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Bill Baxter
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Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lives in Kirkland, Washington
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A Tokyo fashion classic I just rediscovered uploading my photo collection to the new Google Photos.
Which is really great, by the way, if you haven't seen it yet (http://photos.google.com)
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Best workplace?  Or bestest workplace?
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I'm the @.
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A bit better than the styrofoam kitchen mock up we had at the VR lab at UNC.
 
WHAAA I WANNA DO THIS!
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OH, I liked the DOOM-like creature best.  I wanna do this too!  Reminds me of the Disney flying carpet through Agrabah VR prototypes about 10 years ago.  Don't let it go, Disney!
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Camera arrays in phones. Could be interesting.
A startup called Light uses a cluster of small camera modules to create top-notch photos. First stop: Your smartphone.
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A team of Yale researchers has developed a new statistical model that accurately estimates public climate change opinion and public policy support in all 50 states, 435 United State Congressional dist
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BaoBao is making handbags out of tessellated low-poly count meshes.  Pretty cool!  None of them seemed to be man bags though.  I'd totally buy a backpack like that.. but yikes! not for $980!  
http://www.shopbaobaoisseymiyake.com/bag/log-shoulder-bag-ss15
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See also these most excellent faux-cartoon backpacks: https://www.jumpfrompaper.com/america/collection/originals/backpack/
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Nifty little snail shell I noticed on my way about my business this morning. He was on his way to the library.
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The library wasn't due to open for another hour or two, so I think he was pacing himself for that.
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Always catches me off guard when someone responds "Fine, how are you?" to my greeting of "Howdy".
Then I remember, oh yeh, that's what it's short for.
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100% natural poison is of course the only kind l would feed to my children.
Yonatan Zunger originally shared to Brief Dispatches:
 
A few weeks ago, this image showed up on a notorious hyper-granola website called "The Naked Label," along with the reminder that "we cannot make better food than nature." I want you to look at it for a moment, and tell me if you spot anything wrong with this image.

Next, I want to get this on a t-shirt, with the back of the shirt printed with detailed biological and medical information about the fungus depicted here -- the 100% all-natural amanita muscaria, which is both poisonous and psychoactive. In fact, I want a whole series of shirts with this same logo, and all sorts of other natural things depicted -- say, a plague bacillus, a golden dart frog, and maybe someone getting eaten by a bear.


But surely we all know what the website meant, and I'm just needlessly nitpicking on their rather dubious art direction? No: I'm criticizing them for the "naturalistic fallacy:" the belief that "natural" things are good, and "artificial" things are bad, even without any real understanding of what one and the other really are. It's a way to perform one's social class ["I only eat natural foods, of course; I would never let my children encounter anything packaged."] while drawing political and financial ire at technologies which are out there saving human lives every day. We get to worry about obesity epidemics because until a few years ago, we were worried about famines. I know: several of my family members nearly died from them.

There was recently an excellent article about real food concerns and how to separate them from populist nonsense; if you're at all interested, I recommend it. It's called "The biggest concerns about GMO food aren't really about GMO's," and it's by +Beth Skwarecki​: http://vitals.lifehacker.com/the-biggest-concerns-about-gmo-food-arent-really-about-1702906290

For the lovely image below and more about it, and the nonsense which sites like that purvey, a h/t to Yvette d'Entremont (@thescibabe on Twitter) and a recommendation for her article: http://gawker.com/the-bullshit-hypocrisy-of-all-natural-foods-1702686054
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Luna suddenly started practicing her muscle pose just now.
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Very nice muscles...very nice...even impressive for such a sweet, soft princess.  :)
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In case you missed it, 2014 was the hottest year on record, stealing that title from 1998.
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/record-2014-hottest-year-18502

You may recognize 1998 as the year many deniers choose to cherry-pick as a start date for analyzing the recent temperature trends.  I'm guessing this will make that little deception at least a little less effective.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency has released data showing 2014 was the globe's hottest year.
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Facts have a well-known liberal bias.
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Oooh.  Shall I send you the Garage Band files?
Are you playing much these days?
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Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Yale University
  • George Walton Comprehensive High School
  • Morton Jr. High
  • Cassidy Elementary
  • Southern Elementary
  • The Lexington Christian School
  • The Lexington School
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Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I just sits.
Introduction
I like me some good graphics algorithms, yes I do.
Work
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Button pusher
Employment
  • Google Seattle
    Button pusher, 2011 - present
  • OLM Digital
    Senior Researcher, 2004 - 2008
  • Visix
    Software Engineer, 1995 - 1998
  • Pixar
    Intern, 2001 - 2001
  • Numerical Design Limited
    Intern, 1999 - 1999
  • Actuality Systems, Inc.
    Intern, 2000 - 2000
  • Microsoft
    Researcher, 2008 - 2011
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Kirkland, Washington
Previously
Kentucky - Marietta, GA - Lexington, KY - Vienna, VA - Tokyo, Japan - New Haven, CT
Good clean fun for the kids. Well, except for the animals, if you let them eat out of your hand you may get a little dirty. My kids loved the cow train, 5 year-old especially. I had fun with the tennis ball slingshot, and we all had fun with the prop maze.
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Friendly neighborhood brewhouse, right on the Cross-Kirkland-Corridor. Nice family-friendly atmosphere, and great outdoor deck overlooking the trail for nice days. No food served here, but they have menus from nearby takeout places, and have food trucks outside the door on some days.
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So far so good! The school just opened this month, but so far I like the way they are running it. They are putting emphasis on having the middle schoolers becoming responsible students, and seem to be embracing a philosophy of "education happens outside the classroom too". And they also seem to be on board with the idea that for the future what the world needs is not homework robots, but creative thinkers. I'll try to update this review after this first year is done.
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Fantastic ramen. Definitely get it kotteri style. Lived in Tokyo for 4 years and this ramen definitely is on par with good Tokyo ramen.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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Like this place a lot. Good food, unassuming atmosphere. A bit pricey, though.
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I don't know why all the hate in the comments. I've had pretty positive experiences with this Guitar Center all around. I've interacted with maybe 6 or 7 different people there, and they've all been perfectly fine. No, not all of them are super-knowledgeable about the gear they are selling, but some are. And if you just want them to leave you alone to noodle, they will. The selection you'll find on the walls is pretty good in a number of categories. I know some stores nearby that have a better selection of just guitars, but GC has a good selection of stuff across the whole spectrum of music gear. Anyway, I got a nice deal on a floor-model 2x12 cabinet at this store, I also just yesterday emailed the manager Tygus (using the link on their website) about a nice $200-off coupon that came in the mail but expired the day before and I had missed it. I asked if I they could still make good on it, and before the day was out I got email back from BOTH Tygus and Brian, the assistant manager, telling me I could use the coupon. There are a lot of haters for some reason, but I've always had pretty good experience with this GC.
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