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A few more things to stir the creative juices

I thought I’d put out another collection of tidbits I ran across that give me ideas of things I might want to do or create. There are lots of other preoccupations in my mind besides these, but I prefer to collect the ones worth keeping around Every night we are witnesses to a bigger bunch of explosions than anything ever shot up into the sky, though we don’t get to hear the sounds of all that energy being released.

Links for 15 January 2021

Like most people, I like roaming around the web looking for cool things, and sometimes get the feeling that I’ve run across something worth bookmarking, something I want to mull over in the future. Some of them are worth saying a few words about, and I was thinking I would put these up on the blog in hopes that someone might find them fascinating too. This is the kind of video I think people are looking for in the middle of a frightening epidemic while there is talk of unrest liable to break out at any moment.

Twitter2020

Not your average year, all in all January Poisson distribution pic.twitter.com/jrZDMr8A1W — Rum Doodle (@rumdoodle) January 16, 2020 The mesmerizing synchronized flight of Starlings is known as a murmuration. Why do they do this? Flying in a group of hundreds, sometimes thousands, provides protection against predators. To stay in formation, each starling is in tune with the motions of 7 surrounding neighbors! pic.twitter.com/qvK9MpQsUH — American Museum of Natural History (@AMNH) January 22, 2020 I made some edits to Wikipedia this morning #RIPGOP #RIPSenate #RIPDemocracy #RIPAmerica pic.

Twitter2019

January I don't think its a sin to sing off-key but it's probably a corporal work of mercy to sing in tune, and for some, to keep silent. — ❉ Linus Brickle (@LinusQuickle) January 13, 2019 What your users see when you don't label unfamiliar icons. #ux #design pic.twitter.com/DXrGiqg464 — Doug Collins (@DougCollinsUX) January 14, 2019 April Thread I’m waiting on kitty ultrasound results and trying to distract myself a little bit so I’d like to tell you a story about something that happened last night, in the hopes that I can process my feelings around it.

Best of 2018 in Twitter (so far)

Has it already been a half year since I’ve done one of these? Let me get these out in a more timely fashion than waiting till the end of the calendar year. January Two dying memoirists wrote bestsellers about their final days. Then their spouses fell in love. https://t.co/ol63Zsn83i — Emily Guskin (@EmGusk) January 4, 2018 My password generator just spat out a password that starts with <H1> and ends with </H1> and now I’m seriously questioning the RNG.

I keep my eyes wide open all the time

© publicdomainpictures ID 91785348 | Dreamstime Stock Photos Predictive text parody sites produce a Trump White House exposé and a lifestyle website I haven’t investigated much into how this Amazon money laundering scheme makes sense for whoever is running it, but it seems like a way to generate profit with little effort. Is this really a good name for a shoe brand? Seriously? Data is king. Here are numbers for violent crime incidents in large and small cities around the country.

See something, say something

© creativecommonsstockphotos ID 92160937 | Dreamstime Stock Photos I’ve been keeping an eye on the some items that Something on a little bit of fossilized legal speech you have probably heard at some time. I’m a little late, but I love this little video on the tradition of octopus for Christmas. Watch this video on The Scene. In my past life I did a few years of work on neutrinos, enough to find it that something as small as the Earth could manage to absorb them when conditions are right.

Twitter 2017

© Publicdomainphotos ID 101555379 | Dreamstime Stock Photos These are the most memorable tweets I collected in 2017. January There are only two hard problems in distributed systems: 2. Exactly-once delivery 1. Guaranteed order of messages 2. Exactly-once delivery — Eric Elliott (@_ericelliott) January 4, 2017 And @womensmarchchi embroidered protest sign is hooped and ready! @womensmarch #notmypresident pic.twitter.com/My8AyqRxfq — Shannon “Badass Cross Stitch” Downey (@ShannonDowney) January 19, 2017 100,000 galaxies, including our own, are fleeing a vast cosmic void, the "dipole repeller.

Kind of great

© creativecommonsstockphotos ID 89250373 | Dreamstime Stock Photos Instead of passively consuming the nearly endless stream of content coming my way I thought I’d gather together a few items to share with everyone here. Forty-nine years ago this happened: I particularly like this polyphonic visualization We were moved when we saw the remnants of the Berlin Wall last October, so I was pleased to see the site for the online memorial It’s been over two decades since I was passed over for tenure but the feelings this left behind are still pretty much as fresh as what I see in this account of the experience.

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Here is the final set of tweets I thought were worth collecting. More than anything, it reminds me how much of a visual creature I am. And yes, there is one overtly political tweet in among the others. September Just Pinned to Animated: phyllo-eye https://t.co/BSKcXiF7Lj pic.twitter.com/6v5gBmQnqN — 200 OK (@richmagahiz) September 23, 2016 October Just Pinned to Travel: A volcano, the Milky Way, the Moon, and a meteor https://t.

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Here is the second installment of my list of memorable tweets from last year. I didn’t include any of the memorial tweets attached to the many cultural figures who died during the year because I figure they are collected elsewhere anyway. These are just snapshots in the moment as they moved me. August Just Pinned to Visual art: The Transcendental Lightscapes Of James Turrell – iGNANT.de https://t.co/O3WJSKfZWj pic.twitter.com/zsrIdoQZtt

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While 2016 had some pretty awful things happen throughout, there were a number of aspects I will remember with some fondness. I went through my timeline and picked out some of the memorable ones. There were so many I’ll have to post this in installments. Thanks to all the people who made me think, who showed me something in a different way, or who had the impulse to go and actually do something.