LED Day – 29

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Day of April 29th 2014

  • Making your own solar panels requires quite a bit of work. Woodworking knowledge and plenty of space is necessary.
  • It is possible to create a wax seal stamp with wood.
  • Glow in the dark water can be made with highlighters. A blacklight (UV light) is necessary to see the special effects in the water.
  • The “LifeStraw” personal water filter has been critically acclaimed for actually being able to purify freshwater sources and be cheaply mass produced.
  • Different colleges (even under the same system) charge different amounts for credits in the summer and winter.

Sources:

  • I got interested in solar backup chargers for smartphones, so I decided to look up how helpful they might be to a home. It turns out that they can be quite useful, but are rather expensive. It is cheaper to make your own to severely cut costs, but this DIY project isn’t so easy.

    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Build-A-Solar-Panel/

  • A friend of mine received a wooden wax seal stamp as a gift.
  • I searched DIY projects and this caught my attention on Pinterest.

    http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2012/02/glow-in-dark-water-beads.html

  • For some reason, the LifeStraw was recommended to me on Amazon.
  • I’ve been speaking to friends who attend other colleges, and asking them about the prices of summer classes at their respective schools.

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LED Day – 28

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Day of April 28th 2014

  • Spotify has a website reviewing 2013. On it, you can see various bits of data about music in 2013. The page also provides some facts about your listening history. There could be inaccuracies with the data however. I’m not entirely sure that offline listening hours were accounted for.

    My 2013 on Spotify

    My 2013 on Spotify

  • Queens College offers a class called: Sociology of Drugs. Sounds interesting.
  • Availability Heuristic: The impression that something is more likely to happen because it happened recently.
  • We miscalculate risk all the time. The average person, thinks they are more likely to live a longer and safer life than the average person.

Sources:

  • Came across the site while reading a review of the Spotify service. As a premium user, I’m constantly listening to music and was quite interested in the stats.
  • While looking for appropriate summer classes, I took a look at the some of sociology classes offered.
  • Watched a VSauce video about risk and risk assessment.

  • The above video taught me this as well.

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LED Day – 27

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Day of April 27th 2014

  • The Bose SoundTrue Headphones (Around Ear) are built exactly the same as the Bose AE2. However, the SoundTrue branding comes with custom paintwork and costs about $80 more.
  • Amazon has a set of customer discussion forums. They do not use the typical message board engine, but it does qualify as a forum.
  • Forum: a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged. (Google)
  • According to the LPA, a dwarf is human with a height of under 4 feet and 10 inches by adulthood.
  • Achondroplasia is the official terminology relating to the growth disorder commonly known as dwarfism.
  • A person’s style of walking can be very distinct, and in some ways, even revealing.
  • The London Eye was completed in 1999.

Sources:

  • I had recently purchased replacement pads and a wire for my Bose AE2 headphones. Amazon therefore suggested me to similar products. The Bose SoundTrue Headphones were among those similar products. A little further research divulged that the SoundTrue line was nothing more than nicely colored Bose AE2.
  • I clicked “Today’s Deals” on Amazon and the bottom of the page hosted customer discussion forums.
  • Out of curiosity I Googled the official definition of forum.
  • I have recently gotten into Game of Thrones. One of my favorite characters is Tyrion, who is a dwarf. The Wikipedia page for dwarf gave a definition of what a dwarf is; the citation for this fact led me to:

    http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/growth/dwarfism.html

  • The site cited above uses the term achondroplasia. Further research on the definition of the word confirms that dwarfism refers to those under 4 feet and 10 inches.
  • Careful and repeated observation.
  • This site gives a visual timeline of the London Skyline, noting major events which have shaped it.

    http://blog.flexioffices.co.uk/london-skyline/

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LED Day – 26

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Day of April 26th 2014

  • There is a significant lapse in maturity between teenagers and young adults (20′s).
  • Seasonal Anxiety Disorder seems to be a load of crap; scientists don’t completely understand it, but people claim to suffer from it. It is also known as winter depression for it’s high occurrence in the winter.
  • The Guinness Book of World Records claims that Veronica Seider (Germany) has the world’s best vision. She was able to consistently identify people and lights from over a mile away.
  • Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe; it accounts for about 75% of the universe’s total mass.
  • Ductility: The capability of an object or material to stretch or deform under pressure.

Sources:

  • Careful and repeated observation.
  • I’ve been told by a few people that they suffer from “SAD“. It seems more like a self pitying excuse to not like the winter. However, some research suggests that sensitivity to light may induce “wistful” feelings beginning in the fall and stretching into the winter as the days grow shorter.

    http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/seasonal-affective-disorder

  • I was doing a little research on vision and happened to come across this.

    http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-5000/smallest-visible-object/

  • Random clicking on Wikipedia led me to Hydrogen’s page. Here I learned that it is the most abundant chemical substance in the universe. Though I’ve had difficult discovering how this conclusion was come to.
  • Continuing clicks on Wikipedia, I came across the word ducility in context to the physical sciences. It is often measured to determine how well a substance would do if morphed into the form of a wire.

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LED Day – 25

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Day of April 25th 2014

  • The modern camera is derived from the camera obscura.
  • The camera obscura is a device that was once used by the ancient Greeks and Chinese to display an image captured through a pinhole, onto a surface.
  • Fax“, both the term and the transmission system is derived from the word Facsimile“.
  • Facsimile means an exact copy of written or printed material.
  • anonym.to is a site that can anonymize links to other websites. It is used by kat.ph to link offsite.

Sources:

  • I was researching mirrorless cameras when I got interested in the camera’s history.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_camera

  • I clicked the link to the camera obscura on Wikipedia.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_obscura

  • When using slang, I use the word “facts” to signify my agreement. In conversation, a friend of mine told me that the word “fax” (which sounds similar when spoken) was derived from facsimile. I found the definition on Google.
  • I have been using kat.ph for some time now. All links going offsite use anonym.to to anonymize links.

    http://anonym.to/

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LED Day – 24

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Day of April 24th 2014

  • Malverne, NY is in Nassau county and is about a 30 minute drive from my part of Queens.
  • The blu-ray box set of Game of Thrones costs $30.
  • Queens College offers a selection of online summer classes.
  • Cheetahs rotate and swing their tails while running to adjust direction, and balance themselves.
  • Snake venom coagulates blood.

Sources:

  • I was looking for movie theaters which still feature The Lunchbox, and one of them was in Malverne. A search on Google maps yielded the driving distance and travel time.
  • A friend (and Game of Thrones enthusiast) purchased the box set of Game of Thrones in order to catch up on the earlier seasons of the show.
  • While contemplating summer classes, I saw ads linking me to a list of summer classes that can be taken online.
  • A site with gif files of actions in slow motion brought the use of the Cheetah’s tail to my attention. (Questionable source)
  • The same site with gif files put me on this discovery. Snake venom was added to a extract of human blood. (Questionable source)

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/gifs-that-will-teach-you-a-damn-thing-for-once-in-your-li?bffb&s=mobile

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LED Day – 23

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Day of April 23rd 2014

  • Exit 17W on the Long Island Expressway can be taken to come out onto Long Island City, but if you’re not careful, it’ll take you straight into Brooklyn.
  • The phrase “innocent people” varies by context.
  • Qobuz is an on the rise music service which promises high quality streaming at the lossless audio level. (FLAC 16 bit/44.1 kHz) It is not available in the United States yet, and will certainly cost more than Spotify.
  • Fiber optic cables contain bundles of optical fibers. The fibers are made of extruded glass or plastic and each fiber is only slightly thicker than a strand of human hair.
  • There is a map of Westeros (Game of Thrones) built on the Google Maps UI (user interface). I found it fun to tinker with for a few minutes.
  • There are virtual keyboards in many different languages available online, all compatible with the modern keyboard layout. A simple Google search for “virtual keyboards languages” will send you in the right direction.

Sources:

  • My destination was Sunnyside, and my point of origin was Forest Hills. I took the Grand Central Parkway to the Long Island Expressway and then had to transfer onto the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. My absentmindedness during the last transfer led me into Brooklyn.
  • I have just been put on to Game of Thrones. The show’s many plot-lines highlights how no one is ever innocent.
  • I was looking at services competing with Spotify. MOG, Google Play and Beats Music were among the top results; Qobuz is not yet available in the United States, it is French based and has a relatively small music catalog.

    http://www.qobuz.com/gb-en/offers/music-streaming-subscription

  • The Verizon FiOS service is not available in my area of residence, so I decided to do a little research on fiber optic cables.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_fiber

  • I came across this neat little toy in social media!

    http://quartermaester.info/

  • I was wondering whether the same keyboard layout was used in other languages. The modern keyboard seemed to be best adapted for the alphabet, but it appears that it is very possible to use the keyboard in other languages.

    http://www.branah.com/

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