Sometimes my 5 year old drives me nuts with her attachment to things like balloons and cupcakes that I can’t possibly preserve for all eternity. She also creates and says things that turn me into a weepy-eyed wuss-bag when I realize I can’t bottle them up and save them forever. So where better to turn than Tumblr? Whenever there’s a precious moment or piece of ephemera doomed to be swept from the beach of memory by time’s relentless tides, I just snap a picture and post it to a micro-blog! Yay! Say goodbye to the transience of childhood!
Here’s a simulation that demonstrates how behavior and morphology can evolve based on a few simple selection criteria. I remember seeing this 20 years ago, and it blew my mind. It’s still pretty impressive even today.
More about the project
The internet is abuzz with rumors about this creepy new iPhone 6 feature. Disreputable sources have confirmed that the new model will, in fact, include a rotating iBall camera that monitors your facial expressions for signs of customer dissatisfaction.
Rumor has it that the new iPhone 6 will feature a set of state-of-the-art earbuds that will autonomously seek out your ears.
The rumors are flying about the new creepy iPhone 6 features. When the home button reads your fingerprint it will actually detect the moisture content of your skin. If your skin is too dry, it will dispense a sweet smelling, moisturizing lotion through micro-ducts in the phone’s casing. Third-party manufacturers are already beginning to roll out refill cartridges in a variety of scents so you won’t have to settle for the default choices, which are rumored to be BrownApple, Cupertino Sandal, and RoseHipster.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “bored people are boring” – most likely when you were a kid whining to your parents about having nothing to do. But did you know that words that end in “ed” can often be substituted with the same word ending in “ing” to create clever, pedantic idioms pertaining to the effect of one’s emotional state on the rest of the world?
Here are a just a few:
- Interested people are interesting
- Tired people are tiring
- Depressed people are depressing
- Loved people are loving
- Excited people are exciting
- Annoyed people are annoying
Try them on your friends!
Got some more? Leave them in the comments.
I was talking about the planets with my 5-year-old daughter the other day. I was trying to explain how taking a summer vacation to Mars in the future will be a much bigger undertaking than a trip to Palm Springs (though equally as hot). I kept trying to describe the distance using metaphors like “if the earth was the size of a golf ball, then Mars would be across the soccer field” etc., but I realized I didn’t really know much about these distances, besides the fact that they were really large and hard to understand. Pictures in books, planetarium models, even telescopes are pretty misleading when it comes to judging just how big the universe can be. Are we doing ourselves a disservice by ignoring all the emptiness?
Not that pixels are any better at representing scale than golfballs, but they’re our main way of interpreting most information these days, so why not the solar system?