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Unsuspecting movie-goers get a shocking surprise

See it on YouTube.

Earlier this year I was one of only ten recipients chosen from 6000 applicants to receive the $100,000 PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship 2014.
($20k/year for 5 years).

Next year's applications should be available in January 2015.

Details are on PG&E's website:
#Google: "joseph ferrucci pge"

UC Davis College of Engineering

Bash Update for Mac OS X

To show you this actually does something, copy and paste this into your Terminal (before applying the update):
1. x='() { :;}; echo VULNERABLE' bash -c :
2. Install the patch by downloading the file below.
3. Then run the same code again. x='() { :;}; echo VULNERABLE' bash -c :
You will see that it [should] no longer print "VULNERABLE".

Download the file for your verions of OS X and run the installer:
OS X 10.9 Mavericks: BashUpdateMavericks.dmg
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: BashUpdateMountainLion.dmg
OS X 10.7 Lion: BashUpdateLion.dmg

Apple Announces New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Check out the live presentation of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus here.

Tired of being tracked by ads and cookies? Try Privacy Badger!

A friend of mine showed me this browser extension to disallow tracking while you surf the web. So far I like it, I'll post more after I use it more. Thanks for the referral, Chris.

It's called Privacy Badger and is currently available for Chrome and Firefox.

First Female Fields Medal Winner

The Fields Medal is the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics". First female Fields Medal winner Maryam Mirzakhani hopes she will encourage young female mathematicians and scientists. Read about it here.

Unnamed police officer posted this on a message board. I thought it was relevant to current local events.

Link to source (where I found it) on Facebook

Mini Gun Goes Ape In HD

The Dillon Aero M134D weapon system featured in this video is a six-barreled Gatling gun that fires 3,000 7.62 NATO rounds per minute.

Source: Veteran Community

Startling Video Shows Just How Easy It Really is for 'Osama bin Laden' to Cross US-Mexico Border

We've heard it numerous times from President Obama, Harry Reid and others: The U.S. border is secure, and the fence protecting it is "basically complete."Well, Project Veritas reporter James O'Keefe decided to test how secure the border is by crossing over from Mexico into the United States - first as himself and then dressed as Osama bin Laden. What did he find? Zero fences, not a single border patrol agent in sight, and even a footbridge enabling him to avoid the few feet of shallow water that stood in his way. Here's what's so chilling, and what the folks in Washington need to hear: If a man dressed as a terrorist can illegally enter the U.S. without getting caught, so can an actual terrorist. Do the words of ISIS "We r here" mean anything to you?

Source: IJReview

Bioinformatics algorithms

Recently I have been doing some work within the field of bioinformatics out of my personal interest. I decided to put together a nano tutorial introducing bioinformatic algorithms and programming through simple & cool problem solving. Have a look and let me know what you think. Check out the first 3 lessons here.

A powerful video regarding obesity, and why its important to start good habits as soon as kids are born.

Having been a person that ballooned beyond 310 pounds (140kg) as a teenager, I decided to post a photo of my dad and I when I was a teenager (~ 15 years old).

Picture of my dad and I (I was about 14 years old)

What It Sounds Like To Play AC/DC's Hit 'Thunderstruck' With a Banjo, Spoons and... an Anvil?

This is one of my favorite songs, and now its been remixed by a bunch of backwood banjo players. I approve.

Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam - Adam Ruins Everything

All the guys that fell into the scam: sorry fellas. I hope you learned a lesson. Maybe you'll get it right on your next go around.

The Bizarre Truth About Purebred Dogs (and Why Mutts Are Better) - Adam Ruins Everything

For more information regarding the truth about purebreds, watch the BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed, or check out the following sources:

NK = Not Kidding

We are accustomed to seeing terms like: LOL, LMAO, TTYL, IDK, IMO, and JK.


What is it? Here's the official documentation regarding the usage of nk:

Project: Mankind

A quick way to measure if an idea is good: Do not ask if it feels good or if it has good intentions. Ask: "Will it do good?", "Will it make people kinder and more ethical?", "Will it encourage responsible behavior?", "Has it been tried before? And if so, what were the results?".

What matters is how you act.

Why My Industry Is The Best

The tech industry is the greatest industry for several reasons and this just adds to the laundry list:

CS Students vs Jobs

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Proof of the Master Method

Download the PDF

This is a PDF document constructed to cover the Master Method (or Master Theorem). The master theorem provides a cookbook solution in asymptotic terms (using Big O notation) for recurrence relations of types that occur in the analysis of many divide and conquer algorithms.

Beast Whey Pumpkin Muffins

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Go Get Em!

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DIY Bug Repellent Spray (Organic)

DIY Bug Repellent Spray

Don't Do It For The Money

Don't do it for the money, do it for all the other reasons. The money will follow.

Change It Yourself

If you don't like something, set out to change it.

Dreams Without Goals

Dreams without goals remain dreams, just dreams, and ultimately fuel disappointment.

Limiting yourself

Those who never admit to being wrong are only limiting themselves. Only then can you make progress in your life and see the changes of growth. Imagine the growth you can make physically and mentally if you admit to being wrong.

Story of my life

They don't like me? HAHAHAHA

16 Earth Porn Pics Hotter Than Global Warming

Follow the link to Mashable

Don't worry, all of this Earth Porn is 100% safe for work.

Tuesday is Earth Day, and to celebrate, we're showing off Mother Nature's sexier side with truly stunning images of this beautiful planet we call home.

Here are some harmful ingredients that are commonly found in beer:

Here are the 8 beers that are commonly found in bars in United States that you should stop drinking immediately.

GMO Beers (bad):

GMO-Free and Organic (best):

GMO-Free and Non-Ogranic (good):

GMO-Free (good):

Spread the word:

It's important to expose companies that use harmful ingredients in our products. This information is hidden from the public with millions of dollars of false advertising, laws, etc. You can always vote with your money. As this information about GMO beers spreads, we will see a decrease in production of these beers and the companies may eliminate the harmful ingredients altogether. Most importantly, when you hang out with your friends, you will be able to share beer that's more delicious and healthier.

Share this story with fellow beer drinkers!