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  • Blog Post: Kinect is fine for some uses, but could it be use for this one? (Muscular Dystrophy)

    What if you have a child that has Muscular Dystrophy which means that your child will eventually lose all muscle function, and if you guessed what happens when you lose all of your muscle functions, you guessed right. Over the years muscle tone is lost at varying speeds and the patient loses the capabilities...
  • Blog Post: The Great Conservation Principles, Dr. Feynman explains

      Quantum mechanics, gravity, game theory all in the first few seconds of the video.  In this video you learn about electricity and then delve deeper into the atom.   Again, Feynman shows a deep knowledge (after all he did win the Nobel Prize for simplification of the Space-Time View of...
  • Blog Post: The relation of Mathematics and Physics

    The second in the series about Math and Physics.  You want to design games, you got to do the math.  That’s the way it is. If you don’t want to sit in a seemingly boring physics class then you need to view this series of videos about Math and Physics.  Dr. Feynman is one of the best people...
  • Blog Post: Gravity: It’s the Law, Dr. Feynman explains why…

      It’s time to start the school year, and physics is on the mind of many people. Here are the BBC televised lectures by Dr. Feynman.  This is the start of awesome start of a great lecture series. If you want to view a real reality show, this is the one.  Dr. Feynman is funny and engaging...
  • Blog Post: Computer Archeology: The Smiley, where did it come from?

    The Smiley, where did it come from?  Here is the first instance of the Smiley: 401298269,0,0 19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-) From: Scott E Fahlman <Fahlman at Cmu-20c> I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Compelling demonstration

    Email thread with my favorite manager today, we can’t agree if F# can make a compelling demo for an online talk. His criticism is correct, but I am sure I can do a compelling demo, unfortunately my favorite manager is often right, otherwise he is wrong. However, he has some experience he did a bunch...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight games: Review of tutorials for Silverlight games

    There is a fantastic tutorial out Anatomy of a Silverlight Game: Avoid Common Mistakes When Building Online Games , which is as up to date as you can find on the web. I have been going over a few of the tutorials and this is the best one I have encountered. Bill Reiss writes a good tutorial but it is...
  • Blog Post: WTF#: Curriculum for F# part 1, thinking about curriculum for CS

    No picture today, the Community server didn’t want to host it. What the F#, umm, does that work? Oh well, I’ll stick with it for awhile. After all blogs like this are not broadly read, so I figure I can talk about anything I want to. Ok, on to curriculum and pedagogical discussions: So what should a...
  • Blog Post: Checking out the Microsoft Speech Server

    This blog has been moved to the following blog. Why? I decided that I want to reactivate my Software Engineering Blog and this is fitting. If you came here from DevSchool, I will make changes on that blog as well... http://blogs.msdn.com/socal-sam/archive/2009/01/30/checking-out-the-microsoft-speech...
  • Blog Post: F# variables or a return to BASIC?

    In the example I used in the past post utilized the "let" command and it didn't have any data type, what's up with that? Oh it gets worse, the identifier (not variable) are immutable. That is the memory location of the identifier cannot be modified. To create an mutable identifier you have to declare...
  • Blog Post: Looking at the code inside of our trial code...

    Hopefully you gave the code from Friday a try, Popfly should be used for that type of code, since there is that banner that advises people to not input their password, etc. Now that you have run your tests, make sure to change your site or remove it. Using Visual Studio 2008 Web Developer Express (let...
  • Blog Post: Yippee, Popfly Web page will support Instant Messaging

    I just tested the IM capabilities of the Popfly server, and it works! Slowly, you have a delay of a few seconds when the messages are sent and received. But to do our tests of the Sensor Touch, we can live with that. Remember this is a test of concept, not the final product. The best research product...
  • Blog Post: Somewhere to show you how to get started creating your Sensor Touch

    It can be difficult to get started, and fortunately there is a web page that you can use to start experimenting with an accessible web page. You will have to use the View Source to check out the code, on IE7 you would use the Page button and then select the "View Source" you will see the HTML. It is...
  • Blog Post: Sensor touch: Fun in reaching out

    There have been a bunch of movies and even more stories where the bad guys or good guys are able to interact physically at a distance. Usually there is violence involved, but what kind of fun can we have? Well I am assuming that everyone who wants to take apart their Xbox controller to use it in our...
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