Awesome Magnetic Visualization

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Semiconductor's Magnetic Movie is a stunning, if questionably accurate visualization of magnetic fields and their interactions. Worth a watch: Magnetic Movie from Semiconductor on Vimeo.

Travel time heatmap visualization

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Some very interesting work happening in the UK by studying travel time related to mode of transport (particularly rail versus car). I really hope such studies will happen in North America, I suspect it would highlight where it would be efficient to invest in rail infrastructure for commuter and cargo ...

More music madness – Songbird, a time-lapse mashup and other music miscellany

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

40 years of pop music summaried in 37 minutes Before I get to one of the more interesting pieces of music aware software I have seen lately, I need to credit Alex Gelfand with another interesting music nerd article in Wired: DuBois...has developed a technique he calls "time-lapse phonography." ... DuBois devised ...

Visualizing scale

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

A great collection of scale visualizations. Worth a quick browse if you want to regain some perspective on the universe (photo from Signal Versus Noise is the blog of 37 Signals, a company which has shattered the usefulness to complexity ratio with apps I use daily such as Basecamp and ...

“Comprehension follows perception”

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

I follow a number of interesting blogs, but few are as consistently interesting as information aesthetics. They have really clued me in to the importance of presentation in making information come alive. It also emphasized the absurdity that throughout my science education, lots of emphasis was put on converting data ...

The Wild Kingdom of “Spore”

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Spore looks to be a truly amazing game in the works from the original creators of Simcity. It seems to combine elements of some other classic simulation strategy games such as Populous and Civilization, crossed with the more modern "god" games such as Impossible Creatures and Black and White. One ...


Friday, March 17th, 2006

Dan Fischer of Paradrenaline fame and the legendary Step Up for the Cure event recently took a trip to Lake Placid where apparently you can spend $40 to run and ride in a bobsled. He has a great story about how he actually managed to get on the course but ...

Small news, very small news

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

New Scientist reports on DNA Origami: A map of the Americas measuring just a few hundred nanometres across has been created out of meticulously folded strands of DNA, using a new technique for manipulating molecules dubbed "DNA origami". According to the map's creator, Paul Rothemund at Caltech in Pasadena, US, DNA origami ...

MRI magic

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Looking inside yourself is quite surreal, and I'm not talking about introspection: I had an MRI scan due to a nagging back injury from indoor ultimate. The whole process was quite fast, about 20 minutes. You get loaded into a very tight space so this is definitely not for the ...

Killer Beans

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Speaking of coffee, Fishbooks and I like to get our fresh ground espresso nearby at Cafe Union. Highly recommended for their deep knowledge of all things espresso related, their friendly service, and their coffee bar. Our precious Gaggia machine was born there. And speaking of killer beans (see my last post) ...