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Great. Now I Want an Armadillo July 22, 2014

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An Outpost of Progress July 20, 2014

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faux NASA truck

Found this little gem in Podunk, California (nowhere near Hat Creek Radio Observatory).  Not sure who the owner is, or why this homage to space exploration is here, but it surprised the heck out of me.

Almost as much as this:

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Chicken coupe?

Pacific Crest Trail Hikers July 20, 2014

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This is Gretchen and Stephen, two of several hikers we met (Viola, Mike, the ukulele player whose name I have forgotten[sorry, dude] over the Fourth.  We gave them water and cherries and a shady place for breakfast.  Ukulele Guy gave us a short concert:

These guys were hiking for the five days of the weekend…Gretchen is halfway through hiking THE WHOLE DAMN THING.

The Rewards of Heroism July 20, 2014

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My cow-orkers (hyphenation intentional) and I put in some long hours on a project recently, and our boss gave us each a pair of socks as a thank you, salary increases being outside of her authority.

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They are fetching, I grant you, but somehow not quite the reward one might have anticipated.

Serendipity July 20, 2014

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I was looking for a phone charger at Fry’s and found these:

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And this:

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Fry’s seems to be a one-stop shop for my peculiar interests.

Janus Cat July 1, 2014

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Diprosopus is caused by a malfunction in development in the sonic hedgehog protein (you think I’m kidding.  That’s its real name.  Should have been called “politician protein”…but I digress).

We might save time by referring to this animal as “Photoshop Cat”…except his name is Frank and Louie.

From https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience?fref=nf, which is not misspelled.  Sent to me by my step-daughter, who fucking loves science.

A Macbook Pro, a Canon 5D and $9000 June 26, 2014

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I would go so far as to say that the friends and families have the benefit of fairly good writing, excellent editing…and some actual talent.

Air Harp Using Leap Motion Controller June 24, 2014

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Brilliant guy makes the Leap Motion controller into an actually useful music triggering device.  Interesting demo (!!!) begins at 3:20.

Obsessive Nerd Music June 20, 2014

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Well, if you need to obsess over something it should be something good like Bach’s greatest hit, Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

Not a Pie Chart June 20, 2014

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Bake the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies by Knowing What to Tweak

What happens when you tweak the ingredients

tDCS Quick Summary June 19, 2014

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Not the most riveting speaking style, though.  This guy is much more fun, starting with “I want to be your trough of disillusionment.”

I presume he was the bummer after Dr. Clark of UNM,

promptly harshing his mellow with juicy contradictory evidence (science, bitches!).

For My Mother June 19, 2014

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Mom, I didn’t think you would ever find this on YouTube.

A Bag of Coke for Father’s Day June 18, 2014

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How thoughtful!  Well, it wasn’t a kilo of coke, but a high-altitude balloon that my step-daughters realize would be a nifty experiment.  Thank you, ladies.

Time-lapse Supernova June 11, 2014

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I can't believe this Hubble's star explosion time-lapse video is real

The Hubble Space Telescope is probably the best investment in pure science EVER. Even if it only brought us this time-lapse image of a nova(?) expanding OVER FOUR YEARS, it’s still the greatest show on Earth. Uh, you know what I mean. It could be:

  • An atypical nova outbursts (this is very unlikely.)
  • A thermal pulse of a dying star (the new pulse illuminates the layers of star material previously ejected its previous outbursts.)
  • A thermonuclear event within a massive supergiant (in which the helium in one of the layers of the massive star ignites and starts a fusion process.)
  • A mergeburst (the burst caused by the merge of two main sequence stars.)
  • A planetary capture event (in which the star has swallowed one of its giant gas planets.)

There’s a video:

Homebrew Robotics Club Example June 10, 2014

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A fine example of the art, this one avoids obstacles and can walk or roll with equal ease.  Google provides them a meeting room I think the last Wednesday of the month…

…must find time for this sort of thing.

In Pursuit of the Utterly Nerdly June 4, 2014

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I adore this complete and utter waste of time; a glass harp, automated to remove the human finger, tuned by raising or lowering the water level with a suspended water balloon.  I found this beautiful ephemera on hackster.io, which is a sharing site for this sort of thing.  They aren’t as well known as Instructables.com (another beautiful time sink), but they are trying very hard.

Obviously.

Singin’ Senior May 30, 2014

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My sainted, white-haired mother in concert.  She’s 85, and maybe the oldest one there.

The List Which Cannot Be Named May 23, 2014

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I belong to an unintentionally exclusive e-mail list and have for more than twenty years, consisting of scientists, journalists, engineers and philosophers.  If sped up it would resemble a cocktail party of genteel geniuses, all engaged in the most stimulating discourse it has ever been my pleasure to eavesdrop upon.*

Genius #1:

>> Social Darwinism is the view that there is a Darwinian struggle between humans and that humans with a high social class are the biologically fittest.

Genius #2:

>Though "Darwinian" had to be tailored to serve what is, ultimately, a pseudoscientific retread of old dogma.  What was "fittest" in Darwin’s work is that which happened to adapt successfully, regardless of strategy.  The strategies he documented varied widely.  Most of them were cooperative, birds and bees and such.  Some of them were survival at the expense of others, via domination, stealing, and killing.
Social Darwinists ignored strategies other than domination, claiming that this was nature’s way and that science proved it.
It’s just the Divine Right of Kings in a funny hat.
To this day, the dogma persists in some form or another, since it so useful as a justification for any form of profit at the expense of others.  Creationists have no trouble believing in Social Darwinism, because as a fellow pseudoscience, it won’t sully their fragile little minds with any of that tricky actual science stuff either.

* Since I am no longer a scientist, philosopher or journalist, I tend to not participate much.

Taking the Mask of Nature Off the Face of God May 21, 2014

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First, a flowchart:

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Then the Caloric Operator:

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Take notes; there’s going to be a quiz.

Ergonomics May 21, 2014

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This is my wife’s typical office space:

wife's workspace

Here is her office building:

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And here’s my office space:

typical workspace

Clearly, one of us got the better deal.

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