Tagged: design

Competition(ish): it’s not computer magic, it’s computer science - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 22, 2012

A phrase oft-uttered, in anything from a restrained growl to an infuriated scream, by my partner. Who works with those strange computery things, and the networks connecting them, every day. A phrase he uttered once again today, while we were chatting through another of our favourite phrases ‘science, bitches!’* Which led us to a wonderful [...] … Read More

Earth Now — near real-time, map-based climate data from JPL - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 20, 2012

Gosh, but this is gorgeous. Admittedly, I have a jones for data.  And for maps, too*. And NASA/JPL** and their work.   All of which means that Earth Now, a recently-released iPhone/iPod/iPad app from JPL, is my idea of phonepr0n. It shows, on an interactive model of earth, various overlays for various types of near-real [...] … Read More

Quiet! I was talking! - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 02, 2012

Because there simply aren’t enough real problems which science could tackle, Japanese scientists have unleashed the newest weapon in the war for airspace in a conversation. Yes, ladies and gentlemen: allow me to introduce the SpeechJammer.  In essence, a directional mic takes a recording of what the sinning conversationalist is saying, and the plays it [...] … Read More

TOSP Episode 21: February 21st 2012 - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 20, 2012

We’re back!  And with a minimum of difficulties this week :) This week, Elf and aimee talk of a new soft motor, ROBOBEES, a teeeeeensy chameleon (squee!), hacking yoghurt, some very ancient art, ROBOBEES, investing in yourself, knitting needles and water bubbles and space, quantum computing for beginners, sequencing genomes on a USB stick-sized device [...] … Read More

The mechanics of love - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Feb 14, 2012

Today is Valentines Day. Apparently, this is the cause for a great deal of consternation.  I know that it has, over the years, occasioned horror for me, too*. So, I thought I’d just share something a bit fun and whimsical.  Those of you who are American will no doubt know the name Rube Goldberg. I [...] … Read More

Holiday Wallpaper from WordPress.com - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 22, 2010

Last year we started a little tradition, commissioning an illustration to give away as desktop wallpaper during the holidays. This year, Spanish artist Gary Fernández has created a wintry forest scene filled with curious characters who have great taste in blogging platforms. Friends in the southern hemisphere, we love you too, but if you haven’t [...] … Read More

Infinite Theme Styles with Custom CSS - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 18, 2010

There are 100+ themes to choose from here at WordPress.com, and many of them have customizable backgrounds, menus, content layouts, and headers you can change yourself (like our new default theme Twenty Ten), and we have many more new themes planned. But you can also take your site’s customization a step further and completely personalize [...] … Read More

How Building Standards Have Changed - The Science of Architecture

Ken Collins Oct 04, 2010

With the recent events in Canterbury and Invercargill it looks like the building standards in NZ will again come under close scrutiny. The suitability of our standards is a valid question and response, especially when our knowledge has recently been increased by the Earthquake and the collapse of the Invercargill sports stadium roof. The first design standards for earthquake loadings … Read More