Welcome to Carlsonhome.net. I use this space mainly to collect things I find online and find them later, but if other people find them interesting or useful, great! My name is Eric Carlson, and I'm currently a research scientist at Philips Healthcare, just north of Manhattan. When I'm not at work, I'm probably either training for my next event (had been running, now getting into triathlon...), or out using one of my many groupons (I'm not an addict - I can stop whenever I want.). For more information about me, please see my About Me page. It also seems like a lot of people come here for my computer help section, which can now be found here.
Would have made my commute easier, but looking forward to easier access to/from west-side now
Excited to see how this works! Not bad pricing - $99/year with unlimited 30 minute trips, only $4 for up to an hour (although gets pricey past that...)
I've been refreshing my CPLD/FPGA knowledge from undergrad and have been amazed how much easier, cheaper, and more powerful everything's gotten since I first learned it in highschool/college (Lattice's MachXO2 boards are awesome!). I just came across a new website that I was amazed by - http://www.circuitlab.com/ - in-browser circuit design and simulation, doing for free what we had ~$1000+ software to do 10 years ago, wow! Between those kinds of things, and cheap, on-demand, circuit board fab and 3d printing, what a great time to be a Maker!
Possible source of some of the cognitive enhancements conferred by exercise...
More ways that light matters for things unrelated to just image processing... I've read about how the color of light effects sleep (e.g. bluer light, from screens, for example, can keep people awake at night), but this is an interesting interaction between age-related eye optics changes and the "internal clock"
Good advice for the necessity (or not) of eating during workouts... Gu-b-gone!
Got into a conversation with a physical trainer the other day and remembered these articles on the possibily incorrect "common wisdom" of the benefits of stretching... I used to be a huge proponent of stretching, and streched ~10 min before and after my runs... I became super flexible but was still getting injured at the same rates, and I was cutting 20 min out of my exercise time every day!
"More interesting was the distribution of injuries. About two-thirds of the group wound up hurt seriously enough each year to miss two or more training days. But the heel strikers were much more prone to injury, with a twofold greater risk than the forefoot strikers."
In updating my custom science paper notes software I'm switching from perl to python - perl required too many dependencies to install that are just a pain in the butt. Just starting the switch, but it looks like importing the bibtex data into python will be easy - just installed pybtex, then use this code from python:
# from pybtex.database.input import bibtex
# parser = bibtex.Parser()
# bib_data = parser.parse_file('erics_papers.bib')