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27 Mar 2015: hings in a Bowl is probably Lincoln, a new Pasadena brunch restaurant up by the Altadena border, which can sometimes seem as if it has as many varieties of Things in a Bowl as Baskin-Robbins has of ice cream. There is the breakfast bowl, which has the beans, sausage, runny egg, toast and tomato of a proper English fry-up but with baby kale and a lot more herbs. There is the farro bowl, which includes dabs of peppery romesco sauce and a handful of spiced chickpeas along with the grains and greens. There is a spicy shrimp bowl, a more lettuce-intensive breakfast salad, and a bowl of huevos rancheros that may be spicy and vaguely cheesy but otherwise has all the characteristics of a bowl.

  • When you eat Things in a Bowl at Lincoln, you feel happy and well-served by life, almost content enough to forget about the pumpkin cake, butter-oozing bostock and fruit tarts for which chef-owner Christine Moore and her baker, Cecilia Leung, from Little Flower a few miles down the road, are justly known.
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all of the desktop version links have been updated to ostensibly unlimited file sharing sites. The web player has also been rehosted, so hopefully everything works fine now!

Mar 27, 15

26 Mar 2015: Bowled over by black-and-white footage of the 1968 event, contemporary composer-performers Ben Neill and Mikel Rouse have constructed a demo of their own: a multimedia electronic opera based on the work of Engelbart, who died in 2013 at age 88. Aptly titled "The Demo," the opera will have its world premiere next Wednesday, April 1, at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall.

  • The 90-minute performance incorporates original film, electronic music, computer-generated art and vocals. Both composers also perform, with Rouse taking the role of Engelbart and Neill playing Bill English, Engelbart's SRI colleague who actually built the first mouse.
  • Rouse, who also sings, wrote the libretto, using phrases from Engelbart's demo as opera supertitles, among them 2C ORANGES, 2D APPLES, 3 NEWS, 4 LETTUCE, 
  • "Singers' entrances happen as the text comes on screen," explained Rouse in a recent phone interview. "When the text comes up and you hear it sung, it looks like magic. You can't figure out how they're doing this live."

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Mar 27, 15

In the 1880s, telephones spread to cities across Wisconsin. Initial forays into telephony followed the example of Galpin and Valentine. In Madison, the novelty stretched across the Isthmus. Doctors, lawyers, bankers, pharmasists, and store keepers, all interested themselves in the new means of communication. Foresighted men, regardless of occupation, also acquired the phone. Common lines allowed the prominent men of a community to share information and create virtual public spaces.

Mar 26, 15

Come celebrate the visionary and enduring institutions that the Brown CS family has built together over a half-century. In place of our traditional Saturday reunion, this year we honor three golden anniversaries: fifty years of the UTA program, undergraduate involvement in research, and Andy van Dam at Brown. The evening will feature a historical overview of CS at Brown, three panels of alumni telling personal anecdotes, remarks from President Christina Paxson, food, drink, and the chance for old friends and new to step up to the microphone and share additional stories. Please join us on Friday, May 22, for these special semicentennial festivities!

  • Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4 PM in MacMillan Hall
    • 4-6 PM  Formal Program

      • History of Brown CS (Tom Doeppner)
      • Gen X Panel (Ed Lazowska and panelists)
      • Gen Y Panel (Norm Meyrowitz and panelists)
      • Gen Z Panel (Janete Perez and panelists)
      • CS at Brown (President Christina Paxson)
      • Andy responds

      6-8 PM  Open Microphone

Mar 26, 15

10 Jun 2014: The Mothership landed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2011 after Kevin Strait, project historian for the museum, acquired it to anchor the museum’s inaugural “Musical Crossroads” exhibition. Under the direction of Bernie Walden, a former stage and lighting designer for Parliament-Funkadelic, the Mothership was recently reassembled and videotaped in all of its galactic glory. 

Mar 26, 15

WEIGHT: Particle weights vary according to their properties. The dark matter, top quark and W boson, for example, are the heaviest, as they are stuffed with polished aquarium gravel. The massless bosons are the lightest—they are stuffed with polyester stuffing. The muon, a middleweight (very loosely speaking), is stuffed with poly pellets. I tried to make the tachyon completely massless but I'm still waiting for him to return from the past (future?) to find out if it worked.

Mar 26, 15

25 Mar 2015: In addition to paying tribute to the impact of the Engelbart demonstration, the current “Demo” reflects a parallel posed by the original: the search for an audience. Dr. Engelbart had been developing his ideas for more than half a decade when Robert Taylor, at the time the director of the Information Processing Techniques Office at the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (now known as Darpa) encouraged him to show his research to the public.

Mar 25, 15

24 Mar 2015: It must be terribly dizzying to be on the never ending cycle of a human hamster wheel but boy does this guy make it look fun. In fact, it looks like he's moving inside his very own roller coaster. Or at the very least, it looks like he has combined every fun thing on a playground in one fun ride. [aka German wheel]

Mar 25, 15

running on a phone held in a person’s hand. However, creating these professional-looking images, for editorial or marketing purposes, can be a little time consuming and more difficult than need be.

  • We’re all familiar with seeing photos of a mobile app running on a phone held in a person’s hand. However, creating these professional-looking images, for editorial or marketing purposes, can be a little time consuming and more difficult than need be.
  • You either literally have to take a photo, which requires some decent photography skills, or you typically create a similar composition using an image editing app like Photoshop.


    Enter: Scenery, a new Mac app from Unsigned Integer, the makers of presentation software Deckset, that aims to make the process a cinch.

  • The Scenery app employs a rather cunning (and familiar) revenue model. It is free to download and comes with 3 free templates. If you need more, such as additional devices or backgrounds, these can be bought via in-app purchases, starting at $15.
Mar 25, 15

ens of authentic scenes and all the latest devices to instantly create mockups for your presentations or marketing.

  • Finally you have access to a premium collection of device photography. Neutral shots of actual devices that enable you to communicate your app, no matter your audience.
  • Save hours of retouching.
 No Photoshop needed: Just drop your screenshot and see your designs on iPhones, iPads, Android phones and tablets, laptops and desktop computers.
Mar 24, 15

Jan 1998: As the first of this evening's presenters it is my duty to provide a few words by way of an introduction to this seminar. There will be three presentations, each of which will last no longer than twenty minutes. This should give us at least half an hour for (hopefully) lively discussion. Together we do not intend to cover everything which might be said about the electronic text and each of our presentations, although planned in general, will be particular to the interests of the presenting individual. Undoubtedly there will be some overlap in subject matter covered and hopefully such overlap will reveal divergent views. Generally, we have divided the presentations into the past, present and future. For my part I will deal with the very brief history of the electronic text. I will attempt to pin down more accurately what is meant by an electronic text and its place in the history of the book. During the discussion period I would welcome any comparisons which strike you between the development of the electronic text and the developments which led from scroll to codex, manuscript to print.

Mar 23, 15

23 Mar 2015: It’s been three and a half years since Dewey Dufresne (a.k.a., Wylie’s papa) introduced his Byggybeef braised short-rib sandwich at the Feast of San Gennaro. The Byggybeef (you can refresh your memory of it here) was a hit, and its San Gennaro debut was supposed to be a mere prelude to the brick-and-mortar sandwich shop that would soon follow. Well, folks, the timing was a little off. But that is the topsy-turvy New York restaurant world for you. On the plus side, the delay has afforded Dufresne the opportunity to reflect upon sandwiches and dutifully scribble down notes regarding his thoughts on bread, condiments, and construction on whatever napkin or scrap of paper happened to be nearby. To bring you up to speed, here’s a refresher, and a briefing on what to expect when the 20-seat shop opens for real on Clinton Street across from the late, great wd~50 next month (we hope!).

  • 1. Before he became better known as Wylie’s dad, Dewey Dufresne was a big-time restaurant man in 1970s Providence, Rhode Island, where he ran two seminal restaurants — a sandwich shop called Joe’s Old Abandoned Grocery Store that allowed customers to shuffle along a cafeteria-style line and build their own sandwiches, and what might have been Providence’s first locavore joint, Joe’s upstairs, where Al Forno’s George Germon and Johanne Killeen, among other talented chefs, cooked.

  • Having a cutting-edge chef for a son with an in at the modernist-cooking-supply shop has its advantages. The puck of short-rib meat in the Byggybeef sandwich, for instance, is kept super juicy and held together with transglutaminase (meat glue); likewise, Dewey will fashion an organic turkey loaf from breast and thigh meat with this sticky stuff.
  • A few more mouth-waterers include the Tuna SOF (a south-of-France-styled pan bagnat on Chinese sesame bread from the nearby Prosperity Dumpling shop), the Knockout (all-beef knockwurst given the reuben treatment), and the Awfullota (like a muffuletta times 10).

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Mar 23, 15

23 Mar 2015: Square is expanding its Cash product to allow businesses to accept payments. In addition, Square is announcing a new identity system called Cashtags (technically $Cashtags) that allows people to claim a unique address that can be used by anyone to send cash directly.

  • Businesses can accept Square Cash payments of any amount with no monthly limit. Personal users are still limited to $250 per transaction and $2,500 per week. This, Grassadonia explains, is largely due to the low-friction nature of Cash. They require more information from an individual user before they let them send more — businesses must provide this info including a name, birth date and last four digits of a Social Security number right off the bat.


  • Businesses are also the first to be charged for the privilege of using Cash — a flat 1.5% fee is taken from each transaction. Personal users are still not charged a fee.
  • These are unique IDs that anyone can claim at, a new website for Square Cash. At first glance, this seems like a vanity URL, and it is.$Panzer is a profile page, for instance, that lets people see me and make payments directly. But it’s more than a vanity thing — and when you see it…

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Mar 23, 15

10 Mar 2015: This is impressive writing; in the guise of writing yet another restaurant recipe book. Hamilton has written an intelligent and sympathetic response to Kitchen Confidential, a delightful portrait of a chef masquerading as a cookbook. This looks like a collection of recipes, but the recipes are written (and the book designed) not as if they’re adapted for the home cook, but instead as if they’re odd sheets of instructions to be handed to new line cooks. There are lots of canny and charming words of warning and advice – including several mentions of shortcuts that we wouldn’t take if we were “a real restaurant.”

  • There’s an entire chapter on garbage: how to use up food that even professional kitchens would throw away. (Example: sardine heads and bones: season, deep fry, and send ’em out to guests who are chefs, line cooks, or other professionals who’ll understand. These are not to be wasted on mere VIPs.)
Mar 23, 15

12 Mar 2015: This walkthrough is a detailed narration of what we see in Apple's Watch Craftsmanship videos. Of course, we only get to see a mere fraction of the process; I've tried to provide plausible explanations for the likely steps taking place between the processes shown on film, but these are assumptions and are included only to provide a more satisfying and complete narration.
How Apple Makes the Watch

It's hard to comprehend how far ahead Apple is when it comes to manufacturing at scale.

Mar 23, 15

17 Oct 2011: Andrew Stanton, the director of “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E,” faces the complications of live action.

  • Stanton’s colleagues were startled when he embarked on a live-action film about adults for Pixar’s parent company, Walt Disney Studios. “John Carter,” which opens in March, is based on the John Carter of Mars novels, which Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote nearly a century ago. Stanton hoped his adaptation would have the mythic sweep and zoological fizz of “Star Wars,” the action and humor of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and the grandeur of “Lawrence of Arabia.” But he had trouble explaining to his friends—and even to his wife—why he was drawn to the material, and they worried that Stanton, who is forty-five, was having a midlife crisis, an aberrant fling with a two-hundred-and-fifty-million-dollar trophy film.
  • Still, he said, “This is what I wanted—after two decades in animation, I was spontaneity-starved.” And he couldn’t resist adding, “We came on this movie so intimidated: ‘Wow, we’re at the adult table!’ Three months in, I said to my producers, ‘Is it just me, or do we actually know how to do this better than live-action crews do?’ The crew were shocked that they couldn’t overwhelm me, but at Pixar I got used to having to think about everyone else’s problems months before all their pieces would come together, and I learned that I’m just better at communicating and distilling than other people.”

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