Atomic Pi Brings Intel to Single-Board Computers

Credit: Digital Loggers

Credit: Digital LoggersThe onslaught of single-board computers continued last week with the debut of Atomic Pi, a product from Digital Loggers that combines the small form factor of a Raspberry Pi with an Intel Atom processor, ostensibly because the company believes it can offer better pricing and performance that way.

Atomic Pi features a quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8350 with a 2M cache, a 480MHz GPU and 1.92GHz maximum clock speed. According to Digital Loggers, that “eats [Raspberry Pi] for dessert” and also “beats some desktops.” Additionally, it features 2GB DDR3L-1600 memory, 16GB eMMC storage complemented by an SD card slot with support for up to 256GB of additional storage, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports; as well as Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4 and Wi-Fi.

Other specs include:

  • 9-axis inertial navigation sensor with compass BNO055
  • Secondary XMOS audio output with class-D power amp
  • TTL serial debug and expansion serial ports up to 3.6Mbps
  • Real time clock and battery
  • JST-style connectors on top
  • 26-pin header for power and GPIO underneath

Atomic Pi also features a “legitimate licensed BIOS” that can boot from SD, USB, or Ethernet-connected storage. Digital Loggers said that Linux comes pre-loaded and that Atomic Pi will also run the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 (hopefully the experience is better than it is on a Raspberry Pi). More information about the Atomic Pi is available via an FAQ page on the company’s website, a user forum and a dedicated subreddit.

Digital Loggers offers multiple configurations of the Atomic Pi. The base version only includes the board and costs $34. The next model up adds support for a 2.5mm PSU at $39, and another model offers a large breakout board with screw terminals for $49. The company also bundled the Atomic Pi as a Full Developers Kit featuring cameras, a power supply and two Atomic Pi boards for $95 or 24 of the single-board computers for $696.

Atomic Pi is sold via the Digital Loggers store as well as Amazon. (With Prime shipping, for those who can’t wait to get their itty-bitty computer.) The base model is sold out on Amazon, but the Digital Loggers store appears to have everything but the Full Developers Kit in stock.

I’ll concede, toasted English muffins make a decent burger bun

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Earlier this month, we engaged in a civil discussion about the merits of various burger buns—potato rolls, pretzel buns, brioche. But commenter Proud Hamerican said we were all misled, because the true best burger bun is an English muffin. I couldn’t very well let that claim stand uninvestigated.

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So on a recent burger night, I grill-toasted some English muffins alongside the standard buns. On went the cheeseburger, on went the caramelized onions, on went the condiments. I took a big bite. My verdict: Hey, pretty good!

The toasted English muffin’s nooks and crannies trap and capture the condiments and sauces without getting soggy. The muffin’s thickness is also a point in its favor; it’s not so substantial that it overwhelms the beef itself. Its flat surfaces, dusted with those farina particles, are easy to hold and didn’t make my hands as greasy as a brioche bun. A sourdough muffin could contribute a pleasing, slightly citric tang.

An English-muffin burger is a bridge between standard burgers and patty melts, and I heartily endorse it. Thanks again, Hamerican.

Industry Expert On Tesla’s Motors: “They’ve Got Magic!”

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Disclaimer: I have been hesitating whether to write this article for some months now. I am not an engineer. I am an environmental advocate and avid cleantech follower. I had really hoped an engineer would cover this story, but I have not seen an article that covers this aspect of Tesla’s technology. (I could have missed it.)

The main source for this article is an Autoline video interview done with engineer/auto industry expert Sandy Munro. (CleanTechnica’s Paul Fosse recently gave a great breakdown of a newer Sandy Munro interview. See: “Auto Industry Expert In Lean Design, Sandy Munro, Gushes Over Tesla In New Video.”)

Munro owns a consultancy firm that helps automakers improve their vehicles, their production methods, their understanding of new technology, etc. A link to this video has been provided in multiple CleanTechnica articles. Near the 10:40 mark of the video directly below, Munro begins explaining why Tesla’s motors are “magic!”

After conducting a complete Model 3 teardown, Sandy Munro went from criticizing Tesla’s panel gaps to being absolutely blown away by its technology. He and his team have written a very expensive Model 3 teardown industry report, and he has been traveling the world giving presentations to packed crowds on Tesla’s technology. Unfortunately, his great explanations have not been picked up by the media to the level they deserve.

Last year, his comments about Tesla’s poor panel gaps were covered intensely. However, his subsequent comments about Tesla’s advanced technology have received paltry coverage. After watching numerous interviews of Munro, it is apparent that it takes a lot to impress him, and Tesla does it exactly that. When talking about Tesla’s innovation, he is as happy as a kid in a candy store. Like anyone, Munro wants to make money, but like many engineers, he is intrinsically obsessed with his work and you can tell he really loves this technology.

Tesla’s newer permanent magnet motors are superior to the competition for a number of reasons. This article covers just one of those reasons.


So, why are Tesla motors magical?

A lot of that magic is in the magnets!

Tesla was able to to take advantage of what is referred to as the Halbach array. Tesla’s new permanent magnet motors are an improved design that first appeared in the Model 3. Only recently have the Model S and Model X been upgraded to this new technology.

Magnets within these motors are engineered to create a more optimal magnetic field. Four carefully designed, small magnets that oppose each other are actually glued together to create a stronger — or rather, a more optimized — magnetic field that makes the permanent magnet motor more powerful and more efficient. There are several of these magnets within the motor.

This crucial aspect of the motor is one of the main reasons why Tesla vehicles get more range than competing vehicles that have the same size battery packs.

I am going to try to give a very brief CliffsNotes explanation of the Halbach array. According to Wikipedia, “A Halbach array is a special arrangement of permanent magnets that augments the magnetic field on one side of the array while canceling the field to near zero on the other side.”

To begin with, let’s look at this diagram on the right of this single magnet and its magnetic field. Notice how the magnetic field is symmetrical. It is the same on both sides of the magnet.

The Halbach array is a number of opposing magnets formed (glued) together to make the magnetic force stronger on one side.

The altered magnetic field pictured above is one of the key reasons why Tesla’s motors are lighter and less expensive yet also more powerful and efficient than other motors. In the video above, Munro explains that it is much more complicated than gluing four magnets together. Each magnet is designed in such a manner that Munro does not know how to reverse engineer them yet (the interview was posted to YouTube on January 3rd, 2019, so maybe he and his team are on their way to figuring that out.)

In the Autoline interview, Munro also discussed Tesla’s innovative Superbottle, which also has not been covered nearly enough. The Superbottle is part of Tesla’s brilliant and efficient thermal battery management and HVAC system. If you found this topic of discussion interesting, keep an eye out for a future discussion of Tesla’s Superbottle. It could be called old news, but it is news that has not been widely covered at all.

As a wrap-up, below is a great video demonstrating the Halbach array. Remember, Tesla’s magnets are more complicated than this demonstration. However, the video is an instructive introduction to the Halbach Array.

17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners Anyone Can Make




If you’re on the hunt for a few plant-based slow-cooker recipes, you’re not alone. Plant-based diets are gaining popularity, although there seems to be some disagreement on what a plant-based diet actually is. In my book, it means eating mostly plants—fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices—but still leaves room for a little bit of meat, fish and dairy. To other people, it means eating only plant foods, and eliminating animal foods altogether. In other words, veganism.

To make things simple, all of the plant-based slow-cooker recipes below are vegan, made with plenty of veggies, legumes and whole grains—plus various fun ingredients like coconut milk, peanut butter, tortilla chips and even some dairy-free cheese. That’s not to say that a plant-based eating style means eating vegan all the time, it’s just to give everyone some recipe ideas that are meat-free and heavy on plants.

Whether you’re looking to follow a plant-based diet, or just want to try adding a few more plant-based meals to your week, the recipes below are a great place to start. All are foolproof, since your slow cooker does all the work. Plus, each one yield several servings that can easily be refrigerated or frozen for future meals.


Choosing Chia.

1. Chickpea Pumpkin Curry

It may not be peak pumpkin season, but if you can find winter squash at the farmer’s market, this slow-cooker plant-based curry is a great way to punch up its flavor.

Iowa Girl Eats.

2. Black Bean and Rice Soup

Give slow-cooker black bean soup a little extra something by adding rice.

Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

3. Mexican-Style Quinoa Tacos

Who needs ground beef when these slow-cooker plant-based tacos have all that texture from beans and quinoa.

Dear Crissy.

4. Vegetable Lentil Soup

Slow-cooker vegetable lentil soup might not be the most out-of-the-box idea, but you really can’t go wrong with it.


5. Loaded “Baked” Sweet Potatoes

Instead of cranking up your oven for a whole hour, “bake” your sweet potatoes in a slow cooker. Then, fill ’em with corn, beans, herbs and tasty cashew cream.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Rice and Beans

Sweet and Savory Meals.

6. Rice and Beans

If you need a low-fuss, budget-friendly meal, look no further than slow-cooker rice and beans.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | African-Style Peanut Stew

The Girl on Bloor.

7. African-Inspired Peanut Stew

This filling slow-cooker stew is thickened with peanut butter, and filled with chickpeas and all kinds of vegetables.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Jessica In the Kitchen.

8. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Hard to believe, but this hearty slow-cooker casserole is totally vegan!

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

The Kitchn.

9. Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

Not only is this slow-cooker curry stew tasty, it’s also freezer-friendly.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Vegan Jambalaya

Veggie Balance.

10. Vegan Jambalaya

Vegan jambalaya might seem counterintuitive, but it’s possible. This one’s made with vegan sausage, plus tons of spices.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Quinoa Tortilla Soup

Making Thyme for Health.

11. Quinoa Tortilla Soup

The more tortilla chips you add to garnish this slow-cooker soup, the better.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Vegan Lasagna

Vegan Chickpea.

12. Vegan Lasagna

What’s the secret to vegan lasagna, you ask? Vegan cheese, for starters—and plenty of veggies. The recipe calls for gluten-free noodles, but you can use regular if you don’t have a gluten allergy.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Lentil Sloppy Joes

Simply Quinoa.

13. Lentil Sloppy Joes

What’s more fun than a nostalgic sloppy joe dinner?

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Tofu Tikka Masala

Yup It’s Vegan.

14. Tofu Tikka Masala

Tikka masala is a classic Indian dish, and you can make a pretty convincing version in your slow cooker.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Curried Kale Soup with Cauliflower Rice

Cotter Crunch.

15. Curried Kale Soup with Cauliflower Rice

There are so many plants happening in this slow-cooker curried kale soup.

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Pinto Bean Enchiladas

Oh My Veggies.

16. Pinto Bean Enchiladas

Wouldn’t it be great to come home to a slow cooker full of warm, plant-based enchiladas at the end of a long day?

STYLECASTER | 17 Plant-Based Slow-Cooker Dinners | Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Happy Healthy Mama.

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With a rare outing of Tesla’s next-gen Roadster prototype last week, we are getting a first look at the upcoming all-electric hypercar’s trunk space.

Tesla unveiled its next-gen 2020 Roadster back in 2017, but only one working prototype has been shown to date in it only made a few public outings.

Last week, Tesla did bring the Roadster prototype to its Investor Autonomy Day and it resulted in our first look at the new Roadster back seats and door system.

Unlike previous outings, Tesla actually let attendees open the doors and get inside the vehicles, which is a first in broad daylight, and some of them have actually opened the trunk of the new Roadster.

It is resulting in our first good look at the next-gen Roadster’s hatch and rear cargo space (pictures via u/backstreetatnight on Reddit):

The trunk space looks a little bigger than what is standard in the supercar segment.

When Tesla unveiled the Roadster prototype in 2017, CEO Elon Musk claimed a list of insanely impressive specs including 0-60 mph in 1.9 sec, 620-mile of range, and more.

But what was even more surprising to some is that he said it would actually be a four-seater with back seats and it will also have enough cargo space to go on roadtrips.

Based on those pictures, it looks like it could fit two or three suitcases.

It also looks like the back seats fold down to create a little more cargo space in the back.

Though the back seats are apparently only available for the base version of the vehicle because Musk said that Tesla also plans to offer a “SpaceX package”, which will include cold air thrusters powered by a system of air pumps and tanks that would take up the space for the backseat.

It’s unclear what the cargo space will look like with this performance package. It’s also unknown whether or not there’s front cargo space like in Tesla’s other vehicles.

Tesla is trying to bring the next-gen Roadster to market by 2020 and make it the quickest and fastest production car on the market – and it just happens to be all-electric.

Musk describes the goal of the vehicle as destroying the halo effect that gas-powered vehicles maintain by having the top performing models.

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Shhh! 3 Frequently Misinterpreted Introvert Behaviors

Introversion is a stable aspect of personality, not a form of social anxiety.

Posted Apr 27, 2019

In the midst of a career in which I have found myself speaking to groups and managing people, I routinely avoid small-talk and spontaneous gatherings, where I find myself short on words. Sometimes I let down my guard and unleash a torrent of hyperactivity and pranksterism, but that is behavior I typically reserve for my daughters and wife. I’m socially slow-to-warm-up yet an organized, focused thinker, dependably conscientious, and privately creative. I listen more than I talk, and I think before I speak. I am generally quiet. I literally do not process thought at the speed of social conversation, and my silence can easily be mistaken for disinterest or worse.

Here are a few examples of commonly misinterpreted introvert behaviors—

#1 – Small Talk

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If you’re an introvert, this one rises to thorn-in-the-flesh magnitude proportions. Make no mistake: introversion does not mean one is averse to human connection; for many introverts like myself, it’s quite the opposite. Yet, for introverts, small talk is a means to serious conversation; it is not an end in itself. Many introverts have a very strong aversion to small talk.

It isn’t that we introverts don’t want to talk to you (necessarily). Introverts must think it out before they are very well able to talk it out. On the other hand, extraverts must talk it out in order to think it out.

Folks ask me, “How was your weekend?” and I’m apt to respond, “Fine,” just as I did when my mother asked me about my day when she picked me up from junior high. Yet I enjoy time one-on-one with a friend having deeper conversation over coffee or a pint of beer. In small talk, I wince, writhe, and wither; in more isolated and focused conversation, I can be direct and even, I am told, disarming—we are a confusing sort.

#2 – Standoffishness

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At one organization I worked at years ago—Metrocare Services in Dallas, Texas—I was excited upon being hired as a clinical director for their therapeutic foster care program and began reading up on the organization. In that search, I stumbled onto a link to a recent interview of then CEO, Dr. James Baker, on National Public Radio.

Dr. Baker was insightful and articulate, and I was excited to work for him. When I came on staff, I learned, by Dr. Baker’s own admission, that he was quite introverted. Before one branch meeting when he was to come to my site, he went so far as to warn staff of his introversion in an email, letting folks know he would be reserved, and he encouraged staff to initiate conversation with him. I found this strange and refreshing.

True to form, Dr. Baker was mesmerizing in front of our group, and when I went to him afterward to formally introduce myself face-to-face (we had only emailed), he seemed distant and disinterested, yet I had an understanding that his presence with me was being influenced by his own temperamental wiring, and that affected how I engaged with him. For one, I didn’t take his demeanor as a personal slight against me.

#3 – Reclusiveness

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Little pleased me more as a youngster than to be off on my own, exploring trails, sitting in the silence of nature, or imaginatively carrying out some odd job, such as cleaning my favorite trees with dirt (the hobby of an introvert, to be sure). I spent much of my free time alone reading and writing. I collected baseball cards and coins and spent countless hours organizing them, creating indexed lists, rudimentary spreadsheets to track changes in their value (I had a subscription to Beckett Sports Card Monthly and a copy of The Official Red Book of United States Coins).

A Note on Shyness

And, of course, there’s shyness. I have already shared a few thoughts on “standoffishness,” which is perhaps just one common way that similar behavior can be perceived—that is, the same or similar behavior by a person in a different situation or role or season of life may be interpreted as “shy.” While either description may be sufficiently fair, it is my duty on the behalf of introverts everywhere to explain this—

Introverts are not necessarily shy. Extraverts are not necessarily gregarious. These two stereotypes are well-earned by superficial assessment; however, the next time you encounter a shy introvert or a gregarious extravert, know that the combination of these traits are not necessarily coincidental, but neither are they necessarily intertwined. To be clear: introversion is a stable aspect of personality, not a form of social anxiety.

Being An Introvert

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In these ways, I have the burden and benefit of knowing more of who I am, and more to the point, knowing how I am—temperament and personality. It is confirmed to me each and every day in my experience of my own self in life. I have learned that people are different than each other and that no amount of effort is going to alter the most fundamental traits by which we process information and engage in relationship. We each have cognitive, character, and temperament orientations by which we live.

Rauch (2003) offered a satirical, and strikingly accurate, description of introversion—

Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice? If so, do you tell this person he is ‘too serious,’ or ask if he is okay? Regard him as aloof, arrogant, rude? Redouble your efforts to draw him out? If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you have an introvert on your hands. (p. 133)

Over the course of my personal and professional journey, I have remained acutely aware of my introversion, which carries its own idiosyncratic drawbacks but also its own unique strength and utility. Well, I’ve said enough. Before we go, for goodness’ sake, let us have a bit of silence—{ }.


Rauch, J. (2003). Caring for your introvert. Atlantic Monthly, 291(2), 133-134.

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Tesla Pickup render brings Elon Musk’s cyberpunk ‘Blade Runner’ truck to life

A concept artist has showcased a cool and creative take on Tesla’s pickup truck, which is expected to be revealed sometime later this year. Bold and unapologetically futuristic, the Tesla Truck render is a pretty good representation of Elon Musk’s upcoming “cyberpunk” vehicle.

When Elon Musk discussed Tesla’s upcoming pickup truck to veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher last November, he noted that the vehicle will be so futuristic, it won’t look out of place in the iconic sci-fi Blade Runner franchise. Musk even mentioned that if the vehicle does not sell well because it’s too cyberpunk, then the electric car maker will release a more “conventional” truck.

An artist’s render of the Tesla Pickup Truck. (Credit: Emre Husman)
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Concept artist Emre Husmen’s take on the Tesla Pickup Truck definitely qualifies as one of the more futuristic takes on the upcoming vehicle. The artist’s design features generous ground clearance and an incredibly aggressive stance. Futuristic headlights and taillights also provide accents to the vehicle’s Model X-inspired front fascia. Similar to Rivian’s acclaimed R1T pickup, Husman’s take on the Tesla Truck features a double cab design and a rather short bed.

The design of Tesla’s Pickup Truck is still pretty much under wraps. During the unveiling of the Tesla Semi, Elon Musk mentioned that the vehicle could be derived from the all-electric long-hauler. Musk even showed a couple of artist’s renditions of the Semi-based pickup truck that have proven to be quite polarizing. Tesla provided another teaser of the vehicle during the Model Y event as well, but it only featured a cryptic, angular image that incited numerous interpretations from the electric car community.

An artist’s render of the Tesla Pickup Truck. (Credit: Emre Husman)

Regardless of its final design, the Tesla Truck will likely provide ample competition for the juggernauts of the pickup market like the Ford F-150 and the Dodge RAM. This is partly due to the vehicle’s specs, which include dual motors and a pretty insane towing capacity of 300,000 pounds. The vehicle is also expected to be large enough to seat six people, and include practical features such as a 240-volt connection for heavy-duty tools and an air compressor to run other equipment.

The pickup truck market could very well be the next big frontier for electric vehicles, especially in the United States. Kicking off the segment is the critically acclaimed Rivian R1T, which was unveiled to much enthusiasm late last year and expected to be released in 2020. Auto veteran Ford has also announced that it will be developing an electric version of its best-selling F-150 truck, which, if successful, could end up converting a significant number of traditional pickup truck drivers to electric transportation.

An artist’s render of the Tesla Pickup Truck. (Credit: Emre Husman)