HDMI Audio in Mythbuntu

My adventure replacing my old Mythbuntu box with a new one continues. It’s been working for a while now, in terms of waking when it should, recording and replaying shows. Yesterday’s immediate concern was sound. The PC hooks to my TV via an HDMI cable. While both live TV and recordings viewed through MythTV worked …

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The Worst Blog of the Year

So this week haul out that old Andy Williams Christmas record and hum the following to the tune of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”   It’s the least creative blog of the year With the stereo blaring And everyone telling you “Christmas is here!” It’s the least creative blog of the year …

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Inside-Out: Happy 2015

Every winter break (for the past six years) our family creates a video to welcome the new year. This is no ordinary video. It requires days of discussion, planning, construction, shooting, and editing. Our videos never feature us (expect maybe a still-shot of the entire family towards the end) but are usually typographical in nature. There …

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Final “Preventative Controls” Rulemaking-Related Questions for Economically Motivated Adulteration Questions – MSU FFI Public Submission for the “Request for Comments”

How and where should FDA address Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) or Food Fraud? Regardless of the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) and US Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations, is there an underlying question of whether FDA has to address Food Fraud/EMA at all? Since there are many global Food Fraud activities it is a very …

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Gender trouble in the valley

This NYTimes article looks at the gender disparity in technology career success within the Stanford class of 1994. NYTimes: In the history of American higher education, it is hard to top the luck and timing of the Stanford class of 1994, whose members arrived on campus barely aware of what an email was, and yet …

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Quantum GDP

  “It’s been only half jokingly said that today a third of GDP is attributable to quantum mechanics,” — former Lockheed CEO Norm Augustine. I’ve heard the one third or 30% of GDP figure from time to time, but have never seen a detailed analysis. A list of modern technologies that arose from quantum mechanics …

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Scientists are not that smart

This article I am describing is more of an opinion piece than a scientific study, but I think it does cover some important points head-on for why non-scientist members of the general public may have false assumptions about scientists being smarter than non-scientists. I have had people tell me before that I must be really …

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Holiday Celebrations at M.A.C

As the students scatter home for the holiday break and campus empties I find myself curious about how the early MSU students celebrated the holidays. Because the university focused on agriculture, the summer semester was required and there was a longer break from mid-November to the end of February. Even though  there was a long …

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RStudio Git Support

 One of the assignments in the R Programming MOOC (offered by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera) requires the student to set up and utilize a (free) Git version control repository on GitHub. I use Git (on other sites) for other things, so I thought this would be no big deal. I created an account on …

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Ferguson, Framework, Teaching

When the grand jury in Ferguson handed down the decision to not prosecute Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot and ultimately killed Michael Brown, it set off reactions across the country-from protests and marches spanning from New York City to Oakland. Many teachers, professors, librarians, and educators have been wrestling with how to address some …

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Linking Economics and Climate Change

Joseph Stiglitz, former World Bank economist, member of the Council of Economic Advisers was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001, just months after the September 11th attack of the twin towers in NYC. The following are his concluding remarks in his acceptance speech (December 8, 2001).      I entered economics with the hope …

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Updating Adobe Flash

Within the past week, give or take, Firefox started blocking the Adobe Shockwave plugin from running in web pages, due to a security problem with it. I could (and did, when I trusted the site) override the warning, but in general bypassing security is a bad idea. Even when the site is trusted, you have …

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Beauty from the ocean: Time-lapse movement of corals and sponges and preserving victorian-era diatom arrangement

In this post, I will be sharing two articles that both relate to what could be considered works of art from the ocean involving small, unassuming creatures. Corals and sponges can have very interesting and eye-catching structures, but most people tend to think of them as static and unmoving. A PhD student from Australia named …

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Remembrance

For those that can read Chinese, the journal Remembrance is archived here. My father intended to take a sabbatical at Tsinghua University in Beijing when I was in grade school, but reconsidered it because of the craziness of the Cultural Revolution. I recall going with my mom and brother to get a passport photo taken …

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Digital Collections and Accessibility

[This is a crosspost from the Digital Scholarship Collaborative Sandbox blog from the MSU Libraries.  The original blog post can be read there.  Do visit the blog and read the other posts written by my colleagues as well.] Like many other academic libraries, our collection consists of not only print materials, but also electronic collections. Typical …

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#womendigging

On November 24th, Turkey’s president Erdogan declared that women are not equal to men. However, the specific statement that rung across the archaeological community was “You cannot tell them [women] to go out and dig the soil. This is against their delicate nature”. Archaeologists, both male and female, responded on Twitter almost immediately, starting the …

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Mythbuntu and USB WiFi

I’m in the (slow, painful) process of configuring a new PC to act as a video recorder. This post contains some notes on how I got it connected to my home WiFi network. First, a note to self/strong suggestion to others: before screwing with anything that is likely to cause reboots, go into Applications > …

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The Women’s Game: Global Perspectives

  Last Saturday’s 2015 Women’s World Cup draw in Ottawa briefly took the global media spotlight away from the men’s game. And from the players’ gender discrimination lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association for staging matches on artificial turf rather than natural grass. The prominence of the women’s game in the sport-media-industrial complex happens so rarely, and tends to be so fleeting, …

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