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September 22, 2013

Let us now praise the late Thomas E. Hutchinson, who invented ERICA

Long Washington Post obituary by Matt Schudel short: Hutchinson — who died at 77 on September 2 — "...applied several scientific disciplines to his new project. He brought together physiology, optics, computer science and biomedical engineering and, by 1984, had invented and patented what he called eye-gaze technology."

"His Eye-gaze Response Interface Computer Aid — ERICA, for short — uses infrared light to track the movement of a person's eyes across a computer screen. The changing focus of the eyes causes the computer's cursor to move to different keys or visual images, allowing people to communicate like anyone else with a computer. They can type on a keyboard, change heating and air-conditioning controls and surf the Internet."

"'Eyes had never been used before as an output device for a machine, but I knew the eyes would be key to the solution,' Dr. Hutchinson said in 1999. 'Eyes are the most robust muscle in the human body, the last to die.'"

An enormous breakthrough, on par with the coming (less than ten years away) restoration of spinal cord function to quadriplegics and paraplegics.

The lame and the halt shall rise up and walk and what a great day that will be.

I have long believed (since I was a teenager) that anything that can be imagined is possible.

Nothing over the past 50 years has given me any reason to change my mind — in fact, I've doubled down on my point of view.

September 22, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Grip Coasters


Good idea.

From the website:


Brightly colored 3"-diameter Grip Coasters serve as both coasters and drink markers.

They protect surfaces from condensation formed on bottles, glasses and cans.

The six bold colors will help identify whose drink is whose at your next get-together.

They're smartly designed to fit most cans, bottles, stemware bases, and straight-sided glasses.

Dishwasher-safe silicone.


Set of 6: $7.99.

September 22, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

How to Cite a Tweet in Academic Papers

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Remember when Wikipedia wasn't considered a valid reference source?

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With the rapid rise of MOOC and the concomitant ongoing crash-and-burn of traditional academia, it won't be long before footnotes and references that originally appeared on Twitter become part of the Academy.

Fair warning, dead-enders.

That tenure seat is getting increasingly shaky.

Think they can't take it away just because it says "for life?"

Are your eyes closed?

'Cause you must be dreaming.

Goalposts get moved every day.

Wake up and smell the coffee.

And while you're at it, update that resumè and get a website and put your CV up there — it'll be a good first destination when you're searching for your next position.

[via Edudemic]

September 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Hansgrohe Axor Starck Organic Two-Handle Single-Hole Faucet


From Men's Journal: "There's more to the Hansgrohe Axor Starck Organic 2-Handle Single-Hole Faucet than its museum-grade good looks. 'The shape comes from the tight line of the human body,' says designer Philippe Starck. Its best water-conserving feature: You can turn the knob up top, wait 15 to 20 seconds, and twist the tap for a preheated flow."


September 22, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Catme 13/Glass Effect 77 — Google Glass Ban Signs


A change of pace.

From Stop The Cyborgs: "You can download the images (above and below) free for non-commercial use and free for use in blogs or news articles. Click here to download signs in PDF format. Put them up to ban people from wearing Google Glass and other wearable surveillance devices to help protect your privacy."






September 22, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Make Your Own Bubble Gum Kit


What took so long?


From The Green Head:


"This fun kit includes everything you need to make your very own giant wad of juicy bubble gum, and even lets you experiment with your own crazy flavors, colorings, and shapes."



September 22, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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