Category Archives: Physics and General Science

History of the Internet

Why is this docummentry doing here? Well I think Melih Bilgil did a good job visualising the development of the net through simple icons and animation (icons are from picol.org, by the same creator). The pictograms are clear and straightforward, and technically sound too, that’s what i like abt it. It clearly shows that the author knows what she is doing, artistically and technically.

Enjoy the brief and engaging piece here or on youtube: 

The Last Question by Asimov

This is by far my favorite story of all those I have written.

After all, I undertook to tell several trillion years of human history in the space of a short story and I leave it to you as to how well I succeeded. I also undertook another task, but I won’t tell you what that was lest l spoil the story for you.

It is a curious fact that innumerable readers have asked me if I wrote this story. They seem never to remember the title of the story or (for sure) the author, except for the vague thought it might be me. But, of course, they never forget the story itself especially the ending. The idea seems to drown out everything — and I’m satisfied that it should.

–Isaac Asimov


I’ve always enjoyed Asimov’s short stories and this is by far the best. You can read the full text here.

Do men have fewer ribs than women?

Yesterday night this question suddenly came to me. I realised that althought I have always assumed they have the same number of ribs, I have not actually confirmed this fact.

So a quick search landed me on this interesting site that answered my question with science and logic, along with many more myths originating from christian faith (mainly the bible) It was sort of a mini wiki on the subject and I couldn’t help but spend a few hours reading through topics such as How old is the earth according to the Bible? and How did dinosaurs fit on Noah’s Ark? While many of the responses are a tad bias, using the bible as evidence, it nonetheless presented many ideas and facts that proofed to be interesting read.

Visit the site at http://www.creationtips.com/ or jump straight to the ribs article: http://www.creationtips.com/ribs.html

Processing

Came across Processing today, excerpt from site below:

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool.

Sounds interesting, can’t wait to give it a try this weekend.