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+Kenneth Kent +Eric Aubanel  Of possible interest.
 
New open source Parallella #FPGA designs for the @xilinxinc #zynq available (complete ISE 14.7 projects). Enjoy! https://github.com/parallella/parallella-hw
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+William Stein Thanks for the info.
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Some tourist shots from Singapore, while visiting NUS/IMS
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I'm not sure if +darktable will consider this an endorsement or an indictment, but these were all (inexpertly) processed with darktable 1.4. No crashes! yay! ;).
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The title (from slate) is not ideal, but the slides are interesting. I have always wondered why, if math-(phobia|disability) explains the low number of women in CS, why there seem to be proportionally more women in math. Because even Xzibit wouldn't switch into math to avoid math. I only spent a few minutes looking for data, but, see  e.g. Figure 2.5 in http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/_doc/Reports-Rapports/Women_Science_Engineering_e.pdf
 
Here's the link for me on Slate yesterday!

I've gotten lots of nice emails from people who liked the presentation, as usual.  I have not read the comments and don't plan to do so, because I'm more than a bit busy with other stuff this week!

Also, I still think it's funny that a 4yr old slide presentation is newsworthy, but I suppose these things happen!
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Women have a large presence in astronomy too.

I was surprised to learn that it was a woman, Vera Rubin, that proved the existence of Dark Matter in the 1970s, first proposed by Frank Zwicky in the 1930s.

I was reading a book called The Sky's the Limit I had bought for one of the kids, about famous women and their accomplishments.
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Dear Lazy G+

I'm thinking about getting a smaller camera for travelling.
Requirements
- good low light performance (I guess this means a larger sensor)
- manual controls
- raw output handled by +darktable (unfortunately this currently eliminates most Fuji things)
- decent optics
- smallish. Need not be pocketable, but should not require special luggage.

Things I'd like
- availability of a good underwater case (suitable for diving) for a moderate amount of money
- some kind of viewfinder. Going from SLR to compose on the back of the camera in one step sounds traumatic. But maybe I can adapt.
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I can second Eric on micro four thirds. E-PM2's can be found with dual zooms for under $400.

I really like my E-M5! I'd suggest you look at the E-M10, it fits your list to a tee. Not sure what your price range is, but I'd get it with the 25mm f/1.8 and think about zooms later. 
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Sometimes the ads are the best part of facebook.
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Dear Lazy G+;

We're considering adopting sphinx (http://sphinx-doc.org) for documentation for notmuch (http://notmuchmail.org).  We have python bindings, but the bulk of our code is C, C++, and emacs-lisp. Our main criteria are ability to output man pages and info (for emacs), and having a relatively "friendly" syntax.  Pandoc would meet those, but seems a bit of a heavyweight build dependency (I say this as an ex-xmonad user).  Any other suggestions? Horror stories about sphinx?  In a perfect world, we'd also be able generate api docs doxygen style, but that doesn't seem very plausible.
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+Michael Stapelberg Yes, asciidoc looks good for man pages, but it doesn't seem to be (easily) possible to generate info documents from it.
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See, it does get cold here. Often too cold to hot tub.
 
I found this chart of temperature to recommended outdoor exposure useful. (I'm going to assume temps listed are in F)

Despite all the wailing and gnashing of teeth in Chicago we're apparently still comfortably in shorts weather and not even close to min viable grilling temp (-50F)

http://www.alaskadiamondwillow.com/50%20below.htm
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Well, it's just an uncharacteristic lapse from Hollywood. Oh wait...
 
I made a blog about the new Star Trek movie, which turned into a few cultural observations and I wanted to share it:

You are officially mildly spoiled if you read below, NO COMPLAINTS!

Up front I will say I enjoyed this latest Star Trek movie a lot.  It was super noisy, but enjoyable, beautifully executed, and I particularly like some of the secondary characters, Spock was excellent, etc etc.  I just want to share an observation that stuck with me:

Where are the women?  The strong women?  The women we’d like to see in 200 years?  Where are they in this world?  They certainly aren’t around the roundtable when the Starfleet are learning about Khan (there might have been one in that scene, if so that extra was not cut to in any significant manner to be notable.)  In the scene where Kirk gets his ship back and the admiral is having a meeting with “important” people around a table later, I failed to see ONE WOMAN AROUND THAT TABLE, ALL MOSTLY WHITE MEN IMPLIED TO BE MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS TOGETHER.  Yes, these are just scenes with extras, but seriously, in the future not one woman over 40 is in charge in this world?!  How can that happen? 

For main characters, Uhura had a FEW nice scenes (as a vehicle to humanize Spock mostly), but that other woman character was the WORST damsel in distress ever.  I kept waiting for her turn, waiting for her to not be the victim, to be a bit cleverer, to add to the equation in a “yeah you go girl” way but no, she was there to be sufficiently sexy that Kirk would acknowledge her existence, to be pretty, to serve the plot.  I loved her bob.  That’s it.  What if she had been a less attractive woman, older, overweight?  A tomboy?  Wouldn’t have that been a tad more interesting choice?  Or at least give her a moment where she’s not a princess waiting to be saved.  From a director who is so amazing, who created wonderful female characters in Alias and Felicity, I was super bummed by this.  A woman character CAN exist without having to be sexually desired by the guy.  Oh, and she doesn’t have to be a lesbian either, OMG WHAT A SURPRISING IDEA! 

I don’t know if I’m extra sensitive about this issue or what, but I don’t think so, it’s a trend in media today. When I walk into the theater, I see men on posters.  Mostly white men, the same men we see over and over in movies.  Seth Rogen, Owen Wilson, Brad Pitt etc. Where did the women go?  We are telling people that only men are worth centering storytelling around, and that’s just bullshit.  And the problem is we unconsciously define the world and our culture through media.  These things are subliminal, we absorb them, they formulate the “given” that influences people’s life choices.  It might be a little thing on the surface, but this stuff is what prevents women from being as interested in math, or business people or tech etc.  Where are the examples of women in media to strive for, to make that stuff seem possible?  I don’t see many.  And that makes me sad.

People ask me why I don’t like Disney, I say, “Think of a princess.  Tell me three adjectives that come to mind.  Now do that with a prince. Now do that with the phrase, “leading character”.  We will all probably align around a lot of common ideas, Princess: taken care of, rescued, pretty dresses. Prince: adventurer, proving himself, manhood, Leading Character: chiseled white guy in his thirties, rockin’ body, girlfriend in peril.  

Ugh.

I dunno about you, but it’s kind of boring to see the same thing over and over again.  So I guess, rambling away from the Star Trek thing, if you’re creating something, think of the first three adjectives that come to mind, then:  Do something different. It’s time to invent new cliches.    For all of us, please. 
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