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This feed is mostly personal interest; it's NOT my professional writing. There's tech here, yes, but also lots of general science and some politics and weird humor thrown in.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fun PBS video: The Physics of Space Battles


Best 59 seconds you'll spend today:

Here's a less-than-a-minute clip from John Cleese, on stupidity.

But wait for the last second of the clip. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvVPdyYeaQU

Monday, September 29, 2014

Exploring Boston: the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

The Berklee College of Music is one of the nation's premiere music schools; many of its graduates have gone on to become musical legends --- check out this list of Berklee graduates who have won a combined 239 Grammy Awards so far.

Each year, Berklee puts on a free, open air Jazz Festival that takes over a stretch of Columbus Ave, several blocks away from the school. This year's had three separate stages, a host of vendors, and several marching bands that paraded up and down the street.

And it took place on a warm and crystalline early Fall afternoon.

Some sample snapshots:

The Marco Pignatoro Jazztet:

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The Sapporo Junior Jazz School band --- school-age kids from Japan whose skills rival many adult, professional performers. Damn, these kids were good!

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The Screaming Headless Torsos:

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Street scene:

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Street performers (a drumming marching band):

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We then walked to the nearby and reliably excellent Bakalar & Paine Galleries at the Massachusetts College of Art --- I've never seen a bad exhibit there. From there, we walked over to BU's Stone Gallery (which usually features professional art) and the 808 Gallery, which usually features "best of" student art.

It was late afternoon by then, and the BU Bridge offered its usual gorgeous views of Boston and the Charles:

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Playing with the zoom here:

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You gotta love a day filled with music and visual arts, all free, in a great city. Spectacular!

Yeah, that looks legit.




Via: http://roxasxiii.tumblr.com/post/98640909733/lolfactory-im-concerned-with-the-legitimacy-of

Saturday, September 27, 2014

...if a body gives off the energy L in the form of radiation, its mass diminishes by L/(V squared)...

"...[I]f a body gives off the energy L in the form of radiation, its mass diminishes by L/V2..."

That sentence was published on this day 109 years ago, on September 27, 1905 in a German scientific paper called, “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy-Content?”

The author was a guy named Albert Einstein.

You know the equation in its now more-familiar form: E=mc2.

That, and three other papers he published at the same time, changed the world.

Story: http://earthsky.org/human-world/this-date-in-science-emc2

Royal Observatory's annual photography contest winners

Examples:

Aurora over Icelandic lagoon:



Dawn multiple exposure on a flooded salt lake bed:



Shockwaves in the Cygnus Loop:



Lots more: http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/09/royal-observatory-announces-the-winners-of-its-2013-photography-contest/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Apple proves its flexibility as a tech leader!

It's funny to see the fanboiz rush to Apple's defense for the gumby-like qualities of the new iPhone (see below) and for the botched iO8 update and for the iCloud privacy leaks, etc.

To them, Apple's flaws just don't count. Yessiree, everything's still magical over on Infinite Loop!

But other vendors' flaws count double. Or something.

Weird, eh?

At least it provides some amusement.  :)




Tuesday, September 23, 2014