January 22, 2013 - This is an interesting news story out of the Czech Republic. Scientists there have observed (or claim to have observed) that when the polarity of a laser beam is altered, and directed onto small particles of styrofoam, the particles can be moved and brought together as though the laser beam were a "tractor beam". I am not entirely certain that the effect has been completely proven to be from the laser, as opposed to other known phenomena, but it is interesting and will be worth following the subsequent literature on it. (Link)

January 20, 2013 - The OUYA development kit has finally been released and can be downloaded here. (Technically it was released a while ago, but I have been busy :) ) For those who haven't heard of the OUYA project, it is a complete video game console system who development was funded by micro-loans and investments through Kickstarter. When it is released the hardware will cost $99 and all video games will be free (or at least have a free trial).

January 17, 2013 - Thank you to all of the donors who have helped me to reach my goal of microfunding a new long distance communication system design for the NOMAD project. I will now order the necessary parts to begin building a prototype, and hopefully by mid-2014 I can release the upgraded designs into the open source universe.

January 14, 2013 - Thank to everyone for their kind wishes (and words of sympathy) over the past weekend.

January 1, 2013 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! To all of my friends and family, may you have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2013!

December 25, 2012 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

December 18, 2012 - For those who are interested in the extremes of open source hardware, the Exceptionally Hard & Soft Meeting will be held on December 28 - 30, 2012 in Berlin this year. It is a meeting for people who do hardcore making, and the keynote speaker will be a teenager who built his own nuclear fusion reactor. If you can't make it to Berlin over the holidays, the lectures will be streamed here.

November 30, 2012 - Interesting result from the NASA MESSENGER probe today - it has found frozen ice and organic materials on the planet Mercury. Considering that Mercury has average temperatures in the hundreds of degrees, finding either is quite an important result!

November 22, 2012 - Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and associates!

November 19, 2012 - Due to an increase in programming work this month, I won't be offering any tutorial sessions for final exam season. However if any of my former students need assistance, e-mail me and I will see if I can schedule in some time for you.

November 11, 2012 - REMEMBRANCE DAY - May we never forget the brave men and women who kept this country safe.

November 5, 2012 - At the request of a few people, I have made my doctoral dissertation available in hard cover form. It has been available as a free downloadable e-book for a few years from various sources, but this is a physical version for sale through Lulu Press.

November 3, 2012 - A few people have asked why I haven't updated my pumpkin gallery this year. In fact I have, but the page has been relocated due to last year's hacking incident of this site. It can now be found here.

November 1, 2012 - A reminder that Movember is now upon us and it is time for men to support men's health issues, and for the women who tolerate them to be supportive. So to the clean shaven masses, start growing for the cure :) 


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