Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 5:23pm Ok, Spring 2011 Can Start Now
I just got back from a great conference, iPhone/iPad DevCon East out in Boston. I'm completely exhausted. I have no plans to do anything this weekend excepting some hard-core reclining and the occasional stroll. I'm not just exhausted from that, I'm exhausted from both winter and all that comes with it, and from the long amount of work that led up to the app BookHabit that I finally released about a week and a half ago. More about that in an upcoming post.

But the weather is taking a turn for the better, chilly and rainy as today might be, and I can sense spring is actually going to happen this time. There was a weather tease a few weeks back, but I knew it was only foreshadowing. At any rate, I declare spring. I can refresh my todo lists, recalibrate my goals, rearrange my office, etc. [Read more…]
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Wed, Oct 29, 2008, 12:29am Hunkering Down for the Fall/Winter
Ok, looks like I'm not going anywhere for a while now and it's time to get a move on a lot of things going into the fall and winter. Not looking forward to the cold weather, but very much looking forward to getting things done. Most things pre my recent vacation were all about getting the iPhone programs I did with Andrew into solid shape. I'm very proud of them both. We got in the last of the really big updates before I left. During vacation my mind was a complete blank on all things work-wise. I did discover how good the oysters are in Vancouver. Still miss the great "sea" food out west. Perhaps I'll live out that way at some point. Who knows. [Read more…]
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Wed, Nov 28, 2007, 4:29pm Battle Against Entropy
Basic thermodynamics doesn't generally give the average person enough conceptual tools to fight the enormous mess and upkeep of the place where you live. Your home isn't best modeled as a closed system. The part of my home that I want to keep clean is far from closed off from the rest of the world, and it's far from equilibrium. Entropy always seems to be winning, and one has to pour a lot of energy into this system to keep things clean. One has to take anti-entropic measures. Entropy is always playing the game. Dust bunnies are its minions. [Read more…]
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Fri, Dec 9, 2005, 5:07pm Pirelli Relativity Challenge results out
The webcast of the award ceremony for the Pirelli Relativity Challenge is available here. The webcast quality is pretty bad, and it's about a half hour. The winning entry is shown in the middle of the broadcast. Not sure why they didn't test the feed more ahead of time, since it looks like they put a fair amount of effort into the event.

Most of the entries seem to be Flash animations. I was thinking of trying to enter something for this earlier in the year, but I'd never get the kind of polish on it they'd be looking for. But I had thought that one of the main points of this challenge was to provide novel pedagogical techniques to teach special relativity to the layman, and it would be an opportunity to come up with a decent new way to introduce the ideas. In this sense the winners were a bit of a disappointment for me, using all canonical ways to teach relativity, with many of the problems I always have with them.

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