Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft died yesterday at age 65. According to The Seattle Times, he contributed more than $2 billion to philanthropies, and took the Giving Pledge – a commitment to give away the majority of his wealth. Read about his incredible life story at The Seattle Times.
A gecko butt-dialed a gazillion people from an animal hospital in Hawaii.
“Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was at lunch when she got a call from Ke Kai Ola, the Big Island hospital where she’s director. There was silence on the other end. Nine more silent calls followed. Fearing a seal emergency, she rushed back … She wasn’t the only one getting calls, and people started asking why the hospital was calling non-stop … She walked into a lab and found the culprit. The gecko was perched on a phone, making calls to everyone in the recent call history with ‘HIS TINY GECKO FEET,’ she wrote in a Twitter thread the next day, detailing the saga.” Read the entire article at AP News.
After Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” sold for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s in London, an alarm sounded and the artwork went through a shredder that was built into the frame. According to Banksy, “A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting in case it was ever put up for auction.”
“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, head of contemporary European art at the auction house. Sothebys isn’t sure what to do about the sale, although some experts say the work might be worth even more in its shredded state. Read more about it at AP News.
Most of us rely on digital maps such as Google Maps to help us navigate the world. Unfortunately, crowdsourced data submitted by ordinary people is making some of today’s digital maps more like Wikipedia than Rand McNally. Read the entire article at Associated Press.
According to The Opportunity Atlas, the neighborhood you grow up in may determine how far you move up the economic ladder. The interactive map is quite unique in that it uses U.S. Census Bureau data along with data from the Internal Revenue Service. Read or listen to the article at NPR and then check out The Opportunity Atlas.
A wild turtle with a broken shell is rolling around on a wheelchair made of Legos while he’s on the mend at The Maryland Zoo.
“It was important to keep the bottom of the shell off the ground so it could heal properly,” said Garrett Fraess, veterinary extern at the Zoo. “They don’t make turtle-sized wheelchairs. So, we drew some sketches of a customized wheelchair and I sent them to a friend who is a LEGO® enthusiast.”
The sketches proved to be a success and the turtle received his very own multi-colored LEGO® brick wheelchair just a few weeks after surgery. The turtle is roughly the size of a grapefruit. The small LEGO® frame surrounds his shell and sits on four LEGO® wheels. Plumbers putty attaches the device to the edges of the turtle’s upper shell, which gets him off of the ground and allows his legs to be freed up so he can move.”
“Little black kids growing up don’t say things like ‘I want to be a coder when I grow up,’ because it’s not real to them, they don’t see people that look like me doing it,” Ne-Yo said. “But tech is changing the world, like literally by the day, by the second, so I feel like it just makes the most sense to have it accessible to everyone.
Last year, Ne-Yo finally made the leap into venture capital investing: his first deal, an investment in Holberton School, a two-year coding academy … that trains full-stack engineers. The singer returned to San Francisco earlier this month for the grand opening of Holberton’s remodeled headquarters on Mission Street in the city’s SoMa neighborhood … Holberton, a proposed alternative to a computer science degree, is free to students until they graduate and land a job, at which point they are asked to pay 17 percent of their salaries during their first three years in the workforce.” Read the full article at TechCrunch.
“There’s a myth that if you’re bad at math, you can’t enter a STEM field. Having a natural competence in math can be helpful, but skill and intelligence grow with consistent practice and effort. Getting involved in projects is the first step to do this!” Read the entire article at Industrial Quick Search about women entering and staying in STEM.
Newer smartphones are capable of taking great photos. Popular Mechanics shares some tips on how to get even better photos with your phone:
- Let the phone handle the technicalities of getting a good image. There’s no need to stabilize your phone or mess with brightness adjustments because the newer phones do it automatically.
- Turn on HDR. High dynamic range captures multiple versions of a single image at different settings and the software puts it all together to create a single exceptional photograph.
- Use the side button to capture the image. Don’t hold the phone with one hand and use your finger to tap the screen and then accidentally drop your phone.
- Use the rule of thirds to frame your photos correctly. Instead of centering your subject in the middle of the grid, place the subject’s eyes around 2/3 of the way up the grid and off to the right.