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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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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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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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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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+suman chakravartula I don't remember our class having this many projects, a lot of cool stuff in there.
 
Final project reports from my 2012 Stanford Machine Learning class just posted. Lots of creative machine learning ideas and applications that you can look through here! 
A Facebook Profile-Based TV Recommender System. Jeff David, Samir Bajaj, Cherif Jazra. [pdf]. A Flexible System for Hand Gesture Recognition. Matt Vitelli, Dominic Becker, Laza Upatising. [pdf]. A New...
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There's even a "Analyzing CS229 projects". class has gone meta.
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Win Key + P is the best Windows shortcut ever. It makes multi-monitor setups really simple to manage without any sketchy switcher software.
http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/191946-windows-key-p-easy-display-switcher/
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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.
Grim Fandango Puzzle Document. Puzzle Structure — Year One. Fake Work Order. THE FIRST REAP. Three easy puzzles, to be completed linearly. Reap Soul ...
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It was really interesting to see what puzzles they changed from the design document. Mostly they seem to have gotten simpler, which is probably good.

Also I had forgotten this gem:
"Run you pigeons, it's Robert Frost!"
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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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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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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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Mihi, I saw your pictures. The skiing from that looks wild to me. Still can't get used to how strong you are now.
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If your inheritance scheme requires a mile-long article to explain, your language sucks:
http://bolinfest.com/essays/googbase.html

What kind of crap syntax is "arguments.callee.caller"?
goog.base() is a utility function in the Closure Library for invoking "superclass" methods. As you may recall from article on "Inheritance Patterns in JavaScript", the Closure Library uses the pseudoc...
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Fuck Javascript.

That is all.
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  • University of Minnesota
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