Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Speaking of Numbers...

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!

Nature by Numbers

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 Made Me Smile

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L'Ogre on Vimeo.

How many can you recognize? It's not a competition, just a fun test of your art history knowledge.

FSM Art.

I spent a moment this morning making fun of somebody's "helpful" description of a technical problem, with JohnnyLogic. Part of my railing included a Google Search of the word "This".

"This" resulted in the exploration of a page of evidence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Rationalist Anthem