Archive for date: August 15, 2005

Why does dry spaghetti break into more than two pieces when bent?

August 15, 2005 | Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

My tagline for this blog is “there is much pleasure in useless knowledge”. What knowledge could be more useless than trying to understand why spaghetti breaks into more than two pieces when bent? Apparently this problem has been considered interesting by no greater physics luminary than Richard Feynman. Cool.

Shane Ross on Dynamics, Control & Computation

August 15, 2005 | Astronomy | By: Mark VandeWettering

In a thread on Slashdot on calculating spacecraft trajectories to Mars some helpful individual pointed at Shane Ross’ Dynamics, Control & Computation page. Lots of good information on celestial mechanics.

Virtual Street Reality

August 15, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

From one of our internal mailing lists at work, here is a link to some of the work of English street artist Julian Beever. His drawings are unique anamorphic views: when seen from certain angles, they look normal and three dimensional, although from other views they seem oddly distorted. The geek in my wants to […]

Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

August 15, 2005 | Cooking and Recipes | By: Mark VandeWettering

While watching Food Network the other day, I saw an episode of Calorie Commando that featured a dish I thought I might like to try: Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce. I gave this a whack this weekend. Basically I took a bunch of chicken breasts that I had lying around, and cut them […]