Saturday, 22 November 2014

on not reinventing the wheel

Standards for Scientific Graphic Presentation is a lovely article by Jure Triglav on rediscovering best practice standards (from a document from 1914!) for displaying scientific figures.

(via writeLaTeX)

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Design in the Park

I was at a two day workshop on Design: Shape & Structure in Leeds this week.  Part of the event involved technical conversations in small groups as we walked around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Some of the sculpture I liked very much:

Ursula von Rydingsvard
Some was fun:

Marialuisa Tadei, Octopus, 2011

Some I thought was a bit pretentious:

Richard Long, Red Slate Line, 1986 (part of “walking as art”)

And a lot more I didn’t photograph.

At one point I was reminded of the amazing abilities of the human eye.  The two photographs below are of the exact same scene (as you can see from the shape of the treetops), one focused on the ground, one on the sky:

14:30 GMT, and the sun is already that low…
The shot on the left has a greatly over-exposed sky; the one on the right has a very underexposed foreground.  Yet to my eye at the time, the foreground appeared as in the shot on the left, whilst the sky looked like the one on the right (in fact, it was the glorious sunbeams that made me take the shot).  I am sure I could have got a better photo with something a bit more sophisticated than my phone-camera, of course.

As we were leaving, I spotted this very square tree, looking almost like a sculpture itself:

what growth rules result in this shape?
As a way of getting to know the research interests of the other members of the workshop, of getting fresh air, and of getting muddy shoes, I can highly recommend this walk-and-talk approach.

Monday, 17 November 2014


The view walking down from the car park this morning: tree in sunbeam.

8:02 GMT, Heslington East Campus, York

Friday, 14 November 2014

only time will tell

I like this clever tautology, to potentially infinite regress…

it’s right angle o’clock

(via Hiroki Sayama via Tim Hutton)

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Seriously ESA, WTF?

I’m really excited by Rosetta and the Philae landing on comet 67P/Churyumox-Gerasimenko today.

Philae landed on this!

Seriously ESA, WTF?

The Business Insider article puts it clearly:
Taylor recently participated in a live online chat with the Wall Street Journal in which he was asked how he gained acceptance in such a respected field while sporting sleeve-length tattoos. 
He responded, "The people I work with don't judge me by my looks but only by the work I have done and can do. Simple." 
If only women could hope to someday be judged that way too. 

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bangers and mashup

Makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

(via BoingBoing)

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Monday, 10 November 2014

sequestering carbon, several books at a time XXXIV

The latest batch:

The Home Plumbing Manual is in response to a leak that has now been fixed, but we hope to be better prepared next time.

I have already blogged on the Beta Life book launch.

Cobra Guardian arrived a while ago in a rather sorry state; it has since been sitting under a heavy weight to become a little less bent, but still has an interesting curve to its cover.