One of the “hobbies” I’ve had for some time is the monitoring of near earth asteroids. Yes, I submit it’s a weird activity. What is a near earth asteroid you ask? It’s an object that comes within 0.2 asternomical units of the planet earth. It can be expressed as the...Continue reading
American Hates the Media?
There have been lots of aspersions cast at the media over the past few decades with dyed in the wool members of both sides of the aisle claiming “bias” in coverage and an increasing furor that “mainstream media” or fourth estate, is failing in its duty to bring the public...Continue reading
License, Register, and Insure
With the latest mass shooting plunging the nation into the same tired cycle of NRA-led talking points spewing from paid politician’s mouths to the same knee jerk anti-gun sentiment thinking that these things will be prevented with hollow legislation, it’s time to change the discussion to something meaningful and productive....Continue reading
What’s your Bias?
“Wait a minute” you say, “I’m not biased, I’m as objective as the day is long.” Sure, if you believe that you are displaying a mixture of the “better-than-average” and “transparency” biases, a couple the of dozens of possible cognitive biases. If you’re human, you are afflicted by these from...Continue reading
Terrifying or Amazing?
Boston Dynamics is clearly pushing the boundaries of technology. In a video they recently released on YouTube (embeded below) you can see autonomous robots cooperating to meet a goal: accessing another room through a closed door. The implications of this advance are startling. These things are rapidly becoming more capable...Continue reading
The Real Potential of Block-Chain
This video embedded below is a montage from a who’s who in venture capital. It really hits the nail on the head with respect as to why we should all care about cryptocurrencies and block-chain technologies. The part that really resonates with me is the potential for this technology to...Continue reading
The Language of Depression
Yesterday Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi published a summary of a scholarly study he undertook analyzing content and style of writings to determine if there could be some correlation between language and depression. The study (here’s a link to the scholarly work) showed that looking at frequency of usage of first-person pro-nouns, (I,...Continue reading
The non-locality aspect of quantum physics is tough enough to get a grasp of, but as a reminder, if you entangle a couple photons and separate them. Observation of one in location A will alter the state of the other in location B, which can be quite far away. The...Continue reading
D3 Miner Added
This is turning into more of a crypto-currency blog than intended, but to be fair, this is the area I’m running active experiments right now so that’s a good reason to have so many posts in the crypto currency world. Each crypto-currency has an associated hashing algorithm. Bitcoin and BTC...Continue reading
Block chain explained across skill levels
Bettina Warburg, co-founder of Animal Ventures, recently released a video with WIRED showing her explaining block chain technology to 5 different skill levels. It’s a really great concept that was very well done. It’s certainly worth a watch. The expert level conversation covered some aspects of the technology I hadn’t...Continue reading