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Old 06-04-2007, 08:07 PM   #46
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This is a perennial favorite of mine. For anyone who's been wondering about the historical origin of soy sauce.
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:36 AM   #47
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Math art:


Julia Set


Mandelbrot Set (full view, detail called "budding turbines")

These are graphic representations/cuts of complex number fractals. Fractals are structures that repeat an overall structure - exact or approximately - in ever finer substructures. Something like that also can occur in nature:


Romanesco broccoli or fractal broccoli (Brassica oleracea)[/b]

Besides being pretty to look at, fractals also have some sense

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  • Classification of histopathology slides in medicine
  • Enzyme/enzymology (Michaelis-Menten kinetics)
  • Generation of new music
  • Generation of various art forms
  • Signal and image compression
  • Seismology
  • Computer and video game design, especially computer graphics for organic environments and as part of procedural generation
  • Fractography and fracture mechanics
  • Fractal antennas — Small size antennas using fractal shapes
  • Neo-hippies t-shirts and other fashion
  • Generation of patterns for camouflage, such as MARPAT
  • Digital sundial
and fractals also play a role in chaos theory.
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:07 AM   #48
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^^I love that broccoli. I want to grow some!

Trisodium phosphate is a heavy-duty cleaning agent that is widely available in hardware and home improvement stores as a white powder. It's commonly used to clean surfaces before painting, remove lead dust, and bleach driveways.

It's also available commercially in Cheerios, where it reportedly acts as a crunch enhancer.
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:32 AM   #49
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Ode to Cap'n Crunch Cereal (from here)


He pours the milk with one hand while jamming the spoon in with the other, not wanting to waste a single moment of the magical, golden time when the cold milk and Cap'n Crunch are together but have not yet begun to pollute each other's essential natures: two Platonic ideals separated by a boundary layer a molecule wide. Where the flume of milk splashes over the spoon-handle, the polished stainless steel fogs with condensation. Randy of course uses whole milk, because otherwise why bother with the whole exercise? Anything less is indistinguishable from water, and besides he thinks that the fat in the whole milk acts as some kind of a buffer that retards the dissolution-into-slime process. The giant spoon goes into his mouth before the milk in the bowl has even had time to seek its own level. A few drips come off the bottom and are caught by his freshly washed goatee (still trying to find the right balance between beardedness and vulnerability, Randy has allowed one of these to grow).

Randy sets the milk-pod down, grabs a fluffy napkin, lifts it to his chin, and uses a pinching motion to sort of lift the drops of milk from his whiskers rather than smashing and smearing them down into the beard. This happens without thinking about it; all his concentration is fixed on the interior of his mouth, which naturally he cannot see, but which he can imagine in three dimensions as if zooming through it in a virtual reality display. Here is where a novice would lose his cool and simply chomp down. A few of the nuggets would explode between his molars but then his jaw would snap shut and drive all of the unshattered nuggets straight up into his palate where their armour of razor-sharp dextrose crystals would inflict massive collateral damage, turning the rest of the meal into a sort of pain-hazed death march and rendering him Novocain-mute for three days.


On the dangers of Cap'n Crunch cereal (from here):

SPRINGFIELD, MA—The roof of area resident Meredith Kjell's mouth is in serious condition Tuesday following her consumption of three bowls of Cap'n Crunch cereal. "We believe most of the roof can be salvaged," Dr. David Kim told reporters. "But grafts may be necessary to replace many of the ribbons of flesh gouged from Miss Kjell's palate by this brutally crunchy pre-sweetened breakfast food."
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:01 AM   #50
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a drabble

Rae ate by the handful from a box of Cap’n Crunch she had found in the cupboard while her friends rolled around in the next room. She read an old Reader’s Digest while she munched; not the articles but only the joke pages; the jokes were so quaint and sweet. The cereal ground away at the roof of her mouth. She looked up at a sound, and Sharon stood there in a faded black satin kimono with foundation smeared around the neckline. “Jerry wants you to come in,” she said, lips pale. Rae followed her, chewing. Whatever could he want?
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:11 AM   #51
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Found one more complex number set which is a variant of the Mandelbrot set:


Buddhabrot set, though initially called Ganesha

Edit: Always show my students in the math exercises the Mandelbrot set when we start with the "dreaded complex numbers" to motivate them. This winter I'm gonna use Buddha

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Old 06-11-2007, 11:31 AM   #52
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^^^ OOoooooh, aaaaaah!
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:39 AM   #53
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^^^ OOoooooh, aaaaaah!
See the motivation level of Buddhabrot will be excellent!!
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:08 PM   #54
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On the dangers of Cap'n Crunch cereal (from here)
I sandpapered the roof of my mouth with three bowls of Cap'n Crunch - had raw gobbets of mouth-beef dangling onto my tongue all day. It hurt like crazy, and it made me talk with a Cindy Brady lisp until late afternoon.

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Old 06-11-2007, 10:04 PM   #55
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who knew?

largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island

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Old 06-11-2007, 10:45 PM   #56
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It's 1439 miles/2316 km from Salt Lake City to San Antonio.

It's 2530 miles/4071 km from Los Angeles to Tampa.

It's 1041 miles/1675 km from Detroit to Biloxi.

If you start in El Paso and head east, you can drive over the speed limit for well over 15 hours and still be in Texas.
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Old 06-12-2007, 01:35 AM   #57
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Our opinion of facial attractiveness is largely derived from a preference for symmetry.

Brushing your teeth after vomiting grinds HCl into your dental enamel. Rinse with water.
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Old 06-12-2007, 03:11 AM   #58
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Our opinion of facial attractiveness is largely derived from a preference for symmetry.
On NPR on Sunday there was a discussion about this- i.e. TomKat. It was said that they both have asymmetric faces, and something about their smiles both gravitating downward?

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Is rinsing with beer okay? Hydrochloric acid isn't listed on ingredients.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:53 AM   #59
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Is rinsing with beer okay? Hydrochloric acid isn't listed on ingredients.
beer would be fine, but milk would work better
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:55 AM   #60
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That explains why I find neither Tom Cruise nor his child bride very attractive.

Rinse with a neutralizing agent if you have one.
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