Chaotic Maps

, , , on January 31, 2011

For a closer look of the above, check out the SEM (and reddened?) version.

Delving into more things that I don’t understand but think are awesome: chaotic maps (the higher the dimension, the better!).

But of course that leads to fractals and chaos theory, which are even more awesome.

And a new Google Lab for exploring fractals that is sure to crash your browser.

But the real purpose of this post is to say that I dislike broccoli and cauliflower– they smell bad and are too voluminous vegetables.


on January 12, 2011

How bakeries make croissants. I’ve done this (croissants and cinnamon rolls) on a small scale before, but the efficiency and neatness that this baker displays is amazing. I remember I made a mess and added too much flour to the dough because I didn’t work quickly enough.

[via reddit]

The Geometry of Pasta

, on October 4, 2010

The Geometry of Pasta shapes grid provides stylized visual information about a variety of pastas along with several recipes. The whole website is the online presence of a cookbook. The images aren’t too helpful, but at least you can pretend to speak Italian after learning a few of the pasta names.

Why do we eat chili?

, , , , on September 15, 2010

I have an ongoing argument with my family about whether or not spiciness is actually a flavor/spice. I don’t think it is.

Perhaps we seek out the painful experience of snacking on chillies while consciously maintaining awareness that there is no real danger to ourselves … it is this cognitive mismatch itself that provides the thrill: … the burn of capsaicin only seems to be threatening.

This is my opinion of why people like spiciness, and I think it has some roundabout evolutionary answer as well.

The Guardian World News

via Why do we eat chilli?.

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