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Day of December 18th 2014

  • Smirnoff has a recipes section on their website which catalogs cocktails that are made (in part) with their products.
  • www.windyty.com is a beautiful display of wind pattern data across the globe.  The website’s overlay can be modified to depict other weather conditions such as temperature and pressure can even display the data for multiple levels of elevation. While the site may not be useful for a quick glance of what it’s like outside, it certainly provides insight on where your weather is coming from.
  • Norman Bridwell was the author and illustrator of Clifford the Big Red Dog. He died in December of 2014.
  • Posts on Yik-Yak will be deleted if they receive 5 downvotes.
  • Mobile applications can be geofenced. Geofencing modifies the usage or features of an app while in certain areas via GPS.

Sources:

  • I was looking for Christmas cocktails!
  • I came across this article on Engadget.

    http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/16/windyty/

  • This came up in the daily news on Flipboard.
  • I looked up Yik-Yak’s workings.
  • Yik-Yak is “geofenced” in certain areas. I looked up what the term meant.

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LED Day – 150

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Day of November 29th 2014

  • Playstation Vue is a planned live TV service by Sony for the PS3 and PS4 home consoles. It intends to challenge cable and will run its broadcasts via internet.
  • The primary difference between turtles and tortoises are their feet and preferred habitat. Turtles typically have webbed feet/toes and live in the water; tortoises live on land and have rounded stumpy feet.
  • Tortoises, turtles and terrapins are all reptiles and are classified as cheloniansChelonia is the Greek word for tortoise.
  • Sharks can go through/use some thirty thousand or more teeth in their lifetimes.
  • The Coca-Cola company attempted to relaunch their product as New Coke in 1985. However, the produced was critically received and deemed a marketing failure. Coke was later reintroduced in 1992 as Coca-Cola Classic.

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LED Day – 149

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Day of November 23rd 2014

  • Balut is a common “streetfood” in the Philippines and neighboring Southeast Asian countries. The embryo of a duck is boiled alive and then eaten in its shell.
  • Dianetics is a set of practices and ideologies which attempt to define the relationship between body and mind. Dianetics was founded by Scientologist Ron Hubbard as a term and as a philosophy; the theory has not (yet) been credited by any peer reviewed journal due to lack of empirical evidence, and is regarded widely as pseudoscience.
  • When a can of Coca-Cola (80z standard) is submerged in a tank of water, it sinks to the bottom. When a can of Diet Coca-Cola (8oz standard) is submerged in a tank of water, it floats. The Diet Coke floats because it lacks the 39 grams of high fructose corn syrup (sugar) which give density to its non diet counterpart. (Video in source)
  • Durian is a large spiky fruit with a very powerful and distinct foul odor; it is somewhat similar in appearance to jackfruit.
  • Jonah Peretti (co-founder of Huffington Post) is founder and CEO of social news media outlet BuzzFeed.

Sources:

  • I learned about balut while discussing exotic foods with a friend. Sometimes the ducks have actually grown feathers by the time they’re eaten.
  • A friend’s anecdote about Scientology and Dianetics encouraged me to Google the term.
  • A student of mine told me about this, and I decided to check it out.
  • A friend of mine confused durian for jackfruit; image of durian here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian#mediaviewer/File:Durian.jpg

  • Out of curiosity I browsed through BuzzFeed‘s website and found this information on their job listings page.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/about/jobs

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LED Day – 148

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Day of November 19th 2014

  • Growing trees for human purposes (fuel, heat, construction, paper, etc) is called silviculture.
  • Piezoelectricity is electricity produced by mechanical pressure. Certain materials, including wood, generate energy when stressed. (Properly squeezing a branch can produce electricity.)
  • Google’s BOLD Internship is offered in New York City, Ann Arbor & San Francisco.
  • Cointreau is an orange flavored liquor produced in France.
  • Tardigrades are known as nature’s soldiers. The species has persevered for some 530 million years; they are about half a millimeter in length when fully grown and are capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, high levels of radiation, immense pressure (water and air), dehydration for nearly a decade, environmental toxins, and even zero gravity.

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LED Day – 147

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Day of November 15th 2014

  • Lingual Frenectomy is a minor surgery which removes the tissue connecting an individual’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth. This surgery is general used to relieve speech impediments, and will often enable recipients of the surgery to extend their tongues quite far. Improper surgery can cause permanent nerve damage and intense pain which cannot be treated.
  • The M.P.H graduate degree is a Master of Public Health degree.
  • Ankyloglossia is the condition known as being tongue tied. This is when the tissue connecting an individual’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is too short or constricting.
  • Gender reassignment surgery in the United States can be rather expensive. Female to male reassignment can cost upwards of $50,000 while male to female reassignment can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $24,000.
  • There is a Floyd Mayweather Sr. as well as a Floyd Mayweather Jr. Both men are world renowned fighters.

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LED Day – 144

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Day of November 1st 2014

  • T-Pain can actually sing quite well without auto-tune!
  • Corning is a 163 year old company; the group used to produce light-bulbs for Thomas Edison .
  • Synthetic sapphire is the second hardest material on the planet; only diamonds are harder.
  • Lenovo’s y50 Touch Gaming Laptop has a 4K display, but most games cannot run at that resolution without significant lag.
  • An anaphora is “the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to avoid repetition, such as do in I like it and so do they.” (This definition quoted from Google’s dictionary function.)
  • The population of Japan is about 127.3 million; there are about 1.4 births per woman (fertility rate).

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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.

Sources:

  • 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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