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January 25th 2015

One of my absolutely favourite websites lately has been The Public Domain Review, a journal by the Open Knowledge Foundation celebrating public domain trasures. For instance, Flowers in the Sky presents changing depictions of astronomical phenomena over the centuries (I really like the above 16th century German illustration of a comet seen five centuries prior).

The Review also published its Book of Selected Essays, which I received recently and thoroughly recommend.

July 23rd 2013

Around Saturn by Fabio di Donato is a wonderful video made from images obtained by the Cassini spacecraft. Even though the image aesthetic is quite different, I like the way the music — Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No.2 — adds some Kubrickian tones to the video (it is the theme from Eyes Wide Shut, after all). MeFi

By coincidence, today NASA released some great photos, also shot by Cassini, of the Earth as seen from beyond Saturn’s rings.

January 11th 2013

Tweets for August 5th 2012

Tweets for August 5th 2012

Learn to feed questionable insights to those who mistake luck for merit: How to Write a Malcolm Gladwell Book —  

Fingers crossed for a Mars probe descent —…  

Turing Centenary Speech (New Aesthetic) | Beyond The Beyond |  

July 6th 2012

Science news this week are all about the almost certain discovery of the Higgs Boson. From what I gather that’s big news, even if my understanding of particle physics is also in an infinitesimal scale, so I go with the explanation that the finding of the Higgs particle closes and vindicates the Standard Model of particle physics in pretty much the same way the discoveries of elements such as Gallium, Ytterbium or the noble gases in the late 19th century vindicated the atomic model and Dmitri Mendeleev’s periodic table.

However, I find myself in utter lack of awe at such discoveries. I think it’s sad all cutting-edge science nowadays seems to deal with the negative Powers of Ten, the infinitesimal, starting at nano and working its way down. It feels as if Mankind is retreating, into Earth, into tinier and tinier spaces. That’s not to say the study of the infinitesimal isn’t interesting and without awesomeness — just look up stuff on quantum levitation or Bose-Einstein condensates — but we also need to look at the stars — at the positive powers — for inspiration.

Hence The Voyagers by Penny Lane. Go watch it in silence. Let’s not retreat into tiny holes in the ground.

April 27th 2012

April 23rd 2012

August 25th 2011

July 25th 2011

Soviets in space! Here’s an interesting set of USSR space propaganda posters. Politics aside, I always thought the Russian space program rocked. Just look at how the Soyuz spaceship is now the only reliable vehicle for taking cosmonauts to orbit, now that the Space Shuttle has been decomissioned. Or consider that the Soviets managed to land a probe in Hell (meaning, of course, planet Venus) and send back some pictures. Trivium

April 8th 2011