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Books of The Times - ‘Skippy Dies’ by Paul Murray -
“Maybe instead of strings it’s stories things are made of, an infinite number of tiny vibrating stories; once upon a time they all were part of one big giant superstory, except it got broken up into a jillion different pieces, that’s why no story on its own makes any sense, and so what you have to do in a life is try and weave it back together, my story into your story, our stories into all the other people’s we know, until you’ve got something that to God or whoever might look like a letter or even a whole word....”
story  books  fiction  time  ireland  attention  beauty  physics 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Preview - The Civil Heretic - Freeman Dyson - Profile -
“I don’t think of myself predicting things,” he says. “I’m expressing possibilities. Things that could happen. To a large extent it’s a question of how badly people want them to. The purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict it but to raise people’s hopes.”
futurism  time  weather  physics  climate  science 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
RT: Features : Swarming – the new face of subversion and terrorism
However, the latest advances in communications and information technology has made swarming one of the most attractive combat doctrines of the near future. To use swarming tactics successfully, combat units, like locusts and bees, need a high degree of mutual alertness and a kind of ‘critical mass’ to ensure spontaneous decision-making and instantaneous synchronization of efforts. It is, basically, networking, but of a kind where no time is lost on the forming of the necessary network and on causing it to act.
physics  aesthetics  information  communications  fauna  war  terrorism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How flags flap | Blowin' in the wind | The Economist
OFTEN it pays not to be leader of the pack—just ask a racing cyclist or a Formula One driver. Conserving energy by following the leader, a trick known as slipstreaming, can give a rider or driver that extra bit of juice to pull ahead at the very last moment. In the natural world, however, bodies are more likely to be flexible, like a fish’s, rather than rigid, like a car’s. In these systems, as a recent paper in Physical Review Letters reports, it is the leader that enjoys a significant dynamic advantage over the followers.
science  sports  fauna  aesthetics  cars  physics 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Futuristic Sexual Fetishes for Web-Savvy Weirdos
"The main difficulty with the practice is that children conceived in hyperspace end up existing only as an uncollapsed wave of quantum probability, which often leads to discipline problems once they hit school age."
children  science  physics  education  sex  parenting  technology 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Nerve: Photons by Justin Tussing
"Light never felt as important as it did on her. When night settled it would loathe to leave her. Light liked it best when she cleaned — with the dust suspended in the air it could see where it touched her."
shortstory  fiction  love  sex  physics  light 
january 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: This Season, Heisenberg Wears a Red Sox Rally Cap
"Physicists are fond of pointing out that while measurements may be subject to quantum indeterminacies, the wave function itself is perfectly predictable and calculable."
baseball  physics  quantum  sports 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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