Blogs

William L. Weaver, Ph.D.

Ranger. Scouting the Adjacent Possible.

Blogs I When you need a little more than 140 characters.
 
I contribute to a couple of blogs. My publishing frequency depends on how much I would like to say and how
much time in which I have to say it. As technology continues to change, I find myself increasingly using
Google+ as a Blogging platform. Like everyone, I have opinions about everything and if you would like to
engage in a friendly conversation of how your opinions are better than mine, I happily invite you to join me over on Google+.

Sometimes the thoughts are a bit more than a passing topic of conversation or are specifically related to a project.
In those cases, I publish on my primary blog, Choice Management, and attempt to post regular project
updates to my various project blogs. Work on the projects waxes and wains with the semester, but at least I like
to think the project blogs represent an archive of things that are of interest.

Choice Management I Freedom is Choice. Intelligence is Choice Management.
 
The title of my primary Blog is Choice Management. I crafted this title during a time when 'Change Management'
was the buzz phrase of the day. Concepts of Systems Thinking, Project Management, and Emergence are
some of my standards but there is a healthy dose of chaos and randomness as well.

The Blog can be found at: blog.williamlweaver.com

APEX I Algorithmic Perception Expedition
 
The generous support provided by the Frank P. Palopoli Endowed Professorship facilitates undergraduate research
 into the topic of Algorithmic Perception. This emerging field of investigation comprises the research areas of
 Machine PerceptionSensor Fusion, and Situational Awareness. While relying on specialized hardware, sensors, and transducers,
 Algorithmic Perception concentrates on the development and integration of techniques, mathematics, and software utilized
 to interpret and draw conclusions from acquired data. This area of research is challenging, interdisciplinary, and of utility in a wide
 range of applications. It enjoys the benefit of being pursued using general-purpose computing equipment commonly available
 at the undergraduate level. Recent advances in commercial sensor hardware have made formerly expensive scientific-grade
 optical sensors, scanners, microphone arrays, and communication equipment available at modest cost. This support will be used
 to augment existing University computing equipment with appropriate sensors and support undergraduates in their development
 of algorithms and software using University-licensed software development environments. The algorithms and the performance
 of their deployment in applied experiments will be submitted for publication in the peer-reviewed literature.

The Blog can be found at: apexpedition.blogspot.com

CalcCommand I Gamification of a Scientific Calculator App for Android

I have a small-screen PDA (amazingly old school) that I use as a calculator. Tapping the buttons with the stylus is mostly bad news.


I also have a tablet, a Nook Color, and more recently a Nexus 7 that I use as a calculator, but the calculator apps available
 are really, really, no really, really bad. It is pretty obvious that many of the scientific calculator apps were not designed by a scientist.

Where is the Exp (x10^number) button?
 How can I display my answer in scientific notation?
 Where can I press a button to enter constants like 299792458 m/s?
 6.62606957 x 10^-34 J/s?

Conclusion - I need to write my own. 

The Blog can be found at: calccommand.blogspot.com