THOSE SUBTLE HUMS

-Dr. Tchock

This is the oldest piece of music known to humankind. It’s engraved in cuneiform on a tablet from 1400 BC. It was a hymn to their goddess Nikkal.

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What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they’ll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.

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Andrew Huang's Solipsist

Christoph Malin, ISS Startrails: This video was achieved by “stacking” image sequences provided by NASA from the Crew at International Space Station. These Stacks create the Star Trails, but furthermore make interesting patterns visible. For example lightning corridors within clouds, but they also show occasional satellite tracks (or Iridium Flashes) as well as meteors – patterns that interrupt the main Star Trails, and thus are immediately visible.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/28/163823839/sweden-wants-your-trash

"…Only 4 percent of Swedish garbage ends up in a landfill, according to Swedish Waste Management. Due to its efficiency in converting waste to renewable energy, Sweden has recently begun importing around 800,000 tons of trash annually from other countries…"

-Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices, 1996. I saw part of this quotation and thought “that’s fantastic”; some judicious googling turned up both the source (hat tip to here) and more of the original thought.  (via imathers)

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This swarm robotic idea is really interesting; their ideas concerning “practical use” are unnerving