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Bryan Elliott
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Simple test for a concave earth:

* Buy a GoPro
* Buy weather balloon; you want something that will go at 80,000 feet up, and has GPS tracking so you can recover the balloon later.
* Tether and fill weather balloon
* Hang camera from weather balloon, pointed down
* Press record
* Release balloon
* About two hours later, the camera will land.  Drive to its location and pick it up.
* Review video.  If the earth is concave, it should look like your mockups.  If not, it will look like a very large ball.

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@1:20 It's called a corona.  It's what happens when you have an envelope of incandescent gas - you get a bright rim.  The deeper parts of the sun are dense enough (drawn in by gravity) to absorb their neighbors' light output; the corona, however, is transparent and luminescent.

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Some questions:
1. Are the peripheral coils wound in the same direction or the opposite as the primary?  Also, are they there just to fixate the washers, or is there some electromagnetic purpose to them?
2. This doesn't appear to be a solenoid; it's an electromagnet.  You'd need some kind of ferromagnetic core normally offset from its active-low-energy position, correct?

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In the subtitles at 40:39-40:41, there's a bit that says, "[inaudible 40:41]".  The correct text is, "Oak Ridge looked at using NaK*, using sodium, they looked at using lithium".

NaK is short for "FLiNaK", or lithium fluoride/sodium fluoride/potassium fluoride eutectic salt.

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Golden opportunity missed: I suspect Penn and Teller would have jumped at the chance to pile on a magician's rap battle. +Penn Jillette?

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I love the new intro, man.  The "Regrettable Acting" bit made me laugh out loud the first time.

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Is there a source repo?  I'd like to submit a pull request to improve the visibility of icons when you have fewer than 9.
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@2:02 The differential rotation between the poles and equator is pretty well understood; since it's not a solid ball (but a spherical cloud of dense plasma held together by its own gravity, with a gaseous envelope at the fringes where the gravity is not strong enough to induce a plasma state), the poles and equator can spin at different rates without trouble.

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Is it possible to use the I2S channel for ADC?

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Watching the UI react to having all its support files deleted in real-time was kinda amazing.

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I love hearing a politician saying sane things.  It's a rare and wonderful treat when it's about nuclear energy.
Faced with the task of decarbonising our electricity supply, it would be foolish to rule nuclear power out of the mix, writes Baroness Worthington, in her reply to Dr Becky Martin, whose open letter was published in The Ecologist.
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And as usual, nobody mentions that we still do not have one site on earth where we can safely store nuclear waste for the next centuries. (see e.g. http://gizmodo.com/how-to-store-nuclear-waste-for-10-000-years-and-how-no-1658844721 )

Nuclear energy may be a short term fix, but to build a long term strategy on it? I think not.

And also, providing the fuel for nuclear power has huge environemntal impacts (see: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/dec/05/nuclear-greenpolitics ).

So, if you ONLY concentrate on the carbon emissions, supporting nuclear power might be a valid point of view. Looking at the bigger picture, not so much
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I code
Employment
  • Really Strategies, Inc.
    Lead UI Architect, 2011 - present
  • GSI Commerce
    Sr. Web Developer, 2009 - 2011
  • Wharton Alumni Affairs
    Web Developer, 2006 - 2006
  • Abacus Studios, Inc.
    Freelance Develoer, 2006 - 2009
  • I-Site, Inc.
    Contract Developer, 2007 - 2009
  • Sevens and Sixes
    Freelance Developer, 2009 - 2009
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Jenkintown, PA - Philadelphia, PA - Charleston, SC - Great Lakes, IL
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Introduction
Given that I am the physical processes in my brain and body, I don't find arguments that I'm controlled by them compelling.  Experiences go in, actions come out, and the mediation of thought, deterministic as it may be, is still me, and is still only restricted by the boundaries of reality.

Note I didn't mention "free will" - it's because the concept is redundant; unless your brain is hooked up to some controlling agent*, your "will" is "free".

* Actually, there's a species of fluke that can control another species of ant.  That's an enslaved will.

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Made it in my industry on my merits without a degree.
Education
  • Drexel University
    Computer Science, 1999 - 1999
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Why we really do need nuclear power
www.theecologist.org

Faced with the task of decarbonising our electricity supply, it would be foolish to rule nuclear power out of the mix, writes Baroness Worth

Fukushima Death Toll
fordi.org

A quick rundown of the number of deaths from the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi.

Ouya - A New Kind of Video Game Console
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Ouya - A New Kind of Video Game Console

Hitman Slow-Mo Breakdown
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Follow me @BrandonJLa. Twitter is by far the best way to get ahold of me these days. After doing a late night Q&A on twitter I decided that

xkcd: Ten Thousand
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XKCD updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. You can get prints, posters, and t-shirts in the store. Ten Thousand. |< · < Prev ·

Klout (beta)
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Adds Klout to your Twitter.com timeline.

HERA Physics Feynman Diagram Gallery
www.desy.de

Some Feynman diagrams I created in the course of my work at H1. Images are linked to eps files. Please feel free to use them (If you like se

GPS Status - Test & Fix
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GPS Status - Raw GPS data: Number of Satellites, Location, Altitude, Accuracy and Speed.GPS Fix - Reset your GPS state and download assistan

In Your Words 4
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(This is a revised re-post of the video which originally aired in March 2011.) Portia, Lamar and Will spent time with us on-camera to speak

Sypiens Survey
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Sypiens Survey is the first embedded solution for field surveys. This innovating solution allows you to interact directly with your pollster

Minecraft - "Diamonds"
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Directed by Martin Waltz Gangster - Mike Kwao http://www.facebook.com/mikekwao Minecrack head - Simon Popescu Director of Photography - Igor

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
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News: June 18, 2012. Today's coloring job by my niece Sadie. Discuss this comic in the forum. June 17, 2012. Have I mentioned lately that we

Atheist Ethicist: The Ethical Atheist Politician: Republican Communists
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It is surprising how many communists you find in the Republican Party. Clearly, they are not ideological communists. They claim to detest co

Christian hate group One Million Moms disappears from Facebook
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One Million Moms, a Christian hate group associated with the American Family Association, disappears from Facebook. Many speculate that Face

Opportunistic adherence
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The sign pictured above was displayed proudly by Larry Adams at the Indianapolis rally of the National Organization for Marriage in July of

What if that guy from smashing pumpkins lost his car keys
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ALBUM VERSION i was surprised the album version of this song wasnt on youtube at all so i uploaded it

NEW YORK: Rabbis: Circumcision Death Investigation Could Force Mohels Un...
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The Brooklyn prosecutors are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a two-week old infant who died last fall in Brooklyn a

Wait, I’m not recovered yet! | Pharyngula
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I woke up still achey and worn out from a long long day standing in the rain yesterday (but it was worth it!), and you know what I have to d