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Scott Ellis
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Can you say what's going on in this gif by intothecontinuum

If you get stuck, you can read the Mathematica code here:

http://intothecontinuum.tumblr.com/post/118477958368/maihudson-mathematica-code-an-t

But it's probably more fun to watch it carefully and see for yourself!
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Each ring is rotating twice as fast as the one inside it.
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New paper in draft: A Defense of the Rights of Artificial Intelligences: http://schwitzsplinters.blogspot.com/2015/09/a-defense-of-rights-of-artificial.html
This essay draws together ideas from several past blog posts including: Our Possible Imminent Divinity (Jan. 2, 2014); Our Moral Duties to Artificial Intelligences (Jan. 14, 2015); Two Arguments for AI (or Robot) Rights (Jan. 16, 2015); How Robots and Monsters Might Break Human Moral Systems ...
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Reminds me of one of my favorites: "The path of extremes leads to the house of wisdom". Not sure who said that.
 
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
- Will Rogers
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About 4 years ago in 2011 - I got to try to teach a semester of LCA and Input Output analysis (and critical thinking skills in general) to 2 classes of high school physics students, as an experiment.  Some of them got to this realization (costs quickly exceed benefits if more factors are considered) pretty quickly. I suspect that most of them have already forgotten those lessons, as they got engulfed in their lives.

Obviously, people need to study this report (linked as a pdf), not just skim the article about it. 

"The report found that when you took the externalized costs into effect, essentially NONE of the industries was actually making a profit. The huge profit margins being made by the world’s most profitable industries (oil, meat, tobacco, mining, electronics) is being paid for against the future: we are trading long term sustainability for the benefit of shareholders. Sometimes the environmental costs vastly outweighed revenue, meaning that these industries would be constantly losing money had they actually been paying for the ecological damage and strain they were causing."
According to a new report for the UN: almost no industry is profitable if you include environmental costs. So, maybe it's time for some serious changes?
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Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days.
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This is great!
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Juliafraktal (fig.1) & TetraederSpielerei (fig.2)(from Jens Dauterstedt's blog http://www.elektrische-heimat.de/Kategorien/3D-Genera/441/) 
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Very cool.
 
A drop of mercury being vibrated from ~120Hz down to ~10hz, filmed in slow-motion. The high density and surface tension cause it to resonate at different frequencies in different ways. The higher the frequency the more nodes it will form on its edge.
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I was wondering about this the other day.
 
One of the major talking points of opponents of sustainable energy is that if you include fixed manufacturing costs, solar and wind are not competitive with fossil fuels.  These opponents used this rhetoric to stymie investments in sustainables R&D during the first decade of this century.  But rates of efficiency have been skyrocketing and costs plummeting.  One of the big solar module manufacturers, Trina Solar, said costs had fallen 19 per cent in the past year, and would continue to fall by at least 5 per cent to 6 per cent a year in coming years as efficiencies were improved.”  This study shows that renewables turn out already  to be cheaper than fossil fuels.
 
Those who fought so hard to delay this day are proved to have been morons or worse, who harmed us all.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/why-wind-and-soon-solar-are-already-cheaper-than-fossil-fuels?utm_source=KurzweilAI+Weekly+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ab8cb2e940-UA-946742-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_147a5a48c1-ab8cb2e940-281972889
Global levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by various fuel types in $/megawatt-hours (credit: Citigroup) Citigroup has published an analysis of the costs of
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wooo!
Last fall, we let you know that Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website joined forces to create an online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics. They started with Volume 1. And now they've followed up with Volume 2 and Volume 3, making the collection complete.
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I am a computer programmer and designer, and father of three great kids.

My experience is in automation in the mining industry. I enjoy learning and teaching.

I mainly work in C++ but also enjoy coding in straight C, Python, and JavaScript.
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Wrote my fist assembly language program when I was 10, on a C64. It just printed my name. I wouldn't trade my life for any amount of money.
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    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
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