Yearly Archives: 2013

Random Rants

You are a Ghost


Random Science

Chalcopyrite – Fossilized Unicorn Poop


Chalcopyrite, more at google images search

Science Technology

Banana MRI


Music Random

Katakana Edits – Diablo


You know you are at my house when….


Science Technology

Protei – Opensource Autonomous Sailing Robot

Protei is an articulated, opensource autonomous sailing robot, initially designed to cleanup oilspills by puling a long oil absorbent boom.

Mind boggling innovations:

  • Steerage at the bow, which sounds crazy to my mind, but actually enables the boat to steer while towing a long, heavy object, like the oil absorbent boom.
  • Articulated hull so that the boat can maintain power while tacking into the wind.

Crazy, brilliant stuff.

Science Technology


Truth be told, It doesn’t look like much, really just some dude’s basement, and the music leaves much to be desired, but hot damn, can that robot do the highbar!

And a double back handspring!

Here’s a quintuple backflip:

There’s more on hinamitetu’s youtube channel


The shutdown was rigged

On October 1st, the Republican members of congress voted to change the rules of the House so that only the speaker of the house could bring the budget to a vote, prior to this, any member of the house could put budget up to the vote. If put to a vote, the a clean CR budget would pass, the government would open, and these shenanigans would end. Republican Speaker of the House Boehner is singlehandedly keeping the government shut. Unprecedented and Unconscionable.


UPDATE: It was pretty much a party-line vote, held at 1am on October 1st.


Go Aweee!!!


Wealth Distribution: ideal, estimated, and actual.


When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.

— Cree Prophecy



Lake Street Dive: I Want You Back

History Rants

DFW: This Is Water


Learning how to think means learning how to have some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enought to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. If you cannot do this as an adult, you will be totally hosed.

And the so-called real world will not discourage you from operating on your default settings, because the so-called real world of men and money and power hums merrily along in a pool of fear and anger and frustration and craving and worship of self. Our own present culture has harnessed these forces in ways that have yielded extraordinary wealth and comfort and personal freedom. The freedom all to be lords of our tiny skull-sized kingdoms, alone at the centre of all creation. This kind of freedom has much to recommend it. But of course there are all different kinds of freedom, and the kind that is most precious you will not hear much talk about much in the great outside world of wanting and achieving…. The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.
That is real freedom. That is being educated, and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.

David Foster Wallace, Kenyan College Commencement Speech, 2005.


UPDATE: The DFW trust has taken down the excellent video from The Glossary, so I’ve updated it with just a straight recording of the speech from youtube. Thanks Trustees!

History Politics Rants

Bike Lanes Boost Local Business

NYC study finds that bikes lanes boost local retail sales by almost 50%, at a time when average retail sales increased by 8%. Additionally, dedicated bike lanes reduced all injuries for all street users by over 30%.


Download the pdf here.

Also relevant:

Science Stuff Technology

Aquaduct Mini Planters



3d printed hangable mini planters that funnel excess water down to the planters below. Buy a 10 pack at Shapeways.







My goal with “Oscillate” was to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison to capture the viewer’s attention.

by Daniel Sierra