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Quantum was a wonderful student magazine published by the National Science Teachers Association from 1990 to 2001. Born in the heady days of perestroika, it was a collaboration with the renowned Russian journal Kvant. Sadly, just at its early adopters were graduating from college and heading into science careers or becoming teachers themselves, the magazine was euthanized. […]

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two yard sculptures

One hopes the neighbors have found a common language even if their yard sculptures have not.

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You’ve heard of artisanal food, right? No? Good for you! But surely you’ve been told not to play with your food. I see you nodding. You did it anyway, right? Good for you! Sometime last year, some folks in Italy really went to work on some watermelons—you can see their handiwork here. This carving isn’t even the […]

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Random stuff from a recent brief visit to New York City … There seemed to be more bicycles on the streets than in years past. Two things set them apart from the DC variety: many seats are covered with plastic bags, and most of the bikes sport kick-ass locks and chains. A doorway on West […]

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Every once in a while, a comment arrives in the Basement from out of the blue. Why, just recently a visitor commented on a post from September 2007, sharing his personal experiences visiting Inca structures in Peru and Bolivia. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the occasional comment from my “faithful reader,” but it’s especially […]

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Far be it from me to try and predict how the Obama presidency will turn out. Many of us had a feeling the Bush years would be bad, but did any of us dream it would turn out as disastrous as it did? I saw a teaser today at the New York Times saying that […]

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I’ve been sitting on my copy of photo morphing software* for over a year now. Thankfully someone has actually done something interesting with theirs: A YouTube user has supplied a helpful guide to the art used in the video. [h/t to Laureeg] __________ *There are undoubtedly better ones out there. This one was quite free […]

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On December 31, I thought about resolving to be even lazier in 2007 than I was in 2006, but I never got around to it.

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If you like M.C. Escher (and, really, who doesn’t?), you may or may not like the Lego version. And here’s a link to works by Rob Gonsalves. Some people invoke Escher when describing his stuff; some call it kitsch. What say you?

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman