Category Archives: Links

Some favorites from the internet worth sharing and saving.

Snappy Lunch

I enjoyed this article on the history of a local favorite: Snappy Lunch’s Famous Pork Chop Sandwich It’s the only Mount Airy business ever mentioned during the eight-year run of The Andy Griffith Show. And it’s not only the show … Continue reading

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We Need More Automation Engineering Degrees

I think its hard to overstate the rising importance of automation today. Automation in manufacturing has been having an impact on society for a long time now, but in recent years, the pace of technological progress has been accelerating, which … Continue reading

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Wait But Why on Elon Musk’s Companies

This week’s obsession has been with this long format article* on Elon Musk, his companies, and why they matter. If you are at all curious about what the big deal is about Tesla and Space X, or even just abstract … Continue reading

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Comic of the Day

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More on driverless cars

Great TED talk on autonomous driving.  

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APOD

Neat APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) yesterday: Images of a sunset on Earth and on Mars, more explanation here.

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Laser Mosquito Zapper

I am irrationally excited about this “photonic fence” that uses lasers to track and kill bugs.  Here is the IEEE article, which makes valid points about fighting malaria: Laser Bug Zapper Inches To Market Favorite quote: “We cooked the bug … Continue reading

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Relatives in the news

How neat. Congrats Jean! Jean Ippolito is the 2015 recipient of the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award, given annually by the Community Roundtable of Brandon. http://tbo.com/brandon/woman-lauded-for-her-charity-efforts-20150318/

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Link – The Robot Cars are Coming

…and I STILL CAN’T WAIT. Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about robot cars. This Wired article on Audi’s prototype self-driving car is an excellent report of the current state of technology for autonomous driving. It does a … Continue reading

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The Great 2014 Year End Link Dump

Lately, I have not been disciplined about curating interesting links, and posting them here regularly like I have in the past. Every time I look at my saved links, I get lazy, and think, “I’ll post that later.” The list … Continue reading

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Formula 1 Pit Stops, 1950 vs 2013

This video is too good not to share. File this under: Progress. The tire change in that 1950 pit stop is hilarious and painfully slow, watching him struggle and repeatedly slam on that giant wheel nut with a hammer. Apparently … Continue reading

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Links – Another Tech Edition

Here are some fun tech related links from ’round the internet: What Machines Can’t Do – Related to the perpetual fear that technology will displace the workforce. I’m not worried though. Freeing people from from jobs that can be automated … Continue reading

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The Pale Blue Dot

Earth, as captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft near Saturn earlier this year: Article here: “NASA Releases Images of Earth by Distant Spacecraft” And of course, the article references Carl Sagan on “The Pale Blue Dot” Other important Sagan productions: If … Continue reading

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Links – Wider View

More fun stuff from the internet. Its rainy and cool today, and both Kevin and I are still recovering a bit from a small headcold, which Kevin probably picked up from his last flight, and generously shared with me. Otherwise, … Continue reading

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A Capella Science – Bohemian Gravity

This is too good not to share. I lol’d. Best thing on the internet today, or maybe this week:) He must have an incredible number of hours in making this, and its BRILLIANT. IO9 article here.

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Links – People are Amazing

Miniature Wonderland – I admit I would go out of my way to see this. Interesting and unusual RC creations. Human-Powered Helicopter – A team finally won the 30+ year old Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize, which some experts used … Continue reading

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More Tesla

Another video about Tesla and their amazing factory. http://video.wired.com/watch/the-window-the-tesla-story (Ok, I just cannot get this video to embed, so frustrating. You’ll have to click the link and go watch it at Wired) Wired article here. I really hope they (as … Continue reading

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Links – Elon Musk is awesome part infinity

I’d love to buy a Tesla Model S one day (hey, I can dream, right?). After watching this jaw dropping video, I want one even more. This is how manufacturing should be. Link to the Wired post here. Also, here … Continue reading

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“Step-Saving” Kitchen from 1949

This government produced video from 1949 about a “modern” and efficient home kitchen designed like a manufacturing work cell is all kinds of fantastic: Video and additional information located here: http://archive.org/details/StepSavi1949 (I couldn’t get the video from the source site … Continue reading

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TED Interview with Elon Musk

Great interview with Elon Musk (Tesla, Space X, SolarCity….). Kevin and I are always lamenting that the future isn’t happening fast enough. Humans are still digging rocks out of the ground and burning them to extract energy. This feels so … Continue reading

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Links – Horses

Nothing like some fun horse stories to cheer you up on a cold and rainy winter day (ok, I like horse stories all the time, not just when its cold and rainy, I just wanted to share these today:) Pirate … Continue reading

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Techonomy – Where is my robot?

This is a great talk about the future of automation, automation and the economy, increased productivity, and worries about technology displacing the workforce. At over 30 minutes, its a little long, but this is one of the better discussions I’ve … Continue reading

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Links – Moto Escapism

Winter here in NC is mild by most standards, but its still cold and miserable enough to restrict motorcycle riding to the odd sunny day (for me anyway, there are a few hardy souls that brave the cold all year … Continue reading

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Links

Just in time for election day, bring on the politics (actually most of these links are pretty old, but still worth the read): Five questions with Gary Johnson Reason on Medicare Thieves A Tale of Two Cities: Walmart vs Whole … Continue reading

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Human Weapon on the History of Krav Maga

I train in Krav Maga because I want to learn effective self defense. Its also a fun hobby that keeps me in shape, pushes my physical and mental limits, and provides a way to meet some pretty neat people and … Continue reading

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