Yearly Archives: 2013

Politics Science

Embrace the Chaos

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I am a staunch believer in leading with the bad news, so let me get straight to the point. Earth, our anchor and our solitary haven in a hostile universe, is in a precarious situation. The solar system around us is rife with instability.

The Madness of the Planets


The enlightenment idea of the divine clockwork of the cosmos is largely a lie. Our solar system was born out of chaos and despite our relatively predictable recent past, to chaos it will eventually return.


In addition, an excellent youtube video explaining the idea of orbits with marbles and spandex:

Awesome Random Uncategorized

Why NORAD tracks Santa

One morning that December, U.S. Air Force Col. Harry Shoup, the director of operations at CONAD, the Continental Air Defense Command — NORAD’s predecessor — got a phone call at his Colorado Springs, Colo., office. This was no laughing matter. The call had come in on one of the top secret lines inside CONAD that only rang in the case of a crisis.

Grabbing the phone, Shoup must have expected the worst. Instead, a tiny voice asked, “Is this Santa Claus?

A Christmas tradition is born on the United States strategic defense nuclear hotline.

Politics Science

This Video is Going to Hurt

A fascinating video all about a deeply important field of study.

Art Random Rants

Werner Herzog Reads Where’s Waldo

There seems to be a theme today…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvWh6PMi9Ek&w=640]
Art Random Science

Finding Waldo With Science

 

Ben Blatt brought some serious science to bear on one of the most altering and illuminating questions of our time: Where is Waldo? His findings have revolutionized the search for our furtive little friend.

It may not be immediately clear from looking at this map, but my hunch that there’s a better way to hunt was right. There isn’t one corner of the page where Waldo is always hiding; readers would have already noticed if his patterns were so obvious. What we do see, as highlighted in the map below, is that 53 percent of the time Waldo is hiding within one of two 1.5-inch tall bands, one starting three inches from the bottom of the page and another one starting seven inches from the bottom, stretching across the spread.

Ben Blatt on Slate.com

Art Uncategorized

The hallucinatory operators are real

Drawings by Moebius (Jean Giraud)
Title: William Burroughs

Via: But Does It Float?

Science Technology

More Printed Circuits

The Internet of things revolution is starting to really pickup speed:

The EX¹ printer is not designed to create any 3D object like normal 3D printers. It’s been crafted and designed for one key purpose, to allow you to 3D print circuit boards, layering silver nano particles onto paper or any suitable surface to rapidly create a circuit board.

 







Getting your own kit will set you back a grand and a half, but printing your own prototype circuit boards at home? Priceless.

Science Stuff Technology

inkjet-print circuits at home

Using an plain old injet printer and an ink catridge filled with silver nitrate ink, you can print your own circuits at home at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.
How to inkjet-print circuits at fraction of time and cost.

History Politics Science

Maps Showing the Origin of Common Words

Bear:Europe Etymology map v1.3 - Imgur

 

Beer:Europe Etymology map v1.3 - Imgur

Apple:

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Tea:

Maps showing the origin of common words: Beer, Apple, Church, Tea ETC.

Politics Science Technology

Billions of habitable planets in the galaxy

Astronomers reported that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable Earth-size planets in the galaxy, based on a new analysis of data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft.

The odds that we are alone just got infinitesimally small. This discovery emphasizes how much we need a replacement for the Kepler space telescope.

Science Technology

Media for Thinking the Unthinkable

Brett Victor explains how tools to expressing information change how and more importantly, what we can think. Our expressive tools enable us to think explicitly about ideas, systems and domains that were hitherto literally unthinkable. What is so special about Brett is that he walks the walk: this is the clearest, most informative “presentation” I’ve ever seen, precisely because he uses technology to make the presentation substantially more understandable.

Media For Thinking the Unthinkable

Additionally, here is an excellent post script about Brett’s project: An Ill-Advised Personal Note about “Media for Thinking the Unthinkable”

I cannot recommend enough taking a look at everything on http://worrydream.com.

 

Science Stuff Technology

Nasa Habitat For Your Truck

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Designed and built by a former Nasa habitat engineer, the Firefly is a lightweight (600lbs) habitat that fits on the back of your truck, or on a trailer.

History Politics Technology

NSA Decoded

Incredible article from The Guardian, information rich, compelling, beautiful, technologically advanced, and telling one of the most important stories of our age: NSA Decoded

Stuff Technology

The Ideal Post-Apocalypse Vehicle

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Part dune buggy, part ultralight aircraft. When you’ve got a horde of mutant bandits trying to run you down in dirt bikes, you’ll be glad you can pull a lever, release a parasail and escape over the mountain range.

SkyRunner: When the end times come, accept no alternative.

Random Science Technology

My God, They’re Made Out Of Meat

Based on the original short story by Terry Bisson.