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Date:2010-09-06 22:07
Subject:New project
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I wanted to let you know about a new project I've been working on: thisCourse: the easy, free way to build a course website. It is designed to be the fastest and easiest place to build websites that both instructors and students love to use. With a few clicks you can create a free class website that includes documents, student discussions, announcements, and a class schedule. Thanks for checking it out!

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Date:2007-01-24 01:06
Subject:Vidipedia - A Wikipedia for Videos
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Sure, YouTube lets you post your own videos. But only Vidipedia lets you edit and rearrange what others have uploaded. Totally participatory, and already has lots of great videos!

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Date:2007-01-07 23:37
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2006-07-30 14;07;36 - Birmingham (England)

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Date:2006-12-14 20:40
Subject:High IQ link to being vegetarian
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Intelligent children are more likely to become vegetarians later in life, a study says.

A Southampton University team found those who were vegetarian by 30 had recorded five IQ points more on average at the age of 10.

Researchers said it could explain why people with higher IQ were healthier as a vegetarian diet was linked to lower heart disease and obesity rates.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6180753.stm


(Just do it.. apparently it's the smart thing to do!)

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Date:2006-12-02 16:54
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Douglas Engelbart, inventor of mice, networks, graphical user interfaces, and just about everything else, responding regarding his early inspiration (below). In a nutshell, he says that the only safe way to help the world using technology is to find ways to make people smarter -- just about everything else can have dangerous side effects. What do you think? What potential technologies could be used only for good? Robotics can lead to unemployment and killer army droids. Communication technologies can lead to privacy invasion. Is every possible technology a double-edged sword, or can you think of a direction that leads only to good? This is a very real question for me right now, as I embark on my journey of graduate school and defining my career path. Like Engelbart, I seek that holy grail of purely beneficial invention, and the steps I make now will define my future course.

"I was twenty-five. It was December tenth or eleventh, 1950. I went home that night, and started thinking, "My God, this is ridiculous, no goals. Well, I've got time." For some reason, I just picked that as an explicit, conscious thing to do; I had to figure out a good set of professional goals [...] I tried to be a little general for a while, to say, "What would be the guidelines, and what are my requirements?" [...] I soon realized that if I wanted to contribute in some maximum way, I'd need to provide some real driving force, or something, because to just go be a soldier in somebody else's crusade is one way you can contribute, but not a way to be satisfied that you're doing the maximum you can. [...] Then if I did get the education in one of those fields, what would make me feel that I could make some unusual commitment? So I'd better first pick a field that's really something, and if I find a set of goals that there's some way I can use the engineering training, then that would be very valuable." But I somehow had the feeling that that wasn't what the world's dominant needs were, more engineering, right then. They didn't have the Peace Corps, but there were people who had been trying to fight malaria in the tropics, or trying to boost food productivity in a some areas, or something like that. I remembered reading about the people that would go in and lick malaria in an area, and then the population would grow so fast and the people didn't take care of the ecology, and so pretty soon they were starving again, because they not only couldn't feed themselves, but the soil was eroding so fast that the productivity of the land was going to go down. So it's a case that the side effects didn't produce what you thought the direct benefits would. I began to realize it's a very complex world. If you can pick a target that if you succeed will indeed produce the benefit you wanted, or it might also have negative side effects that are going to counteract the benefit. You'd have to be very smart to be sure. Well, you can't be sure, so you say, this is the probability that if you succeed, the benefits will be high. Alright, then what's the probability of success? [...] Someplace along there, I just had this flash that, hey, what that really says is that the complexity of a lot of the problems and the means for solving them are just getting to be too much. The time available for solving a lot of the problems is getting shorter and shorter. So the urgency goes up. So then I put it together that the product of these two factors, complexity and urgency, are the measure for human organizations or institutions. The complexity/urgency factor had transcended what humans can cope with. It suddenly flashed that if you could do something to improve human capability to deal with that, then you'd really contribute something basic. That just resonated. Then it unfolded rapidly. I think it was just within an hour that I had the image of sitting at a big CRT screen with all kinds of symbols, new and different symbols, not restricted to our old ones. The computer could be manipulating, and you could be operating all kinds of things to drive the computer. The engineering was easy to do; you could harness any kind of a lever or knob, or buttons, or switches, you wanted to, and the computer could sense them, and do something with it."

(quoted from here)

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Date:2006-11-19 05:44
Subject:New Website!
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Mood: sleepy

Alright, folks... I'm applying to grad schools now, and as part of that I'm including a link to my webpage, so I've been updating it today. Let me know what you think of the layout, style, etc, and if you see anything that could be improved:
http://www.jamiealexandre.com/

In addition, check out this inspiring father & son duo, and a video of them.

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Date:2006-06-07 16:01
Subject:Useful services of the future...
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Google: Don't Not Be Evil

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Date:2006-05-31 17:11
Subject:Ship down!
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Date:2006-04-27 00:19
Subject:So, you think you know me...
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Mood: mischievous

Well, maybe you do, but that doesn't mean you'll do well on:
THE TEST

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Date:2006-03-30 12:24
Subject:Mmmm....
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Google Brain

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Date:2006-03-09 16:22
Subject:Fill in the Blank
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Let's play "write the caption for that picture". The cleverest one-liner to accompany the following photo may win a prize. Best of luck, and god speed.

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Date:2006-02-23 19:45
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Greetings, my fellow LJers...  here's a nifty little extension for Firefox that allows you to edit and post WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get, of course) to your livejournal from a little popup interface directly within Firefox, with lots of convenient little features.  You *are* all using Firefox, aren't you?

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Date:2006-02-13 08:59
Subject:Now *there's* a screen for you! (click for vid)
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Date:2006-02-11 23:10
Subject:Yeah, that's what tomato juice does to me too...
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Mood: boom

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Date:2006-01-10 11:54
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1981 in review
1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool were crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the cricket Ashes tournament
4. The Pope died

2005 In Review
1. Prince Charles got married
2. Liverpool were crowned soccer Champions of Europe
3. Australia lost the cricket Ashes tournament
4. The Pope died

Note: In future, if Prince Charles decides to remarry, will someone please warn the Pope. Thank You.

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Date:2006-01-07 02:25
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Q: How many Bush Administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: None. There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; it's conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably, and anything you say undermines the lighting effect. Why do you hate freedom?

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Date:2005-12-15 01:29
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Hey, at least let them *talk*.

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Date:2005-12-09 16:38
Subject:Sunset from up at 2707...
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Mood: listless



(in cased you missed it)

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Date:2005-11-28 16:28
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Mood: helpful

Hey, all you artists out there: design the Green Party's next logo and win great prizes:
http://www.greenparty.ca/
(http://www.greenparty.ca/page133.html)

Also, if you're 19 or younger and a composer, compose a Mozartian variation and win $1000:
http://www.cbc.ca/mozart/contest.html

Cheers,
Your friendly community contest heads-up.

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Date:2005-11-26 20:32
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Mood: what?

Anybody know why I've been hearing bagpipes and drummers in the streets outside my window at random times of the night for the past little while? Something to do with whatever sporting event it is that's going on at the moment? Or am I just going... loonier?

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