Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Marilyn Monroe and James Joyce

Saw this Eva Arnold photo of Marilyn Monroe reading 'Ulysses':

Which then lead me to this awesome short clip on Joyce:

(via Open Culture)

Mars Showcase

Wow!  Amazing footage from the European Space Agency

(Via Io9)

Friday, October 25, 2013

DIY electronics

At some point I think I would like to dabble in some DIY electronic projects.  Mitch Altman at Cornfield Electronics put together this nice PDF comic on how to solder.

(found via boingboing.net)

Search Escalates for Key to Why Matter Exists

I like the idea that while I am trying to figure out what to eat for breakfast others are asking the bigger questions, like...  'why is there something rather than nothing in the universe?'.  Actually, I sometimes do ask myself that while eating my cereal and trying to figure out why I do what I do.   Some light reading from Quanta magazine.

"According to the Standard Model of particle physics, the universe should be empty. Matter and antimatter, which are identical except for their opposite electric charges, seem to be produced in equal parts during particle interactions and decays. However, matter and antimatter instantly annihilate each other upon contact, and so equal amounts of each would have meant a wholesale annihilation of both shortly after the Big Bang. The existence of galaxies, planets and people illustrates that somehow, a small surplus of matter survived this canceling process. If that hadn’t happened, “the universe would be void,” Schönert said. “It would be very, very boring for us, who would not exist.”"

Read the rest of the article here: Search escalates for Key to Why Matter Exists.  
(via grahamhancock.com)  

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Who is watching the watchmen?

See the post below for see an entertaining use of the mass transmittal of data and then watch this video for a hilarious spoof on where the limitations of such technology lie.  Of course these companies have nothing but our best interests at heart and would never compromise those interests by implementing such zany applications for this new and liberating technology.

(full disclosure:  I own an I phone)