Profile

Cover photo
Marc Paul Rubin
Works at Jay's Island Research & Development
Attended Arizona State University
Lives in Seaside, OR
765 followers|525,290 views
AboutPosts
People
Have him in circles
765 people
Arne Vierlinger's profile photo
Landis Owens's profile photo
Tom Mckenzie's profile photo
Jotish Roy's profile photo
jEdit's profile photo
গৌতম পাল's profile photo
Bharath Kumar's profile photo
Gina Cowins's profile photo
John Foster's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Principal Engineer, Jay's Island R&D
Employment
  • Jay's Island Research & Development
    present
    Principal R&D Engineer, Consulting Software Developer
  • PrecisionTEQ
  • Multi Phase Research
  • ADR Ultrasound
  • GenRad, Advanced Technology Division
  • MICOR Systems Development Group
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Seaside, OR
Previously
Brownsmead, OR - Hurricane, UT - Tempe, AZ - Oclawaha, FL - Bronx, NY
Story
Tagline
Jay's Island R&D
Introduction
I welcome relevant, respectful, informed disagreement with open-minded folks in comments on my posts. It's appropriate IMO to follow up on linked subject matter before commenting.
 
Professional interests include (alphabetically): BCI (Brain Computer Interface), Digital Democracy, Electronic Outlining (using emacs Org-mode), Free Open Source Software (FOSS / FLOSS), FreeBSD, GTD (Getting Things Done, David Allen), Linux (Salix / Slackel / Slackware), Neurofeedback (NFB), OpenBSD, OpenEEG, OpenVIBE, Privacy / Security, Python, Software Development.
---
"You Can #Quack That."
 
Personal interests include 12-string guitar and 3D stereo photography (stereoscopy), among many others.
 
One sure way to get blocked: add trolling comments to my posts without reading the linked articles or viewing the videos.
Education
  • Arizona State University
  • Mesa Community College
  • City College of New York
  • Bronx High School of Science
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
Marc-Paul Rubin

Stream

Marc Paul Rubin

Shared publicly  - 
 
Einstein Cross -- Usually I wait for +Brian Koberlein to confirm novel reports in astrophysics. In this case though, considering the source it #SeemsLegit ;->

Via +Karen Peck
 
Distant supernova split four ways by gravitational lens

BERKELEY — Over the past several decades, astronomers have come to realize that the sky is filled with magnifying glasses that allow the study of very distant and faint objects barely visible with even the largest telescopes.

A University of California, Berkeley, astronomer has now found that one of these lenses – a massive galaxy within a cluster of galaxies that are gravitationally bending and magnifying light – has created four separate images of a distant supernova.
The so-called “Einstein cross” will allow a unique study of a distant supernova and the distribution of dark matter in the lensing galaxy and cluster.

Read the full article>>
https://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2015/03/05/distant-supernova-split-four-ways-by-gravitational-lens/

Related information

Multiple images of a highly magnified supernova formed by an early-type cluster galaxy lens (Science) >>
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6226/1123?intcmp=collection-generalrelativity

Hubble Sees Supernova Split into Four Images by Cosmic Lens (STScI press release) >>
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2014/2015/08/

Image explanation
In this Hubble Space Telescope image, the many red galaxies are members of the massive MACS J1149.6+2223 cluster, which creates distorted and highly magnified images of the galaxies behind it. A large cluster galaxy (center of the box) has split the light from an exploding supernova in a magnified background galaxy into four yellow images (arrows) to form an Einstein Cross.

Image credit:
NASA, ESA, and S. Rodney (JHU) and the FrontierSN team; T. Treu (UCLA), P. Kelly (UC Berkeley) and the GLASS team; J. Lotz (STScI) and the Frontier Fields Team; M. Postman (STScI) and the CLASH team; and Z. Levay (STScI)

#science #space #albert_einstein #general_relativity #physics   #cosmology #gravity #galaxies #supernova
Astronomers now use massive galaxies and clusters of galaxies as magnifying lenses to study the early universe, but until now had never observed the brief flash of a supernova. UC Berkeley postdoc Patrick Kelly found such a supernova in images taken last year by the Hubble Space Telescope, split into a rare Einstein Cross.
3 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...
 
“Many people suffer from the fear of finding oneself alone, and so they don't find themselves at all.”

― Rollo May

Adapted image credit: california oak by John Curley at flickr.com/photos/33118749@N00/4697873063creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

#introspection #solitude #quotes #bogmarks
9 comments on original post
3
1
Rebecca Hinckley's profile photoMarc Paul Rubin's profile photoAthena Gallo's profile photo
3 comments
 
+1 This post seems to have caught your fancy, Rebecca!
Add a comment...

Marc Paul Rubin

Shared publicly  - 
 
But Mom, All The Kids Are Doing It! -- Did you know that RT is Russia's state-sponsored news channel? Might come as a surprise to some folks who watch shows on that network or view their videos:

Glenn Greenwald wrote, 'That RT is “biased” is true as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far at all. It is expressly funded by the Russian government to present a Russian viewpoint of the world. But all media outlets composed of and run by human beings are “biased,” and that certainly includes the leading British outlets, which rail against Russia (and every other perceived adversary of the West) at least as much as RT defends it.'

George Dubya Bush took posturing to incredible heights, raising '*Newspeak*' to become the offical language of diplomacy & politics. That was the term used in the book Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, though it's often misquoted as 'Doublespeak.'

While governments have always blathered, others had feared to tread as fully into pure nonsense as Bush. Now the practice is de regeur, and everybody really is doing it ;-|

Both the image and Greenwald's quote are from: <https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/02/uk-media-regulator-threatens-rt-bias-airing-anti-western-views>.

Details on Newspeak: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspeak>, and on Doublespeak: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublespeak>.

Via +Barry Eisler

The word #Newspeak itself has many wonderful double-meanings!
4
Martin Andersson's profile photoMarc Paul Rubin's profile photo
2 comments
 
Exactly my point; this post was a follow-up to another recent one about bias. Most schoolteachers here, though, toed the party line about 'objectivity,' especially among journalists and historians:

So it was great to finally have my skepticism validated by the 'radical' Social Studies teachers in high school. In college our entire Social Anthropology department was fired for supporting the student strikes. At that point I knew that I was on the right track, and that something was indeed afoot ;-| 
Add a comment...

Marc Paul Rubin

Shared publicly  - 
 
Via +Brad Esau
7
1
Snow Andrews's profile photo
Add a comment...

Marc Paul Rubin

Shared publicly  - 
 
Alternate Realities -- Hey, for all we know the guy is checking the whale pic which he just shot!

Via +Scott Wolf
 
A reminder to look up from your phone once in a while -- You might miss something.
Photographer's photo of a man on his phone ignoring a whale that's two feet away goes viral
1 comment on original post
4
1
Snow Andrews's profile photo
Add a comment...

Marc Paul Rubin

Shared publicly  - 
 
Mix & Match Memes -- Golden eyes (yellow / brown) seem more common in wild cats than for the domestcated variety. This one is way too dignified to be seen in an dress, even on #Caturday ;->

Via +Kee Hinckley
11
3
Marc Paul Rubin's profile photoSnow Andrews's profile photoNicholas Petreley's profile photoMichael Tiemann's profile photo
4 comments
 
Good point Scott!
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
765 people
Arne Vierlinger's profile photo
Landis Owens's profile photo
Tom Mckenzie's profile photo
Jotish Roy's profile photo
jEdit's profile photo
গৌতম পাল's profile photo
Bharath Kumar's profile photo
Gina Cowins's profile photo
John Foster's profile photo
 
Worldly Goods -- Is social activism a new, Western twist to Eastern spiritual traditions? Examples early in my lifetime began with Catholic radical priests, along with self-immolating Buddhist monks, supporting an end to the war in Vietnam:

Today we have Pope Francis championing economic equality, and the leaders of an Oregon Zen Buddhist monastery speaking up for the rights of prisoners, abused children, and for the US to exert its influence for peace rather than war in the Middle East...

Ram Dass adds his voice to the fray in this post: 'we are part of an eco-system... with some responsibility for the nest we live in and the maintenance of the nest. In the same way that we clean up our house, we also have to clean up our environment.'

Image and quotes via +Ram Dass (Love Serve Remember Foundation) <https://www.ramdass.org/an-environmental-awakening/>. Original image credit: <http://moure.deviantart.com/art/Environment-Project-01-65283914>.

#WakeUp #BabaRumRaisin
4
Nicholas Petreley's profile photoMarc Paul Rubin's profile photo
3 comments
 
Nature is wild, too. It's more about long-term viability than neatness ;-> 
Add a comment...
 
Something Completely Different? -- Richard Alpert was a mainstream professor of psychology at Harvard, long before taking the name Ram Dass and writing Be Here Now. His roots and journey are clear from this short, reassuring article:

'...we develop strong habits of perceiving the universe, and we come to be very secure within these habits. We selectively perceive our environment in ways that reinforce them...'

'This collection of habits is what we call ego... Although you may feel some anxiety, the ego’s defense mechanisms usually give way no faster than you can handle it.'

#LivingInTheMaybeLater #BabaRumRaisin
 
The Mind Reacts

The best strategy for dealing with this disorientation is to note it and let it be. Don’t try to push it away and retreat into familiar habits. Most people need not fear... http://goo.gl/mtI3M1
View original post
1
Becca Taylor's profile photoMarc Paul Rubin's profile photo
4 comments
 
+1 'Uncoil' seems like a creatively picturesque replacement for 'unwind!'
Add a comment...
 
Nippon Electric Company -- Loved my first color monitor, from NEC. Almost bought one of their PCs. A neat factoid from Wikipedia relevant to Naoki's post:

'The Japanese Ministry of Communications adopted a new technology in 1903: the common battery switchboard supplied by NEC. The common battery switchboards powered the subscriber phone, eliminating the need for a permanent magnet generator in each subscriber's phone.' So Japanese folks were spared the wooden, hand-cranked magneto phones seen in old American films.

#ElectricCar
 
The upmarket office and shopping center in central Tokyo, Midtown Roppongi, has NEC provided EV charging stations on all their car parking spaces.

This continues a long running and accelerating trend which now sees some 40,000 electrical charging outlets in the country (including private homes) which outnumbers the nation's 34,000 petrol pumps.

And some people still try and tell me a transport infrastructure based on highly compressed hydrogen is somehow better ;)
1 comment on original post
6
1
Snow Andrews's profile photo
Add a comment...

Marc Paul Rubin

Shared publicly  - 
 
Priced As 'Low' As USD $350 -- The cost/benefit ratio will pencil in for some folks. Others may wait 'til after the manufacturer seeks a wider market, after recouping their R&D costs:

Competitors may take advantage of the lenses being patent pending. This involves disclosure of technical details, IIRC.

There's one small blessing ATM: Versions for kids start at just $325 ;-|

Via +Ralf Haring

#ColorBlind
 
Lots of creators accidentally stumble upon their greatest inventions, from potato chips to stainless steel. Now, while trying to develop a pair of protective surgery eyewear, a Berkeley laboratory has inadvertently created a [...]
4 comments on original post
4
Add a comment...

Marc Paul Rubin

Shared publicly  - 
 
Inside Baseball -- How many of these names sound familiar? Most are new to me, though the images are iconic.

Via the always-elusive YY.
 
DK Star Wars cross-sections for IV, V, VI

These are some fantastic cross-sections of Blockade Runner, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Sandcrawler, Millennium Falcon, T-65 X-Wing, BTL-A4 Y-Wing, TIE Advanced X1, and our beloved AT-AT. Enjoy!

#starwars   #crosssections   #tiefighter   #deathstar   #millenniumfalcon   #xwing   #atat  

via/ imgur.com/gallery/KPJ7Y
19 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...
 
Born In Brooklyn? -- Would have assumed that Manhattan was the birthplace of NYCTA. That was the previous name of the Transit Authority, before they started raising rates:

Until that time, we described things of little value by invoking the sarcastic phrase, '_That_ and 15 cents will get you on the subway.' Tokens, smaller than a dime, had cost 15 cents for decades up 'til then, IIRC...

Around that time, some genius decided to rename the bureau to MTA, the same name used in another major city which had raised its rates. A popular song by the Kingston Trio told the story of "a man named Charlie" who was forced to "ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston," as they collected the fare when people exited the train.

Still I always liked the colorful subway maps, which you can see in all their glory right here.

#NYCTA #SubwayMap
3
Nicholas Petreley's profile photoRalf Haring's profile photoMarc Paul Rubin's profile photo
4 comments
 
Thanks Ralf, an interesting read. The maps were free for the asking back in the day, AFAICR. My brother had one mounted, and hung it in his office for years:

I got it when he retired, and hung it on my own office door in Tempe, AZ. It finally turned up here on Oregon after yars of storage, and will soon hang in my studio...

The original Subway sandwich shops had wallpaper which was based on old NYC subway maps, in sepia tones. I particularly recall seeing the 3rd Avenue 'El' line in Manhattan on those maps, as it had been torn down before I was born. 
Add a comment...