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Cristina and I put a motion sensor on an Arduino and made a Portal sentry turret.
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Now whenever I least expect it, it goes "There you are."
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We're going to a talk tomorrow night at the MFA in Boston about the High Line. I think the landscape architect did a Superb Job...BLOOMING plants in the winter!!!...and birch trees and holly trees...and all kinds of tall and short grasses..It's WONDERFUL.
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The Shinteki "Puzzles of the Month" for 2012 have been great so far.

I didn't get the January one done on time (it's still available here: http://shinteki.com/potm/january12.php), but I just finished the February one, which is live now at http://shinteki.com/potm/
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Multiple ads in the "It's a Great Time to be a Family" series from Microsoft actually just involve family members making PowerPoint presentations.
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I've been frustrated with Yelp lately, so I wrote about it.

"Yelp has the best database of business reviews. I frequently rely on those ratings to make decisions, and very rarely use other sites. Although the quality of the data keeps me coming back to Yelp, it's insulating them from being required to innovate on product features. There's a lot they could do to make me much happier as a customer."
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Good post. I really like the group recommendation feature. I find it hard to believe that many of these ideas haven't already occurred to the Yelp folks. It's likely that there are other reasons why they haven't done this already.
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A few of us have been doing the AI class one evening a week. I do think it's a compelling model that has the potential to significantly change things (for the better).

- Once the class size is about about 50 it doesn't really matter if you watch it on YouTube or in a lecture hall. It's totally one-directional. So you can potentially replace lots and lots of live lectures, with one, recorded YouTube lecture with very little loss of value.

- Hundreds of thousands of people are getting lectures from Peter Norvig & Sebastian Thrun (two top people in the field) rather than just the hundred or so attending Stanford. Putting this on YouTube scales infinitely. If this model is adopted, this might totally change the number of "lecturers" needed. What will we do with all the unnecessary lecturers? Certainly some will just be let go, but hopefully others will be re-deployed helping students learn individually, now that they won't be responsible for conducting lectures.

- Answering questions in line as the lecture progresses (as the Stanford class does), keeps me engaged much more than sitting passively in college ever did.

- Being able to re-watch parts of the video that don't make sense the first time is also valuable ... otherwise you risk missing a key concept early on, and not being able to understand the whole rest of the lecture. Everyone can go at a pace tailored to them.

- This was a fun activity to do as a group, since we can pause and talk about what's going on when we hit interesting or confusing parts.

Anyway, I'd totally recommend trying one of these classes if you have the time.
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Blackout Night 3 in downtown Manhattan:

East 12th Street was hopping: we had wine & pizza from Motorino's wood-fired oven.  Next door, Ducks Eatery looked ready to grill up some BBQ.  

On 14th Street, the Waffles & Dinges truck made for good dessert.

Elsewhere: The lobbies of NYU buildings were packed with students trying to get charged, Saigon Market on University Ave. had TV (!) on generator power, and the Empire state building was visible in the distance.
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Yes! It came back Friday night.
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Finally figured out why the lead singer of Mumford & Sons looks so familiar: It's Tim Tebow.

Also this is my favorite performance at the Grammys ... ever? (From last year)
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That was tremendous last year. Best part might be that the song, under the bizarre Grammy rules, was a nominee this year.
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Avichal absolutely, completely, 100% nailed this one.
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Interesting. I vehemently agree re culture. It has a huge impact. I wish there was a way to replicate that one magic person who turns the bacteria into yogurt
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Excellent read. Maybe the best use of social networks is to share links about the philosophies of social networks :-)
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Awesome video/film.

"Writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. And in sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash."
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