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!