Malcolm Gladwell Is #Wrong

Malcolm Gladwell’s take on social media is like a nun’s likely review of the Kama Sutra — self-righteous and misguided by virtue of voluntary self-exclusion from the subject. But while the nun’s…

Malcolm Gladwell Is #Wrong

I’ll believe in people settling Mars at about the same time I see people setting the Gobi Desert. The Gobi Desert is about a…

“I’ll believe in people settling Mars at about the same time I see people setting the Gobi Desert. The Gobi Desert is about a thousand times as hospitable as Mars and five hundred times cheaper and easier to reach. Nobody ever writes“Gobi Desert Opera” because, well, it’s just kind of plonkingly obvious that there’s no good reason to go there and live. It’s ugly, it’s inhospitable and there’s no way to make it pay. Mars is just the same, really. We just romanticize it because it’s so hard to reach.”

Bruce Sterling

The Phenomenology of Error

I am often puzzled by what we call errors of grammar and usage, errors such as different than, between you and I, a which for a that, and so on. I am puzzled by what motive could underlie the unusual…

The Phenomenology of Error

On Random Forests

The Random Forests algorithm was proposed by Leo Breiman in 1999. The algorithm can be used for both regression and classification, as well as for variable selection, interaction detection,…

On Random Forests

DASH7 - Wikipedia

DASH7 is a new wireless sensor networking technology using the ISO/IEC 18000-7 standard for active RFID, operating at in the 433 MHz unlicensed spectrum. DASH7 provides multi-year battery life, range…

DASH7 - Wikipedia

The Utopian Blues

The bards or poets ranked with aristocrats and even royalty, but musicians were merely the servants of the bards. In Dumezil’s tripartite structure of Indo-European society, as reflected in Ireland,…

The Utopian Blues

The Anti-Caliph

and Khezr, the Hidden Prophet, the Green Man, King of Hyperborea, wily servant of Moses, trickster-cook of Alexander, Khezr who drank from the fountain of life in the Land of Darkness. Flowers and…

The Anti-Caliph

Data Visualization Montage

Great visualizations achieve a harmonious balance of information, granularity, motion and audio. Great visualizations possess an ambient simplicity that transcends time and will remain memorable for…

Data Visualization Montage

Roombots

This project intends to design and control modular robots, called Roombots, to be used as building blocks for furniture that moves, self-assembles, self-reconfigures, and self-repairs. Modular robots…

Roombots

Alchemy Journal

Issues of the Alchemy Journal published between 2000 and 2007 by the International Alchemy Guild, encompassing the 27 issues from Volume 1 Number 1 to Volume 8 Number 3, are archived below.

Alchemy Journal

TSP Art

The traveling salesman problem (TSP) is an old and well-studied problem in computer science. Given a collection of cities on a map, a salesman must make a tour of the cities, visiting each once, and…

TSP Art

Wheels On Luggage

I find it a very useful approach to design to imagine that I am making the past for some future, rather than the future itself. Artefacts that reflect ideas and inspiration but are things that…

Wheels On Luggage

Infusion Profusion

Put room-temperature booze into the cream whipper. Add herbs, seeds, whatever. Close the whipper and charge it with nitrous oxide (N2O –the regular whipped cream chargers). Swirl gently 30 seconds…

Infusion Profusion