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Believe in Yourself Girlfriends!

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Wow.  I especially like the quote,
"In addition, there are well-established cognitive effects where recall is best when it matches the context of encoding – so if you’re caffeinated when you study for the test, you better be caffeinated when you take it."
Now THAT's an eye-opener! ;~)
I guess that means I should take the test sleep-deprived and on a sugar rush as well.
h/t +Michael Ireland 
(Tue01) Neuroscience explains how to optimally consume caffeine:

Hat tip +Lifehacker 
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WooHoo!  I really hope they post the hangout on youtube later.
We are planning to do a hangout about Planetary image processing techniques. We will show how we capture planets with telescopes and cameras, and how we stack those images and process them using some dedicated programs to reveal some details of the targets. Any one who want to share their processing techniques is welcome.

Possible Topics:

1. Preparation and Video Capturing
  a. Attaching a Camera to a telescope

  b. Capturing Video
     - Using Video Capture Softwares (SharpCap, VirtualDub etc.)
  c. Capture Settings

2. Image Processing
  a. Preparing images for stacking
     - Frame extraction, RGB Splitting, Centering (using VirtualDub, RGB Split, Castrator, PCFE - ninox)

  b. Stacking
     - Stacking with AutoStakkert2
     - Stacking with RegiStax 5 & 6

  c. Post-Processing
     - Wavelet in RegiStax
     - Deconvolution with Astra Image
     - Enhancements with Photo Shop
     - Noise reduction with Neat Image

3. Image Measurement and Processing with WinJUPOS
  a. Image Measurement
  b. De-rotation of images
  c. De-rotation of R-G-B frames
  d. De-rotation of video streams
  e. Map computation
  f.  Ephemerides
  g. Creating Animation 
Planetary Image Processing Techniques
Sat, July 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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This is cute.
And did everyone get the FANTASTIC Two TEDTalks re: electronic circuits for Children <of all ages> - the first one to use diff homemade playdoh recipes to build REAL & WORKING circuits &  the second is the intro to the AMAZING "littleBits" - "a growing library of pre-assembled circuit boards that snap together with tiny magnets" open-source Maker Project

AnnMarie Thomas: Hands-on science with squishy circuits
Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach"
<> KNOW that you can download & MAKE these YOURSELF - you do not have to buy them
ELECTRICAL • RESISTANCE • Geekie Sewing Sampler 
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and +Martin L. Cahn 's suggestion is perfect.."UFP flags out with the American flag. Cool!"  & he is right!  LOL
Flag day is coming up so be ready...
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How come I have never seen any of these on "The Big Bang Theory"; my fav of course.
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Here is a great story on a super-efficient air-conditioners!
“I was looking at how they managed to get so much cooling with so little energy. A very simple design takes the water removed from the air and pumps it over the condenser radiator (the hot part that blows the heat outside). The water dripping over it cools the unit as the fan blows the heat away. Same process as how the human body cools itself. Funny that no one thought of this until recently???”

I also completely agree with the quote:
"I am not one of those people who like the heat. I love winter. I love being cold. In the winter I can just keep adding layers until I am warm. I find heat inescapable and debilitating."
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I have been trying to find info on the SolCool unit but it is a labyrinth - can't even find a website - lots of articles though -
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Does anyone else find it ironic that our climate is changing in large part due to our climate control?
ie, refrigeration and air-conditioning - the two undisputed energy hogs of the modern world and apparently the driving force of increased energy demand in the "developing world" with concomitant construction of many, many more power plants.  
Don't get me wrong - would NOT be without my a/c and frig and why shouldn't everyone else have one, too.  But thinking..
edit: <regarding industrial processes - how many require huge amounts of energy for the production or removal of heat - aka climate control? LOL I know, I know ;~)>
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So I can see :)  Lots of good info though, thanks!  Thinking China's record on this is hit & miss but getting there.  India's remote areas are the ones I read re:AC for the first time and its consequences.  I did NOT read about the use of solar-powered AC's though.... 

I like thermal solar as well - and there have been frig's available that recaptured the waste heat, retail, for a long time but your average consumer never heard of it.  I have seen so many diyers that made their own system though, very cool.  

I like heat exchangers, too.  A friend of mine's basement is "freezing" and his 3rd floor is an oven.  I keep telling him to stop the heating downstairs and the a/c up by installing an Easy & Cheap heat exchange system, save a ton of $, be good for the environment, etc... but no.  sigh  There appears to be an average consumer-wide "button" that immediately responds with NO after images of time, stress, money and pressure pop into their heads when the term "alternative energy" comes up.  

The 'developing' world has already leapfrogged us with cellphones, <Yeah!> I am hoping they can do the same with power.  They already dodged having miles of phone lines; we need to help them dodge the miles of power lines.  Or at least build a SmartGrid right off the bat.

The amazing industrial fuel cells that so many big companies started testing in the last 2 years are great but seem to me to be treating the symptom.  The energy hog equipment was designed without a mandate for efficiency, rather they, quite rightly, build to do the job.  And attempts to get them efficient seem to always start at the already-in-place end product.  Perhaps it is seen as too expensive to go back to scratch and completely rethink the design.  But I think an honest cost-analysis would find that would actually cost the same, if not less, and just be better all round.  <I do think that for hydrogen reformer's in particular, that is already well on the way; and in situ energy/heat production for the process is already becoming the norm>

I'm hoping the idea for other industrial equipment has germinated with some.  Huge profit potential in licensing brand-new patentable designs that would help entire industries meet regulatory standards to come.  That would be a big motivator if nothing else will.  Come on all you investment groups investing in <hopefully U.S. based> design and production!  Think beyond the next fiscal year.  Green is $.
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The Knitted Death Star, planetary destruction never looked so warm and cuddly ;)
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Holy Crap!
and the final line of the story...
"and Cisco reserves the right to continue to update your router, even if you set it not to allow automatic updates"
Don't buy a Cisco router. Don't buy a Linksys router either; they're the same company. Why?

Because they now lock you out of your own bought-for router unless you join their online service. A service that gives them the right to use your data, shut down your connection and to unilaterally change these terms at their whim.

Now, you may think that nah, they're not really going to do evil stuff like that. But they already did — you want to bet your money and your privacy that they won't again? There's lots of makers out there, so why take the chance?

Just stay away from Cisco and Linksys.

#Cisco #linksys #fail  
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Worth reading the comments which include dialogue from Cisco. At first I was all "this is a Snopes-level practical joke, yes?"
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