Astonishing documentary: Secret Life - the Hidden Life of the Cell

If there’s one thing you watch today (well, other than wall-to-wall coverage of The Hobbit* and perhaps some videos of sorting algorithms explained through folk dance), it needs to be this. Secret Universe - The Hidden Life Of the Cell from pbbes on Vimeo. In this astonishing hour-long BBC documentary released just a month ago, […]

Sorting algorithms explained through folk dance

Yep, you read that correctly. This morning, I was introduced to the video below - quick-sort as demonstrated through Hungarian folk dancing. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywWBy6J5gz8[/youtube] Hell, even the youtube _comments_ are saner and less nonsensical, so this has GOT to be geeky stuff. It’s also, of course, a very good, and clear, explanation of what’s going on, […]

Disagreeing with Monbiot

An hour or so ago, the Guardian’s George Monbiot published a new article, with the following headline and tagline: If children lose contact with nature they won’t fight for it With half of their time spent at screens, the next generation will be poorly equipped to defend the natural world from harm I’ve given a […]

Nov 14 partial eclipse in Wellington - odd light and weird shadows

As many people here in NZ know, today we’re getting to see a partial eclipse! Here in Wellington it peaked at 10:34, with 76% coverage.   For those who’re wondering why their shadow was sharp on one side and blurry on t’other. A Stuff article mentions that this might happen, but didn’t explain why… I’ve […]

Hanging out with Vint Cerf

Ever thought it would be great to have the chance to hang out with a computer scientist who’s recognised as one of the “fathers of the internet”. Well, you can :) And the luminary in question is Vint Cerf himself.   Let’s all just take a moment to think about the awesomeness of that…   […]

Sky farms are HERE!

I’ve blogged before about sky farms, and how I think they’re a truly excellent idea. When last I wrote about it in 2009, it was a mad (yet extremely rational), science fictional solution to agriculture. Now, as with so much of its ilk, it’s HERE.     I literally just threw my hands up in […]