Archive for date: December 12, 2005

The Wireworld computer

December 12, 2005 | Computer Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve been interested in cellular automata for a very long time, dating back to when I was a kid. One of the first BASIC programs I remember writing was a version of Conway’s Life that would run on my Atari 400 computer (very slowly I might add). But I’ve also been intrigued by a very […]

Flash Boil!

December 12, 2005 | Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

A couple of days ago I mentioned the idea of supercooled water existing in liquid form well below the freezing point. Perhaps more dangerous is another delayed phase transition: water can exist in liquid form at temperatures much higher than the boiling point and can flash boil when subject to a disturbance. This usually happens […]

Paris By Night

December 12, 2005 | Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

Stumbleupon sent me to this incredible nighttime panorama of Paris taken somewhere near Notre Dame (you can see the big rosette window in one part), but includes views of the Seine, the Eiffel Tower, St. Eustace, St. Michelle, Sacre Couer in the distance, and the Louvre. Very nice. If you click here, you can see […]

Phil Plait v. Bart Sibrel

December 12, 2005 | Astronomy, Bad Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Some of you may remember hearing the story about Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin punching some lunatic who was trying to badger him into swearing on the Bible that he really did land on the moon. That was Bart Sibrel, and he’s gonna be on the radio today to sell his brand of bullflop on 97.1 […]