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"In a small in-house theatre, the Meyers showed how Constellation works. Its principal purpose is to enable flexibility, so that halls can adapt to the needs of different kinds of event. Cinema needs a dry, echo-free environment, so that words can be understood. Chamber music benefits from crisp sound with resonant warmth. Orchestras are at home in halls with a longer reverberation time—more than two seconds, at the Musikverein. And choruses thrive on the booming acoustic of a cathedral. Constellation replicates this range of reverb times, which vary with the size of the space. One can choose from among different settings: cinema or lecture hall (0.4 seconds); chamber (one second); theatre (1.4 seconds); concert hall (two seconds); and “sacred space” (2.8 seconds). Thus, the system can give bloom to a somewhat dry acoustic, as at Zellerbach Hall, in Berkeley, and it can supply a cleaner sound for amplified jazz and pop, as at Svetlanov Hall, in Moscow.

“We couldn’t do this until we had a really high-powered computer,” John told me. “It’s calculating twenty thousand echoes a second, and that information has to stay in the memory for four or five seconds—a huge amount of data. Only a few years ago could we pull off the sacred-space setting, which is the most complex of all.” "

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/23/wizards-sound
Meyer Sound’s Constellation system performs the sonic equivalent of Photoshop. Credit Illustration by Michael Kirkham
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I was considering purchasing a Microsoft wireless keyboard, but I suspected  the encryption was probably rubbish. I was right: it winds up being XOR the key code with 0xCD.

This is a pretty nice project.

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I guess it's this one: http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-keyboard-2000. Imagine if Honda offered an "EX-L SECURE" trim of the Accord that was just like the regular Accord, but with "door locks and a key" to "help protect the contents of your car."
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This is not an alien cityscape -- it's Flourite! This is astonishing to me. Look what nature made, all on its own. Good job, World.
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Maybe I'll try it: http://www.scientificsonline.com/product/crystal-growing-kit-quartz

I was going to make a snarky comment about the "Space Age", but now that I think it about it, it doesn't feel stale anymore.
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I noticed today that This American Life has changed distributors from PRI to PRX.

"Stations will be able to access the show through PRX’s Internet-based distribution platform, an alternative to the Public Radio Satellite System, which now carries TAL. Under the deal, stations will pay carriage fees to PRX, which will pass on a share of the payments to the show’s producers."

This might be interesting to +Thomas Edwards, for historical reasons, sort of.

http://www.current.org/2014/05/this-american-life-opts-for-self-distribution-with-prx-as-pipeline-to-stations/
The producers of public radio's This American Life will take over distribution of their show starting July 1, using Public Radio Exchange to deliver the program to stations. TAL and Public Radio International, its distributor of 17 years, announced in March that they would part ways effective ...
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I'm amazed that PRSS is still in the business of distributing non-live radio shows, when you can download a high quality hour long show in a couple of minutes even with a 1 Mbps DSL line (and you could back it up with cellular data).

There is the differential between data distribution (how the bits flow) and the business of distribution.  A show like TAL doesn't need much of a sales pitch, but a show just starting out might need the "sales support" of someone like PRI/NPR/etc.
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Can you spot the differences between these summer blockbuster movie posters? (Scroll down for answers)
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1. The horizon is slightly higher in the left poster.
2. The Arc de Triomphe on the left is replaced with the U.S. Capitol on the right.
3. Some of the airplanes in the poster on the left are flying super heroes in the right poster.
4. The obscured female character in the background is on the left in the second poster.)
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Here's an interesting footnote in the history of the College Park campus of the University of Maryland: Sunday may be the final day one can drive eastbound on Campus Drive, ever.

http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_4a89d514-ec6b-11e3-9fd7-001a4bcf6878.html

"The eastbound lane of Campus Drive will close Monday for construction of the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center.

Officials hope to reopen the closed segment, which runs from H.J. Patterson Hall to the “M” circle, when construction concludes in December 2016, Capital Projects Assistant Director Bob Martinazzi said, though Purple Line light rail construction could cause a delay.

Work on the Purple Line, which will place Campus Drive’s downhill lane, is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2015. Should the two projects overlap, that lane may not reopen at all, Department of Transportation Services Director David Allen and Capital Projects Director William Olen confirmed."
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Weird, it worked before. I added an imgur link at the top of the post. Google+ won't let me remove the original image attachment (I can remove it, but when I press Save, it's still there ...).

The Metro buses that used to go down campus drive now go east on 193, turn right onto Stadium Drive (at CSPAC), pass Byrd Stadium, and arrive back at the M and turn back onto Campus Drive (which is open from the M to Rt. 1).
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The California company is opening 23 local stores in the next three months.
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A pay phone on 9th ST NW, across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
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"One of the rallying cries in favor of liquefying and exporting U.S. natural gas has been to help reduce greenhouse gases in other countries, by crowding out coal in Asia and Europe.

Yet tucked into an Energy Department report on LNG exports is a different view: That U.S. exports of LNG to China could end up being worse from a greenhouse gas perspective than if China simply built a new power plant and burned its own coal supplies. The report also says that the climate benefits of exporting LNG to other countries are modest.

The report is titled “Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States.”

It says the benefits of cleaner, more efficient combustion of natural gas are largely offset by methane leakage in U.S. production and pipelines and by methane leaks and energy used in the process of liquefying and transporting the LNG. In the case of shipping LNG from the U.S. gulf coast to Shanghai, the greenhouse gas benefits could in some cases be completely offset by those factors when measured over a 20-year period, the report says."
U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas to China could end up being worse from a greenhouse gas perspective than if China simply built a new power plant and burned its own coal supplies.
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Importing Web Data into Google Spreadsheet

Did you know you can import tables available online directly into +Google Drive? That can be done using the ImportHTML function on  Google Spreadsheets and will save you a lot of time. The image below shows how to do it (source goo.gl/19mojE).
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Increasingly, it appears that if there is any systemic bias in climate models, it’s that they understate the situation’s gravity.
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