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Feb. 2nd, 2014 02:01 pm
sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
Neil Gaiman reads "Green Eggs and Ham" - Boing Boing

Neil Gaiman reads Dr Seuss's children's classic "Green Eggs and Ham" in this video, produced to celebrate $500,000 in donations to Patrick Rothfuss's Wordbuilders fundraiser, which is raising money for Project Heifer, a charity that helps farmers around the world with livestock and training.

sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
Making the rounds.


I like spiders, mostly.  Not the recluse spider that bit me a number of years ago but mostly they are of the live and let live variety. I had a big wolf spider in my studio in grad school.  I fed her.
sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
Karren, Mike, Cami and I went out to dinner and then to the Wharton.  Alton Brown did a show - "Alton Brown Live." An excellent time was had by all.

At one point Alton tweeted this:
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Cami did some detective work and found us on the right side near the guy with the bright yellow shirt.  She is quite evident under the vertical arrow while I think the other arrow may be pointing at my arm???

Crowd

I wonder if Mike is at home building the instant ice cream machine? We stopped at the QD and bought some chocolate ice cream. My souvenir magnet is now hanging on the refrigerator.

geekery

Sep. 27th, 2013 12:00 pm
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In a discovery that could advance quantum computing, scientists at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a new photon-based matter that is essentially like the light sabers in the movieStar Wars. The team was able to bind photons together to create photonic molecules, contradicting existing knowledge about light behavior. "What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they begin to act as though they have mass, and they bind together to form molecules," says Harvard professor Mikhail Lukin. "This type of photonic bound state has been discussed theoretically for quite a while, but until now it hadn't been observed." Lukin says comparing the new matter to a light saber is an accurate analogy, with photons pushing against and deflecting one another when they interact. To bind the photons, the researchers pumped rubidium atoms into a vacuum chamber, then cooled the atom cloud to a few degrees above absolute zero using lasers. Weak laser pulses then fired single photons into the atom cloud, creating energy that excited the atoms and slowed the photon. The energy then moved from one atom to another, leaving the cloud with the photon.


lightsabers-617x416http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112958519/star-wars-light-saber-matter-created-092613/

falcon cam

Jun. 29th, 2013 08:49 pm
sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
The local Peregrine Falcon cam showing the pair at the BWL power plant.  Two eggs visible.

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BEHIND THE SCENES of Peregrine Falcon hunting Red Bull downhill racer - Earth Unplugged - YouTube

science

Jun. 8th, 2013 01:47 pm
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Buzz Aldrin and Thomas Dolby Perform "She Blinded Me With Science" - YouTube

"Some of the brightest minds in the world gathered at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" conference to discuss the great triumphs and future innovations in science and technology."

sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
Well, it would seem that my hurried identification of a falcon on a number of occasions in the recent past was correct. There is a pair at the Board of Water & Light power plant. He is Echert, he fledged in 2009 from Consumers Energy B.C. Cobb Plant, Muskegon, MI and more than likely who I saw in flight near the river. She is WC (W Coil), hatched in 2007 and fledged from Lima, OH. I've included a link to their Facebook page which contains links to the webcams watching Lansing's Peregrine Falcon pair.


Lansing Michigan Peregrine Falcons
sharon_dubois: (cailleuch)
o-GREAT-LAKES-NASA-PHOTO-MICHIGAN-SNOW-570

Yep it is snowing in Michigan and has been for the last few days. It is supposed to snow until tomorrow.
sharon_dubois: (plan b)

The dentist visit this morning got more interesting when I had to leave my car overnight at the dealership. On a two year, low mileage car I had a dead alternator. I was not pleased! Understatement! It was covered by warranty but I still had to get a ride to the dentist this morning.

So I had to have a crown. In the past this meant a couple of visits, with temporary crowns and hassles. Well no more. Fun 3D technology! The dentist took reference scans, removed what needed to be removed and then did more scans. He has a fun CAM setup with the scan/model unit. The dentist is able to check fit, make adjustments to shape, etc. before it is milled out of porcelain. (It is a really sweet NURBS modeler if you are interested in the geekery.) Once milled they put it in to check everything then it is glazed & fired and glued in.

It took about two and a half hours total and looks like my real tooth. Too cool!

Then we went to pick up my car and have lunch. I think the Honda folks were surprised when Cami's junker parked in front.

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just fun

Sep. 12th, 2012 01:30 am
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