Kidney Stones

I’m currently suffering from an 8mm kidney stone and renal colic, and it hurts. A lot. I’m taking three types of drugs to help with the pain. Posting here is currently the last thing on my mind. Normal daily updates will resume when I feel in less pain.

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Dub FX – Live In Seattle 19/10/14

Dub FXLive in Seattle 19/10/14.

An entire live set recording by Dub FX. Very cool. Onwards!


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Levitating Pumpkins! Halloween Science

“”And the cursed pumpkin rose up from the earth, carried to the sky by the spirits of All Hallows’ Eve.” Or in other words, Andy put a superconductor in a pumpkin and levitated it on a magnetic track.” (YouTube)

A lovely RI Science video for Halloween, involving pumpkins and superconductors. What’s not to like?

Also, if you’re stuck for a costume to wear, why not try one of these physic delights? Dark energy, cosmic inflation, antimatter… it’s all there in ghoulish glory.

Happy Halloween. Onwards!

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OK Go – I Won’t Let You Down

OK GoI Won’t Let You Down.

OK Go have done it again, creating yet another superb video. It is shot all in one take, as has become the norm for them, and involves the use of precise choreography, Japanese dance students, 2328 umbrellas, Honda UNI-CUB personal mobility devices, and one drone with mounted camera. A few behind-the-scenes images, as well as an interview with lead singer Damian Kulash, can be found over at Japan Times.

I’m fascinated by the whole sequence, and especially by the drone. Drones can accomplish amazing things, like flying through fireworks, and this is no exception. It allows a wealth of freedom in the angles to shoot from, whether these are at eye level or 200 metres above the ground.

It’s great how the video builds up and up, with more and more people and intricate moves. The whole video seems sped up as well, which would mean the singers are singing slower than they should. The last sequence of the video is mind-bogglingly complex and awesome. Four groups of different coloured umbrellas, being opened and closed in specific sequences, for a long time. It’s phenomenal.

The final shot of the surrounding Japanese landscape isn’t half bad either. Onwards!

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What Is Random? What Is Not Random?

What is Random and What is Not Random are two interesting videos by VSauce and Veritasium. They tackle what randomness is, whether anything is truly random, how to tell if it is, and talk about the underlying principles and physical forces behind randomness.

Both videos are worth watching, and really make you question what you think you know of randomness. It’s all rather fascinating. Onwards!

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Five Fallacies – PBS Digital Studios

Arguing on the internet, everyone’s favorite pastime! But unfortunately, some people don’t do it very well — or at least they could do it better. You owe it to them (and yourself!) to help them out and make their claims and/or arguments less fallacious. In doing so, you’ll increase the quality of discourse between the both of you, perhaps even helping you finally figure out DEEP QUESTIONS like “WHAT IS LOVE” and “WHY IS SRIRACHA SO DANG TASTY.” Educate yourself and your fellow internet commenters in this week’s Idea Channel episode.” (YouTube)

An interesting and amusing video by PBS Digital Studios about five different and common fallacies used when arguing on the internet. The five fallacies explained are: the straw man fallacy; the ad hominem fallacy; the black and white fallacy; the authority fallacy; and the no true Scotsman fallacy.

These fallacies are useful for everyone to know. Onwards!

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt ”The Trail” Opening Cinematic

Foreshadowing the story of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, The Trail Opening Cinematic is an epic sneak peek into the adventure that awaits gamers in Wild Hunt. See witchers Geralt of Rivia and his mentor Vesemir pursue Geralt’s long lost love, the immensely powerful, raven-black-haired sorceress — Yennefer of Vengerberg.” (YouTube)

Epic, bloody, beautiful opening cinematic trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I love the music in these trailers too. The trailer throws up many questions, like who is Yennefer, what is she running from, who were those different armies, will Geralt succeed in his search? It’s all very exciting. Onwards!

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