The discovery of an organizational hyper-structure whose hierarchical contour defies our normal abstracting ability - (and yet can be detected by a colossal metaabstraction reported by Plato and surnamed by him Noesis) is a matter of unparalleled importance, for this hyper-structure seems able progressively more and more to subsume its...
by Steven H. Strogatz
Topic: coupled oscillators, applied math
Tonight the Beijing Olympic games (um... 2008) have opened with a huge bass of square drums made of bronze and wood that covered the central stadium. Each drum would glow when hit by a dedicated person, a drummer, or artist standing next. The performance was...
Professor: "Don't do anything that affects anything. Unless it turns out you were supposed to do it, in which case for the love of God. Don't not do it!"
Fry: "Got it."
During time travel it is possibly best not to disturb anything. But is the prime directive a great loss to human experience? I couldn't think of...
Soot, patience, and the dim whirling of stars
make a destiny for even you,
the sole heir
to all of histories sunken steam ships,
tomorrow’s breaking sunshine,
and from darkness, a diamond cut
to the inward shape of mystery:
so clear, brilliant, rare.
Indestructible soul kaleidoscope.
Upon the anvil, the hammering