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Farewell COSL

For sometime now I have known that my time at COSL was running out. I wasn't sure exactly when it would expire, but last Friday basically became my last day. I know that there have been various issues surrounding the center, but think what you may it would be hard to find a gathering of more intelligent and talented people. Game night has been an extension of our daily work and will continue to be a gathering of the best minds. It has provided myself and each of my colleagues an outlet and a proof that COSL was more than just a place to work. I think most organizations struggle to develop within the kind of comradeship that grew organically from mutual respect and friendship.

It has been a long time since I was part of such a gifted group of individuals. Thank you to all my friends and I look forward to our continued efforts towards world domination, or at least the part of that undertaking that involves being able to pay the bills.

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Farewell COSL

For sometime now I have known that my time at COSL was running out. I wasn't sure exactly when it would expire, but last Friday basically became my last day. I know that there have been various issues surrounding the center, but think what you may it would be hard to find a gathering of more intelligent and talented people. Game night has been an extension of our daily work and will continue to be a gathering of the best minds. It has provided myself and each of my colleagues an outlet and a proof that COSL was more than just a place to work. I think most organizations struggle to develop within the kind of comradeship that grew organically from mutual respect and friendship.

It has been a long time since I was part of such a gifted group of individuals. Thank you to all my friends and I look forward to our continued efforts towards world domination, or at least the part of that undertaking that involves being able to pay the bills.

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First ride on the new Madone

I brought my bike home from the shop and in spite of the fact that everyone was eating dinner by the time I got home I gave in and went for a ride. You can't just bring it home and let it sit. Here's the pictures.

Justin leaving on new Madone 6.9

 

Justin standing by new Madone getting ready for first ride

 

More Justin standing by new Madone getting ready for first ride

 

More Justin standing by new Madone getting ready for first ride

 

Justin getting ready to ride away

 

Justin on bike looking contemplative

 

Justin looking at camera while standing on bike getting ready to say something

 

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Note to Facebook, Myspace and Other Social Silos: DIE

I wrote three Facebook apps and I have ideas for several more. The most successful was the House Plans application I did for ThePlanCollection.com, but in the Facebook world you can't count a couple thousand users as especially successful.

When Open Social started up I felt like I needed to go sign up for a MySpace account so that I would be ready for when the next big thing showed up. So far Open Social feels like that high school party the nerdy guy threw and two or three other nerdy guys showed up but come Monday morning it will be the joke of the high school. I turned off email alerts for MySpace because I grew tired of the offensive bot spam. I tried playing with Orkut because that was the first platform that supported Open Social. Orkut feels like the Twilight Zone. I tried Twitter for a while. It is a cool service, but I forget its there unless I am bored and the only thing handy is my phone and I want to post about my boredom. How's that for boring.

There are countless ...

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The COSL Guys are Disgusting

First there was the joke about bacon chocolate chip cookies. Sure somebody did it and it was funny. Then Jeremy actually made them and brought them to game night and people ate them. Thinking about it makes me dry heave.

Now Tom brings us Mini Mos (chocolate) bacon bars. My stomach may never recover.

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What I Do for a Living

People ask me what I do for a living and I gave up explaining a long time ago. Now I just say I write software and for those that don't understand that I tell them I work with computers. (No I will not fix yours).

In spite of my general disdain for explaining what I do I am posting explanation anyway because today it is meaningful and interesting.

Currently, I am the Teachers Without Borders Fellow at The Center for Open and Sustainable learning which means that I got to be a part of this. [Another article here,][3] and something from CNN Money. Kudos to all the COSL people who helped put together the social networking piece when Fred came for a visit and congratulations to the team in the Middle East who has taken charge of the project, learned how to manage it and worked together in spite of the cultural differences. We were only a small part of this project but it is fun to have had the chance to participate.

[3]: http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock News/1029604/

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What I Do for a Living

People ask me what I do for a living and I gave up explaining a long time ago. Now I just say I write software and for those that don't understand that I tell them I work with computers. (No I will not fix yours).

In spite of my general disdain for explaining what I do I am posting explanation anyway because today it is meaningful and interesting.

Currently, I am the Teachers Without Borders Fellow at The Center for Open and Sustainable learning which means that I got to be a part of this. [Another article here,][3] and something from CNN Money. Kudos to all the COSL people who helped put together the social networking piece when Fred came for a visit and congratulations to the team in the Middle East who has taken charge of the project, learned how to manage it and worked together in spite of the cultural differences. We were only a small part of this project but it is fun to have had the chance to participate.

[3]: http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock News/1029604/

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Finished My First Cycling Century Today

I rode the MS150 today. Originally I wasn't going to, but my brother was very gung ho and I finally decided that if I was ever going to ride 100 miles I would need a reason to do it. We started at 8 am. Even then it was warm. It was around 95 degree farenheit when we finished. We (Team COSL with David, Leslie and myself included) had a chance to ride with guys from JUB. It was a lot of fun. It was also easier thanks to Dan from JUB and Mahmoud from the Math department at USU pulling almost the entire way. They are amazing riders.

We did pretty well, passed a lot of people and averaged around 20mph. There were faster groups no doubt but for my first century it was a great group to hang with.

About 10 miles after lunch with only about 20 miles to go we ran into a bit of disaster. Joe from JUB hit Dan's tire (acutally his derailler we think). You can't believe how fast that will throw a rider to the ground. It looked like something straight from the Tour De France. Mahmoud was ...

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Shelley Found her Google Bomb

Kharma delivered a gift to Shelley, the insane devil woman this week in the form of a [google bomb][2]. Consider it a wedding gift!

[2]: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B2GGGL_enUS207US207&q=insane devil woman

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Shelley Found her Google Bomb

Kharma delivered a gift to Shelley, the insane devil woman this week in the form of a [google bomb][2]. Consider it a wedding gift!

[2]: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1B2GGGL_enUS207US207&q=insane devil woman

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New Website for Academic Types

We have started a new site for those who are academic in nature. As part of what we do at COSL we have Brian Lamb helping us out with research. As we searched for good research questions our we had to ask ourselves if the questions had already been asked which means that we started down a literature review process. In order to help facilitate (now that sounds academic) this process we built a new website called gistr. It is still spartan, but the idea is that as you find interesting papers you share the "gist" of the paper with the rest of the world. One paper can have as many "gists" as the reader thinks is reasonable and of course you can tag the gist.

The plan is to add features that allow users to save off gists and maybe even generate a bibliography from that group. This process should make it easier to create the lit review part of any paper.

Also, it should help researchers who use similar tags find one another and share findings (gists). It isn't much to ...

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New Website for Academic Types

We have started a new site for those who are academic in nature. As part of what we do at COSL we have Brian Lamb helping us out with research. As we searched for good research questions our we had to ask ourselves if the questions had already been asked which means that we started down a literature review process. In order to help facilitate (now that sounds academic) this process we built a new website called gistr. It is still spartan, but the idea is that as you find interesting papers you share the "gist" of the paper with the rest of the world. One paper can have as many "gists" as the reader thinks is reasonable and of course you can tag the gist.

The plan is to add features that allow users to save off gists and maybe even generate a bibliography from that group. This process should make it easier to create the lit review part of any paper.

Also, it should help researchers who use similar tags find one another and share findings (gists). It isn't much to ...

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Review of Ozmozr code at Ruby Mountain West Conference

Jamis Buck blogged about the code review of Ozmozr he and Marcel did at the Mountain West Ruby Conference. The presentation was our favorite because of the insight it gave into our code and I think we came away as better programmers for it. Here is the link to the presentation on Conference Freaks and if you want the source code they reviewed you can find it on Source Forge.

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ozmozr is out there

We (COSL) just spent the last three months putting together a piece of software called Ozmozr. I figured that since know one knows us and since we don't market it would be a while before anyone found us.

I was wrong.

We have people signing up every hour or so now. That is nothing for a major web 2.0 site, but for a couple of farm boys from Idaho (now residing in Logan, UT) this is something.

The big question is what is Ozmozr? The answer is - hopefully - something new and not like software that is already available. If it was available already why build it.

Ozmozr attempts to complete the internet discover and share loop. How often do you find yourself telling friends/family about some new website that is just so funny/cool/outrageous etc. With Ozmozr you Ozmoze It (we have a bookmarklet you can get from the help page and there is a share button under most stories on the site) and in one step it is sent to groups or friends to be viewed at their leisure.

The interface is "very ...

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