Monday, March 29, 2010
When a famous tantric guru boasted on television that he could kill another man using only his mystical powers, most viewers either gasped in awe or merely nodded unquestioningly. Sanal Edamaruku’s response was different. “Go on then — kill me,” he said.
Plenty more found here.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
You can go there without the /love at the end, or add your own /evil, /sex, /whatever
Each destination starts as a blank wall, you drag yourself around in there, and you can write whatever you like wherever you like in regular monotype.
It's simple and elegant, and awesome.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm also loving that Obama wasn't the least bit offended by it, and that one of his first reactions was to put it on a t-shirt.
(Thanks again to Chris Cactus!)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns, just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.
Ada Lovelace, Notes on Menabrae’s Memoir on the Analytic Engine
Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Cheers to the original computer programmer!
I have a few quibbles with the inferential leaps people make about the Fibonacci number, phi and related ideas (for instance, fudging examples), but I cannot argue with the quality of the following video — it is a stunning visualization of the the relationship between the Fibonacci sequence, the Golden ratio, the Golden Angle, Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations:
"This" resulted in the exploration of a page of evidence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
"These solar cells have, for the first time, surpassed the conventional light-trapping limit for absorbing materials," says Harry Atwater, Howard Hughes Professor, professor of applied physics and materials science, and director of Caltech's Resnick Institute, which focuses on sustainability research.
The light-trapping limit of a material refers to how much sunlight it is able to absorb. The silicon-wire arrays absorb up to 96 percent of incident sunlight at a single wavelength and 85 percent of total collectible sunlight. "We've surpassed previous optical microstructures developed to trap light," he says.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
It's official: HBO has given a green light to a 10-episode series based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy series Game of Thrones and released the first image from the show, which you can view below. Production begins in June; no premiere date was announced.The first official picture, below: