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Thursday, September 19th, 2019

At Dynamicland, The Building Is The Computer — Carl Tashian

A look at the ubiquitous computing work that Bret Victor has been doing over the past few years at Dynamicland.

A bit of a tangent, but I love this description of reading maps:

Map reading is a complex and uniquely human skill, not at all obvious to a young child. You float out of your body and into the sky, leaving behind the point of view you’ve been accustomed to all your life. Your imagination turns squiggly blue lines and green shading into creeks, mountains, and forests seen from above. Bringing it all together in your mind’s eye, you can picture the surroundings.

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Catching up with Tiff.

Catching up with Tiff.

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Fox in the garden.

Fox in the garden.

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Explorable Explanations

A collection of interactive lessons—games that teach—featuring the work of Bret Victor, Nicky Case, and more (the site is put together by Nicky Case).

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Barley risotto with marinated feta.

Barley risotto with marinated feta.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Sous-vide cod with peppers on lentils.

Sous-vide cod with peppers on lentils.

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

Chicken wings and chicken hearts.

Chicken wings and chicken hearts.

Mackerel.

Mackerel.

Pork belly.

Pork belly.

Chicken skin.

Chicken skin.

Kara-age.

Kara-age.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Surf’n’turf.

Surf’n’turf.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Clams.

Clams.

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Toro.

Toro.

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

The Humane Representation of Thought on Vimeo

Yet another brilliant far-ranging talk from Bret Victor.

I’ve tried to get him to come and speak at dConstruct for the past few years, but alas, with no success.

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Chicken and Jon.

Chicken and Jon.

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The telescope in the woods

I met Sandijs of Froont fame when I was in Austin for Artifact back in May. He mentioned how he’d like to put on an event in his home city of Riga, and I said I’d be up for that. So last weekend I popped over to Latvia to speak at an event he organised at a newly-opened co-working space in the heart of Riga.

That was on Friday, so Jessica I had the rest of the weekend to be tourists. Sandijs rented a car and took us out into the woods. There, in the middle of a forest, was an observatory: the Baldone Schmidt telescope.

Baldone Schmidt Telescope Baldone Schmidt Telescope

The day we visited was the Summer soltice and we were inside the observatory getting a tour of the telescope at the precise moment that the astronomical summer began.

It’s a beautiful piece of machinery. It has been cataloging and analysing carbon stars since the ’60s.

Controls Controls

Nowadays, the images captured by the telescope go straight into a computer, but they used to be stored on glass plates. Those glass plates are now getting digitised too. There’s one person doing all the digitising. It takes about forty minutes to digitise one glass plate. There are approximately 22,000 glass plates in the archive.

Archives Glass plates

It’s going to be a long process. But once all that data is available in a machine-readable format, there will inevitably be some interesting discoveries to made from mining that treasure trove.

The telescope has already been used to discover a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. It’s about 1.5 kilometers wide. Its name is Baldone.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

stevenberlinjohnson.com: How We Got To Now

This sounds like it’s a going to be a good: a new TV series by Steven Johnson on the history of technology and innovation. Sounds very Burkian, which is a very good thing.

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The Secret Door - Step Through To The Unknown… | Safestyle UK

Prepare to lose yourself for hours as you keep hitting “take me somewhere else” through these most bizarre and wonderful Google street view locations.

Strassenblickfernweh indeed.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Street Ghosts project - Google Street View made Street Art and Public Concern

In the hippest areas for Street Art, life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View are printed and posted without authorization at the same spot where they were taken.