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A visual introduction to the Fourier Transform

2 months agoHumor / odd :

The Fourier Transform is an incredibly useful mathematical function that can be used to show the different parts of a continuous signal. As you can see from the Wikipedia page, the formula and the mathematical explanation of the Fourier Transform can get quite complicated. Show More Summary

Pope Francis’s definition of ‘fake news’

2 months agoHumor / odd :

“Fake news” is kind of a catch-all family-resemblance concept that’s abused as often as it’s used with real insight. But I was impressed by Pope Francis’s clear definition, given as part of an official message by the Vatican to markShow More Summary

A pair of oil paintings algorithmically pixelized into treemaps of color

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Greek visual designer Dimitris Ladopoulos took two of his favorite oil paintings, one by Rembrandt and the other (confusingly) by Rembrandt Peale, and used a piece of 3D modeling software called Houdini and pixelized them into treemaps of color. Show More Summary

How to write a comic book

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Greg Pak is one of my favorite comic book writers, an intellectual and superfan who really knows how to do world-building and get into his characters’ heads. Among other books, he wrote Planet Hulk, a huge part of the basis for Thor:...Show More Summary

A Mister Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks (WHAT!!?)

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Variety is reporting that Tom Hanks is set to play Fred Rogers in a biopic called You Are My Friend. “Now more than ever, we all need a re-introduction to Fred Rogers’ message of uncompromising love and kindness between all living things. Show More Summary

Slowly shredding some pow to classical music

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Glide along with this snowboarder as he surfs his way through a powdery forest to the strains of Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune. I’ve watched this twice now; it’s super relaxing. A fine antidote to the typical extreme sports video. (via the kid should see this) Tags: music snowboarding video

John Williams conducting the opening fanfare for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Director Rian Johnson has posted a short clip of the legendary John Williams conducting the opening fanfare (aka the Star Wars theme) for The Last Jedi. It is difficult to think of the Star Wars films without Williams’ music. Tags: John Williams movies music Rian Johnson Star Wars video

Going Fishing, an amazingly fluid stop motion animated film

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Animator and sculptor Guldies has combined his passions and made this short stop motion animated film out of 2500 still photos. The result is remarkably fluid, particularly in the scenes with the human hand. After months of hard work GOING FISHING is finally here. Show More Summary

An HBO documentary about Andre the Giant

2 months agoHumor / odd :

A documentary film about pro wrestler Andre the Giant is going to air on HBO starting on April 10. André René Roussimoff was born in 1946 in Grenoble, France. In his early teens, he exhibited signs of gigantism though he was not diagnosed with acromegaly until his twenties. Show More Summary

The invention of the bendy straw

2 months agoHumor / odd :

In September of 1937, Joseph Friedman was awarded a U.S. Patent for a “drinking tube” with a flexible neck, aka the bendy straw. My invention provides a flexible portion in the straw positioned near one end so that a bend may be made...Show More Summary

The original US patent drawing for the Lego brick, filed 60 years ago

2 months agoHumor / odd :

This is one of two drawings that accompanied Godtfred Kirk Christiansen’s US patent application for the Lego toy building brick. The application was submitted 60 years ago yesterday on Jan 28, 1958, an occasion that is celebrated annually as International LEGO Day. (thx, david) Tags: Godtfred Kirk Christiansen Legos patents

Surfer rides a wave 115 feet tall

2 months agoHumor / odd :

The waves off the coast of Portugal near Nazaré are some of the biggest in the world. Nearly two weeks ago, a German pro surfer named Sebastian Steudtner rode a wave estimated at 115 feet high and didn’t crash or kill himself. If you...Show More Summary

The surprisingly great mashup of Pearl Jam’s Jeremy and Footloose by Kenny Loggins

2 months agoHumor / odd :

If you were to name a pair of songs that would absolutely not sound good mixed together, Pearl Jam’s Jeremy and Footloose by Kenny Loggins would be a good place to start. But as DJ Cummerbund’s mashup Jereloose, the two songs actually...Show More Summary

Recommendation: Slate’s podcast series about Watergate, Slow Burn

2 months agoHumor / odd :

There are many cultural and political lenses through which to view the Trump Presidency — reality TV, Mike Judge’s alarmingly prescient Idiocracy, the OJ Simpson case, Germany in the 1930s — but perhaps the most relevant is through the lens of Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Show More Summary

Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov’s most memorable games

2 months agoHumor / odd :

In this video from the New Yorker, chess granmaster Garry Kasparov talks through his four most memorable chess games: two against Anatoly Karpov, one against Viswanathan Anand, and the final game in his rematch against Deep Blue, in which he gets wrong-footed by a move that the computer didn’t know how to make. Show More Summary

Ursula K. Le Guin and “gender ghetto” of the Golden Age of science fiction

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Science fiction great Ursula K. Le Guin died on Monday at age 88. Le Guin was the subject of this long New Yorker piece from a couple of years back, but I’d like to also direct your attention to a short piece Le Guin wrote for the magazine in 2012. Show More Summary

The astounding growth of China’s subway system, 1990-2020

2 months agoHumor / odd :

In 1990, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan had only a handful of subway lines. In the early 2000s, growth in the number of cities with subways started to increase dramatically, as did the number of lines in the bigger cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Show More Summary

My picks for the 2018 Oscars

2 months agoHumor / odd :

It’s been yeaaars since I watched or even paid much attention to the Oscars, but this year I’ve somehow managed to watch all nine movies nominated for Best Picture, along with most of the films featured in the other main categories (actor, actress, director, cinematography). Show More Summary

If you watch closely enough, everything is a speaker

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Using high speed cameras, it’s possible to record the vibrations of everyday objects caused by nearby sounds and reverse engineer the sounds…essentially turning anything that vibrates into a speaker. For instance, if you want to know...Show More Summary

Tango, an inventive time-looping animated film

2 months agoHumor / odd :

Tango is an experimental animated film made by Zbigniew Rybczy?ski in 1980. It takes place entirely in one room with an increasing number of characters cycling through it repeatedly. It’s the kind of thing you can’t stop watching once you start. Show More Summary

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