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A quantum apple a day keeps the computer virus away

The quantum future of TV may be no further away than your nearest inkjet printer. Researchers have demonstrated the use of inkjet technology in the printing of quantum dots, which are useful in high-resolution displays.  Quantum dots are very small semiconducting structures that emit light of a specific color, with the exact color dependent on the size of the dot. Large numbers of dots of different sizes are then combined to create a full-color display, and with these displays come quantum apples and anything else we can imagine. Now if I could only eat that apple.

For more information on printing quantum dots see High-Resolution Printing of Quantum Dots For Vibrant, Inexpensive Displays and High-Resolution Patterns of Quantum Dots Formed by Electrohydrodynamic Jet Printing for Light-Emitting Diodes.

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Last year, Jeffrey Tibbetts looked up at the moon and saw something he had never seen before: despite its being a crescent moon, most of it covered in the Earth’s shadow, the entire circumference was visible to him. “Oh god, it was really cool,” recalls Tibbetts, who cofounded the independent research organization Science for the Masses. Night after night, he could see all of the moon, regardless of what phase it was in. His daytime vision had also changed: sunrises were especially spectacular, almost neon in their brilliance. Kerry Grens, “Seeing Red,” The Scientist, February 2015, p. 22.

Here’s how to see the invisible:

  1. Avoid Vitamin A1 or retinol, which facilitates normal vision.
  2. Take Vitamin A2 or 3,4-dehydroretinal, which gives infrared sensitivity, instead.
  3. Take retinoic acid, a vitamin A derivative, for nonvisual processes including gene transcription.

Exercise caution – don’t try this at  home because of possible side effects!

For more on the Jeffery Tibbetts diet to improve visual sensitivity see Seeing Red and SFM Dietary Protocols: Depleting Retinol.

Snapshot labelSnapshot WheatThis weekend I was able to combine my two favorite activities, beer and photography, with New Belgium’s Snapshot Wheat Bear. Highly recommended.

The camera on the Snapshot label is the Kodak Instamatic 104. Sixty million of these cameras, which used 126 film and a flash cube, were sold in the 1960’s and 1970’s. 126 film is no longer available but if you want to try out one of these cameras, instructions are available online to reload 126 cartridges with 35 mm film. See 35 mm film in your 126 cartridge and Reload Your Old 126 Films with Fresh 35mm Film for more details.

Get Snapping!

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downloadHappiness creates success; success does not create happiness. I had always assumed it was the other way around, but after reading Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage, I realize that is not the case. In fact, there are many things we can do to increase our happiness, including being grateful for the things we have, being kind to others, exercising, and simply relaxing through meditation.

Although Shawn Achor doesn’t mention it directly, photo books, scrapbooks, and other photo memories also contribute to happiness, since these photos help us remember our past experiences and in doing so we appreciate the things we have. I think it is time to create another photo book.

As I lift my finger and press the button, a dense forest of transistors, organize themselves like a civilization out of the desert,

forming a path for the flow of electricity, so measured

out of the trillions of possibilities, one designed to guide the flow of chi,
to open the third eye composed of a megapixel of sensors

as photons from the heavens fly lightyears across the blackness of space and time before they see a pale blue dot growing exponentially bigger

and enter into a foaming sea of atmospheric anomalies, a tumultuous ride, the same that makes the stars twinkle and stutter

and as they scatter in all directions, the finality of their journey takes a deviation from the straight and narrow path they had commanded for an eternity

and as the photons whizz through the air, some find their trajectory,
headed directly for your face, diving head-first like a divine-wind until they reach the surface and explode

and from that explosion some find their way to the polished orb of glass, like a sensei drawing its power from its form, round like the circle of life, guiding the lost and confused photons, like a mother soothing their anguish

bending them into their final pixel-coffins, the resting place of their energy

The chaotic swarm of transistors then begin an epic dance of algorithms and mathematics

forms of math, discovered by a Frenchman, who, upon completion hardly got a mention, until hundreds of years later the world realized its potential

and the physics of ibn al-haithem, who first discovered the power of lenses, before western history erased him

And then we look upon our likeness, made up of the brightness of pixels on the screen, we hit share, but we are reminded

reminded that our every action travels away from us at the speed of light recorded in the universe,
information is never lost, and you and I never die, our legacy lives forever

Hisham Bedri, 2015

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“Film has been – and will remain – a vital part of our culture,” said Jeff Clarke, Kodak chief executive officer. “With the support of the studios, we will continue to provide motion picture film, with its unparalleled richness and unique textures, to enable filmmakers to tell their stories and demonstrate their art.” Kodak Press Release, February 4, 2015

Film is a photo sensitive material that detects photons reflected off real world objects, and digital camera sensors detect the same photons. While these sensors may have slightly different responses, it is a relatively simple matter to convert one response into another. Where is the unparalleled richness and unique textures? It is a figment of Jeff Clarke’s imagination. It exists only in the delusional corporate culture at Kodak and perhaps in the minds of some Hollywood directors.

By their very nature, digital photos have more flexibility than film, and there are no unique textures. Mobile apps for camera phones give digital photos options that film never had, and computer software provides even greater capabilities.

For more about the delusions at Kodak see Kodak Alaris and the Fallacy of Film and Kodak Still Doesn’t Get It.

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We have selfie cameras and selfie phones, but no selfie cars. Why not?

Front+&+Driver+Side+View+640My car has one camera in the rear to make sure I don’t hit anything when backing up, two cameras on the sides to make safe lane changes, and one camera in front to maintain a safe following distance; yet I can’t even post an updated photo to Facebook while driving. Does anyone see a problem here?

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