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This is so cute eep!

Moar Cute:

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So, this post is going to consist of an awesome thing my math lecturer said today. There are two versions of the introduction- one for people who have knowledge of Linear Algebra, and one for those who don't. (Incidentally, this is the lecturer that claims he was "was almost as adorable [at the age of three] as I am now, hard as that may be to believe.")

Math Heavy Intro:

So we're learning about infinite dimensional vector spaces in linear algebra (as opposed to finite dimension vector spaces like lines and planes through the origin), and one example that came up in class was the vector space of all real functions defined on x=0 to x=1 such that f(0)=f(1)=0. We defined f(x).g(x) as the integral of f(x)g(x) over this interval, and then started talking about how the dot product is only zero if f(x) is zero, but then came up with a counterexample of f(x)=0 except for at a single point, where it was non-zero. At this point we decided to exclude functions with point discontinuities.

De-Mathed Intro:

We're doing some math-y stuff in Linear Algebra. We defined some cool properties for equations that also exist for matrices, and were happy when they worked, but then found weird counter examples. They made us sad.

The Steven Johnson Explanation of this sad fact:
So this is the problem with infinite-dimensional vector spaces. They work fine as long as you're reasonable and have well behaved functions, but you can always construct perverse counterexamples for which they don't work.  These never come up in real life, but this is what mathematicians like to do, come up with these weird contrived examples.

Well, in this class we're not going to be perverse. We're going to follow the Google model: Don't be evil.
He is the greatest thing EVER.

Also, you should look at the links. They are filled with silly pictures of him.
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From Slate, I give you Craft the Vote.
Or, How Aspiring Presidential Candidates can Capitalize on the Craftperson Vote.

Take for example, the Homeland Security Blanket:

sinclair_furie: (sirus/james)
As promised, screencaps from The History Boys. WINWINWIN.
Some of the quotes are gacked from IMDB, so that's what all the linky nonsense is about.

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This is Irwin. He's a history teacher hired to help the boys get into Oxford and Cambridge. He's young, edgy and also pretty hot.
He makes me sad that none of my young, attractive teachers were morally ambiguous.Um, thirty-ish more under the cut? )

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Are you too old and too awesome to be seen reading Harry Potter?
An example of how to be manly! )

Jul. 8th, 2007 01:12 pm
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Federer just won his fifth Wimbledon! FTW!

That was exciting, though Fahad is crushed that his dearly beloved idol Nadal held on till the fifth set only to LOSE it 6-2.

This post is brought to you by my supreme love for Federer. <3
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Ok, so, Doctor Who season finale. Not quite as good as I hoped. It got downright silly at times, but still, Spoilers for Season Finale! And an audience poll! And pictures! )
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I know, I know, enough with these cats already. But! [ profile] metaquotes love! And! Self depracating humor!
Check out this lovely comic.
To quote from my favorite bit:
Bob: Hi, I'm Dr. Bob Buxtehude, CFO of I Technologies, Inc. You may know me as TV's 'Serious cat.' I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about the exciting work we do here at I. As we like to say, 'I' are 'Serious Cat', but there's so much more to our operation.

[some dialogue about ninja kittens]

Bob: I'm just going to have a  chat with Esther, our chief scientist. So Esther, tell us what you do.

Esther: Well Bob, it's difficult to explain my research in layman's terms, but essentially what I'm working on at the moment is all about the science of containment. As a subject relevant to recent breakthroughs in fusion technology, I feel that the device I  have to show you today could make a real difference in solving the oft-predicted energy crisis. In short... I has a bucket. It contains photonic technology.
Also, browsing around... more awesome from [ profile] gnimmel : The internet is for meta-analysis.
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Speaking of things made of awesome, I would like to direct everybody's attention to the most wonderful thing I found today. Which is the community [ profile] mac_hearts_pc . In case you can't guess, it's a community dedicated to slashing the anthropomorphic Mac and PC of Apple's famed "Get a Mac" ads.
Seriously. The ads are so adorable. I recommend you watch "Counselor", "Flashback" and "Goodwill." Justin Long (Mac) is pretty hot in the blue collared shirt. :)
Some adorable/awesome things I have found: (all of these are by [ profile] dysmorph )
They're more or less safe for work, some more suggestive than others.

Oh, and cute icons!
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So, two things related to lolcats for you today:
First, from [ profile] metaquotes we have The department of LOL studies or I can has thesis?. Basically, [ profile] slammerkinbabe asked people to take part in a contest. In which they would write abstracts related to lolcats. To quote from the post:
What is it about the lolcats, or, conversely, about our society, that has made lolcats such an instant craze? Why does their popularity seem to cross all sectors, sweeping through all the diverse sectors of Internet users, from spelling-impaired tweenyboppers to cynical and comparatively elderly bloggers?...Why do we wish to perceive cats as having poor grammar?
It's pretty awesome, there's stuff about archiving, poetry, translation and all sorts of abstruse academic fields. Go go go!
Next is LOLFeeds which aims to make your news/blog/twitter cute. For example, from BBC we have:

Is it not amazing?
<333 the internets.


Mar. 5th, 2007 05:45 pm
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For all you non MIT peeps...
Behold, evidence, IN PICTURE FORM, that it is the most awesome ever.
Seriously, a kilogram of sodium in the Charles River.
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By the way, now that I have my camera, I could totally play Nadia's tell me what to photograph game, which she completed here.
So! Tell me what you want to see photographed and I shall obey!
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Hey, remember those amusing stories going around the net about how Dell laptops were bursting into flames and exploding?

Eg, A laptop at a Japanese conference burst into flames.
Well, it turns out that the batteries were faulty, and now Dell is recalling four million batteries. Um, if you have a Dell, go here to see if your battery may explode, and what to do.
Um, also, take the BBC story with a grain of salt, because this place says 27K batteries, not 4 million. But that site looks dodgy, and the consensus seems to be 4 million.
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Hey Forbes, this should make you happy:
Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop New Type of Mobile Robot That Balances and Moves on a Ball Instead of Legs or Wheels
(longest headline ever, omg)
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new type of mobile robot that balances on a ball instead of legs or wheels. "Ballbot" is a self-contained, battery-operated, omnidirectional robot that balances dynamically on a single urethane-coated metal sphere. It weighs 95 pounds and is the approximate height and width of a person. Because of its long, thin shape and ability to maneuver in tight spaces, it has the potential to function better than current robots can in environments with people.

There's video too, scroll down to the bottom of the ballbot's webpage.
sinclair_furie: (wanton)
Hurray, Pluto and its three moons:

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Right, because seeing is believing. (click for larger versions)
Shirtless Dean:
Shirtless Dean.jpg
Shirtless Sam:
shirtless sam.JPG
See, don't you want to watch Supernatural now?


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