Archive for the ‘science’ Category

Why am I jealous of poster board?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Because my new poster gets to go to Istanbul, Turkey for next week's EvoStar Evolutionary Computation conference without me. I just shipped it off this morning. Combining puzzle-making with biologically-inspired computer algorithms. Because life isn't already crazy enough. Click the above image to see the large version of ...

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 ...

Friday, August 7th, 2009

"I’m struck again by the irony that spaceflight – conceived in the cauldron of nationalistic rivalries and hatreds – brings with it a stunning transnational vision. You spend even a little time contemplating the Earth from orbit and the most deeply ingrained nationalisms begin to erode. They seem the squabbles ...

United we stand

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

You enter a contest. A million dollars is at stake. Forty-one thousand teams from 186 different countries are clamoring for the prize and the glory. You edge into the top 5 contestants, but there is only one prize, and one winner. Second place is the first ...

CTRL-ALT-DNA

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

You're sitting at your computer, writing your next awesome computer program. You think, "I want to run my new program. But the computer I have is too slow and too boring to run it on." You glance over at the petri dish in your biology lab. "What if ...

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 ...

Simulated evolution parlor tricks

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Here are some interesting tidbits of evolutionary computing to honor Darwin's birthday yesterday: Evolution of Mona Lisa (youtube link) Roger Alsing's idea is to start with a random pile of polygons. Random mutations are applied to the polygons. The result is compared to the Mona Lisa source image, and mutations resulting ...

Every letter is powerful

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

A fun nugget from my new favorite blog, Futility Closet: Show this bold Prussian that praises slaughter, slaughter brings rout. Teach this slaughter-lover his fall nears. Grim, no? But remove the first letter of each word and the mood changes: How his old Russian hat raises laughter — laughter rings out! Each, his ...

links for 2008-10-30

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

MTV Music - huge archive of linkable and embeddable music videos. Finally! MTV does something music-related! Roanoke Robotics Society and Club - We actually have a Robotics club in little ol' Roanoke? Very surprising! In fact, they are hosting a robotics competition event at our science museum ...

links for 2008-10-24

Friday, October 24th, 2008

My del.icio.us auto-posting doodad no longer works. Automation has failed me. *Cry*. So, here are some hand-cranked, slow-cooked links for today. X-rays detected from Scotch tape. Incredible. Maybe somebody will exploit this to take a peek inside of Christmas presents. How the Weird Mars Science Laboratory Floating Sky Crane ...