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    Solvay Conference 1911

    Mark Bernstein: Going To Conferences

    Bernstein illustrates his argument by describing the photo below, which brought to my attention that so many these famous scientists were contemporaries.

    There’s a picture in the lobby of the Hotel Metropole in Brussels of the attendees at the first Solvay conference in 1911. Madame Curie is sitting next to Henri Poincaré; they’re both examining a paper and it’s more interesting than the group photo. Behind them, a shockingly young Al Einstein is paying more attention to the photographer. Nernst is there, and Rutherford, Lorentz, Planck, de Broglie, Brillouin, Langevin...

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    Dark Sky - how it works

    This post is a fascinating description of the design of Dark Sky.
    I enjoyed the way the development team used a combination of open source tools, publicly available radar data and some clever numerical analysis rendered into a form that allows the iPhone's GPU to be employed. Great read.

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    Leaving Octopress

    After some months of not posting due in part to the limitations of Octopress, I have changed buses again. The site is now being built with Rapidweaver and uses the Rapidblog plugin to synch with a blogger account. This allow posting from the Blogger web interface and from IOS blogging apps like Blogsy.

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    Models for decision making

    I like this introduction to decision making techniques at Creative Market.

    "Some decisions appear to be relatively straight forward until you take a step back and look at the entire picture with a fresh perspective. You may notice that there are a variety of factors that actually impact a choice or decision that you did not notice before."

    The post also features a nice mind map example from Learning Fundamentals focused on personal actions for reducing climate change impacts.

    I find the iPad an ideal tool for mind mapping especially with the power of iThoughtsHD.

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    Remote posting

    This is my first post from my iPad using Diet Coda to edit the Octopress post.

    I have now converted the blog from Wordpress and built a workflow for posting from the iPad.

    Not happy worth the load speed of the header so that will probably go, otherwise I really like the simple template that octopress provides.

    One of the challenges looks to be efficient syncing of the locally generated site up to my web host, I am using a Transmit synch but it takes about 15 minutes even if only one page has changed.

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