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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:

You Know Who Will Win March 11, 2015

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This Oughta Fix Your Childhood Memories February 24, 2015

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Thank gods I’m too old for this to have been MY childhood.

Overmatched February 4, 2015

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Human and Cat Extinction Prevention January 1, 2015

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Fluid dynamics and statistics provide answers.  Science, baby!

Fellow Commuters November 30, 2014

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Matroshka Sympony Orchestra November 20, 2014

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Symphony #9 done by a theremin chorus…with other added flourishes.

Dr. Grordbort’s Infalliable Aether Oscillators November 19, 2014

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Excellent Newtonmas gifts for the Victorian Space Explorer in your family.

Follow up with the others in this little series as presented by YouTube.  Cute as can be.

Polyphonic Overtone Singing October 6, 2014

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Anna-Maria Hefele explains two-tone singing techniques…except how she makes two voices.  Marvelous enough; I guess I shouldn’t complain about mystery in the face of beauty.

Just Watch This, and Nevermind the Captions October 1, 2014

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Knitted Hellboy August 5, 2014

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(Beautiful Knitted Characters nbsp by a UK Mom

One of the most interestingly filmed excesses of Guillermo Del Toro’s career is Hellboy, featuring Ron Perlman typecast as demonspawn.  He looks something like the fuzzy knit apparition above.

EXCITING UPDATE:

The-Hellboy-Hat

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.