Category Archives: Technology

History Technology

The first Star Wars Trailer

Note: no James Earl Jones voiceover, nor John Williams soundtrack. Still, must have made an impression!

Technology

The @ Symbol’s many names

Bosnian: “Crazy A”

Dutch: “Monkey Tail”

Danish: “Elephant’s Trunk”

German: “Spider Monkey”

Hungarian: “Maggot” or “Worm”

Italian: “Snail”

Norwegian: “Curly Alpha”

Slovak: “Pickled Fish Roll”

Uzbek: “Doggy”

And more: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know and more about the @.

Art Politics Technology

NYC CitiBike Usage Time Lapse

I love the swarms around 8am and 5pm, though it’s fascinating that people prefer to take the bikes home from work, rather than to work. A fascinating intersection of urban life, technology and art.

Art Random Rants Science Technology

Sierpinski Triangle

If you are going to read one essay about the Sierpinski Triangle, it really ought to be this one.

From what I can tell, one of the settings used to deal with division by 0 is the so-called Riemann sphere, which is where we take a space shuttle and use it to fly over and drop a cow on top of a biodome, and then have the cow indiscriminately fire laser beams at the grass inside and around the biodome. That’s my intuitive understanding of it anyway.

Yeah, you know you wanna get all up in this gasket.




Via:Hacker News

Art Technology

SyncroKinetic – Joe Pentland

Permanent installation in the atrium of the Connecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory, Rock Hill CT.

SyncroKinetic by Joe Pentland

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.

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.

Science Technology

Banana MRI

via BoingBoing.net

Technology

You know you are at my house when….

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