Thursday, January 27, 2011
2. Really great bread recipe
3. Guardian journalist caught in Egyptian police roundup of protestors
4. DOD press office incoherent on Bradley Manning detention conditions
5. Good places for angel funding
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
One of our favorite body artists, Rick Genest, aka Skullboy aka Zombieboy, is featured in this new video by Mariano Vivanco for Mugler's new collection by Nicola Formichetti , with music by Lady Gaga. So that all over skeleton tattoo thing is working out pretty well, no?
2. Pixies Canadian tour dates
3. To quote Bugs Bunny, "what a maroon"
4. Why so many fundamentalists at Oxford?
5. The three private graves in Manhattan
6. If Obama wants to be bold, he should be bold
Monday, January 17, 2011
2. Zegna's Fall 2011 fashion show. Love the chapka, Senator.
3. Quirky's multitool
4. The Dakar rally
5. Looking under the street lamp
6. Octave, an open source substitute for MATLAB
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
2. Banksy interviewed about Exit Through the Gift Shop (via boingboing)
3. Trundle Manor, a wunderkammer (via boingboing)
4. Incubate at the Metropolitan Exchange building in Brooklyn
Monday, January 10, 2011
2. How the Obama Administration's Online ID program would work: just like Facebook
3. The police can subpoena 6 month old emails? Online privacy needs a fix.
4. Rays of light: Muslims acting as "human shields" for Christians in Egypt
5. Why [this event] Means We Must Support My Politics With Urgency!
6. The right's politics of hate
Scientific literacy is necessary for a functioning society in the modern age. Scientific literacy is not science education. A person educated in science can understand science; a scientifically literate person can *do* science. Scientific literacy empowers everyone who possesses it to be active contributors to their own health care, the quality of their food, water, and air, their very interactions with their own bodies and the complex world around them.
-from the Biopunk Manifesto
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
2. Bach's Cello Suites
3. 20something gunrunner gets four years, plus maybe another decade added for gun possession while indicted for the first offense.
Monday, January 03, 2011
More: A day later, 500+ birds die in Louisiana.
2. Bruce Sterling's annual State of the World conversation on the Well
3. Calcio Fiorentino, "the manliest game on earth". Basically a brawl with a ball, played while wearing 16th century pants.
4. Cross sectional map of Kowloon Walled City, with annotations in Japanese. (via @greatdismal)
5. Chinese haute couture from Guo Pei's 1002nd Arabian Nights collection. Amazing and almost certainly unwearable (via Bruce)
6. First fights over the separation of church and state: the Anti-Federalists lost big time.
The artist M. C. Escher was influenced by your geometric inventions. What was the story there?Just a nice little footnote in the history of art. The rest of the interview is worth reading as well.
In my second year as a graduate student at Cambridge, I attended the International Congress of Mathematicians in Amsterdam. I remember seeing one of the lecturers there I knew quite well, and he had this catalog. On the front of it was the Escher picture Day and Night, the one with birds going in opposite directions. The scenery is nighttime on one side and daytime on the other. I remember being intrigued by this, and I asked him where he got it. He said, “Oh, well, there’s an exhibition you might be interested in of some artist called Escher.” So I went and was very taken by these very weird and wonderful things that I’d never seen anything like. I decided to try and draw some impossible scenes myself and came up with this thing that’s referred to as a tri-bar. It’s a triangle that looks like a three-dimensional object, but actually it’s impossible for it to be three-dimensional. I showed it to my father and he worked out some impossible buildings and things. Then we published an article in the British Journal of Psychology on this stuff and acknowledged Escher.
Escher saw the article and was inspired by it?
He used two things from the article. One was the tri-bar, used in his lithograph called Waterfall. Another was the impossible staircase, which my father had worked on and designed. Escher used it in Ascending and Descending, with monks going round and round the stairs. I met Escher once, and I gave him some tiles that will make a repeating pattern, but not until you’ve got 12 of them fitted together. He did this, and then he wrote to me and asked me how it was done—what was it based on? So I showed him a kind of bird shape that did this, and he incorporated it into what I believe is the last picture he ever produced, called Ghosts.