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

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Mark Evans

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 9:04 am

Mark Evans carves images onto leather with knives.

“Art doesn’t get more primal than etching animal skins with a big knife. I don’t do ‘pseudo intellectual’ I make art.”

Just a guy with a knife and a sheet of leather. At the link, you’ll find a gallery of his amazingly-detailed work.

More info: link

December 30, 2009

Tick Tock

Filed under: Google Interview Questions — Jonathan @ 10:33 am

How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap?

Bert Simons

Filed under: Artists — Jonathan @ 9:51 am

Heerlen-born, Rotterdam-based artist Bert Simons makes these scarily realistic paper-craft models, by first making 3D models of real subjects. His website showcases a bunch of amazing projects and even some behind the scenes information about the process. I would love to have one of these of myself!

More info: link

December 29, 2009

2009 in political cartoons

Filed under: Entertainment, Internet — Jonathan @ 11:20 am

From bailouts to bonuses, cartoonists try to eak some laughs out of a rough 2009.

Full slideshow/source: msnbc

December 18, 2009

The Bronze Cube

Filed under: Artists, Math — Jonathan @ 2:51 pm

A fully functional, reproduction of a Rubik’s Cube, hand cast in white bronze. It was cast in such a way as to have even shrinkage, but an unstable and rough surface.

After being cast in bronze, and assembled, it was treated by being buried in a mixture of dirt, various acids and salts, inside of a hand made birch box designed to keep the environment moist, but also to allow some passage of air and water, for about a year.

More information: link
Related: My Rubik’s Cube solution

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 15, 2009

Crossing the bridge.

Filed under: Google Interview Questions, Math — Jonathan @ 10:51 am

Four people need to cross a rickety rope bridge to get back to their camp at night. Unfortunately, they only have one flashlight and it only has enough light left for seventeen minutes. The bridge is too dangerous to cross without a flashlight, and it’s only strong enough to support two people at any given time. Each of the campers walks at a different speed. One can cross the bridge in 1 minute, another in 2 minutes, the third in 5 minutes, and the slow poke takes 10 minutes to cross. How do the campers make it across in 17 minutes?

Solution in comments.

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