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Patrick Wagstrom
Rockin' the town like a moldy cruton!
Rockin' the town like a moldy cruton!

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Some people get to see whale sharks or giant schools of tuna on dives. We get to dive in Coventry Lake!

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I'm very happy that we can finally make this news public. It's been terrific to see what our lab in Nairobi has done for the citizens of Kenya and East Africa. I can't wait to see the goodness that will come out of our new South Africa lab.
+IBM Research plans to expand their global research network by opening a new lab in South Africa.

The new lab will be built in Johannesburg, specifically in the Tshimologong Precinct in Braamfontein, and hopes to tackle four broad goals:

–To develop new technology-based solutions for transforming the country’s most important industries and infrastructures.

–To help South Africa expand on its position as a global leader in science and technology.

–To partner with universities, research institutes and government to foster innovation among startups and entrepreneurs.

–To help equip young people with the skills they need to be successful in the digital age.

Read more here:

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I will never understand how such foul smells come out of something this cute.

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I made a timelapse video of Coventry Lake, CT on Labor Day 2014. It was a beautiful day and wonderful way to close out the summer.

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I get contacted by more than a dozen recruiters a week. They often lead with questions like "Why are you still at IBM? Isn't IBM dying? Why aren't you someplace more exciting like Google, Facebook, or a startup?". Why? Why? We are, quite literally, changing to way that science is done. The work that New York Genome Center has done with Watson Discovery Advisor and DNA treatment for glioblastoma will save hundreds of lives. Sanofi used Watson to find alternative uses for hundreds of pharmaceuticals. Johnson & Johnson used Watson to build a better clinical trial. And, of course, I got to eat some tasty food. And hey, this is just the launch video - you ain't seen nothin' yet.

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Does anyone know of a simple depth finder I could hack to have an output just read the current depth on a couple of analog or digital outputs?

Here's why: UCONN in conjunction with CT DEEP made a bathymetric map of my lake in 2011 (see However, frankly, it's not nearly nerdy enough for me. It's quite coarse and I'm pretty certain it's incorrect in places - for example, it shows the area off my dock getting deep pretty quickly, but when I've dove out there it doesn't even get to 20ft for at least 100yds.

As a nerd, I want to remedy this.  I want to hook a depth finder up to a Raspberry Pi and GPS so I can paddle around the lake and get a higher fidelity map of my lake.

I'd rather not resort to using a webcam and OCR to read the numbers off the display, but I can do that if I absolutely need to.

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I'm a firm believer in IBM Watson. I'm proud to contribute to the technology that's making the world a better place.

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Want to have a taste of what I do at work? Here you go!
Ready to give cognitive cooking a go? Sign up to test the new #ChefWatson with +Bon Appétit app:
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Collaborative iPython Notebook. This is pretty huge and pretty incredible for students and data science teams.
Over the last year I've worked with some awesome folks (+Kester Tong  +Mark Sandler, +Corinna Cortes , +Matthew Turk,  +Gideon Mann  +Arnaud Sahuguet, +Adam Berenzweig) to understand how people collaborate on data analysis and to build better tools to support them. Yesterday, with the help of +Fernando Perez and +Wes McKinney we revealed this work at PyCon APAC.

We've created an interactive, collaborative analytics tool by integrating Google Docs, Chrome, and IPython. You can open a notebook from Drive. You can share notebooks like you would share a Google Doc. You can comment and edit collaboratively, in realtime. There is zero setup, because all the computation happens in Chrome. You can even quickly and easily package your analytics pipeline into a GUI for folks that don't want to program. In effect, you can go from zero to analytics with little impedance.  

What's even better is that you can build on our work. It will all be open source on top of public Google APIs. We'll have a larger Google Research blog post about this work when we release the code and the Chrome application.

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Dear Internet,
Thank you for not changing over the past few days since I posted the "Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos" video. You continue to amaze and inspire me.
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