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FRACTAL - 4k StormLapse on Vimeo
"The ingredient based explanation for supercell thunderstorms cites moisture, wind shear, instability and lift as the reasons for their formation. I prefer to focus on the big picture. Supercell thunderstorms are a manifestation of nature's attempt to correct an extreme imbalance. The ever ongoing effort to reach equilibrium, or viscosity, is what drives all of our weather, and the force with which the atmosphere tries to correct this imbalance is proportional to the gradient. In other words, the more extreme the imbalance, the more extreme the storm.

This collection of timelapses was gathered over the last six years. The project started out as wanting to be able to see the life-cycles of these storms, just for my own enjoyment and to increase my understanding of them. Over time, it morphed into an obsession with wanting to document as many photogenic supercells as I could, in as high a resolution as possible, as to be able to share with those who couldn't see first hand the majestic beauty that comes alive in the skies above America's Great Plains every Spring. After more than 100,000 miles on the road and tens of thousands of shutter clicks later, this is the result. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Keep an eye out for a long form version of my storm timelapses, as these are a small sample of what I've been able to gather. I'm not sure yet how the extended version will be released. If you have any ideas regarding distribution or would like to license my work for your own project, please contact me:

I love teaching people about storms and severe weather and how to safely document them. Feel free to email me if you have any interest in joining me for a chase. June is by far the best time to go out, as the storms are more photogenic and slow moving than any other month.

Follow me on these social media channels for more storm content:


"Big whirls have little whirls that feed on their velocity, and little whirls have lesser whirls, and so on to viscosity." - Meteorologist Lewis Fry Richardson ("Weather Prediction by Numerical Process." Cambrige University Press, 1922)

This quote sums up perfectly what I've come to realize about weather and storms over the past 10 years of studying, forecasting and chasing them, and the part that I find most fascinating. On each scale level from synoptic-scale, which covers areas the size of multiple states, all the way down to micro-scale, which could be an area as small as your backyard, the fluid which we call air abides by the same universal physical laws of nature and thus acts in a very similar manner and patterns.

A cold front, for example, is a phenomenon which is widely understood to mean a large scale line of advancing cold air, hundreds of miles long, along which supercell thunderstorms sometimes form. Within these smaller storm-scale environments, something called a rear-flank gust front forms on the southern end of the low pressure area of the mesocyclone, where the rain cooled air wraps around. This is effectively a storm's cold front. The cool air is more dense than the warm air, and because of this, advances into the region of lower density, just like the larger cold front on which the storm formed.

The stunning supercell storm structure we see is along these relatively small, storm-scale cold fronts. This is what forms the "hook" on radar. Here, just as with the larger scale weather systems, the wedge of denser cool air at the surface meets the warm, moist, buoyant air in front of a storm, forcing it aloft and through the cap where the potential energy is realized. Given the right conditions, this development can be explosive.

While Richardson's quote is more regarding turbulence than thermodynamics, his theory from nearly 100 years ago that our atmosphere behaves as a fractal has turned out to be spot on. A "top down" transfer of energy and behavior occurs, resulting in a Russian nesting doll of smaller scale systems that bear a striking resemblance to the larger.


I would like to offer a special thanks to my good friend Kevin X Barth who helped me edit this together, and found some semblance of a story arc in many disparate pieces. Kevin is an amazingly talented and creative artist in his own right, having won an Emmy as the editor of the ESPN 30 for 30 film WHEN THE GARDEN WAS EDEN. Check out his website if you're looking for an excellent editor or director for your project:

A big thanks to Tom Lowe as well, without whom I would probably still be trying to figure out what an intervelometer is. Tom is the mastermind behind Timescapes, the revolutionary timelapse film from a few years ago. He was kind enough to share his wealth of knowledge, as well as some camera gear."
storms  via:kottke  classideas  weather  video  timelapse 
june 2017 by robertogreco Unicode Character Recognition
"Draw something in the left box!

And let shapecatcher help you to find the most similar unicode characters!

Currently, there are 10007 unicode character gylphs in the database."
typography  identification  draw  via:kottke  shapecatcher  drawing  recognition  shaperecognition  fonts  text  tools  classideas 
november 2011 by robertogreco
Codify – iPad
"Codify for iPad lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.

We think Codify is the most beautiful code editor you'll use, and it's easy. Codify is designed to let you touch your code. Want to change a number? Just tap and drag it. How about a color, or an image? Tapping will bring up visual editors that let you choose exactly what you want.

Codify is built on the Lua programming language. A simple, elegant language that doesn't rely too much on symbols — a perfect match for iPad."
ipad  programming  ios  development  gamedev  multitouch  codify  applications  via:kottke  interactivity  accelerometers  touch 
october 2011 by robertogreco
Advanced Style: Age and Beauty - NOWNESS
"We're having a senior moment: From textile mogul Iris Apfel in her trademark owl spectacles to artist Ilona Royce Smithkin in DIY orange eyelashes, the stars of photographer Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style blog represent the most fashionable older ladies and gentlemen of New York and beyond. Today on NOWNESS we feature Cohen’s iconic style mavens in an exclusive short by filmmaker Lina Plioplyte. “Hearing them speak about clothing is so fascinating,” says Cohen, who launched his site in 2008 and also has a documentary in the works. “There is history and memories in what they are wearing and I think it’s important to show that storytelling aspect, as well as their vitality and creativity.” Cohen spoke to NOWNESS about silver-haired confidence."
documentary  film  fashion  elderly  age  expression  via:kottke  style  beauty  art 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Invasion of the Viking women unearthed - Science Fair -
"So, the study looked at 14 Viking burials from the era, definable by the Norse grave goods found with them and isotopes found in their bones that reveal their birthplace. The bones were sorted for telltale osteological signs of which gender they belonged to, rather than assuming that burial with a sword or knife denoted a male burial.<br />
Overall, McLeod reports that six of the 14 burials were of women, seven were men, and one was indeterminable. Warlike grave goods may have misled earlier researchers about the gender of Viking invaders, the study suggests. At a mass burial site called Repton Woods, "(d)espite the remains of three swords being recovered from the site, all three burials that could be sexed osteologically were thought to be female, including one with a sword and shield," says the study."
via:kottke  history  vikings  england  medieval 
july 2011 by robertogreco
List of Crayola crayon colors - Wikipedia
"This is a list of the 133 standard Crayola crayon colors. According to its chronology page, each "core color" was introduced in a specific year[2]. These dates are shown in the table below. The hex triplets below are representative of the colors produced by the named crayons."
color  colors  reference  crayons  crayola  wikipedia  via:kottke 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Most health solutions aren’t medical, they’re social.
"This is a significant paradigm shift. The companies that realize the future of health is about life and happiness rather than sickness, death, and medical solutions are the ones that will lead in the next decade. More importantly, the companies that can find a business model around social solutions for the neediest, most costly patients, are the ones who will not only make a killing, but change the face of healthcare in the world."
social  health  healthcare  habits  networks  socialsolutions  us  policy  business  atulgawande  jayparkinson  via:kottke  2011  medicine  well-being  life  happiness  sickness  money  society 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Drug experiment - The Boston Globe
"But nearly a decade later, there's evidence that Portugal's great drug experiment not only didn't blow up in its face; it may have actually worked. More addicts are in treatment. Drug use among youths has declined in recent years. Life in Casal Ventoso, Lisbon's troubled neighborhood, has improved. And new research, published in the British Journal of Criminology, documents just how much things have changed in Portugal. Coauthors Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes and Alex Stevens report a 63 percent increase in the number of Portuguese drug users in treatment and, shortly after the reforms took hold, a 499 percent increase in the amount of drugs seized -- indications, the authors argue, that police officers, freed up from focusing on small-time possession, have been able to target big-time traffickers while drug addicts, no longer in danger of going to prison, have been able to get the help they need."
drugs  portugal  politics  crime  society  policy  legalization  via:kottke 
january 2011 by robertogreco
Oregon’s Speed-Freak Football - [This reminds me of the system I used when coaching six-man flag football.]
"Kelly has transformed football into aerobic sport…style is particularly of moment because it is apparent football, at least in short term, will become less violent. Kelly's teams have found new way to intimidate, one that does not involve high-speed collisions & head injuries. "Some people call it a no-huddle offense, but I call it a no-breathing offense," Mark Asper, an Oregon offensive lineman "It's still football. We hit people. But after a while, the guys on the other side of the line are so gassed that you don't have to hit them very hard to make them fall over."...point of a play sometimes seems to be just to get it over w/, line up & run another. The play that preceded last touchdown was a 1-yard loss—setback in traditional offensive schemes…But "3rd & long" is not as difficult a proposition for offense when opposing defense can barely stand. "Obviously, all of our plays are designed to gain yards. But our guys understand cumulative effect of running them really fast."
college  football  ncaa  oregon  cv  sports  collegefootball  via:kottke  soccer  americanfootball  futbol 
december 2010 by robertogreco
490 - Map of the World's Countries Rearranged by Population | Strange Maps | Big Think
"What if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area? And the second-largest population would migrate to the second-largest country, and so on?<br />
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The result would be this disconcerting, disorienting map. In the world described by it, the differences in population density between countries would be less extreme than they are today. The world's most densely populated country currently is Monaco, with 43,830 inhabitants/mi² (16,923 per km²) (1). On the other end of the scale is Mongolia, which is less densely populated by a factor of almost exactly 10,000, with a mere 4.4 inhabitants/mi² (1.7 per km²)."
geography  visualization  population  maps  mapping  world  density  populationdensity  via:kottke 
november 2010 by robertogreco
John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview Transcript | Cult of Mac
"He felt that the computer was going to change the world & it it was going to become what he called “the bicycle for the mind.” It would enable individuals to have this incredible capability that they never dreamed of before…

What makes Steve’s methodology different from everyone else’s is that he always believed the most important decisions you make are not the things you do – but the things that you decide not to do. He’s a minimalist.…

Normally you will only see a handful of software engineers who are building an operating system. People think that it must be hundreds and hundreds working on an operating system. It really isn't. It's really just a small team of people. Think of it like the atelier of an artist…

[Japanese standards are just different than ours. If you look at Apple and the attention to detail. The “open me first,” the way the box is designed, the fold lines, the quality of paper, the printing — Apple just goes to extraordinary lengths."
apple  business  stevejobs  mac  design  interview  size  groupsize  teams  managment  focus  minimalism  johnsculley  organizations  tcsnmy  computers  efficiency  via:kottke  japan  muji  experience  packaging  management  administration  lcproject 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Fresh Sriracha (aka, home made 'Rooster') - Blog - food52
"Warning: once you make edamame2003's version, you may never be able to go back to commercial sriracha again. The vibrant color and piquancy of the fresh fresno peppers, combined with plenty of garlic and a boost of vinegar, make for a zippy, versatile condiment that would be great with anything from banh mi to scrambled eggs. We'd never used palm sugar before and were intrigued by its gentle sweetness, which helps to round out the heat of the sriracha. - A&M"
sriracha  food  recipes  cooking  via:kottke 
september 2010 by robertogreco
MoMA | The MoMA App
"Carry MoMA with you wherever you go. Use the MoMA App to find out what’s on at the Museum, plan a visit, browse or search tens of thousands of works in the collection, take multimedia tours, or learn about artists and art terms. Take a picture of a work of art and send it to a friend, or put together a playlist to create a soundtrack for your MoMA visit."
via:kottke  iphone  moma  museums  nyc  applications  art  ios 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Princeton University - 2010 Baccalaureate remarks [Jeff Bezos]
"What I want to talk to you about today is the difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice. Gifts are easy -- they're given after all. Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you're not careful, and if you do, it'll probably be to the detriment of your choices."
2010  jeffbezos  kindness  choices  cleverness  commencement  entrepreneurship  motivation  life  advice  via:kottke  wisdom  amazon  business  choice  lessons  philosophy  education  commencementspeeches  commencementaddresses 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Joe Posnanski » Blog Archive » The Genius of Messi
"I measure soccer against the sports I have grown up loving, and it seems to me that that soccer — a bit like baseball — is defined by failure. Most corner kicks don’t find a teammate’s head. Most crosses into the box are too long or too short or turned away. Most shots are not aimed for the upper right-hand corner. Most runs end up being stuffed a long way from the goal. Most goals are the result of a staggering blunder — either by the defenders or the goalkeeper or the linesman who missed offside or awarded a shaky penalty kick or gave a free kick in a dangerous place. One somewhat cynical soccer commentator told me that what I need to understand is that every single goal, even the most brilliant of them, is the result of an error somewhere along the way. I suppose there are pitching coaches who would say the same thing about home runs."

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football  soccer  sports  messi  via:kottke  failure  beauty  comparison  futbol 
june 2010 by robertogreco
The Just-World Fallacy « You Are Not So Smart
"The Misconception: People who are losing at the game of life must have done something to deserve it.
prejudice  psychology  fairness  fallacy  justice  life  philosophy  politics  poverty  society  sociology  ethics  delusion  control  via:kottke 
june 2010 by robertogreco
The shock of the old: Welcome to the elderly age - opinion - 08 April 2010 - New Scientist
"Of all the people in human history who ever reached the age of 65, half are alive now. Meanwhile, women around the world have 1/2 as many children as their mothers. & if Japan is the model, their daughters may have 1/2 as many as they do.
age  aging  science  transhumanism  demographics  elderly  history  population  via:kottke  culture  data  statistics 
april 2010 by robertogreco
R.J. Cutler: What I Learned From Anna Wintour
"I work in the film business, where schmoozing is an art form, lunch hour lasts from 12:30 until 3, and every meeting takes an hour whether there's an hour's worth of business or not. Not so at Vogue, where meetings are long if they go more than seven minutes and everyone knows to show up on time, prepared and ready to dive in. In Anna's world, meetings often start a few minutes before they're scheduled. If you arrive five minutes late, chances are you'll have missed it entirely. Imagine the hours of time that are saved every day by not wasting so much of it in meetings."
meetings  leadership  management  productivity  business  learning  via:kottke  administration  tcsnmy  annawintour 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Adria: elBulli Restaurant to Close for Two Years - TIME
"not definitive end to the restaurant that has been voted best in world 5 times by...recognized arbiter of such things. Adrià & his team will still be working at elBulli, developing ideas & trying to figure out what comes next.'s current format is finished. "When we come back in 2014, it's not going to be the same"...change will bring other sacrifices...Adrià & team will have to relinquish 3 Michelin stars...& no one knows how they'll pay for 2 years of inquiry w/out customers to finance them. But citing desire to spend more time w/ family...says he needs a break from serving food to figure out what comes next. "We still want to be creating in 2020, but for that to be possible, we have to normalize our lives."...refused to speculate on what elBulli will be like once 2 years are over, emphasizing repeatedly...he has no set plans...did suggest, however, that although elBulli would once again feed customers, research would likely take on a greater priority than cooking."
elbulli  ferranadrià  food  sabbaticals  cv  time  research  cooking  learning  creativity  restaurants  via:kottke 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Barack Obama Father - Tom Junod on Barack Obama Dad - Esquire [via:]
"Your example is your authority. Positive discipline does not mean no discipline; it means that discipline is a matter of teaching mutual respect, rather than making your child suffer. "Children do better when they feel better, not worse," is what it says on my kitchen cabinet, and so when faced with intransigence, parents have to respond by stating their expectations, repeating the rules, and then giving their children the love and support they need to follow them. Always try to include, rather than isolate; avoid labels; don't negotiate, but don't escalate, either. If your children are not doing well, either take them out of the situation or remove yourself. You — and they — can always try again…You have to devote a lot of time to it, really your whole life…He is the first truly modern president, because he is the first president to govern as if there is no evil, only lost opportunities for good. He is the first post-evil president."
via:kottke  parenting  teaching  children  learning  manipulation  history  authority  discipline  2010  politics  barackobama  tcsnmy  unschooling  deschooling  respect 
january 2010 by robertogreco the making of: On Rotating The Dishes
"And this is what I sometimes worry about: do I put them back on top of the stack? Do I put the bowls back in the empty front spot on the shelf? Because if I do that, then guess which dishes are going to get reached for the next time? That's right, the same ones. So do I rotate them, put the dishes away at the bottom of the stack? Because the glass dessert plates are underneath the glass dessert bowls, and that means lifting the entire thing up and/or out to put the plates underneath. And the dinner plates are kind of snug under a rack that holds the salad plates, not so easy to get--anyway, I'm rationalzing now; the reality is, I don't really rotate the dishes that much. Not as much as I feel I should."
humor  life  geek  ocd  glvo  cv  dishes  rotation  via:kottke 
january 2010 by robertogreco
NGM Blog Central - The Cost of Care - National Geographic Magazine -
"The United States spends more on medical care per person than any country, yet life expectancy is shorter than in most other developed nations and many developing ones. Lack of health insurance is a factor in life span and contributes to an estimated 45,000 deaths a year. Why the high cost? The U.S. has a fee-for-service system—paying medical providers piecemeal for appointments, surgery, and the like. That can lead to unneeded treatment that doesn’t reliably improve a patient’s health. Says Gerard Anderson, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who studies health insurance worldwide, “More care does not necessarily mean better care.”"
politics  visualization  health  infographics  healthcare  insurance  graphic  infographic  us  cost  costs  reform  spending  via:kottke 
december 2009 by robertogreco
How to Go to the Zoo
"Let’s get one thing straight. A zoo is not a theme park; it’s more like a museum... Go alone... Under no circumstances bring children... Go early or stay late... Go cold... Walk... If possible, wear khaki... Don't discriminate... Stay away from the gift shops. And the cafes... Take what the zoo gives you... Look for the overlooked... Take your time... And then take some more time... Do not see everything... Be thankful."
cv  culture  zoos  howto  travel  animals  advice  observation  interestingness  interested  museums  tips  slow  via:kottke  interestedness 
november 2009 by robertogreco
The Blueprints, reference image database, with more than 37000 blueprints, templates, 3/4/5-views and drawings
"Cars (11661), Motorcycles (1765), Trucks (2087), Buses (417), Ships (6584), Trains (588), WW1 Airplanes (358), WW2 Airplanes (1968), Modern Airplanes (4919), Tanks (3455), Weapons (405), Science Fiction (1947), Humans (116), Phones (517), Miscelaeneous (249)"
blueprints  database  3d  archive  drawings  illustration  graphicdesign  graphics  reference  architecture  art  drawing  design  blender  vector  lightwave  cg  stock  models  images  free  via:kottke 
november 2009 by robertogreco
The House Next Door: The Conversations: Errol Morris
"The thing is, truth is always at the center of Morris' films, as you'd expect of a documentary filmmaker, but he also acknowledges that truth is a complicated thing; he's always toying with questions of truth and fiction. Morris' films aren't about The Truth; they're about our personal, private truths, as well as the lies and rationalizations we create for our actions. So fiction and lies and manipulation are also at the center of Morris' films. Fiction is as much the spine of his work as truth."
via:kottke  errolmorris  documentary  film  truth  manipulation  lies  fiction 
october 2009 by robertogreco
The Referendum - Happy Days Blog -
"The Referendum is a phenomenon typical of (but not limited to) midlife, whereby people, increasingly aware of the finiteness of their time in the world, the limitations placed on them by their choices so far & the narrowing options remaining to them, start judging their peers' differing choices w/ reactions ranging from envy to contempt. The Referendum can subtly poison formerly close & uncomplicated relationships, creating tensions between the married and the single, the childless & parents, careerists & the stay-at-home...The problem is, we only get one chance at this, with no do-overs. Life is, in effect, a non-repeatable experiment with no control. In his novel about marriage, “Light Years,” James Salter writes: “For whatever we do, even whatever we do not do prevents us from doing its opposite. Acts demolish their alternatives, that is the paradox."...One of the hardest things to look at in this life is the lives we didn’t lead, the path not taken, potential left unfulfilled."
happiness  life  psychology  culture  marriage  parenting  choices  relationships  via:kottke  regret  time  limitations  limits  options  children  perspective  choice  philosophy  aging  emotions  love  midlife  careers  families  health  referendum  envy  contempt  decisions  competitiveness  jealousy 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: What is conservatism?
"8. Fiscal conservatism is part and parcel of conservatism per se. A state wrecked by debt is a state due to perish or fall into decay. This is a lesson from history. States must "save up their powder" for true crises and it is a kind of narcissistic arrogation to think that the personal failures of particular individuals -- often those with weak values -- meet this standard. [...] 10. Responsibility is a more important value than either liberty or equality."
conservatism  via:kottke  tylercowen  us  marginalrevolution  politics  policy  philosophy  ideology  definitions 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Best of Wikipedia
"A twice-daily updated collection of some of the best reading on Wikipedia."
via:kottke  wikipedia  reference  reading  bestof  blogs 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess
"The long-running tech-industry war between engineers and marketers has been ended at craigslist by the simple expedient of having no marketers. Only programmers, customer service reps, and accounting staff work at craigslist. There is no business development, no human resources, no sales. As a result, there are no meetings. The staff communicates by email and IM. This is a nice environment for employees of a certain temperament. "Not that we're a Shangri-La or anything," Buckmaster says, "but no technical people have ever left the company of their own accord."" AND "There may be a peace sign on every page, but the implicit political philosophy of craigslist has a deeply conservative, even a tragic cast. Every day the choristers of the social web chirp their advice about openness and trust; craigslist follows none of it, and every day it grows."
via:kottke  meetings  entrepreneurship  community  business  socialmedia  management  craignewmark  craigslist  startup  strategy  advertising  technology  internet  culture  web  social  journalism 
august 2009 by robertogreco
A modest proposal for improving football: the ‘time-in’ - The Boston Globe
"If you’ve ever noticed that football games slow to a predictable crawl at the end of each half, the time-in is the rule for you...When the clock is stopped, for whatever reason, a coach could call a “time-in,” & force the clock to start up again. Think of it as the antimatter version of the timeout...Which brings us to the ultimate question: what is the point of sports? Do we want our teams to follow a series of guidelines that improve their chance of victory? Or do we want excitement? The NBA answered this question in the 1950’s, when winning teams found that the best strategy was to simply dilly-dally and run down the clock. While clearly a good strategy, it sometimes had the unpleasant side effect of preventing anything from happening at all, causing fans to storm out & demand their money back. This precipitated the shot clock, the 24-second countdown designed to ensure that coaches’ incentives to win were in line with the fans’ desire to watch players actually shoot a basketball."
football  americanfootball  rules  sports  entertainment  via:kottke 
august 2009 by robertogreco
David Foster Wallace - Telegraph
""The thrust of [The Pale King] is an attempt to look at the dark matter of tedium & boredom & repetition & familiarity that life is made of & through that to find a path to joy & art & everything that matters. Wallace has set himself the task of making a moving & joyful book out of the matter of life that most writers veer away from as hard as they can. & what he left of it is heartbreakingly full & beautiful & deep. He was looking at how one survives.”...Pressed for more details, Pietsch cites a commencement speech that Wallace gave at Kenyon in 2005, which he says is "very much a distillation" of the novel's material. "The really important kind of freedom involves attention & awareness & discipline, & being able truly to care about other people & to sacrifice for them over & over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. That is real freedom...The alternative is unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, & lost, some infinite thing."

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davidfosterwallace  via:kottke  thepaleking  life  meaning  writing  philosophy  survival  joy  art  boredom  repetition  familiarity  freedom  attention  caring  awareness  discipline  consciousness  books  commencementspeeches  commencementaddresses 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Stuart McMillen - cartoon Recombinant Records
"Orwell feared the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance."
aldoushuxley  georgeorwell  technology  society  culture  future  art  philosophy  government  literature  comics  entertainment  dystopia  books  history  politics  us  tcsnmy  social  media  world  neilpostman  via:kottke 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Schrödinger's Kitten: The Fruit Is A Lie
"Strawberries, you will be glad to know, are a ‘false fruit’. Which seems reasonable enough. But at this point a small doubt started to grow in my mind... what, actually, then, was a real fruit? Oranges? No, they’re a modified berry. Bananas? Leathery berry. Plums? Drupe — fleshy bit with one stone inside. Peaches, nectarines and mangos, similar. Pineapple? Forget it — multiple fruit, incorporating the support that the original flowers all grow on, making it a pseudo-multiple-carp. Although interestingly and cutely, they are pollinated by hummingbirds and bats.2 (Not usually simultaneously.)
fruit  science  biology  humor  food  vegetables  language  via:kottke 
august 2009 by robertogreco
The Brain: Stop Paying Attention: Zoning Out Is a Crucial Mental State | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine
"The fact that both of these important brain networks become active together suggests that mind wandering is not useless mental static. Instead, Schooler proposes, mind wandering allows us to work through some important thinking. Our brains process information to reach goals, but some of those goals are immediate while others are distant. Somehow we have evolved a way to switch between handling the here and now and contemplating long-term objectives. It may be no coincidence that most of the thoughts that people have during mind wandering have to do with the future."
psychology  via:kottke  learning  science  brain  attention  neuroscience  thinking  memory  creativity  concentration  boredom  flow  daydreaming  cognition  mind 
july 2009 by robertogreco
How Safeway Is Cutting Health-Care Costs -
"Safeway's plan capitalizes on 2 key insights gained in 2005. The 1st is that 70% of all health-care costs are the direct result of behavior. The 2nd, which is well understood by providers of health care, is that 74% of all costs are confined to 4 chronic conditions (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity). Furthermore, 80% of cardiovascular disease & diabetes is preventable, 60% of cancers are preventable & more than 90% of obesity is preventable...As with most employers, Safeway's employees pay a portion of their own health care through premiums, co-pays & deductibles. The big difference between Safeway & most employers is that we have pronounced differences in premiums that reflect each covered member's behaviors. Our plan utilizes a provision in the 1996 Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act that permits employers to differentiate premiums based on behaviors. Currently we are focused on tobacco usage, healthy weight, blood pressure & cholesterol levels."
via:kottke  healthcare  insurance  costs  us  policy  incentives  obesity  politics  economics  health  money  safeway 
june 2009 by robertogreco
oobject » 12 of the worlds most fascinating tunnel networks
"This year the MIT class ring, the Brass Rat, hides a hackers’ diagram of a subterranean campus wide tunnel network.
architecture  tunnels  cartography  via:kottke  urban  maps  mapping  exploration 
june 2009 by robertogreco
How to look at billboards
"Outdoor advertising is peddling a commodity it does not own and without the owner's permission: your field of vision. Possibly you have never thought to consider your rights in the matter. Nations put the utmost importance on unintentional violations of their air space. The individual's air space is intentionally violated by billboards every day of the year."
via:kottke  billboards  advertising  attention  psychology  marketing  spam  culture  1960s 
april 2009 by robertogreco » Top ten reasons managers become great
"8. Self aware, including weaknesses. This is the kicker. Great leaders know what they suck at, and either work on those skills or hire people they know make up for their own weaknesses, and empower them to do so. This tiny little bit of self-awareness makes them open to feedback and criticism to new areas they need to work on, and creates an example for movement in how people should be growing and learning about new things."
via:kottke  management  administration  leadership  communication  work  business  learning  advice  tcsnmy 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Goodbye Dubai | Smashing Telly - A hand picked TV channel
"Short of opening a Radio Shack in an Amish town, Dubai is the world’s worst business idea, and there isn’t even any oil. Imagine proposing to build Vegas in a place where sex and drugs and rock and roll are an anathema. This is effectively the proposition that created Dubai - it was a stupid idea before the crash, and now it is dangerous.
via:kottke  dubai  collapse  crisis  economics  realestate  architecture  culture  design  cities  planning  debt  bubbles 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Requested Reading Recommendations — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design
"Upon the request of readers, we asked faculty to recommend books for an interaction design reading list. These could be landmark texts, underdogs, or critical reads, or stepping stones to other fields. The following is what resulted from our request, comprising in part: a sneak preview of what will be assigned in courses; what some consider to be cornerstone interaction design texts; and what some consider important connections to other fields."
via:kottke  books  reading  design  interactiondesign  usability  ux  webdesign  ui  mfa  interaction  interface  interactive  learning  education  culture  art  web  microcontrollers  electronics  arduino  information  informationdesign  visualization  webdev 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Quid Pro: A-Rod is a flashlight
"This is a term I learned from a banker I worked for 20 years ago, people who shine brightly in one direction, but don't let off too much light otherwise. Flashlights are kind of useless as board members, despite big reputations and good resumes -- they're just not lateral thinkers and don't really want to dig in. Every company is allowed one flashlight, but it better be the CEO. It's hard to know where to go when the light is shining in two (or more) different directions."
administration  leadership  management  tcsnmy  vision  strategy  business  organizations  via:kottke  apple  collaboration  crosspollination  stevejobs  baseball 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Cheese Making Illustrated
"How to make cheese at home. This recipe for a basic hard cheese works for any kind of milk. Iprimarily use my own fresh goats' milk, but have made it quite successfullywith cow's milk purchased from the grocery as well as raw cow's milk froma local farmer. I always use rennet tablets becauseof their dependability and availability from many supermarkets . I usually make 5 gallons of milk into cheese at a time in a 5 gallon Volrath stainless steel pot. Its thick aluminum bottom pad prevents scorching. Five gallons of milk produces a 5-6 pound wheel of cheese . I suggest you try several other simplier cheese related projects beforeyou try making a hard cheese. I have written a page on Beginning Cheese Making for this purpose. It might also be wise to master the process for one gallon of milk before making cheese from 5 gallons."

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todo  cheese  food  glvo  recipes  diy  via:kottke  cheesemaking 
february 2009 by robertogreco
A Baker’s Dozen Of My Feelings About David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest - The
"Reading IJ is like forging a spiritual connection with a man who expresses my feelings better than I do. As someone who writes, I've often felt that language is so poor an instrument for communication or expression. I find it unyieldingly difficult to write an honest sentence. DFW exhibits otherwise. George Saunders, in his remarks at David Foster Wallace's memorial service, called Wallace "a wake-up artist." Yes. DFW's words, beyond creating solid smart sentences and solid smart stories, reach this part of you that you thought no one could reach, saying everything you've been wanting to say and hear, everything you've been thinking on your own but haven't been able to share with anyone else."
davidfosterwallace  writing  books  infinitejest  via:kottke  reading  reviews  criticism  georgesaunders 
february 2009 by robertogreco
" is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional and static art history textbook."
art  arthistory  history  timelines  painting  archive  interactive  education  learning  via:kottke 
february 2009 by robertogreco
LittleSis - LittleSis is an involuntary facebook of powerful Americans, collaboratively edited and maintained by people like you.
"It's easier than ever to spot the symptoms of corruption and cronyism in our political process. Ordinary Americans have never felt more shut out from all levels of government, more excluded from economic gains & more powerless to remedy the problems facing their communities & the world. Meanwhile, the powerful networks of individuals who've enjoyed unprecedented influence, wealth & access while steering our country towards its present crisis continue to elude responsibility in the public spotlight. We all know that the need for fundamental change is urgent. Americans everywhere are pushing back against a broken system that bankrupts and disempowers them. But to effectively push back, we have to study & document the social networks that have our democracy in a stranglehold. We have to expose the individuals & institutions that abuse their power to enrich themselves and their cronies...we have to make common cause & share this information freely."
via:kottke  culture  politics  government  activism  transparency  database  us  elitism  elite  corruption  money  people  facebook  littlesis 
january 2009 by robertogreco
"Millions more people are going to museums, literary festivals and operas; millions more watch demanding television programmes or download serious-minded podcasts. Not all these activities count as mind-stretching, of course. Some are downright fluffy. But, says Donna Renney, the chief executive of the Cheltenham Festivals, audiences increasingly want “the buzz you get from working that little bit harder”. This is a dramatic yet often unrecognised development. “When people talk and write about culture,” says Ira Glass, the creator of the riveting public-radio show “This American Life”, “it’s apocalyptic. We tell ourselves that everything is in bad shape. But the opposite is true. There’s an abundance of really interesting things going on all around us.”"
via:kottke  education  society  culture  intelligence  literacy  consumption  optimism  information  media  pessimism  sociology  trends  lookatthebrightside  books  music  opera  classical  thisamericanlife 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Darwin at Home in Ten Minutes [see also:]
"This is a video of animations of Darwin at Home creatures which result from survival of the fittest and random mutation. Narrative by Gerald de Jong the author of the software behind the project."
locomotion  mathematics  science  evolution  biology  animation  modeling  via:kottke  graphics  walking  ai 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Psychology Today: The Creative Personality
"Furthermore, people who bring about an acceptable novelty in a domain seem able to use well two opposite ways of thinking: the convergent and the divergent. Convergent thinking is measured by IQ tests, and it involves solving well-defined, rational problems that have one correct answer. Divergent thinking leads to no agreed-upon solution. It involves fluency, or the ability to generate a great quantity of ideas; flexibility, or the ability to switch from one perspective to another; and originality in picking unusual associations of ideas. These are the dimensions of thinking that most creativity tests measure and that most workshops try to enhance."
via:kottke  psychology  creativity  writing  thinking  advice  brain  design  art  culture  mihalycsikszentmihalyi 
september 2008 by robertogreco
Maya Angelou
"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
via:kottke  wisdom  life  behavior  mayaangelou  quotes  psychology 
august 2008 by robertogreco
National Geographic Magazine -
"Browse through history using our daily maps of historical news events and milestones. Navigate the map using our zoom tool. "
maps  mapping  nationalgeographic  geography  via:kottke  cartography 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Twitter / Merlin Mann: Some days, the web feels li...
"Some days, the web feels like 5 people trying to make something; 5k people turning it into a list; and 500MM people saying, "FAIL.""
via:kottke  twitter  creativity  motivation  merlinmann  internet  web  online  fail  behavior 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Rivals High - A-11 offense could be the future of football [see also:]
"Bryan, Piedmont's coach, and Steve Humphries, the director of football operations, had developed an offense in which all 11 players on the field potentially are eligible to catch the ball" OR 6 man flag goes 11 man tackle
california  football  sports  strategy  via:kottke 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Paris frets over its backwater standing - 20 Jul 2008 - NZ Herald: Entertainment News, Reviews and Gossip from New Zealand and around the World
"worshippers these days are consumers, not creators...mainly foreign tourists...The city chemistry that produced rawness, dynamism, change and challenge seems absent...Artists looking for the buzz go to London or Berlin, or further afield to New York"
art  creativity  culture  history  cities  paris  france  via:kottke 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Baby Name Trends:
"see popularity trends for it: * Popularity since 1880 * Map of changing geographic popularity since 1960 * Well-known namesakes * Groups to which it belongs * Similar names: sound, popularity over time, regional popularity, and start with the same letter
names  statistics  trends  maps  visualization  via:kottke  naming 
july 2008 by robertogreco
List of unsolved problems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"A list of unsolved problems may refer to several conjectures or open problems in various fields: in chemistry, cognitive science, computer science, economics, linguistics, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, statistics"
via:kottke  wikipedia  science  problems  physics  chemistry  computers  cognitive  philosophy  linguistics  economics  statistics  neuroscience  math  crowdsourcing  problemsolving  computing  puzzles  classideas 
july 2008 by robertogreco
BBC - Ouch! - Features - What's your Sign Name?
"When a sign name is given to you, it's special...thought up after intense period of observation...people have worked out whether they like you enough to give you one & taken all your habits & mannerisms into account to find a name that best sums you up."
language  culture  deaf  names  linguistics  psychology  behavior  community  asl  signing  via:kottke  naming 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Mamihlapinatapai - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - "word from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the "most succinct word"
"describes a look shared by 2 people with each wishing the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start...more succinctly "eye-contact implying 'after you...'... "ending up mutually at a loss as to what to do about e
via:kottke  language  words  definitions  precision  emotion  translation  linguistics  vocabulary  communication 
july 2008 by robertogreco
30 Most Incredible Abstract Satellite Images of Earth : Environmental News Blog | Environmental Graffiti
"One can imagine - yes - however, they wouldn’t be quite prepared for the fact that from 400 miles away, the earth transforms into abstract art. The global landscape is impressionist, cubist and pointillist. Mother Nature is an abstract artist."
photography  earth  art  satellite  environment  geography  images  via:kottke 
july 2008 by robertogreco
How to Live With Just 100 Things - TIME
"100 Thing Challenge, a grass-roots movement in which otherwise seemingly normal folks are pledging to whittle down their possessions to a mere 100 items."

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via:kottke  materialism  consumption  simplicity  minimalism  neo-nomads  nomads  possessions  excess  culture  trends  clutter  organization  ownership 
june 2008 by robertogreco
matt kirkland > designer for hire > stupid projects > in vestimentis ursum
"Surely the robot hiding in the bear's clothing, vestimentis ursum, is impressive. So: armed with my childish curiousity and the spurious excuse of 'product design research,' I set out to discover what, exactly, these creatures are hiding."
via:kottke  plush  toys  robots  dolls  glvo  robotics  photography 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Incredible Hulk | | Arts
"What Hulk smash most? Hulk smash all hope of interesting time in cinema. Hulk take all effort of cinema, effort getting babysitter, effort finding parking, and Hulk put great green fist right through it. Hulk crush all hopes of entertainment. Hulk in bor
humor  film  reviews  hulk  comics  via:kottke 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Last Call, Bohemia: Entertainment & Culture:
"Every successful society needs its Bohemia, a haven for the artists, exiles, and misfits who regenerate the culture. With the heart of New York’s West Village threatened by developers, London, Paris, and San Francisco have a message for Manhattan: Don
architecture  art  cities  culture  via:kottke  neighborhoods  nyc  urban  media  life  creative  creativeclass  gentrification  society  bohemia  artists 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Mystery on Fifth Avenue -
"The letter directed the family to a hidden panel in the front hall that contained a beautifully bound and printed book, Ms. Bensko’s opus. The book led them on a scavenger hunt through their own apartment."
puzzles  homes  nyc  children  fun  play  space  design  architecture  classideas  mysteries  poetry  scavengerhunts  via:kottke  glvo  edg  srg  games  arg  books 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Last Traffic Jam -- Printout -- TIME
"The average U.S. citizen completely ignores the regularity with which the automobile kills him, maims him, embroils him with the law and provides mobile shelter for rakes intent on seducing his daughters. He takes it into his garage as fondly as an Arab
via:kottke  1947  cars  transportation  technology  traffic  society  us  culture 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The Big Picture -
"Each entry tells story through high-quality newswire images displayed at large sizes...If frustrated by tiny news imagery we get spoon-fed to us on web, this site will be a welcome addition to daily browse."
currentevents  news  photography  journalism  images  daily  via:kottke  blogs 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Placeholder name - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Placeholder names are words that can refer to objects or people whose names are either irrelevant or unknown in the context in which it is being discussed. "Whatchamacallit" (for objects) and "Whatshisname" or "Whatshername" (for men and women, respectiv
language  words  linguistics  via:kottke 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Free Idea Factory
"ree Idea Factory is a repository of free ideas. Some people have too many ideas, some people like to work from a prompt. Here is a place where the two can attempt to equalize the uneven pressures in the fluids of their creative minds."
via:kottke  blogs  ideas  creativity  inspiration 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Displacements – today and tomorrow - "immersive film installation by Michael Naimark. He filmed 3 people in an archetypal Americana living room..."
"The camera was standing in the middle of the room and rotated sowly. Afterwards he spray-painted the whole room white and placed a projector at the same spot of the camera. The result is a strange augmented reality effect."
culture  film  photography  installation  art  space  time  via:kottke 
may 2008 by robertogreco
The Miracle Fruit, a Tease for the Taste Buds -
"At flavor-tripping parties, guests find that miracle fruit makes everything sweet." see also:
food  brain  biology  taste  fruit  science  via:kottke  flavortripping  flavor  todo  classideas  fun  chemistry  plants 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Disney | Magic restored |
"What accounts for this renaissance? Iger's management style is said by many to have unlocked Disney's creativity....[Eisner] meddled in detail of Disney's parks & movies. In contrast...“Bob pushes creative decisions to the people below him.”
disney  pixar  creativity  via:kottke  leadership  management  administration  organizations  business 
may 2008 by robertogreco
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