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Nicholas Perry
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Two great talks on using Spark
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“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“The anthropologists got it wrong when they named our species Homo sapiens (‘wise man’). In any case it’s an arrogant and bigheaded thing to say, wisdom being one of our least evident features. In reality, we are Pan narrans, the storytelling chimpanzee.” ― Terry Pratchett

“The true cause of hatred and violence is faith versus faith, an outward expression of the ancient instinct of tribalism.” ― Edward O. Wilson

Please do a piece on social forces such as shame, guilt, and flattery.
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 So many cute ants! So much want.
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Let's hope its doesn't fall on its face at the box office.. or it will be 'Plant Man'
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A new video production for Eris Industries:
'What is Eris?'
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ugh, those sweet hacks.

Watch this very well done presentation on creating a fast scrolling list in polymer:
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Ants hives are defined by individuals herding together. 

Its interesting to think how humans, with our flexible ability to create social groups and rely on memes (via word of mouth, written word, stories, and now the internet), end up sharing information in the environment a way similar to how ants 'share' information by putting scents in the environment.  Its almost like our brains are acting as a sort of virtual-landscape of scents, allowing us to act remotely without needing to be in close proximity to environmental sources of knowledge.

Researching how different social structures - how various forms of flat vs hierarchical management orientations ( http://haas.berkeley.edu/faculty/papers/anderson/functions%20and%20dysfunctions%20of%20hierarchy.pdf ) - can increase the effectiveness of an organization, it raises the question in my mind: is intelligence an emergent property of information networks? I mean, aren't our brains just a coagulation of cells who use networks to work together?

Most people assume an ant colony is ran by a queen because of our indo-european cultural heritage stemming out of feudalism and our modern management practices stemming out of troubles in information flow. This is simply not the case! Each ant is simply working on it's own built in behavior and as a reaction to it's environment and memory.

What most people don't realize that ants span the entire gamut of crowd types. Some ants are basically loners, some form small groups of queens who simply share a resource (food storage, shelter). Some go complete hive-mind, but don't associate outside of their small groups, and some create massive multi-colony conglomerates that span the world.

There's a great documentary covering the various types of ant colony formulations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55tXhnlZoOg

Here's a clip from a kind of the trap-jaw ant (Odontomachus brunneus) who's reproductivity isn't limited by genetics (all females can reproduce, no sterility), but instead they use a form of 'social shaming' to discourage a particular nesting behavior:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW9D6ea4d5A

It is no wonder that the origin of sociobiology came out research in ants, monkeys, and systems invovled with the biosphere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKbj3ZDmvdU

TL;DR: I wonder if ants get depressed.
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There are some interesting studies that go into more detail behind the low waste to hip ratio - its basically our mind pulling some mental tricks to try and analyze the gait of our walk - someone with a good bilateral symmetry in their walk is 'healthier' than someone who isn't.

More interestingly, the studies went on to show that just the thought of being watched changed the gait of the person walking to accentuate this aspect. Men tended to swagger their shoulders more and women popped their hips a little more.

TL;DR: we swing our butts when we talk because we don't have tails to balance. Big hips trigger the same response as our mind looks for symmetry in movement.
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SPECIAL GUEST: Scott Santens. Robots and software automation are doing more and more of the labor that once required a human being. As this process continues, what will happen to those displaced workers? Are we headed to a future dystopia, of unemployed vagrants and massively rich, or is there another way? We're joined by Redditor and forum moderator Scott Santens to take a look at the idea of BASIC INCOME. Recorded 3/8/2015.
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"It doesn't look like Spot is programmed to work with his twin brothers and sisters—but that doesn’t matter if their coordination emerges naturally from the physical rules that govern each individual robot."

"Spot’s life-like motions are uncanny, but when you add this emergent, collective behavior—which can sometimes be unpredictable—the possibilities get downright scary. Will Spot’s group dynamics stop at the point of swarming like locusts? (Ominous.) Will they cluster into self-protecting balls like sardines? (Less so.) Or could they end up as smart and responsive as humans?"

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/creepy-collective-behavior-boston-dynamics-new-robot-dog/
Robotics company Boston Dynamics has a new four-legged addition to its family: a 160-lb quadruped named Spot—and dude is impressive. In a short video posted yesterday, the Google-owned company shows Spot gallivanting with a weird equestrian hop through office corridors, up concrete stairs, and along rocky hills with little trouble. Spot even keeps his balance after being kicked by one of its human overlords. You can almost hear the canine whimper...
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I was reading a study that concluded that the material used in commonly used gel-caps actually causes migraine headaches in people - it was falsely attributed to placebo effect until further investigation occurred on the gel. Caused all sorts of havoc for migraine studies.

Science is weird.
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The world is weird, science is merely explaining the world.
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Looks like somebody's been listening to freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/2015/03/05/this-idea-must-die-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/ ( or doing their reading: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0062374346/ )

Or perhaps this is just trending.
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Our friends at +Pwnie Express recently posted a great blog highlighting one of the most common rogue wireless devices on the market. See how we helped them create a custom security appliance to help combat network intrusion.

Pwnie Express Blog - http://goo.gl/iFQYLG

#networksecurity  #IPC #embedded #datasecurity  #wirelesssecurity
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  • Vermont Technical College
    BS. Computer Engineering, 2005 - 2009
  • Vermont Academy of Science and Technology
    High-School + College Hybrid, 2004 - 2005
  • Rivendell Academy
  • West Farilee Elementary
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I am a human. I am a computer geek. But these are not what define me.
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I'm 0 courses away from a computer engineering degree.

I work on websites, computer games, computer systems, and robots. 

I am interested in all things technology. I have an affinity for biology, philosophy, sociology, and ants.

I want to be surrounded by great people in an environment that fosters passion, creativity, getting things done, or is otherwise generally awesomeness.

 I believe the future is not set in stone, and it is up to us to make the world the way we want it to be.  I want my life is the story of that journey.


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    Web App Developer, 2010 - present
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