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McMansion. The term “McMansion” is pejorative, poking fun at a house which is typically rather large but placed on a small parcel of land. McMansions are also often built as part of larger complexes by large construction companies such as Toll Brothers or Pulte Homes, and, therefore, each home is very similar to the neighboring ones. The name borrows the “Mc” from “McDonald’s,” which, of course, is known for producing hamburgers and other food items, without much in the way of variation, and in large volumes.

But in one case, the McDonald’s/mansion mix may be reversed. That situation? The McDonald’s in New Hyde Park, New York, pictured below. The mansion is a McDonald’s. The New Hyde Park Mickey D’s is located on Jericho Turnpike (here’s a map) and has been around since 1795 — not as a hamburger joint, of course. McDonald’s had no interest in owning a mansion; after all, anything more than two (or perhaps three) bathrooms is overkill, and bedrooms are totally unnecessary. Double Bonus! Noisli - background noise and color generator for working and relaxing. Reveil : les 24 heures de l’aurore. The dubious science of beards.

History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. 900 Years of Tree Diagrams, the Most Important Data Viz Tool in History | Design. Anonymous, "Tree of Consanguinity," Decretalium copiosum argumentum, ca. 1450-1510. (Detail). "A woodcut depicting the various ties between family members in the popular archetype of the tree of consanguinity. " The Trustees of the British Museum "Tree of Jesse. " From Jacobus de Varagine, Legenda Aurea, ca. 1480. Bibliotheque Nationale de France Hattie Mann Marshall, "Genealogy of the Lee family of Virginia and Maryland," 1886. Illustrations by Prints and graphs Division, Library of Congress Juan Osborne, "In Obama's Words," 2011. Juan Osborne "Treemap visualization of the Linux kernal 2.5.33," Jean-Daniel Fekete, 2002. Jean-Daniel Fekete "Genealogical tree of the Nam family," Arthur Howard Estabrook and Charles Benedict Davenport, 1912.

Arthur Howard Estabrook and Charles Benedict Davenport Leslie Bradshaw, Jesse Thomas, Tiffany Farrant-Gonzalez, Joe Chernov, and Jesse Noyes, "The Blog Tree: New Growth," 2012. Jesse Thomas Marcin Ignac, "Carrot2 clusters," 2008. Marcin Ignac Trees Get Weird. Scientists identify a total of 21 human emotions. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. NASA-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'? | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment. A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.

Noting that warnings of 'collapse' are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that "the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history. " Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to "precipitous collapse - often lasting centuries - have been quite common. " The independent research project is based on a new cross-disciplinary 'Human And Nature DYnamical' (HANDY) model, led by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the US National Science Foundation-supported National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, in association with a team of natural and social scientists. Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify | Talk Video. Map of the Internet 1.0. by JaySimons on deviantART. Raffi Khatchadourian: Can an Audacious Plan to Create a New Energy Resource Help Save the Planet? Years from now—maybe in a decade, maybe sooner—if all goes according to plan, the most complex machine ever built will be switched on in an Alpine forest in the South of France.

The machine, called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER, will stand a hundred feet tall, and it will weigh twenty-three thousand tons—more than twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower. At its core, densely packed high-precision equipment will encase a cavernous vacuum chamber, in which a super-hot cloud of heavy hydrogen will rotate faster than the speed of sound, twisting like a strand of DNA as it circulates. The cloud will be scorched by electric current (a surge so forceful that it will make lightning seem like a tiny arc of static electricity), and bombarded by concentrated waves of radiation.

Beams of uncharged particles—the energy in them so great it could vaporize a car in seconds—will pour into the chamber, adding tremendous heat. No natural phenomenon on Earth will be hotter. Échecologie en design au FailCampMTL 2014. BEC Homepage. The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Internet of Things. 1. Nest (Google) For solving yet another pain point in building the smart home. Following its game-changing "learning thermostat," Nest released the Protect smoke detector, again infusing a previously design-neglected home appliance with modern detail and functionality. From the Protect’s hands-free silencer and voice controls to its smartphone notifications and battery monitor, Nest has produced the first nonannoying smoke detector—and picked up $3.2 billion in cash from Google along the way. 2.

Philips For having the bright idea to make smartphone-tethered bulbs. 3. For unleashing simple connected products for the cautious consumer. Monitor your home. 4. For upping the activity-tracking game with a next-gen, supercharged wristband. 5. For opening a platform of Internet-wise devices to let users customize their connected homes. 6. For strengthening its products to stand out among the quantified-self crowd. 7.

For giving users control of whatever’s plugged in. 8. 9. Yann Dall'Aglio: L'amour -- vous le faites mal. The Vintage Pens Website. Parker51. News.ca Mobile. R2D2 Translator. Paul’s Powerpoint to the Corinthians | First Thoughts | Blogs. I have long been struck by the beauty of Paul’s prose in chapter 13 expressing Christianity in terms of Platonism centuries before Augustine. Of course I have the advantage of speaking English fluently and so being able to understand and be moved by this gem from the King James: Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

But what about people who do not speak English? 1 Corinthians 13, translated into Terrible Powerpoint. Co. Oldskool Japanese Music Thread (1920's-1980's) To Successfully Launch A Product, You Have To Tell A Compelling Story. “The art of narration and dramatic presentation, together with a keen sense of the oral epic style, became a characteristic quality of the Russian people.” —Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folktale At the end of a week filled with product launches and press conferences, it’s hard not to compare those marketing events. Without even talking about the products, some were much more compelling than others. And it all comes down to the story that you tell, as a company. Failing at that task will greatly endanger your product. Over the past few days, I had the chance to watch and write about iPad mini‘s keynote, attend Samsung’s Galaxy Note II launch event in New York, and go to Microsoft’s Windows 8 conference (and its secret Surface conference).

It’s no mistake that all of those things are happening at the same time. They want to dominate the news, retaliate and change the subject as quickly as possible. Yet, timing and money are only a small part of the equation. Are you telling a story? FaceSubstitute Is The Coolest (And Creepiest) Thing You’ll See This Week. Ready for your semi-regular reminder that technology is freakin’ amazing? FaceSubstitute is a tech demo that lets you use your webcam to try on someone else’s face (god, that was a weird sentence to type), and it’s just as creepy/awesome as it sounds. Want to be Walter White? Sure! Want to be a terrfying pseudo-Kardashian? Okay! Want to be Bieber for a day? No problem, weirdo! The app currently has 17 different faces for you to “wear”, from celebs like Nicolas Cage and Brian Cranston to stranger, cartoony masks like “Picasso”, or “Abstract” that intentionally distort your face in the freakiest of ways.

The whole thing is liiiittle bit “It puts the lotion in the basket”, but as a tech demo it’s just too damned neat. Is it perfect? Here’s the link. How to make it work: A few pro tips: Make sure you’re in an evenly and well lit room. [Shout out to Mark Wilson over at Fast Co. for spotting this] You think I just turn on my webcam and some guy is there to creep me out?

Les États-Unis, deuxième pays le plus inégalitaire. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Le président américain Barack Obama exagère-t-il quand il dénonce le fossé qui se creuse dans son pays entre les riches et les pauvres ? Non. Pas quand on regarde les statistiques. Que les riches soient de plus en plus riches et que les pauvres soient de plus en plus pauvres n’est pas qu’une croyance populaire, du moins de l’autre côté de la frontière. Connaissez-vous le coefficient de Gini ? Il se situe entre 0 et 1, où 0 signifie l’égalité parfaite (tous auraient le même revenu) et 1, l’inégalité totale (une seule personne détiendrait l’ensemble des revenus). Dans les principaux pays industrialisés, ce coefficient varie de 0,25 à 0,58. Les dix pays les plus égalitaires : Les dix pays les plus inégalitaires: Précision: La différence marquée entre les États-Unis et le Chili est due au fait que le palmarès n’incluait ni le Brésil ni le Mexique puisque les données utilisées dans le calcul du coefficient après taxes et transferts n’étaient pas disponibles.

Store Cameras Can Tell If Shoppers Are Pissed Off Or Happy. How Are You Feeling? This App Tells You. Face-tracking technology allows computers to read facial expressions. In case you want to know about your mood. If you've ever been confused about how you're feeling, and it happened to be the 1970s, you could always count on the mood ring. The jewelry fad claimed to read wearers' levels of anxiety or ebullience by measuring body temperature. Today there's a more reliable—but equally far-out—app that performs a similar function: the clmtrackr, a new emotion-analysis tool created by a Norwegian computer scientist named Audun Øygard. You turn on your webcam, stare into your screen, and the program will tell you what emotions you're experiencing, and in what proportions, from anger to sadness to joy.

"It has learned from prior training each of the facial landmarks," Jeffrey Cohn, a professor of psychology and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, told me. "We've found meaningful changes in facial expression as people recover [from depression]," Cohn said. Fellas? Buscar - Vexia.eu. 15 Nerd-tastic Robots from CES 2014. Ozobot Is a Smart Robot That Plays Games With You. LAS VEGAS — Ozobot, a game-playing robot, wants you to get physical with digital games — and it could be on to something. According to a recent study by the Entertainment Software Association, more than half (58%) of all Americans play video games, which may lead some to believe that fewer people are playing physical board games. On the other hand, the same study says 34% of online gamers play puzzles, board games, game shows, trivia and card games, which suggests many still yearn for some old-school gaming. These findings could help explain the motivation to develop a product like Ozobot.

It’s a tiny, one-inch-tall robot designed to work on top of tablet and smartphone screens, as well on as paper. What's more, it will follow both digital and physical lines that players draw on the fly, and can even reportedly tell the difference between a digital and physical surface. Each Ozobot will include changeable skins and LED lights, which let players know what the robot is “thinking” or doing.

This Wearable Gadget Zaps You to Stand Taller. LAS VEGAS — Lumo BodyTech announced during the 2014 International CES show a small gadget that nudges you to stand up straight. The Lumo Lift, which comes in a variety of colors, detects your body's positioning and when you start to slouch, the device vibrates and reminds you to adjust your stance. The Lift can be clasped to an undershirt, collar or bra strap. "Lumo Lift tracks your body positions and movements, and when you close off your body, the sensor provides a gentle vibration to remind you to keep your shoulders back and head lifted," a company spokesperson told Mashable.

"It also provides feedback and rewards through a mobile app. " Right now, the company is looking to crowdfund the project on its website, LumoBodyTech.com. Lumo BodyTech said it expects to officially launch the Lift in late spring and it expects it'll cost $59-$79. Although it only clasps to clothing, the spokesperson said it could expand to different forms of jewelry in the future. The Toxic Lady. At 8:15 PM local time on February 19, 1994, paramedics brought 31 year-old Gloria Ramirez to the emergency room at Riverside General Hospital in California, pictured below. While the medical professionals who worked on Ramirez did what they could to keep her alive, they were ultimately unsuccessful, and 45 minutes later, Ramirez, suffering from late stage cervical cancer, died. This is a story which, sadly, occurs daily in hospitals around the world.

But Ramirez’s case was special. During her forty-five minutes in the ER, three of the people who worked on her ended up losing consciousness and passing out. In total, 23 of the 37 people working in the ER that night fell ill, to one degree or another, with five requiring hospitalization. The details show how quickly this all unfolded. Kane nevertheless drew blood from her patient and passed the vial onto Dr. What was causing the fainting spells? From the Archives: The Taman Shud Mystery: Also unsolved. Connected Underwear Will Turn You On. LAS VEGAS — Ladies, your lacy underwear is about to get a whole lot smarter. Connected sex toy company OhMiBod announced at the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas on Monday panties that can be controlled by a partner.

In line with the wearable technology trend, the blueMotion massager ($129) aims to give women pleasure with the help of its accompanying iOS or Android app. Vibrations can be controlled for solo play or by another user nearby. "It's a really fun way to control vibrations without anyone knowing what you're doing because the remote is on your phone," Brian Dunham, who founded OhMiBod along with his wife Suki, told Mashable. "Technology can drive couples apart, but this is using technology and gadgets to bring them closer together. " Dunham said he and Suki came up with the concept when they noticed they were spending too much time on their smartphones and less time being intimate.

The vibrator has a Bluetooth chip inside it, which slides into the front of the blue panty. How to Make Awesome Frozen Soap Bubbles Without Having to Brave the Cold. How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood. If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you. Some of them just seem so specific that it's absurd. Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries? Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life? Foreign Satanic Stories from the 1980s? If Netflix can show such tiny slices of cinema to any given user, and they have 40 million users, how vast did their set of "personalized genres" need to be to describe the entire Hollywood universe? This idle wonder turned to rabid fascination when I realized that I could capture each and every microgenre that Netflix's algorithm has ever created.

Through a combination of elbow grease and spam-level repetition, we discovered that Netflix possesses not several hundred genres, or even several thousand, but 76,897 unique ways to describe types of movies. There are so many that just loading, copying, and pasting all of them took the little script I wrote more than 20 hours. Imaginary movies for an imaginary genre. BI V2.0: The self-replicating 3D printer. VIDEO: What Happens When 500 People Trace the Same Line? Pupil reflections in photographs could help investigators solve crimes.

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