1. Memristors now a viable component of electronic circuitry.

    20 April 2010

    In the early 1970's an electrical component was hypothesized by Leon Chua, who was working at the University of California at Berkeley as an electrical engineer. Chua was said to be working on a mathematically rigorous foundation for the science of electronics, and during the course of his work he concluded that a fundamental component was missing. A memristor is essentially a component which remembers how much current has passed through it for a duration of time (technically, there is a relationship between the integrals over time t between current and voltage). While that doesn't seem all that interesting it …

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  2. Carl Macek, rest in peace.

    19 April 2010

    It is with heavy heart that I pass along some sad news, the passing of Carl Macek on Saturday, 17 April 2010. While his name is not exactly one uttered in households across the country he is known for his work in the world of cinema but animation. He worked for Harmony Hold USA, which is best known for stitching together three anime series (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA) into the television show that probably introduced a large contingent of people my age to anime as children, Robotech. Macek also helped create …

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  3. President Obama extends visitation rights to same-sex couples.

    18 April 2010

    On Friday, US President Barack Obama transmitted instructions to his secretary of Health and Human Services to draft rules requiring that all hospitals which receive Medicaid or Medicare payments allow patients to designate who may make healthcare-related decisions regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation. For many years, same-sex couples have been at a distinct disadvantage here - it was not uncommon for the partner of a patient who had been designated someone's caretaker to be completely disregarded in favor of the patient's family. It is sadly not unheard of for the orders given by the patient's family to be completely …

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  4. Lower Marion School District's stash of surveillance photos found.

    18 April 2010

    The investigation into employees of the Lower Marion School District continues apace, and some highly disturbing things have been discovered. Evidence has been found that the admins employed by the district were using the surveillance software on for more than just tracking missing laptops. It seems that the software was used to keep tabs on students who hadn't returned their laptops at year's end or whose parents hadn't paid the insurance fee, uses of the surveillance software which are questionable at best. Also, and this is the bit that made the skin on the backs of my hands crawl, several …

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  5. Peter Steele, RIP.

    16 April 2010

    Every once in a while, rumors that Peter Steele, frontman and bassist of the band Type O Negative had died would circulate through the Net; time and again, those rumors would be disproven and shown to be either a practical joke (in poor taste) or just that: rumors.

    Not this time, unfortunately.

    This morning at 0610 EST5EDT members of the band announced publically (note: no direct link to these posts so they'll probably rot over time) that Steele had died after a brief illness the evening of 14 April 2010. The cause of death is unknown, though heart failure is …

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  6. Deep brain stimulation, or, "That's funny..."

    10 April 2010

    Marvin Minsky once said that the human mind operates at only one tenth of its full capacity because the rest is taken up by the operating system's overhead. I always thought that was kind of a funny statement. When you get right down to it, nobody's really sure how the brain functions, or even how the mind operates inside of the 2.8 pounds of matter behind your eyes. People have variously been stabbed in the head (ye gods), lost a full quarter of brain mass in accidents, and even had entire hemispheres surgically excised and gone on to live …

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  7. My NOVALUG presentation was a success.

    10 April 2010

    Well, it's done. My Tor presentation at the NOVALUG meeting this morning went off without a hitch. It was a little touch and go for a while because neither Lyssa nor I were firing on all eight cylinders due to low blood sugar but we met up with Hasufin and Mika at the halfway point and carpooled over. In the end made things easier (read: I didn't have to navigate). I may have overprepared a bit by having an extra laptop as well as multiple copies of my presentation on hand in case things went pear-shaped, but thankfully no heroic …

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