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Gord Wait
Works at Epson Research & Development Inc Vancouver Design Center
Attended BCIT
Lives in Delta B.C. Canada
Musician, Technology, Electronics Engineering, Restaurateur(!), Internet geek, Travel..
Musician, Electronics Engineering, Restaurateur, Internet Geek, Travel.
Bragging rights
Co Owner of a great little seaside restaurant in White Rock called Jan's on the Beach!
  • BCIT
  • Steveston Senior Secondary
  • Palmer Junior Secondary
  • Blundell Elementary
  • Hard Knocks
  • Steveston Secondary School
    1978 - 1979
Basic Information
Electronics and FPGA Design, Restaurateur
  • Epson Research & Development Inc Vancouver Design Center
    Hardware Engineer, 2013 - present
  • S.E.L.
    Lead Hardware Engineer, 2011 - 2013
  • Lighthaus Logic Inc
    Electronics and FPGA Design, 2006 - 2011
  • Q Imaging
  • Spectrum Signal Processing
  • SMOS Systems (Seiko Epson)
  • Cubicomp
  • Gemini Technology
  • Vertigo Imaging
    Electronics Engineering
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Delta B.C. Canada
Mostly Richmond B.C. Canada - Delta B.C. - Vancouver Area - Edmonton - Saskatoon - Ottawa - Lethbridge


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And Moon!
Tonight Venus and Mars will be even closer..
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This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations …
Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if you want them to be. For the past few years, people across the world have studied calculus for free online, by exploring a set of gorgeous, dynamic animations.
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"Anyone" but me lol. 
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Sounds like Canada.
I'm 40.  In 1975 I was born in Gosford, NSW, Australia.  My father moved to follow the work.  He was a surveyor.  My earliest memories are of Darwin, in the Northern Territory.  I was in preschool at the time.  Grade 1 was in The Blue Mountains near Sydney.  Central Queensland saw me doing Correspondence School in Grade 5.  Outback Queensland in Grade 7 to the mining town of Blackwater.  Started high school in Tropical Cairns and finished high school in the port city of Gladstone back in Central Queensland.

Since school I've worked as a computer technician, cotton chipper in Emerald, karaoke host, Harvey Norman salesman, stringer (news cameraman), voice-overs, air-conditioner installer, tradesman's assistant working on QR coal-hauling locomotives, graphic artist and pizza delivery driver.  I've been a singer/guitarist/songwriter in at least four different bands that never went anywhere.  I have probably enough material I've written myself to fill an album, but I'll probably never will get around to recording it.  I spent a few years making wedding videos in my own business which I closed down when I got bored of making wedding videos.  I'm currently working at a printshop where we we do all kinds of printing and sign writing.

I love computer games and all things tech.  My first computer was a Sinclair ZX80 that I got in 1981.  Second was a Commodore64 followed by a Macintosh II.  After that I got into Windows PC's (or DOS PC's as they were back then) and all the games they offered.  Windows 3.11, Windows95, 98, 2000, XP...  Then Vista burned me and I now use Macs.  They're simply better.

I've been married for 15 years and have a nice block of land with a humble little house on it.  We have a cat and a dog and no kids.

My point is, I've never had any interest in politics in my life.  Beyond being able to name the Prime Minister and the Premier of my state, I didn't really care.

Look at me now.  Since Tony Abbott and the LNP have been in power, I've joined a political party.  90% of my posts are political.  I'm talking politics with strangers online.

I can name the entire front bench of the government!  That information shouldn't be important to me!

But now it is.  

Just to understand all the crap that we're being subjected to by the Abbott government, I've had to learn who everyone in his government is, what they're job is, what they're actually supposed to do.  I've had to learn how government works, what divisions and electorates are, where the boundaries are.  How preferences work.  (That's one that is rarely understood by anyone I've met.  It's not even complicated.)  Who the opposition are and their role in government.  I've had to learn how it's "supposed to work" and why it's not working in an acceptable way now.  The reasons are many and varied.  Refer to any Australian Politics channel from the past 2 years.

I've had to read party policies.  Policies of the Labor party.  Policies of the Liberal Party.  Policies of the LNP.  Policies of the National Party.  Policies of the Liberal Democratic Party (wholly shit!).  Policies of The Greens.  Policies of the Pirate Party.  

All this time I could have been learning about robotics or playing computer games or something constructive.  If politicians did their job and acted in the interests of the people they represent instead of representing the interests of lobby groups that fund their political campaigns, then a huge portion of Australia could go back to doing what we do best.  Creating, inventing and innovating in a diverse multicultural society surrounded by the paradise that is Australia.
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It's not any better here in the US. It's not a democracy. It's an oligarchy. And the lobbyists rule. 
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The 3d printer is finally up and running!
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maya is like wow though, but mainly in its creation of animations it is fast render time.
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It was a lot of fun last Friday night..
Set up at our gig last week at "The Bennett".. 
We had a great Friday night there, unfortunately the windstorm shut everything down for our Saturday night. 
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If you know anything about physics, the phrase "antineutrino mapping" may seem kind of bizarre to you. It's not that these particles are rare: the Sun produces roughly as many of these as it does photons, so we're bathed in them nonstop. It's that neutrinos (and antineutrinos) are the ghosts of the particle world: they interact so weakly with everything else that they tend to fly through entire planets without noticing.

That's because of the four fundamental forces of nature -- the electromagnetic force (which not only holds electrons inside atoms, but is responsible for all of the forces between atoms that keep matter together), the strong force (which holds nuclei together), gravity (which holds planets together), and the weak force (which plays a role in various nuclear decays, but doesn't hold anything at all together, as you may guess from its name), neutrinos interact only through the weak force.

The way neutrino observatories work is that you take a giant tank -- maybe 1,000 tons -- of various specific liquids, bury it far underground (to avoid any other particles getting in), and surround it by extremely sensitive light detectors. Solar neutrinos flow through by the trillion (about ten billion per square centimeter every second), and on incredibly rare occasion, interact with one of the atoms in the liquid in a nuclear reaction that emits a tiny flash of light. To give you a sense of the rate, we typically measure their flow in SNU's (Solar Neutrino Units), which is the amount of neutrinos required to cause 10^-36 interactions per target atom per second. A 1,000-ton tank will thus end up spotting about one neutrino per day.

How do we spot which way they were going? When measuring neutrinos from the Sun, we do it by comparing capture rates during the day and during the night. By having a planet either between you and the source or not, you can spot small differences in the rate of neutrinos coming from the Sun, but not from other sources. (And similarly, by looking at the pattern over the year, you can use the size of the Earth's orbit to detect neutrinos coming from various parts of space)

It's that incredible difficulty of spotting neutrinos that makes the idea of making a neutrino map seem so incredible. You can't directly spot where they came from on Earth; what you can do is watch them over time, subtract off the day/night variation rate (to eliminate neutrinos from the Sun, which is the overwhelming majority of them), subtract off the annual variation rate (to eliminate neutrinos from space), and what you're left with is neutrinos from elsewhere on the planet. And if you use data from multiple neutrino observatories around the world, and combine it with a model of the density pattern of the Earth, you can start to form a map of antineutrinos from the planet itself.

That's what you see below. The blueness happens because seawater is a poor source of neutrinos (most radioactive substances are in the crust), and its mass absorbs "many" of the ones which escape. ("Many" is in quotes because nothing absorbs many neutrinos, but there also aren't that many to begin with, so the difference between ocean and land is measurable) Nuclear reactors produce a lot of them; those are the dark red patches you see. And most of the rest is continental crust, although you see many interesting patterns in that: e.g., significantly fewer in Australia than in Asia, more overall in the Northern hemisphere than the Southern, and the sharp decline (thanks to ice) near the poles.

Also, they've open-sourced the software and data they've used to make this, so it should be easy for future researchers to add data from more neutrino observatories, and gradually refine our map of the world, as taken through the lens of cosmic ghosts.
The tiniest particles known to science are rocketing out of the earth and our energy facilities.
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Nuts. To put it mildly. With the BC Hydro crews buried under a big workload our little restaurant is probably the last of their worries.
The power pole was replaced, @bchydro is gone, but we still don’t have power @jansonthebeach. Our neighbors all seem to have power. Going to be a long day..  
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All set for our gig tonight at The Bennett!
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revvin up my engine, you got that down real tight! awesome!
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A different view..
Polar Bear Plays in Wildflowers

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We rarely see polar bears outside of a snowy Arctic environment, but these bears are no strangers to having fun in the summer! In a rare series of images by Canadian photographer Dennis Fast, these white giants are seen frolicking in a field of fireweed. The photos were taken in Northern Canada's Hudson Bay, near lodges run by Churchill Wild in Manitoba. Fast explains his fascination with polar bears in this interview excerpt.
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