In 1999, Jeremy Adolphson, then 17, began sending artists that he likes 4" x 6" notecards in the mail with a stamped return envelope and a request to draw him a picture. Now, he has hundreds of amazing artworks from the likes of Dan Clowes, Hunt Emerson,
The Ecology of Magic is the abbreviated first chapter of David Abram's Spell of the Sensuous. Abram explores the intersection of phenomenology, synesthesia and linguistics to discover the magic of the alphabet, the sacred winds, and ultimately, the root o
The Illuminatus! Trilogy is a series of three novels written by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson primarily between 1969 and 1971. The trilogy is a satirical, postmodern, science fiction-influenced adventure story; a drug-, sex- and magic-laden trek
Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term was coined in 1958 by Klaus Conrad, who defined it as the "unmotivated seeing of connections" accompanied by a "specific experience of an abnormal meanin
Matthew McCabe has created the "Mesostomatic" -- a little web tool for automatically generating mesostics! Pump in the (John Cage's own poetic form )words you want the mesostic to spell, a URL for the engine to scrape text from, and presto.
Craig Mullins is a commercial photoshop artist & videogame fan. In the mid 90s, after a couple amateur pieces of fan art he created for the game Marathon made their way to the folks at Bungie, he was hired to create a series of Halo themed art for the com
Tide Pool is a music label. Tide Pool releases non-typical 'dance music', and other interesting works. we like ambient washes, 3-minute drum workouts, casio-synth riffs, and so on; we like making djs think.
Spelling correction takes a user input, typically a search engine query, and returns a "corrected" spelling. How's it Done? LingPipe's spelling correction is based on a noisy-channel model, which models user mistakes (typos and brainos) and expected user
The work represented on this site consists of metal sculptures created using found materials which are fixed without welding. Edouard carefully selects his raw materials found in brocantes and junk yards. The finished pieces achieving a life of thier own.
This regular department of the sf newsletter Ansible enshrines gems of "differently good" prose from (mainly) science fiction and fantasy. It is to be assumed that the chosen selections are stuff which brutish Thog really likes.
AP carries an article about Factotum, the latest adaptation of a Charles Bukowski novel for the big screen. Matt Dillon stars, which will be interesting - I always thought he pissed his career away after the brilliance of Drugstore Cowboy.
AmateurIllustrator.com was started in the summer of 2006 by two illustration students at the University of Lincoln (in the East Midlands of England.) During the first year of our degree we came up with the idea of building an online web portal for illustr
A First Response to "Gedo Senki," the Earthsea film made by Goro Miyazaki for Studio Ghibli. Written for my fans in Japan who are writing me about the movie, and for fans elsewhere who may be curious about it.
In 1926, Vietnamese intellectuals tried to unify the religions of the world. After a year of intensive seance, here's what they came up with: Spiritist mediumship, Taoist cosmology, Christian rhetoric, Catholic structure, Buddhist/Confucian morality, ....
Welcome to fsi-language-courses.com, the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain. This site is dedicated to making these language cours
Baby Rock Records transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies, sending your little one to a slumberland of sweet dreams. Delicate instruments such as the glockenspiel, vibraphone, mellotron, harp and bells create a soothing atmosp
There has been some discussion on how much #1 place in SERPs really matters. Some say it doesn’t matter so much as long as you are on the first page while others claim most of the search traffic goes to first places. Since we have the AOL search data we
Being able to compress well is closely related to intelligence as explained below. While intelligence is a slippery concept, file sizes are hard numbers. Wikipedia is an extensive snapshot of Human Knowledge. If you can compress the first 100MB of Wikiped
So today, we kick off the largest feature in Pitchfork history, a five-day trip through the first full decade of the pop/rock era. From today until Friday, we'll roll out the 200 songs that most resonate with a generation too young to have experienced the
AOL has released search data to the public. This includes over 20 million search queries from 658,000 of AOL's users. Apparently 658,000 AOL users are estimated to be around 1.5% of the total Google search population. This data is from March 1 2006 - June
OpenLayers makes it easy to put a dynamic map in any web page. It can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source. MetaCarta developed the initial version of OpenLayers and gave it to the public to further the use of geographic information of all
Carrot2 is a framework for experimenting with automated querying of various data sources (such as search engines), processing search results and their visualization. Carrot2 was primarily built with search results clustering in mind, but it can be easily
Heritrix is the Internet Archive's open-source, extensible, web-scale, archival-quality web crawler project. Heritrix (sometimes spelled heretrix, or misspelled or missaid as heratrix/heritix/ heretix/heratix) is an archaic word for heiress (woman who inh
Hadoop is a new Lucene sub-project that contains the distributed computing platform that was formerly a part of Nutch. This includes the Hadoop Distributed Filesystem (HDFS) and an implementation of MapReduce.
Java Excel API is a mature, open source java API enabling developers to read, write, and modifiy Excel spreadsheets dynamically. Now java developers can read Excel spreadsheets, modify them with a convenient and simple API, and write the changes to any ou
Will we ever have useful quantum computers? Despite the "breakthroughs" we seem to have nearly every month, we are a long way off from controlling even a handful of quantum bits certainly not the tens of thousands of qbits one needs for any meaningful com
This is a sample of my opinions on how to give a talk (using slides or transparencies) in computer science, concisely distilled for my students and students attending Graphics Lunch. Most of these thoughts are based on my going to conferences and seeing t
At the most recent Demo Day, we four Y Combinator partners found ourselves saying a lot of the same things we said at the last two. So at dinner afterward we collected all our tips about presenting to investors. Most startups face similar challenges, so w
MetaCarta GeoParser API is an experimental web service that provides a unified RESTful interface to the MetaCarta LocationFinder and GeoTagger. It takes a document or query string as input and extracts locations referenced in the text.
Skeletonz is a new content management system (CMS) based on Python. It differs from others by being simple, but yet very powerful and extensible. If you need a simple system that you and your users are going love then Skeletonz might be the solution you a
Over the last seven years, I've read perhaps four hundred papers in computer science and math. Thirty or so were well-written. These anomalies aside, extracting meaning from most of the papers was like sucking a camel through the eye of the proverbial nee
Researchers at University of California-Irvine have announced a new technique they call 'topic modeling' that can be used to analyze and group massive amounts of text-based information. Unlike typical text indexing, topic modeling attempts to learn what a
MODx is an open source PHP Application Framework that helps you take control of your online content. It empowers developers and advanced users to give as much control as desired to whomever they desire for day-to-day website content maintenance chores.
There's no data like more data, and scaled up the size of our data by one order of magnitude, and then another, and then one more - resulting in a training corpus of one trillion words from public Web pages.
Performed by full orchestra and choir, PLAY! features award-winning music from a catalogue of blockbuster video game titles. Outstanding graphics on large screens above the orchestra accompany the scores, highlighting memorable moments from the video game
Biologists, epidemiologists and disaster control experts are discovering Google Earth as a powerful tool in their work. The success of the digital globe has reawakened interest in computer mapping models.
Alex Dragulescu is a Romanian visual artist whose practice embraces both traditional and new media. His projects are experiments and explorations of algorithms, computational models, simulations and information visualizations that involve data derived fro
StarLogo TNG is The Next Generation of StarLogo modeling and simulation software. While this version holds true to the premise of StarLogo as a tool to create and understand simulations of complex systems, it also brings with it several advances.