Archive for December, 2010

Strugatsky novel inspires new theory?

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

A couple of days ago, while browsing Tech Review we encountered an article about a new theory that suggests gravity emerges from quantum information. Wait! Wasn’t a version of this the central idea of the novel Definitely Maybe by the Strugatsky brothers? Indeed it was. In order to maximise entropy, the Universe is pulling tricks on us. According to Erik Verlinde’s theory, it does this by generating a force that redistributes matter. The mysterious force in the novel turns out to be gravity in Verlinde’s theory. Both ideas arise as a consequence to the second law of thermodynamics.

Vivian Maier

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

There’s an interesting article about Vivian Maier in Chicago Magazine, followed by a response from Blake Andrews. Maier’s work has recently been discovered by former real estate agent John Maloof at an antique furniture auction. The rest of her story you can read in the article and on Maloof’s blog.

Update: There’s also a video about Vivian Maier on the WTTV website and there will be an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center. We found out about it from TOP editor, Mike Johnston. Nick Turpin, who also wrote about this, informed us that Maloof is seeking funding for a documentary about Maier’s life. Additionally, we found this article at the NYT lens blog. Blake Andrews also did a Q&A with Maloof.

Chickpea and onion soup

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

I improvised upon Haalo’s spiced chickpea and onion soup by using parsley instead of baby spinach and rocket. A carrot was also added into the mix and everything was seasoned with majoram, basil, a bit of cayenne pepper and Hungarian Kalocsai paprika. Erős Pista was used in place of Harissa. This variant has a more European flavour and you can find most ingredients easily.

Despre atenuarea sunetului

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Sau cum să nu-ți deranjezi vecinii atunci când asculți muzică.

George Gabriel Stokes ne spune că atenuarea sunetului este direct proporțională cu pătratul frecvenței. Așadar frecvențele joase vor fi mult mai slab atenuate, se vor propaga mult mai ușor prin pereții despărțitori ai clădirii, ajungând în final la urechile (sau în stomacul) vecinilor voștri și deranjându-i.

În concluzie, trebuie redusă în primul rând amplitudinea frecvențelor joase, deci a bașilor.

OpenBSD owned by the feds?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Allegedly, the OpenBSD crypto stack has backdoors carefuly placed in by FBI-sponsored open source developers ten years ago. If it’s true, this is very troubling news indeed. We do hope it’s only FUD.

Update: This is most probably BS. Here’s why. Supposedly, Bin Laden’s men are also involved. Right.


Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Remember december. Four years ago.

Legea lui rom

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Aparent, un alt parlamentar încuiat a luat în serios petiția maimuțoilor naziști de a schimba numele unei etnii în documentele oficiale, pe motiv că s-ar confunda cu numele țării noastre. Am o propunere mai constructivă: schimbați numele țării. Restul lumii le va spune oricum la fel cum le-au zis până acum, deci nu veți rezolva absolut nimic.