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Bill DeWitt

Bill DeWitt 

"Anything is a toy if you play with it" - Andy Dwyre

Occupation: Low Carb, Ukulele playing, Science nerd

Location: Kentucky

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2016-08-25 02:11:19 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I read the headline of what was probably a really good article on learning to love sleep instead of being in a constant battle with it.

I'm gonna do that.

Starting in about 10 minutes.

Goodnight Google Ghost town.

Most reshares: 4

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2016-08-17 18:06:57 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Most plusones: 22

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2016-08-23 12:21:45 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-29 21:54:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell might be fun.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell might be fun.___

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2016-08-29 19:26:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Donner and Blitzen had aerial video of Hillary from last Christmas which could be used in Court. The rest were just innocent bystanders.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-lightning-strike-kills-more-than-300-reindeer-a7214936.html

Donner and Blitzen had aerial video of Hillary from last Christmas which could be used in Court. The rest were just innocent bystanders.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/norway-lightning-strike-kills-more-than-300-reindeer-a7214936.html___

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2016-08-29 10:49:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

If everyone who said that third party votes were a waste of your vote actually voted for a third party, we would have three to six major parties to choose from.

Are you a Republican or a Democrat that would vote third party if you were not so afraid of the other candidate more? Check this awesome social experiment out!

The site http://balancerebellion.com matches you up with someone that would have voted opposite you but also doesn't want to. One Republican is matched up with another Democrat; you both promise to vote for Johnson.

Presto your vote is not wasted. The vote that you had to cancel is cancelled, Trump and Hillary each lose a vote.

But wait! It gets better. Not only did not have to just throw away your vote to be cancelled, but you just voted with twice as much power than you ever did before!___If everyone who said that third party votes were a waste of your vote actually voted for a third party, we would have three to six major parties to choose from.

2016-08-29 00:40:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Trying to catch up with my friend by rewatching Parks and Recreation so we can talk about it, so I've watched all of season 4 today. My ribs hurt.

Goodnight, Google Ghost Town.

Trying to catch up with my friend by rewatching Parks and Recreation so we can talk about it, so I've watched all of season 4 today. My ribs hurt.

Goodnight, Google Ghost Town.___

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2016-08-28 15:55:22 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

After receiving an aggressive and seemingly endless Transplaining about "gender identity" on the bus yesterday, I gave the subject some thought.

They are wrong. There is nothing about being of the male sex, being addressed as female, or having the pronouns "he", or "she" used that defines you in anyway.

Wait, are you saying that as a male, "he" can't wear eye makeup? "She" can't like motorcycles and guns? "He" doesn't enjoy sex with "him" and "She" can't be uninterested in sex at all? "He" can't have sex change surgery and still be a "him"?

Dude! That seems sexist of you. So much so that your desire to force me to adopt your incorrect use of the language seems a mild offense in comparison. I will continue to address you by your preferred "gender"... more »

After receiving an aggressive and seemingly endless Transplaining about "gender identity" on the bus yesterday, I gave the subject some thought.

They are wrong. There is nothing about being of the male sex, being addressed as female, or having the pronouns "he", or "she" used that defines you in anyway.

Wait, are you saying that as a male, "he" can't wear eye makeup? "She" can't like motorcycles and guns? "He" doesn't enjoy sex with "him" and "She" can't be uninterested in sex at all? "He" can't have sex change surgery and still be a "him"?

Dude! That seems sexist of you. So much so that your desire to force me to adopt your incorrect use of the language seems a mild offense in comparison. I will continue to address you by your preferred "gender" if I feel like it, but honestly, your arrogant attitude makes me a little resistant just to start out.

(Photo 99% representative but found on the internet)___

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2016-08-28 15:29:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

This was enough to get me moving around and doing things finally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWhOWCjo93A

This was enough to get me moving around and doing things finally.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWhOWCjo93A___

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2016-08-28 12:21:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

You might be a hipster anarchist if....

You might be a hipster anarchist if....___

2016-08-28 02:36:39 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

For about three days I have been just going to sleep when I want to, waking up when I wake up, and going back to sleep if I want to. Or staying awake, like last night from 4am to 6 am. I don't think I have ever done this in my life before this week. It scares me a little.

It really feels good. I'm sleepy now, so I will go to sleep. If I wake up, there is one thing I want to do tomorrow (check out the local creek for fishing) and other than that, I might go back to sleep. That almost feels like cheating or slacking off. I have 60 years of regimentation to overcome.

Almost all my life I have woken up just before the alarm, usually at 6am on the dot. Sometimes, while working graveyard shift or whatever, that changed, and in Vermont I woke up at 5am to shovel snow before the city plows came by. I completely don't have to do that now but for some reason I kept at it.
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For about three days I have been just going to sleep when I want to, waking up when I wake up, and going back to sleep if I want to. Or staying awake, like last night from 4am to 6 am. I don't think I have ever done this in my life before this week. It scares me a little.

It really feels good. I'm sleepy now, so I will go to sleep. If I wake up, there is one thing I want to do tomorrow (check out the local creek for fishing) and other than that, I might go back to sleep. That almost feels like cheating or slacking off. I have 60 years of regimentation to overcome.

Almost all my life I have woken up just before the alarm, usually at 6am on the dot. Sometimes, while working graveyard shift or whatever, that changed, and in Vermont I woke up at 5am to shovel snow before the city plows came by. I completely don't have to do that now but for some reason I kept at it.

More importantly, I don't have to apologize to myself or anyone else if I sleep late or get up in the night. It really no longer matters. That's so foreign to me.

So good night Google Ghost Town! I'll be in bed talking myself into accepting my sleep patterns.___

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2016-08-27 22:48:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-27 04:14:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Three hour nap and going to sleep at midnight. I'm OK with that.

Goodnight ghosts and ghostettes.

Three hour nap and going to sleep at midnight. I'm OK with that.

Goodnight ghosts and ghostettes.___

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2016-08-26 15:52:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Always worth the time.

CS Lewis' Humanitarian Theory of Punishment

This is CS Lewis' (the Narnia author) essay on the Humanitarian Theory of Punishment[1] and is wonderfully narrated and animated by the CSLewisDoodle channel[2]. This essay argues a critique of the humanitarian (as opposed to retributive) theory of punishment and presents a range of interesting ideas and concepts on criminal justice that I hadn't explicitly encountered before. I found it interesting as the first criticism I've ever heard of humanitarian punishment being potentially unjust and immoral.

There are several key words or sentences in the presentation that may trigger objections or counter points, and the positions put forth by Lewis are not without criticism[3]. But overall I found it interesting, as an atheist, that I'm able to appreciate - if not completely swallow - the positions put forth by a prominent Christian apologist. The style of writing or wordsmithing is itself excellent, and of a sophistication that we may have lost.

The essay on subjectivity[4] is also very good for similar reasons as it forces you to think about and question some fairly fundamental things from a perspective that you may not have encountered before.

1. Main video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxwnHVr192A
2. CSLewisDoodle channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw-kYN6wWXWDyp_lB0wnlxw has a library of these essays.
3. Selected criticisms http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com.au/2007/05/c-s-lewis-resources-pro-and-con.html
[4] The Poison of Subjectivity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgcd6jvsCFs
___Always worth the time.

2016-08-26 02:23:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Finally recovering from moving furniture on Saturday. I guess there's no bounce in my "bounce back" anymore. Still, another night of decent sleep should just about do it.

Good Night, ye vast and spirituous beings.

Finally recovering from moving furniture on Saturday. I guess there's no bounce in my "bounce back" anymore. Still, another night of decent sleep should just about do it.

Good Night, ye vast and spirituous beings.___

2016-08-25 22:18:01 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

New Motto!

"Anything is a toy if you play with it" - Andy Dwyre

New Motto!

"Anything is a toy if you play with it" - Andy Dwyre___

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2016-08-25 13:48:57 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I know people who work at and who get services from the VA. This is just the beginning.

But Obama fixed the VA...if I recall.

“He went to the E.R. and was denied service,” one of the people, who currently works at the hospital, said. “And then he went to his car and shot himself.”___I know people who work at and who get services from the VA. This is just the beginning.

2016-08-25 02:11:19 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I read the headline of what was probably a really good article on learning to love sleep instead of being in a constant battle with it.

I'm gonna do that.

Starting in about 10 minutes.

Goodnight Google Ghost town.

I read the headline of what was probably a really good article on learning to love sleep instead of being in a constant battle with it.

I'm gonna do that.

Starting in about 10 minutes.

Goodnight Google Ghost town.___

2016-08-24 17:24:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

+Ninja On Rye reminded me why you can't run in a camping area, you have to ran, because it's all past tents.

+Ninja On Rye reminded me why you can't run in a camping area, you have to ran, because it's all past tents.___

2016-08-24 13:38:24 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I want a weapon with about a meter long handle and a meter of broadsword blade.

Just for working out with...

I want a weapon with about a meter long handle and a meter of broadsword blade.

Just for working out with...___

2016-08-24 13:06:06 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I cogitate about where consciousness comes from almost daily. Two of the three prevailing theories in my head are:

1) the common and impossible to disprove idea of many modern thinkers, "emergent behavior". Various other more mundane systems cooperate somehow to produce the illusion of awareness. I disregard this for the most part because I don't like it, but I come back to it almost every day because someone else is nattering on about it. If consciousness is an illusion of emergent behavior, who is it that is being fooled by the illusion?

2) The homunculus problem of AI. No matter how many times we write information to another file system, we just get a file written to a memory. When taken out of the AI frame of reference and put back into the human (since that's where it originated centuries ago) we are left with an infinite regress.

Since both of the... more »

I cogitate about where consciousness comes from almost daily. Two of the three prevailing theories in my head are:

1) the common and impossible to disprove idea of many modern thinkers, "emergent behavior". Various other more mundane systems cooperate somehow to produce the illusion of awareness. I disregard this for the most part because I don't like it, but I come back to it almost every day because someone else is nattering on about it. If consciousness is an illusion of emergent behavior, who is it that is being fooled by the illusion?

2) The homunculus problem of AI. No matter how many times we write information to another file system, we just get a file written to a memory. When taken out of the AI frame of reference and put back into the human (since that's where it originated centuries ago) we are left with an infinite regress.

Since both of the ideas I have can be easily rejected, what can we fall back on? The simple fact of perception. Without certain parameters we cannot perceive. There must be change to perceive. The light must strike our eyes or the sound echo in our ears. Our brains must register the change, which is a change in itself. But how do we define change without memory? We must be able to compare the present, changed state, to a previous, prechanged state. This implies time, motion, energy, and a steady state against which to see them change. These all refer to the actual dimensions of space and time. Important point. Check me on that.

This brings us to the third idea floating around in my head. Consciousness as a fundamental force of nature. Fundamental meaning it cannot be broken down into constituent parts. Along with space, time and energy, it is what the Universe is made of - in fact, it may be the fundamental beneath the big three. Space does not exist to energy, because time is stopped for photons. Time does not exist to space. Energy does not exist to time. Those things only exist to consciousness. Either consciousness upholds the Universe at the level of fundamental forces, or the emergent property idea is right but consciousness is the emergent property of time, space and energy, not neurons.___

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2016-08-24 11:26:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

These could save your life if you are ever in a war movie.

These could save your life if you are ever in a war movie.___

2016-08-24 03:43:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

A friend of mine is just now watching Parks and Recreation, so I have to watch it all over again so we can talk about it as they go through the seasons. Four episodes tonight and I'm ready for bed. If you haven't watched it, it's a seriously funny show that just keeps getting better for 7 years.

But I'm for the cold grave of an air conditioned bedroom, the casket of my bed, the morbidity of sleep, the ghostlife of dreams. Goodnight Google Ghost Town.

A friend of mine is just now watching Parks and Recreation, so I have to watch it all over again so we can talk about it as they go through the seasons. Four episodes tonight and I'm ready for bed. If you haven't watched it, it's a seriously funny show that just keeps getting better for 7 years.

But I'm for the cold grave of an air conditioned bedroom, the casket of my bed, the morbidity of sleep, the ghostlife of dreams. Goodnight Google Ghost Town.___

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2016-08-24 01:15:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Didn't Star Trek always have to watch out for "Magnetic Storms? Well, folks, we's having one.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway on Aug. 23rd as Earth passes through a stream of solar wind filled with negative polarity (-Bz) magnetic fields. The ongoing disturbance has sparked some of the first auroras of the season over Finland:



http://spaceweather.com/

Didn't Star Trek always have to watch out for "Magnetic Storms? Well, folks, we's having one.

GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A G1-class geomagnetic storm is underway on Aug. 23rd as Earth passes through a stream of solar wind filled with negative polarity (-Bz) magnetic fields. The ongoing disturbance has sparked some of the first auroras of the season over Finland:



http://spaceweather.com/___

2016-08-24 01:05:46 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Made a hot pepper and bacon meatloaf from some local store grind. I've been measuring out onion to get as much as I am allowed, so as to get the fermentable fiber, but the flavor barely showed up over the peppers. All in all very good, better than what I remember making with bread mixed in... that even sounds weird to me now.

Made a hot pepper and bacon meatloaf from some local store grind. I've been measuring out onion to get as much as I am allowed, so as to get the fermentable fiber, but the flavor barely showed up over the peppers. All in all very good, better than what I remember making with bread mixed in... that even sounds weird to me now.___

2016-08-23 19:21:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I could play with this all day. Try the tutorial.

I could play with this all day. Try the tutorial.___

2016-08-23 18:34:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

O DAYAMN!

Here's about a million things I should know if I want to be good at what I'm trying to do. APIs or things you can just call up and do which are already kind of built into Android.

https://developer.android.com/reference/android/package-summary.html

O DAYAMN!

Here's about a million things I should know if I want to be good at what I'm trying to do. APIs or things you can just call up and do which are already kind of built into Android.

https://developer.android.com/reference/android/package-summary.html___

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2016-08-23 13:32:01 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Is it just me? This bothers me and I'll end up using a glass or something. But then why do I get this kind of handle in the first place? And why do they make it? It's not like you need ergonomics to brush your teeth! 

Is it just me? This bothers me and I'll end up using a glass or something. But then why do I get this kind of handle in the first place? And why do they make it? It's not like you need ergonomics to brush your teeth! ___

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2016-08-23 12:21:45 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Honorable mention to Poverty for its 60 year battle.

___Honorable mention to Poverty for its 60 year battle.

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2016-08-23 11:56:02 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Climate change is the new primitive God == if anything baffles a scientist, Climate Change did it.

___Climate change is the new primitive God == if anything baffles a scientist, Climate Change did it.

2016-08-23 03:02:36 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

I have ignored, procrastinated or completely put off as many things as I can today. So I think I will go to bed and avoid anything else til morning.

Good night Google Ghost Town, don't do anything I wouldn't do.

I have ignored, procrastinated or completely put off as many things as I can today. So I think I will go to bed and avoid anything else til morning.

Good night Google Ghost Town, don't do anything I wouldn't do.___

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2016-08-22 15:32:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A vegetarian diet is not as healthy as some would like to think, but at least a "vegan" lifestyle is philosophically consistent. If someone is willing to promote a stance on nonviolence to some animals, and knowingly takes the health risks that involves, then I respect that choice. If they are doing it because "it's good for you", then fine, Darwin Awards for all!

Is the vegan diet really as effective as some people say, or is it just a fad that needs to die?___A vegetarian diet is not as healthy as some would like to think, but at least a "vegan" lifestyle is philosophically consistent. If someone is willing to promote a stance on nonviolence to some animals, and knowingly takes the health risks that involves, then I respect that choice. If they are doing it because "it's good for you", then fine, Darwin Awards for all!

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2016-08-22 15:07:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

But yes, I was a raw and juicing vegetarian at one point and a fruitarian for various short periods in there somewhere. Then I stopped smoking pot and wisened up.

Deeper research into how cooking food allowed our distant ancestors to develop bigger brains. Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University, explains that "cooking allowed early humans to overcome the energetic barrier that limits the size of the brains of other primates.”___But yes, I was a raw and juicing vegetarian at one point and a fruitarian for various short periods in there somewhere. Then I stopped smoking pot and wisened up.

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2016-08-22 01:08:43 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Thundering dreams of the endless chase, Google Ghost riders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mynzbmrtp9I

Thundering dreams of the endless chase, Google Ghost riders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mynzbmrtp9I___

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2016-08-21 21:56:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I don't remember ever having any whiskey when I drank, but then I was usually so stoned I couldn't remember anything anyway...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0TBwFLW4GY

I don't remember ever having any whiskey when I drank, but then I was usually so stoned I couldn't remember anything anyway...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0TBwFLW4GY___

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2016-08-21 12:24:03 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Penn Jillette makes the most sense.

___Penn Jillette makes the most sense.

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2016-08-20 23:55:30 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Still kind of camping out in my new apartment, but these sale priced sirloin strips turned out great. 

Still kind of camping out in my new apartment, but these sale priced sirloin strips turned out great. ___

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2016-08-20 22:17:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

This is the mystery and beauty of simple Christian faith. I don't know how much I believe the common dogma or the odd offshoots that pop up, but the transformative ecstasy of salvation and baptism is a real thing.

This is the mystery and beauty of simple Christian faith. I don't know how much I believe the common dogma or the odd offshoots that pop up, but the transformative ecstasy of salvation and baptism is a real thing.___

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2016-08-20 22:10:26 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I love it that people are still doing this genre of music with respect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPoMIQHwpo

I love it that people are still doing this genre of music with respect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPoMIQHwpo___

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2016-08-20 21:12:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

This copy makes everything about the internet worth it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrsW--Sh7YE

This copy makes everything about the internet worth it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrsW--Sh7YE___

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2016-08-20 21:01:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

This is really what the inside of my head was like in the 70s.

This is really what the inside of my head was like in the 70s.___

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2016-08-20 13:53:26 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Yes, and it's right around the corner from my house. 

Yes, and it's right around the corner from my house. ___

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2016-08-19 13:45:38 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Creepy Uncle Joe Biden may yet be our president. I can just see him driving "Windowless Van One" through suburban neighborhoods when grade school lets out.

Creepy Uncle Joe Biden may yet be our president. I can just see him driving "Windowless Van One" through suburban neighborhoods when grade school lets out.___

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2016-08-19 13:20:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Three of the best tools for your Android phone, used together.

This is a good one. I had this request about a month ago. I have fallen behind on my tutorials (teaching at multiple colleges, enjoying time with my wife and son, tutoring on the side, cookouts, etc), but I hope you enjoy and use this one. One of my favorites for sure!___Three of the best tools for your Android phone, used together.

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2016-08-19 12:49:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The fun with Pluto never ends, already this morning

Them: It's NOT a planet! It's a DWARF PLANET!
Me: OK. So it's a dwarf... what?
Them: ....
Them: ....
Them: You just don't understand science!

The fun with Pluto never ends, already this morning

Them: It's NOT a planet! It's a DWARF PLANET!
Me: OK. So it's a dwarf... what?
Them: ....
Them: ....
Them: You just don't understand science!___

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2016-08-19 01:24:07 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

In many ways, the accordion is like the ukulele. Either it is a background noise for a singer, or it is a joke for a comedian.

Until that one in a million guy, goes ahead and does this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzA8O-aTOTQ

In many ways, the accordion is like the ukulele. Either it is a background noise for a singer, or it is a joke for a comedian.

Until that one in a million guy, goes ahead and does this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzA8O-aTOTQ___

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2016-08-17 18:06:57 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-17 17:31:46 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I apologize if this is the wrong place to ask, but someone just handed me a Raspberry Pi Zero camera version, and I would like to know a good place to start learning and maybe a starter pack of the cables etc I need.

I apologize if this is the wrong place to ask, but someone just handed me a Raspberry Pi Zero camera version, and I would like to know a good place to start learning and maybe a starter pack of the cables etc I need.___

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2016-08-17 15:43:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Although I am sure this guy takes it a lot further in his work, the basic point brought up by +Gideon Rosenblatt is something I have simulated in my scripted AI assistant.

A robot says, "If A is greater than B, then do C" and does it every time. Even if we (as I have done) throw in a random fluctuation, they do the random fluctuation every time.

My AI is less likely to do that. Depending on the situation, it can tell you exactly how much less likely it is to do that. Because it figures everything out in degrees of probability.

If I have an incoming phone call during a meeting, it is unlikely to tell me until after the meeting. The chances of it telling me vary on who is calling, how many times they call in how many minutes, and code words I embed in my appointment description while writing it (medical gets -10%, school gets - 50%, personal gets +30%, etc).more »

Making Robotic Intelligence More Like Our Intelligence

The other day, I posted a piece about +Danko Nikolic's theory of Practopoiesis. That got me digging into more of his work, which in turn, led me to this TEDx talk on making smarter robots.

The part to tune into here is the distinction Danko makes between systems that have a relatively small number of learning algorithms that are supported by massive amounts of stored information, and systems like our brain that invest in massive quantities of different kinds of learning algorithms. That treasure trove of learning algorithmic intelligence is the gift of hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary process and we (and the rest of our biological world) are its lucky recipients.

Great talk and it's just twelve minutes.___Although I am sure this guy takes it a lot further in his work, the basic point brought up by +Gideon Rosenblatt is something I have simulated in my scripted AI assistant.

A robot says, "If A is greater than B, then do C" and does it every time. Even if we (as I have done) throw in a random fluctuation, they do the random fluctuation every time.

My AI is less likely to do that. Depending on the situation, it can tell you exactly how much less likely it is to do that. Because it figures everything out in degrees of probability.

If I have an incoming phone call during a meeting, it is unlikely to tell me until after the meeting. The chances of it telling me vary on who is calling, how many times they call in how many minutes, and code words I embed in my appointment description while writing it (medical gets -10%, school gets - 50%, personal gets +30%, etc).

Now this is part of what the TEDx lecture describes as algorithms so I don't want to give any false impressions. But it is a simple use of simple algorithms to produce a complex result. This is accomplished by multiplication. I don't add the percentages, I multiply base values by them to get the threshold value. If the base value is 1 and I increase that by 50% it is now 1.5, add 50% for another variable and it's not 100%, it's 2.25.

Then I add another level of multiplication, what I call "Urgency" (above) times "politeness". Is my headset on? Does the phone hear other voices speaking?

And of course I have a small amount of hard written things, like my son always gets through and unknown numbers never get through.

On top of that is the level of notification it might use. Taking those numbers it does an a>b=c decision on whether to do "screen on" only or a slight vibrate or a ring tone or a voice announcement etc.

This works pretty well, but of course I have had problems with it. Since I rarely communicate by voice call, it's a good demonstration but a bad example. What I am working towards is a black box system that I can filter new functions through, then start accumulating functions, maybe by publishing it and letting others put in their own needs. Someday. It's pretty rough now, I just got through rewriting everything to try a prediction model that didn't work

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It's scary because it's true...

It's scary because it's true...___

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2016-08-17 01:49:16 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

MSM saying little. Obama playing golf. 

MSM saying little. Obama playing golf. ___

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I checked out Google Duo and thought, dang... I look pretty bad in this camera. Then I checked the bathroom mirror...I no longer blame the software.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon

I checked out Google Duo and thought, dang... I look pretty bad in this camera. Then I checked the bathroom mirror...I no longer blame the software.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon___

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