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A fascinating lecture about the artistry, technology and future of advanced digital graphics. Ken Perlin has just joined the Centre for Digital Media,  a multidisciplinary graduate institution based in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

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Check out this TED talk, about an idea that a startup company in Silicon Valley has come up with, a PHYSICAL "Internet" that might hold a key to solving a huge problem moving vital goods in third world countries. Is this brilliant "out of the box" thinking.? Or impractical, impossible to implement in developing countries? We'll know in a few years, but there is a reason Amazon and Google are investing heavily in drone and robotic research to bring goods to market. For more information about this wild but fascinating concept, see matternet.us 

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Why don't we have something like this in every city with a significant probability of a catastrophic quake happening in our lifetime? Unlike Tokyo, few people here on the BC coastline, including my family, are anywhere near as prepared as we should be. Would love to see the city of Vancouver take serious leadership on this.


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A fascinating animation of a miraculously complex process that takes place appriximately 10,000 trillion times in our lifetime.

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Cleverly written (OK, I have a weakness for clever puns in the title), "The Pyongyang’s All Here", the dark humour in this article is a "must read",

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Here's one library's hilarious response to how to categorize Lance's books.

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I nearly got caught by this yesterday. I could not believe that Oracle, in sending out that incomplete emergency Java security patch for their software on Sunday, would do this. But they did. Good rule of thumb: never install additional "recommended" software when installing what you set out to do. It is not always in your best interest. As for Java? I've disabled the dangerously insecure Java applet plugin on all of my browsers, and don't miss it at all.

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Spanish Banks on New Years Day. The snow-covered Cypress ski area, in the midst of the North Shore mountains, is in the distance.
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