Archive for May, 2006

labs that never sleep

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
look at the unseeable or: daily life with a particle accelerator described by Dawn Stanton in this article by

A little excerpt from the text:
“Nearby, Marie-Claude Cousinou of France’s Centre de Physique des Particules de Marseille views a constantly changing 3D chart of red, blue, and yellow bars: the detector’s interpretations of electromagnetic energy, hadronic energy, and missing energy, respectively. Sometimes the amount of missing energy, compared to the bars of known energy, is astounding: a yellow skyscraper amidst blue and red tents.”

Moiré and more

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
moire.jpg has a mixture of experiments and visualizations of math content. And their radial Moiré is about as nice as our rand-Moiré…


Sunday, May 28th, 2006

we might get an up to date flashplayer for linux in the end but until then at least there is a blog about its development at adobe: penguin.swf

Merci to Etienne for the info.


Saturday, May 27th, 2006
again this would be usefull not only for gaming


some history of big number names

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

an exellent review on the millions and billions and millirads of this world (german only).
the image comes from here (french this time) which is quoted in the above article.

25 divided by 5 is…

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

one can find the answer at youtube… (more…)


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
as spreeblick pointed out: a must see. this short film mixes real footage with computer graphics classical 2d animations and puppet animation for a unique look.

neither flat nor black

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

I wish flatbackfilms would make their inhouse animation software public…

I missed Pi day

Saturday, May 20th, 2006
pi day still

There are days you better not forget. Then there are days that are a catastrophy to forget. And then there are days you didn’t even know of in the first place and if brought to your attention you wish to forget as soon as possible. Like Pi day.
Just a little remark for the ignorant: Pi is not a rational number and in particular it is not equal to 22/7.

I was gratified…

Friday, May 19th, 2006

…to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.

Mark Twain