LED Day – 138

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Day of October 12th 2014

  • On smartphones running stock Android 4.4.4, it is possible to toggle Bluetooth and WiFi by press-holding the symbol found on the pull down notification tray.
  • New York City and London have similar total population sizes (8.3-8.4 million people), but London is larger by about 140 square miles. NYC’s population density is about 27,000 people per square mile in comparison to just above 11,000 people per square mile in London.
  • Prime Music just got its service up and running. However, it suffers from the same limitations as Amazon Prime Video: many artists and songs are not covered by “Prime” and therefore still require separate purchase. Prime Music, though intriguing, doesn’t hold a candle to Spotify. I’m not at all convinced to switch over, but at the same time, it is just an added bonus to having Amazon Prime.
  • TED started out as a set of global conferences (starting in 1984) set to discuss: Technology, Entertainment & Design. The concept of the conference has evolved to accommodate pretty much any topic of discussion!
  • The One Plus One handset comes with Cyanogen Mod 11S built in. That particular ROM has been ported over for general use to the Nexus 5 and most other KitKat capable devices.

Sources:

  • I actually learned this on a video for comparing features between Android KitKat to the upcoming Android L. I didn’t know about this function until watching the video; the function is a bit obscure, even the video reviewer mentioned this.
  • I was discussing the differences between London and New York with my dad, when we got curious about the specifics.
  • I just got emails from Amazon telling me to try their latest service, so I did. I downloaded the PC version of the Prime Music applet, and found quite a limited selection of music available on Prime. I haven’t tried their mobile application yet, but I probably will.
  • My mom asked me what TED stood for while we were having a casual conversation, but I realized I was actually quite curious.
  • This came up while I was looking at reviews for the One Plus One phone.

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LED Day – 120

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Day of September 2nd 2014

  • Mores (pronounced “morays”) are like norms, but intended to provide a moral/ethical set of guidelines rather than social ones.
  • The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus will be performing live in sync to the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy at Lincoln Center in April next year (2015).
  • Acoustic dampening is a process which reduces the resonance of noise outside the dampened zone. In a vehicle, sound absorbent material is installed on the floors and doors to reduce noise from the road and balance the sound from the speakers inside.
  • Dynamat is a product line which deals with sonic and thermal solutions. (They do acoustic dampening.)
  • Geeksquad Autotechs (from Best Buy) will charge me about $100 for installation per pair of speakers. Seeing as my car has 6, that’s about $300 just on installation.

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LED Day – 87

What is Project LED? Find out here

I’m something of a photographer too! Check out my work here.

Day of June 26th 2014

  • A recent study at Cornell University suggests that restaurant menus without $ (read: dollar signs) causes people to spend a significantly higher amount of money.
  • ISIS is a jihadi organization operating in the Middle East. ISIS has been the subject of much attention because of their recent conquest of Mosul (city in Iraq) & their seemingly endless funding.
  • Mount Beacon (in New York State) is a hiking trail. It is 3 miles up the trail and 1 mile down and provides a spectacular hillside view from the top.
  • Lollapalooza: A particularly impressive person or thing.
  • Lollapalooza is also a 3 day music festival in the city of Chicago. It is always held in early August.

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LED Day – 41

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Day of May 11th 2014

  • Viggle is a pretty awesome app which gives you points for watching TV, listening to music and watching adverts.
  • Slidejoy is an app which puts ads on your lock screen and pays you a uniform fee per ad view.
  • There are SD cards with WiFi built into them. They allow for transfer of files across devices on the same network without having to eject the SD card. I can’t see how this would helpful for anyone who doesn’t use a DSLR camera.
  • Blur magazine is a magazine which compiles a set of photos from public submission.
  • The term 4k video refers to 4000 vertical lines of pixels in an image.
  • There are massively active click-farms (in developing countries) out there which provide tons of likes on Facebook. Buying likes from click-farm sites is against Facebook’s policy, but it appears that when you choose to promote your posts on Facebook with Facebook’s promotion system, the likes come from the same places.

Sources:

  • I heard about the Viggle app on a news program covering people who actually seemed to have made a significant amount of money working at home.
  • I heard about the Slidejoy app on a news program covering people who actually seemed to have made a significant amount of money working at home.
  • I was looking at Amazon deals on SD cards when I came across the new breed of WiFi enabled SD cards.
  • I was doing research on what a professional photographer really is and came across sites where amateurs and professionals submit photos.

    http://www.blur-magazine.com/

  • I was doing research on 4k TV’s when I learned what they actually are. Many 4k TV’s won’t make a difference to your viewing experience simply because of how much information your eye can process.
  • This video titled Facebook Fraud is rather eye-opening.

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LED Day – 36

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Day of May 6th 2014

  • There is such a thing as a fire tornado. Makes me really appreciate Queens.
  • In 1923, Japan was hit by an 8.2 (magnitude) earthquake which resulted in a tsunami, which resulted in powerful winds creating a slew of fire tornadoes.
  • The music for Game of Thrones was written/composed (in part) by Ramin Djwadi.
  • Ramin Djwadi has produced entire soundtracks for many TV shows, movies and even some video games.
  • 1 hectare is equivalent to 10,000 square meters.
  • Narendra Modi is a prominent candidate in the Indian national elections. He is currently the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Sources:

  • I came across this IFL link on Facebook.

    http://www.iflscience.com/environment/fire-tornadoes-one-more-way-earth-trying-kill-you

  • The IFL article on the fire tornadoes detailed the effects of a set of consecutive disasters in Japan (1923).
  • I was linked to original music pieces of Game of Thrones by a friend, and then caught the composers name (Ramin Djwadi).
  • A search for Ramin Djwadi’s artist page on Spotify leads to a (rather large) catalog of his work.
  • While doing an environmental science lab, I came across the definition of a hectare unit; it is used to calculate area.
  • My father is a supporter of Narendra Modi. He has been watching speeches and interviews given by Modi on YouTube.

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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 – 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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