links for 2011-09-08

  • There are three sets of reasons to explain the findings that agriculture was bad for health. First, hunter-gatherers enjoyed a varied diet, while early farmers obtained most of their food from a few starchy crops. The farmers gained cheap calories at the cost of poor nutrition. Today, just three plants wheat, rice, and corn provide the bulk of the calories consumed by the human species, yet each one is deficient in certain vitamins or amino acids essential to life. Second, because of dependence on a limited number of crops, farmers ran the risk of starvation if one crop failed. Finally, the mere fact that agriculture encouraged people to clump together in crowded societies, many of which then carried on trade with other crowded societies, led to the spread of parasites and infectious disease. Some archaeologists think it was the crowding, rather than agriculture, that promoted disease, but this is a chicken-and-egg argument, because crowding encourages agriculture and vice versa.

links for 2011-08-15

  • In the past, we collected information not simply to know things. That was only the beginning. We also collected information to convert it into something larger than facts and ultimately more useful — into ideas that made sense of the information. We sought not just to apprehend the world but to truly comprehend it, which is the primary function of ideas. Great ideas explain the world and one another to us.

    But if information was once grist for ideas, over the last decade it has become competition for them.

    The implications of a society that no longer thinks big are enormous. Ideas aren’t just intellectual playthings. They have practical effects.
    What the future portends is more and more information — Everests of it. There won’t be anything we won’t know. But there will be no one thinking about it.

links for 2011-04-06

  • Forward Osmois uses a "draw solution" and a membrane to allow water molecules to flow from a lower concentration of salt (seawater for example) to a highly concentrated salt solution (called the "draw solution"). The idea isn't new, but has been largely discarded in the past because the salts used in the draw solution couldn't be driven off the water effectively whether the challenge was economics or purity. Oasys Water founder, Robert MsGinnis, claims to have solved this problem and if he's correct, he may have one of the great engineering achievements that we've seen in a while.

links for 2011-04-02

  • (tags: running shoes)
  • 1. Analyze the need to purchase running shoes based on the number of miles your old pair has on them. Do not base your need for new shoes by observing how much tread remains on the outer sole. The mid-sole of many running shoes break down at 400 miles (or earlier depending on a number of factors) and offers little or no protection after that period of time. It is important to keep in mind that running shoes provide the first line of defense against the potential of injury.

    2. Consider purchasing two pairs of running shoes. Flip-flopping their use every other day increases the life expectancy of each pair.

    3. Purchase a new pair of shoes that you will use during the actual event approximately four to six weeks prior to the marathon. These shoes should be the same model that you've found works well for you during your long runs. The key point here is to have sufficient time to break the new pair in (by logging 60-70 miles including one long run) prior to your race.

  • How to Find the Best Marathon Running Shoes for Your Feet

    1. They should match your feet
    2. They should provide rebound energy
    3. They should be lightweight and flexible

links for 2011-03-20

  • An example use of a scraper: let's say a government entity releases daily information regarding finances, and you want to graph or otherwise track this data for personal or business use. Going to the website each day and entering the data manually is certainly one labor-intensive way to do it, but as with any good hacker will tell you – if you have to do anything more than once it is better to automate it.

    ScraperWiki is a centralized location for these custom built scrapers. Instead of writing your own from scratch, you can search their database to see if a scraper has already been written for a source.

    Scrapers are categories by language – PHP, Python and Ruby – and the site is currently in beta.

links for 2011-03-18

links for 2011-03-12

links for 2011-03-06

  • Most of his songs are without recognisable text, as it is his intention to transcend the limitation of speech. Instead he sings without a specific language, using only melodic syllables which remove the distraction of the mind and empower the audience to listen with the heart. Lex call this creative expression of moving spirit "his soul language."
    (tags: music someren)
  • Many scientists consider the loss of healthy mitochondria to be an important underlying cause of aging in mammals. As resident mitochondria falter, the cells they fuel wither or die. Muscles shrink, brain volume drops, hair falls out or loses its pigmentation, and soon enough we are, in appearance and beneath the surface, old.

links for 2011-03-04

  • QR-Codes first hit mainstream when they were initially used for tracking parts by vehicle manufacturers. After a while, companies began to see the scope for where QR-Codes could be used elsewhere within the world. The most commercial use for QR-Codes is in the telecommunications industry where the mobile phone seems to be the biggest driver of their popularity.

links for 2011-02-17

links for 2011-02-08

  • This chapter serves as a section on tips to create and build personal wealth. His first tip is, find a reason greater than reality to motivate you. What he means by this is to wake up the financial genius in oneself by empowering the mind. He says that people must have a strong/purpose for living.

    The next tip is to feed the mind. By feeding the mind, the author contends that people acquire power of choice.

    The author also advises people to choose friends carefully. He says to avoid people who proclaim incessantly that the sky is falling and instead encourages readers to spend time with people who enjoy talking about money because they may have valuable lessons to share. The author also believes that people should study one field, and then go out and learn a new one, although it is important to choose what one studies.

    (tags: booksummary)