Archives for December, 2008

Happy New Year

In honor of yet another pi x 10^7 seconds of my life evaporating, here’s a sign from our hotel in Idaho: “Temporally out of order” just seemed like an extremely fortuitous typo. . . happy new year.

Words I learned in 2008

My annual list of words I learned in 2008: alexithymia exabyte heteroskedasticity semordnilap

A Twinkling Multiverse

Multiverse Leo Villareal National Gallery of Art Visitors familiar with the National Gallery of Art know that its East and West wings are connected by a subterranean passageway (and a cafe with yummy gelato, and a cool waterfall, but I digress). The moving walkways in that passage are now surrounded by a twinkling LED installation…


We had a bit too much snow (4+ feet) while in Washington state last week, but darn, I’d forgotten how beautiful a snowflake is. (And hard to photograph.)

I’ve been a big fan of mashups ever since Freelance Hellraiser superposed Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” on the Strokes’ “Hard to Explain.” But what happens when the pop music monoculture becomes so homogenous, you can mash just about anything together? In this track/video, DJ Earworm remixes twenty-five pop hits into a concoction that…

Viennese Seascapes

These charming photos by bre pettis capture a lovely, detailed diorama at the Natural History Museum in Vienna. I’m not sure how old it is, but it’s very cool.

Highly trained medical leeches

The Guardian calls out celebrities who made scientifically illiterate statements in 2008: Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey and Demi Moore all espoused the idea that you can detoxify your body with either diet (scientifically unsupportable) or, in the case of Moore, products such as “highly trained medical leeches” which make you bleed. Scientists point out that…

Is Obama A Geek?

Dan Sarewitz, a professor of science and society at Arizona State University, said calling Obama a geek is unfair both to the president-elect and geeks. ”He’s too cool to be a geek; he’s a decent basketball player; he knows how to dance; he dresses well,” Sarewitz said. ”It’s too high a standard for geeks to…

A few links

Assuming you have some downtime to digest, vegetate, and recover from the holidays, here’s a cookie plate of links. Enjoy! Boing Boing Gadgets presents “How it works. . . The Computer.” Hilarious. Via Morbid Anatomy, I found Monster Brains’ repository of Krampus ephemera. For those in blissful ignorance, the Krampus is a grotesque devil figure…

Why the heck does California care?!?

“it’s definitely illegal in California to use human medical waste to power vehicles.” see full story here.