Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Einstein on map making, and the connection of art and science.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

"One of the strongest motives that lead persons to art or science is a flight from the everyday life. With this negative motive goes a positive one. Man seeks to form for himself, in whatever manner is suitable for him, a simplified and lucid image of the world, and so ...

Corn muffin coefficient

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

From a recent Quotation of the Day Mailing List email comes this gem from a collection of letters written in response to the US Department of Agriculture's redesign of the Food Pyramid: "The cleansing properties of urine are not even addressed in the food pyramid. This must be corrected. We cannot ...

WTFractal?!?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

XSLT is a language for transforming XML. I came to hate XSLT long ago, at the tail end of a fading honeymoon period in which I dwelt in the empty promises of XML. Somebody came up with a way to plot the Mandelbrot Set using only an XML file combined ...

links for 2009-03-06: Pile o’ toys

Friday, March 6th, 2009

table {width: 400px;} img { border: none;} td {padding-bottom: 1em;} This impressive augmented reality demo from GE inserts computer-generated 3D objects into live video. First, watch the short video. Then, try it yourself. Israeli musician "Kutiman" took a big pile of seemingly random YouTube video clips and used them as instruments ...

links for 2008-11-14

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Take Stanford’s iPhone Programming Class For Free - I would love to take this class. The internet-connected iPhone's multi-touch interface and powerful multimedia features provide an amazing playground for programmers, if you can stomach Apple's strong-armed policies on application distribution in the App Store. (BTW here is a ...

The joys of breeding

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Last week was a good week for my strange little diversions with genetic algorithms. Two things happened that helped to validate the legitimacy (in my mind) of using genetic algorithms to solve certain problems. The first was receiving a copy of the March issue of Muse Magazine, a ...

Creative computing: Pushing eyecandy around

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

Back in 1993, during freshman year of college, my friend Brian McEntire introduced me to the "demoscene", which is, at its best, a group of extremely highly skilled (and often very young) computer sound/video programmers who specialize in creating dazzling presentations that run in real-time on computers. Demoscene folks ...

London report: Vacation and GECCO conference

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

It was sad to have to come back from our London trip. We had a lot of fun experiencing the city with Chris, Angel, and Eris. London is such a fascinating city and there is just so much to see. We are always struck by London's diversity ...

Science is pretty

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I just saw an awesome video about computer simulations being used for scientific research and visualization. It is an incredible look at how computer simulations are helping us reveal even more of our amazing universe. Click the montage of screencaps to see the video. Or, here's a ...

My funny Valentine

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

This is from a batch of interesting valentine cards saved by Kathryn's grandmother. I think the cards are all from the 1930s and 1940s. This one says: "If you were born in the month of June, you will marry a widow with a ready made family of ten. ...