Monday, August 29, 2005
Sunday, August 28, 2005
I’m for Demosthenes
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
What Bugs See
Most insects have bichromatic vision. Bees and butterflies have trichromatic vision like we do. Frequency response curves can be seen here. Because bugs see UV light, they see things we can't.
I found the site naturfotograf.com via del.icio.us. It has a lot of cool UV pictures of flowers that can give you a better idea of what bugs see.
Monday, August 22, 2005
I arrived home and found this Andrew King original on the wall.
Three cheers for Mrs. Metamerist!
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Songs I've been listening to lately...
Amazing Life - Jem
The Irish Keep Gate-Crashing - The Thrills
Don't Steal Our Sun - The Thrills
Deckchairs and Cigarettes - The Thrills
Run - Snow Patrol
Last Clown - Turin Brakes
Fishing For a Dream - Turin Breaks
Make No Sound - Gomez
Just the Girl - The Click Five
Good Day - The Click Five
Frame By Frame - The Honorary Title
Bridge and Tunnel - The Honorary Title
Breathe (2AM) - Anna Nalick
Novocaine For the Soul - The Eels
I Need Some Sleep - The Eels
Where's Bill Grundy Now? - Television Personalities
World - Mint Royale
I Want Wind to Blow - The Microphones
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
"It's Nice to See You're Copying Our Stuff"
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
Shoes that Glow in the Dark
Until recently, I'd never actually seen the shoe store fluoroscopes, but they have one on display now in an exhibit at the Minnesota Science Museum (alongside all sorts of other wacky medical gadgets and phrenological devices). Here's a shot I took of it (after masking and adding a drop shadow). Notice the little slot on the bottom where the kids put their feet. The main viewer is in the middle. The two on the sides are for other observers (presumably one for Mommy or Daddy and the other for Al Bundy: shoe salesman / radiologist).
The interesting story about this baby is that it was actually in use in a Madison, West Virginia department store until 1981. Once word got around that they are dangerous and illegal, the store turned the device over to the FDA.
The exhibit included this handy chart of the roentgens per hour this baby leaked out at various distances.
On the Road
Over the weekend, I managed to find time for the first five chapters of Roger Penrose's Road to Reality. On the spectrum from pamphlet to thick-enough-to-stun-an-ox, it's closer to the ox side, so I purchased it with a certain sense of "as if" resignation (there are too many thin books time hasn't given me the luxury of finishing).
As far as it goes, I'm really enjoying the book, its insightful examples and interesting tidbits from the history of mathematics. For example, I'd never heard the story of Girolamo Saccheri's role in the development of hyperbolic geometry.
"It would seem that Saccheri himself must have ultimately thought his life's work a failure, constituting merely an unfulfilled attempt to prove the parallel postulate by showing that the hypothesis that the angle sum of every triangle is less than two right angles led to a contradiction... But in striving for it he, in effect, found something far greater: a new geometry, different from that of Euclid." (p. 42)
I can't help thinking of this poor old chap lying on an 18th century death bed pulling a mathematical George Bailey, thoroughly oblivious to the significance of his work. Bummer.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
The Art of Science
The results of the first annual Art of Science Competition at Princeton.
Faking the Lomo Effect
An old Kottke post I stumbled upon...
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Bauhaus - Archiv Museum of Design
"The Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design in Berlin is concerned with the research and presentation of the history and impact of the Bauhaus (1919-1933)..."
Friday, August 05, 2005
"[She] is so remarkably uninformed that she should sue the public schools of Abilene, Texas, or maybe they should sue her. On the day he won his seventh Tour de France, not many people could say, as she did, that they had no idea who Lance Armstrong was."
Drawn! is nearing pole position in my RSS reader. Kudos to a blog very well done! Highlighted today, Andrew King's transition from syndicated cartooning to fine art. New to me, I welcome his wry minimalism. I love the piece above titled Hockey Night in Canada. Here's a link to his site: Andrew King.
"What's new, however, is the technology that Katinka Matson uses to make her pictures. Instead of oilpaints or a camera she uses a regular scanner. And because the light scanning of such an office machine eliminates even the easiest distortion, she develops a naturalistic effect, which questions our way of seeing, because our eyes have long adjusted themselves long ago to the distortions of photo and movie cameras."
The other night it was Word Wars, a documentary covering the lives of SCRABBLE fiends going to the National Championship. There's nothing like an ethnography full of quirky characters, and this is the best I've seen since Trekkies. Running 80 minutes, it's a good choice when you
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Anything Else But the Truth
Lately, listening to Anything Else But the Truth by The Honorary Title. Check out this track, Bridge and Tunnel. Also, the track Frame by Frame, if you can find a sample. Sometimes lead singer Jarrod Gorbel's vocals remind me a little of Wheat, and maybe there's no rational reason whatsoever for it, but the guitar of Frame by Frame leaves me recalling New Order's Age of Consent.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Nice site in terms of layout and content.
Monday, August 01, 2005
Images of Aggregation
SIGGRAPH 2005 Blog Coverage
A Slideshow for Charlie Kaufman