I am a leaf on the wind, watch me soar..

My oldest is starting college and needs a car. Since se will be commuting locally I thought it would be a good idea to get another electric car for her commute. She won’t need it for another month, so I can review the new car in the meanwhile. As you may know, I already have a…

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Can you autocross at Electric Car?

My 16 year old daughter had me driver her to a drivers training class last Saturday, she never bothered to tell me 1) how far away it was 2) that we needed to use our cars for an intensive collation avoidance class. As you know already I have been proud of my Zen master rating…

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WWSB: What Would Scoble Blog?: Total immersion with WorldWide Telescope and Oculus Rift

When Robert Scoble saw a demo of WorldWide Telescope under embargo he was so moved that he posted his now famous “Microsoft Researchers make me cry” blog post. If he saw what we have been doing lately, hooking WorldWide Telescopes Eclipse release up to Oculus Rift, he might post “Microsoft Researchers make me sick”. Robert did not do a lot…

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AVM: Placing images in the Sky in WorldWide Telescope

  WorldWide Telescope Web Client showing results of clicking View in WWT link in Flickr Astrometry group   One of the cool things about WorldWide Telescope is it is not just about the images and data that are built in to the WWT catalog, but about brining in data from where ever it lives. Images…

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Cosmic Wonder: Producing a full blown show at a premiere Planetarium with WorldWide Telescope

I have been quiet the last couple of weeks because I have had my head down on getting the Eclipse release of WWT out and building some new feature and supporting the folks at Adler Planetarium in Chicago who are launching a new WWT produced show “Cosmic Wonder”. Mark SubbaRao, Ph.D. and Doug Roberts Ph.D. and the Adler have been great…

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Pushing the limits of electric car range.

I am into my second week in my Ford Focus Electric (FFE)  and I am finally starting to settle in. The first week was not without it’s challenges. The third day I had the car, a mystery light came on that told me to “See manual”, the manual told me to “See dealer”, the dealer…

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Going into orbit with WorldWide Telescope and Two-Line-Elements (TLEs)

The Hubble Space Telescope using a custom TLE reference frame and imported 3d Model.     WorldWide Telescope is a platform for temporal/special scientific data visualization. Space and time are a big component to data, and with all sorts of objects whizzing around one another its often easier to describe the coordinates of the data…

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WorldWide Telescope Sharpens it’s Visuals with SharpDX

Since we first launched WorldWide Telescope almost 5 years ago I knew we would have to have a major rewrite of WWT’s graphics engine eventually to move past DX9. Managed DX had been deprecated, and XNA would not support anything beyond DX9 either, so we had to have an alternative. I considered SlimDX, but eventually Microsoft’s Windows®…

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Running WorldWide Telescope "Off the Grid" with Offline Cache Management

When we designed WWT it was in the spirit of the MSR TerraServer project, putting lots of stuff on-line for people to use, but on a petabyte scale. Surprisingly though, WWT has a offline mode that allows your run virtually any feature without an internet connection. This is possible because WWT caches all the data it ever…

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The great electric experiment: Being at one with my car, in a digital sense.

I have been a car nut since I can remember, and a electronics geek for just about as long so the idea of throwing the two together has always fascinated me. I have customized every car I have ever owned. Usually at least with a custom audio system but over the years the idea of…

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