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March 26, 2012

Map of NBA field goal percentage 2011-2012


By Kirk Goldsberry, as seen on Courtvision.

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Chocolate Planets

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[via This Is Why I'm Broke]

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Need a job? Loft Resumes might help


From swissmiss: "Loft Resumes turns your vanilla-looking resume into a beautifully custom-designed one that stands out from the crowd. Great idea for people who don't have the design skills themselves."

Sometimes it's just a matter of being noticed.

March 26, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Lid Sid


Lifts your pot lids








keeps them




Each measures 2" x 1.8" x 1". 


Set of two (one red + one white): $16.

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The birth and death of words


From the caption for the figure above: "The modern print era shows a marked increase in the death rate of words, which likely corresponds to low fitness, misspelled, and (technologically) outdated words. A simultaneous decrease in the birth rate of new words is consistent with the decreasing marginal need for new words." 

The figure accompanies a new paper, "Statistical Laws Governing Fluctuations in Word Use from Word Birth to Worth Death," which appears in the March 15, 2012 issue of Scientific Reports.

The abstract of the paper:

We analyze the dynamic properties of 10^7 words recorded in English, Spanish and Hebrew over the period 1800–2008 in order to gain insight into the coevolution of language and culture. We report language independent patterns useful as benchmarks for theoretical models of language evolution. A significantly decreasing (increasing) trend in the birth (death) rate of words indicates a recent shift in the selection laws governing word use. For new words, we observe a peak in the growth-rate fluctuations around 40 years after introduction, consistent with the typical entry time into standard dictionaries and the human generational timescale. Pronounced changes in the dynamics of language during periods of war shows that word correlations, occurring across time and between words, are largely influenced by coevolutionary social, technological, and political factors. We quantify cultural memory by analyzing the long-term correlations in the use of individual words using detrended fluctuation analysis.

Read the paper in its entirety here.

[via Language Log]

March 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Circuit Pendant with Horn


From the website:


This piece is a combination of natural and mechanical materials. Both pieces are bezel-set in solid sterling silver. The upper part is a natural piece of cut and hand-polished horn in brown and cream. The lower portion is a select portion of brown colored circuit board.

The circuit board comes with its original colors and is cleaned, brightly polished, then set with clear resin inside the sterling bezel. The bezel and silver work is all hand made.

The design around the upper portion is made to resemble the inner wiring of computer power units. The bail has a circuit board pattern in the silver.

Pendant is marked with its silver content of 925 for sterling silver.  

Approximately 2-3/8th inches long.   

Sterling silver bail fits most chains.  



[via adafruit]

March 26, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

7,000 B.C. in Patagonia


Above, stenciled paintings, some more than 9,000 years old, inside the Cave of Hands in Patagonia, Argentina.

[via the Wall Street Journal]

March 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack


Say what?

From the website:


rattleback (also known as a celt or a wobblestone) is a type of spinning top that will spin in one direction, but when you spin it the other way it will slow down until it stops, wobbling along its length, and will then spin in the opposite direction.

Originally seen as mysterious, they are now regarded as an interesting piece of physics. One of the original papers explaining how they work was presented at the Royal Society in London in 1988.

Bernhard Schoner, a skilled woodworker from Germany, has created another set of wooden rattlebacks [below] for us, made from different woods. Each one takes several hours to make and is a beautiful object, as well as having an intriguing mechanism. They vary in length from 21 to 27 cm.




[via Fred]

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