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Cynthia Matuszek
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Acquaintance at Massachusetts General says:

"If anyone is looking for people who they think may have been in the Boston bomb area, please have them use Google Person Finder--> http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions.  Please spread this."
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Yeah, they never actually said "math is hard" (they said "math class is tough"). But I don't care. This is adorable. http://cowbirdsinlove.com/1254
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It's been a while since I plused the funniest surplus guy in the world, so: go read http://www.washington.edu/facilities/finadmin/movingandsurplus/inventory/new-items . Just do. Because it is hilarious.

http://www.washington.edu/facilities/finadmin/movingandsurplus/inventory/item/freaky-death-rays-outer-space

Also, the press release about their recent move is here: http://tinyurl.com/laser-duck
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I was pretty sure that was you, +Karl Koscher.
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Sigh. No matter how many death lasers you attach to your robot, someone somewhere is always doing something cooler.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/29/mini-quadrotors-play-bond-james-bond-video/
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You clearly need more death lasers.
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I'm reviewing a journal paper today, which I hate (I'm going to reject it, which I hate even more). On the plus side, one of the options on the page for entering my review is: "Accept provided that all typogrpahic errors and minor recommendations are corrected in the final draft."

I am told this is Muphry's law in action.
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I guess I'll never know everything. Sigh.
Since my professional expertise sits on the fringe of AI, I can be blissfully selective about which articles I review. You could have protected yourself by concentrating on decision theoretic approaches to rat maze behavior.
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This a drum I've been beating for a while, but Nick Selby does a good job of summing it up in one analysis of the Stratfor hack:

I am mainly speaking to the [those] who have used the opportunity to become ... 'half-baked goggle-boxed do-goodies telling everyone that the reason they lost their credit cards was because they didn’t use an @ in their password.' This is the same school of thought which makes everyone hate information security: "Security must be working because everything sucks, it’s hard to use and a pain in the ass."

http://policeledintelligence.com/2012/01/03/with-that-revealing-shirt-he-was-just-begging-to-be-hacked-blaming-the-victim-in-the-stratfor-hack/
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Now for the holidays, it's Easter! ...egg time. Random Google silliness.
1. Google "let it snow"
2. Wait
3. Draw on windowpane if desired.
Thanks Alexei!
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love the "defrost" button. :-)
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This is new. I just checked in for a flight tomorrow on Delta, and part of the check-in process was a screen that said, "If the flight is overbooked, would you be willing to volunteer to be bumped in exchange for a travel voucher?" I said sure, as I often do at the gate. (I don't mind the streamlining of that part.) The next screen said: "What dollar voucher would you accept to be bumped from this flight? Tip: Delta takes lower bids first! $____"

Ugh. Too much thought during check-in, too much trying to wring every penny from every part of the process.
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I saw that on my last Delta flight.

Needless to say, I did not get a travel voucher.
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Yup, this is amazing. Mostly for the hardware design. (Thanks +William Horner!)
MorpHex part III
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hello!!!!! how are you??
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World's Tiniest Chameleon Discovered

And perhaps the most adorable as well?

"In addition to the discovery of Brookesia micra, now the tiniest chameleon ever discovered, the researchers also announced the discovery of three additional tiny chameleon species.

Adult males of the B. micra species grow to only just over a half-inch (16 millimeters) from nose to bottom, making them one of the smallest vertebrates ever found on Earth."

Read more here: http://www.livescience.com/18481-world-tiniest-chameleon-discovered.html
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is it true!!!!!??
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Well, this is priceless, not to mention the very definition of savoir-faire. (tl;dw: skip to 0:33.)

http://tinyurl.com/violin-nokia
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Awesome
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This is an interesting concept of art. Some of the remakes are good, some less so. The most interesting thing (to me) is what the good and bad have in common: they tend to call out what it is about a piece that's so iconic. The "Le Désespéré" remakes do a good job of capturing the crazed eyes; the "Orfana al cimitero" remake is technically pitch perfect, but missing that strange, awkward, desperate head angle.
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I'm a grad student studying robotics at the University of Washington, advised by Dieter Fox.
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