The Higgs Boson Explained. Great video by the creators of PhD Comics.

Definitely worth geeking out to for 7 minutes.

Via PhD Comics.

For the record: Radiohead and antropoda (insects) work remarkably well together. #song4mixtape

Great mixing of a haunting and beautiful Radiohead song (All I Need), with amazing footage from the movie MicroCosmos.

p.s. If you’re curious about the #song4mixtape hashtag, these are just my recommendations for mixed tape song. More can be seen by clicking here.

I cannot CANNOT overstate how ridiculously cool this Blue Whale playground is!

Of course, I might be a little biased here, since the Blue Whale holds a special place in my heart.

From the design firm Monstrum, via Colossal.

Perspective in beautiful action: bridge painters in old New York City

This photo from 1914 is gorgeous. I’m sure it could be used when discussing perspective, maybe with a geometry tie-in.

From NYC Department of Records, via the Daily Mail.

My own short illustrious collaboration with Francis Crick


CRICK: Is that your Ford Escort?

ME: Yes it is.

CRICK:  It’s in my parking spot.  Can you move it?

ME: Yes, definitely.  Sorry about that.

CRICK:  No worries.

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I met Dr. Crick at San Diego’s Salk Institute during a summer trip in my graduate student days – although “met” is perhaps a verb with too much significance in this case.  I was actually there to touch base with some old friends of mine and was told to park in his spot since we would only be 15 minutes or so.  In truth, we were en route to Anaheim, Disneyland specifically, and bumping into scientific legends was the last thing on our minds.

Dr Crick, of course, is well known for his discoveries in the world of DNA, being one of the individuals responsible for figuring out how the A, T, C and G’s of genetic code stacked up.  But later in life, he took an interest into the mysteries of consciousness.  In particular, he was intrigued at how the brain so quickly generates visual awareness upon viewing a scene (or something like that).  It’s an interesting biological question, in that I know I’m curious to understand what goes on when you look upon the world – or perhaps in more profound instances, what happens when a child first sees the Magic Kingdom, when a soldier stares down the barrel of a gun, or when you first meet the person with whim you will, unbeknownst to you, fall in love with.

Almost the minute we parked our Ford Escort, Dr. Crick pulled up in a large stately white car, a Mercedes or a Cadillac I think.  He got out, dressed I can only describe in a manner that approximated most perfectly his vehicle, and politely asked that I move.  I obliged immediately.

Looking back, I often wondered what his consciousness was telling him when he saw me that day.  It’s probably quite different from what my own brain was experiencing: I just thought it was cool that his license plate read “ATCG.”

After winning the Nobel Prize, Francis Crick would send out this card to anybody trying to contact him

From Futility Closet.

Deluged with mail after his discovery of the double helix, Francis Crick began sending a printed card in response to invitations:

The “cure your disease” part is priceless.

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