August 30, 2014

Personal Curved Screen Monitors

Good job Dell for creating curved screen monitors!
Having experienced a large TV monitor, the curved screen TV made the field of view seem smaller.
It seemed like one would need a much larger TV to make a curved screen TV worthwhile.

Personal monitors on the other hand, make a lot more sense.
Bravo Dell!

Source: Engadget

August 29, 2014

Intimate Banking Experience

With the ability to email our bank agents, the customer service feels so much more intimate and immediate.
We don't need to wait to go to a physical bank and talk to a new agent every single time.
Yay technology!

August 25, 2014

"By the age of 40, 100 percent of all individuals with Down syndrome have the pathology of Alzheimer's in their brain," Rafii

With our advances in medical care, many down syndrome individuals can now live up to age 60, where they will have dementia.

"People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers In Alzheimer's Research"
Source: NPR

Definite ethical dilemma for families with down syndrome family member(s).
However, it is an important note for families in what to prepare for.

August 2, 2014

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover sets a new driving record, beating an old Soviet one

Boing Boing

"The NASA Opportunity Mars rover landed on Mars ten years ago, and was not expected to be trucking along in the dust an entire decade later. But truck along it has, and NASA this week announced that Opportunity now "holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving." The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover."


In celebration, posting one of my favorite songs.
I love the many references to the various Mars rovers. Listen for them! :-)





July 31, 2014

Autism 101

One of the most insightful articles I've read on autism. It provides a glimmer of hope for parents with autistic children whose children may be part of the 10% that grows out of autism.

I didn't realize the spectrum of autism can be as prohibitively functioning as down syndrome individuals. Due to my experience with my down syndrome brother, I had assumed most of the low-cognitively-functioning individuals had down syndrome.

Last section in the long article:
“When you get too focused on ‘getting to perfect,’ you can really hurt your child. A typical kid fights back against that kind of pressure, but a kid with autism might not.
...
despite 20 years of effort to teach him so.
The idea that Matthew won’t recover no longer pains Jackie. “At some point,” she told me, “I realized he was never going to be normal. He’s his own normal. And I realized Matthew’s autism wasn’t the enemy; it’s what he is. I had to make peace with that. If Matthew was still unhappy, I’d still be fighting. But he’s happy. Frankly, he’s happier than a lot of typically developing kids his age. And we get a lot of joy from him. He’s very cuddly. He gives us endless kisses. I consider all that a victory.”


"The Kids Who Beat Autism"
By Ruth Padawer, New York Times

July 29, 2014

Sergey Brin's insights on how to improve our current patent law system

Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher from All Things D always ask great questions.
Nice interview with Sergey brin
Especially ideas on patent law

I.e if someone invents a similar ethnology just 2 weeks after another person submitted the idea, that person/company that first submits the patent should not get to have rights to this patent for a full 19 years, as is by law right now.

July 13, 2014

Project Tango scheduled to berth onto the ISS on Wednesday, July 16, 6:39 am EDT

Orbital's Cygnus spacecraft holding supplies, food, including Project Tango, launched into orbit today! (Mission info on today's launch: Orbital)

A 1 min video showing how Project Tango will work with the NASA robot spheres:


The Cygnus spacecraft is loaded onto the payload of the Antares rocket. The Antares is the vehicle that launches the Cygnus to space. (source: NASA's Press Kit for Orb2)

This image shows the rocket components that will be separated during the launch to finally release the Cygnus into orbit:


Here's a great 2 min highlights video of the first Antares launch. Today was the 2nd of 8 resupply mission NASA has commissioned from Orbital. (sourc: IFLS). I love the many closeups of the rocket launching! Watching the launch, the most momentous moments for me were the MECO stage (main engine cut off), stage one separation, and the Fairing Separation.