Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Ebola virus is usually transmitted by close contact and the first cells it affects are cells important to your primary immune response—monocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells.

The latest outbreak of Ebola virus in west Africa is the worst that the planet has ever seen and almost making its way to America.... Nice intro article on the difficulty of fighting the virus.

link and great article

The new lineup from The Avengers Age Of Ultron San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Panel


The new lineup from The Avengers Age Of Ultron San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Panel

Adam Savage Incognito at Comic-Con 2014

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Memories of the original alien - comic con 2014 - fantastic outfit

Comic-Con 2014: Hannibal Panel (Comic Con 2014 Panel San Diego)


 
Geeking out with the best writer and filming of a network show - amazingly filmed and written  Hannibal Season 3 coming soon.
 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Yingli, the Giant Chinese Solar Company Sponsoring the World Cup





Nice video overview of the massive solar company Yingli.



And a little side trivia... I always wondered why solar panels were blue...  Though that is no longer true and here's why..



Blue Solar Panels Link

Uber's secret plan to take over the tranportation world

When Uber, the limousine and taxi-fetching app company, was valued on at $18.2 billion, a common thought among rational investors was "Another over valued and over hyped startup"   One would think hey they don't even own a car.  But that's genius, UBER does not have to buy cars, maintain them, buy gas or tires or wash them...

Here's a great article on the evaluation
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/how-uber-pulls-in-billions-all-via-iphone/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0


But UBER's long term vision is much more than just expanding to other cities... It's imagining a world in 5 or 10 years where half the UBER cars are self driving cars based on a Google like self driving technology.  Something like the original Total Recall vision of the taxi.  But this vision of  of a fully automated fleet is a radically different business model.  It's more like an AVIS or Car Rental agency by actually owing the cars and having an infrastructure of having automated cars refuel be it gas or electric without a driver.  Nice vision and many new businesses could be built around the future vision... 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Google - Please Fix your annoying bugs in your latest release of Google maps on the mobile.

Google - Please Fix your annoying bugs in your latest release of Google maps on the mobile.  First is depending in what scale you are viewing the maps, subways stations appear and then disappear.  This is hugely annoying when you are living in NYC.  I love agile releases of software too but one would think a little testing should go on before pushing code live   Another bug is when asking for general retail locations such as Thai, or Wine bars, Post Office many times the query results in returning locations one mile north of where I am...  Plus it's not like I am using an iPhone,  a little testing on the NOTE 3 would help. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Samsung Gear Live Watch Review:


 
Attended the Google Device and Product Event in New York City.  So spent the evening setting up Chromecast and all the needed software updates for my devices and discovering all the limitations... Seems my living room is turning into a Samsung showcase.  Only 5 years ago it was all Sony.  Review will be coming soon for the Brand new Samsung Gear Live...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Scariest Height Photos Ever


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  full link to all images from boredpanda

Nate Silver the brilliant mathematician and stats guy, who made his fame predicting elections and sports games..

Nate Silver the brilliant mathematician and stats guy, who made his fame predicting elections and sports games..

But ended up with his worst prediction ever... Silver’s website argued that the Brazilian soccer team is most likely to win the World Cup, with a remarkable 38% chance of doing so.

That is nearly three times the chance fivethirtyeight.com gives to the second-favorite team, Argentina.

Brazil's Neymar sees the future and has a breakdown days before Germany's blitzkrieg 7-1

Brazil's Neymar sees the future and has a breakdown days before Germany's blitzkrieg 7-1

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Nico Rosberg grabs lunch in the cockpit of his Mercedes in Silverstone testing


Nico Rosberg grabs lunch in the cockpit of his Mercedes in Silverstone testing.  Nico leads in points.  Though I don't recall our drivers eating in the car when Orange owned an F1 team.

BMW M4 - "Ultimate Racetrack" Coming to an ocean near you.....





One track I would like to test drive on.....





Great Article on the future of music and album sales.

 
 
Some interesting insight by taylor swift about today's audience

"There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs. I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento "kids these days" want is a selfie. It's part of the new currency, which seems to be "how many followers you have on Instagram"

"A friend of mine, who is an actress, told me that when the casting for her recent movie came down to two actresses, the casting director chose the actress with more Twitter followers. I see this becoming a trend in the music industry. For me, this dates back to 2005 when I walked into my first record-label meetings, explaining to them that I had been communicating directly with my fans on this new site called Myspace. In the future, artists will get record deals because they have fans—not the other way around."


wsj article

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fascinating article on how a strand of 280 amino acids carrying little more than simple instructions is more terrifying than any horror movie

Fascinating article on how a strand of 280 amino acids carrying little more than simple instructions is more terrifying than any horror movie.  By stealthy liquefying the body from  inside, no treatment, no vaccine and no idea where it hides between outbreaks.   Better known as Ebola.

http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/feature/natures-most-perfect-killing-machine

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Science and years of mathematical analysis on Knot theory have conclusively determined the only way to keep your headphones from getting into a tangled knotted mess

Science and years of mathematical analysis on Knot theory have conclusively determined the only way to keep your headphones from getting into a tangled knotted mess is to buy pants with tiny pockets.