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Fri, Apr. 20th, 2012, 11:01 pm
Feeding My (Inner?) Science Nerd

Recently, I have become somewhat addicted to several series of science videos on the internet. I first found Sixty Symbols, which has videos about topics in physics and astronomy, using the premise that each video is about a particular symbol that scientists in those fields use.

From there, I found Periodic Videos (chemisty, including one video for each element in the periodic table), Deep Sky Videos (astronomy, initially focussing on the Messier Catalog), and Numberphile (mathematics). These are all produced by Brady Haran, and a many of them feature scientists from the University of Nottingham.

Most of the videos are 5 to 10 minutes long, and they are almost like brain candy. I watch one, then I want to watch another, and another, and another. It's neat stuff.

(Bonus for isiscaughey: One of the physicists is named Professor Moriarty)

Fri, Feb. 10th, 2012, 10:13 pm
Who's Line is That Anyway?

Since I was late to the party over on isiscaughey's journal, here is my own movie quote meme offering.

  1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
  2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
  3. Post them here for everyone to guess the title (bonus points if you can name the character!).
  4. Fill in the film title once it's guessed.
  5. No Googling/using IMDb search functions!
For your consideration...Collapse )

(via isiscaughey)

Tue, Nov. 22nd, 2011, 06:29 pm
What? Make it yourself.

I give you the “Make me a sandwich” Makefile, inspired by this classic xkcd strip.

Sat, Oct. 29th, 2011, 01:09 am
RSS Feeds Back Online

The APOD and Sinfest RSS feeds are back up on my website, and they should update daily at 1am. And, incidentally, they hosted on a new domain: echodin.net. Yes, after many years of saying I would, I have finally sprung for a domain name and virtual server hosting.

In the interest in doing my bit to have cool URIs that don't change*, I am also happy to report that the chain of server redirects seems to be in place and functioning. So even of links that point to my webspace at USC redirect to my home server, which redirects in turn to my new domain name and server.

* For the value of "not changing" that means "remains valid by dint of leaving a forwarding address". But I think that counts.

Mon, Aug. 22nd, 2011, 09:22 pm
Not Your Mother's Riding Hood

For those of you who are interested in fairy tales and fairy tale retellings (I'm looking at you, isiscaughey and sabine42), I highly recommend “The Wolf and the Woodsman” by Ursula Vernon.

For me, this is way up there with the Red Riding Hood retelling (and subversion) in Terry Pratchett's Witches Abroad. It's only part one right now, and I can't wait for the continuation and conclusion.

Update: Part two is here!

Wed, May. 25th, 2011, 01:23 am

Today's xkcd is scary because it's true. Especially the alt text:

Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parentheses or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at "Philosophy".

It's true*. I tried it out on a bunch of topics, from snails to velcro to Lady Gaga, and they all ended up at philosophy.

And if you start at philosophy, you end up back there in 3 hops: philosophyreasonrationalityphilosophy.

* The usual disclaimers about "the plural of anecdote is not evidence" apply. I am responding to xkcd after all. The real check would be to spider all wikipedia topics for their average link distance from "philosophy" compared to some other average link distance to see if the distance to "philosophy" is abnormally short. Or something like that. I think I am going to plead "wee hours"** and sign off now.

** In the Wee Small HoursFrank SinatraSwing eraBig bandMusical ensembleClassical musicArt musicUmbrella termSupersetMathematicsQuantityProperty (philosophy)Modern philosophyPhilosophy

Thu, May. 12th, 2011, 11:59 am
48 Hour Film

This year, once again, I was part of the Cavegirl Productions team for the 48 Hour Film Project. This year, we got comedy as our genre, and we ended up with a film about someone who teaches people how not to be serial killers.

I was again part of the crew, but this time I also have a brief onscreen appearance as a jogger who (presumably) gets stabbed to death.

The film, RESTRAINT, was screened at the AFI Silver last week, and is also available online for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Sun, Oct. 10th, 2010, 11:19 pm
Plutonian Vista

This is now the background wallpaper on my laptop:

Image credit: ESO/L. Calçada

(#71 of the ESO's Top 100 Astronomy Images; found via Bad Astronomy)

Thu, Sep. 2nd, 2010, 09:17 pm
One Weekend Only! (Again!)

For those of you who missed it the first time around (or those of you who would like to see it again), “4,3,2,1” (by the the lovely and talented wowbagger) will be performed as part of the Laurel Mill Playhouse 2010 One Act Festival at the Laurel Mill Playhouse next weekend, September 1012. Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 2pm Sunday. Tickets are $13 ($10 for students and seniors); there is also a special price for tickets to attend all three weekends of the festival. More details are available on Laurel Mill's website.

Sat, Jun. 26th, 2010, 02:54 am
HTTP Procreation

There are two probable reasons for the following digression: a) it's 2am, and b) I am a huge web dork.

One amorous night...

> POST /eve
> Content-Type: application/sperm+dna
< 202 Accepted

A few months later...

> GET /baby
< 404 Not Found

A few months after that (9 in total, to be exact)...

> GET /baby
< 200 OK
< Content-Type: application/human+dna

(And I guess a third reason could be the fact that a whole bunch of my co-workers are all having kids right now.)

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