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Monday: August 1, 2011

Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.Turns out that coin tosses don't really provide fifty-fifty odds.

As usual, it's humanity that messes things up. When flipped by a machine, coins come up heads a solid fifty percent of the time, and tails the other fifty percent. Put the fate of the coin in grubby human hands and the odds tip slightly in favor of the side that faces up just before the coin is flipped. The side that was face up at the beginning of the flip has a fifty-one percent chance of landing face-up at the end. Humans are not as precise as machines, and so the coin rotates around several axes instead of one.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:37 PM | Tags (9) | coin | toss | io9 | odds | science | flipped | human | error | machines |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 26, 2011

Over in China beach-goers are enjoying a healthy swim in algae-filled waters.Over in China beach-goers are enjoying a healthy swim in algae-filled waters.

An algae bloom, or 'green tide,' has clogged nearly 7,700 square miles (20,000 square kilometers) of the Yellow Sea, Chinese authorities said Sunday, according to the state-run media outlet Xinhua. The algae blanketing the beaches belongs to a species of marine plankton known as Enteromorpha prolifera, found in waters all around the world. In the right conditions, the algae can explode into so-called macro-algal blooms, Steve Morton, a marine biologist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told National Geographic News in 2010.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 2:05 PM | Tags (8) | natgeo | china | algae | beach | species | national | geographic | plankton |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

New York City Street View circa 1982.New York City Street View circa 1982.

This is an awesome project and it makes for a glorious way to pass the time. Case in point: I am currently taking a stroll down Lexington Avenue in the year 1982 while actually sitting in an office on Lexington Avenue in 2011. My brain may very well implode any minute. Big kudos to the creator Dan Weeks for putting this together. Wow.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Artsy @ 9:31 AM | Tags (10) | 1982 | art | artsy | danweeks | lexington | manhattan | nyc | streets | streetview | timemachine |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 18 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 7, 2010

State of the GLM: Yes, I'm still here. No, I'm not dead.

You may have noticed that GLM has gone rather quiet for the past two-three months or so in terms of any and all content on the site. This post serves as a status update to alleviate any fears that GeekLikeMe is gone for good. Quite the contrary my dear friends. And yes, while I could run down the list of excuses as to why the site hasn't been updated, I'm sure they would just bore you to tears. To save us all some time I shall sum up in two words: work and parenthood.

For work I have been diving into the grand world of Objective-C programming for the past six months and I still haven't managed to come up for air. Hopefully when I'm actually able to take a deep breath I'll have an array of iPhone and iPad apps to show for it. Also on this note I'd like to state that I very well may have taken the most ass-backwards route in getting into a new programming language. Nevertheless, it's been a rewarding and infuriating process thus far but I'm learning a lot and I think it'll turn out well in the end.

I don't think I have to say much about parenthood other than sleep is a sought-after commodity and there are only so many hours in a day. This has turned out to be a major contributing factor to the current lack of posting. Shocker.

But now onto much better news: a new version of GeekLikeMe.net is in the works yet again and I've decided to make a design choice right off the bat. I recently took a trip down memory lane courtesy of archive.org's wayback machine. After feeling somewhat nostalgic about the old GLM design I decided that maybe it was time to return to the minimalist roots yet again. More details and information about the new site coming soon!

P.S. You can also follow me on Twitter even though I have yet to tweet anything. Oops, scratch that.

Posted to Verbose filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 10:20 AM | Tags (12) | archive | geeklikeme | glm | machine | minimal | minimalist | parenthood | redesign | state | verbose | wayback | work |  | Discuss (4) |  | facebook | twitter | 63 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: February 25, 2010

Behold the world's greenest skyscraper recently constructed over in China.Behold the world's greenest skyscraper recently constructed over in China.

These types of buildings even have their very own acronym, ZEB, which stands for zero-energy building. This particular building is 58% more energy efficient than your run-of-the-mill conventional skyscraper.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 6:43 AM | Tags (7) | green | technology | zero | energy | fortune | china | zeb |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: February 24, 2010

Always wanted to know what your face reveals about your overall health?Always wanted to know what your face reveals about your overall health?

According to Chinese medicine and this article, your face is a window to your health. Turns out that your face can provide subtle and not-so-subtle clues about all kinds of  particular ailments.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Health @ 6:27 AM | Tags (7) | chin | face | forehead | nose | plinkett | reveal | yahoo |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 43 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 28, 2009

What Star Wars can teach us on the subject of career management.What Star Wars can teach us on the subject of career management.

Your threats of turning fellow workers to the Dark Side sound hollow and that Jedi mind trick you've been working on for the past six months doesn't seem to be getting you anywhere. Your big promotion? You might as well be working in the Spice Mines of Kessel.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Funny @ 5:49 PM | Tags (10) | careers | darthvader | fun | funny | jobs | life | management | starwars | teachings | yoda |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 24 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Ten things that Google has taught us.Ten things that Google has taught us.

Without vision, even the most focused passion is a battery without a device. 'Don't be evil' is a vague incantation. But Page and Brin's effort to make 'all the world's information available,'and to first and foremost serve users, is a vision.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 7:26 AM | Tags (10) | google | teachings | cnn | fortune | passion | drive | team | culture | human | factors |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 23 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: October 19, 2009

A handy writeup on the do's and don'ts of Photoshop retouching.A handy writeup on the do's and don'ts of Photoshop retouching.

Follow these well-written collection of tips to avoid being the Mr. Bungle of Photoshop around your home or office. No, the clone stamp can't fix everything.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Photoshop @ 7:49 AM | Tags (9) | brush | clone | depot | donts | dos | photoshop | retouching | tutorial | webdesigner |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 52 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 14, 2009

Kellogg's planning to laser etch brand name into their corn flakes.Kellogg's planning to laser etch brand name into their corn flakes.

Kellogg's will produce a number of trial batches before considering whether to put some branded flakes into each box to guarantee authenticity.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Silly @ 7:56 AM | Tags (7) | authenticity | breakfast | cereal | etching | food | kelloggs | laser |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: October 8, 2009

CNN takes a look at who translates better: humans or machines.CNN takes a look at who translates better: humans or machines.

Some interesting tidbits as to how Google and Facebook have differing strategies in regards to proper translations on the web. I give Facebook a lot of nerd cred for still keeping 'pirate' up as an alternative language.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 7:28 AM | Tags (7) | cnn | facebook | google | humans | machines | technology | translation |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 13 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: September 4, 2009

Diebold decides to make an exit from the electronic voting system business.Diebold decides to make an exit from the electronic voting system business.

That particular section of their business has been sold off to another company for five million.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 7:42 AM | Tags (5) | diebold | errors | machines | politics | voting |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: August 31, 2009

Ten of the most awesome contextual advertisement fails for your viewing pleasure.Ten of the most awesome contextual advertisement fails for your viewing pleasure.

...sometimes the sophisticated matching technology goes awry, putting ads next to articles in ways that are just a little off. When this happens, the savvy denizens of the internet are usually there to capture the hilarity with a screengrab.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 7:52 AM | Tags (6) | advertising | fail | urlesque | contextual | matching | ads |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 58 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 22, 2009

Have a peek at the most advanced soda machine ever made.Have a peek at the most advanced soda machine ever made.

...the Freestyle PurePour system uses ultra-concentrated 46-ounce cartridges to mix drinks and allow for a greater array of flavors, all coming from one spout. There are also RFID tags to keep track of all the different flavors held inside the cabinet and their current status.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 1:26 PM | Tags (7) | soda | coke | machine | vending | flavors | advanced | technology |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 42 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: July 14, 2009

China decides to ban electro-shock therapy for Internet addicts.China decides to ban electro-shock therapy for Internet addicts.

The Chinese government has led a campaign for over a year against Internet addiction, saying young people's excessive time in Internet cafes, known as Web bars in Chinese, is hurting their studies and damaging family life.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 7:43 AM | Tags (5) | addicts | china | electric | shock | therapy |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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