Multi-Layered Images Projected Onto Water Droplets

Have you looked at the new Samsung 3D TV (samsung.com)?  If not, go to BestBuy and check one out.  My only, no two, no three complaints are:

  1. The price.  Buying the TV is not enough, you also need to buy special glasses AND the blueray DVD player that generates the appropriate 3D picture.  A whopping $5000 when all said.
  2. You need to wear special polarized glasses that are synched with the TV to produce the 3D picture (did I say that it is amazing).  Not only do you have the inconvenience of the glasses but you have weight, yup batteries.  And for those of you that wear glasses a 2 hr movie might be too much
  3. Flicker!  The refresh rate is not high enough and after a while the flickering might bug you. 

 

However, this post is not about a review of the Samsung tv, but about new 3D technology emerging in the universities.

They are working on projecting light onto controlled falling drops of water.  The wall of water drops is layered to produce a natural 3D effect without having to wear glasses – WOW.

PITTSBURGH—AquaLux 3D, a new projection technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, can target light onto and between individual water droplets, enabling text, video and other moving or still images to be displayed on multiple layers of falling water.

In contrast to existing technologies for projecting images onto water surfaces, AquaLux 3D makes it possible to create three-dimensional images in water by using multiple layers of precisely controlled water droplets, said Srinivasa Narasimhan, associate professor of robotics. By combining the droplets with clouds of mist, it would be possible to create unique 3-D effects for theme parks, exhibitions and interactive games that don’t require special eyeglasses to view, he added.

“The beauty of water drops is that they refract most incident light, so they serve as excellent wide-angle lenses that can be among the brightest elements of an environment,” said Narasimhan, who developed the display with Takeo Kanade, professor of computer science and robotics, and Peter Barnum, a Ph.D. student in robotics. “By carefully generating several layers of drops so that no two drops occupy the same line-of-sight from the projector, we can use each drop as a voxel that can be illuminated to create a 3-D image.”

Read the whole story here – Carnegie Mellon

Should the internet be taxed

Democrats push for new Internet sales taxes.  (Republicans have proposed this as well)

As the economy takes its grip states around the US are looking to capture any tax revenue; and the internet is no exception.

Most of the supporters say that it isn’t fair to the businesses that have physical stores in state.  They also salivate at the prospect of collecting $23 billion in taxes.

BUT, no one has really told you how much it will cost small businesses that actually do perform a service over the internet.

Huh you say….

Ok, lets break this down.  There are 50 states.  Each has their own sales tax rate.  Most large cities in these states also have municipal taxes.  Some counties and others add their own tax on top of the states. 

whoa, this gets worse yet.  Each state has different filing requirements.  Some monthly, some quarterly some every 6 months and some yearly.

So, we have states, counties and cities each with their own taxes and each with their own filing requirements.  Now lets add on top of this the cost of doing business in each state.  Yup a company needs to be registered in each state in order to file taxes for that state and this is very rarely free!!!

Ok, so now we have a small business that makes a widget that is popular on the internet.  Now, this company has to pay each state just to register, hire a full time CPA to file the various taxes and put in-place a mechanism to collect, record those taxes that people have to pay.

The question is – do you go through this expense just to sell some widgets or do you not bother and close your doors (at least to other states).

So, today they estimate $23 billion in unclaimed taxes, but this will surely shrink as business and the economy stops doing interstate commerce.

This is me…

Serious ADHD Likely!
I scored 88

S C O R I N G   K E Y

If you Scored… You may have…
70 & up Adult ADHD
50 – 69 Moderate ADHD
35 – 49 Mild ADHD
25 – 34 Borderline ADHD
0 – 24 No ADHD likely

Yesterday I had a job interview.

I applied for a job with a startup company.  I had no clue what this position was about as the author of the job post purposely was vague.  However, I sent on my resume and a copy of the 20 question essay I had filled out for another position earlier in the year.

As usual I was early.  Reminding myself that being too early wasn’t a good thing, I decided to drag out the process of getting from my car to the interview by stopping at a local Walmart, and the bathroom.  Still; I was early.

The interview turned out to be great.  Leo and I connected.  We both have had similar careers; starting out in the print industry and ending up in motion control.  Surprisingly Leo had heard of a company I worked for 20 years ago and when I mentioned my English boss it sparked a dim memory in his mind.

The interview turned into a back-and-forth discussion about techniques, technology, and different types of programmers.  Here are the highlights:

  • Leo had written numbers by the side of each position I had held.  CT (my current job) had a 9, TSI (my previous) had a 4.  I was trying to figure out how I only scored a 4 for my previous job when Leo commented that my years at each position (yup, the numbers) were a sign of loyalty.  He also commented that this was a strong indication that I also brought value to the company.  Leo is looking for a stable person (which he indicated I was).  I think he was also happy that I am currently employed since I am more likely to take the position because it fits me, not because I need a job.  Again, this fits with his desire to build a new company with loyal employees.
  • We connected on our career paths
  • He knew about one of my companies
  • We connected on the “rotary knife” application (a common motion control problem)

This startup company employs two people.  Leo and one other.  Leo indicated that he intends to grow the company by 2 this go around, and will continue to grow the company over the next 12 months.  As such, he indicated that his role will eventually morph into the company controller/president position and one of the new hires will fill his shoes.  He indicated/implied that someone of my experience would be such a person.

We briefly touched on salary.  Leo felt that my current income was appropriate for my qualifications, and it also was inline with what he would compensate.

The final – kudos – of this was his parting comment, “this was fun”, implying that he felt a connection with me, and was able to enjoy our meeting.

Leo warned me that I would probably not hear from him for at least a week, maybe two as he as a lot of people to interview.

Post interview – I felt good.  I was excited about the concepts that he was pushing for the startup business (I have purposely left that information out).  I felt that I could very easily work for Leo.  I sent an email thanking him, and indicating my eagerness to pursue this position

I sat down and calculated the impact of working for a small startup (lack of 401K, health etc), and found that I could handle the financial burden of personal health insurance (with little financial impact).

I set about explaining the whole thing to my wife.

The next day doubt creeps in!  My internal (always) negative voice is casting self doubt on my prospects of winning this position.  I have all too often gotten my hopes up, only to have them dashed.

There was no response to my thank-you email.  Should there be?

I feel that I would be a great fit.  I am ready to leave CT, but…  Leo has more interviews (the economy is poor and there will undoubtedly be a lot of applicants).  Is there someone better qualified than me?  Probably.  But I have to remember these points:

  • The technology platform being proposed is relatively new.
  • Silverlight is not my strength, but I don’t think this is a major hang-up.
  • Leo told me to be patent
  • We connected.  He had fun in the interview
  • He mentioned several times that he felt I was qualified.

I have to tell myself to be patent.  I believe that I made the “A” list.  I should get a callback for a second round.

Robin Williams’ plan…(Hard to argue with this logic!)

YOU HAVE TO LOVE HIM…….READ THIS!  HE MADE THIS SPEECH IN NEW YORK .

The Plan!?
Robin Williams, wearing a shirt that says ‘I love New York ‘ in Arabic.

أنا أحب نيويورك

You gotta love Robin Williams……..Even if he’s nuts! Leave it to Robin Williams to come up with the perfect plan. What we need now is for our UN Ambassador to stand up and repeat this message.

Robin Williams’ plan…(Hard to argue with this logic!)

I see a lot of people yelling for peace but I have not heard of a plan for peace.  So, here’s one plan.

  1. The US / UK /AUSTRALIA will apologize to the world for our ‘interference’ in their affairs, past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Tojo, Noriega, Milosevic, Hussein, and the rest of those ‘good ‘ole’ boys’, we will never ‘interfere’ again.
  2. We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany , South Korea , the Middle East , and thePhilippines . They don’t want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence.
  3. All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave We’ll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of whom or where they are from. They’re illegal!!!France will welcome them..
  4. All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in. If you don’t like it there, change it yourself and don’t hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone. We don’t need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers.
  5. No foreign ‘students’ over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don’t attend classes, they get a ‘D’ and it’s back home baby.
  6. The US /UK/ Australia will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise. This will include developing nonpolluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while
  7. Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don’t like it, we go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)
  8. If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not ‘interfere.’ They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if anything.
  9. Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don’t need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.
  10. All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us ‘Ugly Americans’ any longer.

 

The Language we speak is ENGLISH..learn it…or LEAVE…  Now, isn’t that a winner of a plan?

The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” She’s got a baseball bat and she’s yelling, “you want a piece of me?”

A Letter from my Mum

June 18th, 1989

Dear Martin,

mumI spent your lifetime fighting for you to have the right to use your brain, and we succeeded didn’t we.  I am proud of what you have accomplished since leaving school.  Don’t ever get big-headed:  remember that your brother is weaker than you and that he and your dad will need you.  Try to stay a family (and that doesn’t mean you have to live together just love each other enough to stay close).  Most of the time during my illness you have been a tower of strength to me.  Also to dad I think.  Now I’m gone and you have to go on, I know you will and you must know I’ll always be with you in spirit.  Remember I always loved you very much and always will continue to be good to others and remember to be good to yourself as well:  Wish I could have been with you all longer
Love you always
         Mum

P.S. Don’t loose touch with your Uncle Paul and also Uncle Alan (but Paul is more alone and he will need our family too).

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As I typed this in it still brings a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes.  Mum died in the summer of 1989 from pancreatic cancer.  I turned 21 on July 21st!  Later that year I spent 3 months in America working on a project for my company.  This 3 month trip turned into my becoming a citizen of America where I now live.

New toys

Well I traded my blackberry in for an iPhone. I am not dissapointed. The applications on the iPhone are much better than what I experienced with the blackberry! Web browsing is easy and clear. Blogging is easy as well.

I got the phone locked to AT&T. I am a Tmobile user so I had to unlock the phone. This requires jailbeaking the phone first. But I had a major problem. The phone was in restore state. After 4 attempts to restore it turns out that you need a good USB port. Well once that was figured out everything else was easy. I used redsn0w to jailbreak the phone and ultrasn0w to unlock. I have my SMS messages and email set up, and am writing this blog entry using wordpress iPhone app (from the app store).
Talk to you later.

Obama Appoints Monsanto Fox to Guard Food Safety Hen House

Michael Taylor has been appointed by Obama to be the U.S. food safety czar!

As crazy as it seems, Monsanto’s former VP Michael Taylor is going to be the US food czar – yup!  How do you feel about your food safety being overseen by the world’s major seed company VP?  Do you think he will separate the agenda of Monsanto from his government work OR will his actions as czar be biased? 

Anyone who knows about corporate America knows that as a former VP he still as a vested financial interest in the company.

BE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS!!!

If this peaks your interest – checkout the Google hits

GM and GMO safety – Is it spin or is there something to it?

Today, as I write another entry quoting sources on the web, I feel that it is important to quantify what I am doing.  Am I playing into the political spin and miss-direction by regurgitating propaganda?  Is there really a conspiracy by Monsanto and other seed giants?  Is there a media blackout?  Is the government lying to us?

I can’t answer these questions.  BUT, there is enough circumstantial evidence to suggest that we cannot blindly accept the seed companies or governments to protect us (over profits).

So, right now I am in the early stages of my discovery.  Yes, I am regurgitating content and applying my own commentary.  This is the process of any research project.  You research.

As I find items of interest, I will post them to this blog.  Consider the blog as a one-stop outlet on this topic. 

I will attempt to be unbiased and balance the information with counterpoints.  However, I have been a long time believer that the food we eat are causing the chronic issues that are facing America and the world today.

Is food the only cause for obesity – no!  Other factors play a part.  Yet the typical rhetoric suggests that obesity is the direct result of:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Too much video games or tv
  • Large food portions.

Who is looking at what we eat?  Who can we trust?

If you look back in time the population started having issues when GM and GMO products were introduced into the food chain.  Coincidence?  You judge.  For I have already made up my mind.

My next goal is to develop a timeline.  An attempt to correlate the health issues we are facing with the introduction of GM foods, GM enzymes, GM byproducts (high fructose corn syrup) and other GM derivatives.

Maybe there is a link between the explosion in cases of diabetes, allergies, autism, obesity and GM foods.

In conclusion – keep reading,  Hopefully we can all come to grips with this.

– Martin

Prof. Masaharu Kawata

This is commentary by Masaharu Kawata to the Japanese government. 

Pacific Ecologist wrote “Monsanto’s safety assessment application to the Japanese health ministry for Roundup Ready soybeans was "inadequate and incomplete," according to assistant professor MASAHARU KAWATA , of Nagoya University, Japan.

Monsanto maintains there is no difference between GM soybeans and conventional strains. But according to the Japanese study, Monsanto’s safety tests misrepresent data and included testing proteins not derived from the GM plant; insufficient feeding experiments; and intentional neglect of "inappropriate" data. Since the components of the GE soybean that people are eating are still unknown, governments who have approved the GE soybean should review their safety assessments. “

GE soybean amino acid sequence unknown

The protein Monsanto analyzed was from E.coli, not from RoundUp ready soybeans! Testing assumed the protein expressed in the bio-engineered soybean has the same amino acid sequence as the soil bacterium E-coliform from which the genetically engineered gene was extracted. This can only be verified when the soybean produced protein is isolated and the amino acid sequence is determined. Exchanging genes between bacteria and a higher organism can sometimes result in partial change of amino acid and/or post-translational modification after expression. It was presumed Monsanto had determined the amino acid sequence of the GE soybean but it had not.

Monsanto sequenced only 15 amino acids from the protein that was expressed in E-coliform. The rest of the sequence was an assumption about the sequence of the bacterial DNA. They determined only 3.3% of the expected total of 455 amino acids and the protein is not from soybeans. The test described in the documents is the only method to verify antigenic equivalence of proteins. But antigenic similarity itself does not prove that the amino acid sequences are the same. The real sequence of the GE protein in the soybean that we are eating is still unknown.

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ASPARTAME

Wow, this is another Monsanto product!  I will have to research on this over the next few days.  For now, watch this… movie

The Genetic Conspiracy

Here is an expose on GM foods produced by Deutsche Welle Tv – Germany.  The show is in English.  Please, take the time to watch all 3 parts.  It will take about an hour.

Trade with Europe and Africa

wikipedia:GMO

As I search the web for interesting commentary I am suddenly aware of a potential problem.  For we know that Monsanto has an aggressive marketing campaign and legal team to try and counter any unbiased evidence – so what prevents Monsanto or one of it’s cronies to put out information on wikipedia and other public sites?

Update: The last four (4) updates to the page was by the user ADM (as in a seed company).  Now who do you trust?

Remember this – if there was NO question about the safety of GMOs then why isn’t it supported by clear precise scientific evidence?  Why wouldn’t the industry and government go out of their way to prove that GM/GMO products has no health concerns?  If you were in their shoes wouldn’t you invite independent studies to prove that your products were safe?  Where are the studies?

This excerpt is a commentary on 3rd world countries resisting GM food.  You make up your mind.

In response to negative public opinion, Monsanto announced its decision to remove their seed cereal business from Europe, and environmentalists crashed a World Trade Organization conference in Cancun that promoted GM foods and was sponsored by Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT). Some African nations have refused emergency food aid from developed countries, fearing that the food is unsafe. During a conference in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Kingsley Amoako, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), encouraged African nations to accept genetically modified food and expressed dissatisfaction in the public’s negative opinion of biotechnology

Is the industry lying?

There are 10 studies done on the effects of GM foods.  8 of these are done by the industry, the other 2 were independent, and performed by Pusztai.  The industry has gone out of its way to try and prove that the 2 independent reports are inaccurate, miss-leading and based upon poor science.  However, when the science community reviewed the 8 industry reports the overwhelming statements were that the 8 reports were in fact inaccurate, miss-leading and based upon pore science. 

The 8 reports didn’t even attempt to document how the tests were performed, and what diet the scientists fed to the animals.  Any scientist who publishes their findings – who wants peer validation – will publish how they conducted their experiments so that others could verify and validate.  The industry reports didn’t bother.

How many times have we been fooled by the industries self proclamation?  Why do we even have an FDA if the industry is honest in their findings?  Because we need to independently verify and certify that the products we consume (whether it is pharmaceuticals or food) is safe!  Read on…

According to a March 2001 article in the New York Times, “The CDC [Center for Disease Control] now says that food is responsible for twice the number of illnesses in the United States as scientists thought just seven years ago…  At least 80 percent of food-related illnesses are caused by viruses or other pathogens that scientists cannot even identify.”  The reported cases include 5,000 deaths, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 76 million illnesses per year.  This increase roughly corresponds to the period when Americans have been eating GM food.  In addition, obesity has skyrocketed.  In 1990, no state had 15 percent or more of its population in the obese category.  By 2001, only one state didn’t.  Diabetes rose by 33 percent from 1990 to 1998, lymphatic cancers are up, and many other illnesses are on the rise.  Is the a connection to GM foods?  We have no way of knowing because no one has looked for one.

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