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Equifax credit dispute portal? User admin, password admin.
Google funding climate change denial and anti-environmental action.
β-Bi2Pd naturally exists in a quantum state making it the logical building block for computing.
How millions of identities were hijacked to scrap net neutrality.
Open loop scrubbers should be illegal on cruise ships. Discharge needs to be regulated to protect food supply and water access.
Just kind of neat to see something growing off planet.
A privacy-respecting security-oriented linux-based phone has actually shipped.
Hackable lightning cables, careful what you plug in.
A for-profit enterprise will always abuse its users, but the advantage of a public social net extends beyond avoiding problems to providing additional benefits.
Our election systems are still not secured.
A good tactic for a phone with more privacy. At least better visibility into what you are using.
article Adblock Radio   80
Finally someone is applying the logical tech to absurdly annoying audio ads.
AI deep learning on par with humans for medical image diagnosis without patient context.
Heads up if you get an email, apparently from someone you know, quoting an old conversation. Do not open the attachment.
The genetically modified mosquitoes were supposed to die. They didn't.
A Metal Organic Framework works like a crystalline sponge to trap other compounds. Can be used to pull water from air.
Any breakthrough on malaria is hugely welcome.
Apparently human voice communication is at a rate of 39.15 bits per second, regardless of language.
Reducing the toxicity and quantity of insecticide using targeted drone delivery is great. Now if we can take the next step of direct mechanical action without any pesticide at all that would be huge.
Brilliant new technique for repairing metal foams using an initial polymer coating as a marker and then electroplating. Having recently dealt with welding aluminum, I'm looking forward to better fab options.
Volumetric bioprinting becoming clinically useful. Shooting a laser into a spinning jar of hydrogel with stem cells in it.
New way of creating hydrogen peroxide from just water. Water does more than we knew.
article Maglev Heart   80
Centrifugal pump artificial heart with magnetically suspended impeller can simulate a pulse with variable speed. Currently in animal trials.
How 4 malformed net management packets took out the 911 system for over 20 hours.
Exact location info easily pronounced over the phone, robust typo protection. Smart.
Nerve cells in the epidermis wrapped by Schwann cells form an independent pain sensory mechanism.
Environmental stiffness linked to aging of stem cells.
Hunstable electric turbine makes some significant advances in motor tech. Here i was thinking all the advances would be in batteries..
When a penguin approaches my height and weight, it starts to get slightly unsettling.
Another indicator there are no places left on earth without plastic pollution.
Fairly speedy and durable. Kind of fun to see on action, no practical applications yet.
Feels like we might be starting to build some serious therapeutic potential of CRIPSR.
New record for the number of trees planted in one day: 350 million. More of these kinds of records please.
Near miss city killer asteroid previously unknown.
For those with even a passing interest in boolean math, the world is more well known and tidier. Hao Huang proves the sensitivity conjecture.
Not only are the voting machines insecure, they are on the internet in swing states.
This is odd enough to almost be worth the clickbait, but waiting for an application
Possible mechanism for early protocell formation from basic chemical elements.
All this heart disease could be due to a missing gene in humans.
Neural net chips aren't sitting still either.
Capturing heat (broadband infrared) at up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit and converting it to photons (solar panel food) is pretty groundbreaking.
A great example of how manufacturing can be re-localized.
This should be a game changer. Someone please get this into the market.
Solar panel and solar still in one device with good efficiency.
Promising approach using a common cold virus to attack bladder cancer.
Veillonella gut bacteria metabolizes lactic acid produced by exercise and converts it into propionate, a short chain fatty acid the body uses as fuel.Potential supplement for those in earlier training stages
Not every day you discover a new property of light. No direct applications yet.
Didn't realize a heartbeat was that distinctiive or long distance detectable.
Sounds vaguely related to vegemite but I'd be willing to try it.
Giant birds of the ice age. Amazing humans made it through this time at all...
Noninvasive and effective is brilliant, blasting cancer cells with lasers is just awesome.
Why the fan site Archive Of Our Own manual tag wrangling beats AI, top-down, and laissez faire approaches to information organization.
Promising path for converting type A blood to type O in an economically practical way.
The role of the NSA in the crippling of Baltimore services and other cyber attacks.
Margaret Hamilton and Ellen Fetter, the programmers of chaos working with Edward Lorenz. Fantastic this has finally been documented.
Mapping soil microbes related to different kinds of trees is an important step in starting to understand our ecosystem.
Applying anti-HIV antibody location tech to curing snakebite, new research starting.
Ultraviolet light activated adhesive hemostatic hydrogel possible new surgery tool
A hearing aid that can focus on the one voice out of several that you are trying to hear.
The security and privacy you would expect from Facebook.
Immune system membrane attack complexes making holes in a bacterial surface.
Molecular antidote found for box jelly stings. A skin cream within 15 minutes and your skin cells don't die. Heart attack still possible.
Stronger SIRT6 gene proteins increase lifespan due to better DNA breakage repair.
Really good explanation of the 737 Max root issues and causes, with all the background you need.
Smart solution design and engineering for infant jaundice on Peru.
Significant work on identifying vulnerabilities of various cancers.
You can make an old brain work like it was young again by synchronizing hemispheres using electrical stimulation. The effect lasts less than an hour and the long term impacts of the stimulation are unknown.
Guessing what thieves are most likely going to do with stolen info, then recommending what to do to mitigate that risk. Pathetic there is enough data to have patterns.
Finally some clue on why pyroclastic flow is so fast and far reaching.
article ScienceDirect   70
Skrillex mosquito repellent. No really, I couldn't have made this up if I tried.
Genetic marker for being able to dull pain opens up more possibilities to explore.
Bioprospecting on old druid grounds in Ireland leads to new potential antibiotic source.
Some very welcome forward progress on secure verifiable voting. Not there yet, but a promising start.
Humans brains react to subtle magnetic field changes. How much varies, and replication needed, but significant result.
More clue how neurons connect up and how control systems develop.
Directly joining glass and metal is an impressive materials breakthrough, but not applicable to most personal projects.
Sleep allows DNA repair mechanisms time to catch up. Might be why it's needed.
Get some non-REM deep sleep to help clear the gunk out of your brain.
Open airflow lightweight acoustic metamaterial that can block up to 94% of the sound passing through it. Breakthrough enabling technology.
The problem isn't so much technology as technology companies. Point for point parallel vid for the insipid IBM ad.
Stable synthetic augmentation of DNA up to 8 letters.
Track who is posting this crap, then take care of the victims, including these moderators.
article AI generated faces   80
Every time this page is refreshed it generates a new face. Can't even tell. Wow
Introduces implicit bias, why it is so important to address, and how to do that, using black men as the running example.
Structured porous metal, in this case nickel plated plastic spheres.
Converting plastic waste into vehicle fuel would be a huge improvement.
Like image enhancement for genome sequencing. Oceania part of human evolution.
Reusable packaging is definitely part of the solution. Great to see some innovation on this front.
Brilliant new mechanism for insulin delivery. Brilliant means anything that seems fairly obvious but you would never have thought of before you heard about it.
Steven Pruitt, Wikipedia editor extraordinaire. Wow. Need to step up my game a bit.
Alzheimer's maybe caused by the same bacteria responsible for gum disease. Wow. Keep flossing folks.
Rice paddies may be going away, the system of rice intensification (SRI) is a better way to grow.
Not only does seismic testing deafen whales, it also kills all the zooplankton for over a kilometer.
Applying bioacoustic monitoring to rainforests should happen yesterday.
If cancer cells are changing, why not change them into something less harmful? Very smart.
Do not trust search results unless you generated the search directly yourself. Even then always have your brain engaged.
Important breakthrough in plant efficiency, but lots of questions. Are the plants less resilient? Why is the USDA patenting things? How is a massively domesticated crop like corn a baseline for what's reasonable?
Ill health from ultrasonic interference + audible noise from crickets seems quite plausible to me.
Really good summary of how long a year is and when/why it's relevant.
article The Follower Factory   80
Good background in influencing the social media herd through purchased followers.
Cautiously optimistic on GMO plants like this to help clean up air in hermetically sealed buildings.
Bacteria and archaea at least 5km down in earth core samples. Large biosphere discovery.
If you are in need of secure digital communications and not sure what to do, Outline looks recommendable.
Ionic wind driven model plane shows propulsion without any moving parts.
I would not have known there was any connection at all. Interesting.
Good defensive technology for the ongoing and upcoming water wars.
We know just enough about genetic hacking to be dangerous. Need to grow out of this phase quickly.
This should be standard on all sunglasses IMNSHO. And polarized.
Always call back, using the number on your card. You might have to wait, but it's less hassle in the end.
6 degree Celsius passive cooling in a paint-on coating material.
Zinc-air batteries are awesomely non-toxic and made from common materials.
Apparently we have melted so much arctic ice the planet is actually wobbling more.
Bridging spinal cord injuries through signal amplification.
Transparently thin spray on antennas and shielding opens possibilities.
Just say no to diesel, it's an option for trains now. Germany taking the lead on the rail front.
This is going to be difficult. Trust networks, penalties for representing fabrication as fact, AI detection?
Good explanation of an ugly bulk shipping problem pointing out how some tech could save lives.
Way to bulky but at least someone is innovating in the UI space.
Significant progress toward a cure for muscular dystrophy by editing out the mutated gene.
Automating reef control with robots. Some cautious optimism if this works.
Our election mechanism security issues don't need to be exaggerated, they need to be dealt with.
Putting cancer cells to sleep, an alternative strategy with proof of concept.
Our police forces deserve better. So does the public. Body cams need to be trustworthy.
Cheaper and easier Wi-Fi luggage scanning, not much how it stacks up in actual use but notable.
Momentum continuing to grow on electrification of ships.
Actual voting machine irregularities in Georgia appear to surpass Chicago during the mob years.
Facebook with bank account info, what could possibly go wrong?
Simple, practical advice if you need to make use of public Wi-Fi.
article Voting machine hacking   90
Just in case you were still harboring the fantasy that electronic voting was somehow secure. Hilarious if it weren't so awful.
Looking forward to pics and data from this one. An exciting mission.
Remote access software installed on election control machines. Significant election integrity questions.
Quantum technology in long range radar detection. Messy article raises more questions than answers but notable.
Wiping out invasive mosquito populations by releasing sterile males. Initial success.
More options for plastic re-use: paving binder and building tiles.
Solar/hydrogen hybrid electric boat. Big step from ultralight to container vessel but it's a start.
Signaling the immune system to attack can be used to fight bacteria in addition to cancer.
Yet another leak of your personal info. No socsec or credit card numbers but significant personal data like kids and interests.
Good overview of current plant based structural engineering approaches.
Non-creepy ad targeting is smart. Still waiting for non-creepy social.
The confidence map generated by the neural net from the wireless data is pretty amazing. Full article http://rfpose.csail.mit.edu/
Energy density improvements in nuclear batteries open the possibility of implants.
Successful test eradicating breast cancer using T-cell immunotherapy.
Massachusetts finally starting on wind energy and hopefully leading the nation on green jobs.
Electric buses are taking over. Good riddance!
The intercalated motif DNA structure has now been confirmed in nature, which means it's probably functional. Time to go meta on the double helix.
Light overview of the case for climate change attribution. A long shot but increasingly possible.
Unfortunately the question of whether you are an addict is frequently not an answered well by addicts.
Spleens appear to be underrated, especially w/r/t dive response.
Hope for our plastic problem. And as with all great discoveries it was by accident. Also mutants from Japan but that's more movies...
Identifying the apoE4 risk factor gene and being able to neutralize it is a monumental breakthrough. The article is short on details but noteworthy.
E-citizenship is apparently a thing. And an interesting one at that.
Chem AI able to plan steps for molecular synthesis from single reactions data alone.
Amputee prosthetic kinesthetic sense through muscle vibration feedback. This is a huge step.
Quick overview summary of recent antibiotic resistance research findings with some small hope.
Rebuilding from macular degeneration with stem cells.
Your brain doesn't make new neurons. Yes it does! No, it doesn't.
Metal-organic frameworks can be used to mimic filters, desalinating seawater or extracting metals from it.
If you are going to build an electronic brain, something like this memtransistor would be the basic building block.
U.S. citizens owe a debt of gratitude to Dutch intelligence, Russian interference in our elections could have been a lot worse.
Good survey of the current state of scientific thought on origins of life on earth.
Using machine learning to recognize microexpressions. Applications include interrogation and security checkpoints. What to make of this indeed.
Good info on dead zone processes including a helpful illustrative map.
Twitter needs to step up their game and provide some real solutions. Tools like Imposter Buster have a place.
Google continues to favor propaganda over reliable information.
Another plus for batteries on the grid: instant failover recovery.
Nuclear drones. What could possibly go wrong? Thorium is an interesting angle though.
Intercepting messenger molecule to prevent creation of a corrupted protein.
Intercepting messenger molecule to prevent creation of a corrupted protein.
Attentional context shifts have small gaps of unconsciousness with them.
At a minimum, independent testing of forensic technology must not be financially prohibitive. Worth being aware of..
Some good analysis on how the general population was overwhelmed by bots in the net neutrality comments.
Bipedal robots are not easy. This is a pretty amazing achievement.
Social media is a tool for repression, No alternatives given,
Way to go Detroit! Building out your own networks when others won't.
Light article but important framing points related to geoengineering to deal with climate change.
Hey, does that rat seem unusually smart to you? Depends which human I suppose.
How to crash a navy warship - multiple levels of failure. System design matters.
Good layperson explanation of how that new area was found inside the Giza pyramid.
As an added bonus, baking soda is also more environmentally friendly.
article ADINT   70
If you use apps with location targeted ads, pretty much anyone can track your movements by serving location targeted ads to you from different places.
The sidenote on pulsars provided an explanation I had forgotten I was waiting for. Nice when that happens.
A promising newly refined approach to battling acute myeloid leukemia.
Fully past theoretical and looking towards energy market dominance. Impressive.
Establishing a base on the moon is the first step towards expanding off the planet.
Some very smart detection finally finds a whole lot of matter in the universe that wasn't being found before.
Impressive new HIV prevention breakthrough combining super antibodies.
We're going to need something like this to tackle our plastic problem, but early days yet.
Good introduction to RSS for those who have never heard of it or why use it.
A brilliantly straightforward attack vector and the bottom line is security is not a design priority.
Hard to imagine writing down a bunch of trig tables and not using the info, but time will tell.
Detail article illustrating data concentration process from federal intelligence agencies and into law enforcement. Network effects, lock-in, codification of prejudice and other issues
Good summary of the current state of gene editing: can cut but not paste
Free floating wind turbines being deployed. Price dropping below nuclear energy.
article Simple Photo Album   90
Make a website out of folders of pics, with comments. Only writes index files, leaves everything else alone.
Less expensive than I thought, especially discrediting journalists.
Get ready for facial recognition v2.0 from neurological research.
Some of what those of us in coding should be conveying to those not in coding about coding. I would add that "fun" is required in the sense that you can't achieve the required focus on discipline alone. You need to get something out of it personally. Also that building neural nets is not the same. Otherwise correct.
Psyops + Facebook API + Consumer data = "managed" democracy.
Structural color printing. Looking forward to seeing it
HIV-1 replication can be completely shut down and the virus eliminated from infected cells in animals using CRISPR/Cas9
Predicting magnetism, and developing magnets without rare earth elements is breakthrough stuff.
Some much needed hope on the war on plastic waste. Caterpillars to the rescue.
Pulling water from the atmosphere using metal organic frameworks aka MOFs (porous crystals that form continuous 3D networks).
4 bit jet printable mristor. Tiny, but flexible.
Significant step forward in therapeutic relief for severe allergic reactions.
Electric ferries are getting going in Norway, with interest from other countries.
Using robots to control dangerous invasive species in quantity.
Another long standing assumption falls to new observation techniques.
A story of brain plasticity and the inadequately explored avenue of sound for vision.
Getting rid of aging cells without as many side effects. Early days.
Some interesting survival mechanisms with potential applications to dry transport of vaccines. Long way out, but interesting.
Sounds like silly DNA tricks, but the information densities and simple replication looks like it might have crossed over into transformative technology.
A small change in our approach to plastic could have a huge beneficial effect on the environment.
This ought to help with some of vast energy consumption for air conditioning. Smart engineering.
Great visualization of world population changes since the 1960s. Older presentation, but still one of the best.
Accurate prediction of whether someone has been dreaming based on EEG data. Not the same as REM.
Not the oldest, but pretty extreme. Interesting genetics.
Computers guessing whose face it is and digitally enhancing images. What could possibly go wrong?
Fantastic development, looking forward to the implications falling out of this.
This could lead to a whole lot less suffering. Hope it goes through to general availability.
Vastly reduced methane emissions, and seaweed feed is also more effective since producing methane takes energy.
Robotic surgery is starting to cross the line into science fiction movie land. Now they need to get it into production.
Remarkable effects. Wonder if this might help explain some human behavior eventually.
This factory is seriously doing it right. Eat your own dog food.
Brilliant application of existing toy technology to medical analysis.
Not sure if it will have a major effect or not, but fantastic that a lawyer finally did this.
Huge American battery manifacturing operation starts production on schedule. Nice!
Not a fan of fossil fuels, but this is some potentially very helpful tech.
One example of how internet infrastructure should be built out.
Apparently a virus can rewire humans to create and store fat more.
Not clinically ready yet, but good progress on fast and easy disease testing.
V1.0 solar road installation. Viva La France!
Smart workaround, and admirable approach to supporting secure communications within repressive regimes.
Significant step moving aging into the realm of a treatable condition.
Extracting tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), multiplying them in the lab and then reinjecting them to kill off the cancer. Not magic, but a strong therapy. Illuminating case.
This is the kind of packaging that will help get us past our current mess.
Yet another amazing graphene application. But relatively easy to make..
Non-aviating dinosaur tail extremely well preserved in amber. With feathers! Amazing details in this find.
A drug that inhibits the activities of the mTOR cellular process regulator protein also inhibits the cells' activities. Just the discovery point.
Very smart thinking for recycling graphite blocks used for reaction moderation in nuclear power plants.
Research into why artificial sweeteners don't help with weight loss. Specific study shows aspartame blocks intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) which can prevent obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
If you have any interest in Feynman diagrams this is some interesting developments relating to scaling up.
Breakthrough antibody discovery with a different binding mechanism making it highly effective across a wide range of varieties.
While the energy density is modest, the lack of toxic materials and recharge capability is intriguing.
Anything that converts human or animal waste into something useful is welcome technology. Hope the pilot works, even if non-polluting cruise ships are not yet on the horizon.
Reasonably sane categorization of the target devices comprising the Mirai botnet.
CO2 disolved in water converted to ethanol at 63% efficiency using common metals in nano form. Probably commercial scalable. Initial application possible energy storage.
Small tokamak pressure and temperature record the day before funding runs out. Good links to other ongoing efforts, all efforts still many years off.
Still early days, but fantastic that a sense of touch within the realm of "natural" can be achieved synthetically.
Memorial chatbots are here, trained from archived text messages and other digital ephemera. Kind of like a memorial book, but not. Article is long and historical. Concepts and angles are worth it.
Good introduction if topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter are completely new to you.
Progress on 3d printed bone scaffolding. Early days, but big advantages over current materials.
Antibiotic resistance can increase by orders of magnitude in a short period of time. Video makes this really concrete. Well worth the two minutes.
Liquid water (conductor) over permafrost (ice is a non-conductor). Up one and down the other was the path of least resistance as the strike radiated outwards.
Decent intro perspective on how digital attacks can physically compromise a computer. Not magic, just thinking from the hardware
Extremely early and basic prototype, but if softbody robotics could eventually be a thing then this is a possible start.
Trees interconnect with fungi to exchange food for minerals, build and maintain the forest. Infotaining 30 minutes.
Reactivating brain control over previously unresponsive legs is an enormous achievement.
The most advanced artificial neuron to date. Pretty impressive. Remains to be seen if we can build a brain out of it.
Interesting bet. Personally I would expect some therapeutic results, but not sure about breadth of applicability or long term effects.
Not editing the germ line. Hope where standard options have failed. Start of a new era.
Serious clickbait. Overview and video of a tiny cyborg skate swimming through a nutrient bath guided by blue light pulses.
New levels of environmental awareness, medical monitoring, and snooping.
Useful example of how to detect an actual atm skimmer.
I think this ups the chances a bit for life elsewhere in the universe.
Using sound "vibration" to get amplification out of interference patterns. Basis technology. Linking to slashdot because really good summary in the comments and multiple article access links.
Nice to have a bit of hope on the climate change front. Just proof of concept, but on of the better concepts so far.
Very significant therapeutic results injecting stem cells to help stroke damaged brains heal.
video Materiable   80
Current state of the art for mid scale low res haptic displays. Worth seeing the possibilities.
Finally a solution for all the flat roofs out there. View obstruction is an issue, but smart thinking.
Using a good chatbot as a bridge to making coursework more approachable. Only answers if 97% or better confidence, otherwise defer to human.
Electricity prices in Germany briefly go negative. Rewards of investing in infrastructure.
Prevalent affordable e-paper displays. Or yet more graphene hype. Here's hoping.
Possibly the first official human telomere lengthening gene therapy case.
A straightforward way to unlock human potential on a huge scale. Side effects include transitioning to an advanced society, and removing the poor getting poorer constant pain.
Very happy some people are still thinking big on the space front. Guessing a network approach for returning data.
Hard to believe nobody had been using LIDAR for self driving cars. Smart move.
Huge step forward for burn victims and other applications. Long way from mice to humans, but this is fantastic progress.
Amazing to see evidence of memory rewriting in action. Strengthening a new memory weakens other connections.
A 30k speedup in neural net training could be a game change. Possibly affordable to start doing brain components
Great writeup illustrating why restricting encryption is just a brain dead excuse for avoiding doing the real work.
Win/win if it works at scale. Sequestering carbon and making good batteries.
membic.com launched! A conceptual overview...
An antiviral agent capable of eradicating the most common recognized varieties of HIV-1. Tested in mice humanized with patient-derived cells. Hope this makes it through to human therapy.
Getting rid of lenses entirely and going back to pinhole light input, making up for those limitations by using thousands of pinholes and then merging the images. Early days, but game changing.
Mining the FDA complaint bin for bad drug interactions. Brilliant leveraging of data.
Aerobic exercise makes more hippocampal neurons. Yet another reason to get off the couch and go do something.
Stellerator (alternative to tokamak) fusion reactor model proof of concept.
Possible the hippocampus may track time by mapping it into a spacial representation of an interval. Neurons firing in sequence. Early days, but interesting.
Not physically observed yet, but too good not to note (plan 9 from outer space)
Evidence for parts of the brain communicating via weak electrical fields. Early days, but could be an important mechanism.
Random migration of cells varies even with identical twins.
CRISPR gene editing to fix deadly genetic diseases. If I had Duchenne MS I'd be more than willing to give it a try.
With some backing and refinement I think this could have astonishing defense potential, and few (if any) negative repercussions.
Remarkable cancer shrinking gel. Works on mice. Encouraging new delivery system. Hope this leads to some effective therapy for people who need it.
Useful to have a handy link to the catalog when/if surveillance comes up in conversation or news.
Not so interested in car tech, but small scale strong steel manufacturing could be a key part in re-localizing manufacturing.
Malaria is awful and i hate mosquitoes, but gene drives are a big step. Is it time? For full CRISPR article details see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4376861/
Innovative approach using deformation of the ear canal to recognize word formation. Limited to just a few words for now.
Could be a game changer for the machine learning community
To get brain computer phoneme data after being shut down by the FDA this guy implanted himself. Wow.
Thinking out of the box, in a more sustainable way. Hope this takes off.
Starting to leverage viruses to fight cancer. Could be a game changer.
Large scale solar heat storage project on the edge of the Sahara. The more of these the better.
This is very simple, and apparently quite needed. Under 5 minutes and worth it.
Seems like antineutrino detection can't be beat. Definitely worth putting some effort into.
Controlling a robotic exoskeleton with your brain is great. Controlling your own legs again after you've been paralyzed is even better. First time this has been done. Great step forward.
Actual microwave tracing using a coffee can radar receiver with red/green receiving LEDs and moving it across the radiation field in a long exposure photo.
This is much more interesting than a watch. E-ink display that lasts for days, more screen real estate. Wraps around your wrist or lies flat on the desk. Hope this lives up to the hype.
Potentially great water purification technology combined with some really smart packaging.
Watching the far side of the moon as it transits the earth. Amazing.
Making it easier to use your own skin cells for nerve repair. Hope you never need this, and hope the tech is available if you do.
A brief history of how we came to be here. Probably the most concise and up to date so far.
This used to be 5 stars, but it doesn't exist anymore so I'm downgrading it to avoid suggesting it. RIP. One of the best food values on Oahu, and the rotisserie chicken is in fact some of the best chicken ever. The slaw and kale salad sides are also top notch. This place just rocks. Takeout counter with picnic tables around the side.
movie Pacific Rim   30
This never quite explained why or how giant mechs, and they are not really very awe inspiring. The plot is so thin it pretty much dissolves in spots, despite the valiant efforts of some of the actors, and unfortunately some of the other acting is completely cringeworthy. It's ok TV, but that's it.
movie interstellar   80
Much of the science is fairly junk food level, but the general messages are very good and the nods to 2001 are numerous and enjoyable. The effects are quite good, and it's a very good setup and premise. Doesn't drag at all, despite being a longer movie.
The phrase "giant virus" forced me to read this article, but it was worth it because 1. It really is giant (for a virus) 2. There's some cool background on various speculations around how life evolved. The speculation has to do with whether viruses could have evolved before cells and what that means in terms of how life emerged out of a soup of ingredients. If that kind of thing interests you, then this is probably worth your time. Things have changed a bit since I last studied any of this.
video Year 5   100
The most amazing images of our sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory in the past 5 years, spliced together in a single four minute video. Simply amazing.
This is somewhat more "lifestyles of the rich and famous" than a tour de force of Islamic art or architecture, but there is a lot of amazing stuff and it's a beautiful house. Not an absolute must if you are short on time, but if you are on Oahu for a bit it is definitely worth checking out. Especially as the tour includes admission to the museum afterwards. It's an approachable museum with a wide range of art and some fantastic items in their collection. The museum definitely kicks the whole experience up a notch.
movie Haider   60
This is an adaptation of Hamlet set in the 1995 Kashmir conflict. Yes really. The first half is impressive and different from anything else I've seen. The second half is full Bollywood with everything over the top and largely superfluous. Also different from anything else I've seen but not in a good way. Definitely the first version of a Shakespeare tragedy I've seen with song and dance routines merging into extreme violence and gore. If you are looking for something different, this might fit the bill.
If you liked the first movie, this is the logical sequel and is definitely worth watching, although it is not quite as cool as the first one. Takes a little while to develop. Graphics are somewhat old school, story line is definitely way better than most things out there.
movie Valhalla Rising   50
Minimum dialog and violent. Something akin to a viking version of Apocalypse Now. Visuals and acting are both very good. Different.
video The Enlightenment   90
This captures what I think of as the sound of electricity more than anything else I've heard. And what a production to do it. If you like interesting performances and/or have any interest in musique concrète or industrial, then this is well worth checking out. Worth it through headphones to hear the nuances.
Early metal... Definitely worth checking out.
An awesomely over the top ridiculous action flick with some lines that will make you laugh out loud. Does not take itself too seriously.
movie Babylon AD   40
If you are looking for some random couch fodder, and don't mind loose writing to the point of suspending basic causality and similar leaps of faith, this is ok. Disappointing that the director was a fan of the shaky camera approach to fight scenes with Michell Yeoh involved, but so it goes. Basically this is not a complete waste of time but I can't recommend it very highly.
This is an incredible example of technology shining a light on something that has desperately needed it for a long time. Finally a tool to look into ocean exploitation and possibly move us more in the direction of responsible stewardship.
Great animated visualization of a year's worth of carbon dioxide emissions data for the planet. Actually seeing the sources and movement provides some helpful perspective on the processes involved. For me it is always useful to be able to see what is going on at the planetary level, and this does an awesome job of conveying that.
Finally a decent general purpose chassis for robot hobbyists and anyone else wanting to build something that can get around. There are a ton of applications here and it's wonderful to see this being done in an open way.
Apparently echolocation is a skill that can be learned, with basic proficiency achievement in 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately it doesn't look like we are getting dolphin capabilities anytime soon, but studying how people do this is a great first step. Obviously it helps that the street or corridor is not too noisy, but sound isolating headphones combined with a high frequency click emitter combined with a pitch shift receiver could go a long way towards making this work well generally. Maybe one of these headset mic manufacturers will try it out. Or maybe some students: http://news.wfu.edu/2014/11/14/sonar-assisted-human-navigation/
movie Dial M for Murder   90
Just saw the 3D version of this in a movie theater and it was totally worth it. They just don't make them like this anymore. At first I was really wondering why 3D, but if you've ever looked at one of those old stereoscopic picture viewers, it's like watching one of those come to life. Really cool. Made the movie seem more like a play, and if you haven't seen anything like it that's worth checking out.
movie X-Men: First Class   80
Good far background movie. Given how overblown the later ones got, this was a welcome change.
movie 9   70
Vaguely religious/luddite overtones, but visually interesting and pretty good characters/writing. Nothing earth shattering, and numerous echoes of things you've seen elsewhere, but well assembled and reasonably entertaining.
Not nearly as good as the first, but ok TV.
movie Green Lantern   60
This is pretty true to the comic visuals. Nothing too remarkable otherwise, but an enjoyable comic book flick. Very much hoping they go on to bring in the black marine dude in a later sequel, and maybe kick it up a notch.
As is par for the course for Kutiman, seeing the video clips that are the sources for the song and marveling at the depth and care that went into selection makes this completely worth checking out. Then just listen to the song again without seeing the video at all and realize how good that is by itself. Very impressive.
This is one of the most spectacularly complex pieces of furniture I've ever seen. Not even sure what to call it. Clearly there's a desk involved, and all kinds of storage for things, but I wouldn't even know where to start using something like this. You know it's probably in there somewhere, but where?
This was much better than I expected, and for somewhat silly entertainment this was quite enjoyable. Nothing completely unexpected in terms of plot, but not so entirely predictable as to get boring. Characters (especially the dragons) are quite good.
The script is not the tightest, and Robin is not particularly compelling, but his sidekick and the sheriff make up for it enough to make this worth streaming from the couch if you are somewhat in the mood for this kind of thing. It's reasonably entertaining, and probably worth the time if you haven't seen it.
Impressive thinking on how to handle broad spectrum cleanup. Really hope this works and scales up enough that it can be used in the general population. Strongly suspect I would feel a lot better after a general blood cleaning if such a thing were safe, effective, and not too intrusive.
This is pretty good fluff entertainment. This one was slightly more awkward in spots, but still quite enjoyable. Definitely amusing at some points, especially the countless allusions to other classic movie scenes. You could do worse for general entertainment.
Actual pics from Voyager strung together into a movie. 1:15 of amazing real space flyby. More details about the movie at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/m/news/news.php?release=2014-285
video Breaking Wave   70
This is very impressive kinetic sculpture technically. I'll have to see it in person to know if it is more than that, but kudos to the company for getting some art built.
The short story is that if you are entering your PIN onto a keypad, your first step is to make sure nobody is watching you type in. Your second step is to rest your fingers against some of the buttons you are not using so it is difficult to read the residual thermal signature. And of course your best option is to avoid having to enter a PIN anywhere ever. Remember that with a credit card you don't have to pay if you didn't do the transaction. With a debit card you are trying to get your money back.
The extended version is actually totally worth it. Some things are explained much better, and let's face it, this should have been two disks to begin with..
movie To Catch A Thief   60
Somewhat predictable, but mostly because it's such an archetypal plot. Some great lines and mid 20th century outlook. And of course the roads and cars will never look that good again. Good entertainment.
Great explanation of why you are enjoying movies less on that that new amazing TV and what you can do about it. Personally I still have a pretty old set and may not be upgrading for a while, but it's good to know there is something you can do about it (provided the settings are available). Definitely something I'll be considering if I upgrade.
If you've ever spent any time swimming in water where lots of people congregate, then you know how disgusting sunscreen can get. Now here's some solid information on what to avoid. A lot of this stuff probably isn't much good for humans either, but definitely if you are heading out on the reef please consider the shirt and hat approach to sun protection. From the article: "The sunscreen is lethal for the corals and should be avoided if the product contains parabens (common preservatives such as butylparaben) or any of the following chemical filters: BMDBM (4-tert-butyl-4-methoxydibenzoylmethane benzophenone BZ (benzophenone-3) MBC (4-methylbenzylidene camphor) OMC (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) OCT (octyl methoxycinnamate) BEMT (bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine) any component that includes the term –benzene
No, I'm not actually on the Slayer bandwagon. Perhaps you aren't either. Nevertheless this performance is entirely worth your attention. Damn that's impressive.
video Origami Wheel Robot   80
This may not seem like much at first, but my guess is that structure morphing is going to be a key part of advanced robotics and this really illustrates some of the basics very well. And it's fun to watch. If you have limited interest in robots or origami, then you might skip it, but otherwise it's worth the time.
I have watched this twice now and I still don't know what to make of it. It's one Japanese schoolgirl chasing another, ninja style. Yes really. I think it's a soda ad, but I'm not sure. I know it's probably worth 3:30 of your time, unless POV extreme running makes you motion sick to watch.
The new black is really... black. Like you can't see it. Very much looking to see an example of this in real life as it will look like somebody photoshopped a hole in reality. That might be worth all the nanoparticles in a controlled environment. I'm also guessing more applications will be forthcoming.
The process of people getting together to create music is frequently a very good thing. This one is very big also. Not the most anything ever, but a good time was had by all and the feeling this builds is important. I'd like to see some of this kind of thing in Boston, it seems like the city could do more to encourage it.
This is a great local brewery and is definitely worth checking out if you get a chance. Surprisingly I found that for once I actually preferred the regular pale ale over than IPA. Both are excellent, but the IPA was more floral than I usually go for. YMMV, and they've got loads of other stuff going on as well. Recommended.
Generally accurate and some very good acting, but ultimately kind of disjointed. If you already know what is going on, you will recognize things, but this could seriously benefit from some narration or something. If you half watch it and half read wikipedia, that might be pretty good intro to the man, but I'd pass on this unless you are already a bit of a Tesla fan.
music Keeping Pigs Together   100
Solid instrumental track that works equally well at a variety of different attention levels. Great focused work music, equally great when driving or walking around. The sounds in this are top notch, as is the development and overall structure. Very good cohesion. Balanced energy (not slow and not hyper hyped) with a slightly darker, night feel. I've never hit the skip button when this comes on, and sometimes I'll repeat it.
music Yami (Konton, 1986)   80
Went searching after hearing the straight up destructive live version from my music collection and found this much cleaner and also very enjoyable version. First time I've heard it. Thankful that it is finally possible to find more of Kondo's work online. Back in the day we used to share CDs hand carried back from Japan...
yum Falafel King   70
Falafel is one of those things I occasionally get a craving for, and this place definitely lives up to its name. I got the King special chicken and was quite happy. The falafel itself was perfect texture and very good flavor. The overall wrap was very good, but could have used some pickled onion or somesuch to kick it up a notch. Overall this is a great value, and I'm super happy there's something like this relatively nearby. Wish they were open longer in the evening.
movie Elysium   70
This is one of those movies that seems like had potential, but then keeps asking you to accept additional things as it goes along. Good fiction should be one initial acceptance jump at the beginning and the rest follows. It's not clear if this was due to bad writing, bad direction, bad editing, or some combination. It's definitely worth watching, but try not to think about what is going on or it can get annoying. Some of the visuals and concepts are really good. Decent popcorn fodder.
A great art collection in a venetian style courtyard mansion in the Fenway. What part of that is not to like? There's some great art here, and the museum as a whole does a pretty good job of transporting you back in time, and probably up a few tax brackets too if you think about what it took to amass this collection). It's possible there might have been some vaguely compulsive souvenir collecting (seems like she might have bought the contents of an entire church) but the result is somehow harmonious. Much Roman, some Chinese and Egyptian. Bit of a shame that you can't walk into the courtyard area anymore, but it's easier to enjoy it without other people there, so that's probably just as well. Definitely worth a walk through if you've never been, and an enjoyable afternoon activity in any season.
It's been at least a dozen years since I last saw this show, and a surprising amount is unchanged. Since I last went, they've added various interactions with giant cell phones. Many of those interactions are truly inspired, others are a bit more mundane. The core "tubes" presentation seems to be more fragmented than I remember (although Drumbone is still awesome). Seems like they are keeping some things around just because people talk about them. Overall the show doesn't quite build up to the end as much as I remember, and the audience interactive stuff can be a bit long. The band was very good, but was in danger of drowning out the blue men in spots. I would say that if you have not seen this, then it is definitely worth the experience. If you have people visiting from out of town in June and the only things playing are this or Sheer Madness, then it's probably worth taking them, but be prepared that a good portion of the show relies on the surprise factor. If your time is flexible, then look around for discount tickets, full price seems a bit on the high side.
There is so much stuff here you will never make it through in one visit, so just aim for whatever strikes you as being most interesting when you get there, whether it's part of a featured installation or the permanent collection. This is a world class museum and an interesting place to spend the day. Sometimes it may seem like it's trying to do too many different things, but fine art shouldn't be stagnant, so the trick is finding a balance between curating a collection, encouraging the new, and attracting visitors. So far they seem to be doing well. Probably worth mentioning this is also a great place to get lunch. I can totally recommend outside dining at the Bravo restaurant if the weather is good. Decent value.
Finally got out to a couple of the harbor islands: Spectacle island and George's island. This is a good outing, especially if you have a mixed age crowd. In this case the youngest was 5 and the oldest was 80. A good time was had by all, but make sure you bring sunscreen and a water bottle. It can get pretty warm in the sun. Boston harbor is really an archipelago, even if it's not usually referred to that way. Definitely worth heading out into it at least once just to see things from that perspective. Short of having your own boat and cruising around, this is a really good way to go. I'm not into camping, but that's also a possibility. Have a look at the boat schedule to plan a bit. Touring around for 4 hours seemed like a pretty good excursion length, and you can comfortably do a couple of islands in that timeframe. Fort Warren is kind of neat to walk around in, then pick one other where you can at least put your feet in the water.
Wow. I don't know how much time it took to assemble these two minutes but it is simply astonishing. I know just enough of what is involved in doing something like this to be completely in awe. The expertise and effort that went into creating this beautiful performance is extremely rare. Truly something to appreciate. This should probably go without saying, but encountering a Tiger shark in the wild is not something you want to do unless you are fully confident you have the necessary skills. Actually there should be at least two other people who also believe you have the skills and are willing to back you up.
Not in the least surprised, but very thankful to the UMass Lowell folks for taking the time to do some diligent testing and hacking on this particular issue. This issue is frequently ignored. Cameras and passwords don't mix.
Ok mindless entertainment. Some potential but fairly flat.
While it is certainly better to convert plastic into fuel oil than to have plastic bags floating around all over the place, the only way this will actually help reduce our carbon emissions is by leaving more oil in the ground due to using this as a source instead. In that sense it's great, and landfills full of plastic suck, but this is not a source solution. We really need to get serious about reducing our plastic use and upping the re-use part of the equation. Worth noting.
Part of me believed I would see this in my lifetime, but I'm still kind of shocked it actually happened. Back in the 80s world of Artificial Intelligence, even coming close to passing this test was a vague theoretical reality that had a conceivable chance of being achieved by whatever technology was most favored at the time. But here we are. Detractors would say that some less than Deckard level judges were fooled by a chatbot, but in a way that's beside the point. This probably would have fooled most people in Turing's time. I'll reserve my real celebration for a minimum 20 year old from the U.K. who has at least a passing familiarity with world events and some kind of interests. That would seem like a more fitting finale.
Ok, they aren't really visibly stripey (it's not like you missed that). But this is a really great fast overview of epigenetics and if that term is not immediately familiar to you then spend 5 minutes and check it out. It may give you a new appreciation of Calico cats.
If you are expecting beautiful ocean vistas and the like, be aware that there is some absolutely jaw dropping footage in here, but "Blue Carnage" would not be a completely inappropriate title. While they cover both, the focus is definitely more on feeding than breeding. It can be kind of bloody at times. It can also jump around quite a bit in some places to the point where it's almost just one snippet of footage after another. It's absolutely worth watching, but at the end I was left with a bunch of factoids that might not be as interesting if I didn't already have some background about most of the animals involved. The organization seems to be more factoring the footage they had, rather than overall systems comprehension. In fairness, the oceans are such a vast topic that it's impossible to really cover it. Imagine trying to cover the major animals and plants on land across all the continents in 8 shows. Then focus on the most spectacular footage you have. It's very much worth watching, but it's not like it's a balanced systems view. The section on corals seems like it good model to build from, maybe someone will release a series focusing on species or areas that are more thematically related. Whining aside though, there is some crazy amazing footage here. I watched this streaming on Netflix.
music 'Prayer Loop Song'   90
MTV artist of the week, and deservedly so. Nice to see some of this stuff hitting the mainstream. If you haven't checked this out yet it's worth it.
Scary bacteria are starting to be found in food. In this case it was in squid reportedly sourced from South Korea, but the main point is that food bacteria needs to be monitored a lot more than it is now. While short on general application, the article does a good job explaining some of the effects and providing some orientation around the issue. Not fun reading, but probably good to know.
activity Mugar Omni Imax Theatre   40
Back in the day, this egg shaped theater was an awe inspiring experience. There were specially created high quality movies built for the curved display so it really felt like you were in a giant helicopter traveling through things. The projector area was treated as a clean room to avoid getting any dust on the film, and everything was top notch. It was a short but highly memorable experience. I can still recall traveling through a rendition of some crystal lattice structure in 3D. It was really good. These days, not so much. There's dust on the film sometimes and nobody cares. The special movies usually have some agenda of their own. Not quite infomercials, but heading towards that. It seems like there's a lot of unrealized potential, and overall I've left feeling somewhat dissatisfied the past few times. It's probably going to be a while before I go back.
One of the enormous impediments to long distance space travel is radiation, and this new understanding provides a big potential step forward in being able to protect against that. Still a way off from being actionable, but probably an order of magnitude less impossible than it was. Interesting effect. Worth reading if the term "deflector shield" has any personal appeal to you.
It's still early days on this, but being able to reboot an immune system is quite remarkable. Achieving this effect through periods of prolonged fasting (2-4 days) is not something I would have expected but it makes intuitive sense in retrospect. Difficult to imagine actually doing it though, I get pretty grumpy without regular coffee..
The run from Castle Island along the Harbor Walk to the opposite point over by the JFK library is about 3.5 miles, so if you hit both points from anywhere and return it's about 7 miles. For me, the best way to enjoy the view while accelerating the trip slightly is to inline skate it. Good exercise and a great view of the water.
activity The Boston Harborwalk:   90
You can pretty much walk along the water from the North End Coast Guard station all the way to Legal Harborside in South Boston. It's quite a hike if you do all the ins and outs around the buildings, but if you like being by the water it's an enjoyable afternoon. A slightly abbreviated and enhanced tour is to start from the Court House Station silver line stop and walk along the water up to Columbus park doing however many ins and outs around the buildings as you want. The next two wharves after the park are water taxi stops, and and for $10/person that will take that back to Legal Harborside. From there you can walk back to the silver line or catch a regular cab to your next destination. Some of the interpretive signage near the courthouse is worth pausing to take a look at. There's one with a map showing all the areas that were filled in since the city first started. For example Castle Island was actually an island originally.
Many people with math or computer science backgrounds are at least dimly aware of the contributions of women to code breaking efforts in WW2, but this series uses that as a background for a pretty good murder mystery. Worth watching just as a mystery, extremely cool if you have any passing familiarity with Bletchley Park. Also does a pretty good job with the social aspects. Different than the usual formula.
The sound on this is atrocious, but it's still an excellent explanation of the major differences between two classic superconductor effects (just in case you forgot). And of course after studying that up, be sure to check out some of the other classic liquid nitrogen shenanigans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_xLsm5Yb7w
Yes, it is worth one minute to see a turkey chasing a boy riding a unicycle. Why? Because it's a turkey chasing a unicycle.
Definitely high quality food and service. Comfort food with a little bit of flair. A few drinkable beers to choose from. Fish and chips was quite good. Excellent quality fish, crispy and not bready. Chips were potato wedges, well seasoned and cooked reasonably well. Pickled cabbage was unimpressive. A couple of reasonable quality beers to choose from. If it was me and I was serving fish and chips in Southie I'd probably offer Guiness on tap, but Whale's Tale Pale Ale is not bad. On a second visit I tried the hush puppies (best I've ever had) and the calamari (also excellent). The burger is getting rave reviews from people I trust.
It's a Phillip K Dick inspired romantic sci-fi thriller. With all those adjectives you can't possibly lose. Actually it could have been horrible, but instead it was quite good. Nothing too earth shattering on any dimension, but sometimes that's really a good thing.
This is a high energy marketing vid, so be prepared. That said, there are so many reasons why this would be a huge life improvement it's worth your time to at least check out the first half. Start with parking lots, contained developments, dedicated walkways, then grow it.
Very much enjoyed this presentation of The Tempest. Magic tricks are kind of like pyrotechnics. If you see a pure show, then they have to be really impressive, but in service of another show they add a whole other dimension. Generally the illusions fit into the story quite well, and in most cases significantly enhance the presentation. Surprisingly, so does the music. Probably helps that there was a lot of Tom Waits and it was performed well. And live glass harmonica was a huge plus for me. In this performance Caliban is a conglomeration of two people moving as one and speaking in unison. Very well done, and another first for Will AFAIK. The only drawback for me was there was just slightly too much modern english embellishment. It fit the show and the characters, but for me it can take a second or two to pick up on someone speaking in Shakespearean english and that made a couple of scene transitions less than smooth. Probably not an issue issue if you've had exposure to it more recently. Overall a great show and definitely worth catching if you have a chance.
Impressive cloud formation. Worth 2 minutes of your time if you are into that sort of thing.
Excellent explanation of the "metal in the microwave" thing. Between the article and the supporting videos this shed some light on the situation, and added the grape thing, which I was previously unaware of.
Admittedly I read this article mostly because of the Oahu connection, but it was definitely interesting from a background point of view. For whatever reason it's oddly fascinating to learn what people were like and what they were doing just before they become larger than life. An interesting interaction of people at one junction in time.
It's amazing how easy it is to take good Thai food for granted when it's available, and how hard it can be to find something good when you move to another area. Zagat just rescued me with one recommendation in Boston. This place not only has great food, but is a great value as well. Just found my new Thai place.
Another impressive performance of video projection synchronized choreography. Some of the visual themes are kind of repeats from the sword one, but different enough so it's worth checking out.
It's probably going to be many years before any real winner emerges in the "biggest dinosaur" discoveries, but this looks like a very solid contender so I'm noting it now. Quite a bit more work to be done before it can be described fully, so it will probably be a few years before someone can do a decent job making a CG model and sticking it into various urban backdrops to get an actual feel for the scale, but wow.
Wow. Not usually a huge fan of yoyo, but this is so off the chart it is worth checking out.
movie Robot and Frank   70
The robot behavior is a serious stretch. They cut a lot of corners in service of the human interactions, and while that's not unexpected, there's a lot of missed opportunities there. On the other hand they get points for an interesting story line. Kind of hoped for more, but if you are in the mood for a light drama with some amusement value this might fit the bill.
movie Lincoln   90
This movie really brings the man to life and is completely worth seeing even just for that. I can only hope that it is a modestly accurate portrayal, but my guess is they did a pretty good job. Knowing nothing about it, I kind of expected the movie to start out in a log cabin, but it doesn't. A good working alternative title would "The 13th Amendment" as that is a large focus, and bringing that process to life is another triumph. It is an extremely important portrayal. The movie itself is not as riveting or engaging as I expected given all the rave reviews, but that is actually a good thing. This is about people, and a rare mix of compromise and leadership rarely visible in politics. Totally worth checking out. I think this will become a classic.
The food here is excellent, and it would probably be a good value as well if they actually delivered what was described on the menu. For example, I had the duck confit ravioli, which was very good fresh ravioli filled with ground duck. Extremely tasty, but not quite the same thing. The duck a l'orange was also very tasty, but had no discernible orange, nor was there any gastrique accompanying it as described on the menu. The escargot were standard and very good, and I would probably prefer standard, but I was expecting burgundy braised as described. No complaints, but set your expectations accordingly. Also note that the waiters can't provide wine suggestions since they are too young to drink.
Yes this is absolutely as silly as expected. My best guess is that some screenwriter was boasting they could make an action movie out of any story line, another screenwriter challenged them to do this, and then they actually pitched it and got the movie made. It's actually oddly fascinating to watch from that perspective. The drawbacks are that it is actually a bit too violent for kids in spots, and it does not quite achieve the Men In Black type genre even though it does make some attempt at it. In all it was not a complete waste of time. The acting was actually pretty good and the effects were fairly solid. Screenwriters take note: Please stop idly slacking off over beer and give all these actors a chance to do something reasonable.
Good DnB mix. Poppy, but not syrupy, not too boring rhythmically or tonally. That's actually harder to find than you might expect, so making a note of this one. Some parts of this are a bit weak, but some parts absolutely rock, and the overall quality is quite good.
This is what happens if a fast food burger joint cares about quality. The Big Tasty is basically what a Big Mac might have dreamed of becoming one day. The veggie burger is the best I've had in Boston. Call ahead or get it delivered. Be aware that quality varies. I've had this be awesome, and I've had it be decidedly mediocre. Mostly depending on the crew. Sometimes they are on, and other times just screwing up completely. Great to have around though.
movie Dredd   20
Yes, they actually took it seriously. A comic book character that once sentenced Santa Claus to 20 years for home invasion. Cop, judge, jury and executioner rolled into one super enforcer, this is so obviously over the top I am dumbfounded anyone would think it was anything but a parody. Clearly taking this "hero" seriously would tend towards a pretty lame movie. In my opinion this was actually captured rather well in the original with Stallone as Judge Dredd, which does a reasonable job exploring some of the limits of fascism in cheesiest possible way. Not quite as well as "Tick" but I digress.. But of course if you want violence with just enough plot to hold it together, without flying motorcycles or any other cool stuff you would expect, then you might enjoy this. The actors do a very good job and some of the scenes are not bad even if you feel like you never want to see any matrix bullet time effects again for a very long time. What a waste.
Finally took advantage of the free Thursday evening admission at the ICA, and I'm remembering how much I like this place. The art is consistently well selected. Not everything there appeals to me, but it's worth checking out, and some of the pieces I've seen there are amazing. Like other great modern art museums, the space is also beautiful. The elevator is an experience, and the walk between the galleries overlooking the harbor is one of the better views in Boston. Worth checking out on a regular basis. Actually considering membership.
video Time lapse   80
This is oddly fascinating to watch, in a likely less than healthy obsessive sort of way. The detail is immense, as can probably only be appreciated in time lapse.
video Mayday PAC Launch   90
Another crazy Lessig idea that might have a shot. If you're as frustrated as I am with politicians asking for money to do their job and then throwing you under the bus, you might want to check this out.
This is a brilliant (by which I mean obvious in retrospect) hack that's worth having in your toolbox if you have anything less than perfect vision. It totally had not occurred to me that you could make a small hole with your hands to channel light. Great explanation of how it works.
This is the first album by Huun Huur Tu that I bought, and it's still great, but this is one of those things that you really have to experience live. The group usually comes to Boston about once a year, typically through CRASH arts. I've been to see them several times over the years, and I can only say that it is absolutely worth going if you can possibly do it. At the very least I can guarantee it will be a memorable experience, and there's a good chance it will grab you the way it did me. This album is particularly interesting now because it's early, and it provides a great place to start before getting into all the amazing evolutions and collaborations that happened afterwards.
Finally got around to watching this, and was very glad I did. This guy is a great artist, and jaw dropping brave, but this documentary somehow manages to illustrate some of the range of forces involved. Learned some new perspectives, commonalities, differences, approaches and attitudes that may come in handy. Worth checking out, and not just because it's good to learn stuff, it's interesting on a number of fronts.
Some of my favorite artists jamming together in this diverse and highly enjoyable live performance. Not the greatest thing ever, but for a video, this feels like an evening out.
As a talk, this may not be the best presentation ever (although it is extremely good), however it is a very interesting approach that is worth being familiar with. This guy has a knack for transforming amorphous problems into things you can do something with. The 14 minutes will go by quick. January.
Excellent visual explanation of Schlieren Flow Visualization, and some neat imagery worth seeing. The actual hand clap isn't that impressive, but still neat. Worth 2.5 minutes of your time to check out.
video FULL STORY   70
Fun Norwegian TV broadcast about the meteorite that missed a skydiver by a few meters. Worth checking out for all the reactions and detail. The actual meteorite footage is only a few seconds (skip to 3:20) to see it.
Impressive animation of the tsunami effects from the northern Chile earthquake.
Under 15 minutes, and totally worth hearing. Some people are just inspiring.
Somehow a generic branding ad is way more fun to watch than a regular branding ad, but somehow I'm still annoyed. Definitely worth 2 minutes to check out though. Ok, I did laugh.
yum McKennas Cafe   70
Good homestyle brunch with some interesting selections. Like any good place, there is usually a line, but they take names so you don't have to stand in the same place while you are waiting. Good value and and enjoyable place.
video Techno Jeep   90
Really nice jeep playing. I didn't realize that was a thing. Kind of like marching band meets auto shop. Totally worth wasting a couple of minutes on IMHO.
movie Beowulf   80
This uses game engine animation so I didn't have high hopes initially, but this turns out to actually be pretty good in terms of story rendering. It is one of the oldest stories, and if you are going to revisit something like that then having Neil Gaiman involved is a good thing. Enjoyed this more than I expected.
Nice club hit from back in the day.
Cool map of nuclear reactor antineutrino output from nuclear reactors around the world. Need to map the background radiation before studying the earth's core...
yum Meadhall   90
If you even remotely enjoy a good beer, you have to check this place out. They have more brews on tap than you can count, and they are all ultra high quality. I recommend the Delirium Tremens, which is delicious, but also very high alcohol so watch it. This is absolutely my go to place for trying anything Belgian, sour, or otherwise different from my staple selections. Very impressive. If there is a tech meetup, VC group, or after work gathering from the tech giants around Kendall, then this place can be crowded and not much fun, but on the upside it is remotely possible to find a seat on a Friday night if you don't require a scene.
yum Oysters at Legal   100
A great place to go for oysters, and a pretty wide selection. Totally losing track of what I've tried at this point so writing things down here. French Kiss: all around awesome. Little Shemouge: Merry: Snows Cove: spicy, kind of a metallic finish that goes on too long Kushi: nice deep shape, sweet initial, finish is a bit fishy Lover's Creek: all around good. If anything, slightly less interesting.
I have not tried this, but it seems like a pretty neat idea if it's not too snowy out and far enough so the walk is difficult. Seemed worth sharing.
music The Chainsmokers   80
I don't know how many times I can actually stand listening to this, let alone watching the video, but if you haven't heard it then you have to check it out at least once. Spot on.
music Joga   90
On first listen I thought this was a really good song with some neat visuals. After listening a few times it held up. Oddly strong appeal. Worth checking out.
movie Cowboys And Aliens   78
I found this quite enjoyable, especially in a nearly empty, faintly musty Somerville theatre that was kind enough to vend me a pint of Harpoon IPA.
Not a fun article. Not fun at all. Very educational though. Pulls together a lot of points that are worth knowing, and while it's a tad heavy handed in spots is probably worth a read. I'm noting it mostly as a reference for later.
This is probably worth wasting 2 minutes of your time on, if only because it is better than many movie action sequences of late.
Happy to report that the only Indian food restaurant in Southie (and therefore the best) is actually very good. I had my doubts, but it is totally worth it. This is takeout and delivery only, so it won't be quite as good as when it just came out of the oven, and realistically that means you are probably only interested if you are driving by or live in the area, but if either of those conditions are true, you should definitely add this to your list of takeaway food possibilities. Might update this with favorites later after I make it through the menu a bit more.
yum The Salty Pig   80
If you don't eat pork, stay away. If you require significant vegetables, you may find this place challenging. However they do have some of the best charcuterie in Boston. Made in house, and top notch. Not for everyday but definitely worth it. I'd mention specifics, but in truth everything was top notch and worth exploring.
By comparison, I'm definitely acrophobic. Very impressive and quite a view.
music Chameleon   100
Every once in a while, I forget what a classic masterpiece this really is. Then I hear it again. Sometimes a cut version shows up on the radio, causing me to go find the full version to correct the injustice. The groove is massive, arguably exceeded by the solos and general song development. Listen now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbkqE4fpvdI
Perhaps slightly less of a great value than some of the other tapas places around, but absolutely worth checking out for a change of pace, and for some people this could easily be a favorite. The sangria is probably the best around and many of the plates here are quite filling by comparison. Very impressed with everything I tried. The salt cod fritters achieve that difficult balance of traditional and home while still being something you would probably not cook yourself. Thoroughly recommend the Brussels sprouts and the Moorish lamb skewers. They also do great things with chickpeas. Very enjoyable place.
One of the best and most succinct descriptions of why wolves are so important to our ecosystem. If you are even slightly unsure of how these effects work, this is will give you a really good sense in under 5 minutes of beautiful video footage and enthusiastic narration. Recommended.
Some high flight/space videos are possibly not worth the time. This one is. Partially because the narrator is quite good and it focuses on the humanity more than the spy plane. The scenery is of course, beautiful. This is well worth the ten minutes IMHO.
music Get Up With It   100
Over 2 hours of great improvisational music. Comprehensive album that touches on a lot of different spaces. Put this on anytime you are hanging out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB_LRn6Y1Co
music Agharta   100
The Osaka 1975 afternoon concert. Some great stuff in here. The keyboard comes in a bit hard on the treble but don't let that put you off. 96 minutes of great noise.
music Love Love   90
Nice atmospheric release from back in the Sextant days.
This archaeological find is pretty significant and worth 6 minutes of your time to check out if you are into ancient history. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but it seems fairly reasonable to me. Check it out and decide for yourself.
If you dislike dubstep and modern choreography, then skip this. Otherwise these guys are extremely talented and worth checking out for a song.
If you have a bit over 15 minutes to spend, you will learn a lot here without trying, and you will have a great time in the process. I can't believe I've never heard of this guy before. Well worth it.
activity TareqRantisi.com   90
Great concert featuring Tareq Rantissi (percussion) and Kenan Adnawi (oud)! Impressive and enjoyable. This was hosted by the The Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist at their Monastery Chapel, and they opened the event up to the public for free. Much thanks to them for doing that. Visibility was not great, but the acoustics were extremely good. Varied program representing music from several different areas, styles and time periods. Would recommend catching these guys live if you get a chance, either together or separately.
70 Zebra Finches, 10 Gibson Les Paul guitars, 4 Gibson Thunderbird basses, individual amplifiers (with some linked by delay lines), bird condos, straw for nest building, drum cymbals on the floor to hold water and bird seed. This is one of the best ambient music spaces ever created. And the birds are cute too.
activity Alison Safford   100
Everyday Things was a piano concert featuring Kathleen Supové (incorporating recordings, processing video), together with an art exhibit by Alison Safford incorporating visual and interactive pieces. Not only were the interactive kinetic pieces really fascinating compositions, you could actually take them off the wall and handle them during intermission which was really fun! The piano recital was equally impressive and engaging, with the possible exception of the first half of the balloon piece which I could probably have skipped. Too varied to describe as a whole, so here's the breakdown: The Body of Your Dreams by JacobTV is a sliced up infomercial and a piano part interacting with the tonalized aspects of the speach. Totally worth catching the whole thing live, the precision of the piano performance just doesn't capture on video. Here's an excerpt for a general idea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctLYrA4YSo4 Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos is a much more serious and beautiful piece that manages to capture the attentive yet floating feeling of a dream. Really nice mix of acoustic and recorded elements. http://www.amazon.com/Isabelle-Eberhardt-Dreams-of-Pianos/dp/B003XJTOJS What Remains of a Rembrandt by Randall Woolf was probably my favorite piece of the evening. It's a rare composition that exhibits depth and consistency at a variety of listening depths. https://soundcloud.com/randy-woolf/what-remains-of-a-rembrandt "Cakewalks, Remixes and Miniatures: Short Pieces based on Debussy, Disney, and the Daily News" was a highly engaging tour de force piling through pages of sheet music. Non-stop listening for quotes and sources. If you push a balloon onto the vibrating strings of a piano you can get some interesting convolution reverb effects. Digits by Neil Rolnick was probably the most technologically advanced piece, with a lot of effects being triggered from the piano sounds. Definitely worth catching that one live also if possible. In all, this was a highly enjoyable evening. Completely recommend checking out Alison Safford and Kathleen Supové (combined or separately).
Regardless of whether you like the original song or not, this cover (done using live looping) is definitely worth checking out. Extremely talented rendition and a great version of the song.
Good 90 second overview of the bionic hand with pressure feedback.
I finally got frustrated enough with the quality of the earbuds I had been using for years that I replaced them with these. Immense improvement, and I'm very happy. Great value. What follows are some notes in case you are also thinking about doing this. First and foremost, listen to opinions of people who know sound. These were recommended by a musician friend, so I knew they wouldn't suck. Reviews from other musicians talking about things like soundstage depth and presence at various frequency levels also helped give me confidence this would be a good move. My only hesitation was some reviews saying there was not enough bass. As a bass player I can tell you these are just fine. There is great depth and good representation across the low end spectrum without any perceptible artificial "punch" being notched up. The representation of the recording is impressively exact. In general these are right on par with my stereo and my pro audio PA. The big adjustment was the isolation. This is not to be taken lightly. When walking around with these, the vibration you hear through your bones from your foot hitting the pavement will be louder than people talking or cars going by. You will need to compensate visually. If you are blissfully unaware of traffic, and don't bother to look when turning corners, these are not for you. It's like you are wearing those foam earplugs you use for ear protection, then replacing the residual muffled sounds with full depth music. It's trippy and fun, but don't go for a Darwin award. The other options are headphones that let ambient noise in. Of course if you turn those up loud enough to block outside noise, then it's the same thing except that you may be damaging your hearing. If you don't turn them up loud, then the bass is going to be lacking. If you are doing books on tape, music without much bass, or you don't mind the quality loss from some punchy sport headphones, then that might be a better option for you. For me, I was done with that approach. Be prepared to have it take some time to learn how to put them in. It gets much easier with practice, but it is not fast. If you need to replace the stock foam earpieces, you can damage the ones on there if you are not careful. Freeze them in a baggie first. If the stock one's fit, then use them. The earbud with the red dot goes on the right. For me, this was all well worth it. Annoying loud morons on public transportation? Gone. Focus on what you are reading in a noisy environment? Oh yeah. Comfortable for hours, and great sound. HTH
Hadn't seen any European early music for several years, so it was great to check this out. Next time I will probably find something where there is a bit more compositional variety, but I would absolutely check out Sequentia again. Amazing vocalists.
movie District 9   90
Initially this was not at the top of my list because some lousy writeup said it was heavy violent gore, and it's not every day that's my go-to selection off the couch. When I finally did get around to watching it, I was impressed. It's violent because it's an apartheid situation. Not writing any spoilers, you'll just have to check it out. It's worth it.
This is an excellent writeup about why you should never let statistical models run everything. Obvious in retrospect, but very clearly stated as to why, and with good examples. Especially interesting is how statistical models combined with human intuition are superior.
These kinetic sculptures are definitely worth the $10 admission to the museum. If you are in the Central Square area of Cambridge for an hour or two this is worth checking out. The museum itself is actually a bit underwhelming. Just as much info (or more) on the web, so skip the video oriented installations. A few other cool things to look at (like holograms). Fine place to bring kids, although it is not specifically oriented towards young people so you might have to guide them a bit.
movie The Numbers Station   80
Solid spy movie. Unlike many in this genre it doesn't force you to accept one unbelievable thing after another, and there's virtually no extraneous subplots. Kind of a different approach than the standard fare. Excellent couch popcorn fodder.
This is a very smart, simple design for a generalized robot gripper. Obviously it would have a tough time manipulating anything small that's recessed, but that seems a fairly insignificant percentage of things you want a robot manipulating. The central idea is a soft ball (like a thick balloon full of coffee grounds) that deforms around the object, then the air is sucked out of the ball, locking the object in place. Brilliant!
They might not have everything, but they have a lot, and nothing beats being able to talk to someone knowledgeable while looking at the actual item. My particular quest in this case was crushed red pepper (like to put on pizza), and the background is that I got extremely spoiled having had a small bottle way back from Gaziantep, Turkey that was absolutely delicious. Once you've gotten used to the depth of tangy sweet heat you get from the good stuff it is impossible to go back. After my supply from Gaziantep ran out, I ordered some more online from Aleppo, Turkey since that was the closest I could find. It was stale and not good. Worse than the regular flakes from the grocery store. Christina's introduced me to sun-dried Marash pepper (also from Turkey though I'm not clear exactly from where) and I'm happy to report it is delicious. Completely amazing how your local pizza can be transformed with a good bottle of wine and high end crushed pepper. So worth it.
music Play in the Summer   100
This song gets stuck in my head every time I hear it. Simply great.
If you are living in West Virginia, you might want to know how life threatening the chemical is that contaminated your water supply. But apparently it was never determined before being used.
video the Wikidrummer   100
Some positively great drumming, demonstrating different reverb situations with ambient and reflective noise. Recommend checking this out with the video, then without looking at it.
Extrapolating from the article, it currently takes approximately 9 years and $4mil to clear your name from the no-fly list, even if your placement on the list was due to a bureaucratic error. That is not a reasonable process. Charges need to be stated. If a person can be detained, then it should be possible to clearly and publicly explain why. Preferably immediately, but in a couple of days at most.
Yep, it's a bird going sledding on a plastic lid. Repeatedly. For fun. Not something I would have expected. To save you a trip to the translator, the title means "Crow rides on a mayonnaise lid".
Interesting take on a vampire flick. Within the genre, it is fairly reasonable on the blood and gore scale. Not the happiest story or most functional relationship.
Like the best of the TED talks, this is well presented and has several great points. What struck me is that this is a fairly non-judgmental, highly actionable way of understanding and seeking to address much of the prejudice we witness and enact on a daily basis. Having another angle on that is a good thing. Worth 20 minutes of your time.
Described as the best snorkeling on the big island, and that's not an exaggeration. Large shallow cove (rarely deeper than 5 feet of water) with an enormous variety of fish. Nearly half the fish book present and accounted for, in fact pretty much the only thing you won't see is deep water or nocturnal. Mostly juveniles (including a few teenage turtles that like to hang out) but a few notable exceptions, especially parrotfish. Best Bird Wrasse and Elegant Coris examples I have ever seen. As usual, the water column clears up a bit if you can distance yourself from the sunscreen slathered masses near the main entry area. The less crap you leave in the water the better. There is an interesting thermocline a bit out toward the center from water running off the reef. In spots everything gets kind of wavy and then suddenly it goes crystal clear again a few feet later. The current is significant, but nothing too difficult to swim through even with backpacker fins. Be sure to mind your position relative to surge so you don't bump anything.
activity Mauna Kea Beach   70
This is a full on beach resort (highly manicured, golf course, gated entry etc) but if you tell the entry guard that you want to go to the beach, and you are one of the 40 lucky cars or whatever, then they give you a pass and you can drive down to the public part. It is a nice beach, soft sand, easy water entry, small nicely formed waves for body surfing, rinse-off showers and restrooms. I find country club atmosphere a bit oppressive.
Two Step is the public swimming snorkeling area right next to the place of refuge national park. Enter the park and leave your vehicle there, then walk back out and snorkel until you are borderline hypothermic, then go back and check out the park exhibits while you warm up. The park has restrooms, but there are no showers or anything anywhere so you are going to be salty. It is worth it. The park exhibits are great, and the snorkeling is superb, especially if you like to dive down a bit. Huge coral heads, numerous fish, and extremely good visibility, especially if you get a little bit away from the crowds. If you are looking for a place to flop and get a tan, this is pretty rocky. The main attraction is a natural couple of steps in the rock that make getting in and out almost as easy as climbing onto a dive boat. A few keiki pools for younger kids make this a great spot for all ages of folks comfortable in the water. I've been here twice in 6 years, and it has not degraded much, but the amount of sunscreen in the water column is not helping anything. If you can protect yourself with a shirt and other alternatives, the fish and coral will thank you.
activity Pololu Valley Beach   80
Nice black sand beach just past the north tip of the big island. This is a popular spot so parking may occasionally be tight. It's a bit of a hike down and there are no facilities. For me, this was at least as much about the scenery on the way there. Basically this destination is a great excuse to go up the north coast. The coast along the way is spectacular and the transition from dry lava fields to lush vegetation as you cross over the leeward side is equally remarkable.
Another completely neato way to levitate small objects: sound waves.
music Gri Gri   80
Why automated loops are not as good.
I'm really glad that these folks (both the company and the models) were able to do this. It's smart, and it's about time.
Not sure if a Japanese hiphop take on feudal Japan is what you have been looking all over for, but this is great couch fodder. It's a usual ragtag wanderers kind of story, but the episodes are not predictable. Some are quite good, a few are seriously stupid, and overall it's an enjoyable ride.
movie Love Actually   60
Like the aging rocker recording a christmas special version of their hit back in the day, this is an unbelievable vaguely sacharine pile of christmas in england cliches. Within that framework, the characters and situations are fairly creative and the acting is very good. Thought I would hate it and didn't, although I recommend having something lined up afterwards. Kind of like it's a good idea to get some exercise after overdoing it on desert.
This is the oddest cross species friendship I've seen yet. Apparently Fum the cat and Gebra the owl first met each other when they were both one-month-old.
Kids can be awful, but they can also be great. Especially when they rally together around someone who is getting picked on. Great stuff.
Greatest use of a marketing budget ever.
Smart design for the new cholera clinic in Port Au Prince Haiti. Brilliant to handle treatment of people and waste water in the same facility.
Let me first get the formalities out of the way. This is a well built motorcycle, and the folks over at http://www.bostonharley.com/ are really good. That's a great place to go if you are looking for a bike like this. I'm not. Probably the best way I can describe the experience is this: Pretend you've been driving a sporty, well designed small car (perhaps a mini cooper) for years and then you go and test drive a large super duty pickup (perhaps a Ford F-350). Now imagine that both vehicles are somehow approximately the same size, weight and horsepower. Apparently some people would just rather have a pickup. In terms of actual ride, you are sitting on top of an air cooled, two cylinder engine just under 1.7 liters in displacement. There is a lot of heat and vibration. One of the cylinders shuts off when it starts to overheat sitting at a light. That can be a little disconcerting (I thought it was about to stall). It's fairly comfortable. The acceleration and handling is ok. I tried to enjoy riding this bike, and treat all the interpretations of controls as new and interesting, but I've found that I basically disagree with nearly every single design feature. Just not for me. On a side note, after riding a Honda BMW clone for 20 years I've gotten kind of used to kids waving and folks seeming to enjoy my presence (when they're not trying to kill me with their cars). It's true that with loud pipes and a newly purchased attitude you might get less trouble from cars, but it's not worth the trade IMHO.
Excellent charcuterie and cheese selection, general delicacies, and just enough produce, bread and other things to put a good meal together. Not quite enough of the latter to qualify as a full market, but this is the best source of interesting local stuff for miles.
Empathy can be a hard thing to describe well. This cartoon does a pretty decent job.
Yes it is possible for a large organization to move from Microsoft to open source. And yes, it saves money in licensing and upkeep. And everyone can read files you produce without having to purchase software. Why public institutions (especially those not funded sufficiently) have not done this yet is completely beyond me.
movie Resident Evil   60
Not the deepest movie (to put it mildly), but I actually thought it was reasonable popcorn fodder. Or maybe I've just figured out that I'm a fan of Milla Jovovich.
video Madiba Tribute   90
Fantastic tribute to Nelson Mandela, from Woolworths in Johannesburg who teamed up with the Soweto Gospel Choir to sing Asimbonanga (We have not seen him). Well done!
video Water Me   80
This is a very good song, and is definitely worth just listening to, but the video is intriguing and worth checking out if you haven't already. It is a bit unsettling as it exaggerates some of those image manipulations done to "enhance" beauty features, and the result crosses over into the alien. Bravo for pushing the limits, always a rare thing in the music video world.
music Driver's Seat   90
This landed in my head unexpectedly after listening to an Iggy Pop song. Had to find it since it was not in my personal collection. It's still great. Love that synth sound.
An extremely succinct and well written description of Columbus Day, and an introduction to Bartolomé de Las Casas who seems actually worth honoring.
Extremely resonant ice. You really need to hear at least some of what this sounds like.
activity Back Bay Ringers   90
Bell music is one of those things that you really need to hear live. Even if a studio was able to reproduce the room and other spacial effects, the overtones wouldn't survive the sampling. These folks are one of the most talented groups in Boston and well worth checking out.
music theriex music site   80
This is lots of stuff I've played on. So of course it's good.
Much language, and it's possible you might have to have some musical background to really appreciate this, but I laughed so hard I almost cried. And it's even informative.
This is hardly the most accurate rendition of many of these basslines, but it's a very good overview history nonetheless, and the fact guy totally makes it.
Some very nice time lapse tagging.
video Wheelz - Gnarly!   90
Huge respect for this guy. Talk about pushing the limits. Worth 3 minutes of your time. I would love to see this get a massive view count.
music Yamato Concert   90
Was fortunate to see Yamato at the Sanders Theatre as part of Crash Arts. Full standing ovation. Totally recommend checking them out live if you get a chance. Recordings do not do it justice.
This is one of the best ads I've seen for better girls toys.
When interpreted well and accompanied well, pi sounds remarkably good.
video America's Cup   100
If you have even the slightest interest in sailing, you should absolutely check this out. In my opinion this was the race of the century, and the most beautiful technologically advanced sailboats to ever to hit the water. Don't be put off by the video length, the race itself is like 40 minutes and starts without excessive preamble.
video Tissue Animals   90
Great origami, but the sequencing of the video is also excellent. Just over a 1.5 minutes of enjoyment.
movie Gravity   81
Definitely check this out in 3D if you can, the scenery is great. The movie is worth an evening out and the suspension of belief requirements are not too daunting.
activity Home   60
So the new Hall of Life exhibit has some good things to check out, but still suffers from too many video screens and not enough shareable interaction. They really need less web design and more toy/industrial design or maker input. Also they need to watch out for having the sponsor run the message. On the other hand the electricity demo with the enormous van de graaff generator is always awesome and worth the entire cost of admission.
This guy is an absolutely great poet, and I'm not really into poetry. Interesting combination of animated visuals with poetry, occasionally very effective. For me, the visuals allow for absorbing the poetry better, although it is occasionally distracting. Worth checking out if you have 11 minutes to spend on some general entertainment.
movie I, Robot   70
Superficially, this is pretty enjoyable and the acting is good within the confines of the script. But when you name something after some stories by Asimov that expect you to enjoy thinking, then your script should not fall apart logically when considered for two seconds by your average third grader. Maybe the script was originally ok and fell apart after being glossed over and having sidelines added. Dunno. In any case it's fine while you are watching it as long as you suspend higher order cognitive processing (helps to be tired). You might want to have something else lined up to watch afterwards to avoid thinking about it.
This is absolutely hilarious. Somehow parody with legos just makes it all awesome. Definitely worth wasting 3 minutes of your time on this.
Bladerunner late 1700s. If you think automatons are cool check it out.
The 12 year sherry oak aged is still my main scotch of choice, ever since I first did my first major tour of single malt scotches back in the day. If you like 'em real peaty, this is not for you. If you are looking for something with depth that stands the test of time then I recommend it.
movie Argo   70
This is an amazing story and it is told very well. The acting ranges from good to great, and the writing is also very good. It could have been a truly amazing film if some moron hadn't decided to wreck it with cheesy reality TV music. It is still very much worth it to see the portrayals of the people involved. These are true heroes.
The Earth From Above photo series was pretty amazing, and so is this. Slightly higher up of course, so the focus is on larger features. Great eye to notice and capture these. The images might take a few moments to download, but it's worth it.
Car controls going nuts like right out of a movie. Apparently the controller area networks used in cars have little or no authentication for performance reasons. That's not such a problem until you start bringing outside malicious computers (like your phone) into the mix. Might be time for a bit of security, and maybe some failsafe design.
Avoiding collisions is hard. This drone is built to collide and keep going. Kind of fun.
Concise (38 second) visual summary of photoshopping a pinup shot. Worth watching, especially if you've never seen this type of thing before.
This is the fourth in the series, and it's a bit loosely stitched together, but at least it was not completely predictable. It probably would not stand alone, but if you've made it through the first three then you may as well watch this one also. Be forewarned that the ending is a complete setup for yet another one.
Third in the series, this is not as solid as the first two, but still plenty of action and not bad, especially if you just finished watching the one before it. As a standalone movie I would not recommend it. As a sequel in the series it's probably worth watching.
movie Underworld   80
This was the first movie released, but the second in the Underworld series. If you are not sure you want to commit to four movies worth of action packed vampire gore, then watch this one first. If you want to go for it, then watch Rise of the Lycans first and do it in order. This one is still the best of them though. No, there are no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Fun stuff though.
Silly dance routines are not really my thing but this is probably worth 3.5 minutes of your time.
This is remarkably brilliant. My definition of brilliant is anything that seems simple and intuitive after you've heard about it, but you didn't know it before. Remarkably brilliant is something that modifies the inherently closed system of our world so it functions significantly better as a whole. Nice job.
Kept thinking there must be a bourbon that is worth drinking. After trying several over time I think I finally found one I would consider getting a bottle of. This is it.
This is an excellent restaurant, but I'm reviewing it for drinks because their bar is really impressive and you can't beat the view looking out across the harbor. I've heard it can be boisterous in terms of noise for brunch and on popular evenings, but on Sunday night it was pretty quiet and extremely enjoyable. The appetizers are as awesome and innovative as the drinks. Very enjoyable. A bit pricy, but good value.
The prixe fixe brunch is a great value. The standard items are not the most amazing brunch food ever, but quite good, the coffee is good, they take reservations, and it is not crazy loud. I think the cinnamon bun is excellent, but too much frosting for me, so next time I'm going to try ordering it without. No TV in my face. Good bread for the toast and it's not pre-buttered. Would go again.
An interesting development in synthetic biology hacking. Recoding how the basic DNA building blocks behave is pretty impressive, and this does have major advantages over building synthetic cells from scratch, but in general systems utilizing these kinds of cells need to be heavily tested before any production use, and thoroughly contained until then. Worth being aware of.
This ought to get your Friday rolling, regardless of what day it is. I have a lot of sympathy for excerpting long improvised jams into commercial packages and this is really good. Bit of a rough transition at 7:34 but that's to be expected and otherwise this mix is nearly perfect. Enjoy.
video NSA Surveillance   60
Very likely you already know everything presented here, but the tone is a nice grounded perspective and it has some fun clips you might remember if you are middle aged or older.
yum TORO   80
The corn on the cob is insane. All good. Noisy and lines can be long, but very enjoyable.
video Solana 3D   73
Pretty cool graphic rendition of how one solar power plant was constructed. Basically an ad, and you may be subjected to an ad to watch the ad which is just a whole new level of youtube, but it's still worth the 3 minutes to watch IMHO.
This is a giant show with a very large group of artists exhibiting an extremely wide variety of art, a subset of which is truly amazing. The shows seem to happen annually, and having gone to several I would recommend the fall Northampton one because the drive out west through the foliage is an added benefit. There is a cover charge of $11/person but it's worth it for the variety and experience IMNSHO. Most of the time you will be talking to the artist, and if you buy something you are supporting them directly.
music Pedal Up   100
Amazing performance from some monstrous giants. Hearing this will improve your life.
This was sitting in the netflix queue forever and ended up being way better than expected. Quirky and lightly amusing. Basically, it's a decent love story that's actually worth watching. The sci fi parts don't try your patience with lame posturing, it's just "a place that does a thing". I found that funny.
Philip Beesley makes reactive art installations that mimic life forms to some extent. I like the LED ones.
Interesting approach to big data using topological theory to get a handle on things.
yum Moko   80
Very good sushi. Very good iron pot bi bim bap. Sapporo on draft. Great place and very thankful to have this within walking distance.
Decent popcorn fodder for an evening on the couch.
The set of relationships between words can be thought of as a set of vectors between words. By data mining these vectors out of language texts, you can then use equivalent vector representations to say the same thing in multiple languages. That is brilliant. Will have to wait to see how well it works, but could be really great.
video Box   90
Amazing performance utilizing projection mapping on moving surfaces. Absolutely worth the 5 minutes.
movie Batman Begins   50
Finally a rendition that is reasonably true to the comic book. Not great though.
Some good general questions to the folks creating the new javascript standards. If you work with javascript professionally and have some interest in where the language is going, this is worth your time. Nothing earth shattering. Interesting that javascript is on track to becoming the new standard virtual machine.
Pretty good article on some of the safety testing that went into creating the plutonium batteries powering our satellites. Although it is a bit of a concern how old all this information is. Worth reading if you are curious.
May 14 2013 New England Artificial Intelligence presentation at hack/reduce. This is 1.5 hours long, but a great perspective on some aspects of big data research, and some fun analysis. Like many presentations there is some technology pitch, but it doesn't detract for me.
video Pen Drumming   60
Pretty impressive pen drumming. Worth a minute IMHO.
Violent, bloody, and total fluff. Within that, good prequel. Might want the second one lined up to watch afterwards. The third one is not necessary.
These are excellent mysteries, and excellent screenplay adaptations. The acting is also excellent, but it occasionally fails because Whimsey is supposed to be in his early 30s and pretty active. That doesn't matter much for things like "The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club" but it is very problematic for "Murder Must Advertise" which would otherwise be one of the best. The rest fall somewhere in between.
Living gears. Never would have guessed this existed in nature. Not a full wheel or anything, but quite fantastic nonetheless.
Probably about as popular as beatboxing, but very impressive and definitely worth seeing.
A very good overview of the most common food microbes. If you're fond of cheeses and alcoholic beverages then most of this won't be a surprise, but it's still fun to have a survey condensed into a single article with pics like this.
activity North Bank Bridge   80
This is a non-motor bridge connecting Paul Revere Park (in Charlestown just over the Charlestown Bridge) and North Point Park (the park area by the water across from the Museum of Science). The path takes you under the Zakim bridge and it's some of the coolest bicycling in Boston. Getting across the Charlestown bridge kind of sucks between the traffic and the tourists on the freedom trail, but this connects the North End and Cambridge very directly and with great scenery. Nice ride.
Nice short ride for when you just need to get out a bit, or show someone a little bit of the area. Basically this is out Storrow Drive, continuing to follow the Charles river until you hit rt 16, then head back keeping the river on your right. Mind the left onto Greenough Blvd, then continue back on Mem Dr. I usually combine this with a ride over the Zakim bridge by continuing on to Charlestown Ave and picking up 93S from there. Then through the tunnel. Turn around at JFK exit and pick up 93N. For a view of the city take the HOV lane towards South Station, then pick up the tunnel again from there. That's the loop. Obviously this sucks in traffic, so late morning or night.
This is not the nicest sand in the greater Boston metro area, but it is easy to get to, and it is one of the best places for a long swim along the shore since there are very few waves. Make sure you go when it is at least halfway to high tide or you will be walking through silt before it is deep enough to swim. The water is murky and doesn't look great, but it's actually pretty clean. For water quality testing results, see http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/harbor/html/beachdata.htm
Got a season pass, got checked out on the sailboats, and now I can go by UMass Boston during the day Thu-Sun and go sailing. The boats are nothing fancy or new, but it's totally worth it. Their main gig is actually kayaks and paddleboards, but they have a few centerboard Mercury day sailers and a somewhat worn Hobie cat all of which will get you around on the water.
Pretty ok martial arts flick. Some good stunts, some very silly chase scenes, a few ugly spots. About average within the very small percentage of martial arts movies that are worth watching.
You know something is brilliant when it seems obvious in retrospect. This struck me as being a revolution in math calculators. Punching buttons for trig was never intuitive, and I can see this getting smarter. Putting together this technology into this package is genius.
This sounds like a promising way to go. Certainly worth keeping an eye on anyway.
movie The Hunger Games   31
The first half is bad, the second half is mediocre. The actors do a good job given what they have to work with. The premise: 12 districts, subservient to a central metropolis, each give up a teenage male and female to fight to the death on TV. This is accepted, and not resolved. Why people like this is beyond me.
activity Stingray City Sandbar   90
This seems like a total tourist cattlecar thing (and it is) but it is also a hell of a lot of fun. Especially if you take the time to learn to catch one yourself. To get there, I would recommend the spiffy sailing catamaran. The boat crew explains everything you need to know. Snorkeling the reef also rocks. If you have extra time, there's a public beach about a quarter mile down the road where I saw a full grown eagle ray and some amazing fish relatively close to shore. Further out I saw the biggest fattest Atlantic barracuda I've ever seen. Recommend steering clear of those. Grand Cayman in general is a horrific cruise destination port but if you stay away from the massive hotel industrial complex end of the island you can do pretty well.
Your tax dollars at work. If only there were some way for public schools to charge for preparing new citizens for the surveillance state.
video 7-Minute Workout   100
This is surprisingly effective. All you need is stable chair, an internet connection, and 7 minutes, which makes this perfect for checking into the hotel room after a flight. Or any other time when you need a slight change in routine.
A brinicle is what leaks out of the bottom of an iceberg. It's super cold to the point where it freezes anything it comes in contact with. This is some pretty amazing time lapse footage, along with some background on what is happening and the challenges of filming something like this. Worth a couple of minutes to check out.
Just in case you were ever wondering what extreme yo-yo tricks there are. Oddly interesting to watch. No I will not be buying a yo-yo anytime soon.
movie Titan A.E.   40
Had I known this was Disney style animation targeting a 12 year old boy audience I probably would not have started streaming it. However within that it's actually pretty good. Made it through the whole thing.
video How to Coil Cables   70
You can take years of figuring this out on your own, or you can take two minutes to learn how to do it. This works for all manner of cables, extension cords, rope and hoses.
yum Jimbo Restaurant   100
My favorite noodle place. Nabeyaki udon and tsukemono. If there's a line, write your name on the door and hang out. Wholesome food that's not too heavy.
Makes intuitive sense that jumping spiders would use silk to help control their trajectory, but wouldn't have thought of it. Neat to see.
The fact that most new immigrants are younger really changes the economics. Worth 3 minutes.
Very informative interview with K. Birgitta Whaley about some research and background in quantum biology, including photosynthesis and perception of electromagnetic fields.
Back when it was possible to get unpasteurized cider, I used to make my own hard cider and it was delicious. Then it became impossible to get it anymore and they started adding potassium sorbate to boot. I thought my drink was lost. Then came the foofy sparkling cider rage and I was even more disappointed. Now someone has finally resurrected what hard cider should frigging taste like and I am deeply grateful. Not like I drink this all that often, but it's really good as an afternoon soda alternative. Plus the cans are actually more convenient than the giant gallon jug that used to pop the top itself sometimes.
If you are traveling to the southwestern U.S. you should be aware of this fungal lung infection that can happen from dust exposure.
I think Tesla just replaced Toyota as the king of robotic manufacturing. This is an amazing factory and if you have any interest in how things are made it is worth 5 minutes of your time. Gives me hope we can bring manufacturing back to the U.S.A.
A well written glimpse into one aspect of the Syrian revolution.
Reprogrammed e-coli to kill off antibiotic resistant infections. First hope I've had of a path forward given all the current antibiotics are failing from overuse and animal feed.
Way to go IKEA for putting some design work into refugee shelters. Big step up from a tent.
SpaceX launched a rocket that took off and then landed back on the pad smoothly. That's some impressive control.
Either the earth is some complete anomaly where every mm of non-sterile environment is teaming with life, or life is a commonplace occurrence and getting to other planets needs to move up the priority list.
Ok, it's Disney, the racist copyright trolls, but this is some impressive virtual reality tech. Still can't actually touch any objects, but at least you can get close and feel the air move from things. Nice. When something seems completely obvious after you're familiar with it, that usually means it's brilliant. Worth a couple of minutes of your time if you are interested in new technology. Stapling this to an ipad is cringeworthy marketing overdrive, but there is some awesomely smart stuff here.
Just when you thought it was lost, some more progress on common sense computing. A University of Illinois at Chicago team put ConceptNet 4, an artificial intelligence system developed at M.I.T., through the verbal portions of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test and apparently it scored as a strange kind of 4 year old.
Definitely worth 1:45 of your time to see the winning human powered helicopter flight.
This is very well said. Worth 1:50 of your time to listen to it. Nothing earth-shattering, just well said.
Yes, it is still awesome. If you have never seen it, then you really must. One of the best science fiction movies of all time.
Crystal storage has been a science fiction standard for a long time. Now it looks like it getting viable. Hitachi is also working on similar technology. 360Tb of extremely durable storage using fused quartz written by a femtosecond laser.
movie Batman: Year One   60
A pretty decent animated origins story. I would say this is awesome couch fodder except that you end up wanting to watch more episodes and they never made it past this first one.
So much wasted potential. Start with a bar the size of a large living room with a nice wood finish, then screw it up by putting a horizontal line of 11 TVs around the place all pretty much showing the same game. Next, start with an excellent beer selection, quality kitchen ingredients, and great food preparation, then screw it up by minor stupid missteps: do not say you have avocado and then deliver some mashed avocado with sugar mixed in. Also, while the homemade parmesan chips are very good, people ordering a turkey club are usually not looking for something adventurous. Basically if it is still light out (so you can look out the window and not be overwhelmed with redundant TVs), and you don't mind specifying a few fixes to your food order, this place is an excellent value.
movie Skyfall   40
Well acted and filmed, but sunk by a lousy script of an unfit Bond muddling through a series of extremely improbable and lackluster situations. Improbable situations are a Bond staple, but these lack the flash. Very happy I didn't bother to see this in the theater.
movie Gone Baby Gone   60
Kind of an interesting story, and reasonably well done, but the plot and characters are not quite believable enough for me. Cool that it's filmed in Boston.
Another development in tracking movement through interference patterns. In other words, spying without a camera. This was not stock wifi, and the standard infrared camera is more practical, but techniques like this are important to remember in the overall privacy picture. Don't write legislation around the technique you are using to spy on someone, write legislation on what extent you are violating their privacy.
For me it was good to get an idea of some of the people behind the both TPB and the legal proceedings against them. This is a good documentary and worth the 82 minutes IMHO. I heard for some time the copyright folks were trying to get this documentary taken down, but I guess they eventually figured they didn't have much of a case and it wasn't worth the Streisand effect. Watch it while you can in any case.
In the theater this was a disappointment. In front of the TV, it is pretty decent entertainment and probably worth watching, but ultimately not much to it. Well acted, but not very good writing. Finale is just lame, characters end up flatter than when they started.
Pretty decent anime series. There's occasional comic manga style stuff involving a dumbass detective but it only happens occasionally so it is easy to skip over. Generally it's pretty good zoning out in front of the TV entertainment.
Actually, they are not really that strange, just high up. Worth seeing the pics if you haven't had the opportunity to see one live. Also worth nothing the climate change connection.
It would be awesome if synthetic spider silk is finally a reality. Still have to wait a bit, but it looks like this is finally getting serious. Looking forward to seeing some actual material applications.
Flexible and very good table wine.
movie Archangel   70
Ok, he's a better James Bond than a history professor, but this is reasonably good for an evening of entertainment. The writing itself falls apart under serious scrutiny, but is smooth enough so that you can avoid noticing that while it's playing.
Good article about spending 24 hours in juvenile solitary confinement. $80k/year to lock up a kid, and a large percentage don't even pose a danger to society. We should be able to do better than this.
Interesting interview and probably worth the time to read. The statement about how the public thinks of uncertainty is spot on.
It shocked me a bit to learn about this apparent teaching standard, and the video does an excellent job describing the problem. I learned the parens method. If you have kids and they learned this garbage, show them how it's done.
This is some excellent engineering to create a sound visual diagnostic tool. In this case it is aimed at cars, but the same approach seems like it could be used for additional acoustic engineering applications. Seemed noteworthy.
yum Local 149   30
This place used to be great, but not anymore. Then: artisanal cheddar grass fed burger over nori dusted sea salt fries and various house-made pickles, now: plain american cheese over a mediocre burger with a stock pickle slice over the top. Then: Inspired fried chicken, crispy waffle, real syrup and awesome toppings, now: barely edible chicken over a tough waffle with questionable syrup. Then: attention to sourcing of all ingredients, with most listed on the menu, now: standard institutional. They changed chefs. Not going back.
If you ever need to memorize the periodic table, or want a quick refresher, this is pretty awesome. Maybe not as great a hit as the alphabet song, but great nonetheless.
If you are releasing open source software, this is required reading. While the book is generally from the perspective of Linux (Ubuntu), there's good information on organizing any volunteer effort. For me the most important thing was learning more about why people get involved. There are also many lessons on how to deal with situations and communication in general. I ended up with over a dozen action items out of this, and a way better understanding of what is required in this kind of a group effort.
Enjoyable, good action and visuals. Not a deep movie or anything, but smart writing, great casting and acting. If you are a star trek fan there are numerous references to previous movies and things. For me the imax 3D approach was worth it. Good fun.
Almost as dark, and with more depth than the French Roast or Italian Roast. All of which are excellent, but I've been tending towards this as my main standby. Great espresso.
This is a great museum and sculpture garden. Admission to both is free, which means you can go by even if your time is short. Once you've seen the classic tourist attractions this is a great place to go on a return trip to DC. Less crowds and some really great works scattered throughout.
A memorable introduction to Lambrusco sparkling red wine from Sorbara Italy. I'm not usually a fan of bubbly, but this is less cloying than most champagne and an excellent alternative accompaniment, in this case teriaki BBQ chicken. 70% Sorbara, 30% Salamino grapes. 2011.
This is one of those smithsonian museums most people don't have time for, but there are some absolutely incredible pieces in here, especially woodwork. Worth a walk through if you are nearby. Fun place. Do not walk past "ghost clock" without looking at it carefully!
yum Oriental de Cuba   90
Massive value for some great food. Friendly and fun place. They have a wide selection of drinks but not beer, which is why this is going to be mostly a takeout exploration for me. The upside is you can usually get a table and that's also a major consideration some evenings in JP.
yum Blue Frog Bakery   80
Very good bakery. Multigrain bread is solid, not sugary. Muffins not excessively sweet. Bread pudding is inspired.
Still my favorite breakfast joint. Used to go all the time when I lived closer. Still worth the trip even though it's further away. Great middle eastern or breakfast for dinner also.
movie Napoleon Dynamite   51
This is one of those painful to watch high school movies, but where someone did some significant random substitutions with the typical plot developments. That's what made me continue watching, even though it was painful. Parts were funny. Not sure if I can recommend the experience but it was creative.
A short read and well worth it if you are creating a new product. Don't be boring. Safe is risky.
This is a moderately extensive, very well presented collection of Rodin sculpture that is definitely worth checking out. Especially if Philadelphia is easier for you to get to than Paris.
How to fix our republic. Yes really. And in a nice 20 minute presentation. Worth watching.
This really sums up the situation in 5 minutes, from someone who is uniquely qualified to speak. Worth your time.
Good concert. Also available on netflix which is how I landed on it. Wanted some tunes in the living room and that's what it was set to at the time... A bit under 2 hours runtime.
Great overview of the exhibit running at the American Museum of Natural History (in NYC) until Jan 2014.
movie Aeon Flux   80
Pretty solid future action flick. Don't think about it too hard, but if you just want to zone out with a tolerable story line and decent fight choreography this is some good evening entertainment.
movie Pi   54
Eraserhead lite with numerology. Actually probably better if you don't really know that much about math or computers, but then the references probably won't be as interesting. Very good acting, camera work, and soundtrack.
movie Bomb It   80
Nice international overview. Some great artistic expression, and some gang vandalism. Extremists on both ends are wrong. Good example of why you cannot simply legislate the society you want. Some really great stuff and people in this.
Nice 1.25hr classic 80s skapunk mix.
book 600 Black Spots   70
Great use of space in a book. To see this in action check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYLVih7T3lo
Amazing sand drawing on a light table. Better described as graphic storytelling. If you have never seen any of her work this is well worth the time.
This is a great demo of how source signals relate to final sounds in electronic music. The use of produce is actually largely irrelevant but it helps with the visualization.
An amazing demonstration of balance and strength.
Big Dog throws a cinderblock. Interesting. Looks less doglike.
video BionicOpter   80
An RC bionic dragonfly! Very neat. Totally worth 1.5 minutes of your time if you haven't seen it.
Turning a bed railing into a flute is impressive, but the tone quality is amazing also. Worth 30 seconds of your time.
Recently declassified LBJ tapes provide additional insight into derailing of Vietnam peace talks and escalation of war. Worth reading.
For me, watching movies inside the giant egg that is the Mugar Omni Theatre is always awesome. This one is focused on collecting samples of extremophiles, but some of the imagery is fantastic. So it is definitely worth a trip to the surround screen, but it's probably not worth watching otherwise.
Not only is this brilliantly impressive, the dog seems so happy playing with a robot. Wow.
music Tommy Gun [Single]   100
Stood the test of time. Still the best one note (ok nearly one note) guitar solo ever.
music Brother John   80
Great lineup, and great textures.
Required listen for any master's in funk.
music Peace   100
Great early track.
This is classic brilliant in its application of available technology towards a new purpose. Bracing myself for this entering the standard image analysis suite.
Not surprising, but this does visualize the situation quite well. Worth seeing.
Would not have believed this could happen. My only guess is this is an odd manifestation of cleaning station behavior.
music Smoke on the Water   80
Hilarious, and good enough to listen to the whole thing.
music You may find a bed   60
Good antidote for the tyranny of sampled sound from the NY school.
video Lion hugs a woman   60
Bonding with a lion. That's pretty special.
yum Incanto Chianti   100
Moderately priced, excellent value at TJs.
Great to see an alternative technology to the Google approach. No GPS required, but can only work on known routes. Seems just fine for commuting though.
This is definitely a language book and does not address how to put together web applications except anecdotally. It's a few years old at this point, but it is still an excellent introduction if you are familiar with another programming language and it's a required read and reference IMHO.
I seem to mention this video occasionally in conversations about auto accidents. If you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth watching.
Another case of a regulatory agency that is supposed to be overseeing industry, booting an independent scientist because they don't have ties to industry. Classic case of why regulatory agencies consistently fail to protect people.
While smartphone mesh networks are unlikely to take over anytime soon (latency won't support voice communication well), this kind of capability would be really useful and IMHO should be built into every cell phone to help with emergency preparedness.
movie Pianomania   64
Ever wondered what it was like working as a piano tech for top concert pianists? I hadn't either. But if you're at all interested this is worth the time.
movie How It's Made   100
This is the absolute perfect thing when you want a short show to take your mind off of things. Delightfully random in what they cover.
movie Microcosmos   81
If you're an entomologist or otherwise interested in bugs then you really must see this. Otherwise it's some pretty amazing footage and well worth some veg time.
Watching the telescopes work against the backdrop of the amazing sky. The orange laser is used to generate a spot in the sky near (and approximately the same brightness) as the star you are observing. Computer controlled actuators correct for distortions in the laser spot to clean up the observed star image.
Really awesome condensed overview of wealth/life expectancy overtime relative to global regions.
yum Wolaver's IPA   100
My default beer of choice. An excellent all around IPA.
Someone from Wired actually bothered to track down what happened to $97 million spent on the drug war in central America. Worth the short read.
Really glad this film exists to help prevent this incredibly important effort from being lost to history. Worth checking out even if you were already aware of it.
music Atlas   92
Not the complete song, but a great excerpt.
Hilarious, and scarily accurate, descriptive summary.
music Amplifier   100
Personal classic from back in the day.
This is really worth watching. At first I was kind of annoyed because I just wanted to see some nice views of all the parks and they were blathering on about historical figures, but the people turn out to be pretty amazing, and a key part of how the U.S. ultimately has this incredible heritage. It was by no means assured, and the struggle is by no means over. Totally worth it. It is quite long, so I recommend watching an hour or so over pizza once every week or so. Oh, and there is some pretty amazing footage of the parks in there also. I've added a few more to my list of places to go.
music Art Snob Solutions   67
music Freckle Wars   67
music Cold Brains   67
music What's This Magical   50
music Fantasy Motorboat   50
music Another Way to Die   59
music Sun Lips   84
music Hunter   67
music The Purple Bottle   42
music Heart   76
music Trophy   67
music Birds   67
music Die Now Live Later   67
music Resist   50
music Acceleration   76
music Ground Hog Blues   67
music And the Same   76
music Juana La Gusta   67
music Got The Time   67
music Pretty Girls   67
music Crazy Baby   67
music Dracula Moon   59
music Help Me   50
music Right Hand Man   59
music When You Kisses Me   59
music Ma-Me-O-Beach   67
music Down To Zero   59
music Are You Satisfied?   50
music Nothing To Hold Me   50
music I'm Burning   59
music Visions Of China   59
music Bad   50
almost frenetic
music Rave On   61
music I Saw You Shine   50
music What a Day   50
music The wild boys   50
music Get Out   59
music Ow!   67
music Running Out of Time   92
music The Victor   67
music Misirlou   100
music Girl U Want   92
music Boys Say Go!   49
music Big Mess   92
music She's Mad   59
music The Bewlay Brothers   84
music Andy Warhol   83
music Warehouse   50
This song totally hits the spot for me sometimes.
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