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Will Schroeder
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Attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Lived in nicosia, cyprus
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I celebrated my birthday with a new carbon wheelset and the first outdoor ride of the season on a cold but bright, sunny day.
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Happy Birthday, those wheels look sweet!
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The epitome of sports competition: the Bar Harbor Bed Races

http://www.mdislander.com/featured/bed-races-attract-throng-bed-hogs-win

Each bed requires four pushers and one person in the bed. The race runs about 150 yards down Cottage Street, makes a U-Turn and returns.

The races occur after the Early Bird Pajama sale starting at 6:00am where those wearing PJ's receive the heftiest discounts (it's weird to see hundreds of people walking around in PJ's and robes).
Hundreds of spectators turned out for the annual Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce bed races on Saturday.
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Let the onslaught of cruise ships begin in Bar Harbor. 71 cruise ship visits are planned in 49 days. Needless to say I will be not be kayaking in that neck of the woods...

http://www.mdislander.com/featured/fall-brings-harvest-of-big-ships
BAR HARBOR — The fall “shoulder season” has arrived here, which means a shift in the flow of tourists in town. In the summer months, families on vacation from elsewhere in the United States come in their own cars and camp or stay in hotels. Now that kids are back in school, attention shifts to ...
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Recently Susan and I have been exploring the Maine Island Trail (http://www.mita.org/trail) on our kayaks. This is a 375 mile trail along the coast of Maine, with stops on over 200 islands and coastal sites. Yesterday we took a short trip to Hub Island near Bartlett Island, Maine. The weather was spectacular and we went for a swim in the warm Maine water (55F) :-)
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An interesting analysis of the emerging digital economy for creative works....reading between the lines there is some relevance to open source software business models too.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/magazine/the-creative-apocalypse-that-wasnt.html?_r=0
In the digital economy, it was supposed to be impossible to make money by making art. Instead, creative careers are thriving — but in complicated and unexpected ways.
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This is the kind of race we all win.....
 
President Obama wants the United States to lead the charge in supercomputer power, and he has just signed an executive order launching an effort to ensure that happens.
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This is basically an NVIDIA marketing piece... I expected better from Tom's Hardware. 

That said, the executive order is indeed good news for computing and science in general. We need to find a way to build an exascale machine in a sustainable way that doesn't need as much energy as a city. 
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Finally a decent snow! The carriage trains are groomed with many miles wending through the woods. A superb day....
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+Marcus Hanwell that's funny, this winter is the coldest I've seen in Los Alamos, it's been freezing essentially the whole winter. It's really amazing and I love it.
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As you can see, Maine is a great place for star watching. This weekend there is also the Acadia Night Sky Festival 
http://www.acadianightskyfestival.com/
 
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Friday, 11th September 2015

Glowing Coast by Adam Woodworth  

Bioluminescence from microorganisms being washed around in the waves as captured at the cliffs of Acadia National Park in Maine. 

While the glow in the photo is brighter and much more blue than it was in person due to the limitations of human vision in the dark, and the fact that that camera can see more with long exposures, it was still intense to see in person and the photo doesn’t do the experience justice. 

The blue light is real, and is just about how my camera captured it, I didn’t do anything to boost the blue. My night vision was adapted enough to see the bright glow in the water as the waves washed over rocks, exciting the dinoflagellates in the water. 

Equipment: Nikon D810A, Promote remote, Gitzo GT2542L tripod, Acratech GP ballhead
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The few, the proud, the open need apply....
 
We are looking to hire visualization developers to our Scientific Computing team. If you are a talented visualization researcher and developer with strong C++ skills, please consider applying.  You will join a great team and work on many interesting and challenging technical problems - always aiming to deliver robust and widely used software solutions.

For the full posting see:
http://tinyurl.com/l8sgvzw
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Repeat after me: reproducibility, reproducibility, reproducibility

"...the Center for Open Science has been involved in an ambitious project: to repeat 100 psychology experiments and see whether the results are the same the second time round. The first wave of results will be released in tomorrow’s edition of Science, reporting that fewer than half of the original experiments were successfully replicated."

http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/08/100-psychology-experiments-repeated-less-than-half-successful/
Large-scale effort to replicate scientific studies produces some mixed results.
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Science might be hard, but it is not unreasonable to expect that standards are improved. Sharing data, your analysis, and necessary code to reproduce it is not that hard anymore. We need to get used to doing that, and expecting that from publicly funded research. To be honest I am more thinking of physics, chemistry, engineering, and similar disciplines...

Mistakes can still happen, but they will be far easier to spot if publication requires raw data, and all the steps to get from there to final figures. I agree that science is hard, but also think that we have the technology to improve it. It is great to put it out there that science doesn't always get it right the first time, and that knowledge is something that is constantly evolving.
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Interesting business read....
 
Amen!!!!
When businesses focus only on making shareholders richer, the economy is worse off.
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I pretend to be a CEO
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  • Kitware
    President / CEO, 1998 - present
  • GE Research
    Computational Scientist, 1987 - 1998
  • GE Gas Turbine
    Engineer, 1980 - 1987
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nicosia, cyprus - frankfurt, germany - manila, philippines - rockville, md - college park, md - niskayuna, ny - bar harbor, me
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Building open source computational software
Introduction
I'm a computational scientist by training. Besides developing software (VTK), I love to write (especially poetry), exercise (hike, run, bike, kayak), and travel. My wife and I enjoy building and creating beautiful things (she's a landscape architect). I'm into home control systems and home building/remodeling.
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Two great kids and a amazingly talented, artistic wife; a beautiful home in Maine; an open source developer; co-founder of a great company Kitware.
Education
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Applied Math MS/PhD, 1980 - 1991
  • U. of Maryland
    Mechanical Engr., 1975 - 1980
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