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February 23, 2021

The Sounds of Mars

Above, the first 360°VR view of Mars taken by NASA's Perseverance rover.

Use the cursor in the upper left hand corner to navigate as you listen to the sounds of Mars.

From NASA: "A microphone attached to the rover did not collect usable data during the descent, but the commercial off-the-shelf device survived the highly dynamic descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on February 20. About 10 seconds into the recording, a Martian breeze is audible for a few seconds."

Here is an edited version of recorded surface sounds with the rover noise removed.

The video up top premiered on YouTube late last night, posted by Andrew Bodrov @Mars360.

February 23, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Rules of Panic

"Why do we freak out at some technologies and shrug at others?", wrote Clive Thompson in Wired.

More: "Genevieve Bell [director of interaction and experience research at Intel] believes she's cracked this puzzle. To provoke moral panic, technology must satisfy three rules."

1. It has to change our relationship to time.

2. It has to change our relationship to space.

3. It has to change our relationship to one another.

"Individually, each of these transformations can be unsettling, but if you hit all three: Panic!"

February 23, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Experts' Expert: Animated Knots — 'Better to know a knot and not need it than to need a knot and not know it'

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I'm gonna memorize the headline 'cause it's just too good.

But I digress.

This fantastic site makes it possible for even the dexterity-challenged to practice to their heart's content without being told to "Just stop because you're hopeless."

Been there heard that.

"Move the mouse over each knot. Look at the description to find out what it can be used for. Click on the knot you wish to see. On the new page wait until the selected knot starts to tie itself."

Even I can do that.

You can too!

February 23, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Daft Punk is Over

Daft Punk has broken up after 28 years, announcing the news in a new eight-minute-long video (below) entitled "Epilogue."

The video went up on YouTube yesterday and at the time I'm writing this (8:13 a.m. ET today) has 12,769,905 views.

Alexis Petridis, writing in today's Guardian, contends that Daft Punk "were the most influential pop musicians of the 21st century."

Tell you what: "One More Time" (top), originally recorded in early 1998, has been among my favorite songs ever since its release on November 30, 2000.

It would appear I'm not the only one: the video has 299,611,610 views since it was uploaded to YouTube in 2009.

February 23, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

What is it?

Try again

Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: inedible.

A third: inorganic.

February 23, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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