Archive for March, 2011
The National Air and Space Museum has two locations: the main one on the National Mall, and another with some bigger stuff called the Udvar-Hazy Center. We went to the main branch some years ago, but — ahh — never uploaded the pictures? Bad blogger! Bad! Anyway, on a recent trip to visit one of Jenny’s highschool friends (ObPlug: visit Woodlands Restaurant! Try the Pani Puri!) we hit the other branch. Since it’s the National Air and Space museum the stuff you see is the Real Deal™. Like, they don’t just have some random test Gemini capsule, they have Gemini 7. And they don’t just have some random B-29, they have the Enola Gay. And of course, the main attraction for me, the Space Shuttle Enterprise.
OK, Vi Hart is my new favorite person. Her mission: to reveal the inherent awesomeness of math. Her video series Doodling in Math Class is incredible. This episode even sneaks in a Dinosaur Comics reference. Not convinced yet? How about a paper on Computational Balloon Twisting? Or how to slice an apple into a cube… and then slice that cube into hexagons with star shapes inside? Musical instruments made of paper and fire? A Möbius Music Box? She has even been covered by The New York Times. The list of things she has produced seems to just go on and on to infinity, filling in all the space between math and art.
Remember back when IE was dead and Microsoft said IE6 was going to be the final version ever? Oh, how times have changed. Now they are on a campaign to try to get users to please, PLEASE upgrade away from IE6! The site has all the modern “tweet this” and “like this” buttons and even has a snippet of code you can put on your site to show IE6 users an “error message”.
(OT: I wonder if that map will be quietly updated in a few days to stop referring to Taiwan as a country)
And then once I get back from that, I get to start on the new new new new thing which will be, by the time it’s finished, the newest thing EVER.