Build your own Genes for free!

That’s right if you act now, you can build your own Genes for free, all you need is Microsoft Word and a free download from Codeplex. This open source project works inside of MS Word, and if you are smart (and you must be since you are reading this blog) you could easily use it…

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Trident Workbench and SQL Express

I hope you have successfully downloaded and installed Trident Workbench, with the Word Add-in, which is a cool way to document your research.  You will also need to have SQL Express installed on your system, with SP1 installed.  Keep in mind, as a non-commercial researcher, you should have access to the full versions of SQL,…

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F#: Ballistics, Rocketry and Research 5/7/2009

I just got back from the Foundation of Digital Games (FDG) Disney Cruise, and it WAS GREAT!  I had great conversations with some of the best game researchers and professors on the planet, and we all couldn’t use our cell phones or do email without paying a bunch of money.  ACM held the conference and…

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F#: Ballistics, Rocketry and Research 4/12/2009

In the previous post, I talked about the units of measurement class in Chris Smith’s BurnedLand program.  We are continuing down this path because units are an important part of most scientists and engineering disciplines.  The reason we are going down this path is that I am demonstrating how F# could have saved the Mars…

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F#: Ballistics, Rocketry and Research 4/11/2009 posting

Quiz answers Is the “let” keyword only used for values? No, the “let” keyword is used for values and functions Is the “let” keyword only used for functions? No, functions and values are treated the same way in F# If I write the line of code: let TimeBump = 1.0<ft>*3.0<m>, will I get a context…

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WTF#: Using F# to calculate Ballistics part 2

It was a quiet weekend here at Dana By the Sea, our neighbor’s son has apologized, of course in most any other neighborhood or time, his actions would have been of little note.  But in these times of tightly packed urban neighborhoods and news like the recent shootings everyone is nervous.  When I was a…

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NASA chooses Microsoft to make space flight data more public

WOW! Take a look at the press pass (the news organ for Microsoft) at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/mar09/03-24NASADataPR.mspx NASA press release: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/mar/HQ_09-067_Microsoft_WorldWide_Telescope.html The deeper detail of the data share is to be revealed, right now, it is providing photo data.  My need is to be able to get the data in a useable form that isn’t “open source”. …

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WTF: Orbital Mechanics/Celestial Mechanics, Newton and Kepler’s Laws

Apparently this cartoon was all to true with respect to the Mars Climate Orbiter.  However, for some reason I am certain that there were no women wearing sexy pantsuits on the navigator team for the MCO.  If I am wrong leave a comment. Hi ho: Well like Tim Buxton said at the Mix09 keynote today,…

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WTF#: F#, and the Mars Climate Orbiter (MCO) crash in 1998

OMG: Slide Rules and F#, ‘sup with that?  World of Twitter, Facebook, $300 computers running Windows 7, why would I even mention this arcane tool?  F# and Slide Rules have something in common: Dimensional Analysis. In F# you can use dimensional analysis to implement your programs.  What does this mean?  You can save $250,000,000 in…

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WTF#: Syllabus for the rest of the students at a university, with a focus on Functional Programming

Information science and computer science pretty much control the programming classes and curriculum at the universities, colleges and trade schools.  Most of the training is either to implement and manage systems or how to write programs and think about new problems and solutions.  It is all good and needed, but what about the rest of…

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