Category Archives: Technology

Ann Arbor-Ypsi Game Dev Meetup January Launch

On January 19th, 2017 we officially launched a new game development focused Meetup. Attendance was excellent with students from Eastern Michigan University, Lawrence Technical University and the University of Michigan, as well as local game developers, all attending. Two presentations were given by speakers:

Larry Kuperman, Dir. of Business Development, Nightdive Studios

Larry The Business of Games Final

David Cai, Co-Founder of Gaudium Studio

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The Men That Made The Atomic Bomb (2016 Edition)

Presented at the JCC of Ann Arbor on July 14th, 2016.

“On August 13th, 1942, the government of the United States began the project that changed human history, the development of the Atomic Bomb. The project was begun under the urging of Jewish physicists Leo Szilard and Albert Einstein, would proceed under the direction Robert Oppenheimer and would involve literally dozens of Jewish physicists, chemists and mathematicians. They were aware that they were in a race against the German team that was also engaged in developing a weapon of mass destruction. The fate of the Jewish people and of all humanity hung in the balance.

The Men Who Made The Atomic Bomb (PowerPoint)

The Men Who Made The Atomic Bomb (PDF Version)

Voices For Social Change – A Secular Jewish Perspective

Jews in America have always been at the forefront of social change. From Revolutionary War hero Haym Solomon to union activists, feminists and those fighting for our privacy, this is a history of those who raised their voices for social change. Please feel free to download a copy:

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My Perfect Gmail Inbox

I use Gmail as my primary mail interface for both personal and some business emails. Overall, Google has done a good job with the toolset to manage mails, but…let’s face it….they also make it easy to become a pack rat. Why shouldn’t you just keep everything? Clutter is okay, but it does make it hard to focus on what is important. Fortunately there are some excellent third-party tools available to help you.

To start off by sorting and cleaning your mailbox, I recommend Mailstorm: My Inbox. See https://mailstrom.co/ Like Gmail itself, there is nothing to download, nothing to install. It is a web-based interface that you simply log on to. It then sorts the mail in your inbox by sender, by age, etc. It makes filing and archiving your emails trivially easy. You can do much the same from within Gmail, but this is easier. Mailstrom’s goal is to help you reach inbox Zero.
Once your inbox has reached manageable size, Unroll.me (https://unroll.me/) is a great tool to manage your subscriptions. Groupon, Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn updates….once you give Unroll.me access to your account, you see a list of subscriptions. You can click down the list to unsubscribe or add your newsletters into a single, once-a-day roll up email, preserving all your coupons but keeping your mail manageable. NOTE: To unlock the full Unroll.me feature set, you need to help them get the word out. Clearly I don’t mind doing that, but just disclosing the requirement. I would happily pay to subscribe to the service.

Mailstrom and Unroll.me are great tools to manage email clutter.

Protecting Your Identity On Line With Miicard

Protecting Your On-Line Identity – Like millions of others, I am concerned about protecting my on-line identity. I decided to do something about it and have signed up with miiCard The process was NOT trivial, nor should it be. I had to provide a valid email address, a working number for SMS and then a bank card. Every time I updated something or added information, I needed to verify that by text. Which is the way that it should be. While it is too early to tell how effective it will be, I was pleased with how thorough the process was.

http://www.miicard.com/