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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 28, 2014, 08:09:58 PM
This is so silly it just makes me smile.

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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Collaborative online outliner recommendation? on: October 28, 2013, 10:06:13 AM
There's a recent article in MIT Technology Review about some new outliner and writing applications (Fargo, Editorially, Quip, etc.) . They seem to be pretty much totally browser/cloud based. Being an old-school guy (got my first PC in 1980), I'm not sure how I feel about not having my data and applications on my own PC. Nevertheless, the article suggests that there is a lot of development ongoing for these types of applications.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a new page of "DonationCoder's Favorite Web Sites" - suggestions? on: September 11, 2013, 12:19:33 PM
I visit Libellules.ch pretty regularly. Often find software there that I don't see on other sites.

I think the site is in Switzerland and is displayed in French, but Google Chrome seems to do a pretty good job of translating.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 22, 2013, 04:35:42 PM
Real People
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 16, 2013, 08:41:21 PM
Dating

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From Sufficiently Remarkable
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / "Cool" Möbius on: July 12, 2013, 08:20:22 AM
"Cool" superconducting magnet on a Möbius strip.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPqEEZa2Gis" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPqEEZa2Gis</a>
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What else does Mouser do? on: July 11, 2013, 09:39:16 AM
Found this in my email this morning and thought, "Man, that guy is into all kinds of stuff!"

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Then saw it was from Mouser Electronics
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 02, 2013, 10:12:44 PM
To all of you who claim you don't give a fsck... This is actually what not giving a fsck looks like.   That or a train wreck.  Your pick.

SFW



What a surprise!  His outdoors dance appears to be in front of a sign welcoming motorists to Woonsocket, Rhode Island - a town about 25 miles from where I was born and raised.  Didn't know this guy, though.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Excel graphics? on: July 01, 2013, 06:23:38 PM
Seems like there's a better way, but it works for him.

Painting with Excel.

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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 01, 2013, 05:41:35 PM
Probably more creepy than funny.

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Chest hair coat from Oddity Central
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 29, 2013, 06:07:37 PM
Maybe this should have been posted to the Gadget Weekend forum, but, alas, I could not comply with rule #4.

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 27, 2013, 07:53:31 PM
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Big deal, Nik Wallenda.  Watch this!
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 27, 2013, 07:50:02 PM
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That wacky Werner
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Periodic Videos by Brady Haran on: June 24, 2013, 08:55:01 PM
For the last few months I've been watching and enjoying a lot of educational YouTube videos produced by the Australian independent film-maker and video journalist, Brady Haran. These are short videos about computers, mathematics, physics, chemistry, language, philosophy, and other topics.

It appears Brady has moved to the University of Nottingham in the UK, and many of his videos are produced with the assistance of faculty from that institution.

Perhaps many of the regular visitors and contributors to DonationCoder are familiar with these videos, but I don't see any references to them in the forums and thought they might be of interest.

Computerphile         
Numberphile      
Sixty Symbols
Periodic Table of Videos
Deep Sky
Test Tube
Backstage Science
Words of the World   
BibleDex
My Favourite Scientist      
Foodskey
PhilosophyFile
PsyFile

More about Brady here: http://periodicvideos.blo...here-are-my-channels.html and here:  http://bradyharan.com/
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My New Philosophy on: June 18, 2013, 09:24:51 PM
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

― Søren Kierkegaard
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Geoguessr. I'm addicted. on: May 22, 2013, 10:31:25 PM
Well...that sure ate up an hour pretty quickly! ohmy  I think I'm gonna have to stay away from that site.

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17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: May 13, 2013, 08:15:51 PM
Burglars Can't Be Choosers

First in the entertaining Bernie Rhodenbarrr "Burglar" series.

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18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: April 14, 2013, 03:11:13 PM
Over the last couple of weeks I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos on science and mathematics-related subjects. Most of these have been made by Australian-born video journalist and film-maker Brady Haran - many in conjunction with scientists and mathematicians at the University of Nottingham.

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This morning I watched one of the videos on his [attachthumb=1] Test Tube web site.

The video is about a breakthrough in the field of "atomic switches" by physicist Phil Moriarity and his team, but what I found interesting and important was Professor Moriarity's discussion about the absolute requirement for peer review in the scientific process.  This discussion starts at about the 8:43 point in the video.

I work in an industry where opposition groups bring forth so-called "research" or "evidence" that has not undergone this peer review process, and don't seem to understand why our whole scientific process depends on it.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: April 04, 2013, 09:05:02 AM
I have to lean out my patio door, but here it is.  Supposed to be 91°F here today smiley

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20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Beautifu Pictures From Herschel on: April 03, 2013, 11:45:00 AM
Another great spot is Phil Plait's "Bad Astronomy" blog.  http://www.slate.com/cont.../blogs/bad_astronomy.html. Great pictures (not only astronomy) with very good layman's descriptions of what's going on in the universe.

He was recently speaking at what I think is Mouser's stomping grounds - http://www.slate.com/blog...ical_tesla_coils_and.html


21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 28, 2013, 08:27:14 PM
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Re-reading this again. When I was first in college in the late 60's, I read all of his poems and novels.

The Affectionate Light Bulb
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I have a 75 watt, glare free, long life
Harmony House light bulb in my toilet.
I have been living in the same apartment
for over two years now
and that bulb just keeps burning away.
I believe that it is fond of me.



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Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

Emotivism (in the spirit of the season)
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A man wrote a letter to the IRS saying, "I have been unable to sleep knowing that I have cheated on my income tax. I have understated my taxable income and have enclosed a check for $150. If I still can't sleep, I will send the rest."
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Philosophy on: March 25, 2013, 12:16:13 AM
Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

   - Ogden Nash
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: March 23, 2013, 11:23:31 PM
Kill-A-Watt
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Plug this gadget into a wall outlet and then plug your appliance or other gadget into it. Measures how much energy (kWh) your appliance has used since the kWh reading was reset.  Will also measure voltage, current, frequency, etc.  This is the simplest model (costs about $20) , but they have others that will calculate your electric costs if you enter your electric rate (cents/kWh for example).

I'm trying to see how much "Vampire" electric load my house has with TVs, VCR/DVRs, computers, modems, programmable thermostat, etc., all drawing a little bit of current 24 hrs a day.

I was telling my kids the other day - when I was growing up in the 50s, our house had a gas stove, refrigerator, and water heater. We didn't have a TV or tablets or cell phones to charge, and there were no digital displays glowing all night. We had wind-up clocks, except for a wall clock in our kitchen. On a cool summer evening, when the house was shut down for the night, that kitchen clock might have been the only thing in the house drawing any electricity. Big difference today!
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: March 23, 2013, 10:37:19 PM
Baby boomer born near the ocean in Rhode Island, but living in the Arizona desert since 1975. Spent a few years serving on a US Navy submarine (WWII vintage) in the late '60s and early '70s before returning to college on the GI Bill to get a degree in Chemical Engineering.

Used to do some programming years ago for my own use (BASIC, FORTRAN, SAS, Pascal, Assembler), but didn't have the time to keep up with the rapid changes in the field.

Today I manage an R&D program for a fairly large energy company. Use a lot of standard software, test a lot of more specialized modeling and design software, but still like to download and play with a lot of other stuff.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite movies? on: March 23, 2013, 10:21:17 PM
Wonder Boys
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Das Boot
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October Sky
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Stalag 17
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North by Northwest
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This is Spinal Tap
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