Comments or suggestions: Gerard Van der Leun

Sites Unseen

Strange Site News


For reasons unknown to me the old website is coming up when my readers are trying to go to the new site. I'm working with Hosting Matters to figure out this FOO.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jun 27, 2017 7:39 PM |  Comments (5)  | QuickLink: Permalink
And now for something completely different... Highlights from the 2016 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest


Why? Why now?



More at Stunning | Colossal

Meanwhile, where would I like to be? Easy.

I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus's garden in the shade
He'd let us in, knows where we've been
In his octopus's garden in the shade

I'd ask my friends to come and see
An octopus's garden with me
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus's garden in the shade

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus's garden near a cave

Posted by gerardvanderleun at Nov 4, 2016 6:14 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Gotham Gazette
Most journalists have two natural biases that influence and limit their work; no science training, and a determination to push their institutional and personal bias on society. Corruption Of Academic Journals For Profit and Climate Change Propaganda
"The relationship between the government and the media is like a marriage; it is a dysfunctional marriage to be sure, but we stay together for the kids." Orwell Would Be Proud: US Media Admits Divine Right To Decide What Public Needs To Know
There are 100 Earth-like planets for every grain of sand in the world. -- The Fermi Paradox
A turtle hitches a ride on a jellyfish.
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
‘Blood on Your Hands’: Former NYT Editor Blows the Whistle On How Obama Really Handles The Media
The Real War on Women: the massacre of almost 30 women in the Zayouna neighborhood of Baghdad.... The murder site was a brothel. The gunmen came in order to kill every one in it and teach the world an Islamic lesson. “Police believe men using silenced weapons carried out the executions, before scrawling ‘this is the fate of any prostitution’ on one of the doors. Belmont Club The World As We Find It

Posted by gerardvanderleun at Jul 14, 2014 8:16 AM |  Comments (4)  | QuickLink: Permalink
See Machu Picchu in 16 Gigapixels

How detailed is a photograph rendered in 16 gigapixels?

Posted by gerardvanderleun at Nov 25, 2012 1:59 PM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink
"Love Truth & Beauty" -- My Second Scrapbook

Why? Because with a Flickr page, a Facebook page, a rambling tumblr of pretty near 10,000 items called Ka-Ching, this page, and the sidebar over there, I obviously needed someplace to post even more items that catch my eye.

Result? Love Truth & Beauty is my new page for collecting items and images that fall (loosely) under those three categories.


Posted by Vanderleun at Sep 26, 2011 10:49 PM |  Comments (8)  | QuickLink: Permalink
That's the News and I Am Out of Here

Duty calls. Back sooner or later.

Photo by Philip Greenspun

Posted by Vanderleun at Sep 2, 2009 11:38 AM |  Comments (6)  | QuickLink: Permalink


Via bioephemera

Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 28, 2008 8:34 PM |  Comments (3)  | QuickLink: Permalink

ReadRight: Essential Links to the Right Side are on the right side of this page. Yes. That's right. Just over there on the right.

Posted by Vanderleun at Oct 31, 2008 12:57 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Nonlinear Crocheting

If you're up to speed on your crocheting, its still not too late to whip up this perfect gift for the mathematician on your Christmas list.


Even if crocheting isn't on your list of skills, you can at least add this to your collection of unusual PDF files:
Crocheting the Lorenz manifold
Hinke Osinga and Bernd Krauskopf
Abstract: This paper explains how one can crochet the Lorenz manifold, the two-dimensional stable manifold of the origin of the Lorenz system.

"Imagine a leaf floating in a turbulent river and consider how it passes either to the left or to the right around a rock somewhere downstream.

"Those special leaves that end up clinging to the rock must have followed a very unique path in the water.

"Each stitch in the crochet pattern represents a single point - a leaf - that ends up at the rock."
-- Hinke Osinga

Hinke Osinga, Lorenz Manifold, Bernd Krauskopf

Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 16, 2004 9:43 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Four is Enough
  • No Joke @ Comedy Central: Hackers co-opted several popular Web sites including over the weekend, using them to infect thousands of computers with a virus that can be used to steal passwords, bank accounts and other personal information. -- Washington Post
  • The TV Dinner Was Born from a Half-Million Pounds of Leftover Turkey: It began as a solution to that All-American holiday problem - what to do with the leftover turkey. But executives at C.A. Swanson & Sons weren't talking about just the remainders of the family meal. They were talking 520,000 pounds of poultry. -- Christian Science Monitor
  • Pillars of Wizdum: The Common Assumption, the False Consensus Effect, and the Law of Group Polarization. -- The Chronicle: Liberal Groupthink Is Anti-Intellectual
  • The Definitive Bladerunner Noodle Bar Translation -- Finally! After all these years! Deckard: {Points}Give me four.

    Sushi Master: Futatsu de jubun desu yo. [Japanese: "Two is enough!"]

    Deckard: No. Four. Two, two, four.

    Sushi Master: Futatsu de jubun desu yo. [Japanese: "Two is enough!"]

    Deckard: {Resignedly} And noodles.


Posted by Vanderleun at Nov 23, 2004 7:46 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
Worlds Within Worlds

What are you reading this for when you could be going ZOOM?

Posted by Vanderleun at Oct 10, 2004 1:51 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
"We're Going to Need Bigger Pipes"

HOW MUCH BANDWIDTH does one "transformed" military establishment need? Lots evidently according to this report from DefenseLink.

DISA experts project an eight-fold increase in bandwidth requirements between 2006 and 2015, or a jump from 20 gigabits to 160 gigabits. And normally, Raduege said, projected estimates fall short.

A gigabit refers to 1 billion bits of data, and bandwidth is the amount of data that can be transmitted in a set amount of time, usually expressed as bits per second. So to put it in perspective, in 2006, DISA experts expect to need to be able to transfer 20 billion bits of data per second.

Steps are being taken to address the need for increasing bandwidth.

"The (Global Information Grid)-Bandwidth Expansion will be the newest terrestrial component of the GIG," Raduege said. "This GIG-BE is designed to be robust enough to eliminate current and future bandwidth constraints.

"GIG-BE's advanced fiber-optic backbone and switching technology will upgrade

Posted by Vanderleun at Oct 4, 2004 11:01 AM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink

MEANWHILE, it was thought by many around the Net today that Paul Krugman probably could stoop lower, if he wasn't already snorkeling through the cess pool of his life.

Meanwhile, Krugman's arch nemisis Michael Ledeen knows "faster" is necessary, but is Bush listening? Doubtful. Nor is it likely the President is paying close attention to the great historian John Keegan as he continues his "American War" series.

Meanwhile, in Appleland did Kubla Jobs another pleasure OS decree: "It's going to drive the copycats crazy," Jobs said, meaning Microsoft.

Meanwhile, Orrin Hatch was planning to drive Steve Jobs nuts.

Meanwhile, other nuts still had jobs and were unlikely to lose them according to:Puffing Professors for Punditry is Profitable

Meanwhile, it became clear that while war wounds were the original and idealistic challenge, vanity was the payoff as Plastic Surgeons morphed from Heroes to Hustlers.

Meanwhile, as the days grew longer on Earth, the days on Saturn did the same and nobody could figure out why.

Meanwhile, variations on Evolution's "smart monkey" theme were creating things like the Son of Pet Rock, or becoming another Art Teacher from Hell, as others were telling you How Polaroid got it's groove before losing it, or how you can hack your SX-70... if you can remember where it is these days.

Meanwhile, still others were off on a 6 State Tour of Secret Bases because sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.


Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 29, 2004 1:41 PM |  Comments (1)  | QuickLink: Permalink
Linkblogging Lite

One of the Benefits AquaMinds' NoteTaker is that you can make endless notebooks of links from web pages you like. One of the curses of AquaMinds' NoteTaker is that those of us interested in the Structuring of a Linkblog can inflict these stacks of notes on our readers. Here's my stack from today.

Tentacles, Suckers and Slime, Oh My!: New Zealand Sea Creature: Basking Shark or Plesiosaur? -- or simply a chance for an extremely large portion of deep-friend calimari?

Testosterone Moments: Learn the truth about the Ferrari Enzo and compare it to the truth about the Dodge Ram SRT-10 at Robert Farago's "The Truth About Cars," home of the best hands-on automobile reviews on the web.

Won't Get Fooled Again: If you've ever been a victim of the many "Crimes of Persuasion" such as Schemes, Scams, Fraud ( investment fraud, consumer rip-offs, senior scams, telemarketing fraud, pyramid schemes, elderly victims, internet email scams, Nigerian fraud, swindles, shonks ). this site will probably have your number.

Saint Typo is Ours. Who is yours? Choose one or more of The Six Patron Saints of Graphic Design

Buddhism and Christianity come together in this classic Zen Koan. "Koan" -- as in One Hand Clapping.

Two, Two, Two Things Are One: The high concept here is that all you need to know about anything can essentially be known if you know The Two Things that are essential to know.

Get a Whole New Look Out of That Old Black Tee-Shirt: "I'll be your Ninja tonight!"

Now That You've Given Up Cigars you are probably wondering what to do with that very expensive humidor you got just before the IPO in 1999. Wonder no more is "at your server" [sic]. And if you happen to come across an old Underwood Typewriter here's your chance to get many more years of functionality out of it.

Photographs Worth Checking Out include AK47's Boxing Boys and Suburban Dreams as well as Barbara Coles's work made by bringing togther a model, diaphenous clothing, a swimming pool and a Polaroid.

Our Number One Pick for Dumb Comic Book Covers is over on the side bar. But there are still eleven choices left right here.

Dead Last on Our Amazon Wish List would have to be The Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping.

Remember Those Revell Airplane Models you were so proud of putting together when you were a kid? One look at Young Park's aluminum airplane models and you'll be glad you blew them up with cherry bombs and airplane glue.

Help for Psychotic Closets is at Hand via Barbra Horowitz's "closet therapy." She's located in, of course, the one place where people have more money and closets than time -- Los Angeles. Her method: "edit, purge, style." We're not sure what goes on during the "purge" phase.

We Could Go On, but we're becoming nervous about the whining and grinding noise that keeps coming out of our newly acquired : SimpleTech Hard Drive . Perhaps backing thing up in odd numbered years isn't really that good a plan. Then again, we bought this drive for BackUps. Not thinking we'd need to backup the backup.

On the other hand, a major hard-disk failure would be strangely liberating. It would give us more time to pursue our new sport of choice: "monkeyfishing " "n. to catch fish by charging water with an electric current then netting the stunned or panicked fish which rise to the surface." There's a very old and very bad joke associated with this, but we will spare you.

For now.

Posted by Vanderleun at Jun 15, 2004 3:24 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
The Andy Kaufman Effect

On the Internet, no one knows you're not the dog you claim to be. [Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report]

Posted by Vanderleun at May 31, 2004 5:21 PM | QuickLink: Permalink
The Andy Kaufman Effect

On the Internet, no one knows you're not the dog you claim to be. [Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report]

Posted by Vanderleun at May 31, 2004 5:21 PM | QuickLink: Permalink


Posted by Vanderleun at Dec 13, 2003 11:14 AM | QuickLink: Permalink
Stream of the Day

If you haven't seen this, you should.

[Bandwidth Intensive. But worth it.]

Posted by Vanderleun at Oct 23, 2003 4:43 PM |  Comments (2)  | QuickLink: Permalink
G2E Media GmbH

5-Minute Arguments
American Studies
Analog World
Art Within America
Bad Americans
Blather & Spew
Blodder Award
Click-Pix: Blogs on a Roll
Coasts & Heartland
Connect the DotComs
Critical Mass
Culture & Civilization
Drool-Cup Award
Enemies, Foreign & Domestic
Essays & Items
Fish Barrel Bang
Frequently Answered Questions
Global Reach
Grace Notes
Heroes & Hustlers
Intellectually Insane
Issues & Episodes
Its the Law
Letters from Home
Letters Never Sent
Mass Distractions
Military Affairs
Mondo Bizarro
Moving Images
My Back Pages
Myths & Texts
News to Me
Nota Bene
Obsessed & Confused
On the Land
Patriot Gains
Pinhead Punditry
Political Corrections
Political Pablum
Pure Opinion
Pure Products of America
Quisling Corner
Reportage Redux
Rumors: Substantiated & Otherwise
Science Made Stupid
Site Notes
Sites Unseen
Space Patrol
Squawking Points
The Americans
These Just In
Thinking Right
Tinfoil Brigade
Truth @ Slant
Under Review
Useful Idiots
What's Just So Wrong With This Picture?
Word Forge