Posts Tagged ‘ random ’

Because it’s Friday: I hate pennies

October 1, 2010
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I was brought up in Australia, where we got rid of 1¢ and 2¢ coins in my childhood. Nobody missed them, at least as I recall. I certainly didn't: they were useless, even at the age when I might by lollies (candy) for 2¢ apiece. But then again, I'd never buy one, and with the new changes if I...

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NewTwitter design based on a Golden Spiral

September 29, 2010
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NewTwitter design based on a Golden Spiral

I finally got the new version of Twitter yesterday, and it looks great. And that's no accident: according to the designer, the layout of the new Twitter interface is based on the Golden Spiral: You can describe the Golden Spiral by laying consecutive squares in a spiral fashion, each square being smaller than the last by a factor of...

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Because it’s Friday: Religion and reading level

September 10, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Religion and reading level

The dating site OK Cupid often publishes on their blog interesting analyses of based on the self-reported data from their users, and the latest post is no exception. Most commentary has focused on race/gender preference analysis: according to the "Likes" sections of OK Cupid profiles, white males like "sweaty guitar rock, bro-on-bro comedies, things with engines, and dystopias" whereas...

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Because it’s Friday: How Machines Work

August 27, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: How Machines Work

Ever wondered how a sewing machine seemingly manages to knot stitches without ever releasing the thread? Well, wonder no more: Find this and other animations of marvels of engineering, including the universal velocity joint and the rotary engine, at the link below. World Of Technology: Complicated Mechanisms Explained in simple animations (via) http://mytechnologyworld9.blogspot.com/2010/08/complicated-mechanisms-explained-in.html

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Leveraging the Wisdom of Crowds for Fantasy Football

August 23, 2010
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Leveraging the Wisdom of Crowds for Fantasy Football

WARNING: This has nothing to do with national security, but is nonetheless awesome. This evening I will be participating in that great annual tradition which marks the transition from Summer to Fall: the fantasy football draft. A large part of having a successful fantasy football draft is being able to adjudicate the value of a player more accurately

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Because it’s Friday: Foxes on a Trampoline

August 6, 2010
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They're foxes. They're on a trampoline. And they're jumping. I don't think there's much more for me to add:

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Because it’s Friday: Double Rainbow

July 30, 2010
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It's sunny up here in Seattle (I'm attending BioConductor 2010 -- Revolution's a sponsor) now that the morning fog has lifted. So in honor of sunny Friday afternoons, I bring you the Double Rainbow song: (If you've been in a wi-fi-less cave for the past couple of weeks, check out the original.)

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Anatomy of a Life-Milestone Announcement on Facebook

July 15, 2010
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Anatomy of a Life-Milestone Announcement on Facebook

As I have mentioned, I recently returned for a lovely trip to Europe. While on vacation my brilliant, beautiful, funny, and all around perfect girlfriend accepted my invitation to be my wife. Pause for shared overwhelming feeling of joy… While I am still basking in the glow of being the luckiest man on Earth, as

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Because it’s Friday: Insect sex

June 25, 2010
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Birds do it, bees do it. But the bees and their insect brethren definitely do it in a more interesting way. Don't believe me? Check out Isabella Rosselini's description of bee sex and the other videos in her educational "Green Porno" series. It's fascinating stuff. For some light summer reading, I also recommend Olivia Judson's "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice...

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The Deepwater Horizon, in context

June 11, 2010
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The Deepwater Horizon, in context

The Earth is pretty big. Give or take, it's about 36,000 feet (11km) to the height of a 747 soaring above Everest, and (in pleasing symmetry) about the same distance down the bottom of the Mariana Trench. (Nonetheless, if you shrunk the Earth down to scale, it would still be smoother than a billiard ball.) So I was surprised...

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