Author Archives: Billy

1994: Robot Sheepdog

Here’s a video I’ve wanted to post for a long time. It was a project for a college class in 1994, taught by one of MIT’s most understanding professors, Donald Troxel. Carlton Mills digitized the old VHS copy of our … Continue reading

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Baker Family Animated Special

Charles Schultz, the creator of Peanuts, required that only his own artwork be used for his comic strip, which, when you boil it down, means no more new Peanuts holiday specials. The following (which Bahiyyih also posted a few days … Continue reading

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Two Scoops

Once upon a time, there were two scoops of ice cream at the top of a hill.

One scoop, which was chocolate, said to the other, “Hey Vanilla, want to race?” Continue reading

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Rocks vs. Frogs

Teresa on game design (inspired by a lesson on alive and not alive at school today, in which rocks and frogs were compared): What if there was a game called rocks versus frogs? If the frog sits on top of … Continue reading

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Bedtime Story: “Hey, watch what I can do,” said the Skunk

“Hey,” said Skunk, “watch what I can do.”

“Okay,” said Rabbit and Deer, and turned to watch. Continue reading

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Return Fluids to User

Every user interface has to handle error conditions, even blood apheresis machines. Continue reading

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Smart Pill to help children get through Puberty?

This looks like a “tip of the iceberg” type of article: Smart pill that helps children through puberty. To summarize, During adolescence, a specific brain development makes it harder for you to learn. I remember going from being able to … Continue reading

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Keeping computers from ending science’s reproducibility

Here’s a really good description of one of the key things that the people I work with are wrestling with right now: Ars Technica: Keeping computers from ending science’s reproducibility Basically, scientific exploration is relying more and more on computation. … Continue reading

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The Psychology of Moral Safety

I’ve had a question for a while now: Why do people who crusade against a particular “moral evil” so often struggle against it personally and fall prey to it, sometimes very publicly? In my opinion, it happens too often to … Continue reading

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Philosophy of a 4-year-old

Setting: back yard T: “I wish it was pillow day. Where there are pillows everywhere.” Dad: “Pillows everywhere?” T: “Yeah, and all the pillows are filled with candy.” On not having arms “Without arms you couldn’t throw out the compost.” … Continue reading

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