Thursday, March 9, 2017

Collected early March geekery

😎 Two talks by Edward Tufte (I read Tufte's notebooks regularly):

😎 The end of modern medicine (rise of the superbugs):

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Ok, moderately cautious.

😎 Don't let Dave Jones borrow your pre-release not-yet-for-sale oscilloscope:

(The electrolytic capacitors in the power supply led to a big argument in the EEVBlog forum.)

😎 A digital clock coded using the Conway "game of life." From twitter user Abraham (click that link for an animated version, or get the code and run it on any of the many simulators):

Behold this example of "my code-fu is bigger than your code-fu." Nerds, nerds everywhere (on Stack Exchange, that is):
It's a French coder... I expect the clock to end the cycle with a "Ich gebe auf!" 😉

😎 Interesting paper on molten salt reactors, works as a good introduction (non-technical) to them. MSRs are the future of nuclear (at least for now).

😎 Nice to see physicists addressing the really important problems (not really):

😋 Two-ingredient (plus salt and spices) tomato soup: 6oz tomato paste, 24oz milk.

Two ingredient tomato soup.

And the final product (3 hours in the slow cooker), dressed with fresh basil and parmesan:

Two ingredient tomato soup dressed up with fresh basil and grated Parmesan.

🀄️ Easy puzzle from a repository of Martin Gardner puzzles: Which of the two dots is the center of the circle? Can you prove it?
(More of an optical illusion than a puzzle, since there's enough information in the picture to make a determination without guessing.)

I have a complete collection of Martin Gardner puzzle books and partly trace my interest in computation and information manipulation systems to the "Mathematical Games" columns in Scientific American. (And to their successor, "Metamagical Themas," which is an anagram of "Mathematical Games.")