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    case 6:45 am on November 26, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: closed books, mit, mit media lab   

    LabCAST 84: Reading Through Closed Books 

    LabCAST 84: Reading Through Closed Books
    Spatial resolution, spectral contrast, and occlusion are three major bottlenecks in current imaging technologies for non-invasive inspection of complex samples such as closed books. We empower the time-of-flight capabilities of conventional THz time domain spectroscopy and combine it with its spectral capabilities to computationally overcome these bottlenecks. Our study reports successful unsupervised content extraction through a densely layered structure similar to that of a closed book.

     
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    case 6:38 am on November 26, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: eom, , fractal value,   

    News is a fractal filling of mental spaces.

     
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    case 8:15 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: codebreaker, podcast, ,   

    Codebreaker Podcast S02-2: Alternate Reality 

    A therapist who creates virtual reality experiences for people with dangerous disorders, a grandmother who uses a headset to escape her surroundings and Ernest Cline on virtual reality in fact and fiction. Listen, decode, and decide: Can alternate realities save us?

    codebreaker_vr_nologoFaye Orlove for Marketplace

     
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    case 7:38 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: 90s, companies, globalization   

    1990s Globalization 

    The first McDonald’s on the Chinese mainland was opened in Shenzhen on October 8, 1990.

    I remember the first time I saw that McDonalds in China. It was in a 3rd grade textbook. My jaw dropped. I thought of countries as distinct. It was sacrilege to me at the time for countries to have some version of American culture in them, especially a reproducing assemblage such as McDonalds. “Why would people choose McDonalds over their own food?” I thought.

    shenzen-mcdonalds

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/09/business/company-news-mcdonald-s-has-first-china-outlet.html

    The 90s brought an awareness of globalized brand giants to many countries. It was cool to hate on Nike and Coca-Cola. And Adbusters (founded in 1989) brought the formal concept of Culture Jamming (1984) to a larger audience.

    rave17_zpsvmatskv4-casenote-awareness-of-globalised-trends

    https://pulseradio.net/articles/2015/08/rave-in-the-philippines-16-amazing-photos-of-manila-in-the-90-s

    The 2010’s show us a tepid reality. Rarely do we see shirts with anti-Facebook slogans. College and University students have different goals. It’s nice to look back on this period of time and see it as a whole. I often wondered what we would look back on during the 90s and think of.

     
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    case 4:57 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: gaming, , laptop, msi, , ,   

    My HTC Vive Setup 

    I’ve had a number of questions about my new HTC Vive setup! Here are the details and links to purchase my setup.

    HTC Vive Headset with 2 lighthouses and 2 controllers

    HTC VIVE – Virtual Reality System


    Recommended: MSI Gaming Laptop


    HTC Vive All-In-One VR-Ready Desktop and Headset

    Alternative:

     
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    case 2:53 am on November 23, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: agriculture   

    The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race 

    The Original Affluent Society
    Marshall Sahlins’ anthropological paper about hunter-gather society.
    http://www.eco-action.org/dt/affluent.html

    The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
    Jared Diamond’s 1987 article concerning the agricultural revolution.
    http://www.sigervanbrabant.be/docs/Diamond.PDF

    Why the future doesn’t need us. – Wired Magazine (April, 2000)
    Our most powerful 21st-century technologies are threatening to make humans an endangered species. (Full 11 Page Article)
    http://archive.wired.com/wired/archive/8.04/joy.html

     
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    case 8:28 pm on November 22, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: syndrome,   

    TIL that Everest Syndrome refers to the tendency of teachers to feel the need to use technology in their classrooms simply because it exists 

    TIL that Everest Syndrome refers to the tendency of teachers to feel the need to use technology in their classrooms simply because it exists from todayilearned

     
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    case 3:38 am on November 22, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: , energy   

    The New Age of Energy and Connectivity Revolutions 

    Many devices are at risk of exploding due to battery limitations.

    We will run out of bandwidth for our devices as well.

    Connectivity
    Two systems that we need to get going are SOLID connections. Guaranteed like electricity is guaranteed, and available all over. The industrial revolution ran on electricity. We must run on connectivity.

    Another thing to do is to start an ISP. This is not easy, and competition seeks to shut this down in as many cases as possible. I do know some people who started ISPs in their countries 30 years ago. Not sure how feasible it would be to do now. Ideally start with colleges to see how far they can go, or provide a better Internet service than what existing providers provide. Eat some of the costs for a couple of years until the subscriber base threatens the larger players, then either get purchased or raise enough funds to expand the service and take the main ISPs head on.

    How to Start Your Own ISP1

    Credit: http://www.whoishostingthis.com/

    Let’s look at connectivity today through the lens of the Electrification industry:

    “We mostly take the ready availability of electricity for granted, turning off the radio alarm in the morning, switching on the bedside lamp, pouring a cup of coffee from the machine that automatically started brewing it a few minutes before the alarm went off, tuning in to the morning news show on TV.

    “Yet without the building of myriad power plants and the stringing of countless miles of wire, without the constant monitoring of the electric power grid and the juggling of supply and demand, that ready surge of electrons would not exist—nor would the modern world as we know it.”

    We put up with intermittent Internet connections in our homes and at work, and we expect to have an INTERNET OF THINGS? You’re kidding me. We CANNOT depend on Internet-connected electronics if we don’t have stable connections. OR we must rewrite future technologies to work well ON and OFF network.

    “Without a reliable supply of electricity, we couldn’t use the lightweight, powerful electric motors that make elevators possible; without elevators, skyscrapers wouldn’t exist—and the dramatic skylines of the world’s major metropolises would be considerably more modest. Without a reliable supply of electricity, kidney dialysis machines and other life support equipment would be useless to the many patients who depend on them. Without electricity to power traffic lights, the commute to and from work would be mayhem—or maybe not. Without electricity to power automobile factories, we wouldn’t have streets and highways full of automobiles either. Indeed, more than half the engineering achievements celebrated in this book would not have been possible without the widespread electrification that occurred in the 20th century, not only in the United States but also in other industrialized nations around the world.”

    From Electrification History 1 – Early Years – http://www.greatachievements.org/?id=2988


    Batteries
    Lithium Ion batteries are lightweight and ideal for electronics.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160418145631.htm
    April 18, 2016
    Unexpected discovery leads to a better battery

    Aluminum battery from Stanford offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

    Aluminum battery from Stanford offers safe alternative to conventional batteries


    APRIL 6, 2015

    Are There Alternatives To Lithium For Energy Storage?

    Are There Alternatives To Lithium For Energy Storage?


    By GlobalSolar Posted January 14, 2016

    Why are we still using lame lithium-ion batteries after so many promising alternatives?

    Why are we still using lame lithium-ion batteries after so many promising alternatives?


    By Ryan Whitwam on September 1, 2016

    Flexible, fast-charging aluminum-ion battery offers safer alternative to lithium-ion
    http://newatlas.com/aluminum-ion-battery-prototype-stanford/36936/
    Darren QuickApril 10th, 2015

     
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    case 3:16 am on November 22, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: broadband, , electricity, , sweden, wifi   

    Com Hem Revs Up 500-Meg Broadband Tier 

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    “Com Hem, Sweden’s largest cable operator, is stretching the legs of its broadband network with the rollout of a broadband tier that maxes out at 500 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps in the upstream.

    Available to “over 1 million households,” the new tier will set customers back SEK 899 (US$138.03) per month and give the MSO another high-end weapon to wield against competing telcos such as Telenor ASA and TeliaSonera AB.”

    http://www.multichannel.com/news/distribution/com-hem-revs-500-meg-broadband-tier/261362

    “UPDATED: MSO, Which Has Struggled to Grow its Broadband Sub Base, Makes New Service Available to 1 Million-Plus Homes”

     
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    case 2:22 am on November 22, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: ,   

    $100 off the HTC Vive during Black Friday 

    “On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, HTC is dropping the Vive’s price at all online and retail stores, including Amazon and the official Vive site. That means it will sell for $699 “while supplies last,” the first big discount we’ve seen of a high-end VR headset”. Source.

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