Category: Miscellaneous

Sixth Senses

I love our posthuman future. I want a heads-up display that tells me what I’m looking at, a radar sense of objects around me, and an internet hookup in my brain. In the meantime, I’m interested in smaller mechanical ways to give additional senses. The classic example of this, for me, is a magnet in

Escher in LEGO!

I am so excited about this: Andrew Lipson and Daniel Shiu are reproducing M.C. Escher drawings in LEGO! Escher is one of my favorite artists because of the fantastic ways in which he plays with tilings and with perspective. Lipson and Shiu have taken on the seemingly impossible task of reproducing these, using a combination


Generally we try to write some about why a post is interesting, but this one speaks for itself.  It looks like you could even use a regression to attach an inverse-exponential equation to it, or something. I would like to say that that moment in Star Trek 2, when Kirk screams “KHAN!” and then “the

Twittering twattering

Hack A Day reminds you that “If you don’t have at least one twittering appliance in your household, you’re getting behind.” In case you need help keeping up to date, they show you how to get your washing machine to Twitter. Clever commenters point out that there are many simpler ways to remember your laundry,

Look At This…

I’m a big fan of optical illusions, and I just found a whole bunch of them, including some I hadn’t seen before (and I’ve seen a lot). They’ve come from the blog Look At This… (which I also just found), which seems to be somewhat similar to the HRSFANS blog, in that it links to

A Princess of Mars

I just re-read all eleven books of  Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Mars series. I saved the first (and best) for last: A Princess of Mars. I have no idea how many times I have read these books, since I first came across them in my early teens. If you have read it, you know that this

Diablo 3

Fans of computer RPGs may be aware that Diablo 3 is currently in the works. is a great fansite for following the little dribbles of news with which Blizzard routinely torments its fans. If you are interested in contributing ideas for item affixes, there is an official forum thread soliticing suggestions. Or just get