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Will Schroeder
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Attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Lived in nicosia, cyprus
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This morning's bike ride up Cadillac Mtn 1540'.  Hazy day, cool temperatures, with the islands of Frenchmen's Bay in full view. While going up is a long, relentless 7.5 mile uphill slog from our home near sea level, going down is hair raising with speeds in the 30-40 mph range (the younger guys and gals are pushing 50 mph).
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I looks really gorgeous ... It could be a scene out of "Game of Thrones".
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How can you not like The Onion? Here they take on the daunting challenge of patent expiration.....

"... nothing causes officials more distress than seeing a once robust patent expire at a young age, a “terrible tragedy” that allows dozens of generic manufacturers to copy it and offer pharmaceuticals to customers far more cheaply."

http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-pfizer-breakthrough-miraculously-extends-lifes,36378/
NEW YORK—Hailing it as a groundbreaking discovery with far-ranging benefits, pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced a new breakthrough Friday that vastly extends the lifespan of near-death patents.
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Intense exercise is the best way to improve fitness according to recent studies. While I see the merit in this approach, what this article didn't address is the likelihood of injury with more intense workouts, which is especially important as the body ages. Getting hurt so you can't work out is obviously counterproductive.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/for-fitness-push-yourself/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

"Intense exercise changes the body and muscles at a molecular level in ways that milder physical activity doesn't match, according to an enlightening new study. Though the study was conducted in mice, the findings add to growing scientific evidence that to realize the greatest benefits from workouts, we probably need to push ourselves."
To realize the greatest benefits from exercise, we probably need to ramp up our workouts.
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I think it is important to know your boundaries, pushing yourself is good but you have to take notice of warning signs. Maybe a combination of different exercise programs is better for overall fitness. E.g. do weights at the gym for strength training then something dynamic like Body Balance and Yoga for flexibility.
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This is exciting work, and we're happy to be part of it!

"Project Tango devices contain customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the device to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you."
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Are investors bad for business? by focusing on short term financial gains which can be detrimental to building a company with long-term value. An interesting article from Harvard Business Review.

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/06/high-frequency-trading-and-finances-race-to-irrelevance/
The more abstract finance becomes, the less it matters.
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Amazing screed on Net Neutrality by John Oliver. Not only is this an important message, but the performance here is amazing!


http://youtu.be/fpbOEoRrHyU
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And now this:

John Oliver's Net neutrality response swamps FCC
http://www.cnet.com/news/john-olivers-net-neutrality-rallying-cry-swamps-fcc/
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When Visualization was King :-)
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Why do you code? Who do you code for? 

(On a mission to up my blog post frequency this year.)

http://www.kitware.com/blog/home/post/159
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Right. When you think about it in the broader sense --- even coding for clicks is advancing humanity, because that's how Google (let's say) gets money in. And they do lots of opensource, and pay lots of other projects through Google Summer of Code, as an example, SymPy, that I started as an undergrad student with no money, got 48 summer students paid by Google over the years (and so did hundreds of other open source projects). So the broader impact, even if measured just using opensource (as a limited indicator), is definitely positive. It's just that the path from your actions to results might be longer using the code for clicks path.
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Interesting read! The benefits of downtime...

"Taking some time off actually improves a worker’s productivity at work. A study from Ernst & Young found that every ten hours of vacation time taken by an employee boosted her year-end performance rating by 8 percent and lowered turnover. Former NASA scientists found that people who take vacations experience an 82 percent increase in job performance upon their return, with longer vacations making more of an impact than short ones. Putting in too many hours, on the other hand, does the opposite. More than 60 hours a week will create a small productivity flurry at first, but it’ll start to decline again after three or four weeks. "

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118285/workaholism-america-hurting-economy
Workaholism is hurting the American economy.
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These days I write more than I code, but one of the things I miss about programming is the coder’s high: those times when, for hours on end, I would lock my vision straight at the computer screen, trance out, and become a human-machine hybrid zipping through the virtual architecture...
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So if you run and code you can get twice the high or maybe a longer high? If you also eat chocolate, maybe you can get even more of a boost.
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A mother deer dropped her fawn very early this morning right next to our Maine house. Susan caught this on her phone camera through the office window.
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Okay +Luis Ibanez I am going to call your crazy 3D printing ideas and raise you by an order of magnitude:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/our-best-bet-for-colonizing-space-may-be-printing-humans-on-other-planets
"Maybe we will colonize other worlds not with astronauts in space suits, but with bacteria," says NASA's lead engineer on the Curiosity Rover mission.
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I was too distracted by what was being printed I guess. The idea has also been talked about in a sci book trilogy I've read, though I can't recall right now the author. Now I need to go watch GQ...
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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.
Bragging rights
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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Will Willie William
Work
Occupation
I pretend to be a CEO
Employment
  • 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