Things seen from an unusual and enlightening point of view. Things that deepen understanding and perception.
on the Bolivian salt flats
Long-playing record with the needle.
Popcorn Popping at 30,000 FPS.
View of the Sarychev Volcano erupting in Russia, seen from the International Space Station.
Euler’s disk, (pronounced ‘Oiler’) which can spin for an absurdly long time, and seemingly defy gravity by increasing its axial precession as it decreases its azimuthal rotation. It appears to break physical laws (it doesn’t) but it truly shatters expectations.
The Signal to Noise Ratio
- Formal: the ratio of the strength of an electrical or other signal carrying information, to that of interference, generally expressed in decibels.
- Informal: a measure of how much useful information there is in a system, such as the Internet, as a proportion of the entire contents.
Signal is meaning detected against a background of meaninglessness, or Noise. This is something you and I never stop doing. You are doing it to read this on the screen and doing it again more subtly to decide whether I’m full of crap, then more subtly still, to decide if you care one way or the other. Our need to discern is endless. An animal using stealth or mimicry to catch prey or to escape becoming prey is imitating noise. Detecting signal can easily be a matter of life and death. Continue reading
Slow motion video (30k FPS) of a tuning fork inserted into water. I wish this had sound, you’ll have to imagine the tuning fork hum/ring.
Not animal, not plant. Some run like criss-cross lighting, some tumesce like demonic genitals, some are mild, like pancakes on a Greek column. All have come to melt the fallen world.