Get enough dots together and your faulty eyeballs start seeing things. With random dot patterns, a simple move of the dots by a few degrees can create trippy concentric circles or wild swirls that move all around the paper. With a more uniform grid of dots, the pattern looks like you’re jumping through a portal into…
Apparently today is National Science Fiction Day, according to Wikipedia, set to coincide with the day that Isaac Asimov celebrated his birthday. It’s not recognized by any government, but companies like Scholastic have promoted it in the past.
Are you an H.P. Lovecraft aficionado? Like weird horror? Don’t mind odd squeaks and *probably* a ghost or two? You can now rent the author’s former home in Providence, Rhode Island.
The latest Numberphile video talks to Stanford professor Persi Diaconis about the randomness of coin tosses. It all depends on how the coin is tossed (height, speed) and how many times it turns over in the air.
It's true that the word random is commonly used in English, but do we know what it actually means? Vsause explains it in this video.
Playing rock-paper-scissors with a friend or family member is actually a pretty sophisticated intellectual challenge. You might choose your move based on a personal preference or whim, but you're probably also thinking about what your opponent is going to pick. Sometimes you can just feel your brother leaning paper,…
Can we just have her cast as Wonder Woman already?
There's a strange bug on Facebook where if you post @[xxx:0] in a comment (with the XXX being three random numbers), when you hit enter a random name will appear. For example: @[345:0] = Karina Scalise. Weeeeiiiiirrrrrd!
In an effort to spice up an auction for an autographed dish, tennis legend Andre Agassi offered to show the winner a naked picture of his wife, Steffi Graf, right on his cellphone. The dish sold for over $4,000.
Walking in the park this crisp San Francisco morning, my dogs happened to stop and sniff a shiny object at the outer limits of my vision. Getting closer, I saw a Blackberry Curve, with no owner in sight.
Hey Chen Chen, It's been a few days since I've written, but first off, let me say how HAPPY I am right now. The Giz Gallery was more fun and better received than I'd expected. And Funde Razor SF, done with Wired and Boing Boing Gadgets and Kotaku last night was amazing, too.
How secure are your passwords? Probably not very. The guys over at Popsci have a neat partial solution to that problem: a DIY alphanumeric random password generator. Made with an Olimex AVR development board and some custom software, the gizmo produces 16-character passcodes on its LCD at the press of a button. No…
Hi, Brian here. I just found 3 non-gadget things I like enough to toss your way.