Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Grains Were Significant Part of Human Diet 30,000 Years Ago

George and I have both dabbled in the "Paleo" diet, so it is interesting to me that I ran across this article through my Anthropology sources:

Grinding Flour in the Upper Paleolithic

Multiple academic papers are cited, and the predominant grain seems to be cattails.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Million Dollar Baby

A favorite scene from a favorite movie:

Water droplet bouncing on a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube array

Yep, just what it says. The video is embedded below, and there's more information here.

You too can be a Moon scientist

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has provided us with an unprecedented closeup view of Earth's closest neighbor (objects as small as 50cm are visible), and now Moon Zoo wants you to help.

Join Moon Zoo, and you can be a part of a huge "crowd sourcing" activity, designed to analyze the huge number of marrow angle camera photographs, putting a pair of eyes on every one of them.

SETI@Home was fun, but all you could contribute was spare computer CPU cycles.  This time, you can directly contribute! Here's their training video:

Moon Zoo: Crater Survey from The Zooniverse on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

John Cleese on Creativity

Paleo Diet: Another Fast Food Option

I just finished my BLT Cobb salad from Wendy's.  It was delicious!  Various greens are topped with bacon, diced tomatoes, chopped egg, grilled chicken.  Just tell them to "hold the blue cheese" and choose the vinagrette instead of the avocado ranch dressing, and you're all set to go.

The ingredients were all fresh and tasty.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

LUNCH: Humble Pie

George and I met for the first time at Humble Pie, a Pizza/Pasta/Salad restaurant & bar near Desert Ridge.  It was really tasty, but even the lunch special ended up costing me $15 with tip.

For the first time in a while, I finally brought an agenda to the lunch (George always has one).

We talked quite a bit about web application development, mostly because he's done a bunch of it and I am just now starting my first web app at work.

No time for a lot of elaboration this time, so I'll just list a summary of some of the agenda items I shared with George:

1. A video of someone building a blog website from scratch in Ruby on Rails in 15 minutes.

2. The best Five Books, a site with a daily post of five books that will make you an expert in a particular subject.

3.The Brooklyn Space Program, where a father and his kids launch a weather balloon to the edge of space with an HD video camera on board.

4. Food for the Apocalypse: Costco now offers a special item for just $799.00: A one-year supply of dehydrated and freeze-dried food for one person.  Stock up now!

5. It seems Ratheon has developed an exoskeleton for use by the military that bears at least some resemblance to Iron Man's suit: The  XOS 2.