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Michael Levin
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Really good video on lessons learned from climbing accidents by Boulder SAR: http://www.climbing.com/video/learning-from-mistakes-causes-of-climbing-accidents-in-boulder-colorado/

Toward the end of the video they mention an investigation into a lead-fall fatality. The full report is online: http://www.caves.org/section/vertical/nh/56/YellowSpur2010v6.pdf

The guy's rope was cut by a pendulum swing across a sharp rock on the second pitch. Didn't make it. :-\

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+Andrei Thorp, this random find is for you: The puzzle design document for Grim Fandango. It really shows the amount of dedication that goes into the design and planning of a game. Playing the game feels so seamless and flowing that you really don't realize how much meticulous effort and planning goes into the game.

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Amazing weekend in Yosemite, thanks again +suman chakravartula for sharing the cabin! We got rained out on Sunday but had enough adventures climbing Saturday for the trip to be well worth it.

+Norman Wong and I took turns leading with my new trad rack and made it up two 3-pitch climbs. On the second climb, the guidebook lied about the anchors and we ended up climbing off-route, up a "5.6" chimney without the right protection (required 7-10"-- who has that!) and constructing a creative anchor at the top. The guidebook lied again about the descent and we ended up having to do a lateral transfer pitch, hiking down a bit before getting stuck and having to rappel the rest of the way right as the last of the daylight faded out. Phew!
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Some photos from skiing in Utah last weekend. Beautiful slopes, amazing views of blue mountains in the distance. When the weather gets bad, its pretty freaky though-- it was a complete white-out on Saturday, even the green slopes were tough. Good thing we stayed three days!
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Just got a Razer Abyssus (glossy) mouse for work.. totally loving it, its very classy looking:
http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-mice/razer-abyssus

The mouse is hi-res enough to completely disable mouse accel in X11. Only problem is the damn thing is so light it gets dragged around by its own cord...

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Mike Bostock is the guy behind some of the amazing NY Times visualizations. Check out his personal site: http://bost.ocks.org/mike/

In particular, I found it via the excellent visualization of the Fisher Yates shuffle: http://bost.ocks.org/mike/shuffle/

This guy's awesome.

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Had a fantastic time skiing in Tahoe this weekend!! Alpine Meadows was definitely my favorite resort. Squaw felt a bit weirdly laid out whereas at Alpine you lift up to the summit, drop into the epic bowl and you can go anywhere. The weather was also spectacular all weekend, I only needed a thermal under that windbreaker.
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Skiing in Tahoe over MLK weekend (12 photos)
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The interactive doodle I've been working on for the past 3 months is going live at last! Check it out at: http://google.co.nz
The Frank Zamboni Doodle is live on google.co.nz and coming soon to a Google homepage near you. High fives and ice cream!

+Michael Levin Kevin Laughlin +Ryan Germick +Leon Hong +Manuel Clément +Gregory Capuano 

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+suman chakravartula I don't remember our class having this many projects, a lot of cool stuff in there.

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