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25

Oct

washingtonpoststyle:

newshour:


Dance your… Ph.D. off.


In 2008, archeologist Brian Stewart began what has become something of a cult competition among young scientists: the “Dance Your Ph.D. Contest.”

This year, 55 Ph.D. theses with names like “Carbon Nanotube Growth on Challenging Substrates” or “Cosmological Simulations of Galactic Disc Assembly” were turned into experimental dance by their authors, videotaped and then judged.


Go, watch, be amazed.

YES.

washingtonpoststyle:

newshour:

Dance your… Ph.D. off.

In 2008, archeologist Brian Stewart began what has become something of a cult competition among young scientists: the “Dance Your Ph.D. Contest.”

This year, 55 Ph.D. theses with names like “Carbon Nanotube Growth on Challenging Substrates” or “Cosmological Simulations of Galactic Disc Assembly” were turned into experimental dance by their authors, videotaped and then judged.

Go, watch, be amazed.

YES.

06

Oct

13

Sep

soupsoup:

Tech Tonic: I interviewed Cole Stryker about hacker collective Anonymous.

08

Sep

soupsoup:

A great interview with Jack Shafer on Reliable Sources about media criticism and having strong journalistic standards.

03

Sep

turnstylenews:

One of Egypt’s most popular rap groups embodies the spirit that fueled revolutionary youth in Egypt this January.


The group’s lead rapper decided against leaving the country for a professional career so he could pursue his art, and his passion for reaching Egypt’s youth through hip-hop.


The Arabian Knightz were among the first groups to release music about the revolution. The group filmed a video for “Eid Fi Eid/Hand In Hand” in the early days of the uprisings.


Reporter Shadi Rahimi has the story for Turnstyle»

31

Aug

soupsoup:

My Reuters video interview with former most-wanted hacking in the world now most-wanted computer security consultant, Kevin Mitnick.

18

Aug

aoltv:

It’s time to meet Fat Mac. AOL TV went to the ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ set and the cast dished on all things Fat Mac — why they won’t call him Big Mac and some real-life side effects of the added weight — it’s hilarious.


“We call him Fat Mac and he says, ‘Well, will you call me Big Mac?’ and I say, ‘I’ll call you Big Fat Mac,’” Glenn Howerton jokes. “But not just Big Mac, because Big Mac implies muscles and sort of strength.”

(Source: huffposttv)

14

Aug

Capturing Yosemite’s Superclimbers

“Climbing, in general, is about understatement—I think it’s impossible for people to express their experiences up there.”

— Jimmy Chin

(Source: National Geographic)

31

Jul

CollegeHumor Staff Blog: I Fought the Law: Issue #25

So my junior year of high school, my friends and I were making a video for my English class. We were already a few days past the due date so we needed to finish filming that night. Well, the particular scene we were working on involved all four of us walking down the street wielding guns and…

10

Jul

laughingsquid:

United States Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA)

 
"people don’t know what to think when they think of lawn mower racing"

"everybody gets their own nickname…"

(Source: thedailyfeed)

06

Jul

libere:


Self-described “mathemusician” Vi Hart released a video on Pi Day arguing that “Pi Is Wrong” (shock, outrage!) Not that the mathematical constant (3.141592653…) is incorrect, mind you, but that a number equal to twice pi makes much more sense as a constant for use in equations and so on. It would be called tau.


Hart is just one voice in a mathematical uprising to replace ancient, venerable pi with revolutionary, enlightened tau (they even have a Tau Manifesto and competing Tau Day.) Hopefully this war of mathematical constants will play out on the Internet and not in raging gun battles in math departments around the world. In the meanwhile, my money is on pi and the legions of trigonometry teachers ready to take up arms in its defense.