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New Blog

March 17, 2011

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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 […]

The Sound of One Hand Washing

October 6, 2010

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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 […]

Making Rotarium

September 7, 2010

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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 […]

Kodachrome

August 29, 2010

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Despite Paul Simon’s strenuous objections, Eastman Kodak discontinued production of its famous Kodachrome color film last year.  The decline of older films like Kodachrome is due, in large part, to the widespread adoption of digital photography.  As I learn the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering, I hope to take frequent breaks to examine how […]

Rotarium

August 14, 2010

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Here’s my video!  It’s far from flawless, but I’ve decided to stick a fork in it.  Thank you to all who gave me some excellent constructive criticism.  I’ll be sure to apply it to my next video! Alright, let’s talk about toilets… … and tornadoes.  My dad, Stanley Schleifer, happens to be the chair of […]

On “Becoming Human” – Part 1

January 26, 2010

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Part three of the Throwing Spear Saga is still coming.  I promise.  But … on Sunday I watched part one of the Nova documentary “Becoming Human“.  Part one was entitled “First Steps” and it seems to tie very neatly into my own speculations from the Ancient Computing Revolution post. The main question that “First Steps” […]

Cartesian Divers

January 20, 2010

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This post is for everyone who might want to play with Cartesian divers, but especially for the Fast Track kids from Arisia 2010.  For a hands-on science session this year, I showed some of the kids how to make Cartesian divers, but the materials we used made it difficult to do it with so many […]