Archive for September, 2012

I wish I could do experiments like this at school.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

MetaFilter: For no other reason other that we thought it would be quite nice:

A scientiest, liquid nitrogen and 1500 table tennis balls (video).

A shorter version without the explanation is here.

For lazy math teachers

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Philipp Albert has written an online triangle calculator that will calculate the missing sides, angles, area etc. for a triangle with three known values. It will also draw the triangle.

Philipp Albert hat einen Dreieck-Rechner entwickelt und online gestellt. Aus drei gegebenen Größen werden die fehlenden Seiten und Winkel sowie Flächenninhalte und In- und Umkreisradien berechnet. Außerdem wird das Dreieck gezeichnet.

Po-tay-tos!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Middle-Earth Recipes is part of the LOTRfanclub Scrapbook and contains gems like

and many more. Yum!

Link found in this MeFi thread in honor of the 75th anniversary of “The Hobbit”: In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

What is it like to be President of the US?

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Vanity Fair: Obama’s Way. By Michael Lewis.

“To understand how air-force navigator Tyler Stark ended up in a thornbush in the Libyan desert in March 2011, one must understand what it’s like to be president of the United States—and this president in particular. Hanging around Barack Obama for six months, in the White House, aboard Air Force One, and on the basketball court, Michael Lewis learns the reality of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who sent Stark into combat.”

What kind of bookreader are you?

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

This question is being posed by two Atlantic articles:

What Kind of Book Reader Are You? A Diagnostics Guide and Many More Types of Book Readers: A Diagnostics Addendum.

I would classify myself as

  • sometimes-Multi-Tasker
  • Hopelessly Devoted to certain authors – I only read crime thrillers from three series of three authors, never any others
  • an Audiobook Listener during my commute and sometimes while going for a run
  • a Re-Reader (I’ve read Lord of the Rings several times and will re-read whole series of books if it’s been several years since the first time I read them)

In short, I guess I’m…

The “It’s Complicated” Reader. You are a combination of many of these things and yet completely different, too. Each book means a new type of reader exists in your soul; you refuse to be defined or categorized. You are a freeform, wild, woolly entity. You do whatever you want. You’re probably a pisces. You’re definitely a reader.

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