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.


, 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



, on March 17, 2014


DOGE2048 is based on 2048. Check out 2048 in 4D. And now a subreddit devoted to the game.


, , on January 24, 2014


Frax is a beautiful, feature-filled app made by the people who were making fractal lab. You can watch their homepage tutorial video for the app in action and then look at their high quality render samples and user created gallery.

Similarly, here are some fractal flythroughs. I hope a versatile 3D fractal explorer is released some day, with virtual reality support.

The Sound of Sorting

, on November 5, 2013

The sound of sorting is a program that visualizes and audiolizes various sorting algorithms. It is a ton of fun, from hearing crazy pacman noises to trying to figure out how the different sorting mechanisms work to seeing which algorithms are best for different data sets.

Bonus Hungarian quicksort folk dance.

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