It's spring finally, and we just had 4 to 6 inches of snow fall here yesterday in the Princeton area. Here is what I tweeted last week:
2 thumbs up from Daenerys Targaryen
It doesn't matter if you are a Game Of Thrones fan or not..you gotta love that image.
All I can think of is...WTF were they thinking...some of those are really crazy
One drink, two drink, three drink, four. Don't say we didn't warn you, but don't feel too bad about your evening either
Khan Academy has partnered with Dartmouth college professors Tom Cormen and Devin Balkcom to teach introductory computer science algorithms, including searching, sorting, recursion, and graph theory. Learn with a combination of articles, visualizations, quizzes, and coding challenges.
Today’s demands for measurable childhood success—from the Common Core to college placement—have chased household chores from the to-do lists of many young people. In a survey of 1,001 U.S. adults released last fall by Braun Research, 82% reported having regular chores growing up, but only 28% said that they require their own children to do them. With students under pressure to learn Mandarin, run the chess club or get a varsity letter, chores have fallen victim to the imperatives of resume-building—though it is hardly clear that such activities are a better use of their time
Do I believe in the Agile Manifesto?
Of course I do. It's primarily about values and who wouldn't value people over tools, anyway?
With that out of the way, I won't reference the 14 years old page for the remainder of this article, as it is mostly common sense and does not address any of the problems we face in developing digital products.
Microsoft Band helps you achieve your wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality, and makes you more productive with email previews and calendar alerts at a glance. Maximize your fitness with Guided Workouts, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, automatic activity counting, and run mapping. Take notes and set reminders with your voice using Cortana personal assistant on Windows Phone. See incoming calls, texts, social updates, weather and more on your wrist. Works with Windows Phone, Android and iPhone
It's available now on Amazon. I have a fitbit and love it...but if it ever breaks I might consider the Microsoft Band
In the past few years, parents, teachers, and policy makers have furiously debated whether standardized tests should be used to promote or hold back children, fire teachers, and withhold funds from schools. The debate has focused for the most part on whether the tests are being used in unfair ways. But almost no one has publicly questioned a fundamental assumption — that the tests measure something meaningful or predict something significant beyond themselves.
I have reviewed more than 300 studies of K–12 academic tests. What I have discovered is startling. Most tests used to evaluate students, teachers, and school districts predict almost nothing except the likelihood of achieving similar scores on subsequent tests. I have found virtually no research demonstrating a relationship between those tests and measures of thinking or life outcomes.
The energy kite simulates the tip of a wind turbine blade, which is the part of a turbine that makes most of the energy. The kite is launched from the ground station by the rotors, which act like propellers on a helicopter. Once in the air, the kite generates power by flying in large circles where the wind is strong and consistent. Air moving across rotors mounted on the kite forces them to rotate, driving a generator to produce electricity, which travels down the tether to the grid.
Microsoft is open sourcing more and more stuff lately, MSBuild is the latest
Today we are pleased to announce that MSBuild is now available on GitHub and we are contributing it to the .NET Foundation! The Microsoft Build Engine (MSBuild) is a platform for building applications. By invoking msbuild.exe on your project or solution file, you can orchestrate and build products in environments where Visual Studio isn't installed. For instance, MSBuild is used to build the .NET Core Libraries and .NET Core Runtime open source projects.
Finally..hopefully car dealers will go the way of the dodo...cut out the middleman!
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has just signed a bill allowing Tesla Motors to operate its company-owned direct-sale stores in that state.
The bill, whose full text you can read here, counteracts a statewide ban on direct-to-consumer sales that was enacted in April 2014.
The new bill passed the state’s General Assembly on Monday, from which point Gov. Christie had a 45-day window to decide whether to sign the bill into law.
Importantly, the bill is not just a one-brand exemption for Tesla. In a statement, Christie’s office describes the new law as “giving manufacturers of zero emission cars, including Tesla, the ability to sell directly to New Jersey consumers at up to four locations in the state.”
I know almost all of these except for a handful, how many things do YOU know?
Dudes. Guys. MEN. When it comes to the male gender, there are certain things all guys simply must know. Whether its for your own personal safety, in case of emergencies (that may or may not be bear attack related), to not look like an idiot in public, for the benefit of the people in your life, or just for your own betterment, taking a moment to learn the secrets on this list of things all men should know is essential.
So you've got a Y chromosome. Now what? What should every guy know how to do? What are the things every man should know? From building fires to tying your tie, if you're a man, the things on this list are essentials for being the best, most manly man you can be. But it's not all beer and sports. Men should also know how to hold a baby and sew on a button
A collection of 23 images showing the Google data center. Real neat images, below you can see one of those.
This data provides a window into how people are interacting with the government online. The data comes from a unified Google Analytics account for U.S. federal government agencies known as the Digital Analytics Program. This program helps government agencies understand how people find, access, and use government services online. The program does not track individuals, and anonymizes the IP addresses of visitors
All the details can be found at the site.
That's all for this week...see you next week