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Ignite video on Advanced Co-Housing Techniques

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Ego, Seattle on June 26th, 2011 by leodirac – 1 Comment

My Ignite talk from April on Advanced Co-Housing Techniques has been posted.  This is my best 5-minute summary on the joys of living with friends, and some techniques for making it work.  For some deeper thoughts than what I could fit into those 5 minutes, check out the community section here.

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Real-time Web Development in Python with Hookbox

Posted in Ego, Geek, Python on February 15th, 2011 by leodirac – Comments Off on Real-time Web Development in Python with Hookbox

Tonight I’m giving a guest lecture for a class on web development in Python.  I’m talking about building real-time web sites using Hookbox.  It draws on my experience building the software version of the Groovik’s cube. Here are the slides from the lecture: Here are the slides from the talk. I start out talking about […]

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Advanced Co-Housing Techniques

Posted in Co-housing, Community, Ego, Seattle on February 9th, 2011 by leodirac – 7 Comments

Here’s my presentation for Ignite Seattle 13.  It’s lessons from the trenches of living in a large group house. Or you can watch the original presentation on video. The topics I touch on are: Raising kids in a group house Choosing your housemates How to deal with somebody needing to sell their share of a […]

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How training in Physics is relevant to work at Google

Posted in Ego, Google, Physics, Science, Tech Industry on April 17th, 2010 by leodirac – Comments Off on How training in Physics is relevant to work at Google

As promised, I gave a talk at the Pacific Northwest Association of College Physicists conference today.  The topic was Physics at Google, or more specifically, “How a background in physics helps to solve Google’s engineering challenges.  Real-world examples of how making the world’s information accessible and useful leans on the principals of physics.”  My slides […]

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Speaking at PNACP Spring Conference

Posted in Education, Ego, Google, Physics on March 29th, 2010 by leodirac – 1 Comment

I’ve been invited to give a talk at the Spring meeting of the Pacific Northwest Association for College Physics.  The theme of the conference is “The Unknown Physicist.”  Along those lines I will be giving a talk about Physics at Google, and how a background in physics helps to solve Google’s engineering challenges.  I’ll give […]

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2009: A Year of Commitments

Posted in Community, Economics, Ego, Personal Growth on December 17th, 2009 by leodirac – 1 Comment

As the year wraps up, I’d like to share some of the major events that have happened in my life recently. Many of my readers will be well aware of these events, but I recognize that personal news travels through a variety of channels, and all of those channels are unreliable. (I’ll save the diatribe on why Facebook is a horrible way to keep up with friends for another day.) For readers who are looking for insightful analysis of technology, my apologies. Note the “ego” tag. This is a personal update but does contain a little insight into real-estate finance….

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Alarm Clocks, Geeks, Hippies and the Robot Revolution

Posted in Ego, Humor, Transhuman Morality, Transhumanism on May 27th, 2009 by leodirac – 1 Comment

I’m at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco today. It’s wonderful seeing my company doing great things for the world. Enabling people to build universally accessible applications that help people solve difficult problems together. It gets us closer to the ultimate solution. I’m also giving an Ignite talk. I wanted to make it something of a motivational speech. Encourage people to think about their own roles in helping bring about the robot revolution. I also wanted an excuse to share some of my thoughts on how to build an alarm bed. I’ll post my slides after the conference, or…

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The Strangest Man in my family

Posted in Ego, Physics on February 8th, 2009 by leodirac – Comments Off on The Strangest Man in my family

A new biography of my grandfather has just been published called “The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius .” I’m quite excited about it for a number of reasons I’ll describe below. The summary of the book on the publisher’s site is great: The first full biography of Paul Dirac, the greatest British physicist since Newton – and one of the strangest geniuses of the twentieth century, who may have suffered from autism. Paul Dirac was a pioneer of quantum mechanics and was regarded as an equal by Albert Einstein. He predicted, purely from what he…

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Rhapsody Profiles FTW!

Posted in Democratization of Information, Ego, Geek, Music, Social Computing on January 4th, 2009 by leodirac – 2 Comments

Excuse my newbie exuberance, but OMG finally launched profile pages!!! They’ve been up for a while now, which makes me think they’re for real this time. A couple of you might remember that this feature was live for something like a week in early 2007. But it was very slow and didn’t live long. Sniff. I worked hard to make this feature possible when I was working at Real. The fact that I couldn’t get it re-launched was a big motivator for me to move on to greener pastures. I saw making Rhapsody social as an important evolution of…

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LHC blue-screens the world

Posted in Ego, Humor, Philosophy, Physics, Science, Transhumanism on September 9th, 2008 by leodirac – 3 Comments

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for quite a while, and I figured tonight might be my last chance. Plenty of people have been worrying about how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) could destroy the planet by creating small black-holes that might suck in the entire earth. As the good folks at CERN re-assure us, everything is fine. I pretty much believe this. That is to say, I’m pretty sure LHC will not destroy all life as we know it. Pretty sure. Otherwise, we’ve all got a few more hours to live. So long as my buddy Stephen Hawking’s…

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