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.

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  • 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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LED Day – 22

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Day of April 22nd 2014

  • Jeanne Calment is the world’s record holder for living the longest life. Most notably, Mrs. Calment rode a bike until she was 100, lived by herself until 110, walked without aid until she was 114 and lived up to 122 years. She was a smoker since she was 21, and smoked about two cigarettes per day near the end of her life.
  • A “satyr” is a creature in Greek mythology characterized by it’s human torso but goat-like lower body, tail, horn, and ears.
  • The Greek hero Philoctetes is portrayed by a short and stout “satyr” in the Disney film Hercules.
  • It is something of a misconception to think that birds push themselves off the group when they flap their wings. Birds flap their wings and spread their feathers in such a way that the rising sweep has almost no air resistance. This creates an air pressure system around the bird which allows the bird to be pulled up as opposed to pushing off.
  • Bath salts (the illicit drug) were ingeniously sold as commercial products in the United States in order to avoid confrontation with the law. It is from this scam that bath salts derived their street name. The actual drug is part of the cathinone  group and has effects similar to amphetamines.

Sources:

  • While doing a little outside research on life tables and survivorship curves for my Environmental Science lab, I came across the name of the record holder for longest life.

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

  • I was using Phil from the Disney film Hercules to poke fun at a friend of mine. She pointed out that Phil was a satyr, and I looked up the definition.
  • “Phil” in the Disney film Hercules is short for Philoctetes. Looking up Phil led to me to Greek legend.
  • Watching this video enlightened me. Birds and other animals move in fascinating ways.

  • While talking to a friend, I recalled the incident where a man proceeded to bite off another man’s face under the influence of bath salts. I decided to find out what chemical reactions could have influenced that decision.

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LED Day – 21

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Day of April 21st 2014

  • Very soon I will finish growing, and my physical health will start to decline. I should begin to put more effort into the preservation of my body.
  • Even after proofreading twice, I still sometimes fail to catch mistakes.
  • Interpretation and presentation of language is very interesting.
  • All the things I do, in some way or another stem from self-interest.
  • Mood and mood control is a major determining factor of mental health.

Sources:

  • After catching a cold and taking a full 4 days to recover, I realized that my body’s recovery process is slowing down. I should begin making an effort to be more fit.
  • While randomly going through some of my blog posts, I found some errors that I missed despite proofreading twice.
  • There are many ways to convey a single idea. Body language, tone, volume, word choice, grammar and facial expressions all go into every message you present, and all of the messages you receive. Playing with all the aspects of communication is fun.
  • I found that even when I act to please another person, I am essentially acting because I will feel positively about myself.
  • The right thoughts, motivation or music can induce every mood we are capable of feeling. The right mood in the right situation will always help get things done.

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LED Day – 20

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Day of April 20th 2014

  • The history of associating marijuana to 4-20 is a little blurry, but appears to stem from the insiders of a particular group of friends in California.
  • The Unnumbered Sparks is a wonderful, largescale and interactive art display in Vancouver, Canada.
  • The production cost for Game of Thrones per season is about $60 million per season.
  • Mightytext, (the computer texting solution) has a pro version with a lot of bulk texting features.

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