May, 2014

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Help Google help the Bay Area

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Please vote!

Google Impact Challenge | San Francisco Bay Area
How would you make the Bay Area even better? Vote now for your favorite bright ideas in the #GoogleImpactChallenge at http://g.co/bayareachallenge

Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey soundtrack marked "Explicit", WUT.

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey soundtrack marked "Explicit", WUT.

Go home, +Google Play Music, you're drunk.   #CreationistConspiracy

"… Freedom…"

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

USA Freedom Act
It’s time for #RealSurveillanceReform. Join us in asking the Senate to fix the USA FREEDOM Act and end bulk data collection once and for all. https://takeaction.withgoogle.com/gg/USAFreedomAct

+Lenovo bacn'ed me asking me to review the Yoga2 Pro ultrabook I got earlier…

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
+Lenovo bacn'ed me asking me to review the Yoga2 Pro ultrabook I got earlier this year. So I did. The form on the review website didn't mention and certainly didn't enforce any length restriction on my review text, but when I tried to submit it, it was rejected for being too long–without even then saying how long it could be. I gave up, and in return for wasting my time I marked Lenovo's E-mail to me as spam. #FAIL  

If you've ever pondered, "If Google designed a car, what would it look like?"…

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
If you've ever pondered, "If Google designed a car, what would it look like?" then ponder no more…

Google unveils fully autonomous, hands-free car prototype [w/videos]
Google has unveiled its first prototype for a self-driving car, a tiny, two-seater that lacks any manual controls, putting everything in the hands of a computer.

Chillin' on bonus Caturday night…

Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Chillin' on bonus Caturday night…

Way to stick it to another patent troll, Newegg!

Sunday, May 25th, 2014
Way to stick it to another patent troll, Newegg!

When Will Patent Trolls Learn Not to Mess with Newegg?

My life is filled with so many difficult decisions

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The Singularity is here!

Monday, May 19th, 2014
… if you're a c. elegans worm, anyway…

MIT can map the activity of every neuron in an animal’s brain
Scientists have long yearned for a neuron-by-neuron illustration of brain activity; get that and you can see exactly what drives an animal’s thoughts and

This is our water bill from the last two months; notice we cut our usage by 43% vs….

Monday, May 19th, 2014
This is our water bill from the last two months; notice we cut our usage by 43% vs. the same period last year–4 748-gallon units, down from 7. Our savings? 3 x $2.61 = $7.83, on a $90.18 bill. Put another way, reducing our water use by 43% netted a savings of 7.8% on our bill. Even if we hadn't used a single drop, our bill still would have been $79.72 (for two months).

I'm not saying I should be paying less for water, I'm just saying +San Jose Water Company (and other providers, most likely) is pricing water incorrectly, in such a way that people have little to no incentive to conserve water.

#drought2014