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Date:2008-03-01 01:20
Subject:Local real estate appreciation/depreciation data
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I had a great time this evening at femfataleatron's birthday party. It's not often in life one has the opportunity to witness a large virile man attack a small pinata with a horse-chopper; blindfolded, even. The only way it could have been improved is if we could have managed to incorporate black powder somehow...

While socializing, I talked real estate with friends, as a few are thinking about buying houses this year.

So, as a follow up, I'm posting the following:

The KC Star had an excellent article online with a link to a web page that showed appreciation/depreciation by zip code in the KC Metro area. It's good information to have. It's interesting to see that some local zip codes have dropped as much as 20%.

ARTICLE - KC area's housing market was 'ugly' in 2007

Interactive Flash map of KC metro zip codes


Enjoy!

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Date:2008-02-20 23:42
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The late Dr. Robert Bussard, former Asst. Director of the Atomic Energy Commission and founder of Energy Matter Conversion Corporation (EMC2), spent 17 years perfecting IEC, a fusion process that converts hydrogen and boron directly into electricity producing helium as the only waste product. Most of this work was funded by the Department of Defense, the details of which have been under seal... until now.


This video was fillmed November 9th, 2006.

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Date:2008-02-20 23:41
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It's here!


Brain control headset for gamers


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Date:2008-02-20 23:18
Subject:Let there be (cool) light!
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Lamp lit by gravity wins Greener Gadget award



Gravia


Clay Moulton, a student of Virginia Tech invented a floor lamp that is powered by potential energy. Not only is it an awesome idea, it's quite groovy to look at.

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Date:2008-01-07 12:35
Subject:The philosophy of inquiry into physics
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Highly interesting, and unique in style.

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MOTION MOUNTAIN
The Free Physics Textbook


This site provides a free physics textbook that tells the story of how it became possible, after 2500 years of exploration, to answer such questions. The book is written for the curious: it is entertaining, surprising and challenging on every page. With little mathematics, starting from observations of everyday life, the text explores the most fascinating parts of mechanics, thermodynamics, special and general relativity, electrodynamics, quantum theory and modern attempts at unification. The essence of these fields is summarized in the most simple terms. For example, the text presents modern physics as consequence of the notions of minimum entropy, maximum speed, maximum force, minimum change of charge and minimum action.


Quote of the month (from the text):
"Imagine a rubber band that is attached to a horse at one end and attached to a wall at the other end. The rubber is infinitely stretchable. On the rubber, near the wall, there is a snail. Both the snail and the horse start moving with typical speeds. Can the snail reach the horse?"


For each field of physics, the text presents the latest research results, the best animations, the best images, the most interesting physical puzzles and the most telling physical curiosities. It includes more than 550 animations and illustrations, more than 100 tables and more than 1600 challenges and puzzles.

Written in English, over 1500 pages are provided for students, teachers, and for anybody who is curious about the precise description of nature. To satisfy even the most extreme curiosity, the text ends by exploring the limits of time and space, and the wonders that can be discovered there.

Motion Mountain is downloaded over 30 000 times a year. It aims to be among the best introductory physics texts available. Do you have an idea for improving it? Add it to the suggestion wiki! For a valuable suggestion, I will add you to the sponsor and acknowledgment list, or send you a reward.

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Date:2007-12-28 12:58
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Kooky, weird, and FUN!

This Japanese inventor/musician has created some peculiar instruments out of...other instruments.

I really enjoy the serious tone with which he demonstrates his creations.

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Date:2007-11-29 23:18
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Software aims to uncover 'data discrimination'


I'm in a hotel in Dallas / Ft. Worth right now, but I wanted to archive this to look into it when I get home.

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Date:2007-11-28 16:18
Subject:Get off yer backside!
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Interesting.

B.

A New Way to Control Weight?

Scientists Say Just Standing Up May Be as Important as Exercise
By LEE DYE
Nov. 28, 2007

Scientists have found intriguing evidence that one major reason so many people are overweight these days may be as close as the seat of their pants. Literally. According to the researchers, most of us sit too much.


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Date:2007-11-25 13:31
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Nanosolar’s Breakthrough - Solar Now Cheaper than Coal


Nanosolar's home page

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Date:2007-11-21 15:54
Subject:One minute to midnight
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Video of lecture by Dr. Albert A. Bartlett: "Arithmetic, Population, and Energy" (part 1 of 8)


Dr. Albert Bartlett: Arithmetic, Population and Energy (transcript)


This lecture explains the mathematical principle of geometric growth and it's impact on population, resource usage (oil, coal, electricity, food, etc.), and more.

It's incredibly telling; watch it.

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Date:2007-11-13 09:24
Subject:What is Self-Efficacy?
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Interesting blog entry.

What is Self-Efficacy?
Excerpted from the blog entry:


"For the aspiring self-quantifier, the history of self-efficacy research is full of promising hints. Once the notion of self-efficacy has been separated from the more general concept of self-esteem, it's easier to notice specific areas where low self-efficacy may interfere with learning or achievement. Low self-efficacy leads to avoidance behavior. We don't try things we believe we can't do. In Bandura's original paper, he points to research showing that this avoidance behavior can persist even when there is no conscious anxiety, no negative emotional arousal. We simply skirt the issue. Perhaps we even convince ourselves that it is not necessary, or a waste of time. Ingrained habits of avoidance can become nearly invisible to our conscious reflection, due to how effectively they guard us from the bad consequences we believe will result from failure."


Though I had heard the term "self-efficacy" before, I'd never familiarized myself with it's definition.

The Wikipedia article has some good information. One of the tidbits is that encouragement and discouragement from social peers have noticeable effects on someone's self-efficacy. It goes on to mention that discouragement has a greater impact.

So beyond attempting to become more aware of my own self-efficacy in various areas in my life, I will try and remember to take care when offering someone criticism or advice. I'd much rather increase my friends and family's self-efficacy rather than lower it.

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Date:2007-11-10 15:06
Subject:Go go greenie bike!
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Intriguing Electric Bike: The EV-X7 Prototype


This is merely another in a small series of articles I've seen on electric motorcycles and scooters. It sounds quite probable (to me) that plug-in electric scooters will be on the market in a year or two.

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Date:2007-10-29 10:36
Subject:Informed (geeky) debate
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Recommended: Evolution is the blind watchmaker

This is a great logical deconstruction of the "blind watchmaker" straw man arguement against evolution. Additionally, it's deliciously geeky to boot!

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Date:2007-10-26 12:12
Subject:Kick the sugar habit!
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Here's a post that I've intended to make for several months now. I held off as I wanted to corroborate the information for myself, both experientially and via other avenues of research.


The obesity epidemic

A researcher in the United States claims that the reason for the obesity epidemic is more than just the calories we eat and the lack of exercise. It's a substance that food manufacturers are widely using.


The link contains the original MP3 of the interview, and a transcript which was added later. If for some reason either MP3 or transcript are unavailable, I have archived them on my hard drive and will happily share them if asked.

I cannot recommend this link enough to everyone. Whether or not you feel you could stand to lose some weight, the understanding that can be gained from this interview is excellent, accurate, and ground breaking.

You know how you always want to get in on the "new thing" before everyone else? This is it - this is some good stuff.

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The person being interviewed is Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, Pediatric endocrinologist. He has been studying this issues related to diabetes and obesity for 10+ years. He really knows what he's talking about.

I had already started to believe that spiked blood sugar -> spiked insulin = fatty weight gain. However, I did not have a detailed understanding of how and why. Of particular confusion to me was the fact that I knew that I already consumed less sugar than the average American because I quit drinking soda pop in 1993, and quit eating candy bars, granola bars, and other processed treats in late 2006.

What I learned in the above interview is that a certain type of sugar is worse than others. I also learned that constant or regular consumption of moderate amounts of sugar on a daily basis is far more damaging than occasional or rare "sugar binges" (I define a sugar binge as a slice of pie/cheese cake/whatever for desert.) Yes, I became quite rigorous in my implementation of what I learned.

Anyway, this post is long enough. Suffice it to say that I am recommending you (yes YOU) to listen to the interview and read the transcript. In fact, I recommend you study them several times.

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Date:2007-10-22 14:25
Subject:Cyberlust
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2.5" and 3.5" SATA HDD Stage Rack

I don't do computer support any more (well, not officially), but I yet find myself wanting one of these suckers. I'm such a geek.

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Date:2007-10-14 12:27
Subject:Wow!
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Windbelt, Cheap Generator Alternative, Set to Power Third World

"Harder problems make for better inventions."

Indeed.
Someone get this guy a genius grant. Supporting him will make the world a better place.

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Date:2007-10-08 10:57
Subject:Good news in Middle Earth
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'The Hobbit': Peace in Middle-Earth?
Fans have long dreamed ''Lord of the Rings'' director Peter Jackson would tackle J.R.R. Tolkien's ''The Hobbit,'' but a nasty legal battle with New Line Cinema has made it impossible. Now, at last, a cease-fire may be at hand.


I really hope Peter Jackson makes 'The Hobbit'. He did such a lovely job with the other films.

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Date:2007-09-22 20:27
Subject:Talk about free learning!
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Wow, it's the mother load of free online educational resources!

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Welcome to Librarian Chick!



About Librarian Chick!
This a list of free resources for students and educators... and anyone else who's hip to learning. Though many of these resources could be listed under multiple categories, I've only added them here once. Just CTRL+Click links to open in new tabs and you'll never open the same page twice! (Note: Simply clicking on a link will open the site under the Librarian Chick domain.)

All of the sites listed here are free or offer free memberships/subscriptions. The information, books, lectures etc are usually free for you to download and use, but in some cases, copyright restrictions may apply so please make sure find out before redistributing. Some sites offer a list of material for sale AND a list of free resources. In such cases, I have tried to make sure to link to the directory of free goods. Let me emphasise that you should read all of the information provided by the developer on their website.

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Date:2007-09-20 09:55
Subject:Talk about commitment to one's fellow man...
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Book details billionaire's secret philanthropy

Wow.

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Date:2007-09-18 09:55
Subject:Shut up and DANCE!
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Sweet!

B.

James Brown gives a few dance tips

JAMES BROWN: Godfather of Dance

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