Do you think of yourself as a perfectionist? Does the slightest tilt in a hanging picture drive you up a tree? Have you a keen eye for geometry with no need for clunky old rulers, squares or compasses? Are you really that perceptive or could it be all in your head? Complete this little exercise and discover your own "close enough" rating.
"Click and Drag" your adjustments to the drawings below:
I was looking at my server-stats page and noticed I had a new referrer bringing several thousand hits to BlogDogit.com.
Normally referrer spam is a big problem for blogs and I am using several methods to help combat this phenomenon. Today I noticed I had a new referrer among the Top10 and this got my attention. I never recommend visiting a referrer based on a log entry (this after all is what the spammers are hoping you will do) but this was major "hitage" that I wanted to get to the bottom of. So donning my internet detective cap I discovered that these hits were the result of someone in a high profile forum direct-linking to one of the Philosohoraptor images hosted by BlogDogIt.com. (See the Philosohoraptor widget in masodo's musings topic.)
Once I made this discovery I went directly into Photoshop and crafted a replacement image (shown in the screen grab above.) I simply added the Hosted-By Tag at the bottom of the linked image (of course I could have replaced it with any image - but I play fair)
I would like to welcome all the new visitors brought to BlogDogIt
via the free publicity and will only say:
Domino Magnification - J. M. J. van Leeuwen Abstract: The conditions are investigated under which a row of increasing dominoes is able to keep tumbling over. The analysis is restricted to the simplest case of frictionless dominoes that only can topple not slide. The model is scale invariant, i.e. dominoes and distance grow in size at a fixed rate, while keeping the aspect ratios of the dominoes constant. The maximal growth rate for which a domino effect exist is determined as a function of the mutual separation.
Dutch Science Quiztests a theory — and nabs a world record in the process.
Hans Van Leeuwen of Leiden University in the Netherlands, published a paper online showing that, theoretically, dominoes could have a size ratio of up to 2:1. That's in an ideal (and probably unrealistic) situation. The team at the Dutch Science Quiz wanted to test the theory. So they built some really huge dominos (the largest is 26 feet high and weighs over 1000 pounds), the above video segment shows what happened.
An engrossing film noir with Mickey Rooney, Peter Lorre, and Jeanne Cagney. Needing money for a date, Rooney borrows $20 from the cash register, starting a chain of events that includes car theft, burglary, and possibly murder. [IMDB]
Boy and Dog 2 - By Brodyn Brodyn's Second Animation Project - Directed by Papaw [100px X 70px scaled to 500px X 375px]
Boy and Dog are back for their next adventure. In this episode a romp in the park turns disasterous as the blob monster from beneath the Earth has his own ideas about the game of fetch. Papaw directed from the camera position and Brodyn did the animation work. More fun times with Brodyn at Papaw's house. Enjoy!
The Trenches of Discovery is a blog collectively authored by artists and scientists working actively in diverse fields of fundamental research: cosmology, biochemistry, aesthetics.
Our aim is to create a platform for this research to be shared and discussed: both between disciplines, and across them, to a wider community.
We hope this blog will spark an interest and a greater sense of involvement in what is often very specialized work. We want to create a mode of access to the truly astonishing discoveries occurring daily and in plain sight, yet strangely hidden, at universities, laboratories, museums, technical institutes, and so many other publicly-funded institutions of creativity and research.
Not least, we hope to broaden our own knowledge by conducting this discussion—across deep differences in specialization and training—online and in public. We're after the kinds of insights that can only be ignited by real, frictional collaboration: through conversation, disagreement, and an active sense of wonder.
Teens around the world have been known to experiment with their look, from clothes and makeup to piercings and tattoos, but Japanese youths today have upped the ante with eccentric hairstyles including one in particular that resembles a freshly picked tomato. While the hairdo may not yet be a craze adopted by the majority of teens, it is certainly a spectacle to be revered for its creativity.
Today I paid a long overdue visit to one of my favorite spots on the internet: Woodgears.ca.
Woodgears.ca is a woodworking site like none other. Its' tagline reads: An engineer's approach to woodworking. Every time I visit Matthias Wandel's contribution to making the internet a worthwhile diversion (better known as his web site) I come away with an urge to dust off the workbench and put on my thinking cap. Today was no exception.
Marble machines are a perfect example of engineering and woodworking crossing into the realm of artistic beauty. The featured article was "Seven amazing marble machines by Paul Grundbacher." In this post Matthias shares picture sent to him by Paul Grundbacher (from Thurgau, Swizerland.) Paul's creations are as impressive as they are entertaining...
From the early 1980's to the late 1990's I spent a good deal of time in the dark. That was par for the course as a photographer in the good ol' Tri-X, Plus-X, D-76 days. Of course I am referring to the work I did as a Black & White Custom Photo-lab Wizard.
It was 1966 when Ray Bright and Ben Lawrence teamed up to start B&L Photographers, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Both gentlemen where sort of "left hanging" when their employer - The Indianapolis Times Newspaper - closed their doors in 1965 (much to the chagrin of their employees.) By the time I came on board in the 80's they where a rock-solid pillar-of-the-community outfit and landing a full-time gig with these guys was itself a brush with greatness - if it ended there. But the story continues...
Mathmatics is. No thought necessary. It could be argued that mathmatics represents the most elemental force in nature. It is through the unlocking of mathematical secrets that a deeper understanding of our existence may be brought into sharper focus.
In the quest for knowledge, humans have managed to increase the resolution of their understanding. However, despite extreme mathematical advancements we always seem to to be left wanting. Staring at our calculations in an effort to glean a gimps of some previously obscured bit of our existence.
prime numbern. A positive integer not divisible without a remainder by any positive integer other than itself and one.
Primes < 100: 2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31,37,41,43,47,53,59,61,67,71,73,79,83,89,97
It is reckoned that a list of prime numbers would stretch to infinity. The quest to find the largest prime number is a prime example of how simply understanding is never enough for the human race. We must know. We must posess the knowledge. It is into this eternal quest for knowledge that many are lured. Into the adventure and discovery that awaits all who enter the facinating world of numbers.
[The story you are about to read is true. The ideas presented here are for entertainment only. This is not to be misconstrued as advice. If you choose to follow the trail I have blazed be aware that your results may vary. You may be seriously injured or even killed by trying to duplicate the procedures presented in this tale. Proceed with caution.]
The cost to replace my catalytic converter was enough to persuade me to put up with the annoying rattling from underneath my truck for longer than I care to admit. At first I thought the heat shield was loose (I have had that happen in the past) and a spot weld or two would likely shut up the rattle. However, on closer inspection I discovered the heat shield was firmly attached.
With the engine running at idle there is no mistake that the catalytic converter is the source of the clanking rattles. It must be that the guts of this thing are loose and causing the racket. So, resigned to the fact that it must need to be replaced; it's off to the interwebs to prepare myself for the inevitable.
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