Archive for April, 2008

Gutenberg

Friday, April 18th, 2008

André and I just watched Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press, parts one, two, three, four, five and six on YouTube. I don’t know where André read about it, but the hour-long BBC documentary turned out to be very interesting. They actually build a book press like the one that Gutenberg invented, make paper and also create movable typesetting letters like it was done five hundred years ago when Gutenberg lived.

As an added bonus we enjoyed seeing places that we’ve visited, such as Mainz (Wikipedia entry) or Kloster Eberbach (see also Eberbach Abbey or Kloster Eberbach on Wikipedia). If you’ve got the time, watch it!

Some additional links:

Letzte Woche in der Zeit

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Die Zeit 15/2008

Schulzeitverkürzung: Mehr Mut zu G8. “Die Verkürzung des Gymnasiums auf acht Jahre führt in Bayern zu Unmut bei Eltern, Lehrern und Schülern. In Thüringen ist man mit dem ‘G8’ rundum zufrieden. Warum ist das so? Ein Ländervergleich.”

Schulzeitverkürzung: Vom Osten lernen. “Das ‘Turbo-Abitur’ gibt es in Sachsen und Thüringen schon seit 1990. Ein Gespräch mit Bernhard Vogel, dem ehemaligen Ministerpräsidenten Thüringens, über die Vorteile von ‘G8’.”

Zentralabitur: “Wir haben ein Gerechtigkeitsproblem”. “Bayern will mit drei weiteren Ländern ein Zentralabitur einführen. Für den Deutschen Philologenverband geht das am eigentlichen Problem vorbei. Ein Interview mit Heinz-Peter Meidinger, dem Bundesvorsitzenden des Deutschen Philologenverbands.”

Fractal food

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I think I’ll have to bake fractal cookies sometime.

Yes, I’m easily amused. And I like the Evil Mad Scientist.

Mango

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

I love a good mango lassi. André and I have tried to make some several times at home, but we rarely get close to what Indian restaurants serve. So this AskMe thread comes in handy: Help me make the best mango lassi in the world. Bonus: recipe for a no-bake mango cobbler that sounds delicious!

Non-Newtonian fluids, again.

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Ask MetaFilter: Liquid Bounce.

“At the University of Texas, researchers have produced some amazing videos and photos of liquid bouncing on liquid. This was one of nature.com’s Images of the Year for 2007 (picture number 6, in the upper-right corner). The project report, along with pictures and videos, is found on their bouncing jet page, and it’s quite extraordinary both for the counter-intuitive nature of the phenomenon and the extremely low-tech production methods. You can even do it at home with little more than a lazy Susan and some silicone oil.”

Includes a link to vibrated shear thickening fluids.

(Previously: February 17, 2008, April 22, 2007.)