I recently received an email from an anonymous fan sharing how she pulled a Hawkeye Initiative themed prank on her CEO to illustrate a problem with some artwork.
My personal compliments to her and her accomplice on a mission well done; they perfectly took they perfectly took the concept of The…
Re-blogging for Grace. A little creativity goes a long way!
Math + 80s glamrock = Angle Dance. The rock group “Plane Geometry” singsplains angles in this clip from Children’s Television Workshop’s Square One Television, a show dedicated to teaching math. It ran from 1987 to 1992 (if that timeframe wasn’t already very, very clear from the video).
There’s more math in the archives.
I’ll just leave this here.
Math would be more fun to learn if we had more Glam/New Wave lessons … just sayin.
This just made my day. The costumes, the cheesy synth riffs, and the vocals. It’s genius. Oh, and a nice refresher on angles if it’s been a while ;)
SF friends, spread the word and we’ll hope to see you there and then.
Yes, Wednesday, May 15th, we’ll be having another Silent Reading Party. Come on down to the Americano at the Hotel Vitale, where we will have a fine adult beverage and read our books while in the company of one another.
Rough schedule for the night. Just know that if you arrive after 6:30,…
English mathematician and writer Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (December 10, 1815–November 27, 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron as the only legitimate child to the poet Lord Byron and better-known as Ada Lovelace, is commonly considered the world’s first computer programmer — a title she earned by writing the very first algorithm designed to be processed by a machine during her work on Charles Babbage’s seminal Analytical Engine, the early theoretical general-purpose computer that laid the foundation of modern computing.
Abandoned by her father when she was barely a few months old and half-orphaned by Lord Byron’s death when Ada was only eight, Lovelace was led to mathematics and logic by her mother, who saw these strictly rational disciplines as an antidote to the madness she feared Ada had inherited from her father. But even as Lovelace came to indulge her mathematical mind, she insisted on referring to herself as a “poetical scientist.”
Still in her twenties, she was enlisted by Babbage in translating Italian mathematician Louis Menebrea’s memoir of the Analytical Engine, originally published in French. It was in the elaborate notes on the book, which she penned during a nine-month period in 1842-1843, that Lovelace wrote the algorithm which staked out her corner of history.
Lovelace was in many ways a rebel of her era: Though she and her mother inhabited the upper echelons of London society, women’s participation in intellectual affairs was both uncommon and discouraged. Even among the gentlemen who pursued such disciplines as geology, astronomy, and botany, there were no professional scientists per se — in fact, the very word “scientist” didn’t exist until William Whewell coined it in 1836. And yet Lovelace, a woman, was very much a scientist — in addition to being the mother of three children — and an intellectual peer of Babbage’s.
But besides a pioneer of computer science, Lovelace, whose eclectic interests spanned from music to mesmerism, was also in a way one of the world’s first neuroscientists — at least a theoretical one. In 1844, she grew intensely interested in creating “a calculus of the nervous system,” confiding in her friend Woronzow Greig a desire to develop a mathematical model for consciousness that would explain how nerve signals give rise to thoughts and feelings in the brain. But, largely due to her mother’s instilled admonitions about Ada’s inherited capacity for madness, she eventually abandoned the quest.
Lovelace died of uterine cancer, after a short battle terribly managed by her physicians, two weeks short of her thirty-seventh birthday. She is commemorated with one of London’s famous blue plates, located at St. James’s Square and inscribed “Ada Countess of Lovelace 1815-1852 Pioneer of Computing lived here.” Her contribution to modern life is imprinted on every interaction we have with a machine on any given day.
Lovely recap of Ada Lovelace
Thank you @mulegirl for these! This is the kind of thing that makes me happy. Happy that people think about things in this way.
Recent events have made it clear that we are suffering from a broken moral compass. People today could use some general guidance.
Since the original ten commandments seem somewhat narrow and obsolete (too much focus on livestock, servants, and jealous god issues), here is a modest first…
A rising trend is highlighted in this article - the increased snobbery of mixologists when less-than-savvy patrons come their way.
While this article is sympathetic to the plight of the vodka and soda aficionado, until recently I would have only wondered why someone would wander into a high end cocktail joint and want something pedestrian? A recent experience changed this. Some friends were in from out of town. One is a fancy cocktail lover, knowledgeable and picky about things, the other one who drinks flavored vodka and soda. We went to Local Edition here in San Francisco, which basically doesn’t serve much vodka. While the server was patient and explained some alternatives, there wasn’t much left for her to drink that she felt comfortable drinking. In this situation, we’ve asked someone who doesn’t normally go to this sort of place to come enjoy with us and it would have been nice for her to be accommodated. It sort of reminds me of the debate we often have with various dietary requests and picking a place to dine. However, we aren’t all born knowing we love esoteric spirits, artisinal bitters and odd herbal infusions. There has to be a gateway somewhere, so think these bars might be better served by meeting the customer halfway to help move their palate along to try new things.
/LARC - Carla
Cross posting from the booze group Tumblr. Finding great stuff in Austin.
Wandering around Uncommon Objects yesterday, I stumbled across this magnificent tiki bar!
One of the selling points was a cutting board, so I opened it up. Here’s what I found.
The classics, forever remembered.
/LARC - Carla
(Reposted from my blog, for those who don’t like to leave the warm blanket fort that is Tumblr.)
In my experience, a male stranger commenting on your tits is almost always about power.
I say “almost always” because on the Internet, when you say “always” someone almost always (see what I did…
AMAZING post by Nina. As someone who always have an oversized rack for her frame, every part of this rings true.
It rings true as a parent of a teenaged girl with DDD breasts who has become an ardent feminist because of street harassment. If a kid has to start fighting back when she is 12, as I had to do, or my daughter has, or Nina has, you are doing it WRONG.
As Nina says, you have coping mechanisms, but that doesn’t make it right.
Lovely people - if you’re going to be in Austin for SXSW, would love to see you at this event!
What’s full of flavor, tinted with design, and found in the heart of Texas on March 11th?
A. The launch of an app mapping all food trucks in the world that lets you order ahead with a simple blink of the eye
B. A new mobile tablet that doubles as a skillet debuting @ SXSW (because OMG pancakes!)
C. A Bloody Mary and breakfast taco brunch hosted by the Alto team
D. All of the above
Answer? D. Yeah, right. We all wish.
Real answer? C!! We’d love to make pancakes on our iPad (kind of… not really) but until that gem is invented, we’ll settle for a fun brunch at SXSW.
That’s right, the Alto team is taking SXSW and the general area of Austin, Texas, by storm this year. We’ll be running around doing on-the-spot demos, sharing tips and tricks and happily handing out t-shirts to our Test Crew!
Are you heading to SXSW, too, or are you lucky enough to live in Austin? If you’re in town on Sunday, March 11th, come down to Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street and meet the team. Want us to have breakfast tacos and a Bloody Mary* ready for you? RSVP now and we can send you a reminder.
We’ll see you at SXSW and, hopefully, Icenhaur’s for brunch.
*Please note: while Alto keeps your inbox from getting sloppy, we make no such promises for attendees of brunch with Bloody Mary’s and our crew. Please brunch responsibly.
Compilation of student work from our Eye,Robot Seminar at SCI-Arc Fall 2012.
“Eye, Robot” focuses on the intersection of computation, robotic fabrication, and cinematography. The course explores robotic motion control as a creative medium for designers, mainly through the use of the custom robotic animation software platform, designed specifically for the SCI-Arc Robot House. The platform has the unique ability for the designer not only to design motion, but also to program, simulate, and speculate all at the same time. This type of animation space suspends the distinction between simulation, speculation, and ‘the real’, making it very hard for one to determine which is which while questioning traditional notions of architectural representation.
Instructors: Brandon Kruysman, Jonathan Proto
Institution: The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)
Just so cool!