Thursday, December 30, 2010
Also, as with last year, I set up a time lapse movie of the snowstorm:
Check it on YouTube for the full HD version. You'll notice the snow piled up on the window this year, blocking the shot. I needed to knock some away at around 10:30PM.
Also, our hilarious friends drove out in the blizzard to make a cameo appearance and dance in the movie.
And, while I'm not sure if we got as much snow as Aryeh and The Parentals,
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
"Hi I'm Jimmy Wales, I'm really upset that you don't recognize my face even though I created one of the biggest websites in the word. Really I should be a humongous celebrity by now so I'm going to post my picture up here so that I can become as famous as I deserve to be."
The news is generally misunderstanding "Pending changes" which is actually a large improvement over the previous method of locking contested pages.
"People used to have to register to make these sort of changes to high profile Wikipedia pages and then wait a few days. Now they can upload the changes without registering and wait to see if they are uploaded.” --J. Wales
About wikipedia losing users:
To hear about the guy himself who did the research. It wasn't really a mistake on his part, but on the part of the press who misinterpreted the results (surprise!) you can go here.
He links the wikipedia page on it here:
Thursday, December 23, 2010
He was very excited to go inside our clean room
And, it's never to early to get started with laser safety!
Also, a reminder to vote for my "Holiday Spikey" once a day through Jan 3rd.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
eddy. This particular eddy is a rather strong one and this is due to a ton of factors, precise geometry, predominant wind directions, vegetation and any number of other things.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
- Pasta/Rice that you cook at home and bring in a Tupperware
- Beans from a can, you can keep many cans in your office
- Cheese, if your office has a fridge you can keep it there
- Fresh greens, cilantro for example, you can bring these in the same container as the pasta/rice
- Spread the pasta/rice on a plate
- Spread the beans on the pasta/rice
- Spread the cheese on the beans
- Microwave for about 3 mins
- Add the greens and eat!
- Long grain rice
- Brown rice
- Basmati rice
- Short grain rice
- Wild rice
- Black beans
- Red kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Lima beans
- Roman beans
- Extra sharp cheddar
- Fresh mozzarella
- Monterey jack
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Spikey kit. Inside that was this:
The instructions said to take a photo of Spikey in a place I might need facts. So, here it is in the softwall cleanroom on an optical bench in my lab:
But now, it's time for me to ask all blog readers to: Vote for my Spikey! (even though there are other really impressive Spikeys on the site.) You can vote once a day from now through January 3, 2011. And I can win prizes! And you can win prizes! So, vote early! And vote often!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This past week I decided to make Eggplant Parmesan. I know that this is something that lots of people do make, but to me its something to be bought, so I cooked it instead.
I have my breading station all set up, flour, eggs and then bread crumbs mixed with spices.
There is a lot going on in this picture. In the back I have some breaded eggplants slices ready to pan fry. then in the middle I have some slices pan frying and the sauce pot. In front I have one layer of sauce, then eggplant, then more sauce, then cheese. The second layer of eggplant is in the middle of going on top of that.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
DESKTOP WIND TURBINE MODELSThat makes about as much sense as a geothermal-powered hydroelectric dam model.
A must-give to an eco-conscious engineering friend, these miniature models of the towering wind-farm giants are precision engineered to rotate at authentic speeds using solar power.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
- From 1863-1938 Thanksgiving was on the last Thursday of November
- From 1939-1941 Thanksgiving was on the 4th, 3rd and 3rd Thursdays for some of the country ("Democratic Thanksgiving"), and on the last Thursdays for other parts ("Republican Thanksgiving").
- From 1942-current Thanksgiving is on the 4th Thursday of November for almost the entire country (execpt Texas, which still celebrated "Republican Thanksgiving" in 1956)
Basically, after assembling all the Thanksgiving dates in a list thanksgivings, I used the CalendarChange function to map them from Gregorian dates to dates in the Jewish calendar:
So, enough technobabble, here are the results of when Thanksgiving falls out relative to Chanukah.
Also, these are the only predictable times it will ever happen. The Jewish calendar drifts around 4.3 days later every 1000 years, and I checked dates for next 10,000+ years. Chanukah does not even fall out in November after 2887. At some point [definitely by the year 15115, when Passover falls out in the summer] the Jewish calendar will need to be corrected/replaced; until such a time these are the date.
So, in 2013 Chanukah and Thanksgiving will fall out on the same day! Ladies and gentlemen, when, in three years, lots of people start talking about this incredibly rare occurrence, remember: You saw it here first!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
"Squint into the image, you will see a 3D effect....."
- All I can see is penguins and splodges.
- Now I'm seeing Dracula.
- Now it looks like a building, castle maybe?
- I couldnt see anything at first apart from penguins, but now I can see aliens!
- Yes, but concentrate on the picture now.
- No , it looks like a camel or something.... You can't mistake the two...!Quote:Hey Glen, you're not subliminary trying to show us the artwork that got taken off last week are you?
- I see a tropical fish.
- OK, just had anther look in the hope that being tipsy might give me a second sight....nope, just penguins and smudgy marks still.
- I can see Michael Jackson... I think
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Shame, though. Could have been really neat to find my orangutan relatives!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
- Their nest is about a 3 minute ant walk from my office. I know this because from the time the first ant noticed food it took about six minutes before he returned and a few ants ventured out attempting to follow the first ant's trail.
- Ants like things they can chew quickly, like reeses peanut butter cups, not things that are harder to chew like hershey's milk chocolate. This "like" manifests itself rather indirectly as follows:
-Food chewed off quickly allows each ant return faster to the nest, bringing out more ants at a much faster rate than food chewed slowly.
- These ants do not follow their trails very closely. Since the food source is very spread out, it makes sense for the ants to diverge a bit from their trails in order to get more food. Army ants (the kinds that can make ant mills) target more precise areas and so need to follow their trails very closely.
- These ants cannot swim. This is great because it means that my ant-moat works! (see photo). I will next try to make a dry version of ant protection so that I don't need to keep cleaning out the dead ants every week.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
In other news, my post about the dot and cross products on Behind the Guesses got linked to by a math professor at Stony Brook University!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
At the end of the list I have added Zeta, because I have had no two professors every draw it the same and once it took me two lectures to figure out that the squiggly the teacher was drawing was Zeta.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
First, I measured the existing sign, which got me some strange looks in the elevator. Then, I used Inkscape to draw the existing sign, as well as the changes I wanted to make:
Our lab has a big printer for printing posters, and things like that, so I printed the "very temporary" addition out on it and trimmed out the center:
With a few pieces of masking tape on the back, I was ready to go! I rode up to the 13th floor, held the door open with my backpack, and attached the sign:
Anyway, I rode the elevator up and down for around 15-20 minutes to see people's reactions. I don't have the hidden camera/microphone supplies of the Improv Everywhere guys, so you'll have to take my word for the reactions. Most people either didn't notice or didn't react. Some people thought it was funny (one or two camera phone pictures were taken) and some people got very confused. I needed to leave the elevator eventually because some guy noticed I kept riding the thing up and down (also, I was getting a bit motion sick).
I printed a second sign that got the width right, but I still need to adjust the color and height.
The really strange thing, though, is that I think someone else might have been pranking the system at the same time! I noticed that some floor signs outside the elevator had been covered:
I'm thinking this might have had a better effect if I covered the existing sign, but that might seriously confuse innocent people and the sign would probably have a mush shorter half life. Maybe I'll give it a shot anyway, though (April 1st isn't that far away...). I'd love to hit all 3 elevators at once (maybe I'll rope my labmates into helping out), so, if anyone has any ideas for other symbols to mix up in the labels, let's hear 'em (someone already suggested The Artist Formerly Known As Prince's strange symbol). Also, if anyone has ideas for a way to cheaply and inconspicuously record people's reactions, let me know, too.