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Cheetahs on the Edge – Director’s Cut
Fewer than 10,000 cheetahs survive in the wild today.
zoology  :video  beauty 
april 2014 by ap
Angry Birds, Farmville and Other Hyperaddictive ‘Stupid Games’ | NYTimes.com
Game-studies scholars (there are such things) like to point out that games tend to reflect the societies in which they are created and played. […] The enemy in Tetris is not some identifiable villain (Donkey Kong, Mike Tyson, Carmen Sandiego) but a faceless, ceaseless, reasonless force that threatens constantly to overwhelm you, a churning production of blocks against which your only defense is a repetitive, meaningless sorting. […]

When I spoke to Frank Lantz, the creator of Drop7, he seemed humbled by his own game. He said Drop7 felt less like something that he and his team had created than something they had discovered — “a little corner of the universe that people hadn’t visited before, that predates us and will be around after we’re gone.” […]

“There’s no word for that in English, for a thing that does both of those at the same time. But it’s wonderful.” I asked him if he knew a word for that in another language. He said no, but then he thought for a minute.
games  cognition  psychology  sociology  beauty  recommended  ! 
april 2012 by ap
Solar Neighborhood
Because the present diagram focuses on exoplanetary systems and bright "landmark" stars (those most visible from the greatest distances), it is misleading. We should picture this region with a heavy peppering of dim red stars, along with hundreds more of the yellowish and orange stars that furnish the best candidates for planetary hosts. Such detail, unfortunately, would make a small-format diagram indecipherable.
astronomy  space  visualisation  beauty  ! 
may 2010 by ap
The Value Of Science | Richard Feynman
It is true that few unscientific people have this particular type of religious experience. Our poets do not write about it; our artists do not try to portray this remarkable thing. I don’t know why. Is no one inspired by our present picture of the universe? This value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it. This is not yet a scientific age. [… …] Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question – to doubt – to not be sure. [… …] What we ought to be able to do seems gigantic compared with our confused accomplishments. Why is this? Why can’t we conquer ourselves? [[Version with more notes at http://www.phys.washington.edu/users/vladi/phys216/Feynman.html ]]
science  beauty  society  philosophy  ! 
august 2008 by ap
The Geometry of Music | Time
[Dmitri] Tymoczko’s answer, which led last summer to the first paper on music theory ever published in the journal Science, is that the cosmos of chords consists of [multidimensional] spaces, known as orbifolds, that turn back on themselves with a twist
music  visualisation  mathematics  beauty  ! 
april 2008 by ap
Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007: Contest Winners (Alphabetically by Artist)
We selected 15 entries to be in the exhibition, with 7 alternates (in case print versions of the original selections could not be obtained). Many images were highly rated; we present the top 49 here. We invite you to view all the entries that were entered
art  mathematics  beauty  ! 
january 2008 by ap
A sometimes minimal FORTH compiler and tutorial
FORTH is in some ways the ultimate in low level programming. […] First and foremost, FORTH is minimal. […] After writing […] a few primitives [in assembly], all the rest of the language and compiler is written in FORTH itself.
forth  programming  system-architecture  beauty  reference  ! 
october 2007 by ap
A Gliese Moment | Paul Gilster
My unexpected conversations on this topic have completely delighted me […] I am picking up [a] palpable sense of awe [… Gliese 581 c] was like finding an unexpected gift at the door that made these two people […] feel enchanted with the cosmos again
science  beauty  inspirational  ! 
may 2007 by ap
Pale Blue Dot
[A] mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. […] Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale l
astronomy  beauty  society  history  politics  philosophy  ! 
march 2007 by ap
The universe is a string-net liquid | New Scientist Space
“[A] unified explanation of how both light and matter arise.” […] Helton was aware of Wen’s work and decided to look for such materials. […] Herbertsmithite (pictured) is unusual because its electrons are arranged in a triangular lattice.
physics  beauty  ! 
march 2007 by ap
Canyon | xkcd
They’re standing at the lip of the canyon, which isn’t clear at all.
beauty  :comic 
january 2007 by ap
Fire Rainbow | Urban Legends Reference Pages
When the plate crystals in cirrus clouds are aligned optimally (i.e., with their faces parallel to the ground), the resulting display is a brilliant spectrum of colors reminiscent of a rainbow.
science  physics  beauty  ! 
july 2006 by ap

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