Archive for February, 2006

One more reason to love Darwin…

February 28, 2006

He liked Jane Austen; here is an excerpt from Pilgrim on the great bird continent by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Link via Grrlscientist.

Quantum interrogating sleeping puppies!

February 27, 2006

Here is a nice post in Cosmic Variance titled Quantum interrogation which attempts an explanation of superposition and wavefunction collapse — using the analogy of feeding a sleeping puppy.

Guha’s guilt!

February 27, 2006

Here is Ram Guha on my favourite cricketer, divided loyalties and assuaging his guilt!

A bit of chaos…

February 27, 2006

Are you in a mood for a short tutorial on chaos? Here is a story from digg. I especially loved this one:

Music can be created using fractals as well. Using the Lorenz attractor, Diana S. Dabby, a graduate student in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has created variations of musical themes. (“Bach to Chaos: Chaotic Variations on a Classical Theme”, Science News, Dec. 24, 1994) By associating the musical notes of a piece of music like Bach’s Prelude in C with the x coordinates of the Lorenz attractor, and running a computer program, she has created variations of the theme of the song. Most musicians who hear the new sounds believe that the variations are very musical and creative.

Take a look!

Meditations on the sea side!

February 27, 2006

And since I think best with a pencil in my hand, I started naturally to write…

So starts an excerpt from Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh at NPR. Some nice thoughts out there — go check it out.

Ha…Ha…Ha…!

February 27, 2006

I have not stopped laughing yet; the inimitable PhD comics — nothing can beat it, ever!

Paleoanthropology!

February 24, 2006

John Hawks brings these glad tidings about the free access to the journal PaleoAnthropology. Sounds cool and I found some of the book reviews very interesting and extremely readable. Have fun!

Commuting to work!

February 24, 2006

A nice joke in Cosmic Variance about commuting to work 😉 And, some about conductors and stuff too!

Rephrasing the writing question!

February 24, 2006

Here is an article by Margaret Atwood about writing and who it is for; link via Moorish Girl. Nice reading!

A novel to look out for!

February 24, 2006

Moorish Girl has a post about the reviews of the new novel The Inheritance of Loss; looks promising!