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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.

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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.