Monday, December 31, 2012

Fun Mischief With "Drones"

  SEE HERE Now that drones (model aircraft with cameras) are so cheap anyone can go around playing.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Wild Stuff That Spins Up On the Internet

Section-2 ... what?  Take down the Fed? All kinds of wild stuff ... It's fun and probably a good source of implausible action adventure movies.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

High Art, Low Art — What Is Art?

Art actually is a word that means being able to do something. The kind of art here is I suppose a kind of "low" art in the sense of appealing to the common person. But what is really art is something that appeals to the sense of beauty or quality in people. What commonly goes by the name of art is often not very artful in that sense. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien agreed that myth was about what is true, it expresses a truth that cannot be expressed in any other way. I think art is like that. To be truly art it must express something that rings of truth.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Time Lapse From Orbit

The Dead Sea Scrolls Go On-Line

SEE HERE The world of the future will be very different than today.  Virtually everything will be accessible at the click of a button, that is if we can keep from killing ourselves in the meantime.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The True Myth

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in conversation.  This video is a conflation of several conversations that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien had which express the nature of "myth" and the foundational reality of the myth made real, the intersection in history of God and man.  Myth is more than story for as Lewis said "a myth is a story that moves you no matter how badly told."  I'm not sure I have that exact since I'm quoting from memory, but it is the characteristic that is a signature of myth.  We are each mini-myths in a way.  Reality is woven of all our threads as the Fates spin, measure out, weave and cut our lives so that we create the majestic tapestry which is the reality conceived by the Creator.

Firepower: the AA-12

Great video!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Confessions of a Bibliophile

SEE HERE I confess that I only have 10,000 books so the idea of someone having 50,000 fills me with a certain sentiment that some might mistake for envy.  I can really sympathize with the idea of whiling away time in used book stores.  They are filled with old books and it is well understood by every bibliophile that old books are better than new books almost always.  Why that is I'm not entirely sure but I suspect it has something to do with the slow degeneration of the society so that increasingly new books are not about anything really worth reading about.  Of course the people that get these books don't quite get that.  Perhaps they would if they were to follow C.S. Lewis's advice to read an old book every time after reading a new book.  Of course that means you have to find an old book.  The libraries, run no doubt with the best of intentions are throwing out the old books so that soon enough they have nothing in them worth reading.  On the other hand that means you can get the really good books, that is the old books, at bargain prices.  There, I've given away the secret.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Flying to New Zealand? Here's Your Safety Briefing

3D Printing of Gun Parts? How Things Have Changed

SEE HERE Check it out.  It doesn't last long due no doubt to the strength of materials issues but it is still fascinating what people are doing with the 3D printing technology as it matures.  MORE

Friday, November 30, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

C.S. Lewis and Scientism

The Amazing Jeep

WATCH THIS Click this to see an amazing demonstration of the versatility of the WWII jeep.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nuclear Rocket Program NERVA Was Cancelled in 1972

The nuclear engine program was an amazingly successful program which was cancelled due to the usual wimp factors.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lenticular Graphics

These are quite impressive compared to the usual two views examples.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Soon You'll Be Able To Carry A Capable Projector In You Pocket

SEE HERE Projectors are shrinking. The latest technology makes it fairly easy to get one in a brief case. They just keep on shrinking.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

LENR — Is The Breakthrough Near? Stay Tuned

SEE HERE I've been interested in the science that broke into public awareness as "cold fusion" for a long time. The reason is that something was obviously going on. The difficulty of pinning it down made a lot of people abandon the work but it may be getting close to producing something actually marketable and if so the interest is likely to surge.

The Tyranny of Government Healthcare

WATCH THIS Watch this and see what this physician thinks the effects of Obamacare will be. This is tyranny plain and simple and it degrades healthcare, it doesn't enhance it.

Awesome Application For Monitors

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Imagineering Beyond The Horizon

GLASS OF THE FUTURE I'm skeptical but then who would have imagined 128 Gigs on a gadget the size of a pack of chewing gum and for only $179.95 which is what it is selling for at Staples right now.  I mean ... it's hard to tell what is possible as technology continues to roll.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Monkeybrains Don't Know Everything

Bill Whittle suggests a little humility.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Equations That Rule the World

Whoever thinks that mathematics isn't useful simply is clueless.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Microsoft Surface to Challenge Apple iPad

SEE HERE This should be interesting.  MORE HERE I have more than enough arrows in my back from being an early adopter of technology.  Frankly I'm not impressed by tablets.  I've played with iPads and have a Galaxy Android tablet and like the second reference I've hardly used it.  It doesn't fit into any niche in my life.  I use my KindleFire a whole lot more.

Maple Seed Drones ... Fascinating

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Treasure Trove of Fairy Tales

SEE HERE As a big fan together with my role models C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien of fairy it is a pleasure to hear that many heretofore forgotten fairy tales have been rediscovered.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Learning on I-Pad from Pearson — Blended or On-Line Courses

Where is education going? The Internet changes everything.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Two Variable Statistics Calculators

Two variable statistics calculators of essential if you want to do linear correlations.  Here is a page from Texas Instruments web site showing range of solar powered calculators capable of two variable statistics.

Mozilla Firefox — A Browser That's Making A Difference


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Piazza Continued

SEE HERE That's a literal "see here" because it is a link to a video by Piazza's founder. Piazza is a cool work sharing environment for students who can share all kinds of things on-line while they are working. It probably needs a little motivation to get going ... nothing like a hard assignment to get students working together. I've used it and if you get the students using it then they learn more, have more fun, and you get some valuable feedback on what is giving them problems.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Spitfire versus Me-109 — You Are There!

SEE HERE Great footage about a little known fact of World War II history.  Sometime very interesting stories live on the margins of history. The video window below is a short video about how the effects were achieved.

Visual Effects Breakdowns - The German from Nick Ryan on Vimeo.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012