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Day of September 30th 2014

  • Giraffes can run at about 35-37mph (or 50-55km/h) when threatened.
  • Jonas Bronck was an immigrant to the — at the time Dutch — colony of New Netherlands. He and his family are source of the name “The Bronx”. (“Visiting the Broncks.”)
  • Bose has produced a new around ear noise cancelling headphone. The QC25 serves as an upgrade the to the QC15 and has better sound quality along with a better and more compact design.
  • The spots and patterns on (male) giraffes go from light tan to charcoal black as the giraffes get older. The change is thought to be brought on by changing levels of testosterone.
  • Singapore Airlines has a “Suites Class” which is far more luxurious than even business and first class.

Sources:

  • A friend informed me that giraffes can run surprisingly fast; a Google search provided the exact speed.
  • My comparative literature professor mentioned this fact in class. A Google search and some light reading confirmed his story.
  • I saw a significant price drop on the Bose QC15’s (on Amazon) and decided to investigate. Turns out, there’s a newer model.
  • Continued giraffe research.

    http://www.livescience.com/19686-aging-male-giraffes-black-spots.html

  • I came across this Medium article on Facebook!

    View collection at Medium.com

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Day of September 28th 2014

  • Periodotitis is an advanced form of gingivitis. It is a gum disease that results from untreated gingivitis; gaps between the gums and teeth develop pockets of bacteria which result in the degeneration of tissues and ligaments attached to the teeth.
  • From a botanical perspective, a fruit is any seed bearing structure which grows from a flower. Conversely, vegetables are any other parts of a plant.
  • The Frozen Yogurt (Froyo!) chain 16 Handles has more than 60 unique flavors!
  • Iran’s Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (completed 1888) is known as the Pink Mosque by many. It’s interior architecture and use of color is stunningly beautiful.
  • There is a getaway location/package in the Bahamas known as Atlantis.

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Day of September 24th 2014

  • The view of the night sky by Custer Observatory (Southold, NY) is astounding and surreal. (High quality versions available on my Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/117232166@N08/ )
  • The optimal settings for taking shots of the stars are as follows: ISO – Between 3200 and 4000; White Balance – Daylight (or Direct Sunlight for Nikon); Aperture - Between 3.5 and 4; Shutter Speed – 30 seconds or Bulb.
  • To capture the arch of the Milky Way, it is best to use a wide angle lens.  For the shots below, I used a f/1.4 50mm lens; this is a zoomed in lens which is not capable of capturing large zones of the sky.
  • Deer crossing highways and roads is a serious problem in Eastern Long Island.DSC_0641 DSC_0647 DSC_0651 DSC_0653 (2) DSC_0658 (3) DSC_0659 DSC_0644 (2)

Sources:

  • I took a long but rewarding drive to Southold.
  • After much experimentation, I found the perfect settings to take star shots.
  • My 50mm lens was nowhere as wide as my friend’s 18mm lens. She was able to capture a much larger portion of the sky.
  • We saw deer waiting on the side of the road on the rural drive back from Southold.

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Day of September 23rd 2014

  • Hemispherectomy: A surgical technique which removes part of the brain. This procedure is typically only performed on very young human subjects, because at that point in development, the brain is capable of remapping functions from the missing section to other parts of the brain. *The brain itself, in its muscle form, cannot experience pain. It can be touched and manipulated.*
  • The new TV show Gotham follows the lives of several DC comic heroes (particularly Batman) before they reach their prime.
  • Asperatus clouds are a rare cloud classification which occurs when there are exceptionally turbulent winds and masses of colliding air. The clouds look quite stunning, and despite their intimidating look, don’t always cause storms or rain.
  • Miasmatic theory held that certain diseases (particularly cholera and chlaymdia) were airborne. *This was not true.* 
  • miasma is a highly unpleasant odor.

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Day of September 20th 2014

  • The town of Southold, NY (Long Island) has passed legislation which limits the strength of outdoor lights owned by residents. This was done to protect Southold’s status as one of the darkest sky spots in lower New York. (The stars and Milky Way are visible from Southold!)
  • V4L (Vapor 4 Life: producers of the Vapor Zeus E-Cig) rewards its repeat customers. I received a single free Vapor King disposable E-Cig!
  • The ALEKS (Asessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) system is used to teach a variety of courses in conjunction with in class lectures at accredited universities.
  • There’s a very useful (unofficial) Facebook Messenger extension for Google Chrome. (Link in source)
  • The Horton Point Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the northern edge of Eastern Long Island. It was commissioned in 1790 by (former & first) President George Washington, but not built until 1857.

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LED Day – 129

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Day of September 17th 2014

  • Agriculture links directly to sedentary and regulated societies. The major success of agriculture (historically) is what led to the emergence of cities.
  • Symbiosis (noun) is a mutually beneficial relationship between two distinct organisms.
  • The Custer Institute & Observatory is a star gazing facility in Southhold Long Island. It was established in 1927 (the oldest in Long Island) and is open every Saturday evening from dark until midnight.
  • Bees have two stomachs, one for honey, and the other for food.
  • It will take 8 bees their entire lives to produce just a teaspoon of honey.
  • Sangfroid (noun) means to have excessive composure, especially when under duress.

Sources:

  • Anthropology class!
  • See above.
  • While looking for dark sky spots near New York, I came across information about the Custer Observatory.

    http://www.custerobservatory.org/

  • I got to talking about honey with a friend, and looked up how bees make it.
  • See above.
  • This word was the result of a Swype typo in which I had meant to write: Dangerous.

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LED Day – 128

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Day of September 15th 2014

  • Microsoft is purchasing the popular game Minecraft for $2.5 Billion. However, the game’s brainchild and creator will not be working with Microsoft.
  • Schizophrenia is a combination of several genetic disorders; at least 8. Until now, schizophrenia has been understood as one disease, but no one disorder can cause schizophrenia on its own.
  • Apple has (photo) shopped out the iPhone 6’s camera bulge in some of the profile shots of the phone. This was probably just done for streamlining purposes.
  • Debilitate means to weaken or hinder.
  • The Nacirema is a very interesting sociological and anthropological take on behavior and perception of behavior.

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