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VIDEO (3 mins) — Equal NOW =)
HD video link --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YttscNOoAjA&hd=1
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I'm sorry but this happening seems utterly stupid to me, on a global level. First step to fixing it, is making people AWARE OF IT. So… here…
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/13/us-food-waste-ugly-fruit-vegetables-perfect
I label it STEM so others can read it and like me, be made of aware of something they didn't know was happening at all. My 2¢ worth of advice: make stews and pies and all those other chopped-up-doesn't-matter-what-each-piece-looks-like kind of meals. They're nutritious and it doesn't matter at all whether they're bumpy, ugly or less-than-perfect-shape. I'll gobble them up anyway! =)
#food #waste #cooking   #produce #recipe   #STEM
UPDATE (more detail, %'s etc…)
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/14/from-field-to-fork-the-six-stages-of-wasting-food  
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When an article starts off with something like "Americans" when it is clearly not so much the greater populous that is doing the "throwing away", nor is the general populous being so picky as just having to purchase what is on the shelves, I tend to not trust the reporting. Sure, embedded in the article is some truth, but not enough of it, and it is not dominate. Reported as such it is a touchy-feely piece which will not motivate a single amount of change... save for the moment of guilt one might feel.

The nature of the beast is out of the hands of most people, and change on things of great size and embeddedness takes large financial reasons to even consider a change... a change that will take at least a decade.

Thefood production system that is, is not going to go backwards for the corporations will not allow it and the greater populous do not want to do any farming for their own. The efficiency will have to come at the other end... the end the governments and retailers control.

Until then, the portion that is tossed is still used in various ways, even if it is only tilled back into the soil or used as fodder for livestock.

My majorest concern is that here in California farmers use the vast majority of the fresh water, most that water evaporating away. It is a wasteful system as is, a system that might be better served a pint slip in favor of farming inside buildings.

As always I reserve the right to be incorrect :)
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Straw figure, complete with dress in downtown Querétaro, Mexico…
Caught my eye with its evident craftsmanship. Would make a great "game boss"! =)
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VIDEO (3 mins) – Ping Pong Robot serves as factory-prototype.
#STEM Cool thing about games is that nowadays they can teach real scientists and engineers a thing or two in our modern, complex world. =)

This example shows Omron "Forpheus" robot that plays ping-pong with humans and shows engineers a path towards further reactive automation at factories. Interesting… Earlier "BBC Click" video link is also below, from a few months before.
BBC piece (not one below) --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUxigwoPsTc

HD video link (recent video)…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOT8p5hKQRM&hd=1

#robots   #automation   #games  
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I like the beat. =) Cool music at SoundCloud by AI algorithm from IBM. https://soundcloud.com/ibmresearch/sets/watson-beat

Article about IBM Watson AI making music… http://www.ibm.com/blogs/think/2016/06/07/training-watson-to-be-your-musical-muse/

More detail, interview with Janani Mukundan…
http://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view_group.php?id=6376

#ai   #music   #musik   #STEM   #cloud   #art  
Watson Beat is a machine deep learning algorithm that learns and creates music. IBM researchers are teaching a complex neural network to understand music theory, structure (pitch, time signature, key signature), emotional intent and co-create music with a human partner. Here are some of the results.
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VIDEO (3 mins) — Entertaining series by Disney… Stories in Emoji. =)
Cute project showing what the pros can do, weaving stories with animation, music and and non-verbal cues.
HD video link --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzG7VsdKLGI&hd=1

Playlist with several stories from some of their movies… All short.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpSnlSGciSWPZtUvlHLEp9_M5FPlC8LLa

#disney   #emoji  
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Fascinating science videos below show WHY, (similar logic) with PDF papers going into details of what advantage THAT shape provides their vision, if they are predators or prey. The interesting thing is big cats have round pupils, house cats vertical slit pupils. See links below:

Cool tool I found while researching this, a study that shows many species and where they fall on the scale and if you click on a dot in the chart, you see photos of that animal species. =)
http://pupils.bankslab.org

National Geographic VIDEO (3 mins) about pupils in animals and how they rotate their eyes in a way that WE CAN'T…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG894fyXwDQ

U.C. Berkeley VIDEO (3 mins) about pupils in some animals (horses and sheep) and the logic that made people look closer at the problem…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViXBQsirTeY

PDF from Durham University, that shows the differences in advantages with the shape of each pupil, vertical slit, horizontal slit, etc. with charts and data. Kind of cool…
http://dro.dur.ac.uk/17113/1/17113.pdf

Science article talking about it…
http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/7/e1500391.full

…and the U.C. Berkeley study that led me down this path. "Pupil shape linked to animals’ place in ecological web"
http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/08/07/pupil-shape-and-ecological-niche/

P.S. It turns out that the vertical shape lets the both focus and distance estimation be optimal…
"the optimal pupil shape for terrestrial prey is horizontally elongated" to see approaching predators — and "we conclude that the vertically elongated pupil is a clever adaptation that facilitates stereopsis for estimating distances of objects perched on the ground while simultaneously enabling depth from blur to estimate distances along the ground." …So, it helps them ambush others, as best they can.

#STEM   #pupils   #cats   #eyes  
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VIDEO (2 mins) — Beautiful + unique piece. =)
Unexpectedly beautiful artefact from ≈1816, reverse engineered with modern-day tools into an astonishing piece of art.
VIDEO link (piece working, 2 mins) --> https://vimeo.com/152027144

HOW they restored the piece… Reverse engineering its function:
VIDEO link (how, 5 mins) --> https://vimeo.com/154698100
Source:
http://blog.parmigiani.ch/content/pistol-and-its-songbird-start-finish

via +Cindy Brown 

#STEM   #beautiful   #art   #luxury  
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Kind of a cool idea! =) 3-d comic strip.
See it "live" at this link here…
https://sketchfab.com/models/dd484cd2dc9e477381e152b69d329506
(click 'select an annotation' button once there, then arrows)
by Gabriel de Laubier
You can see other cool stuff on his web site, if you scroll down…
http://www.cyn-prod.com
http://www.cyn-prod.com/projects/calvin-hobbes.php

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Calvin & Hobbes: the big bang
Project by Gabriel de Laubier turns a comic strip into an interactive 3D scene.
http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/post/146620392626/calvin-hobbes-the-big-bang-project-by-gabriel
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VIDEO (1 min) — Off-the-grid practical & efficient tech, for millions.
A clean-burning wood stove that also produces electricity and eliminates 90% of the smoke. Goal is to reduce global smoke, by a LOT. See videos & links below, it's cool.
HD video link --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV1MRlhLnWQ&hd=1

Science & technical background, research lab tour VIDEO (4 mins)…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldbfPxSe5Q0

How it works, stories…
http://www.bioliteenergy.com/pages/mission

Story from one of their engineers, rocket scientist…
http://qz.com/707766/im-a-rocket-scientist-designing-wood-stoves-that-burn-without-smoking-to-save-lives-and-save-the-planet/
( Saw lots of posts referencing this linked story today,
via +Yonatan Zunger and others. )

Where to buy internationally…
http://www.bioliteenergy.com/pages/international-stores

Good job +BioLite, keep at it! =)

#STEM   #biolite   #stove #electricity   #clean   #wood
#pollution  
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VIDEO (3 mins) — Real dancers looking unreal.
It's quite remarkable how realistic this looks, even though each body-shape is computer generated to dress the real dancers. Personally the music isn't up my alley — but the visuals, wow.
video link --> https://vimeo.com/169599296
How they made it…
http://design.methodstudios.com/portfolio/aicp-2016-reel


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VIDEO (1 min) — They don't call it "lazy summer" for nothing. =)
Lamzac seems to be just-right for taking it easy.
HD video link --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th1MSz9T9pw&hd=1

Random person learning how to do it in 60 seconds…
VIDEO (1 min) --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtUb_oa5Ck8

Where to get it online? [It's from the Netherlands.]
https://www.fatboy.com/lamzac

Credit to +Richard Darell again for the great tip.

Where was this in the 90's when I needed it, travelling all over the east coast playing beach volleyball tournaments with my friends from Boston? =) …Human PROGRESS is measured in the small, meaningful steps we take. =P

P.S. THIS is what engineering is all about! Being efficient. =P

#lazy   #hangout   #beach   #volleyball   #STEM  
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American living in Sweden. Mac+iPhone app DESIGNER + coder. NFL Patriots fan. PC GAMER & business owner.
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Gamer. Write software + have fun playing all kinds of computer games during "Night Gibbs" in Stockholm, Sweden. =)

Compete in ranked League of Legends matches or first person shooter games or Path of Exile.  All kinds of fun. Getting into playing "Warface".

Oh and there's also some serious "Magic" (MTG) chomping on delicious Swedish "toast".

Go by "ColdpointBlue" on Warface. =)
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I personally bake THE BEST chocolate-chip cookies you have *EVER* tasted. =) Was EXECUTIVE RECRUITER for 13 years handling CONFIDENTIAL information.
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  • Northeastern University
    Computer Science, 1990 - 1994
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