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Interesting Facts

I knew I was probably the last person on earth to sign up for facebook but the day after I did I saw a news article saying the one billionth person had signed up. It was probably me. Here is my link. Also here is the link to our page for Bash the Bankers. Hope I did that right as I am a total facebook noob. I closed comments on the blog a long time ago because I got tired of all the spam. I was thinking I would eventually put them back with a better spam filter but have never gotten to it. So at least you can comment on my FB page now.

If you are a regular reader and I imagine there are some from my stats, you know I normally finish up with a cute picture. Also since as one friend of mine put it “It’s so sciencey!” and another one recently said “I would describe your writing style as a high-tech Andy Rooney.” often the subjects I write about are well, not necessarily light reading. According to this, cute images make you sharper, perhaps I should put a cute picture at the beginning instead of the end of my blog.

Suddenly I’ve found myself with a little time on my hands and I’ve been thinking about starting some sort of project. I’ve written about the Raspberry Pi $25 ARM based computer before and thought about getting one to play with. Although it seems like an interesting platform to build some sort of sensor/controller, the more I read about it, it does seem kind of weak in terms of processing power. Yesterday I saw an article about this kickstarter project called Parallella where these people are trying to build an open source parallel computing platform. It’s $100 but it does look like it would be considerably more powerful. Yesterday it didn’t look like they were going to make  their goal but with 24 hours to go, today I noticed it might be close. I think they should have come up with a better name.

Speaking of open source,

The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

There have been a lot of articles like this one about 3D printers lately and also the legal implications. I’ve always wanted to get a 3D printer but other than 3D art or maybe some odd connectors for some sort of PVC structure I want to build, I’m not sure what I would do with one. Unless of course I had one like this which is so large I could make furniture with it.

I mentioned I bought a graphics tablet recently and I’m really enjoying using it. Although it supports gestures like my iPhone and Android, I don’t use them that much. Occasionally my computer starts doing odd things and I realize my cat Kelly is leaning up against it. I like using the pressure sensitive pen though. Unfortunately my abilities to use a pen peaked when I was in college and spent most days trying to scribble down notes in a hurry which would actually be readable later on, or being bored in class and spent my time doodling.  When I built my first machine back in the 80’s all I could think about was how cool it would be to have some sort of sophisticated way of controlling it. This article from the BBC talks about the range of new technologies that will change the way you interface with machines.

Here is an interesting fact

Over 3 million people globally every month search for something online with the words interesting facts in it according to the most popular search engine.

I got that from this list of interesting facts. One of them I was already familiar with. If you want to bring a computer to it’s knees, try rendering a human head with 85,000 to 150,000 hairs.

And finally, something to make you say awww…

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