Lovely physics limericks. From the page:
Your units are wrong! cried the teacher.
Your church weighs six joules - what a feature!
And the people inside
Are four hours wide,
And eight gauss away from the preacher!
Pretty plotter plotting pretty pecise plots in the plane. (Source code freely available for noncommercial use, the author says.)
Salman Rushdie is now allowed to be Salman Rushdie on facebook. Apparently at first facebook wouldn't believe him he was Salman Rushdie and deactivated his page, and when he provided them with a copy of his passport, they insisted on reactivating his account under "Ahmed Rushdie" - his official first name.
Tweets the author: "Victory! Facebook has buckled! I'm Salman Rushdie again. I feel SO much better. An identity crisis at my age is no fun."
Diaspora* co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy dies at 22.
From the page: "You want more women in finance because on average they are more rational. But many women opt out of such a career for exactly that same reason: they are too rational to sacrifice their life to work."
From the page: "The investigators, who prided themselves on their objectivity, turned out to be heavily influenced in their judgments by assumptions about the [rape] victim's demeanour: she was judged most credible when crying or showing despair. In reality, rape victims react in the immediate aftermath of the event in a variety of ways: some are visibly upset; others are subdued and undemonstrative. There is, unsurprisingly, no universal reaction to being raped. The detectives were relying on their instincts, and their instincts turned out to be constructed from inherited and unreliable notions about women in distress."
Neglected Books. I wound up here looking for English translations of Theodor Fontane. The page dedicated to him offers an overview of what's presently available in translation and a good general introduction to the author's work. It says "Effi Briest" has been out of print for years? Following the amazon links on the page, it seems so. Pity. But my own search returns this Penguin Classics edition, available!
I thought "Who did what?" was an intelligent reaction to "Hey did you hear?? The Libyan Rebels finally overthrew Gadhafi."
After these last posts, enjoy the beauty of a double pendulum now?
Sometimes I read the news and wonder how I can spend my time with mathematics, far fom any real problems. Sometimes I recognise what a hopeless mess the world is and will be and then I am glad to find refuge in the unwordly clarity of mathematics.
I have a German book that contains a quote by d'Alembert that goes something like:
"Mathematics is a toy God threw us for comfort in the dark."
Sadly, I could never find the original source of that quote, nor an English translation or the French original.
Berthe Sylva - Ou sont tous mes amants? (1935)
That joke didn't need to be retold with engineers and lawyers. The original ist about mathematicians and engineers, and only like that it makes sense, because, as every mathematician knows: "Engineers use mathematical methods they don't understand."
The Telegraph: "Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nuclear watchdog that its nuclear power plants were not capable of withstanding powerful earthquakes, leaked diplomatic cables reveal."
What the magnetic north pole has been up to since 1831.
(Thanks to jaundisElf!)
"Cats With Thumbs" - Milk ad. Voice: Tim Curry.
Calligraphic Arabic tattoo designs. The choice of words seems to lack the usual pathos of word tattoos : The last eight blog entries deal with the word "fork", the ones before that with both "fork" and "spoon".
Here's one design created with the word "ipod":
Clip of Catherine Russel performing "Inside this heart of mine".
Wrong development. Ilford XP2, a chromogenic (C-41) film.
"Kickass Classical Top 100" - my impulse was a disgusted thumbs down. One deep breath later - yes, might be useful as a "most popular" list to help you find things you've heard often but can't name. (In case there's no well-versed music lover around that could identify a piece by your attempts at singing it.)
Why there is something disgusting about lists like this one: These pieces are overplayed, as if there was nothing else that could compete! There is so much more to discover. Here for example, this way please: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/ericpaul/reviews/ Not everything might be as easily accessible as most entries of this list, but it's possible to learn to listen.
These pages have become too quiet...
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
And a recent version:
Jose James - Moanin'
... thanks to hidekimorais!