Thursday, September 29, 2011

Simple Harmonic Eye Candy

If you have two minutes, I think you'll find it well-spent by the end of this clip. Recommendation: After you click Play, click the full screen button (lower right corner, next to the YouTube logo).

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Some discussion over on Harvard's Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations site, filed under Pendulum Waves. It is claimed that the first one of these cool things was built by Ernst Mach, in about 1867.

(h/t: KK, via email)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Line of the Day: 2011-09-22

Now, what I'm interested in is yet far beyond that scale. That's the so-called Planck scale, and what happens there. So that's really the scale of ten to the minus thirty-five meters.

You could also characterize it as the scale for which you can still apply for funding.
    -- Renate Loll, "on the Quantum Origins of Space and Time"

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Least Surprising Headline Ever

Next to this, Dog Bites Man is a black swan.

You say that like it's a bad thing, Judge Posner

"Once all this stuff can be recorded, there's going to be a lot more of this snooping around by reporters and bloggers."

You mean, like this?

Rodney King, being beaten by the LAPD.  Screenshot of a private citizen's video.

Mercy me, we wouldn't want anyone snooping into what the cops are doing, would we?

Rodney King, after being 'detained' by the LAPD

(pic. sources: Wikipedia and Brooklyn Bodega)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Great Moments in Baseball Commentating

I guarantee you, Sean, he might be thinking about taking a few pitches here.
    -- Rick Sutcliffe*

* Although he'll probably try to say it was Aaron Hill (Braves at Phils, ESPN, a few minutes ago).

Ross Douthat summed up in five seconds, by Ross Douthat

Yes, this is what happens every time Ross talks about sex.

Watching Dan Savage make Ross squirm for an hour is pretty entertaining, though.