Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Monumental Election

No not the presidential election ... but the local Medford elections I previously blogged about when two candidates evidently escaped prison.

I apologize to Michael for posting this too late to help his election campaign ... please put jokes in the comments if you can think of any!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

It's a girl!

Last Tuesday evening, Stacy gave birth to a 8lb, 4oz baby girl. Stacy and Baby are both home and doing well.
I'll blog about her name at a later point

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

my Magic Eye pictures, used as album art

I was just investigating a strange bump in the number of hits to my personal website and I discovered something. Almost all of these new hits were from Google image searches landing on a page I made talking about Magic Eye stereograms.

I've always had a surprisingly large number of hits for this page and I always though it was for my most awesome magic eye... this one below which is a 3D topographical map of Antarctica and it is drawn out of penguins. It has been shared numerous places (all without my permission and most credit).

But no, by far the more popular image on the page is the one below. The base for it was drawn crudely by hand and is just a crooked spelling of my last name with some random circle blobs at the top right. Based on a few of the albums it has been shared in, it seems that the look of the picture brings back memories of all those poor quality graphics that were everywhere in the 90's. So people share it, amazingly right alongside some really well done stereograms of cool stuff!

The most hilarious location has got to be - the zooboks safari album art. Their whole site looks kind of like a magic eye and they topped it off by choosing my image for their album art.

Check it out and listen to the music here:

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Google's Food Detection Algorithm is Not Bad

I was scrolling through Google photos when I noticed they had auto-categorized some of my pictures. Overall I have to say their algorithm was not too bad. It was able to recognize (from left to right) a watermelon, a microscope picture of a strawberry and a microscope picture of homemade bread. Taken with my smartphone microscope of course.

It trips up a bit when it gets to what the majority of my photos contain ... bike horns. These particular images show me digitally marking up an early 3D printed horn prototype to communicate design changes to Chris, the industrial designer for Loud Bicycle.

While we are on the topic, please check out the Kickstarter for the new bike horn that will be even better than the last horn. As of this posting we have not yet reached the goal, so please support it!

And for that I present what I think is the very first animated GIF in LanseyBrothers Blog history.

Seriously though, have we ever had an animate gif before?

Friday, November 13, 2015

national grid has no idea who we are

National Grid has absolutely no idea who we are, so they addressed the envelope to "Or Current Resident"

Sunday, November 08, 2015

New Loud Bicycle Kickstarter

Thanks to everyone in my family who helped! I couldn't have done it without you!

To back the project and get a Loud Mini pop over to this link:

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A new paper

I just had a paper, "Measurement of Photon Sorting at Microwave Frequencies in a Cavity Array Metasurface" (based on some of my dissertation work, believe it or not) published in IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. It was a ridiculous review process and I owe many thanks to Isroel Mandel for his efforts getting this darn thing published. This is not an open-access paper, so let me know if you want a copy.

The basic idea in this paper is an experimental extension of previous results. In the previous paper, we demonstrated in simulation how electromagnetic fields are spectrally and spatially split into different regions of a metamaterial structure. In this paper we report how we measured this field splitting:
We also demonstrated how this method might be expanded to include three different, distinct absorption frequencies.

For the rest of the info, read the paper!

Lansey, E., et al., "Measurement of Photon Sorting at Microwave Frequencies in a Cavity Array Metasurface," in Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on, vol.63, no.10, pp.4521-4524, Oct. 2015

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Don't believe everything you read on the internet

We finally have the real Abraham Lincoln that is credited with that famous quote
Don't believe everything you read on the internet just because there's a picture with a quote next to it. –Abraham Lincoln  
Thanks for the glasses.