Third Coast Coffee – Moka-Java: History in Your Cup

Third Coast Coffee – Moka-Java: History in Your Cup.

Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit by Jeffrey Yoo Warren — Kickstarter

Public Lab DIY Spectrometry Kit by Jeffrey Yoo Warren — Kickstarter.

New project obsession: Digital Imaging Spectroscopy.

I started out wanting to properly assess color in artefacts (potsherds), ok, so I didn’t know if I need to know the light that is hitting them/affecting what they look like, what do I need to know; so I say “hm, can I measure the reflectance?”, “seems like not only my eyes are subjective, but also my words for and understanding of colour”;  “can I automate/digitize the looking part?” what does that mean?  

Munsell colour charts are the standard in this; they even have a book for archaeologists and those who deal with soils.  They are pretty expensive (understatement).  The vagaries of displays likely make the possibility of digital-edition matching (Mcolormeter[mac], and [iOS] seem closest to realizing this possibility for now, haven’t jumped in and tried them, I wish there were a free version to see how the ios cameras are with white balances) .  So, what about optical white balance correction and digital imaging.

Smash-cut.  Next Time:

Public Labs has awakened a keen interest in DIY spectroscopy.

New 3d scanner!!! Oh, and there is a new x box.

Kotaku has details on the ways in which Kinect has been improved since the devices first release in 2010, take a look at the diagrams below.  I know some of the details on it are bothering some people (with apologies to gamers [those who are really funding this tool and allowing it to be mass produced] my interests lie beside the intended uses),  the possibilities as a scanning device are making me drool a little (ok, a lot).  Please, please, Microsoft, help this become a tool that is used in multiple fields… keep it as potentially open as the original Kinect (or more).  The results available from the original are pretty great, I have used it, and tested it out a bit, checking resolutions and details; but seeing these specs…

via The Next Xbox Has Mandatory Kinect, Game-Swapping and New Controllers, According To Leaked Info.

Google and the Wisdom of Clouds – Businessweek

One simple question. That’s all it took for Christophe Bisciglia to bewilder confident job applicants at Google (GOOG). Bisciglia, an angular 27-year-old senior software engineer with long wavy hair, wanted to see if these undergrads were ready to think like Googlers. “Tell me,” he’d say, “what would you do if you had 1,000 times more data?”

What a strange idea. If they returned to their school projects and were foolish enough to cram formulas with a thousand times more details about shopping or maps or—heaven forbid—with video files, they’d slow their college servers to a crawl.

At that point in the interview, Bisciglia would explain his question. To thrive at Google, he told them, they would have to learn to work—and to dream—on a vastly larger scale. He described Google’s globe-spanning network of computers. Yes, they answered search queries instantly. But together they also blitzed through mountains of data, looking for answers or intelligence faster than any machine on earth. Most of this hardware wasn’t on the Google campus. It was just out there, somewhere on earth, whirring away in big refrigerated data centers.

Folks at Google called it “the cloud.” And one challenge of programming at Google was to leverage that cloud—to push it to do things that would overwhelm lesser machines. New hires at Google, Bisciglia says, usually take a few months to get used to this scale. “Then one day, you see someone suggest a wild job that needs a few thousand machines, and you say: Hey, he gets it.'”

via Google and the Wisdom of Clouds – Businessweek.

IBM’s Watson Heading to Rensselaer Polytechnic | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

IBM announced today that it will provide a modified version of its Watson computer to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the first time it has gifted a university with a Watson system.

Ideally, students at RPI will find new uses for Watson, which is currently best known for its stint on Jeopardy. The system is unique in that it can “understand” nuances in human language, and is currently being used in fields like healthcare and finance.

via IBM’s Watson Heading to Rensselaer Polytechnic | News & Opinion | PCMag.com.

A Dream Deferred: How access to STEM is denied to many students before they get in the door good | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network

A Dream Deferred

by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore–

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over–

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

via A Dream Deferred: How access to STEM is denied to many students before they get in the door good | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network.

A Dream Deferred: How access to STEM is denied to many students before they get in the door good | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network

A Dream Deferred

by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore–

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over–

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

A Dream Deferred: How access to STEM is denied to many students before they get in the door good | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network.

New Virtual Autopsy Procedure Is Changing Forensics – SPIEGEL ONLINE

It used to be that the cause of death could only be determined by cutting a corpse open. But a new, virtual procedure developed by Swiss researchers is providing new insights into dead bodies. It could help identify previously undiscovered murders.

via New Virtual Autopsy Procedure Is Changing Forensics – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Archaeoastronomy programs

Archaeoastronomy programs.

National Archeological Database-MAPS

National Archeological Database-MAPS.

FAMSI © 2010 Luisa Maffi – A Tzeltal Maya Dictionary

FAMSI © 2010 Luisa Maffi – A Tzeltal Maya Dictionary.

Click to download the report in PDF format:

A Tzeltal Maya Dictionary  (108 KB)

oreillymedia/open_government · GitHub

Wow, O’Reilly has made Open Government available to the public free of charge, really not much I could say beyond good guy does good thing.  Worth a read.

Open Government was published in 2010 by O’Reilly Media. The United States had just elected a president in 2008, who, on his first day in office, issued an executive order committing his administration to “an unprecedented level of openness in government.” The contributors of Open Government had long fought for transparency and openness in government, as well as access to public information. Aaron Swartz was one of these contributors (Chapter 25: When is Transparency Useful?). Aaron was a hacker, an activist, a builder, and a respected member of the technology community. O’Reilly Media is making Open Government free to all to access in honor of Aaron. #PDFtribute

— Tim O’Reilly, January 15, 2013

via oreillymedia/open_government · GitHub.

Visual Representation

Visual Representation.

Rise of Mammals Article, Mammal Evolution Information, Facts — National Geographic

So many mammals—and such varied shapes and behaviors—throng this land that it’s hard to believe any two could have descended from the same ancestor. Nonetheless, the amphibious hippo, with its lawnmower-like diet of up to a hundred pounds (45 kilograms) of grass a night, shares a common lineage with the three-inch-long (7.5-centimeter-long) naked mole rat—a subterranean, tuber-chomping hot dog with teeth, which lives like a termite in large colonies dominated by a queen.

via Rise of Mammals Article, Mammal Evolution Information, Facts — National Geographic.

BeetleCam: The Documentary by Burrard-Lucas Photography

BeetleCam: The Documentary by Burrard-Lucas Photography.

When and where was proto-Indo-European? | john hawks weblog

A new study by Remco Bouckaert and colleagues attempts to place the origin of Indo-European languages by using an epidemiological population model, essentially plotting the “spread” of languages from a common source [1].

via When and where was proto-Indo-European? | john hawks weblog.

Cassini Solstice Mission:

N00198390.jpg was taken on November 27, 2012 and received on Earth November 27, 2012. The camera was pointing toward SATURN at approximately 248,578 miles (400,048 kilometers) away, and the image was taken using the P0 and CB2 filters. This image has not been validated or calibrated. A validated/calibrated image will be archived with the NASA Planetary Data System in 2013. 

Cassini Solstice Mission:.

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Practical Spectral Photography :: Institut für Computergraphik und Algorithmen – Arbeitsgruppe für Computergraphik

Abstract

We introduce a low-cost and compact spectral imaging camera design based on unmodified consumer cameras and a custom camera objective. The device can be used in a high-resolution configuration that measures the spectrum of a column of an imaged scene with up to 0.8 nm spectral resolution, rivalling commercial non-imaging spectrometers, and a mid-resolution hyperspectral mode that allows the spectral measurement of a whole image, with up to 5 nm spectral resolution and 120×120 spatial resolution. We develop the necessary calibration methods based on halogen/fluorescent lamps and laser pointers to acquire all necessary information about the optical system. We also derive the mathematical methods to interpret and reconstruct spectra directly from the Bayer array images of a standard RGGB camera. This objective design introduces accurate spectral remote sensing to computational photography, with numerous applications in color theory, colorimetry, vision and rendering, making the acquisition of a spectral image as simple as taking a high-dynamic-range image.

via Practical Spectral Photography :: Institut für Computergraphik und Algorithmen – Arbeitsgruppe für Computergraphik.

Bertrand Russell and F.C. Copleston Debate the Existence of God, 1948 | Open Culture

On January 28, 1948 the British philosophers F.C. Copleston and Bertrand Russell squared off on BBC radio for a debate on the existence of God. Copleston was a Jesuit priest who believed in God. Russell maintained that while he was technically agnostic on the existence of the Judeo-Christian God–just as he was technically agnostic on the existence of the Greek gods Zeus and Poseidon–he was for all intents and purposes an atheist.

via Bertrand Russell and F.C. Copleston Debate the Existence of God, 1948 | Open Culture.