Fast Company’s round-up of gadgets and applications with creative interfaces. My favorites are the devices that show just how lame the status quo is in an established industry. Namely the Peel, and the Nest thermostat. I’m also partial to the Planetary music app, through.
… by taking the data from a fleet of telescopes on and above the Earth, telescopes that see across the electromagnetic spectrum well beyond what the eye can perceive, we can piece together a history of an object with hundreds of trillions of stars spanning quintillions of kilometers of space and hundreds of millions of years in time.
And that, my friends, is what scientists do. And that’s pretty cool.
And atheists are commonly accused of moral relativism: of thinking that there are no fundamental moral principles, and that all morality can be adapted to suit the needs of the moment.
But it isn’t atheists who are saying, “Well, sure, genocide seems wrong... but under some circumstances, it actually makes a certain amount of sense.” It isn’t atheists who are saying, “Well, sure, infanticide seems wrong... but looked at in a certain light, it really isn’t all that bad.” It isn’t atheists who are prioritizing an attachment to an ancient ideology over the clearest moral principles one can imagine: the principle that entire races ought not to be systematically exterminated, and the principle that children ought not to be slaughtered.
Justifying genocide and/or child murder based on an untestable belief in undetectable beings and an unknowable afterlife is not reasonable behavior. Please be reasonable.
Alex Walker demonstrates how to use prime numbers to generate non-repeating patterns from repeating images.
Keeping the ‘cicada principle’ in mind, I’ve made three square, semi-transparent PNGs of 29px, 37px, and 53px respectively, and set them up as multiple backgrounds on the HTML element of a test page.
As you can see, the tiles overlap and interact to generate new patterns and colors. And as we’re using magical prime numbers, this pattern will not repeat for a long, long time.
Exactly how long? 29px × 37px × 53px… or 56,869px!
This article optimizes everything I love about front-end web design; Math-powerd design patters for calculating artistic randomness. Simply badicle. I think I will be applying the Cicada Principle on a refresh of the Glee Tour site I have in my queue next week.
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