Saturday, March 30, 2013

People demand freedom of speech as a...

  • It's coming. You've been warned. BERSERK! Promos: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
  • Also coming: new Daft Punk
  • Know yer DNA.
  • Search teh interwebs using Clusty.
  • Get yer weather from Forecast.
  • Still trying to figure out exactly how CSS Creatures works.
  • The Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group, HORG
Hi-res image from the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter of the dark side of the moon. (I'm a week late with this.)


More risk taking by undergrads? Research projects are good and many engineering programs now offer some sort of undergraduate research experience. Communal showering doesn't qualify as being put in an unfamiliar situation (you have to read the article). Getting a summer internship might. Outcomes other than grades: an online portfolio is a great idea as is participation in design courses or competitions.

Or how about this? Evolution and existentialism are paradoxical chums in the union of science and humanity that I often advocate. Instead of risk taking what we might need is more disobedience. (You may think tl;dr.)

A union of science and the humanities is not a pipe dream. Nabakov was a very highly regarded lepidopterist.

Photographers broke the rules and climbed to the the top of the pyramids at Giza. But the photographs are fantastic.
Perhaps tl;dr for those not interested in security issues but how about a statistical analysis of PIN numbers? The most common PIN is 1234 (duh). The least common PIN surprised me as it duplicated one digit.


For Disney nerds only: a first-person account of a special Club 33 dinner event celebrating legendary animator Marc Davis' Centennial held inside the Haunted Mansion.

And Marc Davis did some work on the Disney WWII film Victory Through Airpower.

A transcript from a 1978 meeting about the storyline for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Ray Bradbury, Picasso, and animation.

This image startled me when I first saw it. source
Princeton University's annual Art of Science.


Results of a study show that great companies follow three rules.
  1. Better before cheaper.  All things being equal, improve your product instead of dropping its price.
  2. Revenue before cost. All things being equal, put your labors toward increasing revenue rather than finding ways to cut cost.
  3. There are no other rules.
Quotations - the bane of teh interwebs. Carl Jung is quoted as saying "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves." which sounds similar to an unattributed favorite of mine, "We hate most in other that which we fear in ourselves."


How about the art and science of beer.

Turn your growler of craft beer into a mini keg with TapIt.

A case full of things you might not know about beer. (Warning: infographic). Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.

A Harley Davidson crafted from Guinness cans and bottle tops.

A few photos and a short video of the underwater Baker shot of the Operation Crossroads nuclear test from 1946.

Nukes lead this list of notable accidents.

Batteries, batteries, batteries. No, I won't let it go. Consider the potential of a graphene supercapacitor.

Use SleepTiming to decide when to go to bed based on when you wake up. For 5:00a, it's lights out at 9:15p. 

Augusta Westland's Project Zero, all-electric tilt rotor demonstrator.

Is it true that birds can't fart?

Boiled sheep head. It's what's for dinner - in Iceland, at least. Let me spoil (pardon the pun) the story for you. The subject of the story prefers the head so fermented he can "drink the eye out of the eye socket."

...compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. ~Soren Kierkegaard

I apologize after the fact for feebleness of this post.


Francis Shivone said...

All good.

The beer video made me miss it but will pass on to my son who home brews.

I like Chronicles and went to read the existentialism piece but realized I will need more time so will and comment later.

Loved the airplane.

John said...

Thanks, Fran. Too many long bits this week, I think. No comments on Berserk?

Francis Shivone said...

John, on Berserk, I missed the links first time. You appreciate and understand modern art and music more than I. I don't dis-like it but I don't understand it. Most of the time.

I just finished the Existentialism/Evolution piece. Well written, easy to follow.

A few thoughts, I know there are "interdisciplinary tensions" but I don't like it. If a discipline is a way of knowing then we're all aiming for the same thing which is to understand from whence we came, where we're going, and what (how, why) we do while we're here. That's naive, I know.

That being said I think he identified inherent problems with both schools.

I'll never understand the telelogy of non-theistic evolutionists but every school of thought assumes certain unprovable truths.

Anyway, sorry for the rambling, scatter-shooting thoughts. I enjoyed the very thoughtful piece.

John said...

Avant-garde is very apt for Berserk. I've been listening to a prerelease of the album for several weeks now and it has a bit of everything and more.

I had to look up more words in your reply than in the original article! I just took him to say that there's a commonality in all fields of endeavor and to dispel the apparent conflict of free will and determinism.