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Mar 31 2014
Mar 27 2014

So, I got on a bus this morning, and I realised that: a) every one of the double seats had exactly one person on it; and b) both of the sets of sideways-facing triple seat sets had exactly 2 people on it, one at each end; and c) the rear bench had exactly 3 people on it - one at each end, and one in the middle.

So, overall, since everyone has some dislike of siting close to strangers, this bus was perfect.

Until I got on. :/

Mar 26 2014
alexob:


Green energy from the bottom of the sea
First we got wind turbines to generate energy and now it seems scientists have found a way to tap the energy force of waves….
The device, pictured above, involves two air chambers: as a wave passes over the top of the first chamber, the pressure inside increases, forcing air through a passageway to the second chamber. Inside the passageway is a turbine, so the passing air is actually what generates the electricity. As the wave continues on, it raises the pressure inside the second chamber, pushing the air back through the turbine — importantly, it is a bidirectional turbine — and back into the first chamber. Another wave, another cycle. Repeat.
Find out here how powerful this device can be.


The best sustainable energy solutions are low impact and simple - like this. Awesome.

alexob:

Green energy from the bottom of the sea

First we got wind turbines to generate energy and now it seems scientists have found a way to tap the energy force of waves….

The device, pictured above, involves two air chambers: as a wave passes over the top of the first chamber, the pressure inside increases, forcing air through a passageway to the second chamber. Inside the passageway is a turbine, so the passing air is actually what generates the electricity. As the wave continues on, it raises the pressure inside the second chamber, pushing the air back through the turbine — importantly, it is a bidirectional turbine — and back into the first chamber. Another wave, another cycle. Repeat.

Find out here how powerful this device can be.

The best sustainable energy solutions are low impact and simple - like this. Awesome.

(via thescienceofreality)

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Mar 25 2014
Mar 22 2014
Wait… What? The new Special K Original?  Make up your mind Kellogg’s!

Wait… What? The new Special K Original? Make up your mind Kellogg’s!

Mar 01 2014
I found the problem! My fuel gauge says E for Empty at both ends!

I found the problem! My fuel gauge says E for Empty at both ends!

Feb 20 2014
… to see death coming at the hands of your own creation, that’s part of the human epic tradition … Oedipus and his father. Baron Frankenstein and his monster. William Henry Gates and Windows ‘09.
— David Brin in his 2002 novel “Kil’n People (a future thriller)”

Feb 19 2014
thenewenlightenmentage:

Mathematical Beauty Activates Same Brain Region as Great Art or Music
People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.
There are many different sources of beauty – a beautiful face, a picturesque landscape, a great symphony are all examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty. Mathematicians often describe mathematical formulae in emotive terms and the experience of mathematical beauty has often been compared by them to the experience of beauty derived from the greatest art.
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I would argue that the same goes for a beautiful piece of computer programming code, and that you might also experience the same thing in your areas of expertise.

thenewenlightenmentage:

Mathematical Beauty Activates Same Brain Region as Great Art or Music

People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.

There are many different sources of beauty – a beautiful face, a picturesque landscape, a great symphony are all examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty. Mathematicians often describe mathematical formulae in emotive terms and the experience of mathematical beauty has often been compared by them to the experience of beauty derived from the greatest art.

Continue Reading

I would argue that the same goes for a beautiful piece of computer programming code, and that you might also experience the same thing in your areas of expertise.

(via thescienceofreality)

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Jan 26 2014
Happy Birthday, Mac.

Happy Birthday, Mac.

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