A day in San Jose … Morning trek in Quicksilver County Park, then afternoon at Stanford University
A month in San Antonio and Austin, Texas … hard work and fun times
One of the key characteristics of mathematicians and puzzlers is that they don’t simply give up, they try to prove that it’s impossible.
Good, I always thought he didn’t have enough imagination for mathematics.
Two views about math and poetry…
A true mathematician who is not also something of a poet will never be a perfect mathematician - Weierstrass
When people say “Don’t tell me not to fight hate with hate,” I’m confused.
Because I can kind of get it if it’s almost a way of “reclaiming” the word: “You called me ‘hateful’ because I said something passionately and stood up for my beliefs. If that’s…
people who fight hate with hate aren’t *nearly* as good at aiming it as they think they are
Charlie Stross on the stop/go nature of technological change
Charlie Stross’s keynote speech to the Yet Another Perl Conference is an inspired riff on the weird, gradual-then-sudden nature of technological change. As Charlie points out, almost everything today — including the people — was around 20 years ago, and most of what’s around now will be around in 20 years. But there will be some changes that would shock your boots off. Improbably, he manages to tie this all into perl programming, which, apparently, is the future of smart sidewalks. Charlie’s thoughtfully provided a transcript of his talk, and there’s a video for those who prefer to hear his rather good comic delivery.
So here’s my takeaway list of bullet-points for 2034:
* It’s going to superficially resemble 2014.
* However, every object in the real world is going to be providing a constant stream of metadata about its environment — and I mean every object.
* The frameworks used for channeling this firehose of environment data are going to be insecure and ramshackle, with foundations built on decades-old design errors.
* The commercial internet funding model of 1994 — advertising — is still influential, and its blind-spots underpin the attitude of the internet of things to our privacy and security.
* How physical products are manufactured and distributed may be quite different from 2014. In particular, expect more 3D printing at end-points and less long-range shipment of centrally manufactured products. But in many cases, how we use the products may be the same.
* The continuing trend towards fewer people being employed in manufacturing, and greater automation of service jobs, will continue: our current societal model, whereby we work to earn money with which to buy the goods and services we need may not be sustainable in the face of a continuing squeeze on employment. But since when has consistency or coherency or even humanity been a prerequisite of any human civilization in history? We’ll muddle on, even when an objective observer might look at us and shake her head in despair.
Such an apt depiction of the future :)
Bicycle Culture by Design: Mikael Colville-Andersen at TEDxZurich
engineering vs design
I’m not even going to attempt to gif this. Watch it. Now. 15 pendulums, not interacting with one another, each with a slightly different time for a full swing.
Results in gorgeousness.
In case you missed it
Is it weird that that made me tear up a bit? Gorgeous.
Science side of tumblr please explain this to me
Have you ever been in a traffic jam with a load of cars indicating, and every so often they all sync up and flash at the same type. It’s like that. But on steroids.
The first pendulum does it’s thing. The middle pendulum will swing once for every 5 swings of the little one, the next one for every 7 swings and so on. Add to that how complex shit can get with 15 variables and you get all these crazy ass patterns. It’s awesome.
Cool collaboration of Indian musicians - dont worry be happy
Culture Machine brings over 20 artists together on Cm Music to recreate “Don’t Worry Be Happy” on World Music Day 
The track chosen “Don’t Worry Be Happy” originally sung by Bobby McFerrin has received a make-over to perfectly resonate the feeling of elation and love to celebrate Music on World Music Day.
Artists Performing :
Aditi Iyer (Aditi Iyer - Official channel (Singer ♪♫♪)) https://www.youtube.com/user/brs1979in
Aditya Narayan (IMAdityaNarayan)
Walnut Studio (StageMonks)
Kamna Karam (Kamna Karamchandani Music)
Aadar Malik (Bollywoodgandu)
Madari Mudgal (Madari Mudgal Official)
Prajoth D’sa (Prajoth D’sa Music)
Faraz Sohail (farazsohailmusic)