This isn’t really a joke. It falls more into the category of funny musings of the wacky type.
A bunch of years ago, I entered a pastry shop in a small European country. I felt like eating something…
The Eightfold Path
Work In Progress
Do We Ever Feel Like That Again?
Don't Worry Brad, Some of Us Got It
Through the Storm of Broken Futures
In the Recesses of our ArchivesThese are just a few samples of posts in our Archives, we feel are noteworthy but that you will not find unless you dig for them. Read these, or dig the Archives for more.
|If Stephen Fry wanted to Blow Up the Moon|
|The Tranquil Commander|
|The GooVista Nightmare and The Emergence of IP Cages|
We do not write on a regular schedule. Because writing here is simultaneous with brainstorming the world, and other tasks we see ourselves involved, and because each post requires widely differentiated levels of effort, we publish when we have something ready, and not before. If you take an interest in future posts, the best thing is really to subscribe to our word of mouth, the newsletter delivered if you signup for it, that will hit your mailbox every time a new story is out.
We are always tinkering with something, but I can't promise the release of new posts will be prompt. Actually, they usually take a while to write. These ought to be wondrous, amazing stories (that's the reason we go after them) but we can't really tell. We can't say that, not until the research is done, and the sentences written.
[Updated May 2013]
Back in the day, magnetism would be a buzzword for something to sound scientific but a bit mysterious to ordinary people. This was so because though electricity is easy to understand as electrons moving in wires and pretty straightforward, magnetism is a bit more complicated to describe, requiring mathematics, and even if everyone knows and [...] [continue reading]
The motto of the WordPress team is CODE IS POETRY. If you decide to have a go at this post, you may discover that PHYSICS IS SO MUCH MORE. Enjoy! In a previous post, The Physics of moving Onwards, we discussed how Forces acting in a given direction on a point with mass, allow us [...] [continue reading]
Angular momentum is one of the coolest things in classical mechanics. It affects how ice skaters spin; why you can ride a bicycle; why spinning tops don’t fall; why gyroscopes allow for guidance in missiles and satellites; it affects the trajectory of bullets extending your sharp shooting; why cats always fall on their feet; makes [...] [continue reading]
Few books can claim the distinction of describing notions at the root of contemporary understanding. This one does just that. If you ever wondered why some places developed faster, why some regions of the planet got the leading edge of History, you will find answers in it.
In 1030, Harald Sigurdsson a.k.a. Hardradi, the Ruthless, fled Norway as a boy of fifteen, after his half-brother and king Olaf Haraldsson (later St. Olaf) was defeated in battle and killed, in just one more of the apparent continuous claims for power laid by one or another contender, in the Scandinavia of the time.
At some point in 1980s the academic community started taking interest in retelling History focusing on the lives of people, mostly ordinary people, but also the vivid details in the small actions of big players, in the realization that: first, watershed change was built by day to day decisions; second, traditional history told us very little about how actual people really lived, what they thought, how they saw themselves, what they believed.
Tomorrow, next year, 50 years, 3000 years from now, nuclear weapons will be used on civilian targets, very easily by rogue groups or nations, like they have been after careful consideration in Nagasaki, and Hiroshima. Unspeakable horrors have been perpetrated by humans throughout History and I can’t see anything in our nature changed significantly.