Monday Links from the Bank Holiday Lockdown vol. DXLIII Monday Links from the Bank Holiday Lockdown vol. DXLIII
Posts 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1

    My post count is Majestic

    NickFitz has reached the peak. Play again?

    NickFitz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Your local branch
    Posts
    51,020

    Default Monday Links from the Bank Holiday Lockdown vol. DXLIII

    Is staying at home under lockdown better than being stuck in a Bank Holiday traffic jam on the M5 for six hours? It is, isn’t it. Admit it

    • Thirty-six Thousand Feet Under the Sea - Ben Taub on the Five Deeps Expedition of undersea explorer Victor Vescovo: ”Most submarines go down several hundred metres, then across; this one was designed to sink like a stone… Under the passenger seat was a tuna-fish sandwich, the pilot’s lunch. He gazed out of one of the viewports, into the blue. It would take nearly four hours to reach the bottom.”


    • What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about the Brain - Christof Koch on what we can learn from that tunnel-of-light stuff: ”Thousands of survivors of these harrowing touch-and-go situations tell of leaving their damaged bodies behind and encountering a realm beyond everyday existence… NDEs can be either positive or negative experiences. The former receive all the press.”

    • NSTMF Lab - That's the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation to you, and this is a set of cool interactive things to learn about gravity, sound, and image processing. As the gravity one says: ”Create your universe”

    • AMP Cinema For Free - AMP being the site, Asian Movie Pulse, and this being a collection of Asian films you can watch for free (although rights issues might mean some of the ones listed can’t be watched in the UK). This is 바보선언 / Declaration of Idiot (Baboseon-eon), a 1983 film from director Lee Jang-ho.


    • No, NASA did not discover a parallel universe where time runs backwards - ”The bottom line is this particle detector did find something really strange, but it's not clear what it is. Saying it ‘discovered’ a parallel universe is simply not true. At best the data are consistent with this idea.” Given the state of the non-alternative universe at the moment, “consistent with this idea” still sounds really promising

    • The Wild Shrub at the Root of the Afghan Meth Epidemic - To add to its existing problems, Afghanistan now has meth, the precursor for which can be quickly and easily extracted from a native shrub: ”Rehman, a forensic scientist with the Afghan government’s Forensic Medicine Directorate, stops to catch his breath and scans the uneven ground ahead. He is searching for Ephedra sinica, a hardy, sage-colored shrub that grows abundantly across central and northern Afghanistan. The plant contains a naturally-occurring stimulant called ephedrine — the synthetic version of which is a common ingredient in decongestants and weight loss pills, and is often used to make crystal methamphetamine.”

    • When SimCity got serious: the story of Maxis Business Simulations and SimRefinery - ”Maxis didn’t want to make professional simulation games. But for two brief, strange years, they did… Their games found their way into in corporate training rooms and even went as far as the White House.” The story of Maxis Business Simulations, spun off from the game development company that created SimCity because business people wanted to believe that simulations could improve their understanding of reality

    • The Story Behind ‘Lunch Atop A Skyscraper,’ The Photo That Inspired Great Depression-Era America - Natasha Ishak uncovers the story behind the iconic photograph, and others from the series: ”’Lunch Atop A Skyscraper’ was taken as a publicity stunt to promote the construction of the new Rockefeller Center, but it quickly became a symbol of hope for a struggling nation.”


    • #BachUpsideDown - Dan Tepfer plays Bach’s Goldberg Variations, with a twist in the tail: ”Bach was such a badass, and — to be more specific — such a master of counterpoint, that his music sounds almost as good upside down as it does right side up. So I wrote a computer program that records what I play, then plays it back upside down.” What’s more, it actually plays his piano

    • Big Box Collection - Cool retro gaming stuff from Benjamin Wimmer: ”Remember When Video Games Came In Big Boxes? I most certainly do as I'm collecting them. For sharing my games with other (retro) gaming heads, I decided to turn my collection of 653 boxes into shiny 3D. As of now, 98% of my boxes are available on this site.” Fun fact (well, it is to me): in 1988 I almost got to work on this Elvira game, but the company which had bought the rights and was commissioning us to do it was suddenly shut down by its parent company, and whoever got the rights after that went elsewhere. So I didn’t



    Happy invoicing!

  2. #2

    BardLike

    AlfredJPruffock has more data than eek

    AlfredJPruffock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    East Kilbride Library
    Posts
    5,580

    Default

    Great stuff Nick - your Monday links post always brightens up an otherwise dull Monday - I really found the upside down Bach fascinating as Im currently learing some of Bach's fugues on harpsichord/piano.

    Keep up the good work !

  3. #3

    Double Godlike!

    ladymuck has reached the peak. Play again?

    ladymuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    11,952

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by NickFitz View Post
    Thirty-six Thousand Feet Under the Sea - Ben Taub on the Five Deeps Expedition of undersea explorer Victor Vescovo: ”Most submarines go down several hundred metres, then across; this one was designed to sink like a stone… Under the passenger seat was a tuna-fish sandwich, the pilot’s lunch. He gazed out of one of the viewports, into the blue. It would take nearly four hours to reach the bottom.”
    This was so interesting! What a motley crew and interesting to note that a lot of the deepest points in the oceans are relatively close to land.

  4. #4

    My post count is Majestic

    NickFitz has reached the peak. Play again?

    NickFitz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Your local branch
    Posts
    51,020

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AlfredJPruffock View Post
    Great stuff Nick - your Monday links post always brightens up an otherwise dull Monday - I really found the upside down Bach fascinating as Im currently learing some of Bach's fugues on harpsichord/piano.

    Keep up the good work !
    Cheers Alf!

    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    This was so interesting! What a motley crew and interesting to note that a lot of the deepest points in the oceans are relatively close to land.
    The bit about the tuna sandwich had me wondering if he’d get half way down and be like, “Pull me back up! I forgot my crisps!

  5. #5

    More fingers than teeth

    OwlHoot - scorchio!

    OwlHoot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    14,811

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    This was so interesting! What a motley crew and interesting to note that a lot of the deepest points in the oceans are relatively close to land.
    It's a scary thought. I saw a photo of a Bahamas (or Bermuda? ) beach with the water made transparent, and barely hundred yards from where kids were playing on the shore, the sea bed drops a shear 20,000 feet to the abyssal plain. Can't find the image now. Maybe it was in National Geographic.
    Work in the public sector? Read the IR35 FAQ here

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •