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This playlist is all kinds of awesome.
Listen what happens when the beauty of the musical instruments is combined with the dubstep elements. Includes music from Unfamiliar Identity, Cyberwave Orchestra, Instrumental Core ....
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Checking in on the #GnuPG fundraising effort, they're now at 216,719€. Incredible!
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#DevTools Tip: Drag HTML into the editor

While in the Elements Panel, you can click and drag DOM nodes directly into your code editor.
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Had an awesome wedding reception for a cousin in law, and this was part of it. What sound does a fish make? "A hurrrrrr"
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24, the Monster, and quantum gravity

Think of a prime number other than 2 or 3. Multiply the number by itself and then subtract 1. The result is a multiple of 24. This observation might appear to be a curiosity, but it turns out to be the tip of an iceberg, with far-reaching connections to other areas of mathematics and physics.

This result works for more than just prime numbers. It works for any number that is relatively prime to 24. For example, 25 is relatively prime to 24, because the only positive number that is a factor of both of them is 1. (An easy way to check this is to notice that 25 is not a multiple of 2, or 3, or both.) Squaring 25 gives 625, and 624=(24x26)+1.

A mathematician might state this property of the number 24 as follows:
If m is relatively prime to 24, then m^2 is congruent to 1 modulo 24.
One might ask if any numbers other than 24 have this property. The answer is “yes”, but the only other numbers that exhibit this property are 12, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2 and 1; in other words, the factors of 24.

The mathematicians John H. Conway and Simon P. Norton used this property of 24 in their seminal 1979 paper entitled Monstrous Moonshine. In the paper, they refer to this property as “the defining property of 24”. The word “monstrous” in the title is a reference to the Monster group, which can be thought of as a collection of more than 8x10^53 symmetries; that is, 8 followed by 53 other digits. The word “moonshine” refers to the perceived craziness of the intricate relationship between the Monster group and the theory of modular functions.

The existence of the Monster group, M, was not proved until shortly after Conway and Norton wrote their paper. It turns out that the easiest way to think of M in terms of symmetries of a vector space over the complex numbers is to use a vector space of dimension 196883. This number is close to another number that is related to the Leech lattice. The Leech lattice can be thought of as a stunningly efficient way to pack unit spheres together in 24 dimensional space. In this arrangement, each sphere will touch 196560 others. The closeness of the numbers 196560 and 196883 is not a coincidence and can be explained using the theory of monstrous moonshine.

It is now known that lying behind monstrous moonshine is a certain conformal field theory having the Monster group as symmetries. In 2007, the physicist Edward Witten proposed a connection between monstrous moonshine and quantum gravity. Witten concluded that pure gravity with maximally negative cosmological constant is dual to the Monster conformal field theory. This theory predicts a value for the semiclassical entropy estimate for a given black hole mass, in the large mass limit. Witten's theory estimates the value of this quantity as the natural logarithm of 196883, which works out at about 12.19. As a comparison, the work of Jacob Bekenstein and Stephen Hawking gives an estimate of 4π, which is about 12.57.

Relevant links
Wikipedia on the Monster group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_group
Wikipedia on the Leech lattice: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leech_lattice
Wikipedia on Monstrous Moonshine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monstrous_moonshine
A 2004 survey paper about Monstrous Moonshine by Terry Gannon: http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0402345

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I can't stop perusing this site. If you're a PC builder, you'll love it too.

http://www.logicalincrements.com/
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Great playlist for when you need to focus. #programming
for when hyperproductivity is necessary. lots of pretty lights, mimosa, supervision, RJD2, etc. for over three hours. keep studying with the second installment: http://8tracks.com/rmaddel/audible-adderall-xxxr-20mg and rage study some more with the third: http://8tracks.com/rmaddel/audible-adderall-xxxr-30mg/
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The #6to5 docs have an excellent primer into the syntax changes from #ES5 to #ES6 . #javascript  getting better and better every day.

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Extract & inline above-the-fold CSS with Critical ~ a new module to help with web perf (alpha)

https://github.com/addyosmani/critical

Includes some demo projects using Critical on one-page sites & Angular apps.
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New <google-signin> is out. Authenticate with Google APIs across multiple +Polymer elements

https://github.com/GoogleWebComponents/google-signin/releases/tag/v0.0.7

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New beta for Nova Launcher 3.0, one of my favorite launchers on #Android  
 
3.0beta2 May 27, 2014

-Fix isolate tabs
-Fix slow drag/drop with big grid sizes
-Fix Today's Dynamic Calendar icon not always showing
-Fix height margins causing offcenter desktop
-Fix FCs


(May take a few hours to appear on your Google Play)
Join this community then opt-in to betas at https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.teslacoilsw.launcher
Or download the APK http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public
Older Versions:
Previous Beta APK: 3.0beta1 May 27, 2014 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=23010
Latest Stable APK: 2.3 Dec 10, 2013 http://teslacoilsw.com/tesladirect/download.pl?packageName=com.teslacoilsw.launcher&betaType=public&versionCode=23000
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A wonderful thing this "Internet" is, where I can find gems such as this.
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How is this showing up in my feed? How does Google know I'm enjoying watching TNG right now? I am both happy and scared (?).
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