Monday, December 26, 2011

Watch This Fascinating Demonstration On Why You Can't Always Believe What You See

SEE HERE  Disappearing dots!  This is really a cool illustration of the fact that our mind is always processing the scenes it sees and creating a little bit of reality of its own.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fingerprint Analysis: ImageJ Style!

SEE HERE Since I'm teaching Image Processing in the Spring semester it might be fun to try this out. ImageJ is a powerful image processing tool developed by people at the National Institute of Health SEE HERE It's quick to download and easy to use. Check it out.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Join the Blue Angels for a Hi-Gee Ride! Passenger passes out 3 times!

SEE HERE The backseat of an F18 can be pretty grueling if you're on a ride with the Navy's exhibition team, the Blue Angels! Check out the videos here for a sense of the experience. There are five videos and they give you a pretty good sense of the experience.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bridgewater College in 3ds Max

This is a fun Senior Seminar Project by one of our CS students ...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

College or Entrepreneurship? Your Call ...

SEE HERE College is the traditional route to the workplace among at least knowledge workers.  But with the high cost and for some majors, low payoff, perhaps there are other models to be considered.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Metal Structures As Light As Air?

SEE HERE Give this a look.  Wow!  The question obviously is how expensive is this stuff going to be and what are all the applications that it lends itself to? 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The combination projector/computer comes closer

Consider that with a small enough computer chip set and a separate screen projection system you can have a computer that doubles as a projector and can fit in your pocket almost before you know it. I've been waiting for this one and here it is! SEE HERE for more.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Turn a Nook Color Into a Full Android Tablet

SEE HERE My son Steve called me the other day to tell me about this (among other things) and it sounds rather cool.  I'll have to think about it.  I have a Nook color and it might be fun to turn it into a tablet.
UPDATE: 10-23-11 Well I've been fooling with my Nook-Color Android N2A and it's interesting but now I have to learn all about Android and the particular version and that's proving to be a bigger learning curve than I expected.  There seem to be a lot of ins and outs about the Market store and apps and fooling with the thing's settings and what not.  But so far it has been fun.

OpenClass LMS from Google and Pearson ... Worth a Look!

The video is hype ... so the question will be "Where's the beef?" and "Does this live up to the hype?"

10 Reasons Why Not ...

SEE HERE This is classic ... the ten excuses in the software world not to do stuff.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Emerging World of Artificial Intelligences

SEE HERE AI writing evaluation ... really!  Check it out here.

Nothing like a Song to Raise Your Spirits

John and Laura singing Digari-Doo

Monday, September 19, 2011

AC-130 Fire From the Sky

This reminds me of the gunships that I saw in Vietnam when I was there in 1970. Some of gunships could put out an incredible rate of fire. I remember the Cobras working the green line that would fire high rate of fire and rocket bursts. Just the thing when NVA units were sneaking out of the jungle to mortar you.

This Talks About Giving a Presentation

SEE HERE Awesomeness and how to develop it.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

I Don't Think I'd Have Done This!

It's one thing to stand behind your product, but this is going beyond the call of duty. I bet that particular panel got a lot of inspection before the test.

Galaxy E-zine

SEE HERE I'm a big fan of science fiction, especially of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. I'm currently reading a book of short stories by H. L. Gold, titled "The Old Die Rich and other Science Fictions Stories." It's a great read and Galaxy and Astounding, later renamed Analog were always my two favorite science fiction magazines. It was because of science fiction that I become both a scientist and a writer.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Science Fiction — Influencing the Future!

I'm a science fiction fan myself, especially the science fiction of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Then New Age came along and wasn't as interesting to me. But I still like space opera and some of the hard science fiction that is still out there.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Shroud of Turin Dating Should Be Redone

Things Are Getting Interesting on the Battlefield

Technology is making the battlefield of the future a whole lot more interesting and safer for the guys that have the technology. The guys that don't have the technology are in a bit more trouble.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Clip About the Face of Jesus History Channel Presentation

SEE HERE The Shroud of Turin is quite a mystery regardless of its authenticity. Here is a YouTube summary of the History Channel Special "The Face of Jesus"

Friday, July 8, 2011

Playing with JGrasp

We did linear data structure animations and trees showing how the tree being constructed varied as we walked through the code. Very fun! Very cool!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: On Fairy Stories

The role of myth to know and recognize truth. A kind of story that resonates the soul even when poorly told — and that is myth!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day: Remembering Mom

Moms are usually not appreciated enough. It's hard to be a mom, especially when your kids are being a pain in the butt. I'm the oldest of ten kids and was a particularly exciting experience because while I was still in the womb and mom and dad were stationed in Hawaii, the Japanese attacked.

Mom and I (inside) were evacuated. Mom used to tell me stories about seeing dad on the deck of the cruiser Detroit waving to her as they were escorted back to the mainland. Then she was pretty much alone in San Francisco, not knowing anyone. I came along on the day of the Battle of Midway and then mom had me to contend with and she'd never taken care of a baby before. I was also a little bit premature. She said I was a blue baby, whatever that means. Mom and I got on well enough. The walls of the apartment must have been very very thin because everyone in the apartment referred to mom as "tinkle darling" from what she would say to me trying to get me potty trained.

As I grew up she was always supportive of my interests. She encouraged my drawing and art and she encouraged my writing. She didn't even get too angry at me when Tom (my younger brother next in line) and I decided to make a death ray and focused it on the backyard through the window. We'd wound a coil of wire from my papers (I had a paper route delivering the Cleveland Press) and we put the ends of the wire in one of these screw in sockets in a floor lamp. As the great scientist I directed my minion, Tom, to turn on the light while I stood safely back by the door. Tom, ever fearless, did that and the wire glowed red and I swear the bedroom lights dimmed, and then the wire melted and glowing drops of metal dropped down onto the hard wood floors. They etched little wiggly black groves in the floor. It makes me wonder if they are still there in that Cleveland Heights house?

Dad wasn't so understanding and gave me hell saying I might have burned the house down and took me down to the basement to see the fusebox which was a really primitive affair because the house was so old.

Mom didn't like my interest in pulp science fiction and she always tried to improve my reading putting me onto many of the great authors that still form a part of my literary landscape today. Mom died in December of 2002, but I still miss her. She was always my biggest fan and always enjoyed listening to my stories. She was a remarkable woman and you can find out more about her at my sister Mary's blog. SEE HERE

Friday, May 6, 2011

Don Williams on the Hypostatic Union

If you love poetry this is very cool!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Fascinating Way of Making a Shroud of Turin Copy

Gaming and Learning: Making the Future

The Epic Win as a motivational factor in becoming good at something, or how gaming is making people virtuosos in something ... urgent optimism, blissful productivity, epic meaning, super-empowered hopeful individuals (at least in the on-line world),

Heritage Foundation Insert On Taxes

Tax Day
Via: Heritage Foundation

Monday, April 11, 2011

On-Line Tutors? Hmmm....

Probably should be compared to Piazzza and Khan Academy. HERE

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Researchers Claim to Have Gotten Control of Quantum Dots

SEE HERE Are quantum dots on the way now? ... Moore's Law continues ... the beat goes on!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Awesome Demonstration of the Willys Jeep

SEE HERE Disassembly and reassembly of a Willys jeep in about 4 minutes. They just don't build-em that way anymore.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dancing Robots

SIGCSE 2010 R0bot Hoedown ... fun!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

1 MW Laser fires 100 ns Pulses: Shades of Buck Rogers

Hobbyist creates laser weapon ... sort of! Check it out at HERE

Monday, March 7, 2011

Coding for Relevance

SEE HERE Computer Science doesn't have to be irrelevant. Projects can meet real life by making a contributions ...

BLACKSBURG, VA. - A Virginia Tech software engineering class in 2009 was discussing world problems and how computer science might offer solutions when a student piped up with a personal gripe.

"You know what I hate?" the student said, according to assistant professor Eli Tilevich, who was teaching the class. "I never know when the bus is coming."... and then there's the rest of the story ...SEE HERE

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Amazing Girandoni Air Rifle

This is a fascinating account of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The triumph of perceptions protected the expedition. Fascinating!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

HP Webcam HD-4110 Capture with Jing
Well that wasn't quite what I expected so I went back to try to figure out how to generate embed code and I think I got it now.

Well that seemed to work so now I can create a video and plug it into Spitzenpopper or my other blogs. Cool!

Friday, February 11, 2011

RIP Ken Olsen

SEE HERE The passing of an era of adventure as computer shrank from massive machines to something you could put in your pocket.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Shuttle Evolution

SEE HERE Worth a look! The whole shuttle evolution through take off which is when the sounds starts.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Is Genesis Concealed In the Chinese Language?

SEE HERE Somewhere in my library I have a little book about this fascinating speculation. This powerpoint presentation presents the intriguing suggestion that you can unpack Chinese glyphs and find Genesis. Decide for yourself!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Human Mind Is Simply Amazing

The unbelievable talent of an autistic man drawing Rome.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sistine Chapel In Virtual Reality

SEE HERE The wonders of the digital age. Here's the Sistine Chapel in all it's impressive artistic ambiance. Click on the link and wait for it to load and then you can spend a good deal of time examining the wonderful artwork.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Check Out the Khan Academy

SEE HERE Digital learning "on-line" all the time. This is an interesting initiative. See HERE for a Jeb Bush moment.

Check Out Piazzza Below

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Guy Steele: Designing By Accident

Guy Steele : Designing By Accident
1:07:12 - 3 years ago
Many design efforts rely on the addition of features. But often the best breakthroughs happen by subtraction, an extreme example of this phenomenon was the development of Scheme. In this talk, Guy Steele will explain what he was trying to do, what went wrong, and why what went wrong was a good thing after all.

Guy Steele: Growing A Language (1998)

Growing a Language, by Guy Steele
53:30 - 3 years ago
Guy Steele's keynote at the 1998 ACM OOPSLA conference on "Growing a Language" discusses the importance of and issues associated with designing a programming language that can be grown by its users