Thursday, May 29, 2014

JP Morgan Summer Reading List 2014

Here’s this year’s list from wsj and jp morgan (links below):
Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americasby Editors of Phaidon
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, by Arianna Huffington
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Mindsby Carmine Gallo
The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy, by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley.
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mindby Biz Stone
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mindby Michio Kaku
Olives, Lemons & Za’atar: The Best Middle Eastern Home Cookingby Rawia Bishara
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anythingby Col. Chris Hadfield
The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, the America’s Cup, by Julian Guthrie
And for comparison here’s the inaugural list from 2000:
The Pursuit of Wealth: The Incredible Story of Money Throughout the Ages by Robert Sobel 
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America by Lawrence Cunningham 
Security Analysis (Classic 1934 Edition) by Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
The Cluetrain Manifesto by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls and David Weinberger
The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen
Faster by James Gleick

The Silicon Boys and Their Valley Dreamsby David Kaplan 
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell 
Patient Number Oneby Rick Murdock

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Incredible demo from Microsoft breakthrough in real-time translated conversations

"Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers and now is being developed jointly by the Skype and Microsoft Translator teams. The demo showed near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa."

Microsoft blog


There are still traces of the polar vortex - swimming with ice in june...

Thanks to the coldest winter ever due to never ending polar vortexes... The Great Lakes still have ice..... Not sure the Hamptons waters were much warmer...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Who knew that the sweet smell before and after thunderstorms is dangerously poisonous

This is a fact I didn't see coming. The sweet smell before and after thunderstorms is poisonous and in high concentration will destroy your lungs.   You are actually breathing ozone... Ultraviolet light in the atmosphere splits O2 molecules, with the freed oxygen atoms sometimes joining with oxygen molecules for an ozone feast.  Luckily during a storm it doesn't reach a density to start to destroy your cells in your lungs....

“Ozone” comes from the Greek “ozein,” meaning “to smell.

Extreme close up of tornado forming - Watford, ND on 5/26/2014.

Attack on Titan Episode 1 English Sub - The newest popular Japanese manga series

Attack on Titan has become a commercial success, with over 36 million volumes in circulation as of April 2014


Kids under 13 try out a very old Apple Computer

Brings back memories of my old Commodore 64.

All hope for finding flight MH370 anytime soon has just been lost.

The searchers for flight MH370 are now no closer to finding the location of the crash then they were from the start of the search.  They have finally admitted they have no clue or further data on where the flight crashed.

Today they have made all the flight data and tracking data public with the hope that someone might be able to see something in the data that everyone else has missed.

here is the report