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I'm on my way to GDC.  I write this from first class on a 752-200 from Detroit Metro.  25 years ago I lived in poverty. How did I go from having nothing to being one of those 0.1%ers? The usual, hard work, self-discipline, delayed gratification. But there's another element that rarely gets talked about: Being born lucky.

I took a political test and one of the questions struck me, "Some people are born lucky." as a True or False statement.  I remember watching a vide...
February 23, 2017 by teddybearcholla on Teddybearcholla
I know many many of you don't go to DA... but for those that do, the below article is very interesting... also if you have *artwork* of any kind there.   For myself, I'm not sure what I will do...not that that matters to anyone but me. 

Anyone have any dealings with Wix?
February 4, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl

Valentine Day's coming, boys and girls...your art is important!

It's great to create everything from scratch, but not everyone can rely on those skills...

So along comes Freepik to help you!

They've got what you want...and free! Not just limited to holidays, if you need something for your art, visit the site and see what they've got available! 

Just go here and browse...


January 29, 2017 by DrJBHL on drjbhl

An incredible concept...but "four years after they were first proposed, scientists have managed to add a fourth dimension - the movement of time - to a crystal for the first time, giving it the ability to act as a kind of perpetual 'time-keeper'." 

The concept is explained in the linked article, as well as here: 

"They did this by chaining together a line of ytterbium io...
December 7, 2016 by Tova7 on Life_In_The_Blurbs
So happy to see Joeuser is still plugging along.


I've missed you!


I loved blogging here and the community.  There was a time in my life when JU really nourished my mind and spirit with community, current event commentary and flame wars!

Then the world changed.  At least my world did a bit.  Facebook, Twitter. Everything distilled to tweets or posts.  Life is busy.  

I co-founded an anti-sex trafficking nonprofi...
November 25, 2016 by LightStar on LightStar Technologies
Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful matriarch of "The Brady Bunch," has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82.  
November 15, 2016 by ZubaZ on zubaz
I have three events on my calendar that have lasted through many event purges; my wife's birthday, our anniversary, and joining this place.

It is still the most friendly group of internet denizens around.

November 10, 2016 by teddybearcholla on Teddybearcholla
Thank you Hank for posting this on FB....  

October 2, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl

The game was his daughter's idea...and Tyson has included folks from JPL, NASA, astronauts, explorers...

There will be missions, a construct your galaxy, etc.

Apparently it'll be multi-player with a community of imaginative players who will interact with real experts...

“We will have holographic tutorials as part of the core game that will prep you for challenges and new facets of gameplay as they are introduced,..Murphy said the gameplay mirrors our univers...
September 12, 2016 by Frogboy on Brad Wardell - Skinning the frog
I don’t like sounding like chicken little. Nevertheless, the sky is falling.

For those of you who don’t know me, I run one of the oldest independent software companies in the world. My specialty for the past 20 years has been in AI. It is my job to research, evaluate trends and invest accordingly to stay ahead of the curve. And I am here to tell you that the sky is falling.

It is automation. It is inevitable. It is irresistible. And if you think that automation always creates new oppor...
August 13, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl

As if the phony emissions testing wasn't enough? That 'keyless' entry fob? Not very secure, it turns out. In fact, it's eminently hackable...

Volkswagen does have an 'immobilizer' built in, but it isn't, your car could be broken into, and maybe that's the device we saw being used on Jeeps?

Anyway, the older (1998) HT2 chips were easily hackable, too.

"Professor Srdjan Capkun of ETH Zurich found himself perched on the fence...
July 31, 2016 by DrJBHL on drjbhl

I wrote a recent article about this…and that Mark Zuckerberg and James Comey put tape over theirs:

When writing about this, little did I suspect that a month later I’d come across this…

But I did, and as we all know…

So…a bit of humor for your Sunday…and a salute to Matt for his courag...
I think long before global climate change matters one way or the other that the fate of humanity will be determined by how we make use of strong AI.

In the near term (next 5 to 10 years) we’re going to see a huge swath of jobs disappear.  This past week Panera bread added a kiosk to let me order my food.  Wendy’s and McDonalds are already heading that way too. 

Transportation is next.  My Tesla Model X with auto-pilot is on the way. I should have it in the next mon...
May 13, 2016 by 2of3 on 2of3
Here's a couple of things I do when I'm not skinning for windows. I work on a passenger ferry for a company called Color Line ( workplace is in the buffet restaurant which is the largest restaurant on the ship (we can seat up to 650 at a time) I'm the assistant head waiter which means that I'm in charge of the reservations and seating chart. Always the perfectionist, I couldn't stand the blurry, copy of a copy ...
May 6, 2016 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
I was just seeing how bad the fires are in Alberta,  Canada. I hope my good friend Ken Crooks is ok.

I'm certain we have other friends and family in Canada, I pray that all can get away from this awful event!