larryhammer: text: "space/time OTP: because their love is everything" (space/time otp)
2017-10-19 09:45 am

"it's in the way you're always hiding from the light / fast off to heaven like moses on a motorbike"

Exciting times in astronomy and astrophysics:

Electromagnetic and gravitational waves observed together for the first time, from a nova* called GW170817 caused by the collision of two neutron stars. More. Among other really cool results, a demonstration that as Einstein predicted gravitational waves travel at the speed of light.

Half of the mass of the universe, previously missing, has been found hiding between the seat cushions. More. This is the ordinary ("baryonic") matter we know about and are -- we were pretty sure it had to be somewhere, based on models of the universe, but couldn't see it because it's not hot (i.e., inside stars) and so isn't bright -- as opposed to the still-unobserved "dark matter" that we think is causing other, weirder effects. (via)

New hypothesis about knots in the early universe suggests that they provide an answer to both why the universe is three dimensional (knots can only form in 3D spaces -- they can be unraveled in higher dimensional spaces) and what powered the early inflationary universe. (via)


* Technically a kilonova.


---L.

Subject quote from "Break It Down Again," Tears for Fears.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-10-13 08:04 am

"a moment's thought is passion's passing bell"

Links, links, links -- always with the links. Have to keep myself entertained somehow. It's that or post origami:

Why we can't just throw all our trash into volcanos. (via)

Why didn't I know The Toast did summaries of Byron poems? Behold the accuracy of "On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year." Bonus link: Portaits of Byron rated by how Byronic they are.

Get to Know Your Japanese Bathroom Ghosts. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Lamia," part II, l.39, John Keats.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-10-06 07:53 am

"Lilac and star and bird twined with the chant of my soul, / There in the fragrant pines"

Some links about people:

John McPhee finally let someone profile him, and it wasn't published in The New Yorker. (Has McPhee ever written about being a fire lookout? I don't think so, yet it feels like it'd be a natural subject for him.)

"Ten years as a lookout on a fire tower requires a particular aptitude for idleness."

That Awkward Moment When Your Twin Brother Is a U.S. Citizen at Birth, But You’re Not. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d," Walt Whitman.
larryhammer: text: "space/time OTP: because their love is everything" (space/time otp)
2017-09-29 02:48 pm

"Rocks upon rocks in dire confusion hurl’d, / A rent and formless mass, the rubbish of a world"

Some scholarly links. Feel free to school them as appropriate:

You can download free PDFs of all 21 volumes of the University of Chicago's Dictionary of Akkadian, with bonus link to a recording of part of Gilgamesh in the original. (via)

"In a breakthrough that disproves decades of conventional wisdom, two mathematicians have shown that two different variants of infinity are actually the same size." (via)

A very meaty article about the relationship between laws of physics and axioms of mathematics, and how they are selected. (The horrible title does not accurately represent the actual content.) (via?)

---L.

Subject quote from "Mador of the Moor," Canto I, James Hogg.
larryhammer: a woman wearing a chain mail hoodie, label: "chain mail is sexy" (warrior babe)
2017-09-20 08:28 am

"E'en now the west grows clear of storm and threat, / But midst the lightning did the fair sun die"

On the agenda today are owls, big ships, and valkyries:

The 100 Greatest Owl Pictures You'll Ever See is not inaccurately titled. Content warning: not actually a Buzzfeed listicle. (via)

Timelapse of 30 days on a container ship at sea, including unloading/loading at various ports. Content warnings: pretty thunderstorms, lack of owls. (via)

Famous Viking Warrior Had Two X Chromosomes, No Y Chromosome. At least, that's what the headline should have read. Content warning: lack of owls. (via)

And in conclusion, owls!

---L.

Subject quote from "The Earthly Paradise, introduction to July, William Morris.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (curlicues)
2017-09-19 08:23 am

"For arrogance and hatred are the wares / Peddled in the thoroughfares"

Bits of languages:

"Most of the time, I feel a little bit sorry for people who make horrendous translation mistakes. This is not one of those times." (via)

Finding lost languages in palimpsests with bonus library geekery. Note that these aren't previously unknown languages, but new texts for known lost ones. (via)

Inside the world of professional poetry plagiarism. (via lost)

---L.

Subject quote from "A Prayer for My Daughter," W. B. Yeats.
larryhammer: Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (enceladus)
2017-09-15 08:27 am

"Stretch forth your open hands, and while ye live / Take all the gifts that Death and Life may give"

In honor of today's end of mission, here are some Saturn flyby movies using Cassini photos. (via)

ETA: Animation of some of Cassini's last photos, showing Enceladus setting behind Saturn.

The world's oldest known trigonometric table is a 3,700-year-old cuneiform tablet. It is, to boot, highly accurate. (via)

Rocket Man, Elton John (Official Music Video), directed by an Iranian refugee. (via Janni)

---L.

Subject quote, also in honor of Cassini, is from the "The Earthly Paradise," Introduction to March, William Morris.
larryhammer: drawing of a wildhaired figure dancing, label: "La!" (la!)
2017-08-04 10:43 am

"O wind, rend open the heat, / cut apart the heat, / rend it to tatters."

Links? Links. Some almost fresh:

A widget for performing your daily gender check. The 1d8 + 1d10 + 1d12 are not included, so find your dice bag or an online roller. (via)

Realistic Indiana Jones movies. (via)

Another timelapse of stunning thunderstorms: Pursuit. Watch it in as high a resolution as your intertubes allows. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Heat," H.D.
larryhammer: Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
2017-07-27 10:56 am

"sing all your questions to sleep / the answers are out there in the drowning deep"

Three useful links:

The myth of force-quitting apps on iOS will save battery life. (via)

Subway-style maps of Roman roads of Britain (via) and
US rivers. (via)

A Chart of Cosmic Exploration. OMG WHERE WAS THIS A COUPLE MONTHS AGO WHEN I WAS TRYING TO MEMORIZE ALL THE ROBOTS WHO'VE EXPLORED OTHER PLANETS FOR US? WHY CAN'T I ORDER IT NOW NOW NOW?

---L.

Subject quote from "Harbor," Vienna Teng.
larryhammer: Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
2017-07-25 08:30 am

"you're a one-man shift in the weather / you're the woman who just won't sell"

When Girls Studied Planets and the Skies Had No Limits. (via)

Redefining the kilogram, using precise measurements of Planck's constant. Note that despite the article's focus on America's NIST measurement, two groups in other countries have made similarly accurate measurements.

Study shows that having more than one illustration per page-spread makes it harder for early readers to learn new words. Key jargon: Cognitive Load Theory. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Hope on Fire," Vienna Teng.
larryhammer: drawing of a wildhaired figure dancing, label: "La!" (la!)
2017-07-07 09:18 am

"though I reverence your ancestries, / I don’t see why you should nibble my peas"

A random heap of fluffy links:

BuzzFeed brings us 99 Very Important Animal Tweets Of 2017. (via)

A new wikitimesink: Wikipedia: The Text Adventure. I'm amused that one of the potted starting points is Hallgrímskirkja. I'm also amused that you can examine and take objects, such as large Icelandic churches. (via)

A cat-purring simulator for stress reduction. You can set parameters for mood, purring style, and how much meowing. Excellent. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Remonstrance with the Snails," Anonymous.
larryhammer: drawing of a wildhaired figure dancing, label: "La!" (celebrate)
2017-06-30 08:40 am

"It will sigh like a thing that is deeply distressed / And it always looks grave at a pun."

How a wildfire kicked up a 45,000-foot column of flames. (via)

The quest to return flavor to supermarket tomatoes. Until this year, my father always grew fresh tomatoes in the garden, often heritage varieties. I never, ever eat supermarket tomatoes. They are yuck. (Except some heritage cherry tomatoes.) (via)

"Something had to go to make room for the [sea] turtles." Namely, giant aquatic sloths. Yes, really. Yes, and a whole bunch of other marine megafauna. But: giant aquatic sloths. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "The Hunting of the Snark," Lewis Carroll.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-06-22 01:43 pm

"How do you spell 'He blew up the Dnieper Dam'?" "I never do."

As usual, three links make a post:

This is What Happens When You Teach an AI to Name Guinea Pigs. (via)

In Japan, robot battles often take place in small sumo rings and are incredibly fast -- these videos are real-time. (via)

Woodswimmer: stop-motion animation of successive cross-sections of wood. "There's a lot going on inside wood." (via)

---L.

Subject quote from 'Pogo," Walt Kelly.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-06-16 08:27 am

"Open wide the mind's cage-door, / She'll dart forth, and cloudward soar"

Sometimes, all you come up with is random links:

A selection of photos from this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition. Full-screen this one. (via)

New Study Bolsters the Lead-Crime Hypothesis. (via)

It's been a long time since I've played Words with One Beat, so I'll just link this and say no more: History of the United States in Words of One Syllable by Helen Pierson.

---L.

Subject quote from "Ever let the Fancy roam," John Keats.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-06-13 07:52 am

"in violent times / you shouldn't have to sell your soul / in black and white"

Three great posts from Jason Kottke:

The 100 best solutions to reverse climate change, ranked.

Michael Lewis and the parable of the lucky man taking the extra cookie.

Systemic racism in America explained in just three minutes.

---L.

Subject quote from "Shout," Tears for Fears, which is about political protest not primal scream therapy yes if i could change your mind i'd really like to break your heart.
larryhammer: drawing of a wildhaired figure dancing, label: "La!" (dancing)
2017-06-04 11:18 am

"loud hills shake with its mountain-mirth / As if they did rejoice o'er a young earthquake's birth"

Fractal, a timelapse of supercell thunderstorms with GORGEOUS lighting (and lightning). Bonus: music by Avro Pärt. (via)

An aurora called Steve. (via)

7 ways to maximize your misery. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage," Canto iii, Byron.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-06-01 09:06 am

"But I sat and heard / The night-hawks rip the air above my head / Till midnight"

Links content alert: hitting fish.

18 science facts we didn't know at the start of 2017. (via)

Narwhals use their tusks to hunt -- specifically, to tap and stun fish so they can eat them. (via previous link)

Bats argue a lot. (via)

And in conclusion: narwhals are codbonkers.

---L.

Subject quote from "The Wanderer," William Ellery Channing.