A Whitney Music Box mathematical mash-up from Daniel Piker. He describes it as follows: “Take 1 large ‘Whitney Music Box’ and whisk together with ‘Mobius transformations revealed’. Add a sprinkle of ‘Indras Pearls’, the juice of a fresh Riemann Sphere, and stereographically project at 200C until crispy…” link
Archive for October, 2009
A remarkable choir from Slovenia.
From Marc Andreessen comes this excellent short guide to personal productivity. Following Mark’s advice, I’m buying one of those cool fisher space pens right now, as a form of structured procrastination. Oh, I love that term.
An indoor autonomous helicopter from MIT. Can the remotely piloted dragonfly from Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy be far behind?
I found these amusing Volkswagen ads on the excellent Laughing Squid:
On this rainy Los Angeles day, I thought I’d post a link to this wonderful letter from actor Stephen Fry, to a depressed fan. Here’s an excerpt: I’ve found that it’s of some help to think of one’s moods and feelings about the world as being similar to weather: Here are some obvious things about [...]
I’ve found the IAmA section on Reddit to be an endless source of fascination the past couple of weeks. It’s essentially a 21st century version of “True Confessions” magazine. Some recent entries: I am a male stripper. Ask me anything. My blog is my principal source of income. Ask me anything. I worked at a [...]
Beth Block shot and edited this video excerpt of my piece ‘Kasparov vs. Deep Blue’ at last June’s concert in Eagle Rock. In this piece, a computer-chess engine produces music in real-time as actors recreate a famous chess match on a chess board which is wired to the computer. The music is a very literal [...]
Ever heard a piano talk? This is why I love automatic instruments! Thanks to Patrick Woodward for sending this to me.
Click the image to watch and hear my musical clock made of the stars. To make this, I downloaded public data from Hipparcos, a satellite launched by the European Space Agency in 1989 that accurately measured over a hundred thousand stars. The data I downloaded contains position, parallax, magnitude, and color information, among other things. [...]