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I loved The Martian.  I love Adam Savage.

I don't have an hour right now to watch this, but this is definitely going into my "Watch Later" queue.
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This is a geek girl I would like to know.
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Me, too.
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One step closer to the tricorder...
 
A fantastic invention: Jie Bao (of Tsinghua University) and Moungi Bawendi (of MIT) have invented an optical spectrometer small and cheap enough to attach to a cell phone, which can nonetheless perform comparably well to serious professional equipment.

Spectrometers are amazingly useful devices: they simply break light up through a prism, and report on how bright the light is in each frequency. That lets you recognize chemicals (each molecule has a distinctive color "fingerprint"), measure temperature (when you heat an object, it glows with a spectrum that's a simple function of temperature), and even measure the speed of objects. (If you know something's color when it's still, its colors in motion are shifted by the Doppler effect, just like an approaching siren's pitch goes up and a receding one goes down. The fingerprints of chemical colors give you an excellent reference point for that)

Bao and Bawendi's device is completely different from traditional spectrometers: Rather than using a prism and precision optics, they use an array of 195 carefully chosen inks and a CCD light sensor. The result is rugged and cheap – a few dollars, instead of a few hundred or thousand.

This is a tool that could revolutionize all sorts of devices; the authors give an example of a tool that could identify skin cancer just by pointing at it. (Cancers contain specific chemicals which produce specific optical fingerprints, after all!)

And more to the point, it's neat.

Dear Drs. Bao and Bawendi: TAKE MY MONEY!

Via +California Academy of Sciences.
A spectrometer that fits in your mobile devices could let you scan yourself for skin cancer.
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A cool demonstration of neuroplasticity

A guy gets a bicycle that turns right when the handlebars go left and goes left when they turn right.  It took him eight months to learn how to ride it, but then he found he couldn't ride a regular bike anymore.

Worth the 8 minutes -- very well produced, and very interesting.  
(Also the channel is worth subscribing to.)
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24 Years and Counting!

+Julia Thompson and I were wed twenty-four years ago today, and it's been twenty-four years of fun, yum, and hiding our red heads from the sun.

We're going out for dinner later and some other activity as yet to be determined -- hopefully something cool and memorable.  Previous years have included furniture shopping (our dining room set and china cabinet), navigating the Hill Country via USGS topographic maps, and revisiting our honeymoon stomping grounds.
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I would pay good money to see a feature-length parody like this.
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I think the theater should hand out some blunts along with 3D glasses, even it it is not in 3D. 
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This is maybe only 60% true, but that also means it's true more often than it's not...
(h/t to... to... damn, I lost it.  Thanks anonymous G+er!)

#gaming  
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Yep, it's all a matter of documentation.
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This is indeed brilliant!
 
This is brilliant!

HT +Blue Nation Review for the superb memes lately!
#LotR   #Scotus   #LGBT   #EqualRights  
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Funny part being that it wasn't defined by God.
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Good commentary on how superhero films have changed in the last twenty years.
As superhero movies get more and more faithful to the source material, masks are starting to get neglected.
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Uhm, yeah. Sorry. All I read was how more money is being made by getting star faces out in the open. I can't believe the author said no one needs secret identities today. For real?

I agree that the reasons they have changed in the movies is because fans want to identify with their favorite stars in these movies. The rest...I'm not going there.
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I write fiction. I used to program for a living, and I probably still could, but for now I write fiction.
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Writer, programmer, artist, dude
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Father of three, programmer, writer, etc.  I do weird stuff with my brain for fun and profit. :)

You can see my blog here: DanThompsonWrites.com

And my books: DanThompsonWrites.com/Books

For my programming, I did 18 years working on Computer Aided Design programs, everything from add-ons to being on the core graphics team for AutoCAD.  These days I'm still doing a little consulting and some personal explorations with genetic algorithms.

I've been writing off and on since I was eleven, but I've been doing a lot more of it in the last 5 years.

I also have special needs kids, and I've spent a lot of my time on them for the last few years.
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Had a startup, sold it, written a few books, survived twins (so far), have done more strange things than most, but nearly as many as I'd like to.
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Austin, TX