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Day of August 27th 2014

  • Amazon has plans to buy Twitch for nearly 1 Billion USD.
  • The three cities with the worst drivers in America are Worcester, Boston and Washington DC. (Listed in ascending order from worst to better.)
    NYC ranked 150/200.
  • Spheree is a device that simulates real 3D with multiple projectors in a spherical device.
  • Chinstrap penguins are common food for certain types of seals.
  • This website [http://www.observingsites.com/] site is a little old school, but it lists some of the best dark sky locations across the United States for star gazing. The information is organized by state, then by region.
  • It only begins to get cold in Eastern India around November. September & October are warm and rainy enough to be considered summer months.

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LED Day – 115

* Today was a good day :)

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Day of August 25th 2014

  • Kimganae Restaurant (Korean cuisine) in Flushing has some rather interesting foods.
  • I should watch Shutter Island & Godzilla (1998 version).
  • The Fault in our Stars is a romantic novel turned movie.
  • Potatoes are prevalent in the German diet.

Sources:

  • I visited this restaurant with a colleague and some of her friends.
  • I received a second recommendation to watch Shutter Island, and the same person said that the original Godzilla was worth watching.
  • I had heard of this movie, but I was informed that it is also a novel.
  • A friend told me this, and various online sources indicate so.

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LED Day – 114

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Day of August 22nd 2014

  • Hardcore Pawn is a TV show about pawn shop owners dealing with a variety of entertaining customers..
  • March 22nd is World Water Day.
  • The brain will actually shrink (temporarily) when the body is severely dehydrated.
  • The ASAPScience YouTube channel is run and founded by Mitchell Moffit & Gregory Brown.
  • The United States purchased Alaska in 1867 from the Russian Empire.

Sources:

  • My colleague referenced this show in conversation and explained the concept to me.
  • I came across this video on a newsfeed I follow!

  • See above.
  • This information is on the About page of ASAPScience.
  • My memory was refreshed when I read about the Alaska Purchase in a SAT history text.

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LED Day – 113

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Day of August 21st 2014

  • My laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad W520) weighs 5.96lbs.
  • Both Microsoft & Apple have student discount programs!
  • Autistic children have extra synapses in their brains.
  • The Bite of Seattle Food Festival takes places annually every July.
  • Ontario is Canada’s most populated province. It is the second largest (size) of all 10 provinces. Quebec is the largest (size) province.

Sources:

  • I was discussing the weight of Lenovo devices, when I realized I didn’t know exactly how much my laptop weighed.
  • I was looking for discounts on a tablet + keyboard combo and searched educational discounts on major hardware/software providers.
  • I came across this IFLS article on Facebook.

    http://www.iflscience.com/brain/children-autism-have-extra-synapses-their-brains

  • A colleague of mine was talking to me about exotic foods. Apparently the Bite of Seattle Food Festival brings out alligator kebabs.
  • A friend of mine is visiting Toronto. I did some background research on the city of Toronto and the province of Ontario.

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LED Day – 112

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Day of August 20th 2014

  • NY residents (college students) can apply for the TAP awards through the FAFSA application. I should have known this some time ago..
  • California lawmakers passed a bill that prevents the state government from selling or displaying the Confederate civil war flag. Individuals are of course still free to fly whatever flag they please.
  • Tortellini is ring shaped pasta. It is sometimes referred to as navel shaped pasta.
  • Parthenogenesis: “Virgin Birth” in Greek. The term refers to cases in which asexual reproduction takes place in certain animals.
  • The CN Tower in downtown Toronto stands for Canadian National Tower. It is a communications and observation tower.
  • Municipality: a city or town with corporate status and some sort of self serving government.

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LED Day – 111

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Day of August 19th 2014

  • PWC stands for personal water-craft.
  • Waverunner is a type of PWC developed and branded by Yamaha. It is essentially a jet ski.
  • Mohs scale of mineral hardness is a rough measure of how abrasive a mineral or material is. The system was devised in 1812 by a German mineralogist by the name of Friedrich Mohs.
  • Many major beaches (like the Jersey Shore by Seaside Heights & Jones Beach) charge a fee for entering the beach in the daytime. This fee was $6 in Seaside Heights; many hotels/motels choose to cover this fee for their guests.
  • The words Prophecy and Prophesy are pronounced the same way. Prophecy is a noun referring to foresight and predictions. Prophesy is a verb referring to the act of making a prediction.

Sources:

  • While exploring boat rental options near Jersey Shore, this term came up several times.
  • Many PWC rental locations specifically offered Waverunner rentals. I researched the Waverunner at a later time.
  • The scale was mentioned in an article comparing sapphire and garnet.
  • Our motel covered the beach fee. However, I was unaware of such fees until I checked in to the motel.
  • I saw the word Prophesy on a webpage, and wondered whether or not it was a typo or a real word.

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LED Day – 110

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Day of August 18th 2014

  • At it’s widest point, the New Jersey Turnpike (highway) has a total of 14 lanes; 7 lanes per direction of traffic.
  • I used to think that parks in upstate NY, NJ, and other states (in comparison to parks in Queens & NYC) were extremely large. Turns out, the local playgrounds and parks that I’m accustomed to are just really, really, small.
  • The rising & setting suns produce a much more vast spectrum of colors than I had ever previously noted.
  • A rule of thumb to “guesstimate” gratuity when eating out, is to double the value set as tax. (Tax is usually 7-9% while gratuity is usually 15-18%.)
  • Godspeed: the word is meant to wish a person well as they embark on a journey. (It can be used as synonym for farewell.)

Sources:

  • I drove southbound on the NJT on my way to Seaside Heights!
  • I’ve seen a few different parks now, especially in New Jersey, and it seems I need to change my standards for the world “park” when used loosely.
  • I watched the sun rise & set over a body of water for the first time in my life.
  • A friend of mine made me aware of this rule of thumb when we were attempting to calculate the tip at a diner.
  • I was thinking about this word and where it came from.

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