Recent Tweets for Fri August 14, 2009

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Thu Aug 13 11:30 PM
"All Washed Up", new photo in the Trash The Dress series. #photog #photoshop http://flic.kr/p/6Px1MC
Thu Aug 13 2:48 PM
RT @iotashan: queries in cfscript is as bad as doing queries in any other lang. cfquery will always be superior to Query() in ease of use
Thu Aug 13 2:47 PM
@Photocritic In digital imaging half the data is in highlights & can be recovered PDFs: http://bit.ly/1ReSZ http://bit.ly/11osFd
Thu Aug 13 12:31 PM
@stevei Great posing on Paige for the lying down, forward shot. Would have been nice to have some more crash to the waves. #TTD #Photog






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Recent Tweets for Fri July 10, 2009







Fri Jul 10 1:57 PM
Happy Friday! A few backlogged portraits updated. Lydia and Ms Asphyxia http://flic.kr/p/6DDjss http://flic.kr/p/6DDjt3 #photog
Fri Jul 10 12:59 PM
@remotesynth Nice, I didn't even know Cringely was still writing columns since he parted with PBS. I used to read them every week.
Fri Jul 10 12:41 PM
@chrisadragna This is old news since Labs was first published under Macromedia. Wiki was a canned app, and a better one in CF didn't exist
Fri Jul 10 12:38 PM
New Portrait: Twelve Feet (@tangon) #photog #photo http://flic.kr/p/6DBkmU (posting again for Left Coast peeps just waking up)
Fri Jul 10 12:05 PM
According to @klout, I'm influential to these peeps: @stevei @claymgarrett @styggiti @coldfusionPaul @ranarula. http://bit.ly/14VD7D
Fri Jul 10 11:45 AM
@photonconcepts Thanks for the #FF!
Fri Jul 10 10:51 AM
New Portrait: Twelve Feet (@tangon) #photog #photo http://flic.kr/p/6DBkmU
Fri Jul 10 9:54 AM
Oh no, Geocities is closing. Sniff. That was my first place on the web back in 1994. I'm gonna miss my blink tags.
Thu Jul 09 10:03 PM
According to @klout, I'm influenced by these peeps: @demirkapi @ryanstewart @cfjedimaster @reboog711 @jeffcrossphoto. http://bit.ly/14VD7D
Thu Jul 09 9:16 PM
If my brain were as big as @pfreitag's I would be serious danger of having my head explode into a million bits




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Science blog on cloning research at Harvard

Science Blog has a long blog posting today about Harvard's Stem Cell Institute and their initiative to begin human cloning or Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, including thoughts on the work, the history, and the controversy.

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The Long Road to Red Hat Certified Engineer

Linux Pocket GuideIn 1999 I purchased my first PC from a local trade show where small vendors built the PC according to a printed spec sheet where the consumer would check off components that would comprise the final product. It reminded me a lot of ordering sushi.

My friend Ken Sugino, a computational neuroscientist student at Brandeis University, encouraged me to install Linux on it. I had never heard very much of Linux back then, but since Ken and I ordered identical PCs, both lacking an operating system, he recommended we install Red Hat Linux 5. Thus began my fondness for the fine grained control over an operating system and its applications that I never before witnessed on any Windows 98 or Mac OS 7, 8, or 9 system.

I recall that the state of Linux was still pretty raw back then and out of the box support for new hardware was often lacking. For example, when Ken finished examining the motherboard spec sheet and tuned all the jumper switches to provide a custom hardware setup, we moved on to searching the web for a solution to overcome a problem where X would not start -- X is the windowing or graphical interface for Linux -- and soon we found an esoteric hack for the video card chipset settings that did the trick. Much of my early experience with Linux was like that. It was the Wild West of operating systems.

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IT Conversations Podcast: Interview with Jeremy Allaire on Video Distribution

As a fan of the high quality podcasts from IT Conversations, I was browsing for other podcasts not in the channels to which I already subscribe. I discovered a December 2005 podcast interview with Jeremy Allaire, the founder of Brightcove, although perhaps better known as the founder of Allaire Corporation and the flagship application server Cold Fusion (Yes, with a space in the name until the late 90's).

While checking my facts while preparing to blog this, I discovered two related podcasts from IT Conversations including another panel interview in 2005 on reinventing media, as well as a 2004 interview with David Orfao of General Catalyst, formerly CEO of Allaire Corportation. (Anecdotally, my introduction to David occurred when he surprised me at my desk one morning. By coincidence, I had dropped my badge at a convenience store near my residence, and David just happened to find it shortly after).

Now, about those podcasts:

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The Real Patriot's Day: Dawn Salute at Buttrick Hill in Concord

This morning I had the opportunity to attend the annual Remembrance Ceremony held on April 19th at Buttrick Hill in Concord, MA, adjacent to the North Bridge. The event heralds the arrival of Samual Prescott on horseback at the North Bridge to warn the hundreds of militia of the pending arrival of British troops from Boston on the morning of April 19, 1775, and the ensuing start of the Revolutionary War.

Its not often that I'm awake at 5am, but I was pleased to find the event well worth my effort. The ceremony lasted about 30 minutes from the cries of "Samuel Prescott" galloping across the bridge until then the end of the dawn salute with blazing muskets by the resident militia.

For some additional photos from another spectator, including some very nice photos of Dr. Prescott on horseback, see these.

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Science Podcasts from Science Friday, but wait, there's more!

This must be the year for science podcasts. Scientific American began publishing weekly podcasts of current news in science, and I've just learned that one of my old favorite radio programs is also available by podcast, Science Friday. The Science Friday podcasts are derived from the weekly science news hour and published as a single podcast of each topic discussed in that hour. I used to listen to Science Friday each week while working the lab, and I hope they consider publishing an archive of the most interesting interviews from way back. One of my favorites was an interview with Carl Sagan from 1996.

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Neuroscientist Eric Kandel on The Charlie Rose Show

Eric Kandel is a living legend in Neuroscience. A pioneer in the field and author of several of my textbooks on the subject. I recall the comments I used to get on the subway when lugging around his massive 1400 page text on Principles of Neural Science. That text is the Neuroscience bible, and I still have it sitting on my desk at this moment. I'm very excited to watch this video, but I'll have to wait until this weekend.

Set your Tivo to record today's repeat broadcast of this Charlie Rose episode on your local PBS station(s) or watch it online on Google video,

DR. ERIC KANDEL
Neurobiologist / Nobel Laureate
Columbia University / Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Author, "In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind"

Film of the day: Concord, MA by Matthew Grant

Turn Here: Short films, cool places
A short vignette of historic Concord, Massachusetts.

Hop a train to Concord and explore the nexus of the American Revolution and revolutionary philosophy.
By Matthew Grant and Andy Vermouth


I found this short film among the sites linking to my blog. A warm and friendly look at some of the characters of this town.

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Kurzweil Keynotes Bio-IT World; Interview in CIO Mag; Using Text-to-Speech

The Bio-IT World fifth annual Life Sciences Conference and Expo on Biotechnology and Bioinformatics is to be held in Boston the week of April 3, 2006 (which coincidentally happens to be at the same time and location as the Linux World Expo). The conference will begin with a keynote lecture "Reprogramming Biology" by Ray Kurzweil, one of my favorite technology luminaries whose ideas constantly fascinate and inspire me.

"Reprogramming Biology" is the title of noted inventor Ray Kurzweil's opening keynote address. Kurzweil will expound upon themes in his latest book, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, in which he predicts the next few decades will see the merging of human biology with the staggering achievements of "GNR" - genetics, nanotechnology and robotics - to create a species of extraordinarily high intelligence, comprehension, and memory.


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