Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Noah Ward

I’ve just spent $40 for a supporting membership of Sasquan, the 2015 WorldCon, so that I can vote in this year’s Hugo awards. For it is the case that “A political act needs to be met with a political response.”
If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for … but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.

― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 1973

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Castle Howard

We are running the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2015) in York this week. It’s quite hectic, and great fun.  This afternoon was the conference trip, to Castle Howard.  I’ve been there before, and adore the grounds.

This time, there was a stately greeting.

The house is splendid.

But once again, it was the grounds I enjoyed best.  I concentrated on the walled garden.

The wall being put to good use
One of the delegates excitedly pointed me towards the blue: a whole sub-garden of delphiniums.  Believe it or not, these photographs do not capture the sheer intensity of the blue (and it wasn’t even sunny!)

Deep blue was not the only option.

There was a glorious pergola smothered in honeysuckle.  Some varieties had almost chocolate coloured flower buds.

The avenue to the walled garden allowed glimpses of the fountain.

So, after a lovely walk around the grounds, and some loitering to check all the delegates had got back on the coaches, it was goodbye to Castle Howard.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

quantum font

Some great examples of bad charts.
When your type size is small enough to be affected by quantum mechanics, you probably have too much information in your chart.

what happens in 2030 to turn some urban dwellers into floating heads?

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Friday, 17 July 2015


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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Pluto redux

Five Pluto New Horizon posts in one

The ending of this animation is just spectacular!

See all of the New Horizon’s image gallery.

All these worlds are yours -- except Europa
but all these worlds are not planets :-(

[via BoingBoing]

Pluto is tiny.
a view of Pluto and Charon as they would appear if placed slightly above Earth’s surface and viewed from a great distance.

This is what progress looks like

Photos of Pluto in 1930, 1996, and 2015

Is it just me, or does this image of Pluto look like it’s been through Google’s Deep Dream system?

New Horizons’ Last Portrait of Pluto’s Puzzling Spots

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Monday, 13 July 2015

pink or lilac?

The proceedings for our CoSMoS workshop next week have arrived!

The cover is a little … pinker … than I was expecting.  

That makes 8 years of CoSMoS workshops.

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