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Post-Return Links April 12, 2008

Posted by nukemhill in Apple/AAPL, General Interest, General Programming, Investing, Math/Science, WoT.
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I’m planning on posting a rather extensive letter to Dad shortly, but in the meantime, I’ve got a collection of links I want to save for the future.

For your perusal:

  • Interesting training schedule for new joggers.  Got this from Omer on theaaplinvestor egroup.  I’ve started something like it on the treadmill.  We’ll see how it goes.
  • Couple of links to Robotics jobs:  1 & 2.  I need to meditate on these.
  • The iPhone Dev Center.  ‘Nuff said.
  • CrackerJacks fireworks club here in Reisterstown.  Link from Andy Webb of theaaplinvestor.  May hook up with them.
  • Broken Windows Fallacy.  Useful to know.  This may be relevant when discussing some of the Green technologies that are being bandied about as solutions to AGW.  I don’t know.
  • Scientists taking brain-boosting drugs.
  • Primer on Javascript 2.0.  Sounds really interesting.  Bringing true OOP to Javascript.
  • Youtube video on Laffer Curve, Part 1.  Links at site for parts 2 & 3.
  • What the Pentagon Report Missed, at Pajamas Media.  About the report on links between Saddam and Terrorists.  And, in spite of what the press mis-stated before the report was released, the report did describe extensive connections between Iraq and many different terrorist organizations.  Read the whole report, and then read the PJM article on even more extensive ties.
  • The Book Thing, in Baltimore.  Free book exchange.  Heard about this from Alicia.  Thanks, Alicia!!!
  • The Sun is Freaking Out!
  • Intelligent Options, also from Omer.  Supposed to be very high percentage of returns when playing different options markets, including futures on commodities.
  • eBook on Permissions on Leopard.

Thesis: The Last Lap April 9, 2007

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I’m on page 28.  Gasp.  Wretch.  Groan.  Is it done yet???

I’m hoping to be done with the first draft by Wednesday.  I can give it to Goran for review while I work on the presentation.  I defend on the 18th at 11am.

I’m already nervous.  Scared shitless, actually.  I feel like such a fraud.  How can I possibly pretend to know anything about neural networks?  I wish I remembered more math.  Even some straight-forward Linear Algebra would be good right now.  Eigen values and vectors?  Meh.  A distant memory.

Math libraries optimized for vector calculations (at the op-code level, preferrably) would absolutely shred on some of this code.  It’ll be interesting to see how I can optimize some of this over the summer.  If I’m not so burned out by then that I don’t want to touch it ever again….

Update: Ack! Just found out that my defense date has been moved up to the 17th!!!! I know, I know. It’s only one day. Nonetheless, I’m in a complete panic. Breathe, breathe, breathe….

DARPA Today March 14, 2007

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Wired article on some of the new stuff coming out of DARPA.

A Spot in the Sun January 18, 2007

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Here’s an old article/picture of the Space Station and Shuttle outlined against the Sun.  Pretty awesome stuff.  Click on the picture to get a close-up.  The picture was taken from a telescope here on Earth.

Incredible Meteor Swarm January 4, 2007

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Here’s video of a meteor swarm over Colorado, I guess this morning. Truly spectacular. There’s even video (don’t have the link now) that was a live shot from outside a news studio. They did a live cut to the camera feed while a reporter (traffic?) was watching it.

Amazing stuff. Although I can’t help but think of the video capturing the disintegration of the Columbia back in ’03. Very similar, for obvious reasons.

Update: Here’s additional footage. “AirTracker 7” out of Denver. It has now been confirmed to be a Russian rocket re-entering the atmosphere.  I guess the similarity to Columbia was closer even than I imagined.

Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development December 27, 2006

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Here’s the Home Page. What they have to say:

What is ‘sustainable development’ – and how can it be achieved? The EJSD, will seek to address these questions. The editors will be accepting scholarly articles on a continual basis in the realms of public policy, science, economics and law as they relate to the concept of sustainable development and its various facets (i.e. human well-being, economic growth, environmental quality, natural resource use and management, innovation and technological change).

We’ll see how independent they stay. If they truly can keep an independent point-of-view and maintain objectivity, it will be a completely worthwhile endeavor. I believe the first issue is due for publication the first quarter of ’07.

Tesla Roadster July 22, 2006

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– 0-60 in 4 seconds.
– 130 mph.
– 250 miles on one charge.

Yeah, I want one, too.

Scientists Respond to Al Gore June 16, 2006

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Ouch. That's gonna leave a mark!

HPC and the Cell Processor June 1, 2006

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A summary article and the actual Berkeley paper on using the Cell processor (the basis for the PS3) as the basis for high-performance and scientific computing. I had a conversation with my advisor (Goran) a couple of weeks ago about using the Cell as the basis for hardware-based neural networks. He showed me a paper that demonstrated the feasability of using programmable arrays for neural networks and I immediately thought about the VPUs on the Cell. It seems like an interesting/intriguing possibility. A lot of what happens in neural networks is vector (array) computing, and that’s what the Cell does in spades.

I’m going to tweak him about it again in a couple of weeks.

A Supposed ‘Take Down’ of Time’s Global Warming Warning April 26, 2006

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Here's a PDF article that attacks the Time cover story released at the beginning of this month.  Something to read in my 'off hours'.