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Rube Goldberg's Passover Seder

I want this to be my family's new Passover tradition! :D
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My coworkers and I might get to do this new project!

Please vote for us! And share your thoughts -- we have a crazy, ambitious idea and we want to figure out how to make it a real thing. :)
VoterLab is a proposed R&D lab at the University of Southern California that bridges the gap between civic engagement and voting technology. Our work is motivated not by an answer but a question: What role can new technologies play in dramatically expanding voter participation? VoterLab will conduct primary research, convene experts, consult local governments, and promote fresh thinking about the future of voting and democracy. Through these acti...
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I signed up and clicked "Applaud" but it said I needed to join the challenge. Does that mean I have to submit an idea? Weird notice in any case - perhaps I'm misunderstanding it completely? (The notice is below, FYI - I don't mean to be dull with this. I want to support you but don't want to enter, myself!)

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ASCII Fluid Dynamics in the terminal

How have I not seen this before? It's absolutely mesmerizing!
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A fun example of machine learning: computing the optimal search strategy for finding Waldo!

Randy Olson uses machine learning techniques to find the best search strategy for finding Waldo.
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Bayesian methods are known to work very well in this kind of problems- A set of pixels with Waldo would have some properties. By simple clustering methods the data can also be pruned for other methods.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

Much love to all the friends who I've only met virtually! You actually have augmented my reality, and for the better. :)

Sciencey valentines from SciFri:
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Sme to u my dear liz
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A poem on the ESA's Rosetta mission for fans of both space and Robert Frost
By Alex Parker and Katie Mack

The Robert Frost poem:
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Watch Photoshop experts try to use Photoshop 1.0

Wow, version 1.0 came out in 1990. No wonder nobody can use it!

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We're dinosaurs +Ben Hibben​ 😊
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Now this is true romance: a theoretical physics PhD student writes an algorithm to help him with online dating, and he ends up finding a girlfriend. (And you can try it out yourself at, lol!)
Just by showing a little interest in women I would have otherwise ignored, an algorithm changed my romantic life
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Dont know much about the algorithm.... but there is always a rhythm of romance in me.....
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The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and a wave

Simultaneous observation of the quantization and the interference pattern of a plasmonic near-field:
02.03.15 - Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.
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I read the Tao of Physics 30 years ago and this idea was discussed in that book I believe...
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Pretending to be a teacher is FUN!
I can't say this enough: don't wait until you're an expert to start teaching others!

You see, I started a meetup group ( and ran our first workshop this weekend! What a rush! I've never taught a class or anything remotely close to it before, and because I'm completely crazy, I decided to organize and run a computer programming workshop for 35 people! I thought it would be a disaster, but it far exceeded everyone's (admittedly low) expectations, including my own. :)

Except for a couple example links and the overall idea (building a Battleship game with JavaScript), I made everything up on the fly. This was totally unplanned. Organized chaos. I had everyone group-Googling the answers to their own questions as we went along, and I learned right along with them. Win-win! (I'm getting the most out of it, though; I'm learning about programming, public speaking, socializing, teaching, and event planning all at once!)

That said, even though some people thrived on the open-ended nature of this learning experiment, others were definitely a bit lost. I have a lot to learn about learning -- and especially about teaching.

So, to all my genius Google+ friends: got any advice for a newbie? :)
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Oooh nice, Liz! If you have a passion to share information and help others make the connections you've also made with the information you're sharing, you'll do well! Have fun!!
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Watching the sun rise behind downtown Los Angeles:
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Fantastic duo of shots...
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High-speed imaging reveals how droplets create the smell of rain

Mmm, I love that distinctive smell of rain. “Until now, people didn’t know that aerosols could be generated from raindrops on soil”
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We need rain bad in Porter ville so please pray 
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Hiyas! I'm about 0.04% done with my goal to learn everything there is to learn. Almost there! =P

Some of my current interests (meaning you can send me links on these topics and I'd go "eeee!"):

~~~~~~~~~~  Computer science / Programming  ~~~~~~~~~

Web development, Android development, creating productivity tools, body computing, G+ hangouts API

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Education  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Free learning resources, social learning / education 2.0 / other buzzwords, educational video games, STEM education, all sorts of alternative education (homeschooling, unschooling), autodidacticism, polymathy

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Art and Design 
Web design, photography, videography, video editing, graphic design, typography, making bad drawings

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Math and Science  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Right now I'm particularly interested in the fundamentals of math, how the brain understands it (numerical cognition), and how I should go about relearning it and actually liking it

To sum it up: let's exchange knowledge! :) I'm here to soak up as much as I can. Mmmm knooowwledge...

I'm also here to meet interesting people and make friends. I'll circle you if you post interesting things, especially things I can learn from! I'm also much more likely to circle you if you have some information about yourself in your profile.
Bragging rights
developing an Android app (search my name on Google Play), swing dancing with Bill Nye the Science Guy (and he's one smooth dancer!)
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Science on Google+

Explore. Discover. Learn.

Virtual Star Party

Look through multiple telescopes, live!


Empower people around the world with a $25 loan

Google Science Fair

Everyone has a question. What's yours?

Adafruit Industries .

DIY electronics, open-source hardware - learn electronics

M Monica's 2012 Creative Writing Project

My creative writing resolution project- 1,000 words a day on a crowdsourced theme.

Sheet Music

Free, accessible sheet music

Mobile Web Dev on Air

mobile talk and dev for the future


We sell geeky things and make the world suck less by donating the profits!


Let's make an open-source HTML5 ebook authoring tool!

Creative 366 Project

A daily record of our creative endeavors throughout 2012

G+ Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

FMS and Chronic Pain support and information

My Hangouts

Version 3.2.0 - A Simple, Safe, and Fast way to find all the public hangouts and join them!