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+Half Baked Ideas
+The Simulacra-cycle
+Bicycling with a light-weight (and functional!) helmet embedded with with 360
+fisheye camera coverage. Also collect rotation/acceleration data and
+post-process out movements to give a stable 360 video image which can be played
+back with 3D goggles (or a basic computer/tablet interface?).
+Enhanced version would also record bike vibrations, pedal turns, audio, and
+handlebar positions, and this could be played back on an artificial bike.
+Solar Autonoma
+An audio "artifact": a CD jewel case with a photovoltaic panel powering a
+generative digital/analog electronic music box which outputs hundreds of years
+worth of non-repeating audio to an 1/8" headphone jack.
+One crude output algorithm could be the raw position of a turning machine
+(probably a busy beaver) tape position over time. Another is interpreting a
+meta-stable cellular autonoma's cells as notes; perhaps the combination of
+these two ideas?
+Should be engineered to last at least a few decades without repairs, which
+means compensating for PV cell degredation.
+Robustly encode arbirary data into techno, similar to image-based stenography
+techniques. Should be able to recover the data from audio recorded live at a
+concert or rave; perhaps in real-time?
+Leads to "verboden" music which is illegal to broadcast and listen to?
+Robotic Mouse Cursor
+An omni-drive robot encased in a mouse, controlled by a touchstick or touchpad.
+Should translate very quickly, so the user feels like they are "mousing" and
+selecting over the floor.
+"Nest for Lighting"
+Auto-dimming lights to react to ambient light levels. Could also do the
+opposite and stochastically vary the light level to give cloud-like effect in
+window-less rooms.
+Open Hardware LabJack competitor. Compatible with wiring, Lua scripting, full
+free GCC toolchain. Support/drivers for Octave, Matlab, Mathematica, UNIX /dev
+points, EPICS, ROOT, ROS, RTEMS. "Industrial Quality" for $80-100, "Commercial
+Quality" $50. Characterized and well-documented analog interfaces.
+General Purpose Laptop CardBus FPGA Interface
+Computational acceleration (compression, codecs, crypto, real-time
+modeling/simulation), external digital interfacing (logic analyzer, USB
+debugging, HDMI, networking, etc), host debugging (watchdog, timing, console
+interface, bus sniffing, peripheral emulation, kernel unit tests). High-density
+pins to many different cable types (extra $$$) with logic-level shifters:
+"universal digital I/O". $100.
+* similar to livejournal, reddit, slashdot
+* federated accounts (user@domain.tld) with petnames via contact list
+* RSS feeds of new topics started by individuals or for groups
+* no concept of "friending" built in, but do have ACL (can view, can comment)
+ based on contacts list
+* head of thread can be a canonical URI/URL of external content
+* abuse/downvote gets reported to thread-hosting domain
+* by default all user content is crypto-signed by default
+* policy is left to domain servers: moderation of new messages, retainment
+ length, max number of users in a given topic, etc
+* store-and-forward?
+* primary anti-spam: only display stuff signed by people in contact lists
+* need a URI scheme for discussion threads
+* oauth? kerberos-like?
+* domain keys used to vouch for messages and users
+* integrated or parallel keyserver stuff?
+* cross-domain karma and spamlist sharing?
+* built-in GPG encryption, keyring
+* notification via XMPP?
+* crypto can happen either on server or by the client?
+* "profiles" are a seperate issue (webfinger?)
+* status updates could go through this, or XMPP or
+* TODO: salmon?
+* would need to specify:
+* storyboard of how a post/conversation would go
+* message formats
+* protocols between user-server and server-server
+* ascillary technologies: authentication, notification, encryption, contact
+ management
+* interop: HTTP website
+Improved Email
+* "reliable asynchronous user-specific messaging"
+* same store-and-forward paradigm; same IMAP-like message archive paradigm
+* every core message signed by user and domain; unsigned messages get dropped
+* core message headers can be pseudo-shadowed/re-written by extention headers
+* user signing can be delegated to domain
+* domain maintains public keyserver for all hosted users
+* forwarded messages (mailing lists) signed by forwarding domain
+* users or domains can brand a user or domain as spam/abusive
+* domains maintain a web of trust/karma using announcements, refuse messages
+ from blacklisted users/domains
+* special abuse@, admin@ "out of band" addresses for resolving blocklist
+ issues, not blocked except for severe cases
+* attachments signed seperately, referenced by core message
+* standardize (via defaults) on compressed UTF-8 message body
+ optional safe-subset of HTML
+* hook into system-wide cacert/web-of-trust; individual user agents can specify
+ fallback policy
+Small Electronics Projects
+Wireless "Knob": probably bluetooth; a much cheaper clone of the Griffin
+PowerMate Bluetooth knob. 3D printed or hand-made case. USB chargable. Could be
+encrypted with a USB dongle, or just encrypted in general.
+Tiny wireless analog I/O jacks. For sensors; USB charging. I guess this is
+pretty much every IoT devkit ever, but lab-oriented (raw voltages/currents,
+characterized and buffered I/O).
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+"Big Hairy Fun Projects" /or/ "What To Do Next"
+A fuzzy-formal justified reasoning system for use as an external prosthesis
+when debating complex systems and problem (eg, climate change, theology,
+globalization, unified field theory)
+Generalized, Open Source, software/network-based Improvements to Beaurocratic
+Generalized function fitting to (or computational modeling of) arbitrary
+single-dimensional timestreams
+New telecommunications and network infrastructure/technologies at all scales
+Social Software
+[A Group Is It's Own Worst Enemy](
+[Why Defend Freedom of Icky Speech?](
+To read:
+ - <>
+ - <>
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+# Rapid Single Flux Quantum Computation
+Wikipedia article: <>
+NSA Technology Assement (2005): <>
+Mikhail Dorojevets, Paul Bunyk, D i r Zinoviev, and Konstantin Likharev
+. "COOL-0: Design of an RSFQ Subsystem for Petaflops Computing", June 1999,
+March 2011 (patent)
+SUNY Stony Brook Overview:
+As of fall 2011, [Hypres]( sells an RF reciever (ADC)
+which can directly digitize signals up to 21 GHz, with closed loop cyrogenics.
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+These are some tiny little projects that might be good learning experiences for
+various languages or frameworks.
+Generate a citation (bibtex, MLA, APA, etc) for a given URL, based on fetching
+the HTML document and parsing META, TITLE, etc.
+Re-do Hilbert curve film/video encoding project.