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A Metal Version of John Cage’s “4’33″”

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One of the weirdest avant-garde compositions of all time is John Cage’s 1952 work, “4’33″” (You pronounce it “four minutes and thirty-three seconds.”). Its original form consists of a pianist sitting at the keyboard and…doing nothing for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Cage’s goal was to get people to listen to the sounds of the [&hellip

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denismm
24 days ago
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\m/
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drchuck
24 days ago
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Turn it up.
Long Island, NY
wreichard
24 days ago
Hear that sustain?
fxer
24 days ago
I don't hear anything

Laws of Physics

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The laws of physics are fun to try to understand, but as an organism with incredibly delicate eyes who evolved in a world full of sharp objects, I have an awful lot of trust in biology's calibration of my flinch reflex.
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denismm
36 days ago
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Black Hat is not to be trusted.
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Covarr
36 days ago
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At that distance, he'll get hit regardless.
Moses Lake, WA
alexanglin
36 days ago
It would help if there were more than two dimensions.
Lythimus
36 days ago
When is xk3d launching?

Microsoft brings Bash to Windows

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This isn't Bash or Ubuntu running in a VM. This is a real native Bash Linux binary running on Windows itself. It's fast and lightweight and it's the real binaries. This is a genuine Ubuntu image on top of Windows with all the Linux tools I use like awk, sed, grep, vi, etc. It's fast and it's lightweight. The binaries are downloaded by you - using apt-get - just as on Linux, because it is Linux. You can apt-get and download other tools like Ruby, Redis, emacs, and on and on. This is brilliant for developers that use a diverse set of tools like me. Windows just got cancer. Update: here's more information on the technical implementation. In short, it's a sort-of reverse WINE - it translates Linux syscalls to Windows syscalls in real time.
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denismm
56 days ago
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Or Ubune, maybe.
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superiphi
56 days ago
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I thought it was an early April's fool but since its true this is going to improve my life
Idle, Bradford, United Kingdom
kazriko
57 days ago
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So, if Windows Emulator is Wine, then this would be Line?
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Goodyear reveals spherical tyres for self-driving cars

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American manufacturer Goodyear has unveiled a concept for a "visionary" sphere-shaped tyre that could make driverless cars safer and smoother to run (+ movie). (more…)

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denismm
78 days ago
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Of all the things the Wachowskis might have predicted correctly, we get the spherical wheels from Speed Racer?
wreichard
78 days ago
Heh.
fxer
78 days ago
thought they were from iRobot or maybe Minority Report
blakeyrat
77 days ago
I, Robot did it first.
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everphilski
78 days ago
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Simple physics. Weight of car [lb] has to be compensated for by pressure of tires * contact patch [lb/area] *[area] = [lb].
wreichard
78 days ago
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Interesting, but it seems they'd have a lot less rubber in contact with the road than a flat tread does.
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fxer
78 days ago
I dunno, the tires seem quite a bit larger, and the footprint would be circular vs rectangular like a current tire. Also what pressure they'd run at, guess surface contact area would depend on a number of variables
everphilski
78 days ago
Surface area is purely a function of inflation pressure and vehicle weight.
fxer
78 days ago
Independent of tire shape? Impossible. Exhibit 1: a square tire
wreichard
78 days ago
I guess if the sphere were severely deflated, the contact patch would get quite large. Still, given equal inflation pressures, I'd have to agree the square tire would have a bigger patch. That said, there are obviously a huge number of factors here. In a traditional tire, rotational stresses are probably held by sidewalls, aren't they? (To keep the tire from twisting around itself?) How will a spherical tire hold its shape as force is applied? Obviously I don't know much about this, but I find it fun to think about anyway.
wreichard
78 days ago
For that matter (I guess I need to go read this again) how would the tire be driven at all if there's no axle?
wreichard
78 days ago
The video says "a layer of foam under the tread" would increase the size of the contact patch. I'm not sure what that means, but the video sure looks cool!

Hammer Of The Dogs

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Ads by Project Wonderful! Your ad could be here, right now.

A double-sized update today! It was too fun to draw, I had to give it its due.

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denismm
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Wow, panel three is fantastic.
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tedder
111 days ago
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By the hammer of Thor!
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sirshannon
111 days ago
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Worth it.

These Twin Names Match, But Aren't "Matchy-Matchy"

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Is naming twins different from naming any other two siblings? For some parents, the answer is no. They simply choose the two names they like best, in two nearly independent choices. For other parents, "twinness" defines the naming experience and they want to revel in it. They turn to thematic pairings like Hope and Faith or Jaylen and Jayden that mark their kids as a set.

Is there a middle ground? Can you acknowledge the special bond that twins share while letting each name stand alone? And can you do it with an eye toward style, so that each name can win the same parents' hearts?

For parents who seek that middle, here's a starter list of names with a meaningful connection and compatible styles, but independent spirits.

(While most of these names are traditionally gender-specific, some are unisex in usage. Rather than separating the lists by gender, I leave it to parents to decide how they'd like to use these names.)

Alice/Celia: This subtle anagram yields two charming classics with completely different sounds.

Beckett/Marlowe: Two playwrights representing two of the hottest contemporary name styles, double-t names and hidden-o names.

Zoe/Eve: These Greek and Hebrew "life" names look similar on paper, but not spoken aloud.

Orion/Lyra: These twins would share the night sky as constellations.

Matthias/Nathanael : Two apostle names that mean "gift of God"/"God has given." Both names balance a scholarly biblical flavor with simple, unassuming nicknames.

Rima/Amir : These mirror-image Arabic name make a smooth, trim pairing.

Laurel/Daphne : Daphne is the Greek form of Laurel. Both names are thoroughly familiar, but neither has ever been common.

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denismm
184 days ago
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As a twin, I fully approve of this post.
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