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Star Trek (in My Imagination, at Least) March 24, 2017

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Beauty and the Beast With a Better Gaston March 24, 2017

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Training Neural Networks to Write Bach in a Day! March 24, 2017

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Fascinating bit of video here as Our Hero (not me, in this case) takes Bach (and later Mozart) MIDI files, creates an 88-character ASCII-character alphabet from them and trains a Recurrent Neural Network to output similar sequences.

The results (and a lot of the process) is shown in the video above.  Take your time and watch the whole thing; I wonder how long he would have to train the RNN to start outputting Baroque Muzak continually?

And Now For Something Completely Different March 22, 2017

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And He Can Fall Eight Times! November 28, 2016

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I’ve Had Enough Out of You Guys November 27, 2016

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Don’t mess with me;  I have a stick.

What I Want for Newtonmas This Year November 18, 2016

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A realistic dinosaur costume.

Or a T-Rex.  Either way.

I Have Stopped Longing For Death November 1, 2016

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But that’s just the medication talking.  Here’s a delightful little romance featuring a youngster who longs for death.

Of course, he eventually gets his heart’s desire.

If You Leave it Open, They Will Come October 1, 2016

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…for breakfast:

…and dinner:

We were out for lunch, so no clue how he survived the Arctic Chill without us. Probably begged from the folks down the street.

Superbowl Warmup (uh, sorta) September 30, 2016

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Katy Perry As We Like Her–Funny And Naked September 29, 2016

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Perched Upon My Chamber Door September 21, 2016

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Blue Jays are corvids (like ravens).  He was originally perched on the jar of pumpkin seeds we keep to feed him, but he couldn’t get far enough in from the rim.  He complained about it a little, which is when I brought the camera.IMG_20160921_083543

He arrived with a bit of bread in his mouth on the porch cabinet where we had laid out a bit of cat crunchies.

Some Things Speak For Themselves September 19, 2016

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Sorry about this.

Zinc Oxide and You August 26, 2016

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Japanese researchers at Tohoku University have created a special coating which reduces friction on high-speed, high-temperature bearings by 30%.  Made of a zinc oxide material, the coating has been integrated into bearings in a nifty jet engine-powered generator for emergency use capable of producing eight thousand watts, enough for two Japanese homes:

ZnO-coated high-performance bearings developed

Tiny, isn’t it?  Is there anything zinc oxide can’t do?

Why Your Life is Not a Journey August 25, 2016

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Snippets from the film “Tree of Life”.  .

Aerosmith Could be Better Without Aerosmith July 22, 2016

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Lightweight Plastic Exoskeleton Raw Materials June 30, 2016

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When I worked (briefly) at SRI some twelve years ago, they were developing some stretched-polymer artificial muscles with pretty exotic chemistry. I am really pleased to see how much the field has advanced in the intervening years, probably due to adequate microprocessor-powered software algorithms to make a normal walking gait practical.  This particular polymeric muscle seems to be well on its way to application.

I Was a Callow Youth of Forty When June 7, 2016

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I first saw Ghost in the Shell, an anime of now classic status, which features cyborgs questioning their own humanity and a possible AI they may discover, and perhaps combat.  There is competent animation, what I imagine is good writing (the subtitles I saw on this fan-subbed version were perhaps a reflection of the translator, however) and an interesting soundtrack.

It also spawned a legion of anime geeks and fanboys, one of whom has made a copy of the mech of choice from said anime, the Tachikoma.  It is very, um, lifelike:

It’s a beautiful build. I would be so proud if this were my child.

The Antibody by Christopher Lukas June 28, 2015

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I haven’t been able to find it on Amazon1, but The Antibody by Christopher Lukas is a gripping tale of a man’s struggle with suicide, depression, cancer and loss.  Written, directed and starring only himself, it is hilarious, tragic and real. I cried at the end, and I don’t cry for much. Watch it at the link above; no telling how long it will last.

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1. Seriously, Amazon?

Because it’s Beautiful March 16, 2015

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This Lego-Modded Glue Gun is A Handheld 3D Printer

This hand-held 3D printer is made of LEGO and a hot glue gun, just the way God intended it to make bespoke hats and whatever else you can’t be bothered to scan, convert to pointcloud, convert that to STL, put in your (horrendously expensive) 3D printer and wait.  Like this tasty video (with cheery music) shows: