Sunday, December 14, 2014

Shroud of Turin 101: Fifteen Minutes with Russ Breault

Great summary provided by Russ Breault, a friend of mine.  Check out his website HERE

The Fate of Pompeii ... Museum Animation

A Day in Pompeii, a Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, was held at Melbourne Museum from 26 June to 25 October 2009. Over 330,000 people visited the exhibition -- an average of more than 2,700 per day -- making it the most popular traveling exhibition ever staged by an Australian museum.

Zero One created the animation for an immersive 3D theatre installation which gave visitors a chance to feel the same drama and terror of the town's citizens long ago, and witness how a series of eruptions wiped out Pompeii over 48 hours.

This video is available in full HD stereo. Please get in touch with Zero One through their website for licensing information for exhibitions, television and other media or to discuss 3D Visualisation solutions. Copyright 2010 Zero One Animation and Melbourne Museum.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Statesmen? Are There Any Of Those Left?

Fine Tuning The Universe For Life — Ridiculous Did You Say

SEE HERE The article points out the ridiculously low probability of life given the size of the possible configuration space of the hypervolume of possible universal constants. Here's what the author says:

"The probability of the existence of life is thus calculated by dividing the volume of configuration space compatible with the existence of life, between the volume of the total configuration space (the infinite continuum). ... Some scientists believe that the probability that the universe fulfills all the necessary conditions could be between 0 and 10^-500."

In short them there seems little doubt that the universe is fine tuned for life.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

My Paper At The Shroud Of Turin Conference In October

For videos of all the papers given at the conference (well most of them anyway) can be found HERE.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ocean Influences On Our Weather

Great video on the oceans.  Great visuals!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Picam ... A New Paradigm In Compact Imaging Technology

Array image processing in a tiny flat array with amazing capabilities.  Check it out!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Proper Word For This Is "Amazing"!

Pit stops at the Indianapolis 500 in 1950 and in 2013 — The Contrast Is Amazing.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Clipping Application

Links to this and other information about "clipping" arrived in my email basket this morning. This is just one more step on a long process that will slowly evolve a follow on to paper books. Paper books evolved over many centuries first no doubt from notes on clay tablets to papyrus to scrolls in papyrus or parchment, to the codex format and then through printing first by woodcuts and finally moveable type. The flexibility of the underlying medium, paper, allowed readers to take notes easily and associate them with the text they were reading. Digital and electronic media are in their infancy so have not evolved the convenience of paper, and frankly have a long way to go. Just the human machine interface is still quite clumsy with the keyboard, generally no graphical interface so you can't make little helpful sketches in the margins, and so forth. Over time we can expect all that to change and that will be interesting.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Fireworks From The Inside With A Little Drone

Awesome ... great fun and not at all dangerous except to the little drone.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Robots Are Coming, The Robots Are Coming

Back in the 1970s I worked for a while on UAVs (Unmannded Autonomous Vehicles), basically drones used for surveillance. They have been developed far more now than they were then, but the ideas are the same. The UAV doesn't require all the equipment that supports the pilot and so can be much more weight efficient and also they can be built to have higher performance than a man can handle. As technology gets smaller, more powerful, and cheaper the capability of UAVs just gets better and better. This video shows some of Israeli drone technology. There is of course much much more.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Space Moving Forward!

  Frankly, the space program as begun by JFK was a publicity stunt not too unlike the usual Democrat moves to create news stories to distract people.  The Democrats had been closing all sorts of space related programs when he announced the space program.  It was phony in the sense that it replaced a sustainable program with a space race publicity stunt.  We're paying for that now.  No doubt we'll find a way to use it as a stunt again since the U.S. is really bad at sustainable programs.  When there is a useful reason to go into space for good then the industrial base will do it right.  In the mean time the government just screws it up.  Why else is it that we can't send our own astronauts using our own equipment to our own space station.  It's a joke!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Barrie Schwortz On The Shroud of Turin

Barrie is the documenting photographer for the 1978 STURP project.  Always worth a listen.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Robots Are Coming ... The Robots Are Coming!

SEE HERE  I'm not sure how happy you'll be with a car that thinks it knows better than you do and intervenes to stop you from doing something you're doing by braking or steering or accelerating or doing whatever it decides to do to stop a situation it "thinks" it understands.  Machines are only as good as their programming and being a computer programmer myself I'm not all that sure that it's a good idea to let some machine drive a car.  Just the liability implications strike me as a bit ominous.  Still quite fascinating! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Jump From 128,100 Feet

SEE HERE The jump of a lifetime ... great video.

Friday, March 21, 2014

C. G. Jung On The World Within Each Of Us

I find Carl Jung interesting and I think C.S. Lewis found him interesting as well which only enhances his interest for me.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Notetaking 101

SEE HERE  One of the tragic things today is that students are in many cases not learning to write cursive.  That compromises notetaking but even worse is never learning how to take and use notes to enhance the effectiveness of your learning experience.  The link here is to a resource to help you learn to take more effective notes and to arrange your notes so that you get the most out of them.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mid Air Rendezvous

WATCH HERE Rendezvous between hawk and hang-glider pilot on multiple occasions.  Very cool!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Morphing Fifty Beautiful Women

SEE HERE  Worth a look-see just to see the morphing!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bill Gates In His Own Speak

  This is a fun video!  I was fascinated to discover 1) his foundation is giving away about 4 billion dollars a year to fund various causes (some of which I don't agree with but it's not my money), and 2) he loves The Teaching Company, now known as The Great Courses, which is something we share.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Listen To Katrina Pierson A Candidate For Congress In TX-32

LISTEN HERE Katrina Pierson has been endorsed by Sarah Palin and she's got the fundamental authenticity that Sarah has and she's focused on taking out a RINO. The more RINOs we take out the more real Conservatives advance. Only by shifting the political focus of Congress do we have a chance of really turning things around.

Fun Gadget For Urban Mobility

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Ocean Beach That Is All Weather And Inside

This reminded me of L5, the concept of an O'Neil space colony.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Terrorists Have To Face The MUSIC

WATCH HERE  Check out the video of the surface to air missile engagement system that could protect airliners from missiles fired by terrorists.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014