Category Archives: Ramblings

RSA Shorts – What Do We Need to Know?

“The remarkable mind that brought you QI, Blackadder and Spitting Image asks one of the world’s simplest but most significant questions – what do we really need to know? What should we teach our children, and what important information should … Continue reading

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3D Optical Illusion Graffiti

The crazy optical illusion graffiti that Odeith creates is mind-bendingly amazing. The murals he creates are anamorphic illusions, appearing to come out of the wall. By painting the shadows and skewing the images in the correct way, the designs appear … Continue reading

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Flashed Face Distortion Effect

The flashed face distortion effect is a pretty cool and rather creepy optical illusion. If you show two ordinary faces side by side with a gap in between them, then rapidly change the images and stare at a cross in … Continue reading

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UK 24

“Following the success of our two data visualisations – Europe 24 and North Atlantic Skies – we’ve taken a lot of time to think about where to go next – it’s been a typical case of ‘difficult second album syndrome’. … Continue reading

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Well then, that wasn’t pleasant, but at least it’s over. Just under a month since my kidney stones appeared, and I’m finally feeling better. This is thanks to a combination of drugs, extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, some good luck, and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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