Solar Time

, , on October 6, 2015


Solar time uses the position of the sun in the sky to mark and coordinate events. Time is complicated (my definition is in the preceding sentence). Light cones are a new breakfast cereal. Can you name the controversial seven fundamental base units?

This neat figure shows the difference between solar time and standard time. When I’m in charge of time keeping some day I assure you a sundial and length of daylight will be involved.

Awareness and Intention

on August 19, 2015

The urge to be grateful, he said, is not a function of his faith. It’s not “the Gospel tells us” and therefore we give thanks. It is what he has always felt: grateful to be alive. “And so that act, that impulse to be grateful, wants an object. That object I call God.

What punishments of God are not gifts?

Interview with Stephen Colbert by Joel Lovell.


, on August 11, 2015


Beautiful-simple-complexity. The universe is extremely complicated and we cannot comprehend all of it. When we reduce that complexity to invented concepts we start to be able to see and understand such discrete concepts in their entirety. Tiling is one such dramatically simplified concept that is just on the edge of our human ability to understand its complexity. That is what reductionists do, try to break down reality into intelligible ideas. Of course you can also observe the universe from way up high, which is also beautiful, but in a very different way and scope. Intelligible vs unintelligible beauty.

unknowably complicated → knowingly complicated → knowingly simple → unknowably simple ↺

Pentagon tiling – above are the only 15 ways we currently know of to tessellate pentagons

Voronoi diagram

Truchet tiles


Haidinger’s brush

, , on July 20, 2015

Haidinger’s brush – learn a new skill – like juggling

Cassini Images – if you’re in quick need of some minimalistic planetary beauty

List of megaprojects – this is what we have accomplished

Himawari-8 – Japanese weather satellite that photographs the earth every 10 minutes

INT – intelligence gathering

Dinner Time

, , , , , , on March 28, 2015

The question is whether civilization as we know it can survive a transformation from values laid down by a few (the elite) to a global auction offering different and often conflicting values and perceptions. With luck a kind of benign global civilization may emerge. The alternative is conflicts born out of values justifying violence and armed conflicts against those who think otherwise — the easy way.

A New Dark Age by Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

Guide to Dim Sum and Guide to Dumplings – hungering and informative

The Egg by Andy Weir – too chummy, but fine

Name of the Year – curated amazing names, including background on where each one came from. Some samples: Moses Regular, Win Thin, Joko Widodo, Dr. Wallop Promthong, Infinite Grover

Cloud Chamber – watch uranium decay in real time

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – update

Andy Gilmore – update

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