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Day of October 28th 2014

  • Super Smash Bros. Crusade is an open source indie title which combines the best elements of the Super Smash Bros. series with non-Nintendo characters and stages; the game was produced by Smash Bros. fans. (Download link in source.)
  • Bill Cosby has been accused of rape and sexual assault more than 10 times over the course of his career. I’m a little shocked that I wasn’t aware of this, but then again, I didn’t watch much of the Cosby Show.
  • There is only one Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store in all of NYC.
  • The peritoneum is the membrane which lines the walls of your abdomen (internal).
  • Sodium Thiopental is used to create lethal injections.
  • The WHO (World Health Organization) has an Essential Drugs List, which is a list of drugs required for a medical system/institution to be deemed functional.

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LED Day – 142

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Day of October 26th 2014

  • The term Colorism was defined in 1982 by Alice Walker. Colorism is not synonymous with racism; a colorist holds prejudices based entirely on skin complexion.
  • The closest truly 2D object is a sheet which is exactly one atom thick; it’s also an electric generator! (Check source link for imagine and article.)
  • Company Arx Pax has created a working hover-board which uses magnet technology similar to Maglev trains.
  • BRAC is an organization which works to empower the uneducated, poor and poverty stricken. The organization focuses on women in third world countries. It was founded in 1972 by Fazle Hasan Abed.
  • There is a post on LifeHackr’s Evil Week series which gives detailed instructions on how to create a USB (flash-drive) password stealing device.

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LED Day – 141

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Day of October 20th 2014

  • Steve Martin, in addition to being a famous actor, is also known for his skill with the banjo.
  • Bluegrass is a style and type of music; it stems from country music, and is considered by many to be a sub-genre.
  • Instructions for getting to the Freedom Tunnels (which run for about 2 miles under Riverside Park) are rather vague for the most part. I did however, find a blog post which provided more detailed information on how to enter and find the tunnels. There are several openings in the fences which safeguard the tracks, but the easiest and most commonly used entrance is at the end of St. Clair’s Pl (Place) by Riverside Dr (Drive).
  • LifeHackr has an annual “Evil Week”, during which the theme of evil hacks is explored.
  • A Doe Subpoena is a legal proceeding which allows for lawsuits to be filed against unknown defendants. After the suit is filed, actions are taken to discover the identity of the offender.

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  • My mom was talking about Steve Martin’s prowess with the banjo.
  • When I looked up more information about Steve Martin, I learned that he plays a lot of bluegrass themed music!
  • While planning my trip to the Freedom Tunnels, I encountered issues discovering exactly where to gain entrance to the tunnels. This blogger’s post helped.

    http://www.doobybrain.com/2009/03/21/how-to-get-into-the-freedom-tunnel/

  • Evil Week is awesome! Everything from how to hack passwords and disappear, to lying and manipulating others is covered.

    http://lifehacker.com/tag/evil-week

  • I came across this term in a scholarly journal while doing research on anonymity for my sociology course.

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LED Day – 140

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Day of October 18th 2014

  • 432 Park Avenue is the address of what is to be the tallest residential tower in all of NYC. The condominium complex will be 96 stories high, and will sport 10 x 10 (feet) windows and a daily view of both sunrise and sunset.
  • While Non-stop and Direct flights might sound like the same thing, they have a key difference: direct flights may have one or more stops on the way to the final destination, while non-stop flights are a single plane ride. Non-stop rides are typically the fastest and most expensive flights available.
  • Infants can learn to babble in sign language if born to deaf parents; the process of learning to communicate is not limited to verbal speech.
  • The League of Legends World Championship streams live on YouTube!
  • The Mantis Shrimp is capable of seeing many more types of light than a human being can.

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LED Day – 139

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Day of October 15th 2014

  • William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is commonly referred to as his last public work.
  • The AAANY (Amateur Astronomer Association of New York) hosts stargazing events (weather permitting) in publicly accessible locations across the city and state of New York. Locations include The High Line Park (Manhattan) and Great Kills Park (Staten Island).
  • PPSSPP is a PSP emulator for the Android operating system. It supports all games spanning all PSP models, (not PSVita) and homebrew titles.
  • McKamey Manor is a haunted house experience lasting a full 7 hours. Participants must be at least 21 years of age and sign a waiver to enter. Event specialists in the house will be actively creating a frightening (more like terrifying, judging from the pictures) experience for you; you will be touched and and manipulated. (See source link)
  • Unlike other mammals, whales and dolphins do not have involuntary respiratory systems. In order to avoid drowning whilst sleeping, these sea creatures “turn off” half their brains, so that they can rise to the surface and breathe as necessary.

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LED Day – 138

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Day of October 12th 2014

  • On smartphones running stock Android 4.4.4, it is possible to toggle Bluetooth and WiFi by press-holding the symbol found on the pull down notification tray.
  • New York City and London have similar total population sizes (8.3-8.4 million people), but London is larger by about 140 square miles. NYC’s population density is about 27,000 people per square mile in comparison to just above 11,000 people per square mile in London.
  • Prime Music just got its service up and running. However, it suffers from the same limitations as Amazon Prime Video: many artists and songs are not covered by “Prime” and therefore still require separate purchase. Prime Music, though intriguing, doesn’t hold a candle to Spotify. I’m not at all convinced to switch over, but at the same time, it is just an added bonus to having Amazon Prime.
  • TED started out as a set of global conferences (starting in 1984) set to discuss: Technology, Entertainment & Design. The concept of the conference has evolved to accommodate pretty much any topic of discussion!
  • The One Plus One handset comes with Cyanogen Mod 11S built in. That particular ROM has been ported over for general use to the Nexus 5 and most other KitKat capable devices.

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  • I actually learned this on a video for comparing features between Android KitKat to the upcoming Android L. I didn’t know about this function until watching the video; the function is a bit obscure, even the video reviewer mentioned this.
  • I was discussing the differences between London and New York with my dad, when we got curious about the specifics.
  • I just got emails from Amazon telling me to try their latest service, so I did. I downloaded the PC version of the Prime Music applet, and found quite a limited selection of music available on Prime. I haven’t tried their mobile application yet, but I probably will.
  • My mom asked me what TED stood for while we were having a casual conversation, but I realized I was actually quite curious.
  • This came up while I was looking at reviews for the One Plus One phone.

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LED Day – 137

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Day of October 8th 2014

  • Khan Academy has an open email policy for internship and job applications.
  • A venture capitalist is an individual (or firm) who invests money into start-ups and small companies which (seemingly) have the capacity for growth, but lack access to public funding.  Successful venture capitalists are rewarded handsomely as the small companies they initially invested in, become giants.
  • Instagram is a much more diverse and dense platform than I originally thought. The hashtags system and total photo library is incredibly vast.
  • There are several programs which help you produce watermarks which you can batch process. Visual Watermark is one of those programs. This is also doable in Photoshop.
  • The Kik platform is much more popular than I knew. I had thought Kik to be one of those more obscure messenger apps with a very small userbase.

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  • I headed over to the internships page on Khan Academy, and they don’t have a specific format for applications. Interests are encouraged to simply email.
  • I’ve heard of venture capitalists, but I never really knew exactly what they were. I ran a Google search for the definition.
  • I was off Instagram for about a year, because my DSLR photos were difficult to upload. Now I’ve finally put in the effort to figure out, and I’ve found that Instagram has really grown!
  • I was recently advised to watermark my photos because photo theft is rather common. I went about searching for methods to batch/mass process watermarks.
  • Getting into the Instagram scene exposed me to a lot of activity on Kik. I typically only used Facebook Messenger.

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