Thursday, December 20, 2012

NASA Johnson Style

NASA interns and Astronauts having some fun:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Economy Face Off: Ron Paul vs. Paul Krugman

So on April 30th while Paul Krugman was guest hosting Bloomberg TV Ron Paul was brought on for a live debate. My quick take is neither side had time to back up the assumption presented- how was the prosperity and growth right after WWII achieved in America. I agree with Ron Paul's assertion that the depressions debt was .... and the federal government slashed spending and debt.  But I believed that before the debate so I feel the debate was a tie.  (one note: Krugman actually saying we are in a depression!)

According to the NON-scientific bloomberg TV twitter poll most people disagree and call Ron Paul the winner.  https://twitter.com/#!/trish_regan/status/197496770253701120

According to http://azizonomics.com/2012/05/04/paul-vs-paul-round-2/ (another blog I enjoy):

The real debate occurred the last decade: (picture below taken directly from link above)

(I actually posted Krugman's quote on Facebook and a friend researched it claiming it is taken out of context and it is a joke.  I don't get it.)

[also taken from the above link]

Ron Paul's response on FT:

Control of the world’s economy has been placed in the hands of a banking cartel, which holds great danger for all of us. True prosperity requires sound money, increased productivity, and increased savings and investment. The world is awash in US dollars, and a currency crisis involving the world’s reserve currency would be an unprecedented catastrophe. No amount of monetary expansion can solve our current financial problems, but it can make those problems much worse.


And Krugman:
 
Would a rise in inflation to 3 percent or even 4 percent be a terrible thing? On the contrary, it would almost surely help the economy.


How so? For one thing, large parts of the private sector continue to be crippled by the overhang of debt accumulated during the bubble years; this debt burden is arguably the main thing holding private spending back and perpetuating the slump. Modest inflation would, however, reduce that overhang — by eroding the real value of that debt — and help promote the private-sector recovery we need. Meanwhile, other parts of the private sector (like much of corporate America) are sitting on large hoards of cash; the prospect of moderate inflation would make letting the cash just sit there less attractive, acting as a spur to investment — again, helping to promote overall recover.

I have heard a few economist who already claim that our debt is too big to ever be repaid.
 
This has succeed because the dollar is the reserve currency accepted through most of the world.  This is talk about this eventually ending.  There seems to be this idea that we can continue deficit spending eternally, but I believe that we cannot. So it is not there I am against the intentions of our government- it is this belief that something is "too big to fail".  We must also consider the results of these programs.  We have created and upheld a system with single point failures for decades now.  The biggest danger is the longer we ignore the harsh realities and continue to "kick the can down the road" (due to complexities to great for any one person to understand or solve- which leads to endless debates) the worst the problem gets. [I will once again recommend everyone check out "The watchman's rattle" which details how other societies reacted to complex long term problems.]



Friday, April 27, 2012

Space Shuttle Enterprise Flyby Yonkers on way to JFK

The Space Shuttle Enterprise fly around NY attached to NASA's modified 747 on its final trip to the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City.  Here are some great pictures take from the Yonkers waterfront.



The one above is great since it looks like it is from directly behind.  Taken from the roof of a building.


This last one is an American flag on the side of a building Yonkers since I am very especially Patriotic Today!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How to beat a patent troll and the patent system in general

Another great TED.com video to watch. I will be pulling stuff from memory so feel free to comment with corrections or additions.

Note: Drew is a new hero of mine and fark.com is one of my new favorite websites (based totally on the charisma in this video)

The patent system has been totally subverted for years (maybe decades).  I remember reading around ten years ago (I do not remember the magazine) an article about how at that time two companies owned around 90% of the patents.  First, let me be one to say that I do not think corporations should be treated as people and only a person (or team of people) should be able to own a patent.  In the article, if my rusty memory serves, talked about how before the Internet bubble burst companies would patent troll other companies.  One of the major companies that had a majority of patents acquired those patents by having a team of engineers writing and submitting proposals. 

As mentioned in the video above this hurts innovation and drains economic development.  Perhaps patents should be only maintained if viable progress has been made in leveraging it commercially (weather yourself or by leasing it) or else it becomes public domain.  Now of course the issue is much more complicated, but just wanted to put an idea out there.

oh, and way to go Drew!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cool math trick: Converting between miles and kilometers

taken from: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/cool-math-trick-converting-between-miles-and-kilometers

Too great not to share:

The Fibonacci sequence is made up of numbers that are the sum of the previous two numbers in the sequence, starting with 0 and 1.



It's 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…


1 is 0+1, 2 is 1+1, 3 is 1+2, 5 is 2+3, and 8 is 3+5. The number after 144 is 233, or 89+144.

The Fibonacci number describes the golden spiral, an ideal form much beloved by designers everywhere. Interestingly, it also neatly matches the relationship between kilometers and miles. Three miles is five kilometers, five miles is eight kilometers, eight miles is 13 kilometers. It's not perfect, eight miles is actually 12.875 kilometers, but it's close enough in a pinch.

If you need to convert a number that's not on the Fibonacci sequence, you can just break out the Fibonacci numbers, convert, and add the answers. For instance, 100 can be broken down into 89 + 8 + 3, all Fibonacci numbers. The next numbers are 144, 13, and 5, which add up to 162. 100 miles is actually equal to 160.934. Again, close enough.

Math is cool.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lego Shuttle in space



A great video of a Romania high school student who sent a Lego shuttle into space attached to a weather ballon.  I love he follow up at the end.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Time Special: Cheap and lazy lawn care

I know next to nothing about yard work, but I know a lot of people that either have to or chose to do their own lawn maintenance.  I did come across an interesting article on lawn care via lewrockwell.com: http://www.richsoil.com/lawn-care.jsp

Here is a quick summary:

Must do:

-Set you mower as high as it will go (3 to 4 inches)
-Water only when your grass shows signs and drought stress and then water deeply (put a cup in your sprinkler zone and make sure it gets at least an inch of water) - water early in the morning or in the evening avoiding the hottest part of the day.

Optional:
- Fertilize with an organic fertilizer in the fall and spring.
-Have the pH professionally tested. add lime if it below 6.0 and gardener's sulfur if it is above 7.0
-check how much top soil you have. See how deep a shovel will go into the soil. How deep can you dig a hole in one minute? Four inches is OK, eight inches is great.

MOW HIGH:

I really like the counter-intuitive advice which makes sense with the explanation.  Cutting grass lower will cause it not only to grow height faster, reduce root depth, but also promote weed grow.  Since grass needs blades for food (photosynthesis) to feed the roots, cutting the grass lower will cause it to grow height faster (at the expense of the root system) since that requires more energy.  Taller grass is healthier and the turf will thicken (as the grass can spend more energy on roots and new grass as opposed to height). Next, the sensitive grow point for grass is near the soil and for weeds the sensitive grow point is near the top.  This is also why you should mow more frequently if you have a weed infestation. Lastly, leave the clippings on the lawn as it adds organic matter and nutrients back to the soil.  Some people are concerned about "clumping" which can happen if you mow short or too infrequently.

In summary there are four perks to mowing higher:
 1- More shade to soil leads to less watering
 2- promotes deeper roots leads to less watering
 3- thicker turf leads to fewer weeds
 4- slower growth leads to less mowing

WATER INFREQUENTLY

This forces the lawn to deepen its root system and will also prevent weedlings which tend to have shallow roots.  Shallow frequent watering actually promotes weeds! (ha, unintended consequence of auto-sprinkler system!)

Two methods to tell when it is time to water:


1-The grass will start to curl before it turns brown. When it starts to curl, that is the best time to water. Anything after that is time for "intensive care watering" (water half an inch, wait three hours and water an inch).

2-Take a shovel and stick it into the soil about six inches. Keep the sun to your left or to your right when you do this. Push the handle forward. If you can see any moisture, wait. If it's all dry, water. If you can't get your shovel to go into the soil this deep, you need more soil.
 
The first method is the best - especially if you have not yet trained your grass to make deep roots.



Watering on a schedule does not help in the war on weeds.


A tip for lawn care experts: If you have a good feel for how often your lawn needs watering and it is almost that time and there is a rain shower - maybe a quarter of an inch - that is the BEST time to water your lawn and give it that other 3/4 of an inch. Remember, the grass roots are down deep and most weed roots are near the surface. The idea is to keep the top three inches of soil as dry as you can for as long as you can. That quarter of an inch might make it so that your top three inches is well watered but the lower 9 to 20 inches is on the edge of being pretty dry. This gives the weeds some advantage over your grass!

Another thing about lawn care watering: I have discovered that if you are going to water an inch, it is better to water half an inch, wait 90 minutes and then water another half an inch. Maybe do this once a month. Sometimes when the soil gets really dry, it will repel water. This is called "superdeflocculation" (I think Mary Poppins would be impressed with this word!). If you put a little water in first, wait, and then put more, the soil is better prepared to take in more water.


Imagine a dry sponge - so dry it is stiff. And another sponge, slightly damp - soft and well wrung out. Now pour a cup of water onto each. The water runs off of the first sponge and all over the table. The water is soaked into the second sponge, not a drop is lost.


Remember: water has a strange and powerful attraction to itself. It would much rather stick to itself than disperse through the soil.


Another perk: every time you water, you wash away soil nutrients. So the less you water, the more fertile your soil!



Again, this was taken from the excellent article at http://www.richsoil.com/lawn-care.jsp

Go there for a full discussion and further discussion on fertilizers.

I don't think I have touched a lawn mower in the last decade.  Also, my dad hated mowing the lawn so much that each cemented over more and more each year until it was all gone in the little quarter acre house plot I grew up in queens.

Anyway, this one is for you Dave.  Happy mowing.

I didn't win the free trip to watch the next SpaceX launch


Unfortunately I recieved this email today:

Dear Frank Hark,

We regret to inform you that you were not selected for the SpaceX launch NASA Social or the waitlist. Thank you for your interest in attending the NASA Social on April 29-30 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. We value your interest in SpaceX and NASA’s space program. The launch is targeted for Monday, April 30, at 12:22 p.m. EDT. There are multiple ways you can follow the NASA Social and the launch: There are several ways you can follow the NASA Social and view the launch online:· You can follow the conversation using the #NASASocial hashtag on Twitter. · NASA may broadcast a portion of the program on April 29. · You can watch the launch on April 30 on NASA TV or on SpaceX’s website. · NASA and SpaceX will provide regular launch and mission updates on @NASA, @NASAKennedy and @SpaceX.







If you would like to make your own arrangement to attend the launch, please see http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/about/view for more information. Thank you for applying and for following us. If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail us at HQ-Social@nasa.gov.
 
Oh well, I will be sure to watch the launch at one of the internet sites given above.
 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

NASA Social: Watch the Launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket and Dragon Spacecraft at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Check out the link below to be a part of the SpaceX launch to the International Space Station April 30th, 2012.


http://www.nasa.gov/connect/social/social_spacex_043012.html

Do I need to have a social media account to register?


Yes. This event is designed for active social media users who follow SpaceX and NASA on Twitter (@SpaceX, @NASA, @NASASocial), Facebook (NASA, SpaceX) or Google+ (NASA, SpaceX). The goal of NASA Social is to allow people who regularly interact with each other via social networks to meet in person and discuss space exploration.



Users on all social networks are encouraged to use the hashtag #NASASocial. Updates and information about the event will be shared on Twitter via @SpaceX and @NASASocial and via posts to Facebook and Google+.


Click this link to register

TED: "Donations Hurt": a new perspective on medical equipment donation



Ongoing efforts around the world to develop alternative, low-cost medical devices that improve health care delivery in low-resource settings. Dr. Malkin is a Duke University Professor and the founder of Engineering World Health and the Global Public Service Academies. He is a member of the World Health Organization's Technical Advisory Group on Healthcare Technology and a member of the committee rewriting the WHO Medical Equipment Donation Guidelines. Dr. Malkin's laboratory at Duke has launched products for the developing world to treat hyperbilirubinemia, detect cervical cancer and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

things you can do:

1) stop donating medical equipment
2) if you donate to charities that do donate medical equipment ask one question "how much of the equipment you donate is operating six months after you donate it?"  Hint: an answer of 100% is a lie.  In the speakers experience they have never seen more that 30% of equipment- including donation NEW not used equipment!
3) see that equipment is locally produced, at least partially.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Financial "Crisis" in Greece

I found this video hilarious! Since as I already said I think we are about to go over the cliff, at least this video gets some laughs.

PIIGS Debt Infographic

Here is a new blog I found that I have been catching up on:

http://howtosavetheworld.ca/

Which posted a link to the infographic below:

http://demonocracy.info/infographics/eu/debt_piigs/images/demonocracy.info-who_loaned_piigs_the_money-watermark-large.jpg

This is pretty disturbing.  How did we allow this to happen?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The End of the Road Documentary

Let me be clear: I think we are in deep trouble.  I have written about this before. Insert link.  What can one person do?  Will things get that bad?

I really don't know what to do since these really big problems are more than any one person can really understand. 

But this is simple, one of the top portions of our governments budget here in these Untied States is INTEREST on what we already owe. And if we continue to borrow this will get bigger and bigger.  As Einstein said "compound interest is one of the most powerful forces in the Universe". I do not buy this theory that this excessive spending will spur growth from which the increase in revenue the government will be able to pay off the debt and interest.

Namely, there was an opportunity in the late 90s- the economic growth spurred among other thing but mostly from the Internet the government actually had surpluses.  They response was only to spend more!  As I believe Milton Friedman said (and please forgive if it is not exact) "It is idiotic to judge a policy only by its intent and not include its result".  Since our current system only promotes spending (why save when inflation reduces money's value) the system must change.  It is not going to be without pains, the only question is how much control we give up.

I really could my rant here, but I want to give a personal example.  My parents taught me to save first and pay in full.  It has served me well.  Actually I have never leveraged my credit, probably to a fault.  However, this idea of "cash is king" is B$.  I purchased a new used car a few years ago and given my habit I could buy it in cash.  I tried to leverage the all cash for a price negotiation and not a single place cared.  In fact one dealer said "actually I prefer you go for a 0% loan, since I get a kick back from the bank, even if you pay it in full the first month".  This is a symptom of a broken system.  And I hope I am wrong, but things are only going to get worse.  We must change.

Picture of the Day: Bacon Gun

This was on Facebook.
I don't really have much to say other than:

One part of me thinks how insensitive and barbaric this is. 

The other part yells lighten up and "mmmm... Bacon Gun."

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Simple tests to tell if someone is having a stroke

My father died of a stroke.  It happened over ten years ago in mid April, 2001 and I had returned from a trip to Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) so I was actually home and If I had known the information below I may have saved his life.  I will never know.  Here is hoping you do if you are ever placed in the same situation. (Maybe I'll write more about the actual events another time.)



Taken from http://www.ehow.com/how_2050850_tell-someone-has-had-stroke.html

I also checked http://www.snopes.com/ and http://www.truthorfiction.com/.  According to both the information is good.


Just remember FAST- FACE, ARMS, SPEECH, TIME

F- FACE- check for numbness or weakness in the face by asking the person to smile.  If one side of the face droops or the person can't smile, it may mean stroke. The numberness or weakness is usually limied to one side of the face.

A-ARMS- look for muscle weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms with their eyes closed. If one arm drifts down or can't be raised, it may mean stroke. The person may also have trouble walking or keeping balance.

S- SPEECH- Ask the person to repeat a simple or phrase. If the speech is slurred or they have trouble remembering it may mean stroke.

T- TIME- Get Help immediately if any of the above test show signs of a stroke.  Call 911 or get the person to a hospital.  Tell emergency medical personnel you're dealing with a possible stroke, so they can start proper treatment right away.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Survival of the fittest


I was looking for another TED talk when I stumble upon this one- sorry couldn't find the talk as a single video- this is one talk in two parts.

I like this concept of "Survival of the Fittest" no as the tyipcal zero sum game (x winners equal y losers) but fit as in how well we all fit together.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Amazing Space Shuttle Video!

absolutely-mindblowing-video-shot-from-the-space-shuttle-during-launch

Great video taken on the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) during a Space Shuttle Launch with audio remastered by skywalker studios.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Niel DeGrasse Tyson




Needless to say, I am a big fan.  And I agree to his clarion call to double NASA's budget, if given the proper mission (like say Solar Power Satellites).  Since he is in the news for his new book I'll share my favorite opinion he expressed on some talk show I saw.  Since I don't remember the show (might have been the "the Daily Show with Jon Steward") or the exact quote I'll summarize my best and please forgive (and comment) if I miss something.

Basically he starts with most of our political leaders are educated as lawyers and there are very few doctors, engineers, or scientists in political office.  He remembers from school that the people who became lawyers were the people who liked to argue and win- not necessarily be right- just win.  Is it any wonder that our leadership (or country) is in the shape it is in when the leaders are only concerned with winning an augment and not the merit of the agrument itself or even the fact the situtation more likely doesn't have a "right" versus "wrong" answer.

We cannot continue with this right versus wrong mentality.  We are ignoring too many problems.  I have a real problem when most of our leadership seems proud they don't understand the nuiances of a problem and will only respond with catch phases.

Neil, I feel close enough to him to refer to him first name only in this blog, was on Science Friday Audio Podcast last week.  I'll listen to it later on my phone, but in case you're interested this was the best link I could find:

http://www.sciencefriday.com/feeds/radio/

look along the right side under recent episodes.



Why Videos go viral- great insight from youtube

Given the all the discussion about the KONY 2012 viral video this TED talk seems very appropriate.

48 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute!

As described in the video above, it takes three things to make a video go viral:

taste makers, community, unexpectedness.

But these viral video can serve a more useful purpose than just entertainment.  It is and will be a great way to spread new ideas.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Nothing more powerful than an idea: KONY 2012

Another idea showing the power of our connectivity.  We can all do our part to end this plight of invisible children.

Please watch, comment, share, and encourage others to as well.

Improv Everywhere: Ninja Ambush

I discovered this on Xbox this morning getting ready for work and it really made me laugh.  I am now also ready if I see one of these jokers somewhere.

P.s. I don't think these are real ninjas, but that is a great ambush tactic.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Japan February 2012 Trip: Final Thoughts

Well it is over a month since I left for Kobe Japan and I still have a few pictures , experiences, and thoughts to share.

In Kobe, everyone is in shape. I saw maybe two people the entire week that had maybe a few extra pounds, other than when I looked in the mirror.  It might have a little to do with how expensive everything is, especially food. People also trend to run, in short bursts, everywhere.  Actually at one point I did sprint across the street giggling madly, but no one reacted.   

Below is a picture of a huge fish I did recognize the first few days because I only passed by at night and only I could miss a 100 foot statue repeatedly.

The only shot glasses I found were for NY!


Above is the famous Kobe beef.  From what I could gather it is high price is based more on rarity of Japanese beef (there is not a lot of space to raise cattle).  Also, my friend Mike had a less than pleasant experience with it.  So for this trip I settle for taking the picture above.


Again, I am pretty sure I mentioned how almost no one spoke English, so one night we search out "The Hobgoblin", a British bar.  The beer was enjoyable, but the real just relief was speaking English to someone.  There was one guy literally asleep sitting up at the bar that I have pictures of, but I don't see any reason to post incriminating photos of anyone- especially without their permission.

Below is a strange picture on a small vending machine, it made me laugh so why not share it:



And the Kobe Tower (I think):
At the airport there was this poster which warns you to be polite, not litter, and remember that you take up more space with winter jackets on:

There was also this poster with a 70s aesthetic that included a cowboy hat wearing smoker:


Along every sidewalk was this yellow track with bumps very similar to what you see in the NY subway for the visually disabled. We didn't see any blind people but these tracks were everywhere.

And a few final thoughts:

Like 90% of women wear skirts, on Friday night it was closer to 99.9% regardless of the weather.

People point in both directions at intersections to show that they looked both way, walkers and drivers. I did a double finger-gun draw, fire in each direction, blow the smoke out the barrels, and reholster at most intersections (but nobody reacted).

Until we meet again Japan...

Monday, March 5, 2012

Japanese toys at the airport

Japan is know for its toys (or collectibles if you will).  I didn't get a lot free time when I was in Japan last month for work, but I did have some at the Osaka-kensi airport.  There is a small shopping mall that had a small toy store.  I really was expecting more, but of course it was an airport toy store, I get take this to cutesy videos.

Also note: according to the book a Whole-New-Mind (why isn't the Amazon Associates gadget working) Japan's biggest export is now pop culture.

This one is for you Stephanie!

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Police use of non-lethal weapons

Now let me just say I am pro-police.  It is also probably the career I would have followed other than rocket science.  I have many cops friends and know them personally.  This comes especially import subject after the number of seemingly police abuses of non-violent protesters last fall in the occupy movement.

Stephen Coleman: The moral dangers of non-lethal weapons


What I find interesting from his report is how pepper spray in Australia only in lieu of shooting someone: an option between shouting and shooting.  The way some American police callously dumped it on people was disturbing to say the least. 

What is even more interesting is the cops I know will not use pepper spray. If you didn't know the version of pepper spray the police and military get is much stronger than anything you get as a civilian.  That stuff sticks on you for hours and is definitely an "area-effect" weapon.  In NY, the arresting officer will be spending at least the car ride in an enclosed area coughing as well.  They may have to spend hours with them.

As far as I know only Sergeants or higher are issued Tasers in the NYPD and go through extensive training.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

More on the future: What will it be like

As I mentioned before, I listen to Doggcatcher when travel instead of the radio.  I listened to two related TED.com talks one right after the other and that have good information.  What I really love is just from there titles they seem to present conflicting ideas. (Note: I mention in one of my previous posts whether Doggcatcher is available for the iphone and like my clueless self the open screen says "podcasting for Android" so that the obvious answer I missed is that it is not available for iphone.

TED: Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future



TED: Paul Gilding: The Earth is full


Fossil fuels are getting harder produce (or get to), nuclear power has significant grand risks, and I agree that solar has a lot of potential, but I really feel more effort should include Solar Power Satelites (SPS).  I'll write more on it in the future, but Rebecca Costa mentions it in "The Watchman's Rattle".

On the second video, it is obvious to me that we must change our economic system that is based on endless growth.  Not only should it change, or must change, but it will change.

These videos do re-enforce my belief that we can overcome the vast multitude of problems we face.

Most to follow...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The bright future technology will bring...

By 2000, the machines will be producing so much that everyone in the U.S. will be independently wealthy. With government benefits, even nonworking families will have, by one estimate, an annual income of $30,000 to $40,000... How to use leisure meaningfully will be a major problem.

prediction in TIME magazine, February 25, 1966

Of course a lot has changed since then.  I remember reading somewhere that "futurists" at the turn of the 19th century, circa 1900, predicted that given the improvements from productivity from machine the average work day would drop to 6 hours a day with a 8 month work year.  But what has actually happened: we work more on average.  Competition and the wealth disparity means that all the bonus from the increased productivity is going to the most wealthy. 

Just look at the fact that most corporations are making record profits, the major banks are sitting on a record amount of cash, and the dow jones (lower case on purpose) just closed above 13,000.   Meanwhile most of the world is starving (even though the Earth can produce enough food for everyone) and average wages have not grown with the increase in productivity.   I don't know what the future will bring, but I don't think any system can survive these kind of imbalances.

And this discrepancy is an artifact of our system.  Why is there wealthy disparity?  Why would the very top want to "spread the wealth".  Like Ford wanted to pay his workers wages that they could afford to own a car which was radical for the time.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Japan revisited: My visit to a Buddist temple

So I got back two weeks ago, but I am only now back on a regular schedule. Well I still have a few pictures to share, stories to tell, and wacky observations to make.

On my last day we finished early on Friday afternoon so we had a few hours to walk around and got the opportunity to visit a Buddhist temple.  It was impressive how quiet it was (of course it was early Friday afternoon and no one else was around) and how large given how tight the rest of the city is.  I already mentioned how extremely small the side streets were.
This was the entrance.


What the picture above may not show well is that board contains paper which are prayers that are placed there and are supposed to raise to heaven.  (the previous sentence may in fact be totally incorrect.)

While we were there a ceremony was going on and I took this video.  I do not have the foggiest idea of what is going on but I did try and show the elaborate art on the ceiling.  I took the video trying to be as quiet as possible and didn't notice a huge rope hanging from a huge bell right next to me.  Thankfully I didn't knock into it.


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Overall it was a great experience.  On an additional note the hotel had both a bible and a Buddhist bible(?).  (Sorry for my ignorance and I am actually interested in Buddhism.)  I still didn't see any ninjas, but as everyone reminds me they still might have been there!

Monday, February 27, 2012

App Review for Android: Dogg Catcher

One of my favorite things recently has been using the app for my Droid Bionic called Dogg Catcher.  You will have to pay $5.99 (or so) for it, but I feel it is really worth it. I've upgraded my phone and thankfully Google or Verizon automatically transferred it to my new phone (which did not happen with Dragon's T9 mobile text-to-speech app which I haven't found very useful, but to be fair I haven't spent much time using it). And just so you know I am pretty much against paying for apps- I would say fugal, but others would say cheap. I actually had a conversation with a one-use friend who recommended it. (Damn, what was the term Ed Norton used in "Fight Club" to describe people you meet once and have a conversation with and then never see or talk to again- like everything else you get when you travel that is single-use.)

What it does: Dogg Catcher allows you to track and download to your phone articles, videos, and podcasts from the web to your mobile phone.  You can then review them on your phone at a later time.

One of the things I loved to do was go to the library and take out audio books and listen to them while driving.  I found it so much better then listening to the same six songs played over and over again that are played on the radio. Of course, now I don't have the free time to go to the library.  I have also looked into audible.com and I refuse $15 for an electronic file especially when I will most likely listen once and I can get most at the library for free.  I agree with an article I read on cracked.com about the term Forced ARTifical Scarcity (FARTS)- most of prices we pay are determined by general opinion.  Prices would have to drop to around 5 bucks before I start buying audio files even though I waste money in other strange ways.

Now I can keep up on a number of podcasts and videos and review them while traveling, whether it is driving, flying, or riding the train.

Here are a few of the podcasts I really enjoy (all free once you pay the app fee):

  1. SciFri: Science Friday Audio Podcast: weekly show covering diverse topics in science
  2. Freakonomics Radio: from the authors of the book
  3. TEDtalks: videos from TED.com which I have blogged about before, TED- ideas worth spreading
  4. Stuff You Missed in History Class
  5. Stuff You Should know
  6. Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena
  7. Stuff from the Future
Now there is also two feeds from YouTube, but I haven't had luck on figuring out how to download specific YouTube videos for review without a 4G connection. [Update: I checked and youtube only allows streaming] Again when traveling I sometimes lose connection and YouTube videos will stop.  When the connection drops many time I have to start at the very beginning.  It is a big advantage being able to download the entire video and to not be at the mercy of an connection.  Especially on a fly when there is no connection available.

I really feel this helps because I get so much information on science, current events and history.  I recommend it to you as well.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sharing Knowledge: The awesome Khan Academy

Old Paradigm: Knowledge is Power

New Paradigm: Share Knowledge is True Power

I love the Khan Academy.  This entire concept is one of the things that really shows the power of the internet and gives me hope for the future of humankind.

Now I just wish I could remember what book I read that quote above from.  Create power, share the knowledge.

Stopping your Google Search History

On March 1st Google is changing their Privacy Policy.  Your Web search history will then be used by all of Google's other products.

More detail information is available here:

http://lewrockwell.com/rep3/remove-your-google-search-history.html

If you want to stop Google from gathering this information for their other products then follow these four simple steps:
1) Sign into your Google account.
2) Go to https://www.google.com/history
3) Click "remove all Web History."
4) Click "ok"

This does not stop Google from gathering the information from gathering and storing this information, it only stops them from using it in their other products.

Click the link above for more information if interested.  Just thought I would share...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Broken Feedback Loops: CEO pay

One of our biggest problems are the broken feedback loops in our society. A lot of rewards are given for unknown or even counter-intuitive reasons.



http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/22/technology/att_ceo_pay/index.htm


So according to this article, AT&T cut $2,000,000 from there CEO’s pay for 2011 due to the bad gamble that cost the company $4,000,000,000. No, I believe CEOs get more credit than they deserve (just like I feel presidents do). And he still made over 20 million- so he lost less than 10% of his pay on gambling $4 trillion. Of course this is another example of the unbalanced rewarding at the top of risky behavior.

How are not the average workers getting more of the profits when things are going well? Plus corporations are currently making record profits.

This is a fundamental problem with our current society. This reminds me of the story from the 90s. Congress was so upset that CEO was so much larger than theirs- (in my opinion). Congress then made a bill that all public corporations had to disclose CEO compensation with the intention of reducing it. Now their thinking was that people would not accept such outrageous pay. And the result of this new mid-90s legislation- CEO pay has increased steadily to even more outrageous levels since ever other CEO knows what everyone is making. So they all negotiate ever higher packages and golden parachutes.

I really don’t understand how their compensation is not more performance based or made with more long term vesting. Too often they are reward for short term gains which leads to policy with long term ramifications. I am of course thinking of many examples, but Enron is a specific one that comes to mind. A lot of those a$$holes got away with millions and just fundamentally immoral actions.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Game of Porclien Thrones

I have since returned from my travels in Japan and I am still dealing with adjusting back to east coast time- but that is for another post.  I figured I would add to my experiences while there.  As I already mentioned, they have the pinnicle of washroom commode technology. So I'll start with some pictures of this technological marvel:

And here is a close up of the arm control panel.  Imagine yourself to be commander of the starship Enterprise just like I did.  Just don’t ask about my sound effects!

Now this is obvious the Cadillac version and winner of the “Games of Thrones”. I did, however, also experience the full variety of posterior mounts (not sure I being as clever I as think at 5:30 in the morning). There are actually normal toilets, but there was also “the Squat”.   Now I have read that squatting, as they do in most of Asia, is much healthier when than our seated position.  I tried it and I stick with our unhealthy seated position.   Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture.  The worst was “the hole”.  I didn’t have the guts to try this model out.  Here is it shown below:

And another perspective:

Just to be complete the urinals were a different style notably going much lower to the floor:

The adventures continue...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wandering Japan

Last night we took the hotel shuttle to the Kobe city center (I think).  We got spun around and almost totally lost before realizing we weren't very far from our hotel at all.

Once we were oriented we walked the underground shopping district.  This went on for blocks although I have no idea how far it goes.  We feared getting lost again so we didn't last long.


The streets are very narrow and I was always amazed that almost all of them allowed car traffic.



The moon looked awesome last night through the cityscape, but the picture above does not do it justice.

The translated sign, as I mentioned previously, do have some funny results but this one is just distrubing outside a restaurant.

We finished our journey right by china town and ate dinner at a dumpling house.  I found this full-size (actually bigger than actual size) Bruce Lee Statue.


Exhausted by this time we went right back to the hotel.  It has taken four brutal days, but I think I am 90% adjusted to the 14 hour time difference.  Just in time to head back to New York.



Japanese Offices

I already mentioned how I noticed few waste baskets. So here are few other things I notice that are different.




-the lights turn off automatically at 12 noon to signal to stop working and have lunch



-Music comes on at 7:50 AM and the announcer leads an exercise regime. Out of the 4 co-workers only one got up to do them.



-The conference room entire walls are white-boards, which are awesome.


-They have no cubicles, so you can look eye to eye to the person at the desk opposite you. And most people sit ram-rod straight backed



-They use two receptions that sit like robots everyday and don’t seem to even talk to each other. Very different from receptions in America


Monday night we wandered around to find a I don’t really know what is going on in this sign, but it looks pretty strange. So either the fish is eating the pig or the pig finished eating the fish whole some time ago. Somehow we were able to resist the urge to go in.












A few streets down we came upon this place:





Of course I couldn’t resist with a place so “considerably small…” and small by choice. The sign made us all laugh. We entered and there were shoes neatly placed around the edge so we followed suit and removed our shoes. Once we were seated I actually didn’t feel the place was all that small. The waitress spoke no English so we ended up ordering three random dishes and figured out the place was actually a Korean restaurant. No one was disappointed and no food was left uneaten.



I did manage to make a spectacle of myself when I had to crawl along the bench between our table and the one next to us. There was no way I could stand so I just went with it. Apparently everyone at the table next to us was watching and as soon as I made it passed ready to reorient myself to stand one SOB at the next table walked past me into the small restroom. Curses, foiled again, so I just laid there until the rest was free.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I think I am turning Japanese: Vendor Machine Heaven

I have already mentioned my experience with commodes while I am in Kobe, Japan this week. I have always heard about Japanese technology domination and how advance they are (by some accounts five years ahead!). So far I have not seen any evidence of that. Some laptops are a little smaller, but hey so are most of the people (height and girth- the average person is rather thin). Most cell phones look worn and well used, but nothing really advanced. There is area this is really advanced- vending machines. They are everywhere. Mostly cigarette and drink machines are seen on about every street. But last night we really experienced the advanced nature of Japanese society. I was able to purchase beer from a vending machine. The machine was hidden in a nook on a tiny side street. The machine was worn and looked like it has taken quite a beating. Of course, this isn’t really a technical issue. I just really like beer and being able to purchase it from a vendor machine.




My real question is how they enforce the drinking age. I couldn’t make out what it is here in Japan, at least not from the vending machine itself. Of course I have the same question for there cigarette machine, although I believe the smoking age is 20 or so I gathered from the machines. I think the Japanese are just very lawful. I am a New Yorker and we are known for jay walking. Hey, I am not going to wait for a light when no cars are coming- I have places to be. Last night a lady gave the look of death as I crossed a small street against the light. So it must be general culture to conform and follow the accepted rules.



The real example of an advanced vending machine I experienced at work. The floor of the building of the meeting I was attending didn’t have a typical coffee machine. Three varieties of tea, one Japanese and two Chinese, were provided free of charge via a small machine. The only coffee was available via a vending machine. Sometimes I need a good coffee (America!- side note: Do you know why coffee is so popular in America and not tea like in most of the rest of the world? The Boston tea party- the original anti-corporation protest that started it all- do not tell me it is not American to protest corporate greed. The tea that was thrown overboard in protest of taxes in Boston Harbor belonged to the East Indian Trading company- one of the first corporations. Thank you “Priates of the Caribean”. You enjoy your coffee knowing it is precisely what helped identify you as an American revolutionary. Side note end: I would say I am sorry for the ramble, but I am not.) So I looked over the selection of vendor beverages and saw numerous options with “café” on the can. I choose one, a “Café au Lait” and put in my 100 yen coin. When I retrieved the can I was surprised to find it was heated, almost too hot to hold. And that is the real technical advantage. Hot or cold canned beverages. For overall and layman's perspective this might not seen as a huge technical feat, and I sure do not know much about vending machine design, but my assumption is that there were probably almost 100 things that had to be created to produce these hot/cold vending machines. Usually the further into details you go the more challenges you must overcome. The term “the devil is in the details” comes to mind.

Travels in the east: further ponderings while upon the porcelain throne of amenities

Kobe overall, as I mentioned before, is extremely neat and clean. I notice about 40-50 percent of people wear those surgical masks on the streets. I have heard that the Japanese were extreme germ-a-phobes and this is an obvious example. They were the first country to deal with anti-biotic resistant germs due culture fear of germs and resultant overuse of anti-septic.




But one experience has trumped all others- the act of a dump itself. So far I have noticed the minor difference is bathroom stall doors go also to the floor as opposed to American ones which is usually a foot off, bad news for self-hating politicians who like to play footsies in public restrooms. The real difference is the toilet itself. There is the obvious difference when you first see one. On the left-hand side of the toilet (when front one, right –hand side when sitting) is a armature with a number of buttons. There is also a wire or pipe connection and the seat is noticeably thicker than a typical American one.



The new experience continues when you first sit down because the seat is heated. It is actually quite disconcerting the first time (now it is old hat). The seat has a substantially difference feel. Now from here is where you have a choice. You can do nothing and you experience is really limited to the heated seat. All you have to do is just ignore the command console on the right-hand side. Naturally, curiosity got the best of me. I pushed the symbol that looks like a butt getting hit by a water jet. The warm water hit with such force and at such an angle that tickled so much I almost jumped straight up. I began laughing uproarishly (ok, that might not be an actual word). And those of you who know me personally know I laugh big. I didn’t stand up and kept laughing. I now stayed on the seat strict to prevent the imaged jet of water spraying all over the bathroom , although in truth I don’t really expect that now that I my butt is being tickled and I can think clearly. So at first I stayed laughing hysterical on the commode assuming the water would shutoff on its own. It quickly became obvious that it wasn’t shutoff on its own while I am sure the rest of the floor on my hotel was wondering what was going on. I decide to look down at the control panel and I am slightly confused. It takes longer than it should to realize that maybe the button titled “OFF” would shutoff the water. I hit the button it thankfully stops. All in all quite the new experience.



I recommend these and actually this is my new bar for success- getting one of these installed at home.

Travels to the east: My first day in Japan

So I have arrived in Kobe and I will be here for the next week. I took a flight from JFK in NY with a change over in Seattle. Total travel time from wheels up to wheels down, not including trips to and from airports- 19 hours. Kobe and the surrounding area is very neat and clean with will laid out infrastructure.


One of the first things I notice were three large Ferris wheels, like the large on in London, on the hour bus ride from Kensi Airport to my hotel, the Okura Kobe. Also, there is some construction ongoing right next to the hotel. The construction workers wear outfits that look like they below in a 70s B sci-fi movie. The have rows of blinking Christmas lights on the chest. I don’t think a picture does it justice so I have included this so video.

video



After arriving at the hotel we took a quick walk around to locate a quick bite of food and some provisions for the room. After doing a quick round of an open air shopping mall we settle on buying a pizza. It was small and really expensive. I thought I was immune to price shock being from NY and paying Manhattan prices, but our 10” pizza was 1680 yen- about 23 dollars. Two 1.5 liter bottles of soda and 4-pack of green tea were about 12 dollars. At a 7-11 in NY I would estimate the equal to be around six bucks, at most.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ridiculous official designations for the month of February

National Pull your Sofa Off the Wall Month

February 7: Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day (although I sure one finger gets waved all year)

February 9: Read in the Bathtub Day (Save water and do it with a friend)

February 11: Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day (I can't even think of a silly comment)

February 18: Thumb Appreciation Day (Not the digit I was thinking of, but hey it is important- how would people hitchhike)

February 23: Curling is Cool Day (The strange Canadian Sport or Hair Styling Act?)

February 28: Public Sleeping Day (This one I might celebrate)

These make me wonder who makes official designations.  Almost effort to waste more time looking it up. Almost...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Skyrim: Potion components

Elder Scroll V: Skyrim is an excellent game for Xbox 360 and PS3 that I have been wasting a lot of time with.  If you are not familar with the game then ignore this post.

One of thing you can do is mix ingredients to make potions, however the combinations are unknown at the outset of the game.  You can experiement and find combinations that work.  You can also look online (I went here) and find an alphically listing of ingredients with all four of their different effects.  Of course the formats I found online are not the easiest for finding components with the same effects to successfully make a potion.  So after a little copy and paste and further excel macro magic (my excel abilities are not God-like, I am an Excel-GOD- haha I crack myself up, but seriously excel marcos are useful) I compiled the list below which is sorted by effect. 

I find this format easier for producing potions with the available ingredients I have.  Feel free to share this with anyone and comment if you find any mistakes.  Also let me know if you can think of a better organization or even if you find a better web page.

I wish I could figure out a better format, but I hopefully some people may find this useful (if you are already wasting time on Skyrim.)  Happy Dragon Hunting. 

(Note: I updated this post when I notice nirnroot was mis-spelled nimroot.  It is now corrected)

Vampire Dust                      Cure Diease


Charred Skeever Hide          Cure Disease

Hawk Feathers                     Cure Disease

Mudcrab Chitin                    Cure Disease

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Crimson Nirnroot                 Damage Health


Deathbell                             Damage Health


Ectoplasm                           Damage Health


Falmer Ear                           Damage Health


Human Flesh                       Damage Health


Human heart                        Damage Health


Imp Stool                           Damage Health


Nightshade                          Damage Health


Nirrnroot                              Damage Health


Red Mountain Flower           Damage Health


River Betty                         Damage Health


Skeever Tail                       Damage Health


Troll Fat                            Damage Health


Void Salts                          Damage Health


Small Antlers                     Damage Health

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Daedra Heart                     Damage Magicka

Glow Dust                        Damage Magicka

Hagraven Feathers             Damage Magicka

Hanging Moss                  Damage Magicka

Luna Moth Wing              Damage Magicka

Namira’s Rot                   Damage Magicka

Nordic Barnacle               Damage Magicka

Butterfly Wing                 Damage Magicka

Eye of Sabre Cat             Damage Magicka

Human heart                    Damage Magicka

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Bear Claws                      Damage Magicka Regen

Blue Butterfly Wing          Damage Magicka Regen

Blue Mountain Flower       Damage Magicka Regen

Chaurus Eggs                   Damage Magicka Regen

Chicken Egg                    Damage Magicka Regen

Glow Dust                       Damage Magicka Regen

Hanging Moss                  Damage Magicka Regen

Human heart                     Damage Magicka Regen

Nightshade                       Damage Magicka Regen

Spider Egg                       Damage Magicka Regen

Spriggan Sap                   Damage Magicka Regen

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Blisterwort                       Damage Stamina

Blue Butterfly Wing          Damage Stamina

Bone Meal                       Damage Stamina

Canis Root                      Damage Stamina

Cyrodilic Spadetail            Damage Stamina

Giant’s Toe                      Damage Stamina

Spider Egg                       Damage Stamina

Crimson Nirrnroot             Damage Stamina

Nirrnroot                           Damage Stamina

Rock warbler Egg            Damage Stamina
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Creep Cluster                   Damage Stamina Regen

Daedra Heart                     Damage Stamina Regen

Frost Mirriam                   Damage Stamina Regen

Giant’s Toe                     Damage Stamina Regen

Histcarp                          Damage Stamina Regen

Juniper Berries                 Damage Stamina Regen

Large Antlers                   Damage Stamina Regen

Silverside Perch              Damage Stamina Regen

Skeever Tail                    Damage Stamina Regen

Wheat                             Damage Stamina Regen
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Blue Dartwing                 Fear

Cyrodilic Spadetail          Fear

Daedra Heart                   Fear

Namira’s Rot                   Fear

Powdered Mammoth Tusk Fear

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Grass Pod                     Fortify Alteration


River Betty                    Fortify Alteration

Spriggan Sap                 Fortify Alteration
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Butterfly Wing               Fortify Barter

Dragon’s Tongue           Fortify Barter

Hagraven Claw              Fortify Barter

Tundra Cotton              Fortify Barter
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Bleeding Crown            Fortify Block

Briar Heart                    Fortify Block

Honeycomb                  Fortify Block

Pearl                             Fortify Block

Slaughterfish Scales      Fortify Block

Tundra Cotton               Fortify Block
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Creep Cluster                 Fortify Carry Weight

Giant’s Toe                    Fortify Carry Weight

Hawk Beak                     Fortify Carry Weight

River Betty                     Fortify Carry Weight

Scaly Pholioa                 Fortify Carry Weight
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Blue Butterfly Wing         Fortify Conjuration

Blue Mountain Flower       Fortify Conjuration

Bone Meal                       Fortify Conjuration

Frost Salts                      Fortify Conjuration

Hagraven Feathers           Fortify Conjuration

Lavender                         Fortify Conjuration
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Beehive Husk                  Fortify Destruction

Ectoplasm                      Fortify Destruction

Glow Dust                      Fortify Destruction

Glowing Mushroom        Fortify Destruction

Nightshade                     Fortify Destruction
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Blue Butterfly Wing        Fortify Enchanting

Hagraven Claw               Fortify Enchanting

Snowberries                   Fortify Enchanting

Spriggan Sap                 Fortify Enchanting
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Bear Claws                    Fortify Health

Blue Mountain Flower     Fortify Health

Giant’s Toe                    Fortify Health

Glowing Mushroom       Fortify Health

Hanging Moss               Fortify Health

Wheat                           Fortify Health
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Ice Wraith Teeth            Fortify Heavy Armor

Sabre Cat Tooth            Fortify Heavy Armor

Slaughterfish Scales       Fortify Heavy Armor

Thistle Branch               Fortify Heavy Armor

White Cap                    Fortify Heavy Armor
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Dragon’s Tongue          Fortify illusion

Dwarven Oil                  Fortify Illusion

More Tapinella              Fortify Illusion

Scaly Pholioa                Fortify Illusion

Taproot                        Fortify Illusion
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Beehive Husk                Fortify Light Armor

Hawk Feathers              Fortify Light Armor

Honeycomb                  Fortify Light Armor

Luna Moth Wing           Fortify Light Armor

Skeever Tail                  Fortify Light Armor
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Falmer Ear                     Fortify Lockpicking

Namira’s Rot                Fortify Lockpicking

Pine Thrush Egg            Fortify Lockpicking

Spider Egg                    Fortify Lockpicking
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Briar Heart                     Fortify Magicka

Ectoplasm                     Fortify Magicka

Histcarp                        Fortify Magicka

Jazbay Grapes               Fortify Magicka

Red Mountain Flower      Fortify Magicka

Tundra Cotton                 Fortify Magicka

Void Salts                      Fortify Magicka
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Canis Root                    Fortify Marksman

Elves Ear                       Fortify Marksman

Juniper Berries               Fortify Marksman

Spider Egg                    Fortify Marksman
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Bear Claws                   Fortify One-handed

Canis Root                   Fortify One-handed

Hanging Moss               Fortify One-handed

Hawk Feathers               Fortify One-handed

Rock warbler Egg          Fortify One-handed

Small Pearl                    Fortify One-handed
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Blue Dartwing               Fortify Pickpocket

Nordic Barnacle            Fortify Pickpocket

Orange Dartwing           Fortify Pickpocket

Slaugterfish Egg            Fortify Pickpocket
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Abecean Longfin          fortify restoration

Cyrodilic Spadetail       Fortify Restoration

Salt Pile                       Fortify Restoration

Small Antlers               Fortify Restoration

Small Pearl                  Fortify Restoration
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Blisterwort                  Fortify Smithing

Glowing Mushroom     Fortify Smithing

Sabre Cat Tooth          Fortify Smithing

Spriggan Sap              Fortify Smithing
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Abecean Longfin         Fortify Sneak

Beehive Husk               Fortify Sneak

Frost Mirriam               Fortify Sneak

Hawk Feathers             Fortify Sneak

Human Flesh               Fortify Sneak

Powdered Mammoth Tusk Fortify Sneak

Purple Mountain Flower Fortify Sneak
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Chaurus Eggs              Fortify Stamina

Garlic                          Fortify Stamina

Large Antlers               Fortify Stamina

Lavender                     Fortify Stamina

Slaugterfish Egg          Fortify Stamina

Torchbug Thorax        Fortify Stamina
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Dragon’s Tongue        Fortify Two-handed

Fly Amanita                Fortify Two-handed

Troll Fat                     Fortify Two-handed
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Blisterwort                  Frenzy

Fly Amanita                Frenzy

Hagraven Feathers      Frenzy

Human heart               Frenzy

Troll Fat                     Frenzy

Falmer Ear                 Frenzy
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Chaurus Eggs             Invisibility

Crimson Nirrnroot       Invisibility

Ice Wraith Teeth         Invisibility

Luna Moth Wing         Invisibility

Nirrnroot                      Invisibility

Vampire Dust              Invisibility
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Imp Stool                  Lingering Damage Health

More Tapinella          Lingering Damage Health

Orange Dartwing        Lingering Damage Health

Slaughterfish Scales    Lingering Damage Health

Slaugterfish Egg          Lingering Damage Health
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Hagraven Claw                   Lingering Damage Magicka

Purple Mountain Flower      Lingering Damage Magicka

Swamp Fungal Pod             Lingering Damage Magicka

Torchbug Thorax               Lingering Damage Magicka

Wheat                               Lingering Damage Magicka
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Butterfly Wing            Lingering Damage Stamina

Chicken Egg               Lingering Damage Stamina

Nightshade                 Lingering Damage Stamina

Small Antlers              Lingering Damage Stamina
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Briar Heart                 Paralysis

Canis Root                Paralysis

Human Flesh             Paralysis

Imp Stool                  Paralysis

Swamp Fungal Pod    Paralysis
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Cyrodilic Spadetail              Ravage Health

Eye of Sabre Cat                 Ravage Health

Giant Lichen                       Ravage Health

Jazbay Grapes                    Ravage Health

Silverside Perch                  Ravage Health

Skeever Tail                       Ravage Health
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Frost Mirriam                Ravage Magicka

Grass Pod                    Ravage Magicka

Lavender                       Ravage Magicka

Orange Dartwing           Ravage Magicka

Red Mountain Flower    Ravage Magicka

White Cap                    Ravage Magicka
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Bee                 Ravage Stamina

Bone Meal        Ravage Stamina

Deathbell          Ravage Stamina

Honeycomb      Ravage Stamina

Thistle Branch    Ravage Stamina
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Garlic                        Regenerate Health

Juniper Berries           Regenerate Health

Luna Moth Wing        Regenerate Health

Namira’s Rot             Regenerate Health

Nordic Barnacle         Regenerate Health

Vampire Dust            Regenerate Health
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Dwarven Oil             Regenerate Magicka

Fire Salts                  Regenerate Magicka

Garlic                       Regenerate Magicka

Jazbay Grapes         Regenerate Magicka

Moon Sugar              Regenerate Magicka

Salt Pile                    Regenerate Magicka

Taproot                    Regenerate Magicka
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Bee                          Regenerate Stamina

Fly Amanita              Regenerate Stamina

More Tapinella          Regenerate Stamina

Scaly Pholioa            Regenerate Stamina
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Bone Meal                 Resist Fire

Dragon’s Tongue        Resist Fire

Elves Ear                     Resist Fire

Fire Salts                   Resist Fire

Fly Amanita               Resist Fire

Mudcrab Chitin          Resist Fire

Snowberries                Resist Fire
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Frost Mirriam             Resist Frost

Frost Salts                 Resist Frost

Hawk Beak                Resist Frost

Moon Sugar               Resist Frost

Purple Mountain Flower Resist Frost

Silverside Perch          Resist Frost

Slaughterfish Scales     Resist Frost

Small Pearl                 Resist Frost

Snowberries               Resist Frost

Thistle Branch           Resist Frost
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Bleeding Crown               Resist Magic

Chicken Egg                    Resist Magic

Crimson Nirrnroot            Resist Magic

Hagraven Claw               Resist Magic

Lavender                        Resist Magic

Nirrnroot                         Resist Magic

Taproot                            Resist Magic

Tundra Cotton                 Resist Magic

Void Salts                       Resist Magic
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Beehive Husk                  Resist Poison

Charred Skeever Hide          Resist Poison

Falmer Ear                     Resist Poison

Garlic                            Resist Poison

Grass Pod                    Resist Poison

Mudcrab Chitin              Resist Poison

Slaugterfish Egg              Resist Poison

Thistle Branch               Resist Poison

Troll Fat                        Resist Poison
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Blue Dartwing                Resist Shock

Glow Dust                     Resist Shock

Glowing Mushroom          Resist Shock

Hawk Beak                      Resist Shock

Pearl                               Resist Shock

Pine Thrush Egg              Resist Shock

Snowberries                    Resist Shock

Swamp Fungal Pod            Resist Shock
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Blisterwort                       Restore Health

Blue Dartwing                 Restore Health

Blue Mountain Flower        Restore Health

Butterfly Wing                   Restore Health

Charred Skeever Hide         Restore Health

Daedra Heart                      Restore Health

Eye of Sabre Cat                  Restore Health

Imp Stool                           Restore Health

Rock warbler Egg                Restore Health

Swamp Fungal Pod              Restore Health

Wheat                                Restore Health
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Briar Heart                           Restore Magicka

Creep Cluster                       Restore Magicka

Dwarven Oil                         Restore Magicka

Ectoplasm                            Restore Magicka

Elves Ear                               Restore Magicka

Fire Salts                              Restore Magicka
           
Frost Salts                             Restore Magicka

Giant Lichen                            Restore Magicka

Grass Pod                               Restore Magicka

Human Flesh                           Restore Magicka

Moon Sugar                             Restore Magicka

More Tapinella                       Restore Magicka

Pearl                                      Restore Magicka

Red Mountain Flower            Restore Magicka

Vampire Dust                        Restore Magicka

White Cap                            Restore Magicka
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Bear Claws                             Restore Stamina

Bee                                      Restore Stamina

Charred Skeever Hide             Restore Stamina

Eye of Sabre Cat                     Restore Stamina

Hawk Beak                          Restore Stamina

Histcarp                              Restore Stamina

Honeycomb                         Restore Stamina

Large Antlers                          Restore Stamina

Mudcrab Chitin                       Restore Stamina

Orange Dartwing                    Restore Stamina

Pearl                                     Restore Stamina

Pine Thrush Egg                   Restore Stamina

Powdered Mammoth Tusk     Restore Stamina

Purple Mountain Flower         Restore Stamina

Sabre Cat Tooth                     Restore Stamina

Silverside Perch                       Restore Stamina

Small Pearl                             Restore Stamina

Torchbug Thorax                   Restore Stamina
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Deathbell                               Slow

Large Antlers                          Slow

River Betty                             Slow

Salt Pile                                   Slow
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Chicken Egg             Waterbreathing

Histcarp                   Waterbreathing

Nordic Barnacle         Waterbreathing
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Bleeding Crown                     Weakness to fire

Frost Salts                               Weakness to fire

Ice Wraith Teeth                     Weakness to Fire

Juniper Berries                       Weakness to fire

Moon Sugar                            Weakness to fire

Powdered Mammoth Tusk        Weakness to Fire
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Abecean Longfin                      Weakness to frost

Elves Ear                                 Weakness to Frost

Fire Salts                                  Weakness to frost

Ice Wraith Teeth                       Weakness to frost

White Cap                               Weakness to frost
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Creep Cluster                          Weakness to Magic

Dwarven Oil                            Weakness to magic

Jazbay Grapes                          Weakness to magic

Rock warbler Egg                   Weakness to Magic

Salt Pile                                 Weakness to Magic

Scaly Pholioa                         Weakness to Magic

Taproot                                  Weakness to Magic

Torchbug Thorax                   Weakness to Magic
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Abecean Longfin                      weakness to poison

Bleeding Crown                        Weakness to poison

Deathbell                                 Weakness to Poison

Giant Lichen                            Weakness to poison

Pine Thrush Egg                        Weakness to poison

Sabre Cat Tooth                        Weakness to Poison

Chaurus Eggs                           Weakness to Poison

Small Antlers                             Weakness to Poison
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Bee                                           Weakness to Shock

Giant Lichen                              Weakness to Shock

Hagraven Feathers                     Weakness to Shock

Void Salts                                 Weakness to shock