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THIS GUY . . . right?!

Probably the best GIF ever made. #boop  
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The sad thing is how many people have never seen this demo before.
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Wow! 3D Printed Tape Measure (via +Patrick Niemeyer)
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Bezier Curve Generation

This shows graphically how a Bezier curve connecting two points is generated.

P1 is called the control point, and its location determines the shape of the generated curve.  Beziers are used extensively in computer graphics and in font generation.

Each of the three dots slides along a straight line. At any instant in time, each dot has moved some fraction of the total length of its line, and this fraction is same for each dot.

This is a quadratic Bezier – it has one control point, and one “bend” in the curve. Higher order Beziers have more control points, and more bends. 
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Swipe (RED), fight AIDS. Introducing the SQUA(RED) Reader: http://mkt.com/red
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Will app change its icon to red when squa(red) is used? :)
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Q: So, why is Silicon Valley studded with an implausibly large number of abandoned barns, shacks, and other things that don't look like they belong here?

A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.

Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?

A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.

Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?

A: No.

Q: You have got to be shitting me.

A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the price of the land reevaluated every year and take tax-free loans against the increase in equity. This is a huge amount of untaxable money. Especially if you're an abandoned shed that's worth seven figures, right smack dab in the middle of the Google campus.

Q: Right, but that's just about low taxes, right?

A: Yeah. Well. Uh. I was going to get to the "except" part.

Q: And what's that? 

A: The increase is capped except upon the sale or the completion of new improvements. Like an apartment building, for instance, to partially solve the housing crisis out here. Or a new building on the Google campus. This means that if the value of the improvement is less than the compounded increase in the value of the property absent the improvement, then it doesn't make any sense to actually build anything.

Q: That's horrible. Why aren't people, like, vandalizing abandoned buildings to get rid of them?

A: The only way you can vandalize anything in California that solves the problem is to literally build a new improvement on the property without the landowner finding out. That resets the tax basis and gives them an incentive to stop holding the land off the market.

Q: That's... double horrible.

A: Yeeeeeeah.
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Great writeup.
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Live in Waterloo Ontario? Write beautiful Java? The Cash team at Square is hiring. Drop me a line, jwilson@squareup.com.
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Ah. 

As for the second code, looks like you should consider HashCode from Guava ;)
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Um. WOW. This is an absolutely killer Tool cover. I only WISH I had this much talent.
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I saw this a while ago. So amazingly talented!
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IOUs are so last century. Now you can request money with Square Cash! http://square.com/cash 
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No prob drawing 6 top to bottom
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