Thursday, December 23, 2010

X2 Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain


 This is the entrance to X2, one of my favorite coasters.


Here I am in front of the metal and the danger sign.

Friday, December 10, 2010

So here I am a jamband aficionado getting off on Kanye West's new album:



Why?

Oh, because it's good. That's all.

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/14880-my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy/?utm_campaign=search&utm_medium=site&utm_source=search-ac


So, one time back in the 80s, the son of a slave who wore no shoes was having a conversation with me on a porch in Sapucaia, RJ. We were talking about the moon, which was shining in the sky. I asked him if he knew that man had gone to the moon and he laughed and said that was impossible.

This post is for him. :-)

Here are the landing sites of the manned missions to the moon:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


This is David Gans singing "Back to Eugene".

Thanks to Stan Weis.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


All Songs Considered is one of my favorite musical blogs:

http://www.npr.org/2010/11/30/131678272/the-albums-we-missed-in-2010


This is a great place to find new music that you may have missed.


Friday, November 26, 2010


This is my favorite coaster at Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure. THE INCREDIBLE HULK!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

An interesting lesson about discrimination:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/divided/

The American military is in 70 countries as of June 30, 2009. Isn't that a few too many?

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/2009/hst0906.pdf

Monday, November 1, 2010

The universe is a hologram concept was conceived to explain how information that is sucked into a black hole can perpetuate. Consider this. You are next to a black hole. I am beside you. You get sucked inside. I know you are inside because I am outside and you are inside. That's real, right?

No. I cannot know because when you or light or anything disappear into a black hole so does the information about you. It's like a Jasper Fford novel. You've been edited out of existence.

So, this is an experiment to see if there is another possible explanation, a hologram one. It relies on measuring these things that are 10 quadrillionth times smaller than the width of a proton.

http://www.wired.com/2010/10/holometer-universe-resolution/

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vote:
"The price good men (mg: & women) pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." -- Plato

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Saw Phish again. First time in 6 years.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Quantum Information Technology Gets a Hand From String Theory

The same math that is needed to describe the interaction of Qubits that are quantum entangled is found in the description of black holes in string theory. Synchronicity.

http://www.wired.com/2010/09/stringy-quantum/

Monday, August 23, 2010


The front leg of a Dytiscus water beetle. The structures on left and bottom are hair and the "large" structure top-right is a suction cup.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I really think this is hilarious. Breakfast at Sulimay's review Kids.




And this is what really happened.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T-PSMPoUpY

Sunday, August 1, 2010

What is the genotype and phenotype variation in humans? Here is a study to sort it out:

The aim of the 1000 Genomes Project is to discover, genotype and provide accurate haplotype information on all forms of human DNA polymorphism in multiple human populations. Specifically, the goal is to characterize over 95% of variants that are in genomic regions accessible to current high-throughput sequencing technologies and that have allele frequency of 1% or higher (the classical definition of polymorphism) in each of five major population groups (populations in or with ancestry from Europe, East Asia, South Asia, West Africa and the Americas). Because functional alleles are often found in coding regions and have reduced allele frequencies, lower frequency alleles (down towards 0.1%) will also be catalogued in such regions.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v467/n7319/full/nature09534.html

Eddie Hazel killing "Maggot Brain". Parliament Funkadelic from 1980 live.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Gnocchi...

How to make gnocchi...

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/how-to-make-gnocchi-like-an-italian-grandmother-recipe.html


I'm in Italy. That's the Mediterranean Sea.  (near Cinque Terre)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sooooooo... What is this place anyway?

Since the message that describes the blog is limited to 500 characters I thought the first post should be a summary of what I intend to do in this nice shiny place. There seems to be a lot of room here, so let's get right to it.

I am a citizen of Earth who currently lives in a small part of Florida, in the United States. I've lived in California and BraSil (meu Brasil é com 's'), and I spend a lot of time in Europe, especially Switzerland, which has the answers for the question, "How should we govern?" and "How should we run a business with integrity?" More about Switzerland later.

Before I talk about what I'm going to talk about, let's spend some time talking about what I'm not going to talk about:

(1) I have family, but I don't plan to mention them much here, because I respect their privacy. If they want to talk about what they think, post pictures, whatever, they have at least a dozen ways to communicate their message better than I ever could. So, for the record, I am married and have two sons, but that's all folks.

(2) My day job is also a night job. I write computer software and I think I'm pretty good at it, but my computer is constantly at war with my self-esteem in this regard. I might talk about computers, but I'll never discuss work here. Again, I respect my coworkers privacy, but for the record, I will say, I have a pretty cool job.

Now what I will talk about:

1. My predawn job. I read and I write. I love to do both. Sometimes I'll finish something and I might add it here for your perusal and hopeful enjoyment.
2. Music. I love watching live bands perform. My favorite band is Phish, but I have dozens of bands that I would go see. I also love to listen to live recordings and any of these I have, I'm willing to share.
3. Games. While there are some video games that I sometimes fall into and have to extract myself by my teeth (Damn you Civilization! ;-), I'm a huge fan of board games, because I love playing games with people. There are a lot of great board games and I'll discuss these here a lot.
4. Science. It's pretty cool that we know so much that we don't know. Occasionally I see something interesting and lose myself for a while inside.
5. Technology. The same idea... Especially when I find something cool to pass along.
6. Sports. I'm a dedicated fan of SPFC (São Paulo Football Clube) in Brasil (you'll get used to the 's') and in NBA basketball, I'm a fan of the Heat.
7. I mentioned books before, but I like movies a lot too. I'm not very much into TV shows - not a lot of time, though one day who knows? I don't like saying no to things.
8. Coasters. Let gravity take a break for a while.

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