New Jersey Rock Collection

I was fortunate enough to have a scientist great uncle when I was a child and I am sure that he is at least partially responsible for my interest in science.  After one visit to his workshop and his teaching…

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Fossil Hunting

Rachel and I have taken up fossil collecting as a hobby and have made two trips to Bayfront Park together and I just went a third time on my own this afternoon. After having been searching by hand the past…

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  Lots more amazing image by the photographer on their flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robinhali/   Check them out! 00000

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Ancient growth

The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be around 1400 years old. Said to be the oldest…

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Game of Thrones - There is a good reason why "Thrones" is plural (possible spoilers)

There was a great post on reddit the other day forecasting the death of Bronn in the upcoming books due to his recent ascension in status. This got me thinking about the root of danger faced by various characters and…

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Government as a business - It should be run at a loss

I have been noticing over the past few years that there seems to be increasing talk about about the need for government to be run like a business. By and large those who want to see the government run like…

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Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Minecraft: Part 2 - Sheep

In my previous post in this ongoing series I outlined some of my plans regarding the growth and reproduction of grass through various changes to the dirt, grass, and tall grass blocks. Now lets think about animals. Animals are more…

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Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Minecraft: Post 1 - The Dirt/Grass Cycle

I have always had a strong interest in artificial intelligence, simulated life, simulated worlds, and video games. Unfortunately, I have never really had the patience to sit down and learn to program beyond the classic “Hello World” program in C++….

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Effects Of Chewing On Alertness, Attention, and Cognitive Processing Speed

I saw these two articles about an interesting effect I was completely unaware of. I figured some people might find it worthwhile to try out. These findings appear to indicate that the simple act of chewing has a positive effect…

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Monster Warlord: Dungeon Information

Level 166 as of 6/18/2013 add me @ 509 842 0904 Post your codes in the comments! I am sure that many of you, like myself, are waiting in eager anticipation for the Dungeon based update to Monster Warlord.  Earlier…

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You are not being effectively represented in Congress by your elected official - We need to increase our representatives to historically proportionate levels

You are not being effectively represented in Congress by your elected official. Even assuming a best case scenario in terms of integrity and effectiveness, no matter how hard your congressional representative there is simply no way. If we break down…

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Biology Based Diagnosis of Mental Illness - "Brain Disorders"

A few months ago I published a paper I had written back in graduate school about The Transition Toward More Biology Based Methodology of Diagnosis in Mental Health.  The gist of this paper was essentially that while we are not quite there yet…

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The Death Penalty - There Is Nothing Even Remotely Close To A Reasonable Argument In Favor Of The Death Penalty

    People are scary as hell. No, I am not talking about death row inmates. I am talking about you, the average everyday human.  Seriously, many of you people you people are mind-bogglingly scary. Today a discussion broke on…

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Google Glass and Attraction: How psychological science and new technology will transform the dating world

More and more news has been coming out about Google Glass over the past few weeks and it really looks like an impressive product.  I am sure there are a million different things that people are going to think of…

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Combining Technologies: Neuroscience - Real Time Single Cell Resolution Activity Mapping Of The Brain + Transparent Brains

Recently I came across an amazing article about new technology allowing for real time single cell resolution activity mapping of the brain: Whole-brain functional imaging at cellular resolution using light-sheet microscopy by Misha B Ahrens,Michael B Orger,Drew N Robson, Jennifer M…

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Monster Warlord - Fresh Spring Update - Patch Notes!

Level 164 as of 6/12/2013 add me @ 509 842 0904 Post your codes in the comments! The other day Gamevil put out a spring update.  Here is everything I have compiled so far about the update. As always, let…

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Any discussion about the minimum wage is surely going to include speculation about the impact increasing minimum wage would have on the economy. It is likely that at least one person is going to point out that only 1.7 million individuals, or…

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Monster Warlord - Monster Farming Guide

Level 166 as of 6/18/2013 add me @ 509 842 0904 Post your codes in the comments! Some more information compiled into one post for everyone. This time I focused on monster farming and the locations/monster rewards for all of…

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Monster Warlord: Magic Items Guide

Level 166 as of 6/18/2013 add me @ 509 842 0904 Post your codes in the comments! When you complete a quest you gain a certain % mastery of that quest, when you master a quest 100% you get a…

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Level 166 as of 6/18/2013 add me @ 509 842 0904 Post your codes in the comments!  Monster Warlord is an up and coming game published by GAMEVIL, grab it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamevil.monster.global Once you get set up come join us…

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