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Notice Anything Different?

Yeah, I got sick of the boring old theme. So now we have a boring new theme. That’s called progress.

Posted in Ephemera September 28th, 2007 by Chip
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This Makes Me Oddly Happy

Stanford University physicist Shamit Kachru and three colleagues recently released a paper with the euphonious title Gauge/gravity duality and meta-stable dynamical supersymmetry breaking which contained this sentence:

While in both cases for P anti-D3-branes the probe approximation is clearly not good, in the set up of this paper we could argue that there is a competing effect which can overcome the desire of the anti-D3s to embiggen, namely their attraction towards the wrapped D5s.

Can you spot the Simpsons reference?

The Scientific American blog provides details.

Posted in Ephemera September 28th, 2007 by Chip
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Captain Picard Has a Blog

Who knew?

Why I get invited to see the new technology is beyond me. Do Starfleet want my approval or something? I doubt it, as they never listen to me anyway.


(I love the Internet….)

Posted in Ephemera, Movies & TV September 27th, 2007 by Chip
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Teh Funneh

im in ur bocks

Posted in Humor September 26th, 2007 by Chip
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The Ten Strangest Things in Space

David Bowie, oddly, is not amongst them.

Orbiting Frog’s list, unlike the recent list, consists of “real” objects instead of the largely computer-simulated ones that featured.

I find the picture of the “blob” in the Orion Nebula oddly creepy, but I honestly can’t put my finger on why.

Link (via The Presurfer)

Posted in Space September 26th, 2007 by Chip
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I Have to Agree

Mimi Smartypants says:

No better headline has ever been written.

Posted in Ephemera September 25th, 2007 by Chip
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Life in the Year 2000

Life in 2000The PaleoFuture blog has a number of posts about depictions of 21st-Century life as envisioned at the very beginning of the 20th Century, such as this very cool collection of prints from 1910 which predict everyday life in the year 2000. I love the “Correspondence Cinema” one; you can almost hear the lady saying, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi.”

Link (via The Presurfer)

Posted in Ephemera September 25th, 2007 by Chip
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Your Birthday Star

The Birthday Stars generator finds stars whose distance matches your age in light-years from Earth. So if you’re 35 years, 6 months old, the generator will give you the name and location of a star that is 35.5 light years away. Your stars will (obviously) change over time, as you get older and light from more distant stars reaches us.

I’m currently 49 Capricorni. Who are you?

Link (via Neatorama)

Posted in Space September 24th, 2007 by Chip

Celebrate One Web Day

Today is One Web Day, which is meant “to encourage people to think of themselves as responsible for the internet, and to take good and visible actions on Sept. 22 that (1) celebrate the positive impact of the internet on the world and (2) shed light on the problems of access and information flow.” So it’s kind of like tree-hugging for geeks.

The link to the OWD site is here, and BoingBoing has more details here.

Posted in Computers & Internet September 22nd, 2007 by Chip
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Looking for a Few Good Blogs

It’s high time the O*W*C beefed up the ol’ blogroll. Got recommendations for SF-related blogs we should be showcasing? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Also, there is a metric ton of SF authors’ blogs out there. Should we try to blogroll some percentage of those, or should we concentrate on SF news-type sites like SF Signal?

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Did you know that Chip blogs elsewhere? Check her out at The Art of Darkness. If, y’know, you don’t have anything better to do.
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Posted in Ephemera September 21st, 2007 by Chip
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