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Germany Exploring The Moon Too

NASA, China, and now Germany all looking closely at the moon - it'll be mapped with more accuracy than the Earth soon.  The next space race is on ... - Bruce [Link - Details on Germany's Lunar Exploration Orbiter - Fraser Cain / Universe Today] The Moon is going...

Tafiti (beta)

It isn't a country or lightly baked desert, but a new search engine concept from Microsoft.  You will need to install the beta of Silverlight to experience it, but I found it to be pretty well done for a number of reasons. It uses Microsoft Live Search as a...

Unskilled and Unaware of It

Another article that has influenced what I am up to, is one titled “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments.” Now if this is the first time you’ve heard of this article then you are probably...

The Dreyfus Model of Skills Acquisition

OK, this post will be a little “heady” for a Saturday morning but I want to reference this topic for some other work I am going to do this fall. I am planning to do some non-trivial work to get some resources and links online to help...

64-bit Vista Oddness

If you aren't running (or thinking of running) a 64-bit Vista OS (or don't know what that means) stop reading this post now, and have a nice day. <geekspeak> A few "gotchas" in 64-bit stuff. 1) Two "Program Files" folders - /Program...

Crystal Experiment – Take 1

I have to admit, I've never done the "grow the crystals on a string" experiment before.  Seems like everyone I talk to is saying "oh,yeah, I remember doing that as a kid.".  One of the great bonuses about having children is filling in the "gaps" in your...

Quad-Core Laptop

I'll be the first to admit when I am wrong.  There is a laptop (coming) with similar specs to my quad-core desktop.  It even has 30% more disk space, and a second NVidia graphics card (I only have one).  Sure it'll set you aside $10k, and a mini-fusion...

Pessimistic Shipping Dates

I'm all for realistic expectations for shipping dates from online sellers.  But this order recently from a popular online bookstore really got me wondering. Shipped on August 13, in Allen Park, Michigan (159 miles away) and departing, but it will take nearly...

Water Weenies and Crystals

No, not some weird ritual - but about the most fun you can have with latex tubing and surgical clamps!  I hope you've all had the chance to tie off the end of a nice length of 1/4" latex tubing and fill it with pressurized water (if you don't have clamps you can...

Laptop vs. Desktop for Development

I have spent the last 15+ years going back and forth between laptops and desktop machines for work and development.  My first laptop was in 1991, a PowerBook 100.  It was so drastically underpowered (and had a pretty ugly passive matrix screen, a smaller...

Man runs into 42,000 pounds of carrots at 70mph+

So you are up to almost midnight (late night at work or at the bar) and decide to take a shortcut home on the highway, only to come face-to-face with a semi-truck loaded with 42,000 pounds of carrots.  Keeping in mind that 42,000 pounds is roughly 19,000kg and...

Post from the Road

I just want to see if I can actually do a blog post using Jott, let's see if this works. UPDATE: The above was sent via cell phone, transcribed and e-mailed by Jott.com, then post-processed by a quick program I wrote (code soon) and posted automatically to the...

HOT!

So, I know we have had a great summer - nice temps in the high 70s / low 80s, little rain to spoil any weekends, nice night viewing for stargazers, etc. - and I know August is traditionally the hottest month, but 97°? 96°? It wouldn't be so bad if the...

Wii Physics – Measure your 0-60 time with a Wiimote

I have to admit the geek in me thought immediately of how the Wii remote could be used as a cheap 3-axis bluetooth-enabled accelerometer.   Until now such a thing would cost more than the cost of an entire Wii system (and double for the software to process...

Genealogy made easy

Sure it is a really neat example of modern development and user interface, but it is also a really nice program.  I tried it out for 20 minutes or so and had my entire extended family in (as much as I could remember).  Laura got a hold of it and filled in...

Turn On Channel 8

This could end up being a really great site - Microsoft has been really going after the student developer and releasing a lot of good tools (e.g. Express versions, Code4Fun)  - Bruce [Link - Turn On Channel 8 - AlfredTh / Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and...

The Time is NOW

You have to admit this is clever - probably gets old on day #2, but still helps you remember to live in the present - Bruce [Link - Original Article] We knew it was destined for greatness the second it popped it’s shiny little face onto ThisNext. It was unique,...

Starting fresh

A new job, a new blog - seems like a nice fresh slate to get some good work done. I am sure learning a lot lately, about many different things.  This should be a nice place to share some of it.

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