28
May
2008

What is an F/Stop?

Ever wonder what an f/stop is, well http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number has a great explanation. This is essentially a way to express how wide open a lense is in a camera. It is a pretty simple idea. An F-number or F-stop or aperture setting of F/1 means that for a 77mm lense (as on my big Canon lenses), […]

28
May
2008

Font common to Mac and Windows

“Ampsoft”:http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html explains what “browser safe fonts” are available. These are fonts that are both on Windows and the “Macintosh”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fonts_in_Mac_OS_X. “Codestyle.org”:http://www.codestyle.org/css/font-family/sampler-CombinedResults.shtml has a study of what fonts are available on how many computers. Also, if you love typography, check out “Typowiki”:http://typophile.com/typowiki. You can also be a little more aggressive and assume that Microsoft Office is installed […]

23
May
2008

Wikka Wiki

OK, we’ve finally got a good use for a wiki. As we are rolling out a new office, it is a great place to put construction and other documents. So off to find one. “Bluehost.com”:http://bluehost.com has Wikka Wiki as their top choice. Seems simple enough. SQL based. Not as complicated as MediaWiki which is what […]

12
May
2008

Instant PhD in biotech

Ok, so here is a primer, also known as PhD in a blog entry: Plasmid – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A plasmid is an extra-chromosomal DNA molecule separate from the chromosomal DNA which is capable of replicating independently of the chromosomal DNA.[1] In many cases, it is circular and double-stranded. Plasmids usually occur naturally in […]

11
May
2008

Stryker Mobile Gun System

!http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/00/IAVFiringCanon.jpg/250px-IAVFiringCanon.jpg! Watched a “Future Weapons”:http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/future-weapons/future-weapons.html with the kids and some great footage on the new “Stryker”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stryker. There are lots of variants and “M1128 Styker Mobile Gun System”:http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/iav-mgs.htm !>http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/images/stryker-icon-mgs.jpg! This is one big gun on one small platform.

27
April
2008

Wikka Wiki Tips

Starting to use Wiki’s and startting with Wikka Wiki. Don’t know if this is the right one, but “Bluehost.com”:http://bluehost.com has it as the first option. They don’t have mediawiki which is what Wikipedia uses. This one is OK except that it by default let’s anyone register and add content. Here is how to turn that […]

24
April
2008

Yael Naim

“Yael”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yael_Naim is a great example of how a commercial can make a success. Her song New Soul was picked by Steve Jobs for the introductory Mac Book Air commercial and on the strength of digital sales, she became the first Israeli singer to be an American top 10. Cool!

23
April
2008

The Forbidden Kingdom (aka the Monkey King retold)

_Sorry for the strange post yesterday, WordPress configuration error in wp_config.php_ “The Forbidden Kingdom”:http://imdb.com/title/tt0865556/ (功夫之王 gong1 fu1 zhi1 wang2 or Kung Fu’s King) is now showing. Its a rip off of the Monkey King (“孙悟空”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Wukong sun2 wu3 kong4) from Journey to the West (“西游记”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journey_to_the_West xi1 you2 ji4,lit. western travel story). Made me really nostalgic for […]

16
April
2008

Rich T the Science Guy

Well, love learning new things and there is nothing like learning about genes and things: * “GLP Tox”:google. This is short form for “Good Laboratory Practice”:http://www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/bimo/glp/qna.htm that the FDA has where you basically study if sometime is toxic iin animal models * “Signal Peptide”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal_peptide is a short sequence that moves a protein into the right […]

09
April
2008

Rainy Maui

What to do on a “rainy”:http://www.hawaiiweathertoday.com/?page_id=20 day in Maui, well thank goodness for the Internet: “Hawaii Show Time”:http://www.hawaiishowtime.com/Movies/index.asp?Isle=2. 10,000 BC looks good as does Nim’s Island. 1:30 and 1:45 shows or Horton hears a Who at 3:45, but the wind is picking up and “Beaufort scale”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaufort_scale#The_modern_scale is 4-5. Snorkeling is lousy with the rain.

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