I went to the vote this morning. I'm pretty lucky that my polling center is less than two miles from my house. As I entered the polling center room, six septuagenarian women sat in a line behind some folding tables. The process was: Lady #1 asked my name La...
While there are certainly some people that hate all taxes, I accept taxes as something you need to operate a nation. I'd guess that taxes 'as a concept' don't bother people as much as the implementation, especially: 1) The crazy complicated method we have o...
Now that I have new commute down to CMU campus, I have much more time to think (and yell at traffic!). One of the things I think about is traffic. My house is ~17 miles from work according to Apple maps. It takes my ~30 minutes to/from work in light traffic...
It's funny that on our 'phones' these days we do little talking. It's also funny that although we could just talk to someone with the phone, we choose to text them. I do it too. For lots for reasons, but the one I'm thinking about right now is that it is qu...
Yeah, there are other issues with lipreading text interface too, less privacy, not working when it's dark, etc. But for many occasions it'd be useful. (I use Siri to enter text all the time - except when I need to be quiet...)
Redi Shade Black-Outs (pic from their website) The blinds/curtains we had in the house were good for blocking the view, but not great for blocking out the light. When the sun came up, it came into all of the bedrooms, and consequently everyone got up. We ta...
With the popularity of the Hanx Writer , it got me thinking about typewriters - something I hadn't thought about in quite a while! I remember my Dad had an old manual one. By comparison to today's ultra thin keyboards, the keystroke was really long - but I...
You know how the wheeled legs of an ambulance stretcher automatically fold up when the stretcher is pushed into the back of the ambulance? It'd be cool to use that same concept on shopping carts. So, the car (a hatchback style, or Minivan/SUV) would come wi...
I'm on a Mac. Most of my co-workers are on PCs. We store files on a network attached storage device that 'talks' Samba . I like to send links to files via email (instead of the file itself). So I need a quick way to convert the Mac/Linux file path format to...
I'd read several articles about Standing Desks (including Standing desks sit well with more employees & Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks ), and thought it sounded interesting. I've always been a little fidgety & thought standing my accommodate that...
Seeing ProtonMail's introduction this week made me think again about privacy on the internet - there's not much of it. I'm not too concerned about people snooping on me on the internet (I'm pretty boring), but in principle it bothers me. Collecting my sea...
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Amtrak ready to allow roll-on bike service between Pittsburgh, D.C.
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As a platform to help with decision-making, Watson has a lot to learn—which is exactly the point
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Mysterious dark matter is responsible for our existence in the Milky Way galaxy, as revealed in this video for a new show at New York City’s
Tip/Wag - Iowa, Bigger Pants & Recent Articles
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I really want to love this Nexus7, but I didn't set out to buy a fixer upper.
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Greater broadband access will bring the latest digital tools to more teachers and students
Big Data Make Big Inroads Into Schools: Scientific American
Introduction to a special report on the ways technology is remaking every aspect of education—bringing top-notch courses to the world's poor
Why Do I Think Better After I Exercise?: Scientific American
Why is it that I seem to think better when I walk or exercise? —Emily Lenneville , Baltimore Justin Rhodes , an associate professor of psy
New Runners Need Not Sweat over Shoes: Scientific American Podcast
Befuddled by buying running shoes for the first time? Zero-drop? Extra stability? Motion control? What shoes will ward off injuries? A new s