Fly Guy

A combination of relaxing music and dream-like navigation, Fly Guy has some real merit to it. Travel around a fairly small world, encountering many different kinds of entities that elicit different responses all against the backdrop of soothing music (though some entities do break out into song and dance). Matrix-like in the 'free your mind' category…

More Art in Science

Friends, it appears as though I am being directed to find sites that show science as beautiful. In that pursuit, I came across, via Slashdot, Eric J. Heller's gallery of images inspired by science. What is particualrly interesting is how Heller's scientific research has informed these images. They are actually useful visualizations of various quantam and chaotic systems, a good way to see concepts other than in the equations themselves. And they look cool, so hey, why not check it out?

Falling Female

Via BoingBoing, I bring to you a Falling Mannequin. I don't know about you, but I've always wondered what it would be like if I had no control over any part of my body. This site answers that question - and its hilarious. Pretty good physics behind the scenes as well. If she gets stuck, you can drag her around with your mouse to keep the fun going. Note: I do not advocate treating real women like this.

Poetry Update

So, my brother put up a really long poem on the poetry board, which was awesome. At the same time, it seems to have kept others from creating new poetry and that's not cool. I want everyone to do it. So I reset the tiles. So, who is going to be the next Thoreau? The next Emerson? Umm, the next famous poet? Leave a comment with your poem when you create it so I can compile a list. And…GO!

Old School

While I cannot say that I have had the priviledge of working on one of these pieces of machinery, I think any geek will be humored by some "How Computers Work" books written in the '70s. Scanned images of the books reveal the inner workings of the computer, explaining all aspects of the inner- and outer-workings of the computer. A fun trip back in time to see how far we've come and appreciate what the pioneers of computing went through to bring this new tool to modern society.

The White Hand of Crosswalks

Does that crosswalk signal seem to take forev4r to change? Are you guilty of button mashing, thinking this will alert the traffic signals to the life-or-death situation you are facing that requires you across the road this instant? If so, there is a hack for most signals that can give you instant gratification - and the white hand of safe passage.

The most popular hack, which works on most models, is the "Instant Walk." Three short clicks, followed by two long, one short, two long, and three short; turn any crosswalk signal from "don't walk" to "walk" with a matching change in the traffic signals.

Please note that this works on most, not all, traffic lights so don't cry should you happen to live in an area where the lights do not recognize this particular hack. Remember, hacking is a survival skill and its fun!

Geek Is Beautiful

Some days it seems that the humanities and the sciences are unreconcilable. One seems to prefer the asthetic beauty of a sunset while the other describes how the light is created in a huge fusion factory operating at temperatures far higher than anything found on Earth. As you'll see from these pictures, however, beauty is not lost on the geek. Give them a gander; you'll find beauty at all scales, from picometers to lightyears.

Book Review

I guess it is fair to say that this post is more tailored to the geeks in the limited audience…reading that statement I realize it that sub-audience is probably just me…hmm Okay, well, for the non-geek, have I got a book for you! Ever wondered about cryptography? No? Fair enough. For those not in the know, security is a hot button item in the technology world today. Encryption is vital to protect a company's intellectual investment, a bank's transactions, a customer's purchases, etc… In short, we are all touched by it, directly or indirectly. Now combine this fairly nerdy topic with a historical fiction thriller storyline set in World War II, and another story line set in the "present" day, and the result is a book that is painful to put down, even for a few moments. WIth something for everyone, from encryption to secret societies, romance to war, Cryptonomicon is not an ordinary book. The ability of Neal Stephenson to bring a complex topic like cryptography and make it palpable to average Joe, mixing it in with real characters, feasible plot lines, real technology, and plenty of humor, makes the reading experience truely enjoyable. I recommend this book to any and all. Go!