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Jerry Coyne (author of "Why Evolution Is True") and Sam Harris talk for a bit about Jerry's new book "Faith vs. Fact", but the conversation moves beyond the book to the topics of religion, atheism, free speech, free will, etc.  It's a bit long, but worth a listen if you're into that sort of thing.
http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/faith-vs.-fact
Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.
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Today at Maker Faire, probably the coolest thing that I saw was the Slaperoo Slapstick.  It is essentially a 1 string fretless bass meant for tapping.  Oh, and the string is just thin steel strap about 1cm wide normally used for packing things.  Here's a video of the thing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ps0SyLKUFE
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+Webb Scales Yeah, in fact I posted it about it here on Oct 10, 2014 https://plus.google.com/+StephenCameron/posts/6u6ubcnyHLC

But I didn't connect the two until you mentioned it.
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Pretty amazing.
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Hiked up Montara Mountain today.
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Been experimenting with a shader for atmospheres... still in early stages, and kind of ad hoc, not physically accurate, just going for what looks ok for now.  Here are two pics.  First a planet with an atmosphere, and 2nd, a bare atmosphere without a planet.
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Quintet has really come a long way since I last looked.
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Interesting! I'll have to give it a go. Shame the android version is a full blown port. I always imagined a bridge sim could have a phone on the captains armrest with simple commands.
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Went to Bay Area Maker Faire today.  Waaay bigger than the mini maker faire they have in Houston.  (Might be the first thing I've come across out here that is bigger than the corresponding thing in Houston. :)
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Nice little article about my little hobby project, Space Nerds In Space:
http://www.ocsmag.com/2015/05/15/space-nerds-in-space/ by +Paul Brown
Space Nerds in Space (or SNiS for short) is a collaborative space exploration game with a twist: Each player is responsible for one part of the same ship. The game allows for multiple teams to comp...
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Awesome!
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Couple of photos of a 1991 Ibanez RG550.  Which one do you like better?
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Not sure why I'm asking, I already know which one I like better: the one with the white pickguard that I just installed.  I've had this guitar for about 10 years or so.  I found it in a pawn shop and bought it for $149.00.  That is a really good deal for an RG550, but it is pretty beat up.  So beat up that when I first saw it, I didn't immediately buy it.  I went back a week later thinking $150 for an RG550 that plays well is too good to pass up even if it is pretty beat up.  Glad I did. 

But I haven't played this guitar very much over the years.  Having just moved, and having my guitars scattered around the place in an unfamiliar way, I found myself playing this one lately, and wondering why I hadn't played it much, since it plays so nicely. 

I realized it's because I didn't really like the look of it.  The black pickguard on black body with the maple fretboard and the headstock that looks like it's been dipped in a bucket of black paint just somehow seemed kind of ugly to me.  This was another reason I hadn't instantly snapped it up the first time I saw it in that pawnshop.  I then thought about Kirk Hammett's old Fernandes strat he used to use in the early days, and how cool that thing looked with the white pickguard, black knobs, black pickups, and black hardware, and it occurred to me that I could swap out the pickguard.  That headstock would still look like it had been dipped in a bucket of black paint though.  But, I could swap out the truss rod cover for one that matched the new pickguard, and it would be somewhat like the headstock of old Gibson flying V's -- black with white truss rod cover -- or kind of like the headstock of a Rickenbacker.  Ok, that seemed like a pretty cool idea.  Started looking around the net, on jemsite.com, etc. to see if anybody else had done something similar to an RG550BK, but didn't come up with much.  About the closest thing I found was the "cheap" Jem, the JEM 555 BK.  That has a gray pearloid pickguard, but the truss rod cover is black.

Haven't totally committed to this though.  The Chinese RG pickguard doesn't quite fit right.  Only a few of the screw holes line up right, and so that means drilling into the guitar body to make new screw holes, and the new pickguard is a little larger.  If you look for example just above the neck pickup, the original pickguard is a little less thick than the width of one coil of the pickup while the new pickguard has a little more plastic than the width of one coil of the pickup in the same area, directly above the neck pickup (to the left of the neck pickup in the photos -- "above" the pickup if you are holding the guitar in playing position.)  That means if I put in new screw holes, I can't really go back to the old pickguard as it won't cover the new screw holes.

Not sure why I'm worried about it, it's not as if the guitar is all that valuable even if it were mint, and it is already very far from mint.
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Committed my crude atmosphere shader code for Space Nerds In Space.
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Holy cow... that's is incredible.  My kids were seriously impressed.
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Disclaimer: The opinions I express here on google+ are my own, may change over time, and are not the opinions of my employer (whether my employer's opinions are coincident with what I express here or not.)

I'm a computer programmer by trade.  I work on a couple drivers in the linux kernel, and also have a few projects on sourceforge (and a few on github )

I'm also into art, and do a little painting, and music, I play electric guitar though not as well as I'd like. 

Oh, I've built a cyclekart.  I've also been bitten by the 3d printing bug, and have made a few things.

I have a blog called Scary Reasoner, which is about various things, but notably, it's about atheism and religion, but other than that it is much the same as what I post on google+.  

Currently for fun I've been building on a multiplayer networked 3D starship simulator game I'm calling Space Nerds In Space in C, no network libraries (well, glibc), no 3D graphics libraries (well, gtk), without even *fonts*, all from scratch, just for the hell of it.

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    Computer Science, 1986 - 1991
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