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Peter Dolan
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Attended U.C. Berkeley
Lives in Mountain View, CA, USA
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Hi guys, completely awesome picture. I must be pretty special to even know such cool  people.
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Today Dr. Watson has a huge bone.
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Ooh, interesting to add hops to a mead.  We'll try that next.  We still have a few dozen pounds of honey to work with.

The honey was filtered before we worked with it (it sat in a giant coffee filter for a couple weeks), so we were okay with not skimming the pollen and bee parts off the top during a boil.
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Do cannibals try to eat gymnasts for a more balanced diet?
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Yeah, they avoid marathoners too.  They give them the runs.
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My new brewing kettle arrived yesterday.
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Awesome to see progress.  You haven't posted in a a while.  I'm trying to live through you on this one so more pics plz :)
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Our house was a sausagefest this weekend.
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OH MY, now I get it! :0
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I'm going back to work!

For those for whom this is a surprise, a brief history of my last five months:

In early July I came down with a strange illness which initially presented as Lyme disease (with all the classic symptoms and even a tick bite to corroborate). I soon was on medical disability with muscle and joint pain, severe fatigue and headaches, stability problems, and (most concerning) cognitive issues. I was frequently disoriented, had severely impaired short term memory, and couldn't use deductive reasoning.

It's a strange feeling to lose your ability to think. Imagine walking down the street on a clear day, heading toward the end of the block, when without explanation you find yourself wading through invisible molasses. You can still see your destination, and you know that you can walk (in principle), but try as you might you make no headway. That is a pretty good approximation of having a degree in mathematics and being just plain unable to figure out how much is three times seven, or what year it is, or what this room is that you woke up in (your bedroom, your bed, your wife).

The acute symptoms such as nausea and fever dissipated by the end of July, but the cognitive, muscular, and joint problems persisted. We tested for everything the doctors could imagine. I do not have chlamidia nor a rare neuron-attacking autoimmune disease. I do not have 50 other infectious diseases. I definitely don't have Lyme disease. I am not having seizures and I do not have brain cancer. I am not incubating a black fungus found in the fermentation rooms of Kentucky bourbon distilleries.

In September I married my beautiful new wife. It was lovely and exhausting, and the love and support from our friends and family was very touching. Frequent naps and a lot of coffee got me through the weekend, and I slept a delightful amount on our Hawaiian honeymoon. We also visited a seahorse farm and are setting up a tank at home.

The week after our trip, a neural angiogram discovered reduced blood flow to some of my central brain structures, such as the thalamus. A subsequent MRI (my third) found a blood clot in the venous system which was reducing the return flow of blood in the area. The doctors were very surprised, as they haven't heard of this before - a clot that formed slowly enough, over months, for the brain's other blood vessels to enlarge in compensation.

We've begun a six month course of anticoagulants, and already I feel a marked improvement. I can add and subtract, even multiply, go a day without napping, and am enjoying programming and memory puzzles. I'm very glad to be returning to work (barring more unforseen problems) on December 2nd.

Certainly this has been a lesson in patience and acceptance, the limits of control and certainty, and the limits of and amazing reach of modern medical knowledge.

I'm looking forward to a productive 2014, and wish everyone the happiest of thanksgiving holidays. I know very well what I am thankful for.
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So sorry to hear about your ordeal Peter and glad you are back! So happy to hear of your new home and lovely bride! Looking to catching up with you! All the best, Lonny Avi
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Hey +Scott Manley, I'm a huge fan - I watch every video you post.

I've been using the interstellar mod quite a bit lately and have learned a technique you may find useful later in this series.  It's helpful to think of the albecurrie drive as a mechanism that maintains kinetic energy while ignoring potential energy.  That is, one can move between points in a gravity well without changing the ship's kinetic energy.  Doing so significantly modifies the eccentricity of the ship's orbit, allowing you to transform between the ship's kinetic and potential energy.

To raise a circular orbit:
  * Warp radially to a higher elevation.  Your ship's will exit warp at its new orbit's periapsis, with a significantly higher apoapsis.
  * At the ship's apoapsis, kinetic energy has been transformed into potential energy -- gravity will have slowed the ship's velocity.  If the first warp was properly planned, you can match the velocity to that of a desired higher circular orbit.  So, one simply warps radially outward to the elevation at which the ship's velocity creates a circular orbit.
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I recall reading about something like this in a novel during my childhood. A teleportation drive and a gravity well can be used to accelerate a craft to arbitrary real speed without burning real reaction mass. Conservation of matter/energy would make such a drive either outright broken or prohibitively power hungry, though.
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Space Invader was here.
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Well, my bike's gone on to its new home.  Bon Voyage my friend!  Happy trails!
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Free to a good home: my trusty mountain steed.  An odd one, but a good one.

Age: 7-13 years (which part are you talking about?)

Frame: K2 flying monkey
Fork: 2001 Marzocchi (original seals still good, oil changed regularly)
Shifters: 1980-something thumb shifter.
Derailleur: Shimano XT 9-speed
Cassette: Shimano XT 9-speed
Wheelset: hand-built with WTB hubs, downhilling rims, and 14-gauge spokes
Front tire: WTB downhilling
Rear tire: Intense downhilling
Brakes: HOPE DH4, 200ish mm front, 180ish mm back
Seatpost: generic aluminum
Bars: Titec Hell Bent
Chainring guard: Evil acrylic
Cranks: FSA Xtreme
Pedals: 2001 Shimano platform downhillers

This is not a beginner's bike.

Let me know if you're interested!
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Programmer, Distiller
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  • Google, Inc.
    Programmer, 2006 - present
  • California Standard Whiskey
    Distiller, 2012 - 2013
  • Zombie Research Labs
    Chief Scientist, 2007 - 2012
  • Gilsson Technologies
    2005 - 2006
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San Francisco, CA, USA - Murphys, CA, USA - Shanghai, China - Berkeley, CA, USA - Grenoble, France - Hyderabad, India - Los Gatos, CA, USA
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Programmer, Cyclist, Reader
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  • U.C. Berkeley
    Mathematics, 2000 - 2004
  • University of California, Berkeley
    2000 - 2004
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