Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last fortune cookie of 2009

You will find great fortunes
in unexpected places.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time

Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time

December 21, 2009 By Lisa Zyga

Model of the brain-machine interface for real-time synthetic speech production. The stroke-induced lesion (red X) disables speech output, but speech motor planning in the cerebral cortex remains intact. Signals collected from an electrode in the speech motor cortex are amplified and sent wirelessly across the scalp as FM radio signals. The Neuralynx System amplifies, converts, and sorts the signals. The neural decoder then translates the signals into speech commands for the speech synthesizer. Credit: Guenther, et al.

(PhysOrg.com) -- By implanting an electrode into the brain of a person with locked-in syndrome, scientists have demonstrated how to wirelessly transmit neural signals to a speech synthesizer. The "thought-to-speech" process takes about 50 milliseconds - the same amount of time for a non-paralyzed, neurologically intact person to speak their thoughts. The study marks the first successful demonstration of a permanently installed, wireless implant for real-time control of an external device.

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Betcha can't eat just one...

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I just wanted a little milk...

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

What are your readings ...

From the right smart tumblr: Stood in the Maasai Mara

“William. What are your readings from the barometers of life?”

- Sabaiya

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Vero decor

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Uh, Merry Christmas?!?

Google News

Bunning Misses Historic Health Care Reform Vote

WTVQ - ‎11 hours ago‎
Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning was the only senator to miss the Senate's historic Christmas Eve vote on health care reform. His office says he had family commitments at home in Kentucky.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Health Care Reform: between the devil and the deep blue sea...

I am torn.  On one hand I strongly advocate Health Care Reform _and_ endorse the efforts of our current administration (and both sides of the aisle) to forge the best resolve they can muster.

Then I read this from a decidedly opinionated organization... Firedoglake

The Senate health care bill is an ungodly mess of errors, loopholes, and massive giveaways. When the American people find out what's actually in this bill, they will revolt. Here's why:

  1. Forces you to pay up to 8% of your income to private insurance corporations -- whether you want to or not (#)
  2. If you refuse to buy the insurance,  you'll have to pay penalties of up to 2% of your annual income to the IRS (#)
  3. After being forced to pay thousands in premiums for junk insurance, you can still be on the hook for up to $11,900 a year in out-of-pocket medical expenses (#)
  4. Massive restriction on a woman's right to choose, designed to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court (#)
  5. Paid for by taxes on the middle class insurance plan you have right now through your employer, causing them to cut back benefits and increase co-pays (#)
  6. Many of the taxes to pay for the bill start now, but most Americans won't see any benefits -- like an end to discrimination against those with preexisting conditions -- until 2014 when the program begins (#)
  7. Allows insurance companies to charge people who are older 300% more than others (#)
  8. Grants monopolies to drug companies that will keep generic versions of expensive biotech drugs from ever coming to market (#)
  9. No reimportation of prescription drugs, which would save consumers $100 billion over 10 years (#)
  10. The cost of medical care will continue to rise, and insurance premiums for a family of four will rise an average of $1000 a year -- meaning in 10 years, you family's insurance premium will be $10,000 more annually than it is right now (#)

We desperately need health care reform.  But we can't pass the Senate's bill. 

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Something better...

Something better...

1 (obvious): Excuse me. Is that your nose or did a bus park on your face?
2 (meteorological): Everybody take cover. She's going to blow.
3 (fashionable): You know, you could de-emphasize your nose if you wore
something larger. Like ... Wyoming.
4 (personal): Well, here we are. Just the three of us.
5 (punctual): Alright gentlemen. Your nose was on time but you were fifteen
minutes late.
6 (envious): Oooo, I wish I were you. Gosh. To be able to smell your
own ear.
7 (naughty): Pardon me, Sir. Some of the ladies have asked if you wouldn't
mind putting that thing away.
8 (philosophical): You know. It's not the size of a nose that's important.
It's what's in it that matters.
9 (humorous): Laugh and the world laughs with you. Sneeze and its goodbye
Seattle.
10 (commercial): Hi, I'm Earl Schibe and I can paint that nose for $39.95.
11 (polite): Ah. Would you mind not bobbing your head. The orchestra keeps
changing tempo.
12 (melodic): Everybody! "He's got the whole world in his nose."

-- Steve Martin, "Roxanne"

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Lieberman Socks

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Christmas Magic

Christmas Magic at the Aramingo Diner

Last Saturday, Dec. 5th, something startling and wonderful happened at The Aramingo Diner in Port Richmond.

The 52-year-old landmark restaurant at 3356 Aramingo Ave. is open 24 hours a day, so it’s always a-bustle. But the place really hops during weekend breakfast and lunch time. Last Saturday was no different, and both wings of the diner – the booth area and the bigger dining room – were lively.

The manager on duty, Linda (who asked that I not mention her last name here, for reasons I can’t get into but let’s just say everything worked out okay…), tells me that a couple in their 30s paid their check at the register, then asked the cashier to let them secretly pay the check of another couple in the dining room – a couple they didn’t know.

“They just wanted to do it,” she said. “They thought it would be a nice thing to do.”

When the unsuspecting patrons went to pay their check, they were floored to find out that strangers had picked up their tab. So they asked the cashier to let them pay another table’s check, also anonymously.

When that table’s patrons approached the register, they, too, decided to pay the favor forward for yet another table of unsuspecting strangers.

You know where this is going, right?

(Read the whole thing here... Suburban Guerrilla)

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Feeling disillusioned?

I've got some great new illusions, right here!

  -- Fortune stolen from Slackware login

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

The way that you wander...

The way that you wander is the way that you choose,
the day that you tarry is a day that you lose...

- Jeremiah Johnson

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

All along the watchtower...

Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.
                -- Bob Dylan

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OMG! What _is_ the world coming to???

Swedish Diplomat Fired For Smuggling Stockings

A Swedish diplomat allegedly smuggled tights and nylon stockings from Belarus to Russia. NTV television reports he was caught on tape handing over the legwear from the trunk of his car. The tape also showed the car's red diplomatic plates.

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International Pippa Day!

International Pippa Day!

- AKMA

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On a winter's day....

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No spilled milk...

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Big Mac Attack

Toms Hardware

p1070618

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A successful life

"A successful life is not something you simply pursue, it is something that you create, moment by moment."
 - Bill Strickland

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Designed for aging... (Must see)

Thanks Crabby Old Lady (at the bottom of the post)
... Oh yeah, read the entire post too!

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Dr. John, the Night Tripper


Mac Rebennack (aka, Dr. John, the Night Tripper)

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Monday, December 14, 2009

GE's Immelt leading the next American Revolution

From Business Week...

The Immelt Revolution
He's turning GE's culture upside down, demanding far more risk and innovation

Despite his air of easy-going confidence, Jeffrey R. Immelt admits to two fears: that General Electric Co. (GE ) will become boring, and that his top people might act like cowards. That's right: cowards. He worries that GE's famous obsession with bottom-line results -- and tendency to get rid of those who don't meet them -- will make some execs shy away from taking risks that could revolutionize the company. volution
He's turning GE's culture upside down, demanding far more risk and innovation

Despite his air of easy-going confidence, Jeffrey R. Immelt admits to two fears: that General Electric Co. (GE ) will become boring, and that his top people might act like cowards. That's right: cowards. He worries that GE's famous obsession with bottom-line results -- and tendency to get rid of those who don't meet them -- will make some execs shy away from taking risks that could revolutionize the company.


from SmartPlanet...

A corporate hero for our time

What makes Immelt heroic is that, while other executives were betting on finance, on imports from China or on real estate, he has bet his company on America. That may be an extraordinary claim. But here is some extraordinary proof:

Immelt is hiring Americans to work
Immelt is hiring Americans to work
Immelt is hiring Americans to work on big problems

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The Zen of Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh: 'Don't just do something; sit there.'

Thich Nhat Hanh: 'You are, therefore I am.' Another of his sayings is, 'Don't just do something; sit there.'

One of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most important ideas is ‘interbeing’, which concerns the mutual interconnectedness of all living things. As he describes it in his book Being Peace: ‘I am, therefore you are. You are, therefore I am. That is the meaning of the word “interbeing”’.

Interbeing contains a very clear empathetic element, which is that we become more compassionate when we imagine ourselves in someone else’s place and understand their suffering. The challenge he raises is that we need to empathise with everybody – not just people we know and care about, but strangers and those who we might despise. This is nowhere better illustrated than in his extraordinary prayer-poem ‘Please Call Me By My True Names’.

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super slow shutter speeds

Smashing Apps

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

When all you have is war...

When all you have is a "justified" war then all you have is the same old excuse.

An excuse to send someone elses' children to fight and die for failing politicians and monied interests.  Consider sending your own children - then see if this justified war is worth it.


When all you have is a Military Industrial Complex then every resolution looks like a war.  Again!

Afghanistan = Vietnam (Why! Why? Why...)


When all you have are Generals everything looks like a reason to send more troops.


If all you have are Generals then everything looks like a military conflict.
                                            - Papa

(If all you have is a hammer then everything looks like a nail.)

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Friday, December 11, 2009

NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center

NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center


Latest SOHO EIT 195 Image
Latest SOHO EIT 195 image, link to large image

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You Have Zero Privacy Anyway -- Get Over It

This is an excerpt from the article... (My comments follow.)

You Have Zero Privacy Anyway -- Get Over It

posted by David Adams on Fri 11th Dec 2009 01:25 UTC
[Google CEO Eric ] Schmidt said: "I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines -- including Google -- do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."

I think the portion of that statement that's sparked the most outrage is the "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place" part. That's a colossally boneheaded thing to say, and I'll bet Schmidt lives to regret being so glib, if he didn't regret it within minutes of it leaving his mouth. As many people have pointed out, there are a lot of things you could be doing or thinking about that you don't want other people to be watching or to know about, and that are not the least bit inappropriate for you to be doing, such as using the toilet, trying to figure out how to cure your hemorrhoids, or singing Miley Cyrus songs in the shower.


Schmidt's quote deserves a variation on the Fortune Cookie treatment - adding "on line" to the end of the "colossally boneheaded thing to say".  Schmidt is absolutely right to suggest that "...maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place" + "on line".  Conversely David Adams' argument that "there are lots of things you could be doing" might well be treated in a similar fashion...

  • "...using the toilet" + "on line" ???  (I say that if this is your personal practice then your judgement is questionable to begin with.)
  • "...how to cure your hemorrohoids" + "on line" ???  (Shouldn't you be discussing this with your doctor - a conversation that is protected by Doctor-Patient confidentiality?)
  • "..singing Miley Cyrus songs in the shower" + "on line" ???  (See my first point.)
Obviously, if you do something on line someone, somewhere will be able to sniff it out.  So, "You have zero privacy anyway" -- Get over it!

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Oh come on, say it ain't so...

Blackwater tied to clandestine CIA raids

from Wash Post Politics by R. Jeffrey Smith and Joby Warrick

Highly trained personnel employed with the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide sometimes operated side by side with CIA field officers in Iraq and Afghanistan as the agency undertook missions to kill or capture members of insurgent groups in those countries, according to ...

Who would you expect?  The Salvation Army and the Village People?  Now let me see, how do you spell "naive"?

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Average person consumes 34GB of data daily


Average person consumes 34GB of data daily
The average person is exposed to some 34GB of electronic data every day,
according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of California
San Diego said that a recent survey of Americans showed that the
consumers in the US on average look at some 3.4 zettabytes (3,400
trillion gigabytes) of digital information each year.

The study added digital information consumed through television,
computer, radio and recorded audio that each person observes. The
intake, however, may not be as evenly spread out as the 34GB per person
figure would suggest. While researchers note that users are spending
more time absorbing electronic information, much of the massive data
load was attributed to richer, more dense digital data sources.

The overwhelming majority of the data load came from intake of data from
computer games, movies and television. Gaming in particular accounted
for 54% of all data intake, with high-end PC gaming alone accounting for
38.56% of the total.

Researchers suggested that the recent leaps in graphics and processing
power in high performance gaming is causing a smaller percentage of the
population to consume a massive amount of digital information in the
form of richer, more detailed 3D imagery.

VNUnet UK
December 11, 2009

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Human Rights Day 2009

Human rights Day 2009embrace diversity, end discrimination


 

 

 

Human Rights Day 2009 on 10 December will focus on ending discrimination, which will also be a thematic focus of the UN human rights office throughout 2010.

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Life On-line

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

ZappaClaus

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Not selling it, just like it....

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The Difference Between...

The difference between the right word and almost the right word is really a large matter—
it’s the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug.
–Mark Twain

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The Ten Dollar Challenge



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a poor judge of anatomy

Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy

     -Groucho Marx

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Point and match

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Chet Baker was RIPPED OFF!!!

By Michael Geist
Internet Law Columnist

Chet Baker was a leading jazz musician in the 1950s, playing trumpet and providing vocals. Baker died in 1988, yet he is about to add a new claim to fame as the lead plaintiff in possibly the largest copyright infringement case in Canadian history. His estate, which still owns the copyright in more than 50 of his works, is part of a massive class-action lawsuit that has been underway for the past year.

The infringer has effectively already admitted owing at least $50 million and the full claim could exceed $60 billion. If the dollars don't shock, the target of the lawsuit undoubtedly will: The defendants in the case are Warner Music Canada, Sony BMG Music Canada, EMI Music Canada, and Universal Music Canada, the four primary members of the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

The CRIA members were hit with the lawsuit in October 2008 after artists decided to turn to the courts following decades of frustration with the rampant infringement (I am adviser to the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, which is co-counsel, but have had no involvement in the case).

The claims arise from a longstanding practice of the recording industry in Canada, described in the lawsuit as "exploit now, pay later if at all." It involves the use of works that are often included in compilation CDs (ie. the top dance tracks of 2009) or live recordings. The record labels create, press, distribute and sell the CDs, but do not obtain the necessary copyright licences.

Read more at Geist: Record industry faces liability over `infringement'

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The Five Spirits of Budo

Shoshin: (初心) Beginners Mind

Zanshin: (残心) Lingering Mind

Mushin: (無心) No Mind

Fudoshin: (不動心) Immovable Mind

Senshin: (先心) Purified spirit; enlightened attitude

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Monday, December 07, 2009

His mother will be so proud...

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British Singer Jay Sean Makes U.S. Music History

British singer Jay Sean is topping the U.S. charts with his dong "Down." He is the first Anglo-Asian singer to have a No. 1 single in the U.S. Sean is a Punjabi-Sikh who gave up studying medicine to become a singer. Sean is from Britain and his ancestors are from India. Sometimes you hear that Indian influence in his songs.

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“Maybe Journalism” or Why News Organizations Are Tanking

Newspapers, too, play the fly-on-the-wall game. Consider what the Times itself did today.

The “Maybe Journalism” piece runs at the bottom of the front page, while at the top is a long story about how President Obama, after long consultations with advisors, reached his decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. The story is based, says the reporter, on “dozens of interviews with participants as well as a review of notes some of them took during Mr. Obama’s 10 meetings with his national security team. Most of those interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, but their accounts have been matched against those of other participants wherever possible.”

We readers are still being asked to trust the word of people who violated the confidentiality of the White House Situation Room and other internal deliberations. I tend to believe the overall thrust of the story — that Obama and his team struggled mightily with this decision — but I don’t have any faith in most of the particulars, including the anonymously sourced direct quotes of the president and others in the deliberations.

Why is this not, in the words of the story about the Hong Kong animators, “depicting events that no journalist actually witnessed — and that may not have even occurred”?

Source:

Tabloid Journalism’s Future? Or Just an Extension of the Present?

Posted by Dan Gillmor in Accuracy, Trust

I know the difference between accurate reporting and "Maybe Journalism".  I have written many an official report that I knew would potentially be called as evidence in a legal proceeding.  I know that such reports are incredibly dull - primarily because they only contain the facts as I know them.  They do not contain any presumptions.  (e.g. I observed that the Furrier's store window was broken.  I observed that the subject was holding a fur coat.  I observed that the bank display showed +86 degrees F.)  My accounting of this, albeit fictional, circumstance will not sell any "News" - it is dull.  It does however tell the truth of the situation.

Journalism has become more about selling the "News" than reporting it.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sluuuuuuug bug

Slug bug with suicide doors...

/ambivalence

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Visualizing empires decline

Visualizing empires decline

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Bess Lomax Hawes, Musical Folklorist, Dies : NPR

Bess Lomax Hawes, Musical Folklorist, Dies : NPR

Bess Lomax Hawes, Musical Folklorist, Dies

by David Gura

Bess Lomax Hawes custom vertical
Enlarge Lisa Berg/National Endowment for the Arts

Bess Lomax Hawes sought to preserve folk arts as a musician, a teacher and an administrator.

Bess Lomax Hawes custom vertical
Lisa Berg/National Endowment for the Arts

Bess Lomax Hawes sought to preserve folk arts as a musician, a teacher and an administrator.

December 5, 2009 - Bess Lomax Hawes, a folklorist, musician and teacher, has died. In the 1970s, as the head of the folk arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, she increased federal funding for traditional music and folk arts across the United States.

Hawes was part of a folk dynasty. Her father, John Lomax, traveled across the American South, collecting traditional music. Her brother, Alan Lomax, made thousands of recordings in the United States and abroad.

Folklore was the Lomax family business, and Hawes followed in their footsteps. But she did not live in their shadow, according to Bill Ivey, who worked with Hawes at the NEA.

"Despite their importance, I think in some ways, Bess may be the most influential of all the Lomaxes," Ivey says.

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Sichuan, China

Notice the people walking on the roadway.  Notice the number of cars.  Now count the number of buildings.

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Txtin n swmin

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Leftovers: A Pie Chart

Link

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RIP Liam

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Friday, December 04, 2009

If On A Winter's Night....

Excellent album - Merry Christmas from Sting.

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Baloney Detection

At the heart of science is an essential tension between two seemingly
contradictory attitudes -- an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre
or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny
of all ideas, old and new.  This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep
nonsense.  Of course, scientists make mistakes in trying to understand the
world, but there is a built-in error-correcting mechanism:  The collective
enterprise of creative thinking and skeptical thinking together keeps the
field on track.
                -- Carl Sagan, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection"

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Apology in advance...

Greenpeace

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Researchers demonstrate a better way for computers to 'see'

Researchers demonstrate a better way for computers to 'see'

Researchers demonstrate a better way for computers to 'see'

Combining screening techniques from molecular biology with high-performance gaming hardware advances the building and understanding of visual systems

Cambridge, Mass–December 1, 2009–Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from Harvard and MIT have demonstrated a way to build better artificial visual systems with the help of low-cost, high-performance gaming hardware.

The neural processing involved in visually recognizing even the simplest object in a natural environment is profound—and profoundly difficult to mimic. Neuroscientists have made broad advances in understanding the visual system, but much of the inner workings of biologically-based systems remain a mystery.

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Geek Gang Signs

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Some of the gestures cannot be disclosed...

ROME — A robotic hand has been successfully connected to an amputee, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial limb and control it with his thoughts, a group of European scientists said Wednesday.

The experiment lasted a month, and the scientists say it was the first time a patient has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a biomechanic hand connected to his nervous system.

The Italian-led team said at a news conference Wednesday in Rome that last year it implanted electrodes into the arm of the patient who had lost his left hand and forearm in a car accident.

The prosthetic was not implanted on the patient, only connected through the electrodes. During the news conference, video was shown of 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petruzziello as he concentrated to give orders to the hand placed next to him.

"It's a matter of mind, of concentration," Petruzziello said. "When you think of it as your hand and forearm, it all becomes easier."

During the month he had the electrodes connected, Petruzziello learned to wiggle the robotic fingers independently, make a fist, grab objects and make other movements.

"Some of the gestures cannot be disclosed because they were quite vulgar," joked Paolo Maria Rossini, a neurologist who led the team working at Rome's "Campus Bio-Medico," a university and hospital that specialize in health sciences.

The euro2 million ($3 million) project, funded by the European Union, took five years to complete and produced several scientific papers that have been published or are being submitted to top journals, including Science Translational Medicine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Rossini said.

Experts not involved in the study told The Associated Press the experiment was an important step forward in creating an interface between the nervous system and prosthetic limbs, but the challenge now is ensuring that such a system can remain in the patient for years and not just a month.

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A Microbot Shows off its Soccer Skills


A Microbot Shows off its Soccer Skills

A machine no bigger than a fruit fly's eye successfully scores a goal.
By Kristina Grifantini

Tiny "robots" that could perhaps someday help doctors examine organs, deliver drugs directly, or even perform microsurgery. But first researchers need to find reliable and accurate ways to control microscopic devices, which of course have little room for onboard power, sensors or propulsion.

Scientists have previously used methods including magnetic and electrostatic forces, and attaching live bacteria. In the latest issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research, researchers from ETH Zurich demonstrate particularly deft control of a microbot, dubbed MagMite.

MagMite, pictured above, is 300 micrometers by 300 micrometers (with a thickness of 70 micrometers). It consists of two magnetized components, connected by a tiny spring. In the presence of a magnetic field, the two pieces try to bend toward each other, storing that tension in the connecting spring. By turning the magnetic field on and off very quickly, the researchers can use the loaded spring to propel the microbot forward, and by changing the direction of the magnetic field the microbot will turn.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Carl Sandburg

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Surprise...

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D A N G E R

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When all you have ...

When all you have is a Military Industrial Complex then every resolution looks like a war.  Again!

Afghanistan = Vietnam (Why! Why? Why...)

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Coke Can with NO paints or dyes.


sustainable design, green design, coke can, harc lee, unibody coke can, monochromatic coke can, product packaging, recycling

Designer Harc Lee has created a “naked” Coca Cola can that forfeits Coke’s typical bold red and white stripes in favor of au naturale silver. The aluminum can is created without using any paints or dyes, and stands to greatly reduce pollution and energy use associated with producing and recycling soda cans.

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Science Jokes

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Content please and Provider thank-you

I think it is outstanding that Microsoft is developing "Live" apps to run in the Google Chrome OS environment.  I particularly enjoy the irony of Microsoft being 'blind-sided' by this new technology ... until I reflect on the new "Papa" rule: "It is not the content it is the provider."

My insight is born of my current effort to bring a working model of SharePoint 2010 Beta into fruition.  Most notable is the instant integration into my Active Directory (AD) domain.  From the first sign-on SharePoint is appointed with an abundance of behind-the-scenes services.  Features and functions that I will not have to programmatically implement - they are just in there.  So, faced with the ease of development - where the content is the same regardless of the environment - why shouldn't I choose a 'provider' that affords me so many perks?

Google may well field an excellent OS platform but in a business environment SharePoint will most likely be the provider of choice.

Just my $0.02

William Meloney
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Poetry: http://2voices.blogspot.com
Voice: 270-215-4275
Sent from Owensboro, KY, United States

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End Violence Against Women

End Violence Against Women Around the World

from Global Voices Online by Juliana Rincón Parra

Today, November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and through videos, many people and organizations around the world are expressing their need to end the violence as well as the efforts they are undertaking to ensure that women have a safer world to live in.

words as violence must break SILENCE by circo de invierno

words as violence must break SILENCE

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When all you have are Generals...

When all you have is are Generals everything looks like a reason to send more troops.

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Cole's Law

      Cole's Law:
              Thinly sliced cabbage.
     

Stolen from a Linux Fortune

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Truth is the first casualty of war

...add up the numbers!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I really hate this damned machine...

I really hate this damned machine
I wish that they would sell it.
It never does quite what I want
But only what I tell it.

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For my sweet wife...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

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Bold Headline

Europe to Europe: WTF?

How Europeans are responding to their comically obscure new EU overlords.

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Microsoft puts News Corp out of business?

Microsoft Paying Sites to De-list From Google?

Microsoft Paying Sites to De-list From Google?Microsoft has reportedly asked News Corp to make good on its threat to de-list itself from Google and is offering the company an incentive to do so.

Personally I wouldn't be so quick to cut my own throat.  I wonder what percentage of traffic (reads: REVENUE) for News Corp is generated via Google?

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There was a time when a woman couldn't open it?!?

http://timesonline.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451586c69e20120a6ba868f970b-pi

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