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Home Sick

I’m recovering from some sort of virus. As I lay down to take a nap on Monday I felt perfectly fine, when I got up from the nap I felt poorly. I worked a half day on Tuesday, then went … Continue reading

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Long dark tea-time of the soul

Well, perhaps not as poetic as the title, but it has been a strange trip. My job search appears to be resolved, I’m supposed to get briefed on Monday and back in the vault. I’ve been on the payroll already, … Continue reading

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Whazupwitdat?

Three months! Wow! Quite a few things have happened, this will be another long and rambling post… First, some good news: My patent was officially granted on Dec. 29, 2015. You can see it in all its glory here: http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?patentnumber=9222130 … Continue reading

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So, so very quiet…

Why so quiet? Well, I got a ‘cease and desist’ email at work. Apparently they actually _do_ monitor our network activity. Anyway, I was told to knock it off, so I knocked it off. That meant, though, that I had … Continue reading

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Step away from the salad bar!

So no one gets hurt! Why salad is so overrated https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/why-salad-is-so-overrated/2015/08/21/ecc03d7a-4677-11e5-8ab4-c73967a143d3_story.html Tamar is an interesting writer (her blog, the rest of her writing at the Post). She often takes a controversial subject in the world of food and does in-depth … Continue reading

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Elevator to spaaayyyycccceeee!

Space elevator could take astronauts into the stratosphere Canadian firm granted patents for elevator designed to reach 20km above Earth http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/space-elevator-could-take-astronauts-into-the-stratosphere-1.2320798 Their space elevator idea has some promise, but I expect it is still $100’s of millions, if not billions, … Continue reading

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Good news, bad news

The latest on my vanity patent: After much back and forth-ing with the examiner and his supervisor it seems my claims are being approved. That’s the good news. That’s it. The rest is bad news… The bad news is the … Continue reading

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Burning to live longer

Study: Can Spicy Food Actually Increase Life Span? http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/08/05/study-can-spicy-food-actually-increase-life-span/ Would you eat chili peppers 2-4 times a week to live 10-14% longer? I love the taste going in, but can’t stand the burn going out. Even with bidets, all I … Continue reading

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Insecure IoT

Vulnerabilities in Brink’s Smart Safe https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/08/vulnerabilities_4.html This is far from shocking to anyone who has studied infosec. More of a total yawn, actually. Clueless people racing to claim market segments are naturally going to trip over complex things like security. … Continue reading

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Designer Virus’

Ancient Viruses as Gene Therapy Vectors Researchers deploy ancestors of today‚Äôs adeno-associated viruses to deliver gene therapies without immune system interference. http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/43646/title/Ancient-Viruses-as-Gene-Therapy-Vectors/ The interesting thing to me is that the _exact same_ techniques can be used to produce a variant … Continue reading

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