Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
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.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Sunday, November 08, 2015
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: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lansey/loud-mini-bicycle-horn
Thursday, November 05, 2015
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:
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 just because there's a picture with a quote next to it. –Abraham LincolnThanks https://favordelivery.com for the glasses.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Trains carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota travel through Teaneck and other Bergen County towns regularly before arriving at a refinery in Philadelphia. Their numbers have increased exponentially in the past few years, and several derailments have occurred in Canada and across the United States.
To the editor,
A recent article about the freight trains carrying Bakken crude oil running through Teaneck ("Resolution for trains to stop idling passes", Sept. 17, 2015) claimed that "[t]heir numbers have increased exponentially in the past few years..." This is not correct. "Exponentially" is not a more dramatic way of saying "rapidly" -- it means "at a rate proportional to the current value".
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (http://eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_railna_a_epc0_rail_mbbl_m.htm), crude oil traveling by rail from the midwest (i.e. North Dakota) to the northeast (i.e. Teaneck) has increased roughly linearly since 2012, at a rate around 4.3 million barrels per year (see: http://imgur.com/B9HmRfC), which corresponds to approximately 6,000 extra tanker cars per year.
While the (linear) rate of increasing oil traffic may still be very concerning to residents, like myself, who live within the "danger zone" of the tracks, we should, at the very least, be accurate in our descriptions of the situation.
Eli Lansey, Ph.D.
Sunday, September 06, 2015
Here is my little cell phone image where you can see the correct location of the nut after I popped it back in. Happy fixing!
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Nap location:If you have your own office, its easy, just close the door and lay on the floor. I work with an open floor plan nowadays though - but if your company is cool enough to have an open floor plan then they probably also have little phone-booths with chairs you can kick back in. The key to napping upright in a chair is the lean your head back on something (your sweatshirt). Your neck won't support your head once you fall asleep so if it isn't supported you'll wake as soon as you nod off.
Don't nap on your desk. It is best to separate your exact nap location from your exact work location or you might think about napping too much.
Nap length/time:I usually set my alarm for 20 minutes, but find myself waking regularly after about 15 minutes. I wouldn't recommend napping for longer than 20 minutes, but if that works for you then okay!
For me the best time to nap is sometime after lunch, anytime between 1 and 5. I know its naptime when I feel like I can't keep my eyes open and can't stand on my feet. This is easier to feel if you have a standing desk; and if you don't have a standing desk then go and make a standing desk.
Falling asleep / waking up:Don't think about napping or about trying to fall asleep, I usually think about something technical like trying to find a solution for something at work. The key is to keep muscles relaxed, don't move. The truth is it doesn't matter if you actually fall asleep - having a uber relaxing moment is still great!
When you have that moment that you realize you were just asleep - that is when you get up. Don't wait for your alarm, don't lament that it was "only five minutes." Congrats you napped!
Feel free to comment if you have questions!
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
My old microwave
Where I linked some great microwave recipes from my old online cookbook.
But the foosball post is golden:
Also let me know if you live in Boston and want a rusty grill+propane tank or a most-inefficient air conditioner which sucks hot air in from outside while it cools.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Six months ago I planted a bit that was growing off the end of a sweet potato inside of an orange juice bottle. The other day I had to repot it and ... Wow! Some baby sweet potatoes were almost randomly scattered around the roots. I'm going to eat two tiny ones but most I repotted to see if they grow bigger.
Note: the bolt cutters were needed to get the Orange juice bottle open.
Friday, July 03, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Use only as a facial tissue.I am not the first person to notice this bizarre warning. Someone even wrote a hilarious song based on it:
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
tractates contained within. However, translating the first three:
1. First Gate
2. Last Gate
3. Middle Gate
Friday, May 29, 2015
This postage stamp, connected with two packing slips, escaped free of the little customs baggie on the box, aaaaaaand traveled all the way to the customer in Norway. Actual box with the bike horn was nowhere to be found, they literately received exactly what you see here in this picture and nothing more.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
To the editor,
I am writing in response to the "Perhaps try slowing down" letter from May 21.
I wholeheartedly agree with much of what Mr. Mather writes regarding the correct response to a "road bully". I, personally, am happy to drive with cruise control set to 25, with an aggressive driver riding my tail.
However, I must point out an inaccuracy in Mr. Mather's letter. He states "Getting someplace five minutes FASTER [emphasis mine] is not worth the life of the person you might hit while driving so fast in these neighborhoods." The entire stretch of Sussex/Garrison -- the road under discussion -- is just 1.9 miles long. Driving at 25 mph, nonstop, takes 4.6 minutes. There is no speed one could drive which would get you across town five minutes quicker; traveling infinitely fast will only save you 4.6 minutes. Even if you consider the worst-case-scenario of waiting at a full red light cycle of the traffic light, you would need to drive at approximately 1,900 mph to save five minutes, thus exceeding the current land speed record by a factor of 2.5!
So, for the record, driving at 30mph saves you 45 seconds, 35mph saves you 1.3min, and 45mph saves you a whopping two minutes.
Eli Lansey, Ph.D.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
- This picture was taken from the passenger side of the car. Be safe when driving!
- The splotches are an artifact of a refresh rate, moving car, and cellphone camera. In real life, it looks solid.
- I am incredibly annoyed by the different fonts and sizes of the two different 13s. It's a digital sign with digital fonts, not sure how this screwup happened.
- Finally, the left part of the sign says "13 MILES l3 MIN" And yet, the speed limit sign says 55mph. Which is it, folks? At 55mph, it should take 14.1 mins to travel 13 miles, so rounding to nearest integer, it should say "13 miles 14 minutes". On the other hand, if you're travelling at 55mph for 13 mins, you travel a distance of 11.9 miles, so rounding to nearest integer it should say "12 miles 13 minutes". In fact, using rounding (nearest integer, ceiling or floor) there is no way to get (rounded to 13) miles in (rounded to 13) minutes. So, I think it's safe to drive at 60mph there, and rely on physics in when you get a ticket.