Archive for August, 2009

Turning Tables Into Shelves


I’m not sure about the purple colour, but the idea and the effect is awesome!


Mathematics and Nature

Aloe Recursion

from Incredimazing

There’s a reason why plants do this – it involves the Fibonacci sequence, the golden angle, and the efficient packing of growing cells.  This partially understand information comes to you via the chapter ‘The Magic of Numbers’ in the book The Magical Maze: Seeing the World Through Mathematical Eyes by Ian Stewart.

(I saw this photo, remembered I’d read an explanation for why plants do this, went to the shelf, pulled out the book and there it all was.  I love my book collection!)


The darting eyes make me a little uncomfortable, but the rest is just so cool!

A Felt Globe

Default iPhone wallpaper replacement by mediamolecule.

This felt globe from media molecule reminds me of just how many countries I haven’t been to yet…

Still, in two months, I will have added three new places to the list of Countries I Have Been To!  Only 170 (give or take a few geo-political boundaries) more to go!

Random Quotation

God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Sir William Bragg

How Would a House Dream?

A trompe-l’oeil projection on a building in Hamburg, created by Urbanscreen.

Tree Trunk Video Game


A sculpture found just outside Leiden in the Netherlands.  Apparently, ‘boom’ means ‘tree in Dutch.

The original can be found here.

I doubt that I will ever need to write a scientific poster again, but if I do, I will be refering to the highly entertaining and informative website:  Advice on designing scientific posters.

You’ve got to admire someone whose advice is as honest and funny as this:

The best general advice I can give a first-time poster constructor is to describe the circumstances in which a poster will eventually be viewed: a hot, congested room filled with people who are there primarily to socialize, not to look at posters. Because poster sessions are often concurrent with the “wine and beer” mixer, chaos is further increased by hundreds of uninhibited graduate students staggering around hitting on each other. It’s not a pretty sight.

And it gets worse: meeting organizers will invariably sandwich your poster between two posters that are infinitely more entertaining, such as “Teaching house cats to perform cold fusion” and “Mating preferences in extraordinarily adorable red pandas.”

I only have one question – how do we know that house cats don’t already know how to perform cold fusion?  Has anybody asked them?

Set of Drawers

I really, really, really want this beautiful set of drawers.

Image: At IDS: Community

Designed by Rob Southcott.  Found here

Car Designed Font

PLEASELETMEDESIGN used an iQ car to design a new font.

Here’s what they created:

I like it!