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Crab Effigy Vessel

Nicky Case

Hearing the shape of a drum

  • To hear the shape of a drum is to infer information about the shape of the drumhead from the sound it makes, i.e., from the list of overtones, via the use of mathematical theory. "Can One Hear the Shape of a Drum?" was the title of an article by Mark Kac in the American Mathematical Monthly in 1966, but the phrasing of the title is due to Lipman Bers. These questions can be traced back all the way to Hermann Weyl.

Impossible Puzzle

Very Iffy

Spelled "verify" but pronounced "very iffy".

Fantasy Voronoi diagram

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The Selfish Living

"The living are so selfish. They can think of nothing but themselves."

- The Tudors: Season 4, Episode 4

Mister Elk and Mister Seal

  • Cavalcade of Excitement


  • Silknitter
  • Incantalupo

Efficiency vs. Beauty

Efficiency is overrated. It tramples all over Beauty.

Paper Aircraft Released Into Space

Lee Hays

Arlo Guthrie called the late Lee Hays "one of the few men I've known in this world who was not only an inspiration to me, but showed me that it's possible to do for yourself what you intend to do for the rest of the world."

Lillian Schwartz

Aloysius Lilius


We're all complicit if we pay taxes and breath American air.

Snowball Building Up Steam

Like a snowball building up steam ...

Gideon Worthy

  • Gideon Worthy, Glyph Warden

Notes on Nursing

  • Notes on Nursing

Gilding the goose

Gilding the goose that laid the leaden egg.

Gilding the goose that laid the golden lily.

Spam was nearly dead, then it became an essential tool for crime and came roaring back


"Goddamn right, nicotine messes with your circulation. It's a vasoconstrictor -- that's like a boa constrictor, inside your body."

Fallow Synapse

Fallow Synapse

Quinine Eve

Quinine Eve

Reunited at Birth

Reunited at Birth


Nocticola: Latin for "night-dweller".

Not with a whim ...

Not with a whim, but with a banker.

The Devil ...

"The Devil doesn't need advocates, certainly not pro bono."

- One Brown Mouse @ Boing Boing

Everybody Sprays the Drool

Everybody sprays the drool sometime ...

Money Laundering and Art

Spear carriers ...

"You got your spear carriers, and then you got your spear-getter-in-the-gutters."


"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."

- Stephen King

Funnel Scheme

"At first glance it looks like a pyramid scheme, but really it's more of a funnel scheme."

Vomiting Feather

A: "Oh, man, I just ate five donuts, and I feel sick."

B: "If I had my vomiting feather, I'd share it with you."

Animating Art

The Origin of Stripes



Odilon Redon

His work represents an exploration of his internal feelings and psyche. He himself wanted to place "the logic of the visible at the service of the invisible".

A telling source of Redon's inspiration and the forces behind his works can be found in his journal A Soi-même (To Myself). His process was explained best by himself when he said:

"I have often, as an exercise and as a sustenance, painted before an object down to the smallest accidents of its visual appearance; but the day left me sad and with an unsatiated thirst. The next day I let the other source run, that of imagination, through the recollection of the forms and I was then reassured and appeased."

- Redon, Odilon (1988). Odilon Redon: the Woodner Collection. Washington, D.C.: Phillips Collection. unpaginated. OCLC 20763694.

Sorting algorithms

Fair Use

  • Jeff Becker, an entertainment and intellectual property lawyer, said that fair use arguments rely on whether or not a piece of media is transformative or offers commentary on the original work — in this case real estate photos. He said the "satire-parody issue may be present" in the case of McMansion Hell, and that the blog "very well could fall within fair use."


  • Can This Regex Be Saved?

Invent attribution

  • A temporary solution to a permanent problem.


  • La radiologie et la guerre / par Mme Pierre Curie



"The Talk" (quantum computing)

Racist history of Portland



  • auguremia

Fortune Tellers: Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut & Aldous Huxley

Elliott Erwitt

  • Nikita Krushchev and Richard Nixon, Moscow, 1959.
  • Glassmakers of Herat

Line drawing tattoos

Jimi Hendrix

On Voting

There's only one "i" in "voting".

National Anthem

Few people know this because we only ever sing the first verse. But read the end of the third verse and you’ll see why “The Star-Spangled Banner” is not just a musical atrocity, it’s an intellectual and moral one, too:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Fay Cluff Brown

Fay Cluff Brown (1881-1968) was a physicist and inventor who created and supervised the development of educational exhibits, most notably in the Museum of Science and Industry at New York City’s Museums of the Peaceful Arts. Much of his scientific research focused on the element selenium. Early in his career, Brown invented a device using selenium, which translated printed text into sound.

Peter Struycken

copular deixis

copular deixis: see


Autodraw is a web app that looks at what you are drawing and offers up clip-art style images that resemble your sketch.

Shining Shields

"Shining Shields" reported by Pliny the Elder

I Cannot Forgive

I Cannot forgive (AKA I Escaped from Auschwitz) by Rudolf Vrba


"Commodore Woolsey was of middle height, sailor-built, and of a compact, athletic frame. His countenance was prepossessing, and had singularly the look of a gentleman. In his deportment, he was a pleasing mixture of gentleman-like refinement and seaman-like frankness. His long intimacy with frontier habits could not, and did not, destroy his early training, though it possibly impeded some of that advancement in his professional and general knowledge, which he had so successfully commenced in early life. He was an excellent seaman, and few officers had more correct notions of the rules of discipline. His familiar association with all the classes that mingle so freely together in border life, had produced a tendency, on his excellent disposition, to relax to much in his ordinary intercourse, perhaps, but his good sense prevented this weakness from proceeding very far. Woolsey rather wanted the grimace than the substance of authority. A better-hearted man never lived. All who sailed with him loved him, and he had sufficient native mind, and sufficinet acquired instruction, to command the respect of many of the strongest intellects of the service." — James Fennimore Cooper, Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers

Cantor Parabola Meets

Hmmm. Oscar Barnack certainly. Lewis Carroll. Allan Turing. Jules Verne. And Georg Cantor of course.

Cassady on Graham

Neal Cassady summed up Bill Graham on sight: "He was out on the street checking tire treads to see if they’d picked up any nickels."

Blowing Mad: Neal Cassady and Music


Though Konrád has frequently portrayed his Berettyóúfalu childhood in his novels, and particularly in The Feast in the Garden, he attempted to present this period in a more precise documentary form in two more recent books, Departure and Return (2001) and Up on the Hill During a Solar Eclipse (2003). The first of these books treats a single year – 1944-45 – while the second covers fifty, after beginning with a reflection on the final years of the twentieth century, more precisely the morning solar eclipse of 1999, experienced from the peak of St. György Hill. These books were published separately in Europe, and together in New York as A Guest in My Own Country (2007).



Latin phrases

  • Caedite eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius. ("Kill them all. For the Lord knows those who are his."). Supposed statement by Abbot Arnaud Amalric before the massacre of Béziers during the Albigensian Crusade, recorded 30 years later, according to Caesarius of Heisterbach. cf. "Kill them all and let God sort them out."

Links to pursue

Overheard (true quotes)

  • "I vow to crush all of my children's dreams. That's my main goal in life." (Female co-worker in her mid-thirties.)


  • Trysting, trysting ... one, two ....
  • Florin for your thoughts.
  • I Gambol as I Grumble.
  • Cards Longa, Vita Brevis.
  • As far as I'm concerned, your out of control is under control.
  • I'll take it under behoovement.
  • Squanderosa: the dinner club for a gilded era.


Art Wars

Games etc.

Egypta Commodificata

Lords of the Phantom Zone


Rodeo Clown MASH_UP Mystery Date

Moon in your perfume MASH_UP Shooting Star


  • Copper: the Shameless Metal
  • Alba Zorba
  • Straw dogs, plastics sturgeons -- whatever it takes.


Boat-builders are a breed apart. What Texans are to land, boat-builders are to water.

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