January 11, 2010

Sociology in the age of the internet?

Filed under: Internet, misc., Technology — Jonathan @ 2:41 pm

“This shows Google’s remarkable power as a source of data on a range of human behaviors, emotions, and opinions. It gives us insights into what people might care the most about concerning a given topic. When people search a particular political leader, what are their main concerns? What are people secretly guilty about? For better or for worse, Google’s obsession with collecting and refining data has given us a window into each other’s fascinating and telling curiosities.”

source: link


January 8, 2010

Life In Black And White

Filed under: Internet, misc. — Jonathan @ 2:43 pm

I guess things don’t seem so bad when you look at it this way.. oh, wait.

source: link

Google confirms 1 as the loneliest number

Filed under: Internet, Math, misc. — Jonathan @ 2:38 pm

What was once assumed by many has now been confirmed by the great minds over at Google. The number 1 is, in fact, the loneliest number. .

December 31, 2009

10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

Filed under: Internet, misc. — Jonathan @ 6:52 pm

“If you put an A in ‘definitely,’ then you’re definitely and A-hole.”

The Oatmeal takes a humorous look at some of the most common (and annoying) spelling mistakes. I hope everyone will read this at least once, whether it’s to correct some mistakes you typically make or just for a little laugh.

More info: link

December 18, 2009

Eagle Owl in Flight

Filed under: Internet, misc. — Jonathan @ 2:46 pm

1000 frames per second. Why are owls so bad ass?

The Known Universe

Filed under: Internet, misc., Technology — Jonathan @ 9:04 am

The Universe isn’t that big, right? The American Museum of Natural History just released this beautiful six and a half minute journey to the deepest reaches of the known universe and back. The video starts near snowy Mt. Everest and pulls out and away from Earth to the rest of what we know is out there, with great imagery and distance markers along the way. Pack a small suitcase and get ready for an amazing voyage.

December 17, 2009

RIP Roy Disney

Filed under: Entertainment, misc. — Jonathan @ 11:00 am

Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney who became a powerful behind-the-scenes influence on the family business, died yesterday at age 79. His father, Roy O. Disney, and uncle, Walt, founded The Walt Disney Co. in the 1920s. Walt was the company’s creative genius but Roy Disney’s father played a vital role as head of its financial side.

The younger Disney, born in 1930, worked for the company as a writer and producer. But his most important influence was as a Disney shareholder who led two investor revolts.

In 1984 he led a successful campaign to oust Walt Disney’s son-in-law from the company. Nearly 20 years later, he launched another successful shareholder revolt against Michael Eisner.

He is survived by his wife Leslie, his four children, and his 16 grandchildren.

source: Eyewitness News

December 8, 2009

Möbius Bagel

Filed under: Internet, Math, misc. — Jonathan @ 9:59 am

George Hart is a sculptor, mathematician, and one of the best professors I had while at Stony Brook University. Never failing to amaze me, he has posted on his website step-by-step instructions for how to craft a Möbius strip from a single bagel.

“It is much more fun to put cream cheese on these bagels than on an ordinary bagel. In additional to the intellectual stimulation, you get more cream cheese, because there is slightly more surface area.”

This makes me miss seeing George every Tuesday and Thursday for algorithms!

More information: link

December 4, 2009

Tattoos to save the world

Filed under: Internet, misc. — Jonathan @ 9:39 am

How far would you go to help save an endangered animal? How about getting it tattooed on you?

That’s exactly what hundreds of volunteers signed up for last weekend at ExtInked, where people came from far and wide to have one of Britain’s most endangered species tattooed on their body, making them a life long ambassador for that species. Each volunteer filled out an application explaining why they deserved to be the canvas for their chosen flora or fauna. Of the many hundred that applied, only one hundred were chosen for the honor.

Tattoos tend to be a natural conversation starter and this seems like a more modern and “hip” way to spread the word.

More information: link

December 2, 2009

(500) Years of Magic.

Filed under: misc. — Jonathan @ 9:57 am

Magic, 1400s-1950s
is a new, large, big, expensive “coffee table” book outlining the history of magic. With nearly 700 pages in this beautiful looking book, there are sure to be some head turning pages.

“Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement.. Long before science fiction, virtual realities, video games and the internet, the craft of magic was the most powerful fantasy world man had ever known.. This book celebrates more than 500 years of the dazzling visual culture of the world s greatest magicians. Featuring over 1,000 rarely seen vintage posters, photographs, handbills, and engravings in one 650-page volume, it traces the history of magic as a performing art from the 1400s to the 1950s. Combining sensational images with lucid and incisive text, Magic explores the evolution of the magician s craft, from medieval street performers to the brilliant stage magicians who gave rise to cinematic special effects; from the 19th century s Golden Age of Magic to groundbreaking daredevils like Houdini and the early 20th century’ vaudevillians.”

If you are a magician, fan of magic, or know anyone that is a fan, you’ve just found the perfect holiday gift. Authors Mike Caveney and Jim Steinmeyer, along with contributor Ricky Jay, are all professional magicians, scholars and historians of the first rank. This is a serious work, as well as a gigantic love letter to the 500+ ‘golden years’ of magic.

More information: link

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