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1. Landing TAGS: Beauty. Comics. Cool. Funny. Inspiring. Space. TECH.
2. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey TAGS: Beauty. Biology. Chemistry. Cool. Evolution. Fauna. Flora. Geology. Inspiring. Math. Nature. Physics. Science. Space. TECH. TV. Videos.
3. Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why the new Cosmos matters so much TAGS: Cool. Inspiring. Science. TECH. TV. Videos.
4. Notes on Meetup with Health Data Liberation TAGS: Chicago. Databases. Healthcare. Open Source. Thoughts.
5. 10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientic Data TAGS: Open Source. Science. TECH.
6. A few panels on Introversion TAGS: Comics. Images. Introversion.
7. Find beauty with the mind and heart, as well as the eyes, mouth, and ears. TAGS: Beauty. Chill. Inspiring. Mind. My Stuff. Ramblings. Thoughts.
8. My Birthday Wishes -Kirk Douglas on his 97th TAGS: Cool. Inspiring. Life. World.
9. Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds TAGS: Biology. Fauna. Flora. Nature.
10. Memory: What is it like to have a photographic (eidetic) memory? TAGS: Mind. Ramblings. Self Improvement.
11. Gmail Categories TAGS: Cyber Life. Google. Ramblings. TECH. Thoughts.
12. I finished reading "Brave New World" (1931) by Aldous Huxley TAGS: Atheism. Books. Faith. Literature. Quotations. Reading. Reading Now. Relations. Science. Science Fiction. TECH.
13. Masahiko Tanaka - The Champion TAGS: Fighting. Karate. Live Action. MARTIAL. Shotokan. Standup Fighting. Videos.
14. 2013 Stanley Cup Champions Blackhawks TAGS: Chicago. Images.
15. What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion? TAGS: Images. Politics. Sad. TV.
16. Went to get my oil changed and found this... TAGS: Art. Beauty. Comics. Images. Inspiring.
17. What is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer. TAGS: Biology. Chemistry. Evolution. Physics. Science. Space.
18. Pressure sensitive Wacom stylus for Lenovo ThinkPad X230t in Windows 8 TAGS: Design. Gadget. Hardware. My Stuff. Software. TECH.
19. Flaco before and after shots TAGS: Beauty. Cool. Images. Inspiring. My Stuff. Ramblings. Sad.
20. When to take out the trash TAGS: Home. My Stuff. Ramblings. Self Improvement.
20141027 151434 Z Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?” www.technolo … e-get-new-ideas/ Cool, Inspiring, Mind, Psychology, Reading, Text "On Creativity" (1959) by Isaac Asimov, just published. A small group of creative, relaxed, jovial folks having a cerebration session sounds like a lot of fun!﻿
20141021 182145 Z Hendo Hoverboards - World's first REAL hoverboard /www.kicksta … -real-hoverboard Cool, Gadget, Physics, TECH Hendo Hoverboards should be all over the place in a few years. Go, go Lenz's Law!
20141010 152809 Z The Quest to Build an Elevator to Space gizmodo.com/ … space-1638192427 Space Elevator, TECH Whoot! Companies that are trying to build space elevators, like Obayashi and LiftPort, have been getting more coverage lately.
20141010 152038 Z Batteries Included: A Solar Cell that Stores its Own Power news.osu.edu … s-its-own-power/ Solar, Sustainability, TECH The combination solar cell and battery by Yiying Wu at Ohio State University is one of the more exciting developments in solar tech.
20141003 153202 Z New 'Diamond nanothreads' may make space elevator a reality www.cnet.com … vator-a-reality/ Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Space Elevator, TECH The new diamond nanothreads may be stronger than carbon nanotubes. Possibly another step closer to space elevators.
20140812 145734 Z RIP Robin Williams Celebrity, News, Obituaries, Psychology, Show Biz RIP Robin Williams (Chicago 1951-07-21/2014-08-11). For your wonderful work --making us laugh and cry-- I thank you. For your advocacy for those with depression, nihilism, or pain --even with your death-- I thank you.
20140627 163000 Z Revision Control georgehernan … isionControl.asp My Stuff, Programming, TECH I redid my page on Revision Control [http://georgehernandez.com/h/xComputers/zMisc/RevisionControl.asp]. It was originally mostly about Mercurial, but is now about both Git and Mercurial.
20140528 220338 Z A First Drive http://youtu.be/CqSDWoAhvLU Chill, Cool, Gadget, Google, TECH I would settle for cruise control and automatic lane alignment, but it seems like Google self-driving car is pretty decent.
20140522 211600 Z gMath Help mathtechtips … /gmath-help.html Cool, Google, Math, TECH, Writing I just noticed this awesome Add-on for Google Drive Documents, called g(Math). It allows you to add equations and graphs with LaTeX syntax!
20140404 145602 Z Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials www.scienced … 140403132353.htm Cool, Engineering, Solar, Sustainability, TECH Solar tech to make materials instead of energy!
20140330 160738 Z Light Speed: From Minecraft to Reality /www.youtube … ch?v=SLffdgotHEA www.reddit.c … _with_minecraft/ Chill, Cool, Funny, Inspiring, Physics, Play, Science, Space, TECH, Video Games A Minecraft world is 60 Mm across, the Earth's circumference is 40 Mm, the speed of light/gravity/etc is 300 Mm/s.
20140317 202828 Z Big Bang's "Smoking Gun" Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth news.nationa … n-science-space/ Cool, Inspiring, Space, TECH Gravitational waves have been discovered! They spent 3 years checking the results before announcing it today. I'm sure Neil deGrasse Tyson﻿ knew before today especially since Harvard was involved. Go Cosmos!
20140317 195957 Z Jimmy John's is awesome! Cool, Food, My Stuff, Restaurants I'm a regular at Jimmy John's﻿. Today I forgot my wallet and the dude said we gotcha. Sweet! Now I'm not just a regular, but a loyal regular. Made my day!
20140306 173516 Z The truth about idling a vehicle /www.upworth … it-aint-2?c=ufb2 Sustainability If you need to idle for more than 10 s, then it is more fuel efficient to turn the car off, then on again.
20140221 151653 Z Space Elevators Are 'Possible' Says New Study www.huffingt … e_n_4821785.html Nanotechnology, Solar, Space, Space Elevator, TECH A rare mention of space elevators in main stream media. The necessary tech (esp CNT & solar) is developing nicely so space elevators are likely to become a reality. FYI: http://www.space.com/24739-space-elevator-tether-technology.html, has a bit more meat but it's not as mainstream.
20140213 152655 Z Mathematics: Why the brain sees maths as beauty www.bbc.co.u … ronment-26151062 Art, Beauty, Cool, Math, Mind, TECH Apparently math/abstract beauty excites the same parts of the brain as sensory beauty.
20140210 184838 Z Why we should give free money to everyone /decorrespon … 0798745-cb9fbb39 Economy, Inspiring, Money, World The concept (and experimental results) of "Basic income" [W] is mind blowing.
20140210 160545 Z Perils of Lady Gaming observationd … 365/@laurendavis Comics, Funny, Images, Inspiring, Play, Relations, Sad, Sex Glorious and sad. The freedom to play. A good part of appreciating where we are and where we can go, depends on knowing where we've been.
20140207 151526 Z Catching a lift to space asia.nikkei. … -a-lift-to-space Engineering, Hardware, Nanotechnology, Space, TECH This time around they reached 1.2 Km. Next year's goal: 2 Km. Goal for 2020: 15 Km. 50-100 Km is "space". We need more nanotube work!
20140205 015353 Z The end of the tank? The Army says it doesn’t need it, but industry wants to keep building it. www.washingt … 61ee6_story.html www.reddit.c … _tanks_congress/ MARTIAL, Military, News, Play, USA Farewell tanks! In a toy soldier set, you and the bazooka guy were my favorites.
2014-11-17t15:39:36 Z | TAGS: Beauty, Comics, Cool, Funny, Inspiring, Space, TECH
Landing
Landing [http://xkcd1446.org/#0]
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 [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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.
2014-03-03t21:19:29 Z | TAGS: Cool, Inspiring, Science, TECH, TV, Videos
Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why the new Cosmos matters so much
Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why the new Cosmos matters so much [http://io9.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-explains-why-the-new-cosmos-matters-1534876280]
We've been distracted by the stunning advances that information technology has brought us, to the exclusion of very deeply held needs that we have in society.

In college I could barely do chemical engineering because I was so distracted by computers! The Web wasn't even up then, so people have even more distractions now.

Cosmos has, as its mission statement, the effort to convey to you why science matters. That is a different motivating factor than "Here's all this science I want to teach you."

There is so much mind in science that people forget that it has so much heart in it too.

2014-01-16t17:36:27 Z | TAGS: Chicago, Databases, Healthcare, Open Source, Thoughts
Notes on Meetup with Health Data Liberation

Last night I attended the inaugral meeting [http://www.meetup.com/Health-Data-Liberation/events/156222932/] of the Meetup group "Health Data Liberation" [http://www.meetup.com/Health-Data-Liberation/]. The meeting was run by Dr Rebecca Wurtz, an Epidemiologist at Northwestern. 2-3 dozen attended including doctors, folks in BI & analytics, several in the open data movement, a fellow from payers, etc. There was a vigorous and enthusiastic discussion, that was not dominated by any one individual.

There was much discussed, and I just want to hit on a few key points.

Issue: Trust. Different systems already have our data. But who do we trust to merge data? How can we trust them? The data merging entity would have to promise to be the end-of-line as far as identified data, if they want to share the merged data, then they could only share de-identified data. The entity would have to have strong security and impoorting arrangements. Each person would have the right to their own data and to pull out at any time.

Issue: De-identifying data. There was much involved in suspending disbelief that we could actually de-identify data --especially once a data set has been merged with other data sets. The HIPAA standard for de-identification (45 CFR 164.514) does not stop people from using their Sherlock skills to identify people in merged data sets without the name, gender, address, date of birth, etc.

Issue: Name. It also became apparent that since we want the data to be as wide and complete as possible. The term "health data" is too restrictive. Perhaps "life data"?

Issue: Falsified data. We may like the concept of the quantified self, but did you really do 1000 push ups in 30 minutes today? It seems that we need external parties to provide some degree of validation of the data.

Issue: Select which data sets to share. People may be OK sharing most health data but not genomic data or book purchases. The People should be able to choose which data set (hospital, pharmacy, payers, labs, medical & exercise devices, Google, Amazon, genome, banks, utilities, etc) they want merged into the open data set. They should be able to do this in batches or stream, scheduled or one-offs.

Issue: Sharing data. I'm guessing that this will probably go the Semantic Web route with RDF, but in the meantime we have to deal with HL7 v2, HL7 v3, HL7 FHIR, EDI 837s, XDS, etc, etc. And that's not even talking about the non-health data sources.

Issue: Analysis. Open life data is in the twilight zone between collecting data and analyzing it. While systems already collect and analyze internal & proprietary data, no one is up to sharing the data for de-identification and open analysis yet. We didn't discuss the kinds of open analysis that could be done, but perhaps that would need to be a separate discussion because the other issues overshadow this one.

Issue: Starting. My guess is we'd have to start with small set of people who volunteer to make their life data open (but de-identified!) at some site X. Then they can choose which data sets to share their identified data with X. Site X would merge different identified data set but only share a de-identified data set to anyone. If successful, then there will probably be ways to incentivize people to participate in the data liberation.

2014-01-10t18:03:15 Z | TAGS: Open Source, Science, TECH
10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientic Data
10 Simple Rules for the Care and Feeding of Scientic Data [http://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.2134v1.pdf]

Open data, open source. For the tldnr crowd:

• Rule 1. Love your data, and help others love it too.
• Rule 2. Share your data online, with a permanent identier.
• Rule 3. Conduct science with a particular level of reuse in mind.
• Rule 4. Publish workflow as context.
• Rule 6. Publish your code (even the small bits).
• Rule 7. Say how you want to get credit.
• Rule 8. Foster and use data repositories.
• Rule 9. Reward colleagues who share their data properly.
• Rule 10: Be a booster for data science.
2013-12-26t16:47:21 Z | TAGS: Comics, Images, Introversion
A few panels on Introversion
A few panels on Introversion. [http://imgur.com/jqiCOEG]
A few panels on Introversion. I've kept a copy of it if the imgur link ever dies.
2013-12-19t15:46:55 Z | TAGS: Beauty, Chill, Inspiring, Mind, My Stuff, Ramblings, Thoughts
Find beauty with the mind and heart, as well as the eyes, mouth, and ears.

This morning I walked by a building where some parts were covered with with windows and other parts with embedded stones. I saw people with window-washing scaffolding on the stone parts, so I assume that they were not window-washing but stone-washing.

An image popped into my mind of mountain water running over mountain stones. An image of water cleaning stones year after year, scrubbing stones down molecules at a time. I found it to be a beautiful concept. It was natural, clean, out of the city. It was redemption of mind, a renewal of spirit. The concept of it was more beautiful than the image.

Find beauty with the mind and heart, as well as the eyes, mouth, and ears.

2013-12-10t15:33:56 Z | TAGS: Cool, Inspiring, Life, World
My Birthday Wishes -Kirk Douglas on his 97th
My Birthday Wishes -Kirk Douglas on his 97th [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kirk-douglas/kirk-douglas-birthday_b_4411817.html?utm_hp_ref=yahoo&ir=Yahoo]

Happy Birthday Kirk Douglas!

• A world where weapons, big and small, are symbols of weakness, not strength
• A world where religion informs values, not governments
• A world where the air is breathable, the water drinkable and the food is healthy and plentiful
• A world where poor people are the smallest percentage of the population
• A world where education and health care are available to everyone
• A world where prejudice based on race, religion and nationality is non-existent
• A world where smoking tobacco is considered a ridiculous practice from a bygone era
• A world where all diseases are curable and physical pain is no longer a part of life
• A world where we control technology, not the other way around
• A world where greed is never considered good
2013-11-23t17:41:56 Z | TAGS: Biology, Fauna, Flora, Nature
Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds
Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds [http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/18/244526773/gut-bacteria-might-guide-the-workings-of-our-minds?]
This animation is the most human/kid friendly exploration into the human biome. If you human biome interests you, then consider checking out http://americangut.org/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biome too.
2013-09-15t16:23:30 Z | TAGS: Mind, Ramblings, Self Improvement
Memory: What is it like to have a photographic (eidetic) memory?
Memory: What is it like to have a photographic (eidetic) memory? [http://www.quora.com/Memory/What-is-it-like-to-have-a-photographic-eidetic-memory]

An eidetic memory, open books, the Web, and Google help, but it's still mostly about problem solving. We start with solving simple problems often enough to integrate the solutions as the basics. Then we use the basics to solve more complex "level 2" problems. If you solve level 2 problems often enough, then you start building a repertoire of level 2 basics.

I can't stand memorizing and working, but I do like integrating and playing. Developing a repertoire of ever higher level basics sounds like work. If I trick myself into thinking of it as play, then I can do it. If I become conscious that I am tricking myself, then it becomes work again. The solution is that it can't be a trick -- it has to be earnest play. Or the problem has to be so important, so tantalizing, that you practically need to build the repertoire that allows you to progress on solving the problem.

2013-08-13t22:02:11 Z | TAGS: Cyber Life, Google, Ramblings, TECH, Thoughts
Gmail Categories

Gmail had Labels and Filters. Then it added Smartlabels (Bulk, Notification, and Forum) in Labs (and is still in Labs). Then it added Categories as Tabs and Labels (Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, Forums) not through labs (possibly because it's the "graduate" version of Smartlabels).

I've been using Gmail's tabbed Categories for a few weeks now and I have been fairly satisfied. It has convinced me to get rid of a few labels and filters that I had before. For example: I used to have a Label and Filter I called "ADMIN", but it effectively functioned like "Notification" in Smartlabels, which in effectively functioned like the "Updates" Category.

However, there's always something. Here are three minor issues I have Categories so far:

1. Occasionally a new message will appear in the west for a Category Label, but will not appear in the Category Inbox Tab. Odd and a little annoying. Possibly just an asynchronous issue.

2. My guess that Gmail starts with what it thinks should go in each Category. Gmail probably starts by pre-identifying known social sources (like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus), promotional sources (like Amazon, Microsoft Store, and GrubHub), and update sources (like banks, Mint, and credit cards). Then Gmail probably learns which sources should go in which Category after you drag them into another Category several times. HOWEVER, I have been dragging emails from one Category Inbox Tab to another, but Gmail seems to be slow on learning my preferences.

3. When you have an email open in one Category Inbox Tab and switch to another, Gmail keeps that email open. Some people may like that, but I think it's a bit confusing to step away from Gmail for (gasp!) a few minutes, and then come back to find some email open that is not part of the currently selected Category Inbox Tab.

Over all, Categories automatically gives lots of people functionality that was only available to "power users" that tweaked their Gmail account.

2013-07-06t23:26:20 Z | TAGS: Atheism, Books, Faith, Literature, Quotations, Reading, Reading Now, Relations, Science, Science Fiction, TECH
I finished reading "Brave New World" (1931) by Aldous Huxley

I finished reading "Brave New World" (1931) by Aldous Huxley earlier this afternoon. The first chapter is harsh and it continued to be harsh. However in spite of the harshness I think it Brave New World was very provocative and applicable to the current time.

I'll get to those ideas, but first I will briefly discuss some of the science fiction aspects of Brave New World (BNW). Huxley started BNW as a dystopian variant of the utopian novels by H.G. Wells, so it had to have science fiction in it.

BNW has the circumvention of internal fertilization and our vivvparous nature (bearing live young). We have seen this in popular culture with movies like "The Matrix" and "Man of Steel". In real life, we have achieved some degree of ovuliparity (external fertilization) with test tube babies, but we are nowhere near achieving oviparity (laying eggs), or of developing the zygote in an artificial egg or bottle (the term used in BNW). The best we can do now is develop safer and more effective pain killing drugs and delivery methods (like epidurals). I'm sure women have wished to circumvent the pain of delivery for thousands of years --I wonder what was the earliest recorded expression of that wish in literature?

BNW has the casting of people into castes (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon) from the moment of conception. In BNW this was done through chemical manipulation since inception, and then brainwashing. If Huxley had written BNW after the discovery of DNA, perhaps he would have written in genetic manipulation. While corporations like Monsanto may do genetic engineering of food, people aren't doing much genetic manipulation of people --yet. As far as social stratification, we seem to do that to ourselves.

There's other science fiction stuff in it like centralized economic control, feelies (immersion movies that can provide direct neural stimulation), soma (a very powerful happy drug distributed by the state that BNW people consumed regularly), chemically induced youth, rampant recreational sex, etc. Even just listing that stuff can put people in a paranoid state about socialist godless liberal hippies running the world. Our social development comes partially from our science, but is largely driven by us.

The philosophical apex of the book happens in chapters 16 and 17 when John "The Savage" and Helmholtz Watson (the yearning writer) have a frank discussion with Mustapha Mond (the World Controller of Western Europe). The crux of the discussion is that in the face of self-extinction, the people in the BNW decided to favor safety, survival, stability, happiness, and comfort, over liberty, truth, beauty, history, and religion. I shall encapsulate the topic with the phrase "Safety v Liberty" for the sake of convenience and in honor of this saw from Benjamin Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.".

The topic of "Safety v Liberty" is old and important. There is safety in consolidating power to one or a few, but its price is Liberty. The closest we seem to get is a Republic (rule of law) and a Democracy (rule of the people). I'm not too worried about the government against the people because the trend is towards government by the people instead of the few. Don't like Gaddafi or Morsi?, then throw them out. (Good luck getting rid of Putin or Kim Jong-un!) What do I care that Google and the NAS have info on me?

My concern is of "Safety v Liberty" is on the personal level. It's not so much a matter of explicit cases of "Hikikomori" (Japanese "pulled inward") or hermits, but the more subtle case of people fooling themselves. As Feynman said: "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.". You don't need friends or corporations or government to fool yourself. When you fool yourself, you feel safer, but you steal time from yourself, thus taking away your liberty, your freedom.

Another interesting thing in ch 17 of BNW was their discussion of God.

"We are not our own any more than what we possess is our own. We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters. We are God's property."

I agree with that except that I think we merely are, we are of the universe, we do what we can, and we are no one's property.

"as the passions grow calm, as the fany and sensibilities are less excited and less excitable, our reason becomes less troubled in its working, less obscured by the images, desires and distractions, in which it used to be absorbed; whereupon God emerges as from behind a cloud; our soul feels, sees, turns toward the source of all light"

Probably many of us start thinking along these lines when we get to be middle aged and the flower of youth if fading. At this point one seeks a transformation, a continuation, because otherwise there is only decay then death. I've always looked for a meaning, but if I can no longer find meaning in the magnificence of my physical prowess (I'm so awesome!), then what do I find meaning in? For some it will be in the continuation of genes, goals, or memes. But isn't it possible that a gamma burst could wipe out all life on this planet at any time? Or that this universe could blink out because of some event in the multiverse? What if there is not continuation? What if there is? Each of us has to look for that meaning. Is "seeing God" the easy way out? If instead you see the void, then perhaps you need to look harder until you see something else?

"God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness."

It's interesting that Mond, who actively suppresses the propagation of the concept of God, thinks that "there quite probably is one", but that God manifests himself as an absence. In BNW, society lives youthfully, safely, happily, and then slips into death while in a soma-induced happy state. So where is a need for God in that? In BNW, it is more convenient to be without God, but in the real world, for many it is more convenient to have God.

2013-07-04t02:52:42 Z | TAGS: Fighting, Karate, Live Action, MARTIAL, Shotokan, Standup Fighting, Videos
Masahiko Tanaka - The Champion
Masahiko Tanaka - The Champion [http://youtu.be/a17zNsVJWrY?t=32m2s]
This video on Tanaka Sensei is a blast from the past. We used to watch this video over and over. That organic soft power is very hard to achieve --most people only achieve a mechanical hard power. Sensei Nakayama, Schmidt, and others are on this video too. The presence and gaze of Tanaka Sensei is practically palpable in person. Schmidt Sensei had an in person "aura" too but it's like a mix between that of Tanaka Sensei and Mr. Rogers.
2013-06-25t15:53:54 Z | TAGS: Chicago, Images
2013 Stanley Cup Champions Blackhawks
Blackhawks won last night! Good news to get on this fine 6-months-before-Christmas-Day! (I hear that our team is still out drinking!-)
2013-05-11t20:35:07 Z | TAGS: Images, Politics, Sad, TV
What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?
What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion? [http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/1dpo5a/what_do_you_think_makes_a_woman_want_to_have_an/]

I usually avoid political posts, but this has too much WTF to resist.

"What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?"

"... I don't know, I have never -- it's a question I have never thought about."

WTF

2013-05-11t18:33:09 Z | TAGS: Art, Beauty, Comics, Images, Inspiring
Went to get my oil changed and found this...
Went to get my oil changed and found this... [http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1e1svc/went_to_get_my_oil_changed_and_found_this/]
It's not just awesome styrofoam art, but that people can do awesome stuff and I wonder if we'll ever know who did it.
2013-02-04t20:22:19 Z | TAGS: Biology, Chemistry, Evolution, Physics, Science, Space
What is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer.
It makes sense to me that things (genes, memes, chemical reactions, universes) which can more successfully reproduce would be more prolific and persistent (or exist at all). Successful reproduction is dependent on several factors like 1. The ability to reproduce at all. 2. Reproduction with diversity (sexaul > asexual reproduction). 3. Favoring lower energy states (going downhill) even if you have to go uphill first.
2013-02-04t03:15:38 Z | TAGS: Design, Gadget, Hardware, My Stuff, Software, TECH
Pressure sensitive Wacom stylus for Lenovo ThinkPad X230t in Windows 8
(Posting this becuase this info has a limited shelf life): If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad X230t and upgrade it Windows 8, then your stylus will not be pressure sensitive. However if you go to http://www.wacom.com/en/support/drivers and download the Tablet PC - Enhanced Graphics Driver 7.1.0-8 zip, it has the 7.1.0-9 driver zipped within the first zip, which will make the stylus pressure senstive again! Now I'm ready to rock and roll with MyPaint, GIMP, and Inkscape!
2013-01-11t02:39:06 Z | TAGS: Beauty, Cool, Images, Inspiring, My Stuff, Ramblings, Sad
Flaco before and after shots
This story is how I felt this morning. I see so many different people when I commute, some obviously beautiful, others less so. But I knew that for everyone there was something remarkably beautiful, something very ugly, and something mundane. Life is too short to not see the beauty.
2013-01-06t15:58:13 Z | TAGS: Home, My Stuff, Ramblings, Self Improvement
When to take out the trash

When is the best time to take out the trash? Some say immmediately, but that interferes with your flow. Some say whenever the trash can is full --We sort of do that at our house but then we just put the trash bag at the back porch where they pile up. I used to take the trash out just before my morning workout, but with my injured knee the trash has been piling up.

This morning I've decided to make it a habit (a resolution?) that I will take the trash out just before I go out! I'm usually dressed and ready to go out well before the wife and kids are so it won't interfere with my flow. At my house there is a flow issue in that we exit through the front, but the large trash bins are at the rear. However, that's a small problem, and I will give myself a pat on the back anyway.

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