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Date:2007-08-12 21:42
Subject:TechShop & Welding...
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Carolyn and I spent Saturday at TechShop working on a "learn the ropes" sort of project: a steel birdhouse.

Here's the pictures.

Now we just need to make some steel birdies for it. ;-)

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Date:2007-07-27 23:02
Subject:Woot, iPhone
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I'm posting this from my iPhone. It doesn't suck! I'm actually not having any trouble with the keyboard. The automatic correction works great because its not a spell checker, its just trying to find a dictionary match for letters near the ones you typed.

And the pinch-and-scroll UI is just awesome.

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Date:2007-04-13 15:50
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Electronic spectroscopy measurements made on a femtosecond (millionths of a billionth of a second) time-scale showed these oscillations meeting and interfering constructively, forming wavelike motions of energy (superposition states) that can explore all potential energy pathways simultaneously and reversibly, meaning they can retreat from wrong pathways with no penalty. This finding contradicts the classical description of the photosynthetic energy transfer process as one in which excitation energy hops from light-capturing pigment molecules to reaction center molecules step-by-step down the molecular energy ladder.

http://www.physorg.com/news95605211.html

I love applied physics. It seems like there are so many breakthroughs like this happening lately. Two thoughts come to mind because of them:

1) We're probably on the cusp of a paradigm shift in how we access, store, and use energy, much like computation wandered for years through various implementations and then settled on integrated circuits causing an amazing shift to exponential performance growth.

2) Religious fundamentalists make me furious. I don't care if you don't/can't grasp how the world works, but being proud of that ignorance, and even promoting it, is inexcusable. Let scientists worry about the 'how', and religion can stick to the 'why'.

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Date:2007-04-11 12:24
Subject:The Secret Behind Apple's Loyal Customer Base
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The Secret Behind Apple's Loyal Customer Base

I'm impressed I'm seeing more articles like this that actually try to intellectually dissect Apple's success.

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Date:2007-01-15 12:54
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We could use a few more MLKs in America...

"Too often has the church talked about a future good 'over yonder,' totally forgetting the present evil over here," King wrote in 1952.

MLK Jr., RIP, 1929-1968

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/01/15/MNGHJNIR631.DTL

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Date:2006-12-21 01:07
Subject:hockey jerseys
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Ugh. You'd think that with their glowing puck disaster (which had a happy ending in the NFL), and the NBA's amazing ball bruhahah, the NHL wouldn't be so cavalier about this, but here it comes...

NHL to "improve" uniforms

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Date:2006-11-27 15:11
Subject:Officer, I never saw the parked giant yellow bus!
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Heh, silly toy truck.



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Date:2006-07-24 13:51
Subject:Energy - Earth, Moon and Man
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I love simple physics, especially things that illustrate relative power or force. I'd been meaning to write something like the following, but it's hard to find the time to gather up the relevant data. Which makes it even cooler that someone else already did it. Enjoy!

-pmb

Big Numbers, Easy Math...Collapse )

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Date:2006-06-14 14:41
Subject:It's On!
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For our ten year anniversary, Carolyn and I will be getting married!

June 2nd, 2007.
More details in the next few weeks...

The last decade has been really good to me, and Carolyn has been a huge part of that. I feel so amazingly lucky to be in love with someone who cares about me so much while staying fiercely independent and true to herself. We introduce each other to new passions and make space for each other's quirks. The future's so bright, we gotta wear shades... :-)

lots of pictures...Collapse )

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Date:2006-06-12 16:12
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The energy drink fad may have finally jumped the shark...

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Date:2006-06-04 16:25
Subject:kittens!
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I'm taking care of three kittens for the weekend. They're up for adoption at Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.

more photosCollapse )

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Date:2006-05-24 17:10
Subject:Another Quartz Composer Demo...
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I can think of a few friends of mine who will find this quite nifty. Digital logic built from QC patches:

http://zacwhite.com/blog/2006/05/23/circuit-design-with-quartz-composer/

An example full adder :

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Date:2006-05-17 22:01
Subject:OLN, FSN, and FUCK COMCAST
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Oh for fucks sake. Comcast blacked out the sharks game in the San Jose area on OLN because the game was on FSN. Except it wasn't, it was on FSN+. And I don't get FSN+ on my digital cable package. Seventy fucking dollars a month and the bastards can't maintain an accurate schedule well enough to air the LAST freaking LOCAL NHL PLAYOFF GAME.

&*^@*&%(@

Rant #1: Innacurate program guide data. They are teh lazy.

Rant #2: Regional blackouts. OMGWTF? Can anyone think of a better way to piss people off?

Rant #3: We pay $840 a year for this? That's a lot of TV shows I could buy via iTunes.

Anyone still have the game on their Tivo?

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Date:2006-04-14 11:20
Subject:The American Trance
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12691.htm

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Date:2006-04-05 23:22
Subject:Weather
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I am the only one in the whole Bay Area it seems, but I Like The Rain!

And Kirkwood hitting 750+" of snow for the season SO FAR is freakin awesome too.

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Date:2006-02-13 18:17
Subject:Quartz Composer
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Quartz Composer is a really cool design app included with Mac OS X that can be used to create animations that are easily embedded in an app. For example, the RSS feed screensaver is a Quartz Composer composition. Also, the Photo Booth application that comes with new Macs is mostly driven by a Quartz Composer composition.

I can't begin to explain this thing very well other than to gush about how cool it is. Here's a better introduction that might give you a glimpse of its power and accessability.

http://developer.apple.com/graphicsimaging/quartz/quartzcomposer.html

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Date:2005-12-09 14:26
Subject:Lookie Lookie
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Woo, I have a picture now.

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Date:2005-09-26 14:28
Subject:Why high-level programming languages are successful...
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http://www.developerdotstar.com/mag/articles/reeves_design.html

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Date:2005-07-18 17:28
Subject:This is a test
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This is only a test.

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