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My Apartment Is Better Than Yours

Posted by Akano , in Life Sep 26 2012 · 233 views
Chinchilla, Cute, Fluffy
It has chinchillas.

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Ask Akano

Posted by Akano , Sep 25 2012 · 402 views
Ask, Farm Animals
Yup, I caved. :P Ask me any question you desire, and I will give some sort of answer, honest or otherwise.

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Halloween Set Review and Other Stuffs

Posted by Akano , in Set Review Sep 22 2012 · 164 views

Just posted a review of the new Halloween-themed Minifigure 3-pack, so go check it out!

Also, a lot of "Ask X" blog posts have been surfacing. Do I hop on the bandwagon and start my own? Hmm...

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Just Thought I'd Mention This...

Posted by Akano , in Math/Physics Sep 17 2012 · 201 views
Acoustics, Iridescence, Rainbow and 2 more...
Science is awesome. I am currently reading a journal article about how people are making the acoustic version of iridescence. For those who don't know, iridescence is what certain insects, jewels, soap bubbles, and CDs exhibit as that rainbow effect that changes color depending on what angle it's viewed. The sonic or acoustic version of this is creating something that varies in pitch depending on the angle at which you stand relative to it.

Awesome.

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Brick-or-Treat

Posted by Akano , in LEGO Sep 14 2012 · 170 views

Why am I not there? :(

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Neutrons Bouncing on Glass

Posted by Akano , in Math/Physics Sep 13 2012 · 227 views
Gravity, Awesome, Science and 1 more...
Yes, you read that right.

So, today our physics department had our Journal Club, where one of the professors/grad students get to share a journal article or two that they found in the vast amount of physics literature available to academia. Today our resident dark matter-seeking professor gave the talk, and boy was it awesome.

The researchers whose papers he found were bouncing neutrons on glass and looking at their quantum states due solely to the potential energy caused by gravity. Quantum mechanics with gravity.

For those of you who don't understand how ridiculously awesome this is, let me put it in terms of Classical Mechanics: when a classical object is under the influence of a uniform gravitational potential (like that near Earth's surface), it follows parabolic trajectories. Imagine a ball bouncing on a table; it forms a series of parabolic bounces, each one smaller than the last due to friction and lost energy due to sound and such. This is essentially what this group did, but with neutrons and glass.

However, because neutrons are not classical particles and instead behave quantum mechanically, they don't bounce in parabolic trajectories. Instead, they abide by the laws of quantum mechanics, which means that there are only certain heights above the table at which they are likely to be found and certain heights that they cannot be found. So, a neutron in the ground (lowest) state of this system is most likely to be found at about 10 microns (thousandths of a millimeter) above the glass.

Also, when this was published back in 2005, it was the first time quantized energy levels due to Earth's gravitational potential alone were ever observed experimentally; the theory has been known for a while, but this is the first time anyone has in any way verified it.

Now, this group is attempting to test the properties of the force of gravity using this apparatus and their neutrons. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!

This blog entry brought to you by SCIENCE!

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Series 8 Minifigures Haul (Update)

Posted by Akano , in Set Review, LEGO Sep 10 2012 · 227 views
Series 8, Minifigures, 3-pack
Today I went to my local LEGO Store to plunder some Series 8 Minifigures. I reviewed the 8 Series 8 minifigs (clever, ain't I?) over here, so check it out for pics and entertaining descriptions. :P I posted a teaser below:

Lederhosen Guy
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Yodel-lederhosen-hoo!


Lederhosen Guy is adorable. Just look at that smile; you know he's enjoying life so much more because of the sheer joy wearing lederhosen brings. He also loves pretzels (new mold!). Feel for the pretzel, and it will guide you to a world of happiness. A world of lederhosen.


Also, while at the LEGO Store, I noticed some new sets. Remember the recent beach set that contained the Hula Girl, Surfer, and Surfer Girl from the Series Minifigures? Well, two new similar sets are now in the LEGO store, and I snapped a quick pic of them.

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I sent this into news, so maybe you'll see an article about it. :)

UPDATE: Apparently, LEGO has these on its Shop@Home site. They are the Halloween Accessory Set and the Rock Band Minifigure Accessory Set.

ALSO ZOMBIE MINIFIG AAAHHH!!!

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Back to School

Posted by Akano , in Math/Physics Sep 04 2012 · 113 views

So, today was the first official day of school at my grad school, but I didn't have any classes. Today was lab orientation for Monday and Tuesday lab sections (since we had yesterday off). Having nearly 50 students crammed into a room only able to seat 32 is rather entertaining.

Also, I have a talk to give on Friday on my research I did over the summer. This wouldn't be so much of an issue if I knew which part of the research to discuss, as I worked with two undergrads, and we have to split the topics of our research between us. However, one of the students worked in another lab over the summer as well, so she's probably not going to present on what the three of us did at all. Now the talk has to be divided in half.

Also, did I mention the talk was Friday? ._.

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Set Review: 6755 Sheriff's Lock-Up

Posted by Akano , in Set Review, LEGO Sep 02 2012 · 170 views
Wild West, Review, Sheriff and 2 more...
It's over here in the LEGO Sets discussion forum, since they want people to post there. Go check it out! 8D

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The Server Hiccuped Earlier...

Posted by Akano , Sep 02 2012 · 214 views

And now I can see why. Love the new names and groups, Staff! Especially the Brakelatabasa Assistants. :P

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Name: Akano
Real Name: Forever Shrouded in Mystery :P
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Likes: Science, Math, LEGO, Bionicle, Ponies, Comics, Yellow, Voice Acting
Notable Facts: One of the few Comic Veterans still around
Has been a LEGO fan since ~1996
Bionicle fan from the beginning
Misses the 90's. A lot.
Twitter: @akanotoe

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