Bruce's Blog

Useless data – but interesting

In September, Mac Fowler asked "I wonder how many mouse clicks there are across the world per day?" - a Random thought, sure, but valid.  So many questions are unanswerable, but the impact of the mouse (which was invented in many/most of our lifetimes) can not be...

Made in America: By Robots

I was reading through the latest Despair, Inc. catalog when this shirt caught me off guard.  I read left-to-right, top-to-bottom (as most westerners do), so you get the "Made in America" and the little abstract flag, then BOOM, "By Robots"....

Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless!

I had forgotten that I preordered this book from Amazon but it came in the mail on Friday and I read through it over the weekend (also got a LEGO Droid Development kit off an eBay auction, but that is another story). The Howtoons book is really well done.  You...

If You’re Happy and You Know It…

I laughed audibly when I saw this - had to share.  Some days you just need a little laugh (even geek humor).   Global Nerdy » Blog Archive » If You’re Happy and You Know...

Day of .NET Ann Arbor

Just a quick note out to say what a great day Saturday was at the Ann Arbor "Day of .Net".  Where else can you see and talk to a lot of people doing great work in Michigan (and elsewhere), learn to program an XBOX game, see how to add 3D models to the Visual...

"WIRED Science" on PBS

I read about this show in passing a few weeks ago so I asked TiVo to get it for me, and watched the first Episode (101) over the weekend.  I have to say it is probably the most interesting, intelligent, and still entertaining science show on TV right now (if you...

Solar Decathlon 2007 – LTU: ALOeTERRA

For the next three weeks, 20 university teams from across the country will be competing in Washington DC to "design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house."  The teams had to build their houses at their various...

Google Reader: Trends

I have been using Google Reader (www.google.com/reader) to follow all the blogs I am interested in for quite a while now (and highly recommend it).  You will need a Google account, but if you use GMail (or any of their other services) then you already have an...

UC Berkley launches YouTube channel

This is really interesting news.  Yesterday the University of California at Berkeley launched a YouTube "channel" offering full courses on video to the public at no charge.  I am interested in checking out the "Physics 10 - Physics for Future Presidents"...

Celebrating space: it’s 50 years since Sputnik

This news seems to be all over the place today (http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=&q=sputnik&btnG=Search+News) and it is something to really think about. 50 years ago this week Russia launched their "October Surprise" as Sputnik was launched into...

BlogEngine.NET 1.2

Just a general note to let anyone that cares that (1) BlogEngine.NET 1.2 is out!!! and (2) I upgraded over lunch and it was relatively painless.  I have to rebuild my blogroll and fix a couple settings but that was my mistake.  Now I just need to update my...

Any good new fall TV?

I feel like I am getting old - there is "nothing good" on TV, the movies lately are uninspiring, and the music is just too loud (you can't even hear the words - but don't get me started). I only really watch two shows consistently now: House and Monk - two shows that...

Useful Microsoft Word Feature

I just learned a new trick. Have you ever been creating a document or template and want to see what it would look like filled with some text.  So you end up typing something useful like "asdf adsf dsf kdsj klje rup sadflj dslf;" on the keyboard and it just looks...

Show and Tell #5: Cub Scouts – Then and Now

I was just filing away some of last year's Cub Scout information, and I couldn't help but look through two of the books.  The first is the book we went through last year with the Wolf den (printed in 2004 - hasn't changed since then).  The other was the book...

Statetris – USA

Ok, this is really brilliant. This is cool for at least two reasons: (1) a great way to combine an addictive game like Tetris with something everyone tries to learn at one time or another - the 50 states (or countries in other versions), and (2) a great example of...

Birthday Stuff – new Nano

Quick post, but I wanted to share some info about a few gifts I got for my birthday on Tuesday.  The two "gadgety" things I got this year were a new iPod Nano, and a juicer - let's talk briefly about the iPod now and the juicer later (though I am really starting...

Show and Tell #3: International Pen Pals

Back in the early 80s I learned about a pen pal program where you could write to kids in other countries and they would write you back – what a concept. There was a company that, for a small charge, would connect you with children in countries that you were interested...

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