“Mulholland Drive might be the only thing in Los Angeles that didn't start as a real-estate scam. When the road officially opened on December 27, 1924, it was a gesture of civic improvement, a highway meant to link the city with its pastoral outskirts. Naturally, people began to race around in cars up here soon after. And, of course, many of them were movie people, since Hollywood is just on the other side of the ridge. Before World War II, actors John Carradine and Gary Cooper came here together in their Duesenbergs.”
“THIS OCTOBER, the statistically savvy Boston Red Sox will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2004 World Series championship. The occasion was as close as statheads have come to a man-on-the-moon moment, one where the advances became clear for all to see: One small step for David Ortiz, one giant leap for Bill James.
The Red Sox have since won two more World Series. But the real sign of progress for sports analysts is the increasingly ambitious questions they are asking. From studies on pitch framing to attempts to measure clubhouse chemistry, topics once thought to be beyond the realm of analytics -- the Dark Matter referred to throughout this issue -- now seem within reach.”
and it gets better and better with graphs like the one on left (click to enlarge).
If you are a sports fan or a data geek, and especially if you both go out and beg, borrow, steal a copy of the issue I always look forward to.
Yes, there is a 3D movie coming out but this project by Top Con has been going on for a couple of years
“The archeological site will become a ‘laboratory of innovation.’” He said the first project objective would be “the creation of a 3D mapping system. Survey teams will recreate the site in a virtual form with great precision by overlaying images and laser scans to precisely measure the distance between each point, thus creating the old city in 3D imagery.”
This reality technology, he said, “will allow for visitors to see themselves in the original environment, as if they were Roman citizens of Pompeii before the devastating volcano explosion.”
Additionally, Benecon will “have a cultural database, which combines background information – historical, natural and chemical – to add to the wealth of information that presently exists about the city and its history.”
As the first archeological site in the world to use technology in this fashion, Di Federico said, “This project will be a top priority for Topcon and will include collaboration with Topcon technology groups in Livermore, California, Europe and Japan.”
Topcon’s three-year contract is with Benecon Consortium Society, a combination of four universities – Second University of Naples, University Federico II, University of Salerno and the University of Sannio.
Topcon equipment being used on the site includes the IP-S2 mobile mapping system, IS imaging station, NET-G3A reference station receivers, GR-5 receivers, Tesla controller for field applications, GLS-1500 laser scanners, antennas and software. The contract also allows for technical assistance and professional expertise provided by the company.
sorry could not resist but do not mean to belittle this amazing piece of technology which could revolutionize mobile communications
“Under Perlman’s pCell system, interference from the cells is not an issue. Instead of blasting out a dumb signal across a given area, Perlman and his team of researchers have developed a smart transmission system. Their networking equipment locates a device like a smartphone and uses complex mathematical operations to create a unique signal—hence the personal cell idea—just for that device. The upshot of this is that you can place the pCell transmitters anywhere and not worry about their signals bleeding into each other. And instead of sharing a signal, each person gets to tap into close to the full capacity of the transmitter. “We believe this is the largest increase in capacity in the history of wireless technology,” says Perlman. “It’s like the wireless equivalent of fiber-optic cables.”
To work properly, a company backing the pCell technology would need to build out a large data center in addition to deploying the transmitters. It’s in the data center where servers constantly crunch away on the algorithms that form the unique wireless stream aimed at each device. As people move about, the servers must keep recalculating and processing a new stream. Perlman expects that a single data center could satisfy the needs of a city like San Francisco.”
Google, an early convert to Puppet, uses its products to rapidly update the software running servers and employee PCs. So does music-streaming service Spotify. On servers or PCs, “it would have been impossible to grow and manage the Spotify infrastructure without a configuration management tool like Puppet,” says company engineer Johan Haals. GE Capital uses Chef to manage its servers and network switches, and chief engineer Justin Arbuckle says he can use it to distribute a new app across a network in a couple of hours. “In the past, it would have literally taken weeks and weeks,” he says.
Another in a 2014 guest column series which builds on the one in 2009 where 50+ had written about how science /tech has evolved their hobby/interest.
This time it is Katie Nittler, with a long career in technology business development and marketing. Here she describes her passion for “fusion” gardening design – English and California blend.
What can I say, I’m English; gardening is in my blood!
When I was young I lived in a cottage in the middle of my grandparents’ nursery garden in deepest Shropshire: rural England at its best. By the time I moved to California in 1998 I had designed and planted four gardens; my friends and family would bring cuttings when they came to visit and leave with them too. It was where I could create and learn at the same time – it was and still is a shared interest with multi generations of my family as well as my best friend, Gail.
Gail and I worked together at HP in the early 90s in marketing and while I continued in high tech, she went back to school to do landscape design.
Landscaping in California was a completely different experience as it was hard to reproduce the passion and collaboration that naturally exists in England. In 2000 we bought a new house in Walnut Creek with a sizeable plot of land that was an empty canvas for design. I worked with a local landscape designer to marry my knowledge with what California had to offer. Citrus was‘exotic’ to me, and my slow growing English roses and Wisteria grew at an amazing rate with the non-stop sunshine (and plenty of irrigation of course). Gail and my grandmother (now 92 and a compendium of plants) critiqued the plans when I carried them back to England and over the next ten years my garden grew.
Then it was time for a new challenge. We bought a house on an acre of land overlooking Mount Diablo; built in the 1960s the house (and property) had never been modernized. The first phase was the house remodeling and landscaping the front of the house – it followed a similar path to before with me hand carrying my designs to the UK for validation and ideas.
After ten years gardening in California, I was fairly self-sufficient but knew the rest of the project (the Back Forty) was a far bigger task.
Almost 2/3 an acre; a 9’ deep kidney shaped pool that was no longer heated; collapsing outbuildings; 60’ palm trees well past their prime and a division between the garden and field that I wanted to remove to create a more integrated space.
None of the local landscape designers understood what I was trying to achieve – you really needed to be English and have grown up walking through acres of gardens! I am really not sure any of them knew of Capability Brown , let alone Piet Oudolf (an amazing Dutch landscape designer if you are interested!).
Starting with the end in mind we created our wish list for the property: a modern pool; pool house and outbuildings; herb garden; sport court; larger vegetable garden. Somewhere along the way we added a bocce court, a fire-pit, vines and a fountain. I wanted to compliment the Spanish revival style of our remodeled house, which meant researching different planting styles.
Here is where technology has really changed how I work – the difference from ten years ago was the web. It has transformed how I have been able to drive this project. Ten years ago I did not even send emails to Gail, let alone share photographs and designs. I wanted my English landscaping friend to help me and while it was still important to walk the property the use of Skype and wireless on the property gave us instant access and Shutterfly albums of photos gave Gail the chance to review the property. Houzz has been a great resource for research into the style– I use it to identify what I liked, get input from my husband and Gail. I found that it is also a great way of communicating with our contractors – show them vs tell them!
Technology does not replace the fun of collaborating in person and Gail & I spent two separate weeks working and reiterating the planting plans – those garden designs have now been integrated into the formal CAD plans for the pool and out buildings.
The sport court, bocce and vegetable garden are also in overall plan. This is now the blue print to manage multiple contractors from.
It is important to me to be able to collaborate across the ‘pond’. Technology has allowed iterations and ideas on design to pass between California and England and gradually I have been achieving the vision for our property. The planting is still to come and resources on line allow for better visualization for that perfect color and shape.
It is still work in progress but 10 grape vines are planted along the Bocce Court, bare root English roses are waiting to be planted and there are fruit trees (including plenty of citrus!) already planted in the orchard.
And now to wait 5 years to really see it take shape!
It's too dangerous to study volcano emissions up close, so a Smithsonian volcanologist is re-creating volcanic pyroclastic flows in his indoor lab. He uses lasers to help study the flows' behavior in different circumstances.
Kids at the school, which launched a year and a half ago, aren't called students but "innovators." They receive a hardcore focus on STEM skills (that's science, technology, engineering and math). And they take six years to graduate instead of the traditional four; the extra two years means they walk away with an associate's degree on top of their high school diploma.
There's one more thing they take with them: a job. Every student at Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy graduates with a promise of a $40,000-plus opportunity at IBM, the school's corporate partner and a key developer of the curriculum.