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Arduino Logo

Today, March 29, is Arduino Day, marking the 10th birthday for the widely used Open Source Hardware platform. Sparkfun is having a sale to celebrate. We’re doing our part by holding an Intro to Microcontrollers and Arduino class this afternoon.

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EP1

I was interested in looking at employment by industry in El Paso and Las Cruces MSAs. I was also interested in looking at median hourly wages for those industries in the area. I produced the following figures from data available at the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2012. I divided El Paso and Las Cruces […]

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EP Top Exports 2012

It can be of interest to some to look at the following data obtained from International Trade Administration for El Paso and Las Cruces MSAs. The latest data is for year 2012. The following data does not mean that the products are not necessarily produced in the cities. It means that the agent that benefits […]

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EP_BCI

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas produces a business cycle index for the major Texas MSAs. These can be found in this website. As the Dallas Fed website explains, these indexes show the broad movements in local Texas economies. They also summarize movements in nonagricultural employment, the unemployment rate, inflation-adjusted wages and inflation-adjusted retail sale.

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autopsy_06

For our February 22nd meetup we decided to perform an autopsy on an engine.  This engine had stopped running for an unknown reason and had been swapped out by a local mechanic.  Black Sun Motorsports got hold of the engine and now H3 labs is going to determine how it met its demise. Our patient […]

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Spaceport-America-2012-Logo

The private aerospace industry seems to be taking off but not without previous faced hardships and with known and unknown challenges to come. At least, there have been a few successful attempts; SpaceX was successful in sending supplies to the International Space Station and recently delivering a Thai satellite to orbit. Another company, Virgin Galactic […]

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) BGR posted a few days ago an article that discusses a hands-on video of what Ara would be like. Here I leave the video, the video starts with Ara and is almost 3 hours long. Just focus on the first 25 min into the video. Apparently Google wanted to show that the project continues to […]

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ShareofUS

During the past few weeks we have been learning about our regional economies. In this post I will present real per capita personal income of El Paso and Las Cruces MSAs. I will also present a graph showing how the regional per capita personal income compares to the one of the country as a whole. […]

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As you may know, Daniel is an avid photographer and he enjoys taking pictures of clouds very much. He made this short but sweet time lapse of clouds moving across our city, check it out. If anyone is interested in time laps photography, make sure to contact him.

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Unemployment Rates

By now we have also discussed unemployment and unemployment rates. We will begin our local unemployment discussion just by showing the local rates of unemployment. The rate for December 2013 for El Paso and Las Cruces are 8.4 percent and 7.3 percent respectively. I would love to have different measures of unemployment available but the […]

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FUQ84C3HS0D05D9.LARGE

Check out his project here. Marty completed his EL Wire Nixie tube and now the project is getting a lot of interest online. Hackaday.com the holy grail of all makers has made an article about Marty’s project and us! H3 Laboratories! Here is what they had to say: “Nixie tubes are awesome, but sometimes a […]

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Index of regional economies

As the title states, this is only the beginning and I will keep it simple for now. Comparing economies becomes hard if they are not of a comparable size. For example, what happens if I want to compare the economies of El Paso MSA, Las Cruces MSA, Texas and New Mexico? As an example, in […]

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El Paso GMP

As we have progressed in the economics workshop, we have learned some the tools to understand some of the charts that economists use to tell stories about the economy. I will begin to post once in a while about the local economies; just like I have posted opinions about economics before. Remember that these posts […]

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In the previous post we discussed examples and definitions of externalities. In this post we will discuss the same examples but they will be shown graphically. Then, possible solutions to externalities will be presented for discussion. I will try to keep it as simple as possible and not to get to technical. I will try […]

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Motorola Ara

As some of you know, I have been following Phoneblok, Motorola Ara and ZTE Eco-Mobius projects. What these have in common is that the projects are for modular mobile phones.

With Google’s backing, Motorola Ara seemed as the strongest candidate to become a real phone that would actually hit the market. Well, there has been some development to the story in the past few days. Google sold its Motorola unit to Lenovo. Thus, creating uncertainty for the project.

Some reports suggest that some of the special projects that Motorola was conducting will remain at Google. Motorola Ara would be one of them. We will wait to see if the phone is ever fully developed. We will have to wait and see what actually happens to Ara.

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ZTE-EcoMobius

For the past few months I have been following the modular cell-phone movement. It started with Phoneblok and then Motorola claimed it had been working for months on their own modular phone project called Ara. Now there is a new project for the modular phone. I am still not sure if this will work. Do not […]

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Today’s post will be really simple. I have already provided a definition in the last econ post about what an externality is. I will begin this post by providing examples of what an externality is. The first example will be an unusual one and then I will proceed to show the standard examples. Then I […]

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As promised in the previous post about cars this post is about what I consider to be the best supercar (now called hypercars in this generation) of the time. It is another video from Autocar and they test drive this incredible machine on the track. I dream of being able to see this car in the […]

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In the last post we discussed how taxes may not necessarily only affect the party intended to be taxed. The reason for this has to do with a subject we have not covered yet, elasticities. We will only cover this topic using graphs. I discovered that it is difficult for me to explain this topic […]

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We started the Biohacking activities by doing a simple DNA extraction from fruits and vegetables. many people showed up and extracted DNA from their favorite fruit or vegetable. If you are interested in Biohacking, we are planning activities that are ever increasing in complexity. Check out the pictures.

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