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Wireless video streaming to local chromecast

I want to attach an old android phone of mine, to the eye piece of my son's telescope and stream the image, real time, to my chromecast device attached to my TV...
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Stuff in space wicked presentation!

http://stuffin.space/

Mouse zoom and watch in real time as satellites track over the planet.
Stuff in Space. Stuff in Space is a realtime 3D map of objects in Earth orbit, visualized using WebGL. The website updates daily with orbit data from Space-Track.org and uses the excellent satellite.js Javascript library to calculate satellite positions. About the author. My name is James Yoder; ...
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The problem with the metric system

"That island is reported to have received about 250 millimetres of rain from the event."

What is a millimeter? About a fingernail thickness.

Let's see 250 fingernail thicknesses.... Um, well 10 fingernail thicknesses, FTs for short, are a centimeter so we have 25 centimeters then. But what's a centimeter? Um, about thickness of your pinky finger. OK, so we have 25 pinky finger thicknesses PTs for short. But let's see 25 PTs... hmm, a PT is still not so helpful. But about 5 PTs are as think as a good hardback novel. So we have 5 novel thicknesses. OK, now we're getting somewhere. 5 thick novels stacked are about 10 inches. An inch being about the length of a knuckle. 12 of them being about the length of your foot. Ooh that's right! Feet! So 10 inches of rain fell. Instant understanding.

"The recipe calls for 250 milliliters of milk."

Hmm, well, a milliliter is a cubic centimeter of water, so that's about half a teaspoon, and since I drink tea I figure that's about 125 teaspoons, 125 good sips of tea, about a cup of tea. Ah, a cup!

You see, the metric system has no human basis for context. Millimeter? Milliliter? What are they? How can you quickly judge distance or volume with such numbers? 

So the question is, do Europeans who use the metric system, intrinsically know what distance 250 millimeters is? What 250 milliliters are? To me they're just abstract tiny increments that have no real world contextual basis and so must be converted into something that has meaning to humans. 

Anyone know anyone who uses the metric system with native skill and can ask them how they deal with human distances and measurements with things like millimeters and milliliters?
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Back yard squirrel football

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzTP39qqeVQ
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ASP.NET 5.0! -- ENOUGH already!

The world does NOT need any more web software. Just QUIT!

If you still feel compelled to stay in the software world go design a Deep Mind like interface to allow true speech to text / text to speech that can be used as a universal teaching platform. Want to make the world a better place? ELIMINATE the cost for education by using your high tech skills to build "Socrates -- The World Teacher". Not some more useless web glueware that NOBODY needs.
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Want to feel insignificant -- again?

http://qz.com/331406/this-is-the-most-crystal-clear-image-of-space-ever-taken/

It's just not possible to understand this. Nope. Can't be done.
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Scott C. Lemon, Have a look at this:

http://www.dropletlife.com/
Remind, Track, & Get Things Done. Keep track of the important things in your life. iPad Screenshot. Background Image. Simplify life, get things done, & create better habits. Droplet can be used for anything. Background Image. Pet Reminders. Background Image. Inhaler Use. Background Image ...
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Nearly convincing?
https://instagram.com/p/6c2YCbKEmM/
This was taken, in my backyard, with a crappy $30 winphone camera. I flipped the camera so the lens was near the ground, placed a couple of plastic hippo toys in the short dead grass, snapped a photo and then posted it on instagram which allowed me to stylize it a bit.
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+Scott Hawker Here's a project for ya -- use some of those fine motor control skills and create convincing miniature scenes, that when photographed, look real enough to pass as real, if only on first glance.
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On taxing the rich to fund colleges

Bernie Sanders talks to CNN about plan to eliminate public college tuition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IxEl8L__OA

[Proposed is a wealth transference tax on financial transactions.]

Why bother proposing such nonsense? It would never make it past the House doorstep. It would never come to pass. It's just super-socialistic claptrap ringing in the ears of the oppressed. (Of which I'm one. But I'm rational at least.)

No, what you want to do is incentivize all corporations (not just financial firms) to fund colleges directly. 

"For every new hire a corporation makes where that hire has graduated within the last 5 years, said corporation must fund the college of the graduate a full year's tuition."

What this accomplishes:

• You want to hire from the best colleges? It'll cost you.
• You want the best deal for your new hire? Find the low cost colleges (read underfunded) producing the best graduates.
• Colleges will compete on LOWERING their tuitions to draw the most funding.
• Students will flock to the lesser known colleges so as to become more lucrative to corporations.
• But it's still a meritocracy. The best schools producing the best graduates will still do so. 
• Effectively every graduate who gets hired would help fund the next year's graduates.
• Corporations are the ones making money off of tuitions (indirectly). So make them pay for this resource.

In the end some threshold of corporation size might be required. Or perhaps the smaller the firm, the longer the pro-rated payback time. 

In the end you want to find way not to penalize anyone, but to incentivize them to do the right thing.
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Intelligent species' window of opportunity

There are lots of causes for extinction.

Life has to escape, dodge, and survive them all in order to blossom into a planetary-wide entity. 

Intelligent life has an even a greater number of these cataclysms to avoid in order to succeed and thrive and disperse. With this in mind the following is probably true for all potential intelligent species that may arise in the galaxy and the universe.

Intelligent life has between 1000 and 3000 generation in which to become self-protective with regards to the catastrophes that it may endure. For humans that's between 25,000 and 75,000 years.

In that time an intelligent species must:
Stage 1 --
• Have evolved to a local maximum in intelligence. (Smart enough.)
• Discover metallurgy.
• Discover a vast food source that can be generated and stored.
• Discover and create a means of information storage.
• Discover and/or create a nearly inexhaustible energy source.
• Reach a threshold population which allows a high percentage of individuals to pursue creative enterprises.

Stage 2 --
• Discover electricity.
• Discover and or create medicine (if required).
• Discover computational units of greater capability than their own minds.
• Discover and create off planet travel.

They must do all that, within an narrow window of geological time, before any of the following occurs to either reset their advancement or wipe them out entirely:

At any Stage --
• An asteroid or comet destroys their progress.
• A chain of volcanoes erupts for a generation or more.
• Earthquakes/tsunamis destroy their early civilizations.
• Galactic energy pulses burn their planet.
• Ice ages advance to shutdown their expansion.

After Stage 2 --
• Coronal mass ejections wipe out their information and energy distribution grids.
• They self-destruct due to war.
• Extermination by natural or self-created biohazards.
• Destruction by cultural genocide.
• Ecosystem destruction due to industrialization. (Global Warming)

The good things in these lists must ALL occur within the 1000 - 3000 generations window. While the bad things in these lists must NOT occur within the same time period.

That's a pretty narrow window for all of these possibilities to happen (and not). Humans are unique and alone in the galaxy. Guaranteed.
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Ichthyosaurs existed for 150+ million years -- then poof! Gone

How is it that a broad range of top tier predators could exist for such a long time, see every type of calamity the earth could throw at it, yet one day, vanish completely?

It's thought that plesiosaurs replaced them. The two variations of the same ecologic niche competed for tens of millions of years. Yet the ichthyosaurs lost. Why? Ichthyosaurs died out 25 million years before the KT event 65 million years ago. 

It maybe similar to why neanderthals no longer exist on Earth. Neanderthals existed for 200,000 years, much longer than Cro-Magnon, yet, they too vanished from the planet.

Strange how species could survive for so long, see so much adversity, struggle through such calamity, yet somehow get snuffed out regardless of its endurance and tenacity.
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What 2015 may hold for tech

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Dave Cline of Virginia, Alaska, Colorado, California, Utah and Oregon
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