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New Blog

March 17, 2011


I have come to a decision.  I love the concept and the subject matter of The Grok Project.  Despite that fact, writing this blog is simply not what I’m motivated to do at this time in my life.  And now I have a new concept!  One about which I am passionate and which will, I […]

Ian on TV!

January 5, 2011


Remember when I posted Rotarium? ( Well, that was inspired by a visit to the lab where I work by Neil deGrasse Tyson!  They shot a segment at the lab about artificial gravity to appear on NOVA ScienceNOW.  They took a lot of video of me operating the rotating room, so chances are you can […]

SPACING OUT: Eat, Grok, & Be Nerdy!

December 30, 2010


Greetings all!  I know, I know.  I fail at blogging.  But the status of the Grok Project has not changed.  Expect to see sporadic posting … when you least expect it! In the meantime, some of you may be able to experience The Grok Project LIVE!  It’s another party at Arisia!  Last year’s was so […]

I Need Help from Hit Girl and Big Daddy!

October 8, 2010


    Er … I mean … “I’m going on vacation!”  For a week, to be precise. I plan to return with some new material for the Grok Project, but most of the time I’ll be hiding in the mountains.  I’ll tell you all about it (and show photos) when I get back! Thanks for […]

The Sound of One Hand Washing

October 6, 2010


Throughout history, people with disabilities have faced unique challenges which often call for technological solutions.  This is the start of a series of posts intended to explore those challenges as well as the past and present science and technology used to address them.  To do my best at grokking these issues, I’ll be performing a […]

Find the 6.002 posts annoying?

September 16, 2010


I’ve been worried that many Grok Project readers will find the ongoing posts about my progress taking the OpenCourseWare Circuits and Electronics (6.002) class to be uninteresting and annoying.  I figure some people will want to follow that closely, but many (i.e. most) will not.  So I’ve finally begun using the WordPress categories feature! If […]

Making Rotarium

September 7, 2010


Making Rotarium wasn’t easy because I’d never done anything like it before.  I made it with a free software package called Blender.  It has the kind of user interface that baffles and overwhelms until something clicks in the user’s mind.  Then it all makes sense. I could try to tell you all about how to […]