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Ingress:How to use iitc and google maps to take you directly to the portal

November 3, 2014

This is the IITC overview screen


When you click on a portal in IITC you see screenshot #1


If you notice there is a share portal in the picture above, right above this text.

If you hit that button you get the following screen:


Select Maps and then Google maps opens and you hit the car icon in the lower right hand corner and boom

Navigation to the portal location! Couldn’t be easier or more precise!


If you have any tips, let me know!



Mind Hacks:The effect of diminished belief in free will

January 1, 2014

“Studies have shown that people who believe things happen randomly and not through our own choice often behave much worse than those who believe the opposite.”

I read Mind Hacks because it fits in with everything I embrace, mind + hacks. Enough said. 🙂 I found this article interesting because it appears that perception of results effects behavior and if you believe there aren’t consequences negative to you, then its ok.

I believe in Karma and free will, and so should you. Behave! 🙂

Mind Hacks.

Whether to delegate | The Endeavour

January 1, 2014


Whether to delegate | The Endeavour.

Managing energy is more important than managing time. Energy is what gets things done, and time is only a crude surrogate for energy. Instead of only looking at what you could earn per hour versus what you could hire someone else for per hour, consider the energy it would take you to do something versus the energy it would free to delegate it.

Interesting article. Is there anything you should delegate?


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How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab |

August 17, 2012

This is an article about how hackers used social engineering, no geek skills required, to ERASE Mat’s iPhone, MacBook and iPad remotely. Its a fascinating story! The conclusion is backup 3 places, get second factor authentication on your Gmail, and have a secret email for accounts that could cost you money.

But what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices.


How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab |


There’s a follow up article about how Mat got the pictures of his newborn daughter and family who are no longer with us.

Robert Reich (Mitt Romney and the New Gilded Age)

July 1, 2012

‘Casino Capitalism’ is what the companies who have a choke hold on the ecomomy are practicing, according to Robert Reich. His thesis makes sense to me. Good writing that makes many good points. And really amplifies how crappy a writer I am 😉

Romney’s Bain is part of the same system as Jamie Dimon’s JPMorgan Chase, Jon Corzine’s MF Global and Lloyd Blankfein’s Goldman Sachs—a system that has turned much of the economy into a betting parlor that nearly imploded in 2008, destroying millions of jobs and devastating household incomes. The winners in this system are top Wall Street executives and traders, private-equity managers and hedge-fund moguls, 
and the losers are most of the rest of us. The system is largely responsible for the greatest concentration of the nation’s income and wealth at the very top since the Gilded Age of the nineteenth century, with the richest 400 Americans owning as much as the bottom 150 million put together. And these multimillionaires and billionaires are now actively buying the 2012 election—and with it, American democracy.

See Citizens United SCOTUS case.

Robert Reich (Mitt Romney and the New Gilded Age).

How do you tell when the news is biased? » Nieman Journalism Lab

June 27, 2012

More proof that perspective IS everything. The article explains what affects your reading of the news. Enjoy 🙂


How do you tell when the news is biased? It depends on how you see yourself » Nieman Journalism Lab.

Queen Victoria’s Journals

June 10, 2012

Queen Victoria’s Journals – Home Page

Queen Elizabeth 2 has released digital scans from Queen Victoria’s Journals. As she writes on the site:

A message from HM Queen Elizabeth II

In this the year of my Diamond Jubilee, I am delighted to be able to present, for the first time, the complete on-line collection of Queen Victoria’s journals from the Royal Archives.

These diaries cover the period from Queen Victoria’s childhood days to her Accession to the Throne, marriage to Prince Albert, and later, her Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

Thirteen volumes in Victoria’s own hand survive, and the majority of the remaining volumes were transcribed after Queen Victoria’s death by her youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice, on her mother’s instructions.

It seems fitting that the subject of the first major public release of material from the Royal Archives is Queen Victoria, who was the first Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

It is hoped that this historic collection will make a valuable addition to the unique material already held by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University, and will be used to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the past.

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