This blog is nearly four years old (I started on July 4th, 2011). This post makes it exactly 500 posts here on Logos Con Carne. To commemorate it, I’m giving myself the 500 Odometer Award (which I built myself from various electrons I had laying around).
As part of the party, this post consists of miscellaneous odds and ends that have intrigued me lately. I’ll leave it to you to decide which are the odds and which are the ends.
The Minnesota Twins are still keeping the dream (not of winning so much as just not sucking), but as I write this they are getting their asses kicked by the Tampa Bay Rays. We’re just about to start the bottom of the ninth with a score of (gulp) 1-11.
I used to joke that the bus carrying the Twins to (or maybe it was from) the airport suffered an unfortunate accident that put the whole team on the Disabled List for a while.
So they brought out the Twins clones. Who, as it turns out, play better baseball than those Twins clowns. So we fans sometimes got the clones (yea!) and sometimes got the clowns (ugh!).
Today was a clown game. [angry-miserable-face]
That stuff never gets old! If you’re wondering about that black disc that travels from left to right across the Sun, that was the planet Mercury in transit.
The Sun, obviously, is a big part of what sustains life on Earth. It provides light and warmth (and sunburn). We’ve even worshiped it (one way or another) at times. A fitting entry for the International Year of Light!
Speaking of light, did you know that technology has advanced to the point of actually capturing light in motion? This one is a little geeky, but what it’s showing is awesome (a word I don’t use frequently):
That was some serious science there, so let’s get back outside for some extreme sports. This video makes me wish I was young again! The parachuting stuff, especially, reminds me how much fun it was jumping out of “perfectly good” airplanes!
Skydiving was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done (see posts here, here, here, here, and here), so here’s a bonus video (it’s either interesting for showing the entire jump or a bit long for showing the entire jump — you might want to set the speed to 2x):
One thing you might notice is that it’s really hard to tell exactly when you’re about to land on water. The fractal nature of water (which allows movie miniatures to look fairly realistic) makes it difficult to determine how far you are away from it.
Here’s a bonus essay (and a lesson in ironic unintended results) from the same folks:
Lots of people hate (or at least pretend to hate) the Comic Sans font (and it is true it is frequently used inappropriately). Here’s a great video essay about that hated font (I especially like his opening comments about typefaces in general as well as the punchline about the problem not being the thing so much as the users and the punchline about design literacy):
Since we’re in the comic zone, here’s a funny video that reminds me of a post of mine from quite a while back:
Finally, to play you out, here’s some music:
That one is, to me, laugh out loud funny even after seeing it several times. It’s as good and as much fun as Monty Python’s famous Galaxy Song.
And now for something completely different (and pretty awesome):
It’s my new favorite piano piece! Every time I listen to it I have to play it more than once. It’s knocked the previous favorite down to number two. For decades it was this one:
George Winston is still my favorite piano player!
And on that note, I’m out. (Twins ended up losing 3-11.)