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Pixar has gone meta. :-)

"PIXAR, 1995: What if toys had feelings
PIXAR, 1998: What if bugs had feelings
PIXAR, 2001: What if monsters had feelings
PIXAR, 2003: What if fish had feelings
PIXAR, 2004: What if superheroes had feelings
PIXAR, 2006: What if cars had feelings
PIXAR, 2007: What if rats had feelings
PIXAR, 2008: What if robots had feelings
PIXAR, 2009: What if dogs had feelings
PIXAR, 2012: What if Scotland had feelings
PIXAR, 2015: WHAT IF FEELINGS HAD FEELINGS"
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I encountered this +AMD problem report web form today which has "Title" as a required field, with the only options being "Company", "Mr" or "Ms". First of all, why does AMD need to know my gender? Are they going to triage my technical problem differently based on whether I'm a male or female? Second, my title is not on that list. I realize that's pedantic, but why call the field "Title" if they really just mean "Gender"? So this ill-designed form ticked me off for no useful purpose at all.
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Ha! It gets better. The automated response email just says "Dear Customer,"
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Cool! Here's a list of all of the unicode-defined emoji with names. It's interesting to see which are not supported in my browser's default font.

(I found that link from this insane programming language whose reserved words are all emoji: https://github.com/FourMan/4)
DRAFT emoji-data.txt # For details about the format and other information, see /../../../reports/tr51/index.html#Data_Files. # # Format: Code ; Default_Emoji_Style ; Emoji_Level ; Emoji_Modifier_Status ; Emoji_Sources # Comment # # Field 1 — Default_Emoji_Style: # text: default text presentation ...
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Funny: "A bride's eye view". I like the decorations on the white camera
“A #bride‘s eye view. #ActionCam http://t.co/Jf5CKXf8aD”
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The link below is a widely-referenced technique for putting hyperlinks into Cocoa apps. However, there are two glitches to this technique. 1) the cursor is an I-beam instead of an arrow. The fix for that glitch is painful and discussed in many blogs. 2) the font changes to the system default when you click the link. This problem is very easy to fix, but I didn't see anyone else documenting the solution.

The fix is as follows: apply the label's font to the attributed text.

[attString addAttribute:NSFontAttributeName value:[label font] range:NSMakeRange(0, [attString length])];
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My child is in Solar Club at school, and they're trying to raise money to add solar panels to a building at the school. They're down to their last 6 days of fundraising and have a way to still. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Lincoln Goes Solar! is raising funds for Lincoln Goes Solar! on Kickstarter! Our hope is to get 4 solar panels for our school. It will cost about $4,000. PLEASE DONATE. Help make a better world! Thank you!
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MGE is a big sponsor for programs like this - you should approach them to fill the gap
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Two cars both trying to merge into the same lane, one backs off and lets the other in. And Reuters tries to turn it into controversy?

I like the Google spokesperson's comment in the Ars Technica version of this story: "The headline here is that two self-driving cars did what they were supposed to do in an ordinary everyday driving scenario."

Instead, how about we say "Self-driving cars continue their streak of no passengers killed" while human drivers kill over 3000 per day (http://asirt.org/Initiatives/Informing-Road-Users/Road-Safety-Facts/Road-Crash-Statistics)
 
Next stop: Boston.

"The incident occurred as the Delphi car, an Audi Q5 crossover, was preparing to change lanes. As it did so the Google car, a Lexus RX400h crossover, abruptly moved in front of it forcing the Audi to abandon its manoeuvre."
A rare meeting between rival self-driving cars on a Californian road almost ended in a crash, Reuters reports.
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I've become a big fan of this local band: The Whiskey Farm. They are a catchy mix of Americana rock, bluegrass, folk. Their music is a little more folk than what I usually listen to, but there are a few real feel-good earworms on their albums. The closest matching band in my mind is +Donna The Buffalo 

I recommend previewing the following songs on the linked page:
 "She Knows"
 "The First Night of Summer"
 "If I Were You"
 "Glow"
 "Happy"
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Looks like they will be at Olbrich in July. I must say my favorite was When the Tractors Came to Town.
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Most of us don't roll dice underwater so I think this video is a little overblown, but it's pretty interesting nonetheless.
 
For all of you who have ever suspected that some of your dice are in fact unlucky and conspiring against you, here's how you test it and find out. It turns out that solid dice are often made incredibly sloppily, and will in fact have favorite numbers; he dissects one at the end to show just what a mess they are on the inside. With transparent dice, you can't get away with that, and so they're more likely to be fair.

Whether that's a good or a bad thing depends on just how the die is unfair, of course. And even a natural 1 can have interesting effects in the hands of the right GM: http://imgur.com/gallery/cxOTWSE

h/t +Chris Stehlik
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I then took all those dice and ran a set of 200 rolls the three that seemed balanced only had a small amount of same number runs. The worst die came up with the same number 32 times, and most of the rolls were next to that number. The other 7 dice had smaller but notable number runs that correlated with the observed roll in the solution.
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This is a pretty cool promo for Sony's Action Cam using many many sticky note chains that cascade like a slinky.
A product video for the Sony Action Cam sends the 4K camera on a colorful ride through a world of 200,000 sticky notes. Sony also hosts a site called Never Before Seen that highlights a number of p...
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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Astronomy, PhD, 1994 - 2000
  • Cornell University
    Astronomy, 1990 - 1994
  • Derryfield School
    1986 - 1990
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I was the #1 Google result for "constellations" for about 12 years (ended 2013); Toughest bicycle ride: 125 miles + 11,000 ft climbing
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Programmer, software architect
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  • Sony Creative Software
    Staff Software Engineer, 2012 - present
  • Avid Technology
    Sr Principal Software Engineer, 2007 - 2012
  • Clotho Advanced Media
    Sr Software Developer, 2001 - 2007