the year 2049.
        • We achieve one Human Race capability (2 * 10^26 cps) for one cent around the year 2059.
    • Also, there’s very often a dystopian bent to science fiction because we can perceive the dangers of science more than the benefits, and maybe that makes more dramatic storytelling.
    • But what I did discover is that if you examine the key measures of price performance and capacity of information technology, they form amazingly predictable smooth exponential curves.
    • So what was happening? Shifting the options influenced buyer behavior.


      The experiment confirms an old sales heuristic: If you offer different price points, people will choose between the plans rather than whether to buy the product or not. Of course, the cognitive overhead incurred by inundating people with information could backfire.

    • Let’s take from Mayyasi’s deliciously devilish plan for dining manipulation. Say you want to grab lunch with your work BFF, but you don’t want to boss them into going to your favorite Cuban place–you’d rather allow them to arrive to that decision on their own.
    • To do that, Mayyasi recommends pulling up Yelp and suggesting three lunch spots: cheap and average Italian, reasonably priced and conveniently located Cuban, or distant and expensive Chinese.
    • As Wall Street relies more on technology, social media can tilt the markets





      My Leads Went Where??! – Lead Generation Horror Story #1

    • Not sure what to do with these comments but here is one! – post by Sherri Parkins
    • “Bir nefesi Hak’tan gaflet ile alıp veren sâlik hakîkî zikirle meşgul olamaz.” | Kelâm-ı Azîz (sâlik: bir yolda giden, tarikat yolunda olan)

      sahabi efendimizin hastalıktan ayağı kesilceği vakit uyuşturulmasının (uyutulmasının) istememesinin sebebi bu olabilir – post by cevsenikebir

    • dayının aslında tüm söyledikleri, herkesin kendini hiç olarak kabul etmesi, “bana ne yaptığını bilmeyeni getirin, everest tepelerini değil” demesi tamamen sufilerden mülhem. belki de tüm gondermeler tasavvuf ekollerindeki gibi, ama arka planda işleniyor bu hakikatler. – post by cevsenikebir

      An unprayed-for problem is an untreated thorn. It festers and infects. Best to go straight to the Person with the tweezers.

  • Hai @rosebowlgame, we r in ur stadium, stealing ur events and operations strategies

  • @DanBeebe @GBHunting Ha. Like we need you all to enforce that.

  • Talladega @HookemLifer

    • Everyone has heard the phrase, “losing sight of the forest for the trees.” The idea behind this metaphor is that when you are too close to something, you can get mired in the details and have difficulty focusing on the way those details fit together into a big picture.
    • construal level theory:
    • This ability to think of things at different levels of specificity applies to events and goals as well. If you pick up the phone to call a client to try to make a sale, you could think of this very abstractly (engaging in a relationship), less abstractly (working on a sales call) or even quite specifically (holding the phone to your ear and talking).
    • That is, the more physically distance there is to an item, the fewer details you use to think about it.
    • That is why you often agree to do things far in advance, and then regret agreeing to them in the moment.
    • The difficulty with CD-players is that they would skip whenever the player got jostled.
    • By thinking more abstractly about CD-players, though, people began to treat them as computer media rather than like cassettes or records. That shifted the solution to the problem of skipping from creating shock absorbers to reading ahead in the computer file and buffering the music.
    • Imagine that you are solving the problem for someone else rather than for yourself.
    • Think about what the solution to the problem will look like 5 years in the future rather than right now.
    • After you re-think the problem, though, it is important to focus on the details again. So, once you have an insight that changes the way you think about the problem, focus on it close up again. In that way, you can ensure that the solution you develop will also address the little things that can make the difference between success and failure.
    • For doubleheaders, it is normal protocol to allow the pitcher with the most seniority to have his choice of games. Nolasco is the team’s all-time wins leader and its opening day starter. Fernandez had made only three big-league starts going in to Tuesday. Furthermore, Nolasco’s name was on the lineup card Tuesday morning when players began showing up at the ballpark.

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daily 04/24/2013

April 24, 2013 Leave a comment
    • A technology born of the Web and accelerated by mobile is now blossoming inside businesses. Ignored for years, application programming interfaces—a key layer of connectivity between disparate software—are undergoing a renaissance.
    • In the simplest terms, an application programming interface, or API, is a set of requirements that enables one application to talk to another application.
    • This is the API with which I am familiar: steady sets of code and requirements that lived on the operating system. But there’s a whole other class of APIs, built for Web services, that has kicked open the field of API management.
    • It is easy to think of APIs in this context as doors; they let data in and out of a Web service. But they are rarely indiscriminate doors. Like any door, they only swing in a certain way. And they are typically open for only the people who have keys to the lock. They have rules.
    • And rules have to managed.
    • But what fueled the rise of API management as a cottage industry was enterprise IT managers who saw the success these household Web names were having with their APIs and who wanted to adapt the same model for their internal infrastructure.
    • Rather than building two separate versions of software for a desktop website and a mobile app, it’s far more efficient to build an API for the underlying service that holds user data and business logic, and then build desktop and Web versions of software that talk to that same API.
    • If a developer produced a poorly written app that made a burst of requests to an API, one right after the other, for instance, an API management tool would enable the IT staff to throttle the requests hitting the company’s Web service to something approaching a sane level until the app could be fixed.
    • This means that API management tools can be one-stop shops for rich and valuable data.
    • The analytics API management tools can provide for the requests they handle are a rich gold mine of information, and a new source of data is bound to attract attention.
    • If you match up workouts according to the amount of energy that they require, are all forms of physical activity created equal? Would a tough and sweaty workout be any better for your health than an easygoing one that lasted twice as long?
    • If you take a swift, half-hour stroll at least three times per week, he said, that should be enough to improve your cardiovascular fitness by 15 percent.
    • But runners have another, more important edge: They get more done in less time. A vigorous workout is quicker to finish, so it fits more easily into a busy schedule. That may be why the runners in Williams’ cohort ended up getting more exercise, over all.
    • What I meant was that the balloon would have to be a sphere with the radius equal to the height of the building. That has a lot more volume than the building itself, which makes sense. The doodle I made of the building that you see in the video is actually about the right scale.
    • If you had a balloon with a cubic meter of helium in it, it’ll rise as long as it has a mass less than 1.2 kilograms, the mass of the air it’s replacing.
    • That means a cubic meter of helium can lift 1.2 – 0.2 = 1 kilogram of mass. Easy peasy.
    • That’s the radius, not the diameter, which is where I made my mistake. But still, the point it, you need a really big balloon to float a building. So I’m not buying this idea, even if it is totally cool and kinda steampunky.
    • Unlike us, other countries have the peculiar notion that profit has no place in any situation in which the basic decencies that human beings owe to one another ought to be the first consideration, and for that reason regulate the cost of lifesaving drugs and operations.
    • State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, said an unexpected “philosophical aversion” to the lottery emerged with the vote.
    • After voting against the bill, state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, tweeted: “This was nothing more than a tax on the poor.”

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daily 04/23/2013

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daily 04/22/2013

April 22, 2013 Leave a comment
    • Even if he didn’t have superpowers it would literally be the biggest story that ever happened in human history.
    • ‘So you’re from Krypton, huh?’ and he says ‘Yeah,’ and then they just kind of drop it.
    • I just thought the idea that we would treat [Man of Steel] as a first contact story was in a strange way it was kind of a big idea because everything sort of follows from that. So that was one of the Eureka Moments.
    • There’s an insane, thoroughly unsourced rumor floating around that the 50th Anniversary special’s major guest star, legendary actor John Hurt, is going to be playing… the Doctor.
    • [S]top telling people what to do and … start asking them their opinion about the best way to get something done.

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daily 04/21/2013

April 21, 2013 Leave a comment

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