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[PHOTO: George Hernandez based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.]George Hernandez: Exploring

Still the number one George Hernandez!!!

"Both the victor and the vanquished are but drops of dew, but bolts of lightning —thus should we view the world." -Ouchi Yoshitaka (1507/1551).

[2015-02-02: I'm running some Bootstrap experiments on this site. Some of the pages may not be styled like the others.]

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20150606 002224 Z Legacy of the Void beta: I'm in! Blizzard, Chill, Cool, Video Games Part of a sweet email I got from Blizzard today: "Congratulations, you've been selected to join the StarCraft® II: Legacy of the Void™ multiplayer closed beta test!" I'm downloading it now!
20150306 172716 Z Angular 2: Built on TypeScript blogs.msdn.c … -typescript.aspx Google, JavaScript, Microsoft, Programming, TECH The upcoming open Angular 2 by Google will be built on the open TypeScript by Microsoft, especially since features of AtScript by Google will be incorporated into TypeScript. While people may not like the incompatibility between Angular 1 and 2, people should like ECMAScript 5/6/7 awareness and collaboration betwen Google and Microsoft!
20150225 153825 Z Different first page header? /productforu … 8pYMU/discussion Google, Software, TECH, Writing Glory! After 26 pages of forum discussions since 2011-09-28, Google Documents now allows you to have a first page with a different header/footer from the other page. 0-index!
20150208 161737 Z Breakthrough DNA Editor Borne of Bacteria /www.quantam … editor-bacteria/ Biology, Biotechnology, Cool, Nature, News, Programming, TECH The CRISPR-cas system is nature's DNA editing tool (Find, cut, copy, insert, replace, etc.). Scientists are just beginning to explore and use this tool!
20150208 144514 Z Researchers developing more efficient solar panel using photosynthesis as model www.cctv-ame … nthesis-as-model Biotechnology, Cool, News, Solar, TECH Past attempts at artificial photosynthesis focused on inorganic techniques to split water to make hydrogen fuel. Lakshmi's attempt takes an organic approach to make electricity directly. Very promising!
20150206 193836 Z AHRQ Announces Interest in Research on Health IT Safety - See more at: grants.nih.g … T-HS-15-005.html Healthcare, Standards, TECH The AHRQ just published special emphasis notice (SEN): NOT-HS-15-005 []. That is, there is several hundred thousand dollars of grant money for anyone who has a qualifying Health IT Safety project.
2015-06-17t16:53:37 Z | TAGS: Funny, Politics, Ramblings, Standards, USA
US Presidential election 2016 2015-06-17

I am thankful for the long shot candidates!

Of the Democrats:
- Hurray for Chafee and the metric system!
- O'Malley?
- Go Sanders! Sanders' effect will be provoking and potentially productive.
- Clinton is the only real Democratic candidate at the moment.

Of the Republicans:
- Thanks Trump, Cruz, Huckabee, Santorum, and Perry for the fun. More sound bites please!
- The realer looking candidates seem to be Bush, Rubio, Paul.
- So far Bush is the one I find most palatable.

Interestingly Bush is the only one to have recently beat Hillary at (He did it on the Fox News poll on 05-13.)

The dynastic Clinton v Bush thing is freaky.

Bold prediction: Big weather events will make climate change an even bigger election issue.

2015-03-18t17:52:07 Z | TAGS: Art, Beauty, Design, Inspiring, Quote, Solar, Sustainability
Dieter Rams: If I Could Do It Again, "I Would Not Want To Be A Designer"
Dieter Rams: If I Could Do It Again, "I Would Not Want To Be A Designer" []
He says it concisely: "Good design is innovative. Good design must be useful. Good design is aesthetic design. Good design makes a product understandable. Good design is honest. Good design is unobtrusive. Good design is long-lasting. Good design is consistent in every detail. Good design is environmentally friendly. And last but not least, good design is as little design as possible."
2015-03-02t22:42:01 Z | TAGS: Healthcare, TECH
EHRs have no clothes!
EHRs are core to healthcare IT, but there is so much to fix and so much beyond EHRs.
Ending EHR absurdities.
EHRs are not a business strategy.
2014-12-15t15:28:41 Z | TAGS: Computers, Education, Programming, TECH
Learn programming for free

Since people ask about learning programming for free, I figured I'd make a post with today's answer. (No, none of them are paying me to advertise for them.)

There are many avenues for learning computers and programming, but the following are free and very good.

Learn web programming for free on these links:

For possible paths see these links:

For free courses from universities, see these links. Note that these links also offer courses beyond computers and programming:

2014-11-17t15:39:36 Z | TAGS: Beauty, Comics, Cool, Funny, Inspiring, Space, TECH
Landing []
The account of the comet landing: Nerve wrecking + wonderful = nerve wreckerful.
2014-06-10t14:33:01 Z | TAGS: Beauty, Biology, Chemistry, Cool, Evolution, Fauna, Flora, Geology, Inspiring, Math, Nature, Physics, Science, Space, TECH, TV, Videos
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey []

My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey", the recently concluded 13 episode science documentary TV series. A sincere thank you to Neil deGrasse Tyson, Seth MacFarlane, Ann Druyan, Fox, the National Geographic Channel, and the many who worked on Cosmos.

The show was thoroughly aligned with content my wife and I encourage for our kids. A sense of curiosity and wonder. Openness to different ideas and people. Awareness of the danger and responsibility of climate change: A climate change of a few degrees (or a few ppb of CO2) leads to an Ice Age or a Heat Age. The beauty and explanatory power of evolution. The importance of epistemology and the scientific method, and how it can stray.

I'll conclude with five simple rules that Neil mentioned in the last episode.

  1. Question authority. No idea is true just because someone says so, including me.
  2. Think for yourself. Question yourself.
  3. Don't believe anything just because you want to. Believing something doesn't make it so.
  4. Test ideas by the evidence gained from observation and experiment. If a favorite idea fails a well-designed test, it's wrong! Get over it. Follow the evidence, wherever it leads. If you have no evidence, reserve judgment.
  5. And perhaps the most important rule of all: Remember, you could be wrong. Some rights reserved. Creative Commons by-sa 2.5.