Fishing isn’t the only mundane sport that can be improved through the power of video games: golf gets better with an ample dose of crazy, too. Available on iOS and Android, Super Stickman Golf 2 is the follow-up to the beloved original, and it doesn’t mess with the formula too much. You’ll still be trying to get a ball in a hole while navigating courses that would give even Super Mario a headache, using simple but intuitive controls and helpful power-ups.
Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing.
Aaron’s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance; his reflexive empathy and capacity for selfless, boundless…
One of those things where the ‘words’ just kept coming to my head and I kept typing till it stopped
the da dum di doink
went hickory hoink
honk ponk pink and ponk
the mouse ran up the ivory tonk
jumbo sneezed.. the room went thonk
and that was the end of hickory donk
the mouse he jumped
bing bang he fell and bumped
into the train running in the rain
and on the soldiers marched not to be trumped
drops they splattered
cold and wet.. searched for cover
did the little mouse.. beaten and battered
welcome to my parlour said the gingerbread man
i saw you run as fast as you can
here you’ll find shelter.. through summer and winter
and plenty of bread to eat with the cookies and jam
Most of my life I’ve treated new year’s as just another day. I dislike attaching value to any particular day since I just happen to value every day as something great to look forward to. As a side note, I also have a rule to myself where I wish everyone good morning no matter what time of the day is since I look at morning as the fresh start to everything. But I digress. This New Year is actually very special to me. A year ago, I began my journey towards’s joining anything.lk which was followed by a year that has been the most amazing experience ever in all possible aspects. From learning management of myself and working with others, to developing myself as a software engineer who knows what it means to ‘ship’ to having been through a major investment to having presented to major investors, this has by far been the happiest year of my life.
And this comes following quite possibly the worst year I could have had (which was not a bad year actually, but just ranked at the bottom). For one whole year I worked with my dad’s company simply because it felt like I was duty bound to it; the only son left to take over the business kind of scenario. But all that changed when I actually went knocking on a door to get a job that I could love. All that started exactly one year ago.
What’s the message though? A lot has happened for and to me in the past year and throughout it all it’s kept me reflecting on my life as whole. I grew up being called strange, a bit odd, ‘that kid’. In reality I was never a rebel. Strangely, I never saw myself as some non conformist. I never shouted against conformity. All I was, was a kid who refused to take the path of suffering unhappiness to find some kind of promised greater happiness at the end of it all. I didn’t believe in that ‘adult’ notion. That notion which people called the sign of maturity.
My policy in life was simple. If there was no other path but to be unhappy through something (an example would be having to work at my most hated subjects of history and commerce during Ordinary Level Examinations to ensure I could get to my Advanced Level exams) then I would push through it. On the other hand, if I could ever see something that would make me happier, then I would get to it one way or another.
And that is my message to you all this New Year. Take a look at your lives. I’ve looked at the twitter and facebook feeds long enough to know that there are enough people who wonder which direction their life is going in. Take a look at your lives and ask yourselves, is there any path in life that you could take that would actually make you happier? If so, take it. If there’s one resolution that you could make this year, the best resolution you could write down would be
‘Choose the happiest path’
This may seem like a childish notion, but as a person who has taken this path his whole life, and who also made a mistake once of not taking that path once (I essentially have an idea of what it’s like to be on both sides of the fence), I can assure you that the moments of ‘not having a choice’ are simply illusions. No matter how difficult something is, no matter how difficult or scary it may seem to give up that life sucking job to risk it all on your dreams, no matter how much pressure you may seem to feel in breaking away from that abusive relationship, no matter how difficult a moment you seem to be in, you almost always have a choice to break away from it. I promise you that. Short of being a kidnapped hostage/prostitute or some other terrible scenario like that, you always have a choice. (If you are reading this, I find that to be very unlikely, but then I’m pedantic in covering bases before using a word like always)
It’s the year 2013. The world hasn’t ended. Your lives aren’t over. Look hard for opportunity. Celebrate every moment of your life. Find happiness and passion in whatever you choose to do and NEVER NEVER stop searching for the happiest path.
Happy new year and may you all find happiness, opportunity, love, and yourself, for the rest of your lives.
The amount of ice in the Arctic Ocean shrunk to an all time low in September, with the area covered now only half of what it was in the 1980s. This alarming development along with the global community’s inability to come to a consensus about cutting CO2 emissions has led Harvard professor of applied physics David Keith to look at a technological solution to reversing the warming of the Arctic. In a paper published in Nature Climate Change and an affiliated study in the Environmental Research Letters, Keith proposes a way to refreeze the Arctic through geoengineering.
Injecting reflective particles into the high atmosphere could reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface, counteracting the greenhouse gas effect. High CO2 levels would continue to trap heat in the atmosphere, but with less energy coming in, temperatures on the surface would go down. Keith suggests using the method for a regional correction to restore the ice cover in the Arctic. In his paper, he claims that “with an average solar reduction of only 0.5%, it is possible to recover pre-industrial sea ice extent.” A separate paper shows that this could all be done with a few modified Gulfstream jets and is estimated to cost around $8 billion, which is about the price of a installing a major oil pipeline.
But large-scale geoengineering like what Keith is suggesting is banned by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity because it could result in disastrous unintended consequences. Even Keith acknowledges that manually refreezing the arctic is not the right way to solve the larger problem of global warming. He thinks that this level of geoengineering would only be appropriate to consider in states of emergency such as a sudden collapse of ice sheets or a killing drought. But first, we need to cut our greenhouse gas emissions and he warns that “if we do this and we do not cut emissions, we just walk further and further off the cliff, like Wile E. Coyote.”
Black holes come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 10 times the mass of the sun to a billion times as massive. But new research shows that black holes of completely different masses, ages and locations can produce jets of ionized gas that behave similarly.
Image: This illustration shows a black hole emitting jets of fast-moving plasma above and below it, as matter swirls around in an orbiting disk. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
“As scientists, we are always seeking universal principles,” Rodrigo Nemmen, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., told SPACE.com.
Nemmen and his colleagues studied a wide variety of black holes in an attempt to compare how efficiently their jets emitted light. “I was very surprised,” Nemmen said of the results.
Discovering similarities between ancient supermassive black holes in the center of distant galaxies and baby black holes born as stars collapse should help scientists gain a firmer understanding of these jets.
Black holes are well known for their ability to pull matter into them. But not all material near a black hole finds itself lost. Some bits of matter just outside the point of no return (called the event horizon) are accelerated away at near-light speeds, creating jets of particles shooting out above and below the black holes.
“I like to call black holes ‘cosmic LHCs,’ or very powerful particle accelerators,” Nemmen said, referring to the Large Hadron Collider, an underground machine in Switzerland that speeds protons to 99.9999991 percent the speed of light.
When matter is spun away from a black hole in the form of a jet, most of its energy goes into its motion, but some of it is changed into light in the form of gamma-rays. Nemmen and his team studied findings on 293 previously observed black holes and calculated how efficiently the jets converted energy to light. They found that the rate scaled across the range of black holes.
“This was one of the surprises of this work, that this efficiency of conversion of the energy into light is essentially the same for black holes with very different masses, very different ages and completely different environments,” Nemmen said.
Black holes are powerful beasts, interesting in and of themselves. But by accelerating ionized gas, they also have the potential to change their environment. Heating up space, they could affect the production of new stars, thereby influencing the galaxy they live in.
“These jets might be powerful agents of creating changes in the host galaxy,” Nemmen said.
Scientists still don’t have a strong understanding of how these violent particle outflows form. But the fact that the energy efficiency of the jets scales across black holes may help theorists better understand how something that pulls in most particles could shoot away others, and how the outflow of energy may affect surrounding space.
The findings were published online today (Dec. 13) in the journal Science.